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.

 
 

Handling stress with the help of Homeopathic Medicine

Stress: possibly the most widely-used word by the population nowadays.

If we ask patients suffering from stress about their condition, we will get different answers: regardless of how stress is experienced on a physical level, the reasons that patients give for their stress will differ for each individual but will centre around the presence of specific constant, exogenous factors that are psychologically pressing. The truth is that none of these factors is, in itself, sufficient to create stress within the human organism. The organism must already be predisposed towards stress, in the same way that a signal must be transmitted in a specific frequency in order to be picked up by an appropriately-tuned receiver.

The emotional component of stress differs from pure emotions (joy, sadness, rage, indignation, euphoria, ...) caused by outside factors. The stress-predisposed patient is capable of twisting even positive emotions and happy events and experiencing them negatively; possibly even somatising them.

My personal definition of stress is that stress is the experience of separation between a person's original nature and his acquired stance in life. While the patient's true nature ought to respond to a given stimulus in a way harmonious to its natural predisposition, it responds in an "alien" neuroendocrine-biological way (the acquired stance) which has been forced onto the organism by the action of exogenous interventions. For example, while a sad event ought to make the patient embrace his sadness fully and find relief in crying, some older conditioning ("men don't cry", "never let me see you cry again") makes him suppress this expression. What is experienced by the patient as stressful is not the event itself, so much as this distance between his real nature and his acquired stance.

The long-term involvement of a medical doctor with Homeopathic Medicine is a continuous adventure of communicating knowledge; knowledge acquired from the medical bibliography, from the homeopathic bibliography (primarily the Repertory and the Materia Medica) and from contemporary homeopathic research, but also knowledge generated through interacting with patients and listening to them describe the unique viewpoints through which they experience their symptoms. To the homeopathic doctor, all this cumulatively translates into a rich source of knowledge. Every patient is a unique psychoneuroimmunological entity, complete unto itself; an entity onto which the environment has left its mark. When the patient trusts the doctor with his problem, he is in fact making available to the doctor a rich pool of information that can be turned into a tool of knowledge and experience and be used for the benefit of the next patient. Therefore, every patient helps the next patient who will present with a similar problem or a similar idiosyncrasy.

Every day the homeopathic doctor acquires new information relating to his science, and builds additional knowledge about the different idiosyncratic structure of each remedy, on top of the knowledge already present in the textbooks. When the patient confirms the remedy prescription by responding to the remedy, the opportunity is given for further investigation of the conditions that led to the derailment of the organism from its natural state of health.

It is well known that the homeopathic remedy for each patient is chosen based not only on the ailment but primarily on the specific and peculiar "hues" of key symptoms. Even more so, the selection is determined by the effect of the disease on the emotions and mental condition of the patient, as well as the effect of psychological and mental aberrations on the natural progression of the disease. The selection of the similimum is determined by all the aforementioned parameters. The strongest similarity with respect to the totality of physical, mental and psychological symptoms determines whether the homeopathic intervention will prove decisive to the health of the patient; whether it will merely palliate or fully heal the ailment.

The degree of confirmation provided by the response of the patient to the prescribed homeopathic remedy opens up new opportunities for the investigation of the deeper and more individualised causes of the ailment. Very often, by tracing and carefully noting down the patient's history, we stumble upon key points in time during which the disease first became established or a pathological predisposition emerged but went unnoticed by conventional Medicine. For example, the sudden cessation of high fevers in a child following a chemical intervention, will go unnoticed by conventional Medicine but may nonetheless form the basis on which an autoimmune disease builds many years later. The moment when an outgoing, emotional person has become so suppressed that he loses the ability to cry, becomes the ground for depression to appear, much later. These key points in time are traced in great detail during the first homeopathic interview, in order to elucidate as much as possible how the ailment began or how the predisposition became expressed. If the derailment from the natural homeostasis is significant and affects the emotional and mental faculties of the patient, it means that an acquired idiosyncrasy is being established.

"Acquired idiosyncrasy" is an incomplete term that we are using to describe the derailment of a person's emotional and mental condition to such an extent that a different homeopathic remedy is now needed, than the one that originally corresponded to the patient.

Homeopathic Medicine enables the management of stress by narrowing the distance between the patient's acquired idiosyncrasy and his true nature, and by helping the organism react to events in a way harmonious to its real neuroimmunological and biological homeostasis. This condition is ideal for experiencing stress as mildly as possible, if at all. By liberating the organism from its acquired idiosyncrasy, we are leading it to experience emotions as intensely and as lucidly as its nature dictates - and without stress.

 

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