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Foundation of Homoeopathy

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Dr. Samuel Christian Friedrich

Foundation of Homoeopathy

Homoeopathy was founded by Dr. Samuel Christian Friedrich Hahnemann who was born in Saxony in 1755 AD.   He loved to learn languages and in fact attained proficiency in eight of them.  At the age of
12, he had started teaching Greek. Thus, he became a language teacher at a very young age. He began his medical studies in Leipzig, Austria, and then he went to Vienna and Erlangen.   In 1779, he became a medical doctor and started practising in Dresden. He was a kind-hearted doctor and his income was obviously not much, so he started translating books into other languages in order to supplement it.  After eleven years of medical practise, he discovered the homoeopathic system of treatment.    For the first six years or so, he mostly experimented on himself and his near relatives.  In 1796, for the first time, he informed the medical world about homoeopathic philosophy through the medical  journals.    In 1810 AD, he published his famous book,   The  Organon  of  Rational  Medicine,  also  called  Organon  of Hahnemann and  then prepared The Materia Medica between 1811 and 1821 AD.
Traditional medical doctors of that time strongly opposed him.  In 1820 AD, the proponents of the old allopathic system of medicine had his system of homoeopathy declared unlawful by the government, and even they went to the  extent of suing him.   However, before Homoeopathy was declared unlawful, Hahnemann sent for Prince Karl Schwarzenberg of Austria, and treated him  successfully in Leipzig.   The Prince being naturally grateful to Dr. Hahnemann recommended to King Friedrich that all restrictions against homoeopathy should  be  removed and in future none  should  be  re-imposed.    Unfortunately  for  Dr.  Hahnemann,  the Prince re-indulged himself in a life of ease and resorted to  alcoholism. He became seriously sick again and he was treated allopathically but to no avail.   When he died, the Austrian government blamed the Prince’s death on Dr. Hahnemann. The public was outraged, his books were burnt in the open and Dr. Hahnemann had to run for his life.  He took shelter in Cothen, was patronised by the Duke of Cothen and he stayed there for 14 years researching chronic illnesses.  He published the first edition of his research in 1828.  In 1830, his wife passed away.   He married a French lady in 1835 and moved to Paris where he practised homoeopathy till his death in 1843.  The year 1835 is the same historic year in which the Founder  of  the  Ahmadiyya  Muslim  Community,  Mirza  Ghulam Ahmad was born in Qadian, India. Homoeopathy means “like cures like.”    This is the method of treating a disease with the materials derived from the toxic and injurious
agents  causing  similar  signs  and  symptoms  complex.    Before  Dr. Hahnemann, this system was evidently outside the established system of allopathic  treatment,  although  some  of  the  treatments  offered  there worked on the same  line as homoeopathy.   These, however, were not understood. A few such practices were in vogue on an experimental basis and in a limited controlled way.  For example, Ipecac and Opium were given in a diluted tinctured form to relieve nausea and vomiting.  In fact, both these medicines are known as strong vomiting and nausea inducers. Dr. Hahnemann had experimented on many such drugs and was surprised to note that not only did they cause a certain illness, yet at the same time they cured that particular illness when administered in diluted form. During this deep and thoughtful experimentation, Dr. Hahnemann discovered  the  fantastic  defence  system  of  the  human  body.    The physicians believed that the human body had the power of defending itself but  were  unaware  of  its  magnanimity  and  the  principle  of  its working.   They did not how to utilise the defensive nature of the body against the establishment of the disease.  This secret was revealed to Dr. Hahnemann  after  his  constant,  thoughtful  deep  study  of  the  human body’s  defence  system.    His  observations  about  the  great  defensive capability of the human body were astounding and unbelievable, but must be believed because the observations he offered were so clear.  In support of this, Dr.  Hahnemann further noted that the body reacts naturally to every external attack.  Anything alien to the human body, be it an article of food, drug or poison, provokes the body to react against it.  External abuse of the body is quickly overcome by the bodily defences.  During continuous experimentation and observation, he postulated that if in the past, some disease has been overlooked and not reacted to by the body, then the introduction of a similar symptoms-producing agent in extremely diluted  and  pacified  form  would  induce  defensive  body  reaction  and eliminate the sickness.
So,  in  principle,  homoeopathy  is  the  method  of  treating  an ailment  caused by injurious toxic substances with the same or similar substances given in an extremely diluted form.  It is absolutely essential that the poison of the like thereof be diluted to the extent that it causes no harm  to  the  body.    However,  in  this  imperceptible  and  chemically ineffective dilution, the body still picks up the message and reacts to it. Most of the time, the dilution of the homoeopathic remedy is such that the original substance is virtually absent i.e. the substance is in abstract form.  The more the dilution, the more potently it works, i.e. the potency increases with serial dilutions.  This is in total contrast to the quantitative summation of allopathic medicines.
Surprisingly, the minutest dilutions are perceived by the human soul, which in turn directs the body to react with all necessary defence mechanisms.    If  the soul did not have the capability to perceive the otherwise  imperceptible  amount  of  poison  and  prepare  the  body  for proper defence mechanisms, no  homoeopathic medication would have worked  beyond  the  potency  30.    However,   continuous  observation compels us to believe that the homoeopathic remedies in high potencies like CM are indeed very effective.
This system is so superbly delicate that one must come to the belief of  the existence of the soul.   The homoeopathic “medicines” in serial logarithmic dilutions contain practically no atom of the original substance / poison, yet they work profoundly. The opponents of homoeopathy cannot even begin to explain the true nature of the system of allergy! In America, doctors experimented on a lady who  was  allergic to eggs.   She was placed in a building where nobody was permitted to keep eggs and for some time, she remained allergy free.  One day she came down with a severe allergic attack.  The whole building was searched carefully and at last, a nest was found on the topmost floor of the building where a pigeon had laid an egg.  The distance between the lady’s flat and the nest was 15 to 20 stories.  This proves that under the direction of the human mind, the human body can perceive  the most delicate effects otherwise undetectable by the most modern and super-sensitive instruments, as in the case here.
It has also been discovered that some allergy patients can predict weather   changes   even   days   before   some   modern   and   sensitiveinstruments  can  do  so.    For  example,  some  patients  are  allergic  to conditions  produced  by  lightning  and  thunder.    Due to  these  sudden weather  changes,  signs  and  symptoms  of  allergy  begin  to  manifest themselves in patients prone to such allergies long before science, despite all its  sophistication, can perceive these changes.   Birds are known to
express violent  noisy  reactions  before  a  change  in  weather  becomes noticed.
The soul perceives and in turn directs the body to react.   The body itself does not react per se.  In homoeopathic treatment, the remedy is  administered  in  such  delicate  amounts  that  there  is  no  chance  of adverse effects on the body.  It is the soul, the real subtle entity, which is able to perceive the delicate presence of medicines or poisons otherwise undetectable or unperceivable.  No wonder the Founder of Ahmadiyyat named this system of medicine, the spiritual system, i.e. the one mediated through the human soul.

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