Some of the latest news on Homeopathy:
Only recently published, the English translation of the 2006 Swiss Health Technology Assessment (HTA) report on homeopathy offers a clear endorsement of the benefits of this form of complementary medicine.
This important report addresses the evidence for the effectiveness of homeopathic therapy in everyday use (i.e. the real world), its safety and its cost-effectiveness.
The authors, Doctor Gudrun Bornhöft and Professor Peter Matthiessen, state: “There is sufficient evidence for the preclinical effectiveness and the clinical efficacy of homeopathy and for its safety and economy compared with conventional treatment.”
Following on from the initial publication of this report, a public referendum in Switzerland in 2009 supported the inclusion of homeopathy and other complementary and alternative medicines in the Swiss national health insurance, with 67% of the people voting in favour. Earlier this month, the Swiss government passed legislation to enact the referendum’s conclusion.
The 234-page HTA report exhaustively reviews the clinical research in homeopathy. It includes a summary of 22 systematic reviews of clinical trials, 20 of which show a positive direction of evidence for homeopathy. And an assessment of the original clinical trials of homeopathy in allergies and upper respiratory tract infections provides supporting evidence for the effectiveness of homeopathic treatment for these conditions.
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Horse & Hound/ Dressage/3rd November 2011/www.horseandhound.co.uk
'Hannah Milner-Harding's home-bred seven year old Rhythm 'N' Blues suffered so badly from allergies that she considered having him put down. But treatment from vet and homeopath Mark Elliot has restored him to health and he is back in work.
In 2009 " Marmite" developed lumps covering him from head to tail, originally thought to be caused by an insect bite. This continued and sometimes the sores would open up and become infected.
Steroids kept the symptoms at bay but were not a long-term option. The symptoms lessened in winter but came back in the spring, and Marmite was on continual box rest. Hannah spent thousands of pounds on vet consultations and treatments.
Despite being sceptical, she consulted Mark, who prescribed sprays that she gave Marmite on an apple.
"He started on a high dose. When spring came I waited to see if he'd react", said Hannah. "A few times he came up in tiny lumps and Mark changed the medication. He's since been fine. I can't thank Mark enough." '
THE British Association of Homeopathic Veterinary Surgeons (BAHVS) is celebrating following the announcement that veterinary homeopathy research is likely to receive a huge cash injection.
The European Parliament's Agriculture Committee (AGRI) is to vote on a draft budget of 2 million Euros (£1.7million) in order to pilot a research project and co-ordinate research on the use of homeopathy and phytotherapy on farm animals. A final decision is expected later this year.
A need for European investment in veterinary research was prompted by growing concerns of antibiotic resistance and the emergence of superbugs like MRSA and C. difficile in veterinary and human medicine.
Homeopathy is commonly used to treat bacterial conditions by homeopathic vets in practice all over the world today. Four recent studies support its practical application in everyday practice.1
Phytotherapy refers to the use of therapeutic herbs (herbal medicines) in treating bacterial conditions.
Homeopathic vet and President of the BAHVS, Mark Elliott said “we are delighted with the proposal to fund further research in to the use of homeopathic and herbal medicine for farm animals.
“We need to bring these medicines into veterinary treatment regimes in an informed way to take the strain off pharmaceuticals. Antibiotic resistance is an increasingly worrying problem that is not going to go away. Homeopathy as a veterinary medical intervention has proven successful many times over the years. It is safe and used worldwide by millions of human beings too.
“Should the plans go ahead, this new funding will be very welcome and demonstrates how homeopathy has taken a huge step forward in recognition for treating ill health in farm and domestic species.”
1. Homeopathy as replacement to antibiotics in the case of Escherichia coli diarrhoea in neonatal piglets. Camerlink I, Ellinger L, Bakker EJ, Lantinga EA.
Homeopathy. 2010 Jan;99(1):57-62.
Homeopathic prescribing for chronic conditions in feline and canine veterinary practice. Mathie RT, Baitson ES, Hansen L, Elliott MF, Hoare J.
Homeopathy. 2010 Oct;99(4):243-8. Review.
Homeopathic prescribing for chronic conditions in equine veterinary practice in the UK. Mathie RT, Baitson ES, Hansen L, Elliott MF, Hoare J.
Vet Rec. 2010 Feb 20;166(8):234
Outcomes from homeopathic prescribing in veterinary practice: a prospective, research-targeted, pilot study. Mathie RT, Hansen L, Elliott MF, Hoare J.
Homeopathy. 2007 Jan;96(1):27-34. Erratum in: Homeopathy. 2007 Apr;96(2):140.
The School of Homeopathy in England held an historic event in Stroud to celebrate their 30th Anniversary. Many of the world’s leading homeopaths came to show support and give presentations and His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales sent his warmest congratulations:
“I did just want to send my warmest possible congratulations in celebration of the Stroud School of Homeopathy’s 30th Anniversary. It seems to me this most noteworthy of events takes on an even greater resonance, coming as it does at a time when, sadly, we have been witnessing the relative decline of some homeopathic services in different parts of the United Kingdom.
It makes the achievements of the School even more significant – from being one of the first in this country to offer an on-site, four year programme, to developing an extensive clinical supervision process and, in addition, creating a home-study programme which reaches students in over sixty countries.
It seems remarkable all this has happened in spite of the apparently ceaseless attacks on homeopathy, and on the individuals attempting to build credibility around its patient outcomes, and I can only wish you every possible success in the years to come.”