The Liga: What are its purposes?

The Liga Medicorum Homœopathica Internationalis’ Statutes succinctly state the purpose or object of the Liga:

    The purpose of the LMHI is the development of homœopathy worldwide and the creation of a link between homœopaths with medical diplomas and also between societies and persons who are interested in homœopathy.

In 1925 and 1927, when the Liga was being conceived and created, as homœopathic physician and historian, Dr. Diwan Harish Chand, quoted in his article on the history of the Liga. The aims and objects of the League were summarized as:

    First of all, every homœopathic physician should belong to the League affiliation of his country.  The aim of the League was to unify under one nominal head all of the homœopathic institutions of the world . . . A League representative was needed in every country all over the world.  In that way, the strong countries could help the weak; the weak could give one or two suggestions to the strong, and homœopathy could be made a world institution.

In the current climate and with the results of the Membership Survey disseminated and discussed at the International Council Meeting held at the 50th Congress of LMHI in Oaxaca, Mexico, October, 1995, the thrust of the modern Liga, again, is to make as many homœopathic physicians worldwide members of the LMHI as is possible.  The Liga members who responded to the Membership Survey and the National Vice Presidents who participated in that subsequent International Council Meeting, in prioritizing the aims of the Liga, came to a consensus that the goals of the Liga should have international interests.  To represent homœopathy to the world the LMHI must strive to represent, as nearly totally as possible, the world of homœopathy in its membership.  This means that the Liga wishes to recognize as many national homœopathic physician organizations as wish to participate.  Their official liaison to the LMHI, the National Vice President, is embodied in their single candidate selected among themselves for nomination to that post, to be confirmed by the LMHI membership, as embodied in the International Council.

What, then, are the goals of the Liga, the concrete implementations of the twin concepts of being an international link among homœopathic physicians and of being an international representative on behalf of homœopathic medicine?  The first priority, the Outreach to International Health Organizations (WHO, UNICEF, Red Cross, etc.), and the fourth priority, Rapprochement to International Homœopathic Associations (OMHI, . . . . , . . . . ., etc.) represent the aims of the LMHI that pertains to the second concept.

This effort is being addressed by members of the Executive Committee through direct approaches and Congress invitations.  Priorities two and three, Political Support/Mutual Assistance and Educational Help, respectively, represent aims that pertain to the first concept.  The Executive Officers have acted and will continue to act to assist in political and legal challenges to homœopathy in those countries where the Liga’s aid is solicited by the representatives of the national homœopathic organizations.  Educational help is offered via an LMHI Speakers List, providing names of speakers, topics available, languages spoken, and whether remuneration of fees and/or expenses is expected.  This project is under the auspices of the Secretary for Education.  The fifth and sixth priorities, Media Channeling Information and Research Funding Coordination, respectively, have the LMHI acting as coordinator for international dissemination of homœopathically pertinent media items and for international communication among homœopathic and allied researchers and research projects.

Congress Standards comprise the sixth priority.  It represents a Liga initiated effort via an appointed Working Committee to elevate the standards of Liga sanctioned congresses.

Additionally, the LMHI has work to do in the areas of (priority 8) Bibliography, establishing a worldwide homœopathic index medicus, headed by the Secretary for Archives; and (priority 10) Nomenclature, standardizing homœopathic drug names, headed by the Secretary for Pharmacy.

Facilitation of communication among the Liga Membership is composed of four publications, the LMHI Membership Brochure; an Executive Committee and International Council Directory, under the auspices of the Secretary for Public Relations; a biannual newsletter, The Liga Letter, published biannually in English, under the auspices of the Secretary for the LMHI Newsletter and mailed directly to each member; and an LMHI Membership Directory, under the auspices of the LMHI Treasurer.  In addition, there is a World Wide Web page at under the auspices of the Secretary for Public Relations with a link under the page to the auspices of the Secretary for Pharmacy.