Amazon has been accused of acting irresponsibly for selling dozens of fake homeopathic remedies.
Customers in the UK and the US can purchase pills that are said to contain saliva from a dog infected with rabies, MailOnline can reveal.
They can also buy other tablets that are said to be derived from the urethral discharge of men who are infected with gonorrhea.
Homeopathy critics today rejected the questionable lists and attacked Amazon because it did not bother to check which remedies it sells.
Amazon said it had removed some of the bizarre products that were flagged by MailOnline – but did not clarify which or how many.
Amazon in the US also appeared to mention lac caninum – prepared from the milk of dogs. Proponents say it can treat gonorrhea and varicose veins, among other things
There were no lyssin products available for British customers to buy when MailOnline visited the British Amazon website earlier this month. However, MailOnline was given the option to purchase the remedy on the US site, where the seller offered shipping to the UK
MailOnline found four different products on the British page of the retail giant that claimed to be medorrhinum.
Medorrhinum is prepared from the heavily diluted urethral discharge of a male patient with gonorrhea.
The US-based National Center for Homeopathy says it can treat asthma, epilepsy, warts, menstrual pain and even psoriasis.
A salesperson said his pills were prepared according to the original Dr. procedure. Hahnemann & # 39; – considered the founder of homeopathy.
The company, Urenus, even offered its pills in different strengths, suggesting that customers could get more powerful doses of gonorrhea if they wanted.
The other three products were all listed by Boiron, a homeopathic remedies manufacturer that claims it sold £ 600 million in 2018.
Both companies offered pyrogenium – a solution made from dissected lean beef that could stand in the sun for two weeks, said headache.
And they also mentioned lac caninum – prepared from the milk of dogs. Proponents say it can treat gonorrhea and varicose veins, among other things.
MailOnline found four different products on the British page of the retail giant that claimed to be medorrhinum
Medorrhinum is prepared from the highly diluted urethral discharge of a male patient with gonorrhea
WHAT ARE SOME OF THE MOST UNUSUAL HOMEOPATHIC RESOURCES?
Medorrhinum is prepared from the urethral discharge of a male patient suffering from gonorrhea. It is said to treat asthma, epilepsy, warts, menstrual pain and even psoriasis.
Pyrogenium is a solution made of dissected lean beef that can remain in the sun for two weeks. Proponents say it can combat headache.
Lac Caninum is a cure prepared from the milk of dogs. Proponents of the solution say that it can, among other things, treat gonorrhea and varicose veins.
Hecla lava is made of ash from the Mount Hekla volcano in Iceland. It last broke out in 2000 – but ash can still be dug up from soils around the volcano. Proponents say it can treat rickets, toothache, syphilis and tumors.
Bryonia is a poisonous plant that works as a laxative and is used as a homeopathic remedy. Health experts warn online that it is probably unsafe to consume. It is said to treat stomach and intestinal diseases, arthritis and liver disease.
Lyssin – the saliva of dogs with rabies – is a homeopathic solution. It is also known as lyssinum or hydrophobinum. Critics warn that there is no evidence that it works. A Canadian naturopath controversially claimed in April 2018 that she was treating a four-year-old boy with behavioral problems with the product.
Urenus claimed that his products were again based on Dr. Hahnemann's recipe.
Both Urenus and Boiron listed their products with the same images under each category.
The former company also mentioned two products that claimed to be Hecla lava from Mount Hekla volcano in Iceland.
It last broke out in 2000 – but geologists say the ashes can still be dug up from soils around the volcano.
Proponents of the remedy – also completely unproven – say it can treat rickets, toothache, syphilis and tumors.
Various sellers mention products that claim to be bryonia, a poisonous plant that works as a laxative.
Health experts warn online – but not for product listings – that it is probably unsafe for everyone to consume.
But proponents say it can treat stomach and intestinal diseases, lung diseases, arthritis and even liver disease.
The pills from Helios Homeopathy drew a series of good reviews, with many customers praising the product with five stars.
The company said the remedy is completely non-toxic and pointed out that bryonia has been used in homeopathy for over 200 years.
Urenus also sold a version of Bryonia, which was again said to be based on Dr. Dr.'s original procedure. Hahnemann.
Amazon customers in the US can also purchase medorrhinum, pyrogenium, lac caninum, Hecla lava and bryonia.
They could also get homeopathic remedies that allegedly contain the saliva of dogs with rabies – lyssin.
The substance is also known as lyssinum or hydrophobinum. Critics warn that there is no scientific evidence to prove that it works.
Two companies also mentioned lac caninum – prepared from the milk of dogs. Proponents say it can treat gonorrhea and varicose veins, among other things
And the same companies offered pyrogenium – a solution made of dissected lean beef that was allowed to stand in the sun for two weeks and said to combat headache
WHAT ARE THE ORIGIN OF HOMEOPATHY?
Homeopathy was first conceived in 1807 by German physician Samuel Hahnemann and focuses on three principles: such as remedies such as, dilution and & # 39; water recalls & # 39 ;.
Dr. Hahnemann believed that medicine in his time did more harm than good, so he started experimenting with volunteers and himself.
One of those experiments was eating the bark of a cinchona tree, which was then used as a treatment for malaria. Scientists have since discovered that this bark contains quinine, a remedy for malaria.
After eating part of the bark, Hahnemann experienced symptoms that he compared with those of malaria, and brought the first principle & # 39; like cures like & # 39; on.
The doctor thought that if a substance causes certain symptoms in large doses, it can be used in small doses to cure them.
According to the British Homeopathy Association, the remedies are used by more than 200 million people worldwide to treat both acute and chronic conditions.
A Canadian naturopath controversially claimed in April 2018 that she was treating a four-year-old boy with behavioral problems with the product, causing anger in the medical community.
There were no lyssin products available that UK customers could buy when MailOnline visited the UK website on Amazon on July 5.
However, MailOnline was given the option to purchase the remedy on the US site, where the seller offered shipping to the UK.
This is not the first time that Amazon has been beaten for selling unproven medical treatments.
In June it was criticized for showing documentaries that promote cancer, quackery and unproven treatments on its Prime Video service.
And in March it was announced that it was selling books that encouraged parents to give their children toxic chemicals to cure their autism.
Professor Edzard Ernst, a leading researcher in complementary medicine at the University of Exeter, closed the lists.
He told MailOnline: “Systematically mislead consumers into believing that these remedies are established, well-regulated drugs.
& # 39; There is no good evidence to show that these remedies are anything other than placebo & # 39; s.
& # 39; The person selling fake disguises himself as real medicine, in my opinion less than responsible. & # 39;
Various sellers mention products that claim to be bryonia, a poisonous plant that works as a laxative. Health experts warn online – but not for product listings – that it is probably unsafe for everyone to consume
The pills from Helios Homeopathy drew a series of good reviews, with many customers praising the product with five stars
Dr. Ernst said: & # 39; These remedies are highly diluted; so much so that they don't contain anything on the container.
& # 39; Therefore they cannot cause direct damage; they have no effects and no side effects.
& # 39; However, they can cause a lot of indirect damage. For example, if someone has a disease and treats it with such remedies, he is probably missing effective therapy.
& # 39; If we are talking about a serious condition – such as cancer – this can even cost her life. & # 39;
Professor David Colquhoun, emeritus professor of pharmacology at University College London, mentioned the remedies & # 39; fraudulent & # 39 ;.
He said they are so diluted that one molecule of the original substance in a space can find the equivalent of the distance & # 39; from the sun to the earth & # 39 ;.
Professor Colquhoun claimed that there have been recent cases in which the dilutions of other homeopathic solutions have not been done well & # 39 ;.
He also said that Amazon & # 39; completely ruthless & # 39; and & # 39; irresponsible & # 39; and added: & # 39; They send you everything from machetes to quacks.
An Amazon spokesperson said: & # 39; All sellers must follow our sales guidelines and those who do not, will be subject to promotions, including possible deletion of their account. & # 39;
However, they have not made clear which rules have been broken.
One company also mentioned two products that claimed to be Hecla lava from the Mount Hekla volcano in Iceland. It last broke out in 2000 – but geologists say the ashes can still be dug up from soils around the volcano
PRINCE CHARLES IS CLAIMED TO BE ANTI-SCIENCE AFTER TAKING ROLE AS PATTERN OF THE FACE OF HOMEOPATHY
Prince Charles was accused in June of promoting proven and dangerous medical treatments in his new position as patron of the Homeopathy Faculty.
The Prince of Wales has long been a proponent of homeopathy and has used his royal position to get it widely accepted.
This is despite the fact that some homeopaths operating in the UK claim to cure autism and offer alternatives to traditional vaccinations.
Homeopathy is a branch of medicine that treats disorders with extremely diluted doses of natural substances. It is known as a complementary or alternative approach because it differs from traditional Western medicine.
The style of treatment comes from ideas developed in the 1790s that claim that the more a substance is diluted, the more powerful it is as a treatment.
Proponents argue, for example, that traditional inhalers used to treat asthma can be replaced by diluted plant extracts. The Homeopathy faculty is the professional body for homeopaths.
The prince has experienced a setback for dealing with these practitioners and for alternative treatments. He himself has been treated by herbalists and chiropractors for conditions such as severe back pain.
He also founded the Foundation for Integrated Health in 1993, but the charity was closed in 2010 after a criminal investigation into allegations of fraud and money laundering.
The Prince of Wales is also the patron of traditional medical institutions. Pictured: in his role as patron during a visit to City Hospice, Whitchurch, Cardiff
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