At a time when diseases are leading to the creation and improvement of newer medicines, the human body becomes more resistant to them. This makes people increasingly look and look for cures in alternative medicine. Although denied by doctors and branded as "quackery" and a type of self-healing, alternative medicine has proven its worth over the centuries.


It gets its contemporary look thanks to the German Christian Friedrich Samuel Hahnemann, often referred to as the "father of modern homeopathy". As a young man, he is fluent in several languages ​​- English, French, Italian, Greek and Latin. Thanks to this, he was able to make a living as a translator, and even managed to gain knowledge of Arabic, Syriac, Chaldean and Hebrew. Two years of medicine at the University of Leipzig. Due to lack of adequate facilities, he moved to Vienna, where he continued his studies in the next 9 months.


But there were difficult times and due to financial problems, she completed her final year of studies at the University of Erlangen. On 10 August 1779 graduated with honors, presenting her course work on the thesis "Thesis for the causes and methods of treatment of spastic diseases".

During 1781, Hahnemann worked as a physician in the Mansfeld area, where there is a copper mine. Shortly afterwards, he married Johanna Kuchler and became the proud father of 11 children. In the following years he traveled all over Saxony, feeding on what he knew best - working as a translator. In 1835 he ended up in Paris. He is opposed to the practice of medicine so far, and especially to the methods of blood donation. He believes that most medicines known at the time do more harm to patients than to actually help and cure them.

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The mere thought of trying to cure unknown illnesses in patients with insufficiently the right medications, as if they were experienced objects, makes him feel like a killer. For this reason, in the first years after the wedding, he discontinued his medical practice and gave up only chemistry and writing.


After giving up his medical practice in 1784, Hahnemann decided to investigate the causes of suspected medication errors in the treatment of certain diseases. While translating William Cullen's treatise on Materia Medica, he is confronted with the claim that Peruvian bark (Cinchona) is an effective remedy for malaria because of its tenacity. Believing that there are no alternative methods, he begins, through self-administration, to test the properties of this medicine. Once he has received the primary symptoms of malaria, he concludes that this tree can successfully cure the sick but also cause the primary symptoms of malaria in perfectly healthy people.


This marked the beginning of alternative medicine, which he called "homeopathy." The name was first used in his essay "Guidelines for the Homeopathic Use of Medicines in Common Practice" - published in the "Hufeland's Journal" in 1807. He refers to his and the pioneering work of the Viennese physician Anton von Stork, both conducting , independently of each other, an experiment proving their thesis. Or, as the Swiss physician Paracelsus puts it, "It's not the poison, it's the dose that kills."


Through his research, Hahnemann confirms precisely the fact that the toxicity of the absorbed substance largely responds to certain disease states. He later developed methods for diluting the drugs. In this way, as well as by shaking, in order to better mix the ingredients, their toxic effects are reduced and are more effective in relieving the symptoms of the patients.


Between 1800 - 1801, he keeps trying. With dose reductions, based on his "semblance law," he began using ipecuan (used to treat cough and belladonna) - for scarlet fever. Hahnemann first published an article on the homeopathic approach in the medical journal in the German language in 1796. After a series of further essays, he published in 1810 the year "Organic of the rational art of healing".


In the early nineteenth century, Hahnemann developed a theory about coffee, which he outlined in his 1803 essay. His theory is that many of the diseases of the time were caused by the use of caffeinated beverages. Hahnemann later abandoned this theory, proving that the cause of many diseases is not coffee. The cause is the fungus causing the scab, but it still notes that many of the symptoms of coffee consumption are similar to those of the fungus in question.


At the beginning of 1811, the future "father of homeopathy" moved with his family back to Leipzig. His intention is to teach his new medical system at the university there. As required by university statutes to become a faculty member, he must submit and defend a dissertation on a medical topic of his choice. On June 26, 1812, Hahnemann presented a dissertation on "Medical Historical Dissertation for the Heliobism of the Ancients." His thesis very carefully distinguishes the use, from antiquity to modern times, of 'Helleborus niger' - black corn, which is a poisonous herb, and the use in medicine and homeopathy of 'Veratrum album' - white corn.


Thanks to his efforts, the first homeopathic hospital in Leipzig was opened in 1832, although most doctors welcomed this new "pseudoscience". Hahnemann continues to practice and research homeopathy as well as writing and teaching for the rest of his life. In 1835 he moved to Paris, and a few years later, in 1843 at the age of 88, he rested and was buried in a mausoleum, in the Père Lachaise cemetery in Paris.


However, his case is not forgotten. His daughter, Amelie (1789 - 1881), gives birth to a son named Leopold Suez-Hanneman (Leopold Süss Hahnemann). The boy emigrated to England and began researching the science of homeopathy. Then he retires to White Island, where he rests - on the eve of World War 1914.


Hahnemann's Covenant remains in the hands of his other great-great-great-great-grandson, William Herbert Tankard-Hahnemann, who was an active member of the British Institute of Homeopathy. He has worked for 22 for years, passing the covenant on a healthier and less addictive world of pharmaceuticals to his son Charles. Holiday on 12 January 2009

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