Homeopathy in USA
Homeopathy captured an enviable recognition in the American public, during the first half of 1800. Almost 20% of doctors were practicing Homeopathy in those years. In 1842, the Homeopathy practicing doctors constituted American Institute of Homeopathy (AIH). After four years, American Medical Association (AMA) was established in opposition to the AIH. Members of the AMA were discouraged on consulting a homeopath, and finally they were prohibited from practicing Homeopathy. While the system was in the pinnacle of glory, in 1890 Mark Twain, acknowledged the special value of Homeopathy in Harpers Magazine: “The introduction of Homeopathy forced the old school doctor to stir around and learn something of rational nature about his business… You may honestly feel grateful that Homeopathy survived the attempts of the orthodox physicians”.
The steep progress of homeopathy was nearly extinguished by the mid 1900s. In 1970, there were merely 50-100 homeopathic specialized physicians. However, after 10 years there were about 1000 homeopathic physicians. Homeopathy is in considerable demand and again began to flourish in the Unites States. According to Washington Post, the number of Homeopathic physicians who specialized in Homeopathy doubled from 1980 to 1982. Approximately, 1000 other health professionals in the US were using Homeopathic medicines, and those include dentists, psychologists, podiatrists, chiropractors, veterinarians, naturopaths, acupuncturists, physician assistants and nurses. This number represents only a small percentage of licensed health professionals.
The rediscovery of homeopathy by the American is even more encouraging. The FDA consumer magazine reported that a 1000% increase in the sales of Homeopathic medicines from late 1970 to early 1980s.
Homeopathy in U.K.
Homeopathy is the world’s fastest growing alternative system. The British Royal Family has used it for the last century.
New York Times reported that visits of Homeopathic physicians are increasing in UK at a rate of 39% per year. Nearly half of the British physicians refer to Homeopathic doctors.
A British consumer organization surveyed its 28,000 members and discovered that 80% had used some form of complementary medicine and that 70% of those who had tried homeopathy were cured or improved by it. Not only is there growing interest from Public, there is also surprising acknowledgement of homeopathy by conventional physicians. The British medical Journal recently published a survey of the attitudes of British physicians toward practitioners of complementary medicine. The survey discovered that 42% of the physicians surveyed refer patients to homeopathic physicians. A different study published in The Times of London found that 48% of physicians referred patients to homeopathic physicians. British Medical Journal, which noted that in a survey of 100, recently graduated British physicians, 80% expressed an interest in being trained in homeopathy.
Homeopathy in France
The impressive growth in the United Kingdom is being matched in France. A survey of French doctors revealed that approximately 11,000 of them used Homeopathic medicines. More than 25% of French have tried or being used homeopathic medicines. More than 20,000 pharmacies sell
Homeopathic medicines. There are six medical schools offering degree in Homeopathy. Homeopathy is taught in all pharmacy and veterinary schools. “Le Nouvel Observateur” the magazine had an editorial as a survey report. It concludes as “Homeopathy obtain results, sometimes spectacular results”
Homeopathy in Austria
In 1830, the practice of homeopathy became illegal in Austria. Despite its illegality, a very good number of people used homeopathic medicines during the cholera epidemic in 1831. Statistics show that those with cholera who tried homeopathy had a mortality rate between 2.4 to 2.1% whereas over 50% of those with cholera under conventional medicine care died.
Homeopathy in South America
Homeopathy is not as popular in South America as it is in Europe or Asia. One of Argentina’s most respected homeopathic physicians, Dr.Francisco Eizayaga, has estimated that there are now approximately 2,000 doctors in Argentina who practice homeopathy and approximately 3 million of Argentina’s 30 million people have used homeopathic medicines.
Homeopathy in Brazil
Homeopathy is equally popular in Brazil. There are almost 15,000 physicians who utilize homeopathic medicines. Laymen are not permitted to practice homeopathy there. In Curitiba city alone there are more than 50 homeopathic pharmacies. Pharmacists in Brazil are required to take a course in homeopathic pharmacology in order to graduate. There are at least 10 homeopathic schools in Brazil and several conventional schools have course in Homeopathy. Brazil has monthly homeopathic congress conducted partly by the government fund.
Homeopathy in India
Homeopathy is more popular in Asian countries especially India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, than Europe and America. Homeopathy received the moral support from Mahatma Gandhi. Who said, “it cures a greater number of people than any other method of treatment” As an article in the World Health Forum (journal of WHO) noted, ” Homeopathic treatment seems well suited for use in rural areas where the infrastructure, equipment, and drugs needed for conventional medicine cannot be provided.” According to the report in the World Health Forum, “In the Indian subcontinent the legal position of the practitioners of homeopathy has been elevated to a professional level similar to that of an allopathic medical practitioner.”
Unbelievably, presently there are 165 homeopathic medical colleges in the country; state governments or universities maintain many of them. There are graduate (Bachelor of Homeopathic Medicine & surgery) and postgraduate courses (MD) in Homeopathy. Some of the state governments are conducting courses for homeopathic pharmacists and homeopathic nurses. The number of licensed homeopathic doctors is around 800000. Nearly 30% of Indian public depend on homeopathy for their health care needs. In India, there are hundreds of State and Central government owned homeopathic hospitals having inpatient facility. There are thousands of State and Central government owned dispensaries having out patient facility. There are thousands of homeopathic pharmacies and around 150 homeopathic laboratories in the country. Central and State government owned research institutes finds the new horizons for the future of homeopathy. Researches are mainly focused on psychiatric disease, AIDS, cancer, Goiter, filariasis, asthma and hepatitis.
More than a 30 % government registered homeopathic doctors are getting an average patients visit between one hundred and two hundred per day.
Homeopathic doctors are well organized under different organizations like, The Institution of Homeopaths Kerala (IHK), Asian Homeopathic Medical League (AHML), Indian Institute of Homeopathic Physicians (IIHP), Indian Homeopathic Medical Association (IHMA), Round Table Homeopathy India and Homeopathic Medical Association of India (HMAI). IHK alone has membership strength around 5000 registered homeopathic doctors, that too in a comparatively smaller state of Inida. IHK organizes scientific seminars in every three months with an average participation of 400 delegates.