Oscillococcinum – revisited

Posted 28 May 2018

MNET / DSTV are running adverts for Oscillococcinum, which claims to be effective for flu.

This is a timely reminder that this product has no real effect.

We have posted a number of posts on this absurd product.

A class action lawsuit against the company was successful and a Canadian lawsuit is presently in the offing.

Wikipedia has this to say about Oscillococcinum:

Oscillococcinum (or Oscillo[1][2]) is a homeopathic preparation marketed to relieve influenza-like symptoms. It does not provide any benefit beyond that of sugar pills. It is a popular preparation, particularly in France. It is manufactured by Boiron, its sole manufacturer. Oscillococcinum is used in more than 50 countries and has been in production for over 65 years.

The preparation is derived from duck liver and heart, diluted to 200C—a ratio of one part duck offal to 10400 parts water.[3]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 efficacy beyond placebo.[4][5][6]

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