Outside the United States
FTC to Host September Workshop in Washington, DC, to Examine Advertising for Over-the-Counter Homeopathic Products
A combination of the FTC's three suggested remedies seems appropriate. Homeopathic drugs can have efficacy levels similar to those of their allopathic counterparts, but this is only possible when the practitioner is highly skilled and experienced with homeopathy. This form of medicine functions completely differently from allopathy. Governmental regulatory agencies would have to become familiar with what constitutes adequate classical homeopathic practice. Second, it is absolutely necessary that companies discontinue the practice of printing indications on the labeling of homeopathic products. The idea that homeopathic agents should be used to eliminate individual symptoms is wrong, and must be rejected. Remedies must only be suggested by trained individuals, based on the totality of symptoms, chronic or acute. Third, if the FTC wishes to test the efficacy of homeopathic medicines, studies must use the homeopathic method. Such a study would involve a highly qualified and experienced practitioner choosing a unique remedy for each individual suffering from the ailment in question. Such studies are long overdue, and will remedy all confusion over the efficacy of homeopathy. While these studies are being carried out, FDA and FTC policies could remain unchanged. Although not ideal, no substantial harm has been incurred under these guidelines. The comparison of the three products mentioned highlights the rampant public misinformation on homeopathy. The fact that average consumers equate all products labelled as "homeopathic", indicates that use of homeopathy in North America is not nearly as widespread or effective as it ought to be. Similasan products are precisely the sort of unhomeopathic products which should be prohibited. Oscillococcinum is a single homeopathic "nosode", and can be used effectively for first signs of flu. Arnica is likewise a single homeopathic remedy, whether applied transdermally or orally. The cited study proves that education on homeopathy would be of great benefit to the public. Homeopathy is a valuable, but frequently misunderstood form of medicine, which has the potential to bestow countless advantages on the North American population, if Hahnemann's principles are respected.