is a philosophy of health and a formal system of natural therapy that traces its origins to the work of Dr. Samuel Hahnemann (1755-1843) in Germany. Hahnemann called the orthodox medicine of his day "allopathy" from the Greek words allos (different) and pathein (disease,
suffering). To counter this form of treating disease, he named his system "Homeopathy", from the Greek homion (similar) and pathein (disease, suffering). The cornerstone of Hahnemann's homeopathic doctrine is the ancient natural "Law of Similars" --
like cures like. Upon this principle Hahnemann built his systematic methodology, which he later defined by the Latin phrase similia similibus curentur ("let
like be treated by likes"). According to Hahnemann, the proper remedy for an illness is that substance, which in a healthy person, would produce the same set of symptoms exhibited by the sick person.
Although the Law of Similars predates Hahnemann by many centuries, he was the first to utilize it for the therapeutic purposes.
Homeopathy, like all natural therapies, sees symptoms as the body's natural response to fighting illness. Consequently, symptoms are utilized as a source of information to guide the selection of the most
appropriate homeopathic remedy for a persons specific ailments. In contrast, conventional allopathic medicine perceives symptoms to be the result of illness, and generally proceeds on the principle that
disease, or a symptom of disease, is cured by using a medicine that opposes the symptoms -- sometimes by direct suppression and sometimes by an indirect route that leads to their removal.
Homeopathic treatment, like all truly natural therapies, seeks to mobilize the innate healing powers of the
individual so that all physiological systems function at their best, and the body's innate curative powers are put to full use. All symptoms would be taken into account to find the substance that would produce
the most similar symptom picture. That substance, administered in homeopathic dilution, would then stimulate the body to eliminate the underlying cause of the toxic response. Homeopathic remedies
never cover up or suppress symptoms, and they have NO TOXIC SIDE EFFECTS like allopathic drugs
. There are thousands of homeopathic remedies in use today, mostly derived from natural sources, but any substance can be made into a homeopathic remedy.
Homeopathy Came to America in the 1830's. The
American Institute of Homeopathy was established in 1844, and by 1910 there were 22 homeopathic medical schools, 100 homeopathic hospitals, 1000 homeopathic pharmacies and 14,000 homeopathic physicians. In
fact, the FDA was originally set up to protect the purity of products in the American Homeopathic industry! Unfortunately, the growing antagonism of the A.M.A., using all manner of means, fair and foul, forced
Homeopathy into a rapid decline in the early 20th. century. By the 1920's, Homeopathy
had been largely replaced by allopathic drug based medicine in the U.S. However, Homeopathy
continued to grow and flourish worldwide. In Germany, physicians developed advanced techniques in homotoxicology and in immunotoxocology, using homeopathic formulas. Homotoxicology -- primarily through the use of Homeopathy
-- helps the body to eliminate the toxic response to antibiotics, x-rays, metal poisoning and mycotoxins that create stress and illness within the body.
does have limitations, but with a good nutritional program, a protocol that addresses the pH balance of the body, and good rest and exercise, the body has a tremendous capacity to heal itself. Diet, lifestyle, stress factors and emotions all combine to create a bio-landscape of good health, energy, and general wellbeing.
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