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Homeopathic Doctors of Pakistan

By Amna Gilani • Jun 22nd, 2008 • Category: Entertainment, Worth A Second Look • 84 Comments

Homeopathic doctors can be found at the corner of every street in Pakistan. A typical homeopathic doctor can be recognized from a mile. Attired in clean white Shalwar Qameez with a white or black turban, this long bearded, maswak in hand and probing eyes on every moving thing is what makes our typical homeopathic doctor.

Hastily, let me make one thing clear. I am not making fun of the things like Maswak, beards and turbans and the national dress. Far from it. Just describing the attire of a typical run-of-the-mill homeopathic doctor. I don’t know why but I haven’t seen a homeopathic doctor without this attire, and I have seen many rest assured, when my grandmother was alive and she only trusted such homeopaths for some weird reasons.

What I know about these so-called doctors or more appropriately the quacks is that they are there practicing their Younani (Greek) Talismati (magical) treatment, because they have nothing better to do. They are often the misfits of the society. In Pakistan, people with no education or even with criminal record either becomes the drivers of the public transport or they become homeopathic doctors.

I know the brothers of couple of my friends, who miserably choked in the matriculation, and then joined a homeopathic college and within two years, they emerged as the “Daaktars”, and now they are practicing in their streets at their “Matibs.” These homeopaths don’t know the names or numbers of the bones of the human body. They don’t have a clue about the human anatomy. They don’t know anything about the medicine. They just apply “totkas” and only give you tiny white balls with a red color liquid sprayed on it.

The only relieving thing about these homeopaths are that their medicine does nothing. Neither it harms you nor benefits you. They are the only relief or pretext for the poor for the treatment.

Can homeopaths be called as doctors? If yes, then why, and if not then why not? I would love to know.

Who was Dr. Willmar Schwabe, because whenever you argue with a homeopath, he points you towards that doctor and recite his marvels with the homeopathic mode of treatment.


 
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  1. As far as I know this Dr. Schwab or Schwabe is a majour pharmaceutical company, specializing in Homeopathic products by its founders name, was started in Germany as this name SCHWAB suggests. They are astute marketeers and have managed to establish the brand to the extant that Dr. Schwab has become synonyme for Homeopathy itself.

    Homeopathic system of medicine was devloped sometimes between 17 and 16th century in Germany by Dr. Samuel Hahnemann also a German.

    If I am informed right, it is again very popular and recognised alternative medicine in Europe and even in North Americas (including USA and Canada. Even health insurance provides coverage too; I am told.

    It is a useful alternative system and effective too. We have some really great doctors in Karachi who are successfully practicing this system and rendering a great and useful service. It is claimed and the technical literature, mind you their own, claims of Homeopathic medicines and treatment being completely free of any adverse side effects in addition to another significant claim which says that it is a holistic medicine. You cure the patient and source of an ailment and not the disease. More information, other better informed can provide.

  2. Dear Amina,

    Great work. But let me show you other side of picture too. It is based on my own observation and experience. No doubt, Homeopathic doctors are available in every street and town but only few are known among them. Most of these known Homeo doctors are qualified and wise in their field. Their looks, way of talking, way of checking patient, way of prescribing medicines is different from low level homeo doctors.

    As far Homeo medicines are concerned, normally 3 types of medicines are used in Pakistan. One is German made, Other is Pakistan made under license of German company and third is illegally made in homes and small factories.

    German made medicines are expensive but very effective. Under German license Pakistan made medicines comes next and third are the same which you already written in post i.e. No effect at all.

    Lets come to my experience. I have seen that Homeo medicines are very reliable in finishing kidney stone without surgery. My younger brother got accident in the age of 5 years. His one leg was broken badly in it. Doctors did surgery and for stopping puss, they used Velosef injections and pills in large amount for 1 month…that resulted Blood in urine and extreme pain in his kidney after 6 months. Anyway he got ok by preventive measures after some time. after 10 years, he got such pains again… we did his checkup and small stones were found in his kidney. High profile medical doctor told that it happened due to reaction of those injections. Anyway he prescribed medicines but result was zero.

    One of my friend asked me to take him to one Homeo doctor, we took him there he prescribed few Xrays and other tests. He directly asked that whether you want to take German made medicines or Pakistan made. As I’m more quality conscious, we went for German made… my bro used them for 1.5 months and during it, he found that stones are coming out with urine.

    Same kind of few other experiences made it clear that these medicines are effective.

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  4. Hi,
    Just because Homeopathy is practised in sub continent the way you have posted , it doesnot mean HOMEOPATHY IS QUACKARY. In america and EU, one cannot practise homeopathy without doing his basic MBBS. It is actually a postgraduate speciality.The queen of england only takes homeopathic prescriptions.It doesnot do surgery.
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  7. Amna I think it is unfortunate to make stereotypes like the way you do in this piece of writing. as far as I know homeopathy is a seperate entity from the younani medicine and has nothing to do with it.
    And make non scientific assertions like ” these medicine do not work” and “they neither harm you nor benefit you” are purely and utterly misleading to the general public.
    I would agree that the majority of practitioners are quacks but that does not mean that the medicines that they give you are useless or harmless.
    I think in this setting it becomes very important that their presecriptions could very well be harmful to any unsuspecting patient.
    Please take care when you write on public forums.

  8. Dear Amina sahiba,

    Here in your article you have not appriciate the homeopths who are working in pakistan without govt suppor and are going in succeed they give medicine and charge fee. those patients come to the homeopths who tired after treatment ffrom elopathic doctors. mostly patients get heal and become healthy and pray for homeo doctors. some times they fail in treatment because fresh doctors use priscriptions wrttern in books. they have no enough experience.

  9. I think miss Amna is not living in Pakistan or she had nightmare at some night after taking couple of Allopathic drugs( such contraindications are included in there priscriptions). The answer to whole of nonsense is very time taking so lets come to the point and to the answers. Homeopathic doctors at every street corner impossible I have not watch any such kind of maga practicing in Pakistan. In some areas of Pakistan I really have to look insearch for H/Doctors. To become a Homeopathic doctor one has to complete 4 years of full time proffessional course containing all Medical as well as cli9nical sciences subjects far more than BDS and few less then MBBS ( get a copy of curriculum of National council for Homeopathy Ministry of Health in english and try to discover). Entry qualification is now metric with science but if admitted has to pass intermediate level physics, chemistry and biology. Note that me myself and most of the students are already MSc or BSc more qualified then for MBBS admissions. Miss Amna before spilling your filth try to research if your a qualified too I believe. Homeopathic doctors of Pakistan are very compitent some have passed the UAE MOH exam for liscensing and practicing there. The attire you describe is also seems that you dont make descrimination between typical Hakeems(unqualiufied) and quacks and homeopathic doctors, have you ever got chance to see the PMDC registration list of members by photos a person like you might suggest some of these MBBS doctors as conductors. Please try to see that too. There are so many Allopathic compouders practicing in Pakistan I think you are impressed by them and there attire so you dont try to spoke against them. To many MBBS doctors are reverting to Homeopathic medicine ( can give you the refrence of all those above claims if you have time for facts). Finally there are some Homeopathic doctors just like allopathic doctors who are black sheeps in our proffession but that does not mean that every body is wrong. And most of above the cousins you describe I dont know how they become what ever in 2 years there are dubious schools giving courses that are not recognized in Pakistan and even they dont belong to any country (self Pakistani originated), so may be these are delivering such kind of education. More over whats your ideas about allopathic doctors from Chandka, SMC, AND OTHERS government medical colleges few years before. If you are not born at that time (hopefully yes) then try to read news. the last and but not least government (ministry of Health) is not seriuosly implementing the rules as in PMDC. and yes lastly dear Amna do you know last federal minister for health has fake BA degree .
    hopefully you satisfied if not get some treatment from HOMEOPATHIC DOCTOR they are good councellors too with some good medications.

  10. SORRY ONE MORE THING FOR MORE DETAILS LOG ON TO THIS “WEBSITE IS UNDER CONSTRUCTION” SOON WILL BE ADDED TO MOH PAKISTAN TOO.

    http://www.nchpakistan.com/

  11. I fully support the views of Dr Mansoor Ali Beg with evidance based logic for Amna. So she might able to think.It has been seen from long time that there are certain people on internet who are deliberately defaming the Homeopathic doctors please encounter them. I also encounter them as they speak foolishly and stupidly against H/Dr. In past they speak against Homeopathy but now as it is becoming famous and accepted widely now they are hijacking the profession by speaking against HOMEOPATHIC DOCTORS.Some body ask them who is incompetent, some body ask them are you very competent lets check that website below how competent are MBBS are :

    http://www.dawn.com/weekly/cowas/20060108.htm

    Pakistan Medical institutes becoming factories of quacks
    http://www.interface.edu.pk/students/July-08/Pakistan-Medical-institutes.asp

    Check last paragraph of this website:
    http://www.nation.com.pk/pakistan-news-newspaper-daily-english-online/Regional/Karachi/02-Jul-2008/Early-conducting-of-MBBS-entry-test-denounced

    I request all DHMS homeopathic doctors that we are not incompetent and we are not less then any Allopathic doctor whether he is specialist too. Who is maintaining the name of Homeopathy in Pakistan they are these DHMS doctors. Let’s check another web site for allopathic doctor’s competency.

    http://newsgroups.derkeiler.com/Archive/Talk/talk.politics.medicine/2008-04/msg00004.html

    There can be hundreds of such website defining the competency of Allopaths.
    Every body now that how filthy and dirty the allopathic hospitals are. How great in disease diagnosing is of Allopaths. But our aim is ti increase our profile not indulge into there deficiencies but even with high fee they are third class ( ie pastry with good topping and have good designs but its rotten).
    And a website of a AKU researcher showing the competency of DHMS doctors:

    http://www.ayubmed.edu.pk/JAMC/PAST/15-3/waris.htm

    LONG LIVE HOMEOPATHY AND DHMS DOCTORS.

  12. Long live ignorance!

  13. More over whats your ideas about allopathic doctors from Chandka, SMC, AND OTHERS government medical colleges few years before. If you are not born at that time (hopefully yes) then try to read news.

    MR MANSOOR try to be respected ……..smc is part of dow university of health sciences and u tried to disrespect it by dint of mere ignorance of yours…………MOST HIGH RANKED IN TERMS OF MERIT ARE ADMITTED INTO DMC ,SMC ……AGAIN FOR YOUR KIND INFO…….and smc is 2nd most high profile govt.medical college in karachi………………..i feel real shame when i read your sort of ignorants comments……
    ..out of 1000 if one or 2 is capable of good practice in homeopathy.,then its not some thing great ….very few are capable of replying scientific causes behind disease or the mechanism of action of drugs …majority are matriculated.cuz this is minimum requirement not even intermediate …….dont talk of exceptions like you or any one else.
    my teacher DR HAMEED used to tell us true stories of homeopathy s students cuz he used to teach in a homeopathy college.and i know the level.
    i wish if you learn to converse properly and get knowledge about things
    how much physiology ,anatomy ,biochemistry ,pathology,forensic,pharmacology,medicine ,surgery etc …homeopathic knows…………………this is open fact…..i myself asked them they are not abled to reply they are using old formulas .atleast this is the case in pakistan.i dont know about outside.
    for ALLAH SAKE…………….look the criteria for admision in medical college………..

    duhs comprises of dmc and smc …….and boht require high profile academic record.
    you disrespected the hardworking students .just to make your point.this is proof of your mentality.i feel dishearten and shameful on your comments.
    you better say sorry for your wrong comments.

  14. mr FARHAN ………u learn to converse….
    you don t know about which profession you r talking this way .
    ..
    may ALLAH GIVE U GUIDANCE.
    just cuz of some exceptions you are talking sick of medical profession.you need some assesments

  15. is this something new topic in field of medicine,what you call it homo pathy.is it something like telepathy,or what .wel ist new for me.

  16. MISS AMBER GHAFFAR THE HIGH STANDARD OF ALLOPATHIC SYSTEM IS EXPOSED BY WEBSITES OF DR FARHAN. MORE OVER WHICH HIGH STANDARD YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT. EVERY BODY KNOWS THAT HIGH STANDARD TEST ARE COACHED BY TUTION CENTRES IN PAKISTAN. ITS JUST THAT PEOPLE WHO HAVE HUGE MONEY TO SPEND OR ARE OLD MINDED IMPRESSED BY ALLOPATHIC MEDICINE WANT TO GET ADMISSIONS INTO IT. MISS ITS A CYCLICAL BUSSINESS WITH ALLOPATHIC COLLEGES + PHARMACEUTICAL +HOSPITALS( NO NEED TO MENTION THE HIGH STANDARD OF THESE ALLOPATHIC HOSPITALS WHERE ALLOPATHS EVEN DONT KNOW THE TRUE DEFINATION OF STERLIZATION). SO HUGE SHOP DOES NOT MEAN THAT EVERY THING IS GREAT THERE.
    SECOND ARE U KIDING SMC AND DMC HUH WHAT ARE THEY EVERY BODY KNEWS BEFORE THIS HEC THESE REPUTED COLLEGES ARE BUNKERS OF ALLOPATHIC TERRORIST DOCTORS AS WELL AS DATING POINTS FOR MEDICAL STUDENT. WHILE DURING EXAMINATIONS PISTOL WHERE ON DEST MENTIONING NOT TO DISTURB WHILE CHEATING. THIRD CLASS ALLOPATHIC COLLEGES WITH ATTIRE AND TIES FROM BRANDED SHOP CAN NOT RANK UP THE REPUTATIONS OF ALLOPATHIC DOCTORS. EVEN WITH SO MUCH GOVERNMENT INVESTEMENT AND EXTRA ORDINARY MARKETING SKILLS ALLOPATHS ARE MERE DUFFERS EVEN CANT HANDLE PATIENT WITH PHYSICAL SYMPTOMS.
    ON THE OTHER HAND WITH EXTRAORDINARY LOW FEE AND WITH NO GOVERNMENT SUPPORT AND WITH THERE OWN EFFORTS AND INETERSTS THE HIGH PROFILE DHMS DOCTORS PROVING THEM SELF IN PAKISTAN AS WELL AS INTERNATIONALLY ( CANADA, UAE , SAUDIA, EUROPE ETC) MADDAM . IN MARKET ITS NOT DMC OR SMC ITS HEALER AND WHO HEALS BEST SUCEEDS. WE ARE DEALING WITH CASES WHICH ARE TOTTALY UNCURABLE BY ALLOPATHS ITS WE WHO ARE GIVING A BEAM OF LIGHT BY SAFE DRUGS. SPENDING MILLIONS OF RUPEES ON YOUR REMEDIES EVEN THOUGH RESULTS ARE ON PROBABILITY SO I THINK YOU ARE PLAYING WITH THE SAVINGS OF PATIENTS.
    I HOPE IT RELEIVES YOUR IDEAS. MORE WE ARE NOT METRICULATES AS I SAID BEFORE ONE HAS TO PASS INTERMEDIATE LEVEL PHYSICS+CHEMISTRY AND BIOLOGY IN FIRST PROFESSIONAL . AND DEAR MADDAM A DAY IS NOT FAR WHEN IN NEAR FUTURE A CONDITION FOR INTERMEDIATE SCIENCE WILL APPEAR FOR DHMS ADMISSIONS.
    AND FINNALY LET ME TELL YOU OUR CURRICULUM TOO IF YOU HAVE NO TIME TO SEE OUR NCH WEBSITE

    ANATOMY
    PHYSIOLOGY
    PHARMACY
    MATERIA MEDICA (FAR HARD THEN YOUR MEDICINE) I, II , III , IV
    HOMEOPATHIC PHILOSOPHY I, II, III , IV
    PSYCHOLOGY ( CONTAINING MICROBIOLOGY AND IMMUNOLOGYAND SYMPTOLOGY)
    PATHOLOGY
    OBS GYNEA
    FORENSIC MEDICINE AND TOXICOLOGY
    MINOR SURGERY ( CONTAINING SUBJECTS ON ENT, ANESTHESIA )
    COMMUNITY MEDICINE (HYGIENE)
    CASE TAKING AND REPERTISATION.

    THE ONLY SUBJECT WE LACK IS BIOCHEMISTRY AND SOON IT WILL INCLUDED TOO INSHAALLAH. WITH MORE TO COME IN PROGRESSSS (PIPELINE)
    OUR PHARMACEUTICALS ARE NOW BECOMING STATE OF THE ART JUST LIKE ALLOPATHIC .
    MADDAM TRY TO BE LITTLE SOFT AS THIS HOMEOPATHIC PROFFESSION IS NOT OF GLAMOUR LIKE ALLOPATHICS. ITS PROFFESSION OF PEOPLE WITH DEDICATION AND STRUGLE
    FINALLY NO NEED TO DESCRIBE THE CURRICULUM OF BDS AS THEY ARE LOW PROFILES

    THANKS
    DR MANSOOR
    RHMP

  17. IS DR RAZA IS SOME TIME FROM THE STONE AGE ( HE WAKES FROM A LONG SLEEP) PLEASE SLEEP AGAIN

  18. well dr mansoor it would be better that i stay in my own world of stone age ,so that you may enjoy your credential .and by the way who awarded you this title dr ,please write H/Dr so that people may differentiate as per specie .

  19. Dr raza you too may enjoy your credentials (only in Pakistan not acceptable in first world countries unless further upgraded). And thanks for suggestion it gives me distinct from allopathic killer species.

    H/DR MANSOOR (RHMP)

  20. Dr Mansoor what is this (RHMP), is it something that is an honor or a degree or a diplomat from, some where like royal college or American college or similar siblings. Actually I am unfamiliar with the term as basically I am a surgeon. I think amber being a junior fellow in terms of professional litigation and dominancy and of course being student as well is not at all an appropriate selection for your irrelevant reservation and plea to be tagged and accepted in the book of professional qualification in terms of medical field and excellence as dominant specialty.

    After going through your perturbed comments, I have no reason, but to believe that you are too unfamiliar with your subjects even.

    Please go through your dictation again so to scrutinize, if you find something wrong and abnormal.

    1.ANATOMY
    PHYSIOLOGY
    PHARMACY
    MATERIA MEDICA (FAR HARD THEN YOUR MEDICINE) I, II , III , IV
    HOMEOPATHIC PHILOSOPHY I, II, III , IV
    PSYCHOLOGY ( CONTAINING MICROBIOLOGY AND IMMUNOLOGYAND SYMPTOLOGY)
    PATHOLOGY
    OBS GYNEA
    FORENSIC MEDICINE AND TOXICOLOGY
    MINOR SURGERY ( CONTAINING SUBJECTS ON ENT, ANESTHESIA )
    COMMUNITY MEDICINE (HYGIENE)
    CASE TAKING AND REPERTISATION.

    Please rectify yourself as I don’t want to pinpoint it, as I just wana have a perception whether its feasible to indulge with you in discussion or ,it would be a wastage of time and honor.Please see there is no second chance in my book of affairs.

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