Homeopathy 2015; 104(02): 97-100
DOI: 10.1016/j.homp.2015.02.003
Original Paper
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Unequal brothers : are homeopathy and hormesis linked?

Menachem Oberbaum
1   The Center for Integrative Complementary Medicine, Shaare Zedek Medical Center, Jerusalem, Israel
Michael Frass
2   Department of Internal Medicine I, Outpatient Unit Homeopathy in Malignant Diseases, Medical University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria
Cornelius Gropp
3   Psychiatric Services, Shaare Zedek Medical Center, Jerusalem, Israel
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Received01. Juni 2014
revised27. Januar 2015

accepted03. Februar 2015

23. Dezember 2017 (online)

The debate between those who believe homeopathy and hormesis derive from the same root and those who believe the two are different phenomena is as old as hormesis. It is an emotionally loaded discussion, with both sides fielding arguments which are far from scientific. Careful analysis of the basic paradigms of the two systems questions the claim of the homeopaths, who find similarities between them. The authors discuss these paradigms, indicating the differences between the claims of homeopathy and hormesis.

It is time for thorough and serious research to lay this question to rest. One possible approach is to compare the activity of a hormetic agent, prepared in the usual way, with that of the same agent in the same concentration prepared homeopathically by serial dilution and succussion.