Origin, development and treatment methods
Homoeopathy is a natural approach that takes its course of time to detect a body’s unique way to react to specific external agents that might have caused the disease.
It intends to treat the whole body rather than the disease affected parts of the body.
Usually, all homoeopathy methods cure the disease slowly as its aim is to gradually boost the body’s natural immunity, which becomes more significant until the condition automatically vanishes.
It is considered a risk-free practice of medicine without facing the threat of side effects.
Origin and development of Homeopathy
Homoeopathy is a practice of medicine invented in 1807 by German physician Samuel Hahnemann who worked tirelessly to improve the obscure treatment methods that prevailed.
At the time of Hahnemann, medical practices were harshly rigid and scary. All of the physicians did not endorse methods that patients were ready to accept.
Even poisons and unwanted surgeries were executed on the patients even when slightly uncertain conditions came up.
Considering the superstitions that dominated those times, some of the physicians’ practices were viewed by the people as unrealistic.
Hahnemann reinitiated the practices that have existed long ago in Hippocrates’ time (460-377 BC), that is, to treat a particular condition, using the ‘like with like’ approach.
To expand this method, Hahnemann started his experiments on some healthy youngsters ready to volunteer.
Hahnemann developed medicines that did not contain any elements that were in use at that time. He used all elements in small doses and, in consecutive trials, experimented with the higher doses, diluting them in different levels.
With the results achieved, he learned that using some elements may create toxicity in the body, such as mercury which was then used to cure syphilis.
With his experiments, Hahnemann documented a ‘like with like’ treatment where a substance that can affect your body when taken in large doses can be used in small amounts to treat the symptoms it has caused in the first place.
Hahnemann then created a foundation for this approach; he developed and transferred his methods to texts for future generations to use.
Samuel Hahnemann is considered to be one of the greatest pioneers in medical history. In 2010, a BBC radio documentary paid tribute to his developments in medicine.
Methods of treatment in Homeopathy
The leading practices in homoeopathy used today are of two types, namely acute and chronic.
Acute treatment refers to the treatment of diseases like common cold or pneumonia.
Treatments were mostly the body’s innate resistive power to recover sooner or through gradual progress over time.
In such cases, appropriate medicine is given to the patients to get gently boosted the body’s natural energy to overcome the disease.
Chronic treatment refers to severe illness, which may be painful and recurring. In such situations, advanced medications are practised, considering other factors involved.
The examined factors are the nature of the problem, the health history of the patient and the family, past procedures of treatment, and the body’s constitutional strength.
Homoeopathy reaches the recovery from the diseases in a gradual process, where the disease completely gets eradicated from the subject’s body.
Homoeopathy gained fame as an alternative when threats of side effects in general medicine created hindrances for furthering the subject’s treatment.
It is accepted as a holistic approach, where an individual can harmlessly regain the body’s natural health.