IASST commemorates “World Homoeopathy Day” with a special educational address on homoeopathy by Prof. Jayanta Kr. Barman
To celebrate India’s 75 years of Independence- “Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav”, the Institute of Advanced Science and Technology (IASST), Guwahati, commemorated- “World Homoeopathy Day” on 10/04/2023, on the institute’s premises. Dr Jayanta Kr. Barman, professor at the Department of Community Medicine, SJN Homeopathic Medical College & Hospital, Guwahati, was invited as the guest of honour.
Introducing homoeopathy as a holistic medical therapy which is believed to stimulate the body’s natural healing processes, Prof. A. K. Mukherjee, Director, IASST, spoke about the importance of conducting high-quality research on homoeopathy to be applied in conjunction with other types of healthcare in light of contemporary medicine and technology. In his opening remarks, Prof. Mukherjee highlighted the contributions made by Dr. Mahendra Lal Sircar, who significantly popularised homoeopathy in India during the early 80s and how he helped establish it as a legitimate system of medicine. Prof. Mukherjee also discussed the various initiatives by the Ministry of Ayush, GoI, to promote homoeopathy and ensure its effective implementation across the country. He further suggested collaborative techniques to eradicate unlawful dilution practices and unethical ways of making homoeopathic medications. Dr. Jayanta Kr. Barman, in his address, discussed the significance of this year’s theme for the occasion-‘Sarwajan Swasth- One Health, One Family’ and explained how homoeopathy therapy might be a low-cost strategy for families from disadvantaged groups. His presentation provided insights into how this ancient medicinal branch has developed in India over the years and presented several case studies, demonstrating its efficacy in treating many medical conditions using contemporary diagnostics. Although there are differences between homoeopathy and traditional medicine, Prof. Barman also spoke about how they are not necessarily incompatible. The programme ended with a vote of thanks from Dr. K. Sankaranaryan.
Research scholars, post-docs, and faculty members of IASST attended the programme. The lecture programme concluded with an interactive question-answer session with Prof. Barman.