Homeopathy In India is Very Popular and Successful

It is estimated that there are over 250,000 homeopaths in India. Homeopathy is on par legally with conventional medicine, (homeopaths call conventional medicine Allopathy) and there are many Colleges of homeopathy including some that give post graduate degrees in homeopathy. It has attracted great support because…it works! Also the philosophy of homeopathy works well with the cultural and spiritual nature of the Indian people.

 

Dr. Manish Bhatia writes about the history of homeopathy in India.

 

Homeopathy came to India as early as 1810 when some German physicians and missionaries came to Bengal and started distributing homoeopathic remedies. Dr. John Martin Honigberger was the first person who is recognised to have brought homeopathy and the name of Hahnemann to India. Dr. Honigberger arrived at Lahore in 1829 – 30. The then ruler of Punjab, Maharaja Ranjit Singh, was impressed by him when he treated his favorite horse of its bad leg ulcers. In 1835 he traveled to Paris and met Dr. Hahnemann. He bought a large quantity of homoeopathic medicines from Hahnemann’s Pharmacist, Lehmann of Kothen. In his second visit to India, in the year 1839, he treated Maharaja Ranjit for paralysis of vocal cords and oedema. The Maharaja was relieved of his complaints and in return received valuable rewards and later on was made officer-in-charge of a hospital. Dr. Honigberger later on went to Calcutta and started practice there. This royal patronage helped the system to have its roots in India.

Homeopathy continued to spread and Indians found in its philosophy and principles, a reflection of their belief and culture. A large number of missionaries, amateurs in Indian civil and military service personals practiced Homoeopathy extensively and spread this system mostly in Bengal and South India. Surgeon Samuel Brooking, a retired Medical Officer had the courage and conviction to establish a Homoeoapthic Hospital at Tanjore, in South India, in 1847. There have been a number of other well-known enthusiasts like Dr. Cooper and Dr. J. Ruther ford Russel, two Government Medical Officers, Mr. H. Ryper, a military pensioner, Captain May and others of Calcutta, made Homeopathy popular among the masses of Bengal. Last but not the least, was the services rendered by Dr. C. J. Tonnere, M.D. the French Homoeopath, proved “Acalpha Indica” in the year 1851 was first Health Officer of the town of Calcutta and later he established Homoeopathic Hospital.

In 1861, a virulent epidemic of malarial fever was raging over lower Bengal and it was at this juncture that the great philanthropist, Late Babu Rajendra Lall Dutta, a layman, truly laid the foundation of Homeopathy and started its practice with astounding results. He converted the redoubtable allopath and his opponent, Dr. Mahendra Lall Sircar, M.D. D.L., C.I. E. to Homeopathy. Dr. P.C. Majumdar, M.D. another Homoeopath of Calcutta started his practise in 1864 and laid the foundation of Calcutta Homoeopathic Medical College in 1885.

Homoeopathy continued to spread and by the beginning of 20th century most of the important cities in India had Homoeopathic dispensaries. The popularity of the system led to a mushroom growth of quacks practicing Homoeopathy. Seeing this deplorable state of affairs, efforts were made by the Government. It took several steps and in 1948, a Homoeopathic Enquiry Committee was set up to evolve a suitable arrangement to regulate teaching and practice of Homoeopathy. A Homoeopathic Advisory Committee was appointed in 1952 by the Govt. of India and the recommendations of these committees led to passing of a Central Act in 1973 for recognition of this system of medicine. Homoeopathy now has been accepted as one of the National Systems of Medicine in India.

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USA News Sites: Alternative Medicine is Going Mainstream

A number of newspapers, even the Wall Street Journal and web sites are featuring alternative health information and are highlighting that in the United States alternative health has gone mainstream.

“According to the American Hospital Association, more than one-third of U.S. hospitals offer at least one type of complementary medicine, which includes acupuncture, homeopathy, chiropractic, nutrition, massage therapy and herbal medicine. For example, the prestigious Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center offers acupuncture for relief of nausea from surgery or chemotherapy. The growing field is even referred to by a new name—CAM—an acronym for complementary alternative medicine.”

-newsmax.com

“In the Wall Street Journal On Line, an article penned by Rustum Roy, Andrew Weil, Dean Ornish and Deepak Chopra showed the many advantages of taking responsibility for one’s own wellness.  Being that they were writing for the Wall Street Journal the evidence they brought forth was backed by hard scientific research, instead of the over 5000 years of success that Natural Living Sciences have to their credit. 

According to the American Heart Association we spent 60 Billion dollars on 1.3 million coronary angioplasty operations in 2006 (stints). That was $48,399 per operation on average.  A bypass operation cost $99,743 in 2006 and there were 448,000 of them done at more than $44 Billion bucks.  Heart disease is expensive.  The kicker here is that with all this investment in pain, suffering and money a person does not live longer because of the surgery.   In the case of a stint, not only does the operation not increase the longevity of the person receiving it but the procedure does nothing to prevent heart attack.”

-Examiner. com

Summary of Cuban Experiences on Leptospirosis Prevention From the Authors

Here is the preliminary report by the authors of a Cuban Study that used homeopathy to prevent Leptospirosis in 2.5 million Cubans.

Homeoprophylaxis: Cuban Experiences on Leptospirosis

Dr. Concepción Campa, Dr. Luis E. Varela, Dr. Esperanza Gilling, MCs. Rolando Fernández, Tec. Bárbara Ordaz, Dr. Gustavo Bracho, Dr. Luis García, Dr. Jorge Menéndez, Lic. Natalia Marzoa, Dr. Rubén Martínez.

“The Finlay Institute is a centre dedicated to development and production of vaccines; we also bring our WHO qualified facilities for all homeopaths and homeopathic medicine. The Finlay Institute acts as supporting institution for research, production and development of high quality homeopathic products. However, according with the social objective addressing prevention of infectious diseases, we are focused on homeo- prophylaxis as strategy to attenuate the impact of preventable diseases on developing world, the ones that need it the most.

Thus, development and evaluation of nosodes, appears to be our main approach to fill up the breakthrough on current conventional strategies based on vaccination. Similarly with vaccination interventions, massive applications of prophylactic nosodes give rise to a greater impact on population health compared with individualized therapies. In addition, the easy administration and low economics resources needed, become this alternative really suitable and accessible for developing countries and almost the best for emergency situations comprising epidemic outbreaks and natural disasters. The Cuban experiences of massively administrated nosodes supports it use as promising solution to confront epidemiological dangerous situations.

On October November 2007, three provinces of the eastern region of Cuba were affected by strong rainfalls causing floods of big areas and several damages to sanitary and health systems. The risk of leptospirosis infection raised extremely dangerous levels with about 2 million of peoples exposed to potentially contaminated water.

Considering this situation, the Finlay Institute prepared a leptospira nosode 200 CH using 4 circulating strains and following international quality standards. A multidisciplinary team travelled to the affected regions to conduct the massive administration of the nosode. Coordinated action with public health system infrastructures allowed the administration of a preventive treatment consisting in two doses (7- 9 days apart) of the nosode to about 2,4 million of people (4,8 million of doses). The coverage of the intervention rose up to 95% percent of total population of the three provinces at risk.

The epidemiology surveillance after the intervention showed a dramatic decrease of morbidity two weeks after and a reduction to cero of mortality of hospitalized patient. The number of confirmed leptospirosis cases remains at low levels and below the expected levels according with the trends and rain regimens.

A reinforcing application was given after the hit of the hurricane IKE but using the nosode diluted up to 10 MC. Strict epidemiologic surveillance is carried out on this provinces. Up to date result will be presented.

The results supported the design of new strategies for leptospirosis control. This experience could be extended to other diseases and other countries. The Finlay Institute is offering our facilities and specialists to spread this alternative to all regions needing emergent alternatives for epidemic control and prevention”.

 

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CLICK HERE TO SEE ANOTHER REPORT ON THIS DRAMATICALLY POSITIVE DEVELOPMENT FOR THE USE OF HOMEOPATHY TO PREVENT AND CURE SERIOUS DISEASES.

Homeopathy Teacher Series- Jeremy Sherr

This is part of series on Homeopathy Teachers by Homeopathy Resource.

Jeremy Sherr is an excellent teacher of homeopathy. He has re-introduced old and new methods of doing accurate homeopathic provings and has written a popular book about it and also teaches it.

From his Web site:

“Jeremy was born in South Africa and grew up in Israel. He began his studies at the College of Homœopathy, London, in 1980 and completed a degree simultaneously in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Though he practices classical homœopathy exclusively, his knowledge of Chinese Medicine shines through his homœopathic thinking.

Jeremy was the first to re-develop the science and art of provings after a century of near silence. In 1982 he conducted his first proving of Scorpion, and has since completed 23 Hahnemannian provings, including Hydrogen, Chocolate, Diamond, Salmon and Germanium. These remedies are now well established in our repertories and materia medicas, and are being used successfully all over the world. Jeremy’s work “The Dynamics and Methodology of Homœopathic Provings” has become the accepted guideline for provings, and has been translated into French, German, Italian and Russian. His latest book, “Dynamic Materia Medica – Syphilis” is an innovative presentation of his unique ideas on philosophy and materia medica that has received excellent reviews worldwide.

Jeremy began teaching while still in college. He taught in most British schools, and began the Dynamis School in 1985. His school is the longest running post-graduate course in the UK. He has taught the Dynamis curriculum throughout Europe and North America, and has lectured in Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, India and China. He maintains a busy practice in Malvern, New York and Tel Aviv.

Jeremy is acknowledged by the homœopathic community as a brilliant and creative thinker who is well grounded in the philosophy and writings of Hahnemann. His lectures are an inspiring blend of classical homœopathy and original thought, delivered with vitality and humour. His practical teachings are live cases with long-term follow up. As a homœopathic practitioner, Jeremy is known for his unprejudiced clarity and profound insight.

He was awarded a fellowship from the Society of Homeopaths in 1991 and a Ph.D. from Medicina Alternativa. He is a Member of the North American Society of Homeopaths, and is an honorary professor of Yunan Medical College, Kunming, China.”

You can go to his Web Site: http://www.dynamis.edu/new/

Much to the chagrin and opposition by Drug Company representatives and supporters who have a  strong African market, Jeremy Sherr has initiated an AIDS project:

He states:

Our project has several objectives; 1) To treat as many AIDS patients as possible, so as to relieve suffering 2) To develop a homoeopathic understanding of the disease. This understanding should enable us to list the homeopathic remedies which are most successful in treating AIDS. 3) To make our project sustainable by spreading this knowledge and the related remedies throughout Tanzania and Africa, so that local health practitioners will be able to prescribe these remedies to large masses of people. 4) To produce formal research on the treatment of AIDS with homoeopathy so as to show the world what it is able to achieve.

Together with Sigsbert Rwegasira, a Tanzanian homoeopath, and other international homoeopaths, Jeremy will initially create a clinical and teaching infrastructure in Tanzania. Once this is established, more homeopaths will come to Tanzania to participate in the project. When this mechanism is fully operational, we aim to open homoeopathic schools in Tanzania and throughout the whole of Africa, training doctors, homeopathic professionals, nurses and local practitioners.

We have the support of several eminent homeopathic researchers, as well as the Muhumbili University of Health Sciences in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania and the Department of Integrative Medicine at the University of Maryland, USA.

Homeopathy Teacher Series- Louis Klein

This is part of series on Homeopathy Teachers by Homeopathy Resource.

Louis Klein is recognized as North America’s top homeopathic teacher and practitioner. He has practiced and taught for over 35 years. Louis Klein has been teaching  the Homeopathic Master Clinician Course for over 20 years and trained hundreds of practitioners in advanced homeopathic techniques. He has written a number of text books and is about to publish a new one. He also has lectured extensively in Europe, including England, France, Germany, Czech, and also in Israel and even Japan. He is also considered a practitioner’s practitioner as he treats many of the top homeopaths in the world.

From his web site:

“He has been instrumental in putting the profession into the 21st century through the development and research into new techniques and the introduction of new homeopathic remedies. He has written a number of textbooks which have been received enthusiastically. He has published many articles on both clinical techniques in homeopathy and new Materia Medica experiences. He is the author of a textbook on advanced homeopathy entitled “Clinical Focus Guide to Homeopathic Remedies”. This text has also been translated into German.  He has published a second text entitled “Luminos Provings”. 

With his extensive experience, as well as being the past President and one of the founders of the North American Society of Homeopaths (NASH), he has been instrumental in setting educational and professional standards for Homeopaths.

Recently, Louis Klein was awarded a Fellowship of the Society of Homeopaths in England. Louis’ expertise is his ability as a homeopathic clinician, to deal with even the most difficult of cases. His gift is his ability to teach these clinical skills with clarity, depth, and humor. His style is interactive and friendly. Louis Klein’s experience and easy access offer a special educational experience to students of all abilities.”

“I found Lou Klein’s Master Clinician Course to be one of the best learning experiences in my career. He teaches a way of thinking founded in the soundest basics and a seemingly limitless knowledge of materia medica. 
Whenever I review my notes from the course, I find myself underlining every sentence for its profundity. Case taking and videos exemplify the best prescribing I have seen. This course truly lives up to its name. I consider it essential for anyone aspiring to mastery in homeopathic practice.”

– Bill Gray, M.D., Classical Homeopath for over 35 years

You can go to Louis Klein’s web site: Luminos Homeopathic Courses

Homeopathy Teacher Series- George Vithoulkas

This is part of series on Homeopathy Teachers by Homeopathy Resource.

George Vithoulkas is considered the father of modern homeopathy and a homeopathic visionary. He introduced modern and visionary ideas in the mid 60’s, modernizing homeopathy. He has an interesting background. He is not a medical doctor and his original career was as an engineer. While in South Africa he decided to study homeopathy and eventually moved back to Greece to practice it. He opened a clinic in Athens where with a group of medical doctors saw over 150,000 cases.

Today, he writes and teaches homeopathy.

“Vithoulkas’ books, Homeopathy: Medicine of the New Man (Arco, New York, 1979), written for lay people, and The Science of Homeopathy (Grove Press, New York, 1980), for health professionals, have been translated into twenty languages and have had a profound influence upon the acceptance and practice of homeopathy worldwide. His book, A New Model for Health and Disease, published in German and English in 1991, makes a fundamental critique of conventional allopathic medicine and sets out a new paradigm for the science of medicine.

He has been an international teacher of classical homeopathy for 20 years. In the year 1996, he was awarded the Alternative Nobel Prize for his work in the field of Classical Homeopathy.”

You can get more information from his Web site: International Academy of CLASSICAL HOMEOPATHY

Extensive Study Concludes Homeopathic Remedies and Treatment Are Safe

A study entitled: “The Safety of Homeopathy”  published January 2009 by the European Council for Classical Homeopathy has concluded that homeopathic remedies are safe.

The report was based on the results of the following approaches:  

• a description of regulation and production methods for HMPs; 

• a literature review considering current research evidence for the safety of HMPs; 

• a survey on the safety of treatment provided by practitioners; 

• an overview of regulation of the practice of homeopathy; and 

• an overview of international measures taken by the profession to self-regulate. 

The report also looked at over 20 observational studies with a total of 7,275 patients. 

Some of the conclusions were:

“There is overall agreement between practitioners, national Governments and the European Union institutions that the safety of patients is of paramount importance. There is also a widespread and longstanding belief that CAM therapies such as homeopathy have a high safety profile when correctly administered. Some authors have however pointed out the need for such claims to be researched. 

Current evidence seems to support the claim that ADRs rarely arise in connection with HMPs [homeopathic remedies] and where they do they are only mild or moderate, and transient. We have been unable to find any evidence to support a claim that HMPs may cause serious AE or ADR. The results we have seen are in line with claims such as those put forward by Reilly (2005) who states that homeopathy lacks the potential for life-threatening side effects and it may be used in pregnancy and the treatment of infants and children without risk of harm. ”

For more information check out the web site of the ECCH: http://www.homeopathy-ecch.eu