Five Reasons Why the NHS Should Fund Homeopathy

The question of whether or not the NHS should fund homeopathy is a controversial one. These decisions are taken by local NHS organizations, so there is uneven coverage and availability of funded treatments nationally. Depending on which postcode you live in, you may or may not have access to homeopathic treatments on the NHS. Nevertheless, homeopathy plays a significant role in NHS patient treatment. The NHS spends approximately £4 million each year on homeopathy and over 400 GPs are practising homeopaths, according to the Faculty of Homeopathy

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Following are five reasons why homeopathy is worth funding and why the NHS might consider expanding its support of homeopathy.

1. Homeopathy is safe.

Homeopathic remedies rely on the axiom, ‘like cures like’. Substances that cause symptoms in large doses can be taken in much smaller doses in order to stimulate the body’s natural defences. Homeopathic remedies are diluted enough that they are unlikely to lead to adverse reactions.

2. Homeopathy is cost-effective.

The logic here is simple. Conventional medicines are expensive. Homeopathic treatments are not. The NHS is a massive organization with a multitude of funding responsibilities. If homeopathic treatments can be used to reduce the cost of NHS treatments, surely this is worth pursuing.

3. Offering multiple forms of treatment is a good thing.

Some people do not want to undergo treatment involving pharmaceuticals or other forms of conditional treatment. Whether the reasoning is religious, medical or personal, these people choose to pursue a variety of alternative medical treatments including homeopathy. If the NHS supports a patient’s right to make these crucial decisions about their own treatment, this can only be a good thing, perhaps a step closer to a positive outcome.

 

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4. Homeopathy can be used in patients that cannot tolerate conventional drugs.

Some patients have no choice but to seek alternatives to conventional treatment. Allergies or food intolerances can prevent some patients from being able to take conventional medicines. Homeopathy can offer remedies for these difficult to treat problems and the NHS should offer treatment for those facing these barriers to conventional treatment.

5. Homeopathy offers a more well-rounded picture of the patient’s health and wellbeing.

When practiced with a holistic approach, homeopaths take note not only of the patient’s physical condition, but also the many influences that may come into play in a person’s overall health and well-being, including his or her mental and emotional state. Homeopaths do not simply dispense remedies; they seek to treat underlying issues that become visible after concentrated evaluation, making them experts at identifying and alleviating elusive ailments. In today’s world of medicine dominated by a reliance on the dispensing of drugs to cure illness, homeopaths are a much needed alternative.

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