Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Homeopathy: History and Principles
Homeopathy is based on the law of familiars (like cures like), involving the use of minute doses of a natural substance that can cause a healthy person the same symptoms it cures in a sick one. The principle of like cures like dates back as far as 3000 BCE to Sanskrit medical texts, as well as Hippocrates (400 BCE) and Paracelsus, the renown 16th century German physician and alchemist. But it was Samuel Hahnemann, a German physician born in 1775, who first integrated homeopathy into the systematic form commonly used today. A common example of homeopathy is the use of Apis mellifica (honeybee). Read more . . .