Homoeopathy is an alternative method of treatment, based on Nature’s Law of Cure, namely ‘Like Cures Like’. The truth of this law was discovered by a German scientist Dr Samuel Hahnemann in 1796. Homoeopathy is a revolutionary, natural medical science. It is a gentle and effective system of medicine. The remedies are prepared from natural substances to precise standards and work by stimulating the body’s own healing power.
It is more than a century and a half now that homoeopathy is being practised in India. It has blended so well into the roots and traditions of the country that it has been recognized as one of the national systems of medicine and plays an important role in providing healthcare to a large number of people. Its strength is evident in its effectiveness as it takes a holistic approach towards the sick individual through the promotion of inner balance at mental, emotional, spiritual and physical levels.
The concept of disease in homoeopathy is that disease is a total affection of mind and body, the disturbance of the whole organism. Individual organs are force, the vital energy of the body is the cause. Therefore, homoeopathy does not believe in giving different medicines for different affl icted parts of the body but rather gives one single constitutional remedy, which will cover the disturbance of the whole person. Homoeopathy treats the patient as a whole and not just the disease. Medical philosophy is coming more and more to the conclusion that mere treatment of symptoms and organs can help only temporarily and that it is the healing power of the body as a whole that has to be enhanced. Homoeopathy believes in a holistic, totalistic and individualistic approach.
The Department of Homoeopathy at SGRH started functioning on 13 April 1996. It was the fi rst of its kind in a multispecialty hospital. It now runs private and general OPDs between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. from Monday to Saturday and provides personal care for every individual patient in a unique manner. Approximately 18,000 patients are being attended per year, directly as well as referred by the other departments of the hospital. The department is playing a prominent role and is a part of SGRH’s effort to provide a holistic system of treatment along with other holistic special clinics. The department has been successful in treating chronic cases and helps in the charitable treatment of the poor, which is a part of the activities of SGRH.
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