Prescribing real drugs may dilute the reputation of homeopaths in India

Should homeopaths in India be allowed to prescribe real medicine? You won’t believe the discussion going on right now in India. Even the homeopaths are not all happy – it would mess up their “science”. I think my brain broke.

Allopaths to decide course of action on Sunday – The Times of India.

In response to the Maharashtra cabinet’s decision to allow homeopaths to prescribe allopathic medicines after doing a one-year bridge course in pharmacology, the Indian Medical Association’s (IMA) Maharashtra chapter will hold a brainstorming session on Sunday.

It had, on Thursday, announced a few hours after the state Cabinet decision that it planned to pursue the matter in the courts.

Meanwhile, not all homeopaths are happy with the Cabinet decision. They believe homeopaths will lose their distinctive edge if they start following allopathy. “It is definitely the darkest period in a real homeopath’s life. Soon my science will become extinct, thanks to the unfortunate decision,” said homeopath Dr Shreepad Khedekar.

The extinction of homeopathy? Oh what a wonderful world that would be! “Science” – HAHAHAAHA. Homeopathy does not resemble science except as people pretending to be careful and serious. It goes against natural laws and what we know about chemistry. It’s nonsense. And nonscience. But others have noted that this is a dangerous and irresponsible action.

‘State govt’s decision will put lives at risk’ – Mumbai Mirror.

The decision to allow homeopathic doctors to practice allopathy is ridiculous, primarily because the approaches to treating diseases in the two fields are diametrically opposite. It appears that the government has made a populist move, even compromising the health and safety of the public. If the move is enforced, Unani doctors will soon ask for the same concessions.

Homeopaths don’t know the basics of allopathy. This is because while allopathy seeks to address a disease from the causative point of view, homeopathy seeks to address its symptoms.

Just year-long training in pharmacology without basics of microbiology, biochemistry and other subjects that are part of the MBBS course will not make homeopathic doctors proficient. This will result in inadequately trained persons dispensing allopathic medicines, which could be life-threatening in some circumstances.

Moreover, it could be extremely difficult to keep a check if homeopaths start performing allopathic procedures like surgery in fields like gynaecology and obstetrics.

This is an all-around bad idea as homeopaths look more like failed doctors trying to make an end run around the hard work and education truly needed to call themselves health care professionals.

Note: “allopathic” is the term used by alternative practioners to describe mainstream medicine – you know, the stuff that is tested and shown to actually work.

Addition: Doctors in India are outraged. Mumbai: Doctors to drag Maharashtra to court – Mumbai – DNA.

Hat tip to @blue_wode on Twitter for the stories

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  5 comments for “Prescribing real drugs may dilute the reputation of homeopaths in India

  1. WMcCreery
    January 11, 2014 at 11:07 PM

    It might save some lives

  2. Artor
    January 12, 2014 at 2:47 AM

    It almost certainly will cause problems in other lives. The hazards of this are clearly outlined in the story. A toddler in a pharmacy might save lives too, but what is the chance of that?

  3. January 12, 2014 at 10:01 AM

    People entirely untrained in medicine prescribing drugs? What could possibly go wrong?

  4. January 12, 2014 at 2:09 PM

    “There are but two principle methods of cure; the one based only on accurate observation of nature, on careful experimentation and pure experience, the homoeopathic (before we never designedly used) and a second which does not do this, the heteropathic or allopathic. Each opposes the other, and only he who does not know either can hold the delusion that they can ever approach each other or even become united, or to make himself so ridiculous as to practice at one time homoeopathically at another allopathically, according to the pleasure of the patient; a practice which may be called criminal treason against divine homoeopathy.” – Samuel Hahnemann, Organon of the Healing Art (aphorism 52).

    The problem of course is that homeopaths have been allowed to start thinking of themselves as health professionals rather than what they really are, ministers of religion.

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