About the Founder of Homoeopathy Dr. Hahnemann
Christian Friedrich Samuel Hahnemann was born in Meissen, Saxony, near Dresden. His father Christian Gottfried Hahnemann was a painter and designer of porcelain, for which the town of Meissen is famous.
As a young man, Hahnemann became proficient in a number of languages, including English, French, Italian, Greek and Latin. He eventually made a living as a translator and teacher of languages, gaining further proficiency in "Arabic, Syriac, Chaldaic and Hebrew".
Hahnemann studied medicine for two years at Leipzig. Citing Leipzig's lack of clinical facilities, he moved to Vienna, where he studied for ten months. After one term of further study, he graduated MD at the University of Erlangen on 10 August 1779, qualifying with honors. His poverty may have forced him to choose Erlangen, as the school's fees were lower. Hahnemann's thesis was titled Conspectus adfectuum spasmodicorum aetiologicus et therapeuticus. A Dissertation on the Causes and Treatment of Spasmodic Diseases.
Creation of Homoeopathy
Hahnemann was dissatisfied with the state of medicine in his time, and particularly objected to practices such as bloodletting. He claimed that the medicine he had been taught to practice sometimes did the patient more harm than good.
After giving up his practice around 1784, Hahnemann made his living chiefly as a writer and translator, while resolving also to investigate the causes of medicine's alleged errors. While translating William Cullen's A Treatise on the Materia Medica, Hahnemann encountered the claim that cinchona, the bark of a Peruvian tree, was effective in treating malaria because of its astringency. Hahnemann believed that other astringent substances are not effective against malaria and began to research cinchona's effect on the human body by self-application. Noting that the drug induced malaria-like symptoms in himself, he concluded that it would do so in any healthy individual. This led him to postulate a healing principle: "that which can produce a set of symptoms in a healthy individual, can treat a sick individual who is manifesting a similar set of symptoms."This principle, like cures like, became the basis for an approach to medicine which he gave the name homeopathy. He first used the term homeopathy in his essay Indications of the Homeopathic Employment of Medicines in Ordinary Practice, published in Hufeland's Journal in 1807
Myths about Homoeopathy
Myth1:Homeopathy is slow to act
Fact: Not really. Homeopathy medicines are facts acting in cases of acute diseases like fever, cough, diarrhea, etc. But, it takes time to totally cure chronic diseases or diseases where there are severe symptoms. This is mainly because homeopathy treats the root cause of the disease and not only provides instant relief.
Myth2: Homeopathy is useful only for chronic conditions, not for acute ailments
Fact: Homeopathy is effective for acute diseases as well as chronic diseases. The right combination and the right dosage is required, which depends on your conditions.
Myth3: Allopathic or any other treatment cannot be taken with Homeopathy
Fact: This is a misconception. If the patient is taking allopathic treatment since long, leaving it suddenly will increase the intensity of the symptoms. So, the allopathic treatment is continued along with the homeopathic medication. However, the dosages are reduced subsequently.
Myth4: Disease increases after taking treatment
Fact: After taking the medication, the primary action of the medicine may be observed by the patient as an aggravation of his disease but in a true sense, it is only homeopathic aggravation which is a part of the curative process.
Myth5: Homeopathy can only help functional problems such as pain, weakness, where there are no structural changes in the body.
Fact: Homeopathy has proved its efficacy for the treatment of structural pathology. Numerous documented cases where the reversal of the structural pathology has taken place indicating the depth of homeopathy action.