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
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.