‘Homoeopathy is being practiced in all continents either as an independent
system or as complementary / alternative form of medicine. Within a short
span of little ever two hundred years of its origin, the system has been able to
muster popularity and official patronage in several countries.
since 1970, there has been a spectacular resurgence of Homoeopathy in
many countries. Many countries are granting official recognition, several
new teaching institutions are coming up, research activities are being
revitalized and there has been a spurt in drug development. The Six Report
of House of Lords of UK on Science & Technology, The White House Report
on CAM Therapies in USA, The Norwegian Study on Acceptance of
Homoeopathy, Report of WHO on Traditional Medicine etc. have re-established the growing popularity of the system.
Dr. Eswara Das has a degree in Homoeopathy from Tamil Nadu
Homoeopathy Council with first class and first Rank. Because of his
academic excellence, Government of India selected him for a higher
Specialized two year course at national Institute of Homoeopathy, Kolkata.
He has done his MD in Homoeopathic Repertory. He has done Diploma in
Hospital Administration from the YMCA Institute of management Studies,
Delhi and also MBA in Health Care from the prestigious Faculty of
Management Studies, University of Delhi.
He was promoted as Deputy Adviser, Ministry of Health, Govt. of India, in
1999, and at present posted on deputation as Consultant (Homoeopathy) to
Government of Sri Lanka at Colombo.
He has published several articles in leading professional journals, book on
Causation in Homoeopathy. He has traveled several countries like United
Kingdom, USA, Malaysia, Russia etc. on professional assignment.
Homoeopathy is a system of medicine developed by Dr. Samuel
Hahnemann (1755-1843), a German Physician, in the early 19" Century.
It is based on the therapeutic principle of treating diseases with drugs
that in a healthy person would produce symptoms like those of that
disease. Apart from its strength in curative medicine, in Homoeopathy
there are well laid down principles and practices on preventive,
promotive and rehabilitative aspects of health care.
Homoeopathic medicines are simple, safe and scientific. It uses minute
doses of medicines and has blended well into the traditions and ethos
of many countries. This system enjoys the heritage of community
acceptance and plays an important role in providing health care to a
large number of people in many countries. Due to its safety, efficacy
and comparatively low cost of medicines, this system has become quite
popular among the masses and the practitioners of Homoeopathy enjoy
a close relationship with the people whom they serve.
Origin, Definition and Principles
Dr. Hahnemann had masterly skill over seven other languages
namely Italian, Spanish, French, English, Latin, Greek and Arabic, apart
from his mother tongue German. He had a reputation as a clinician
and as an acclaimed Chemist of his time. One of his hobbies was to
translate books from other languages to German. While translating the
Cullen’s Materia medica, which was the standard book on medical
practice of that time, he came across a footnote under Cinchona (Cortex
Peruvianus) or the Peruvian bark that its curative eminence in malaria
was due to its astringent properties. Hahnemann was not convinced
with this explanation because there were other substances with more
astringent properties used in medicine, but not useful to cure malaria.
Dr. Hahnemann experimented on himself in 1790 by taking four drams
of a potion made from Peruvian bark. He experienced symptoms similar
to that of malaria. This observation and its reconfirmation on other
individuals made him to record that "Peruvian (Cinchona) bark, which
is used as a remedy for intermittent fever, acts because it can produce
symptoms similar to those of intermittent fever in healthy people".
This made him to formulate the main principle, which underlies the
teaching and practice of Homoeopathy - "Let like be treated by the
like" (Simillia Similibus Curanture). This idea can be traced back to
ancient medical literatures also.
By extensive and detailed proving with several other substances
Hahnemann systematized the Law of Similars, that a substance which
can produce symptoms in healthy persons can cure similar symptoms
in natural sicknesses.
While experimenting, he also discovered that remedies prepared by
series of dilutions and sucusions (vigorous shakings) reduce the toxic
effects of the original substance and at times even certain inert
substances could also produce curative properties due to activation
of its hidden dynamic powers. Thus he established the second principle
of Homoeopathy the theory of potentisation.
Homoeopathy is being practiced in all continents either as an
independent system or as complementary /alternative form of medicine.
Within a short span of little over two hundred years of its origin, the
system has been able to muster popularity and official patronage in
This system was a popular means of medi-care in Europe and
America in later part of 18th and early 19" centuries. There were
many homeopathic hospitals and teaching institutions, but due to the
inadequate refinement after the death of its founder, lack unanimity
amongst his followers on certain unconventional principles of the
system; due to advent of the modern therapeutic agents along with
surgery in western Medicine, war, industrialization etc the popularity
of Homoeopathy waned during 1930 to 1970. During this period there
were efforts to label Homoeopathy as a mere quackery and in some
countries its practice was even banned.
Resurgence of Homoeopathy Across the World
Since 1970, there has been a spectacular resurgence of
Homoeopathy in many countries. Many countries are granting official
recognition, several new teaching institutions are coming up, research
activities are being revitalized and there has been a spurt in drug
development. The Sixth Report of House of Lords of UK on Science
& Technology, The White House Report on CAM therapies in USA
, The Norwegian study on acceptance of Homoeopathy, Report of
WHO on Traditional Medicine etc. have re-established the growing
popularity of the system.
Homoeopathy is very popular in Great Britain where the Royal Family
has been under Homoeopathic care since 1830s. The New York Times
noted that visits to Homoeopathic physicians have increased in England
by 39% per year), A British consumer organization surveyed its 28,000
members and discovered that 80% had used some form of complementary
medicine and that 70% of those who had tried Homoeopathy were cured
or improved by it. Not only is there growing interest in the general
public, there is also surprising acknowledgement of Homoeopathy by
conventional physicians. The British Medical Journal published a survey
of the attitudes of British physicians toward practitioners of
complementary medicine. The survey discovered that 42% of the
physicians surveyed refer patients to Homoeopathic physicians ".
According to The Times of London, Homoeopathy is now the fastest
growing alternative therapy in Scotland. The number of Scots who use
homeopathic medicines have more than doubled from 1985 to 1990,
increasing from 5% to 11%. Similarly, 23% of those Scots interviewed in
1985 said they would "seriously consider" going to a homeopath, and
in 1990 this figure grew to 40%".
A study published in the British Medical Journal, which noted
that in a survey of 100 recently graduated British physicians, 80%
expressed an interest in being trained in Homoeopathy, acupuncture
A survey of French doctors revealed that approximately 39% of
French Physicians utilize Homoeopathic medicines, an astounding 40%
of the French public have tried or are presently using Homoeopathic
medicines3» and over 20,000 French pharmacies sell Homoeopathic
medicines". This survey also noted that courses in Homoeopathy
leading to a degree are offered in six medical schools. Homoeopathy is
taught in all pharmacy schools and in four veterinary schools ").
Homoeopathy is growing so rapidly in France that a cover story of Le
Novel Observatory, one of France’s leading magazines, noted that
President and six medical school deans had called for more research
on Homoeopathy. It is stated that, "It is a fact that Homoeopathy
obtains results, sometimes spectacular results." One further bit of
evidence for the growing acceptance of homeopathic medicines as
household items in France is that the most popular cold and flu
medicine is a homeopathic remedy".
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