The Modern Origin of Homeopathy
The modern origin of Homeopathy can be ascribed to the insightful findings of Dr. Samuel Hahnemann (1755-1843). For two centuries Homeopathy has been developed and practised around the world and is more popular today than ever, as more and more people search for natural, alternative ways of staying healthy.
Although Homeopathy originates from Europe it has gained great popularity in North America, South America, Australasia, Russia and India and has become the most widely practiced alternative medicine globally.
Proponents of Homeopathy follow what is known as the “law of similars” with a basic principle of “let like be cured by like” which translated means when a substance is administered in large doses to a healthy person who becomes ill then the same substance administered in smaller doses should counterbalance and cure the ill person of the disease. The dose being so miniscule there should be no evidence of side effects.
Unlike modern medicine where the illness is concentrated on, homeopath will study the whole patient and take into consideration characteristics such as temperament, the personality and physical and emotional responses before prescribing a remedy to the illness. The homeopathic treatment can not be processed unless a homeopath knows the history of patient illness.
This does not mean for example two patients showing symptoms of stomach upsets are treated exactly the same way because each patient has different qualities in mind and body that the Homeopath approaches differently.
The essence of Homeopathy can be distilled down into a simple belief in that Homeopathy treatment is based on the natural healing abilities of the body itself. Perhaps Dr. Hahnemann’s long life is testimony to the validity of his research and discoveries in Homeopathy.