born in the head of a young man called Hanhemann, from Germany,
Homeopathy has made inroads in India, not only because of its
acceptance by the people who look towards it for treatment but also
by those who study it as a form of medication. Based on the Law of
Similars, the three cardinal points of homeopathy are:
a) use of medicines,
the totality of whose symptoms are similar to (not necessarily the
same as) those produced by the disease in question.
b) use of a single
drug at a time.
c) use of minimum
d) A homeopath
understands two aspects of medicine and the human body: the symptoms
produced by a drug on a healthy man's system, and the various
symptoms produced in the course of several diseases. He fits them
both together and in his analysis takes into account the patients
temperament, moods and general attitudes.
came to India in 1835 when Dr.Honigberger tried to introduce it in
the court of the Maharaja Ranjit Singh in Punjab. It did not really
grow roots. Sixteen years later Dr. Tonnere, a French man took the
same system of medicine to Calcutta. Though he himself was not too
successful, it was in Bengal that homeopathy first struck roots.
Today it is practiced all over India with special colleges training
fresh doctors every year.