UK government ministers are considering whether homeopathy should be put on a blacklist of treatments GPs in England are banned from prescribing, with critics saying it is nothing more than useless sugar pills. The controversial practice is based on the principle that ‘like cures like’ , says the BBC, but the Faculty of Homeopathy said the therapy had ‘profound effects’ and that patients backed it. Homeopathy is based on the concept that diluting a version of a substance that causes illness has healing properties.
- So pollen or grass, for instance, could be used to create a homeopathic hay-fever remedy.
- The BBC says a government consultation on homeopathic medication is expected to take place in 2016 .
- A practising GP, Beaumont said the NHS should rather look at other drugs such as SSRIs (selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors), 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.