Homoeopathy

Birth of Homoeopathy

Homoeopathy was originated by Dr. Samuel Hahnemann a German Physician and Biochemist towards the end of the 18th century.
Dr. Hahnemann after his graduation in 1782 he practiced traditional medicine for 9 years.
He was quite disenchanted by the then treatment methods of heavy drugging, purging, blood letting etc. which didn't have much scientific and clinical bases. He quit practicing and went on the mission of finding gentler treatments & scientific basis of the healing power of many medicinal substances.

Besides being an MD, he was a brilliant bio-chemist and linguist who spoke 22 languages. Translating books was his 'work cum study' at med. School. He still continued it and while translating a work by William Cullen a leading physicist of his time, he was startled by Cullen's claim that the bitter property of Peruvian bark (Cinchona) which contained quinine was responsible for the healing of Malaria by the use of Cinchona.

He found that it is the 'whole profile of cinchona' is what is responsible for the amelioration of Malaria by Cinchona, because he experimentally disproved the first and proved that repeated intake of cinchona in somewhat large quantity produced Malaria symptoms in healthy individuals.

This made Dr. Hahnemann to coin the basic principle of Homoeopathy "Similia similibus curantur" = "similars are cured by similars"

Dr. Hahnemann combined two Greek roots 'homoios' = similar and 'pathos' = what one feels or suffers to create the word Homoeopathy. Hence the literal definition is 'Similar suffering'

Homeopathic medicines are natural substances which are 'proven' to have the ability to produce a totality of sufferings very similar to those the given patient is currently going through. Homeo. medicines are made from all the three (plant, animal, mineral) kingdoms.

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