Homoeopathy in India is recognised and officially integrated in the delivery of healthcare services. The Government of India has made sustained efforts for growth and development of Homoeopathy along with the traditional medical systems, i.e., Ayurveda, Siddha, Yoga & Naturopathy, Unani and Sowa Rigpa (collectively identified by acronym AYUSH). A highly commendable infrastructure in the form of 185 medical colleges with regulatory mechanism for quality university education, autonomous research council with 32 institutes and units 224,279 registered medical practitioners, drug safety regulations with 414 drug manufacturing units, has been established in the country. This framework has given an impetus to Homoeopathy, and the system has been established in the country both in the public and the private sector, like nowhere else in the world.
India has a globally acknowledged footprint in Homoeopathy and has hosted four World Congresses of the Liga Medicorum Homoeopathica Internationalis (LMHI), an international homoeopathic medical official forum, the last of which was in 2011. A recent initiative of the Department of AYUSH is to support the establishment of chairs of AYUSH systems including Homoeopathy in educational universities abroad to encourage academic leadership and foster research, teaching and policy development of Homoeopathy in the host country.
A document describing the strategic position of India in the field of Homoeopathy is, therefore, of critical value. This document is a compendium of the infrastructural strengths and also offers a glimpse of the vast scope of homoeopathic research in various fields, such as clinical, drug and basic research in India. The readers will have an overview of the successful institutionalization of Homoeopathy in the country, which has the potential to serve as a model for other countries to replicate and offer a template for collaboration in research and education.
We are thankful to Shri Anil Kumar, Secretary, Department of AYUSH for his guidance and visionary leadership. This document has been made feasible with his skilled directions and supervision. We are also grateful to Shri Bala Prasad, Joint Secretary, Department of AYUSH for being a source of encouragement and support throughout the making of this document. We are also grateful to all the contributors, reviewers and experts for their suggestions & critical evaluation. The subject is so vast that there can be inadvertent errors and omissions in spite of the best of efforts. We welcome feedback from all our esteemed readers for updating the document from time to time.
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