Homeopathy offers holistic treatment, Ayush Ministry taking various steps to take it to people

Developed in Germany more than 200 years ago, Homeopathy is a medical system that can be defined as a ‘dynamic, holistic and vitalistic system of individualistic drug therapeutics, which is potentially capable to cure diseases that are curable. This is reason why it is fast receiving greater acceptance among people in India. Government of India has also taken a number of steps to promote it as a system of medicine. Based on two unconventional theories- ‘Like cures like’ – the notion that a disease can be cured by a substance that produces similar symptoms in healthy people and ‘Law of minimum dose’- the notion that the lower the dose of the medication, the greater its effectiveness, Homeopathy is the third most popular method of medical treatment after Allopathy and Ayurveda. During the first Covid-19 wave, Supreme Court also upheld the advisory of Ministry of AYUSH in its judgment dated 15.12.2020, permitting use of homeopathy medicine as add on to standard care in COVID-19 treatment.

Recognition as a national system of medicine

Homeopathy first flourished in Bengal with the ‘Calcutta Homeopathic Medical College’, being the first Homeopathic medical college established in 1881. This institution played a major role in popularizing Homeopathy in India. In 1973, the Government of India recognized it as one of the national systems of medicine and set up the Central Council of Homeopathy (CCH) to regulate its education and practice. Now, only qualified registered homeopaths can practice Homeopathy in India.

Promotion of scientific research in Homeopathy

At present there are 43 government and government aided Homeopathy medical colleges in India. Central Council for Research in Homeopathy(CCRH) is an apex research organization under Ministry of AYUSH, which undertakes coordinates, develops, disseminates and promotes scientific research in Homeopathy through its network of 24 research centers and six Homoeopathic treatment centres. It is also carrying out intramural research including collaboration with institutes of excellence and promoting Homeopathy.

For promotion of Homeopathy, CCRH is also participating in National/ State level Arogya Melas/ Health camps/ exhibitions to promote and popularize Homeopathy among general masses. As part of IEC program, CCRH has developed information and educational material for the common people, which are distributed free of cost to the general public through Exhibitions / Health Melas/ Seminars etc.

Public Health Initiative programs

Further, the Council has undertaken Public Health Initiative programs at identified districts –Gautam Buddha Nagar, Palghar, Gorakhpur, Kamrup, Cuttack, Delhi, Jaipur and Ranchi. Similarly, Swasthya Rakshan program has been launched which is being undertaken through 11 institutes adopting 55 villages under the Council. Local people are being provided health care at their door step. Health camps are undertaken at scheduled caste dominated villages at 9 centers under CCRH covering 30 villages. CCRH also promotes Homeopathy through social media, such as Facebook pages, twitter account, etc.

National AYUSH Mission

For promoting and popularizing Homoeopathy amongst general masses, National AYUSH Mission (NAM) under Ministry of AYUSH, is implementing Centrally Sponsored Scheme of National AYUSH Mission (NAM) through States / UTs. State/ UT Governments may avail the eligible financial assistance by submitting the suitable proposal as per NAM guidelines through their State Annual Action Plans (SAAPs).

Upgrading of AYUSH Dispensaries & existing Sub Health Centers

The Mission makes following provisions for promotion of AYUSH systems including Homeopathy, for example- co-location of AYUSH facilities including Homeopathy at Primary Health Centers (PHCs), Community Health Centers (CHCs) and Districts Hospitals (DHs), supply of essential drugs including Homeopathy to AYUSH hospitals and dispensaries, upgrade of exclusive/standalone State Government AYUSH Hospitals and Dispensaries including Homeopathy, setting up of upto 50 bedded integrated AYUSH Hospital including Homeopathy, infrastructural development of AYUSH under-Graduate and Post Graduate institutions including Homeopathy, establishment of new AYUSH colleges including Homeopathy in the States where availability of AYUSH teaching institutions is inadequate in government sector, establishment of AYUSH Health and Wellness Centers including Homeopathy by upgrading AYUSH Dispensaries and existing Sub Health Centres.

National Commission for Homeopathy

National Commission for Homeopathy under Ministry of AYUSH by its notification dated 5th July, 2021 repealed the Homeopathy Central Council Act, 1973 and constituted a commission namely National Commission for Homeopathy to exercise the powers conferred upon and to perform the functions assigned to it under the National Commission for Homeopathy Act, 2020. Commission has drawn standards for education and practice of Homeopathy, regulating the same for promoting Homoeopathic system of medicine.

Awareness drive among school students

Under AzadikaAmrutMohatsav, Homoeopathic Medical Colleges were also directed to create awareness among school students. During Ayush week (30.08.2021 to 05.09.2021), total 151 colleges participated actively in celebration and faculty imparted Ayush awareness lectures to total 72,402 school students. During October, November months, 65264 students were benefited by 713 awareness lectures. 377 medical camps were organized in which 42,615 people have been benefitted. Pharmacopoeia standards for Homoeopathic drugs are established through publication of Homoeopathic Pharmacopoeia of India (HPI) by PCIM&H on behalf of Ministry of AYUSH. Till date 10 volumes of HPI covering 1117 monographs have been published.

Global cooperation in Homeopathy

The Central Council for Research in Homeopathy (CCRH) in signing 11 MoUs with following foreign partner institutes- Shaare Zedek Medical Center (Israel), Universidad Maimonides (Argentina), College of Homoeopaths of Ontario (Canada), Wiss Hom-Scientific Society for Homoeopathy (Germany), Federal University of Rio De Janeiro (Brazil), National Center for Natural Products Research (USA), Homeopathic Pharmacopoeia Convention of the United States (USA), National Institute of Integrative Medicine (Australia), Institute for the History of Medicine -Robert Bosch Foundation (Germany), Royal London Hospital of Integrated Medicine, (United Kingdom), National school of Medicine and Homeopathy (Mexico) for International promotion & propagation of Homeopathy. Government of India has signed 25 MoUs for country to country cooperation with Nepal, Bangladesh, Hungary, Trinidad & Tobago, Malaysia, Mauritius, Mongolia, Turkmenistan, Myanmar, World Health Organization, Germany, Iran, Sao Tome & Príncipe, Equatorial Guinea, Cuba , Colombia, Japan, Bolivia, Gambia, Republic of Guinea, China, St Vincent and The Grenadines, Suriname, Brazil and Zimbabwe.

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