History of Homeopathy

Homeopathy , alternative system of medicine developed in the early 19th century, based on the concept that disease can be cured when a patient is treated with minute quantities of a substance that produces symptoms of the disease in a healthy person. Homeopathy focuses on healing the underlying cause of disease, not simply eliminating the symptoms caused by the disease.

The study of homeopathy was founded in 1796 by Samuel Hahnemann (1753-1843), a German physician and chemist who had become disillusioned with the conventional practice of medicine. Hahnemann based his innovative medical treatment on the healing power of a good diet, exercise, fresh air, and minimum doses of natural medications. This approach to medicine was a radical concept at the time.

Homeopathy was introduced in the United States in 1825, and the American Institute of Homeopathy the national society of homeopathic physicians was founded in 1844. Its popularity peaked in the late 19th century when 15 percent of American physicians were homeopaths. With the rise of modern clinical medicine near the turn of the century, homeopathy lost its popularity. However, the growth of alternative medicine since the early 1980s has garnered renewed interest in homeopathy in the United States and the United Kingdom.

Principles of Homeopathy

Homeopathy is based on three principles: the law of similars, the single medicine, and the law of infinitesimals. According to the law of similars frequently referred to as the phenomenon of like cures like a disease is cured by a medicine that creates symptoms in a healthy person similar to what the patient is experiencing. Hahnemann established this principle when he investigated cinchona, the bark of a tropical evergreen tree and a natural source of quinine used to treat malaria. He observed that a healthy person who took cinchona developed symptoms of malaria, and decided that the effectiveness of the drug came from its ability to cause symptoms similar to those of the actual disease. Using this approach, a homeopathic physician prescribes medication that matches most closely the symptoms presented by an individual patient. Hahnemann used the Greek words homoios and pathos , which mean similar sickness, to name the new approach to medical treatment.

Homeopathy at Ridge Chiropractic

Dr. Young has been working with homeopathic medicines for over 30 years. He has extensive experience with Bach and related flower remedies which are used primarily for the treatment of stress and emotionally related issues. These can also be used as an effective tool for personal growth and development. Additionally, conventional homeopathic remedies can be used to treat a wide variety of ailments such as colds and flu, allergies, and headaches just to name a few. In many cases, Homeopathy can work synergistically with chiropractic adjustments creating a more effective treatment. Unlike conventional medicine, it is important to remember that Homeopathy is not a treatment for symptoms but seeks to heal the underlying cause of disease. It is important to note that Homeopathic remedies have no side effects and they do not interact with other conventional medications.