History and Principles of Homoeopathy
story of homoeopathy begins with Dr. Christian Friedrich Samuel
Hahnemann (1755-1843). He was an orthodoxly qualified German
physician who, understandably, became dissatisfied with the medical
practices of his day, which consisted largely in bleeding and the
use of large doses of dangerous drugs. He therefore started
translating medical books in
German as he had good knowledge of literature. While translating
Cullen's Materia Medica from English to German, he came to know
that Cinchona cures malaria because it has a bitter taste as
patients feel in malaria. It appeared to him that the author's
explanation of Cinchona Bark was fanciful and irrational. So he set
about to determine in his own way the
Modus-Operandi of the drug. He tried it on to himself . He
found,that it produced typical symptoms of malaria for which it was
recommended and used. From this time onwards he conducted his
investigation along theses new lines. He did what others had not
done before. He studied medicines systematically by testing them on
healthy humans. After repeated experimentation upon himself and
others, he eventually proved the
law of SIMILARS to be the basic law of cure.
The essential characteristic of homoeopathy as propounded by
Hahnemann was the similiar idea, which he encapsulated in a Latin
tag: *SIMILIA SIMILIBUS
'let likes be cured by likes'. This is
nature's law of cure also.
For example, belladonna (Deadly Nightshade) produces a hot,
dry, flushed skin and hallucinations, both of which may occur in
scarlet fever. Belladonna was therefore used by Hahnemann to treat,
and prevent, scarlet fever. Another example is the use of a
medicine derived from onions to treat the common cold,
because onions cause the eyes and nose to
Other features of homoeopathy were that the medicines were given
singly and the medicines were not repeated routinely but only when
the patient's symptoms demand it. These principles were at variance
with those of the orthodox practice of his day but could certainly
be said to be more scientific.
Source of Medicine
The main homoeopathic medicines are derived from vegetable, mineral,
or animal sources. Some of these are highly poisonous in their
original, undiluted form and patients who learn that they are being
given medicines derived from such sources sometimes feel
apprehensive, but the homoeopathic method of preparation yields such
extremely high dilutions that there is no danger.
Another important group of homoeopathic medicines is the *nosodes*,
derived from disease products. They can be given for symptoms that
persist after recovery from the disease in question - the *never
well since* clinical picture. Some of the nosodes have been used so
widely that they have taken on the status of independent
homoeopathic medicines and are prescribed on the basis of symptoms
even when there is no history of the disease they are related to.
The principal claim made by homoeopaths is that their treatment is
safe, and this is true, provided that no serious disease has been
overlooked and conventional treatment is not withdrawn unadvisedly.
As noted above, there are no dangerous interactions between
homoeopathic medicines and conventional ones. There are no side
effects of Homoeopathic medicines reported till now as they are in
very minute form. But there may be some ill effects when a wrong
medicine is taken for a long time.
Hahnemann taught that if the right homoeopathic medicine was given
the patient would always become a little worse before improving.
This is the so-called homoeopathic aggravation. Some modern
homoeopaths also believe this and report that they quite often see
aggravations of this kind. Others, equally experienced, hardly ever
see them. In any case, even if aggravations do occur they are
short-lived and never cause serious or long-lasting damage to
Except in case of suppressed disease which is mostly related to
skin, there is no such aggravation in Homoeopathy. In skin disease
if there is use of external application in treatment taken before
Homeopathic medicine then that will suppress the disease in this
condition. There may be slight aggravation because homoeopathic
medicines through suppressed disease form internal vital organ to
skin which is less important organ.
There is a myth that Homoeopathy is a slow healing pathy, but it is
equally good for both Acute and Chronic diseases. Homoeopathic
medicine given sub-lingually are absorbed directly in the blood.
This makes it act faster. This can be further explained through the
following examples :
1. Kidney Stone pain being highly acute can cause damage to kidney
within a few minutes. This can be taken care of very easily by
homoeopathic medicines and can prevent the immediate damages.
2. In case of acute asthma, a human can loose his life within a few
minutes on account of oxygen lack. Homoeopathy can handle this life
threatening condition successfully.
Following articles are prohibited during the homoeopathic treatment
as they have some medicinal property. They interfere in the action
of the homoeopathic medicine:
1. Raw Onions
2. Raw Garlic
5. Foods containing artificial strong odour
6. Tobacco in the form of cigarette and raw
Common Diseses and their
Homoeopathic Medicines, First Aid Kit for everybody.
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