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Is a homeopathic doctor eligible to perform surgeries?

The Madras High Court has ordered the practitioners of Indian system of medicines, such as Ayurveda, Unani and Siddha, should not practice allopath, and there is nothing wrong if police take action against those who attempt to practice it without valid qualifications.

Justice K K Sasidharan, refusing to restrain police from initiating criminal proceedings against Unani practitioners who prescribed allopathic medicines, said: “There is no dispute that Ayurveda, Siddha, Unanni, allopathy and homeopathic system of medicines have got their own history, heritage, advantages and importance…The problem would arise only when they attempt to practice the allopathic system of medicine without a degree and training”.

Justice Sasidharan was passing orders on the writ petitions of K Abdul Muneer and Jalees Ahmed Siddiqi, who contended that the five-and half-year Bachelor of Unani Medicine and Surgery Course comprised a six-month alopathy training, where they got enough training to treat emergency patients with allopathy medicines.