World Homeopathy Day builds key bridges of medical culture

09Apr 2022
The Guardian
World Homeopathy Day builds key bridges of medical culture

HEALTH agencies around the world mark April 10 as World Homeopathy Day. One among spheres of public medicine that isn’t easy to pass on to people in daily conversation is homeopathy, described as an alternative medicine approach that has gained considerable influence around the world,-

-without ceasing to be controversial. Essentially it is an approach to medicine which tries to help the body to heal itself rather than simply healing it from the outside, and whose proponents follow often distinctly different curative approaches than the routine fashion. To them the body needs less of cure than facilitation to healing, chiefly by boosting its own innate healing capacities in a methodical way.

Even if we did not broadcast it in those terms, the frenetic effort to find plant-based solutions to the Covid-19 infection scare towards mid-2020 was an illustration of this approach, even if it did not relate to its actual clinical practice. Herbs can’t be said to constitute an equivalence of drugs but in many instances trigger the body’s capacity to make the relevant ingredients for a natural cure – and often for cases that are still early or manageable in a biomedical sense. When body functions are severely impaired only a hardnosed curative approach can be expected to work, but it is uncertain if alternative medicine says so.

At the local level, alternative medicine has several illustrative practices or-+    public postures, often related to the ritual context to which it is generated. One is traditional medicine, where official positions on such medication is strict or approved knowledge of curative herbs, without attaching ritual practices like a medium falling into a sort of dreaming mood, and tells how the disease came about, often in relation to witchcraft where the person stays, family environment, etc. It has been a persistent problem for decades.

The other sphere of alternative medicine is foreign, especially from the Far East, where practitioners have had different abilities to penetrate the local market. Usually they wish to actually advance medicine or medical formulas, habitually observable types being applications of drops of a water-like liquid. But the prescription at a front door service to a doctor inside is usually written in Chinese or Korean characters, in which case it is hard for anyone to actually say what it constitutes. It is hard to find surveys or newspaper articles on such experiences, and if there are televised or radio talk shows they are few and far between.

Ironically, the Covid-19 pandemic has been a testy moment for all sorts of medical formulas but it must be admitted that it is the Western formula that basically succeeded. What is called vaccination is in any case a peculiar kind of homeopathic treatment, in the sense of effectively building body defences with a methodically prepared proto-virus, inserted in the body for ineffectiveness. It generates negative reactions, thus when the more effective virus turn up, the body cells are in effect padlocked. Marking World Homeopathy Day is helpful for cultural bridges, not a new solution to disease.