Increase in use of Homeopathic Medicine
The American Journal of Public Health has recently published an article out of Harvard that shows that homeopathic medicine, has jumped 15% in use.
The principal investigator was Michelle Dossett, MD, PhD and Ted Kaptchuk, OMD. They hail from Harvard’s School of Public Health and from a Harvard Medical School affiliated hospital, Beth Israel Deaconess. The team notes that prior studies of homeopathy “suggest potential public health benefits such as reductions in unnecessary antibiotic usage, reductions in costs to treat certain respiratory diseases, improvements in peri-menopausal depression, improved health outcomes in chronically ill individuals, and control of a Leptospirosis epidemic in Cuba.”
They reported that positive views of homeopathy were much higher among those who saw a professional homeopath. They were more likely to feel that homeopathy was “very important in maintaining health and well-being.” More of those who’d consulted a homeopathic practitioner thought that homeopathy helped their health condition “a great deal”.
French researchers spoke to this potential last year when they concluded that “management of patients by homeopathic GPs may be less expensive from a global perspective and may represent an important interest to public health.” The Harvard researchers included a similar note: “Because of potential public health benefits associated with the use of homeopathy, further research on this modality and targeted studies of users are warranted.”