The Origins Of Homeopathy

August 30, 2018
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The Origins of Homeopathy

The origins of homeopathy involves a long history, and many interpretations over time. It was actually a german physician who founded homeopathy, over 200 years ago. Dr. Samuel Hahnemann worked on the idea of treating ‘like with like’. The idea is “any substance that can produce a set of signs and symptoms in a healthy person can be used to cure a similar set of signs and symptoms in a diseased person”.

Early History

However, Dr. Hahnemann was not the first person to consider this idea. For those studying the origins of homeopathy it is believed that the idea of ‘like cures like’ has been around since 400 BC. It is said that Hippocrates treated mania with a small dosage of mandrake root, the same thing that can cause mania in large doses. This idea was also recorded in the 16th century with the latin phrase “similia similibus curantur”, translated to “what makes a man ill also cures him”.

The idea was continued to be explored over the next few centuries. Dr. Hahnemann is credited for studying these historical practices and improving on them, as well as creating the term ‘homeopathy’. He worked with  the ideas of ‘like with like’ that has been explored in the past, and established the idea that a small amount one substance being injected into healthy individuals will produce the same effects that are caused by the disease they treat in unhealthy people. He also worked on the idea of illnesses having spiritual components as well as physical.

Growth of Homeopathy

With Dr. Hahnemann’s findings, the study of homeopathy grew. His students started schools to educate doctors around the world on the study of homeopathy. In the 19th century its rise began. This was when many disease epidemics were occurring, such as cholera and scarlet fever. Homeopathy is credited for helping immensely helping treat these outbreaks. In London in 1854, mortality rates of most hospitals were over 50%, however in the London Homeopathic Hospital they were only 16%. This success, amongst others assisted with the growth of homeopathy worldwide.  

In the early 1900’s the use of homeopathy was at its highest, with major universities such as Boston University, Stanford and New York Medical College, along with 22 homeopathy schools and 15,000 practitioners in America alone. It was not just popular in America, but also across Europe, favoured by leaders of the times, including the royal family.

American Medical Association

The American Medical Association (AMA) lead a fight against the study of homeopathy. They saw homeopathy as an enemy against the drugs that they were promoting at the time. The AMA would only accept doctors who has trained in homeopathy into their organisation if they denounced homeopathy and promised not to practice anymore.

This is despite the fact that doctors who had studied in homeopathy were performing higher in their medical exams than doctors who were studying medical practices supported by the AMA. Unfortunately, the AMA had a large influence and this lead to the practice of homeopathy almost being wiped out in the mid 1900’s.

Revival

During the mid-late 1900’s homeopathy practice was heavily reduced in America, however was still heavily used in many areas of Europe. Even in these countries though, the study wasn’t growing and was being used alongside other forms of medicine. It was in the 1990’s when questions started to arise around other forms of medicine. The negative and harsh side effects of the primary treatments in America were starting to cause worry.

Homeopathy started to see a revival in this time. The worry about many unknown ingredients in other forms of medicine saw people looking for more natural and less harsh treatments for common medical issues. People started to be more aware of the ties between mental, physical and spiritual health, and the need to address all of these aspects in treatment.

Practices Today

These days homeopathy is thriving in many areas, with acknowledgments of its ability to work on overall health as well as targeting specific problems in personalised ways. Homeopathic doctors, including those a AyurClinic, study for years to understand the practice and how to deliver the best treatment.

Homeopathy continues to follow the ideas behind its origins, in that simple and often singular substances, taken carefully with assistance from practitioners, can address worrying symptoms and overall health. Homeopathy works on holistic health, treating health as a whole issue were mind, body and soul are tied together.

If you’re looking for a doctor who genuinely cares, and wants your whole health, healing physically, mentally and spiritually, than you should not look past homeopathy. At AyurClinic Melbourne we have had success treating over 9,000 patients with our holistic health method. You can read more about homeopathy here.


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In any means, we, Ayur clinic team is not claiming to be a medical doctor neither we registered in the Australian medical board. The word doctor used here is only to represent or to refer the Ayurveda doctors recognized in India after achieving a Bachelor of ayurvedic medicine and surgery qualification. This qualification is recognized in Australia as a naturopath by Vetassess governing body. The information provided on this website is designed to provide helpful information on the medical subjects discussed. Information on this website should not be considered as a replacement for advice and consultation from a healthcare expert. This content or information is not meant to be used, nor should it be used, to diagnose or treat any medical condition. For treatment or diagnosis of any medical condition or difficulties, consult a doctor. The publisher and creator are not responsible for any specific health or allergy needs that may require medical supervision and are not liable for any damages or negative consequences from any treatment, application or use, to any person reading or following the data or information in this website. References are provided for informational purposes only. Readers should be aware that the linked websites listed on this website may change. This site does not recommend or support the self-management of health issues using the information provided on the website. Instead, we insist you to consult with a qualified Ayurvedic doctor for guidance. Information on this site is not comprehensive and does not cover all physical conditions, illnesses, weaknesses or their treatment. Contact your healthcare professional promptly if you have any health-related questions. Never neglect or delay medical advice based upon the information you may have read on this site.


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