The World Health Organisation and the European Union have identified antimicrobial resistance as a major crisis facing the health systems of all countries.
The pharmaceutical industry is struggling to find new antibiotics to replace failing older products. The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control estimates that antimicrobial resistance (AMR) results in 25,000 deaths every year with related costs of over €1.5 billion in healthcare expenses and productivity losses in Europe. Widespread use of antibiotics in the animal food industry is considered to be a major contributor to the rise in resistance.
In the light of this crisis and in order to reduce the use of antibiotics, The Society of Homeopaths would like to see serious consideration being given to the use of homeopathy as an alternative to antibiotics. We consider that there is evidence and practical experience that homeopathic medicine can contribute to reducing the need for antibiotic use by offering effective alternatives.
To this end, the Society research consultants submitted a paper to the House of Commons Science and Technology select committee call for evidence in 2013. The committee conducted an anti-microbial resistance enquiry as part of the Government’s 5 year strategy for the stewarding and conservation of existing antimicrobial treatments.
The Society’s paper provided evidence-based suggestions for the role homeopathy might play. It outlined how Homeopathy is a demonstrably effective treatment option for a range of human infectious diseases, and suggested that:
• Homeopathic treatment can be at least equivalent to antibiotics for certain human infectious diseases
• Homeopathy can offer an effective alternative to non-essential antimicrobial use in animal husbandry
• Homeopathy has a robust track record of controlling, managing and preventing outbreaks of infectious diseases on a large scale
• Homeopathy provides rich potential for the development of novel antimicrobial therapies and is not susceptible to the problems
of developing microbial resistance. It deserves adequate research funding and support.
The full paper can be accessed here:
The Homeopathic Research Institute (HRI) also submitted evidence, focusing on two specific ways in which homeopathy could be used to reduce the use of existing antibiotics: 1) as an additional first line treatment for acute otitis media in children, and 2) as an alternative to the large-scale routine use of antibiotics in farm animals. Their submission can be accessed here: