Homoeopathy: A Healing Legacy From India's Independence To Global Recognition
Let us celebrate the timeless wisdom and healing potential of homoeopathy - a gift from the past that continues to shape the future of healthcare across the globe.
Written by Tavishi Dogra|Updated : September 25, 2023 5:36 PM IST
India's journey to independence in 1947 marked a significant turning point. It also witnessed the growth and recognition of an alternative system of medicine that has left a lasting impact on the world - Homeopathy. Developed by Samuel Hahnemann in the late 18th century, this holistic approach to healing has stood the test of time. Karan Bhargava, Director Bhargava Phytolab & CEO Homoeo Amigo, explains how it continues to gain global recognition for its effectiveness and gentle remedies.
Homeopathy Before India's Independence
Before India gained independence, homoeopathy had already taken root, attracting a devoted following among practitioners and patients alike. Pioneering homoeopaths such as Dr. Mahendra Lal Sircar and Dr. Pratap Chandra Majumdarplayed pivotal roles in promoting this alternative healing system.
Post-Independence Growth And Recognition
Homoeopathy experienced growth and expansion post-independence, with the Indian government recognizing its efficacy and incorporating it into the national healthcare system. Establishing the Central Council of Research in Homeopathy (CCRH) and other research institutes further solidified homoeopathy's position in India's healthcare landscape.
Today, it is recognized as the fastest-growing and the second-largest system of medicine by the World Health Organization (WHO). India leads the way in the number of people using homoeopathy, with an astounding 100 million (10 crore) individuals depending solely on it for their medical care. This alternative system of medicine is the second-highest funded and used category under AYUSH, supported by both the Indian government and the public.
The popularity of homoeopathy is evident in its impressive growth, surpassing Ayurveda and Unani in India. The country now boasts around 195 undergraduate and 43 post-graduate educational institutions dedicated to regulating the knowledge and practice of homoeopathy. There are around two lahks registered homeopathic doctors in India, with approximately 12,000 more added annually. The increasing demand for homoeopathy is not limited to India; it is also gaining popularity in countries like Pakistan, Korea, Japan, and China.
Homeopathy's growing popularity can be attributed to its efficacy in treating psychosomatic problems, mental health conditions, asthma and COPD, and many other ailments. This alternative system of medicine is often considered magical in its ability to bring about remarkable results in chronic conditions for which conventional medicine offers little or no treatment.
Unlike conventional medicines, homoeopathy does not rely on heavy metals; it utilizes natural plants and minerals in minuscule doses, making it 100% safe and free from toxicity. Over 300 double-blind clinical trials conducted worldwide provide irrefutable evidence of the efficacy of homoeopathy in treating various diseases.
Homeopathy Extends Beyond Humans
Homeopathy's reach extends beyond humans; it is also used to treat plants and animals. In livestock, homoeopathy plays a significant role in reducing the use of antibiotics, as evident in medical trials confirming the efficacy of homoeopathic remedies. In agriculture, Agrohomeopathy is a new approach in research, with scientific studies demonstrating how potentized homoeopathic medicines combat biotic stresses and showcasing anti-fungal, anti-microbial, and anti-insecticidal properties.
From its origins before India's independence to its present-day global recognition, homoeopathy has emerged as a powerful and effective system of medicine. Its growing popularity, safe nature, and remarkable efficacy in treating various ailments have garnered widespread appreciation worldwide. Let us celebrate the timeless wisdom and healing potential of homoeopathy - a gift from the past that continues to shape the future of healthcare across the globe.