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Should doctors recommend homeopathy?

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: (Published 14 July 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h3735

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Re: Should doctors recommend homeopathy?

I am terribly sorry to tell any readers this but homeopathy cured my 26 years of life-threatening asthma, hay fever, eczema, food allergies and animal allergies within a week of one treatment, 23 years ago. I was treated by a German doctor at a Berlin hospital. I told her that what she was doing was ridiculous, I expected no reactions at all from the remedy I was given.

Within a week, without expecting anything, all my illness was gone. It never came back. This was 23 years ago.

That was scientific enough for me!

I have not needed any medicine or treatment now for 23 years.

Homeopathy - which I did not believe in - worked in spite of my being against it.

It is humbling.

Of course, it's a real pain in the neck for the doctors and the pharmaceutical industry that something as inexpensive as homeopathy works, but the whole point is: in the best of all possible worlds, doctors, homeopaths, osteopaths, acupuncturists, reflexologists, psychotherapists, etc., should work hand in hand, choosing the most gentle , non-invasive method of treatment whenever possible, and saving aggressive medical treatment for the patients who need it.

Competing interests: No competing interests

15 July 2015
Birgitte Bruun
Classical homeopath
Copenhagen, Denmark