The Marriott Hotel in Al Jaddaf, Dubai was host to the Homeopathy, Integrative Medicine and Health Conference on Friday 21 April. The aim of the conference was "to bridge the gap in understanding of treatment concepts and to emphasise the importance of methodical documentation of evidences for such therapies in clinical practice."
The Faculty of Homeopathy's Dr Peter Fisher (pictured), director of Research and Consultant Physician at the Royal London Hospital for Integrated Medicine (RLHIM), was one the featured speakers of the conference and presented twice, discussing Research in Clinical Homeopathy and Homeopathic Prescribing Methodology in Eczema during which he stressed the importance of an integrated approach to healthcare.
The second featured speaker was Dr Esther van der Werf, an epidemiologist and trial manager with over 15 years’ experience of research (over 30 peer-review publications) and study management (Randomised clinical trials and cohort studies), as well as a qualified classical homeopath, discussed how complementary medicine can help with the growing crisis of antimicrobial resistance and how to maintain symptom control in common primary care infections without the use of antibiotics.
Homeopathy is part of a range of other treatments which are regulated by the Ministry of Health in the UAE under the umbrella of Traditional, Complementary and Alternative Medicine (TCAM), an area of healthcare which has demonstrated significant growth in recent years. The UAE Ministry of Health has, for the past 20 years sought to align its TCAM policies with the WHO's Global Strategy on Traditional and Complementary Medicine. The move to integrate TCAM with national health policies has seen more practitioners licensed to work in clinics and hospitals alongside conventional doctors, as well as an increase in the range of treatments that doctors can prescribe. This has led to a notable reduction in the prescribing of antibiotics.