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Homeopathy: a medical go-to worldwide

Homeopathy: a medical go-to worldwide

Canteris-HartleyDid you know that homeopathic medicine is the leading “alternative” treatment used by physicians in Europe?  Homeopathy is even more popular in India where, according to the British medical journal “The Lancet,” more than “100 million people depend on it solely and of these users 62 per cent have never tried conventional medicines and 82 per cent of homeopathy users would not switch to conventional treatments.”

Homeopathy is especially popular in France. A survey of French pharmacists was conducted in 2004 and found that “94.5 per cent reported advising pregnant women to use homeopathic medicines”.  Homeopathy is popular among the French medical community, as “70 per cent of physicians consider homeopathy effective and at least 25,000 physicians prescribe homeopathic medicines for their patients”. Homeopathy is taught in seven French medical schools and taught in 21 of France’s 24 schools of pharmacy, three schools of midwifery and two veterinary medical schools.

One of the reasons homeopathy is so widely used throughout Europe is that the medical community has incorporated into its medical system, from homeopathic hospitals to physicians who are trained in homeopathy and recommend it over pharmaceuticals. The general populous is more aware of homeopathy and its uses as compared to people in Canada.  Three out of four people in Europe are aware of homeopathy and have used it at least once for treatment with some choosing it over conventional medicine.

In Germany, evidence of the significant support from the German medical community is in the fact that “85 per cent of sales of homeopathic medicine are prescriptions from physicians and 98 per cent of pharmacies sell homeopathic medicines.”

Despite the prevalence of homeopathy in Europe and globally, its range of use in Canada if still not well known among either the medical community or the general public. Most people are surprised to learn that a homeopath is certified only after at least fours years of homeopathic clinical training.  This extensive training qualifies them to treat chronic illnesses ranging from mental, emotional disorders to terminally ill to pregnancy and childbirth to acute illnesses and a full range of pediatric disorders. Many homeopaths train further in homeopathic master clinician courses, pediatrics and homeopathic veterinary medicine.

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