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Rajya Sabha seeks your opinion on Homoeopathy act amendment

parliament (2)New Delhi : Parliamentary Standing Committee on Health and family Welfare is presently examining the Homoeopathy Central Council (Amendment) Bill 2015.

The committee has inter alia decided to be benefited by the views/comments of the stake holders/experts on the provisions of the Bill.

You are requested to send your written views/comments latest by 12th June 2015 for consideration of the committee.

Arpana Mendiratta
Joint Director
Rajya Sabha Secratariate
Parliamnet House
New Delhi.110001

Fax: 011-23012007

You can download a  copy of the Bill from here

The Cabinet had given its nod to the amendment to Homoeopathy Central Council Act, 1973 in a meeting on March 31 this year.

The amendment seeks to make a provision for obtaining prior permission of the central government by all Homeopathy Medical Colleges for admission of new batches of students in any course or study or training including post graduate ones.

It seeks to provide the permission for a period of five years.

he existing provisions in the Homoeopathy Central Council Act, 1973 are not enabling the Central Government to stop admissions in existing colleges, which are not conforming to standards specified in the regulations made under the Act.

Government felt that due to this, the quality of homoeopathy education was being compromised.

The amendment shall therefore, improve standards of existing colleges to the prescribed levels and ensure similar standards of infrastructure, facilities and manpower in existing homoeopathic colleges as would be required for new colleges.


Dr JBD Castro – ardent homoeopath passed away

castroDr. J.B.D. Castro’s sudden demise on 26th May was a very sad news for the entire homeopathic world especially  in India.

Besides being an ardent follower of Hahnemann, always propagating a classical approach, he was known as a teacher par excellence, a teacher of teachers, a master prescriber, an author of homeopathic books, founder of homeo institutes and above all a guiding spirit for all those came into his contact.

Dr. J B D’ Castro  was a renowned and dedicated homoeopath who has been practicing at Chandigarh in India since 1960. He is an ardent follower of ‘Dr. Hahnemann’ (father of homoeopathy). Dr. Castro’s books and thoughts have gone a long way to promote homoeopathy in India and abroad, in right direction. In recognition of the services rendered and the efforts made, he has been awarded with Dr. Madhu Rastogi National Award in 1999 for promoting education in homoeopathy, throughout the country.

In 2003 he was given the ‘State Award’ by the Punjab Government for bringing homoeopathy and social welfare together, by fighting against social evils like drug addiction, quarrels, dowry harassment, alcoholism etc. with homoeopathic medicines. It is because of his knowledge and the power to heal that he was appointed as the Honorary Physician to the Governor of Punjab (1974) and to the President of India (1985).

He has been the member of the Central Council of Homoeopathic System of Medicine, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India, New Delhi (for five years) and the Chairman of the Regulation Committee of Central Council of Homoeopathy for one year. He was also chosen as one of the members of the adhoc Advisory Committee of Baba Farid University of Health Sciences, Punjab.

It was due to his efforts that the Homoeopathic Councils in Chandigarh, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh and Haryana were established

His wife Dr. Meera is also a dedicated homoeopath with more than 30 years of clinical experience. She is equally devoted to the cause of homoeopathy and strives to do everything within her power to bring glory to the system. Going by the adage “Behind every successful man, there is a woman” Dr. Meera Castro has also been instrumental in the success of Dr. J.B.D’ Castro in many ways.

Dr. Castro together with Dr Meera formed a highly professional couple. Dr Castro’s indomitable faith in homeopathy can be gauged from the last happening. His close associates have often been telling about him that he always used to say, “I want to die at my Home or in my Clinic not in any Allopathic Hospital only with homeopathic medicines in my mouth” That is exactly how his end came, on 26th May at his home past midnight. May his soul rest in peace.

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Nomination of Prof Vithoulkas as “Doctor Honoris Causa” Romania

VithulkasNomination of  Prof. Vithoulkas as “Doctor Honoris Causa” at the Iuliu Hatieganu University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Cluj-Napoca, Romania

On Tuesday 5 May, 2015 at 12.00 PM, Professor of Homeopathy George Vithoulkas was nominated Doctor Honoris Causa at the Iuliu Hatieganu University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Cluj-Napoca, Romania.

The Laudacio was made by the Dean of the University’s School of Medicine, Prof. Dr. Anca Dana Buzoianu, who referred at length to the scientific work of Prof. G. Vithoulkas.

The opening ceremony was addressed by the President of the Senate, Prof. Dr. Ioan Stefan Florian; the Vice Rectors of the University also attended the ceremony.

Inter alia, Professor G. Vithoulkas said the following in his speech:

“Today I am particularly proud that, through me, a great School of Medicine is honoring homeopathy, this remarkable therapeutic method, as well as Doctor S. Hahnemann, who discovered it 200 years ago.

Homeopathy has been credited with impressive results in the last 200 years and that attests to its undoubted validity.

Homeopathy is essential in the early stages of chronic diseases, when conventional medicine has no answers and, therefore, it constitutes a complementary therapeutic method sorely needed in medicine.

I am confident that your University will become the pillar of resistance against the destructive storm of chronic disease that is currently spreading rapidly, and that it will bestow the beneficial therapeutic effects of homeopathy upon humanity.”

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SHRC moots action against biomedical treatment plant of IMA

imaThe Kerala State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) has directed the Department of Factories and Boilers to initiate action against the Indian Medical Association (IMA)-owned biomedical treatment plant at Manthuruthi, near Malampuzha, for functioning without the mandatory licence for the last 11 years.

The move assumes significance against the backdrop of a warning by the Health Department that the plant would not be permitted to function if proper steps aimed at scientific disposal of biomedical waste were not taken.

The department informed the commission that it was mandatory that units with more than 10 workers and continuous engagement in processing, manufacturing, and distribution of any product to come within the ambit of the Act.

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Though the inspection revealed that the unit processed used syringes and gloves and transport them to Coimbatore to sell to medical equipment manufacturing units, no licence was obtained.

‘‘Without the department licence, no employee can claim any compensation. The plant was risking the safety of workers at the same time polluting the environment. It also contaminates the Malampuzha reservoir which provides drinking water to many parts of Palakkad,’’ said Mr Panicker.

India to strengthen Ayush centres from primary health centres to AIIMS

homeobook-feb-15 (9)Kerala : The Centre will improve the quality and outreach of Ayush services at all levels ranging from primary health centres to AIIMS, union Minister for Ayush Shripad Yesso Naik said here on Wednesday.

Naik said this after inaugurating the National Arogya Expo 2015, billed as the largest fair in complementary and alternative health care.

He said India will sign agreements with other countries to set up Indian alternative medicine centres. So far, Hungary, Bangladesh, Mauritius and Nepal have signed such agreements.

The expo features about 300 stalls from 200 companies, including the Department of Ayush, National Medicinal Plants Board, as well as various state governments that are exhibiting their products.

The expo, that will go on till Sunday, is being organised by the Ayush ministry in association with World Ayurveda Foundation, the Kerala government and the Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology to foster the growth of ayurveda, yoga, naturopathy, unani, siddha and homeopathy (Ayush) and popularise it among the common people.


World Health Statistics 2015

whoWorld Health Statistics 2015 contains WHO’s annual compilation of health-related data for its 194 Member States, and includes a summary of the progress made towards achieving the health-related Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and associated targets.
WHO presents World Health Statistics 2015 as an integral part of its ongoing efforts to provide enhanced access to comparable high-quality statistics on core measures of population health and national health systems.

Homoeopathy associations urge Ayush ministry to disallow homoeopaths in Maharashtra to practise allopathy

medicinesHomoeopathic professionals from across the country have wanted the Union ministry of Ayush to intervene in the problems of the practitioners in the state of Maharashtra following the state government order permitting registered homoeopaths to practice allopathy in rural areas.

The Maharashtra government in last year allowed qualified homoeopathic doctors to practice modern medicine in the villages due to shortage of doctors in the area. The permission was on a condition that they should pass a one-year course in pharmacology conducted by the state medical education board.  During BHMS course, the students do not study pharmacology which explains the chemical reactions of drugs and their prescriptions.

Against this decision of the state government, the Maharashtra chapter of the Indian Medical Association approached the court arguing that those who have completed MBBS and registered with the state medical council are only eligible to practice modern medicine.

This permission of the state government to practice allopathy by homoeopaths has made differences of opinion and disagreements among the homoeopathy community in the state as a section of them have welcomed the government decision, but several of them not supporting it by contending that it will lower the dignity of the system. According to them study one system and practice another system is unethical. If homoeopaths practice allopathy, the medical profession of homoeopathy will gradually become less popular and it will lose its charm.

Dr Arun Bhasme, vice president of the Central Council of Homoeopathy, while speaking in a session, highlighted the problems of the homoeopathy doctors in Maharashtra.

Sharing the views of the professional bodies with Pharmabiz, Dr Sreevalsan Menon, the state president of Kerala Homoeopathic Practitioners Association, the state branch of IHMA, said all the national homoeopathic professional bodies want that the homoeopaths should practice their system only and should not follow ‘crosspathy’. He said IHMA will request the Ayush minister to sort out and solve the issues in Maharashtra in consultation with the state government.


World’s oldest comatose patient Aruna Shanbaug dead in Mumbai

Aruna-ShanbaugMumbai: The world’s oldest comatose patient, nurse Aruna Shanbaug who had been in a vegetative state ever since she was raped and choked with a dog leash, died in Mumbai’s KEM Hospital on Monday morning after remaining in coma for almost 42 years, the hospital dean Dr Avinash Supe said.

She was in her early 60s and was deserted by most of her relatives during her lifetime. She was looked after with dedication by nurses of the hospital, where she lay in Ward No. 4A.

Since nearly a week, Shanbaug suffered from pneumonia and related ailments. As she found it difficult to breathe, she was put on a ventilator and was responding to the treatment.

Hailing from Haldipur, North Kanara in Karnataka, she died around 8.30 a.m., plunging the entire hospital into a pall of gloom, especially the nursing staff who idolized her.

Why homoeopathy books not given to Mumbai Blasts Accused: HC Asks Jail

NEW DELHI: Delhi High Court today directed the Superintendent of Mumbai’s Arthur Road Jail to explain why books on homoeopathy, sought by the prime accused in 2006 Mumbai serial train blasts, could not be supplied to him.

Justice Rajiv Shakdher raised the query after the jail authorities informed the court that since the books sought by accused Ehtesham Qutubuddin Siddiqui were not supplied to it, they were unable to provide the publications to him.

The court also issued notice to Central Council for Research in Homoeopathy, Delhi, and sought its response by August 5 on why an inmate cannot be given access to the books.

The court has sought the council’s response as it had refused to provide the books to the accused under the Right to Information Act after which Siddiqui had moved the high court.

Siddiqui had written a letter to the Delhi High Court, which was converted into a writ petition, seeking a direction that he be provided 45 publications on homoeopathy free of cost in jail for studying as he was too poor to afford them.

Madras High Court moved against recruitment homeopathy doctors

Madras High Court has ordered that appointments of medical officers in hospitals of Indian medicine and homoeopathy in Tamil Nadu would be subject to result of a writ petition challenging the recruitment process initiated by the state public service commission.

Giving the direction on a petition by Ayurveda doctor D Uma Maheswari, vacation judge Justice K Ravichandra Baabu ordered issuance of notice to the State Health Secretary, Tamil Nadu Public Service Commission (TNPSC), Medical Service Recruitment Board, and Secretary of Indian Medicine and Homoeopathy seeking their reply within six weeks.

According to the petitioner, originally the recruitment for medical and paramedical and non-medical category of government services was made through TNPSC.

However, considering difficulties in the mode of appointment and the delay caused in recruitment, a separate body — Medical Services Recruitment Board (MRB) — was formed by the government in January 2012.

The TNPSC issued a notification on March 26 this year for the recruitment to fill several vacancies of doctors which fall under the purview of MRB.

The petitioner submitted that once a specialised body MRB had been constituted, TNPSC had no jurisdiction to conduct recruitment of the medical officers.

Hence, he prayed the court to quash the March 23 notification and direct the authorities to conduct the recruitments through the MRB.

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Should not give paracetamol and ibuprofen for fever-American Academy of Pediatrics

child (11)Parents should not give children with a mild fever regular spoonfuls of paracetamol and ibuprofen, doctors advise today, as they warn that doing so could extend their illness or put their health at risk.

A misplaced “fever phobia” in society means parents too frequently use both medicines to bring down even slight temperatures, say a group of American paediatricians, who warn that children can receive accidental overdoses as a result.

In new guidance, the American Academy of Pediatrics advises that a high temperature is often the body’s way of fighting an infection, and warns parents that to bring it down with drugs could actually lengthen a child’s illness.

GPs also often tell parents to give their children alternate doses of paracetamol and ibuprofen – known as combination therapy – believing the risk of side effects to be minimal.


CDC Director of Immunization Safety Admits Bias and Withholding Data Linking Vaccines to Autism

vaccine2Investigative journalist Sharyl Attkisson has posted a recorded phone call she just had with Dr. Frank DeStefano, the CDC Director of Immunization Safety. Dr. DeStefano was a co-author with CDC whistleblower Dr. William Thompson on a 2004 study that originally was put forward as research showing there was no link between vaccines and autism. Dr. Thompson has come forward and revealed that data was withheld from the public that showed an increased risk of autism in certain populations, specifically African American boys. The CDC has already made a public announcement admitting that they did withhold some data.

Dr. DeStefano has publicly stated that he will reveal the data again, but he is standing by the original study. A new audio recording of a conversation he just had with independent investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson can be heard here.

In this interview, Dr. DeStefano admitted that the CDC omitted a large group of African American children based on the absence of birth certificates. When Sharyl asked him about Dr. Thompson’s concerns about the data showing a stronger link between vaccines and autism he replied.

Delhi Master Plan: Clinics, labs in residential areas face closure

MCD, anti-pollution agency begin drive to shut medical facilities but no one knows how many there are, and where. However, sources said, efforts to send notices to clinics and labs over the last week have resulted in confusion as there is no database on such establishments.

The Delhi government’s environment department and municipal corporations are preparing to crack down on doctor’s clinics, nursing homes and laboratories operating in residential areas for allegedly violating provisions in the mixed land-use category as laid out in the Delhi Master Plan.

However, sources said, efforts to send notices to clinics and labs over the last week have resulted in confusion as there is no database on such establishments.

The decision came months after the Supreme Court, in its order issued on March 20, slammed the Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) and the municipal corporations, while ordering the closure and shifting of Dr Dangs diagnostic laboratory in South Delhi. The lab has been ordered to close by June 22.

According to the Delhi Master Plan, the “area/street for mixed use activity should be identified by conducting a study of the impact on the traffic in that area/street in which such mixed use activity is likely to take place. Environmental needs and impact on municipal services of the area must also be evaluated if mixed use is allowed.”

(Source: Pritha Chatterjee (Indian Express))


“Constant charges against homeopathy are sponsored by the pharmaceutical companies”

Medicine mafiyaConstant charges against homeopathy are sponsored by the pharmaceutical companies– Dr Isaac Golden

Kochi:  Dr Isaac Golden, honorary research fellow, faculty of science, Federation University Australia, who is in Kerala to know the use and research being conducted in homeopathy on the invitation of The Institution of Homeopaths Kerala, says that homeopathy has a good following in his country but allopaths question its credibility.

“They always ask for proof to show how homeopathy works. The result the medicine provides does not satisfy them,” he said.

“In fact, the constant charges against homeopathy are sponsored by the pharmaceutical companies worried about the growing influence of homeopathic medicines, which are cheap compared to allopathy and the pharmaceutical companies can’t expect to make big money by selling these medicines as they currently do in allopathy”.

Mr Golden who did research in homeopathic immunisation at Swinburne University, Melbourne, says that both long-term and short-term immunization against a variant of diseases works in homeopathy without any side effects.

“In contrast, vaccinations applied in allopathic system are found to have created side effects and millions of dollars have been given in compensation in this regard worldwide,” he added.

The recent big challenge for homeopathy came in the form of a study report by the National Health and Medicinal Research Council (NH&MRC) in Australia which came out with the finding that there is no evidence to prove that homeopathy works.

“This study was commissioned with prior fixing of the goal to deride homeopathy. It is not a government agency and the team had no homeopathy doctor as member. Big group of allopathic doctors are against homeopathy, so it went on expected lines. They also want to influence the private health insurance companies which is not quite successful,” said Dr Golden.

He said that Ayurveda is yet to be popular in Australia whereas naturopathy has got a lot of followers. There are around 1000 homeopathic practitioners in Australia while there are 3000 naturopaths. According to him, a total of 30,000 people have opted for homeo medicines as an alternative to vaccinations in Australia.

Maharashtra State Ayush Mission Society for implementation of NAM

The State Ayush Mission Society will be formed in Maharashtra for the implementation of National Ayush Mission scheme in the state. Under this scheme the Department of Ayush, under ministry of health and family welfare, has allocated funding of Rs.18 crore for the upliftment of Ayush sector.

The State Ayush Mission Society will be the governing body at the state level, which comprises of chief secretary as chairman and principal secretary of Ayush (health and family welfare) as member secretary. The role of society will be to provide an overview of Ayush systems, review the Ayush policy and programme implementation, inter-sectoral co-ordination, advocacy measures required to promote Ayush visibility and approval of State Annual Action Plan (SAAP).

The role of executive body will be to review the detailed expenditure and implementation of NAM, preparation of SAAP and submitting for approval of the governing body, execution of approved SAAP including the release of fund as per annual action plan, follow up action on the decision of the governing body, monitoring and evaluation and maintain accounts of the society, and administration of the society.

Dr Kuldeep Raj Kohli, director, directorate of Ayush, Maharashtra says “This year, the government has given the responsibility to the state by launching NAM scheme under which the state has to make the State Annual Action Plan (SAAP) for the whole and this plan will be funded by the government. Under this scheme, the government has allocated Rs.18 crore. The money will directly come to the government treasury and from government treasury, it is transferred to the State Ayush Mission Society for the utilisation of approved SAAP. In Maharashtra the society is expected to be formed soon, the process is ongoing and may be in a month or two we will have State Ayush Mission Society.”

He further adds “All the states and union territories have to form the State Ayush Mission Society, if they are willing to implement the NAM scheme. The funds will only be transferred to the state if they have established State Ayush Mission Society in their state. We cannot receive the fund until we have a society. The society will disburse the finance to the projects mentioned in SAAP. The society will also monitor the progression of the projects that are funded.”


Shripad Naik highlights measures to promote Homoeopathy & Ayush in India

parlieamentNew Delhi: The Central Government of India has laid down the national policy on Indian Systems of Medicine & Homoeopathy-2002 which inter alia envisage overall growth and development of Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy. Shripad Yesso Naik, Minister of State, AYUSH(IC), yesterday informed this to Rajya Sabha.

The Govt has formulated the programmes and operational measures for promotion of AYUSH medical practices like Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy through Centrally Sponsored Scheme of National AYUSH Mission (NAM) and various Central Sector Schemes as per the details furnished below:

  1. National AYUSH Mission (NAM)

The Government of India has approved and notified National AYUSH Mission (NAM) on 29.09.2014 which envisages better access to AYUSH services; strengthening of AYUSH educational institutions, facilitate the enforcement of quality control of Ayurveda, Siddha and Unani& Homoeopathy (ASU &H) drugs and sustainable availability of ASU & H raw-materials in the States/UTs during 12th Plan.

The new initiatives under NAM include School Health Programme through AYUSH, Public Health outreach activity to focus on increasing awareness about AYUSH strength in managing community health problems, adoption of villages for propagating AYUSH way of life and interventions of health care through AYUSH Gram, early prevention of non-communicable diseases and promotion of health care by way of Behaviour Change Communication (BCC) integrated with the principles and practices of AYUSH systems and Yoga and Naturopathy wellness centres.

  1. Central Sector Scheme for promotion of Information, Education and Communication

The Ministry of AYUSH has been implementing the Central Sector Scheme for promotion of Information, Education and Communication in AYUSH for creation of awareness amongst the masses about the efficacy of the AYUSH systems, their cost-effectiveness and dissemination of proven results or Research and Development work conducted in AYUSH systems.

The Scheme provides for organization of Arogya Fairs both at the National and State Level; participation in Health Fairs/ Melas / Exhibitions organized by Government Departments, State Governments and other reputed Organizations; preparation and distribution of authentic Publicity material on AYUSH Systems including Multi-media/print media campaigns, audio visual materials for popularization of AYUSH Systems; providing financial assistance to reputed organizations, NGOs, educational/ research institutes for organizing Seminars, Conferences, Symposiums, Workshop, meeting, etc. on AYUSH Systems and providing incentives to AYUSH Industry to participate in Arogya and other Fairs/ Melas/ Exhibitions/ Conferences/ Seminars etc.

  1. Central Sector Scheme for “Conservation, Development and Sustainable Management of Medicinal Plants”:

Central Sector Scheme for “Conservation, Development, and Sustainable Management of Medicinal Plants” was approved by Government to provide support for Survey, Inventorization, in-situ conservation, ex-situ conservation/ herbal gardens, linkage with JFMCs, Research and Development etc. The Scheme is being implemented since 2008 and continued during the 12th Plan.

  1. Centre of Excellence Scheme:

The main aim of the scheme is to support creative and innovative proposals for upgrading both functions and facilities of reputed AYUSH institutions to levels of excellence. Both the Government as well as private organizations are eligible under this scheme. Maximum Rs.10.00 Crore is provided to the grantee organization for a period of three years for implementing the scheme.

  1. Public Health Initiatives:

Ministry of AYUSH is implementing one Central Sector Grant-in Aid Scheme for promotion of AYUSH Intervention in Public Health Initiatives. The main aim of the scheme is to promote AYUSH intervention for community health care and to encourage utilization of AYUSH practitioners in different public health programmes. Both Government as well as private organizations are eligible under this scheme. Maximum Rs.1.50 Crore are provided to the grantee organization for the period of three years for implementing the scheme.


Haryana doubles reward money for sex determination test informers

sexChandigarh (IANS): The Haryana government on Tuesday announced that informers of illegal sex determination tests would be paid a cash reward of Rs 1 lakh — double the enhanced reward announced by the previous government in July last year.

“The state government has decided to give Rs 1 lakh cash award to the informers providing vital information about anyone involved in this heinous practice,” state Health Minister Anil Vij said here.

Haryana has a skewed sex ratio of about 875 girls to 1,000 boys and figures at the bottom among all states in sex ratio (as per Census 2011).

The then Congress government had, in July last year, enhanced the reward to informers from Rs 20,000 to Rs 50,000 and the Bharatiya Janata Party government has enhanced it further.

Vij said that provision of Rs 25 lakh token money has been provided under annual plan 2015-16 for this purpose. The reward is given to informers for enforcement of the Pre-Conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques (PCPNDT) Act.

He said that the step has been taken to completely put an end to female foeticide, which has led to adverse sex-ratio in the state.


IMA is too Jealous over achievements of Kerala Homoeopaths

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Recently, Indian Medical Association (IMA) in Kerala warned the radiologists not to visit Homeopathic Hospitals to do USG scanning.

The suspected motivation behind this move is the recent report on the success stories of infertility cases by the Infertility clinics at Govt Homeopathic Hospitals in Malabar area.

It clearly shows that they do not want Homeopaths to make their cured cases documented with the help of investigations. They want our cures unnoticed by the public and the media. What a shame!!!

In Govt Homeopathic Hospitals scanning is done for 150 Rupees, whereas, private scanning centers charge 600 to 700 Rupees, so not affordable for the poor.

IMA is a prestigious organization of our modern medical friends, but it is very unfortunate that a few leaders are behaving childishly as a result of jealousy towards other systems, especially Homeopathy.

What they claim is they do not want practitioners of other systems make use of their techniques. They are even against Ayurvedic and Homeopathic students attending surgery posting at Govt Hospitals. In fact, Sushrutha, the great Ayurvedic guru, is considered as the father of surgery. He had developed many surgical instruments which are used by modern surgeons even today (modified form of his instruments). Now they are asking his followers not to study surgery!!!

They have also stolen the holistic concept Homeopathy, Ayurveda, Unani, Naturopathy, including Yoga, and asking others not to make use of modern investigations. In fact, 90% of things used in Modern medicine are the contribution of Chemists, Pharmacologists, Biomedical engineers, Microbiologists, Biochemists, Molecular biologists, Genetic engineers, Nuclear scientists, Clinical researchers, Biotechnologists, etc. They ONLY prescribe the medicine taught by the medical representatives. Whereas, we select the medicine on the basis of individualistic case taking, analysis, repertorisation, reportorial analysis, etc.

I feel, in spite of having specialization and super specialization, they are not gaining the basic purpose of education such as human qualities. The great Rabindranath Tagore once said: “The highest education is that which does not merely give us information but makes our life in harmony with all existence.”

Parliamentary Panel pulls up AYUSH ministry on underutilisation of funds

A Parliamentary Panel expressed concerns over persistent and substantial under- utilisation of funds by the AYUSH Ministry under various categories and asked it to chalk out a fiscal roadmap for optimal utilisation of grants.

“The committee is constrained to note that there has been a persistent and substantial underutilisation of Plan funds under the heads – hospitals and dispensaries, educational institutions, research and development including medicinal plants, development of AYUSH industry and National Mission on AYUSH,” a report of the Committee on Demands for Grants 2015-16 of the AYUSH Ministry said.

The Committee noted that the allocations made in budget estimates (BE) of 2013-14 and 2014-15, under the above heads were subsequently revised downward at the revised estimates (RE) stage and the sums which remained grossly underutilised were surrendered by the end of the year.

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2.8 lakh registered Homoeopathy practitioners in India

steth17.37 lakh registered AYUSH practitioners in the country

India : The country has 7.37 lakh practitioners of alternative medicine streams like Ayurveda, Siddha, Homeopathy and Unani registered with the AYUSH Ministry and over 3,600 AYUSH hospitals, the Rajya Sabha was informed today.

Among them, Ayurveda practitioners’ number is 3.99 lakh, while Homeopathy practitioners amount to 2.8 lakh.

Replying to a question, Minister of State (Independent Charge) for AYUSH Shripad Yesso Naik said that as per his Ministry, there are 47,683 Unani, 8,173 Siddha and 1,764 Naturopathy practitioners registered in the country.

Bihar leads the states with regard to Ayurveda practitioners with a whopping 96,648 of them registered there. It is followed by Maharashtra with 69,478 and Madhya Pradesh with 45,461. Uttar Pradesh, the most populous state, stands fourth with 43,332 Ayurveda practitioners.

As far as Homeopathy practitioners are concerned, Maharastra leads with 59,831 registrations. It is followed by West Bengal with 36,415, Uttar Pradesh with 32,703 and Bihar with 30,536. There is no central regulatory board on Yoga and Naturopathy practitioners.

Naik revealed that there are 3,601 AYUSH hospitals, including 2,827 Ayurvedic, 252 Unani, 264 Siddha and 216 Homeopathic operating across the country.

The number of AYUSH dispensaries in the country added up to 25,492 of which 15,520 were Ayurvedic, 7,439 Homeopathic and 1,453 Nani dispensaries.

The Minister added that there are 513 undergraduate and 145 post graduate AYUSH colleges across the country.

In reply to another question, Naik said that Rs 75.28 crore was released during financial year 2014-15 under National AYUSH Mission (NAM) for development and promotion of AYUSH.

50 bed Ayush hospital will be set up at Gorimedu Puduchery

A 50-bedded integrated AYUSH (Department of Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy) Hospital at Gorimedu .

The allocated healthcare budget for this year is about Rs.330 crore, an increase of Rs.103 crore over the previous year

A 50-bedded integrated AYUSH hospital will be set up at Gorimedu with the help of National Ayush Mission

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Homoeopathy market set to double by 2017

Pharmacy (2)Growth in the sector is largely due to rapid increase in adoption of the system of medicine and the perceived effectiveness and efficacy of homoeopathic medicines

The organised homoeopathy market in India, which is estimated to be around Rs 2,758 crore, is expected to more than double by 2017. The growth in the sector is largely due to a rapid increase in adoption of the system of medicine and the perceived effectiveness and efficacy of homoeopathic medicines.

“The Indian Homoeopathy market is growing much faster than the global market, which is pegged around Rs 26,000 crore,” Mukesh Batra, Chairman, Dr Batra’s Positive Health Clinic said.

Globally, over 600 million people use homoeopathy as a system of medicine to treat ailments. Of this, about 100 million are Indians and by 2017, the numbers are expected to climb to 160 million, he said.

Also, during that period, in value terms the market is expected to rise to Rs 5,783 crore. The sector also accounts for about 20 per cent of the total healthcare market in India, Dr Batra said.

Dr Batra, who controls the Rs 200 crore company, was in Bengaluru to participate in a conference on homeopathy medicine.

“There is a rapid increase in the number of trained homoeopaths passing out of colleges today. About 20,000 of them pass out per annum. Meanwhile, organised homoeopathy players have played a role in taking the system of medicine, developed in Germany over 250 years ago, beyond the Indian shores,” he said.

Today, Dr Batra’s is in the process of setting up branches in the UK and is planning more branches in West Asia. The company has been operating a multi-speciality veterinary hospital in south Delhi.


Kerala State Homoeopathy awards declared

award2The Kerala government has declared the first State Homoeopathy  Awards, Health Minister V.S. Sivakumar has said.

Dr. Hanneman award : The former Principal of Homoeo College, Ravi M. Nair, has been awarded the Dr. Hanneman award for the best and the most comprehensive contributions to Homoeo medicine.

The award for the best doctor in the Homoeopathy Department has been won by Chief Medical Officer of Nedumangad Government Homoeo dispensary B.S. Rajasekharan.

The award for the best teacher in Government Homoeopathic Colleges has gone to the Superintendent of Thiruvananthapuram Homoeopathic Medical College, Jose M. Kuzhithottil.

The award for the best Homoeopathy doctor in the private sector went to S. Chandrasekharan Nair, former Chief Homoeo Medical Officer.

The awards distributed by the Health Minister at a function to be held here on April 10, the World Homoeopathy Day.

Integration of Ayush, allophathy indispensable: Phungzathang

Imphal: Health Minister Phungzathang Tonsing has stated that integration of Ayush with allopathy system of medicines is highly needed in the present health care delivery system.

The minister was delivering a speech at the opening of a two-day long seminar on “Homeopathy in the Service of Mankind” being organized to mark the 260th birth anniversary celebration of Dr Samuel Hanemann at the Manipur University centenary hall.

The seminar is jointly organised by National Service Scheme (NSS) Cell, MU, Regional Research Institute (H), Imphal and Homeopathic Medical Association, Manipur.

In Manipur, a separate directorate for Ayush has been established, Phungzathang said, adding that building for the directorate is under construction now.

Export potential of Ayush sector is Rs 200 crore: minister

The domestic market of Ayurvedic, Yoga and Naturopathy (AYUSH) is estimated at Rs 500 crore. Exports account for Rs 200 crore.

In view of the growing global demand for the medicinal and aromatic plants, there is a need to promote agri-entrepreneurship in Medicinal and Aromatic Plant (MAP) cultivation in India.

This was stated by Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister for Science & Technology and Earth Sciences on April 12, 2015.

Highlighting India’s potential of becoming leading supplier in the MAP sector, the Minister informed that the government’s efforts are underway in encouraging research and development of credible products of MAP, in view of the sector’s global demand.