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Remembering the Father of Homoeopathy

Dr.Satish Kumar Attri
The system of homeopathic treatment was introduced to the world as a unique approach to cure by a German scientist Dr. Christian Fredrick Samuel Hahnemann during the years 1793-96. Dr Hahnemann was born as a son to a poor porcelain painter in Meissen, a town in West Germany on 10th April 1755 and was entombed to eternal rest on 2nd July 1843 at Paris, France at 88 years of age. Dr Hahnemann was a linguist; he knew a dozen of languages. He had deep interest in Chemistry, Botany, Literature, Natural Sciences, Philosophy, etc. His father used to provide him `thinking exercise’ by locking him up in a room for hours. Hahnemann cultivated the habit of original thinking since childhood. But the poor condition of family did not came in the way to his diligence and he because of his hard work and keen interest completed MD degree from the most famous medical school in Leipzig, Germany, in the year 1779 with honors . He was born when it was dark era, those were the days when patients were treated with inhuman and cruel methods of bloodletting (cutting the veins to remove impure blood), application of Leeches on skin to suck impure blood, purgatives etc. Medical system had no direction, no scientific principles. He left his practice after unsatisfaction from the medical treatment ways of that time and claimed that the medicine he had been taught to practice sometimes did the patient more harm than good. He said
“My sense of duty would not easily allow me to treat the unknown pathological state of my suffering brethren with these unknown medicines. The thought of becoming in this way a murderer or malefactor towards the life of my fellow human being was most terrible to me, so terrible and disturbing that I wholly gave up my practice in the first years of my married life and occupied myself solely with chemistry and writing’”
Discoveries ahead of time- Hahnemann was the first person in the history who highlighted about the inherited disease tendency (from parents and forefathers) and introduced the terminology of Miasms’. Not only was he able to recognize the role of genetic influence on health but was also able to discover the remedial measures to neutralize or blunt the tendencies of hereditary diseases by finding out anti-miasmatic remedies. In this regard homeopathy is much ahead of time. His all discoveries were ahead of the time and he is the first to discuss about the presence of micro-organisms in the diseases.
In those days scientists were busy discovering various bacteria and microbes, emphasizing their prime role, in disease development. Hahnemann was a very advanced thinker. He realized that bacteria can do nothing without the susceptibility (vulnerability) of the host-patient. Modern immunologists have realized this fact only since a few decades.
Before the concept of bacteria as cause of disease was brought forth, bacterias were recognized and also used as medicinal agents by Dr. Hahnemann and his followers. Dr. Hahnemann must be recognized as one of the foremost Bacteriologists and it would be without any exaggeration to call him the real father of Genetics also. Father of bacteriology, Robert Koch (1843-1910) discovered micro organisms long after discovery of Homoeopathy.
Mind and Body: Hahnemann was most modern in his views on the role of mind for the development of the physical disease. He associated the mind and body relation with health disease and cure. Not only that but he also could present to the world very definite therapeutics based on such Psychosomatic correlation.
Hahnemann said there are no diseases but diseased individuals. Human being is a wholesome entity where no organ of the body is affected in isolation. You have to treat the patient as a whole and the disease will be spontaneously cured. He said, treat the SICK (patient) and not the disease symptoms only.
Homoeopathy is a time tested system of treatment which had saved many lives in times of outbreak of epidemics in olden times. Homoeopathy has been verified experimentally and clinically tested to be most effective. The scientific principles propounded by Dr.Hahnemann are natural and well proven and continue to be followed with success. Homeopathy is an effective and scientific system of healing which assists the natural tendency of the body/mind to heal itself. It recognizes that all symptoms of ill-health are expressions of disharmony within the whole person and that it is the patient who needs treatment not only the disease.
Ever since the homoeopathic medicine is being practiced worldwide, its popularity had soared in recent years due to its inherent virtues. In the modern times, more and more new viruses, diseases and epidemics are prevalent mainly due to interventions of human in nature. Scientists and medical researchers are working day and night to find ways to combat these diseases and to find vaccinations to viruses which keep on changing their forms. However, in conventional medicine after attracting a viral flu, there is hardly any effective medicine as it is difficult to treat viral diseases. This is where homeopathic medicine comes into play. To treat epidemics, in Homeopathy, the principle called genus epidemics is used in which the common symptoms among many people suffering from the same disease in a locality are studied and based on that data a remedy for those people’s symptoms is decided and given which would act as a preventive medicine for other individuals residing in that area. Apart from swine flu and dengue, Influenza, homeopathy has successfully treated the diseases and epidemics of Typhus fever, Cholera, yellow fever, Diphtheria, and bird flu.
Integrating Homeopathy in Health Care:- Homoeopathy needs to be promoted not as a alternative but as a complete system of treatment in all these viral and so-called incurable labelled diseases as Homoeopathy is too effective in many genetic diseases where the modern day doctors are finding themselves in dark. Homoeopathy is scientific, safe, gentle, effective, rapid in action. Sweet Homoeopathic pills are very easy to take and even kids prefers to take it because of no bitterness and it is safe for pregnant mothers. Regular homoeopathic treatment can make pregnancies safe. Many Surgeries can be avoided using homoeopathic treatment. Homoeopathy is second most preferred system of treatment in India. On this day every Homoeopath must take a pledge to care for brain child of Dr. Hahnemann and to practice scientific homoeopathy only.
(The author is Consultant Classical Homoeopath.)
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