Homeopathy 2010; 99(02): 130-136
DOI: 10.1016/j.homp.2009.10.001
Social and Historical
Copyright © The Faculty of Homeopathy 2009

A short history of the development of homeopathy in India

Ajoy Kumar Ghosh
1   Central Council of Homeopathy, New Delhi, India
2   The Jagaddal-Noapara Homeopathic Medical Association, West Bengal, India
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Received27 December 2008
revised09 June 2009

accepted02 August 2009

Publication Date:
16 December 2017 (online)

Homeopathy was introduced in India the early 19th century. It flourished in Bengal at first, and then spread all over India. In the beginning, the system was extensively practised by amateurs in the civil and military services and others. Mahendra Lal Sircar was the first Indian who became a homeopathic physician. A number of allopathic doctors started homeopathic practice following Sircar's lead. The ‘Calcutta Homeopathic Medical College’, the first homeopathic medical college was established in 1881. This institution took on a major role in popularising homeopathy in India.

In 1973, the Government of India recognised homeopathy as one of the national systems of medicine and set up the Central Council of Homeopathy (CCH) to regulate its education and practice. Now, only qualified registered homeopaths can practice homeopathy in India. At present, in India, homeopathy is the third most popular method of medical treatment after allopathy and Ayurveda. There are over 200,000 registered homeopathic doctors currently, with approximately 12,000 more being added every year.

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