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Central Council for Research in Homoeopathy

Shiwani Mehta

The Central Council of Research in Homoeopathy is a premier organization engaged in organized research in homoeopathy in the country.The Council has been set up with an aim to formulate, coordinate and develop research in homoeopathy on scientific lines.

Homoeopathic system of medicine was introduced in India by Dr. John Martin Honigberger under the royal patronage of Maharaja Ranjit Singh in 1839. Since then homoeopathy has progressed steadily. With the advent of homoeopathy, in India the need for recognition of homoeopathy by the government and the establishment of institutions for the development of homoeopathy arose. Homoeopathic system of medicine was fully recognized in December 1973 with the passing of a central act. Institutions were established with their specific areas of activities for the promotion and growth of homoeopathy in India.

Homoeopathic pharmacopoeia committee was established in 1962 for drug standardization of homoeopathic medicines. Central Council of Homoeopathy was set up in 1973 with the objective of standardizing and monitoring the conduct of homoeopathic education and practice.

Systematic research in various Indian systems of medicine and homoeopathy was started in 1969 when the government of India established Central Council for Research in Indian Medicine and Homoeopathy. In the year 1978, this council was dissolved to pave the way for four separate research councils, one each for homoeopathy, Ayurveda and Siddha, Unani medicine and Yoga and Naturopathy. Thus, was established the Central council for Research in homoeopathy (CCRH).

The CCRH was set up in 1978 as an autonomous organization under the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India for the formulation, coordination, development and promotion of research on scientific lines in fundamental and applied aspects of homoeopathy. It is fully financed by the government of India.

The council as of today remains a premier organization engaged in organized research in homoeopathy in the country. Dr. R.Shaw is the Director of CCRH, presently and under him the council is working towards the betterment of research work in homoeopathy. Dr. Shaw gave us the information about the Research Council’s endeavours to explore the unexplored.

Dr. Shaw gave the details of the organizational set up of the council all over India.

The council has made great stride over the years and has a network of 51 institutes and units located in various parts of the country. The Central Research Institute at Kottayam has a 50 bedded hospital, Regional Research Institute at Gudivada has 25 bedded hospital and institutes at Jaipur, Puri and Mumbai have 10 bedded hospitals and New Delhi has a 14 bedded hospital.

Dr. Shaw relates that the main aims and objectives of this Council are the formulation of research on scientific lines in homoeopathy and to initiate, aid, develop and coordinate scientific research in different aspects, fundamental and applied of homoeopathy. The other objectives are to promote and assist institution of research for the study of the diseases, their prevention, causation and the homOeopathic treatment.

On asking him about the research programs that are being taken up by the council, Dr. Shaw gave us the program profile of the Council. As per the program profile, the research program's taken up by the council can be broadly classified into basic science research covering drug standardization studies, clinical investigation research, epidemiological and outcome research and literary research. The areas of research are chosen so that the outcome of the research can benefit the common man and also aid in clinical practice of homoeopathy. The council has in its clinical research program laid emphasis to the diseases important from the national health point of view. Due importance has also been given to provide medical aid as byway of research to the people living in the rural, tribal and far flung areas.

Clinical Research
The Council has laid emphasis on clinical research as an important activity ever since its inception. The Council has achieved success in various fields via this clinical research program which has helped in the growth and promotion of homoeopathy in the country. The clinical research studies have facilitated identification of a small group of most efficacious homeopathic medicines in some of the clinical conditions and also established their prescribing totality. The positive gain of these findings is that the profession shall have a smaller number of homoeopathic medicines with confirmed symptomatic indications to refer to for a particular disease thus making the practice of homoeopathy easy.

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