World Wide Establishment
Homeopathy is established worldwide as a medical system and is used by millions of people in at least 65 countries. In many countries, homeopathy is considered to be on an equal footing with conventional medicine. Homeopathy is integrated into the public health systems of many European, Asian, African and South American countries. In the UK, homeopathy has been supported by the British National Health Service (NHS) since it began in 1948.
A European Tradition
Homeopathic medicine is a long-standing European therapeutic tradition and the leading complementary medicine in Europe. Today, three out of four Europeans are familiar with homeopathy and about 29 per cent of the population, or 100 million people use it for their own health care.5 Homeopathy is especially popular in France, where a 2004 survey found that 62 per cent of French mothers had used homeopathic medicines in the previous year.6 Homeopathy is taught in at least seven French medical schools and in 21 of France’s 24 schools of pharmacy.
An Indian Institution
In India, over 100 million people use homeopathy as their only form of medical care. 7 A 2007 survey in India found that 62 per cent of current homeopathy users have never tried conventional medicines and 82 per cent of these people would not change to using conventional treatments.8
A Royal Connection
Many highly respected people, cultural heroes and monarchs over the past 200 years have been strong advocates of homeopathy. This system of medicine has been the choice of the British royal family and most European royal families, eleven U.S. Presidents, six popes, JD Rockefeller, Charles Darwin, Mother Teresa and Mahatma Gandhi as well as dozens of authors, corporate leaders, sports stars and musicians.9
The Full Picture
It is clear that to fully evaluate homeopathy, it is important to look at the complete body of evidence that has allowed homeopathy to exist and grow for over 200 years: this includes clinical results recorded by doctors and their patients, enormous worldwide use, incorporation into public health systems, and the positive results of many basic science studies, controlled clinical trials and meta-analyses of clinical trials.
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