‘Homoeopathy is unscientific’

Practitioners of homoeopathy rely on outdated methods like reading pulse and gauging body symptoms

Mushrooming homoeopathy clinics and their crowded premises reflect the increasing popularity of homoeopathy as an alternative medical system. While some people swear by the effectiveness of homoeopathy, main stream doctors perceive it to be an ‘unscientific’ medical system.

The modern medicine, also know as ‘Allopathy,’ is an evidence based system and it relies on documentation and scientific verification where as homoeopathy is not an evidence based system, Indian Medical Association honorary secretary Hari Babu said.

“Practitioners of homoeopathy rely on outdated methods like reading pulse and gauging body symptoms, to diagnose the problems. Also there is no evidence that the medicine they give is the only reason for the cure,” he said.


Claiming that the homoeopathy as a system relies on placebo effect, Dr. Babu said that 80 per cent of the ailments treated by homoeopathy are cured by mere psychological effects. “Many babas and roadside herb vendors claim that their medicine can cure various aliments. Without documentation it is difficult to accept claims like these,” Dr. Babu said.

The other problem that Dr. Babu points out is the lack of uniformity in the practice of homoeopathy.

Each homoeopathy practitioner prescribes a different medicine for an ailment, while the drugs prescribed by any allopathy doctor would be similar for a given ailment and this gives verifiable and consistent results, he said. “Almost 90 per cent of graduates coming out of homoeopathy colleges resort to practicing allopathy. They prescribe the modern medicine and leave their own system,” he said.

“Patients usually try different homoeopathy doctors and they finally fall back upon western medicine for lasting relief when those efforts fail.

Because of the secrecy involved and lack of supporting documentation, we cannot accept homoeopathy as a valid system,” he added.