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Homeopathy - Rise Of The Phoenix
By Themedica on November 7, 2008 11:19 AM |
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A recently published review on homeopathy, titled "The End of Homeopathy," claimed that homeopathic medicines were only as good as placebos. However, now two new studies conclude that the review describing homeopathy as a placebo was flawed. Both the events together seem to have marked the end and resurrection of homeopathy, at least theoretically.
Homeopathy, a type of alternative medicine. Alternative medicines refer to all healing practices that fall out of the purview of  conventional medicine such as aromatherapy, massage therapies, magnetic therapy, crystal therapy, etc. It was first introduced to the world by Samuel Hahnemann in the 18th century. It is based upon a central philosophy, that sickness can be treated using a substance that can produce symptoms similar to those of the illness, in a healthy person. Over the years the practice has been used by an increasing number of people worldwide, debated all over and has also fought back the attacks leveled against it, such as now.

The Rise of Homeopathy

During the last 30 years or so this alternative medicine has achieved a high status and popularity, estimates put it's growth rate to about 20%. cam-use-by-domain-and-whole-medical-systems.jpg Considering that most of the referrals to a homeopathic clinic are through word of mouth that seems to be a very good figure.

In the US, about 62% of the population uses some sort of Complementary and Alternative Medicine. Further,Homeopathy which is a part of “Whole Medical Systems” ranks at number four position as the most popular form of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM). It accounts for 2.7 percent of CAM users.  The popularity of other types of CAMs is, Mind Body Medicine (52.6%), Biologically Based Practices (21.9%), Manipulative and Body-Based Practices (10.9%) and Energy Medicine (0.5%).

Further, compared to other therapies of its kind viz. Acupuncture, Ayurveda, and Naturopathy, the Homeopathic Medicine with 41% users ranks second being next only to Acupuncture, whose users make up for 45 percent of all the four therapies combined.
Aside from the USA, in countries around the world, the popularity of homeopathy excellent. For instance in a recent Global TGI survey, people were asked whether they trust homeopathy? The following are the percentages of people living in urban areas who said YES:, India 62%, Brazil 58%, Saudi Arabia 53%, Chile 49%, United Arab Emirates 49%, France 40%, South Africa 35%, Russia 28%, Germany 27%, Argentina 25%, Hungary 25%, USA 18%, UK 15%.

A number of famous people use or have used homeopathic remedies including the royal families of Europe. In fact Queen Elizabeth II of England is said never to travel anywhere without her supplies of homeopathic remedies.

Homeopathy is practiced nowadays in countries all over the world and the legacy of homeopathy, now 250 years old continues. If history is an indicator of future success, then homeopathy will continue to illuminate the medical industry for as long as it lasts.


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