Since its inception 200 years ago, homoeopathy In central and most part of Asia specifically Indian subcontinent, has acquired close to mainstream status in usability and mass preference (ref: poor yet promising rural India, gb), India is considered as melting pool of homoeopathy and expertise with highest number of statutory qualified homoeopaths and leading corporate chains of clinic, no wonder in near future people across the globe shall look ahead India with maximum happening in homoeopathy sciences and wholistic treatments.
Homeopathy has attracted support from European royalty, the educated elite, and leading artists. According to recent surveys in France, 40% of the French public have used homeopathic medicines, and 39% of French physicians have prescribed them.2 In minimum six French medical schools offer courses leading to a degree in homeopathy, and homeopathy is taught in all pharmacy schools and in four veterinary schools.3 In a prominent French news magazine President Francois Mitterand and six medical school deans called for more research on homeopathy, and the author of this article editorialized, “It is a fact that homeopathy obtains results, sometimes spectacular results.”4 It was thus no surprise that the most expensive painting ever sold was that of a portrait of a homeopathic physician, Dr. Gachet, drawn by her personal friend and patient, Vincent Van Gogh.
One further bit of evidence for the growing acceptance of homeopathic medicines as household items in France is that the most popular cold and flu medicine is not Contact or any other conventional drug; it is a homeopathic remedy.4
According to The Times of London, homeopathy is now the fastest growing alternative therapy in Scotland. The number of Scots who have used homeopathic medicines have more than doubled from 1985 to 1990, increasing from 5% to 11%. Similarly, in 1985 23% of those Scots interviewed in 1985 said they would “seriously consider” going to a homeopath, and in 1990 this figure grew to 40% It is also interesting to note that homeopathy is gaining such respect in medical and business circles that one of the leading German homeopathic manufacturers is owned by the same company that owns the BMW car company.
Homeopathy has achieved such respect that in 1987 the government established homeopathic drug detox clinics in six different police stations in New Delhi. A recent conference in India which described impressive results in the homeopathic treatment of drug addiction received accolades from India’s Minister of Health and Family Welfare, the Finance Minister, and the Chief Justice.5 In addition to the Indian government’s support of homeopathic drug detox clinics, they have also supported various research projects and homeopathic hospitals and clinics.
Even Mother Teresa, who for many decades has served India’s poorest citizens with medical care, has added homeopathic care to the services offered at her missions. Mother Teresa has a special interest in homeopathic medicine because of its effectiveness and low cost.
Homeopathy is even relatively popular in the Soviet Union. Although there are only about 500 homeopathic physicians, they are popular enough that most of them charge for their services. Since most Russians receive free conventional medical care, it is indeed a tribute to homeopathy that a growing number of Russian citizens are paying for homeopathic care.
Because Russian homeopaths charge for their services, they have become part of the new entrepreneurial “peristroika” that is presently occurring.
Even Izvestia recently published a series of articles on homeopathy in which they reported that a homeopathic clinic established for factory workers in 1984 resulted in a 10.1% decrease in days lost due to sickness. The series of articles concluded with an editorial that advocated further support for it from the Ministry of Health.
As a further sign of homeopathy’s growing acceptance, late President Gorbachev awarded a medal to Dr. Demyan Popov for his work in popularizing homeopathy in the USSR6. Homeopathy is growing at an extraordinary rate. According to the F.D.A., sales of homeopathic medicines grew by 1,000% from the late 1970s to the early 1980s.7 According to the Washington Post, the number of physicians in the United States who specialize in homeopathy doubled from 1980 to 1982.8 Recent evaluation and statistics are lacking which may be astounding for homoeopathy growth.
- Suzanne Muchnic, “Van Gogh Painting Sells at Record $82.5 Million,” Los Angeles Times, May 16, 1990.
- F. Bouchayer, “Alternative Medicines: A General Approach to the French Situation,” Complementary Medical Research, May, 1990, 4(2)4-8.
- Poll I.F.O.P., February, 1989.
- “Herbal and Homoeopathic Remedies: Enhanced Status for Alternative Medicines,” OTC News and Market Report, July, 1990.
- “National Congress on Homoeopathy and Drug Abuse,” New Delhi, India, Sponsored by the Foundation for Medical Research and Education and the Delhi Police Foundation for Correction, Deaddiction and Rehabilitation, March 16-18, 1990.
- “A First for Homoeopathy in USSR,” Homoeopathy Today, Winter, 1987-88, 17-20. Also, a personal report from Yuri Sidorenko.
- “Riding the Coattails of Homeopathy,” FDA Consumer, March, 1985, 31.
- Ann Chase, “Options: Homeopathy,” Washington Post, April 28, 1983, 31