On Queen Elizabeth’s 92nd birthday, the London Weekly News reported that in spite of criticism the Queen has used homeopathy all her life and has remarkable good health. In fact, many generations of the Royal family have used homeopathy.

The Queen passed her 92nd birthday on April 21 2018. Her reaching such an excellent age and being still in good health, mentally and physically, is largely due to her lifelong trust in homeopathy. Everywhere Her Majesty goes she is accompanied by a small case of homeopathic cures and tinctures and, although doctors do not care to admit it, it is largely because of her little homeopathic remedies that she rarely gets a cold or any other sort of complaint.

Queen Elizabeth is patron of the Royal London Homeopathic Hospital. What is less known is the love of Homeopathy has been shared by many other monarchs of yesteryear. In 1842, an astonishing number of 77 homeopathic physicians were on record to have served as personal physicians to monarchs and their families.

Queen Adelaide had been suffering from a serious malady that the court physicians couldn’t cure. The queen called for the services of one of Hahnemann’s oldest and most faithful colleagues, Dr. Johann Ernst Stapf (1788–1860), who cured her, creating the first of many supporters of homeopathy from British royalty. The British homeopath to the titled Marquess of Anglesey, Dr. Harris Dunsford (1808–1847), wrote a book on homeopathy that was dedicated, with permission, to Queen Adelaide (Dunsford, 1842). This dedication made public her interest in and her appreciation for homeopathy. She was instrumental in helping to establish homeopathy’s early popularity, especially among the upper classes in England.

The most famous homeopath to royalty was Sir John Weir (1879–1971), who served six monarchs: King Edward VII, George V, Edward VIII, Duke of Windsor, George VI, Elizabeth II, King Gustav V of Sweden (1858–1950), and King Haakon VII of Norway (1872–1957).

Empiricists would argue that as both The Queen and the late Queen Mother have been avid fans of homeopathy and as The Queen Mum died at the age of 101, the glaring probability that it works seems to be rather evident.

The Queens personal Homeopath, Dr Peter Fisher, who is also Clinical Director and Director of Research at the Royal London Hospital for Integrated Medicine, said that homeopathy was ‘safe’, ‘popular with patients’ and reduced the need for antibiotics. Aren’t they all desireable qualities?

In his words, he said, ‘Doctors should put aside bias based on the alleged implausibility of homeopathy. When integrated with standard care homeopathy is safe, popular with patients, improves clinical outcomes without increasing costs, and reduces the use of potentially hazardous drugs, including antimicrobials’.

Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales (born 1948), has been the most outspoken modern-day royal family member to advocate for what he has popularised as ‘complementary medicine’. In 1982, he became president of the British Medical Association, and made it his mission to get the medical community to understand the problems and limitations of orthodox medicine and to appreciate the contributions of various complementary therapies, including homeopathy. There is still a long way to go!

Karuna Tohow. Dip Hom Med, Ayur Cert, LBA Cert, BW Dip A.T.M.S