Homoeopathy- its Evolution
On World Homoeopathy Day, we are not only celebrating Dr.Samuel Hahnemann’s birthday but we are trying to make people aware about Homoeopathy.
According to the World Heath Organization (WHO), Homeopathy is currently the second largest system of medicine in the world. Founded by German physician Dr Samuel Hahnemann just over 200 years ago, homeopathy’s evolution is certainly very interesting.
During the period of 1790, common medical practices were purging, bloodletting, and the use of toxic chemicals. At that time he used to translate medical texts as well. Once he was translating William Cullen’s Materia Medica into German . while translating the book, he became fascinated with a species of South American tree-bark (cinchona) which was being used to treat malaria-induced fever. Hahnemann ingested the bark and discovered that it caused symptoms similar to malaria. He continued his research into “cures” and the idea of “similar suffering,” and began compiling his findings. Similia similibus curentur, the Latin phrase meaning “let likes be cured by likes,” is the primary principle of homeopathy.
Dr Hahnemann explained his principle for homeopathy: Likes cures Likes, meaning that what a substance is capable of causing, it is capable of curing. By this we understand that substances which produce a set of symptoms in a healthy individual can treat a sick individual who is manifesting a similar set of symptoms.
That’s how homoeopathy evolved and now we are equipped with a full system of Homoeopathy.