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MfD: Czechs enchanted by homeopathics

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Prague, Oct 26 (CTK) – The number of homeopathics sold in the Czech Republic rose by over 50 percent during the past 15 years, which shows that the number of Czechs ready to fight flu with other drugs than Paracetamol or Ibuprofen is steeply rising, daily Mlada fronta Dnes (MfD) writes yesterday.
“The patients most frequently use homeopathics against the problems associated with common viral diseases,” the paper quotes Ales Krebs, deputy chairman of the Czech Pharmacy Chamber, as saying.
Both doctors and chemists frown upon the news since the science has never proven any curative effect of homeopathic preparations.
According to the patient information leaflets enclosed in the homeopathics treating flu such as the well-known Oscillococcinum, these preparations contain sugar and extremely low quantity of duck entrails.
Chemists say the homeopaths’ claim that the drug is based on water memory increased by water dilution is absolute nonsense.
However, the patients are quite satisfied with the homeopathics against flu, as evidenced by the Oscillococcinum being sold across the world for almost 70 years, MfD writes.
Last yeas, Czechs bought homeopathic preparations for over 170 million crowns, which was 10 percent more than a year ago, it adds.
In the past 15 years, the number of the sold homeopathics rose by over 50 percent, MfD writes.
“Homeopathics are perfect drugs. The manufacturing is dirt cheap and the sale for 60 crowns. They cannot be forged because the fakes have the same effect as the original product. Until patients learn it,” doctors say, laughing, about the growing interest in homeopathy in discussions at professional servers.
Stepan Svacina, chairman of the Czech Medical Society, says: “The doctor can use a placebo in a psychological therapy. It does not matter whether this may be a homeopathic preparation or jumping on one leg.”
“Advocates of homeopathy often argue with doctors’ conspiracy with pharmaceutical makers, but they themselves certainly do not offer their methods for free as a sort of philanthropy,” a doctor is quoted as saying.
The cost of entry check-ups in homeopathic centres mostly ranges between 100 to 3,000 crowns. The patient pays another 800-1,000 crowns for each next examination, MfD writes.
($1 = 24.846 crowns)

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