Indian Homeopathy Medicines
Homeopathy in India; growth, popularity and current status
|Beginning in India||Homeopathy was introduced in India in the early 19th century in Bengal. Homoeopathy took roots in India in 1839 when Dr. John Martin Honigberger successfully treated Maharaja Ranjit Singh for the paralysis of Vocal Cords|
|First Indian Homeopathic physician & First Homeopaty college in India||Mr. Mahendra Lal Sircar, The ‘Calcutta Homeopathic Medical College’ established in 1881|
|Government of India recognition||In the year 1973, the Parliament passed the Homoeopathy Central Council Act for regulating homoeopathic education and practice in the country. GoI recognised homeopathy as one of the national systems of medicine and set up the Central Council of Homeopathy (CCH) to regulate its education and practice|
|the first Homoeopathic Journal||‘Calcutta Journal of Medicine' in the year 1868 edited by Dr. M.L. Sirkar,|
|Indian Homœopathic Pharmacopoeia Committee (HPC)||It was constituted in 1962 by the Government of India to lay down the standards for quality control and manufacturing of homœopathic drugs|
|Popularity||According to a survey conducted in India, sixty two percent of current Homœopathy users have never tried conventional medicines for day-to-day health problems and eighty two percent would not switch 17 to conventional treatments, unless it is an emergency|
|Infrastructure||185 medical colleges with regulatory mechanism for quality university education, autonomous research council with 32 institutes and units 224,279 registered medical practitioners, drug safety regulations with 414 drug manufacturing units, has been established in the country|
What is the legal status of homeopathy in India, should it be banned?
Homeopathy is regulated in India by the laws enacted in parliament and states. The Homeopathy Central Council Act, 1973 (HCC Act) enacted by the Indian Parliament established the legislative mechanism to regulate education and practice in Homeopathy in the country. The National Institute of Homeopathy (NIH) was established in 1975 in Kolkata as a model institute for under-graduate & post-graduate education and research. The Homoeopathic Pharmacopoeia Laboratory (HPL) was also founded in 1975 to lay down principles and standards for preparation of homeopathic drugs. Post-independence in 1947, the legislatures of Indian States began enacting laws to regulate teaching, practice and research such as the Madras Registration of Practitioners of Integrated Medical Act of 1956 and the Mysore Homoeopathic Practitioners Act of 1961.
A separate department was constituted in the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare to specifically look at the issues concerned with the Indian Systems of Medicine and Homoeopathy (ISM & H). The Department of ISM&H was established in 1995 and re-named as Department of AYUSH (Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy).
Check out the Govt of India dossier on homeopathy 'Homoeopathy – Science of Gentle Healing', 2016, Courtesy - ccrhindia.nic.in. It is a tabulated record of important researches carried out so far by Central Council for Research in Homoeopathy, and other hallmark researches conducted elsewhere, along with their outcomes. It serve us all as evidence of the effectiveness of Homeopathy
What is the market size of Homeopathy in India?
As per current estimates the overall market for homeopathy medicines in India is around 2000 Crores. Around 40% of this market is captured by branded homeopathy manufacturers from Indian & Germany. Leading the pack are SBL (Turnover 180 - 200 Crores), Dr.Reckeweg (120 -140 Crores), Dr.Schwabe Indiia (100-120 Crores), Baksons (80-100 Crores). The online market for homeopathy medicines is around 5%.. More about the various homeopathy brands in India here