|WHAT IS HOMOEOPATHY?
Homoeopathy is defined as "a system of treating disease by giving remedies, which, in a healthy person, would produce the disease, on principle that like cures like". The word is derived from the Greek "Homoios" means like, "Pathos" means feeling.
Homoeopathy as a system was practiced since olden times. The famous ancient Greek physician Hippocrates used this system of healing on himself and on other patients and mentioned the results in his medical books. Many physicians in Europe followed this system and practiced it until the end of the Medieval period, when new theories and systems of treatment were adopted during the Renaissance period. Thus many medical schools in Europe turned against Homoeopathy and its practitioners, who were regarded as quacks and were not allowed to join the medical syndicates of many European countries.
FOUNDER OF MODERN HOMOEOPATHY:
One of the most enthusiastic practitioners of Homoeopathy of modern times was the German Samuel Christian Hahniman, born in Leipzig in 1796. After finishing his medical training, he turned to study chemistry and began to prescribe homoeopathic treatments to patients, using one single drug for each patient instead of several ones which the other physicians used to prescribe to the patients. By time his method became so famous and effective in Europe and had to move to Paris, where he spent the rest of his life and died in 1878 at the age of 82.
Hahnimann`s Homoeopathy treatments attracted the attention of many European physicians, specially Dr. Fredrick Harvey Foster - quin of London, who later on became the first president of the British Society of Homoeopathy in 1844 and founded the London Homoeopathic Hospital in 1850 which played a big role in eliminating the great cholera epidemic four years later, by just using homoeopathic drugs. In most cases, homoeopathy was found to prolong the life to a considerable degree to those who used its preparations as was the case of Hahnemann who tested his preparations on himself before prescribing them to his patients.
Finally, a special college for Homoeopathy was established in London in 1950 and its therapeutically preparations were approved by the Security system in England, which constituted a great triumph for Homoeopathy.
For more than 200 years, Homoeopathy has depended upon the practical experience of using such compounds as minerals, chemicals, animal products , medical herbs…etc, which were detected by modern physicians. Hahnemann began his work by testing cinchona bark extract on himself and was astonished to find that it produced symptoms such as fever, chills to the healthy body, hence he adopted a new method for treatment which was long forgotten, briefly …to test a drug on himself and others before prescribing it to sick patients.
Many diseases affecting the human beings, thanks to the modern medical technology and progress, has been eliminated, but still many others stands without treatment like some allergic conditions, chronic skin diseases, chronic rheumatic pains …etc., which homoeopathyists succeeded to control.
Of the drugs used by homoeopathists are parts of herbs or animals and some chemicals. Of the interesting animal products comes the poison of the deadly spider 'The black widow" Latrodictus mactans. The female poison reaching the blood stream of that produced by angina pectoris with hard chest and left arm pains with difficulty to breath and a notable pale face and nearly about to die. This phenomenon gave homoeopathesists the idea of using this poison for the treatment of anginal attacks with good results, on condition that it has to be given immediately after the occurrence of the anginal attack.
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