Popularity of Homeopathy
The development of homeopathic medicine began in Germany more than 200 years ago. Today, the medicine is used in more than 80 countries.
Homeopathic medicine has been practiced in the United States since the mid 19th century.. Today, the homeopathic drug market has grown to become a multimillion-dollar industry in the U.S., according to the Food and Drug Administration.
The FDA has been regulating homeopathic medicines as drugs since 1938,1 when the federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act was passed.
Use by Famous People
Homeopathic medicine has been practiced by several well-known figures, according to The Homeopathic Revolution (by Dana Ullman).
Darwin, several American presidents, sports figures David Beckham and Martina Navratilova and musicians Cher, Tina Turner and Paul McCartney are just a few examples. Also benefiting from homeopathic medicine are movie and TV celebrities Catherine Zeta-Jones, Jennifer Aniston, Tobey Maguire and more.
A Popular Treatment
So why is homeopathic medicine so popular?
Homeopathic treatments have been used for more than 200 years, building a remarkable safety record and generating a great body of knowledge. Because homeopathic medicines are reliable and safe, they are an excellent first choice when self-medicating.
These medicines also have no known side effects, not even drowsiness or jitteriness, and they don’t interact with other medication.
Homeopathic medicines don’t mask symptoms, allowing doctors and patients to easily detect and respond to symptoms of serious illnesses if they arise.
Importance of Packaging
The packaging of these medicines includes the specific diseases, ailments or symptoms for which the product is to be used, the concentration of substances contained in the product, the recommended dosage and the mode of application.
These clear specifications make choices easier for consumers and guidance easier for retailers.
1.U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Sec 400.400 Conditions Under Which Homeopathic Drugs May be Marketed (CPG7132.15). Available at: www.fda.gov/ora/compliance_ref/cpg/cpgdrg/cpg400-400.html.