Although the practice of homeopathy can be dated back to Hippocrates, it was a german physician named Samuel Hahnemann who is credited with developing homeopathy and bringing it to America. Hahnemann challenged the conventional belief that physicians should treat disease by advocating treatment of the person. To Hahnemann, “A single symptom is no more the whole disease than a single foot a whole man” (Organon of Medicine).
“A Single Symptom is no More the Whole Disease than a Single Foot a Whole Man”
Hahnemann proposed that within each of us is a vital force, whose function is to maintain us in health. When the vital force becomes disturbed we experience and show symptoms. While these symptoms are important to identifying & treating the underlying disturbance of the vital force, in modern medicine we use medicines to suppress the symptoms, often deepening the disease itself.
Hahnemann used a natural bark called cinchona to treat people with malaria. However, since cinchona bark has toxic properties, he diluted the bark to insure that it would be safe to administer to the infirm. In doing this Hahnemann discovered that when diluted properly, only a very small portion of the diluted cinchona bark was necessary to help people recover from malaria. This was the beginning of modern homeopathy. Today, all homeopathic remedies begin from natural substances, and undergo a special diluting process that makes them effective at minimal concentrations. Because they are so dilute, homeopathic remedies can be used safely in conjunction with other natural and pharmaceutical medicines.