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Popularity Of Homeopathy On The Increase

Homeopathy, a holistic medical system developed two centuries ago by a German physician, is finding increasing global acceptance as an effective healing method though conventional medicine still views it with scepticism. //

Samuel Hahnemann (1755-1843) formulated the principles of homeopathy on the idea of "like cures like".

The physician had observed that Peruvian or China bark was prescribed to combat malaria but also caused malaria-like symptoms in healthy people.

Hahnemann then tried out several other plant, animal and mineral substances on volunteers and himself and kept a diary of the symptoms and developed numerous medicines in this way.

"Hahnemann knew 140 medicines. Today there are between 3,000 and 4,000," says Karl-Wilhelm Steuernagel, chairman of the German Association of Homeopathic Doctors (DZVhae) in Bonn.

In his main work "Organon", published in 1810, Hahnemann explained holistic medicine and the cause of illness, which he saw as a dysfunction of the life force in the body.

Classical homeopathy, as developed by him, implies gathering information on all aspects of a patient's physical, emotional and mental state.

The remedy is available in the form of small pellets of liquid developed in potencies and containing miniscule portions of the original substance mixed with water and alcohol.

Preparing the medication includes "forceful shaking" to speed up its effectiveness. The potency is denoted in figures. D1, for instance, means a ratio of one to 10, D2 of one to 100.

From a potency of D24, the homeopathic medicine has been diluted to such an extent that it no longer includes molecules of the original substance. According to Hahnemann, the remedy however includes an "imprint" of the original substance.

"What happens physically is completely unknown," according to Steuernagel.

Numerous tests have proven that homeopathy works.
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