Homoeopathy

Homoeopathy

Discovered by the German Physician, Dr Christian Fredrick Samuel Hahnemann (1755-1843) over 200 years ago who, shocked with the harsh medical practices of the day (which included blood-letting, purging and the use of poisons such as arsenic), looked for a way to reduce the damaging side-effects associated with the then prevailing medical treatment. The word derived from the Greek words “homoios”, meaning similar and “pathos”, meaning suffering.

Principles of Homoeopathy

  1. LAW OF SIMILARS – The principle of treating “like with like” dates back to Hippocrates (460-377 BC) but in its current form, Homoeopathy has widely used it worldwide for more than 200 years. While translating a text about Cinchona Bark, from which Quinine is derived, Hahnemann conducted an experiment that was to change the course of his life. The text argued that Cinchona was effective in the treatment of malaria because it was bitter and astringent. Hahnemann’s logical and inquisitive mind was reluctant to believe this and in an experiment that spearheaded Homoeopathy’s introduction into the world, Hahnemann decided to test Cinchona bark on himself. Shortly after taking the first dose, he became ill with symptoms similar to those of malaria. Each time he repeated the dose, the same thing happened. Hahnemann concluded from this experiment that Cinchona bark could treat malaria, not because it was bitter and astringent, but because it could produce malaria-like symptoms in healthy people. The implications of this, if shown to be true in other substances, were startling; suffering humanity would finally have a way of knowing what each medicine could reliably treat. Over the coming years, Hahnemann tested his suspicions by conducting more experiments on himself and others with many different substances. In each instance, they produced symptoms in the healthy similar to those they could treat in the unwell.
  2. DRUG DYNAMISATION (Reason why it’s free from side effects)- Any medicine on continues usage will end up inside effects from it. Seeing this Dr. Hahnemann conducted an experiment by diluting the material quantity and increasing the dynamic quality by a particular method called Drug dynamisation. Hence absolutely free from side effects even if you consume for years together.
  3. MIASMATIC APPROACH – Three basic Miasms are in Homoeopathy; The Psora (non venereal), Sycosis and Syphilis which are already infectious agents causes disease when you met with unfavorable circumstances and trigger the chronic diseases. The doer in the disease annihilation is always you. Medicine act as a powerful external aid to unleash the immense potential of the internal healer in you.

Dr. Hahnemann’s view on Hygiene, Diet and regimen

Importance of hygiene, diet and regimen during the treatment and for the maintenance of health is not new to the world. Dr Hahnemann also emphasized about hygeine, diet and regimen, open air exercises.  According to him remedy is must for cure but if life style is not managed properly they will maintain the disease. In the disease due to transient dispositions caused due to faulty diets or habits one must correct them in order to attain health.§ 77 he gives eg: of disease due to deficiencies or due to excess etc.

In cases of pure chronic miasmatic (infectious) disease Dr. Hahnemann says § 256
But should we find, during the employment of the other medicines in chronic (psoric) diseases, that the best selected homeopathic (anti-psoric) medicine in the suitable (minutest) dose does not effect an improvement, this is a sure sign that THE CAUSE THAT KEEPS UP THE DISEASE STILL PERSIST, and that there is some circumstance in the mode of life of the patient or in the situation in which he is placed, that must be removed in order that a permanent cure may ensue”

“Proper hygienic and dietary measures must be taken recourse to before administration of remedial drugs, which are used as specific stimuli to rouse the vital force to react against the morbid agent and overcome their noxious influences. In the chronic disease we have to be more careful in dietetic and hygienic matter as they may easily upset the patient in a surreptitious manner” as it is rightly explained in § 259-36 in Organon of medicine 6th edition

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