Samuel Hahnemann

He created the basic principles of homeopathy. The word homeopathy comes from the Greek hómoios- ὅμοιος- "like-" + páthos πάθος "suffering".

Hippocrates of Kos

Hippocrates (Kos 460 BC - Larissa 377 BC) was an ancient Greek physician and is referred to as the father of Western medicine in recognition of his lasting contributions to the field as the founder of the Hippocratic School of Medicine. Hippocrates is credited with being the first person to believe that diseases were caused naturally, not because of superstition and gods. He separated the discipline of medicine from religion, believing and arguing that disease was not a punishment inflicted by the gods but rather the product of environmental factors, diet, and living habits.

 
 

 

Hippocrates of Kos

Hippocrates is not only the father of Western medicine, but also a philosopher and a humanist.

Samuel Hahnemann

Christian Friedrich Samuel Hahnemann (10 April 1755 – 2 July 1843) was a German physician, best known for creating the system of alternative medicine called homeopathy.
His research led him to the principle of homeopathy, similia similibus curentur ("like cures like"), according to which a substance that causes the symptoms of a disease in healthy people will cure that disease in sick people.
He first published an article about the homeopathic approach in a German-language medical journal in 1796.

 
 

The contribution of Homeopathic Medicine to lessening the psychological consequences of the financial – and moral value – crisis

It is a widely acknowledged principle that whenever we attempt one-sided explanations for something, we invariably fail to reach the truth. Was the child’s infection caused by a virus? Was it caused by the child’s body allowing the virus to replicate? Or was it caused by the emotionally trying times that preceded the infection? Perhaps it was caused by the child’s family environment, that failed to teach him/her how to handle his/her emotions? Was it possibly caused by the medical establishment, that did not invest in strengthening the child’s immune defense but instead suppressed his/her symptoms?

Similar questions might be asked about the obvious crisis that our society is going through. This crisis is primarily a moral value crisis, not a financial one. The overall situation that we are up against as a society is the result of a number of different components, although of course they weigh differently for each individual.

Borrowing notions from Human Immunobiology, and with the aid of the homeopathic science, we recognise the following: every chronic ailment can be reversed, as long as the organism can still produce episodes of acute disease. Therefore an acute disease in a biological system signifies the efforts of the organism to achieve a new homeostasis and heal something chronic. (1) (2) (3) Hippocrates himself writes: “It is more difficult to treat chronic ailments than it is to treat recent ailments, unless one can first render them new”. (4) Exactly the same applies to the health and homeostasis of a society. How we handle the current crisis as a group and as individuals will determine if the chronic ailments of our society will get better or if they will worsen.

On an individual level, the emotions that emerge as a result of the pressures effected by the crisis reflect the emotional balance that already existed – or not - before the crisis. Feelings of anger, rage, exasperation, scorn, sadness, any emotion that a person may experience when under pressure, and the manner in which these feelings are handled, reflect to a very great extent how satisfactorily the person was trained during his/her younger, more malleable age. For example, if a child is taught to stuff down his/her anger, to always be pleasant, to never react, to never say “no”, and to generally present him/herself as a “nice” person, how will he/she be able as an adult to handle their - possibly justified - rage for an unfair job dismissal? Experiencing fully and handling correctly the emotions and frustrations of childhood will affect how similar events will be handled during adulthood. The contribution of Homeopathic Medicine in this area can be extremely important.

As we know, the homeopathic remedy is selected on the basis of a holistic, individualised investigation of the patient at every stage of his/her life. For example, a child who develops an ear infection every time he/she goes out into the cold air, will not be given the same remedy as the child who develops an ear infection each time his/her parents are having a loud argument. In the second case, a homeopathic remedy will be selected that will help the child manage and express his/her emotions in a more constructive way instead of somatising them. This process, that is mediated by the homeopathic remedy, creates a “neuroimmunological memory” that will function in such a way so as to help maintain the patient’s homeostasis in every similar emotional experience in the future.

At the present moment in our society we are becoming witnesses to aggressive and intense psychodynamic manifestations that are either expressed in extreme ways (taking the law into one’s hands, committing suicide) or suppressed to the extreme (depression, repressed anger). There is also severe somatising of these emotions. For example, suppressed anger is responsible for many thyroidopathies, fibromyalgias and panic attacks; conditions that have reached epidemic levels in the population.

Every day, in homeopathic practices across the country, extreme emotional or physical pathological outbursts are averted thanks to the prescribing of the correct homeopathic remedy; given the stressful emotional state of the whole population, this places Homeopathy at the forefront of preventive Medicine. Homeopathic remedies such as Staphysagria, which balances intense emotions of suppressed rage, Ignatia, which balances strong emotions of suppressed sadness, and Aurum metallicum, which soothes suicidal tendencies caused by financial ruin, are prescribed with high specificity and discrimination and help the population to not only face the present difficulties but to actually make an evolutionary step forward. Homeopathic Medicine assists the individual to utilise the emotions precipitated by the current crisis, to heal the chronic crisis inside.

 

References

(1) Atkins E. Fever: its history, cause, and function. Yale J Biol Med. 1982 May-Aug;55(3-4):283-9.

(2) Maes M, Berk M, Goehler L, Song C, Anderson G, Gałecki P, Leonard B. Depression and sickness behavior are Janus-faced responses to shared inflammatory pathways. BMC Med. 2012 Jun 29;10:66.

(3) Maes M, Kubera M, Obuchowiczwa E, Goehler L, Brzeszcz J. Depression's multiple comorbidities explained by (neuro)inflammatory and oxidative & nitrosative stress pathways. Neuro Endocrinol Lett. 2011;32(1):7-24.

(4) Hippocrates, On Places in Man, observation 38.

 

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