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Homeopathy is an excellent natural health modality that can benefit any living being. People, animals, plants, basically anything and anyone. I wanted to give a brief history of homeopathy and explain why I love it, especially for kids.
History of Homeopathy
Samuel Hahnemann was a German scientist, born in 1755 who first discovered the essence of homeopathy. Homeopathy means “similar suffering”. Dr. Hahnemann brought into theory “like cures like” which is the law of similars. If you have ever had too much alcohol and woke with a hang-over, you may understand how the “hair of the dog that bit you” works. You feel awful so you have a bloody Mary or a shot of alcohol to help relieve the ill effects of the night before. That is the law of similars in action.
In 1795 Dr. Hahnemann was supplementing his income by translating medical books into different languages when he noticed something peculiar. He was translating Cullen’s Materia Medica and noticed that the herbal tincture of Peruvian Bark contained quinine which helped people with malaria. He was so excited about this finding he decided to take a dose of this tincture to see if he could produce the same symptoms in himself, even though he was healthy. It worked! This is considered the first homeopathic proving.
A proving is when many healthy people take a dose, or doses of a homeopathic remedy in the hopes it will produce symptoms. Those symptoms are compared with all the people who took the remedy, then recorded for later use. It guides us into what the remedy may be useful for in the future to help people.
When Dr. Hahnemann took the Peruvian bark, since he didn’t have malaria, he produced the symptoms in his healthy body. He learned that by taking the remedy that produces certain symptoms in a healthy person, it will help heal those same symptoms in a sick person.
What is homeopathy?
Homeopathy can be used for almost any imbalance in the body, whether that be physical, mental, emotional or even spiritual. It is available in many formats such as pellets, liquid, creams, chewables and even lozenges. It is regarded as generally safe and non-toxic. It is also generally free from any direct contraindication with medication above the Avogadro constant in chemistry. We will talk about that below in how remedies are made.
Remedies are made from plants, animals, minerals, environmental toxins (pesticides, plastic and more), diseased tissue, healthy tissue, medication, vaccines and even the black hole. The homeopathic school I attend did a proving on the black hole, it