Homeopathy 2023; 112(02): 073
DOI: 10.1055/s-0043-1767817

Women in Homeopathy

Robert T. Mathie
1   Faculty of Homeopathy, London, United Kingdom
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As stated on our publisher's website, “More women than ever before are choosing to pursue careers in both medicine and medical research; however, a gender gap still exists. According to the UN, women make up 70% of health and social care workers, but only 37% of first authors on medical research articles. At Thieme, we believe the key to closing the gender gap in medicine is to uplift women's voices”.[1] Thieme has therefore created its Women in Medicine collection, “which aims to highlight and celebrate the work and contributions to medicine by female-identifying people from around the world”. Our journal is supporting this important project through its connected Women in Homeopathy collection, available to view via the Authors tab on the homepage. Akin to the format of a Virtual Special Issue, its content is articles published in Homeopathy from 2022 onward that have prominently female authorship. We hope that the new online collection adds encouragement to women to continue in homeopathy research and to submit ever more work to the journal.

The contribution by women has been a stand-out feature of Homeopathy for many years, and female authorship is again well represented in this current issue of the journal. Each of the first two papers is a randomised controlled trial (RCT) in humans, on the novel topics of ringworm and hyperuricemia, with inconclusive and positive findings respectively.[2] [3] An international survey on the uptake and prevalence of the use of repertory software among homeopathy practitioners is the topic of our third article.[4] The ever-eclectic nature of homeopathy research is reflected in the remaining papers: an RCT on homeopathic products as a complementary dietary additive for pigs[5]; an in-vitro experiment on the antimicrobial activity of dynamised essential oil of the medicinal plant Aloysia polystachya [6]; and the laboratory development of a method to immobilise solvatochromic dyes on cellulose films that will refine the investigation of dye–potency interactions.[7] The issue is suitably completed by a clinical case report, from an all-female group of authors, detailing the effective use of homeopathy to treat a woman with multiple chronic conditions.[8]

Publication History

Article published online:
28 April 2023

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  • References

  • 1 #WomenInMedicine at Thieme. Accessed on February 17, 2023, at: www.thieme.com/en-us/women-in-medicine
  • 2 Laskar B, Paul S, Chattopadhyay A. et al. Individualized homeopathic medicines in the treatment of tinea corporis: double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled trial. Homeopathy 2023; 112: 74-84
  • 3 Ghosh P, Ganguly S, Mukherjee SK. et al. Individualized homeopathic medicines in treatment of hyperuricemia: evaluation by double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled trial. Homeopathy 2023; 112: 85-96
  • 4 Gray AC, Pracjek P, Straiges D. Attitudes to and uptake of repertory software in homeopathy clinical practice—results of an international survey. Homeopathy 2023; 112: 97-106
  • 5 Wendt GN, Genova JL, de Azevedo LB. et al. Homeopathic products as a complementary dietary additive for pigs in their growing and finishing phases. Homeopathy 2023; 112: 107-119
  • 6 Nader TT, Leonel AH, Henrique CY. et al. Dynamized Aloysia polystachya (Griseb.) essential oil: a promising antimicrobial product. Homeopathy 2023; 112: 120-124
  • 7 Cartwright SJ. Immobilisation of solvatochromic dyes on transparent cellulose films: an improved method for the study of homeopathic potencies. Homeopathy 2023; 112: 125-134
  • 8 Mallangi J, Chaudhuri J, Varanasi R, Oberai P. Multimorbidity in a 35-year-old female patient treated with homeopathy: a case report. Homeopathy 2023; 112: 135-142