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European Coalition on Homeopathic & Anthroposophic Medicinal Products


Healthy and active ageing

The EU level has paid specific attention to healthy and active ageing soince 2011, notably by means of the European Commission’s 'European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing'.

Safe and affordable medicinal products can support people to live healthy and active lives as well as contribute to quality of life. Homeopathic and anthroposophic medicinal products may help to reduce the need for high-impact medical interventions and conventional prescription drugs as well as the long-term dependency on them at mostly low cost. In one study, disease severity and quality of life demonstrated marked and sustained improvements following homeopathic treatment in patients who had been chronically sick for a long time before study entry and treated conventionally before in most cases.

As the incidence of chronic diseases continues to increase, their impact on an ageing population will also increase, especially in light of growing problems of multimorbidity, polypharmacy and adverse drug reactions – to which elderly people are particularly vulnerable. Although no formal research has yet been done to assess the potential role of homeopathy and anthroposophic medicine in healthy ageing and prevention of age-related disease, the body of evidence described above clearly suggests a role in reducing drug-load, reducing risk of adverse drug reactions and improving the mental health and wellbeing of individuals older than 65 years old.

In addition, there is promising evidence for the role of homeopathy in supporting the management of age-related musculoskeletal and rheumatologic disorders such as back pain, rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis, as well as complaints associated with menopause.

Last updated on 22 May 2019