There has been a significant 50% rise in the number of patients seeking homeopathic treatment in the country in the past five years.
“In India, at 23 Institutes/ Units under the Central Council for Research in Homeopathy (CCRH), there is 50 % more footfall of patients seeking homeopathic treatment during the last five years,” said AYUSH Minister of State (Independent Charge) Shripad Yesso Naik.
“Homeopathy is not a pseudoscience. The conclusion of most comprehensive systematic reviews of studies based on classical homeopathy has concluded that it has a positive and specific effect greater than placebo alone,” he said in a written reply in the upper house.
“Homeopathy is being promoted as it is not only safe and effective but also due to its high acceptance through high quality surveys of use of homeopathy,” said Naik, adding that there is evidence that homeopathy is beneficial.
Homeopathy is a system of alternative medicine and is known to be the safest treatment for any ailment. Many people swear by its effectiveness.
Although considered safe, the nature of homeopathic drugs are also often subject to critical debates.