Homeopathy is the #1 choice for alternative medicine in Europe and the second most widely used medical system in the world. It is practiced in over 80 countries and included as part of the national health system in 8 of these.
In France, 98% of pharmacies sell homeopathic remedies and around 70% of physicians are receptive to homeopathy and consider it effective.
In case you’re wondering why homeopathy is less popular in the United States, with some calling it a scam….let me fill you in.
The first reason is lack of education. Courses in homeopathy are offered in medical schools in India, South America and Europe. In France, training in homeopathic medicine is available in most medical and pharmacy schools, as well as a few dental, veterinary and midwifery schools. In the U.S., courses in homeopathy are found in naturopathic, but not conventional medical schools.
The main reason is political. Homeopathy came from Europe to America in 1825 and quickly became the medical practice of choice. By 1900, there were 22 homeopathic medical schools, 100 homeopathic hospitals, 60 homes for orphans and the elderly, and over 1000 homeopathic pharmacies. These all vanished, beginning In 1901, when the AMA began its devious scheme to close homeopathic medical schools. By 1960, homeopathy was virtually dead.
In the early 1970s, as Americans began questioning the harmful effects of drugs, natural medicine re-emerged. Once the movement began to expand, mainstream medicine stepped up its game. Licensed medical doctors in certain states were forbidden to practice homeopathy and other forms of complementary medicine.
They risked losing their license and were frequently harassed, with offices raided and patient files confiscated. Unlicensed practitioners faced arrest and criminal records. This happened to our homeopathic medical doctor and several colleagues.
Despite the AMA’s best efforts, complementary and alternative medicine’s popularity has increased over the years.
Today medical doctors practice pretty much as they choose. Consumers can still purchase almost all homeopathic remedies, herbs and other supplements without a prescription, but that may not last. Bills continue to be introduced in an effort to take away this right.
Big Pharma is, unfortunately, making progress with their campaign to discredit natural medicine. Over-the-counter homeopathic remedies sold in the U.S. will now have to come with a warning that “they are based on outdated theories” and “not accepted by most modern medical experts, and that there is no scientific evidence the product works.” There actually is evidence, but the studies are ignored.
The pharmaceutical industry views natural medicine as a threat to their livelihood. Unlike drugs, homeopathic remedies cannot be patented and are inexpensive – around $7 each in health food stores.
Some 200 years later, the fight in the U.S. continues, while homeopathy and other natural healing modalities continue to thrive around the world.