May 2015|Volume 12|Issue 5
May 2015|Vol 12|Issue 5

Guest Editorial
Towards Furtherance of Homoeopathy – Indian Perspective...

Dear Readers,

   When we talk of promotion of Homoeopathy, usually three areas come to mind: education, research and drug development. There is no doubt that the Central Council of Homoeopathy (CCH), Central Council for Research in Homoeopathy (CCRH) and Homoeopathic Pharmacopeia Laboratory (HPL) have made remarkable contributions in their respective domains, i.e. education, research and drug development, respectively. Although India today is the pioneer country to promote Homoeopathy at the international level, both in public and private sector, yet a lot has to be done to upscale Homoeopathy at par with the conventional medicine. To achieve excellence in respective fields, a few suggestions are given here.

     In the field of education, there should be integrated teaching of pre-clinical, para-clinical & clinical subjects. Focus should be laid on “Practice to Concept”, i.e. more emphasis on clinical/bed- side training. The students are to be acquainted with latest research updates in homoeopathy around the globe. They should be involved in community-based training. Focus should be shifted from teaching to learning with assigned project works, which should be monitored and evaluated periodically. Modern teaching gadgets, demonstrating dissection, animal experiments and case presentations etc. should be used in the class-rooms.

     In the area of research, there should be collaboration with highly reputed state-of-art organizations, involving experts of allied sciences, to explore the unfathomed areas of Homoeopathy. Emphasis should be laid on the basic and fundamental research to strengthen the scientific basis of homoeopathy and address the skepticism of the non-believers of homoeopathy. More studies based on the theoretical concepts of Homoeopathy, i.e. dose, potency, susceptibility, miasm etc and clinical research studies on the design of Randomized Controlled Trials (RCT) should be undertaken. The well-designed observational and experimental research studies based on internationally accepted protocols are to be stressed upon. Utmost care should be taken to publish the research study outcomes in the peer- reviewed medical journals.

     In the field of drug development, the standardization of the raw materials of a particular drug obtained from different geographical areas particularly sarcodes and nosodes are to be stressed upon. The characteristics of different potencies of a particular medicine should be determined with the help of modern technologies including nanotechnology. The shelf life of the homoeopathic medicines, in the form of mother tincture and potencies are to be studied. There should be strict supervision of the methodologies for preparation of mother tinctures and potencies of homoeopathic medicines by the manufacturers.

     Primarily, the onus lies with the statutory and autonomous bodies of the Ministry of AYUSH, Government of India like CCH, CCRH and HPL to take required steps to accomplish the desired objectives, as stated above. Yet the stakeholders like college management and faculty members, the research organizations of the state governments and in the private sector, the homoeopathic industries etc. have a major role to play in this direction.

Prof. Dr. C. Nayak
Former, Director General
Central Council for Research in Homoeopathy, Govt. of India.