Kolkata has hundreds of homeopathic hospitals, with at least one ‘ Haniman ‘ branch in every small town in Bengal. Countless Bengali homes have some extract redolent tiny vials of mini sugar balls with names such as Nux Vomica, Rhus Tox, Arnica, Pulsatilla, Aconite, Bryonia and Carbo Veg. And many of them used to sleep in the house ladies ‘ wardrobes in tidy wooden packs, to be doled out to kids with scrapes so bruises, kitchen helps with aches and pains, husbands after a full meal. It could be said that, despite its simplicity, homeopathy has become a way of life for Bengalis. In the growth of homeopathy outside Bengal, there is a definite tinge of proprietary pride between Bengali. Dr. Kalyan Banerjee, Delhi’s most popular homeopath, and his son Kushal announced the findings of two longitudinal observational studies on hypothyroidism and chronic kidney disease at their South Delhi-based center. Many patients go to homeopaths— not all of whom are Bengali—Their drugs are said to have no side effects and may be used alongside allopathic medicines. And apart from some dietary restrictions, relative to allopathy, they are simple to use and inexpensive. Even the imported drugs are not costly and prescriptions are now provided by most homeopaths. One of the most popular homeopathic persuasion barbs is that it operates through the placebo effect. It’s perfectly understandable that critics say practitioners of homeopathy think they’re improving.