Homeopathy is a holistic system of medicine, which is based on the principles “LIKE CURES LIKE” It is a system of alternative medicine founded by a German doctor Samuel Hahnemann in the year 1796. It is based on a doctrine like cures like, in which a substance which causes the symptoms of a disease in healthy people will cure similar symptoms in a sick people.
The word ‘Homeos’ means “like or similar”, and pathos means “suffering”; so homeopathy is a ‘Medicine of likes’. Homeopathy considers that all symptoms of ill health are expressions of disharmony within the whole person and it is the individual who needs the treatment as a whole and not the disease. Homeopathy creates balance between minds, body, spirit, treating man as a whole. “The organs are not the man; the man is prior to the organs”.
Dr.Hahnemann’s keen mind and extensive scientific observations gave birth to an art and science of healing known as “HOMOEOPATHY”. After conducting provings for six years, Hahnemann extended his research for the sick. Prior to prescription, he gave his patients a thorough physical examination and noted many existing symptoms. He questioned them closely regarding their lifestyles, general health, outlook on life, and other factors that made them feel better or worse. Following the principle of like cures like, Hahnemann then matched individual symptoms as closely as possible to the symptom picture of a remedy, and prescribed accordingly.
Homeopathy is a literary work of scientific nature that has been done artistically and collectively by a number of provers. Hahnemann had a number of provers working with him to scientifically prove medicines on themselves, so that the symptoms produced by one prover were confirmed by many others provers. The same medicine were given to the sick having the similar symptoms which were then verified by curing, and then finally recorded in Materia Medica as a faithful record. No mind can memorize all the symptoms that were produced by various medicines and recorded in the Materia Medica. Therefore, the scientific research provers have been artistically reproduced from the Materia Medica to the repertory with their characteristic gradation.
It has been said with truth that all subjects which arouse men, and cause them to divide into great contending parties, sooner or later crystallize into a word, or a terse apothegm, which contains a great truth. For a century homoeopathy has excited keen interest and been fiercely fought. Its scope is as wide as disease and the cure thereof, yet is all crystallized in Similia Similibus Curantur. Like Cures Like. As with all great truths a child may comprehend, and a wise man study it a lifetime, and then realize that the unexplored fields are vast and the possibilities in them, for the welfare of man and beast, almost limitless. Homoeopathy’s work will cease only when disease no longer haunts the earth.