About homeopathy... 

The word homeopathy means “same disease.” A holistic healing system, homeopathy operates according to three principles.  The first is the law of similars, which states that “like cures like.” A substance which would cause a certain set of symptoms in a healthy person will cure those same symptoms in a sick person. For example, Cinchona, or China bark, will cause intermittent fevers and is used as a treatment for malaria. The second is the idea of a single remedy. This states that there is one best remedy that will match all the symptoms of the patient, whether physical, mental or emotional.  The single remedy idea is starkly in contrast to the current “allopathic” medical model of prescribing many different medicines to a patient to treat various symptoms. The third principle is the minimum dose. This is the idea that the smallest dose of the substance possible should be administered. This third law is why homeopathic remedies contain highly diluted forms of the substance, prepared at pharmacies overseen by the FDA. Homeopathy is an energy medicine, or in the words of author Richard Grossinger, “the medicine of an unknown science.”  Like Chinese medical treatments that are directed at chi, or Ayurvedic treatments directed at prana, homeopathic medicine works to make changes on an energetic level, which reverberate on the physical and mental planes. I firmly believe that someday science will catch up and we will have a way to measure this unseen "energy," the same way we now have tools to see the microscopic "germs" previous generations could sense were causing disease but could not actually measure. 

A Brief History of Homeopathy...

Homeopathy was founded by German doctor Samuel Hahnemann. Hahnemann was born in 1755 in Germany and died in France in 1843. He completed medical training in Germany in 1779. Due to the harsh medical practices of the time, including bloodletting and use of mercury, he quickly stopped practicing. Instead, he translated medical and chemistry textbooks and other works. Around 1790, he developed Homeopathy based on his observations and research.  Between 1791 and 1843, Hahnemann practiced and taught homeopathy around Germany, France and other European countries.  He conducted homeopathic provings, which consist of giving a highly diluted dose of a substance to healthy volunteers and recording their symptoms. These symptoms are compiled into materia medica, which Homeopaths consult to match a case to a remedy. His book, the Organon of the Medical Art, still serves as the foundation of homeopathic education. Hahnemann wrote the sixth edition prior to his death, but it was not published until 80 years later, in 1920. 

 

German immigrants to the United States introduced homeopathy here in 1825. Due to clinical success, homeopathic remedies and physicians quickly became popular. Between 1835 and 1935, nearly 70 homeopathic medical colleges were established in the United States. Homeopaths were more successful than other physicians when treating epidemics such as cholera, yellow fever, and influenza.  However, in the beginning of the 20th century, the popularity of homeopathy went into steep decline. First, improvements to mainstream medicine made it more effective and less harmful.  Second, internal conflicts among homeopathic practitioners—between those who used higher and lower doses of medicine, and between those practicing Hahnemann’s techniques and those who wanted to modernize--split the profession and made it vulnerable to outside attack.  But homeopathy never completely disappeared in the United States, and since the 1970’s has been again increasing in popularity, particularly as more evidence has come to light about the damaging effects of many standard medical treatments (like misuse and overuse of antibiotics) and as the previously accepted distinction between “mind” and “body” has been undermined. The modality has also remained vibrant in Europe, as well as in Israel, India and Central and South America.

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