Homeopathy is a natural system of medicine that can be used to treat a wide variety of illnesses. It is based on two primary beliefs: the Law of Similars and the infinitesimal dose.
Law of Similars: Instead of looking at the symptoms of illness as undesirable, Homeopathy sees them as signs of the body attempting to heal itself. Therefore, instead of suppressing symptoms, homeopaths give remedies that would cause the same symptoms in a healthy person to stimulate the body’s own restorative mechanisms.
Infinitesimal Dose: Homeopathy is also considered a pharmaceutical science. Its substances are made from plants, minerals, animals or chemicals and are diluted carefully in alcohol or water to reach a dose that is up to one part in one million. Small globules of sugar are saturated in the liquid dilution and given to the patient.
Treatment in Homeopathy focuses on a person’s Total Symptom Picture, not only the disease they are suffering from. What this means, is that two people suffering from the same condition can be given two different remedies and treatment plans. This is because each person is treated as a whole, and not as a machine made up of separate parts.
Father of Homeopathy – Dr. Samuel Christian Frederic Hahnemann
Dr.Samuel Christian Frederic Hahnemann was born in 1755, at Meissen, Saxony in Germany. He established the fundamental principles of the science he named ‘Homeopathy’, from the Greek words for similar (‘homeo’), and suffering (‘pathos’).
He is also considered the Father of Experimental Pharmacology because he was the first physician to prepare medicines in a specialized way; proving them on healthy human beings, to determine how the medicines acted to cure diseases. Before Hahnemann, medicines were given on speculative indications, mainly on the basis of authority without experimental verification.
Dr. Hahnemann embraced the law of cure known as “Similia Similibus Curentur”, or “Like Cures Like”. He was the progenitor of several modern medical approaches, and he treated thousands of difficult and chronic cases from all over Europe, that other doctors could not treat. Thus, he became so famous that physicians from Europe and America came to him to learn the science of Homeopathy.