This week (April 10th - 16th) is worldwide Homeopathy Awareness Week. Not only are we celebrating a week of homeopathy, but we are also celebrating a very special birthday.
April 10th is the birthday of the founder of homeopathy, Samuel Hahnemann. Born April 10 (1755-1843) as Christian Friedrich Samuel Hahnemann in Meissen, near Dresden, Germany.
Although coming from a position of relative poverty, Hahnemann was determined to make something of himself. A keen and proficient mind saw him learn and speak over ten languages. Acting as a translator and language teacher he also studied medicine, becoming a village doctor in 1781. It was during this time that he was to develop the founding principles of homeopathy. Quickly delusioned with the barbaric practices of medicine at the time, he turned slightly radical and for a time abandoned medicine.
The father of homeopathy was a bit of a rock star doctor, back in the day. Establishing the fundamental principles of Homeopathy, he also was nicknamed the Father of Experimental Pharmacology. This was due to his disbelief in the harmful practices of the day. For instance, bloodletting which he (rightfully) believed caused more harm than good. Practicing his experiments on healthy patients (often himself) he started to hone and develop homeopathy as we know it today.
Hahnemann can be considered quite a pioneer, supporting modern medical practices well before his peers. These included recognising poor hygiene as a contributing cause of disease spread. Hahnemann was also an ardent supporter of the Hippocratic oath. This led him to be horrified by the treatment of mentally ill or insane people. Some of which were truly horrific and amounted to experimental torture. Additionally, he was a firm believer in rest and care for disease treatment. This included diet, nutrition, bed rest and nursing. At the time, this was not the prescribed norm.
The practice of blood letting, which Hanhnemann abhorred
Disgusted and disillusioned by medical practices, Hahnemann abandoned it for a period. Instead, he worked as a writer and translator. It was during this period of reflection that he began to experiment with a new school of medicine. One that aligned with natural substances and was less invasive to patients. Out of this, he created a new medical philosophy and school of thought which was to be homeopathy. It was during this phase of experimentation that he discovered the Law of Similars. It was a rich period of growth and introspection. Hahnemann first coined the term homeopathy in his essay titled Indications of the Homeopathic Employment of Medicines in Ordinary Practice, 1807.
By 1811, Hahnemann had firmed up his new medical system. Many followers and happy, treated patients ensued. Thousands of essays, medical tomes, texts, and journals have since been written on the practice. Returning to medical practice, he espoused his new principles and died a celebrated physician. The principles of homeopathy have continued to be used for hundreds of years.
So join us in celebration of the great doctor, who without him we would not exist today. At Brauer natural medicine we are honoured to continue Dr. Hahnemann’s traditional homeopathic legacy. We are proudly local Australian natural medicine manufacturers, and our heritage is founded in the roots of Hahnemann's teachings. Learn more about our traditional homeopathic remedies today.