Greetings to medical and health professionals, the scientific community, patients and to the general public spread across 7 continents – a wonderful “World Homeopathy Day” on 10th April 2018 on account of the founder and father of Homeopathy Dr Friedrich Samuel Hahnemann’s 263rd birthday (born 1755, Germany). Every year 10th April is celebrated all over the world as ‘World Homeopathy Day as a tribute to Hahnemann. Medical doctors and patients of over 42 countries are joining together on 10th April for celebrations. The week following the birth date of Hahnemann i.e. 10th April is celebrated as World Homeopathy Awareness Week.
Samuel Hahnemann is the Father of Homeopathy, Father of Human Pharmacology, Father of NanoMedicine and the Father of Infinite Dilution concept in Chemistry.
On Dr Hahnemann’s 80th Birthday i.e. 10th April 1835, Dr Hering founded the World’s First homoeopathic medical college, “The North American Academy of Homeopathic Healing Art”, Allentown, USA
The first woman to practice medicine in France was a homoeopath. And she was none other than Melanie d’Hervilly-Gohier, the wife of Hahnemann. She was granted legal license to practice medicine in 1872. She was followed by Madeleine Brès who was awarded M.D. in 1875.
History Of Homoeopathy
The history of homoeopathy combines the high drama and intrigue commonly found in the best efforts of the silver screen. Although a movie has not yet been made about homoeopathy, it is a film waiting to happen.
Homoeopathy became spectacularly popular in the United States and Europe in the 1800s and its strongest advocates included European royalty, American entrepreneurs, literary giants, and religious leaders. But at the time that it was gaining widespread popularity, it became the object of deep-seated animosity and vigilant opposition from establishment medicine.
The conflict between homoeopathy and orthodox medicine was protracted and bitter. We know who won the first round of this conflict. We await the results of the second round. Hopefully, we will soon discover that a “fight” overhealing is inappropriate and that various approaches to healing are all necessary to build a comprehensive and effective health care system.
The history of homoeopathy begins with the discoveries of its founder Samuel Hahnemann (1755-1843), a German physician. Hahnemann first coined the word “homoeopathy” (“homoios” in Greek means similar, “pathos” means suffering) to refer to the pharmacological principle, the law of similars, that is its basis.
Actually, the law of similars was previously described by Hippocrates and Paracelsus and was utilized by many cultures, including the Mayans, Chinese, Greeks, Native American Indians, and Asian Indians, but it was Hahnemann who codified the law of similars into a systematic medical science.
Hahnemann’s first comments about the general applicability of the law of similars were in 1789 when he translated a book by William Cullen, one of the leading physicians of the era. At one point in the book, Cullen ascribed the usefulness of Peruvian bark (Cinchona) in treating malaria due to its bitter and astringent properties.
Hahnemann wrote a bold footnote in his translation, disputing Cullen’s explanation. Hahnemann asserted that the efficacy of Peruvian bark must be for another factor, since he noted that there were other substances and mixtures of substances decidedly more bitter and more astringent than Peruvian bark that was not effective in treating malaria.
The Opposition to Homeopathy
Homoeopathy posed a serious threat to entrenched medicine. Orthodox physicians criticized herbalists, midwives, and various other “non-regular” practitioners because they were not medically trained. Homoeopaths, however, could not be discredited as being unlearned, since they were graduates from many of the same medical schools as “regular” physicians. In fact, many of the initial practitioners of homoeopathy graduated from some of the most prestigious medical schools of the day.
Orthodox medicine was also threatened because homoeopathy offered an integrated, coherent, systematic basis for its therapeutic practice. In his Pulitzer Prize-winning book The Social Transformation of American Medicine Paul Starr noted, “Because homoeopathy was simultaneously philosophical and experimental, it seemed to many people to be more rather than less scientific than orthodox medicine.”