HOMOEOPATHY IN INDIA



HINDUS are a nation inclined towards philosophy and art. The development of the Indian art seems to be at a standstill, and the peculiar genius of the people has caused it to take to homoeopathic science. Most of the cities and towns, and even the remote villages, abound with homoeopaths. Some are highly qualified, some are half-qualified and many are unqualified at least as regards their title.

Even in the outskirts of villages one can find laymen with homoeopathic medicine chests practising as well as they can. In countless respectable families ladies are trying to treat homoeopathically their relatives and children, guided by Herings Domestic Physician, or some native Bengalee book on homoeopathy. At least they have a first-aid box with twelve phials of medicine.

While my country has been getting poorer, like so many other countries, the demand for homoeopathy has grown increasingly. “It is a welcome gift, it cures.” The people of India are tired of swallowing allopathic pills by the ton and deceptive tonics by the gallon. Besides, they know that they have suffered form orthodox medication. Physical fitness in India is very low, partly due to microbic and ultra-microbic factors, partly to unnecessary and harmful medication and so-called “scientific” subcutaneous treatments.

Quinine has brought about the degeneration of the poor folks in Bengal, exactly as the drying up of rivers of her soil is largely responsible for the de- population of the country. Homoeopathic medication is philosophical and it appeals strongly to the philosophical strain in the minds of Indians, especially the Bengalee, who can recognize the power of the infinitely small.

India is a vast country. She has many provinces and numerous towns. With her numerous races, religions and languages her people are cosmopolitan, and their methods of medication are wonderfully diverse. Indians employ Kaviraji, or Vedic medicine, Unani and Hekemi, or Graeco-Arabic medicine, the allopathy of the West and Hahnemannian homoeopathy. Of late we homoeopathic doctors met at a Conference at Calcutta, and there were assembled representatives from twenty-eight districts.

There were present more than 300 doctors, I believe twice as many as there are in the whole of Great Britain. Dr. W. Younan, a physician with an Edinburgh medical degree, an eminent homoeopath, was in the chair, and we all had our say. Unfortunately, Dr. Younan, our great pillar of homoeopathy in Calcutta and friend, died the other day. In Calcutta, the mother city of homoeopathy, there are over 200 fully qualified homoeopathic doctors. Most of them are from the Calcutta schools of homoeopathy.

They are the schools of the Bengalee doctors. Some of them are qualified with foreign medical degrees, and some have degrees given to them by the Calcutta medical colleges and schools. There are four schools of homoeopathy in Calcutta, and many in other towns. Some of them are not as well equipped as they ought to be because their resources are meagre. They have to depend on private funds. However, the homoeopathic medical schools have numerous students. Many of them are graduates of Calcutta University.

In Calcutta alone there are more homoeopathic doctors than in the whole of Great Britain. In the small towns the majority of Homoeopaths are qualified, are lay healers, but they are doing their bit very nicely. In reputation the homoeopathic practitioners are in no way inferior to their allopathic brethren. Homoeopath is gaining ground in India every day. There is a great future for it in my country.

B. C. Bose