Saturday, December 10, 2005

Founder of Homeopathy

Samuel Hahnemann Main Biography

Samuel Hahnemann was born on 11th April 1755 who was a German physician and chemist, and also developed homeopathy, a form of medicine that uses minimum doses of herbs and other substances to promote healing in a natural way.

Dissatisfaction of Dr.Hahnemann and his important decision

Dr. Hahnemann was very dissatisfied with the limited knowledge of human organism, disease process and the effects of medicines being used. So, he left his medical career and took up translation work to support his family.

Translation of a book led to eye-opening facts for Dr. Hahnemann

While translating Dr. Cullen's book of medicine (Dr. Cullen was a professor of medicine in university), Dr. Hahnemann came across a line in which Dr. Cullen attributed the curative action of Cinchona bark (from which quinine is prepared) in malarial fever to the fact that it was bitter. Dr. Hahnemann was not satisfied with this explanation as there were so many bitter substances around but none other showed any curative action in malarial fever.

Dr. Hahnemann's investigations

To find the truth, he decided to investigate the action of Cinchona bark extract by taking the medicine himself. After taking the medicine for 2 days, he found that symptoms similar to malaria developed in him. He was amazed with this observation. He repeated the experiment on many friends and family members and found the same results. So from this observation he deduced that Cinchona bark is able to cure malaria because when taken by a healthy human being, it can create malaria like symptoms.

His further findings

Then he started working on this concept further to find if this a specific observation or a general truth applicable to all drugs. He tested medicines with known therapeutic values on his friends and family and discovered that this is a general law which decided the curative action of all medicines. He called it 'Similia Similbus Curantur' or 'Like Cures Like'.
Simply stated, it means that a medicine can cure those symptoms in a diseased person, which, it can produce in healthy individuals. It has been more than two centuries since he discovered this law. Since then it has been tested millions of times and has stood the test of time.

Current scenario of Homeopathy

Today there are more than 400 Homeopathy Medical Colleges in the world, at least 5,00,000 practitioners, and millions of patients using Homeopathy. Homeopathic medicines are available in most countries and in some countries like India, Pakistan, and Norway, the legal status of Homeopathy is already at par with allopathy.
After discovering that one basic principle in 1792, Hahnemann established Homeopathy as a full system of medicine in the next 50 years. Homeopathy became very popular in the 19th century. It went through a phase of decline in 20th century when the sciences considered auxiliary to allopathic medicine (anatomy, physiology, pathology, surgery) became more advanced; modern drugs like antibiotics and painkillers came into existence; and insurance companies took hold of the medical practice. But now, as apparent limitations of these modern wonder (!) drugs are being realized and more work is being done on scientific and clinical research in Homeopathy, this science is gradually coming back to the center-stage!


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At Monday, March 26, 2012 1:26:00 AM, Anonymous Dr William Larkworthy said...

Having seen lots of cases of malaria I find it difficult to believe that Dr Hahnemann thought he had induced symptoms identical to those of malaria by taking cinchona bark. Did he have headaches, rigors and fever? Maybe he had an incidental influenzal illness. Whatever, the basic principles of homeopathy are flawed there are no studies which show it better than placebo.But he has such an incredible following, including allopathic doctors and Prince Charles that I am in serious doubt of the rationality of swathes of the human race.One thing which puzzles me is this memory business -- if water has a memory and is being constantly recycled does it matter that it has passed through Hitler's kidneys or the local sewage farm?


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