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Dr. Samuel Hahnemann

The German physician and pharmacist Dr. Samuel Hahnemann (1755 - 1843) has dealt with the question how to enable a permanent therapy without secondary effects all his life. His goal was to substitute the usual therapies at that time that were often agressive and harmful, i.e. mercury, blood-letting by a therapy that strengthens the vital forces of the patients and causes an internal cure. Doing so, he regarded all symptoms as an image of the illness reflected outside, resulting from a disturbance of the vital force. Those symptoms have to be looked at as a whole. If only one is taken, maybe the most eye-catching, most severe, the necessary picture of the disturbance will never show. Hahnemann said a single one of the current symptoms is just as little the illnes a a single foot is the man himself.

How Hahnemann found the Homoeopathy...

Hahnemann spoke seven languages and translated scientific books regularly. 1790 when reading "Materia medica" from William Cullen in Leipzig, he noticed the poisoning symptoms of China-bark. Those symptoms were quite similar to the symptoms of malaria. Hahnemann did the first drug trial by taking China-bark himself and documenting the symtoms accurately. He developed an illnes similar to malaria. At the same time, China-bark is used sucessfully against malaria. Hahnemann developed the therapy of homoeopathy (similar suffer). He published it first time 1796.

How to find the drug...

According to Hahnemann it is clear that only that drug can cure a sick person which represents all symptoms the patient has. Similar is to be cured by similar (Simila similibus curentur). Only the exact anamnesis (interview) and the exact documentation of the substance caused symptoms enables such a comparison. Homoeopathy uses all natural substances for therapy. The big three regions are minerals, plants and animals which contain thousands of possible drugs. Only a detailled anamnesis and the knowledge of as many drugs as possible allows to find the matching drug for the patient.

How the globules appeared...

Hahnemann tested drugs frequently. When he prepared those, he noticed that shaking the substances increased the effect even if they were strongly dilluted. This process he called potentise. In his teaching book "Organon" published 1810, he gives exact procedures how to produce the different powers. To make the drugs durable in bigger amounts, potentised drugs are trickled on sugar globules and dried.

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