Refute claims that it is ineffective ahead of World Homeopathy Day
Doctors in the UAE have come out in strong defence of homeopathy, weeks after Australia’s top body for medical research concluded that it is not effective in treating any medical condition.
Speaking to XPRESS ahead of World Homeopathy Day on April 10, they refuted the claims of Australia’s National Health and Medical Research Council which concluded that there are no health conditions for which there is reliable evidence that homeopathy is effective.
Dr Mukesh Batra of Dr Batra’s homeopathy clinic in Dubai said: “We hear about such studies time and again, especially around World Homeopathy Day. But I refute the claims. There have been more than 300 studies conducted with double blind trials all over the world to establish the efficacy of homeopathy in treating various problems like asthma, allergies, diabetes, hypertension, insomnia etc.”
Dr Rajshree Rele, a Dubai-based homeopath, said the belief that homeopathy is slow to impact is misplaced. “It is a misconception that homeopathy cannot cure,” she said. “It is based on the principle of like cures like (similia similibus curentur) - where a substance that causes the symptoms of a disease in a healthy person can cure similar symptoms in a sick person.”
Dr Rajkumar Nair, Director of the Unicare Medical Center, which has two homeopaths on board, said: “A high percentage of healing is based on faith. To debunk any form of medicine is wrong because it is an evolving science. We cannot dismiss what we practised hundreds of years ago, by that logic what we practise today cannot also be called quackery many years hence.”
He said: “Complementary forms of medicine treat patients in a holistic way and cannot be scientifically researched.”