Homeopathy: a brief description of this medical specialty

Marcelo Pustiglione, Eduardo Goldenstein, Y. Moisés Checinski


Homeopathy is a medical approach with 200 years of history. Along this time it demonstrated its ability to solve problems, with low cost, broad scope and unquestionable social acceptance. According to estimates, approximately 500 million people use homeopathy worldwide, corresponding to about 7% of the world population. However, there are still hindrances to its integration into conventional medicine which need to be put into perspective and removed. The aim of the present article is to contextualize homeopathy as a science and an art in Brazil and worldwide. We analyzed some relevant aspects, such as the profile of users, their reasons to choose homeopathy, and historical and social contexts for the inclusion of homeopathy into health care and educational systems. We conclude that homeopathy is an ethical medical system that provides systemic and safe treatment to patients with optimal cost-benefit ratio. Homeopathy should be included in universities, schools of medicine and at all levels of the healthcare system, thus ensuring its historical nature as a medical specialty.


Homeopathy; Medicine; Clinical medicine; Health care

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Direitos autorais 2017 Marcelo Pustiglione, Eduardo Goldenstein, Y. Moisés Checinski

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ISSN: 2175-3105