Homeopathy

HISTORY
1- Hippocrates (460 – 370 BC), the father of medicine postulated two principles of treating diseases-
a. Contraria Contrariis Curantur (Latin) which means 'opposites are cured by opposites'. This principle teaches to treat disease by using remedies that produce opposite effects.
b.Similia Similibus Curentur (Latin), which means 'like Cures like ' . Hippocrates was known to have said, "Through the like, disease is produced, and through the application of the like it is cured."

2- Founder of Homeopathy medicine –
Christian Friedrich Samuel Hahnemann(1755-1843) was a German physician, best known for creating the pseudoscientific system of alternative medicine or CAM called homeopathy. Hahnemann work on Homeopathy, which was earlier an idea , was published in 1796 as Essay on a New Principle for Ascertaining the Curative Power of Drugs, which was followed in 1810 by his famous work The Organon of the Healing Art. Thus , homeopathy is a 200-year-old form of alternative medicine , to have risen in Europe , that claims to stimulate a healing response and strengthen the body's ability to heal itself. Those who practice it claim that it is a holistic system of medicine based on the theory of treating 'like with like'.

3- Homeopathy influence in western countries -
a. History of Royal London Hospital for Integrated Medicine, UK - The hospital was founded by Dr Frederick Foster Hervey Quin in 1849. He was among the first doctors to practice homeopathy in Britain, and had studied with its founder, Hahnemann. Later , Prince of Wales - Edward was the patron of the London Homeopathic Hospital, while the Duke of York, later King George VI, gave the title 'Royal' to the hospital. Five homeopathic hospitals were founded in Britain, the two largest (in London and Glasgow) having in-patient units
b. History of American Institute of Homeopathy ( AIH ) , USA - Homeopathy was first introduced in the United States by Hans Birch Gram, who was born in Boston, MA of Danish extraction. By 1843, the Homoeopathic movement had grown considerably from the early days of Gram. Hering himself noted that a number of early converts to Homoeopathy came as a result of the cholera epidemics of the 1830's and 1840's. After the death of founder of Homeopathic movement , Samuel Hahnemann , the New York Homeopathic Physicians' Medical Society decided to call a general convention of the practitioners of Homoeopathy throughout the united States in order to adopt a plan by which the art of Homoeopathy should be widely and systematically cultivated. This lead to foundation of AIH in 1844 .

IN CONTEMPORARY TIME – HOMEOPATHY IN THE WORLD
UK : 5 homeopathic hospitals operated by the BritishNational Health Service
India: 25,000 homeopathic physicians
Germany: 6,000 homeopathic practitioners
France: 39% of the population uses homeopathic medicines, which are reimbursed by the National Health Care System ( Note – This is a approx figure which varies with place and time )
Homeopathy is also practiced in Canada, Russia, Mexico, Brazil, Italy, Spain, Belgium and many other countries. WHO REPORT -
The World Health Organization cited homeopathy as one of the systems of traditional medicine that should be integrated worldwide with conventional medicine to provide adequate global health care. (WHO Traditional Medicine Strategy 2002-2005) Homeopathy is used by about 300 million patients and 400,000 healthcare providers worldwide. (OMHI - 2003)
In contemporary time in USA - According to the report published in 2002 , it was estimated that the number of patients using homeopathic remedies had risen by 500% in the previous seven years, mostly by purchasing over-the-counter remedies.

ADVANTAGE OF HOMEOPATHIC MEDICINE –
1-Reliable: Regulated and Manufactured as Drugs 200 years of international track record of effectiveness and safety
2-Cost effective and affordable .
3- No risk and no side effects of medical drugs .
4- Will not mask medical emergencies

HOMEOPATHY TREATMENT FOR DISEASES –
Homeopathy is used to treat extremely wide range of health conditions . The most common diseases treated by homeopaths are (in order of frequency)
Asthma, depression, allergic rhinitis (hay fever), headache and migraine, neurotic disorders, non-specific allergy, dermatitis, arthritis , hypertension, ear infection , hay fever , dermatitis ( an allergic skin condition ), high blood pressure , skin disorders, behavioral problems , several chronic long term diseases, hormonal disorders, pain and palliative care, infertility and so on. etc .
List of Homeopathy medicine with Treatments –https://www.homeopathycenter.org/find-remedy/h

Some of the examples of symptomatic homeopathic prescribing –

Remedy Condition
   
Cuprum Leg cramps
Chamomile Teeting
Arnica Bruising and trauma
Canthris Cystitis
Aconite Croup
Colocynth Infantile colic
Rhus tox Joint pain


METHODOLOGY OF TREATMENT –
Homeopathy treat the root cause of disease of a person - by taking into account personality, lifestyle and hereditary factors, as well as the history of the disease. Since all people are unique, homeopathic medicines are prescribed to treat individuals. Thus homeopathy is' individual based approach' and not the 'disease targeting approach '.
Practitioner Uses two types of reference for prescribing remedies –
a- Materia Medica – It is a collection of "drug pictures", organised alphabetically by "remedy," that describes the symptom patterns associated with individual remedies
b- Repertories – It is an index of disease symptoms that lists remedies associated with specific symptoms.

HOMEOPATHIC DRUGS CONSTITUENTS -
A -n Homeopathy medicine uses many animal, plant, mineral, and synthetic substances in its remedies.
Examples include- Arsenicum album (arsenic oxide), Natrum muriaticum (sodium chloride or table salt), Lachesis muta (the venom of the bushmaster snake), Opium, and Thyroidinum (thyroid hormone). Homeopaths also use treatments called nosodes (from the Greek nosos, disease) made from diseased or pathological products such as fecal, urinary, and respiratory discharges, blood, and tissue. Homeopathic remedies prepared from healthy specimens are called sarcodes. GOVERNMENT INITIATIVE FOR HOMEOPATHY
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