By browsing our site you agree to our use of cookies. You will only see this message once.

Like most websites The Natural Practice uses cookies. In order to deliver a personalised, responsive service and to improve the site, we remember and store information about how you use it. This is done using simple text files called cookies which sit on your computer. These cookies are completely safe and secure and will never contain any sensitive information. They are used only by The Natural Practice or the trusted partners we work with.

Latest News

NHS Blacklisting Homeopathic Remedies

Tuesday 17th November 2015

Dr Patricia Ridsdale writes "We were very disappointed to see the latest attack on homeopathy from a group calling themselves The Good Thinking Society.  They are threatening to take the government to court for providing homeopathic remedies on the NHS.  They say there is no evidence for the treatments.  Doctors have been able to prescribe homeopathic remedies on an NHS prescription since the inception of the NHS.

There is in fact plenty of evidence for the healing effect of homeopathy both in published trial data and from doctors' and patients' experience.  Our patients, who benefit from the positive effects of homeopathy every day, are certainly a testament to its effectiveness - and if this group wish to take the government to court over this matter, there are plenty of other NHS treatments that have little or no evidence and are far more expensive!  As a GP I regularly prescribe homeopathic remedies and my GP patients would lose this service if the bid is successful."

The Faculty of Homeopathy have responded as follows:

"It's disappointing that at a time when the NHS is facing a funding crisis the Department of Dealth (DH) is embarking on a costly consultation that could prevent highly skilled clinicians prescribing a course of treatment that benefits thousands of patients each year.  If the DH were serious about saving money surely it should be looking at SSRIs, prescribed for mild to moderate depression in vast quantities at considerable cost to the NHS, but which studies have found to be ineffective for those conditions?"

Dr Helen Beaumont, President of the Faculty of Homeopathy