NHS Spending Millions in Homeopathy which they Claim on their Website isn't Effective
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Homeopathy is used as a complementary or alternative medication (CAM) that has the principle that “like cures like”. The idea is that the substance that causes certain symptoms can also be used to remove those same symptoms. This type of alternative medicine was developed back in the late 18th c. by Samuel Hahnemann and is still used today.
The NHS spends around £5 million of the taxpayers money a year on homeopathic treatment. This would be great if this form of medicine was effective, but it is hard to believe that it does when the NHS’s own website states “Many homeopathic remedies consist of substances that have been diluted many times in water until there is none or almost none of the original substance left.” They also state that there is “no scientifically plausible way that homeopathy can prevent diseases.”
Homeopathy is said to “treat” anything from asthma to depression but these plant based remedies often only consist of water and sugar. If there are any results after taking this treatment, it is more likely due to a placebo effect it has on the patient.
Homeopathy is used in 4 homeopathy hospitals in the UK in the cities of Glasgow, Bristol, London and Liverpool. The Bristol Homeopathic Hospital is said to have spent £541,919 in one year. This seems odd as there is talk about potentially closing down the Liverpool Women’s Hospital which was opened by Princess Diana in 1995 in order to cut down on expenses.
There are supporter though that believe in this treatment and say it is important for patients to have a choice of various alternative treatments. One of the loud supporters is the left wing MP Jeremy Corbyn and the shadow Chancellor John McDonnell. If they do win in 2020 expect more funding to go into homeopathy.