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History of Homeopathy

Where did Homeopathy begin?

Homeopathy as we know it today dates back over 150 years and really was the original alternative medicine as it was developed as a direct result of the harmful medical practices of the time.It was a German medical doctor called Samuel Hahnemann (1755-1843) who became very disillusioned and appalled with the harmful medical practices of his day, which included bloodletting, leaches and the administration of what we now know to be incredibly harmful substances such as lead and mercury. It was Hahnemann's frustration with this that led to the development of Homeopathy.

It was Hahnemann who proved the main principle of Homeopathy, which is 'like cures like' (i.e. a substance which causes symptoms and disease in a healthy person can be used to cure those same symptoms in a unwell person suffering from the same types of symptoms).He came about with this theory after experimenting with the substance Quinine, which at the time was an effective treatment for malaria. He realised that after taking doses of Quinine he started to develop malarial symptoms, despite not having malaria.

From this, he went on to experiment with many other substances and record their effects in humans, this is a process known as 'homeopathic proving'. By observing the symptoms any substance produced when given to a healthy person, Hahnemann could discover the healing properties of that substance. There are now more than 2000 remedies that have been 'proved' although only a small amount of these are frequently used in practice.



quote-l Homeopathy cures a larger percentage of cases than any other method of treatment and is beyond doubt safer and more economical and the complete medical science quote-r

(Mahatma Gandhi)
who seeks homeopathic treatment?
According to one research study, approximately 100 million Europeans now use homeopathic medicines (Sarsina & Iseppato, 2010). One reason for its popularity is that people increasingly want a holistic and patient-centred from of medicine which homeopathy can offer. Common complaints which people often seek homeopathic treatment for  include:
•  Skin problems e.g. eczema
•  Hormonal complaints, e.g. menopause
•  Digestive problems e.g. IBS
•  Depression & Anxiety
•  Migraine /Headaches
•  Respiratory and sinus problems
homeopathy - Did you know?

Eczema is currently the most common referral to Homeopathy by NHS doctors. Other commonly treated complaints are chronic fatigue, menopausal disorder and osteoarthritis

The World Health Organization has stated that Homeopathy is the second leading system of medicine for primary health care in the world

There has been a 60% growth in the Homeopathic market in Europe over 10 years

Randomised controlled trials (RCTs) of Homeopathy published in top medical journals, have reported positive effects in the following conditions: allergies and upper respiratory tract infections; childhood diarrhoea; rheumatic disease; seasonal allergic rhinitis; vertigo; fibromyalgia; osteoarthritis and sinusitis

One of the expressed reasons for the popularity of Homeopathy among patients is that it does not have the side effects associated with many conventional drugs