Homeopathy is over 200 years old. So it is nothing new. It is not a ‘new age’ medicine. Homeopathy was discovered by a German physician named Samuel Hahnemann (1755-1843). He was a medical doctor that was not happy with the way the medical approach was heading. Things were not making sense to him nor seemed ethical. At that time things like blood letting, purging and use of extreme toxic chemicals were being implemented. The nature of the body, immunity and illness were not yet understood. So he left his practice of medicine. He began to work as a translator for medical texts. It was during this time that he discovered homeopathy.
At this time bark from a Peruvian tree was being used to treat malaria. This bark (cinchona) was the source from which quinine is derived. So over 200 years ago they were treating malaria with quinine. Over time, derivatives of this have become the main modern day drug of malaria. He saw that the bark of the tree (cinchona) was helping those with malaria symptoms. He decided to try the bark himself to see what happened. After repeating the dose he began to exhibit similar symptoms of those with malaria. This lead to more discoveries and his ‘Law of Similars’ or ‘like cures like’.
Thus homeopathy was born. And the remedy ‘cinchona officinalis’.
A homeopath searches for a substance that produces in a healthy person those same symptoms that an ill person experiences. The person begins to heal.
The vital force is thereby stimulated to move in the direction of healing. He found healing without the all the negative effects.
From there he went to test or ‘prove’ many other substances.The more the substance was diluted the more powerful it became.He went to compile his findings and research in what is now referred to as “The Organon of the Medical Art”.The bible of today’s homeopaths.
From there homeopathy was a success. There were over 20 homeopathic colleges, over 100 homeopathic hospitals and over 1000 homeopathic pharmacies in the US alone. A monument is located in Washington, DC. recognizing all that Dr. Samuel Hahnemann discovered. It wasn’t until the American Medical Association took over that homeopathy began it’s decline. People began seeking the new drugs that were marketed and sought out quick relief. Unfortunately homeopathy made no real profit, but did have a great healing success rate.
Homeopathy gained it’s most notoriety and mass success during the epidemics and pandemics of the past. Such epidemics and pandemics were scarlet fever, yellow fever, typhus fever, cholera, diphtheria and the great Spanish flu of 1918. The success rate and low mortality rate beat out that of allopathic or conventional medicine. During the influenza of 1918 the mortality rate for those under homeopathic care was 0.7% compared to the 5.8% for allopathic care. Pregnant women seemed to be the most at risk with highest death rates. Under allopathic care the mortality rate of pregnant women was 30% and only 0.7% under homeopathic care.
In homeopathy, homeopaths after treating large groups of patients come up with remedies that are seen over and over again. This is called the ‘genus epidemicus’. This is with the hope of using small number of remedies to heal for large outbreaks.
Most recently in 2007 homeopathy was a huge success in Cuba during the leptospirosis out break. They were unable to get traditional vaccines to many to protect from this serious outbreak of bacteria so a homeopathic form was easy and inexpensive to administer quickly to the masses. The part of Cuba that received the homeopathic remedy had a significant lower rate of illness vs the group that did not receive it. An 84% reduction in the homeopathic treated part vs an increase of 22% in the untreated. Since then they have incorporated homeopathic treatment throughout Cuba. Currently, for the corona virus, they are using a nosode (homeopathic preparation of the virus) to help those at risk become more resilient to the threat.
Homeopathy is time tested for medicine that has never had the acknowledgment it deserves. It has been documented in journals and medical records but unfortunately not recognized or understood by many. Homeopathy is so effective in pandemics because it is not focussed on preventing a contagion or illness but rather stimulating the defense mechanism that we already hold inside. Homeopathy strengthens the innate ability to heal so the body can resist the outside organism.
The past has shown great success and demonstrated the ability to strengthen the defenses within. Currently, homeopaths are having continued success. Many remedies are being found to be effective as each person inflicted has different stages and experiences of epidemics. Again why homeopathy is so effective and will always be.