Creating Waves of Awareness
67th Congress of LMHI at Nara, Japan- My Experience
Harmony was the theme of this congress at Nara, Japan. The 67th Congress of the Liga Medicorum Homoeopathica Internationalis (LMHI) was officially opened on 14 September by LMHI President Dr. José Matuk Kanan. Almost 300 participants from 31 different countries of the world gathered at this international convention held in Japan's ancient capital Nara from 14-17 September.
The Congress was organized by the Japanese Physicians Society for Homeopathy (JPSH), found only 12 years ago.
"We believe that spreading homeopathic medicine within healthcare in Japan is a shortcut to obtaining warmhearted healthcare", stated JPSH President and Congress Chairperson Dr. Ryoichi Obitsu, M.D., Ph.D. in his invitation address.
Topics were: Approaches to the Patients with Allergy • Approaches to the Patients with Cancer • Approaches to the Patients with Psychiatric Disorder • Homeopathy in Integrative Medicine • Scientific Framework for Homeopathy • Approaches to the Veterinary Cases • Approaches to the Patients with Dental Issues • Homeopathic Practice by Pharmacists.
Invited overseas speakers: Dr. Shelley R. Epstein (Wilmington Animal Hospital, USA) • Dr. Peter Fisher (Royal London Hospital for Integrated Medicine, UK) • Dr. Peter Gregor y (College of Animal Homeopathic Medicine, UK) • Dr. Steven Kayne (University of Strathclyde, UK) • Dr. Bob Leckridge (Glasgow Homoeopathic Hospital, UK) • Dr. Ashley H. A. Ross (Durban University of Technology, South Africa) • Dr. Frederik Schroyen (Editor, Synthesis, Belgium) • Dr. Wolfgang Springer (Homoeopathische Praxisgemeinschaft, Germany) • Dr. Michel Van Wassenhoven (Belgian Federal Medicine Agency, Belgium).
A contingent of about 30 Homoeopathic doctors from India comprised of Dr.S.P.S. Bakshi NVP and Dr.Sandeep Kaila Secy. Indian Chapter of LIGA, Dr.Ramjee Singh ,President CCH, Dr.S.M.Singh, Director Sri Sai Nath Post Graduate Institute of Homoeopathy( Allahabad), Dr. A.K.Seth President AHML, Dr.Girish Gupta ,Secy.Gen. AHML, Dr.K.K.Juneja, Chairman Delhi Homoeopathic Board , Dr. Alok Pareek (Pareek Hspital Agra), Dr.Tanveer Hussain, Dr. A.K.Gupta,Director, AKGsOVIHAMS (Om Vidya Institute of Homoeopathy and Allied Medical Sciences), Dr.Mrs.Chanda Seth, Dr.Amar Singh(Raj.), Dr. Mrs.Poorrnima Shukla (UP), Dr.S.K.Patra (Bhubneswar), Dr.Kamal Puri, Dr.Navneet Rastogi, Dr.Mrs. Kusum Chand, Dr.D.N.Madan, Dr.Mrs.Harleen Kaur, Dr.Tapan Gan(Kolkatta), Dr.U.C.Gulati, Dr.Pritam Singh, Dr,Sudhir Batra, Dr.Mrs.Namita Chattarjee(Pb.), Dr.P.S.Chakarvorty Asst. Dir. CCRH and Dr. Nishanth Nambisan (Bhopal)
After having the Grandeur 66th World Homoeopathic Congress in New Delhi in Dec.2011, 67th Congress at Nara, Japan was nowhere near expectation. It was felt by one and all that the standard of the congress was highly below par. To start off with what I personally felt, the papers presented at the LIGA in Japan lacked Scientificity and even Homoeopathicity. There was more stress on the Allied medical fields, than on Homoeopathy itself.
But, most unfortunately, I as an Indian have returned back with a sour taste in mouth. The reason being the palpable disparity at this Int’l circuit towards the Indian contingent. India, being the hub of Homoeopathy in the world today, was somehow not given its due, when it came to the introduction by the LIGA president. To add a pinch of salt to the Indian wounds, the Indian speakers were given very less time to speak to present their respective papers and the highly acclaimed Physicians and Teachers in the field of Homoeopathy from India were not put on the same pedestal as our fellow Homoeopathic presenters from Western Countries.
The basic purpose of any Congress, especially of this magnitude is to interact and share the knowledge among the Homoeopathic fraternity. But alas! Even that was found wanting.
As a senior Homoeopathic practitioner, I had wished to gain a lot from this exposure in Japan. Especially after the highly successful and enriching experience I had at LIGA, New Delhi, 2011. but, on the brighter side, the visit to Japan was terrific though expensive and the Japanese people are really nice and very helpful. Our trip to Tokyo will always be cherished by all of us.
I hope in the forthcoming Congress of LIGA, as well as at other Int’l forums, the basic purpose of holding a conference like this, is not forgotten.
Prof. Dr.A.K.Gupta, MD(Hom.)