Facts About Homeopathy
M. K. Gandhiji – “Homeopathy is the latest & refined method of treating patients economically & non violently. Government must encourage & patronize it in our country”.
Rabindranath Tagore – “Homeopathy is not merely a collection of a few medicines, but a new science with rational philosophy as its base, we require more scientific interest & enquiry into the matter with special stress upon the Indian environments”.
Swami Vivekkananda – “An Allopath comes & treats Cholera patients & gives them his medicines. The Homeopath comes & gives his medicines & cures perhaps more than the allopath does because the homeopath does not disturb the patients but allows the nature to deal with them”.
The English Royal Family has been under homeopathic care since 1830 and there has always been a Royal Homeopathic Doctor. The post is currently held by Dr Peter Fisher. The Queen carries her 'black box' of homeopathic remedies with her on all her travels.
In 1831 Cholera swept through Europe. Homeopaths treating the disease achieved a mortality rate (number of people who died) of less than 4% compared to conventional medical treatments, where the mortality rate was 59%. In 1854 during the cholera outbreak in London, deaths at the London Homeopathic Hospital were a mere 16.4% compared with the 50% average for other hospitals.
The British Homeopathic Society was founded in 1844.
In France, all pharmacies are required by law to fill homeopathic prescriptions as well as prescriptions for drugs from conventional doctors. The best selling 'flu remedy in France is a homeopathic medicine: Anas Bar 200c, commonly marketed under the trade name Oscillococcinum - it is effective primarily at the first signs of influenza.
In Brazil there are 17,000 practising homeopaths and in Indo-Asia 300,000 homeopaths practise with 70,000 registered to state boards; there are 40 homeopathic medical colleges.
Homeopathy has been available on the National Health Service in Britain since 1948. A report by the Centre of Complementary Health Studies in Exeter in 2001 noted a 49% increase in the number of statutory health practitioners who practise homeopathy.
45% of GPs in Britain consider homeopathy useful. 60% of the doctors who use homeopathy do so because of good experience of homeopathy as effective treatment and anxiety about hazards of conventional treatment.
There are five National Health Service funded homeopathic hospitals in Britain: Bristol, Liverpool, Glasgow, Tunbridge Wells and London opened throughout the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The largest, the Royal London Homeopathic Hospital, treats around 2,000 patients per week. Glasgow Homeopathic Hospital sees 2,500 new patients a year, with 81% of patients rating their care as very good or excellent. A survey in Glasgow has shown recorded referrals to the Glasgow Homeopathic Hospital from every GP practice in Glasgow over a two year period. Referrals to all the NHS homeopathic hospitals continue to rise.
In Britain the market for homeopathy is estimated to be growing at around 20% a year. British consumers spend more than £20 million a year on over-the-counter homeopathic remedies. The sale of homeopathic medicines in pharmacies is increasing between 15% and 20% a year.
The World Health Organization has stated that homeopathy is the second leading system of medicine for primary health care in the world. It is covered by national healthcare systems in many countries and is recommended by healthcare professionals worldwide. Over 30 million people in Europe use homeopathic medicine.