History of Homeopathy
Doctor Samuel Hahnemann was a German scholar and physician. He was born in 1755 and died in 1843. He is the Father of Homeopathic Medicine. He was not happy of the methods and treatment of the medical practices of his time.
He was against the medical practices of the day by using methods like bloodletting, vomiting and the use of toxic chemicals. As a result of his unhappiness, Dr. Samuel Hahnemann gave up his medical practice.
Personal Research & Experiments
He wished to gather a good knowledge of homeopathy treatment and the relative effects of such treatment. He spent a good number of hours and time in translating medical texts. He took keen interest in the works of William Cullen’s “Materia Medica”, and translated the text into the German language.
In the course of his studies and experiments, Hahnemann was impressed with the properties and curing propensities of quinine containing bark known as, “cinchona bark”. During his time, malaria was a serious disease. It was being treated with the medication, “quinine”.
He conducted experiments on himself by consuming daily a few grams of the bark for a couple of days. Soon he began to develop symptoms of malaria setting in. He was convinced and concluded that, a “medication” or “drug” will have to produce “similar symptoms of a disease” in a healthy individual which are “similar to the disease”. Thus, the maxim and the” principle of Similia Similibus Curentur” came to be.
In this manner of administrating the quinine containing bark, Dr. Samuel Hahnemann proved to himself that, a certain herbal drug or substance can work by the reason that such drug duplicates a body’s defense symptom and instinct to get rid of the disease.
Homeopathy Schools & Popularity
The earliest homeopathy school in the Unites States of America was founded in the 1800s. By the 1900s it became very popular. During this time, a number of severe diseases like, scarlet fever, yellow fever, typhoid and other ailments were treated with good successful results.
The history and growth of homeopathy has come a long way. It has made good gains among the public by the beginning of the 19th century. Today, the public show greater interest in holistic treatment and natural medicine.
Homeopathic remedies have grown in popularity not only for its efficacy, but also because it is affordable. As more people realize the potential harm drugs can cause, many will turn to natural ways to heal their ailments.