Homeopathy declared as pseudoscience in Russia


The Commission on Pseudoscience and Research Fraud under the Presidium of the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS) issued Memorandum No. 2 which was dedicated to homeopathy.

The Commission states that treatment with ultra-low doses of the various substances used in homeopathy has no scientific rationale. This conclusion is based on a thorough analysis of publications in scientific journals, clinical study reports, their compilations and systematic reviews. The Commission confirms that the principles of homeopathy and the theoretical explanations of its alleged mechanism of actions contradict the known physical and biological laws, and convincing experimental confirmations of its effectiveness are not available. Homeopathic diagnostic and treatment methods should be classified as pseudoscience.

Homeopathy is not harmless as patients spend significant funds on ineffective drugs whilst neglecting means of treatment with proven efficacy. This can lead to adverse outcomes, including the death of patients.

The Memorandum is based on an expert conclusion drawn up by a multidisciplinary working group which is composed of experts in the field of evidence-based, experimental and clinical medicine, psychotherapy, psychology, physics, chemistry, biochemistry, immunology, molecular biology, pharmacology, biotechnology, pharmacy and biostatistics.