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Homeopathy: challenge to prescription ban is rejected by High Court

BMJ 2018; 361 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.k2513 (Published 06 June 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;361:k2513

Re: Homeopathy: challenge to prescription ban is rejected by High Court

Homeopathy as a science has existed for a long time and it has been complementing the modern system of medicine. There are several instances of cure and control using homeopathy specially related to skin disorders, allergies, asthma, chronic diseases, etc. The principle of homeopathy is interesting and there is a substance in its practice. Homeopaths argue that treatment even for a particular disease in different individuals is different and it depends upon the nature of the person, behavior, food liking or disliking, mood changes, etc.

Considering these factors, the homeopath chooses an appropriate treatment which is best suited to the patient. Thus, the medicines prescribed are different and for different individuals, i.e. treatment is individualized. Under such circumstances, there is no appropriate single homeopathic medicine for a particular disease which is claimed by allopathic system of management. We feel that under such circumstances, it is difficult to do a clinical trial of a particular bio-molecule for a particular treatment. The skills, practice of the homeopath based on his/her experience do matter. Hence, commenting based on the clinical trail model of allopathy is not acceptable. It should be based on case to case reports by patients.

Competing interests: No competing interests

11 June 2018
Mongjam Meghachandra Singh
Director-Professor, co-author: Assistant Professor
Reeta Devi
Department of Community Medicine, Maulana Azad Medical College, New Delhi & co-author: School of Health Sciences, Indira Gandhi National Open University, New Delhi (India)
Department of Community Medicine, Maulana Azad Medical College, New Delhi & co-author: School of Health Sciences, Indira Gandhi National Open University, New Delhi (India)