What is Homeopathy

Dr. Samuel hanemann

What is Homeopathy?

Homeopathy is a therapeutic system of medicine that is based on the principle of similars- like cures like – which means that a substance that can cause certain symptoms in a healthy person can cure similar symptoms in an unhealthy person. Homeopathy aims to aid and stimulate the body's own defense and immune mechanism to cure the disease. Homeopathic medicines are derived from a variety of plants, animal materials and minerals. These medicines are prescribed in much smaller and lesser doses than traditional medications, and are used for both prevention and treatment. Established 200 years ago by German physician Samuel Hahnemann, and is recognized by the World Health Organization as the second largest therapeutic system in the world.

How homeopathy differs from conventional medicine?

Have you ever wondered about the days of your great grandmother, when there were no antibiotics, steroids, painkillers, and anti-inflammatory drugs to fight disease with? How did the people used to get cured of their illness till a couple of decades ago? The people did not use any medicines to cure for every minor and major illness. Most of the time they used to get out of it. But how? What used to kill the bacteria, viruses, and parasites causing disease in those days? The answer is their own immune system!

Yes! Our body has a very strong defense mechanism, capable of fighting most disease conditions. When our body suffers from any disease, body activates its defense system and fights against the disease causing agents.

Medicine can help in overcoming disease in two ways. One is to add foreign chemical or biological agents in our body in the form of antibiotics and antiviral drugs. These work by killing the bacteria and viruses respectively. In this process they weaken the body's inherent defense mechanism, as our body's own army of white cells becomes secondary. This is how conventional medicine works. It kills the bacteria but does nothing to remove the predisposition (inherent tendency) of disease and the weakness of immune system, which initially resulted in the establishment of disease process. Instead, it weakens it further, predisposing it to more and frequent diseases.

The second way in which a medicine can help the body in overcoming diseases by strengthening our body's inherent immune system and let the body take care of the disease causing agents. In this way two objectives are attained. First, the disease is cured very rapidly without any side-effects of the modern wonder drugs (!). Secondly, in this process as the immune system is further strengthened, the predisposition to disease forms is overcome and their recurrence prevented. Thus there is overall health benefit. This is how Homeopathy works!

In short,

Conventional remedies

  Help temporarily or superficially
  Produce unwanted side effects
  Weaken our immune system

Homeopathic medicines

  Remove the disease from the root.
  Boosts your body's natural healing response
  Will not suppress your immunity
  Will help by avoiding side effects
  Reduce and prevent relapses
  And is safe for children & infants

Discovery of Homoeopathy

Homeopathy is a system of medicine, which was discovered and developed by a German allopathic physician, Dr. Samuel Hahnemann, between 1792 and 1842.

The then prevalent system of medicine was not at all scientific (in its modern sense). The knowledge of anatomy, physiology, pathology etc. was not advanced enough. Most of these sciences were still in their infancy in the 18th century. Most of the disease causing organisms and conditions were still unknown to the medical fraternity. So the treatment for most diseases was eclectic. Everyone treated their patients according to their own whims and fancies. Methods like bloodletting, leeching, purging, giving crude doses of mercury etc. were the common treatment for most disorders.

Dr. Hahnemann was very dissatisfied with the limited knowledge of human organism, disease process and the effects of medicines being used. So, he left his medical career and took up translation work to support his family.

While translating Dr. Cullen's book of medicine (Dr. Cullen was a professor of medicine in university), Dr. Hahnemann came across a line in which Dr. Cullen attributed the curative action of Cinchona bark (from which quinine is prepared) in malarial fever to the fact that it was bitter. Dr. Hahnemann was not satisfied with this explanation as there were so many bitter substances around but none other showed any curative action in malarial fever.

To find the truth, he decided to investigate the action of Cinchona bark extract by taking the medicine himself. After taking the medicine for 2 days, he found that symptoms similar to malaria developed in him. He was amazed with this observation. He repeated the experiment on many friends and family members and found the same results. So from this observation he deduced that Cinchona bark is able to cure malaria because when taken by a healthy human being, it can create malaria like symptoms.

Then he started working on this concept further to find if this specific observation or a general truth applicable to all drugs. He tested medicines with known therapeutic values on his friends and family and discovered that this is a general law which decided the curative action of all medicines. He called it 'Similia Similbus Curantur' or 'Like Cures Like'.

Simply stated, it means that a medicine can cure those symptoms in a diseased person, which, it can produce in healthy individuals. It has been more than two centuries since he discovered this law. Since then it has been tested millions of times and has stood the test of time.

Today there are more than 400 Homeopathy Medical Colleges in the world, at least 5,00,000 practitioners, and millions of patients using Homeopathy. Homeopathic medicines are available in most countries and in some countries like India, Pakistan, and Norway, the legal status of Homeopathy is already at par with allopathy.


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