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He was a medical doctor and through observation and after having practiced orthodox medicine Hahnemann's concluded that the medicine of his time did about as much harm as it did good. Keep in mind that this is being said at a time before the often toxic modern day chemical medicines. The reason for this now and even back then is because the practitioners do not understand the natural processes of the body and overcomplicate what is sometimes very simple.
Many of the practitioners of that time tried to follow the methods and remedies used by Paracelsus without understanding what Paracelsus taught or the remedies he used. You had a medical practice that did not have a clear philosophical grasp of what it was going nor did it have an understanding of the remedies it was using. In that sense not much has really changed.
Hahnemann said, "My sense of duty would not easily allow me to treat the unknown pathological state of my suffering brethren with these unknown medicines. The thought of becoming in this way a murderer or malefactor towards the life of my fellow human beings was most terrible to me, so terrible and disturbing that I wholly gave up my practice in the first years of my married life and occupied myself solely with chemistry and writing."
After witnessing the brutality of medical practice in his day he gave up his medical practice and was resolved to investigate the causes of what he considered to be the ideological errors in the medical practices of his day.
While translating A Treatise on the Materia Medica, Hahnemann encountered the claim that Cinchona; the bark of a Peruvian tree, also known as cinchona bark, Jesuit's bark or Peruvian bark, was effective in treating malaria because of its astringency. Hahnemann claimed that other astringent substances are not effective against malaria so why should this substance be? He began to investigate Cinchona's effect on the human organism by self-application. He noticed that the Cinchona evoked malaria-like symptoms in himself, and concluded that it would do so in any healthy individual. This process was called "proving the remedy" From this he postulated the healing principle: "that which can produce a set of symptoms in a healthy individual, can treat a sick individual who is manifesting a similar set of symptoms."This principle, like cures like, became the basis for an approach to medicine which he gave the name homeopathy. Interestingly, Paracelsus made the same statement over 150 years earlier. It is interesting to note that pure allopathy is based on the principle of using opposites to cure opposites. Modern medicine is often referred to as being allopathic when it fact it is not. Pure herbalism as it is practiced in China is the best example of the near perfect application of the allopathic principle.
Hahnemann continued to test various substances to see what effect or symptoms they would produce in a healthy individual and by extension specific ills they would heal. Because of the effects produced by ingesting these various substances Hahnemann concluded that the noticeable changes in the organism were produced by the toxic effects of the substances. Paracelsus himself had stated that there is poison in all known substances and the difference between a remedy and a poison is in the dosing.
Hahnemann then attempted to overcome the negative effects by exploring systematic dilutions of the compounds he was testing based on a decimal system. The degree of dilution was called "potentizing." When diluted the substances were "succussed" which is nothing more than a vigorous shaking. He observed that even when systematically diluted the substances were still effective in producing symptoms. Homeopathy proved its efficacy in 1831 when there was an outbreak of cholera. Using his homeopathic treatments Hahnemann had a 96% success rate, compared to the 41% of the conventional medicine of that time. He gained world wide renown and doctors came from all over to be instructed by him. Clearly, if it did not work - no one would have noticed.
Samuel Hahnemann documented his discoveries in his three major books:
1) Organon of Homeopathic Medicine - where we see the fundamentals of homeopathy laid out,
2) Materia Medica Pura - which records the exact symptoms of the remedy proving,
3) The Chronic Diseases, Their Peculiar Nature and Their Homeopathic Cure - where Hahnemann shows us how the natural diseases become chronic in nature when suppressed by improper treatment,
and, a less known work:
A Medical Historical Dissertation on the Helleborism of the Ancients.
What is not commonly known about Hahnemann was that he, like all of the great healers, would not treat or help just anyone or everyone. Money was not their motivator. This was done not out of malice but out of genuine caring. Apart from inherited conditions or ailments that a person was born with all other ailments are the result of habits, temperament or mindset - things that were within the control of any normal person. That being the case, it was felt that by easily removing someone's symptoms without putting the onus on the sick person to reform in some way, they would have less reason to resist or otherwise reform the unwholesome habits that had made them sick in the first place; ultimately doing the ailing person more harm than good.
Some ailments brought on through lasciviousness were particularly nasty. To remove them quickly would do more harm than good as they were an external manifestation of that person's state of mind or the condition of their soul. Their own ailments gave them a reason to reform.
Hahnemann also prescribed a very specific diet that was similar to the Biblical "pulse out of the book of Daniel," that those who he would treat had to follow. If they would not make the effort, he would not continue to help them.
Homeopathy can become as useful as anyone wishes to make it. The effects of homeopathic remedies on the physical body and emotional state are well documented and anyone who has used homeopathic remedies successfully on themselves or family will swear by them as being completely effective and fast acting.
What has to be made clear about homeopathic remedies is that they have to be exactly matching the person and what is ailing them. Without that precision one can expect little or no effect.
Some will scoff at them, suggesting that they are the effect of placebo effect alone. Statistically, they perform much better than by mere placebo effect and even if their effect were to have been produced by placebo effect, given that there are no side effects that accompany their often immediate beneficial effects, then most would take the placebo effect rather than suffer the side effects of other remedies.