Homeopathic medicine is probably one of the most misunderstood forms of healing today. Like acupuncture, there are no real means to measure or discern how it works. The only way one knows it is working, is if it is working. In other words, if the symptoms of a particular disease cease and the patient returns to health, one knows the correct remedy was used and it worked. On the other hand, just because the patient does not recover from an illness does not mean it has not worked. It may be the correct remedy was not given or the strength of the remedy was too weak to cause a response. And like acupuncture, modern medicine labels it a placebo affect. This does not explain the success on children and animals though.
Classical Homeopathic medicine can be very time consuming for the practitioner. This may be why so many “complementary” doctors have not used it in their practice. It takes considerable time to memorize attributes of the different remedies. Although there are books (Materia Medica’s) and computer programs, the practitioner still must take quite a bit of time to discern which remedy is the correct one, and at what dose it is to be given.
The 1910-1911 11th Edition of the Encyclopedia Britannica devoted 3 1/2 pages describing Homeopathic medicine. The last bastion of Homeopathic medical training was at the University of Michigan’s Homeopathic College, closing its doors in the early 1920’s. It was due to pressure put on the licensing committee for medical education in Michigan and politicians from the American Medical Association and the pharmaceutical industry at the time. For an extensive documentation of the wheeling and dealing of the AMA, John D. Rockefeller and the drug industry, see Harris L. Coulter’s brilliant book, “Divided Legacy: The Conflict between Homoeopathy and the American Medical Association”. © 1973 Harris Livermore Coulter. Second Edition 1982 North Atlantic Books Berkeley, CA
Where did Homeopathy come from?
Homeopathy came from the works of a German physician, Samuel Hahnemann (1775-1843). He was disgusted by the practice of medicine of his day and sought reform. Blood letting and mercury was the staple of his time. Isn’t it interesting to ponder the fact that mercury is still in use today – as mercury/amalgam dental fillings?
Before Dr. Lister (Listerine mouthwash fame) advocated the washing of hands to prevent cross contamination in patients, Hahnemann was promoting it many years earlier.
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