What Is Homeopathy
Homeopathy is an energetic natural medicine, discovered and intuited in Germany in the late 1700’s by Dr. Samuel Hahnemann. The history of homeopathy is rich and complex, unfolding like a novel with unexpected discoveries, personal hardships, public attacks and remarkable achievements.
Homeopathy is based on the concept of “The Law of Similars,” or “Like Cures like”; a substance that produces symptoms in a healthy person cures the same symptoms in a sick person. Thus the beginning of Homeopathy, “homeo” and “pathos” coming from the Greek and Latin words, “the same” and “disease.” This is worth repeating to understand homeopathy: A substance that produces symptoms in a healthy person, cures the same symptoms in a sick person.
In the late 1700s, Dr. Samuel Hahnemann, a brilliant German chemist and medical physician, became very disillusioned with many of the accepted medical treatments of his time. Dogmatic practices in medicine were untested with no scientific research, creating conflict not only in the medical schools between professors, but also in the profession itself between doctors: Bloodletting and leeching were common as well as were giving high doses of mercury and arsenic, the administration of which caused thousands of patients to become extremely ill or to die of the treatment, rather than of the disease.
Hahnemann experimented with The Law of Similars by diluting many toxic substances including mercury, arsenic, and belladonna. Between dilutions he violently shook them, a method that we call succussing to potentize the elemental molecules within the substance. Hahnemann actually potentized the remedies by pounding them on a bible.
Hahnemann called this scientific method of administering the remedy in different potencies and recording the symptoms they produced in healthy individuals “provings” and he would repeat the proving many times achieving the same symptom results each time. The goal of any scientific testing must be duplicable, and Hahnemann’s provings were duplicable.
After six years and thousands of provings, Hahnemann and his fellow like-minded colleagues began prescribing these remedies to sick patients who presented with the same symptoms of the proving and to their amazement, the remedies were curative of the diseases, far outperforming any allopathic treatments of the time with no side effects. Hahnemann not only cured the sick, but also saved hundreds of lives during several epidemics of cholera and scarlet fever by prophylactically administering homeopathic remedies such as Belladonna for scarlet fever.
Hahnemann published many treatises and papers on this new and effective medicine.In 1810 Dr. Hahnemann published a beautiful summary of his practice and philosophy of health and disease called the “Organon of Medicine.” The Organon, even today is considered the “Bible of Homeopathy.” In the Organon, Hahnemann references his moral responsibility to carry out his provings by stating “The welfare of all future human generations depends on these experiments.”
Homeopathy is as prevalent today as it was 200 years ago. Today there are hundreds of homeopathic schools, thousands of practitioners and access to remedies in health food stores and online all over the world. I personally hold Hahnemann’s vision of this gentle, yet powerful medicine without side effects for this and future generations.
Hahnemann’s vision in the United States is captured in Washington DC, by a generous gift from the American Institute of Homeopathy in 1900, symbolizing hope for the future of medicine. An impressive monument stands in Hahnemann’s honor in Washington, D.C., near Scott Circle and the cross section of Massachusetts and Rhode Island Avenues. This monument was authorized by a $4000 grant by Congress, in January 1900, and was erected during a national ceremony in June,1900, with a celebration at the White House.
The large bronze statue of Hahnemann is seated on a pedestal, underneath which is inscribed in Latin, “As Like Cures Like.” Four large curved panels behind the statue depict his life as a learned student, a respected chemist, a devoted teacher, and a caring physician. This statue demonstrates the importance and acceptance of homeopathy in the United States.
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