Homeopathy in Pakistan

Homeopathy in Pakistan

The advent of homeopathy in Pakistan is practically the same as in India because India and Pakistan were a single country until 1947.

For 18 years after the creation of Pakistan, homeopathy was practiced widely but remained officially unrecognized. In 1965, the Government passed an act under which homeopathy and the indigenous herbal systems of medicine were regulated. Homeopaths wishing to continue their practice were assessed by a Government nominated Board of Senior homeopaths. All practitioners with sufficient experience and knowledge of the system were formally registered and allowed to continue their practice.

This Board of Homeopathic System of Medicine working under the Ministry of Health, was, in 1982, renamed the National Council for Homeopathy. This council is now responsible for conducting examinations, approving new homeopathic colleges, and registering practitioners.

All homeopaths are required to undergo four years of training. They are then awarded a diploma (DHMS). After a six-month apprenticeship with a qualified homeopath, they may be registered with the National Council for Homeopathy and become eligible to practice. The number of homeopaths registered with the council is about 70,000.

There are 84 recognized homeopathic colleges, with about another 30 awaiting recognition. Any MBBS (MD) doctor may legally practice homeopathy if he can satisfy the council that he has done six-months of apprenticeship in the field. There are a number of MBBS (MD) doctors practicing homeopathy. Government hospitals also employ homeopaths. There are hundreds of free Government dispensaries in the provinces.

There are a number of local homeopathic manufacturing pharmacies. Most medicines are available in all standard potencies and many of them up to CM. All drugs except psychotropics and opiates are freely available without a doctor's prescription. The country is represented in the LMHI.