Authors: Larissa Marinho and Gabrielle Gimenes (FEBRAF, Brazil)
Homeopathy is a type of medical and pharmaceutical treatment that is still little used today. It consists of giving minimal doses to a sick man, to prevent the disease from getting worse and to stimulate organic recovery. This
treatment is based on clinical trials of the drug in healthy men, so that, based on the results obtained, it can be applied to the sick man. The homeopathic treatment allows to reduce the toxic effects of the original substance /medication and to increase its healing potential. ²
In 2006, the National Policy for Integrative and Complementary Practices (PNPIC) in Brazil was published, which encourages the use of Homeopathy, Acupuncture, Phytotherapy, Anthroposophical Medicine, and Thermalism in the
Unified Health System (SUS). However, in 2008 a survey was carried out among 645 Brazilian cities that showed that 41% of health managers in these cities were unaware of the existence of the PNPIC. ¹
SUS offers homeopathic treatment for diseases such as respiratory diseases muscle and bone pain, dermatosis, endocrine problems, cysts, and tumors. Most people do not know homeopathy as the first treatment alternative, they only become aware of this treatment after another method of resolution.
They usually get homeopathic treatment through recommendations from people
close to them.
Thus, it is possible to conclude that homeopathic treatment is still very unknown among the population and among health professionals, such as pharmacists, doctors, and nurses. It is happening because knowledge about
homeopathic practice is still not widespread in Brazilian universities. However, little by little the situation is improving and information about homeopathic practices and their benefits are being increasingly disseminated. In addition, it is
necessary for health managers in the municipalities to know the PNPIC, because this way they can implement alternative treatments to the population. ¹
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