MD, PhD, MAE, FMedSci, FRSB, FRCP, FRCPEd.

The year 2022 is drawing to a close, and I am reminded of my ‘WORST PAPER OF 2022 COMPETITION’. As a prize, I am offering the winner (that is the lead author of the winning paper) one of my books that best fits his/her subject. I am sure this will overjoy him or her. I hope to identify about 10 candidates for the prize, and towards the end of the year, I let my readers decide democratically on who should be the winner. In this spirit of democratic voting, let me suggest to you entry No 10 entitled ‘Conventional Homeopathic Medicine and Its Relevance to Modern Medicine‘. Here is the unadulterated abstract:

Context: Homeopathic medicine can be explained as a symptoms-based method of treatment, and it can act as an alternative treatment strategy against allopathy by focusing on the symptoms of illness, as opposed to causative agents as allopathic medicine does. Also, homeopathic medicines are extracted from nature rather than being chemically synthesized as western drugs are.

Objective: The review intended to briefly describe the concept of homeopathic medicine, its emergence from a historical point of view, and its broader healing properties, providing examples of key homeopathic drugs and comparing them to modern medicines.

Design: The research team performed a narrative review by searching databases like Pubmed, Google Scholar, and other national search engines. The search used the keywords homeopathic medicine, alternate medicine, materia medica, allium cepa, Zingiber officinale, penicillium, Agaricus muscaria, Botulinum toxin.

Setting: Dr. D.Y. Patil Homoeopathic Medical College and Research Centre, Dr. D.Y. Patil Vidyapeeth (Deemed to be University), Pimpri, Pune.

Results: This review highlights the rich sources homoeopathic drugs and their corelation with modern medicine. The current review focuses on the significance of the Homeopathic Materia Medica and on notable remedies in homeopathy that align with allopathy in addressing different pathological conditions, including treatments that the two types of medicine have in in common and that are effective in homeopathy.

Conclusions: Many studies are being conducted to prove the mechanism of action of homoeopathic medicines. Droplet Evaporating Method (DEM), Raman, UltraViolet-Visible (UV-VIS) spectroscopy and Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) are commonly used methods to characterize homeopathic medicines at ultra-low concentration and many such studies will surely indicate how homoeopathic medicines act. Such research results may subsequently lead to the betterment of treatment procedures and the integration of homeopathic principles into mainstream medical practices.

I find it quite an ‘achievement’ to put so much nonsense into such a short abstract. My ‘favorite’ statement is this one: “many such studies will surely indicate how homoeopathic medicines act.” Since he published this paper, the first author has done another article; it is entitled “Breast Abscess Healing with Homoeopathy: A Case Report” and would be a further contender for my award.

But let’s not give him an unfair chance to win the competition!

 

PS

The next time I post about this will be about deciding on this year’s winner. So, you might want to give it some consideration.

5 Responses to WORST PAPER OF 2022 COMPETITION, entry No 10: “Conventional Homeopathic Medicine and Its Relevance to Modern Medicine”

  • Also, homeopathic medicines are extracted from nature rather than being chemically synthesized as western drugs are.

    So “murus berlinensis” and “positronium” are the “natural” basis of homeopathic remedies? And homeopathy is an ancient Indian secret knowledge, hundreds of years old, forgotten and finally rediscovered by Hahnemann? 😀

    • yes, written by a homeopathic expert [expertise in homeopathic doses]

    • Oh you cynic! This was ancient Indian wisdom which read the future written in the akashic records and foretelling past, present and future. So it’s entirely natural that the essence of fallen Berlin Wall should be identified as a remedy. And no doubt once we learn to decode those records we will find that essence of Big Ben, Trump tax records and ash of Putin will all have miraculous healing powers. Just be patient – there will be cure for illnesses not yet imagined.

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  • To describe the main reasons for the failure of the homeopathic method right away under “context” seems to me to be an unpromising way to prove a “value” of homeopathy in medical care …
    In any case, worthy of a prize!

    As an aside, don’t the authors address just the very reasons and sources used in a recent paper (Ernst / Mukerji 2022) as evidence that homeopathy is a pseudoscience … ?

    There you can see where “pluralism in medicine” can lead you!

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