Homeopathic Remedies to be More Heavily Scrutinized

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that they will place tighter restrictions on homeopathic remedies sold over-the-counter (OTC) unless manufacturers follow new guidelines to labeling.

According to the FTC report: “Homeopathy, which dates back to the late-eighteenth century, is based on the view that disease symptoms can be treated by minute doses of substances that produce similar symptoms when provided in larger doses to healthy people. Many homeopathic products are diluted to such an extent that they no longer contain detectable levels of the initial substance. In general, homeopathic product claims are not based on modern scientific methods and are not accepted by modern medical experts, but homeopathy nevertheless has many adherents.”

Homeopathy has been around since the late 1800s, and a report said “One might expect that unorthodox medicine as a whole would have diminished as a result of the spectacular advances in regular medicine during the second half of the twentieth century, but that does not seem to be the case.” (JSRM)

In order to continue being sold to consumers, manufacturers must prove safety and efficacy, which will probably be better for everyone.

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