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'Travel kit' containing ten vials of different homeopathic medicines, India, 2005

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Used for travelling, the plastic hinged box contains ten tubes of homeopathic medicines made by Drs Shachindra and Bhawisha Joshi, homeopathic practitioners based in Mumbai, India. The kit is designed to treat minor injuries, coughs, colds and diarrhoea. The box also comes with a tube of antiseptic cream. Homeopathic medicines are widely used in India and have been popular since the 1840s. Homeopathy is based on the idea that like cures like; for instance, something that cures vomiting will, if given in a large enough dose, causes vomiting. The doses used in homeopathy are very small. Homeopathy is recognised and supported by the government of India, where this treatment was made.

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Glossary: homeopathic medicine

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Glossary: diarrhoea

Frequent movement of the bowels, commonly in liquid form.

Glossary: antiseptic

A chemical that destroys or holds back the growth of bacteria and harmful micro-organisms. It can be used to cleanse skin wounds and treat some internal infections if it is sufficiently non-toxic.