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Eminent Homoeopath: Dr. Jugal Kishore

Dr. Jugal Kishore is one of the most distinguished homoeopaths of India. He relates how he developed an interest in the homoeopathic science and shares some interesting experiences in his years of practice with us.

Dr. Jugal Kishore is one of the most distinguished personalities in the homoeopathic world today. Despite the popularity and fame as one of the most renowned homoeopaths in India, Dr. Jugal Kishore comes across as a very simple man. Born in October 1918 in Punjab, he did his schooling from Amritsar. After graduation he qualified as a homoeopathic physician from the Calcutta Homoeopathic Medical College (which is now about more than a hundred years old).

He began his career as a homoeopathic practitioner in 1945 and with his zeal and hard work, he gained in popularity with each passing year. Dr. Jugal Kishore had been the President of the Central Council of Research and Homoeopathy since 1975 for a period of over fourteen years.

Dr. Kishore is also the Honourary Homoeopathic Physician to the President of India. Currently, Dr. Jugal Kishore carries on his practice at his Golf Links residence-cum-clinic as well as from his clinic at Barakhamba Road, New Delhi.

Dr. Nidhi Luthra, our editor, had a small chat with Dr. Jugal Kishore at his Golf Links clinic, in which he shared some wonderful and interesting experiences of his life as a homoeopathic physician.

What was it that attracted you towards homeopathy during a time when homeopathy was not that popular?
You mean what induced me to take up homoeopathy… you will be surprised to know that as a young man I was not at all interested in homoeopathy and homoeopathy was not at all popular in the place where I lived and was brought up.

It so happened that after graduation when I was supposed to take the Indian Civil Services Examination, I fell seriously ill. I was treated by all the good doctors around but did not get well. I had given up hope when a friend of mine gave me a book on homoeopathy—Nash’s Remedies—and asked me to go through it and look for a medicine for myself. After going through the book I took the medicine and started feeling better. Then I started reading other books on homoeopathy and treated myself for a full one year.

During this time I worked as a quack and started treating my relatives and friends. I decided then to go to Calcutta to qualify as a homoeopathic physician. I began my career as a homoeopathic practitioner in 1945.

What would you attribute your growing success to?
I would say that my sincerity, hard work, zeal an devotion towards homoeopathy has made me successful today.

What do you think about the present status of homoeopathy in India today and how do you think it can be improved?
The status of homoeopathy in India today needs considerable attention on the part of the government and homoeopathic administration and the focus needs to be shifted to the teaching institutions of homoeopathy. There is a great scope for improvement in this. I do not think there is any dearth of students or any lack of interest on their part, because I do get so many students and all of them are hardworking and intelligent.

But there is a dearth of proper teaching methods and a lack of quality in the way the students are being taught. The teaching style needs to be improved, the subjects need to be taught not only from the point of view of examination, but also to give practical knowledge to the students.

All homoeopathic subjects likerepertory should be taught in such a way that the students know how to use it at bedside practice also. Young doctors should be given opportunities for teaching.

The old and experienced teachers should teach in a way that is useful for the students. They should impart their knowledge generously.

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