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What is Homoeopathy?Homoeopathy is one of the scientific systems of medicine based on the Principle “Similia Similibus Curentur” which means,

Dr. Pankaj Darji


1. What is Homoeopathy?

Homoeopathy is one of the scientific systems of medicine based on the Principle “Similia Similibus Curentur” which means, ” let likes be treated by likes”. Dr. Samuel Hahnemann, a German Physician enunciated this Principle. It is proved that the medicine which can cause a set of symptoms on healthy human beings can cure the same symptoms in diseased patients. This concept is similar to the “Samam Samenah Shanthi” concept of Indian thought.

2. How do Homeopathic medicines work?

The Homeopathic medicines are dynamised by way of diluting and succussing crude drug substance to activate its inherent properties. By this way the original drug substance is reduced to extremely to low quantity. Homeopaths postulate that these medicines act on the immune system of the individuals and thereby strengthen it so as to enable the body to fight illness.

3. Is Homeopathic medicine act slow?

It is unfortunately a false impression that homeopathic medicines act slow. One of the reasons for such a misconception could be due to the fact that in spite of its tremendous potential to cure common acute aliments, Homeopathy is being widely used for treatment of chronic, uncommon ailments. It is considered good only when common ailment becomes uncommonly troublesome and chronic, or when there is a difficult condition, which defies conventional treatment or there is a proposed surgical treatment which is unavoidable . Naturally, these conditions will take some time to be cured. Even then, by its effectiveness and successes, it has earned good reputation and patronage. The use of these medicines in Government dispensaries in various localities has proved their quick effect where 90 % of patients come only for acute problems like diarrhea, fever, cough, cold and pains

4. Can Homeopathy treat anything and everything?

Like any other systems of medicine, Homeopathy has its own limitations. Through Homeopathy, any ailment acute or chronic, local or general can be treated excerpt diseases where surgery is unavoidable. Some of the so called surgical problems like enlarged tonsils, sinusitis, piles, fistula, kidney stone etc, in its early stages could be treated with Homeopathic medicines to a large extent.

5. Is Homeopathy first aggravates the disease and then improves?

It does not happen to all cases and always, if the chosen remedy matches the patient’s need. But if repeated more than the need, it often increases the complaints, but it would subside on its own as soon as medicine is withdrawn.

6. Are there any dietary restrictions while taking these medicines?

It is myth regarding restriction in diet like onion, garlic, perfume, paan and tobacco. These medicines have been used on patients who are habituated to coffee and betel. IT ALWAYS ACTS. But with certain medicines when given, such restrictions are must. Otherwise the action may be nullified. Asking not to use paan, or cigarette are on the other hand are safe and healthy restrictions.

7. Is it a fact that Homeopathic medicines have no side effects?

It is a fact that homeopathic medicines have no side effects. The term ‘side effects of a medicine comes from modern pharmacology. These drugs are aimed at one area of the body such as the cardiovascular system, the gut, the kidneys, etc. Though they have a primary area of action, they also affect other areas of the body. If these effects are undesirable, they are known as adverse side effects. Homeopathic medicines are not employed against one particular area or organ of the body. The homeopathic remedy is chosen because it matches as closely as possible with the totality of symptoms of the patient. Side effects, such as tissue destruction, do not occur under Homeopathy.

8. What is the manpower and institutional profile of Homeopathy in the country?

(i) No. of Registered Medical Practitioners 217460
(ii) Institutionally qualified Practitioners 50267
(iii) Number of dispensaries 5634
(iv) Number of hospitals 223
(v) Bed strength 11205
(vi) Number of teaching institutions (UG) 178

9. What is the Quality Control in Homeopathy?

Success of Homeopathic practice depends on the availability of quality drugs. The manufacture and sale of Homeopathic drugs is regulated under the provisions of the Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940 by the Govt. of India.

10. Who lays down the standards of Homeopathic Drugs?

The Homeopathic Pharmacopoeia Committee was established in 1962 to lay down the standards for the Homeopathic drugs. Worked out standards are released by the Ministry of Health and Family welfare in the form of Homeopathic Pharmacopoeia of India. Six such volumes have been published.

11. What is Homeopathic Pharmacopoeia Laboratory?

The Homeopathic Pharmacopoeia Laboratory was established in the year 1975. It is a standard setting-cum-drug testing laboratory at a national level. It has been declared as Drug Testing Laboratory for the purpose of quality control. It combines contemporary advanced technology with indigenous know how and needs.

12. Can I have some information on Homeopathic Pharmaceutical Industry?

With the increasing popularity of the system it was mandatory that the quality medicines are available easily both to the doctor and the patient at economic rates. This lead to the manufacture of Homeopathic medicines in the country. Today there is approximately 857-licensed Drug Manufacturing Unit in India. With the advancement of technology and newer techniques this industry is also making strides towards modernization. In this endeavor some of the manufactures have made collaborations with foreign companies like Boron of France, Schwa be of Germany etc. The Government takes steps to ensure that the quality of the products is maintained and improved by inspecting them regularly have been published. Homeopathic Pharmacopoeia of India (HPI) is included in the Second Schedule of Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940. The provisions stipulate that the standards of identity, purity and strength prescribed in H.P.I. are mandatory for all the drugs manufactured in India.

13. Since when Homeopathic Pharmacopoeia Committee is working and what are its achievements?

The Government of India on 22nd September 1962 constituted the Homeopathic Pharmacopoeia Committee. The Homeopathic drugs are available in the market in mother tincture form and in potency. The priority of the H.P.C. is to fix standards up to the level of mother tincture or equivalent i.e. of the raw materials and methods of preparations. From 1962 onward the Committee has finalized and recommended standards for 710 Homeopathic drugs which have been published in 6 volumes of Homeopathic Pharmacopoeia of India as under.

Vol. i 180 1971
Vol. ii 100 1974
Vol. iii 105 1978
Vol. iv 107 1984
Vol. v 114 1987
Vol. vi 104 1990
Vol. vii 105 Under Print
Vol. viii 101 Ready for Press

14. When was Homeopathic Pharmacopoeia Laboratory established and what are its functions?

Government of India in 1975 established Homeopathic Pharmacopoeia Laboratory as an organisation to monitor the quality of Homeopathic medicines. This is an apex body to lay down the standards of Homeopathic medicines. It is the approved laboratory under the Drugs and Cosmetics Act 1940 with the duties and functions of Central Drugs Laboratory under Section 6 of the Act and Rules 3(a) and Sub-Rule (7). This laboratory is functioning in the Central Government office complex at Kamla Nehru Nagar, Ghaziabad.

15. What is the position of Homeopathic medicines under the Drugs and Cosmetic Act 1970 and Drugs and Cosmetics Rules 1945?

  • Homeopathic Medicines are defined under Rule 2(dd) of Drugs and Cosmetics Rules 1945.
  • Standards of Homeopathic Medicines to be complied with the manufacture or sale, distribution or import are defined in Section 4A of the Second Schedule of Drugs and Cosmetics Act 1940.
  • New Homeopathic medicines are included under Rule 30AA
  • Manufacture of Homeopathic medicines and its license is covered under Rule 85B, application for which is made in Form 24C; while the manufacture of new Homeopathic medicines is covered under Rule 85-C.
  • Sale of Homeopathic medicines is included under Rule 67A under which application for retail is made in Form 20C while for whole-sale is made in Form 20D.
  • Functioning of Homeopathic Pharmacopoeia Laboratory as the Central Drugs Laboratory with reference to the Homeopathic medicines included in section 6 of the Act and Rule 3A sub Rule 7.
  • For the purpose of testing of drugs, drugs inspector forwards samples for testing under Section 23(4)(i) in Form 18 (ii), A court forwards samples under section 25(4) in Form I.
  • Testing report by the Government analyst is submitted in Form 13 under Section 23(4)/25 in case of samples forwarded by Courts.

16. What is regulatory mechanism for Homeopathic medical education and practice?

The Central Council of Homeopathy is a body corporate established under the provisions of “Homeopathy Central Council Act, 1973” to maintain Central Register of Homeopathy and matters connected therewith. This Council is responsible for maintaining the minimum standards of education in Homeopathy.

This Council as per the provisions in the Act, the following courses are introduced through Education Regulation: –

  • Homeopathy (Diploma Course) DHMS Regulations 1983 on the basis a four years diploma course was available.
  • Homeopathy (Degree Course) BHMS Regulations 1983 on the basis of which a five and a half year’s degree course in Homeopathy is available in the Country.
  • Homeopathy (Graded Degree Course) BHMS Regulations 1983 for the Diploma Holders to attain proficiency in Degree.
  • Homeopathy (Post-Graduate Degree Course) M.D.(Hom) Regulations 1989 through which Post graduate training of three years duration is available in three subjects to the BHMS degree holders

17. What is Central Council for Research in Homeopathy?

Central Council for Research in Homeopathy (C.C.R.H.) is the premier organisation in the country engaged in systematic and scientific research in the field of Homeopathy. It is an autonomous organisation of the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare and was set up in 1978. The Council is carrying out clinical research in various diseases, clinical verification of lesser-known drugs, drug proving researches on new medicines, carrying out drug standardization, surveys of medicinal plants etc.

18. What is National Institute of Homeopathy?

National Institute of Homeopathy (NIH) at Calcutta is an apex institute established by the Central Government as an autonomous body in 1975. This Institute sets standards on applied teaching and evolves research modules and also acts as a nucleus in pedagogic methods & educational research in Homeopathy to all other Homeopathic teaching institutes. This Institute is awarding degree in Homeopathy and is likely to introduce Postgraduate teaching shortly. It is affiliated to Calcutta University, and situated at the Salt Lake City of Calcutta.

19. Is there any role for Non Government Organisations in Homeopathy?

N GO’S are also playing a key role in the education, research and development of homeopathy in India. Some of these are R & D sections of pharmaceutical industry and others are acting independently. In a developing country like India with limited resources for propagation of health systems, they are popularizing and providing Homeopathic health care not only in the urban areas but also to the remotest areas in rural sector.

20. Why should anyone go to a Homeopathic doctor?

Homeopathic treatment is suitable for most people and has the advantage of being completely safe when used correctly. A Homeopath makes efforts to see the disease holistically and that is the main reason why this system is getting more acceptability

21. Is Homeopathy getting more popular and if so why?

Many people prefer to be benefited through natural treatments rather than by conventional drugs or surgery. Public is also anxious about side effects of drugs, or about its long continued use, especially where children are involved. In case of Homeopathy, these problems do not occur. Studies shows an increasing number of people are turning towards Homeopathy every year as sales of Homeopathic medicines have more than doubled in the recent years. Homeopathy may be the most appropriate treatment for you.

22. Is Homeopathy safe?

Homeopathic medicines are not harmful because they are so greatly diluted. They are safe, non-toxic and non-addictive. They are prepared in laboratories licensed by the Department of Health, to stringent standards of quality.

23. Is Homeopathy effective?

Since the early nineteenth century homeopathy has proved effective for millions of people worldwide; it has often been successful where other forms of treatment have failed. In more recent years medical journals have published positive reports of the results of scientific research into Homeopathy.

24. Is Homeopathy recognized officially?

Homeopathy is recognized by an Act of Parliament in 1973, and accepted as a National system of medicine.19 State Governments have also enacted State legislation and constituted State Boards /Councils to regulate the practice.

25. Can homeopathic medicine be taken with ordinary drugs?

Always follow your doctor’s advice as stopping some medicine may be harmful and taking some other medicines may also be detrimental.

26. If the symptoms become worse when first taking a homeopathic medicine is it all right or does this indicate the wrong choice of medicine?

Homeopathic medicines seek to stimulate symptoms, not suppress them, so that the body will overcome the disease naturally. Therefore, if symptoms are aggravated briefly, this usually means that the medicine is acting.

27. Can the medicines be taken safely during pregnancy?

The safety of homeopathic medicines is well known, still it is advised to take the opinion of a qualified Homeopathic doctor in such situation.

28. Are homeopathic medicines safe for children?

Yes, They can be given safely to even to the youngest infant.

29. How do I know what potency to use?

In most cases the 6th potency should be used, but choosing the right remedy is the most important thing to do. If the remedy is right, the results will be good.

30. Can animals be treated with Homeopathy?

Homeopathy is as effective for animals as it is for humans

31. What the diseases for which Homeopathy has proven strength?

Homeopathy has proven strength in the treatment of allergic disorders, skin diseases, children’s problems, several so called surgical problems like piles, tonsillitis, sinusitis, menstrual disorders, life style diseases etc.