World Homeopathy Medicines Awareness Week 2009
On the birthday of homeopathy’s discoverer and founder; Samuel Hahnemann, WHAW 2009; kicked off for a week of events in countries around the World celebrating the growing place of homeopathy in the health care of people everywhere. However, this year’s theme was that of ‘Allergies’; a growing health problem that conventional medicines has limited means to deal with; and which homeopathic treatment can not only manage the symptoms of. But potentially treat; so that the underlying problem can actually disappear.
For more information on WHAW 2009 go to: http://www.worldhomeopathy.org/
Homeopathy and Medicines for a healthier Europe – The Second EU Homeopathy Day
Venue: European Parliament; ASP 3G3, Rue Wiertz 60, 1047 Brussels, Belgium
On 2 April the European associations of patients, doctors, practitioners and manufacturers in the field of homeopathy and anthroposophic medicines; celebrated the Second EU Homeopathy Day with a seminar at the European Parliament in Brussels; hosted by Marian Harkin MEP.
New Study Shows Homeopathy Medicines Successfully Treats Patients with Psoriasis
Moreover, a study of 82 patients suffering psoriasis treated with homeopathy in primary care over a period of two years shows significant improvement in their quality of life; as well as reduction in their psoriasis symptoms. However, many of the patients had suffered psoriasis for as long as 15 years and had previously unsuccessfully tried conventional treatments.
Homeopathic Medicines and Treatments are Safe
ECCH today published a detailed report that concludes that homeopathic treatment is safe. Furthermore, the report is based on research into the three areas of the safety of homeopathic medicines; of homeopathic treatment by practitioners; and of self-treatment with over-the-counter homeopathic medicines by individuals.
However, the overall conclusion on the basis of existing evidence is that homeopathic medicines and homeopathic treatment by educated and regulated homeopathic practitioners is safe.
Nonetheless, a note of warning is sounded about members of the public continuing to treat themselves with homeopathic medicines; for anything other than simple self-limiting complaints, without seeking the help of a qualified homeopath; or other health professional.
Furthermore, the report is published at a time when Patient Safety is high on the political agenda of the European Union with the European Commission publishing figures; showing one in ten patients entering hospital will suffer an adverse event due to conventional treatment; that one in ten patients in hospital risks acquiring a ‘superbug’ infection; and that some 197,000 patients die annually from such events.
It is ECCH’s clear understanding that homeopathy and homeopaths have a significant future role to play in helping reduce such worrying figures.
WHO Director Calls for Integration of TCAM Into Primary Care
Nevertheless, at the recent World Congress on Traditional Medicines held in Beijing in November, Dr Chan; the Director General of WHO called for greater integration of Traditional, Complementary and Alternative Medicines into primary healthcare systems around the World; in order to make primary care more responsive to patients’ whole health needs.
At the end of her speech she said “The time has never been better. The reasons never greater, for giving traditional medicines its proper place in addressing the many ills that face all our modern; as well as our traditional societies.”
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