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Know More: World Homeopathy Day

World Homoeopathy Day is being observed on April 10 this year and to spread awareness about this sort of treatment, Dr. Mukesh Batra explains its growth and benefits. Rhea Dhanbhoora tells you more.

Homoeopathy has always been a treatment surrounded by skeptics and the stream doesn't have the best reputation amongst doctors or patients. But, several studies have touted it to be a safe, dependable and effective method of treatment. Dr. Batra explains, “Homoeopathy focuses on the individual that is suffering from the illness — not merely the illness in isolation. It has drawn admiration from unbiased conventional (allopathic) practitioners and has millions of patients worldwide. Its growing acceptance can be gauged from the fact that according to the World Health Organisation (WHO), it is already the world’s second largest medical system.”

While skeptics continue to argue about it consisting of nothing but belief medicine and placebo effects, studies have shown that the method in fact, does work extremely well and is not just a placebo, is not anything like faith healing and has several more good things going for it than bad, even if it does take a little longer to deliver results than an antibiotic.

The Benefits

Dr. Batra tells us why homoeopathy is such a good option:

No one has ever died from taking homoeopathy. It is accepted, even by its critics, to have no side effects. This is in sharp contrast to conventional medicine. Latrogenic or drug-induced disease is an entire category of illness. In the US alone, conventional drugs are the third largest killing agents, after heart attacks and other illnesses.

An observational study of 6,544 patients, during a 6-year period featuring over 23,000 homoeopathic consultations, was published in The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine a few years ago. Its results showed that 70.7% of the patients reported positive health changes, with 50.7% recording their improvement as ‘better’ or ‘much better.’ Of the 1,270 children that were treated, 80.5% showed some improvement, while 65.8% were ‘better’ or ‘much better.’

The Experience of Care and Health Outcomes [ECHO] in Europe, has also demonstrated the therapeutic efficacy of homoeopathic treatment. 19 publications, using validated scores for quality of life [QoL], evaluated the effectiveness of homoeopathic medicines in 19,804 patients. Results showed that homoeopathy is as efficient as conventional medicine in general practice.

The Bottom Line

Did all of the statistics confuse you? The bottom line is homoeopathy — still a growing trend in India — is safe, effective and has even been used for epidemics. Dr. Batra explains this, telling us, “American Institute of Homoeopathy’s journal, reported that during a major outbreak of meningitis in Brazil in 1974, 18,640 patients were given the homoeopathic nosode, Meningococcinum (which is prepared from the diseased tissue), as a preventative. Only four cases of meningitis were reported in this group. On the contrary, 6,340 people, who formed the control group and did not receive any treatment, developed 32 cases. The homoeopathic efficacy was evident.”

Put under scrutiny and backed by these numbers, homoeopathy seems to have fared pretty well. Overall, it seems like it's a good option, that can deliver the results it promises.