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 gynecological ailments

Homeopathic Medicine is an independent medical therapeutic system, established roughly two centuries ago, when the German physician Samuel Hahnemann successfully applied the quote by Hippocrates, “Like cures like” (“Similia similibus curantur”). This quote describes the therapeutic reaction of the organism when given an ultradilute natural substance that has been proven to cause the same symptoms as those manifested by the patient. Homeopathic Medicine is completely safe and with no side effects; it can be used freely by pregnant women and babies and produces powerful, long-lasting healing results. Homeopathic remedies are officially recognised by the National Drug Organisation (decision number ΔΥΓ3(α)/83657, published in the Official Government Gazzette issue number 59/24-01-06) and can be administered only by qualified homeopathic doctors. In many European countries, Homeopathy is practiced in hospitals as an officially recognised medical specialty.

The contribution of Homeopathic Medicine to the field of Gynecology is significant. Before we take a look at the ailments that can be substantially relieved by Homeopathy, it is important to stress that in Medicine, it is crucial for different specialties to be able to collaborate with each other. The ideal scenario would be for the woman’s doctor to be simultaneously a gynecologist and a trained homeopath, but as that may not be possible, it is equally important that her gynecologist be able to co-operate with the homeopathic doctor who treats her.

 

The gynecological ailments for which Homeopathy can offer considerable relief and healing are: polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), first- and second-degree endometriosis, menstrual cycle irregularities, hypo- and oligomenorrheas, premenstrual syndrome (PMS), idiopathic subfertility, Human Papillomavirus (HPV) infections, breast infections, menopause symptoms, and last but not least, symptoms associated with pregnancy, childbirth and the postpartum period. Vertigo, weakness, intestinal upsets with dizziness and vomiting, changes in appetite and bowel movements, headaches, metabolic disorders including thyroid disease, recurring infections, vascular disorders especially pertaining to the lower limbs, and mood disorders; these make up only a small percentage of the conditions in which Homeopathic Medicine can assist the pregnant woman. Of course, the effectiveness of a therapeutic intervention as mild as Homeopathy will totally depend on the correct, individualised approach on the part of the homeopathic doctor. Every organism has a different neurohormonal profile and requires a personalised approach in order for the treatment to be successful.

 

At this point we will refer nire specifically to polycystic ovaries and to the related syndrome (PCOS).

 

By the term “polycystic ovaries” we mean ovaries that contain many small cysts, not longer than 8 mm in diameter, that are usually located directly below the surface of the ovary. These small cysts are egg-containing ovarian follicles that have not fully matured. Polycystic ovaries are encountered in 10-15% of all women. (1) The related syndrome covers a wide range of clinical manifestations, from menstrual irregularities (2) all the way to more severe manifestations such as an increased risk for diabetes mellitus. (3) Early symptoms of PCOS are usually seen in adolescence, although for many women they may appear later. In addition to the menstrual irregularities, PCOS may produce fertility problems, increased hirsutism, acne, or even mood disorders and depression. (1) The factors that lead to the appearance of the syndrome can be environmental (4) but are usually primarily genetic; for example a genetic disorder in androgen secretion and/or in the action of insulin. (5) (6) (7) (8)

 

The individualised approach of Homeopathic Medicine to women with polycystic ovaries necessitates a full and detailed case-taking through which the doctor will ascertain all the manifestations of this hormonal imbalance in the endocrine, nervous and immune system. For example, the mood disorders experienced by women with PCOS are not due to chance: the genetic anomaly in androgen secretion affects the nervous system, while the genetic anomaly in the action of insulin affects the patient’s metabolic profile. This is why the homeopathic doctor is so persistent in asking the patient about her nutritional habits, her likes and dislikes, her emotional responses to stressful stimuli. What the doctor is doing is adding up the pieces to form a complete picture of the neuroendocrine-immunological aberration, so as to arrive at a single, specific homeopathic remedy that will negate that picture. This approach is proven extremely effective in everyday clinical practice, with a large number of women with polycystic ovaries being permanently healed. (9)

 

References

 

(1) Polycystic ovary syndrome: etiology, pathogenesis and diagnosis.

Goodarzi MO, Dumesic DA, Chazenbalk G, Azziz R.

Nat Rev Endocrinol. 2011 Apr;7(4):219-31.

 

(2) Shannon M, Wang Y. Polycystic ovary syndrome: a common but often unrecognized condition. J Midwifery Womens Health. 2012 May-Jun;57(3):221-30.

 

(3) Barber TM, Franks S. The link between polycystic ovary syndrome and both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes mellitus: what do we know today? Womens Health (Lond Engl). 2012 Mar;8(2):147-54.

 

(4) Diamanti-Kandarakis E, Christakou C, Marinakis E. Phenotypes and enviromental factors: their influence in PCOS. Curr Pharm Des. 2012;18(3):270-82.

 

(5) Xita N, Georgiou I, Tsatsoulis A. Eur J Endocrinol. 2002 Dec;147(6):717-25. The genetic basis of polycystic ovary syndrome.

 

(6) Calogero AE, Calabrò V, Catanuso M, Condorelli RA, La Vignera S. Understanding polycystic ovarian syndrome pathogenesis: an updated of its genetic aspects. J Endocrinol Invest. 2011 Sep;34(8):630-44.

 

(7) Mendoza N. Common genetic aspects between polycystic ovary syndrome and diabetes mellitus. Curr Diabetes Rev. 2011 Nov;7(6):377-91.

 

(8) Diamanti-Kandarakis E, Kandarakis H, Legro RS. The role of genes and environment in the etiology of PCOS. Endocrine 2006 Aug;30(1):19-26.

 

(9) Sanchez-Resendiz J, Guzman-Gomez F. Polycystic Ovary Syndrome. Boletin Mexicano de Homeopatica 1997 30:11-15.

 

 

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