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|Brief History of Homeopathy|
For people who use Homeopathy, it is only natural to ask what does Homeopathy offer in our modern and uncertain times?Dr. Skye Weintraub, author of Natural Healing with Cell Salts states that the first line of defense is to have a healthy, vibrant immune system.
Dr. Weintraub tells us that one way to enhance our immune system and be healthier, is through the use of homeopathic remedies. Information on using homeopathy with current threats of epidemics with Ebola, Hanta Virus,Whooping Cough,
Lyme Disease, flesh eating strep, etc. are in books such as Homeopathy Healing by Eileen Nauman.
In 1850, a homeopathic college was founded in Ohio due to homeopathic success rates during the cholera epidemics in the United States. Educated doctors abandoned bloodletting and stopped administering large doses of poisons to purge the body. Doctors now began to use homeopathic remedies as a safe and more effective treatment against yellow fever, typhoid, and scarlet fever.
By 1900, 100 homeopathic hospitals existed. Popularity of homeopathy in all classes of society encouraged the development of 22 homeopathic medical schools, and the opening of over 1000 homeopathic pharmacies.
Over 20% of doctors during this period considered themselves homeopaths.
Lectures on Materia Medica contains James Kent lectures on homeopathic philosophy from this active period in homeopathy. Dr. Kent spoke on how to effectively use homeopathic remedies.
The American Medical Association (AMA) was beginning its strong hold in medicine. Conventional medicine never ceased its attack on homeopathy. Dr. McCormack in the early 1900's said, "We must admit that we have never fought the homeopath on community and got the business."
The Carnegie Foundation in 1910 issued a report sanctioning allopathic (conventional) medical schools. At the same time condemning homeopathic schools.
With newer medicines and $350 million being poured into allopathic medicine and hospitals by John D. Rockefeller, homeopathic schools began to close due to lack of support and money.
Samuel Hahnemann (1755-1843) is considered the Father of Homeopathy. A physician, scholar, teacher and scientist in Germany. Hahnemann coined the term "homeopathy" from Greek terms, meaning similar suffering,
to denote the basic law of similars. This discovery of the law of similar came with his experiments with Cinchona bark.
The Cinchona experiments soon followed with experiments by himself and others using many other substances. The experiments and symptoms produced by the substances were documented as "provings".
See Principles and Laws of Homeopathy for further discussion. These principles and laws explain why homeopathy is so safe and natural, while strengthening the immune system and allowing our bodies to balance and heal. Homeopathic medicine was first used for a wide-scale epidemic in 1801 when Samuel Hahnemann MD, observed that a child who was being treated with a homeopathic preparation of belladonna resisted scarlet fever even though all three siblings were affected. Wondering whether the belladonna had acted prophylactically, Hahnemann began giving it to children in other families when the first ones fell ill, and he found it to be protective despite a 90% attack rate among the untreated. The method was accepted by the regular doctors and the Prussian government.
"Samuel Hahnemann, was the first man to conceive that the products of disease could be used in the cure of diseases. His preparation, Psorinum, was the first vaccine to be made.:--T.T.M. Dishington (1928)."
Dorothy Shepherd in the book, More Magic of the Minimum Dose, writes, "What do homoeopaths want immunizing substances for? We have got much better agents which have been used clinically and proved many years before immunization was even thought of. We call them nosodes."
LAW OF SIMILARS
LAW OF MINIMUM DOSE -
LAW OF INDIVIDUALIZATION - Holistic Approach to Health Care
See Principles and Laws of Homeopathy page for specifics on homeopathic principles.
Materia Medicas offer in-depth remedy information. The remedy name is followed by Proving symptoms.
The categories are similar in each, starting with mind symptoms, head, face, and down to the various system in the body, the extremities, etc.
When wanting to look up a particular symptom and the possible remedies that have shown that symptom under provings,
homeopaths look in Repertories. See our updated Repertory Page
Repertory of the Homoeopathic Materia Medica, is a classic repertory. The descriptive way to write the symptoms are called "Rubrics".
The book includes 1400 pages of rubrics for the mind and various organs and body systems. Authored by James Kent.
The use of Homeopathy is widespread in Europe. Top homeopathic manufacturers come from Germany, France, Switzerland. Homeopathy enjoys excellent status in England, where the Royal Family has had Homeopathic Physicians since the 1830's.
In the 1990's, 45% of conventional medical doctors in England, referred patients to Homeopaths.
Many French pharmacies dispense homeopathic remedies. The use of homeopathy is covered by their government's social security. Approximately 30% of the people in France use homeopathy.
In Asia, homeopathy is widely accepted and used in India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka. Mahatma Gandhi support of homeopathy furthered acceptance.
India has over 120 homeopathic medical schools. With over 100,000 practitioners in India, it is no wonder so many homeopathic books are authored by Indians.
Some Important Homeopathic Points To Consider:
The success and popularity of homeopathy is due to the fact that homeopathy offers a SAFE alternative to other therapies.
A) Safe in being both a non invasive therapy and non toxic to the body. The safety of homeopathy, by offering no long term side effects, is well known. Homeopathy also boasts of being safe for pregnant women, infants and the elderly as compared with other therapies.
B) Through the process of dilution, remedies no longer contain whole molecules, rendering them non-allergenic and non-poisonous. Rather than cure by suppression, homeopathy stimulates the body towards balance. Homeopathy uses natural substances, not synthetic or chemical. Potentization Enhances These Healing Properties and Negates the Properties That In Large Doses Can Cause Problems.
Using large amounts of certain vitamins and herbs can be taxing on the liver.
100,000 people die annually from Properly prescribed medications.
Homeopathy offers a safe alternative to home care in first aid and illness.
C) Homeopathic Medicines are recognized and regulated by the FDA. Homeopathics have OTC status, that is over-the-counter status. They are recognized as medicines that can be safely sold off the counter in stores and internet stores like ours. Most remedies are available without a prescription.
D) Expense. Homeopathy is reasonbly priced. Homeopathic remedies on our site start at $10.99 for Bioplasma
E) Homeopathic medicines also enjoy popularity due to the fact that they can be used with other therapies and medications. Homeopathy can be used along with supplements and herbs. Homeopathy can be safely taken with heart, blood pressure, insulin, thyroid, and other other medications.
F) Versatile. Homeopathy is useful for chronic, seasonal, and first-aid needs.
G) Variety of remedies and products is unsurpassed with Homeopathy. Homeopathy offers products for specific and general allergies, seasonal and chronic conditions. Homeopathy is not limited to whether the problem is physical, mental, emotional or a combination. Homeopathic Cell Salts can benefit anyone. Cell Salts can be used by the healthy to stay in optimal health. Answers to FAQ's such as matching problem to remedy label, more than 1 use per remedy...
Homeopathy can match the remedy to our unique set of problems.
What makes us Who We Are?
Physical appearance, strengths, weaknesses
Characteristic ways of responding to physical and mental stress.
This direction of treating the person with a remedy that resonates best with Who We Are is called Constitutional Prescribing. Constitutional Homeopathy enables us to get through the myriad of health complaints, symptoms and repertorizing to find the remedy that best resonates with Who We Are. Samuel Hahnemann, noticed this phenomenon when he mentioned that "Nux Vomica seemed particularly well suited to fiery, violent, and malicious people, whilst Pulsatilla was well suited to timid, anxious, tearful people of a gentle and mild disposition."
Constitutional remedies do not change Who We Are anymore than moving away from our family changes our heritage. Constitutional remedies can though help
strengthen our weak areas and act deeper in our system to help us stay balanced in life.
In the book The Spirit of Homeopathic Medicines the author Didier Grandgeorge, M.D., tells us, "...exploring the 'spirit of homeopathic medicines', or the underlying psychological issues encountered in each remedy..., allows us to explain in just a few words all symptoms brought about by that remedy."
Studying homeopathy is enjoyable and fruitful. Enjoy!