Worldwide Status and Growth of Homeopathy

World Health Organisation, Development, Global Scenario, Time-Line, Popularity



Status of homeopathy in Europe, America, Asia, Australia, Middle East, Africa
UK, France, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Spain, Ireland, USA, Canada, Brazil, Columbia, Argentina, South Africa, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, New Zealand, Israel

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1. Global Scenario

2. WHO supports homeopathy(except for treatment of Tuberculosis and infant diarrhea)

3. Homeopathy in Europe: UK, France, Germany

4. Homeopathy in Australia

5. Homeopathy in India

6. Homeopathy in America: USA, Canada, Mexico, Columbia, Argentina

7. Homeopathy in other countries

8. Spread of Homeopathy Worldwide

9. Significant Years in the history of Homeopathy

10. Popularity of Homeopathy

11. Dignitaries endorsing/supporting homeopathy

status of homeopathy all around the world

Fig. 1: Homeopathy Around the World


Homoeopathy is currently used in over 80 countries. It has legal recognition as an individual system of medicine in 42 countries and is recognized as a part of complementary and alternative medicine in 28 countries .

Ref:Legal Status of Traditional Medicine and Complementary/Alternative Medicine: A worldwide review. Geneva: World Health organization; 2001

“Homeopathy has now spread its wings globally, with currently 450 million patients”

Reference: Christian Boiron, Waarom ik vertrouwen heb in homeopathie, 1st ed. Standaard Uitgeverij (Antwerpen, 2007), backcover

Homeopathy: One Vision, One Voice

International Council for Homeopathy (2007)

Group on very low dose and high dilution effects(1986)

Homeopaths World Wide (HWW): HWW-Swiss,,,,,,,,,Homeopaths Without Borders (HWB)

OCH Armenia

HWB: HWB-North America,,,,HWB-France,,,,,HWB-Netherlands.,,,,,HWB-Germany

International Guidelines for Homeopathy Education

Snezana M Cupara, “Homeopathy Today – Education and Status” Acta Medica Medianae 2007,Vol.46

World Health Organisation supports homeopathy

1999: The WHO called for closer incorporation of homoeopathy into “western medical systems” “The development of research and evaluation structures, combined with a critical education in the discipline, would help to improve practices and define homoeopathy’s potential role in relation to the other therapies, conventional and unconventional, used in Western health systems.” Ref: Poitevin B, Integrating Homoeopathy in Health Systems, WHO Bulletin, 1999, 77, 2, 160-166., FULL TEXT

2003-2004: WHO issued a 40-page draft on homoeopathy, entitled Homoeopathy: review and analysis of reports on controlled clinical trials, claimed that the “majority” of peer-reviewed scientific papers published over the past 40 years “have demonstrated that homoeopathy is superior to placebo in placebo-controlled trials and is equivalent to conventional medicines in the treatment of illnesses, in both humans and animals.”

In addition, the WHO stated in their Journal “The World Health Forum” that “Homeopathy seems well suited for use in rural areas where the Infrastructure, Equipment, and Drugs needed for Conventional Medicine cannot be provided.”

Ref: Homeopathy is more than medicine

The WHO states that Homeopathy is the second most used medical system internationally, with over $1 Billon in expenditures for such therapy. In the United states, there are more than 500 physicians and 5000 non-physicians using Homoeopathy in clinical practice, and 2.5 million Americans currently use Homeopathic medicines – of which two-thirds are self-prescribed spending more than $250 million annually.

Ref: Lawrence M.Tierney, Jr. et al, “Current Medical Diagnosis & Treatment”, USA: The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. 2004 (1701-03; 4th ed.)

According to World health Organisation, Homeopathic medicine is the most popular Traditional. Complementary and Alternative Medicine (TCAM) in countries with a GDP > $15,000, and the second most (after Herbal) in countries with GDP < $15,000. Ref: WHO Global Atlas of Traditional, Complementary and Alternative Medicine, Map Volume, 2005, page 63,

According to World health Organisation, Homeopathy is the fastest-growing and second-most widely-used system of medicine in the world

Ref:World Health Report, WHO Global Atlas of Traditional, Complementary and Alternative Medicine, Map Volume, 2005

Feb 2010: WHO initiates steps towards standardisation in preparation of homeopathic medicines

Dr. Peter Fischer on WHO Report

“The same issue of The Lancet featured a leak of the WHO draft report on homeopathy. The WHO document was apparently leaked to The Lancet by Dutch and Belgian doctors hostile to homeopathy; their comments and the (hostile) comments of Prof. Edzard Ernst of the University of Exeter were published. Dr Xiaorui Zhang, Traditional Medicine Coordinator of WHO, who is responsible for the report, was also interviewed, but declined to comment on a leaked, confidential draft.

This leak came only 2 days after The Times of London published, as its front page lead, a remarkably similar story: a leak of the Smallwood Enquiry on The Role of Complementary and Alternative Medicine in the NHS commissioned by The Prince of Wales’ Foundation for Integrated Health. It is ironic that the editor of The Lancet, Dr Richard Horton, wrote to The Times accusing “Dr.” Ernst of having ‘broken every code of scientific behaviour’ for leaking the draft report of the Smallwood Enquiry (and incidentally describing complementary medicine as ‘a largely pernicious influence… preying on the fears and uncertainties of the sick’), while simultaneously doing the same to the WHO report in his own journal

Ref: Homeopathy and the Lancet (2006) FULL TEXT

WikiLeaks: Big Pharma caught spying on WHO

Status of homeopathy in Europe

Three Europeans out of four know about homeopathy and of these 29 % use it for their health care.

Ref: Homeopathic medicinal products. Commission report to the European Parliament and the Council on the application of Directives 92/73 and 92/74.

European Committee for Homeopathy

European Central Council of Homeopaths (1990)

Society of Homeopaths(1978)

European Network of Homeopathy Researchers

European Federation of Homeopathic Patients’ Associations

Homeopathy in Italy and Spain

45% of Dutch doctors use homeopathy [1] and 39% of Belgian paediatricians are in favour of Homeopathy [2]

[1]. Medical journal of Australia, 2000, 172, 105-109

[2]. Homeopathy 2002, 91, 262

At the General Hospital in Klagenfurt, Austria, children with cancer are treated with homeopathy along with conventional medicine. At another hospital in Austria, (KA Rudolfstiftung), homeopathy is used with newborns in the delivery room and intensive care units. Children with profound mental impairment receive homeopathic care in the Rzadkowo Welfare Centre in Poland. A study at Vinnitsa Medical University (Ukraine) atrial fibrillation was successfully treated using homeopathy. Finally, there was the heartening research of Dr. Nikolaus Hock in Munchen Germany, using homeopathy to treat depression. He presented two cases of people suffering from depression who got no relief from drugs in over two years. They were each cured in five weeks with homeopathic remedies (Aurum muriaticum and Alumina).

Ref: Abstracts of the 60th Congress of the Liga Medicorum Homeopathica Internationalis

United Kingdom

The British Royal Family has been under homeopathic care since 1820 and there has always been a Royal Homeopathic Doctor. The post is currently held by Dr. Peter Fisher. The Queen carries her ‘black box’ of homeopathic remedies that includes 60 vials of homeopathic medicines with her on all her travels.King George VI named one of his prize racehorse ‘Hypericum’

British Homeopathic Association (1847)

The Faculty of Homeopathy (1943)

The homeopathic Medical Association (1985)

National Homeopathic Service (1996) Helpline Call Now 07956-208694

Alliance of Registered Homeopaths (2001)

Homeopathy Action Trust (2002)

Homeopathy: Medicine for the 21st Century (2007)

Homeopathic Research Institute (2007)

The Friends of Royal London Hospital for Integrated Medicine (2010)

British Homoeopathic Dental Association

Homeopathy has been available on the National Health Service in Britain since 1948. Then the Government pledged that homeopathy would continue to be available on the NHS, as long as there were “patients wishing to receive it and doctors willing to provide it”.


1983: According to British Medical Journal, 80% of graduates from medical schools in Britain said they wanted training in either homeopathy, acupuncture, or hypnosis. (BMJ, 287, 30 July 1983, pp. 337-39)

1986: According to British Medical Journal, 42% of British physicians surveyed in Avon refer patients to homeopathic physicians.

1990: According to The Times of London, homeopathy is now the fastest growing alternative therapy in Scotland. The numbers of Scots who have used homeopathic medicines have more than doubled from 1985 to 1990, increasing from 5% to 11%. Similarly, in 1985 23% of those Scots interviewed in 1985 said they would “seriously consider” going to a homeopath, and in 1990 this figure grew to 40%.

Ref: “Take a Little of What Ails You,” The Times, November 13, 1989.

1992: 45% of UK GPs consider homeopathy useful and 42% refer their patients for homeopathic treatment.

Ref: Natural medicine Society News, UK, 21, June 1992

2001: A report by the Centre of Complementary Health Studies in Exeter noted a 49% increase in the number of statutory health practitioners who practice homeopathy.

2003: 86% of Scottish GPs surveyed were found to be in favour of homeopathy [3].

[3].Hamilton E, Exploring General Practitioners attitudes to homeopathy in Dumfries and Galloway, Homeopathy, 2003, 92, 190-194.

Currently, homeopathy is the second most popular complementary medicine in the UK [4,5].

[4]. “New research in the Times Body and Soul reveals disenchanted Britons turning to complementary therapy”, PRNewswire, London Jan 9, 2004.

[5]. The Independent, 17 November, 2003.

2005: 60% of the UK doctors who use homeopathy do so because of good experience of homeopathy as effective treatment and anxiety about hazards of conventional treatment

Ref: Halvorsen R. Alternative therapies in the practice. The General Practitioner Magazine. Feb 2005

2006: Arnica gel (Atrogel) product was the first homeopathic product to be registered by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency

2007: 14.5% of the population say that they trust homeopathy

Ref: Samarasekera U; Lancet. 2007 Nov 17; 370(9600):1677-8.

2007: 206 MPs signed Early Day Motion 1240 to acknowledge the positive contribution made to the health of the nation by the NHS homeopathic hospitals.

2008: Dr Sara Eames, President of The Faculty of Homeopathy, “The pilot is promising and confirms my own experience of treating NHS patients with homeopathy. The homeopathic hospitals are conducting meaningful treatment and observation of patients that is absolutely in line with the recommendations of the (Lord) Darzi Report.”

The Department of Health, UK, commissioned a CAM Pilot Project in two primary care trusts in Northern Ireland, implemented by Get Well UK. There was a 79% improvement in the level of health for those who had homeopathic treatment, pp. 31

2009: House of Commons, Science & Tech. Committee, Evidence Check 2: Homeopathy

2010: 9 MPs signed EDM 1164 calling Government to look at the experiences of India when formulating homeopathy policy in the UK

The UK Government came out in favour of continuing the NHS Funding for homeopathy

The market for homeopathy has grown by 18% since 2008, and is now worth a staggering £213 million a year, with experts expecting a rise of up to £282 million by 2014.

The four NHS homeopathic hospitals( ) currently treat 55,000 patients per year out of which The Royal London Homoeopathic Hospital alone treats 30,000 patients every year

Insurance cover for homeopathy is around £70 per year

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Patient Association for the Advancement of Homeopathy in France

1985: In a prominent French news magazine President Francois Mitter and and six medical school deans called for more research on homeopathy, and Dana Ullman editorialized, “It is a fact that homeopathy obtains results, sometimes spectacular results.”

Ref: “Medecines douches: La revanche de l’homeopathie,” Le Nouvel Observateur, April 12, 1985, 36-41.

1989: According to surveys in France, an astounding 40% of the French public have used homeopathic medicines, and 39% of French physicians have prescribed them.

Ref:F. Bouchayer, “Alternative Medicines: A General Approach to the French Situation,” Complementary Medical Research, May, 1990, 4(2)4-8.

At least six French medical schools offer courses leading to a degree in homeopathy, and homeopathy is taught in all pharmacy schools and in four veterinary schools.

Ref: Poll I.F.O.P., February 1989.

2004: 62% of French mothers used homeopathic medicines in the previous 12 months. 70% of French doctors are receptive to homeopathy and consider it effective and at least 25,000 of them prescribe homeopathic medicines for their patients.

Ref: 100 Facts about homeopathy

The best selling flu remedy in France is a homeopathic medicine: Anas Bar 200c, commonly marketed under the trade name Oscillococcinum.


International Society of Homotoxicology and Homeopathy (2008) 1833: Central Homoeopathic union was instrumental in establishing First homeopathic hospital in Germany established with Dr.Muller as its Director

In Germany, 20% of medical practitioners prescribe homeopathic medicines for their patients [6,7,8] and they’re used by 90% of German veterinarians [9]

[6]. Ludtke R et al, Forsch Komplementarmed Klass Natureheilkd, 2001, 8, 4, 213-8.

[7]. British Medical Journal, 2 November 2002;325:990.

[8]. WHO Bulletin op cit.

[9]. HomInt R&D Newsletter, Glasgow Homoeopathic Hospital, 1998.(Glasgow Homoeopathic Hospital is now renamed as Centre for Integrative Care)


Swiss Association of Homeopathic Physicians

2006: The Swiss Federal Office for Public Health issued a report to the government of Switzerland which concluded that “the effectiveness of homeopathy can be supported by clinical evidence, and professional and adequate application be regarded as safe”

2008 5.1% of Swiss patients undergoing kidney transplant is using homeopathy as a complementary medicine

2011: Swiss Govt’s “Health TechnologyAssessment” evaluated “real world effectiveness” of homeopathy.

Status of homeopathy in Australia

The Australian Association of Professional Homeopaths

Australian Homoeopathic Association

Register of Homeopaths (1999)

Homeopathy in Australia

Homeopathy in Victoria

Status of homeopathy in India

1839: Dr. John Martin Honigberger, M.D. (german) introduced Homeopathy to India (Hahnemann was in Paris then)by treating Maharaja Ranjit Singh of Lahore who was suffering from paralysis of vocal chords by giving him dulcamara

1847: First Homeopathic Hospital in India at Tanjore, Tamil Nadu established by Surgeon Samuel Brooking

1866: First homeopathic pharmacy in India: Berigny and Company’s Calcutta Homoeopathic Pharmacy established by Rajendralal Dutta, the Father of Homeopathy in India, Ref:

1867 Feb: First homeopathy Journal in India India Medical Review by Dr. Mahendra lal Sircar, M.D., (Vice-President of American Medical Association (Bengal Branch), a first allopathic physician converted to homeopathy in India from which he was boycotted by AMA against which he said, “Truth must be told, and truth must be acted upon”)

1876:Dr. Mahendra lal Sircar founded the ‘Indian Association for the cultivation of Science’

1878: First homeopathy college in India Calcutta Homoeopathic Medical College and Hospitalestablished byDr. PC majumdar & Dr. DN Roy

1891: 30 qualified homeopaths in India

1892: Homeopathy gets a major boost in India with the establishment of Bhaduri Charitable Homeopathic Dispensary. Between June 1892 and February 1893, 80,000 patients receive medical help and medicine.Ref: Iman Nawab, India – Pride of Homeopathy,

1948: 3000 homeopaths in India

Legal Status

1943: Bengal State government become the first state to accord official status to Homeopathy

1944: The efforts to get Govt.’s recognition of homeopathy at national level started with the establishment of All India Institute of Homeopathy.

1973:Govt.of India officially recognises homeopathy and anchored in National Health Policy as a result ofHomoeopathy Central Council Act.

1973: The legal status of homeopathic medicine [Bachelors in Homoeopathic Medicine and Surgery (BHMS)]in India is on an equal footing with conventional [Bachelor of Medical and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS)], Ayurveda (BAMS, recognised since 1969), Unani (BUMS), and Siddha (BSMS) medicine. It is recognised by Central Council of Homoeopathy , Deptt. of AYUSH, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Govt. of India since 1973.

1975: Govt of India establishes Homoeopathic Pharmacopoeia Laboratory

1978: Govt of India establishesCentral Council for Research in Homoeopathy,(32 institutions and units spread across India)

1995: Govt. of India created Department of Indian Systems of Medicine and Homeopathy (ISMH) which was renamed asDepartment of AYUSH in 2003

‘In the Indian subcontinent the legal position of the practitioners of homeopathy has been elevated to a professional level similar to that of a medical practitioner’.

Ref: Jugal Kishore, “Homoeopathy: The Indian Experience,” World Health forum, 3, 1983, pp.110

Homeopathy is recognized by government and receives support in all 4 sectors – education, research, drug development and health care services.


Homeopathy Education

Regular full time 5.5 years graduate medical degree [Bachelors in Homoeopathic Medicine and Surgery (BHMS)] that includes one year compulsory internship (approx 4800 hours in total) with postings in every department of either college hospital or government hospital to which college is attached, is absolutely necessary for becoming qualified & to get license to practice homeopathy medicine in India. And to do regular full time M.D. in any one of the 7 specialisations (Medicine, Paediatrics, Psychiatry, Pharmacy, Organon, Materia Medica, Repertory) of homeopathy medicine, you have to spend three more years after BHMS. Ph.D is also available after MD.

Presently 52 Universities (including Deemed Universities) in the Country are offering Courses in Homoeopathy [1]. Currently there are 183 homeopathy medical colleges in India offering BHMS (Maharashtra state has highest number of colleges, approx 25% of all colleges), out of which 1 is national institute, 31 state govt colleges, 7 govt-funded private colleges and 144 private colleges. Currently 38 colleges offer MD. In Gujarat, 17 Homoeopathic Medical Colleges are offering courses in Homoeopathy under affiliation to 6 Universities. In West Bengal, 12 Homoeopathic Medical Colleges are offering courses in Homoeopathy under affiliation to 01 University [1].

Ref : History of homeopathy in India

and [1] Minister of State, AYUSH(IC), Shri

Shripad Yesso Naikin a written reply to a question inRajya Sabha, 2015

BHMS Syllabus

Medical Colleges

Govt of India: Compulsory Accreditation for Homeopathy Medical Colleges, Minimum qualification to teach:MD. This ensures quality


Healthcare services in Homoeopathy are provided by 215 hospitals and 6812 dispensaries run by state governments and municipal bodies, 35 dispensaries of Central Government Health Scheme, 39 of the labour ministry and 129 of the railway ministry.

Ref:AYUSH Chair guidelines, Deptt. Of AYUSH, 18 May 2012,

2006: There were 28 homeopathic dispensaries in Delhi in 1978 and the number now has gone up to 78. The number of patients taking homeopathic medicines has increased from around 800,000 patients in 1997 to 13,62,174 patients in 2006

Reference: Business Standard

Hospitals 215
Beds 7799
Dispensaries 7015
Registered Practitioners
(as on 1 Jan 2014) [1]
BHMS Colleges/Seats 183/12,728
MD Colleges/Seats 38/813
Manufacturing Units 414

Ref: AYUSH Chair guidelines, Deptt. Of AYUSH, 18 May 2012, and [1] Minister of State, AYUSH(IC), Shri Shripad Yesso Naik in a written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha., 2015

In India most of the Government run clinics (2500) and hospitals have an outpatient homeopathic clinics. And some private hospitals such as Sir GangaRam (Delhi), Safdurjung (Delhi), Artemis (Gurgaon), etc

Around 7% of all the ambulances are staffed by homeopathic personnel

Ref: Martin Dinges, ’Homöopathie in Indien: Ein Absteiger im indischen Gesundheitssystem?’ in ZKH 2008; 52 (2) 60

Adolescent health care program by the Department of Homoeopathy, Government of Kerala, India

The Central Government has provided treatment facilities in Homeopathy under its CGHS Scheme in seventeen (17) different towns and cities.Ref: Minister of State, AYUSH(IC), Shri Shripad Yesso Naik in a written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha, 2015

Human Resources

India has become the world leader in Homeopathy, with 2.24729 lakhs (2011) (85,000 in 1984) registered homeopath physicians (20% of all physicians), churns out no less than 13,000 homeopaths (12,371 got admission in BHMS and 1040 in M.D. in 2009) every year.

2009: 675 homeopathy doctors have been appointed in Gujarat under the National Rural Health Mission of the government of India, and 182 part-time government homeopathy dispensaries have been upgraded to full-time status

Dr.Jugal Kishore & Dr Mukesh Batra (Homeopaths) received Indian Govt Padam Shree Award 2012 …

Number of users of homeopathy

In fact, over 100 million people in India depend solely on this form of medical care. (This number does not include the patients who consult a homeopath besides consulting another practitioner)

Reference: Raekha Prasad, Homeopathy booming in India. Lancet, 370: November 17, 2007, pp.1679-80.

According to a recent AC Nielson survey, while 62 per cent of the current homeopathy users have never tried allopathy, 82 per cent of homeopathy users would not switch to conventional treatments.

Size of Homeopathy Market

2010: According to Wall Street Journal, by The Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM) estimates, the homeopathy market is worth 26 billion rupees (€391 million) and growing at 25% a year.

2012: ASSOCHAM says that homeopathy Industry Likely to be Rs. 4,600 crores and by 2017, homeopathy market to Touch Rs 52,000 crore


A budget of €260 million of the AYUSH Department is available for homeopathy and much of it is spend on homeopathic research, education and health care

Ref: Raekha Prasad. Homeopathy booming in India. Lancet, 370: November 17, 2007, pp.1680.

Expenditure on Homeopathy: Department of AYUSH has invested Rs. 678.97 crore (actual expenditure of the department) in 2009-10. The provisional actual expenditure for 2010-11 is 844.53 crore.


According to AYUSH 2010 report, Rs. 5.58 crores of homoeopathic medicines and Rs. 2.83 crores of biochemic medicines have been exported in 2009-10.


A New Delhi study (among more than 1 million homeopathic patients) has shown that almost 50% chose homeopathic treatment due to its low cost

Ref: ‘Cost Effectiveness and Efficacy of Homeopathy in Primary Health Care Units of Government of Delhi, 60th International Homeopathic Congress LIGA Congress, Berlin, 2005, pp.12 FULL TEXT

A visit to a homeopathic doctor costs less than half the price charged by a medical doctor in India

Ref: Raekha Prasad. Homeopathy booming in India. Lancet, 370: November 17, 2007, p.1679.

Federation of Indian Homoeopathic Associations – FIHA

Status of homeopathy in America

North America

North American Society of Homeopaths


1825: Dr.Hans Burch Gram, MD, a Danish physician introduced homeopathy in USA

1844: American Institute of Homeopathy

Homeopathy, Economics, and Government //1847-1947

National Center for Homeopathy

Online Directories of Qualified Homeopaths in the US

Scope of Homeopathy in USA

1854: Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), before Lincoln was elected president, he as a lawyer prepared a state legislative proposal to charter a homeopathic medical college in Chicago. Ref:

1938: FDA approved Homeopathic medicines

1993: The New England Journal of Medicine reported that 2.5 million Americans used homeopathic remedies and 800,000 patients visited homeopaths in 1990, and it has continued to grow.

From 1990 to 2000, sales of homeopathic products in the United States rose 1000% (Sayner-Flusche 2000). According to the National Center for Homeopathy, sales of homeopathic remedies in the US are over $300 million and are increasing by 12% per year. National drugstore chains carry homeopathic products and the number of professional practitioners in the US has increased from 200 in the 1970s to 3,000 today. (Stehlin, 1996).

Ref: Canadian Journal of Media Studies

A federally funded survey in 2007 found that in the previous year (2006) nearly 5 million Americans used homeopathic remedies, Washington Post,27 Oct 2009


Homeopathic Medical Council of Canada

Canadian Society of Homeopaths

The National United Professional Association of Trained Homeopaths

Canadian Consumers Centre for Homeopathy

Professional Homeopathy in Canada and Quebec


Homeopathy in Mexico

South America

Homeopathy in Columbia

Homeopathy in Argentina

Status of homeopathy in other countries

Homeopathy in Israel

Homeopathy in Malaysia, New Zealand

Homeopathy in South Africa

Homeopathy in Asia, Africa

Spread of Homeopathy World Wide

1796: Germany (Hahnemann)

1816: Austria (M. Marenzeller)

1820: England (Stapf cured Adelaide who later become a queen), Spain (Querol and Folch)

1821: Denmark (Lund), Italy (Necher u.a.)

1822: Hungary (J. v. Bakody)

1823: Russia (Adam)

1824: Poland (Bigel)

1825: United States (Hans Burch Gram)

1826: Sweden (Wahlenberg)

1827: Switzerland (Siegrist), Surinam (Hering)

1829: Belgium (van Moor)

1830: South Africa (Philip), France (Graf Des Guidi)

1831: Holland (J. Schonfeld)

1835/1839: India (John Martin Honigberger)

1836: Portugal (F.G. Galvao)

1837: Brazil (Jahn, 1837), Ireland (C. Luther), Columbia

1840: Australia (Dr William Sherwin)

1845: Cuba (J. Bramon), China (Macao/Conaton, Lagrenee, Yvan, Callery)

1847: Mozambique (Monteiro)

1848: Chile (Garcia, Aug. Gusmao), Paraguay (Chedifer), Canada (v. Schrader, Lancaster)

1849: Uruguay (Korth, Estrazulas, Lopez)

1850: New Zealand (William Purdie)

1851: Egypt (Mure, v. Sonnenberg)

1852: Sudan (Mure)

1853: Mexico (Navarette)

Ref: The Spread of Homeopathy, Adapted from Rudolf Tischner’s 1939 treatise Geschicthe Der Homoopathie (History of Homeopathy) By Jay Yasgur, R.Ph., M.Sc., JAIH Spring 1998, Vol. 91, No.1

Significant Years

1779: Dr. Hahnemann awarded M.D. with honours in conventional medicine from University of Erlangen

1790: Hahnemann became the first person to test the effect of drug (Cinchona) on healthy human being, findings appeared under the title, “Experiments concerning a new principle for the discovery of the healing forces of drug substances besides a short review of what is known so far”, Journal of Practical Medicine, Vol.1, Issue 1, 1796

1792: Dr. Hahnemann advocated healthy accommodation for the sick, before anyone else

1795: He advocated improvements in public hygiene measures, before anyone else

1796: Principle of Similars

1797: In one of his publication in Journal of practical Medicine, he distinguished between “dynamically” and “chemically” acting medicines

1799: Homeo-prophylaxis introduced by Dr. Hahnemann

1801: Law of minimum dose

1801: Potentisation introduced

1805: Hahnemann crossed Avogadro limit (not known then), potency 18c appears for the first time.

1807: The term ‘homoeopathy’ and ‘homeopathic” was first published inJournal of Practical Medicine

1810: Organon of Medicine, 1st edition: Law of Simplex

1811: Hahnemann introduced First Materia Medica in homeopathy (Materia Medica Pura)

1822: First homeopathy Journal (german): Dr. Johann Ernst Stapf’s Archive for homoeopathic healing art

1825: First homeopathic pharmacopeia by Carl Gottlob Caspari

1828: The chronic Diseases: their nature and homoeopathic treatment published

1829: Organon of Medicine, 4th edition: Theory of Chronic Miasms

1829: A Society was formed under the name -Society for the Promotion and Development of Homoeopathic Medicine with Hahnemann as its president. It was later renamed The Central Homoeopathic Union.

1829 Sept 19: World’s First placebo controlled trial conducted by a german homeopath Hermann in Russia(19 sept 1829-19 Feb 1830)

1829: Theory of Miasms

1832:First homeopathy repertoryby Dr. Clemens von Bonninghausen(“The Repertory of the Anti-Psoric Remedies”)

1833: Organon of Medicine, 5th edition: Doctrine of Vital Force, wet doses introduced

1833: Potencies prepared in De-cimal scale (X or D) introduced by Hering

1833: Central Homoeopathic union was instrumental in establishing first Homoeopathic hospitalin Germany

1833: First English translation of the Organon by Charles H Devrient with notes by Samuel Stratten in Dublin

1835: World’sFirst Double-Blind Randomised Placebo Controlled Trialwas conducted by a german homeopath Johann Jacob Reuter (Natrum Mur 30c vs placebo)

1837: Dynamisation introduced

1838: Benoit Mure automise the potentisation process, built the first potentisation machine

1841: Dr. Hahnemann identified the need for healthy housing and a healthy diet, including avoidance of excess use of sugar and salt, before anyone else

1842: Organon of Medicine, 6th edition written: introduced new scale of potency ‘infinitesimal dilutions’

1856 July 28: Unknown author ‘NE’ in the German journalAllgemeine Homöopathische Zeitungintroduced Hahnemann’s new scale of potency ‘infinitesimal dilutions’. Before that only Hahneman’s wife and Bönninghausen knew about this new scale of potency. Later, Dr. Pierre Schmidt of Geneva termed this new scale as “50 Millesimal”. Rudolf Flury gave the abbreviation ‘LM’. The name ‘Q-potency’ was introduced by Jost Kunzli

1860: First homeopathy Journal (English): The North American Journal of Homeopathy

1881: Blood Pressure measuring instrumentSphygmo-graphwas invented by a UK homeopath Robert Ellis Dudgeon

1887: Arndt-Schultz Law

1910: Tuberular Miasm introduced by Dr. John Henry Allen in his book “Chronic Miasms”

1921: Organon of Medicine 6th edition (German) published

1922: Organon 6th edition (English) by Dr.William Boericke published

1988: Memory of water (Dr. Jacques Benveniste, Ig Nobel laureater)

1994: Potentisation creates molecular clusters in water (G S Anagnostatos)

1999: Potentisation alters the properties of Water (Elia V, Niccoli M)

2001: Alcohol forms clusters with water (Wisniewski)

2005: Potentisation alters the structure of water (Dr. Rustom Roy)

2006: PPR Entanglement (Dr. Milogram)

2008: homeopathic medicines have stable and unique molecular structure with recognizable properties (Dr. Rustom Roy)

2009: Potentisation creates nano-structures (Dr. Luc Montagnier, Nobel laureate)

2010: Metal-derived homeopathic medicines in 200c potency retains nano-grams of fine nano-particles (5-15 nm) of the original starting material [Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Bombay] 2011: Plant-derived homeopathic medicines in 15c potency retains crystalline nanoparticles (100 nm) of the original starting material (IIT Delhi)

Popularity of Homeopathy

At an AMA meeting, Dr. J.N. McCormack of Kentucky, who was the driving force behind the 1903 re-organisation of the AMA, said: “We must admit that we never fought the homeopath on matters of principle. We fought him because he came into the community and got the business.”

Homeopathy’s popularity is growing by leaps and bounds. Homeopathy is the fastest growing medicine (at 20% a year) in the world.

A ranking of the world’s top healing systems (including pharmaceutical drug therapy) carried out in 2003 had homoeopathy second only in popularity to Traditional Chinese Medicine

Ref: Kemper KJ, Jacobs J, Homeopathy in Pediatrics- No harm likely but how much good? Contemporary Pediatrics, May, 2003, 20, 97-111.

2005: Lancet: “The more dilute the evidence for homeopathy becomes, the greater seems its popularity”.

2008: In Global TGI survey where people were asked whether they trust homeopathy the following percentages of people living in urban areas said YES: 62% in India, 58% Brazil, 53% Saudi Arabia, Chile 49%, United Arab Emirates 49%, France 40%, South Africa 35%, Russia 28%, Germany 27%, Argentina 25%, Hungary 25%, USA 18%

Dignitaries endorsing/supporting homeopathy

What Nobel Laureates said on Homeopathy?

The Homeopathic Revolution: Why Famous people and cultural heroes love homeopathy

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The regulation of health care practice varies from one country to another. As far as people demand quality multi-dimensional homeopathy health care, governments are obliged to provide. Undoubtedly, homeopathy is the medicine for the 21st century.

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  1. Narayana Rao

    Interesting Material — I came across today on Twitter some messages criticizing you. But they are immaterial. Please write knols on Homeopathy explaining various facets as your time permits. Inform your fellow professionals also to come and write on Knol.While Homeopathy has certain limitations concerning some diseases, it is also very effective for many diseases and helps many patients.

    • Dr.Parikshit Mahimkar

      You are such a professional. The research effort you put into is gigantic and Herculian. This is more than an achievement. Every homeopath should follow your work/blog.

    • Dr. Nancy Malik

      Hello Sir
      Thanks for your encouragement. I will surely ask my fellow colleagues to join this knol I am not the one who is going to be bogged down by the denialists of homeopathy medicine. Let them do their work and I mine. Every system of medicine including homeopathy has its own limitations. Let us play to its strengths.

  2. Dr Prabhat Tandon

    excellent post — excellent post , just keep it up !! You can find more information on

    • Dr. Nancy Malik

      Hello Dr. Prabhat
      Thank You. That’s an excellent site.

  3. r weistra

    excellent — Yes, again an exellent post!!!!Nancy for president :)

    • Dr. Nancy Malik

      Thank you very much

  4. Jeremiah Stothart

    The study covered emergency caesarean procedures over a period of two years, and replaced the drug which was utilized to support the womb contract and cut the risk of bleeding. Acupuncture is one of probably the most widely practiced alternative medicines and is based on the theory that inserting and manipulating fine needles at specific points will control the body’s natural ‘Chi’ or energy.

  5. dr. vaibhav ravindra mahajan

    thanks for giving a such good article on homoeopathy , and i know very well that HOMOEOPATHY deserve it ,
    i think we are left behind bec. of not having proper / stastical / evedence based , and important that recently records ,
    and again we are not together to fight for homoeopathy , few are there but not all homoeoapth are fight for homoeopathy .. i think it all require for to take this in to main stream of treatment along with allopathy…
    i have practicising homoeoapthy since 3-4 years with quiet good , evevn fast and best reasult
    specially in acute s as well as in chronic , but government could not support us for betterment of our faculty …
    thanks for giving this platform to wrrite on homoeopathy ..
    dr. vaibhav mahajan

    • Dr. Nancy Malik

      Thank you Dr. Vaibhav for your inspiring words.
      In unity lies the strength of homeopathy.
      We all need to keep on improving as well as promoting homeopathy on individual as well as collective level
      In India, situation for homeopathy is conducive compared to other countries. Still there’s a lot that needs to be done.
      Thank You once again

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    Excellent blog you have here.. It’s difficult to find high-quality writing like yours these days. I honestly appreciate people like you! Take care!!


    Excellent blog you have presented here, and I wish U all the Best for your future commitments to present advancement in Homeopathy, I pray God to give enough patience to Promote in excellence Homeopathy…..
    Prof. Dr. Pappur Nikunj, Asst.Profesoor.

    • Dr. Nancy Malik

      Prof. (Dr.) Nikunj
      Thank You for your blessings. Regards.

  8. Dr Shaikh Shamsur Rahman

    Dear Dr Nancy Malik,
    Thanks for giving us such a good article on Homeopathy around the world.

    • Dr. Nancy Malik

      Thank You Dr. Rahman for your encouraging words. Regards

  9. Anup Sharma

    Dr. Nancy, I would say that it’s a well researched article, having well knit cross sectional and longitudinal dimension of study. This is an informative collection for the academic purposes and would be a resource for teachers of homeopathic colleges. However since you have taken up the subject well and if frequent travelling suits you please also venture in to the ‘Geographical status of Homeopathy’. May be I can provided some academic guidance and help about it. The present document may be considered as an authentic source by the experts and health authorities. It may also help homeopathic administration to sort out the myth about homeopathic treatment of Infantile diarrhea and Tuberculosis plus many more. If the entire collection and compilation of work has been carried out by you only I would like to recommend you for enrollment in MD (Hom) course and be awarded the degree on completion of rest of the requirements, if by now it has not been done. if you continue to pursue in the direction with perseverance a Doctoral degree may be with in your reach. I would be interested to know more about your credentials.

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