WHAT IS THE ORIGIN OF HOMEOPATHY?
A German physician and scholar, Dr Samuel Hahnemann (1755-1843) discovered the principle of “like curing like” while he was trying to work out why Peruvian bark (Cinchona – the source of quinine) was able to cure malaria.
He experimented by dosing himself with the herb Cinchona until symptoms were produced. Surprisingly the symptoms were very similar to those of Malaria. His conclusion was that the drug might be effective in treating malaria because it could cause similar symptoms in a healthy person.
Initially he used crude doses but unhappy with the side effects he went on to discover that diluting and potentiating the medicines was more effective, powerful and without side effects. This is referred to as the ‘minimum dose’.