The tiny, white homoeopathic pills could be as
effective as allopathic painkillers, says a new
research study from the city's premier research
institute. The research was done in the Institute
of Chemical Technology, formerly called the University
Department of Chemical Technology, in Matunga,
along with homoeopathic specialist Dr. Rajesh
Shah. Homoeopathy has in recent years been termed
"witchcraft" or merely a placebo effect
by Western experts.
at 220 years, is the youngest form of the medicine
and still looked at with skepticism. I took up
to the study to show that our science is impeccable,"
said Dr. Shah. He got the idea after the Indian
Institute of Technology-Bombay showed in 2010,
that homoeopathy uses nanotechnology to deliver
results. "The IIT study showed how our science
works. I wanted to prove that it works well,"
professor Sadhana Sathaye from ICT conducted the
study on rats. "The rodents were arranged
in four groups. The first group was healthy and
hadn't been biologically engineered to suffer
from arthritis like the rest," she said.
The second group was given water as a placebo,
while the third was given homoeopathic medicines.
"The last group was given a popular diflofenac
painkiller, which is widely used to treat inflammation
of tissues among arthritic patients," she
said. The allopathic medicines reduced the pain
quickly, but by the seventh day, the homoeopathic
pills were as effective, she said. "By 14th
day, the homoeopathic medicines seemed better,"
said Dr. Shah, adding that homoeopathic pills
could emerge as the treatment of choice for patients
with chronic pain. "Homoeopathic medicines
have no side-effects like allopathic painkillers."
B. H. Shah, administrator of the Maharashtra Council
of Homoeopathy, said that in the last five years,
many studies have been done to prove the efficacy
of homoeopathic pills. "Recently, the state
government's review of patients suffering from
chikungunya showed that those treated with homoeopathy
had done far better than those on allopathic medicines."