Sweden: Court overturns homeopathy ban

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Swedish doctors are allowed to treat homeopathically with impunity

After a doctor in Sweden was sentenced to a suspended sentence for treating a patient with homeopathic medicines, the Swedish Supreme Court (Högsta Förvaltningsdomstolen) decided to overturn the sentence. According to the court, the doctor acted to the best of his knowledge and the patient was not at risk from the homeopathic treatment. Details of the case of illness and the therapy were not disclosed.

The Swedish judges set new standards with their judgment, because until now homeopathy and the supply of homeopathic medicines were officially prohibited in Sweden. The Swedish broadcaster (Sveriges) had previously reported on a statement by the German Central Association of Homeopathic Doctors (DZVhÄ) regarding the procedure before the verdict was pronounced. "The decision of the court is a milestone," says Cornelia Bajic, 1st chairwoman of the DZVhÄ. "The judgment should end the criminalization of homeopathic doctors in Sweden."

Swedish doctors can now apply homeopathy openly without risking a prison sentence. In addition, the new situation contributes to the fact that more Swedish doctors are receiving homeopathic training. The development in Sweden is another indicator that homeopathy is gaining increasing acceptance worldwide. Numerous governments officially recognize homeopathy as a medical cure. These include, for example, in Central and South America Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Ecuador and Mexico, in Asia include India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka and in Europe homeopathy is a. recognized by the governments of Belgium, Germany, Hungary, Portugal, Russia, Switzerland and Great Britain. In some of these countries, homeopathy is an integral part of the state healthcare system, such as Brazil, India, Mexico, Pakistan, the United Kingdom and, after a referendum, also in Switzerland. The World Association of Homeopathic Doctors, the Liga Medicorum Homoeopathica Internationalis (LMHI), includes homeopathic doctors and medical associations from over 70 countries - more than half of the countries recognized by the United Nations (UN). China also opened the door to homeopathy last year.

The Kent Repertory, one of the fundamental works in homeopathy, was translated into Mandarin, the most widely spoken language in the world, and a national homeopathic medical association was established. But there is also a flip side to the coin: in some countries - as has been the case up to now in Sweden - homeopathic doctors are subject to various forms of repression at work or when training and training their medical colleagues. "As a leading member of the LMHI, the DZVhÄ sees it as its duty to show solidarity with persecuted or oppressed homeopathic doctors worldwide," says Bajic. The LMHI organizes the “International Homeopathy Day” annually in countries in which homeopathic doctors are disabled. This year the "International Homeopathy Day" took place in Croatia. "With the International Homeopathy Day, the LMHI is attracting media attention and is holding talks at the government level of the respective country in order to improve the situation of local homeopathic doctors," explains Caroline Geiser, spokeswoman for the LMHI. The aim is for medical homeopathy to be officially recognized as a medical healing method in these countries, for example in Poland and Slovakia. (DZVhÄ)

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