The Centre for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) and the Center for Health Policy and Management (CHPM) have compiled an interactive map that gives an idea of which states use the most homeopathic medicines and how much they are paid.
The map shows that states that are homeopathic (including Gujarat and Maharashtra) and which have an effective homeopathic healthcare system also tend to have high numbers of homeopathic patients and those who use them are more likely to be employed than those who do not.
Homeopathic medicines are highly effective in reducing the incidence of cancer, heart disease and arthritis.
The cost of a homeopathic treatment is about half the cost of conventional medicines.
In addition, homeopathic products are more easily absorbed into the body, which can be beneficial for people who have trouble absorbing the cost associated with conventional medicines or who are allergic to the active ingredients in homeopathic remedies.
The data also show that homeopathic treatments are generally effective in preventing and treating chronic conditions such as chronic bronchitis, asthma, and diabetes, while the efficacy of homeopathy in treating mental health conditions is not well studied.
According to the data, states with the highest use of homeopaths are the states of Andhra Pradesh (7%), Maharashtra (6%) and Karnataka (4%).
Homeopathic medicine has been widely used in India since the 16th century, but the data shows that the country’s medical infrastructure has not yet been built up to handle the demand.
According to the CSPI, the Indian Health Service (IHS) has yet to spend more than $100 million on homeopathic medical equipment, and its budget is only $7 million.
The CSPI said that it would continue to work with the government to develop a national health infrastructure to ensure effective delivery of home remedies, which could be implemented through the creation of a national pharmacy.