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In dermatology, homeopathy is often used in atopic dermatitis, other forms of eczema, psoriasis, and many other conditions. To date, however, there is no convincing evidence for a therapeutic effect. Dermatologic Therapy (June 2003)

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This study provides no evidence that adjunctive homeopathic remedies, as prescribed by experienced homeopathic practitioners, are superior to placebo in improving the quality of life of children with mild to moderate asthma in addition to conventional treatment in primary care. Thorax (April 2003)

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This bulletin summarises the research evidence on the effectiveness of homeopathy. It concludes: "There is currently insufficient evidence of effectiveness either to recommend homeopathy as a treatment for any specific condition, or to warrant significant changes in the current provision of homeopathy." NHS Centre for Reviews and Dissemination (2002) [pdf]

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The claim that homeopathic arnica is efficacious beyond a placebo effect is not supported by rigorous clinical trials. Archives of Surgery (1998)

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"It is concluded that these new publications cast considerable doubt on the efficacy of homoeopathy." E. Ernst, Focus on Alternative and Complementary Therapies [FACT] (1998)