Thursday, February 25, 2010

Homeopathy

Homeopathy is a form of alternative medicine which consists in administering extremely low doses of supposedly active ingredients, such as wolf's pelt or thunderstorm water. The practice is apparently supported by some insurance companies, and even paid for by national governments. The United Kingdom was such a state, until recently it decided to stop backing the practice. There were as many as three homeopathic hospitals in the UK, all of which were partly supported by the state.

To the bright side of the equation, I see a group of people whom, having undergone classical treatment, failed to improve their condition, and turn on to homeopathy as a last resort. As far as I'm concerned, if these patients actively believe in a remedy while essentially drinking putrefied water, so be it, homeopathy has its place in private practices. However, a mentally sane patient should never be able to choose homeopathy in favor of traditional medicine, not should it ever be state-sanctioned.