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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 13  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 12-21

A survey regarding awareness and beliefs about Homoeopathy among general population during Magh Mela at Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh, India

1 Central Council for Research in Homoeopathy, New Delhi, India
2 Clinical Trial Unit (Extn. Unit), Gorakhpur, Haryana, India
3 Dr. D. P. Rastogi Central Research Institute (H), Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India
4 Homoeopathic Drug Research Institute, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Manas Ranjan Sarangi
Central Council for Research in Homoeopathy, New Delhi
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/ijrh.ijrh_56_18

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Background and Objective: Homoeopathy is one of the various alternative systems of medicine prevalent in India. A survey was conducted during the month of January–February 2017 in a congregation at Sangam, Allahabad, to know about the awareness of general population about Homoeopathy. Methods: A cross-sectional survey was conducted on patients and people visiting the health check-up camp and exhibition stall set-up during Magh Mela at Sangam, Allahabad. A self-administered questionnaire was used during the survey, devised by the Central Council for Research in Homoeopathy. Results: Of 1144 total respondents, 68.1% had knowledge about Homoeopathy. About 46.6% of respondents believed that it has no side effects and 15.1% believed that it is cost-effective. The diseases for which most of the participants have taken homoeopathic treatment were fever, common cold, constipation and diarrhoea. Conclusion: General population has knowledge about Homoeopathy, but various misconceptions are also prevalent. Awareness campaigns are needed to make people more aware about Homoeopathy and its effectiveness in various disorders.

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