Naturopathy: what you said

Our readers responded in droves to our recent poll on naturopathy. Here’s a selection of some of the best comments:

It seems that the 23% who feel they should stock this rubbish are more interested in profit than being professional.

And we are arguing about allowing supermarkets into pharmacy for “professional” reasons?? Amazing, they are just a bunch of shop keepers in mentality!


The key phrase here is “there is enough evidence to support their use”, if so there is no reason why they should not be sold. Selling products where there is no evidence is just fraud.

Roger Matthews

Surely this debate doesn’t suggest that if an item is scheduled or written on a prescription it must be evidence based, and if it belongs in the natural medicines category it is useless?

Have we stopped supplying paracetamol (prescription or OTC) for acute lower back pain and began questioning its usefulness for osteoarthritis….I consider a published meta-analysis to be pretty robust evidence. But then again to quote Homer Simpson: “People can use statistics to prove anything….40% of all people know that”.

Simon O’Halloran

Poor choice of wording..
Answer: Yes, only if there is evidence of efficacy.
Homeopathic medicines should not be stocked. Natural medicines with supporting evidence should be stocked and sold only if the pharmacists selling them are comfortable with their knowledge in order to provide proper counselling and patient care.

Tim Bangsund

I voted “other” – No: there’s evidence that they don’t work.

The first thing I did when I purchased my new pharmacy was to remove all homeopathic products from the shelf. There’s no place for them.

Jarrod McMaugh

Why is the debate about complementary medicine always about homeopathy? The majority of complementary medicine uses herbal extracts and nutritionals, vitamins and mineral.

I hope pharmacists are vigilant about counselling against prescribed antibiotics for sinusitis and bronchitis (as endless meta-analyses have shown they don’t work!). Do we advise clients that anti-depressants don’t work if you have low Folate or ZInc levels (again as research has repeatedly shown).

Too many pharmacists have no formal training in nutritional or herbal medicine or never look at research outside of pharmaceuticals, and like many other medical professionals speak on a topic they know little about, but happy to parrot similarly misinformed medical opinions.

Health is about restoring physiology, which pharmaceuticals do not do….

Craig Wainwright


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