Homeopathy 2019; 108(03): 149
DOI: 10.1055/s-0039-1693017
The Faculty of Homeopathy

Homeopathy: Opportunities in Healthcare

Robert T. Mathie
1  Acting Editor, Homeopathy
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Publication History

Publication Date:
29 July 2019 (online)

This issue sees publication of the last of our eight-article series on Homeopathy and Public Health.[1] Accepted by the journal between the Novembers of 2017 and 2018, these eight articles now form a ‘Virtual Special Issue’ that will be a valuable resource of information for the homeopathy community and for public healthcare more generally. It is a matter of profound sadness that Dr. Peter Fisher, immediate past Editor-in-Chief of the journal and the instigator of the special issue, is not alive to see the fruition of his original proposal. Peter would have been proud and delighted to see the gravitas of the now-published articles from France,[2] India,[1] [3] [4] [5] Italy[6] and the United States,[7] [8] which showcase some of homeopathy's contributions and opportunities within the public healthcare arena.

Another of Peter Fisher's initiatives was to encourage the review article that summarises the findings from a 25-year series of publications, from the University of Bordeaux, on the effects of ultra-low dose aspirin in the control of thrombosis and haemorrhage.[9] Potential repercussions of the research data for cardiovascular healthcare are highlighted in the review. Elsewhere in this issue, we present laboratory results that may have clinical implications for homeopathy in reducing myiasis associated with screw-worm fly-infestation in livestock animals,[10] in inducing melanogenesis in vitiligo,[11] and in the prognosis of patients infected with the parasitic fungus Encephalitozoon cuniculi.[12] Macrophages – the focus of the latter study in-vitro – are also implicated in health benefits observed following homeopathic treatment in marine fish.[13] An article that explores homeopathy's mode of action through quantum electrodynamics,[14] and another that shows how some now-known physiology could be predicted from the nineteenth-century homeopathic materia medica,[15] complete this issue of the journal.