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"Homeopathy" An art of medical stream; subjected to many criticisms and yet standing strong with head held high.

Updated on November 9, 2012

Homeopathy cures a larger percentage of cases than any other method of treatment -by Mahatma Gandhi

Homeopathy, a beautiful science of treating patients,an art all by itself.

The modern medical community field has labelled it as quackery and even when its existence for past 216 years and its survival against the toughest of tides goes unrecognized, it still continues to make it's presence known in almost all young families, mainly family with kids.

Hold my hand, let us have a quick walk through the past, shall we?

Father of homeopathy, Christian Friedrich Samuel Hahnemann, founded homeopathy in the year 1796, based on the principle similia similibus curentur, when translated,"Let like be cured by like".

The founder himself was a practicing allopathic physician. On observing the pain and trauma of the patients by the dangerous invasive methods, like bloodletting, the treatment procedures prevalent at his era, under the allopathic/modern medicine system which at that time were not patient friendly and were too draining, Hahnemann quit practicing medicine and started his research on finding something that would be soothing and soft on the human chassis.

Thus, Homeopathy took birth.

Homeopathy is wholly capable of satisfying the therapeutic demands of this age better than any other system or school of medicine- Charles Menninger, founder of the Menninger Clinic.

Hmmm... now let us have a look at some of the statistics related to homeopathy,OK?

Use of Homeopathy by physicians in Europe

  • 40 % of Dutch
  • 40% (18,000) of French M.D.s have treated 40% of the French public (Compl Med Research, May 1990, 4(2)4-8.)
  • 37% of British and 42% of family physicians refer to homeopaths (BMJ, 292, June 7,1986, 1498-1500)
  • 20% of Scottish physicians have had training in homeopathy
  • 20% of German

[ courtesy of the statistical data ]

India can be called as the leading pioneer in the practice of homeopathy. It has recognized homeopathy as one of its national systems of medicine..

The statistics in India:

· India has over 120 four and five year homeopathic medical colleges, and 100,000 homeopathic physicians and practitioners

· Mother Teresa added homeopathic care to the services at her missions. She opened her first charitable homeopathic dispensary in Calcutta in 1950 and had a special interest in homeopathy because of its effectiveness and low cost.

· United States

· NEJM (1993) says one third of all Americans use some form of alternative medicine while in 1996 $14 billion was spent on alternative treatments alone

· in 1990 two and a half million Americans used homeopathy, making about five million visits to homeopathic practitioners

· in 1996 Americans spent $220 million on homeopathic medicines.

[ courtesy of the statistical data ]

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Let us now probe about the weaknesses of homeopathy, Oh! also, while we are here, I will be happy if I could share a cup of coffee with you.What do you say?

The diet restrictions, the fear for all the food lovers, are surprisingly not many as it is made to sound, but, the most difficult one to follow is that of restricting our daily dose of caffeine.

The avoidance of coffee when having homeopahic medicines is still debatable, but the recent research shows that if the half an hour gap of food and having medicine is maintained then the coffee does not have any antidote effect,HOWEVER, for some of the medicines coffee will act as a antidote and only a homeopathic doctor can guide you about it.

The biggest enemy of homeopathy is not about diet, but, has been it's inability to prove the material content of the drug/medicine in its minuscule doses and the action plan/course of the medicine in the human body. The allopathic system can not comprehend the action of the drug/medicine on the basis of medicinal power/vital force, which is what homeopathy is all about. Hence, the skepticism towards homeopathy.

Recently,towards the end of the year 2010, IIT Mumbai had come out with its research findings on homeopathy's action principle, six months after the British Medical Association labelled homeopathy as witchcraft, with no scientific basis. The IIT team of Mumbai confirms that homeopathy works as nano technology.

You can check out an article regarding this published in The Times of India

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Yes! the coffee is here. I am just loving your company, so why not we sit down and discuss a bit more?

Most of the people come to homeopathy for treatment of acute conditions like, common cold, fever, dentition in kids, stomach pain etc,but homeopathy has a larger scope of action,like say its role in the treatment of cancer and other chronic diseases. homeopathy has also shown its efficacy in the treatment and cure of diseases related to plants and animals. Yes! you heard it right, this sweet pills are been researched by both agricultural and veterinary sciences, with a positive response.

The biggest fans of homeopathy had always been the kids, sweet tasting pills, safe and effective. Thus, knowing that kids will always love their sweet pills, the future of homeopathy is strong. Even with all the obstacles it will face, the beacon of hope is still lighting its future path brightly.

You are such a lovely and charming persona, I loved spending my time with you. Hope you have enjoyed my company too.


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      AudraLeigh 4 years ago

      I am rather interested in this. I would love to see more written on this. I am curious about alternatives to medications for a number of reasons. Thank you bringing some info to us :)

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      Mahesh Mohan 5 years ago from India

      nice hub............

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      Salini 5 years ago from India

      Thanks Kerry for appreciating this work and science of medicine. I don't often come across many who respect this field.

      You too have a great day ahead. :)

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      Kerry43 5 years ago

      Very interesting, thank you. We don't have any of these services in our little town, but I must look it up in the city nearest to us.

      Have a wonderful day :)