It would be wrong to call the Czech Republic the promised land for homeopathy. For instance, the only research paper by Czech authors related to the subject that I could locate was published in the Journal ‘Homeopathy‘ and, on even superficial reading, it has little to do with homeopathy. Here is the abstract:
We discovered a previously unknown phenomenon in liquid water, which develops over time when water is left to stand undisturbed, and which made precise gravimetric measurement impossible. We term this property autothixotropy (weak gel-like behaviour developing spontaneously over time) and propose a possible explanation. The results of quantitative measurements, performed by two different methods, are presented. We also report the newly discovered phenomenon of autothixotropy-hysteresis and describe the dependence of autothixotropy on the degree of molecular translative freedom. A very important conclusion is that the presence of very low concentration of salt ions, these phenomena do not occur in deionized water. Salt ions may be the determinative condition for the occurrence of the phenomena.
In fact, historically, homeopathy had had a hard time in this country. Until World War II only very few doctors practiced homeopathy on Czech territory. Dr. Quin, founder of British homeopathy, practiced a short time in the small town of Tisnov. A Catholic homeopathic hospital existed at Kromeriz since 1860. During the communist era of 1948-89, homeopathy was prohibited, and, until 1991, no books about homeopathy were available in the Czech language. More recently, about 20 titles were published by the Alternativa Publishing house. The Czech Homeopathic Medical Chamber is an organisation that only permits MDs and currently has about 1000 members. The Czech Medical Homeopathic Society has only about 300 members.
After the fall of the ‘iron curtain’, homeopathy evidently became more popular. It has recently been reported that the number of homeopathic remedies sold in the Czech Republic rose by over 50% during the past 15 years. Last year, Czechs bought homeopathic preparations for over 170 million crowns, which is 10% more than a year ago. “The patients most frequently use homeopathics against the problems associated with common viral diseases,” said Ales Krebs, deputy chairman of the Czech Pharmacy Chamber. The homeopathic flu remedy Oscillococcinum seems to be one of the most popular homeopathic preparation in the Czech Republic. Yet Czech chemists say that it is ‘absolute nonsense’.
Most physicians seem to be equally cynical about homeopathy and its practitioners: “Homeopathics are perfect drugs. The manufacturing is dirt cheap and they sell for 60 crowns. They cannot be forged because the fakes have the same effect as the original product,” Czech doctors joke about the growing interest in homeopathy. Stepan Svacina, chairman of the Czech Medical Society, says: “The doctor can use a placebo in a psychological therapy. It does not matter whether this may be a homeopathic preparation or jumping on one leg.” Another doctor is quoted as stating that “Advocates of homeopathy often argue with doctors’ conspiracy with pharmaceutical makers, but they themselves certainly do not offer their methods for free as a sort of philanthropy.”
The cost for a first consultation with a Czech homeopath ranges between 100 to 3,000 crowns. The patient pays another 800-1,000 crowns for each next examination. ($1 = 24.846 crowns)
In 2014, the Czech Republic Ministry of Health issued a press-release stating that…although the Ministry for Health of the Czech Republic does not perceive the evidence base for homeopathy to be strong enough yet, this does not prevent doctors from utilising this if it is desired and appropriate…
Because the use of homeopathy cannot ever be considered to be ‘appropriate’, this declaration could arguably be interpreted by those who insist on evidence as a new prohibition of homeopathy in the Czech Republic.
“They cannot be forged because the fakes have the same effect as the original product,”
To say homeopathic medicine has zero effect is blindingly narrow minded. Of course I would not claim herbs cure cancer but herbs have been used for decades in China and the Middle East and compounds derived from them are used in modern lab made medicines as well. To claim homeopathic medicine cannot help you is like saying… well it’s a mushroom or it’s a plant so it isn’t dangerous and can’t kill you, when we all know poisons from plants are highly effective and have been used for centuries and the proof they work… well, the dead people they leave behind. It therefore follows if they can kill, they can heal. Artichoke is a known liver cleanser. One guy in Egypt was told he had a swollen liver and an old woman told him boil artichokes and drink it. His liver tests came back normal. It is incredibly naive and stupid to put all of your eggs in one basket and one form of medicine. I use a combination of both herbal and prescription. Today for example (I live in the Czech Republic) I went for something for chest congestion and I feel they love their natural remedies here. The pharmacist asked if I wanted natural or regular medicine. In this case I said regular but at home I researched herbal also and will possibly seek out an herbal one in case this doesn’t help me. I like to have both on hand and I use both herbal and prescribed for a good balance
oh dear; perhaps you want to look up what homeopathy is and how it differs from herbal medicine?
perhaps you should do that BEFORE you post nonsense?
You clearly have no idea what homeopathy is.
I am sorry but you seem to fall for some of the exact same logical fallacies that you warn against…
You know that homeopathy is such a case of “one basket”, don’t you? Homeopathy claims to be the one and only unique way to treat anything.
Unfortunately, no! We would all love it to have an effect but it doesn’t. The strongest of preparations only contain active ingredients when prepared irresponsibly (or fraudulently, in order to have an effect and mislead you to think that homeopathy may work after all).
On the contrary, to say that:
is blindingly wide-minded, indeed.
You seem to be in a conceptual misunderstanding of the “heal” part. What can kill you doesn’t heal you. It just has an effect on you (a strong one, apparently). Now, if part of this effect may be desirable at a specific time or case, that’s what indicates its potential use as a treatment. When this effect, or part thereof, is exceedingly beneficial, maybe we could reach out to the verb heal.
@Jen. I don’t think you know what homeopathy is. Go and read a bit more.