Could duckweed be impressed by the charisma of a scientist?


A research group led by the scientist and physicist Stephen Baumgartner of the University of Bern has been demonstrated in a high-quality study that with homeopathic high potencies of Arsenicum an influence on the growth of duckweed can be demonstrated. As can be excluded in this experiment, a placebo effect with great certainty, the study may make a valuable contribution to homeopathic basic research.

The 2010 and 2011 published results of experiments with duckweed showed a homogeneous, statistically significant and specific effect (read more). Particularly interesting was the significant observation of a "radiating effect" in which the Arsenicum group seems to influence the placebo group in direkt neighborhood.


 If you read German, here is an interesting interview with Stephan Baumgartner.

Adjunctive homeopathic treatment in patients with severe sepsis

a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial in an intensive care unit.

Study by Frass M, Linkesch M, Banyai S, Resch G, Dielacher C, Löbl T, Endler C, Haidvogl M, Muchitsch I, Schuster E. 2005

Mortality in patients with severe sepsis remains high despite the development of several therapeutic strategies. The aim of this randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial was to evaluate whether homeopathy is able to influence long-term outcome in critically ill patients suffering from severe sepsis.

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Fibromyalgia patients treated homeopathically versus placebo

This study by I. R. Bell,  D. A. Lewis II, A. J. Brooks, G. E. Schwartz, S. E. Lewis, B. T. Walshand C. M. Baldwin, 2003

shows that patients diagnosed with fibromyalgia syndrome, treated by the individualized administration of LM potencies compared with placebo, a significant improvement in symptoms can be achieved. Read more…

Comparison of multiple homeopathic studies

Results of a study prepared in 1998 by Melchart and Linde.

The evaluation of 19 placebo-controlled studies about the effectiveness of homeopathy has shown significant results. The scientists conclude that there was significantly more effectiveness in  the individualized homeopathic treatment than in the placebo groups. This study also shows that studies which are usually regarded as high quality in research, offered no significant difference to placebo because the individualized approach was lacking. According to the authors scientists should, in order to realize meaningful studies, focus on the replication of promising results and before superposing new randomized trials, they recomend to conduct pilot studies. Read more…