Why Research in Homeopathy
Homeopathy is a therapeutic science of symptom similarity based on the axiom of “Like Cures Like” (Nature’s Law of Cure). Homeopathy is gaining a universal popularity owing to its clinical efficacy, affordability, availability, easier applicability and no reported clinical side effects. It is now the second largest practiced system of medicine worldwide (World Health Organization). As an alternative system of medicine it is practiced in over 80 Countries, is legally recognized in 42 countries and is a part of the healthcare system in 28 countries. On the other hand, it is being questioned mainly for use of ultra-high diluted (UHD) medicines (dilution beyond Avogadro’s), potentization process (trituration and succussion (agitated dilution)) and its biological actions despite use of UHDs. Therefore, it has been in active discussion amongst the general public, scientific fraternity and skeptics.
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 the same. 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 over a period of time. This happened due to fueled research, scientific interactions and work towards standardization of basic aspects in the conventional system of medicines, whereas homeopathy still struggles with basic issues of existence due lack of extensive research.
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.
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 research in homeopathy?
- Is there any way to help research grow in homeopathy?