Around the World

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Buy the DVD!  ‘Homeopathy Around the World’ by Carol Boyce,
featuring many of the project listed below.

Homeopathy was founded in Europe over 200 years ago, but has since found fertile ground in many parts of the world.  In India and Pakistan, it has become fully integrated with both traditional Ayurvedic and Western medicine.  And in Africa, it is also spreading fast as it is an affordable and effective system of medicine that fits in with many traditional African spiritual beliefs.

Here are some of the projects I’ve come across.  If possible, please support them in any way you can, and please let me know if you know of any more.

In alphabetica order:

Africa

For information about projects in Benin, Botswana, Egypt, Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Swaziland, Tanzania and Uganda please click here.

 

 

 

 

Brazil

“In Brazil, where the present-day structure of the medical  system is based on the American model, homoeopathy has been a speciality recognized by the medical authorities since 1992. It forms part of public and community health programmes of different states of Brazil.  Every other year an international symposium for institutional research on homoeopathy discussses all aspects of its development, from sociological issues to basic research, and evaluates homoeopathic practices.

Among the different university centres, medical associations and dispensaries we visited in Brazil, three in particular have had a very beneficial effect on integrating homoeopathy into the country’s health system:

  • the Hahnemann Institute of Brazil (Rio de Janeiro) whose teaching and outpatient dispensary structure enables comparative studies of various homoeopathy practices to be made, while making access easy for poor population groups from the surrounding favelas;
  • the Paulist Association (Sao Paulo), whose work is very well integrated with the Sao Paulo State and City’s public health system;
  • the Federal University of Uberlandia, where Professor Dantas, former Dean of the Faculty, who teaches both medical ethics and homoeopathic therapeutics, has begun to introduce students to homoeopathy research and critical evaluation of the literature.

Integrating homoeopathy in health systems by B. Poitevin, Bulletin of the World Health Organization, 1999, 77 (2)


Macae in Brazil uses Homeopathy to prevent Dengue Fever
The Town of Macaé in Brazil is a pioneer in the use of homeopathy in dengue. Distribution is via health clinics, bus terminals, schools and health workers’ visits to the districts. Homeopathy reduced the infection rate from Dengue Fever significantly…  The Secretary of Health adopts various strategies to combat dengue, which has contributed to the reduction of mortality in the county. Since 2007, an innovative action, homeopathy is used for specific actions in the districts as a precautionary measure to avoid complications of diseases. According to the coordination of Public Health with the use of homeopathy against dengue, there is a significant reduction in the number of cases of the disease. “The incidence in Macaé, in 2008, fell by 71% compared to 2007, while in the North Fluminense, Macaé which is a part, had an increase of 273%, and the state of Rio de Janeiro was increase of 315%“ says the doctor and coordinator of Community Health, Laila Nunes. The homeopathic remedy is distributed free of charge to people at clinics and at strategic points in the city, such as bus terminals, downtown, schools and neighborhoods in stock.

China

According to an unpublished WHO document, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is the most popular system of medince in the world, with homeopathy being the second, and western medicine third.  Naturally interest in China about homeopathy is growing.

Dana Ullman, a well known American homeopath who writes in the Huffington Post, has said of a recent trip to China:  “In Taipei I signed copies of my new book that was translated into Chinese.   Honored to speak to MDs in one lecture, pharmacists in another, & Waldorf parents (in a public school!) in another.  Over 50% of people in attendance bought my new book (wow, I want that to happen elsewhere!).  People are very hungry for a Western complement to Eastern medicine (& to conventional medicine).  They translated my new book, The Homeopathic Revolution, and they next want to translate my book on treating children and infants”.

I am also told that Kent’s repetory has also been translated into Chinese by the VC of LIGA in China: Dr prof. Steve An Xue, who also wrote this article:
HOMEOPATHY IN CHINA: CULTURAL, ECONOMICAL AND POLITICAL IMPLICATIONS
by Professor Steve An Xue, PhD,
University of Hong Kong

Abstract: This paper addresses the cultural, political and economical implications of introducing homeopathic medicine to China. As a distinctive medical system evolved in the West in the past two hundred years, it shares with Classical Chinese Medicine (CCM) fundamentally similar principles regarding vitality, healing process, as well as the origins and diagnosis of diseases.  Homeopathic pharmacy could become a complementary alternative to the herbal medicine of CCM that have been experiencing rapid incursion of Western pharmaceutical drugs, and the continuous deterioration of the rare herbal sources due to over development and indiscriminate harvesting. The safety and low-cost characteristics of homeopathic remedies have remarkable health and economic implications for the 70% of the total population (1.3 billion) who are still lower-middle classes and largely inhibit in the rural and suburban regions without solid health care insurances. Issues related to governmental policies and regulations of homeopathy will also be discussed.    

Nobel Prize Winner Escapes ‘Intellectual Terror’ to Pursue Homeopathic Research in China
In a move that has significant implications for the understanding of how homeopathy works, virologist and Nobel laureate Luc Montagnier has left France to pursue his high dilution research in China.  This has shocked many from the scientific community who still hold that homeopathy’s ‘memory of water’ concept is implausible.  But Montagnier, who has already won a Nobel prize for his joint research into AIDS, no longer has to be concerned about losing his scientific credibility.  He says, “I can’t say that homeopathy is right in everything. What I can say now is that the high dilutions are right. High dilutions of something are not nothing. They are water structures which mimic the original molecules.”

Jiaotong University in Shanghai said the celebrated 78-year-old would lead a team of researchers and a “Montagnier Insititute” would be created as part of its sciences faculty”.

Vidatox-30CH from Cuba to treat cancer in China

The drug Vidatox-30CH, innovative and high value for the treatment of cancer is now made in China. The Cuban company Labiofam group, which exists in the Asian country since 1994, has led to propose the drug use in that country.

As its name implies, is a homeopathic product made from the venom of the scorpion Rhopalurus junceus, endemic to Cuba, diluted 30 hundredths, and with demonstrated antitumor effect, analgesic and anti-inflammatory.

Scientists of the research team of the properties of this poison taught in September and October, the Conference on New Technologies anticancer Cuba-China in three major cities of the Asian nation: Xian (capital of Shaanxi), Shanghai and Beijing.

These meetings, involving doctors, representatives of the Ministry of Health of China and the State Food and Drug Administration and experts from universities and scientific institutions, patients and employers, allowed a better understanding of the potential of Vidatox-30CH … more
Costa Rica

Bartolomé Marichal, a Colombian layman introduced homeopathy in 1890.  There is a mention of a strong lay society in 1931. Homeopathy received official sanction in 1929, and further official recognition in 1987.It was in Costa Rica that Dr. Marcos Jiminez created a bilingual Spanish-English Card Repertory in 1925.  Although it is legal only for MDs to practice, there are about 200 MDs and about 2,000 non-medical practitioners.  “The Republican law forbids it, but everything when forbidden is practiced more.”  In July 1998 the congress turned down a bill to recognize non-medical practitioners.

There are several homeopathic schools that teach both MDs and non-MDs.  About 51% of the Costa Rican people use homeopathy as their first medicine.

History of Homeopathy in Costa Rica

Cuba

Click on this image to see an interview with Dr Gustavo Bracho about the place of homeopathy in the Cuban health system, his work into methods of epidemic prevention at the prestigious Finlay Institute and the potential of homeopathy to address the challenge of epidemics in the developing world.

Bracho G, Varela E, Fernández R, et al:
Large-scale application of highly-diluted bacteria for Leptospirosis epidemic control.
Homeopathy 2010; 99: 156–166.


A report of the largest study of homeopathy ever undertaken, based on data from over 11 million people (the entire population of Cuba), published in the journal Homeopathy.  Leptospirosis (also known as Weil’s Disease) is an infectious disease carried by rats and caused by bacteria called spirochetes. People contract the disease through contact with contaminated water. Leptospirosis occurs worldwide, but it is most common in the tropics during periods of heavy rain.
In Cuba, Leptospirosis is recorded by an efficient national surveillance programme.  Its incidence correlates closely with heavy rainfall and subsequent flooding.  In late 2007, in response to a developing epidemic, and with only enough vaccine to treat 15,000 high-risk people, the government decided to treat the entire population of the region, over one year of age, with a homeopathic medicine.  This was prepared from the inactivated causative organism provided by the Cuban National Vaccine Institute.

The homeopathic medicine was given to the 2.3 million population of the provinces usually worst affected.  Within a few weeks the number of cases had fallen from 38 to 4 cases per 100,000 per week, significantly fewer than the historically-based forecast for those weeks of the year.  The 8.8 million population of the other provinces did not receive homeopathic treatment and the incidence was as forecast.  The effect appeared to be sustained: there was an 84% reduction in infection in the treated region in the following year (2008) when, for the first time, incidence did not correlate with rainfall. In the same period, incidence in the untreated region increased by 22%.

Cuba and India could increase scientific cooperation as a result of the meetings that the director of the Havana-based Finlay Institute, Dr. Concepcion Campa, has held in New Delhi with representatives from different scientific and biotechnological sectors

Haiti

Within a week of the 7.0 magnitude earthquake that struck Haiti on Tuesday, 12 January 2010, Harry  van der Zee from the Amma Resonance Healing Foundation was in Haiti, treating the epidemic of fear and trauma and teaching others to do the same.  Within months, another contingent of homeopaths arrived, largley organised through the Homeopathy World Community website.  And later,Homeopaths Without Boarders also travelled to Haiti, and is setting up more permanent teaching clinics in various locations.

For more information about the work of each of these organisations in Haiti, including videos, click here.

 

Honduras

“Chagas disease is caused by a microspic blood parasite called Trypanosome Cruzi, it is one of the principal cause of death, and touches almost a quarter of the population of Central and Latin America. There is no vaccine for this plague.  Early detection is difficult, analysis uncertain, and prophylaxis inexsistent.  It is one of the worst attributes of poverty.  In 2007, the Chagas project was born, partly funded by the ACDI and a donation from the Third World Alliance Trade Unions (CSN), and an extraordinary inter-professional collaboration between HTSF (led by Josée Grenier, microbiology technician and homeopath, and Martine Jourde, director of HTSF – Homeopathie de Terre Sans Frontieres) and Dr Momar N’dao, director of the National Center in parasitology of Mc Gill University (NCRP) at the Montreal General Hospital.   The first goal was to set up a clinical laboratory allowing the detection and the transfer of analysis of Chagas disease in the targeted population from Valle de Angeles.Two homeopathic nosodes were then made by the NRCP, including one which was a world premiere.  In the first phase of the pilot project, a population of over 500 people, mostly children under fifteen years and women of childbearing age were tested, received prophylaxis and training as to how to identify and avoid transmitting agents of the trypanosome, and a general homeopathic consultation”…

“Because of this success, we are putting in place the second phase of this project which is the extension of this approach to other communites at risk, where the prevalence of disease is worse than the one in Valle, especially in remote areas. Through this project, we can save and improve the health of many communities at risk, especially the young and women, in other areas of Honduras and in all the Americas. For this, we need to continue our collaboration and we invite our inter-professional to get involved”.  Read more by downloading the pdf here

India

Homeopathy came to India as early as 1810 when some German physicians and missionaries came to Bengal and started distributing homoeopathic remedies.  Dr. John Martin Honigberger was the first person who is recognised to have brought homeopathy and the name of Hahnemann to India.  Dr. Honigberger arrived at Lahore in 1829 – 30.  The then ruler of Punjab, Maharaja Ranjit Singh, was impressed by him when he treated his favorite horse of its bad leg ulcers.  In 1835 he traveled to Paris and met Dr. Hahnemann.  He bought a large quantity of homoeopathic medicines from Hahnemann’s Pharmacist, Lehmann of Kothen.  In his second visit to India, in the year 1839, he treated Maharaja Ranjit for paralysis of vocal cords and oedema.  The Maharaja was relieved of his complaints and in return received valuable rewards and later on was made officer-in-charge of a hospital.  Dr. Honigberger later on went to Calcutta and started practice there.  This royal patronage helped the system to have its roots in India.Homeopathy continued to spread and Indians found in its philosophy and principles, a reflection of their belief and culture.  A large number of missionaries, amateurs in Indian civil and military service personals practiced Homoeopathy extensively and spread this system mostly in Bengal and South India.   Surgeon Samuel Brooking, a retired Medical Officer had the courage and conviction to establish a Homoeoapthic Hospital at Tanjore, in South India, in 1847.  There have been a number of other well-known enthusiasts like Dr. Cooper and Dr. J. Ruther ford Russel, two Government Medical Officers, Mr. H. Ryper, a military pensioner, Captain May and others of Calcutta, made Homeopathy popular among the masses of Bengal.  Last but not the least, was the services rendered by Dr. C. J. Tonnere, M.D. the French Homoeopath, proved “Acalpha Indica” in the year 1851 was first Health Officer of the town of Calcutta and later he established Homoeopathic Hospital.

In 1861, a virulent epidemic of malarial fever was raging over lower Bengal and it was at this juncture that the great philanthropist, Late Babu Rajendra Lall Dutta, a layman, truly laid the foundation of Homeopathy and started its practice with astounding results. He converted the redoubtable allopath and his opponent, Dr. Mahendra Lall Sircar, M.D. D.L., C.I. E. to Homeopathy.  Dr. P.C. Majumdar, M.D. another Homoeopath of Calcutta started his practise in 1864 and laid the foundation of Calcutta Homoeopathic Medical College in 1885.

Homoeopathy continued to spread and by the beginning of 20th century most of the important cities in India had Homoeopathic dispensaries. The popularity of the system led to a mushroom growth of quacks practicing Homoeopathy. Seeing this deplorable state of affairs, efforts were made by the Government.  It took several steps and in 1948, a Homoeopathic Enquiry Committee was set up to evolve a suitable arrangement to regulate teaching and practice of Homoeopathy.  A Homoeopathic Advisory Committee was appointed in 1952 by the Govt. of India and the recommendations of these committees led to passing of a Central Act in 1973 for recognition of this system of medicine.  Homoeopathy now has been accepted as one of the National Systems of Medicine in India.

Uniform Education in Homeopathy at diploma and graduate level was enforced in the country in the year 1983.  In 1978 separate Central Council for Research in Homeopathy established.  Now Post-graduate courses in homeopathy are also available.

At present there are nearly 186 homeopathic medical college in India.  Approximately 35 are government colleges, rest are managed by private bodies.  Homeopathy is the third most popular method of treatment in India, after Allopathy and Ayurveda.  It is estimated that there are about quarter million homeopaths in India. Nearly 10,000 new ones add to this number every year. The legal status of homeopathy in India is very much at par with the conventional medicine” (Homeopathy in India by Manish Bhatia, October 2009).

“Homeopath Physicians giving their services in 2,860 hospitals (out of which 307 are pure homeopathy hospitals) with a total of 45,720 beds (11,000 in 1990), and in 10,000 dispensaries in public sector”.
Ref: Legal Status of Traditional Medicine and Complementary/Alternative Medicine A Worldwide Review, WHO, 2001, pp.142 FULL TEXT http://whqlibdoc.who.int/hq/2001/WHO_EDM_TRM_2001.2.pdf

Central Council for Research on Homeopathy, Dept. of Ayuveda, Yoga & Natropathy, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy (AYUSH), Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India.
To streamline research in Homoeopathy, a need of planned and organized research was strongly felt by the Government of India. As a result, the Central Council for Research in Indian Medicine and Homoeopathy (CCRIMH) was established in 1969 to carry out researches in Ayurveda, Siddha, Unani medicine, Yoga and Homoeopathy. The Central Council for Research in Homoeopathy (CCRH), one of the successor organizations to the erstwhile CCRIMH was established as an autonomous organization, at New Delhi in 1978. Ever since, CCRH remains a unique organization engaged in various research  studies  in Homoeopathy .

National Homeopathy Campaign for Healthy Mother and Child
The national campaign on “Homoeopathy for Mother and Child Care” was launched by the department of AYUSH, Goverment of India, in 2007.  The campaign has been designed to increase the awareness of the potential role of homoeopathy in mother and child Health care and involves sensitization of policy makers and practitioners of different medical systems.  For this purpose orientation workshops will be conducted at state and district levels.  Training would be conducted on Train the Trainer modality at state level.  Five district level workshops for capacity building of practicing Homoeopaths, practicing in public and private sector, including NGOs, would also be conducted at various venues in the concerned districts…

 

Homeopathy in Kerala by Dr.K.R.Mansoor Ali, Director & Chief Editor.www.similima.com, Lecturer, Govt. Homeopathic Medical College, Calicuta.  “Extensive Government support and wide demand and awareness among the people are the secret behind the success of homeopathy in Kerala- a southern state in India”

Indonesia

The following excerpts are taken from and interview with Gina Tyler by Alan Schmukler published in www.hpathy.com

“In 2004 the Tsunami on the Indonesian Island of Sumatra (Indonesia has 13,000 islands) killed 300,000 people. I am half Indonesian (born on Java) and the second I heard about this horrific event I had to do something to help.  I thought my homeopathic knowledge would come in handy…”

“This was the basic plan:

a) Help in remote health clinics-work hands on as a homeopathic volunteer
b) Teach homeopathy for acutes-101 of basic homeopathy, so the work could continue after I left.
c) Bring donated homeopathic remedies to Indonesia
d) Open up doors of communication for future homeopaths who might go there to help.”

“AS: What were some of the difficulties you faced?
GT: I finally entered Indonesia Sept of 2005 and found a few health clinics in Bali, which were willing to take me in and let me do volunteer work as a homeopath…”

“Getting remedies into Indonesia was a challenge. I had to hand carry them in my luggage. Homeopathy is not illegal in Indonesia, but is simply not known here… I made a number of trips to Indonesia…”

“Another problem was translating different languages, understanding local customs and traditions. The word homeopathy does not exist in their dictionary (Kamus).  There was no homeopathic literature, no books like MM, repertory etc. in the Native Bahasa tongue. I had to write down information about homeopathy and then explain it verbally, using multiple translators.

AS: Who did you teach in Indonesia and how were you received?
GT: I taught homeopathy to Allopathic MD’s, Midwives, other health care workers, social workers and teachers. They were extremely receptive and open minded and the language problem was the only obstacle. People would gravitate toward me and ask about why I was on that island, what was I doing, what is homeopathy……a million questions…”

“The Balinese people are the poorest of poor, the best salary paying around a dollar a day for a twelve hour day.  Many don’t have a job.  They sleep in huts made from grass and bamboo, on a dirt floor-(sometimes cement). When it comes to medicine, they mostly live off the land with medicinal plants they have used for thousands of years called “Jamu”.  They are very open to the idea of energy healing.  Hands on Reiki type work, medicine men chanting, spiritual healing, healing energy from plants, it’s all part of their culture in Bali (pre-Hindu-anamism).  If you told a patient “please drink this water it has magic healing properties” they would.  It’s easily accepted that there are other forms of healing / medicine besides allopathics.  The Balinese Islanders are extremely kind, giving and truly interested in what you are up too. I have never met an entire culture that acts this way, which is another reason I am happy to serve”.

See also: Indonesia: travelling on faith and little white pills by Joanne Gundry

Recent research shows that the concept of homoeopathy, which inspired the idea of self healing, had been passed on by Japanese traditional folk medicine. The idea of homoeopathic treatment, in fact, was still alive from ancient times in Japan, as Kojiki, a Japanese record of ancient matters, had already introduced homoeopathic ideas” (History of Homeopathy in Japan).

“The introduction and spread of homoeopathy since 1996 has been called a miracle, as it has been so rapid. The accomplishments of Torako Yui, as a pioneer, are viewed with awe. She had been practicing homoeopathy in London (1966), when she was asked to give a lecture on homoeopathy in Japan.  In 1998, Yui established the Japanese Homoeopathic Medical Association (JPHMA) in Japan, where homeopathy as a profession was unknown then, and who’s main purposes were to diffuse and develop homoeopathic medicine correctly, to form homoeopathic medical educational foundations as an academic body and to register, certify and advise homoeopaths as a professional body. JPHMA was literally the first organization for professional homeopaths in Japan” (Similima.com).

The Japan Royal Academy of Homoeopathy, London

2nd Childrens Homeopathy Congress, Torako Yui in Germany

Malaysia

A Brief History of Homeopathy in Malaysia, By Sue Young March 28, 2011
Although it is not easy to fix the date of advent of Homeopathy in Malaysia, most homeopathic practitioners here agree that around 1940 homeopathy was introduced in Malay States via India through British Army
. The first Malay known to practice homeopathy was Dr Burhanuddin Helmy later came late Dr Mohd Noor Nordin, Dr Dali Muin, Dr Shariff Sukar, Pak Yaakub, Ab Rhaman Hashim and few others...

Mexico

Today, A Promise of Health is busy in Oaxaca, Mexico working in 5 rural Zapotecan communities. We call our project a Medicine Wheel, based upon the belief of Native Americans that a Wheel Medicine is spiritual powerful and the healing symbol. We began our Oaxaca Medicine Wheel on April 19, 2010. Since that time, several thousand people have sought medical help in our clinics. The response has been astonishing! Each week more patients crowd our clinics than the doctor can see.

Nepal

Bhaktapur Homeopathic Clinic
Nepal is one of the world’s poorest countries. People live in very precarious conditions: lack of potable water, lack of a healthcare system, uncontrolled deforestation, high levels of environmental contamination in the cities and rapid population growth.

Bhaktapur is one of the three cities of the Kathmandu Valley, with 200000 inhabitants and virtually no healthcare. Since 1995 a group of European doctors and Nepalese physicians from Bhaktapur began a project to create a center for homeopathic medicine: the International Homeopathic Clinic of Bhaktapur.

The clinic is run by a Nepali team. It serves a large number of patients from across the country. It is also a vocational training center for future healthcare professionals in the area of homeopathy and natural medicine.

The European doctors are on location on a monthly cycle to help Nepalese doctors in patient care and vocational training.

Why homeopathic medicine in Nepal?

  • It is an affordable medicine.
  • It requires no great technical skills.
  • It fits perfectly with the cultural background and tradition of the country.
  • It is possible to train Nepalese students in just 3 years so they can help patients in very remote parts of the country.

Solomon Islands

 

“Homoeopathy in the Solomons has been part of the South Seas Evangenlical Church Mission since its inception and Dr Northcote Deck’s introduction of 36 remedies back in the 1920’s.  Since that time Homœopathy or rather, the “Water Medicine”, has continued to be of significant importance in providing healthcare both on the mainland and also in rural areas where access to western medicine may be many hours and even several days away.  People have come to depend on the village dispensers and their homœopathic kits to treat a wide range of problems.

…There are over 150 dispensers of the “Water Medicine” across six regions of the Solomon Islands and it is estimated that 40–80,000 people are being treated annually.  A large percentage of the population receive “Water Medicine” from the local village Pastors.  The “dispensers” had received little or no training since MSM’s (Medical Services Mission UK) Margaret Bartlett’s visits to the Solomons in the 1970’s and 1980’s.  Margaret herself spent just two months at The London Homeopathic Hospital before embarking on her mission to “Preach and Heal”.”

 

This extract was taken from an article by Jane Lindsay published in Similia, December 2010 available here.

Sri Lanka

From a jpg leaflet about ‘The Roots of Homeopathy in Sri Lanka’ (click on the image to see it larger):
“Dr Corea, as the pioneer of homeoapthy in Sri Lanka, founded the Homeopathic Association of Ceylon on 28th September 1951.  He lobbied for the recognition of Homeopathy by the Government of Sri Lanka and purely by his remarkable efforts was able to see the passage of a Bill in Parliament, leading up to the current Homeopathy Act, and his being appointed the first Chairman of the Homeopathic Medical Council.  He represented the Government of Sri Lanka at the World Homeopathic Medical Council in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where he received a standing ovation for his speech”…

Thailand

 

Homeopathy in Thailand (sorry no Engligh translation of this site as of May 2011)

 

 

 

Ukraine

 

In 2012, Prof. Vithoulkas was honoredwith the Honorary Award of National Medical Academy of Postgraduate Education in Ukraine named after P.L.Shupyk”