Iranian Journal of Pharmaceutical Research (2004): Supplement 2:
2nd International Congress on Traditional Medicine and Materia Medica
The position of homeopathy in the world
Liga Medicorum Homoeopathica Internationalis, Iranian Homeopathic Association, Tehran, Iran
Although homeopathy have been discovered 230 years ago by Dr Samuel Hahnemann but only scientific view has begun only since 25 years.
Currently homeopathy has been integrated into the national health care systems of many countries, including India, Mexico, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and the United Kingdom.
In the World Health Organization report about alternative medicine that published in 2001, we noticed that homeopathy is regulated in 43 countries (Asia 7, Africa 7, America 9, Australia 2 and Europe 20).
Contrary to some critics who think that people try homeopathy only because they are uneducated, research published in the Western Journal of Medicine showed that homeopathic patients tend to be considered even better educated than the average American.
The New York Times noted that visits to homeopathic physicians are increasing in England at a rate of 39% per year. In two different studies published by The British Medical Journal and the Times of London revealed that 42% and 48% of the physicians surveyed refer patients to homeopathic physicians.
A recent survey of French doctors revealed that approximately 11000 utilize homeopathic medicines, approximately 25% of the French public have tried or are presently using homeopathic medicines, and over 20000 French pharmacies now sell homeopathic medicines. This survey also noted that courses in homeopathy leading to a degree are offered in six medical schools.
Homeopathy is widespread in Europe, but it is even more popular in Asia, especially India (Presently, there are over 120 four- or five-year homeopathic medical schools in India.), Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Emirate, Malaysia, Iran (we have 130 member of Iranian Homeopathic Association member who all of them are physician).
As an article in the World Health Organization's journal World Health Forum noted, "Homeopathic treatment seems well suited for use in rural areas where the infrastructure, equipment, and drugs needed for conventional medicine cannot be provided.
Homeopathy is re-experiencing a renaissance in the United States as well. In the mid-1980s, it can be estimated that there are approximately 1,000 physicians who specialize in homeopathy. According to the Washington Post, the numbers of physicians in the U.S. who specialize in homeopathy doubled from 1980 to 1982. Approximately 1,000 other health professionals in the U.S. use homeopathic medicines,