The NHS should stop funding homeopathic medicine because the drugs are no better than placebos, a parliamentary committee has said.
MPs called for the MHRA to strip them of medical claims on their labels, and argued taking the drugs had the same effect as ingesting a sugar pill.
The Commons Science and Technology Committee said the 200-year-old practice, which has been funded on the NHS since 1948, could not be scientifically proven to work.
Homeopathy uses heavily diluted versions of medical drugs to treat patients.
A committee report said: “We consider the notion that ultra-dilutions can maintain an imprint of substances previously dissolved in them to be scientifically implausible.
“In our view, the systematic reviews and meta-analyses conclusively demonstrate that homeopathic products perform no better than placebos.”
Dr Michael Dixon, medical director of the Prince’s Foundation for Integrated Health, said patients did show improvements when using the system.
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