Queen's Physician Calls for More Homeopathy on NHS

Homeopathy is safe, popular with patients and reduces the need for antibiotics, the Queen's phyisician has claimed

14th July 2015

The Queen’s physician has called for homeopathy to be prescribed alongside traditional medicines saying that NHS doctors need to get over their bias towards complimentary therapies.

Dr Peter Fisher, who is also Clinical Director and Director of Research at the Royal London Hospital for Integrated Medicine, said that homeopathy was ‘safe’, ‘popular with patients’ and reduced the need for antibiotics.

Writing in the British Medical Journal Dr Fisher said that alternative therapies were often ‘misunderstood’ and questioned research which suggested they only work through a placebo effect.

“The fact that one homeopathic treatment for a condition is ineffective doesn’t mean that another is also ineffective,” he said.

He also pointed to several studies that showed integrating homeopathy with conventional medicines led to better patient outcomes and the reduced use of potentially hazardous drugs.

“Doctors should put aside bias based on the alleged implausibility of homeopathy. When integrated with standard care homeopathy is safe, popular with patients, improves clinical outcomes without increasing costs, and reduces the use of potentially hazardous drugs, including antimicrobials.