'The last place in England to offer publicly-funded homeopathy could stop providing the practice on the NHS.
'Bristol's clinical commissioning group (CCG) is meeting to discuss ending NHS-funded homeopathic treatment except in exceptional circumstances.
'Homeopathy is based on the idea "like cures like", but many scientists say patients are only getting sugar.
'The British Homeopathic Association said its treatments were of "enormous value" to patients...'
'A 2010 House of Commons report found homeopathic remedies performed no better than placebos - dummy treatments...
'It said: "There is no good-quality evidence that homeopathy is effective as a treatment for any health condition" while the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) does not recommend using homeopathy for any clinical condition.
'But the practice remains popular with some patients seeking alternative or complementary treatments.'
The Homeopathy Research Institute says, 'Worldwide, over 200 million people [including 100m in Europe alone] use homeopathy on a regular basis... In India there are over 200,000 registered homeopathic doctors currently, with approximately 12,000 more being added every year'. '10% of people in the UK use homeopathy – an estimated 6 million people... In Britain, the market for homeopathy is growing at around 20% per year. In 2007, it was estimated to be worth £38m, and is projected to reach £46m in 2012 [sic].'
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