Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi 1869 – 1948

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi 1869 – 1948 was the pre-eminent political and spiritual leader of India during the Indian independence movement.

Gandhi was persuaded to try homeopathy by Motilal Nehru and Chittaranjan Das, and after his initial suspicion, he became a staunch advocate of homeopathy, (commenting before he had even tried it) ‘… Personally, I would prefer homeopathy anyday to allopathy. Only I have no personal experience of its efficacy… (Dana Ullman, The Homeopathic Revolution: Why Famous People and Cultural Heroes Choose Homeopathy. (North Atlantic Books, 2007). Multiple pages. See also Shashi Tharoor, Nehru: The Invention of India, (Arcade Publishing, 2003). Page 37)…

And after Gandhi had experience of homeopathy, he exclaimed (from Chittaranjan Das 1950 All India Homeopathic Medical Conference 1968):

From Dana Ullman, The Homeopathic Revolution: Why Famous People and Cultural Heroes Choose Homeopathy. (North Atlantic Books, 2007). Multiple pages) ‘… Homeopathy is the latest and refined method of treating patients economically and nonviolently. Government must encourage and patronise it in our country. Late Dr. Hahnemann was a man of superior intellectual power and means of saving human life, having a unique medical nerve. I bow before his skill and the Herculean and humanitarian labour he did.

His memory wakes us again and you are to follow him, but the opponents hate the existence of the principles and practice of homeopathy, which in reality cures a larger percentage of cases than any other method of treatment, and it is beyond all doubt safer and more economical and the most complete medical science…’

Gandhi introduced homeopathy in the Indian Constitution Bill as the official Medicine of India since independence from the British Empire in 1948.

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Mother Teresa 1910 – 1997

Mother Teresa 1910 – 1997 (Photo: Túrelio on Wikimedia-Commons, CC-BY-SA) born Agnese Gonxhe Bojaxhiu was an Albanian Roman Catholic nun with Indian citizenship who founded the Missionaries of Charity in Calcutta, India in 1950.

Mother Teresa has just been given sainthood status by Pope Francis on 15.3.16

For over 45 years she ministered to the poor, sick, orphaned, and dying, while guiding the Missionaries of Charity’s expansion, first throughout India and then in other countries.

Mother Thersa won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979 and India’s highest civilian honour, the Bharat Ratna, in 1980 for her humanitarian work. Following her death she was beatified by Pope John Paul II and given the title Blessed Teresa of Calcutta.

Mother Theresa had a special interest in homeopathic medicine because of its effectiveness and low cost. Mother Teresa opened her first charitable homeopathic dispensory in Calcutta in 1950. She even prescribes homeopathic medicines herself sometimes.

At present, four charitable homeopathic dispensaries are run under the guidance of the Mother’s Missionaries of Charity. One of these dispensaries primarily provides homeopathic medicines to poor and sick children in Calcutta, while the other three provide homeopathic medicines to anyone who needs them.

Dr. (Sister) M Gomes, a physician who has worked at the Mother’s Mission in Calcutta since 1945, notes that one of the obstacles to the spread of homeopathy in the Mother’s work is inadequate funding for homeopathic hospitals. At present, several Sisters are studying homeopathy at a homeopathic medical college in order to improve the care they can offer poor people. Continue reading Mother Teresa 1910 – 1997

Annie Wood Besant 1847 – 1933

Annie Wood Besant 1847 – 1933 Annie Wood Besant 1847 – 1933 was a prominent Theosophist, women’s rights activist, writer and orator and supporter of Irish and Indian self rule. Annie was one of the first women to attend the London University, where she studied mathematics, physics, chemistry and biology under Thomas Henry Huxley. However, she was refused her BSc due to her athiesim and her defence of woman’s rights and birth control (S. Chandrasekhar, Reproductive Physiology and Birth Control: The Writings of Charles Knowlton and Annie Besant, (Transaction Publishers, 1 Jan 2002). Page 31).

Annie was the secretary of the Malthusian League, a leading member of the National Secular Society, she was involved with the International Labour Union, a founder member of the Fabian Society, and a member of the London School Board when she instituted free school meals, and she was a tireless campaigner against the abuses of child labour. Annie was a founder with Herbert Burrows of the Matchmaker’s Union, leading the famous strike for better conditions, the London matchgirls strike of 1888, alongside Catherine Booth. Annie would continue to campaign for Irish Home Rule and Indian Home Rule and many other worthy causes for the rest of her life. Continue reading Annie Wood Besant 1847 – 1933

Ardeshir Kavasji Boman Behram 1909 – 2000

Ardeshir Kavasji Boman Behram 1909 – 2000 was a Parsi (Zoroastrian) Indian doctor and homeopath.

In 1948, prompted by the assassination of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, the family moved to England, settling first in Parliament Hill Fields before moving to Oval Road in Primrose Hill.

Boman Behram worked at the Royal London Homeopathic Hospital until 1951, where he was a colleague of Edward Bach, Douglas Morris Borland, John Henry Clarke, Clarence Granville Hey, Donald MacDonald Foubister, James Douglas Kenyon, Thomas Maughan, Percival George Quinton, William Wilson Rorke, Margaret Lucy Tyler, John Weir, Charles Edwin Wheeler, Kathleen Gordon Priestman, Harold Fergie Woods and many others.

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Samuel Brooking and Homeopathy

Samuel Brooking, a Medical Officer and Surgeon from the East India Company, was an orthodox physician who converted to homeopathy after his own cure from jungle fever, and who then retired from the East India Company in order to study homeopathy more fully.

He established a Homeopathic Hospital at Tanjore, in South India, in 1847. Brooking reported that after suffering the initial skepticism, he was now Durbah Surgeon to the Rajah of Tanjore and the Rajah of Poodoocoota, and that he had been running a homeopathic hospital in Tanjore since 1846 with many hundreds of patients, which ‘is acceptable to all classes, particularly the Brahmins’.

In 1848, Samuel Brooking wrote to Epps Chemists in London for a chest of homeopathic remedies, and Samuel Brooking also established another homeopathic Hospital in Poodoocoota, forty miles away, which he managed to attend three days a week using a relay of horses. Samuel Brooking also taught homeopathy to ‘several intelligent young medical men’.