Homeopathic box containing empty glass stoppered containers
In August 2005 Lancet published an extensive meta-analysis with 110 studies in each group comparing placebo controlled homeopathic treatments with similarly treated conventional medicines. The conclusion was that homeopathic remedies are most likely to be the result of a placebo effect. Yet there are over 3,000 homeopathic preparations currently on the market and proponents are vociferous in their claims.
The discipline now comprises a considerable proportion of alternative medicine and the sale of their agents produce a considerable income to many firms, usually in the developing countries. An anecdotal mention is Quinine. While the substance produced symptoms similar to Malaria in this instance, it also produced beneficial results. However this is not true of many other homeopathic remedies.