news.bg, 13.05.2019

According to the first homeopathic care study in Bulgaria, launched in 2015, about 47% of patients are satisfied with homeopathic treatment. The data were presented by Assoc. Prof. Iliana Yaneva-Balabanska from the National Center of Public Health and Analyses. 93% of the patients surveyed observed that the reason for visiting a homeopath is a disease. 85% turn to a homeopath before they visit a doctor. A total of 527 doctors and dentists are surveyed, with about 95% believing that they need to continue attending courses for continuous homeopathy training. 85.7% want homeopathy to be recognized as a medical specialty.

85% of Bulgarians visited first the homeopath, then went to a doctor
Author: Nadezhda Dineva 13.05.2019
According to the first homeopathic care study in Bulgaria, launched in 2015, about 47% of patients are satisfied with homeopathic treatment.
93% of the patients surveyed noted that the reason for visiting a homeopath is a disease. 85% turn to a homeopath before they visit a doctor.
At a press conference at the BTA, Dr. Petko Zagorchev, Chairman of the Bulgarian Medical Homeopathic Organization, said that homeopathic treatment can only be effectively administered by doctors.
Notwithstanding Art. 166 of the Law on Health, for many years still other individuals continue to practice this therapeutic method.
Sometimes these are homeopaths graduated outside of the European community. There is a danger of being an imperfect method that has proven its clinical value, and the result is distrust in both homeopathy and conventional practice, Zagorchev specified.
According to him, once there is a legal basis, there should be reliable ways of control.
The Law on Health regulates homeopathy as an unconventional method of treatment. Homeopathy should not cause a patient's condition to deteriorate, but only for the benefit of a patient.
The lawyer Dr. Maria Petrova explained that a person who has no medical qualification by law has no right to practice homeopathic treatment. The regional health inspections there is a list of people who can practice homeopathy.
However, there are frequent cases when citizens abuse homeopathic medicinal products. "We cannot perceive that every decoction, every herb is exactly the same if it has not gone through the relevant regulation," Petrova explained.
According her comments control must be as well imposed on the part of society, so as not to be misled by non-specialists. Several pre-trial proceedings are currently underway, she added, and identified cases as charlatan practices.
A total of 527 doctors and dentists were surveyed, with around 95% believing that they need to continue attending courses for continuous homeopathy training. 85.7% want homeopathy to be recognized as a medical specialty. Data were presented by Assoc. Prof. Iliana Yaneva-Balabanska from the National Center of Public Health and Analyses (NCPHA).
The NCPHA will make an offer to the Ministry of Health (MoH) for introduction of compulsory training on the practice of individual non-conventional methods.