Dr. Lullas Homeopathy

Homeopathy World Wide

Homeopathy’s holistic approach in restoring mind and body equilibrium towards total wellness is gaining ground the world over. WHO has pronounced homeopathy as the world’s second leading medical system for primary health care being practised in over 80 countries and used by 60 crore people worldwide. It is gradually commanding the respect that it rightfully deserves. The world homeopathic market is valued at over 2.5 billion dollars with Europe being the largest market.

Homeopathy has been used in the UK for over two hundred years, but has an honorable tradition dating back to ancient Greece. It was Samuel Hahnemann, a brilliant doctor working in 1796 who developed the scientific and philosophical foundations of this gentler way of healing. These scientific principles form the basis of successful homeopathic practice today.

With the current annual growth rate being 25%, it is estimated that the world market for Homeopathy will probably cross 12 billion dollars by 2018. In Britain, Homeopathy is on the National Health System and 45% of all British doctors do not hesitate to refer their patients to a homeopath colleague. Likewise in France where 69% of the medical professionals consider that Homeopathy is an effective treatment. In fact, Homeopathy is also widely practiced in Mexico, Greece, Belgium, Italy, Spain, Australia, South Africa, Nigeria and various parts of the former Soviet Union.

Homeopathy In India

Homeopathy is extremely popular in Asia especially India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. In India, its value was recognized by Mahatma Gandhi who said, “It cures a greater number of people than any other method of treatment”.

In the Asian region, India and Pakistan are the geographical focus point for homeopathy. It was introduced here in the first half of the 19th century by European physicians. Soon, native doctors and lay healers also developed an interest in homeopathy as its concepts were easily reconcilable with traditional Indian healing approaches. At the same time it was seen as modern Western medicine. The fact that it does not rely on ‘strong’ drugs made it particularly popular. Bengal became the geographical centre of homeopathy in India. Its capital Calcutta featured most of the training institutes, pharmacies and publishing houses. From there, homeopathy spread, especially to the North, in the 20th century.

On the South Indian coast, local centres had been founded already in colonial times, partly by missionaries, more often due to the cooperation between British state officials and Indian physicians. In 1937, the Central Legislative Assembly of India first accepted homeopathy. Since 1973, it has enjoyed full public recognition. Just like Ayurveda and other Indian medical systems, it is organized by the state as an independent discipline next to orthodox medicine. Within this framework, the homeopaths make their own decisions with regard to their register of physicians, training standards and accreditation of almost 200 medical schools. Homeopathic physicians work as part of the national health system, for example in primary care. They operate 230 hospitals of their own. More than 20 national institutes carry out homeopathic research including the proving of Indian active substances. Homeopathy has also been used for decades for the prevention and treatment of epidemics.

The 1,54,000 homeopaths (as of 2007) make up 13.4% of all Indian physicians. This is the highest percentage worldwide. Over and above that, there are 66,000 not academically trained, but registered homeopaths who are particularly important in providing health care for the poor. Here, homeopathy proves to be especially effective, economic and relatively easy to use. After gaining independence, India developed into an internationally highly acclaimed centre for homeopathy. Physicians from all over the world have travelled there for decades to gain work experience because homeopathy is used for many more disease pictures in Southern Asia than, for instance, in Europe. What is also special is the seasonal use of remedies which takes into account the country’s climatic conditions.

Homeopathy Today

For over 200 years now, homeopathy has proved to be a successful healing method. Although there is not yet sufficient scientific evidence of how it works, its therapeutic efficacy is now also recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO). Homeopathy has proved amazingly successful in the treatment of chronic and allergic conditions such as rheumatism, migraines, asthma or skin disorders. We see these symptoms more and more often due to the ageing world population and the increasing pollution through harmful substances in everyday life. Emerging countries also use homeopathy to combat infectious diseases such as cholera and AIDS.

As homeopathy is by now practised all over the world, regional specialities have developed. Homeopaths often deal with specific challenges (disease symptoms) by using native, proven medicines. In some countries mostly complex remedies (consisting of more than one active agent) are prescribed, in others the ‘classical’ single remedies dominate.

Comparable growth tendencies can also be observed in other European countries. The percentage of physicians with an equivalent homeopathic specialization is in some countries higher now than in Germany. In India, Brazil and other nations the number of homeopaths is also growing fast. Globalization has also benefited homeopathy: In Japan, for instance, where there used to be just a few homeopathic physicians, Torako Yui started a very successful school in 1997 where 700 homeopaths have been trained over the last ten years. A patient’s association which she also initiated is said to have already 20,000 members.

Homeopathy Research and Efficacy

Research is supported by the manufacturers and a few foundations. As homeopathy is not established yet at the universities, it is investigated there only in exceptional cases. In the last two decades individual European countries such as Germany and Denmark have initiated small-scale temporary research programmes which have also benefited homeopathy.
The British National Health Service supports clinical research to an extent, while India has a broad infrastructure for homeopathic research. It still has not been explained satisfactorily how homeopathy works. More recent investigation has however, confirmed that highly potentized (i.e. very strongly diluted and succussed) substances do affect humans, animals, plants, cells and enzymes. One explanation for this might be that the potentization and the extra energy it provides cause a restructuring of the solvent.

“Homeopathy is the latest and refined method of treating patients economically and non-violently. Government must encourage and patronize it in our country”.– Mahatma Gandhi