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Homeopathy: Historical Background

Homeopathy was developed as a system of medicine based on the premise that ‘like cures like’, or that a substance capable of producing symptoms in a healthy person is capable of curing those symptoms when they occur in sickness. Homeopathy as we know it today was discovered by Samuel Hahnemann at the end of the 18th and through the 19th Century. He was translating a paper on the efficacy of quinine in the treatment of Malaria, and was inspired to do his own research. He discovered that Quinine could induce the symptoms of malaria, and deduced this was the reason for its success in treating it.

Hahnemann’s life mission was to establish a natural, more humane system of treatment than existed in his day. He faced much resistance and prejudice, but his pioneering efforts brought homeopathy into being, and two centuries on, it continues to be used across the world.