Homeopathy – the history and facts
Born in Meissen, Saxony near Dresden (Germany), Samuel Hahnemann’s life began in a humble painter’s house. His father was a designer and painter of porcelain. Samuel Hahnemann’s career began as a translator and he was fluent in more than half a dozen languages.
Without doubt, he was wise beyond his years and his thirst for knowledge and interest in medicine led him to Vienna where on 10 August 1779, he graduated MD at the University of Erlangen.1
His new qualification and knowledge led Samuel Hahnemann to believe that the medicine and cures that were commonly administered to patients in the 1700’s was often times as dangerous as the disease itself. Samuel Hahnemann therefore decided to conduct his own research.
While doing so, he came across a medicine known as Cinchona derived from the bark of a Peruvian tree. This medicine was administered as a cure for malaria. Even though he did not suffer from malaria, Samuel Hahnemann administered Cinchona upon himself and to his amazement found that Cinchona induced malaria like symptoms in him. This led him to believe (and formed the basis of a new stream of medicine called Homeopathy), that like cures like. 2
Samuel Hahnemann hypothesized that if any substance can induce symptoms identical to a disease in a healthy human, then that substance can cure a patient suffering from any disease exhibiting the same identical symptoms. Formal medical science uses this technique in creation of vaccines.
The disease-causing germ is weakened (hundred or more times less potent) and injected into a healthy human. The human anti-bodies easily battle and destroy the weakened bacteria or virus. The experience so gained, enables the anti-bodies to be ready to battle and destroy the fully potent bacteria or virus. The human that has been vaccinated for that particular virus or bacteria is therefore far better protected that a human who is not. 3
Today, Samuel Hahnemann’s Homeopathy is acknowledged and practiced all over the world. Over the past 200 years or so, Homeopathy became more standardized and governments have brought in regulation based on which, pharmaceutical companies began to develop homeopathic formulations.
Today, the market for homeopathic preparation is so vast; there are pharmaceutical companies that exclusively manufacture only homeopathic preparations. The market for homeopathy is said to be in the hundreds of millions of dollars and homeopathic preparations are as much popular in the West as they are in the East. 4
Modern medical science has come to accept that the mere presence of a bacteria or virus does not cause the disease. The state of the person’s physical and mental health is the determining factor. This is why the very young, weak and the elderly suffer diseases more than young and middle-aged adults.
Homeopathy has been using this knowledge to cure diseases for the past 200 years. Obviously, homeopathy works best by the process of immunisation rather than curing after the disease has taken hold. If the very young are administered homeopathic preparations, they develop excellent resistance to a wide variety of diseases. This is why homeopathy is considered as a treatment that is akin to natural remedy vaccination.
Footnotes and references:
1. Samuel Hahnemann: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samuel_Hahnemann
3. Development of homeopathy: http://www.wholehealthnow.com/homeopathy_info/history.html
4. Current state of homeopathy: http://www.txoptions.com/articles/hmspa.php