Homeopathy, the safest system of medicine for all ages, was founded by the once-vexed German orthodox Allopathic physician Dr. Samuel Hahnemann, M.D (1755-1843). He was very "disappointed with the ways of traditional medical treatment and the results. Not only was the treatment procedure painful, but the symptoms were reappearing with more side effects after some time. He observed that most of his cases would have done better if he had left them alone. Eventually, he stopped his medical practice and started translating medical and chemical works.
In 1790, while translating Cullen's MateriaMedica, Dr. Hahnemann discovered the fever producing property of cinchona bark (Quinine) which was used to treat malarial fever. He took Cinchona for some days until he developed Malarial symptoms. Then he labeled a new theory "likes cure likes". (Cinchona can treat people with Malaria because it can produce the Malarial symptoms in a healthy person). Referring to this law of similarity, he coined the word "homeopathy" (homoios in Greek means similar, pathos means suffering). Since then, he started experimenting all the drugs on himself, his family and a and growing group, of his followers.
Dr. Hahnemann obtained a description of the drug by administering the one drug to a healthy person. (Homeopathic medicines are tested on humans, not on animals). In his new practice, he found that medicines prescribed by using the new law also produced some side effects. Slowly, he started reducing the quantity of medicine administered to the patient. Then he realized that only medicines in minute dosages would bring the desirable change in health without producing any side effects. He formulated basic guidelines for Homeopathic treatment in his book "Organon and philosophy".
Name just a fewpoioneers, Dr. James Tyler Kent, MD (1849-1910), Dr.ConstantineHering, MD (1800-1880), and Dr. CarrolDunhum, MD (1828-1877) from USA, Dr. Richard Hughes, MD (1836-1902), and Dr. John Henry Clarke, MD (1853-1931) from UK, Dr. Carl Von Boenninghausen, MD( 1785-1864) from Netherlands, Dr. Rajendra Lai Dutt, MD (1818-1889), Dr. Mahendra Lai Sircar, MD (1833-1904), and Dr. PratapMuzumdar, MD from India, are some of the other eminent homeopaths who have contributed to Homeopathy with their research, new remedies and books. It is surprising to see that most of these doctors were popular allopaths who became homeopaths after they/their family members were cured by the useing Homeopathy after undergoing agony with their health problems.
Despite the significant oppression from the orthodox medical profession, homeopathy has survived and is gradually growing. Homeopathy has attracted support from many of the most respected members of society including Mahatma Gandhi, William cullen Bryant, the famous journalist, and Britain's Royal family since 1830s. The most significant reason why homeopathy has developed immense popularity is its success in treating the various infectious epidemic diseases that raged throughout America and Europe during the 1800s. Statistics indicate that the death rates in homeopathic hospitals from these epidemics were often one-half to as little as one-eighth of those in orthodox medical hospitals.
Homeopathy is very popular in Europe, Asia (especially in India), Sri Lanka and Pakistan. It is also widely practiced in Brazil, Mexico, Greece, Belgium, Italy, Spain, Australia, South Africa, Nigeria and the Soviet Union.
Health is the state of harmony of body and the mind. Disturbance of harmony results in disease which is expressed in the form of signs and symptoms. In every case of a disease, a person gives two types of symptoms - Common and Uncommon. Common symptoms are those symptoms which are found in most cases of a particular disease, whereas uncommon symptoms reflect the individuality of a patient. This is the basis for the individualizing each patient in homeopathy.
Each organ has no separate existence in the body, i.e. the organs are interdependent. When a particular organ is defective, the chain of harmony is broken and the disease results. In Homeopathy, the patient should be treated as a whole rather than treating each organ separately.
For example, In maxillary sinusitis, the pus in the sinus causes pressure on the gums thereby spreading the bacteria and causing gum and tooth infection. In this case, since there isone cause for both the sinusitis and the gum infection (genguitis), the remedy should alsobe one for both problems.
Cure means removal of signs and symptoms, removal of tendency to get the disease and restoration of complete health. Cure should be brought by individualizing each patient, selecting a remedy by law of similars, and administering a minimum, diluted, potentised dose with no side effects.
The mind and emotions are also considered in treating the patient in homeopathy. At the end of the treatment, not only are the symptoms removed, but the mind also becomes calm and peaceful. Modern medicine has recently started accepting the fact that many diseases (e.g. Migraine, acidity, ulcer, hypertension, and diabetes) are psychosomatic, whereas homeopathy has been considering this to be true for the past 200 years.
To treat disease, the body needs a little stimulus to its own healing process. Administeredmedicine doesn't have to directly fight the disease, rather, the body should fight thedisease there by improving its general resistance and reducing the probability ofdeveloping new diseases.
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