Homoeopathy

Homoeopathic History - Samuel Hahnemann

Samuel Hahnemann (1755-1843), the German doctor who founded Homoeopathy, became disillusioned with the current medical practices of his time (such as the use of purgatives and bleeding).

This eventually led him to the belief that the answers to disease must lie in Nature. He expressed his understanding thus: "The Author of all good, when He allowed diseases to injure His offspring, must have laid down a means by which those torments might be lessened or removed."

Like the ancient writers such as Paracelsus, Hahnemann observed that the symptoms which various substances produced in a healthy individual could be used as a guide in the selection of that same substance to act curatively in a sick individual.

This understanding enabled him to develop what is known as The Law of Similars which is the cornerstone of homœopathic philosophy. It is well-expressed in the name Homoeopathy derived from the Greek words: 'homoios' [similar] and 'pathos', [suffering] meaning '[the cure] is like the disease'. Hahnemann referred to conventional medicine as Allopathy, meaning '[the cure] is unrelated to the disease.'

The western medical model espouses the Cartesian maxim: "The sum is the whole of its parts." This is essentially a reductionist model that necessitates the use of specialists for treatment, so is different from the homœopathic model of medicine which encompasses the Holistic medical tradition. This tradition recognises that each part and every creature is not only an entity in its own right, but is also an integral part of larger and larger systems. That is why homœopaths say that they "treat the whole person".

According to the WHO Homoeopathy is, after Traditional Chinese Medicine, the second most widely-used medicine in the world. It is practised on every continent and has enjoyed over 200 years of continuous use. In Australia, a practitioner registered with AROH (Australian Register of Homoeopaths), will provide safe and competent treatment as registration is only attained after study at a Registered Training Organisation which teaches curricula that are based on the government-endorsed National Competency Standards.

The professional organisation to which most registered homeopaths in Australia belong is the Australian Homoeopathic Association (AHA).

If you would like to know more about the rich and extensive history of Homoeopathy in Australia, visit this website: www.historyofhomeopathy.com.au

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