Can homeopaths detect homeopathic medicines by dowsing? A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial

McCarney, R.; Fisher, P.; Spink, F.; Flint, G.; van Haselen, R.
April 2002
Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine;Apr2002, Vol. 95 Issue 4, p189
Academic Journal
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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