Homeopathy is a medical science introduced by a German scientist Dr Samuel Hahnemann, MD, in 1796. It is the most practiced Alternative System of Medicine in the world today. Homeopathy stands out distinct as compared to other modes of treatment in many important ways. It treats the patient with medicines that possess the power of producing similar symptoms in a healthy human being, which it can cure in the diseased person. Homeopathy works on the principles directed towards treating diseases at the root level, by addressing the multiple causative factors such as genetic, immunological, metabolic, hormonal, emotional and others. As a result, the diseases are treated in totality rather than in parts. Hence, homeopathic science believes in the 'holistic' approach.
“Like cures like”— that a disease can be cured by a substance that produces similar symptoms in healthy people. The philosophy behind this method of treatment is that it helps stimulate the body’s immune system, thus encouraging it to heal itself. The body has its own innate ability to heal itself, and homeopathy triggers this response with its ingredients.
“Law of minimum dose”— that the lower the dose of the medication, the greater its effectiveness. Many homeopathic products are so diluted that no molecules of the original substance remain.
One of the main guiding principles of homeopathy is that the treatments must be highly individualised. It depends on the person’s specific symptoms, medical and lifestyle history and lastly, body parameters. For instance, if two people are getting treatment for the same illness, they can receive totally different treatments from their homeopathic doctors because of their unique requirements and assessment of how their bodies are expected to respond.
Every person’s personality and emotions are very important. Therefore, one should be ready for an in-depth assessment of your stress levels, personal traits, relationships and family history. In addition to getting a complete understanding of the patient, supporting laboratory tests are also conducted. The lab results are always considered in light of the patient’s symptoms, needs and history. The idea is to provide holistic treatment to the patient.
Homoeopathic medicines are prepared from traces of animal, plant, mineral and other natural substances. Interestingly, the homeopathic medicines are prepared in such a sophisticated way that rather than using harsh chemicals for treating humans, homeopathy uses attenuated and 'potentized' medicine substances which are in the form of nanoparticles, which have been found to be effective in treating the diseases at a much deeper level.
Homeopathic products are often made as sugar pellets to be placed under the tongue; or in other forms, such as ointments, gels, drops, creams, and tablets. Treatments are “individualized” or tailored to each person. Different people with the same condition may receive different treatments in homeopathy.
Homeopathy is used for an extremely wide range of health conditions and is strongly recommended for many chronic and acute ailments.
Homoeopathy has been useful in treatment of psychosomatic disorders, autoimmune diseases, geriatric and pediatric disorders, ailments during pregnancy, obstinate skin diseases, life style disorders and allergies, etc. It also has a positive role in improving the quality of life in incurable chronic diseases like cancer, HIV/AIDS, terminally ill patients and incapacitating diseases like rheumatoid arthritis, etc.
Homeopathy treats all diseases except where surgical intervention may be so desired by the physician.
Homoeopathic medicines are, palatable and safe with no or negligible side effects. They are considered safe for even new-born babies as well as during pregnancy, and for elderly patients. But, it is very important to note that, although homeopathic treatments often utilize ultramolecular dilutions of the starting material, there are also homeopathic medicines of considerably lower dilution which do contain molecules that may be active in the biochemical sense. Hence, self-medication is not advisable at all. Homeopathic medicines must be taken in consultation and under supervision of your physician only. Your homeopathic practitioner knows the dosage, repetition and potency selection and therefore helps a patient with right medicine – right dose – and right repetition.
Homeopathy, also known as homeopathic medicine, is a medical system that was developed in Germany more than 200 years ago.
In India, Homoeopathy was introduced approximately two centuries ago by some German Missionaries and physicians who started distributing homeopathic medicines amongst local inhabitants.
However, Homoeopathy took roots in India in 1839 when Dr. John Martin Honigberger successfully treated Maharaja Ranjit Singh for the paralysis of Vocal Cords.
Dr. Honigberger settled in Kolkata (the then Calcutta) and became popular as Cholera-doctor.
Later, Dr. M.L. Sirkar, a reputed Physician of his time, also started practicing Homoeopathy. He edited the first Homoeopathic Journal ‘Calcutta Journal of Medicine' in the year 1868.
In 1881, many renowned physicians including Dr. P.C. Mujumdar and Dr. D. N. Roy established first Homoeopathic College - the ‘ Calcutta Homoeopathic Medical College'.
Dr. Lahiri, Dr. B. K. Sarkar and many others made personal efforts in establishing Homoeopathy as a profession. They are well known for their contribution to the growth of Homoeopathy not only in West Bengal but also in the whole country.
Over the years, the number of amateur homoeopathic practitioners grew steadily and most of them approached the Government to accord recognition to Homoeopathy.
Year 1937 was the turning point for Homeopathy in India when the Central Legislative Assembly resolved to give homoeopathic colleges in India the same status and recognition as in the case of allopathic colleges.
In 1949, it was suggested that Central Homoeopathic Council be constituted.
In 1952, a Homoeopathic Adhoc Committee was constituted, which was to advise the Government on all matters related to Homoeopathy, namely homoeopathic education, homoeopathic research, regulation of practice, pharmacopoeia, rural medical aid, drug manufacture, family planning, financial aid to homoeopathic colleges, dispensaries, hospitals and cooperation with International Homoeopathic Medical League.
In 1973, the Parliament passed the Homoeopathy Central Council Act for regulating homoeopathic education and practice in the country.
In September 2020, The Homeopathy Central Council (Amendment) bill, 2020 was introduced in Rajya Sabha. The bill is now an Act, amends the Homeopathy Centre Council Act, 1973. The Act sets up the Central Council of Homeopathy which regulates homeopathic education and practice.
Today, the Government of India has made sustained efforts for growth and development of Homoeopathy under AYUSH services
AYUSH services are included in the health care delivery system of the country at all levels of primary, secondary and tertiary health care. The Government of India has a number of programmes and initiatives for promotion of AYUSH systems and an increase in health care coverage in the country.
Homoeopathy is currently used in over 80 countries. It has legal recognition as an individual system of medicine in 42 countries and is recognized as a part of complementary and alternative medicine in 28 countries.
Since 1970, there has been a spectacular resurgence of homeopathy in many countries and some of them have even granted it an official recognition due to which many new teaching institutions of Homeopathy are opening up and research work has also gained momentum. There has also been a big boom in the manufacturing of homeopathic medicines.
WHO considers Homeopathy as one of the most commonly used forms of Traditional & Complementary Medicine
Its popularity is gaining momentum, all over the world and so is the trust on Homeopathy.
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