Classical Homeopathy

Many people in today’s 21st century society may not even recognize the word “Homeopathy”. If we go back a mere 100 years the name was known far and wide as a mainstay of healing. To understand the nature of homeopathy one has to go back to the 1700s and to the actual founder of homeopathy, Samuel Hahnemann. He was born in Germany in 1755 and by 1779 had qualified as a conventional doctor and set up a practice. At this time his work as a doctor was his main means of income but also spent time writing articles and books for medicine and chemistry. His articles sometimes spoke against many harsh medical practices of the time which included things like bloodletting, purging, and mass doses of medicine given to patients that created tremendous side effects. At that time he put forth the ideas of better hygiene, healthier eating standards, exercise, and less crowded living conditions.

Eventually Hahnemann became totally disillusioned with conventional medicine and became a translator. As he was translating a book called “A Treatise on Materia Medica” by Dr. William Cullen he found a passage concerning Peruvian bark which sparked a special interest in him. Cullen said in his book that quinine which is obtained and purified from the cinchona tree was an astringent and could be used to treat malaria. Hahnemann was also a chemist and was confused by that statement because there were certainly more powerful astringents than quinine. He then decided to look deeper into the issue and began dosing himself with quinine only to find that he began developing the symptoms of malaria but knew he hadn’t been exposed. These symptoms occurred each time he gave himself quinine and lasted for several hours. If he left the quinine alone he did not develop the symptoms of malaria. He then wondered if this is the reason that quinine could cure malaria.

He then moved his “provings” on to other healthy volunteers and carefully recorded the outcome. He found very similar results with his volunteers as he had with himself. He then moved on to other substances such as belladonna and arsenic that were also used as medicines of the day. As he continued experimentation he found some variance between the symptoms of the volunteers. The symptoms that didn’t vary much from one to another he called keynote symptoms. The less common symptoms were then designated as second line symptoms and third line symptoms were issues that showed up very rarely. The end results of this testing became known as the “drug picture” of each substance tested in this manner.

Eventually by testing a wide variety of substances, he rediscovered the principle of “like can cure like” that was originally brought forth by the Greek physician Hippocrates from the 5th century BC. This brought about a new system of medicine eventually called homeopathy. He eventually proved that this new system of treatment would, when given to a patient with the same type of symptoms that the medicine produced, could cure them of those symptoms. He did not at that time know why it worked just that it did work amazing well.

By 1812 began actually teaching the principles of homeopathy in the University of Leipzig in Germany. This system of treatment caught fire and spread rapidly throughout Europe and eventually finding itself healing many people successfully in the United States. By the early 1900s homeopathy was becoming well established in the US and many countries around the world. There were many hospitals created here that were homeopathic in nature, much to the chagrin of the allopathic (conventional) medical industry.

Two industrial moguls of the day, John Rockefeller and Andrew Carnegie who already had monopolies of their own decided to  create a new monopoly in allopathic medicine. They strong armed Congress to pass laws to basically outlaw homeopathic schools in the US along with requiring homeopathic doctors to also be certified in conventional medicine as well. This forced many homeopathic doctors of the time out of business. This all lead to the demise of homeopathy in the US and established yet another monopoly for Rockefeller and Carnegie. Fortunately homeopathy still flourished in other parts of the world. Now it is finally making a comeback in this country. Unfortunately, most of the best homeopathic schools are currently found outside of the States. My diploma comes from Allen College of Homoeopathy in the UK.

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