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Status of homeopathy in Europe

45% of Dutch doctors use homeopathy [1] and 39% of Belgian paediatricians are in favour of Homeopathy [2]
[1]. Medical journal of Australia, 2000, 172, 105-109
[2]. Homeopathy 2002, 91, 262

At the General Hospital in Klagenfurt, Austria, children with cancer are treated with homeopathy along with conventional medicine. At another hospital in Austria, (KA Rudolfstiftung), homeopathy is used with newborns in the delivery room and intensive care units. Children with profound mental impairment receive homeopathic care in the Rzadkowo Welfare Centre in Poland. A study at Vinnitsa Medical University (Ukraine) atrial fibrillation was successfully treated using homeopathy. Finally, there was the heartening research of Dr. Nikolaus Hock in Munchen Germany, using homeopathy to treat depression. He presented two cases of people suffering from depression who got no relief from drugs in over two years. They were each cured in five weeks with homeopathic remedies (Aurum muriaticum and Alumina).
Ref: Abstracts of the 60th Congress of the Liga Medicorum Homeopathica Internationalis
 
United Kingdom
According to The Times of London, homeopathy is now the fastest growing alternative therapy in Scotland. The number of Scots who have used homeopathic medicines have more than doubled from 1985 to 1990, increasing from 5% to 11%. Similarly, in 1985 23% of those Scots interviewed in 1985 said they would "seriously consider" going to a homeopath, and in 1990 this figure grew to 40%.
Ref: "Take a Little of What Ails You," The Times, November 13, 1989.

45% of UK GPs consider homeopathy useful and 42% refer their patients for homeopathic treatment.
Ref: Natural medicine Society News, UK, 21, June 1992

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By 2003, 86% of Scottish GPs surveyed were found to be in favour of homeopathy[3] . Currently, homeopathy is the second most popular complementary medicine in the UK [4,5].
Ref:
[3].  Hamilton E, Exploring General Practitioners attitudes to homeopathy in Dumfries and Galloway, Homeopathy, 2003, 92, 190-194.
[4].  “New research in the Times Body and Soul reveals disenchanted Britons turning to complementary therapy”, PRNewswire, London Jan 9, 2004.
[5].  The Independent, 17 November, 2003.

60% of the UK doctors who use homeopathy do so because of good experience of homeopathy as effective treatment and anxiety about hazards of conventional treatment
Ref: Halvorsen R. Alternative therapies in the practice. The General Practitioner Magazine. Feb 2005

France
According to surveys in France, an astounding 40% of the French public have used homeopathic medicines, and 39% of French physicians have prescribed them.2 At least six French medical schools offer courses leading to a degree in homeopathy, and homeopathy is taught in all pharmacy schools and in four veterinary schools.
Ref: Poll I.F.O.P., February, 1989.

In a prominent French news magazine President Francois Mitter and and six medical school deans called for more research on homeopathy, and Dana Ullman editorialized, "It is a fact that homeopathy obtains results, sometimes spectacular results."
Ref: "Medecines douches: La revanche de l'homeopathie," Le Nouvel Observateur, April 12, 1985, 36-41.

Germany
In Germany, 20% of medical practitioners prescribe homeopathic medicines for their patients[6,7,8] and they’re used by 90% of German veterinarians[9]
Ref:
[6]. Ludtke R et al, Forsch Komplementarmed Klass Natureheilkd, 2001, 8, 4, 213-8.
[7]. British Medical Journal, 2 November 2002;325:990.
[8]. WHO Bulletin op cit.
[9]. HomInt R&D Newsletter, Glasgow Homoeopathic Hospital, 1998.

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