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New survey: More than half of Germans have used homeopathy and 70% are open to it

06 Sep 2021

A new survey shows that the proportion of adults in Germany in 2021 who have used homeopathic medicines or who would be willing to try them remains as high as last year.

More than half the respondents (54%) say they have had experience with homeopathy or have used homeopathic medicines. This proportion is consistent with user numbers at the beginning of last year: in the forsa survey in February 2020, 55% percent of those surveyed stated that they had experience with homeopathy.

A further 16% are generally willing to try homeopathic medicines. This proportion of potential users is also stable compared to 2020 (15%).

In total, 70% of German adults are open to homeopathy or have already had experience with this form of treatment.

More women use homeopathic medicines than men – 64% compared to 42%. The use of homeopathy is most widespread among 45-59 year olds, 61% of whom said they had experience with homeopathy. They are closely followed by the 30-44 year olds (59%). Even among younger adults (18-29 years), significantly more than half (57%) have used homeopathy. The lowest user base is found amongst the over 60s, at 43%.

A clear majority (67%) of those with experience of homeopathy have so far been satisfied (48%) or very satisfied (19%) with the effectiveness and tolerability of homeopathic medicines.

The survey was carried out by forsa on behalf of DHU (Deutsche Homöopathie-Union) between 30th July and 9th August 2021. 2006 people aged 18 and over were questioned nationwide as part of a population-representative, multi-topic survey. This was the latest annual survey on the opinions of Germans on the subject of homeopathy that has been running since 2010.

For more information

DHU Press Release 1 September 2021: 70 Prozent der Deutschen sind offen für Homöopathie – mehr als jeder zweite Deutsche hat schon Erfahrungen damit

DHU Press Release March 2020: Homöopathie: Verwenderschaft in Deutschland gleichbleibend hoch