New Survey Shows Why People Visit Homeopaths
In Australia, more people visit a Homeopath for their mental health than for anything else. These findings are from a study published this week in Similia, the peer-reviewed journal of the Australian Homoeopathic Association.
Homeopathy is a natural traditional medicine growing in popularity and is used by more than 200 million people around the world.
The study was conducted in 2019 by The Aurum Project, an Australian not-for-profit organisation dedicated to natural medicine research. Led by Dr Celeste Salter and Dr David Levy, the study was established to understand why people visit homeopaths in Australia. Data was collected over a two-month period, including demographics of: age, gender, ethnicity, state or territory of residence, as well as basic homeopathic data: name of condition, medical diagnosis, prescription, and dosage.
The data revealed that Homeopathy is chosen by many people across Australia, from birth into their late 80s and for a diverse range of conditions. Gastrointestinal and skin conditions were also top reasons for visiting a Homeopath.
In this study, not only is mental health the most common reason to visit a Homeopath, it is by far the most widespread. Patients visit almost three times more for mental health purposes, compared with the next greatest singular reason – skin conditions.
“This important correlation suggests that the concerns of people who visit homeopaths is in alignment with the health needs of the broader community. At more than twice the number of presentations than any other category, the details and characteristics of this important result will be discussed in a subsequent paper.” says Dr Celeste Salter.
Michelle Hookham remarks “This result is in line with my own practice, where many people present seeking treatment for anxiety, depression, trauma as well as a range of other acute and chronic alterations in health. I also notice that for people with chronic health conditions, there are often underlying mental/emotional challenges. Human beings are complex organisms of interdependent parts. A holistic approach such as homeopathy can be very helpful in many cases.
When people have serious and life-long mental illness, it is essential to have a team approach to care. When health professionals collaborate to provide services that ‘wrap-around’ the person needing mental/emotional support, outcomes are optimised, people get access to care within their own community and hospital admissions for mental healthcare are minimised.”
Study outcomes are congruent with the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners Health of the Nation Report (2019) “the primary reason given for people to visit a general practitioner (GP) is mental health”.
Qualifications of Researchers/practitioner quotes in the press release
Dr Celeste Salter PhD BE PDHom (UK) AROH Reg
Michelle Hookham MAMEHNUR, CMHN, RN LicHom AROH Reg
Sustaining Homeopathy in Australia: Results and Analysis of First National Practice Survey.