"homeopathy" in India

Deshpande, Madhav mmdesh at UMICH.EDU
Thu Jul 17 15:30:44 UTC 2008

Many members of my family in India go to homeopathic practitioners in Pune, but I have not noticed this "extended" meaning of the term "homeopathy" in their understanding.  There is a clear distinction between homeopathic and Ayurvedic practitioners in Pune, as far as I see.  Best,

Madhav M. Deshpande

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Subject: "homeopathy" in India
Do other people share my impression that while South Asia indeed has many practitioners of homeopathy in the strict sense, the system of medicine created by Samuel Hahnemann and introduced to India by John Martin Honigberger, "homeopathy" is often used there to mean any system of medicine except mainline modern Western medicine?  (All reservations on these three adjectives understood, of course!)

I do not find any such extended use of the term in online dictionaries or the old Webster's 2nd International.


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