Research involving animals: the case for cutting edge ethics

Research into homeopathy is undergoing a welcome period of growth driven by the increasing need to provide evidence for the therapy’s effectiveness and mode of action. In mainstream medicine animal-based research has become integral to the development of new drugs and medical procedures, despite only modest success in extrapolating findings in animals to humans. Homeopathy, based on provings conducted on human volunteers and on clinical confirmation of the similia principle, is not subject to such shortcomings. Nevertheless animals with artificially induced diseases are being used in homeopathic research in order to supplement existing knowledge and to demonstrate that homeopathy ‘works’ under laboratory conditions.

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