November 29th 2012

We are delighted to report that researchers at the Universities of Leeds and Sheffield have published the protocol of their innovative IBS trial. The research team, which includes Prof Kate Thomas and Dr Clare Relton (both members of the HRI Scientific Advisory Committee) and homeopaths Jackie Raw and Clare Walters, has received financial support from HRI.

Irritable bowel syndrome is a chronic condition with no known cure. Many sufferers seek complementary and alternative medicine including homeopathic treatment. However there is much controversy as to the effectiveness of homeopathic treatment. This three-armed study seeks to explore the effectiveness of individualised homeopathic treatment plus usual care compared to both an attention control plus usual care and usual care alone, for patients with irritable bowel syndrome. This trial has received NHS approval and results are expected in 2013.

To read a provisional full text of this publication click here.

To find out more about this project, or to help fund the next stages of this trial, please visit ourResearch Projects page.