Homeopathy is an alternative system of medicine developed by German village doctor Samuel Hahemann in the late 1700’s. Hahemann objected to many of the accepted healing modalities of his day, such as bloodletting, considering them dangerous and life-threatening. His search for effective and benign cures led him to begin a formal homeopathy practice in 1792.
The word “homeopathy” comes from the Greek words “homeo” (meaning like) and “pathos,” (meaning suffering). It is based on the principal that “like cures like.” Homeopathy asserts that substances causing symptoms of disease in healthy people can be used in small doses to cure similar symptoms in sick people. Homeopathy continues to be popular in Germany today and in many other countries.
History of Homeopathics
Hahemann was influenced by ancients like Hippocrates and trail-blazers like Paracelsus. They believed that small amounts of what makes a person ill can also cure him. Homeopathic products are made using botanical and biological substances and are considered most effective when highly diluted. They are easy to obtain and can be either over-the counter-or prescription remedies. They are also conveniently available in a variety of forms and doses—liquids pills, granules, nasal sprays and creams.
There has been a reported avalanche of interest in homeopathy in Europe, India, and other countries. Homeopathic medicine is believed to stimulate the natural healing process and restore health with a minimal risk of side effects. While the doses are extremely small, they are considered to be extremely powerful in their therapeutic effect.
Minimal Risk of Side-effects
Conventional medicines and pharmaceuticals have become associated with numerous side effects. Sometimes another drug is prescribed to counteract those side effects. Homeopathy has an excellent safety record and manufacturers are required by law to meet strict standards. They must comply with specifications of the Homeopathic Pharmacopoeia of the United States (HPUS) and Drug Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP).
Using homeopathy is believed to allow people with a variety of acute health conditions to safely and effectively treat their symptoms. People report relief from many common ailments such as: pain, stress, colds, flu, and allergies without side effects.
If you would like to learn more about homeopathics, come to The Red Radish Natural Foods in Neenah, Wisconsin. We offer books on homeopathy and a selection of homeopathic remedies.