Skeptic News: Indian Quack in Custody

Badnera police arrested a doctor on Monday evening for practicing allopathywithout having required qualifications. Police have seized 23 allopathic medicines from the clinic of the accused.

Namdeo Rathod had been running the clinic from his house in Anjangaon Bari village for the last few years and prescribing medicine to his patients without the appropriate qualifications. Rathod only held “qualification” in electro-homeopathy after completing a three month course from  Madhya Pradesh.

Electro-homeopathy is a derivative of homeopathy that had its origins in the 19th century with the claims of Count Cesare Mattei. The name is derived from a combination of electro (referring to an electric bio-energy content supposedly extracted from plants and of therapeutic value, rather than electricity in its conventional sense) and homeopathy (referring to an alternative medicinal philosophy developed by Samuel Hahnemann in the 18th century). Electrohomeopathy has been defined as the combination of electrical devices and homeopathy. However some contend that it is the therapeutic use of homeopathic preparations of certain “electric bio-energy” herbs that is intended by the term. It is regarded as distinct from traditional homeopathy, which relies on serially diluted remedies of substances that cause similar symptoms to those as it is attempting to cure as its primary form of treatment, electrohomeopathy, however, does not directly follow the “law of similars”.

Like traditional homeopathy, modern day applications of electrohomeopathy are generally regarded by the medical and scientific communities aspseudoscience or quackery.

Police have arrested Rathod under section 23 of Medical Practitioner’s Act 1961. He was presented before court, which remanded him to police remand till July 19.

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