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Can homeopaths detect homeopathic medicines by dowsing? A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial.
J R Soc Med 2002; 95(4):189-91JR

Abstract

Dowsing is a method of problem-solving that uses a motor automatism, amplified through a pendulum or similar device. In a homeopathic context, it is used as an aid to prescribing and as a tool to identify miasm or toxin load. A randomized double-blind trial was conducted to determine whether six dowsing homeopaths were able to distinguish between Bryonia in a 12c potency and placebo by use of dowsing alone. The homeopathic medicine Bryonia was correctly identified in 48.1% of bottle pairs (n=156; 95% confidence interval 40.2%, 56.0%; P=0.689). These results, wholly negative, add to doubts whether dowsing in this context can yield objective information.

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Academic Unit, Royal London Homoeopathic Hospital, London WC1N 3HR, UK.No affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Clinical Trial
Journal Article
Randomized Controlled Trial

Language

eng

PubMed ID

11934908

Citation

McCarney, R, et al. "Can Homeopaths Detect Homeopathic Medicines By Dowsing? a Randomized, Double-blind, Placebo-controlled Trial." Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine, vol. 95, no. 4, 2002, pp. 189-91.
McCarney R, Fisher P, Spink F, et al. Can homeopaths detect homeopathic medicines by dowsing? A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial. J R Soc Med. 2002;95(4):189-91.
McCarney, R., Fisher, P., Spink, F., Flint, G., & van Haselen, R. (2002). Can homeopaths detect homeopathic medicines by dowsing? A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial. Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine, 95(4), pp. 189-91.
McCarney R, et al. Can Homeopaths Detect Homeopathic Medicines By Dowsing? a Randomized, Double-blind, Placebo-controlled Trial. J R Soc Med. 2002;95(4):189-91. PubMed PMID: 11934908.
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