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"Homeopathy, treatment by the same."

Dr. Samuel Hahnemann. (1755-1833).

 The historic beginning!

The founder of Homoeopathy, Samuel Christian Hahnemann, was born in Germany in 1755. Although despite an impoverished background, he acquired a good education and studied chemistry and medicine at the universities in Leipzig, Erlangen and Vienna. He qualified as a doctor in 1770.

In 1790, while translating A Treatise on Materia Medica by Dr William Cullen, Hahnemann came across a passage about Peruvian bark, or cinchona, which was to change his life as well as the lives of many other people throughout the world. In this book, Cullen stated that quinine, which is a substance purified from the bark of the cinchona tree, was a good treatment for Malaria because of its astringent qualities. So he decided to investigate further. For several days he dosed himself with quinine and recorded his reactions in great detail. To his astonishment he began to develop the symptoms of Malaria one after another, despite the fact that he did not actually have the disease. The symptoms recurred every time he took a dose of quinine and lasted for several hours. If he did not take any quinine, he had no symptoms. He then proceeded to test out his theory on people that he knew very well, again noting the reactions in great detail. These provings were carried out under strict conditions and the provers were not allowed to eat or drink anything that might confuse the results.

Hahnemann found that the provers' responses varied, some showed a few mild symptoms in response to a substance, while others experienced vigorous reactions with a variety of symptoms. The symptoms that were most commonly found for each substance he called first line, or keynote, symptoms. Second line symptoms were less common and third line symptoms were rare or idiosyncratic. The combination of symptoms made up a "drug picture" for each substance being tested. Hahnemann continued to carry out his experiments and provings, testing a wide range of natural sources. He had rediscovered the principle of "like can cure like" and his work would bring about the establishment of a new system of medicine.


How does Homoeopathy Work?

Homoeopathic remedies work by helping the body's defense system to help itself. Obviously, anything that prevents the body functioning properly, for example a poor diet, lack of exercise, destructive emotions or environmental stresses, gives remedies an uphill struggle and requires attention. Although Homeopathy works very quickly in common, everyday complaints, it is not a treatment for those in search of an instant cure. It requires careful self-observation and the will power to stick to a plan of action. The reward for this is a greater sense of well-being, energy and resistance to disease.

The increased popularity of Homoeopathy is in part a reaction to orthodox medicine. Though few people would deny that orthodox medicine has greatly improved general health, many have come to realise that it does not cure all diseases and that many of its treatments have unacceptable side effects. The cost of medicine continues to increase and many countries are having to reduce expenditure on health care. Holistic systems of medicine, such as Homoeopathy, take into account more than just the physical involvement of the individual in their own cure.

"Within every patient there resides a doctor and we as physicians are at our best when we put our patients in touch with the doctor inside themselves."

Holistic philosopher Albert Schweitzer (1875-1965)


Homoeopathic Key remedies:

The fifteen key remedies have a wide range of self-help uses and are regularly used by Homoeopaths because of their efficiancy in treating many common, everyday complaints as well as long-term conditions.




Common Name:

Key Uses:

Arsen. Alb.

Arsenicum Album


Arsenic oxide

-Anxiety/fear caused by deep-seated insecurity

Calc. Carb.

Calcium Carbonica

Mother of Pearl Oyster Shell

Calcium carbonate

-Slow development of bones and teeth




Graphite, Plumbago

-Skin complaints, especially eczema


Ignatia Amara /Strychnos ignatii

Seeds from Ignatia amara tree

St. Ignatius' Bean

-Acute grief, caused by bereavement or relationship breakage


Lycopodium clavatum

Spores from certain moss


-Digestive disorders

Merc. Sol.

Mercurius Solubilus Hahnemanni


Quick Silver, Mercury

-Throat and mouth complaints

Nat. Mur.

Natrum Muriaticum

Rock Salt

Sodium Chloride

-Emotional problems caused by suppressed feelings





-Ailments characterised by burning pain


Pulsatilla Nigricans /Anenome Pratensis


Pasque Flower, Wind Flower

-Ailments accompanied by profuse, yellowish or green discharge


Sepia Officinalis

Pure pigment in the ink


-Women's complaints, especially conditions related to hormones


Silicea Terra


Silica, Quartz

-General undernourishment that leads to recurrent infections

Nux. Vomica.

Strychnos Nux Vomica

Dried Seeds from certain plant

Poison Nut, Quaker Buttons

-Insomnia and digestive complaints caused by suppressed anger



Mineral Sulphur


-Skin complaints, especially eczema where the skin is red, inflamed, itchy and hot


Trigonocephalus Lachesis

Dried Venom

Bushmaster, Surukuku

-Circulatory problems and vascular complaints

PLEASE NOTE: That all the information within my web site is intended as a guide only, please consult your own Health Care Practitioner for further information or contacts.

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