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Chronic disease

Non-communicable diseases, such as cardiovascular diseases, cancer, chronic respiratory diseases, and diabetes, are the leading cause of mortality in the EU, representing major causes of disability, ill-health, health-related retirement, and premature death, resulting in considerable social and economic costs. Every year in the EU, approximately 550,000 people of working age die prematurely from non-communicable diseases. They account for most healthcare expenses, costing EU economies €115 billion annually.

The case load of a homeopathic practitioner tends to be more heavily weighted towards chronic diseases, particularly those where conventional medicine has failed or has limited options. One study demonstrated marked and sustained improvements to disease severity and quality of life following homeopathic treatment in patients who had been chronically sick for a long time before study entry and in most cases treated conventionally before. Given the promising body of evidence for homeopathy in chronic diseases such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), fibromyalgia and osteoarthritis, such complementary therapies offer a therapeutic option which can be implemented in addition to usual care, where there is significant clinical need.

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Last updated on 22 May 2019