A Scientific System of Medicine
The word itself is a combination of two Greed words, omeos – meaning similar and, pathos – meaning suffering. Homeopathy treats an illness with a substance which when taken by a healthy person, produces symptoms similar to that incurred by the person that is ill. This is derived from the principle “Like Cures Like”, known as the Law of Similars.
Samuel Hahnemann 1755-1843
German Physician - founder of homeopathy Homeopathy is a scientific system of medicine discovered in the late 18th Century by Samuel Hahnemann, a German doctor, who was disillusioned with the harsh treatment of his time. His inquiring mind was always searching for the fundamental principle upon which therapeutics should be based.
The Law of Similars
In 1790 Samuel Hahnemann took some Cinchona bark because he wanted to find out why it was effective in treating malaria. Each time he took some, he experienced a range of malarial symptoms that lasted a couple of hours. He realised this effect was the reason it cured malaria: it could cause similar symptoms. “ Like cures like” the principle of homeopathy. The Law of Similars.
Stimulates The Self Healing Process
Samuel Hahnemann went on to test many different substances on himself, his friends and local medical students, and documented the major and minor symptoms. The list of what a substance could cause, was a treatise on what each substance could cure.
Homeopathy uses only a minute amount of the active ingredient – a non toxic dose
However, this was only one part of his discoveries. Some of the substances he was testing had toxic properties and his volunteers suffered the side effect (of this toxic dose). Hahnemann discovered that giving reduced doses - diluting the dose - not only avoided the toxic side effects, but, rather surprisingly perhaps, actually increased the power to cure.
Treating The Whole Person
By treating the whole person, mental, emotional and physical symptoms are all taken into account, encouraging the self-healing process. A holistic medicine.
Treating The Individual
Homeopathy is an effective and scientific system of medicine, which recognises our individual expression of disease. Even when we catch the same “bug” as a friend, our response may be quite different from theirs.
Homeopathy treats an illness with a substance which when taken by a healthy person, produces symptoms similar to that incurred by the person that is ill.
Homoeopathy is a holistic system of medicine which stimulates the body's own natural healing power to bring health, vitality and wellbeing.