Evidence based practice (EBP) revolves around improved patient outcomes. Health professionals use the best evidence possible to make clinical decisions for individual patients. It involves complex and conscientious decision making based on the available evidence, and also on patient characteristics, situations, and preferences.
EBP recognizes that health care is individualized and ever changing. Finally, I would say EBP is the formalisation of the care process based on requirements of individual patient. This individualisation is practiced by homeopathic physicians for the last 200 years.
Homeopathy is a system of therapeutics founded in 1796 by Samuel Hahnemann on the principle that “like cures like”. Homeopathy, since its inception, has been used to treat a wide range of illnesses based on individualisation or in a way EBP. Hahnemann was the first person who advocated this strongly.
Hahnemann carried out testing medicines on healthy human beings before making any decision for prescribing them. This process which he termed as Drug Proving was the unique process of that centuary, remarked by Dr. Jugal Kishore of India in one of his writings. So, records of drug proving and materia medicas are evidence-based.
Similarly, Evidence based medicine (EBM) aims to apply the best available evidence to medical decision making. Current evidence based medicine focuses excessively on approach practiced by the individual health care provider. One can define EBP or EBM in various different phrases. I would say, this is the homeopathy which is having evidence-based medicines and treatment decisions are purely individualised. If you follow principles of homeopathy as laid down by Hahnemann, then you are practicing evidence based homeopathy i.e. EBH.
Central Council for Research in Homeopathy (CCRH) recently conducted 2 scientific seminars in India under the banner — SUCCESS STORIES IN HOMEOPATHIC PRACTICE.
All the presentations were having evidences that homeopathy works.
Dr. Diwan Harish Chand – Myeloneuropathy
Dr. Alok Pareek – Astroblastoma
Dr. Harsh Nigam – Gangrene
Dr. Satadal Das – Urinary Tract Infection
Dr. Mohd. Quasim – Multiple Sclerosis
Dr. N. Mohanty – Vocal Cord Paralysis
Dr. Adil Chimthanawala – Atherosclerosis
Dr. Paromita – Chronic Renal Failure
Dr. Girish Gupta – Poly-Cystic Ovarian Disease
Dr. Maneesha Solanki - Duchenne’s Muscular Dystrophy
Dr. LK Nanda – Thalassemia
Dr. MP Prakshan – Middle Lobe syndrome
Dr. Praful Barvalia – Pancreatitis, Thyrotoxicosis
Dr. Archana – Gitelman Syndrome, Auto-immune Thyroiditis
Dr. Pankaj Aggarwal – Cholelithiasis
Dr. Ashok Sharma – Psoriasis, Vitiligo
Dr. Dhruba Chakraborty – Leprosy
Dr. G. Ravi Chandra Reddy – Diabetic Distal Polyneuropathy
Dr. Prakash Rao – Chronic Bronchitis
Dr. RY Nadaf – Sub-arachnoid and sub-dural Haemorrhage
Dr. MN Sinha – Chronic Sinusitis
Dr. Girish Gupta – Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia
Dr. Rajat Chattopadhyay – PCOD
Dr. Pawan Chandak – Molluscum in HIV child
Dr. Anil Singhal – Angioma of Upper Lip
Dr. Ojit Singh – Acute Rhinitis
With such available clinical evidences, we can advocate evidence based homeopathy. Last month, we have seen a fresh debate on BBC raising issues about efficacy of homeopathic medicines, and similarly, in the past, in 2005, one of Lancet studies posed a question on effectiveness of homeopathy.
With our collaborative efforts and CCRH support, Lancet would be forced to publish that – Homeopathy is effective in all sorts of diseases and ailments.
I think this is the best time when we should join together and come forward with evidences that homeopathy works.
Dr. Anil Singhal, MD (Homeo)
Nehru Homoeopathic Medical College & Hospital, New Delhi.
Dr. B. R. Sur Homoeopathic Medical College & Hospital, New Delhi.
Bakson Homoeopathic Medical College & Hospital, Greater Noida.
P.G.(Hom.) course – Hahnemann College of Homoeopathy, London (UK).
Lifetime Achievement Award – by Board of Homeopathic System of Medicine, Delhi.
Dhanvantari Award – by All India Indian Medicine Graduates Association, Delhi.
NHMC Alumni Association, New Delhi
South Delhi Homeopathic Medical Association, Delhi
All India Indian Medicine Graduates Association (AIIMGA), Delhi