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Journal of Medicine and the Person

, Volume 13, Issue 1, pp 65–71 | Cite as

Homeopathy on the crossroads of traditional and integrative medicine in the Middle-East

  • Eran Ben-Arye
  • Noah Samuels
Homeopathy and Integrative Medicine

Abstract

The Middle-East is characterized by a rich spectrum of complementary and traditional medicine therapies, which are used by patients in parallel with conventional medicine. Indigenous traditional medicine practices in the region focus mainly on herbal medicine and far less on the use of European-based complementary medicine modalities such as homeopathy. Little has been reported on the extent to which homeopathy is being used in the Middle-East, this despite an emerging body of basic science and clinical research on the subject from countries such as Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Israel, and Lebanon. We compare the foundations of homeopathy with those of traditional Middle-Eastern medicine in the Middle-East, and explore the possibilities of collaborative research and clinical practice. In particular, qualitative research is warranted to explore patients’ expectations regarding homeopathic consultation and feasibility of its integration into Middle-Eastern health systems. Studying patient–homeopath communication patterns may be used to promote the clinical implementation of patient-centered care, based on a bio-psycho-social-spiritual health model.

Keywords

Homeopathy Integrative medicine Complementary and alternative medicine Middle-East Traditional medicine 

Notes

Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Integrative Oncology ProgramThe Oncology Service, Lin Medical CenterHaifaIsrael
  2. 2.Clalit Health ServicesHaifaIsrael
  3. 3.Complementary and Traditional Medicine Unit, Department of Family Medicine, Faculty of MedicineTechnion-Israel Institute of TechnologyHaifaIsrael
  4. 4.Tal Center for Integrative MedicineInstitute of Oncology, Sheba Medical CenterTel HashomerIsrael

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