‘Similar like cure’, a philosophy that the practice of homeopathy followed religiously. On April 10, the world celebrates and honors homeopathy for its contribution to medicine and the treatment of people in the form of World Homeopathy Day. In addition, the day also honors Dr. Christian Friedrich Samuel Hahnemann, the father of homeopathy.
What is homeopathy?
Homeopathy is a form of medical practice that believes in the use of natural ingredients as medicines for diseases. According to her, if a substance can lead or develop symptoms of the disease in a healthy person, it certainly has the quality to cure or treat those who already suffer from the disease. World Homeopathy Day 2021: From lasting effects to natural substances, here are 5 facts about homeopathic medicine.
How it works?
Homeopathy treats any sick person through remedies prepared with homeopathic dilution. Homeopaths, known as homeopaths, prepare the remedies by repeatedly diluting the selected substance until the final product is chemically indistinguishable from the diluent. The medicine must be taken orally according to the doctor. In homeopathic treatment, no operation or surgery is performed.
History of Homeopathy?
Born on April 10, 1755, in Paris, Dr. Hahnemann, a German, while translating the medical treatise of Scottish physician William Cullen into German, conceived the idea of homeopathy. In 1807, the word “homeopathy” first appeared in the press.
He believed and rejected conventional medicine in the late 18th century, claiming that it was ineffective and often harmful, and therefore began experimenting with the practice of homeopathy for treatments.
In the 19th century, the practice became extremely popular in the United States and Europe. It reached the United States in 1825 and 1835; the first homeopathic school was opened in the United States.
However, at the end of the century, homeopathy began to disappear with the closure of the last college of homeopathic medicine in the United States in 1920. But, in 1970, homeopathy had a notable return, as sales of homeopathic products began to grow unexpectedly. .
Homeopathy and India
Homeopathy in India saw the light of day when Dr. John Martin Honigberger came to India in 1810. He arrived in Lahore in 1829-1830 and was later invited to treat Maharaja Ranjit Singh of Punjab. Later, he went to Calcutta and started his practice there. He was also known as the ‘Doctor of Cholera’.
Mahendra Lal Sircar was the first Indian to become a homeopathic doctor.
In the current times, the popularity of homeopathy has resulted in colleges and institutions of homeopathy and a number of people seeking treatment in homeopathy. In addition, India is among the largest manufacturers and traders of homeopathic medicines.
Homeopathy in India is under the responsibility of the Ministry of AYUSH, which is working to popularize the practice.
Homeopathy and Ministry of AYUSH
The Ministry of AYUSH in recent years has been working to promote the practice of homeopathy. This year, the theme of the celebration is “Homeopathy – Roadmap for Integrative Medicine”.
It has worked to strengthen education and infrastructure to promote the practice of homeopathy in the country.
Under AYUSH, homeopathy laboratories have been created across the country, memoranda of understanding with 18 countries have been signed for cooperation in the field of traditional medicine and homeopathy.
Homeopathy education was also regulated by the Central Homeopathy Council Act of 1973. Homeopathy education is being provided at undergraduate and graduate levels at colleges.
Does homeopathy really work?
Over the years, homeopathy has attracted criticism for being a pseudoscientific medical practice due to the lack of statistical evidence of therapeutic efficacy and scientific justifications. It is often called quackery and fraud.
In several countries like France and Switzerland, it has also been declared ineffective. Spain has banned homeopathy in the country.
However, the 2019 WHO report revealed that 100 of the 133 Member States surveyed in 2012 recognized that their population used homeopathy. In 13 countries, it is regulated, including Sri Lanka and Pakistan.
Its benefits do not include side effects and its non-toxic properties make it safe for use in children. They are also relatively inexpensive compared to other forms of medical treatment.