Why Research in Homeopathy
Homeopathy is a therapeutic science of symptom similarity based upon axiom of like cures like. Homeopathy is gaining a universal popularity because of its efficacy in various clinical conditions, affordability, availability, easier applicability and apparently no side effects. It is now the second largest practiced system of medicine worldwide. But on the other hand, it has always been questioned for use of ultra-high dilutions (UHD) (dilution beyond Avogadro’s constant), potentization process (trituration and agitative dilution), biological actions, and also for its philosophy, prescription modalities, and standardization issues. Therefore, it has been termed as one of the most controversial issues of the century.
Since inception, Homeopathy 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 follow that. Even in conventional medicine it was difficult to define the exact ‘paths’ from medicine to biology, then to chemistry and physics, for decades, but conventional systems took an edge over it, whereas homeopathy was neglected to a larger extent. This happened due to fueled research in conventional system of medicines, whereas homeopathy kept on struggling with basic issues of existence.
The controversy and priority issues have always ignited intellectual minds to explore “whether homeopathy works, and if yes, how does it work?” A lot of research has been carried out till date to establish the presence, and action of UHDs from various aspects like homeopathy, agronomy, veterinary or dentistry etc. But despite such advances, research in homeopathy is still a challenge, attributed to a limited number of research studies (especially in comparison to conventional research), complex nature of UHDs, inadequate exposure, limited resources, inaccessibility to published literature, poor motivation, lack of experience, skepticism etc.
For all issues to be tackled there is an important keyword and that is Research!
Research is a constant need to explore, establish, answer and support homeopathy!