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Homeopathy has been an established system of complementary medicine for over 200 years. Samuel Hahnemann, in 1796, furthered the philosophy of Hippocrates 2000 years earlier, when he realized the concept of treating a patient with “similars”, rather than “opposites”.
In other words, giving a substance that in a well person will cause symptoms, so in a sick person it will resolve. This is opposite to conventional medicine that gives an anti-
This concept he called THE LAW OF SIMILARS. From this law, he coined the phrase “LIKE CURES LIKE” 1 . Hahnemann decided to call his new system of medicine HOMEOPATHY, from the Greek words Homeo, meaning similar, and Pathos, meaning suffering.
He tested many other substances on himself, family and friends, after studying the poisonings of plants, minerals, and animal origins. He found that there were aggravations, so decided to DILUTE and SUCCUSS further and further, thus reducing the adverse reactions, and realized that it increased the positive action. He decided that there must be a MINIMUM DOSE required by each individual patient that was both restorative, yet created little or no aggravation to that patient.
In 1810 he published his first edition of “THE ORGANON” – his philosophical text on the subject of Homeopathy.
He received public scorn from others in the Medical Profession. That attack has continued ever since, but THE EVIDENCE to its effectiveness is born out.
The proof that Homeopathy works cannot be checked by scientific, Quantitative analysis via Double Blind Trials, but by Qualitative procedures. This method is currently used in the ongoing Homeopathic research projects being carried out in several Universities in this country. Information relating to this can be viewed in the SOCIETY OF HOMEOPATHS web site under the link to RESEARCH or in my link THE EVIDENCE
Throughout History there have been Medics who have been paid to disprove Homeopathy, yet ended up being some of its foremost followers.