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    Rajiv Bajaj, shares his passion for Homoeopathy

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    As a young corporate leader, Rajiv Bajaj seems an unlikely candidate to bat for homoeopathy. However, work-related reflections and concern for his family’s health made him look for something “that was more of a science and more of a true science”.

    And it is this journey that the Managing Director of Bajaj Auto shared with
    Pulse in a freewheeling chat at his corporate headquarters near Pune.

    “I was fortunate that I chanced upon homoeopathy in pursuit of my son’s health,” he says, recalling how he wondered why people reacted differently in a similar environment. It was something he had pondered over earlier when companies were impacted by the economic meltdown of 2008.

    It now came up when his son reacted badly to mushrooms while the rest of the family remained unaffected. Bajaj then understood the real science of homoeopathy after meeting good homoeopaths. Busting misconceptions clouding homoeopathy (it’s just sugar pills or takes time to work) Bajaj cites Belladonna which brought down his son’s 103 degree fever in a few hours, a lot better than a Crocin.

    Down to basics
    Health is wellness, he says, and the absence of wellness is disease whose symptoms can be triggered by internal or external causes. “There is something inside of a person, which makes him susceptible and this concept is one of the most important concepts of life and not just homoeopathy,” he says.

    Digressing to make his point, Bajaj dwells on the example of good friend, Shah Rukh Khan, who when asked how he became famous gives his stock reply: “The only way to become successful is to know your weakness and overcome it.” This was echoed by Freud many decades earlier: “From your vulnerabilities will rise your strength.”

    Call it vulnerability or susceptibility, it is specific to an individual. So “everything arises from that which is individualistic about us”, Bajaj reiterates. While allopathy tackles a disease symptom like asthma or diarrhoea by suppressing it, homoeopathy vitalises the immune system and helps the body tackle the problem.

    Though the immune system cannot be seen, “X-Rayed or MRI-ed”, it is accepted by medical science, he says, adding that it is a body of energy. Homoeopaths call it a life force while allopaths term it the immune system. Chinese practitioners refer to it as chi and yoga calls it prana, Bajaj says. And galvanising the immune system or bolstering it to overcome vulnerability leads to curing.

    Cure by similars
    In fact, vaccination is a homoeopathic concept, he says, since it involves injecting a bit of the disease-causing virus or germ into the body to galvanise the system. In homoeopathy too, a diarrhoea symptom is treated by a medicine that can cause diarrhoea, but in a dose just right to mobilise the body to tackle the problem.

    Vaccination differs from homoeopathy, in that it is mass-oriented, and it solves one problem while possibly triggering several others. Besides, the homoeopathy process involves diluting the medicinal substance several times to take its energy. Hence, the energy cures energy (immune system). Which is why when sceptics study these medicines under a microscope, they find nothing, he quips.

    Bajaj delves deeper into concepts of “will and determination” and the complexities of dealing with acute and chronic illnesses. Countering allegations of homoeopathy being a placebo (look like real medicine, but are not), he questions whether sitting on the couch at a psychiatrist after paying a bomb is not placebo? Placebo is a tool too, he says. But when you see miraculous results in humans and animals (including his dog), he says, it destroys the placebo criticism.

    Bajaj then narrates instances to illustrate homoeopathy’s individualised remedies. In the case of a child with a skin disease, his tendency to pinch people sharply was identified by the homoeopath as a symptom seen in a specific spider, whose venom was used to treat the child, now completely healed.

    In another case in the family, Bajaj’s son was advised appendicitis surgery. But his typical symptom  “wanted to pass wind but was afraid he’d pass stool”  was precisely the situation where Aloes 200 was advised and the boy has never had the problem again.

    An employee’s child with brain lesions (now cured) and a friend with macular degeneration (affecting the eye) whose condition has not deteriorated after treatment. All thanks to homoeopathy by the end of the day.

    In his own case, Bajaj had a shoe-bite wound on his heel that did not heal for seven years. A UK-based doctor advised him to stitch it up. Back home, his son’s homoeopath recommended a drug sourced from Rottweiler’s milk and the wound has not opened up since.

    Bajaj reasons, “For a long time people thought the Sun is circling the earth – then it was proved that the earth is actually moving around the Sun. Galileo, Archimedes, Newton ...one day somebody will come who will be able to prove , in a more scientific way, …how the homoeopathy remedy is acting.”

    But till then, the final answer to the placebo business is this, “you must believe in results…”

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