Passion for homeopathy: why Britain refused treatment poisons

The debate about the effectiveness of treatment with homeopathy, as outbreaks of seasonal flu, cover different countries and continents. On the days of national service in the UK announced the termination of government purchases of homeopathy, and with it the herbal remedies.


The decision of the officials of medicine explain the low clinical efficacy. “Homeopathy is at best placebo and also, and more waste of scarce funds service,” said Simon Stevens, Executive Director of the National health service UK (NHS). In our country the question of the effectiveness of homeopathy is no less acute in the past year was just a step to the recognition of pseudo-scientific method. And if not for the intervention of the Ministry of health, which did not support the idea of homeopathy in our country would suffer a fiasco.

To justify homeopathy

Homeopathy, with its thousand-year history, today, must prove their right to exist in the world. Proponents of this direction of the medicine collecting research data and observations, summarize the results of clinical practices, gather information about previously unknown facts. The amount of research in the field of homeopathy is not too large. According to Christian Boiron, the General Director of the “Laboratory Boiron”: “Only laboratories are motivated enough to engage in such research, and only a small portion of scientists willing to devote their time, energy and knowledge.” By the way, experiments at the University level took place in homeopathy in 1955. We are talking about experiments on animals with arsenic.

Useful poison or a marketing ploy?

As is known, in the manufacture of homeopathic medicines can be used components of animal, mineral, vegetable origin – that is, animate and inanimate nature, including poisonous. However, homeopathic doses are so small that it is not harmless. And while working! However, we must understand that the effect of homeopathy is different from the effect of aspirin or any analgesic. The rate of curing depends primarily on the severity of the disease and the General condition of the patient. For example, homeopathy can give a noticeable effect within an hour in acute condition (severe pain, high temperature). But in the treatment of cough or common cold, the effect will come not earlier than a day. In the treatment of chronic conditions – arthritis, skin allergies, asthma, obtaining results will require a more extended treatment.

As far as homeopathy is a placebo?

Currently, the scope of application of homeopathic medicines worldwide is slightly more than 0.1 % of all drugs. Homeopath never ignores the use of drug therapy or vaccination. So there is no reason to make a choice between conventional therapist or homeopath. These professionals can work perfectly both together and each by itself. As for the placebo effect, which is often criticized homeopathy, over the last thirty years were examined in six large-scale studies on homeopathy, the conclusion of these works is this: homeopathy is a specific positive effect, beyond the placebo effect. And as far as this effect is more significant – scientists looking for the exact answer.