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 social aspects of Homeopathic Medicine

the real disease of humanity is the absence of a spiritual homeostasis in individuals

 

Let us ponder some key questions, beginning from a zero base:

Is there any chance that the planet's energy resources might not suffice for the well-being of its inhabitants, were they to be fairly distributed?

Is there any chance that we might be unable to meet the nutritional needs of the earth's inhabitants, were the primary sources of food to be exploited in a reasonable manner?

Is there any chance that two or more neighbouring nations might really be unable to find peaceful, mutually beneficial ways to solve their differences?

Is there any chance that racial, political or religious disagreements might justify the perpetration of genocides and holocausts?

Is there any chance that a healthy spirit might enjoy living in a milieu where violence, death, wretchedness and exploitation abound?

What if we asked a child, a monk and a pregnant woman to answer these questions for us? A child that has just bathed in his parents' affection, a monk that has just experienced the splendor of God's love and a pregnant woman who has just been delighted by feeling the first kicks of the creature inside her. What if we asked them right at that glorious moment as they were experiencing these feelings - as these feelings were indeed being transformed into spiritual entities? Their answers would be clear.

But then, what is happening to the rest of us? What is wrong with the average human mind that downplays these answers, attributing them to the "foolishness of an immature child", calling them "naive utopic delusions of a monk" or "hormonally-driven emotional outbursts of pregnancy"? What is healthy and what is sick?

 

The Professor of Homeopathy George Vithoulkas (http://www.vithoulkas.com) who was awarded the Right Livelihood Award in 1996 and more recently awarded the position of Honorary Professor at the University of the Aegean in Greece, is the most significant contemporary reformer of Homeopathy. He has bequeathed a wonderful definition of health to humanity:

 

In humans, health is defined as:

  • Freedom from pain on the physical level, leading to a feeling of physical well being,

  • Freedom from passions on the emotional level, leading to a state of dynamic calmness,

  • Freedom from egotism and selfishness on the mental level, enabling the person to experience unity with Truth, or God, or the world of ideas.

 

The measurement unit of human health is the degree of creativity of the person - a creativity that is equally beneficial to the individual himself and to society.

 

This is, without doubt, the most complete definition of human health ever formulated. It is the first time that health is defined simultaneously on all three different levels of the organism (the mental, the emotional and the physical); most importantly, it is the first time that a definition supersedes and completes the W.H.O. definition currently used by the medical community. This new definition allows the grading of human health according to a measurement scale that can only apply to the human being.

If this definition of health entails such truths, the fact that it was formulated by the most inspired contemporary Homeopath hints at another truth: this definition describes in the most complete way the ideal state of health according to Homeopathy; it describes the degrees of sickness that can be observed during the homeopathic case taking, when the patient uses his own words to describe how his freedom on one or more levels has been compromised.

The practice of Homeopathic Medicine is based on the prescription of ultradilute natural remedies that stimulate and modulate the immune response. Homeopathic Medicine does not want to suppress the patient's symptoms as it views them as an attempt on the part of the organism to achieve homeostasis; the purpose of Homeopathy is to heal the patient in his totality. In the clinical practice of Classical Homeopathy, the patient is examined as a unified whole on all three levels of his being. A key point in choosing the correct, individualised remedy, is the assessment of the psychomental balance of the patient and the evaluation of deflections on each level. For example, if a patient visits the homeopathic doctor in order to get help for his stomach ulcer, but is also found to possess excessive egotism and self-importance that block his spiritual progress, then the evaluation of this deeper psychomental pathology will be given high priority and will largely determine the choice of remedy. In any case, the Homeopath is not evaluating the various traits of the patient's personality but their degree of deviation from the patient's own healthy norm. Fear, egotism, arrogance, cowardice, indifference, apathy, vindictiveness, excessive competitiveness – all these are emotional deviations that define an acquired pathological personality far removed from its own healthy, ideal homeostasis. When analysing the patient's homeopathic history, these deviations are directly correlated with physical symptoms. Homeopathic treatment does not try to change the personality of the patient - which would be impossible anyway - but to liberate him from any acquired pathological deviations. In the example just mentioned, the patient is liberated from his egotism as well as the stomach ulcer, and regains his natural physical, mental and emotional balance; that is, the resources that he needs for his spiritual evolution.

Professor George Vithoulkas also frequently mentions in his lectures that no healthy person would ever aspire to be a leader. Indeed, how many of today's leaders are healthy in the true sense of the word? Let us not forget that behind governments, political parties, companies, armies, coalitions and strategic decisions, there are always humans. Could the aggressiveness of governments and the inhumane rigidity of companies be caused by unfree personalities? Could it be that the world's socioeconomic and political status, that is far removed from humane values, has been based on a lack of freedom from passions? How sick and egocentric does a person have to be to be helped up the ladder of social, political and financial power in modern society, when modern society is bent on consistently suppressing people's spiritual qualities? Could the strategic choices of teams, individuals, companies and governments who perpetuate hunger in countries continents, hint at homeopathic remedies that were never prescribed? The real kind of health achieved with Homeopathic Medicine is measured by the increase in the patient's creativity; that is why its social value is more than priceless.

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