Escalating healthcare demands, our planet’s limited resources, and increasing resource-intensive practices of the medical industry have raised the pressing need for sustainable healthcare. It’s just not a buzzword but it’s actually the need of the hour for the better future of our planet and wellbeing.
As our population is growing and ageing, there is a huge burden on the healthcare ecosystem and resources. We must shift towards sustainable healthcare practices that not only reduce environmental impacts but also prepare a resilient healthcare system capable of withstanding emerging challenges such as pandemics and climate change.
That’s why one should adopt homeopathy. It’s completely ecological and the active ingredients in homeopathic medicines are made from plants, animals, minerals, or other raw substances found in nature.
Only a small portion of these precious resources is needed and as a result, there are no issues with over-consumption or exhausting natural resources. It’s a win-win for sustainability and health.
When it comes to manufacturing Homeopathic medicines, it follows a “clean” procedure as compared to traditional pharmaceutical research and development that involves chemical synthesis and complicated purification processes. During the manufacturing of homeopathic medicines, no harmful chemicals, solvents, or complex reagents are used. The little waste that is generated during the manufacturing process is almost biodegradable with no toxic waste for the environment.
Karan Bhargava, Director of Bhargava Phytolab & CEO of Homoeo Amigo shares some more reasons why homeopathy can be a sustainable healthcare alternative:
For homeopathy practitioners, the quality of botanical materials is of utmost importance. In order to guarantee the best outcome, they generally maintain close surveillance and conduct regular audits. To ensure the sustainability of all species, many homeopathic medicine manufacturers have collaborated with highly qualified and certified harvesters who follow good agricultural and Collection Practices (GACP) for medicinal plants aligning with the guidelines of the World Health Organization (WHO).
Waste recovery has been a priority. Initiatives include recycling paper, plastic, cardboard, pallets, sugar, and botanical composting which have been followed by homeopathic practitioners over the last three to four decades. Companies are also eliminating the usage of unsustainable polymers (PVS, PS) in their packaging and are introducing easy dispensing tubes.
Low Energy Consumption
The production of homeopathic remedies typically involves minimal energy consumption, contributing to lower greenhouse gas emissions and reduced reliance on fossil fuels.
Homeopathic remedies are often dispensed in small, lightweight vials or bottles, leading to less packaging waste compared to traditional pharmaceuticals.
Homeopathy emphasizes prevention and the holistic well-being of individuals, potentially reducing the need for more resource-intensive interventions and treatments.
Homeopathy focuses on individualized treatments, tailoring remedies to each patient’s unique symptoms and constitution. This personalized approach can lead to more efficient and effective care, potentially reducing unnecessary medical tests and treatments.
Homeopathic treatments and remedies are such that they activate the body’s own healing processes, which can result in long-lasting health gains and lessen the need for continued medical care.
Empowerment and Education
In order to promote long-term sustainability and well-being, homeopathic practitioners frequently encourage patients to take an active role in their health, focusing on dietary requirements and self-care routines.
The main agenda is protecting our health. It should not be compromised while selecting the appropriate care and medicine when required. However, the unprecedented coronavirus pandemic has set the stage to build sustainable and effective healthcare. Individuals should make informed decisions about their healthcare choices, considering their specific health needs and consulting with qualified healthcare professionals.