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!

Meaning of Homeopathy


Meaning of Homeopathy in simple words....

"Homeopathy is a healing branch of science which comes under medicine and is concerned with the treatment of disease"

Homeopathy is a complete system of medicine which aims to promte general health, by reinforcing the body's own natural healing capacity. A branch of medical science concerned with symptoms of diseases.

Homeopathy does not have treatments for diseases but it
has remedies for people with diseases.

Discoverer and Developer of homeopathy

Homeopathy is a system of medicine, which was discovered and developed by a German physician, Dr. Samuel Hahnemann.

The term "Homeopathy" can be broken into two parts in order to understand it's simplest meaning - 'homoios' in Greek means similar and 'pathos' means suffering. So, in simple terms homeopathy is the study of similar sufferings seen in individuals and it is that system of medicine that is based on the principle of 'Like cures Like'.

Which means that a substance that can cause certain symptoms in a healthy person can cure similar symptoms in an unhealthy person. Homeopathy aims to aid and stimulate the body's own defense and immune processes.
Homeopathy has healing powers of medicine and is a scientific and human therapeutic method, which is as much as open to science and technical progress as well as deals with symptoms and sufferings of person as a whole following the most friendly - "Individualistic Approach", and includes the following which is done by a Homeopathic doctor known as a Homeopath.

Basic Steps followed by a Homeopath

* Careful Listening to a pateint
* Observing a patient
* Noting down his symptoms
* Taking a complete case history
* Giving every patient his own individuality
* Choosing a proper treatment
* Choosing homeopathic drug taking care of the patient's individuality

"Quotable Quotes on Homeopathy"

Only one medicine exists, the one that combines scientific knowledge with careful listening and observation of the patient in his specificity. Holistic medicine ie; a system of health care which fosters a cooperative relationship among all those involved, leading towards optimal attainment of the physical, mental emotional, social and spiritual aspects of health has to individualise each patient, not only homeopathy.
"The highest ideal of theraphy is to restore health rapidly, gently,permanently; to remove and destroy the whole disease in the shortest,surest,least harmful way,according to clearly comprehensive principles"

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