Homeopathy is a holistic approach developed by Dr. Samuel Hahnemann (1755-1843), a German physician.He began his first homeopathic experiments in 1790, as a result of his disillusionment with such common medical practices of the day as purging, bloodletting, and the use of toxic chemicals. At one point, he gave up his own daily practice to begin working as a chemist while translating medical texts.It was when Hahnemann began working on a project to translate William Cullen's Materia Medica into German that he began his quest for a better way of providing healthcare using the principles of "Similars." While working on this project, he became fascinated with a species of South American tree-bark (cinchona) which was being used to treat malaria-induced fever. Hahnemann ingested the bark and discovered that it caused symptoms similar to malaria.That moment became the birth of Homeopathy.
By 1829, Hahnemann was famous throughout Europe. He produced amazing cures in some of the worst epidemics of the time. During the Cholera and Typhus epidemics in Europe from the 1860’s to early 1900’s, people using homeopathy had survival rates 50% or greater than those treated by conventional medicine.
During the cholera epidemic of 1849 in Cincinnati, with survival rates between 40 -52%, those treated by homeopathy had a 97% survival rate. These results were published in the local newspapers.
Students of Hahnemann founded the first homeopathic medical school in the United States in the late 1800’s.
he school’s method of treatment became very popular in the early 1900’s. At that time, there were 22 homeopathic medical schools, 100 homeopathic hospitals and over 1,000 homeopathic pharmacies. Boston University, Stanford University and New York Medical College were among those educational institutions that were teaching homeopathy. However, it was not long after this period of time (in the early 1920’s) that many of the schools closed.This was also around the time when modern drug companies began releasing drugs that were easy to administer to patients, a trend that also contributed to the decline of homeopathy in America.
What is the principle of Homeopathy?
1.The main principle of Homeopathy is that any substance, which can produce symptoms in a healthy person, will alleviate similar symptoms in a person who is sick.
2. A second principle of homeopathy is that you should give the least amount of remedy necessary to evoke a positive response. This is called the “Minimum Dose”.
By delivering incredibly small doses of the substance, homeopathic remedies aim to activate the body's inherent self-healing abilities. Many of them are so diluted that no molecules of the original substance remain.
What Are Homeopathic Remedies?
Homeopathic remedies are typically derived from plants, herbs, minerals, or animal products. After being crushed and dissolved in alcohol and/or water, the selected substance undergoes a long process of dilution and succussion (a process that involves vigorous shaking of the solution). The solution is then stored.
For homeopathic products sold in pellet or tablet form, the remedy is based on lactose and/or sucrose and then combined with the homeopathic solution.
The World Health Organization estimates that homeopathy is used by 500 million people worldwide, making it the second most widely used medicine in the world.
In England, France, Germany and the Netherlands, homeopathy is included in the National Health Care Service. Homeopathy is also practiced in Vienna, Hungary, Scotland, New Zealand, Australia, Canada, Russia, Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, Pakistan, Greece, Belgium.