This article describes the homeopathic tradition and considers the safety, manufacture, effectiveness and regulation of homeopathic medicines. These medicines are commonly purchased without prescription for children, so an understanding of the basis of therapy is important to ensure appropriate and safe usage. The role of integrated medicine in the National Health Service is also reviewed with identification of research priorities.
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Competing interests Dr Mich Lajeunesse is a Licentiate of the Faculty of Homeopathy and a member of the Medicine and Healthcare Regulatory Agency's (MHRA) Advisory Board for the Regulation of Homeopathic Products. The views expressed in this article are his own and do not reflect those of either organisation.
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