Dec 22, 2018

Homeopathy is a Quackery

Recently, I was active on several occasions for collecting public view on Homeopathy and its practitioners. I want to see what is public opinion about Homeopathy. My experience about Homeopathy says that it does not work.

Here is a Poll I have conducted on Facebook on a page I am an Admin of.

In India, Homeopathy is still practiced widely by trained or untrained practitioners. Bad condition of Govt hospitals also contribute to Homeopathy practices. People do not have much options. Many times, untrained practitioners charge very less and this help them in affordability.
Quackery works because many times our own system cure itself. Also, many diseases are cyclic. Means, you feel better in between without that is even cured. It can progress within you but time to time, you may feel better. So, when you visit those thugs and your disease are automatically on downward that time then you feel better next day. Then we think that medicine is working. In the name of long term cure, we continue visiting. If we get cured by our own system then we think Homeopathic doctor has given you medicine and his teaching that in long term you will be cured proved correct.

In most of the developed countries, Homeopathy is removed from a formal medicine. It is advised from govt of their countries that parents should not visit these doctors. or at least do not stop modern medicine.

Modern medicine still do not have solution to all problems. Disease which comes after long time misuse directly or indirectly do not have proper solutions in Allopathy. This makes gap where people feel that these alternative medicine can fill. Many countries had removed Homeopathy even from alternative medicines.

I am not a doctor. Homeopathy does not work and this I can say from personal experience. I have visited many times from childhood to adulthood and thereafter. I have tried to understand it from different people's perspective and organizations who can comment on this scientifically.  So, in the poll, you can find Wikipedia like where multiple thought on it written.

Here, in this article on Homeopathy, it has mentioned what renowned organizations around world has to say about Homeopathy:
The debate about homeopathy is over. These verdicts prove it.

Here is a excerpt from the article which quote various reputed organizations' verdicts on Homeopathy.
1. ‘The principles of homeopathy contradict known chemical, physical and biological laws and persuasive scientific trials proving its effectiveness are not available.’
Russian Academy of Sciences

2. ‘Homeopathy should not be used to treat health conditions that are chronic, serious, or could become serious. People who choose homeopathy may put their health at risk if they reject or delay treatments for which there is good evidence for safety and effectiveness.’
National Health and Medical Research Council, Australia

3. ‘These products are not supported by scientific evidence.’
Health Canada

4 “Homeopathic remedies don’t meet the criteria of evidence based medicine.”
Hungarian Academy of Sciences

5. ‘The incorporation of anthroposophical and homeopathic products in the Swedish directive on medicinal products would run counter to several of the fundamental principles regarding medicinal products and evidence-based medicine.’
Swedish Academy of Sciences

6. ‘We recommend parents and caregivers not give homeopathic teething tablets and gels to children and seek advice from their healthcare professional for safe alternatives.’
US Food and Drug Administration

7. ‘There is little evidence to support homeopathy as an effective treatment for any specific condition.’
National Centre for Complementary and Integrative Health, US

8. ‘There is no good-quality evidence that homeopathy is effective as a treatment for any health condition.’
National Health Service, UK

9. ‘Homeopathic remedies perform no better than placebos, and the principles on which homeopathy is based are scientifically implausible.’
House of Commons Science and Technology Committee, UK

10. ‘Homeopathy has not definitively proven its efficacy in any specific indication or clinical situation.’
Ministry of Health, Spain

11. ‘There is a constant increase in the quantity of evidence and the conviction of the scientific community in medicine, that homeopathy should be treated as one of the unscientific methods of so-called “alternative medicine”, which proposes worthless products without scientifically proven efficacy.’
National Medical Council, Poland

12. ‘From a purely clinical perspective, the fact remains that there is no valid empirical proof
 of the efficacy of homeopathy (evidence-based medicine) beyond the placebo effect.’
Federaal Kenniscentrum voor de Gezondheidszorg, Belgium

Remember, Homeopathy is not an India's ancient medicinal system. So, other countries cannot have any intention of belittling it due to developing countries method.

Here are my tweets about Homeopathy, where I have tried to raise this issue to public and also tried to bring this to notice to Ayush department also. Govt of India supports Homeopathy as alternative medicine. Govt of India should re-look into it and see if India really want to push this medicine.

Few of my recent tweets about Homeopathy are here:

Do not eat medicine because there is no harm but eat because there is solution of any problem or prevention of any possible problem! If I give you water then there is no harm but do you like to buy water from me for any illness? Water cannot harm you!

Homeopathy is a quackery. Agree?
What is your take on it? Don't you want to see this practice stop in India?

Write your idea of Homeopathy on Twitter in your reply to tweets I have written.