Why Research in Homeopathy
Homeopathy has gained a universal popularity because of its effectiveness, affordability, availability, easier applicability and no side effects. It is now the second largest practiced system of medicine worldwide. On the other hand, it has always been questioned for use of ultra-high dilutions, potentization, and biological actions, and also for its philosophy, prescription modalities, and standardization issues. Therefore, it has been dragged amongst the most controversial issues of this century. But is it so?
Since inception, it is compared with the conventional system of medicine because the modern pharmacology “knows” physical and chemical interactions between drugs and living cells, whereas it is assumed that homeopathy doesn’t do that! For many decades, it was difficult to define the exact ‘paths’ from medicine to biology, then to chemistry and physics, but conventional systems have taken an edge over it, whereas it is considered that homeopathy still has to prove these paths.
The controversy and priority issues have always ignited intellectual minds to explore “whether homeopathy works, and if yes, how is works?”, “what is the nature ultra high dilutions” and many similar questions. Till date a lot of research has been carried out to explore ultra high dilutions from various aspects be it homeopathy; fundamental, clinical, agronomy, veterinary or dentistry research; or their usage in conventional research.
Despite advances, research in homeopathy is still a challenge, attributed to a limited number of research studies (with respect to conventional research), complex nature of ultra-high dilutions, inadequate exposure, limited resources, inaccessibility to published literature, poor motivation, lack of experience, jealousy etc.
Therefore, research is a constant need to explore, establish, answer and support homeopathy!