Alex Winkler: Don’t doubt it – homeopathy is thriving worldwide

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    [post_content] => The 2019 WHO Global Report on Traditional and Complementary Medicine has pointed out that, “Given the unique health challenges of the 21st century, interest in T&CM is undergoing a revival”.

The presence, legal regulations, and inclusion in statutory health insurances of homeopathy vary from country to country.

In India, the AYUSH ministry estimates that ten per cent of the population solely depends on homeopathy, offered by about 250,000 practitioners. In Switzerland in 2017, homeopathy has been reincluded indefinitely into statutory health insurance, as has been the case partly or fully in Brazil, Chile, Denmark and other countries. Homeopathy is also on the rise in countries like Argentina, Cuba, Egypt, Israel, South Africa and Tunisia, in many Central and Eastern European states, and in Russia.

Today, homeopathy generates almost $4 billion annually and is estimated to be used by about 400m people. Two thirds of global revenues in homeopathy are made in Europe and France alone accounts for 25% of global revenues. Overall, market research companies estimate that the market of homeopathy is growing steadily.

The HRI Conference in London this month (June 2019) welcomed 80 researchers from 26 countries sharing 80 abstracts of the highest scientific quality.

Overall, while the situation of homeopathy is very fragmented, its global trend is positive. There are various variables to consider but what is also clear is that the areas where the pharmaceutical industry is more embedded thanks to government support and strong lobby interests are the ones where attacks against homeopathy are the most strident.

The strength of our community rests on its diversity and its unity around similar values and principles, one of them being intellectual honesty. The Society of Homeopaths understands the need to be open to the world and for cooperation, as shown through its membership of bodies such as the European Central Council of Homeopaths (ECCH).

A fundamental objective for the coming years is to further increase membership with overseas homeopaths through the RSHom International title.

With this in mind, the motto of homeopathy pioneer Constantine Hering seems appropriate: In certis unitas, in dubiis libertas, in omnibus caritas – Unity in certain things, freedom in doubtful things, love in all things.

Alex Winkler is a member of the board of the Society of Homeopaths.

Material published in this section of the website does not necessarily reflect the opinion of the Society of Homeopaths.
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The 2019 WHO Global Report on Traditional and Complementary Medicine has pointed out that, “Given the unique health challenges of the 21st century, interest in T&CM is undergoing a revival”.

The presence, legal regulations, and inclusion in statutory health insurances of homeopathy vary from country to country.

In India, the AYUSH ministry estimates that ten per cent of the population solely depends on homeopathy, offered by about 250,000 practitioners. In Switzerland in 2017, homeopathy has been reincluded indefinitely into statutory health insurance, as has been the case partly or fully in Brazil, Chile, Denmark and other countries. Homeopathy is also on the rise in countries like Argentina, Cuba, Egypt, Israel, South Africa and Tunisia, in many Central and Eastern European states, and in Russia.

Today, homeopathy generates almost $4 billion annually and is estimated to be used by about 400m people. Two thirds of global revenues in homeopathy are made in Europe and France alone accounts for 25% of global revenues. Overall, market research companies estimate that the market of homeopathy is growing steadily.

The HRI Conference in London this month (June 2019) welcomed 80 researchers from 26 countries sharing 80 abstracts of the highest scientific quality.

Overall, while the situation of homeopathy is very fragmented, its global trend is positive. There are various variables to consider but what is also clear is that the areas where the pharmaceutical industry is more embedded thanks to government support and strong lobby interests are the ones where attacks against homeopathy are the most strident.

The strength of our community rests on its diversity and its unity around similar values and principles, one of them being intellectual honesty. The Society of Homeopaths understands the need to be open to the world and for cooperation, as shown through its membership of bodies such as the European Central Council of Homeopaths (ECCH).

A fundamental objective for the coming years is to further increase membership with overseas homeopaths through the RSHom International title.

With this in mind, the motto of homeopathy pioneer Constantine Hering seems appropriate: In certis unitas, in dubiis libertas, in omnibus caritas – Unity in certain things, freedom in doubtful things, love in all things.

Alex Winkler is a member of the board of the Society of Homeopaths.

Material published in this section of the website does not necessarily reflect the opinion of the Society of Homeopaths.

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