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History of Homeopathy
This Birth of Homeopathy was in response to abusive 'Heroic Medicine' and rise to major popularity in the latter 19th century; its subsequent decline; and reemergence in the late 20th and early 21st centuries.

From 1600 onward the practice of formal medicine in most p;arts of the world became progressively more and more abusive.  Patients were subjected to repeated and excessive bloodletting by leaches, purging, and blistering for even the most minor complaints. This debilitating mode of treatment reached such a level of severity that it became known as 'Heroic Medicine' because one had to be a 'hero' to survive it, while it was less depleting to be treated by the local herbalist or bonesetter.

By the late 18th century compassionate doctors began to question the severe methods of the 'Heroic' advocates and independently initiated a search for or devised more moderate alternate forms of treating and healing their patients. Prominent among this group is Dr Samuel Hahnemann, founder of Homeopathy.

Hahnemann, who trained as a doctor, found this practice of 'Heroic Medicine so detrimental to patient recovery, that he gave up seeing patients for ten years and became a translator of medical literature instead.  Then, in 1790 while translating a medical treatise on the effects of quinine, he had a burst of inspiration and proceeded to engage what was intended to be a one-off experiment. However, the implication that emerged from evaluating its result proved to be the beginning of an approach to medicine that within 50 years was being practiced around the world.


The value of symptoms in homeopathy

The human body is self-repairing, and homeopaths regard symptoms as the body’s attempt to deal with problems and to restore health. They consider that all the symptoms are important, and that the process revealed by the symptoms should not be opposed but assisted so as to more rapidly return the body to normal function. Common examples of the curative nature of acute symptoms include fever in influenza (which kills the virus), and vomiting and diarrhoea in food poisoning (which expel the toxic material

Sometimes symptoms will persist (become chronic), and there are several reasons why this happens:


External environmental circumstances are continually stressing the body, so that it keeps having to counteract disruption of its normal function. Homeopaths call these ‘maintaining causes’, and they can include poor living conditions, poor sanitation, poor working conditions, poor diet, pollution, etc. These stresses should be removed as far as possible if the patient is to recover.

The body is unable to restore health because its ability to heal itself is compromised as a result of earlier illnesses being supressed instead of cured. Modern homeopaths call this a miasmatic condition.

Over time changes in function caused by miasmatic conditions may lead to tissue changes, such as tumours, reduction in the size of glands, changes in structure, or the build up of deposits. These can create internal stresses which disrupt normal function further. For example, tumours may press on other parts; atrophying glands in the pancreas lead to reduced levels of insulin production; arthritic changes in the joints restrict movement; and arterial plaques obstruct blood flow.

Homeopathic treatment cannot change the external environment or replace organs that have atrophied or been removed, but otherwise it can stop symptoms persisting and help the body to repair itself more quickly and efficiently.

The homeopathic view of symptoms means that they provide important information about the specific nature of the illness. For example, the location and type of symptoms tell homeopaths a lot about the bodily systems affected, and can lead them to advise further investigations to confirm possible serious internal problems.

At the same time symptoms reveal a great deal about the ability of the body to heal itself. In accidents and acute illnesses, the symptoms are usually very clear and individual, so selecting the right remedy is fairly easy and recovery is rapid. In long-term (chronic) illnesses, the greater the clarity and individuality of the symptoms the easier it is to find the right remedy, and the more likely it is that the body can heal itself quickly. On the other hand changes in tissue structures (pathological changes) and treatments which have suppressed symptoms may make it hard to identify a remedy. In such cases treatment is likely to take longer and be more difficult.
Mental and emotional characteristics are particularly important for homeopaths, as they represent the most profound changes and can help to quickly identify the right remedy

Homeopathy and environment:

Homeopathy is a sustainable form of medicine with a minimal negative impact on the environment in terms of pollution, carbon emissions and energy use. For example:
Potentised remedies need very small amounts of material for their initial production, so they have a minimal impact on global ecology.
While homeopathic pharmacists need plants and animals for making some remedies, these need to be as unpolluted as possible, so they have a vested interest in reducing pollution.
A huge number of doses of a remedy can be produced from the initial material and therefore homeopathy is both a cheap and efficient user of resources.
Potentised remedies have a very long shelf-life in conditions requiring no specialist equipment, again making them a cheap and efficient use of resources.
Potentised remedies cannot be stored in plastic containers, but have to use glass containers, which can be recycled.
A very low level of technology is required to produce remedies, so homeopathy has a small carbon footprint.
Production of potentised  remedies produces almost exclusively biodegradable waste in the form of alcohol and organic matter, so it causes minimal levels of pollution.
Because potentised remedies can be de-activated by heat and sunlight, homeopathy creates no risks to the environment.


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