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International Collaborative Studies

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.
  1. To build capacity and skills among homoeopathic practitioners and educators focusing HIV prevention.
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  3. Delivery of a model AIDS prevention and health promotion programs which can be replicated throughout India.

Instituto Politecnico Nacional (IPN), Maxico

CONCLUDED STUDIES: - INTERNATIONAL STUDIES

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University of California, Los Angles

 

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.

 

Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2008;5(2): 221-225

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University of California, Los Angles

 

Delivery of the Model HIV prevention & Health promotion proposals in India by Homoeopathy Physicians & Educators.

Jan 2006 Apr 2011

Purpose: 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.

Introduction: 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.

Methods: 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.

Results: 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 secondary trainees.

Conclusions: 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.

World Medical & Health Policy: Vol. 2: Iss. 3, Article 4.

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International Scientific Committee for Homoeopathy & Influenza

 

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).

Aims: To survey the practice of 23 homeopathic practitioners in India in their management of symptoms of SF, with respect to: (a) patients' symptoms at presentation and at follow-up consultation; (b) the homeopathic medicines prescribed.

Methods: Data collection took place from October 2009 to February 2010 inclusive, when the pandemic was at its 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.

Results:

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%).

Conclusion:

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.

 

 

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