World Homoeopathy Day [April 10]

By : Neha Dhyani

Updated : May 5, 2022, 10:00

World Homoeopathy Day is marked to honour homoeopathy's contributions to medicine on April 10 every year. Dr Christian Friedrich Samuel Hahnemann, a notable German physician, was born 266 years ago today.

Apart from honouring the inventor, International Homoeopathy Day also provides an opportunity for people to learn the history and uses of Homoeopathy.

Origin of World Homoeopathy Day

  • Dr Christian Friedrich Samuel Hahnemann, a German physician, founded the homoeopathic therapy approach
  • Hahnemann was intrigued by how the symptoms generated by quinine on a healthy body were comparable to those of the disordered states that quinine was used to treat when translating the Materia Medica
  • Hahnemann tested the effects of Cinchona bark on himself and noted that each substance he ingested had its own set of side effects
  • He came up with the hypothesis that "likes cure likes"
  • In an article published in 1796, the physician defended his position. By 1810, he had finished his most important book, the "Organon of Rational Medicine

World Homoeopathy Day Significance

  • The World Homeopathy Awareness Organisation introduced the idea of World Homeopathy Awareness Week from April 10 to April 16.
  • April 10 is Dr Hahnemann's birthday
  • The concept of Homoeopathy is that anything that creates symptoms in a healthy person can be utilised to treat a disease with similar symptoms in a small amount
  • It is an alternative medicine that works by triggering the patient's body's natural healing reactions while generating fewer negative effects
  • Plants, minerals, and animals (such as red onion, arnica [mountain herb], poison ivy, belladonna [deadly nightshade], and stinging nettle) are used to make homoeopathic remedies
  • Homoeopathic medications are commonly prepared as sugar pellets to be placed under the tongue; however, they can also be made as ointments, gels, drops, and other forms
  • World Homoeopathy Day is observed to spread awareness and teach people about Homeopathy

Homoeopathy in India

  • Homoeopathy was initially used in India in the early 1800s
  • It first flourished in Bengal and then expanded throughout India
  • Academic homoeopathic institutes account for 35.8% of all AYUSH colleges
  • The first Indian to become a homoeopathic physician was Mahendra Lal Sircar
  • Following Sircar's lead, a lot of allopathic doctors began practising homoeopathy
  • In 1881, the first homoeopathic medical college, the 'Calcutta Homeopathic Medical College,' was founded, which played a significant role in popularising homoeopathy in India
  • Homoeopathy was recognised as one of India's national systems of medicine in 1973, and the Central Council of Homeopathy (CCH) was established to govern its teaching and practice
  • Only qualified registered homoeopaths are permitted to practice homoeopathy in India

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World Homoeopathy Day 2022 in India

The Ministry of Ayush, in collaboration with three organisations - the Central Council for Research in Homoeopathy, the National Institute of Homoeopathy, and the National Commission - organised a two-day scientific convention on International Homoeopathy Day 2022, on April 9 and 10, in New Delhi, India.

The convention's theme was 'Homoeopathy: People's Choice for Wellness'.

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World Homoeopathy Day Objectives

The National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia decided after a comprehensive review of the evidence in 2015 that there is no solid evidence that homoeopathy is beneficial for any health condition.

While many homoeopathic medicines are greatly diluted, certain goods advertised or branded as homoeopathic may not be; they may include significant levels of active chemicals, resulting in side effects or drug interactions.

World Homoeopathy Day is marked to increase the rate of success and find new ways to develop homoeopathy and make it a well-known medical treatment worldwide.

International Homoeopathy Day is observed to raise public knowledge about the benefits of this branch of medicine and identify and address the obstacles it faces to promote its development and expansion.

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FAQs on World Homoeopathy Day

Q.1. When is World Homoeopathy Day celebrated?

World Homoeopathy Day is celebrated on April 10 every year in order to spread awareness about the medical division of Homeopathy.

Q.2. Who is the founder of the branch of Homeopathy, and what does it have to do with World Homoeopathy Day?

Samuel Hahnemann, a German physician, founded the branch of medicine known as Homeopathy today. World Homoeopathy Day is celebrated every year on his birthday,

Q.3. What is the theme of World Homoeopathy Day 2022?

The theme of the scientific convection held in new Delhi for the World Homoeopathy Day was "Homoeopathy: People's Choice for Wellness."

Q.4. How was World Homoeopathy Day 2022 celebrated in India?

A scientific convention was organised in New Delhi, India, on World Homoeopathy Day 2022.

Q.5. Who introduced the practice of World Homoeopathy Day to India?

The German missionaries were the ones to bring the concept of World Homoeopathy Day to India in Bengal about two centuries ago.