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GMC registered medical practitioners should not prescribe homeopathically prepared remedies
Guest post by Richard Rawlins MB BS MBA FRCS Doctors who are registered medical practitioners (RMPs) must comply with the standards of practice set down by the General Medical Council. 'Homeopathy' is a specific system of medical care, devised by Dr Samuel Hahnemann in the nineteenth century, and comprises two distinct dimensions: (i) the establishment of a constructive therapeutic relationship between an empathic homeopath and a patient. This may provide benefit due to the non-specific effects of condolence, counselling, and care - and should be a component of the practice of all doctors in any event; (ii) the homeopathically prepared (HP) remedies that are generally prescribed. To avoid confusion, these two dimensions should not be conflated. HP remedies may be obtained over the counter, prescribed by lay homeopaths and even given out by dentists and nurses on the grounds that "30C homeopathic arnica helps bruising". The US Federal Trades Commission has stated that "The Commission