Monthly Archives: June 2012


Repertory Teacher Vacancy at JJ Magdum HMC Maharashtra

teacher9Dr.J.J.Magdum Homoeopathic Medical College
Post-Graduation And Research Institute,Jaysingpur,
Dist- Kolhapur, Maharashtra.

Requires Repertory Teacher.-
1) Minimum 8 Years Repertory Teaching Experience With M.D. Qualification.
2) Lecturer with M.D. Qualification.

Attractive salary with facilities.

Please Send Documents & CV to
Email :
Contacts.- Dr. Khanaj V.R.
Mob : 09423800011, 09325759901

Keynote Materia Medica published by CCRH

Book Review – Keynotes Materia Medica Volume -I

Keynote prescription has been an indispensable part of our homeopathic practice since inception. The concept is as long as homeopathy, but was given a boost by H. C. Allen, to whom we must pay our gratitude. Keynotes play a major role in our day to day practice. Almost every other day we hear senior physicians suggesting us to go through Keynotes every day to flourish our practice to newer heights. Practicing Keynotes is like an art which must be followed by heart.

To keep the spirit of Keynotes high and with aim to update them, Central Council for Research in Homoeopathy (CCRH) has undertaken an initiative to compile Keynotes Materia Medica from authentic sources. The book is a work of dedication added to ever growing sea of materia medicas, being authentic and simple. The salient information regarding the book can be summarized as: –

  • Name of Book: Keynotes of the Homoeopathic Materia Medica
  • Volume: I
  • Drug compiled: 25
  • Author information:
    • Chief Editor: Dr. Chaturbuja Nayak
    • Editor: Dr. Chinta Raveendar
    • Assistant Editor: Dr. Debadatta Nayak
    • Expert Committee:
      • Prof. (Dr.) S. K. Bhattarcharya
      • Prof. (Dr.). L. K. Nanda
      • Dr. V. K. Chauhan
      • Dr. S. Praveen Kumar
      • Dr. Ajit Kulkarni
      • Dr. Asha Chowdhry
  • Printed and published by: Central Council for Research in Homoeopathy (CCRH), an autonomous Organization under Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Deptt of AYUSH, Govt. of India, 61-65, Institutional area, Opp. D Block, Janak Puri, New Dehli 110058. Tel: 011-28525533, Fax: 011-28521060. Email: Website:
  • ISBN Status: 978-81-920840-5-3
  • Copyright status: Copyright with CCRH
  • Price: 120/- INR
  • Availability status: Yes, available at CCRH Headquarters, can be ordered by post.

In the present work author(s) have expressed the need to have an updated version of existing keynote materia medica, as there are various instances where practitioners report ambiguity, spelling mistakes, improper arrangements of symptoms etc.  Moreover, there are certain concepts/old terms which are obsolete now days. This is need of the hour to update such information for our own knowledge sake and evolution.

The compilation has beautifully collected keynotes, keeping “Keynotes by HC Allen” as base and addition of keynotes from authentic source books like – Hering’s Guiding Symptoms of our Materia Medica, Hahnemann’s Materia Medica Pura, J. H. Clarke’s dictionary of Practical Materia Medica and Pocket manual of Homoeopathic Materia Medica by William Boericke. It is worth mentioning here that no additions from any experience, verification or by other means have been included in this book. Therefore, this book is a pure compilation of keynotes from authentic source books, and may aptly be called keynote pura.

In addition to compilation, authors have given some interesting and useful sections loaded with information from various sources. Basic information about drug such as botanical/chemical name, source, part(s) used, habitat, constituents/molecular formula, etc., followed by an introduction, are some of the new headings you will discover in this book. Here also, the information is primarily derived from Homoeopathic Pharmacopoeia of India (HPI). The source of information if other than HPI is mentioned in the footnote of remedy. The keynotes are supplemented with keywords, sphere of action, makeup of the remedy, ailments from and guiding features which make this materia medica handy and informative from the first line itself. The schema of each remedy is placed as per Generals (Mental and Physical) followed by Particulars (arranged as per systems of the body). Care has been taken to replace old terms with latest ones, but some old terms are kept owing to their historical value associated with homeopathy.

The book has compiled drugs according to the official syllabus for 1st professional year of undergraduate students of homeopathy in India endorsed by Central Council of Homoeopathy. This limits the number of drugs compiled to 25 only in volume – I. This work will be carried on to volume – IV, keeping in view the syllabus of 2nd, 3rd and 4th BHMS. This fact may be considered as one of the minor drawback of this compilation. Since such a compilation will come periodically with limited number of drugs, readers would have to wait more for such handy and authentic book. It is sincerely hoped that authors might consider publishing more number of remedies (beyond recommended for this book) in one or two handy volumes, for the benefit of profession.

All in all, this book is a good and handy compilation of keynotes for both practitioners and students.

Book review by Dr. Saurav Arora
BHMS (Delhi), Gold Medalist

5 versatile jobs across India for Homeopaths

Homeopathy vacancy at West Bengl, Gujarat,Delhi.Mumbai and Karnataka

Urgent Recruitment for BHMS doctors
Moford – Durgapur, West Bengal
Consultant who can handle the clinic , manage and co-ordinate with patients for treatment with good communication skills and sound knowledge of Homeopathy….

B.A.M.S/ B.H.M.S.
Devasya Super speciality Kidney Institute Research Centre – Ahmedabad, Gujarat
Role Requires handling the work related to B. Apply with latest bio data Passport size photo.

Centre Incharge-Part Time(4hrs in a day)
Metropolis Healthcare Limited – Delhi,
Experience Required : 2 to 7. Desired Candidate Profile * Must be ready to work part time. * Must be from Medical laboratory. * MBBS or BHMS. Qualification. *…

Assistant Doctor
Corion Fertility Clinic – Mumbai, Maharashtra
Desired Candidate Profile Qualification: M.D.(Gynaecologist) or D.G.O or M.B.B.S. Or B.H.M.S. ,B.A.M.S. Person should be computer savy & should be able to…

Internship in Pharmacovigilance
Gratisol Labs – Bangalore, Karnataka
Desired Candidate Profile Graduates, Post Graduates in Life sciences(. Experience Required : 0 to 1. Biotechnology, Bioinformatics, Microbiology, Biochemistry),…

Doctors Required – BHMS or MD (HOM) at Tamilnadu

Location: Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India

Description: Homoeozone Health services Pvt Limited is inviting doctors (who have completed BHMS or MD (Hom)) to apply for the post of Branch Doctors and Senior Doctors at our clinics in Coimbatore and Tiruppur.

Required languages: Hindi, Malayalam and Tamil

Remuneration :  Rs.15,000/ to Rs. 25,000/- will be offered depending on the qualification and experience of the applicant.

Kindly send your resumes to

Source :


Govt. of India grant for research in Homoeopathy – apply now

Stethoscope-Laying-on-Stacks-of-CashMinistry of Health & Family Welfare Department of AYUSH invites proposal for research in Homoeopathy  under Extra Mural  Research (EMR) scheme of Department of AYUSH, MOHF

Who can apply

Institutions/Organisations(Both Government & Private)/Universities/Educational institutions/Laboratories/Drug manufactures/Industries/Researchers having adequate infrastructure

Eminent scholars and practitioners having good research background and contribution to the medical research can also apply through reputed institutions.

Detailed provisions including terms and conditions of the schemes are available at

Priority areas of research mentioned in Annexure- 1 of scheme

While sending applications please ensure

  1. The application must be in the set format placed in Annexure – 2
  2. Ten hard copies and one soft copy (in CD) of the applications
Last date : Not mentioned

Submit to
Director General
Central Council for Research in Homoeopathy
61-65 Institutional area
Opp. D Block, Janak Puri
New Delhi.110 058
Phone : 011-28525523
Email : 

Download the revised EMR scheme :

Source : Hindu daily 22.06.12

Vacancies at Vengurla Homoeopathy College Maharashtra

Konkan Education Society’s Vengurla Homoeopathic Medical College & Hospital
Main Road, Vengurla, Dist. Sindhudurag – 416 516.
Phone : 02366 – 262165; Fax : 02366 – 262331
E-mail :;
Affiliated to Maharashtra University of Health Sciences, Nashik

Last date : 15 / 07 / 2012

Applications are invited for filling up the following posts in the above said College

Professor,  Reader and  Lecturer in

  1. Anatomy
  2. Physiology including Biochemistry
  3. Organon of Medicine
  4. Homoeopathic Pharmacy
  5. Homoeopathic Materia Medica
  6. Pathology & Microbiology
  7. Forensic Medicine &Toxicology
  8. Practice of Medicine
  9. Surgery
  10. Obstetrician & Gynaecology
  11. Community Medicine
  12. Repertory

General Notes :

  • Reservation for Ladies and physically handicapped persons is as per the Govt. rules.
  • Candidates applying for reserve category post(s) should submit caste certificate & caste validity certificate and also recent non-creamy layer certificate, wherever applicable.
  • The benefits of reservation shall be admissible to the backward class / category candidates who are domiciled in the state of Maharashtra only.
  • Age Limit & Educational Qualifications shall be considered up-to last date of the application & experience shall be considered up-to earlier day of the interview.
  • The decision taken by MUHS authorities regarding essential qualifications and experience shall
  • be applicable, from time to time.
  • Qualified teachers between 60 to 65 years of age will be considered for appointment of one year, if  the qualified candidate(s) below the age of 60 years is / are not available.
  • Pay Scale is as per rules.
  • Application along-with attested copies of all relevant Certificates must reach to the college on or before : 13 / 05 / 2012 . ( Exact date is to be specified) ( Minimum 21 days from the date of publication of advertisement in newspaper.)

Apply to The President, at Konkan Education Society’s, VENGURLA HOMOEOPATHIC MEDICAL COLLEGE & HOSPITAL, Main Road, Vengurla, Dist. Sindhudurag – 416 516. on plain paper / prescribed format along with attested copies of certificates and experience certificates.

 More details :


Infant Weight Gain: Is It the Bottle or What’s in It?

childBottle-fed infants gained more weight than breast-fed infants, even when the bottles contained pumped breast milk.

Breast-feeding is associated with less infant weight gain than formula feeding and might also lower risk for childhood obesity. One possible explanation for the more-rapid weight gain is that bottle-fed infants have difficulty regulating energy intake. Researchers examined the association between infant feeding patterns and weight gain during the first year of life in a national longitudinal study of 1899 children. Mothers (mostly white, married, and college educated) reported weight measurements at four time points and monthly percentages of feedings given by breast, breast milk from a bottle, and formula from a bottle.

Monthly weight gain was estimated using multilevel analyses and controlling for demographic factors, birth history, and infant nutritional factors (e.g., solid food introduction, sweet drinks). Estimated monthly weight gain was significantly lower in infants who were breast-fed only than in infants who were fed breast milk by bottle only (difference, 89 g), infants who were fed formula by bottle (71 g), and those fed by both breast and bottles of formula (45 g). Among infants fed breast milk only (by breast or bottle), estimated monthly weight gain increased as the percentage of breast milk feedings by bottle increased.

Comment: Although this study did not measure actual milk intake and was limited to predominantly white and college-educated mothers, the results support the authors’ hypothesis that bottle feeding, regardless of the type of milk in the bottle, is associated with increased weight gain. The association makes sense because breast-fed infants largely decide when a feeding is over, whereas bottle-fed infants are often encouraged to finish the bottle, especially if it contains valuable pumped breast milk. Should mothers avoid bottle feeding? Editorialists rightly note that infants are fed pumped breast milk and formula from a bottle for many practical reasons, and although breast-feeding is ideal, parents need not feel guilty if it is not always possible. Cornelius W. Van Niel, MD

Published in Journal Watch Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine June 20, 2012

Diabetes medicine is associated with Bladder Cancer

Pioglitazone Is Associated with Excess Risk for Bladder Cancer

Using pioglitazone for >2 years or exceeding a cumulative dose of 28,000 mg imparted the highest risk.

In 2011, the FDA issued a safety warning for the antidiabetic drug pioglitazone (Actos). The warning states that use for longer than 1 year might be associated with excess risk for bladder cancer, based on data from a French study and an interim analysis of a manufacturer-sponsored, U.S. observational study. U.K. investigators now report on a case-control study in which they evaluated the same outcome.

Researchers identified 116,000 patients (mean age, 64) with type 2 diabetes who were new users of oral antidiabetic drugs. After a mean follow-up of 4.6 years, 470 patients had received diagnoses of bladder cancer (89 cases per 100,000 person-years). Each patient with bladder cancer was matched with as many as 20 controls. Ever use of pioglitazone was associated with 83% higher risk for bladder cancer — a significant increase — compared with never users. The bladder cancer rate increased significantly with duration of pioglitazone use, with the highest rates in patients who were exposed for >2 years, and in patients whose cumulative dose exceeded 28,000 mg. Notably, no excess risk for bladder cancer was observed for patients who received rosiglitazone (Avandia).

Comment: In this study, pioglitazone use was associated with excess risk for bladder cancer in patients with type 2 diabetes. Because these findings reinforce the FDA warning, clinicians and patients should weigh carefully the benefits and risks of using this drug. Paul S. Mueller, MD, MPH, FACP

Published in Journal Watch General Medicine June 21, 2012


21st AHML International Homeopathic Conference at Bangladesh

doctors8On 24 & 25 Nov. 2012

Asian Homoeopathic Medical League, Bangladesh Chapter is going Organize A Two Days Conference On 21st AHML International Homoeopathic Conference2012 to Be Held at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre, Dhaka, Bangladesh On 24 & 25 November 2012.

Nationally and Internationally Acclaimed Homoeopathic Experts, Physicians, Educationists, Manufacturers, Pharmaceuticals & Experts of Other Fields Who are Related With Homoeopathy Through Their Works are Joining Together On One Platform to Share and Discuss Their Views, Latest Development Both in Clinical and Fundamental Researches, Evidence Based Cases, Methodology, Drug Proving Etc. Scope and Different Developmental Aspects of Homoeopathy Towards Public Heath & Standardization of Homoeopathic Education Etc. Will also Be Discussed.

Date : 24 & 25 November 2012

Venue: Bangabandhu International Conference Center, Dhaka

Organized By: Asian Homeopathic Medical League, Bangladesh Chapter

For more details Please Contact:
Dr. Abdul Mazid, Secretary (Cash-Bangladesh) Chairman, Registration Committee 21st AHML IHC 2012.
Mobile: 0088-01552-317500, 01731-508265

Two Day Satara Homoeopathic Seminar on July 22 & 23, 2012

Centre for Advance Studies in Homoeopathy (C.A.S.H.), New Delhi in collaboration of Homoeopathic Research Institute (HRI), Satara are organizing two days Homoeopathic Seminar at Satara on 22 & 23 July 2012 (Sunday and Monday)


Topic: Interactive Group Discussion and workshop with  Live and Paper cases and their rational analysis for the holistic management.   Causes of Failure in Homoeopathic Practice

Dr N L TIWARY, Institute of Clinical Research, Mumbai
Dr AJIT KULKARNI, Director, Homoeopathic Research Institute, Satara.

Date: 22 & 23 July 2012 (Sunday and Monday)

Venue: D G College of Commerce, Powai Naka, Satara-415001, Maharashtra

B. Jain Homoeopathic books and RADAR OPUS Homoeopathic Software will be available during the seminar.

For more details please contact:

  • Dr Ajit Kulakarni, 09822451101
  • Dr Nikhil Kulkarni, 09923153007
  • Dr Ashish, 09310845809.

Centre for Advance Studies in Homoeopathy
1920/10, Chunamandi, Paharganj
New Delhi – 110055
Tel; 011 4567 1000

Two Day Satara Homoeopathic Seminar on July 22 & 23, 2012

Centre for Advance Studies in Homoeopathy (C.A.S.H.), New Delhi in collaboration of Homoeopathic Research Institute (HRI), Satara are organizing two days Homoeopathic Seminar at Satara on 22 & 23 July 2012 (Sunday and Monday)


Topic: Interactive Group Discussion and workshop with  Live and Paper cases and their rational analysis for the holistic management.   Causes of Failure in Homoeopathic Practice

Dr N L TIWARY, Institute of Clinical Research, Mumbai
Dr AJIT KULKARNI, Director, Homoeopathic Research Institute, Satara.

Date: 22 & 23 July 2012 (Sunday and Monday)

Venue: D G College of Commerce, Powai Naka, Satara-415001, Maharashtra

B. Jain Homoeopathic books and RADAR OPUS Homoeopathic Software will be available during the seminar.

For more details please contact:

  • Dr Ajit Kulakarni, 09822451101
  • Dr Nikhil Kulkarni, 09923153007
  • Dr Ashish, 09310845809.

Centre for Advance Studies in Homoeopathy
1920/10, Chunamandi, Paharganj
New Delhi – 110055
Tel; 011 4567 1000

Dr Farokh J Master at Kodungallur, Kerala

Evidence Based Homeopathy’ Seminar with Dr Farokh J Master at Kodungallur, Kerala

One day homeopathic seminar is being organized by Institute of Homoeopath, Kerala (IHK) and Centre for Advanced Studies in Homeopathy (C.A.S.H.), New Delhi.
Supported by: B. Jain Pharmaceuticals and RADAR OPUS, Homeopathic Software from Archibel, Belgium

The theme of the seminar is EVIDENCE BASED HOMEOPATHY’.

Date: Sept 30, 2012 (Sunday)

Venue: Kodungaloor, Kerala

Speaker: DR FAROKH J MASTER, An International Homeopathic physician and practitioner of Classical Homeopathy

Session wise Topics :

Session 1- Homoeopathic Management of Advance Pathological complains, Cases of Advance Cancers, Renal failure, Diabetes mellitus will be discussed
Session 2- Long term Management of the above cases e.g. Posology, follow up,
Session 3 – The Art of Converting Rubrics from the Patients language.

Contact Person:
Dr.S.G.BIJU, The Homoeopathic Multi Speciality Hospital & Research Center Changanacherry – 1, KERALA, Ph 0481-2412233, 2428799

Dr Ashish, Event coordinator, Centre for Advance Studies in Homoeopathy, 1920/10, Chunamandi, Paharganj, New Delhi- 110055, Tel: 011 4567 1000, Cell: 09310845809


ZED-talks by IHMA Kozhikode Chapter

seminar3eminaDate : Sunday, 15th July 2012

Venue : Hotel Paramount Towers, Town Hall Road, Kozhikode

Concept :-
Short, crisp, diverse, content-rich, time-bound, moderated & focused talks from experienced & talented speakers. Talks are from most significant contemporary domains related to Homoeopathy. Each talk shall be of 40 minutes duration followed by 10 minutes Q & A session where selected five questions shall be answered. Queries as slips to be forwarded to the moderator up to the termination of talk and the best five questions shall be chosen to be replied and each allowed two minutes for deliberation.

Program Schedule :-

Registration – 9:00

9:30 – Talk 1 (40mins)
Speaker – Dr C Sundara Alagappan MD(HOM)
Topic – Hair treatment; Homoeopathic expert approach
Moderator – Dr M Premachandran BHMS PGDYT, Former Secretary General IHMA

10:20 – Talk 2 (40mins)
Speaker – Dr Vinayan Uthaman MD(HOM)
Topic – Use of Mother Tinctures and lower potencies in common ailments – an expert view
Moderator – Dr V Sudin kumar BHMS, Editor Homoeopathic Panorama IHMA

11.10 – Tea Break (10mins)

11:20 – Talk 3 (40mins)
Speaker – Dr AB Ram Jyothis MD(HOM)
Topic – Role of knowledge of Pharmacy in acute and chronic prescription.
Moderator – Dr ME Prashanth BHMS, Mass Media Officer IHMA

12:10 – Inauguration of event & Introduction of Candidate of IHMA for current CCH elections (20mins)

12.30 – Refresher Yoga Session by Dr M Premachandran BHMS PGDYT (20mins)
Topic – Tips on energizing self between day routine through simple Yogic methods.

12:50 – Talk 4 (30mins)
Speaker – Dr Sreevals G Menon MD(HOM)
Allergy – IgE Sensitivity to Homoeopathic Constitutional Treatment – A study based on Cluster Sampling & a brief on Miasmatic Analysis of Allergy
Moderator – Dr Sureshan V, Former President IHMA, Kerala State

14:10 Talk 5 (40mins)
Speaker – Dr MV Thomas BHMS MSc Clinical Psych
Topic – Anxiety disorders and Homoeopathic management
Moderator – Dr MG Oomen BHMS MSc Applied Psych MSc Clinical Psych, Founder National President IHMA

15:00 – Talk 6 (40mins)
Speaker – Dr TK Harindranath BHMS
Topic – Strategies for effective homoeopathic interference in bronchial asthma & other airway obstructing medical conditions.
Moderator – Dr Latha D BHMS

16:00 – Talk 7 (40mins)
Speaker – Dr Sajin Mayancheri MD(HOM)
Topic – Use of modern diagnostic and therapeutic tools with Homoeopathic management.
Moderator – Dr Abdul Gafar BHMS, Director IHRC

More about Speakers :-
Dr C Sundara Alagappan MD (HOM) – A successful homoeopathic Trichologist from Tamil Nadu and a resource person for advanced hair management techniques with homoeopathy. An experienced academician and a consultant currently associated with NeoClassical Homoeopathy Clinics and VCare Multispecialty Clinics.

Dr Vinayan Uthaman MD(HOM) – A very experienced and leading practitioner of Kannur & a Senior Consultant & Director at AIHMS Homoeopathy Ltd. A Homoeopathic physician with abundant knowledge on management with MT & lower potency, Dr Vinayan is also through a quest for a greater understanding of rare drugs and their possibilities in Homoeopathy apart from his research on Headache management.

Dr AB Ram Jyothis MD(HOM) – A rare expertise and & an upcoming resource person in Homoeopathic Pharmacy & related research. A faculty at Fr Mullers Homoeopathic Medical College, Dr Ram is also a ROTP (Re-orientation Training Programme) faculty  for AYUSH Dept (GOI) & a serious academician. His services were instrumental in the development of the Homoeopathic Pharmaceutical Division of Fr Mullers Charitable Institutions, Mangalore.

Dr M Premachandran BHMS PGDYT – A post graduate in therapeutic Yoga methods from KMC Manipal after his Homoeopathic graduation, he is a Senior Medical officer under Govt of Kerala for past two decades. A great speaker and clinician, he is also a leading Homoeopathic & Yoga (Clinical) practitioner.

Dr Sreevals G Menon MD(HOM) – A speaker at multiple International events within India & abroad, he is the Founder & Consultant of AIHMS Homoeopathy Ltd. The Technical Committee Member from AYUSH Stream for NABH at New Delhi, he is a successful practioner, he runs a hospital at Ramanattukara, Kozhikode and a couple of clinics in the region.

Dr MV Thomas BHMS, MSc Clinical Psych – Post Graduated as a rankholder in Clinical Psychology from School of Behavioral Sciences, Kannur University after Homoeopathic graduation and has now qualified as a research scholar at Department of Psychology, Kannur University. Presented a paper in Neuropsycholgy in an International seminar on Mind, Brain and Consciousness held at Mumbai on 2010. Now a consultant homoeopath & clinical psychologist at Vatakara.

Dr TK Harindranath BHMS – A gifted speaker & trainer for major events across the state within & outside Homoeopathy, he is a successful practitioner with immense experience in emergency management, inpatient care and para-clinical applications related to Homoeopathy. Managing Director of ISI Homoeopathy, the most succesful private Homoeopathic hospital in northern Kerala.

Dr Sajin Mayancheri MD(HOM) – Founder Managing Director of VCare Multispecialty Homoeopathy and Executive Director, ISI Homoeopathy. Past chief Consultant for Dr Batras Positive Health Clinics & Health Director of Lions Club Green City Calicut. A great speaker and neo-strategist in modern day healthcare delivery.

Rs.250 – for IHMA members
Rs.300 – for Non-members
Spot Registration – Rs.300 (all delegates)
Contact persons – Dr Sunand (Ph: 9633313330), Dr Amir Khlid (Ph:9400222427), Dr Jibil (Ph:9895955121)

IHMA School Health Programme :-
The Department of Homoeopathy, Govt of Kerala has been successfully through the project ‘Jyothir Gamaya’ for Govt schools under their School health programme for the past ten years. This project assesses the mental, intellectual & social wellbeing of higher school children and suggest counselling & homoeopathic therapeutic interferences.

IHMA Kozhikode Chapter, under our School health programme look at inititating a similar programme for Govt recognized un-aided and aided schools within the district boundaries. We need young energetic doctors to volunteer for the process who have profound knowledge in computer repertorization and committed instincts for the cause. They will be well remunerated for their role. They will need to be trained for the assessment. Therefore all those who desire to be a part of the same need to ask for the application forms at the registration counter and duly fill them and submit before leaving. They will be then informed about the further proceedings.

Indian Homoeopathic Medical Association
Kozhikode Chapter, Kerala State


Research Universities Bill 2012 -suggestions invited

researchUniversities for Research and Innovation Bill 2012 – suggestions invited from public by Indian Parliament

We can include Homeopathy PhD Programmes in the proposed Universities for Research .

All homeopathy professionals, academicians, policy makers and professional are requested to send worthy suggestions to Standing Committee – regarding the inclusion of Quality research and PhD programmes for homeopaths- that is the need of the hour.

All Homeopaths should attain knowledge about the modern research protocol, methodology, diagnostic tools, follow-up criteria and disease management.

This will help us to be at par with the current medical research practices

The bill is to provide for the establishment and incorporation of Universities for Research and Innovation and for enabling them to emerge as centres for ecosystems to develop as hubs of education, research and innovation and to promote research and innovation in learning and design, development and  delivery of solutions and for matters connected therewith and incidental thereto.

Parliament of India where the Standing committee on Human Resource Development is inviting memoranda containing views/suggestions from individual and Organizations interested in the subject matter of the bill  – The Universities for Research and Innovation Bill 2012.

Homeopathy PhD in India is still in the beginning. Because of the shortage of efficient guides, lack of proper curriculum. Central Council of Homeopathy CCH not yet formulated a syllabus for PhD Programme, even though PhD comes under different Universities.

Copy of the bill can be downloaded from under the section “Bills with committees” at the link  below.

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Dr Jawahar Shah Honoured with Prestigious Medscapeindia Award

16th June, 2012 was yet another benchmark date for Dr. Jawahar Shah and Mind Technologies. Dr. Shah became the proud recipient of the Medscapeindia Award for the year 2012 for exemplary service in the field of homoeopathy.

The Medscapeindia Foundation was established in the year 2010 with a definite objective of unifying the medical fraternity and address medical priorities. 2 years after being established as a medical foundation of considerable merit, they decided to honour the best men and women in the medical community.

This prestigious event saw the coming-together of distinguished men and women across all field of Medicine, including Cardiology, Surgery, Neuroscience, Dermatology, Orthopedics, Ophthalmology, as also Ayurveda, Pharmaceuticals, Hospital Administration, etc.

Jawahar Shah was conferred with this award, chosen amongst thousands of homoeopathic physicians across India for his unique contributions to homoeopathic education and training, and for his innovations in the field of homoeopathic software. He received the honour from Dr. Neeraj Dube and Dr. Mansukh Mehta, in presence of more than 1000 doctors and dignitaries from various systems of medicine.

A homoeopath par excellence, an academician, technocrat, educationist and innovator, Dr. Jawahar Shah pioneered homoeopathic software in India with the creation of Hompath. Today, he has successfully created the 11th version of Hompath having the world’s largest database, in various avatars. He has a thriving practice in Mumbai since the past 30 years, and has lectured at, as well as organized more than 500  national and international seminars in 22 countries.

His enthusiasm for invention and progress is obvious as he gears up for the launch of the world’s first mobile application on Clinical Tips in Homoeopathy.

When quizzed about his latest achievement, he says “I am honoured to receive this award. I believe that learning is a continuous process. At my age too, I believe that one should never stop learning. Because as we learn more and more, we are able to break our own prejudices and move on to further challenges and finally success. I still have a lot more to achieve and I appreciate the encouragement I have got with this award.”

The Awards ceremony was held at the Birla Matoshree Sabhagraha at Marine Lines Mumbai, and many distinguished celebrities as well as medical dignitaries were part of this mega event.

The Medscapeindia Award for excellence and innovation in the field of homoeopathy is yet another addition to his success story and illustrious career


The story of my Homeopathic Experimental life

research6Dr Devendra kumar

My dear lovers of Homeopathy, physicians, students and research workers in the field of homeopathy this narration contains my thoughts on the subject of Homeopathy I experienced at various stages of my life. I wish to bestow my experiences to the profession as I hope these thoughts will be constructive for the profession in introducing modern techniques into the profession to identify Homeopathic medicine without label as well as selection of Homeopathic medicine for the suffering humanity in a short possible time with more accuracy by using current techniques in this computer era.

I wish to present my thoughts in the form of a story so that I will have more freedom to express my thoughts in a raw form; the forthcoming homeopaths might find a precious stone in this material. I wish to present various incidents in my life which motivated me to think on homeopathy; this will help in knowing the evolution of thought process in a common individual. In this regard I wish this story should reflect my first contact with Homeopathy, various incidents that provoked me to think on something different subject, the factors inspired me till the date along with my experiments with Homeopathy. This will be an utmost contribution to the profession till the end of my life. I will not weary you much I am departing into the subject which I intended to narrate.

My first contact with homeopathy:
I was born and brought up in machilipatnam which was a small town beside the sea, Bay of Bengal. My town was used to effected by cyclones. These factors in my childhood lead to think on the waves in sea, the air currents, formation of depression in sea water. I was brought up in a society where people think Homeopathy is nothing but sugar  pills, some people think homeopathy  acts very slow, some think homeopathy  produce over heat in body and very few believe, homeopathy treats the disease from its root cause. My father is a gold smith, mother is housewife. My father’s profession was of making bangles with copper and zinc alloy called dutch matel. I learnt the whole process and techniques involved in making bangles from my father.  I also used to make bangles in summer holidays. We are of 5 children I am the second child. My father used to take us to a homeopath for any minor ailment as I remembered. One incident I bear in mind which shows my father’s blind belief on Homeopathy. One day my elder sister of age 10 fell down in a dry water tank of 20 feet depth and became unconscious, immediately my father took her to my family homeopath, he gave some tinctures to apply on body and applied some drops of medicine on her tongue, surprisingly my sister was alright. When I got swelling over my left parotid at the age of 12years, it was cured by the same homeopath. These are few experiences I had with Homeopathy at my childhood.

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Utility of fever chapter in Boger’s and Kent’s Repertory

childClinical Utility  of Fever Chapter of  Boger’s   Repertory in the treatment of eruptive fevers in Comparison to Kent’s Repertory  – An extensive study on Fever

Dr Sunila. S  B. H. M. S.
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Boenninghausen’s characteristics Materia Medica and Repertory  by Dr. Cyrus. M. Boger  is one of the greatest pieces of homoeopathic literature; based on the original Repertory of the   Antipsoric  Remedies .  It  was  published  by  Boericke  &  Tafel  in  1905.  Its  second  edition  was  published  in  1937  and  it  contains  characteristics  of  medicines  in  the  first  part  and  repertory  proper in the second. Mainly there are 7 chapters in this repertory. The work is an attempt to bridge  Boenninghausen  and  Kent.  In  Boenninghausen’s  Therapeutic  Pocket  Book,  there  is  no      differentiation   between   general   and   particular   modalities.   But   this   fault   is   absent   in   Boenninghausen’s  characteristics Materia Medica and Repertory. In this, the modalities for each   part are assembled at the end of the section of the repertory devoted to the part, as well as a   section toward the end of the book devoted to general modalities.

The term fever is defined as a raised central temperature.  Fever is perhaps the most common manifestation of ill health from the minor cold to the major AIDS or carcinoma. It is an early and nonspecific body response to many harmful agents. Normal body temperature remains almost   constant around 36.1-37.2 degree Celsius. Body temperature between 37.2-40.5 degree Celsiusand onwards is called  Pyrexia; while rise of temperature above 41.66 degree Celsius is called Hyperpyrexia.

Fever  is  also  known  as  pyrexia  from  the  Greek  word  pyretos  meaning  fire,  or  a  febrile response from the Latin word febris, meaning fever, and archaically known as ague.

Fever is most accurately characterized as a temporary elevation in the body’s thermoregulatory set-point, usually by about 1–2°C. Fever differs from hyperthermia, which is an increase in body temperature  over  the  body’s  thermoregulatory  set-point  (due  to  excessive  heat  production  or  insufficient thermoregulation, or both).

Summary and conclusion
The    study     was    undertaken       to    find    out    the     “Clinical     utility    of   chapter      “fever”      of Boenninghausen’s  Characteristics  Materia    Medica  and  Repertory  by  Dr.  C.  M.  Boger,  especially in the treatment of eruptive fevers in comparison to Repertory of Homoeopathic Materia Medica by Dr. James Tyler Kent.

After  statistical  analysis  it  was  found  that  the  treatment  based  on  Boger’s  Fever  chapter  is  more effective .This study shows the importance of Fever chapter of Boger’s repertory in treating cases of  fevers & found out that even in the treatment of eruptive fevers its efficacy is wonderful. We can find out medicines for fever cases with the help of FEVER chapter alone in Boger’s Repertory & that is its  significance.

The  medicines  which  occupy  in  the  top  of  Boger’s  repertorisation  is  found  within  five  positions  in  Kent’s repertorisation  and medicine which occupy the top position in Kent’s repertorisation is found  within five positions in Boger’s repertorisation also. This study gives only the medicines in the top  position only.

A study of 32 patients is too small to comment upon the effectiveness of Homoeopathic medicines  selected through Boger’s Repertory Fever chapter. To confirm the effectiveness, a larger study with  more patients should be conducted.

Fever  totality  is  the  unique  contribution  of  Boger.  Fever  is  not  represented  well  in  any  other  Repertories like those in Boger’s Repertory. There are 6 chapters for fever & each stage is followed by  time, aggravation, amelioration & concomitant. Thus they help to repertorise any simple as well as  complicated cases of fever.

Though  it  is  claimed  that  Boger’s  Repertory  is  Boger’s  improved  Therapeutic  Pocket  Book,  many difficulties have been noticed while using Boger’s Repertory.

Construction: there are 6 chapters for fever. But a definite order is not followed.

Arrangement: a definite order of arrangement is not found. Practitioner finds it difficult for searching the rubrics.

Many rubrics have only few medicines. It doesn’t represent many medicines even if it is the   latest one among the three Repertories.

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Action of Homeopathic Medicines by Measuring Body Temperature

Dr.Devendra Kumar Munta

An Endeavor to Illustrate an Objective Evidence for the Action of  Homeopathic Medicines by Measuring Physiological Variability in Human   Body Temperature

Homeopathic  medicines of 200c potency are applied orally  to human subjects.

‘Physiological   variability   in   temperature’   from   skin   of  forearm   is   measured   with   the   help   of temperature data logger and water/soil temperature sensor. Temperature readings are taken at an   interval   of   1   second   for   5   minutes.   Time   series   spectral   analysis   is   performed   by   using Statistical processing software. The statistical procedures like Auto Regressive Spectrum (ARS) and     Parametric      prediction     and    reconstruction       (PPR)     are   used    to   study    the   change      in temperature   variability.   There   is   marked   change   in   temperature   variability   before   and   after applied homeopathic medicine.

Key words: Homeopathic medicine, Physiological variability in temperature, temperature data logger, water/soil sensor, AR Spectrum, Parametric Reconstruction and prediction

Aims and objectives:

To show an objective evidence for the action of Homeopathic medicine by measuring  physiological variability in human body temperature.

To draw signature for individual Homeopathic medicines.

To find out a unified method to select homeopathic medicine for diseased individuals.

To introduce objective measures into Homeopathic system of medicine like data loggers and sensors to measure physiological variability for selection of Homeopathic medicine.

Introduction and review:
Homeopathy is a well-described, scientifically based system of approaching health and disease.

“Scientific”     because     the   insights    are   based     on   reproducible     experiments. “Well-described” because from these observations a number of precise basic fundamental rules became evident, first   among   them   the   “similarity   principle.12″But   lack   of   objective   evidence   for   the   action   of Homeopathic medicine bestow an opportunity  for skeptics to comment ridiculously.

Although homeopathy is only 200 years old, it is now practiced in a variety of ways, most of which     bear    little  resemblance to  what    Hahnemann         taught.    In  the   public    mind    the   word “homeopathy” has become so vague that for some it means only an “alternative medicine” and for others a combination of homeopathic medicines that you buy in the health food store, one mixture   for   allergies,   another   for   headache,   etc12.There   by   it   needs   unified   method   to   select similar homeopathic medicine for patients disturbed energy field.

Our earth by virtue of a hidden invisible energy, carries the moon around her in twenty eight days   and   several   hours,   and   the   moon   alternately,   in   definite   fixed   hours   (deducting   certain differences which occur with the full and new moon) raises our northern seas to flood tide and again correspondingly lowers them to ebb.

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Homeopathic Preparations Assessed by UV-Spectroscopy

Homeopathic  Preparations  of  Quartz,  Sulfur  and  Copper  Sulfate Assessed  by  UV-Spectroscopy

Ursula  Wolf  ,  Martin  Wolf  ,  Peter  Heusser  ,  Andre Thurneysen    and Stephan  Baumgartner1,2,3

Institute of Complementary Medicine KIKOM, University of Bern, 3010 Bern, Switzerland, 2National High Magnetic

Field  Laboratory  (NHMFL),  Florida  State  University,  Tallahassee,  FL  32310,  USA  and 3 Institute  Hiscia,  4144Arlesheim,  Switzerland

Homeopathic  preparations  are  used  in  homeopathy  and  anthroposophic  medicine.  Although   there is evidence of effectiveness in several clinical studies, including double-blinded randomized controlled trials, their nature and mode of action could not be explained with current scientific approaches yet. Several physical methods have already been applied to investigate homeopathic                             preparations     but   it is yet  unclear    which   methods     are  best   suited  to  identify   characteristic   physicochemical  properties  of  homeopathic  preparations.  The  aim  of  this  study  was  to  investigate  homeopathic  preparations  with  UV-spectroscopy.  In  a  blinded,  randomized,  controlled   experiment     homeopathic      preparations     of  copper    sulfate   (CuSO  ;    11c–30c),    quartz    (SiO  ;10c–30c,   i.e. centesimal    dilution   steps)  and   sulfur   (S; 11–30 ,       i.e. decimal dilution   steps) and  controls  (one-time  succussed  diluent)  were  investigated  using  UV-spectroscopy  and  tested   for contamination by inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS).

The UV trans mission  for  homeopathic  preparations  of  CuSO4 preparations  was  significantly  lower  than  in   controls.  The  transmission  seemed  to  be  also  lower  for  both  SiO2    and  S,  but  not  significant.

The  mean  effect  size  (95%  confidence  interval)  was  similar  for  the  homeopathic  preparations:  CuSO4  (pooled data) 0.0544% (0.0260–0.0827%), SiO2  0.0323% (–0.0064% to 0.0710%) and S  0.0281%  (–0.0520%  to  0.1082%).  UV  transmission  values  of  homeopathic  preparations  had  a  significantly  higher  variability  compared  to controls.  In  none of  the samples  the  concentration  of  any  element  analyzed  by  ICP-MS  exceeded  100 ppb.  Lower  transmission  of  UV  light  may  indicate  that  homeopathic  preparations  are  less  structured  or  more  dynamic  than  their  succussed  pure  solvent.

Keywords:     Anthroposophic medicine – chemical properties – homeopathy – optical properties –   physical  properties

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Scientific framework of homeopathy – Evidence Based Homeopathy

patientsEditor: LMHI and ECH secretary for research Dr Michel Van Wassenhoven.

This booklet is aimed at considering all important aspects of the scientific framework of Homeopathic practice
including ethical questions, evaluation of daily practice, looking at the level of scientific evidence of each of these aspects. The conclusions are that homeopathy has to stay in the framework of   medical   practice   and   it   is   even   a   necessity   for   public   health.   Of   course more research is always necessary.

This   booklet   is   a   joint   production   of   the   Liga   Medicorum   Homeopathica Internationalis and of the European Committee for Homeopathy.

The use of homeopathic medicines is widely spread throughout the world population.

In   Europe,   these   medicines   are   submitted   to   a   registration   procedure   (1)   which   guarantees   an optimal pharmaceutical quality and safety for users.

A potential risk exists only when these medicines are used without foregoing medical diagnosis.

To   minimize   this   risk   it   is   essential   to   keep   homeopathy   within   the   framework   of   medical practice.

In several countries, a law on patients’ rights has come into force. It means that the patients have the right to choose or to refuse a proposed treatment. Medical doctors cannot inform the patient correctly if they do not know all possible medical approaches and as such an ethical dilemma is created.

It is essential for public health to formulate concrete answers to all these questions. This booklet is also aimed to help at the formulation of pragmatic solutions to these problems.

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Homeopathy in Diabetes satisfying DSM IV criteria

A study on the efficacy of homoeopathic medicines in the management of diabetes mellitus  satisfying the criteria of psychological  condition affecting medical condition of DSM -IVTR

Dr Rajiv Abraham  

Diabetes was known even in ancient times. The name of this disease, which is characterized by excessive flow of  urine  and insatiable thirst,  was coined by the  Graeco-Roman physician  Aretaeus of Cappadocia (approx.80–130  A.D.) and is derived from the Greek word diabainein (‘to flow through’). The adjective mellitus, which comes from  Latin and means ‘honey-sweet’, was added by the German physician Johann Peter Frank (1745–1821) in order to  distinguish  diabetes mellitus, or ‘sugar diabetes’, from diabetes insipid us. Johann Peter Frank was also who in 1790, by introducing a yeast fermentation test for the quantitative determination of urinary glucose,  relieved the  physicians of his time of the need to taste their patients’ urine. According to ayurveda , it is called as madhumeha,  is a metabolic kapha type of disorder in which diminished functioning of agni leads to a tendency toward high blood sugar.

Diabetes mellitus
Diabetes  mellitus  (DM)  comprises  a  group  of  common  metabolic  disorders  that  share  the  phenotype  of  hyperglycemia2.a.The term diabetes mellitus describes a metabolic disorder of multiple aetiology characterized by  chronic  hyperglycemia  with  disturbances  of  carbohydrate,  fat  and  protein  metabolism  resulting  from  defects  in  insulin secretion, insulin action, or both. It occurs when pancreas does not produce enough insulin or alternatively,  when  the  body  cannot  effectively  use  the  insulin  it  produces. Insulin  is  a  hormone  that  regulates  blood  sugar.

Hyperglycemia, or raised blood sugar, is a common effect of uncontrolled diabetes and over time leads to serious  damage to many of the body’s systems, especially the nerves and blood vessels.

The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that  more than 180 million people worldwide have diabetes. This  number is likely to more than double by 2030. In 2005, an estimated 1.1 million people died from diabetes. Almost  80% of diabetes deaths occur in low and middle-income countries. Almost half of diabetes deaths occur in people  under the age of 70 years; 55% of diabetes deaths are in women  Indeed, by 2010 it has been estimated that the  diabetic population will increase to 221 million from 110 million in 1994.3,  The majority of the new cases will be  those with type 2 diabetes and most of these will be in China, the Indian subcontinent and Africa. It is estimated  that from 65 million cases of type 2 diabetes in Asia and Oceania in 1995, the number will double to 135 million by 2010.

In India it is estimated that presently 19.4 million individuals are affected by this deadly disease, which is likely to go up to 57.2 million by the year 2025  . By the year 2025, India is predicted to have the most number of people  with diabetes mellitus in the world1.  In Kerala about 8% of adult population is diabetic; this ranges from 3% in  rural areas and 20% in cities. Only exception is costal fisher folk among whom prevalence is as low as 3%.By most  conservative estimate there are about 1.5 million diabetics’ subjects in Kerala9b .

Psychological symptoms affecting medical condition
This class belongs under Psychological Factors Affecting General Medical Condition. These symptoms do not meet  full criteria for an Axis I  disorder significantly affect the course or treatment of a general medical condition (the  accompanying general medical condition is coded on Axis III )

The Essential feature of Psychological factor affecting Medical condition is the presence of one or more specific  psychological or behavioral factors that adversely affect a general medical condition. It is classified under Other  Conditions that may be a Focus of Clinical Attention of DSM-IV-R. Psychological Factors play a potential role in the  presentation or treatment of almost every medical condition. As per classification is only reserved for situations in which  psychological  factors  have  a  clinical  significant  effect  on  the  course  or  out  come  of  the  general  medical condition or place the individual at a significantly higher risk for adverse outcome, although it may  often not be  possible to demonstrate direct causality or the mechanisms underlying the relationship.

Medicines were selected on basis on constitutional similarity  also taking into consideration of stress factors.Among  30 cases medicine indicated most of times is Nat.mur- 23%(9 cases). Then Calc.carb 10%,in 4 cases followed by  Phos.acid,  Ars.alb,  and,  Lyco,  10%,in  3  cases  each  Aur.met,  Caust,  Mag.mur  7%ie,2  cases  each.Phos  &Sep  3%i.e,1  This shows the effectiveness of Constitutional drugs having  in the treatment of Diabetes Mellitus.The  most effective was Nat.mur,Calc.carb and Phos.acid. followed by other drugs.

To arrive at a valid conclusion, I am indebted to discuss some of the findings that have evolved out of this study.

The result is exclusively based on the observation and result presented in former section.

1. Age incidence: The incidence was maximum in the age group 40-50 i.e 46.6%,The next greater prevalence was in age group 30-40.i.e26.6%.

2. Sex Predominance :In study Female out numbered males.

2. Domicile: Rural population amount to56.6% % and urban population 43.3 %

3. Distribution of patients according to socio economic class:-In this study conducted, Diabetes mellitus  is found more  among  poor  class  (66.7%)  followed  by  middle  class.It  showing  life  situation  and  environment  plays  a significant role.

4. Duration of Illness of Majority was 1-5 years followed 5-10 years.

5. The  Family  History  of  Diabetes  was  noted  in  21  cases  i.e  70%  cases  compared  with  %30  having  no  family history of Diabetes. Showing strong Genetic Trait.

6. Distribution of clinical features: Among the symptoms given Weakness was dominating feature, Weight loss,  Burning Sensation followed by Increased thirst,and Increased hunger.

7. The Miasmatic Dominance noted was Psora(53%),followed by Sycosis 28% and Syphilis 19%.Diabetes Mellitus  has involvement of all 3 miasms.,in varied proportions.

8. Evaluation of change in disease criteria: The comparison of the FBS measurement before and after treatment  showed statistically significant result.

9. Stressful life events associated in a major number cases were Death of closed loved ones, resulting in significant  period of grief, which was followed by Stressful periods due to financial difficulties.

10. Medicines used: Medicines were selected on basis on constitutional similarity  also taking into consideration of stress factors. Among 30 cases medicine indicated most of times is Nat.mur- 23%. Then Calc.carb 10%, followed  by Phos.acid, Ars.alb, and, Lyco, 10%, Aur.met, Caust, Mag.mur 7%,Phos &Sep 3% This shows the effectiveness  of Constitutional drugs in the treatment of Diabetes Mellitus.

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Assignments for PG Students in Homoeopathic Pharmacy

lab3Dr A B Ram Jyothis  

MD Part-I     18 months
Clinical Posting: 3 days a week in OPD & IPD, Mobile Clinics, Medical   Camps, School Health Services
Works in the Department: 3 days a week

  • Theory Class 1hr / week for each student on rotation basis for UG
  • Practical Class 2hr / week for each student on rotation basis for UG
  • Group Discussion
  • Journal club
  • Subject Seminar
  • Topic Discussions

1. Principles of Homoeopathy, its chronology of Development, Integration of above principles in Homoeopathic Pharmacy,
Post-Hahnemannian Pharmacy  (6 weeks)

2.Introduction,common names, abbreviations and various uses of drugs (5 weeks)

3. Classification of drugs and biological, mechanical, chemical, toxicology properties and characteristics.  (2 weeks)

4. Knowledge of pace, depth, intensity & miasmatic action of drugs, differentiating the drug action in relation with other systems   (6 weeks)

5. Knowledge of allied sciences which helps in identification of drug substances    (3 weeks)

6. Collection, preparation, preservation of Homoeopathic drugs   (6weeks)

7. Sources classification, uses and standardization of vehicles (8 weeks)

8. Homoeopathic drug proving, sphere of actions and affinities, proving on healthy beings, animals and reproving. (4 weeks)

1. Pharmacognostic study of various parts of drugs:    Microscopic study of organized crude drugs

  • Microscopic study of unorganized crude drugs
  • Determination of leaf surface data (leaf constants)       (12 weeks)

2. General Laboratory Methods        (3 weeks)

3. To prepare mother tincture, mother solution and mother substance from different crude drugs, according to old Hahnemannian method & new methods        (6 weeks)

Drug Proving: Proving / Reproving of minimum 3 drugs by each student
Synopsis writing

MD Part-II   18 months
Homoeo – Manufactory posting: 2 days a week

  • To acquire knowledge on identification, collection, preparation, potentization, preservation of drugs.
  • To acquire knowledge on standardization of drugs and vehicles through analytical methods and techniques.

Training in Production Unit

  • Training in Quality Control Section
  • Practical Works in Labeling & Packaging Unit

Works in the Department: 4 day a week

  • Theory Class 1hr / week for each student on rotation basis for UG
  • Practical Class 2hr / week for each student on rotation basis for UG

 Group Discussions
Journal Club
Topic Discussions         18 months

1. Potency, Posology, duration of action  (4 weeks)

2. Potentization, Prescription, dispensing of Homoeopathic medicines.     (6 week)

3. Experimental pharmacology Absorption, distribution of Drugs Bio-transformation and excretion of Drugs, Mechanism of drug action and factors modifying drug action, Bio-availability of drugs, Adverse Drug Reaction (ADR), Factors affecting dose of a drug, ED50, LD50

Toxicology studies, Development of new drugs, Composition of some physiological salt solutions, Physiological data on laboratory animals

Animal House Facility – Guidelines, Ethical requirements for drug studies on animals and human beings, Animal behavioral models for Testing

Models for learning and memory processes       (12 weeks)

4. Drugs laws and legislation to Homoeopathic pharmacy: A basic idea about The drugs and cosmetic act 1940 (23 of 1940); The prevention of illegal trafficking of narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances act 1988 (46 of 1988); The drugs and control act 1950 (26 of 1950); The drugs and magic remedies (objectionable advertisement)act 1954 (21 of 1954); The medicinal and toilet preparation (excise duties) act 1955 (16 of 1955); The poison act 1919 (12 of 1919); The Homoeopathic Central Council act 1973 (59 of 1973); The pharmacy act 1948 (8 of 1948)                              (12 weeks)

A general idea about the rules and regulation made under the above said Central acts on the subject and concerned state acts and regulation

5. Industrial pharmacy: Pharmaceutical dosage forms – solid, liquid, & semisolid, Mixing and Milling, Processing of tablets, capsules, Pharmaceutical Management, Production Management, Finance Management, Material Management, Marketing, Human Resource Management, Drug Store, Costing & Pricing      (12 weeks)

6. Pharmaceutical Analysis     (8 weeks)
7. Different Homoeopathic Pharmacopoeias   (8 weeks)

1. Phytochemical screening of different drugs  12 weeks
2. Extraction methods                                               04 weeks

3. Spectroscopy:
Visible / UV spectroscopy, Nephlo-Turbidimetry
Electro-chemical Analysis: Potentiometry / pH apparatus
Chromatography: TLC, Column chromatography, Paper chromatography   (8 weeks)

4. In estimating and controlling the quality of the vehicles and all finished medicinal preparations.   (4 weeks)

5.To develop skills in using educational methods and different techniques applicable in teaching Homoeopathic students and its practitioners.   (24 weeks)

6. To ascertain the quality of drugs by physical and analytical process with the help of instruments and chemicals respectively.   (10 weeks)

7. Experiments on Isolated preparations

  • Pharmacology of Central Nervous System:
  • Actophotometer, Rotarod apparatus, hot plate method, Anti- inflammatory screening, Anti-convulsant activity
  • Pharmacology of GIT: Ulcer protective activity
  • Mydriatic effect of herbal extracts, Hepatoprotective activity,    Antidiabetic activity, Antilipidemic activity, Acute toxicity studies etc     (12 weeks)

Pharmaceutical visit to 5 industries and report writing.
Field Works in the Herbal Garden on regular basis
Drug store management in pharmacies & dispensaries
Dissertation Writing          

Dr.A.B.Ram Jyothis .MD (Hom) Pharm.
Fr.Muller Homoeopathic Medical College & Hospitals
Derelekatte, Mangalore.
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Critique on the Revised Curriculum for MD (Homoeopathy)

Dr Munir Ahmed R

The Central Council of Homoeopathy, New Delhi has proposed certain amendments to the existing Homoeopathic Postgraduate courses. These are published in the Gazette of India dated 5th March 2012. These become applicable with immediate effect all over the country. The batch of postgraduate students who take their admission for the year 2012 – 13 will come under its purview.

At the outset, it has to be observed that the regulations in force preceding this were gazetted on 31stOctober 2001. In its one decade of existence, this post-graduation course has attracted its share of criticisms. However, there is no documented effort to record its strengths or weakness. The criticism has remained in the realms of anecdotes.

Considering the fact that the newly proposed syllabus makes a significant deviation not only in the subject content, but also the direction of the course, it is only fair that the shift in focus should have been sufficiently explained to the profession. Lack of such a transparency makes one fear a sense of disregard to the customs of globally accepted norms. This also gives an impression of hasty decision imposition by the authorities.

On close scrutiny, the proposed amendments to the MD (Hom) have a new feature in the form of major and subsidiary subjects. As per the directions given in the ordnance of CCH, it is claimed that the syllabus remains the same for both major and subsidiary subjects, i.e., the contents of learning for Materia Medica will be the same whether it is studied as major subject or as a subsidiary subject.

Prima facie, this approach flies in the face of the logical evidence for postgraduate courses in any discipline. As pert the global standards for postgraduate education, the purpose is to nurture a discipline in an environment of research. This is aimed to generate evidences that can be collated to develop concepts and applications to further that discipline. This sets the postgraduate course apart from the undergraduate courses. The outcomes of postgraduation include developing human resources who can be researchers and / or teachers apart from being clinicians in the discipline.

It can therefore be surmised that the newly gazetted syllabus has been bamboozled upon the profession with little regard to the sensitivity and rationale for the future of homeopathic education. With this in background, we need to examine what is the way forward. It has to be remembered that the gazetted version is mandatory to be applied as it is, so as to obviate any legal hurdles for those who obtain their qualifications under this ordnance.

It is therefore, proposed to :

  • Retain the distribution of subjects as it is given in the said CCH ordnance
  • Maintain the scheme of examinations and marks distribution, as per the directions given in the said CCH ordnance
  • Pass a resolution to notify the provisions of Homoeopathy (Postgarduate Degree Course MD (Hom) Regulations as amended and gazetted in the 5th March 2012 gazette of India for the distribution of subjects, marks and examination scheme, so as to ensure that the regulations for admission of students to the MD (Hom) course comply with the CCH directions
  • Conduct a workshop with experts drawn from each of the seven postgraduate subjects, so as to evolve specific objectives for the subsidiary subjects under each of the major subjects. This would ensure that the relevance of the subsidiary subject for aligning it to the main subject and developing an interdisciplinary study.
  • Add the recommendation of workshop after a process of scrutiny and publish it as annexure to the ordinance that is already published.
  • For the long term course correction, there has to be national debate with a fair representation of the stakeholders, so as to make –
    • situation analysis of both undergraduate and postgraduate homeopathy education in India
    • prepare a HR forecast for the homeopathy human resources with state-wise density distribution
    • identify areas of postgraduate specialisation for homeopathy keeping in view the national healthy needs and the demonstrated strengths of homeopathy
    • distinguish the task analysis for both basic and specialist homeopathic clinician, homeopathy-based researcher and teacher
    • design curriculum as per the scientific principles of developing higher education programs

Proto-type of curriculum review for the newly proposed syllabus
As an evidence for the diversity of the same subsidiary subject under different main subjects, an example of Repertory as subsidiary to two different subjects – Homeopathic Philosophy and Homeopathic Materia Medica is provided:

1. Repertory as Subsidiary for Homoeopathic Philosophy

To explore the philosophical dimensions of repertory, so as to align the study of repertory with homeopathic philosophy

The postgraduate scholar of Homoeopathic Philosophy, having chosen Repertory as subsidiary subject, will –

  • Recognise the prescription needs of homeopathic practitioners
  • Master most of the competencies related to case taking and case analysis, so as to generate totality of symptoms for repertorisation
  • Acquire a spirit of scientific enquiry and gain orientation to the principles of research methodology for developing yardsticks for improving the applicability of repertory

General objectives

  • Justify the importance of case analysis and symptom analysis for repertorisation
  • Practice repertorisation ethically and in step with principles of homeopathy
  • Demonstrate sufficient understanding of competencies associated with case taking and case analysis
  • Align unprejudiced methodologies in the practice of repertorisation
  • Interpret the rubrics of repertories in the light of symptom analysis
  • Develop interdisciplinary approach for homeopathic philosophy  and repertory

2. Repertory as Subsidiary for Homoeopathic Materia Medica

To scrutinise the relevance of repertories in relation to the drug action evidences, so that a comprehensive utility of repertory as a tool for prescription can be measured.

The postgraduate scholar of Homoeopathic Materia Medica, having chosen Repertory as subsidiary subject, will –

  • Demonstrate the prescription needs of homeopathic practitioners
  • Master most of the competencies related to case taking and symptom analysis, so as to generate totality of symptoms for repertorisation
  • Acquire a spirit of scientific enquiry and gain orientation to the principles of research methodology for developing yardsticks for improving the applicability of repertory

General objectives

  • Justify the importance of case taking and symptom analysis to differentiate the similimumm after repertorisation
  • Practice repertorisation with the objective of differentiating similar medicines for a group of symptoms
  • Demonstrate sufficient understanding of competencies associated with case taking and symptom analysis
  • Interpret rubric information with drug action
  • Develop interdisciplinary approach for materia medica and repertory

Munir Ahmed R
MD (Hom), MBA (Edn. Mgt)
Domain Expert: Learning and Development for Health Sciences Education
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