50% increase in footfall for homoeopathic treatment, says Minister
New Delhi: Amid the ongoing controversy over bridge course for traditional medicine practitioners in the proposed National Medical Council (NMC) Bill, the good news has come for the homoeopathic doctors as the number of patients seeking homoeopathic treatment increased by 50 per cent.
According to Ayush Minister Shripad Naik, there has been a 50 per cent higher footfall of patients seeking homoeopathic treatment at 23 institutes/unit under Central Council for Research in Homeopathy (CCRH) during the past five years.
In a written reply, Naik asserted that homoeopathy was being promoted as it was not only safe and effective but also due to its high acceptance through high-quality surveys of use of homeopathy as reflected in higher footfalls in these 23 institutes.
Drawing attention to comprehensive systematic reviews of studies based on classical homoeopathy, the minister said the findings had concluded that it has a positive and specific effect greater than placebo alone.
Four systematic review/meta-analyses of homeopathy for all conditions have been published in international peer-reviewed journals.
Of these, three covering hundreds of clinical trials reached the positive conclusion that there was evidence that homeopathy was clinically effective.
"Review of basic research on highly diluted homeopathic medicines found 98 replicated experiments, over 70 per cent of replications were positive," the minister said in his written reply in Rajya Sabha on Tuesday.
Commenting on the development, a senior official of Ayush Ministry said, "This is beginning, just wait for some more time and you will see people coming back to the practitioners of
traditional medicines rather than allopathic doctors.
The trend is very much encouraging for ayurvedic doctors as well as manufacturers of medicines based on herbal formulations."