Homeopathic medicine is utilized by practitioners of conventional as well as natural medicine. Although homeopathic medicines are usually stocked near supplements on drug store shelves, the authors note they are regulated differently from supplements, going through formal approval by the Homeopathic Pharmacopoeia Convention of the United States and conforming with FDA guidelines for good manufacturing practices.
Because homeopathic remedies cause the very symptoms which they can also cure, administering the remedy in a crude (biochemical) dose often meant that the patient would experience a significant worsening of their symptoms even though they eventually got better.
For the vast majority of OTC homeopathic drugs, the policy statement notes, the case for efficacy is based solely on traditional homeopathic theories and there are no valid studies using current scientific methods showing the product’s efficacy.” As such, the marketing claims for these products are likely misleading, in violation of the FTC Act.
Beginning in 1998, the government of Switzerland decided to broaden its national health insurance to include certain complementary and alternative medicines, including homeopathic medicine, traditional Chinese medicine, herbal medicine, anthroposophic medicine, and neural therapy.
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