To widen its working horizon and for better research opportunities, CCRH collaborates with various organizations at the international level.
International Scientific Committee on Homoeopathy and Influenza
International Scientific Committee on Homoeopathy and Influenza (ISCHI) is one such international committee formed to combat Influenza pandemic in the world through homoeopathic medicines, with International Federation of Classical Homoeopathy (IFCH), European Committee of Homoeopathy (ECH), Royal London Homoeopathic Hospital (RLHH) and American Institute of Homoeopathy (AIH) as other members, besides CCRH. ISCHI had conducted a multi-nation survey on homoeopathic management of influenza like illness patients; India was one with other 6 countries (France, UK, USA, India, Brazil, Israel, Belanux).
University of California, Los Angeles, USA
Homoeopathy is second largest system of medicine among the Indian system of medicines. However, no studies have been conducted to assess the potential role of the homeopathic practitioner in providing HIV education and prevention. Moreover, no significant efforts have been made to utilize the services of homeopathic practitioners in the delivery of prevention messages to their patients, many of whom are at risk of acquiring HIV. To assess the potentials and utilize the homoeopathic physicians as the future disseminator of knowledge about HIV/AIDs prevention, the Council conducted collaborative studies with University of California with following objectives.
To build capacity and skills among homoeopathic practitioners and educators focusing HIV prevention.
Delivery of a model AIDS prevention and health promotion programs which can be replicated throughout India.
Prevention of HIV/AIDS through traditional Medicine.
Nov 2003 – June 2004
This study is designed to assess AIDS knowledge among
Homeopathy educators and physicians in India, which has not
been evaluated previously. India now has the largest number
of HIV infected persons worldwide, with an estimated
cumulative 5.1 million infections. Homeopathy is the
dominant system among the nationally-recognized alternative
or complementary systems of medicine, which collectively
provide health care to around 600 million people in India.
Homeopathy, with its holistic and patient-centered approach,
has a wide reach to people at risk of contracting human
immunodeficiency virus (HIV). Participants were 68
homeopathy physicians (34 educators and 34 practitioners)
who completed a CDC questionnaire measuring HIV/AIDS
Knowledge regarding AIDS. This study reports the current
level of knowledge of, and attitudes about, HIV/AIDS among
homeopathy educators and practitioners. These findings will
assist in the development of an education module to equip
homeopathic health care personnel to impart accurate AIDS
information and prevention counseling to their patients in
an efficient manner.
Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2008;5(2): 221-225
University of California, Los Angles
Delivery of the Model HIV prevention & Health
promotion proposals in India by Homoeopathy Physicians &
Jan 2006 – Apr 2011
To evaluate the effectiveness of a one-day and three-day
train-the-trainer HIV/AIDS program delivered to homeopathy
and ayurveda practitioners and educators.
The purpose of the training was to assess (a) the change in
knowledge of and attitudes regarding HIV/AIDS at three and
six months following the training, and (b) the number of
secondary trainees trained by the primary trainees.
Participants included 202 physicians of homeopathy and
ayurveda in northern India. A total of 96 physicians of
homeopathy and ayurveda were trained as primary trainees in
the one-day program, and 106 were trained in the three-day
program. Knowledge of and attitudes toward HIV/AIDS were
measured by a modified 21-item questionnaire. The one-day
training program covered epidemiology of the disease,
transmission, and clinical presentation with a case-study
approach. The three-day training added the social, ethical,
and legal impact of being HIV-infected along with health
counselor and participant role plays.
Findings revealed that both the one-day and three-day
primary trainees significantly increased their HIV/AIDS
knowledge and attitude scores from pretest to immediate
posttest with ongoing improvement in both groups over the
three- and six-month period. A total of 26% of primary
trainees in the one-day program trained secondary trainees,
and 36% of primary trainees in the three-day program trained
A train-the-trainer approach can improve the knowledge and
attitude scores of ayurveda and homeopathy practitioners and
educators as well as increase the number of secondary
trainees. Increasing the number of trained providers to
reinforce HIV prevention messages has policy implications
for the Indian System of Medicine, which serves nearly 2.5
million HIV-infected patients.
& Health Policy: Vol. 2: Iss. 3, Article 4.
International Scientific Committee for Homoeopathy &
Multinational data collection study on Homoeopathic
management of patients of Influenza A (H1N1) and its
implications in primary medical care
Sept 2009 – Feb 2010
There are no modern data on the use of homeopathy in
pandemic influenza. India currently has the largest base of
homeopathic medical practice. We established a prospective,
multi-centre, data collection survey of homeopathic
practitioners in India who were treating symptoms during the
2009-10 pandemic of A/H1N1 influenza ('swine flu', SF).
survey the practice of 23 homeopathic practitioners in India
in their management of symptoms ofSF, with respect to: (a) patients' symptoms at
presentation and at follow-up consultation; (b) the
homeopathic medicines prescribed.
collection took place from October 2009 to February 2010
inclusive, when the pandemic was atits peak. Twenty-three homeopathic physicians
contributed to data collection. All patients satisfying the
accepted minimum diagnostic symptoms of SF were eligible for
inclusion. Data per appointment (in person or by telephone)
were recorded by the practitioner on an Excel spreadsheet.
Each anonymised record included the following data: (1)
whether new or follow-up (FU) consultation; (2) whether
patient immunised for A/H1N1; (3) date of onset of flu
symptoms; (4) influenza symptoms at consultation; (5)
homeopathic medicine/s prescribed at this consultation; (6)
whether antiviral medicine prescribed.
At the first appointment, 1,126 patients had valid SF
symptoms, whilst 66 had non-valid SF symptoms. A total of 89
different combinations of SF symptoms was observed, the most
common being [temperature >38C + cough + runny nose]
(n=170; 15.1%). A total of 44 different remedies (or
combinations of remedies) was used at these first
appointments, the most frequently prescribed being Arsenicum
album (n=265; 23.5%). There were a total of 484 follow-up
appointments, comprising 294 second appointments, 86 third
appointments, 39 fourth appointments, 17 fifth appointments
and 7 sixth appointments. Arsenicum album was prescribed
most frequently overall (n=28; 28.0%).
The 2009-10 pandemic of A/H1N1 influenza in India was
characterised by several prominent symptoms and
symptom/medicine associations, particularly [temperature
>38C + cough + runny nose]/Arsenicum album. The symptom
combinations described were not unique to the medicine
given. It is feasible to collect useful data on homeopathic
prescribing for patients during an influenza pandemic.