Nothing seems to excite him more than the thought of his days in India. George Vithoulkas, widely regarded as ‘the maestro of classical homoeopathy’, says it is heartening to see homoeopathy growing in India at a fast clip. For the record, the homoeopathic market is expected to double in the country to Rs 5,873 crore in five years. He offers a reason for this growth, “Morality and spirituality in its essential sense are stronger in India than other countries.”
He admits that his explanation sounds strange. “But it is true,” he insists. “I know India from my experience of living there for a long period.” Vithoulkas, now 79, studied homoeopathy in South Africa and in Kolkata. He passed out from the Indian Institute of Homoeopathy, Calcutta, in 1966, and returned to Greece to practise and teach the world’s youngest system of medicine.
The Greek physician says tragedy is yet to engulf India and other developing countries in a big way. The tragedy he is referring to is the one caused by the overuse of allopathic drugs. “Countries such as India, Pakistan and those in South America are lucky that they cannot supply chemical drugs for all their people.” According to him, shortage of medical supplies is in a way a blessing in disguise for these non-developed countries: they haven’t yet suffered the damage that chemical drugs inflict upon people in rich countries.
But Vithoulkas knows it only too well that homoeopathy needs to grow much more to emerge as a ‘real alternative’ to the ‘chemicals-infested’ modern medicine, which has already made inroads into emerging markets.
“At this moment, homoeopathy is not ready to take over the bulk of medical care in any country,” he notes. But, he says, poor countries can afford to invest in promoting homoeopathy. “The conventional system of medicine has reached a dead end, and the new medicine will be the energy medicine that homoeopathy offers,” he claims. But then, what was that about homoeopathy lacking in scientific evidence?
He counters the argument raised famously in a 2005 Lancet article that compared the effect of homoeopathicmedicines to that of the placebo effect. “This is not an argument against homoeopathy.