What is Homoeopathy
- February 11, 2014
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Hippocrates (460 BC – 370 BC), the father of medicine, had insisted that the physician has to study the patient, not just illness. In treating patients, he should do everything to assist the nature, the great healer, to affect cure. He advocated similimum. Rig Veda, the source book from which ayurveda originated, states that ‘a cure for poison lies in the poison itself’. It was by an accident that the German physician Dr. Christian Fredericke Samuel Hahnemann came across a similar statement by Dr. Cullen that the Cinchona barks’ decoction (which helps to relieve the symptoms of malaria) causes intermittent fever in healthy persons. To understand the effects of Cinchona bark in intermittent fevers, Hahnemann experimented on his own self. Intake of Cinchona resulted in occurrence of condition simulating intermittent fevers. This effect that Cinchona bark produced on him gave birth to the idea of homoeopathy. Hahnemann continued to experiment on himself and on others, close to him, noting that every substance he took produced definite distinct symptoms. He further noted that no two substances produced, exactly the same set of symptoms. Each substance provoked its own unique pattern of symptoms, both on physical and mental plane. At first, Hahnemann tested substances commonly used as medicines in his time (such as Antimony and Rhubarb) and also, poisons like Arsenic and Belladonna. To avoid harmful effects from normal doses of the substances he diluted each medicine until he reached the greatest dilution that would still produce a response. These experiments were called provings and led him to observe and describe the basic principles of homoeopathic medicine. One can observe the similarity of basic concepts of homoeopathy for curing diseases with Hippocrates’s statement and the Rig Veda. Dr. Hahnemann today is considered as father of experimental pharmacology and father of homoeopathy.
Dr. Hahnemann today is considered as father of experimental pharmacology and father of homoeopathy. According to World Health Organisation, homoeopathy is the second largest system of medicine in the world.
As per the primary principle of Homoeopathy, the ‘Law of Similars’ or the ‘natural law of healing’, diseases are treated by medicines, which are capable of producing symptoms similar to those of the disease in healthy persons. The term “homoeopathy” was coined Dr. Hahnemann himself and first appeared in print in 1807. The term allopathy was also coined by him to differentiate homoeopathy.
Homoeopathy is a complete system of medicine which aims at promoting general health by reinforcing body’s own natural health capacity.
Homoeopathy has an entirely different approach from the conventional allopathic system of treatment. Homoeopathic system of medicine is based on the law of similar, that is, likes are cured by likes. The remedy used to treat sick people are actually capable of producing similar symptoms in a healthy person to those present in the patient needing the remedy.
Homoeopathy forms a holistic approach to health; it aids the body’s abilities to heal itself by improving the immune system of the body.
Homoeopathy is based on the principle that “like cures like”. Homoeopathy is a safe effective system of medicine, used by millions of people worldwide for over 200 years. Homoeopathic medicines are prepared from natural sources and are used in diluted doses. The efficacy of Homoeopathic medicines is acknowledged worldwide.
Famous Quotations about Homoeopathy
While Homeopathy itself is a perfect science, its truth is only partially known. The truth itself relates to the Divine, the knowledge relates to man.
James Tyler Kent (1849-1916)
U.S. homeopathic teacher, physician
“Effective natural remedies that have no side effects”
Dr. Robert Mendelsohn, M.D.
Professor U. of Illinois Medical School and best-selling author
“Homeopathy is the safest and more reliable approach to ailments and has withstood the assaults of established medical practice for over 100 years.”