Homeopathy might help cancer patients, won't hurt, report says

April 14, 2009 1:50:08 PM PDT
Cancer patients receiving traditional therapy can feel better knowing that practicing homeopathy with that therapy can't hurt and may even help. There is limited evidence that homeopathic remedies ease the side effects of cancer treatments.

But they at least seem to cause no serious adverse effects or drug interactions, according to a report in the Cochrane Library.

It looked at several studies that found some homeopathic products may be helpful for skin and mouth inflammation from radiation therapy.

Scientists say there are very few studies looking at these medicines for adverse effects of cancer treatment and this review found no evidence to support the effectiveness or ineffectiveness of homeopathic remedies.