Why Research in Homeopathy
Homeopathy is a therapeutic science of symptom similarity based on the 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, philosophy, prescription modalities, standardization issues, and research in homeopathy. 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 the conventional system of medicines, whereas homeopathy kept on struggling with basic issues of existence i.e. lack of research in homeopathy.
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 of 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!
At one point or the other, we have usual questions in research in homeopathy
- What is research in homeopathy all about?
- We talk of research, but where to find that research?
- Is there any way to link researchers and clinicians?
- Homeopathic research is expanding, is there any way it can be woven methodically?
- Is there any website to offer exclusive about research in homeopathy?
- Is there any way to help research grow in homeopathy?
IPRH has the answers!
Research in homeopathy has always been a challenge for everyone, be it a researcher or a layman. Issues like complex nature of ultra-high dilutions, homeopathic philosophy, lack of research orientation, inadequate research literacy, lack of funds, poor motivation, scepticism etc., have always discouraged many from undertaking research. The magnitude of existing research is considered insufficient, especially when compared to conventional research. Despite the presence of thousands of studies, research work in homeopathy is either not quoted or insufficiently understood or both. The Initiative to Promote Research in Homeopathy (IPRH) was founded in March 2011 by Dr Saurav Arora to pursue the passion for the dissemination of homeopathic research in a methodical way. Initially, it was founded, formalized and presented as www.audesapere.in, which is now running at www.researchinhomeopathy.org.
IPRH was founded keeping in mind that we may overcome most of the obstacles by sharing knowledge, expertise, and resources. It was started with the aim of to promote research amongst every segment of the community, to enhance research awareness, disseminate scientific research, exchange information and extend help in undertaking research in homeopathy.
All these years, despite highs and lows, IPRH followed the core principle – Aude Sapere – “Dare to be Wise.” Today, this concept is well accepted as evident from the increasing numbers of subscriptions and collaborations with individuals and associations.
IPRH runs on the philosophy of liberal exchange of scientific knowledge and expertise.
- Promotion of research education and sensitizing people about Research Literacy, Understanding, and Expertise.
- Exchange of knowledge, expertise and resources.
- Capacity building by organizing CMEs/Seminars/Workshops for persons desirous of undertaking research in homeopathy.
- Formulation and maintenance of knowledge databases e.g Database of Scientific Publications in Homeopathy.
- Identification of Priority Areas of Research in Homeopathy.
- Collaboration with institutions, organizations and individuals for undertaking research in homeopathy.
- Formulation of generic protocols for clinicians.
- Development of guidelines/resources/handy information about research.
- Extending help for undertaking research in homeopathy.