World Homeopathy Day 2021
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10 April is also observed as World Homeopathy Day. It is aimed to celebrate the birthday of the Founder of Homeopathy, Dr Hahnemann and pay tribute to homeopathy and its contribution to the world of medicine. The day is observed on the occasion of the birth anniversary of German physician Dr Christian Friedrich Samuel Hahnemann, the founder of homeopathy. He was born on 10 April 1755. He was an acclaimed scientist, great scholar, and linguist. He discovered the way to heal through the use of Homeopathy. He died on July 2, 1843.
Discovery of homeopath
It was founded by Samuel Hahnemann (1755-1843), who grew up in Meissen in Germany, received his medical degree in Erlangen in 1779, and died a millionaire in Paris in 1843. During his first fifteen years as a physician, Hahnemann struggled desperately to make a living. One day, however, he made a discovery. He started to take regular doses of cinchona or ‘the bark’ (i.e. quinine). This, he said, produced all the symptoms of intermittent fever (malaria) but to a mild degree and without the characteristic rigours of that disease. This led Hahnemann to an idea which was published in 1796 as Essay on a New Principle for Ascertaining the Curative Power of Drugs, which was followed in 1810 by his famous work The Organon of the Healing Art.
Hahnemann believed that if a patient had an illness, it could be cured by giving medicine which, if given to a healthy person, would produce similar symptoms of that same illness but to a slighter degree. Thus, if a patient was suffering from severe nausea, he was given a medicine which in a healthy person would provoke mild nausea. By a process he called ‘proving’, Hahnemann claimed to be able to compile a selection of appropriate remedies. This led to his famous aphorism, ‘like cures like”, which is often called the ‘principle of similars’; and he cited Jenner’s use of cowpox vaccination to prevent smallpox as an example.
How does homeopathy heal?
Homeopathy is one of the alternative disciplines of medicine that generally works by triggering the healing responses of the patient’s own body. Homeopathy comes from the Greek words homeo, which means similar, and pathos, which means suffering or disease. This alternative form of medicine believes “like cures like.” In other words, the ingredients that induce symptoms of the said illness cure the disease. Homeopathy believes ingredients that induce symptoms also trigger the body’s healing system. These homeopathic ingredients include plant, animal, mineral, and synthetic substances. The ingredients are usually highly diluted. For the most part, Western medicine dismisses the practice of homeopathy. However, there are documented cases where homeopathic methods have cured people of their disease.
Homoeopathy in India and around the world
According to the Homeopathy Research Institute (HRI), 200 million people around the world use homeopathy regularly. Half of these people are in India. There are 200,000 registered homeopathic doctors in India, with 12,000 doctors added each year. Homeopathy is one of the popular medical systems in India. The country is one of the biggest homeopathic drug manufacturers and traders globally. In India, homeopathy is as popular as Ayurveda, both of which fall under the purview of the AYUSH ministry.
In the United States, the numbers are much less. About 6 million people in the country use homeopathy for self-care and specific health conditions. Some countries, including Brazil, Mexico, and Switzerland, use homeopathy in their national health system.