The Principles of Homeopathy
Twenty four centuries ago, Hippocrates, the Father of Medicine, said:
- Similia Similibus Curentur ». This means “like cures like,” the Law of Similars. The foundation of this reasoning requires the identification of an ANALOGY.
- Man must be considered within his surrounding world. He is an element of the cosmos and the duty of a physician is to help the patient in his/her adaptation to the surrounding world.
- Each human being has his/her own energy, which reflects his/her personality.
- Nature can bring out the spontaneous recovery from the disease through pathological alternations.
This medical science was practiced from the beginning of the history of Humanity. At the end of the XVIII century, Doctor Samuel Hahnemann understood the importance of the Law of Similar. His genius was to build an Experimental System based on this NATURAL RESONANCE.
Healing is an Art to which Nature provides its essential principles. Our ancestors have systematically tested wild plants and insects from their environment, and assessed their benefits and/or bad effects. Later, man used substances from mineral and animal origin as well.
Quickly disappointed by the results of therapeutics and their aggressive effects, Hahnemann decided to abandon medicine when he was 29 years old. He was translating a variety of medical writings to make a living when he stumbled upon the Materia Medica of William Cullen who described the action of quinquina, a plant well known to treat marsh fever. The explanation was confusing, so Hahnemann decided to test the substance on himself and his relatives in order to observe the real effects.
Hahnemann observed that quinine in small dosage produced a fever totally similar to marsh fever, which was alleviated with quinine taken in a larger dosage. He carried on with his studies using smaller dosages for treatment and noticed an aggravation at the beginning of the treatment, so he reduced the quantity of medicinal substance and shook it vigorously in between each dilution. He confirmed that when succussed (dynamized), not only the dilution process did not reduce the therapeutic efficiency of the medicine, it strengthened it.
An extremely prolific author, he published in 1810 The Organon, “The Art of Healing”, and in 1828 The Treatise of Chronic Disease.