What is Homeopathy?
A BRIEF HISTORY
Homeopathy was developed by the 19th century German GP Samuel Hahnemann after increasing dissatisfaction with the toxicity of the medicines available to him at the time. He was also frustrated with the standard medical approach and its focus on suppressing symptoms rather than actively tackling the underlying causes of disease. After much experimentation with dilution and micro doses, he arrived at homeopathy, a new system of medicine that stimulated the body's own self healing.
Hahnemann soon rose to fame after treating Napoleon's troops with remarkable success during the Typhus epidemic of 1813 (he treated 180 patients with only 2 deaths). Later he achieved outstanding results saving patients' lives during the Europe-wide cholera epidemic of 1831. At the height of his career Hahnemann became the toast of Paris treating the great and good of Europe including the violinist Paganini.
After Hahnemann's death homeopathy spread beyond Europe to America and later India to become one of the most widely practiced alternative medicines across the world today.