The Journey of National Homoeo Recorder
Editor-in-Chief, National Homoeo Recorder
Associate Professor and Head, Dept. of Organon of Medicine and
Homoeopathic Philosophy, National Institute of Homoeopathy
Does anybody remember “Indian Homoeo Recorder”? Well, this was a sort of precursor of today’s National Homoeo Recorder. The journey of Indian Homoeo Recorder (IHR) to become National Homoeo Recorder (NHR) was not uneventful. IHR was the product of a restless mind, which has just completed his B.H.M.S. and felt there are many things requiring changes. Having heard “Pen is mightier than sword” and witnessed the power of my father, Dr. Mahendra Singh’s writings, felt IHR can be voice to awaken the slumbering Homoeopathic world. With this motto in mind I continued the IHR for 3 years with the help of a bunch of my friends and co-thinkers namely, Dr. Anjan Deb Biswas, Dr. Ravishankar Mishra, and others. I was fortunate to get the guidance and advices of many seniors, my teachers and most importantly my father, Dr. Mahendra Singh, who encouraged and financially supported my publication.
In due course of time, IHR became National Homoeo Recorder (NHR) under the tutelage of Dr. Mahendra Singh, myself becoming busier and involved in my service at NIH. Dr. Mahendra Singh continued NHR in a monthly format till his last breath, that is Oct, 2012. Since Jan, 2013, I continued the publication of NHR but made some changes in its presentation, format and content. It began a quarterly, purely scientific and peer reviewed journal. The last issue in the hard copy format was published in June 2016 (Apr-Jun 2016 issue). Since then it became an online, open access, free, peer-reviewed journal published quarterly. A group of young and dynamic minds, who have strong objections of their being named, are behind the modification and upgradation in every issue of NHR that we see. I am proud to say that every issue of NHR undergoes a sea of changes and is better than the previous issue. We want NHR to be a platform to share, learn and inform the various scientific, clinical research and academic activities by many able and Praiseworthy independent workers.
For about 20 years, National Institute of Homoeopathy (NIH) has been conducting MD (Hom) course; however, the theses papers of the postgraduate trainees were seldom converted into standard research papers. In this issue, for the first time, we have taken up the novel task to publish these small pieces of quality researches maintaining adequate methodological and statistical rigor. This issue is containing a paper that explores the use of potentized arsenic in agro-homoeopathy to combat epigenetic changes induced by arsenic toxicity . One research protocol has found its place in this issue. It is an ongoing double blind, randomized, placebo-controlled trial to evaluate the efficacy of individualized homoeopathic treatment of chronic suppurative otitis media at NIH . In this issue we are publishing two research papers based on controlled pilot trials. One was undertaken to compare the effectiveness of Echinacea angustifolia 200CH against individualized homoeopathic medicines in hypothyroidism . The second one was aimed at comparing the effectiveness of Hydrastis canadensis ϕ against constitutional homoeopathic medicines in treatment of pediatrics constipation . Both of these were open label, randomized, and exploratory in nature. We are publishing two more original researches, which were conducted as open, observational trials. One of those was aimed at determining the utility of individualized homoeopathic medicines in treatment of frozen shoulder . Another one is concerned with homoeopathic treatment of heavy menstrual bleeding due to uterine fibroids in reproductive age group . A case report on homoeopathic treatment of calcified granuloma of brain is also published . Book review section contains the information about a very interesting new book namely, “Keynotes Advances and Complete” .
We expect to focus in the upcoming issues on original researches. We are also planning to publish in paper mode simultaneously with the online one in due course of time. The lifeline of any journal is its readers and oxygen is supplied by its literally contributors. So, I take this opportunity to wish everybody a very happy Deepavali and request all who are reading this to come forward and be a part of NHR family and help us by sending their literally contributions in the form of their feedbacks, comments, criticism, scientific papers, write ups or anything that they think should find a space in NHR.
- Avaranjika K. Agro-homoeopathy: Environment cum man. National Homoeo Recorder 2018;14(4):3-8.
- Goenka R, Panakkada D, Chattopadhyay A, Mishra P, Bhar K, Basu A, Ali SS, Koley M, Saha S. Protocol: Efficacy of individualized homoeopathic treatment of chronic suppurative otitis media: double-blind, randomized, placebo- controlled trial. National Homoeo Recorder 2018;14(4):9-16.
- Debbarma R, Nayak C, Chattopadhyay A. An open-label randomized pragmatic exploratory pilot trial to compare the effectiveness of Echinacea angustifolia 200cH against individualized homoeopathic medicines in hypothyroidism. National Homoeo Recorder 2018;14(4):17-24.
- Shaw KK, Ash G, Purkait R. Comparing the effectiveness of Hydrastis canadensis mother tincture against constitutional homoeopathic medicines in treatment of pediatric constipation: An open-label, randomized, exploratory, equivalence, pilot trial. National Homoeo Recorder 2018;14(4):25-33.
- Magotra N, Sharma N, Michael J, Kundu N, Nath A, Saha S. Utility of homoeopathic medicines in treatment of frozen shoulder: An open, observational clinical trial. National Homoeo Recorder 2018;14(4):34-43.
- Halder P, Singh S. Homoeopathic treatment of heavy menstrual bleeding due to uterine fibroids in reproductive age group: An open-label, prospective, observational trial National Homoeo Recorder 2018;14(4):44-54.
- Banerjee A, Srivastava BP. Homoeopathic treatment of calcified granuloma of brain: A case report. National Homoeo Recorder 2018;14(4):55-59.
- Singh S, Tauqueer A. Book review: Keynotes Advances & Complete: by Dr. Rohit Gupta. National Homoeo Recorder 2018;14(4):64-65