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 the treatment of ADHD

The continuing increase in children suffering from Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) (1) (2) is leading many parents to seek supplementary help from Homeopathic Medicine, in addition to the necessary specialised treatment offered by ADHD treatment centres. In the past ten years, homeopathic doctors have accumulated sufficient empirical knowledge on the disorder to be able to provide considerable therapeutic intervention.

As we know, treatments administered in the context of Homeopathic Medicine are always prescribed on the basis of the patient's overall neuroendocrine-immunological profile. In addition, Classical Homeopathic Medicine is based on the notion of prescribing the one single remedy which bears the most “resemblance” to the patient’s symptoms at the physical, mental and emotional level. If, however, each one of us considers the totality of our physical and psychological symptomatology, or of our idiosyncrasy, as it changes with time, we will often see that this totality has shifted over the years. Likewise, the symptoms of children suffering from ADHD do not always stay the same; for example, if at the time of the medical examination the hyperactivity component is more pronounced and the child is behaving aggressively, the treatment will be different than if the attention-deficit component is stronger. The child's most prominent symptoms, together with his/her baseline psychomental profile, will decide the remedy best suited for that specific point in time.

Additionally, in Homeopathic Medicine, serious attention is given to any exogenous chemical interventions that the organism may have been subjected to; many parents report a definite worsening of their child's ADHD symptoms following the use of antibiotics or vaccines; in such cases the treatment has to be modified. Of great scientific interest is the bibliographically supported observation that ADHD symptoms are lessened during febrile episodes, while they worsen following the suppression of fever with antipyretics or antibiotics; this also calls for a modification of the suggested treatment protocol. The "fever effect", which is also seen with autistic children, as was recently reported in an article in the "Pediatrics" journal, (3) (4) reflects the complex immunobiological basis of ADHD. In the everyday homeopathic clinical practice, when a child with ADHD reports that he/she rarely, if ever, experiences fever despite being exposed to all the common infectious factors, that child is given a more dire prognosis compared with another child who suffers from ADHD but frequently gets fevers. After a successful course of individualised homeopathic treatment we see in children a return of older infections, accompanied by fever; if these are treated homeopathically, and the fever is not suppressed, eventually there will be a definite and permanent amelioration of the child's ADHD symptoms. It is crucial that the homeopathic doctor, the parents and the specialists from the ADHD treatment centre co-operate to this effect.

 

References

(1) Polanczyk G, de Lima MS, Horta BL, Biederman J, Rohde LA. The worldwide prevalence of ADHD: a systematic review and metaregression analysis. Am J Psychiatry. 2007 Jun;164(6):942-8.

(2) National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (24 September 2008). CG72 Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD): http://www.nice.org.uk/nicemedia/pdf/CG72FullGuideline.pdf

(3) Curran LK, Newschaffer CJ, Lee LC, Crawford SO, Johnston MV, Zimmerman AW. Behaviors associated with fever in children with autism spectrum disorders. Pediatrics. 2007 Dec;120(6):e1386-92.

(4) Torres AR. Is fever suppression involved in the etiology of autism and neurodevelopmental disorders? BMC Pediatr. 2003 Sep 2;3:9.

 

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