During the last sixty years, Homeopathy has been successfully institutionalized in India. Government encouraged reasonable infrastructure in the form of education institutors, research facilities, drug development and quality standards and hospital / dispensaries. Efforts by the professional bodies, philanthropists, professionals etc accelerated its growth. With these as on now there are about 186 Homeopathic colleges admitting about 12200 students every year in the Degree programme of Homeopathy. There are 36 post graduate colleges with upgraded Departments of Homeopathy and two exclusive PG colleges. In the health care delivery side there are 201 hospitals and 7585 dispensaries. There is a Central Council for Research in Homeopathy with 26 peripheral units, Central Council of Homeopathy for maintenance of Central Register of Homeopathy, Homeopathic Pharmacopeia Laboratory for laying down the standards, National Institute of Homeopathy to be a model to other institutions etc. Two more academic institutions are on the anvil. Homeopathy is said to be practiced in over 100 countries around the world and is said to be largest amongst the CAM therapies grouped by World Health Organization. With the above infrastructure available and the support receiving from the public and Government, India could be said as the world leader in Homeopathy. The system has unique strength in the curative, preventive and promotive care and is based on strong medical philosophy of vitalism.
Homeopathy gained a massive following in United States and in American continent during the late 19th century. In 1844, the American Institute of Homeopathy was formed, becoming the first national medical organization in the United States. Homoeopathic treatment gained recognition because of its success in treating many epidemic diseases rampant at that time, including scarlet fever, typhoid, cholera and yellow fever. Statistics indicate that the death rates in homoeopathic hospitals from these epidemics were often one-half to as little as one-eighth of those in orthodox medical hospitals.
Homeopathy reached Asia, including Russia and the Indian subcontinent in the early 19th century. In India, it gained a foothold owing to its successful use in cholera and other epidemics. Homoeopathic dispensaries, hospitals, educational institutes and pharmacies opened in all parts of India and it became the system of the common man.
The therapeutic system had spread around the world, almost in step with the colonial powers, missionaries and travelers within a relatively short period. It had similarities in its approach with the prevailing traditional and ethnic medicinal systems in the colonized nations and thus merged with them. Thus, homoeopathic hospitals, colleges and pharmacies were opened in many parts of the world during the 19th century.
Reference : Homeopathy- the Science of Gentle Healing, Department of AYUSH, 2013.