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Revista da Associação Médica Brasileira

Print version ISSN 0104-4230On-line version ISSN 1806-9282

Rev. Assoc. Med. Bras. vol.64 no.2 São Paulo Feb. 2018

http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/1806-9282.64.02.93 

EDITORIAL

Special Dossier: "Scientific Evidence for Homeopathy"

Dossiê Especial: "Evidências Científicas em Homeopatia"

Marcus Zulian Teixeira1  * 
http://orcid.org/0000-0002-3338-8588

1MD, PhD, Coordinator and Researcher of the Elective Discipline of Fundamentals of Homeopathy (MCM0773), Faculdade de Medicina da Universidade de São Paulo. Member of the Technical Chamber for Homeopathy, Regional Medical Council of the State of São Paulo (Cremesp). Guest Editor, Revista de Homeopatia, São Paulo Homeopathic Medical Association, São Paulo, SP, Brazil

In July 2017, to demystify the fallacy - or post-truth - asserting "there are no scientific evidence for homeopathy", the Technical Chamber for Homeopathy, Regional Medical Council of the State of São Paulo (Cremesp, Brazil) published the Dossiê Especial: "Evidências Científicas em Homeopatia",1 available online and in printed editions of the scientific journal of the São Paulo Homeopathic Medical Association (APH), Revista de Homeopatia.2,3

After this publication, in view of the request of homeopathic physicians and institutions from other countries, the Technical Chamber for Homeopathy (TC-Homeopathy, Cremesp) produced an English edition of the dossier (Special Dossier: "Scientific Evidence for Homeopathy"), which is also available online at the Revista de Homeopatia webpage.4

Encompassing nine reviews on several lines of homeopathic research (and two randomized clinical trials developed by members of the TC-Homeopathy), containing hundreds of scientific articles published in various journals, this dossier highlights, to the scientific and medical class, as well as to the general public, the state of the art of homeopathic research.

Content of the Portuguese edition

http://aph.org.br/revista/index.php/aph/issue/view/41/showToc

Content of the English edition

http://aph.org.br/revista/index.php/aph/issue/view/42/showToc

Despite the ongoing difficulties and limitations opposing the development of research in homeopathy - partly due to methodological aspects, and partly to lack of institutional and financial support -, the experimental and clinical studies described in this dossier, which ground the homeopathic assumptions and confirm the efficacy and safety of this approach to therapeutics, provide unquestionable proof for the availability of scientific evidence for homeopathy, against the false and prejudiced opinion that is widely divulgated.

With the publishing of the present dossier, prepared with the support of Technical Chamber for Homeopathy, Cremesp, we hope to dispel doubts and sensitize our colleagues as to the validity and relevance of homeopathy as adjuvant treatment complementary to all other medical specialties according to ethical and safe principles. Our overall goals are to broaden the understanding of human disease, increase the therapeutic resources, contribute to the definition and effectiveness of medicine in chronic diseases, minimize the adverse effects of modern drugs and strengthen the patient-doctor relationship, among other aspects. In this way, we will be able to work together, since "The physician's high and only mission is to restore the sick to health, to cure, as it is termed" (Samuel Hahnemann, Organon of medicine, § 1).

References

1 Conselho Regional de Medicina do Estado de São Paulo. Homeopatia: Câmara Técnica de Homeopatia do CREMESP lança dossiê "Evidências Científicas em Homeopatia". Notícias. 13/09/2017. Available from: https://www.cremesp.org.br/?siteAcao=NoticiasC&id=4644. [ Links ]

2 Câmara Técnica de Homeopatia do Conselho Regional de Medicina do Estado de São Paulo (CREMESP, Brasil). Dossiê Especial: Evidências Científicas em Homeopatia. Rev Homeopatia (São Paulo. Online). 2017; 80(1/2). Available from: http://aph.org.br/revista/index.php/aph/issue/view/41. [ Links ]

3 Câmara Técnica de Homeopatia do Conselho Regional de Medicina do Estado de São Paulo (CREMESP, Brasil). Dossiê Especial: Evidências Científicas em Homeopatia. Rev Homeopatia (São Paulo. Printed). 2017; 80(Supl 1/2). Available from: http://www.bvshomeopatia.org.br/revista/RevistaHomeopatiaAPHano2017VOL80Supl1-2.pdfLinks ]

4 Câmara Técnica de Homeopatia do Conselho Regional de Medicina do Estado de São Paulo (CREMESP, Brasil). Special Dossier: Scientific Evidence for Homeopathy. Rev Homeopatia (São Paulo. Online) . 2017; 80(3/4). Available from: http://aph.org.br/revista/index.php/aph/issue/view/42. [ Links ]

Received: October 23, 2017; Accepted: October 24, 2017

*Correspondence: Serviço de Clínica Médica Geral, HC-FMUSP, Address: Av. Dr. Enéas de Carvalho Aguiar, 255, 4º andar, bloco 6, São Paulo, SP - Brasil, Postal code: 05403-000. marcus@homeozulian.med.br, mzulian@usp.br

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