Since its inception 200 years ago, homeopathy has attracted support from European royalty, the educated elite, and leading artists. It was then no surprise that the most expensive painting that was ever sold was that of a portrait of a homeopathic physician, Dr. Gachet, drawn by her personal friend and patient, Vincent Van Gogh.
The British royal family has had a long-time and deep appreciation for homeopathic medicine, ever since Queen Adelaide (1792–1849), wife of King William IV, first made public her special interest in this “new medicine” in 1835. The early growth of homeopathy in Britain in the mid-1800s became possible in large part through royal support and British aristocracy. Not only did British royalty express their support for homeopathy by going to homeopaths and openly encouraging others to do so, they also put their money where their beliefs lay. Many British royalty were patrons to homeopathic organisations and hospitals. Until her death in 2002, at the ripe old age of 101, Her Majesty the Queen Mother, was the principal royal patron of the British Homeopathic Association. The Queen, Princess Anne and Prince Charles all use homeopathy and advocate its benefits and use.
Current celebrities who use and support homeopathy include Paul McCartney, David Beckham, Twiggy, Roger Daltrey, Caprice, Susan Hampshire, Tina Turner, Louise Jameson, Gaby Roslin, Jude Law, Sadie Frost, Nadia Sawalha, Annie Lennox, Richard Branson, Peter Hain MP, Jo Wood, Boris Becker, Martina Navratilova, Whoopi Goldberg, Debra Stephenson and Meera Syal, just to name a few. Past famous people who have used homoeopathy include Mark Twain, Mahatma Ghandi, WC Fields, Grace Kelly, Lauren Bacall, President Lincoln and many, many more.
Homeopathy also enjoys a high level of support from politicians. In 2007, 206 MPs signed an Early Day Motion welcoming the contribution of homeopathy to NHS healthcare.
Tony Fox DSH
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