Historical Perspective

Background

Way back in 1980-85 a few physicians in Mulund (Mumbai) started meeting regularly to discuss Homoeopathy – Lacunae of research and paucity of documentation of cases were noticed in Homoeopathic literature. This led to the establishment of Association for Research in Homoeopathy in 1986. Dr. S. S. Apte, Dr. C. M. Rachh, Dr. K. N. Shah and Dr. S. Parmeswaran took a leading role.

Dr. Bhatia cutting the ribbon at the centre in Mulund. Mr. S.H.Kelkar, an industrialist standing nearby (1987).

 

Development

The beginning was made in the small premises in Mulund.The objectives and activities of the Association earned widespread acclaim and support of the people from all walks of life. In 1996, a plot admeasuring 2000 sq. meter at Airoli (Navi Mumbai) was acquired from CIDCO. Today, the centre is vibrant with number of activities, the main thrust being patient care.

Rheumatology clinic was started in 1989 followed by Respiratory and Dermatology clinics. Currently, clinical services at Airoli centre are being availed of, not only by people in and around Airoli, but those living far off and quite a few living abroad, through internet consultations.

Since its inception, ARH is active in clinical and basic research. ARH made the beginning in the area of clinical research through its project on “Homoeopathic treatment in Rheumatoid Arthritis” during the years 1990 – 99. The nature and action of miniature dosage formulations in Homoeopathy, is the area of basic research in Homoeopathy. After preliminary study at couple of centers, a study on “Effect of Homoeopathic drugs in alcohol induced liver disease in Rats” was completed at UICT, Mumbai, (Ref. Sadhana Sathaye, Evaluation of hepatoprotective activity of chelidonium majus in homoeopathic dosage form on ethanol induced hepatotoxicity in experimental animals, Et.Al., Adv.Pharmacol.Toxicol. Vol.8(1)2007, 9-14).

Group discussions on academic topics are a regular feature at the centre. Periodically, seminars and conferences are held. Notable was the exhibition and the seminar in March 2010 organised jointly by Gothe Institute / Max Muller Bhavan (Mumbai), Robert Bosche Stifing, Germany and ARH.

Seminar organized jointly by Gothe Institute/Max Muller Bhavan, Mumbai The Robert Bsoche Stifing, Germany and ARHDr. R.K. Manchanda, Prof. Martin Dinges, Prof. Robert Jutte,Dr. S.S. Apte at the seminar in March 2010.

 

In the field of education, certificate course and fellowship programme for Homoeopathic graduates are being upgraded from time to time.

Rural Health Care project at ARH is unique in the sense that besides healthcare, guidance is given for adequate use of natural resources for financial stability.