What is the Origin of Homeopathy?

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Since I set up my Homeopathic practice I have been asked many questions “What exactly is Homeopathy?” being the most popular one. So I thought I would take this opportunity to write a little about where Homeopathic medicine came from and what it is.

Hippocrates, often know as the Father of Modern medicine was a Greek Doctor who lived approximately 460 B.C to 377 B.C.

After closely observing nature Hippocrates announced that there were two ways of curing 1) through contraries and 2) through similars. Modern medicine today uses mostly the law of contraries - if there is depletion then use a substitute in order to rectify that.  Homeopathy uses purely the law of similars. 

Samuel Hahnemann was a German Doctor (1755 to 1843) who when translating a Scottish Medical Journal came across Hippocrates statement on Contraries and Similars and he decided to test Similars. His subsequent formulaton of a fundamental law of healing states that a patient will be cured by a medicinal substance producing the similar disease symptoms in a healthy person. He spent the rest of his life testing this theory resulting in around 200 remedies known as the Polycrests. Since then the scientific basis of homeopathic medicine has been both enlarged and refined. Hahnemann’s writings still remain the ultimate authority on its doctrines and practice, and his work to be found in the “Organon of Medicine” gives the key to his ideas and is the fundamental basis of Homeopathic treatment. There are now over 5,000 homeopathic medicines, they are made from highly diluted natural substance given with the aim of triggering the body’s natural system of healing.  Based on the individuals specific mental and physical symptoms a homeopath will match the most appropriate medicine to each patient. So in a Homeopathic consultation you just talk about what you are experiencing, and we observe and use our knowledge of Homeopathic Remedies to find a match for you.

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