History of Homeopathy
- Hahnemann was born during the Enlightenment and he is the recognised founder of homeopathy, though Hippocrates and Paracelsus mentioned healing with “similars” much earlier.
- On trying small doses of Peruvian bark (the source of quinine), in an attempt to disprove claims that its bitterness was curative in malaria, he developed mild symptoms of that disease.
- Hahnemann had witnessed the same symptoms in a healthy person, as the disease it was employed to cure.
- This proving established the fundamental principle of homeopathy: “like cures like”.
- He further diluted medicines to remove toxicity, until they no longer worked, but soon discovered that if the medicine was shaken (succussion) after each dilution, it appeared to still work.
- His theory was that shaking released the curative energy of the remedy (potentisation), while dilution removed the harmful side effects of a formerly toxic substance. This was the birth of homeopathy.
- Homeopathy was nearly banned during the early 20c and rescued by the Royal Family who still use it.
- It has again been under attack during the last decade from some scientific groups, and as a result the use of key words and listing of any recognised medical conditions on websites or leaflets is forbidden.