The commercial dominance of Western scientific medicine has marginalized age-old natural forms of health care. The use of unnatural chemicals as medicines assaults the body in much the same way as a disease organism or toxin. Illness is the body's way of expressing it is not in balance. Cures should be sensitive to the body's own protective and restorative powers; support them not disable them.
Sales of alternative medicines in western Europe rose to $1.2 billion a year by 1992. Sales of homeopathic medicines in western Europe increased fourfold between 1981 and 1991, and are forecast to reach $550 million a year by 1997.