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President Droupadi Murmu Inaugurates Homoeopathy Symposium on World Homoeopathy Day

On World Homoeopathy Day, President Droupadi Murmu acknowledged the efforts of various international, national, and local institutions in promoting Homoeopathy worldwide.

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President Droupadi Murmu Inaugurates Homoeopathy Symposium on World Homoeopathy Day (Photo Source: @rashtrapatibhvn)
President Droupadi Murmu Inaugurates Homoeopathy Symposium on World Homoeopathy Day (Photo Source: @rashtrapatibhvn)

The President of India, Droupadi Murmu, inaugurated a two-day Homoeopathy Symposium organized by the Central Council for Research in Homoeopathy (CCRH) on April 10, 2024 in New Delhi, marking World Homoeopathy Day. In her address, President Murmu highlighted the global adoption of Homoeopathy as a simple and accessible treatment method. The President commended the Ministry of AYUSH and other central government bodies like the CCRH, National Commission for Homoeopathy, and National Institute of Homoeopathy for their significant contributions towards advancing Homoeopathy in India.

Focus on Research and Proficiency

President Murmu stressed the growing importance of research in the 21st century and deemed the symposium's theme, 'Empowering Research, Enhancing Proficiency,' as highly relevant. She underlined that robust research and proficiency are pivotal in enhancing the acceptance and popularity of Homoeopathy.

The President acknowledged the common experiences of individuals who found relief through Homoeopathy after disappointment with other treatments. She emphasized the need to bridge these personal narratives with scientific rigor through authentic medical research, which would bolster confidence in Homoeopathy within the scientific community.

Role of Healthcare Professionals

President Murmu reiterated that a healthy society is built by healthy individuals and emphasized the integral role of healthcare professionals in shaping a prosperous and developed India.

The two-day symposium aims to delve into critical aspects of Homoeopathy, encouraging scientific discourse and highlighting its role in contemporary healthcare practices. The event signifies a concerted effort towards advancing Homoeopathy through evidence-based research and fostering collaboration among stakeholders in the healthcare domain.

On this occasion, Secretary, Ministry of Ayush Vaidya Rajesh Kotecha said “In homeopathy, there are immense possibilities for integration between other medical systems and traditional medicine. Efforts to integrate these systems, where appropriate, will benefit patients who demand a comprehensive approach to healthcare. Strong research and clinical testing are crucial for establishing a robust scientific foundation for homeopathy. The government is committed to quality control and patient safety by working collaboratively with the homeopathic community. To increase public access to homeopathy and expand its reach, we are actively promoting its integration into primary healthcare systems. We are actively encouraging research in homeopathy through facilities like the CCRH and other collaborators and allocating resources for clinical trials and evidence-based studies.”

Dr. Subhash Kaushik, DG, CCRH, Ministry of Ayush, in his welcome address, emphasized on the need of evidence-based research in today’s era, for which the scientists of various fields and specialties must come together. He thanked eminent scientists and doctors from various organisations like AIIMS, ICMR, Apollo Cancer Hospital, Chennai, Janakpuri Superspecialty Hospital, Delhi, etc. for showing their support for Homoeopathy by attending the symposium.

The inaugural ceremony was followed by a session on ‘Words of Wisdom’, chaired by the Padma Bhushan and Padma Vaidya Devendra Triguna Ji and Padma Dr. HR Nagendrathe . In this session Padma Awardees of Homoeopathy sector Padma Dr. V.K. Gupta, Padma Dr. Mukesh Batra, Padma Dr. Kalyan Banerjee, and Padma Dr. RS Pareek share their enriching experience with the gathering.

Dr. Anil Khurana, Chairman, National Commission for Homoeopathy along with Ayush Scientist Chair, Dr. Sangeeta A. Duggal, Advisor (Homoeopathy), Ministry of Ayush, Dr. Pinakin N Trivedi, President, Board of Ethics and Registration for Homoeopathy, NCH Dr. Janardanan Nair, President, Medical Assessment and Rating Board for Homoeopathy, NCH Dr. Tarkeshwar Jain, President, Homoeopathy Education Board, NCH, Dr Nandini Kumar Ayush distinguished chair were among the other dignitaries at the event. The event also saw participation of 8 delegates from Netherlands, Spain, Columbia, Canada and Bangladesh. During the event, 17 CCRH publications were released.

Subsequent sessions will include talks and panel discussion on topics like Empowering Homoeopathy and the Modern Perspectives, Clinicians Perspectives and Advancing practice. These sessions would witness inputs from Dr. V.K. Gupta, Chairman, SAB, CCRH, Sh. B.K Singh, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Ayush, Dr. Sangeeta A. Duggal, Advisor (Homoeopathy), Ministry of Ayush, Dr. Raj K. Manchanda, Chairperson, Homoeopathic Sectional Committee, Ayush Department, Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) & Former DG, CCRH, Dr.Chintan Vaishnav, Mission Director, Atal Innovation Mission, NITI Ayog, Dr. LK Nanda, Chairperson, SCCR, CCRH and other renowned clinicians.

The Scientific Convention over the 2 days will also include sessions on Translational Research, Evidence Base: Research & Practice Experience, Epidemic and Public health, Homoeopathic Drug Standardization and Basic Research, Interdisciplinary Research, Reforms and Research in Education, Global Perspectives., Challenges in Homoeopathy - Role of Homoeopathic Professional Associations, Veterinary Homoeopathy, Quality Assurance in Homoeopathic Medicinal Products and Services, etc.

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