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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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