PUBLISHED: 10:30, Wed, Jul 1, 2020 | UPDATED: 10:30, Wed, Jul 1, 2020
Prince Charles for decades has welcomed alternative medicines and therapies to apparently “cure” his ailments. One of the pseudo-sciences most popular with the prince appears to be homeopathy. Homeopathy is the largely discredited practice of treating illness with diluted substances to trigger the body's own healing mechanisms.
Health bosses have sought to dispel myths surrounding the alternative medicines for years.
NHS England recommended that GPs stop providing it in 2017.
It says there is no good-quality evidence that homeopathy is effective as a treatment for any health condition.
Homeopathy has made extreme claims in the past.
Prince Charles: The royal was accused of 'silencing' Prof Ernst over his anti-homeopathy claims (Image: GETTY)
Homeopathy: Charles pictured visiting an alternative medicine Centre in India (Image: GETTY)
For example, many practitioners claim their concoctions can cure autism – a point which the NHS and scientists have said is in itself factually incorrect.
In 2019, Prince Charles became patron of the Faculty of Homeopathy.
The move stirred much controversy.
It wasn’t the first time the Prince got caught up in a dispute over alternative medicines.
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Alternative medicine: Charles reopened the Royal London Homeopathic Hospital in 2005 (Image: GETTY)
In 2015, Professor Edzard Ernst, claimed he had been “treated like dirt” as a result of Charles trying to “silence” him.
Prof Ernst is a staunch critic of using alternative medicines such as homeopathy as a direct means of treatment.
He instead champions complementary medicine – the process of using alternative medicines to help alleviate the negative aspects of standard medicines – having held the first complementary medicine post in the world at the University of Exeter.
His unscrupulous and rigorous application of evidence-based science and