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History of Homoeopathy in India


Travelers, missionaries and military personnels from the West brought Homoeopathy to India as early as 1810. The credit of receiving official patronage goes to Dr. John Martin Honigberger who was called to the Court of Maharaja Ranjeet Singh in 1839 for his treatment.After treating Maharaja Ranjit Singh, Dr. Honingberger settled in Calcutta.This paved the road map of development of Homoeopathy in this country. It was the state of Bengal, which nurtured Homoeopathy in its early period through certain training institutions and treatment centers.The Homoeopathic hospitals in Calcutta were famous for the treatment of intractable diseases.

The success of controlling epidemics like Cholera and enduring efforts of several stalwart prescribers helped its acceptance in other parts of the country. During the course of its development in India, it has gained substantial governmental patronage and has vast infrastructure. It is one of the medical systems recognized by the Government of India.

  • 1948: Govt. of India constituted Homoeopathic Enquiry Committee (HEC)
  • 1949: Homoeopathic Enquiry Committee report presented, which recommended constitution of Central Homoeopathy Council
  • 1954: Homoeopathic Advisory Committee formed at the Centre, which advised the Govt. on all matters pertaining to Homoeopathy including education, research, regulation of practice, pharmacopeias, drug manufacture, hospitals & dispensaries, etc.
  • 1955: Special postal cancellation on 10th April, to commemorate Bicentenary celebration of birth anniversary of Dr. Hahnemann, the father of Homoeopathy
  • 1962: Nomination of Honorary Homoeopathic Advisor to Govt. of India
  • 1962: Formation of Indian Homoeopathic Pharmacopoeia Committee
  • 1964: Rural Homoeopathic Medical Aid Committee formed
  • 1969: Govt. of India established Central Council for Research in Indian Medicine and Homoeopathy (CCRIM&H)
  • 1973: Homoeopathic Central Council Act passed in the Parliament
  • 1974: Formation of Central Council of Homoeopathy to regulate Homoeopathic education and practice
  • 1977: Hahnemann Stamp released in India
  • 1978: CCRIM&H dissolved to form 4 independent research councils, including Central Council for Research in Homoeopathy
  • 1995: Department of Indian System of Medicine and Homoeopathy (ISM&H) formed under Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Govt. of India.
  • 2002: National Policy on Indian Systems of Medicine and Homoeopathy formulated
  • 2003: Department of ISM&H renamed as Department of Ayurveda, Siddha, Unani, Yoga & Naturopathy and Homoeopathy (AYUSH)