Government review finds 'lack of scientific plausibility in homeopathy'

A government review has found that there is a "lack of scientific plausibility" in homeopathic medicines.

The ancient form of treatment involves using massively-diluted forms of harmful ingredients to cure the symptoms similar to those created by more potent forms of the same substance.

However, a report from the House of Commons and the Technology Committee has found that there is no proof that the formulas work beyond the placebo effect.

Edzard Ernst, a professor of complementary medicine at the University of Exeter has praised the results of the study and said that he hopes they will provide the "spark" needed to stop the government wasting money by providing homeopathy on the NHS.

He added that the news was "a victory of reason over superstition".

The report looked at 60 pieces of written evidence and heard the oral evidence of two panels before making its conclusion that the "there has been enough testing of homeopathy and plenty of evidence showing that it is not efficacious".

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