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The History of Homeopathy

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Dr. Samuel Hahnemann (1755-1843) founded the science of Homeopathy. Students of Hahnemann founded the first homeopathic medical school in the United States in the late 1800’s. It gained recognition because of its success in treating the many disease epidemics rampant at the time — including scarlet fever, typhoid, cholera and yellow fever.

The school’s method of treatment became very popular in the early 1900’s. At that time, there were 22 homeopathic medical schools, 100 homeopathic hospitals and over 1,000 homeopathic pharmacies. Boston University, Stanford University and New York Medical College were among those educational institutions that were teaching homeopathy. However, it was not long after this period of time (in the early 1920’s) that many of the schools closed — mostly due to the decline of homeopathy’s popularity which was greatly effected by the American Medical Association. This was also around the time when modern drug companies began releasing drugs that were easy to administer to patients, a trend that also contributed to the decline of homeopathy.

Although the United States experienced a dwindling interest in homeopathy in the 20th century, other nations, including countries in Europe and Asia, were experiencing a steady growth of homeopathic teachings and interest. Today, nearly all French pharmacies sell homeopathic remedies and medicines; and homeopathy has a particularly strong following in Russia, India, Switzerland, Mexico, Germany, Netherlands, Italy, England, and South America. The Queen of England and the Royal Family have always used homeopathy. The Queen’s homeopath, Dr. Ronald Davey writes and lectures about the benefit of homeopathy recounting cases of neurological diseases, asthma, multiple sclerosis, behavioral disorders, recurrent infections, allergies, eczema, arthritis with a 80 to 100 percent success rate.

Homeopathy is also rising again in the United States. This resurgence has been documented by the National Center for Homeopathy in Virginia, which stated that Americans spent 500 million dollars on homeopathic remedies in 2007 and sales are rising rapidly at about 12 – 15% each year. Doctors, scientists, researchers, corporations and the general public are all responsible for the accelerated expansion in the interest of homeopathic products, research and educational initiatives.

As with all medical care, it is important to seek qualified homeopathic practitioners, ask lots of questions, and decide the best course for oneself.

Chris Rinehart practices homeopathy in Sandpoint, is a member of the Sandpoint Wellness Council and may be reached at 208/610-0868.

The History of Homeopathy
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