2017 Campaign The 2017 theme for Homeopathy Awareness Week 2017 is ‘Patient Voice, Patient Choice’


Homeopathy has been part of NHS provision since 1948, yet many patients find it difficult to get a referral to consult with a homeopath via the NHS. There are several reasons for this, including the fact that many healthcare providers have a poor understanding of what homeopathy has to offer patients. For example, we know that NHS England recommends that healthcare provision should move towards delivering a more patient centred approach, where the patient has a meaningful voice in selecting their treatment option. However in reality, many patients are still viewed as a medical condition (as opposed to a unique individual), so their choice of treatment options will be limited.

In the UK, around 40,000 patients a year receive homeopathy via the NHS, and they report excellent results. Many of these patients have already received other treatments before trying homeopathy, including conventional medicine, and have found out for themselves that homeopathy works best for them.

For example, an outcomes-based study at the NHS-funded Bristol Homeopathic Hospital observed 6,500 patients over a six year period. The patients were suffering from a wide range of conditions, some of which were serious or complex. The study covered some 23,000 appointments, and the results were impressive: 70% of patients receiving homeopathy reported improved health, while 50% reported a major improvement.

There are other similar studies from countries where homeopathy is widely used, such as Germany, France and Switzerland, which all confirm that patients who use homeopathy as their treatment option experience significantly improved health and wellbeing.

So, how can we raise awareness of homeopathy for health and wellbeing? Well, this probably starts by sharing useful information about homeopathy, and that’s what Homeopathy Awareness Week is all about.

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