Homoeopathy is a specialised method of drug therapy of curing natural diseases by administration of drugs which have been experimentally proved to possess the power of producing similar artificial symptoms on healthy human beings.
Basic Principles of Homoeopathy
- Law of Similars
- Law of Single medicine
- Law of Minimum Dose
- Law drug Dynamisation
- Law of Individualization
- Law of Vital force
- Medicines are prepared from natural resources
- Metals & Minerals
Scope of Homoeopathy
- Homoeopathy has proved itself to be of great scope in treating all diseases, both acute and chronic.
- It is also capable of effectively and efficaciously preventing and curing communicable and infectious diseases.
- It can also successfully manage gynaecological and obstetrical cases.
- It is also successful in the management of paediatric and geriatric ailments.
- Almost all kinds of behavioural disorders, neurological problems, metabolic diseases are also within its effective curability.
- Many surgical conditions relating to peptic ulcer, tonsillitis, goitre, kidney, urinary bladder, gall bladder, pancreas etc. can be safely dealt with through homoeopathic medicine.
- Tendencies leading to surgical intervention can be well avoided of early diagnosis is made and prompt homoeopathic treatment is done.
- Its role in primary health care is also highly rewarding, especially in a developing country like India.
- Homoeopathy has a ready and effective answer to the menace of addiction to drugs, tobacco and alcohol and is highly efficacious in ridding the addicts of their craving for these noxious substances.
- Efficacious in controlling and containing epidemics.
Present Status of Homoeopathy
- Homoeopathy is currently prevailing in practice over eighty countries in the world.
- The practice of homoeopathy is widespread in Europe, the United Kingdom, India, Pakistan, Srilanka, Malaysia, South Africa, Nigeria, Russian, South and North America, New Zealand and the South Pacific.
- Homoeopathy has been integrated in to the National Health Care Systems of many countries including India, Mexico, Pakistam Srilanka and United Kingdom.
- The forward march of homoeopathy is steady and impressive. The World Health Organisation states that homoeopathy is the second most used medical system internationally.
- Homoeopathy began in India by a group of missionaries who started practicing it in Kolkata.
- Homoeopathy got recognition in 1937 when Mr. Ghias-ud-idin, moved a resolution in the legislative assembly.
Indian Parliament enacted the Homoeopathy Central Council Act in 1973.
- Central Council of Homoeopathy (CCH) a Statutory Body - the paramount authority to control and regulate the education and practice of Homoeopathy in India came in to existence in 1974.
- In 1974 Homeopathy was included in the National Health Scheme along with Allopathy and Indian Systems of Medicine.
Educational Regulations of the CCH came in to force w.e.f. May 1983.
- Diploma course (4 yrs.) DHMS
- Degree course (5 1/2 yrs.) BHMS
- Graded degree course (2 yrs.) BHMS
- Minimum Standards of Education Regulations
Educational Regulations for P.G. Programmes for 3 subjects in 1989
- Organon of Medicine
- Materia Medica
Further more, for 4 subjects in 2000.
- Homoeopathic Pharmacy
- Practice of Medicine
There are 183 Homoeopathic Medical Colleges affiliated under 49 Universities, running U.G. courses in 181 Colleges & P.G. courses in 33 Colleges.
Total intake per yr. for BHMS - 12,630
Total intake per yr. (Hom.) - 1,031
A Central Council for Research in Homoeopathic (CCRH)
was setup in 1978 as an autonomous organisation under the M/o. Health & F W, Govt. of India.
At present the CCRH has 33 Units / Institutes all over India.
The CCRH has undertaken the following researches in Homoeopathy:-
- Clinical Research
- Drug Proving
- Clinical verification of Homoeopathic drugs
- Standardisation studies of Homoeopathic preparations.
- Survey, collection and cultivation of medicinal plants
Clinical studies conducted by the CCRH in diseases like HIV / AIDS, filariasis, behavioural disorders, bronchial asthma, epilepsy, upper respiratory infections, amoebic dysentery, menorrhagia, osteoarthritis have affirmed the positive action of Homoeopathic therapy.
The CCRH is also monitoring Extra Mural Research Schemes under the Dept. of AYUSH, Govt. of India.
32 such research projects are monitored under this scheme.
A National Institute of Homoeopathy (N.I.H.)
has been established as an autonomous Organisation under the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare at Kolkata in 1975 as a model teaching & research institute in Homoeopathy.
A Homoeopathic Pharmacopoeia Committee was constituted by the Govt. of India in 1962 for laying down Pharmacopoeial standards for quality control in Homoeopathic medicines.
9 volumes of Homoeopathic Pharmacopoeia of India (HPI) and one volume of Codex have been published.
Homoeopathic drugs manufacturing and all other matters connected therewith have been brought under the Drugs & Cosmetics Act, 1940.
A Homoeopathic Pharmacopoeia laboratory was setup in 1975 at Ghaziabad (U.P.) as a standard setting-cum-drug testing laboratory at National level.