This article is from the Alternative Medicine Therapies guide.
While many mainstream physicians believe that the much-diluted homeopathic remedies are at best placebos, homeopaths argue that the remedies do work--for all types of ailments from hay fever to seasickness.
There is now a growing body of clinical evidence concerning homeopathy’s efficacy. However, the need for more solid research in the future is clear.
While many clinical trials have indeed shown homeopathic remedies to be no better than placebos, others studies have found them to be effective. A number of conditions, including hay fever, postoperative ileus (intestinal obstruction following surgery), rheumatoid arthritis, influenza, asthma, and sprains appear to respond to homeopathic remedies.
A recent German study tested 146 patients with hay fever and showed that the homeopathic nasal spray Luffa comp.-Heel (a mixture remedy) worked as well and as quickly as the conventional treatment cromolyn sodium spray.