We are gathering together statements and testimonies of how homeopathy has helped to improve peoples’ lives for the better as part of a project to challenge negative stories and articles against homeopathy on the NHS.
What do we need?
We need people who have received homeopathy on the NHS and are willing to share how they think the treatment has improved their lives. Real stories from personal experience are strong statements of support and are very effective. In sharing your story, others may benefit.
If you are a doctor or nurse who uses homeopathy alongside conventional medicine in an NHS practice, share how you think it helps your patients as part of an integrated approach to healthcare.
What we want you to do:
If you are willing to be interviewed, write letters and put your name to supportive statements that can be used in the media and on our website,
to complete the online form.
What the patients say …
At the age of 2, Lauren Vaknine was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis. Here, Lauren talks about how homeopathy has helped her live a normal life. She believes that without homeopathy she would have ended up in a wheelchair …
Video courtesy of the Faculty of HomeopathyEmily Maguire is an English singer-songwriter and musician. She was involved in a car crash when she was 17 and sustained a whiplash injury which triggered a condition that affects the nervous system and results in chronic pain (fibromyalgia). This affected her mobility for years and in her early 20s she had to give up work and was registered disabled. It was then that she attended the RLHIM. In September 2011, The Guardian ran an online poll ‘Should homeopathic treatments be available on the NHS?’ which inspired Emily to write on her website about her experience …
‘Should homeopathic treatments be available on the NHS?’ That’s the question asked on The Guardian website today. Apparently most of the evidence in favour of homeopathy is purely anecdotal. This apparently means it can be summarily dismissed.
The reason I’m writing this is because I am an anecdote.
I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia pain syndrome in my teens, and told it was a permanent and incurable condition I would have to accept and learn how to manage. For the next 10 years I was in constant pain from muscle spasms all over my body. By the time I got my first guitar aged 21, I was on walking sticks and registered as disabled. I couldn’t work and needed care so I lived on incapacity benefit and disability living allowance.
I was an inpatient 3 times at the Royal Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases in Bath and tried every alternative therapy under the sun.
Finally I went to see Dr Peter Fisher, a consultant rheumatologist at what was then called the Royal London Homeopathic Hospital. Within one month of taking the homeopathic remedy he prescribed me, the pain was gone.
It is difficult to convey exactly what ‘pain-free’ feels like, after 10 years of constant pain. I don’t know how or why the homeopathy worked. I just know that for me, it did.
So should homeopathic treatments be available on the NHS? I had just 2 appointments with Dr Fisher. With a supposedly permanent, incurable illness, I believe I would have cost the state far more in hospital stays, outpatient appointments, pain-relieving medication, not to mention DSS benefits in all the years that followed, if he had not treated me so successfully and allowed me to get on with my life.
Anyway that’s my story.