HOMEOPATHS working in South Yorkshire were guests of honour at a House of Commons reception to raise awareness of the importance of research into alternative medicine.
The group are all registered homeopaths in the area, who also carry out research into the discipline - based on the concept of using a small dose of drugs which produce symptoms similar to the disease itself - at Sheffield University and in health trusts.
The event coincided with the launch of four specialist homeopath-led clinics set up at Wellforce complementary therapy centre in the city dedicated to treating sleep problems, chronic fatigue, pain and the menopause.
The group was invited to the House of Commons where they joined other homeopaths along with stakeholders, patients, clinicians, scientists and politicians from all over the world to raise the profile of the importance of further research into homeopathy.
Dr Relton, of Sheffield University’s School of Health and Related Research, who runs the homeopathy sleep clinic, said: “It was a very successful event because it showed that people are interested in homeopathy and place value on carrying out good research.
“There is a large amount of evidence out there - but it is making sense of it that is the challenge.
“Instead of people just saying it’s rubbish, it cannot work, it does not work, we want to see more research taking place to find out more answers.”
Louise Royston, from Darfield, Barnsley, used homeopathy to help her manage and control symptoms of chronic kidney disease and called for more research.
Using a homeopathic tincture and a tablet she has been able to stabilise her condition and remain free from life-limiting dialysis.
The 36-year-old said: “I have noticed a big difference.
“My kidney function has stablised - if it had continued deteriorating in the same way it had been previously then I would have been on dialysis four years ago.
“Sceptics would say it’s coincidence, but I really feel it has supported me.”