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History of Homeopathic Medicine

History of Homeopathic Medicine

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Homeopathy, also known as homeopathic medicine, is a whole medical system that wasdeveloped in Germany more than 200 years ago and has been practiced in the United Statessince the early 19th century. Homeopathy is used for wellness and prevention and to treatmany diseases and conditions.
Born in Meissen, Saxony on April 10, 1755,
He was born into a poor family and was taughtearly by his father never to learn passively but to question everything.
Hahnemann became aMedical Doctor in 1791 and practiced conventional medicine for nine years until hediscovered, quite by accident, that by ingesting repeated doses of Chinchona bark (to test
Cullen‘s theory on the effectiveness o
f Chinchona in treating Malaria) he would develop thesymptoms of malaria, which the bark was used to treat.
Thus the discovery of the first law of homeopathy
“Similia similibus curentur” 
happened. Hahnemann named this newfound
therapy ―Homeo‖ (similar) ―Pathy‖ (suffering). He began conducting proving with many of 
the medicines used in allopathy but his methods were met with disbelief and ridicule by hiscontemporaries. Although his patients were experiencing profound cures which solidlyverified his theories,Hahnemann was marked as an outcast because his method of single and minimum dosagewas threatening the financial foundation of the powerful apothecaries. Hahnemann focusedon reducing the dose to the point where there were no side effects but he was unsatisfiedbecause this step further rendered the dose insufficient in strength to act. He experimentedwith a new method whereby after each dilution he would shake the substance vigorously.This he called
thus developing the energetic aspect of homeopathy. It isunknown how Hahnemann reasoned this (still scientifically unexplainable) method of 
In July 2, 1843 Hahnemann died, in Paris, at the age of 88.
Constantine Hering was born on January 1, 1800, in Oschatz Germany; Hering grew up in areligious household. He later became interested in, and studied, medicine at LeipzigUniversity where his professor, Dr. Robbi, asked him to write a book disproving
Hahnemann‘s recently published the ―
Organon of Rational Medicine
‖. Hering readHahnemann‘s work, and immediately tested the claimed tenets on himself, as research for his
homeopathic critique. But instead of writing the negative review, he immediately quitthe job and left the University to become one of the most influential proponents of homeopathy of all time.
Hering graduated from the University of Leipzig (in 1826), writinghis Doctoral Thesis on
“De Medicina Futura” 
(The Medicine of the Future). Much to thechagrin of his professors, he confessed himself, unreservedly, to be a homeopath.
Heringaccidentally proved the remedy Lachesis while he was triturating the Bushmasters venom inhis home
laboratory in Paramaribo. He was attempting to find an improved substitute for thecowpox inoculation that Jenner was developing in Britain, which Hering felt was extremelydangerous and very heavy
handed for homeopathy. His interest and experience with snakevenom led him to surmise that the saliva of a rabid dog, or powdered smallpox scabs, or anyother
disease products, viruses, or venom‘s, might be prepared in the new Hahnemannian
way to give a fail
safe method of curing disease.
Hering began organizing his voluminous
notes into his still popular classic ―
The Guiding Symptoms of Our Materia Medica” 
the yearbefore he died, in 1879, and it was completed by his students and published posthumously in
1891. Constantine Hering is widely known as ―The Father of American Homeopathy‖ and
was profoundly revered by his contemporaries.
James Tyler KentLittle is known about Kent‘s personal life as he was a very private man.
Kent practiced conventional medicine in St. Louis where he first discovered, then convertedto, homeopathy through the successful homeopathic treatment of his seriously ailing wife byDr. Richard Phelan (a graduate of Hahnemann College). In 1888 Kent was invited to become
a consulting Physician at a new ―All homeopathic‖ hospital in Philadelphia, there he founded
his legendary Post
Graduate School. Kent was an avid Swedenborgian and proponent of highpotencies (200
c and up), often prescribing the CM and MM potencies and inspiring the
―Kentians‖ with his belief that the homeopath must treat not only the patients physical body,
but also the mental/emotional and spiritual elements simultaneously which required using the
higher potencies. Kent‘s famous Repertory was more systematic and readable than itsprecursors and is still the popular choice today. Kent developed ―Pictures‖ of constitutional
types of patients, i.e.: Su
lphur as ―The ragged philosopher‖ etc. Later, his pupil, Margaret
Tyler, developed this idea further in her book, Homeopathic Drug Pictures, and more recently
Mr. Geroge Vithoulkas has developed his own profoundly insightful ―Essence pictures‖
along simila
r lines. The influence and popularity of Kent‘s interpretation of homeopathic
philosophy has steadily increased around the world since his death.
Homeopathy is a system of treating patients using very low dose preparations according tothe
principle ‗like should be cured with like‘.
The law of Similars states that
a substance from nature that has the ability to cause a set of symptoms in a healthy person, can help those same symptoms in a sick person. The substancethat produces the most similar symptoms will heal most effectively
Hahnemann first discovered the Law of Similars during his experiment to discover whyquinine (the active substance in today's antimalarial drugs), extracted from PeruvianCinchona bark, cured malaria.Hahnemann took repeated doses of the extract himself to see what would happen. Hedeveloped periodic chills and fever, common symptoms of malaria. Based on his cinchonabark experiment along with other substances, he proposed that the reason cinchona bark caneffectively treat malaria in sick individuals is because of its ability to produce malaria-likesymptoms in healthy individuals.

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