“What does the word Homeopathy actually mean?”

Samuel Hahnemann 1755-1843

Samuel Hahnemann

It all started when a German doctor and scientist Dr Samuel Hahnemann around 1780 was determined to find a safer, more effective and gentler form of medical treatment. His quest began when he discovered that by taking minute doses of Peruvian bark he developed malarial symptoms. This plant was mainly used to treat patients who were suffering from malaria. He then started modifying the bark to make it safer for use by “triturating”, “potentizing” and “succussing”. He discovered that the then homeopathic version of the substance has the opposite effect on the body.  This medicine was now able to be used to treat symptoms of malaria or that are like malaria.  The concept of “Like cures like” was born.

Hippocrates, father of medicine, also understood the approach of “similar suffering” in Greek “homeo – pathy”. So Hahnemann built on this healing principle. His form of using of Peruvian bark was the beginning of Homeopathy as we know it today. Meanwhile we have more than 3000 substances available to us. Symptom pictures are recorded when taken in a healthy state to determine what healing potential the substance has when made into a homeopathic medicine by registered homeopathic pharmacies. Dr Hahnemann also recognized the importance of hygiene, nutrition, nursing and elimination of maintaining causes such as living in damp or toxic environments and abusive relationships.  Homeopathy treats the person and the very individual presenting symptoms holistically, not the disease.

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