‘Homeopathy should become a mass movement,’ says Vice President Naidu

The Vice President asked everyone concerned to take homoeopathy to masses in the interior, remote places, where it is practically difficult to dispense medicines, owing to lack of logistics, or due to limited resources. Since homoeopathy is cost-effective, easy to administer and has no side-effects, it provides an apt solution for many challenges we are facing in health due to paucity of resources

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The Vice President of India, M. Venkaiah Naidu has said that Swatch Bharat leads to Swasth Bharat and Samruddhi Bharat. He was addressing the gathering on the occasion of World Homeopathy Day.

He added that scientific validation is a must, a checkpoint for everything adding that we need scientists and health researchers to give their thumbs up on the effectiveness of homeopathy.

He further said that scientists from physics, chemistry, biogenetics and pharmacology have taken the onus of bringing out many little or yet unknown facts of homoeopathy to the fore for everyone to see. Science is science, and it is nobody’s friend and nobody’s enemy and it only demands evidence.

He further added that homoeopathy is one of the greatest discoveries of the 18th century.

The Vice President has asked homoeopathy students, aspiring doctors to further spread reach of homoeopathy by their work. It is a relatively novel science and it is used by over 80 countries in the world.

Here are the highlights of the Vice President’s address:

  • Each of the AYUSH systems, be it Ayurveda, Homoeopathy, Yoga or Unani are unified on the concept of ‘holistic treatment.’
  • Homoeopathy had its origin in the late 18th century and by the mid-19th century; it had created a wave in Germany, USA, UK and even India.
  • Many people in India grew accustomed to its use for their day-to-day and chronic complaints eventually necessitating the enactment of Homoeopathy Central Council Act in 1973.
  • Homoeopathy treatment is now offered in many primary and secondary health centres in India as also in some tertiary setups. At many places, it is an integral part of health programmes like Swasthya Rakshan Programme.
  • ‘Homoeopathy for Healthy Child’ is aimed at screening, early diagnosis and management of common diseases of children and adolescents.
  • Homoeopathy is witnessing a major demand in India. Of the total AYUSH dispensaries of the central Government, 30% are Homoeopathic dispensaries.
  • The number of institutionally qualified registered practitioners is also going considerably up, and now we have about 2.8 lakhs homoeopathic doctors in our country.
  • As part of strengthening our traditional and complementary medicines, we have to take homoeopathy to masses in the interior, remote places, where it is practically difficult to dispense medicines, owing to lack of logistics, or due to limited resources
  • Dr Samuel Hahnemann, whose birthday we celebrate as World Homoeopathy Day, was a man of great insight and one of the most analytical minds of his times. He put into exercise the law of simila, which means ‘let likes be treated by likes’, the hint of which we see in ancient Indian and Greek literature too.
  • The Vice President also addressed homoeopathy students and aspiring doctors. He stated, “I can only say that conventions like these are your window to future. As youngsters, you have the energy and the zeal to pick your area of interest and work on it. Find out the scope from your seniors, identify mentors who can guide you to your goal, and most importantly, be confident about your vision. Homoeopathy is a relatively novel science, but it’s used by over 80 countries in the world. And you have to further spread its reach, by your work. I know that each one of you is capable of delivering it if you set your goals right.”