British Medical Journal questions the critics of homoeopathy

In recent years there appears to be a tide of criticism against homoeopathy as an effective complementary medicine. It appears to have fallen out of favour. This fall and rise of homoeopathy has happened throughout homoeopathy’s history.

The British Medical Journal recently published a letter which examines the motives of those who dismiss homeopathy in spite of current research. Read the letter here 

The recent movie ‘Just One Drop’ also showed scientists discussing a similar issue. They gave their scientific evaluation of published papers dismissive of homoeopathy.

Throughout history homoeopath has been heavily criticised and often dismissed. It has survived and is one of the longest standing complementary medicine.

Samuel Hahnemann (1755–1843) the founded homoeopathy and expanded its principles in the late 18th century. During that time, orthodox medicine used methods like bloodletting and purging, and toxic substances like mercury and arsenic as medicines.

These treatments often worsened the patient and even caused the patient’s death. Hahnemann was often critical of the orthodox practises of his day stating they were irrational and harmful. 

Hahnemann used single medicines at lower doses based on what he called the ‘Law of Simillimum’. The name homoeopathy means similar-suffering, what a substance can cause in a healthy person, it can cure in a sick person.