FACT 1: Hippocrates ‘The Father of Medicine’ of Ancient Greece said there were two Laws of Healing: The Law of Opposites and the Law of Similars. Homeopathy utilises the Law of Similars, orthodox medicine uses the Law of Opposites, e.g. antibiotics, anti-inflammatories, anti-convulsants, anti-hypertensives, anti-depressants, anti-psychotics.
FACT 2: Discovered by German doctor Samuel Hahnemann over 200 years ago homeopathic medicine is based upon sound scientific principles of the Laws of Nature - unlike medical theories which are constantly changing. Far from being ideas-based, Homeopathy is a completely evidence-based, empirical medicine - a unique concept when it was founded.
FACT 3: In Hahnemann’s first experiment, though perfectly healthy at the time, he found that by giving himself repeated doses of cinchona bark (quinine), he brought on all the symptoms of a malaria attack - fever with heat and chills.
FACT 4: Hahnemann was the first to conduct trials on medicines. He set about discovering the healing properties of plants, metals and minerals by testing them on himself and on healthy volunteers or ‘Provers’, recording all the symptoms that each substance caused. He created a ‘Provers Union’.
FACT 5: After some years of practising, Hahnemann found the tiny doses of substances he was using caused side effects. He experimented by diluting then succussing a substance (shaking through striking the phial a number of times between numerical potencies). The potentised remedy was safer to use on the sick, unwanted side effects disappeared and medicines were more effective.
FACT 6: Hahnemann tested 99 substances on himself and healthy volunteer Provers, keeping detailed accounts of his observations. He then matched the tested substances to heal symptoms of his patients using the Law of Similars.
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