Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Why Homeopathy continues to grow

The core reason why the opposition to Homeopathy will fail is that Homeopathy works. If it had not proven to be effective it would have disappeared long ago.

I believe most people are reasonably intelligent and endowed with common sense, most of the time and never more so than when it comes to their health and particularly the health of their children. No-one would bother doing something which was ineffective, particularly, and this is the important part, when the methodology is controversial. Many people do things which are ineffective or even unhealthy because their doctor tells them to do it but they can accept this because within the social paradigm, they are 'behaving' they are 'doing what they are told,' they are being 'obedient.'

Anyone who looks 'outside the medical box' to explore other methodologies is showing independence of mind, courage, curiosity, determination and for many, desperation because Allopathy has failed.

However, none of them would bother 'disobeying' unless their needs were being met. That is common sense.

The campaign against Homeopathy began in the early 20th century in the US and was driven by the medical/pharmaceutical industry. It was largely successful in having Homeopathy sidelined but not eradicated. Meanwhile Homeopathy continued to grow in use around the world.

The Europeans, such a sensible lot, have never wavered in their use of Homeopathy and it is only in the past decade or so that a crusade against Homeopathy began mainly in the UK but to lesser levels in some other countries like Australia.

None of it equals the fervour some Brits have managed to muster in their campaign although there too it will be largely ineffective, beyond perhaps removing it from the national health service, because Scotland is unlikely to follow suit, those sensible Scots, and neither will Europe or Ireland so the British will be able to consult Homeopaths until their country comes to its senses. The UK has long been a bastion for Homeopathy and will be again.

The American crusade and the current British crusade have done little to damage Homeopathy as a whole. It has, overall, continued to grow in acceptance and use. One of the biggest growth areas today is India and the Chinese are following in fast suit. The Indians have Ayurveda which has held its ground as Allopathic medicine has found a place and the Traditional Chinese Medicine has done the same. In both India and China minds are open enough to seek to weave together the best of Allopathic medicine with their own traditional medicine. Each are doing the same with Homeopathy.

Homeopathy has steadily grown in use in South America and is being recognised in Africa. There are reasons for the success of Homeopathy in such less developed countries and they include beyond the crucial fact - THEY WORK:

1. Homeopathic remedies are cheap.

2. Treatment is, unlike Allopathy, never an expensive course of medication taken for years or life.

3. The Homeopathic remedies are durable in ways pharmaceuticals are not - they don't have a use-by date and remedies more than 100 years old have been used and found effective. There are some minor storage considerations but that is all.

4. Homeopathic Remedies do no harm unlike pharmaceuticals which all have side-effects and potentially dangerous ones, particularly for people who have diets low in nutrition and whose bodies are compromised by things like malaria. This means that someone who is given a remedy will not be in a situation of requiring medical intervention or hospitalisation because of side-effects.

5. Consultations are infrequent and only one may be needed so access to a Homeopath is less of a demand.

6. Homeopathy does not require complicated, expensive and heavy equipment and so Homeopathy is portable to a greater degree than Allopathy.

7. Homeopathy works not just for physical conditions but for emotional and psychological - it treats the whole body and an effective remedy is likely to cure more than one condition, often those of chronic duration which years of Allopathic treatment have failed to cure.

All of which is why Homeopathy is growing in use and it is also seeing a resurgence in the United States where it has been included as part of the Allopathic move to Integrative medicine and in the public move toward non-allopathic medicine in general.

Excerpt: Over the five years to 2012, the Homeopaths industry has grown at a rapid pace, bolstered by increasing consumer acceptance of alternative therapies such as homeopathy. Defined as the practice of alternative medicine that aims to stimulate the body's innate healing processes, an estimated 4.8 million people used homeopathy in 2006, according to a 2007 survey (most recent data available) by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). IBISWorld research indicates that these numbers have only grown, with revenue generated by homeopaths projected to increase at an annualized rate of 7.6% to $339.9 million over the past five years, including anticipated growth of 7.2% in 2012 alone, according to IBISWorld industry analyst Anna Son.

Organizations such as the Council of Homeopathic Certification (CHC) have worked hard to create Homeopaths industry standards and licensing professionals for the practice. This helped spur demand and create an avenue for more homeopathic professionals in the United States, Son says.



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