Homeopathy is a scientific method of treatment based on
the application of
three fundamental principles of healing.
First and foremost is the principle known as, “the law of similars.” This law states that the symptoms a patient is suffering from can be cured by a substance which can cause those same symptoms in a healthy person. This principle was introduced centuries ago by Hippocrates (460-377 B.C.). It was perfected in 1785 by the founder of homeopathy, Samuel Hahnemann (1755-1843), a German physician.
Dr. Hahnemann was a medical doctor, chemist, and humanitarian. He was also gifted in languages and while working on a botanical translation from English to German he became interested in the medicinal effects of Cinchona (Peruvian bark). Quinine which was made from Peruvian bark was being used to treat malaria. He experimentally caused the symptoms of malaria on himself from ingestion of the plant. This became the first scientific “proving”. He went on to prove the effects of 106 other substances throughout his lifetime and subsequently discover the “law of similars”.
The word “homeopathic” is derived from the Greek words homeos, meaning “similar” or “like” and pathos meaning “disease” or “suffering.” Homeopathic prescribing takes into account all the symptoms that make up a patient’s state of disease or suffering. By selecting the remedy that most closely matches all the symptoms of the patient, a homeopathic practitioner works to restore health on physical, mental and emotional levels.