Ever since the condition of HIV / AIDS was reported I had an unusual interest in it. It was a
challenge for medicine and especially for homoeopaths, who claim treatment for new
diseases as it is based on symptoms syndrome and not on diagnostic labels or the causative
factors, bacteria or viruses. I was inspired by the fact that Hahnemann without seeing a
single case of Cholera predicted very effective remedies for it. I, therefore, made an in depth
study from all sources and got actual descriptions from doctors who had seen cases in USA.
On this basis I ventured to write an article "Homoeopathy: A Promising Refuge from the
Scourge of AIDS". This was in 1983 and the presentation was made at an International
Congress in Singapore in January 1984, before any case was reported in India. The second
presentation was at an International Congress of LMHI [Liga Medicorum Homoeopathica
Internationalis) held at Washington, D. C., USA in 1987. The updated 3rd presentation at the
International Homoeopathic Congress also of LMHI held at Athens (Greece) in 1988. The
proceedings of this congress happened to have been seen by the Additional Secretary
Health, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Mr. M.S. Dayal. He wrote a letter to me on 12th
December 1988 showing much interest and desire to discuss his proposal. A presentation
was made where he along with senior officials of the ministry and Dr. S.P. Tripathy, Addl.
Director General, ICMR (Indian Council of Medical Research) was present. When a
projection of a comparative study between Allopathy and Homoeopathy was made at the
top under Allopathy there were no treatment, no preventive vaccine and 100% mortality.
On the Homoeopathic side good potential and underneath the reasons for my opinion and
suggestion for some possible important remedies. Mr. Dayal looked at the officer from the
ICMR and asked him if that was true. When he agreed Mr. Dayal spontaneously remarked,
that the ministry is wasting the funds given to the ICMR and decided there and then that
Homoeopaths will do the treatment and ICMR will do the monitoring. Thereafter it was
decided that this work be given to Central Council for Research in Homoeopathy (CCRH).
Since 1989 CCRH has been working on HIV infected cases to find out the alternative means
in controlling the progression of disease and to improve the quality of life of people living
with HIV / AIDS (PLHA ).1 have been observing this research study since then very closely.
They have based their diagnosis and management not only on a fine understanding of the
immunopathogenesis of the disease but on man as a whole and relied upon the available
diagnostic / prognostic parameters as well and treating them for several years based on
the homoeopathic principles.
Over the past two decades or more HIV / AIDS epidemic in India has grown from a handful
of HIV infected persons to a major public health problem with tremendously growing
medical, psychosocial and economic consequences for the country. The Government of
India initiated various programmes for the prevention and raising awareness among the
people for some time and also to increase India's capacity to respond to HIV / AIDS on a
long-term basis. Current National AIDS Control Program - NACP - III is aiming to halt and
reverse the epidemic in India during 2006-2011 by integrating programmes for
prevention, care, support and treatment; and to create an enabling environment wherein
the HIV infected people could lead a life of dignity.
India has recognized the Homoeopathic system of medicine as an integral part of its health
care delivery system. In many areas the communities prefer to use homoeopathic medicine
as their choice. In many states the health system allows the simultaneous presence of all
the systems of medicine in an iritegrated fashion and allowing the citizens to opt for their
choice of systems for their health care. The latest regulation by NACO required that all HIV
infected patients receive free ARV therapy (Anti Retro Viral Therapy). Therefore, a clinical
study was advocated to compare the efficacy of treatment between the groups of ARV
therapy + Homoeopathic treatment and to ARV therapy alone. This work is being
undertaken in an allopathic hospital where all the tests and assessments are done by their
technicians / consultants. I have been informed that the group under ARV therapy +
Homoeopathic treatment responded better than ARV alone.
We are at the end of 3rd decade of AIDS epidemic; the evidence of its impact is palpable
throughout the world. Though the efforts are continuing, still a cure is not in sight. So it remains
a major global health priority. Since more than 99% of people are HIV negative, obviously the
focus is given more on prevention rather than treatment. The access to the treatment and care
is essential to those infected people. A well-coordinated communication strategy among the
government and non-government organizations with community participation is being
encouraged to create a non-stigmatizing environment where people living with HIV / AIDS
(PLHA) may not face any discrimination in society.
Central Council for Research in Homoeopathy has contemplated to publish a monograph on
HIV / AIDS with an objective to improve the knowledge of the homoeopathic practitioners as
well as the students about HIV infection and its effect on individual's health. Usually the HIV
infected persons survive a long period and they require home based care and support from
their family members. Here, the homoeopathic practitioners may playa vital role in community
as an educator or care provider to those infected carriers and hence contribute substantially in
achieving the national objective for prevention HIV / AIDS in rural and urban set-up.
The aim of preparing this monograph is twofold: first, to acquaint the readers with the latest
developments in medical research in respect to HlV / AIDS and secondly, to present the research
updates in homoeopathyin the field along with its philosophical concept.
A group Of eminent allopathy experts who have profound experience in the field of HIV / AIDS
infection and a group of homoeopathy experts engaged in homoeopathy teaching have
contributed in preparation of this monograph. The writing committee has collected various
information from books, journals, periodicals, websites, etc. and the experts involved in the
compilation of this monograph have checked with the sources to provide reliable information.
Despite efforts made to avoid errors while making this monograph, if any mistake has been
crept in, inadvertently, I 'do regret for the same.
I would like to thank all the experts for their valuable contributions and kind co-operation in
shaping this monograph. I put on record my appreciation for the tireless efforts of Writing
Committee too. Our endeavour will be fruitful if the monograph is optimally used by the
research workers, clinicians, teachers, students and the lovers of Homoeopathy.
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