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Saturday, January 16, 2010

Homeopathy In India:

Posted by Drdevendra Kumar MD Homeo
In the year 1839, Dr.John Martin Honigberger treated the then ruler of Punjab, Maharaja Ranjit Singh with a homoeopathic medicine called Dulcamera. Maharaja was so happy with results and he encouraged him to continue the Homoeopathic treatment in India.

The ancient Indian System of Medicine “AYURVEDA” has striking similarity in certain principles with Homoeopathy though the preparation of medicines are totally different.

The efforts of Dr.Samuel Brooking, Dr. Cooper and Dr. J. Ruther ford Russel, Dr. C. J. Tonnere, M.D. the French Homoeopath, have helped a lot to establish Homoeopathy in India.

Surgeon Samuel Brooking, a retired Medical Officer had established a Homoeopathic Hospital at Tanjore, in South India, in 1847.

Dr. C. J. Tonnere, M.D. the French Homoeopath, proved "Acalypha Indica" in the year 1851 , first Health Officer of Calcutta and later he established Homoeopathic Hospital

Late Babu Rajendra Lall Dutta, a layman, truly laid the foundation of Homoeopathy,by treating the malarial fever epidemic of that time.

Dr.P.C.Majumdar laid the foundation of Calcutta Homoeopathic Medical College in 1885.

At the same time new Homoeopathic dispensaries were started by all over India by enthusiastic people.

In the Second half of 19th century, popularity of Homoeopathy had spread because of the effectiveness of some so called incurable cases at that time.

April 1937, Md. Ghias-ud-idin, M.L.A. moved a resolution in the Legislative Assembly for the recognition of Homoeopathy at Government level.

Bengal was the first province to constitute a Homoeopathic State Faculty in 1943.

After independence, on 17th February 1948 Shri Satish Chandra Samanta, M.P. from West Bengal, moved a resolution in Parliament for recognition of Homoeopathy as medical system

The resolution was unanimously adopted and Central Government appointed a Homoeopathic Enquiry Committee in 1948 which has submitted its report in 1949.

1952, Rajkumari Amrit Kaur, the then Union Health Minister appointed a Homoeopathic Ad-hoc Committee which functioned upto 1954.

In 1954 the Central Government constituted a Homoeopathic Advisory Committee.
In 1956 this Advisory Committee was taken over by the Ministry of Health and Health Secretary became its first Chairman.

Govt. of India appointed Dr.K.G.Saxena as first Honorary Homoeopathic Advisor in 1962.

Homoeopathic Pharmacopoeia Committee was established in the year 1962 to lay down the standard of Homoeopathic drugs.

In 1969 an autonomous council was established for the development of Indian System of Medicine & Homoeopathy.
On 17th December 1973, Central Council of Homoeopathy was established by the Government of India with the enactment of Central Council of Homoeopathy Act, 1973

Central Council of Homoeopathy is an autonomous body under Ministry of Health and family welfare supervising the standard of education, imparting time to time revision of syllabus.

Central Council for Research in Homoeopathy an autonomous body under Ministry of Health & Family Welfare was established in 1979 as an independent research organization.

In 1995,a separate Department for Indian System of Medicine & Homoeopathy was created under Ministry of Health and Family Welfare by Govt. of India to develop all the Alternative System of Medicine in India.

The Umbrella organization of all alternative System -Department of Indian system of Medicine & Homoeopathy now known as Department of AYUSH
Y-Yoga & Naturopathy

At the beginning, Homoeopathic Education offered Diploma Course of 4½ year duration.

To improve the quality & standard of Homoeopathic Education ,the graduate level course (BHMS) and subsequently the Post graduate level course (M.D.) has started.

All over India 182 recognized Homoeopathic Medical Colleges are providing Graduate level courses. Post Graduate level courses in few.

Beside Education, most of the state Govt. has set up separate Directorate of Health Services for Homoeopathy to provide free treatment to public
through peripheral rural dispensaries.


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