Brief History of Homeopathy

Personal Introduction

Almudena Rodríguez – Pharmacist

Dear readers, my name is Almudena Rodríguez and I am a pharmacist, my specialty is Biochemistry. Throughout my career as the owner of two pharmacies in Madrid, I have seen the way allopathic medicines and chemical or synthesis drugs and how they work on patients and the side or adverse effects they produced. So, as a knowledgeable person of the drug chemistry, when my children were born, I decided I would try not to use that branch of medicine as long as I could.

I started medicating and healing my children, with clear, evident and more than positive results in the treatment of minor symptoms, I could verify the benefits of using Homeopathy and without side effects.

I decided to start studying again, to learn this wonderful and fascinating branch of medicine. I followed a Master’s degree in Madrid acquiring a thorough knowledge of this medical discipline and subsequently transferred my knowledge to help all people who wanted to heal without aggressiveness of traditional medicine.

That is why after many years of practice, I’ve decided to write about homeopathy in order to help everyone to understand the benefits of a “friendlier” medicine.

So I begin today with a brief history of the beginnings of Homeopathy thus trying to help the reader to understand the pillars supporting this amazing medical discipline that fascinates me both as a user and as the health professional I am.

Preface

The homeopathic method was developed in the nineteenth century by the prestigious German physician Samuel Hahnemann. Since then, millions of people use it earning the recognition of the European Union, the United States and many other countries. Its high efficiency, low cost and absence of contraindications and side effects, speaks for itself.

Brief History of Homeopathy

Homeopathy is prior to the introduction of the experimental method in medicine, based on a series of principles related to vitalism and the idea of health as harmony therapy. Its origins are very remote: there is a pre-hahnemannian homeopathy, signal theory, according to which form of plants indicate its therapeutic action.

The Spanish pharmacologist, botanist and humanist, Andres Laguna, who lived between 1499 and 1559, related that these signals would not be created by chance, but by the hand of a higher or immortal God. This higher being would have created plants with signals that humans would have to decipher in order to discover their virtues.

Samuel Hahnemann, a German physician, in the eighteenth century, developed Homeopathy. It was very well received since its inception by many doctors and patients who saw it as a clear alternative to medicine that was practiced and was aggressive, and had very few results. Hahnemann was considered a reformer of medicine of his time.

Two of the most famous statements of Samuel Hahnemann:

  1. The vital force maintains all parts of the organism in admirable harmony.
  2. Only the disharmonious life force is what causes diseases.

For Hahnemann the origin of diseases is the weakening or loss of vital energy.

Hahnemann claimed that the root of evil is spiritual rather than physical, and that discomfort is manifested first with emotional symptoms such as anxiety and dislikes, and evolving if not properly treated: in mental symptoms, conduct disorder and finally disorders physical.

Homeopathy was developed with an advantage over the traditional medicine of the time: the drugs were harmless, and just so they could compete with the official remedies, which were mostly ineffective but also sometimes harmful.

There was so much distrust of curative treatments at the time that an idea had spread among the sick and the doctors themselves, with respect that the disease had no treatment, the best therapy was to do nothing, and letting nature take its course to its conclusion. Doctors suffered from a great loss of prestige, largely by remedies they used: bloodletting, leeches, and emetics, mercurial and debilitating diets.

Hahnemann was inspired by Paracelsus (Theophrastus Phillippus Aureolus Bombastus von Hohenheim) 1493-1541; Swiss physician and alchemist.

Both were doctors and ahead of their contemporaries, separated by over three centuries, but their incessant search for new solutions to therapies in opposition to empirical remedies taking place in their respective eras, postulated them as modern and advanced practitioners.

Both held that “when this vital energy becomes unbalanced, the body gets sick.”

According to Hahnemann:

  1. A small boost would be enough to activate the self-healing process of the patient, so that the ideal drug would be that to enhance the body’s natural tendency to healing.
  1. The causes of disease are irrelevant since only by restoring the vital balance to the sick, can healing be done.

Ultimately, what really mattered was to know which drugs were able to strengthen the weakened vital energy of that patient or sick person.

Homeopathy Principles

Law of Analogy

  1. Spiritual strength is responsible for the body’s health.
  2. The substance or plants capable of causing certain symptoms in a healthy person are able to cure the sick man.
  3. The medicinal substance capable of curing a disease will be a drug substance that is capable of causing the same symptoms.

Law of infinitesimal dilutions

The more diluted the healing substances the more effective they are; dilution is to be performed to enhance the activity of drugs.

Water Revitalization and Memorization

This point is perhaps the most important of all, the true philosopher’s stone of Homeopathy

Number of Avogadro

(Amedeo Avogadro, Italian chemist and physicist (1776 – 1856)

He made ​​the so called Law of Avogadro: “Equal volumes of various gases under the same conditions of temperature and pressure, contain the same number of particles”.

Absence of Molecules

Hahnemann did not know he was exceeding the limit dilution, since he did not know the number of Avogadro, a physical constant that makes it possible to calculate the number of molecules in a mass amount of substance. From certain dilutions, the molecules in the solution disappear.

Water Revitalization and Memorization

Through experimentation Hahnemann realized that when shaking vigorously during the dilution of homeopathic medicine, the drug could be more effective. The name of water revitalization and storage of active substances was coined to explain and justify the way homeopathy acts. This process has been maintained throughout more than a century and this technique and homeopathic preparations continue healing as much as then.

The revitalization through intense agitation of the preparation or solution, is done in successive stages or 1:10 dilution 1: 100 parts of solvent or water, repeating this process as many times as necessary to determine the potency of the solution in Hahnemann decimal or centesimal: DH or CH.

Final Thoughts

The Avogadro number is one of many analytical systems that cannot determine the validity of the result in homeopathic dilutions because there is no molecule in homeopathic medicines, but water or solvent “remember” the substance after the dilution process.

All pharmacology has a molecular foundation, and molecules cannot be explained without any reaction phenomenon through traditional assays.

It is for this reason that in homeopathy we must speak of “molecular memory”

Official medicine has tried from discredit to downplay homeopathy, especially in recent decades, without any success. On the contrary, homeopathic medicines are now accepted by a large part of the population, sensitive to solve their ailments safely and without contraindications or side effects.

Homeopathy is a field of education in the universities and in many countries homeopathic medicines are officially recognized as official drugs and are funded by their public health systems.

Almudena Rodriguez

Pharmacist and Co- Founder

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