Thursday, June 08, 2006

History of Homeopathy – A Holistic system of medicine

Homoeopathy was discovered in Germany 200 years back by Dr. Samuel Hahnemann.
He was a M.D physician. However, he was getting disenchanted with the kind of treatment doctors gave patients in his days. Most of it involved purging, one way or another. Patients were given laxatives, emetics or were made to bleed by applying leeches, in an attempt to cure diseases. Hahnemann gave up his practice of medicine and worked as a chemist.

He was also a scholar fluent in 14 languages. So he started translating the original medical work while he was translating one of the work of a doctor he came across the detail that the bark of the Cinchona tree could cure malaria. It was written it was biter that’s why it works on malaria.

Having a scientific mind, he decided to experiment. He ate a little of Cinchona bark and noted it produced symptoms similar to malaria. He gave the same bark to few of his friends and relatives and they produced malaria like symptoms. But he went one step further whenever a patient came with malaria; administration of this bark cured the disease condition!

He continued experimenting with different medicinal substances. He noticed that those that produced symptoms similar to a disease were capable of treating the disease. He formulated the law: SIMILIA SIMILIBUS CURENTUR. (LIKE Cures LIKE).Homoeopathy was born.

Why Homeopathy?
The above question comes to our mind when we are trying to switch off from one stream of medicine to another. We all know that every science has its positive aspects and its limitations.

Let’s see what Homeopathy has to offer to the suffering humanity. It is based on the principle of “Similia similibus curenter” i.e. like cures like. Homeopathy is a Holistic method of treatment where the whole body and mind is taken into consideration not just the diseased part or organ or just a few symptoms. Every minute shift of health is noted down in the minutest details in the form of causation, sensation experienced. factors which increase or decrease the complaints.

Homeopathy is a system of medicine where the remedies are prepared from the natural substances that are obtained from the Plant Kingdom, Mineral kingdom and Animal kingdom. These substances undergo a process of potentisation and serial dilutions. This process releases the latent power of the medicine. The more the substance is diluted the more is the power of that drug. The power is known as the “Potency”.

The homeopathic medicines do not have side effects when they are used judicially. As the action is at the dynamic level and drug substance is minimum.

Homeopathy helps the system to bring back the lost balance when it is in a diseased state. When the right homeopathic medicine is administered it stimulates the body and produces an action, which is known as the primary action, and then the body will take care of the disease this is known as the secondary action. The Homeopathic medicines act at the level Psycho neuro endocrinal axis and bring back the balance to health.

The best effect is seen when children are put on homeopathy. It allows the child to blossom like a flower. They will lead a healthier life and even the hereditary tendencies which are carried can be minimized. The homeopathic medicines can be administered in a very simple way and because of its sweet taste kids take the medicines without any fuss.

In chronic diseases after the remedy is administered it will act at a very deep level and will help the individual to fight the disease. We can get good results if the case is properly managed and if the patient reports at the beginning of the sickness and gives the original unmodified picture of the illness.

In acute conditions after the medicine is administered it will bring back the lost harmony in a rapid gentle way without producing any complications.

Homeopathic medicine can be very useful during epidemics. The remedy that is selected on the symptoms that are characteristic during the epidemic is known as the Genus Epidemicus.This genus epidemicus when given to the people where there is an outbreak it will help the people in not contracting the epidemic disease. For e.g. Cholera ,Influenza ,Plague etc.

Homeopathy is the only system of medicine which works as a preventive and helps the patient to remain healthy and not get affected by the environment. In homeopathy there are medicines, which can be given as a prophylactic medicine that will help the individual to prevent the disease when there is an outbreak of certain diseases.

For e.g. If there are 2 children in a house and one is suffering from say Chicken pox in order to prevent the other child from getting the infection if he is given the indicated remedy he will not contract that disease or even if he contracts the disease it will be in a very mild form..

Homeopathy can be used for a wide range of diseases with success if practiced in the right way. Let us make a healthy harmonious living possible through Homeopathy.

Article is written by
Dr.Santosh Joshi
Homeopathic consultant
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