Homeopathy May get Blacklisted
The NHS is considering if homeopathy should be a part of the legal treatment or if it should be blacklisted. If put in the blacklist, the GPs in England will be banned from prescribing this treatment to the patients. According to the critics, the principle on which this practice is based is nothing but useless sugar pills being prescribed to the patients. However, the Faculty of Homeopathy said that the patients are in favor of this therapy. A consultation on this matter will take place in 2016. So far, the homeopathy bill that includes the hospitals, GP prescriptions is around GBP 4M, reports BBC News.
According to the Homeopathy practice, if you dilute a version of the element that is the source of the illness, you can unleash its healing properties. Which means that you can use pollen or grass to create a homeopathy remedy for hay-fever. The substance is then diluted in water and then finally concluded in the form of lactose (sugar tablets). Homeopaths say that the more the solution is diluted, the greater is its efficiency. However, the critics say that the patients are consuming nothing but sugar. The most common homeopathy treatment is for asthma, hay-fever, depression, anxiety, allergy, arthritis, stress and ear infections, says Metro.
However, NHS says, there is no evidence that can prove the effectiveness of the homeopathy treatment for any health condition. The Good Thinking Society has been actively campaigning for the homeopathy to be added to the blacklist of schedule 1, that prohibits the GPs from prescribing it to the patients. The drugs are allowed to blacklisted if the there are cheaper alternatives available or if they are considered ineffective. After the Good Society threatened to take legal action, the legal advisers from the department of health agreed to have a consultation on the matter.