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.

 
 

Homeopathy in Obstetrical Conditions and Paediatric Diseases

Article for the National Campaign on Homeopathy for Mother Care, India

The contribution of classical homeopathy in obstetrical conditions and Pediatric diseases is absolutely valuable. Millions of patients have experienced amazing therapeutic results in both fields, from homeopathic remedies that have been carefully prescribed, by experienced doctors.

In obstetrical conditions, one of the main contributions of Homeopathy is the female unreasonable or idiopathic sterility. In every day clinical practice it is obvious that Homeopathy can activate the endocrine system and produce a homeostatic neuro-endocrine-immuno balance in women with non-anatomical sterility, contributing to conception. In Greece a randomized control trial is up to take place in a Public Hospital in co-operation with the International Academy of Classical Homeopathy, for standardizing the above-mentioned results.

During pregnancy Homeopathy can be very helpful in conditions like vomiting and nausea as well as acute infections, as an alternative therapy to antibiotics. During delivery, Homeopathy has been proved to be effective in some conditions such as wrong position of the fetus and inducing delivery without any chemical interference. Ineffective or interrupted contractions can be faced effectively with appropriate homeopathic remedies.

Homeopathy in paediatric diseases has nowadays been proved, not only to be helpful, but in most cases as a first choice treatment. One has to clearly understand that any therapeutic intervention in infancy or childhood has long term effects even in whole life. For example, medical community has to give answers to questions such as: Is there any link between the treatment-suppression of acute infections of infancy and childhood with antibiotics, with the huge increase of auto-immune diseases in western populations? Why young people with severe degenerative diseases such as multiple sclerosis, have not face any acute infection for a long time? Why autistic children cannot raise high fever? Why after appropriately treating a young person with a severe chronic degenerative disease with homeopathy, clinical and laboratory improvement is appeared, after reappearing of acute diseases of childhood past medical history of the patient, even decades of year later? Is multi-vaccination in infancy, linked with the inability of the immunodeficiency system of the organism to raise fever and to face effectively other viruses and bacteria?

 The appropriate homeopathic remedy, the one that will help the child in depth, has to be selected very carefully amongst many others. There are some certain laws that govern the classical homeopathic treatment, laws that have to be taken in to consideration, before prescribing the first appropriate remedy, or the others that has to follow by order.

One of the main laws in homeopathic treatment is the prescription of a remedy according to the totality of the symptoms. The symptoms of the diseases are not themselves enough for prescribing in classical Homeopathy. Every other symptom of the mental, emotional and physical level of the mother child has to be recorded. For example, a child suffering from stuttering combined with severe timidity and phobias will need a different remedy than another one suffering from stuttering combined with irritability and aggressiveness.

During classical homeopathic consultation, the doctor tries to match as precisely as possible, the symptoms of the patient, to the recorded symptoms that have been derived during the Homeopathic Pathogenetic Trials (provings) and are presented in detail in the homeopathic bibliography. In Homeopathic Materia Medicas, one can find remarkably extended details about numerous symptoms that have been recorded during provings, while in Homeopathic Repertories one can find all the different remedies that have presented every particular symptom, though in different grade. In general, the symptoms of the mental and emotional level of the patient are more important than the physical ones. Nevertheless, sometimes a peculiar, strange and persistent symptom, even on the physical level, can be determinant for the prescription of the appropriate remedy. For example there are 95 different homeopathic remedies for the stuttering. But if this symptom is combined with the symptom of offensive and profuse salivation, then one remedy (Merc-s), seems to be the most appropriate, as far as the last symptom is a very characteristic symptom of the particular remedy, called key-note. In another example, if the stuttering is combined with extreme fear to be alone in darkness, driving the child even in delirium, then the appropriate remedy is another one, Stramonium, a remedy produced by a plant called Thorn Apple, in the proving of which, fear of being alone in darkness is very characteristic.

It is clear that prescription in classical Homeopathy cannot be a routine. Each patient differs to the other, as a different combination of mental, emotional and the homeopathic doctor as the «idiosyncrasy of the pathology» of each patient recognizes physical symptoms. The reason of the development of the pathology is also a determined factor for the homeopathic prescribing. Especially in children’s mental and emotional pathology, it is essential for the doctor to investigate very carefully, possible factors that have been defining for that. Different remedies will be prescribed to the same pathology, if the possible causative factor is different. Chemical remedies during pregnancy and infancy, vaccinations, antibiotics, sudden fright, sudden grief, long-lasting grief, indignation, suppressed anger, are factors that may have contributed to the appearance and the development of the pathology. Each factor develops a different “idiosyncrasy of the pathology” of each child and so the possibility of a different homeopathic remedy in each case, is obvious.

So far we have seen that the totality of the symptoms in all three levels of human pathology, (mental, emotional and physical), strange and peculiar symptoms (key-notes) and causative factors, are essential parameters, that can differentiate homeopathic prescribing even on the same pathology. However, there is also other information the homeopathic doctor will need to know before giving the appropriate remedy. Past medical history of the patient, as well as certain medications that have been used, prove to be very important to understanding the “idiosyncrasy of the pathology”, prescribing a homeopathic remedy that can help the patient in depth, and even more, making safe prognosis for each case. The contribution of Prof. George Vithoulkas, who first recognized different levels of health in human pathology, has been proven to be scientifically fundamental.

Although it is impossible to analyze here all the details of his theory, we will only mention some of the basic rules that are helpful in homeopathic prescribing on children with speech development disorders.

Past medical history of the patient has to be always investigated. For example in cases of children with development disorders, it is essential for the doctor to know if the child had suffered recently from any kind of infection and if, during those, had had high fever or not. Past medical history of repeated infections (e.g. otitis media, tonsillitis etc) that have been suppressed by series of antibiotics, before the symptoms of development disorders appear, can be a very important factor, as after the appropriate homeopathic remedy, the infections will appear again, even after many years. It is no by chance that in children with autistic related disorder, the more severe the symptoms are, the less fever can raise and the less infections can produce. The reappearance of infections of the past medical history and incidences with high fever during homeopathic treatment, is a very good prognostic factor to children with chronic diseases, development disorders included. In such a case, doctor’s knowledge and experience will determine the therapeutic process. Sometimes the prescribing of a wrong homeopathic remedy, depending only on the symptoms of the infection, can be as harmfully suppressive as antibiotics. In some cases, the real therapy of the patient with chronic disease will come after the reappearance of acute diseases that can be very stressful for the homeopathic doctor, whose deep knowledge of the theory of classical homeopathy will be really tested.

Prof George Vithoulkas, in his series of lessons in the International Academy of Classical Homeopathy, gives detailed information about handling difficult cases like these. In the following table, only a few of these are cited.

LEVELS OF HEALTH ACCORDING TO HOMEOPATHIC THEORY
BY Prof. G.VITHOULKAS

Group A
Levels 1-3
Best Health
HOMEOPATHIC POTENCY
UP TO 50M
  • ALL DISEASES BUT MOSTLY FUNCTIONAL DISTURBANCES
  • CURABLE BY HOMEOPATHY, SYMPTOMS LEAD TO CLEAR HOMEOPATHIC REMEDY
  • NOT FREQUENT INFECTIONS, MOSTLY TYPICAL BACTERIAL
  • CHILDHOOD DISEASES
  • IN THE UPPERMOST LEVEL THERAPEUTIC HOMEOPATHIC AGGRAVATION MAY NOT APPEAR. VERY SELDOM ACUTE DISEASES.
  • IN LOWER LEVELS 2-3 MILD THERAPEUTIC HOMEOPATHIC AGGRAVATION MAY APPEAR. SOME ACUTE DISEASES.
  • IN UPPERMOST LEVEL STRONG HEALTH, USUALLY NO REPETITION OF THE HOMEOPATHIC REMEDY OR OTHER REMEDY WILL BE NEEDED
  • IN LOWER LEVELS 2-3 MORE HOMEOPATHIC REMEDIES WITH THE APPROPRIATE ORDER WILL BE NEEDED, IN ORDER TO HAVE THE MAXIMUM RESULT.
  • IN LOWER LEVELS 2-3, ACUTE DISEASES APPEAR MORE FREQUENTLY
Group B
Levels 4-6
HOMEOPATHIC POTENCY
10M-1M
  • AS WE GO DOWN THE LEVELS, WE HAVE THE APPEARANCE OF MORE FREQUENT AND SEVERE ACUTE CONDITIONS (e.g. pneumonia)
  • BACTERIAL INFECTIONS MORE  RESISTANT TO ANTIBIOTICS
  • ­MORE SEVERE AGGRAVATION
  • MORE HOMEOPATHIC REMEDIES, ONE AFTER ONE, WILL BE NEEDED
  • IN LOWER LEVEL, ACUTE DISEASES FOLLOW ONE THE OTHER. AFTER USING MORE CHEMICAL DRUGS, THE LEVEL OF HEALTH  GOES DOWN.
  • IN LOWER LEVELS 5-6, THERAPEUTIC HOMEOPATHIC AGGRAVATION CAN LAST A LONG TIME
Group C
Levels 7-9
HOMEOPATHIC POTENCY
200 CH
  • MORE SEVERE CHRONIC DEGENERATIVE DISEASES (e.g. Crohn disease, Ulcerative Colitis)
  • IN UPPER LEVEL, LESS ACUTE DISEASES, LESS SEVERE, THEY GO AWAY EASILY
  •  IN LOWER  LEVEL, NO APPEARANCE OF ACUTE CONDITIONS
  • IN UPPER LEVEL, VERY SEVERE INITIAL THERAPEUTIC HOMEOPATHIC AGGRAVATION
  • IN UPPER LEVEL, HOMEOPATHIC THERAPEUTIC AGGRAVATION CAN BE SEVERE, EVEN CHEMICAL INTERVENTION MAY BE NECESSARY.
  • 4-5 HOMEOPATHIC REMEDIES, IN THE APPROPRIATE ORDER WILL BE NEEDED, BEFORE REALISING THE POSSITIVE EFFECTS.
  • A WRONG HOMEOPATHIC REMEDY CAN BE CONFUSING THE CASE.
  • IN LOWER LEVEL 9, HOMEOPATHIC AGGRAVATION MAY MEAN THAT THE REMEDY WAS WRONG
Group D
Levels 10-12
Degenerative Health
HOMEOPATHIC POTENCY
30CH-12CH
REPEATEDLY
  • SEVEREST CHRONIC DISEASES, EFFECTING IMMUNE AND CNS
  • STARTING WITH A HOMEOPATHIC REMEDY, SEVERAL OTHERS WILL BE NEEDED, BEFORE AN ACUTE DISEASE APPEARS.
  • NO ACUTE INFECTIONS AT ALL
  • NO INITIAL AGGRAVATION. IF HOMEOPATHIC AGGRAVATION APPEARS, THEN THE REMEDY WAS DEFINITELY WRONG.
  • IN LOWER LEVEL, INCURABLE CASES BY HOMEOPATHY,

ONLY PALLIATION IS POSSIBLE

It is well indicated, that child’s therapeutic response to Homeopathic treatment, depends on its level of health at the time of the prescription. Reliable prognostics for child’s therapeutic process, can be given to the parents, after classification of the level of health according to the above. More than this, Homeopathic doctors who are aware of this theory and can use it in everyday practice can achieve amazing therapies.

Dr. Spiros Kivellos, M.D.
General Secretary of Research
International Academy of Classical Homeopathy
(Directed by Prof. George Vithoulkas, Alternative Nobel Prize 1996)

www.vithoulkas.com

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