About

Friends of Science in Homeopathy (FSH), an online association originally formed on 13th May 2011, consists of professionals from various science streams including health and medicine. In the last few decades there has been an increase in use of integrative (collaborative research and cooperative work) medicine like Homeopathy. According to World health Organisation, highly acclaimed service of Homeopathy is the fastest-growing and second-most widely-used system of medicine in the world [1]. Homeopathic medicine is firmly rooted in laws of nature and proven principles of modern science and supported by sound research methodology for its efficacy and effectiveness. 

The demand for homeopathy has spurred the governments (regulatory authorities) to increasing resources, education, infrastructure and research funding of Homeopathy. This has spurred the growth of homeopathy among health professionals and general public. More and more people have availed the expertise of homeopaths in many medical conditions. 

MISSION OBJECTIVES

1. Encouraging Universities to start medical degree education on Homeopathy: The teaching of advanced medical courses on Homeopathy by academicians in government-accredited universities helps them to maintain the highest educational standards. More universities will be encouraged to do the same. 

2. Fostering good science in Homeopathy for better healthcare: By conducting quality research in homeopathy, the scientists in research institutions have created new benchmarks in research standards. More scientists will be encouraged to do the same. 

3. Right of freedom of choice of therapy for Patients: It is a fundamental right of the patient to have access to Homeopathy and for medically qualified doctor to provide the same. A patient needs homeopathic medicine as much as a fish needs water. People choose Homeopathy because they have seen it work when nothing else would. For this doctors need to be trained rigorously in homeopathic system of medicine. FSH will strive and ensure that every penny spent by patients on health is utilised by advocating for the rights of patients including the right to be heard by medical doctors and the final decision regarding the type of medical intervention. 

4. Informed choice about Homeopathy: Homeopathy is subjected to highest standards of research. Other systems of medicine should also be evaluated to the same standards. This will create a level-playing field and help everyone to make an informed choice about various system of medicines. 

5. Health Insurance for all: Homeopathy is covered by state and private medical Insurance companies by act of Indian Parliament. Insurance cover for homeopathy is around £70 per year in United Kingdom.  Those who do not reimburse for Homeopathic treatments will be encouraged to do so. 

6. Encouraging pharmacists to sell homeopathic medicines: Science-based Pharmacy has every right to sell, promote and recommend homeopathic medicines and earn. 

7. Educating the general public about mumbo-jumbo medicine (conmed/pretend medicine/synthetic chemical drugs) where fraudulent manipulation of research data is common. Dr. Steven Eaton who faked research data for 6 years jailed for falsifying cancer drug test results

References

[1] World Health Report, WHO Global Atlas of Traditional, Complementary and Alternative Medicine, Map Volume, 2005

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