Homeopathy body objects to BMA's 'witchcraft' statement



New Delhi: A statutory body for homoeopathy in India has strongly objected to a motion passed by members of British Medical Association that termed the medicinal system as witchcraft.

Reacting to the BMA's statement, the Delhi Board of Homoeopathic System of Medicine said it was a "sinister design to malign homoeopathy" and maintained that the system, though not fully established by science, is definitely not unscientific.

"Homoeopathy is scientific as it is based on certain fixed principles which stand same as they were before," Dr A K Gupta, member of the Board said in a statement.

Describing homoeopathy as "witchcraft", BMA, a body of junior doctors in Britain early this week voted overwhelmingly to seek a blanket ban on the practice of the alternative medicine.

Gupta said the sceptics have kept ignoring that an increasing number of scientific studies have indicated that some kind of signature of the original substance is embedded in a potentised ultradilution, used in homoeopathic system.

Attributing the refusal to acknowledge alternate systems of medicines by allopaths to "their ego and feeling of insecurity", Gupta said the campaign is likely masterminded by big pharma companies which face a threat to their markets if other systems of medicines gain strength.

He said in poor countries, with less access to expensive drugs, homoeopathy was playing a major role in offering cheaper treatments.

"In India, it is a full fledged medical system with its own medical schools and hospitals. In Cuba, with a limited health care system, homoeopathy is being used to prevent Leptospirosis, an infectious disease also known as swamp fever," the statement said.

PTI