Dr. Christian Friedrich Samuel Hahnemann
Father of Homoeopathy
Dr. Christian Friedrich Samuel Hahnemann, father of Homoeopathy, was born on 10th April 1755 at Meissen, Germany in an underprivileged family.
Being an MD in allopathic medicine by profession, he was a master of various languages including, German, Latin, Greek, French, English, Italian, etc. with a deep interest in subjects like Chemistry, Botany, Literature, Natural Sciences, Philosophy, etc
After a short time, he gave up his practice because of the cruel, inhuman, unscientific and illogical treatment modes prevalent during those days and adopted literary work, translations and research work to help sustain his family. One fine day in 1796, he was working on translating Cullen’s Materia Medica, where, he was amazed by a statement: “Cinchona Bark (Quinine) cures Malaria because it is bitter in taste” which made him inquisitive & he took two spoonful of Quinine three times daily to experiment. To his surprise, he started developing malaria like symptoms, viz. intermittent fever, chill, exhaustion, etc. His genius mind interpreted that Quinine cures Malaria because it produces symptoms like Malaria. He experimented with various vegetables, chemicals and toxins on himself & his students to prove that a substance which has the capacity to produce certain symptoms also has the capacity to remove/cure similar symptoms. And thus the first fundamental principle “THE LAW OF SIMILARS” was propounded and Homeopathy was born.
He tested and proved carefully the action of over 90 drugs, to be used according to his new system of medicine. The entire procedure of drug proving was done on healthy humans instead of animals. Dr Hahnemann was treating hundreds of patients and delivering amazing results. The physicians practicing orthodox medicine were annoyed and could not tolerate his novel scientific method and his success. With political pressure, he was given the choice of stopping the homeopathic practice or leaving the country. While he received a rejection from various places to settle down, thousands of patients from all over Europe kept coming to him for treatment, wherever he was! A domineering medical group appointed one Dr. Hering to prove that Hahnemann and Homeopathy were baseless. Dr. Hering, while doing so, was so much impressed that he became Hahnemann’s pupil and later on wrote 10 volumes of “Encyclopedia of Materia Medica”! Of course, Hahnemann’s struggle ultimately bore fruit and was appreciated all over Europe in his days. Hundreds of doctors started learning and practicing homeopathy
The Master left for his heavenly abode on 2nd april 1843. As per Dr.Hahnemann’s wish, the following words were engraved on his tombstone: `Non inutilisvixi’ which means ” I have not lived in vain.”
Dr. Samuel Hahnemann’s contribution to the sufferings of humanity has been unique. We salute this man of greatest calibre who dared to think beyond his time.