History of Homeopathy
Homoeopathy was discovered in Germany 200 years back by Dr. Samuel Hahnemann.
He was a physician. However, he was getting disenchanted with the kind of treatment doctors gave patients in his days. Most of it involved purging, one way or another. Patients were given laxatives, emetics or were made to bleed, in an attempt to cure diseases. Hahnemann gave up medicine and worked as a chemist .
He was also a scholar fluent in 14 languages. While he was translating the work of a doctor he came across the detail that the bark of the Cinchona tree could cure malaria. The doctor’s arguments on the way this worked set Hahnemann thinking.
Having a scientific mind, he decided to experiment. He ate a bit of a Cinchona bark and noted it produced symptoms similar to malaria. He gave the same bark to few of his friends and relatives and they experienced malaria like symptoms. But whenever a patient came with malaria, administration of this bark cured the disease condition!
He continued experimenting with different medicinal substances. He noticed that those that produced symptoms similar to a disease were capable of treating the disease. He formulated the principle: SIMILIA SIMILIBUS CURENTUR. (LIKE Cures LIKE).
Homoeopathy was born.