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Supreme Court dismisses IMA’s plea to restrain homeopathy, ayurveda practitioners from prescribing allopathic medicines

Pune: The Supreme Court on Thursday dismissed a Special Leave Petition (SLP) filed by the Pune unit of Indian Medical Association (IMA) seeking to restrain homeopathy and ayurveda practitioners from prescribing allopathic medicines.

A bench consisting of Justice A K Sikri and Justice Rohinton Nariman dismissed the petition on the grounds that ayurveda practitioners in the state have been allowed to practise allopathy since 1992. So a few homeopathic doctors doing the same until the high court reaches a decision wouldn’t make a big difference.

The bench also noted that the decision to allow this was made by the government due to the obvious shortage of allopathic doctors in the state. It also directed the Bombay High Court to see to it that the case is dealt with expeditiously.

The state assembly and the legislative council had in June last year given its approval to a bill that allowed homeopaths to practise allopathy after a one-year bridge course in pharmacology.

IMA Maharashtra moved the Bombay High Court over the issue and also questioned the state cabinet’s decision to allow unani and ayurveda practitioners to legally prescribe allopathic medicine and perform minor surgeries.

However, with the Bombay High Court denying interim relief in its order on December 24 last year, the IMA filed a special leave petition on the issue in the apex court. (Source: IE, TOI)


  1. Ragesh Ragesh Wednesday, September 11, 2019

    Then why is it that there is insistence on specific post graduation and training in specialities in allopathy to treat certain conditions in patients …or else considered a medicolegal discrepancy…..what about the health risk to the patients….

  2. DeadDoc DeadDoc Tuesday, July 14, 2015

    1. Constitution of India – PART IVA – Art. 51A. Fundamental Duties –

    “(h) to develop the scientific temper, humanism and the spirit of inquiry and reform;”


    “Homeopathy is not effective for treating any health condition, Australia’s top body for medical research has concluded, after undertaking an extensive review of existing studies.”

    3. But some unproven systems still continue.

  3. RHP Kr.Chandan RHP Kr.Chandan Sunday, July 12, 2015

    A big slap on IMAs mouth.Much happier.

    • Unni Unni Wednesday, September 11, 2019

      Hope u don’t end up in a hospital with some emergency and one of these bridge guys try his luck on you. Best wishes

    • Ashwin gupta Ashwin gupta Wednesday, September 11, 2019

      Yeah. True. Thank god no one is looking at how many patients homeopaths are killing by delaying essential treatment. I dont understand how their conscience allows this.

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