Homeopathy is a medical system based on the principle that like cures like. Mainly use of potencies means to stimulate the body’s own healing functions. The word homeopathy comes from the Greek words homoios (similar) and pathos (suffering), and the basic idea of this method is that like cures like. Homeopathy was developed in the late 1700s, although some basic ideas have been known before in Indian and Oriental Medicine and has been mentioned by medical personalities like Hippocrates.
As the founder of Homeopathy, Samuel Hahnemann stated: “It is more important to know the person that has the disease than to know what disease the person has.” A medical diagnosis means little to a Classical Homeopath; what that diagnosis means to YOU does matter, for you alone hold the keys to your healing, and those keys are the symptoms unique to YOU, not your disease. It is those unique symptoms that determine which remedy (or remedies) is right for you.
Homeopaths claim that Hippocrates may have originated homeopathy around 400 BC, when he prescribed a small dose of mandrake root to treat mania, knowing it produces mania in much larger doses. In the 16th century, the pioneer of pharmacology Paracelsus declared that small doses of “what makes a man ill also cures him”.
Samuel Hahnemann (1755–1843) gave homeopathy its name and expanded its principles in the late 18th century. At that time, mainstream medicine used methods like bloodletting and purging, and administered complex mixtures, such as Venice treacle, which was made from 64 substances including opium, myrrh, and viper’s flesh. These treatments often worsened symptoms and sometimes proved fatal.
Hahnemann rejected these practices– which had been extolled for centuries – as irrational and inadvisable; instead, he advocated the use of single drugs at lower doses and promoted an immaterial, vitalistic view of how living organisms function, believing that diseases have spiritual, as well as physical causes.
Homeopathy was first used as a complementary or alternative therapy for humans in 1796 and is based on the theory that ‘like cures like’. A small amount of a substance is used that has been seen to cause the same symptoms, this is said to invoke a reaction in the body which then brings about a curative process.
Homeopathy involves a process known by practitioners as “dynamisation” or “potentisation” whereby a substance is diluted with alcohol or distilled water and then vigorously shaken in a process called “succussion”. Insoluble solids, such as quartz and oyster shell, are diluted by grinding them with lactose (trituration). The founder of homeopathy, Samuel Hahnemann (1755 — 1843) believed that the process of succussion activated the “vital energy” of the diluted substance, and that successive dilutions increased the “potency” of the remedy.
The idea of using homeopathy as a treatment for other animals, termed “veterinary homeopathy”, dates back to the inception of homeopathy;
Hahnemann himself wrote and spoke of the use of homeopathy in animals other than humans. The FDA has not approved homeopathic products as veterinary medicine in the U.S. In the UK, veterinary surgeons who use homeopathy may belong to the Faculty of Homeopathy and/or to the British Association of Homeopathic Veterinary Surgeons. Animals may be treated only by qualified veterinary surgeons in the UK and some other countries. Internationally, the body that supports and represents homeopathic veterinarians is the International Association for Veterinary Homeopathy.