10th of April is celebrated as “World Homeopathy Day” to make the immense contribution of homeopathy to medicine, all around the world. This day is observed on the birth anniversary of the founder of homeopathy, Dr Christian Friedrich Samuel Hahnemann who was a German born in Paris on April 10, 1755.
Dr Hahnemann, a distinguished scientist and scholar discovered the way to heal through the use of homeopathy—and his discovery, as well as methods, continue to serve humanity as a plausible complementary or alternative medicine.
As a complementary or alternative medicine, homeopathy is different from treatments that are part of conventional western medicine in many ways. A central principle of the “treatment” is that “like cures like” – that a substance that causes certain symptoms can also help to remove it.
Just like many other branches of medicine, homeopathy has faced criticism in the past and continues to face the same today, however, its usage across the world is growing with prominent figures such as Queen Elizabeth II and her successor-Prince Charles being users and benefactors of this form of alternative medicine.
In 2007, Prince Charles wrote to the then-health secretary of the UK-Alan Johnson complaining that people were “suffering unnecessarily” as a result of the minister’s “anti-homeopathy campaign”. In his letter, Charles stated, inter lia, that homeopathy “offers an holistic, patient-centred, low-risk, low-cost, low-tech approach” and that “for all these reasons it must surely make abundant sense to safeguard the HHs [homeopathic hospitals] in the interests of the nation’s health.”
In March 2020, it was reported that Queen Elizabeth, 94 years, continues to rely on homeopathy to keep her well during the coronavirus outbreak. The Queen’s mother, who lived to 101 was also said to be a fan of homeopathy.
If the royal family of Great Britain and over 100 million people in India solely depend on homeopathy for their medical care as well as over 100 million citizens of the European Union use homeopathic medicines, then surely its acceptance and growing popularity in Ghana was inevitable.
In celebrating homeopathy today, its journey and now prominence in Ghana is worthy of reminiscing. The early practitioners such as Dr Adu Boateng whose End Point Homeopathic Clinic is a front industry runner in Ghana faced several obstacles (from individual acceptance to regulatory issues) during the introduction of this form of alternative medicine to the mass market in Ghana over a decade ago.
“Of course, there were people practising homeopathy in Ghana before I entered into practice over 10 years ago with End Point Homeopathic Clinic. However, these pioneers where practising a bit of everything in the sector of alternative medicine. Most of them had herbal medicine as their main area but delved into homeopathy too,” Dr Adu Boateng in an interview stated.
He continued: “It was a relentless struggle those days and it seems because a sole homeopathic practice was not in existence, the necessary regulatory framework was not developed—so all these had to come into force gradually and instituted by the government for us to get to where we are today as a country that has somewhat widely accepted homeopathy.”
With 5 branches across Ghana, Dr Adu Boateng and his End Point Homeopathy Clinic have successfully trained several homeopaths who have also established their clinics in Ghana—furthering his ultimate desire to bring homeopathy to the front doors of millions of Ghanaians.
Commenting on the growth and acceptance of homeopathy and the future of alternative medicine in Ghana, Dr Adu Boateng stated that “it is refreshing to see more practitioners of homeopathy providing quality healthcare services in Ghana—but what is even more gratifying is the fact that treatments are working and more people are relying and trusting this form of alternative medicine.”
However, he cautioned the general public against patronizing the practices of non-quality and unqualified practitioners—saying, there are a few people who as would be expected of any industry are doing anything and calling it homeopathy.
“When it comes to a person’s health, it cannot be played with, therefore, Ghanaians should make sure that they are only using well established and trustworthy homeopathic clinics to ensure that they receive the deserving healthcare,” Dr Boateng said.
In celebrating this year’s “World Homeopathy Day,” End Point Homeopathy Clinic is offering free prostate screening for men—and free fertility testing for women at all its branches across Ghana for the month of April.