In 2007, the Cuban government administered a homeopathic remedy (instead of the usual vaccine) to a population of 2.4 million, to protect from leptospirosis. Only 10 deaths occurred within this population, instead of the thousands who usually die, even with the intervention of a standard vaccine. The cost of the leptospirosis project was US$ 200,000, whereas the costs of ‘normal’ vaccination (only for the most at-risk populations - i.e. children, pregnant women, and the elderly), are about US$3,000,000.
In 2011, a rigorous Swiss government report (which was in fact the most comprehensive review to date of any governmental body on the scientific evidence for homeopathic medicine) concluded that Homeopathy is not only highly effective but also much more cost-efficient than conventional treatment.
“Patient outcome studies at the NHS homeopathic hospitals show that on average 70% of patients report positive health changes after homeopathic treatments - these are patients who have usually exhausted all the conventional options first and are coping with intolerable suffering.” - Sally Penrose, Chief Executive, Faculty of Homoeopathy (UK)
Worldwide, homoeopathy continues to grow, and according to the World Health Organization (WHO), is the most widely practiced form of medicine, second only to allopathic medicine.
UK doctors (GPs) using homoeopathy cost the Government 12% less than doctors who do not use homoeopathy. (Natural Medicine Society News, June 1992).
Nobel Prize-winning virologist, Dr. Luc Montagnier, has recently given strong support and robust evidence in favour of homeopathic medicine: "What I can say now is that the high dilutions (used in homeopathy) are right. High dilutions of something are not nothing. They are water structures which mimic the original molecules."
40% of French doctors use homoeopathy, and the patients using homoeopathy cost the French Government half of that for patients who use orthodox treatments. (Archives of Family Medicine, 1998, 7, 537-40)
Homeopathic treatment in a number of conditions can prevent the need for surgery. Common examples being treatment of tonsillitis, appendicitis, grommets, etc.
The users of homeopathy have a higher level of satisfaction with their treatment than those using orthodox medical treatment. (British Homoeopathic Journal, October 1989, 78, 219-229)
69% of French physicians think that homeopathic treatment is “effective” (Étude MV2 9/97)
45% of Dutch doctors use homoeopathy (Family Practice, 1990, September, 7, 3, 227-232)
The English Royal Family has been under homeopathic care since 1830 and there has always been a Royal Homeopathic Doctor. The post is currently held by Dr Peter Fisher. The Queen carries her 'black box' of homeopathic remedies with her on all her travels.
In 1831 Cholera swept through Europe. Homeopaths treating the disease achieved a mortality rate (number of people who died) of less than 4% compared to conventional medical treatments, where the mortality rate was 59%. In 1854 during the cholera outbreak in London, deaths at the London Homeopathic Hospital were a mere 16.4% compared with the 50% average for other hospitals.
In Switzerland, in the 10 years to 2002, interest in homoeopathy has risen by 300% and homoeopathy is rebatable by most health insurance providers. (Swiss Radio International, May 2, 2002)
The best selling 'flu remedy in France is a homeopathic medicine: Anas Bar 200c, commonly marketed under the trade name Oscillococcinum - it is effective primarily at the first signs of influenza.
In Brazil there are 17,000 practising homeopaths and in Indo-Asia 300,000 homeopaths practise with 70,000 registered to state boards; there are 40 homeopathic medical colleges.
In Britain the market for homeopathy is estimated to be growing at around 20% a year. British consumers spend more than £20 million a year on over-the-counter homeopathic remedies. The sale of homeopathic medicines in pharmacies is increasing between 15% and 20% a year.
A Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) study showed that all twenty-three different Homeopathic Remedies and Potencies tested had distinctive readings of submolecular activity, while The Placebos did not, demonstrating that homeopathy's function is not so much chemical but energetic. (Journal of Holistic Medicine, 5, Fall-Winter 1983)
Over 30 million people in Europe use homeopathic medicine.
Homeopathy is the most frequently used CAM therapy in five out of 16 surveyed countries in Europe and among the three most frequently used in 11 out of 16 surveyed countries.
In the UK in 2000, a House of Lords Select Committee report on Complementary and Alternative Medicine listed homeopathy as a “group one” therapy, along with osteopathy, chiropractic, acupuncture and herbal medicine. Group one therapies are recognised as having their own diagnostic approach and treatment methods.
In 2005, the largest service evaluation of homeopathic treatment reported that 70 per cent of 6,500 follow-up patients experienced improvement in their health. Eczema, asthma, migraine, irritable bowel syndrome, arthritis, depression and chronic fatigue improved.
Up to date research evidence shows that of the 134 randomised controlled trials (RCTs) of homeopathy published in peer-reviewed journals, 59 are positive (that is, demonstrating that homeopathy has an effect beyond placebo), eight trials are negative, and the remaining 67 are inconclusive. This is despite the fact that researchers in the field suggest RCTs are not the best research tool to test homeopathy or any other individualised treatment. New research models are being developed to better reflect homeopathic clinical practice.
A study over one month in 2007, looking at a total of 1,602 patients seen at follow-up appointments in all five UK NHS homeopathic hospitals, found that eczema was currently the most common referral to homeopathy by NHS doctors.Other commonly treated complaints were chronic fatigue, menopausal disorder and osteoarthritis.
Dr David Reilly and his team at Glasgow University have conducted four double blind placebo controlled trials, carried out over a period of 18 years, specifically designed to examine the evidence for the hypothesis that any benefits of homeopathy are due to the placebo effect. All four trials involving a total of 252 patients have produced similar, positive results demonstrating that homeopathy has an effect greater than placebo and that these results are reproducible.