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Oscillococcinum, Boiron

Posted 21 August 2011

Oscillococcinum is a homeopathic alternative medicine marketed to relieve influenza-like symptoms. It is one of the most popular homeopathic preparations, particularly in France. Oscillococcinum is manufactured by a French company, Boiron, its sole manufacturer.[1]

It is being extensively advertised in South Africa, in particularly in television advertisements.

The burning questions are:

  1. Does it work?
  2. Does the way it works make scientific sense?
  3. What would happen if one publicly states that this product’s claims are baloney?

The preparation is derived from duck liver and heart, diluted to 200C—a ratio of one part duck liver to 100200 parts water. This is such a high dilution that the final product likely contains not a single molecule of the original liver. Homeopaths claim that the molecules leave an “imprint” in the dilution that causes a healing effect on the body, although there is no evidence that supports this mechanism or … Read the rest

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