There is significant to high demand for homeopathic and anthroposophic medicinal products in at least two thirds of EU Member States, and this applies to countries both with and without a long-term tradition for these products. Countries with high sales of these products per in habitant are France, Germany, Bulgaria, Italy, Lithuania, Latvia, Autria and Belgium, and countries with an above average number of homeopathic prescribers per head include Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Romania and Slovakia.
Three out of four Europeans know about homeopathy, and of these, 29% use it for their health care (European Commission study 1997).
Recent market data
- 94% of Germans have heard about homeopathic medicines and 60% have used them, up from 53% in 2009 (Allensbach 2014)
- 80% of Italians have heard of homeopathy and 16% of them use it at least once a year (EMG Acqua 2015)
- 33% of Spanish people have used homeopathy, and 27% use it occasionally or regularly; eight out of ten (82%) people using homeopathy are satisfied or very satisfied with the outcome of their treatments, and this figure goes up to 99% in regular users (Revista Medica de Homeopatia 2012)
- 77% of French people trust homeopathy, 56% have used homeopathy and 36% use it on a regular basis (Boiron Ipsos 2012)
- 69% of Belgian households use homeopathic medicine, up from 50% in 2011. Among non-users of homeopathy, 70% state that they would like to use homeopathy in the future (Boiron 2013)
- 50% of Austrians have used homeopathic medicines, including 62% of women and 37% of men, and about 60% of families with young and school-age children (IMS Health Austria, 2010)
- 80% of the British population are aware of homeopathy, and 15% have used it (British Homeopathic Association 2015).
The types of products most widely available in pharmacies are those requested for self-medication (ECHAMP 2012).