How Did Homeopathy Begin?

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Posted on 22nd October 2010 by admin in Uncategorized

A German physician named Samuel Hahnemann founded homeopathy around 200 years ago.   He was an apothecary physician whose development of homeopathy was considered contrary to the practice of medicine at the time.  Medicine 200 years ago consisted of the use of leeches, bloodletting, strong purgatives, and highly toxic preparations containing heavy metals.  He was very concerned with these popular medical practices and set out to find alternative methods.

Hahnemann began to experiment with cinchona bark in the treatment of malaria.  He found that when he took high doses of the bark he would experience symptoms that were very similar to those of malaria.  He coined the term ‘proving’ to describe this approach to testing certain substances.  With the help of healthy volunteers, he was able to outline three principles of homeopathy that are still used today.

Principle 1:  If a healthy person takes large doses of a substance and reacts with symptoms of an illness, then that substance can be used in an unhealthy person who suffers from the same illness for relief.

Principle 2:  The minimal dose of the substance should be used to prevent toxicity.  This idea is completely contrary to current scientific knowledge.  Hahnemann initially used high doses of substances but found that this often led to toxic side effects.  He then used a process called “potentization” to dilute and refine his doses.

Principle 3:  A patient should only use a single remedy or substance at any one time.

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