About Homoeopathy

Homoeopathy is a system of Medicine (drug therapeutics) which is based on The Law of Similars. This law states that a Medicine, capable of producing in a healthy person a diseased state exactly similar to that observed in a diseased person, can cure the disease, provided the disease is in a curable stage. In the incurable stage of the disease, however, it acts as a best palliative.

Finding an exactly similar medicine is the “Key” to success in Homoeopathy. Let us explain this point through an example. We all experience the common “Flu” that affects many people at one time in a family. We observe that many of them have common symptoms like cold, cough, body ache, headache, weakness, etc. At the same time, if we observe a little more carefully, we see some differences, like the intensity of body ache is more in one while another experiences the headache more. If one would like to put off the fan, another would want to have it on full. Appetite & Thirst for water too can vary. Thirst can be for cold water or warm, etc.etc.. For a homoeopath it is important to identify these differences adequately, so that he is able to select the “similar” medicine from a group of 8 to 10 medicines that can treat “Flu”.

The same rules apply in treating Chronic illnesses. For e.g. the common problem nowadays, of Diabetes Mellitus. This illness is known to run in families. Yet we see that all the children do not develop the illness; or all do not develop at the same age; also we see that, some will have symptoms, while some will not have any symptoms & they get diagnosed during a routine medical check up. We also see that some will improve with only diet & regular exercise, while some need additionally medicines as well.

Thus we see that in Acute & Chronic illnesses the disease expressions vary from person to person. Hence it is logical that the treatment of the same illness will vary from person to person. In other words we are interested in knowing how each person responds to the illness that develops in him/her. This is called concept of “Individualization”.

The concept of Individualization takes into consideration the Total response of the Organism to the unfavorable environment. This total response is seen through sighs & symptoms at three levels: Emotional, Intellectual & Physical. Hence Homoeopathic physicians considers the Causative factors which lead to the illness as well as the individual characteristics expressed at all these three levels.

Man is a social animal who is constantly interacting with his surroundings in the areas of Work, Family & Society. He strives to derive happiness & success in these interactions. As long as he is able to maintain the balance in these interactions, he remains healthy. Any disturbance in the surroundings will produce a discomfort. If he is not able to overcome this discomfort over a period of time, then he falls sick. These disturbances in his surroundings which make him sick are the Causative factors. For e.g. Loss of Job, loss of a close family person, Difficult people like boss, siblings, children. Sudden disturbances in the weather, change of place due to transfer of job. So these aspects need to be identified by the patient & mentioned to the physician.

Hence when anyone seeks Homoeopathic treatment, if one is able to give such details, it goes a long way to help the Homoeopathic physician in finding the “Similar” remedy. To facilitate this we have formulated history forms that are available on this website. Hence we recommend that any patient seeking treatment should respond to these forms in as much detail as possible.

The science & art of Homoeopathy:
Uses the minimum force.
Has a large effect.
Causes the least disturbance (side effects).
Relies on regeneration of inner potential of the living being achieved by changing the ability of the person to respond to external
   stimulus (Susceptibility).
Sustains on a long-term basis.
Is most cost-effective.
We thus view homoeopathy as an eco-friendly health care knowledge-based system in tune with the demands of the times.

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Dr. Chandrashekhar Goda     M.D. (Hom)(Mum)

Practicing since 10th April 1989.
Member of the Institute of Clinical Research.
Head: Community Health Services: Bhopoli Dr. M.L.Dhawale Memorial Trust.
Professor & Head of Dept, Dept. of Paediatrics Dr.M.L.Dhawale Mem. Homoeopathic Institute.
Principal Investigator: Scabies Research Project: MLD Trust:
Sponsored By Dept of AYUSH, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Govt. of India.

The Dr. M. L. Dhawale Memorial Trust. have community health services in underserved, under privileged & underdeveloped tribal & rural areas of Maharashtra State. I am currently at a position in my work place where my job involves achieving the following objectives:
1. Achieving Excellence in Integrated Homoeopathic Medical Care, Education & Research in order to promote “Positive Health” in a cost effective manner.
2. Creating healthy rural & tribal communities as self reliant systems, with progressive grass root leadership wherein, Livelihood, Security and Stability exists for all.

After our work of the last 15 years in 10 villages of our area, the local populace has developed a degree of faith in our organization. They now tend to look to the organization to guide them in their struggle for achieving better standards of living. The Govt. of India has given our organization the opportunity of expanding our work to 100 villages. This will help us in developing an “Integrated & Holistic model of community health care” that could then be duplicated all over the country. Now is the time, when real issues relating to organizing the above mentioned community, are coming up in a significant manner. Handling these requires the development of leadership skills that will help in building the capacities of the community. It is also appropriate to develop management skills & concepts to provide for effective management of the health organization.

I engaged with the problems faced by the rural & tribal community at the grass root level while working towards “positive health for all”. India represents a mixture of many religious, cultural, social, linguistic & economic groups attempting to live together in harmony & peace. Bringing about change in “human behaviour” at a mass level is a challenging task. India & many such developing nations are facing similar challenges. Sharing the lessons learnt by us could be useful to many in the developing countries. Achieving positive health for all through all of the above is a unique method which we wish to share.

Mumbai had organized a two day seminar on 22nd and 23rd of August 2013 at CBD, Belapur, Navi Mumbai and the competent authority had nominated Dr. Chandrashekhar Goda for conducting one of the sessions "Sharing of experiences on management of Common diseases of children".

Dr. Sujata Goda (Padhye)     M.D. (Hom)(Mum)

Practicing since 10th April 1989.
Faculty member of Regular training program conducted by Institute of Clinical Research, Mumbai.
Coordinator Community Health Volunteer Training Program.
Community Health Services: Bhopoli, Dr.M.L.Dhawale Memorial Trust.
Principal Investigator: Scabies Research Project: MLD Trust:
Sponsored By Dept of AYUSH, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Govt. of India.
Dr.Sujata has been involved in orienting & training Community Health Workers(CHV’s) in the Tribal areas of Vikramgad Taluka,
Thane District, Maharashtra State.
Visiting Lecturer, Dept. Of Physiology: Smt.Malini Kishore Sanghvi Homoeopathic Medical College & Hospital, Karjan, Vadodara, Gujrat.

I am currently working as Co-ordinator for the CHV training program run by Dr. ML Dhawale Memorial Trust (MLDT) in Vikramgad. The MLDT has been providing Mother & child health services through Homoeopathy since last 10 years in the tribal areas of Vikramgad Taluka, of Thane District, Maharashtra State. It began with a pilot project in the year 2000, in 19 hamlets of 10 villages. Gradually we have now covered 150 hamlets of 25 villages. We plan to extend it to about 325 hamlets of 50 villages.

We have targeted the mother & child population as they are the most vulnerable. The geography of the area is such that, the hamlets are scattered over distances. Sometimes the distance between 2 hamlets may be almost 1-2 kms. This makes it difficult for administration of any health care facility. Over the period of years, MLDT has realized the need for presence of some health care personnel at the hamlet levels. This gave rise to the need of a “Community Health Volunteer”(i.e CHV or ASHA or Aarogyamitra).

Who is a CHV or ASHA or an Aarogyamitra? : Aarogyamitra literally means a friend of health.

These are also known as Community Health volunteers (CHVs). After undergoing training for a year the candidate is expected to be able to do the following:
Identify the common health problems in the village & orient the villagers about it.
Identify adolescent girls and guide them for orientation about reproductive health.
Identify married couples and guide them for family planning.
Identify pregnant women and guide them to undertake complete ANC care.
Identify high risk pregnant women and bring them to the notice of the health personnel.
Provide first aid treatment to the population of the 2 hamlets.
Identify child health problems and organize treatment for the same.
I have been involved in this training activity since it's inception. In the last 4 to 5 years we have been able to identify and train about 70 health workers, who work in 25 villages of the area. They cover a population of about 30,000 to 35,000 people spread out an area of 15 to 20 KMs distance.

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