Statistics show that GP prescriptions for homeopathy have nearly halved in the last two years. The number has dropped from 83,000 in 2005 to 49,300 in 2007.

However, the overall number of prescriptions in England is on the rise.
Homeopathy critics say that the decrease represented a shift in attitude against the alternative medicine, but supporters, on the other hand, don't quite agree.

Homeopathy treatment is based on the principle of treating like with like.
Other researches have shown that half of England's primary care trusts were either not funding or were restricting access to homeopathy products. The total spend on homeopathy by GPs in 2007 was £321,000 - just 0.006% of the total prescribing budget.

Some critics of homeopathy say that this drop in prescribing homeopathy products reflects a shift in attitude within the medical profession. It is showing a more critical attitude on homeopathy and a shift towards evidence-based medicine. They also believe that the numbers of homeopathic prescriptions would continue to drop as the evidence that homeopathic remedies are pure placebos is getting stronger.

British Homeopathic Association spokeswoman said homeopathy prescriptions had been falling for the last 10 years. However, she doesn't completely agree with the theory that GP's are turning away from homeopathy.
She believes that the collection methods may miss some homeopathy therapies as many prescriptions are handwritten as they were not on computer lists and therefore may not have been logged.

"There is no true evidence to support the theory that GPs are shunning homeopathy, nor is there evidence to show patients are not seeking homeopathy due to adverse press coverage", she added.