Homeopathy Use in the United States and Implications for Public Health: A Review

Michelle L. Dossett, Gloria Y. Yeh

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Abstract

Homeopathy is used by just over 2% of the U.S. population, predominantly for respiratory, otorhinolaryngology, and musculoskeletal complaints. Individual users who see a homeopathic provider for care are more likely to perceive the therapy as helpful than those who do not; however, only 19% of users in the United States see a provider. The rest presumably rely upon over-the-counter products. Recent clinical trials highlight several areas in which homeopathy may play a role in improving public health, including infectious diseases, pain management, mental health, and cancer care. This review examines recent studies in these fields, studies assessing costs associated with homeopathic care, safety, and regulations in the United States. Data suggest the potential for public health benefit from homeopathy, especially for conditions such as upper respiratory infections and fibromyalgia.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3-9
Number of pages7
JournalHomeopathy
Volume107
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1 2018
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • fibromyalgia
  • homeopathy
  • public health
  • respiratory tract infections
  • review

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Complementary and alternative medicine

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