This Introduction to Homeopathy is for all those who are new to homeopathy and would like to know the basics of homeopathy.
The present science of homeopathy remedies is the discovery of the German physician Dr. Samuel Hahneman.He succeeded in obtaining the highest degree of M.D when he was only 24.
He was appointed Civil Surgeon in the Dresden Hospital.After some time he started private practice near Leipzig,but he was not satisfied with the medical science prevailing at that time and its method's of treatment.
It was in 1790 that an incident resulted in the discovery of homeopathy by him. Dr.Hanemann while translating an English Materia Medica into German came across the description of Cinchona,a plant from which is made QUININE and its other compound.
It was claimed that Cinchona is the surest remedy of malaria fever.Dr.Hahnemann also knew that,but it was also mentioned there indiscriminate use of chinchona poduces symptoms similar to malaria.
This point struck Dr.Hahnemann and to test the statement he used a decoction of Chinchona in large doses which produced symptoms of malaria fever in him. He began to think whether all the medicines in small doses cured the diseases or symptoms which they produce when taken in large doses.
"A MEDICINE IN MINIMUM DOSES CURES ALL SUCH SYMPTOMS OR DISEASES WHICH IT IS CAPABLE OF PRODUCING IN A HEALTHY PERSON WHEN TAKEN IN LARGE DOSES".
"LIKE CURES LIKE" is the basic principle of homeopathy.As soon as it was published,a revolution took place in medical world in 1810 he publishes his famous work "Oraganon of Medicine",which is termed as the Bible of homeopathy and clearly and logically explains the above principle.
Introduction to homeopathy is nothing but the proving of the medicines on healthy bodies ,ie the symptoms which a medicine produces in a healthy body when taken in physiological doses.Therefore the name of the disease is not at all necessary to select the right medicine.
Homeopathy remedies treats the patient not the disease unlike other symptoms of medicine where diseases are treated.In fact,the so called any one disease manifests so many various symptoms that no one medicine can be prescribed for it.
Therefore, to select the right remedy, we have to note the location of the disease,i.e.,the part affected, the sensations of the patient and aggravation of the troubles.
To select the right remedy, therefore, we should carefully note all the symptoms in a patient.
Homeopathic medicines are available in four forms:
Mother Tinctures Pillules Globules and Triturations(Powder)
Mother Tinctures are extract of original remedies prepared mostly in alcohol.Pillules are made of cane sugar which are then absorbed with the few drops of liquid medicine.These are kept in small bottles and are quite easy to handle.
Globules are smaller then pillules, and Triturations are in a form of powder or tablets made from powder which contains the medicine triturated with sugar of milk.