From now on homeopathy is legal in Sweden. A Supreme Court ruling overturned a sentence condemning a doctor for having used a homeopathic treatment with a patient. To date, the use of homeopathic medicines had been officially banned in Sweden.
In this case, a Swedish doctor has received probation for treating a patient with homeopathic medicines.
Details about the disease and specific treatment were not revealed by the court. The Supreme Court (Högsta Förvaltningsdomstolen) of Sweden annulled the decision of the judgment (No. 6634-10).
The judges are convinced that the doctor acted in the interest of the patient and applied the medicine that according to the knowledge of the doctor was more suitable for the patient.
For the court there was at no time of homeopathic treatment any risk for the patient. Thanks to the new ruling, Swedish doctors and pharmacists can officially take part in homeopathy courses and offer training courses .
The president of the German Association of Homeopathic Physicians ( DZVhÄ ), Cornelia Bajic sees in the decision of the Swedish court a confirmation of the growing acceptance of homeopathy worldwide. “The court’s decision is a milestone,” says Bajic. “Thanks to this ruling, the criminalization of homeopathic doctors in Sweden is over.”
Homeopathy in the world: increasingly recognized
The evolution in Sweden is another indicator that homeopathy is increasingly recognized in the world. Many governments officially recognize homeopathy as medical treatment.
These countries include, for example, Latin America , Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Ecuador and Mexico. In Asia the governments of India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka are included and in Europe , homeopathy is recognized in countries like Belgium, Germany, Hungary, Portugal, Russia, Switzerland and Great Britain.
In some of these countries, homeopathy is an integral part of the national health system , as in Brazil, India, Mexico, Pakistan, Great Britain and, after a referendum, also in Switzerland, reports the World Association of Homeopathic Physicians (Medicorum League Homoeopathica Internationalis ” LMHI “), which has members from more than 70 countries . More than half come from countries where homeopathy is recognized.
Last year, the door opened in China for homeopathy. The Kent Repertory, one of the fundamental works of homeopathy, was translated into Mandarin, the most widely spoken language in the world. At the same time, the “National Association of Chinese Homeopathy” was founded.
However, the LMHI and its main member, the DZVhÄ, continue with “global solidarity for persecuted and oppressed homeopathic physicians,” says Bajic.
The LMHI annually organizes the International Homeopathy Day in states where homeopathic physicians can not practice freely. This year the venue was Croatia.