What is Homeopathy?
Homeopathy is a medical science developed by German physician Dr. Samuel Hahnemann (1755-1843). It has its basis on the principle that “like cures like”. In simple words, it means that any substance, which can produce symptoms in a healthy person, can cure similar symptoms in a person who is sick.
This idea is referred to as the “Law of Similars”. It was understood by Aristotle and Hippocrates and mentioned in ancient Hindu manuscripts. However, it was Hahnemann, who turned it into a science of healing.
An example of this principle:
An onion contains a substance which makes your eyes water and your nose burn. If you are having an attack of hay fever (watering eyes and a burning nose), a homeopathic remedy made from onion helps.
The second principle of homeopathy is that you should give the least amount of medicine necessary to evoke a healing response in an effort to prevent side effects.
This is called the “Minimum Dose”. We all know that normal medicines can cause side effects, leading to more suffering or, in some severe cases, death.
In an epidemic of Typhus in Leipzig (1813), Dr. Hahnemann treated 180 cases of Typhus, losing only two patients while mortality rates for conventional treatment were over 30%.
During the cholera epidemic of 1849 in Cincinnati, the survival rates were only between 40 -52%. But patients treated with homeopathic remedies had a 97% survival rate. Local newspapers covered these statistics.
Homeopathy For Prevention
In the 1957 polio epidemic in Buenos Aires, the homeopathic remedy Lathyrus was given to thousands of people who did not have polio, and none of these people reported being sick during the epidemic.
In the 1974 epidemic of meningococcal meningitis in Brazil, 18,640 children were given a homeopathic remedy for the prevention of the disease. Only 4 cases of meningitis occurred in these children.
The World Health Organization estimates that homeopathy is used by 500 million people worldwide, making it the second most widely used medicine in the world.
In England, France, Germany and the Netherlands, homeopathy is part of the National Health Service.
There are only seven medical schools in the world offering post-graduate degrees in homeopathy and all 23,000 European pharmacies carry homeopathic remedies.
About Safaa Elbanna
Safaa Elbanna is a certified Homeopath and Holistic Skin Care Practitioner. She is also a retired Dermatologist and Cosmetic Surgeon in Toronto, Canada. Safaa helps busy working ladies avoid the aging effect of physical and mental stress, especially on the skin through natural, homeopathy medicines and techniques.