Father of Homoeopathy Dr. Christian Friedrich Samuel Hahnemann, (1755-1843)
'Homoeopathy' derived from the Greek words 'Homoios', meaning 'similar', and 'pathos', meaning 'suffering'.
Dr. Hahnemann contributed in reforming the medical practices of the 18th century by attributing the cause of disease to the internal environment of the host and thus originated the basic tenet that every individual reacts differently in health and disease. Further, he undertook proving of drugs on healthy human beings, giving dynamised form of medicines in minimum dose and advocated restoration of health of sick individuals in a gentle manner.
Homeopathy is a form of alternative medicine in which patients are to treated using highly diluted preparations and works on the basic principle of homeopathy, known as the law of similars, is let like be cured by like, which was first stated by German physician Samuel Hahnemann in 1796.
Homeopathy is natural and remedies are normally based on natural ingredients.
Homeopathy is completely safe for Children and Even pregnant women and babies can use Homeopathy without the danger of side effects.
Homeopathy works in harmony with your immune system, unlike some conventional medicines which suppress the immune system
Classical Homeopathy is holistic and treats all the symptoms as one like identifying rout cause and it aims to treat the whole person
Prescribing the right homeopathic medicine requires more experience and takes a little more time and patience than conventional medicine. Exactly the right remedy needs to be taken for your rout cause and symptoms.
In the journey from large to smaller doses of drugs, the effects of a substance travel from universally lethal for all, to finer symptoms in a few sensitive individuals. Thus toxicity, side effects or drug resistance is not encountered during the course of treatment and the medicines are truly simple – both in form and application. The process of individualization builds up a doctor-patient relationship allaying natural fears and apprehensions of a sick individual.
The history of Homoeopathy in India can be traced to the early 19th century, to German missionaries treating people on the shores of Bengal. The first account of treatment is mentioned in the travelogue '35 Years In The East, Adventures, Discoveries etc.' of Dr. Honigberger, a physician and a student of Dr. Hahnemann. He treated the legendary Maharaja Ranjit Singh of the Punjab.
Advantages of Homoeopathy
Treatment with homoeopathic medicines is safe, effective and based upon natural substances.
With the use of single simple substances in micro-doses, medicines are not associated with any toxicological effect and can be safely used for pregnant women and lactating mothers, infants and children and in the geriatric population.
Medicines, instead of having a direct action on the microorganisms, act on the human system (selfprotective) to fight disease process. As such, no microbial resistance is known to develop against homoeopathic drugs.
The mode of administration of medicines is easy. There are no invasive methods and medicines are highly palatable, thereby enhancing their acceptability.
Lack of diagnosis is not a hindrance for initiating treatment with homoeopathic medicines.
Individualized approach of treatment is in consonance with increasing need for customized treatment, which is being realized in the modern era.
Homoeopathic remedies are not addictive — once relief occurs, the patient can easily stop taking them.
Treatment is comparatively more cost-effective than other therapeutic systems.