The Origins of Homeopathy
Although homeopathy has just been recently introduced to the general population and a lot of people are still asking “what is homeopathy” when they first heard the term, the origins of homeopathy can actually be traced from the prehistoric era. In fact, during the ancient times, shamans and religious healers believed that in order for a medicine to take effect, it should be awaken from its stable state. In his studies, Hippocrates also discussed that the healing process normally occurs within the concept of likeness and contrasts. The idea of treating within similarities was also supported by Paracelsus and Alexander Fleming.
The rational system of healing ailments, however, was only studied during the 18th century by Samuel Hahnemann. Hahnemann is considered as the father of homeopathy. During that time, the prescription of medicine was given in treating medical conditions although the bases for the prescriptions were found to be illogical and of no valid medical reason. Hahnemann, in his periods of enlightenment, created the concept that “like cures like” after he developed early symptoms of malaria after testing the bark of a Peruvian tree while he was healthy. The bark of the Peruvian tree was used to treat patients of malaria and by proving the efficiency of this remedy, he was able to develop the concept that was introduced by Paracelsus in the past century. Under Hahnemann’s study, he was able to demonstrate that medicines should be used to treat specific conditions according to the symptoms that needed to be cured.
Because of his revolutionary study, Hahnemann was able to synthesize the concepts that were once introduced by Hippocrates, Fleming and Paracelsus. Apart from the concept of similar, Hahnemann also studies the idea of succession and potensation wherein the medicine is shaken in order to awaken its therapeutic effects, which were used by shamans and healers during prehistoric times. The principle of miasms is also an added aspect that Hahnemann studied in homeopathy. In miasm, he believed that treating the condition alone will not be sufficient in alleviating the symptoms since the underlying conditions, which are different in every individual, are not cured.
Hahnemann’s studies, which he termed as homeopathy, created a medical system that became prevalent across Europe and America in the 19th century. At the height of Hahnemann’s newest system of treatment, the Hahnemann Homeopathic Medical College was established in Philadelphia and a large part of the population of physicians practiced the concepts of homeopathy.
However, in the middle of the 20th century, homeopathy started to lose its favor due to varied factors. Conventional practitioners of the medical field, along with the innovations in the pharmaceuticals field and the high level of skills and experience that were required in order for a physician to practice homeopathy rendered a lot of disadvantages to this field of medical treatment.
It is only during the recent years that homeopathy is slowly gaining a favorable audience yet again. In the 1970s, George Vilthoukas studied the concepts of homeopathy in India and South Africa. He returned to Greece and started to re-establish the teachings of Homeopathy by starting up a homeopath school and medical center. He also created organizations for homeopath practitioners and published journals of his studies.
With homeopathy gaining popularity yet again, and slowly creeping into the consciousness of the general public, a lot of individuals have found an answer on their call for a more natural kind of healing process which centers more on the person instead of the complication.
At this time and age, homeopathy is slowly getting back and re-establishing its status in the field of medicine. However, it still requires an ample amounts of time, various studies and sufficient funding in order for it truly become one of the established branches in the industry of medicine.