Switzerland has long been known for being the summit of both impartiality and quality – consider Swiss watches, Swiss chocolates, Swiss precision engineering of all sorts. It is with great honor that we in homeopathy celebrate the announcement on March 28, 2016, of the acceptance of homeopathy, along with several other holistic approaches, as the insurance-covered equivalent of conventional medicine.
After several years of inquiry and a pilot program of temporary coverage by the government healthcare system, and in response to 2/3 of of the population requesting coverage under the Swiss government-run healthcare program, it was established that homeopathy, Traditional Chinese Medicine, herbalism, acupuncture and holistic medicine in general in Switzerland will acquire the same status as conventional medicine by May 2017.
This announcement flies in the face of current politicized attacks on alternative medicine by other countries. Alternative medicine has been under increased scrutiny in the United States, Canada and other countries, even as more and more consumers – and even medical professionals – flock to find answers to health problems deemed either incurable, or merely controllable, by modern conventional medicine. Consumers and practitioners alike are questioning the wisdom of blindly accepting modern medicine with its powerful chemical side effects, or risks of surgical infections, or antibiotic-resistant, potentially deadly bacterial infections as the “only” answers to health care. Many savvy consumers now seek to find methods which respect the natural functions designed into our bodies to heal themselves. After several years of the pilot program, Swiss citizens are clearly impressed with their experience and outcomes, and wish to continue their access to these methods of health improvement and remediation. Our gratitude to the Swiss government for supporting the wishes of their constituents.
The legitimacy now given to these alternative therapies may well be a “shot heard ’round the world” that could spark even greater demand for homeopathy, among other therapies. We at Homeopathy Center of Houston greatly appreciate the honor now bestowed upon our profession by the Swiss government and look forward to continuing to serve as we have for the past 18 years – with integrity, intention, and a desire to “first, do no harm.”
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