Homoeopathy is a therapy that
strives to treat "like with likes". The etymological origin of the world
Homoeopathy is "simila -similibus curenter." The term Homoeopathy was coined by
Dr. S.F.C. Hahnemann (1755-1843). Homoeopathy rests on the premise of treating
sick persons with extremely diluted agents. It views a sick person as having
dynamic disturbance in a hypothetical "vital force" there by rejecting the
standard medical diagnosis of disease.
In India Homoeopathy came as
early as 1810 when, Dr. John Martin Honigberger, disciple of DR. Samuel
Hahnemann visited India and treated patients. In his second visit in the year
1839, he treated the then ruler of Punjab, Maharaja Ranjit Singh with Dulcamara.
In the year 1867, the Banaras Homoeopathic Hospital was established with Shri
Lok Nath Moitra as Physician In-charge.
On the 17th February, 1848 Shri
Satish Chandra Samanta, M.P. (West Bengal) moved a resolution which runs as
follows "This Assembly is of opinion that homoeopathic system of treatment be
recognized by the Indian Union and that a General Council and a State Faculty of
Homoeopathic Medicine be established at once". This resolution was
unanimously adopted. Government appointed a Homoeopathic Enquiry Committee in
1948 which submitted its report in 1949. In 1952, Raj Kumari Amrit Kaur, the
then Union Health Minister was appointed a Homoeopathic Ad-hoc Committee which
functioned up to the year 1954. Thereafter 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 with the following
"To evolve minimum standards
for admission, duration of course of training, details of curricula and syllabi
of studies of Homoeopathy, uniform title of degree and diploma, uniform courses
of study of not less than four years duration and maintain central register of
practitioners of Homoeopathy."
Uniform education in Homoeopathy
at diploma and graduate level was enforced in the country in the year 1983.
Forum for post graduation has also been notified by Central Council of
Homoeopathy. In 1978 separate Central Council for Research in Homoeopathy was
At present there are 183
Homoeopathic Medical Colleges, 33 P.G. colleges, 40 research units, 33 state
Boards are in India (Government and private sector).