The Present Status of Homeopathy I
The History of Homeopathy is about to be rewritten. Homeopaths in different countries have experienced different levels of opposition from orthodox doctors, but it should come as no surprise that homeopaths in the United States suffered the most from the methodical and fierce attacks by American doctors. When homeopaths were allowed a free environment to go through their paces, homeopathy as a whole was able to grow and flourish.
Homeopathy is very popular in Great Britain, as the Royal Family has been under homeopathic care since the 1830’s. (1) Not only is homeopathy increasing at a rate of 39 percent per year in England, (2) but there is also acknowledgment of homeopathy by orthodox doctors. A survey found that 42 percent of orthodox doctors surveyed referred patients to homeopathic care. (3) A study by the British Medical Journal found that of 100 recently graduated British doctors 80 percent wanted to explore training in homeopathy, acupuncture, or hypnosis. (5)
Same growth is experienced among homeopaths in France. 11,000 French doctors utilized homeopathic medicines in one way or another and over 20,000 French pharmacies sell homeopathic medicines. (6) The same survey made a note of the fact that courses leading to a degree in homeopathy are offered in six medical schools. Homeopathy is mandatory in all pharmacy schools and in four veterinary schools.
The popularity in France was so big that President Mitterand along six medical school deans demanded for more research on homeopathy. (7) According to the author of the article in Le Nouvel Observateur, one of France’s leading magazines who wrote: “It is a fact that homeopathy obtains results, sometimes spectacular results.”
Homeopathy is widespread in Europe, but what about the rest of the world? Find out in The Present Status of Homeopathy II.
1. Cook T. (1981) Samuel Hahnemann: The Founder of Homeopathic Medicine. Wellingborough, England: Thorsons. p. 144
2. Feder B. (January 9, 1985) Holistic Medicine in Britain. New York Times
3. Wharton R., Lewith G. (June 7, 1986) Complementary Medicine and the General Practitioner. British Medical Journal, 292: 1498- 1500
5. Reilly D. (July 30, 1983) Young Doctor’s Views on Alternative Medicine. British Medical Journal, 287: 337-339
6. IFOP Survey, Paris, 1985
7. “Médecines douches: La revanche de l’homéopathie.” Le Nouvel Observateur, April 12, 1985. pp 36-41