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Homeopathy and India

My book The Homeopathic Conversation has been republished in India and I am most honoured to be invited to give a lecture tour of India in August.

While homeopathy has been vituperatively insulted, attacked and demonised by various groups in the UK (which thankfully do not include this Government, the last one or the head of State) it has always had a prominent and respected place in the medicine of the world’s biggest democracy – India. On doing a little research into Indian homeopathy I was absolutely flabbergasted by the sheer scale of homeopathy in India.

I am most grateful to my colleague, Dr Manish Bhatia for much of the following information about Indian homeopathy:

Number of homeopaths in India:

Official Government figure: 350 000 (sic) homeopaths

Unofficial figure (includes unregistered, registration expired and lay homeopaths)

500 000 (that’s half a million!)

Indian Government attitude to Homeopathy:

  • Indian Government ‘VERY supportive’ (Dr Bhatia) to homeopathy.
  • Government even runs TV commercials to promote homeopathy!
  • There are 1000s of Government homeopathic dispensaries and OPDs (outpatient departments) in India
  • There are 176 Homeopathic Colleges in India of which 35 are Government run.
  • There is a government ministry (AYUSH) dedicated to alternative medicine (including homeopathy) in India.


Homeopathy is fully regulated in India by the Central Council of Homeopathy (CCH)  and Central Council for Research in Homeopathy (CCRH).

Conclusions: It seems clear that homeopathy is there to stay in India. So next time you see or read some condescending and patronising rubbish about homeopathy in the media, know that in India, a country with a population of 1.2 billion people (that’s more than 20x the population of the UK) homeopathy is an integral part of the healthcare system and deeply respected by the people of that country.

The word on the street is that India and China will be important parts of the emerging new world order so watch this space for an article on the place of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) in China, a country with a mere 1.3 billion people.

By | 2011-07-24T17:17:25+00:00 July 24th, 2011|Book Review, Homeopathy|7 Comments

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  1. Nick Thompson July 25, 2011 at 8:08 am


    This is a lovely piece detailing the great work being done in India. Not only are homeopaths numerous, they are leading the world in their Sensation Method.
    We embrace the rise and rise of India.

    • Dr. Kaplan July 25, 2011 at 11:00 am

      Yes indeed Nick. Onwards and upwards for India! But not at Lords this morning…

  2. ajay patel July 25, 2011 at 8:54 pm

    The reason why the govt. of u.k is not accepting homoeopathy is that they are feared because if they accept homoeopathy, it will rule throught the u.k. But they dont know that homoeopathy is the future medicine and it is going to rule throught the WORLD

  3. Louise Mclean July 31, 2011 at 8:48 pm

    Wonderful Brian! Thanks for all these up to date figures.

    So ridiculous when they say there is ‘no evidence’ for homeopathy! The ‘evidence’ of its popularity and many successful treatments, speaks for itself!

  4. Dr.R.Saravanan August 2, 2011 at 7:32 am

    Dear Dr.Brian Kaplan,
    Thanks a lot for explaining the status of Homeopathy in India clearly.Thanks again for your love and respect for India.
    Kind regards.

  5. Amit Habbu August 2, 2011 at 11:37 am

    But it needs better recognition from the conventional medicine doctors, though i must say things are looking up on this front as well. We do get referrals from allopathic doctors for certain specific set of disorders, where it has come to their notice that homeopathy does very well.

  6. Andreas Maier August 31, 2011 at 2:04 pm

    Thank you for these figures. Homoeopaths in Germany, home of Hahnemann, face the same problems as in the UK. An indian friend of mine told me that Homoeopathy gets more and more popular in India and ranks equal to conventional medicine in some regions. That is really satisfying and gives hope that this divine art of healing won’t get lost – even if the governments in some countries try hard to fight it.

    Greetings from Germany

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