Homeopathy was first discovered by Hippocrates, a Greek physician, also known as ‘the
father of modern medicine’. It was then re-discovered in 1796 by a German Doctor,
Samuel Hahnemann. Both physicians found there were two approaches to cure illness:
the way of opposites, used by conventional medicine and prescribing a drug with the
opposite effect to the symptom. The second approach is the way of similars, used by Homeopathy whereby a remedy drawn from nature is prescrbied, which provides a minute amount of the same ailment in order to stimulate the body to heal itself.
The methodology of Homeopathy was formulated by Dr. Samuel Hahnemann. He was dissappointed by the results of medical practice of his time, which consisted of blood letting and leaching. Most of the patients died from these treatments. He turned to translating books, where he discovered that Cinchona bark was used to treat Malaria. Hahnemann decided to try this on himself, and he discovered that taking the bark while he was in a healthy state, produced in him the symptoms of Malaria, which are chill, sweat, and fever. He realised that substances that can produce symptoms in a healthy person, can cure those symptoms in an ill person. Each substance produces its own specific cure. Thus he put into practice the Law of Similars, Like cures Like.
Hahnemann continued to test other substances on healthy persons, thus eliciting the potential curative effects of each of the substances. He recorded all the symptoms produced by each substance, into a Materia Medica, which we use to this day. Homeopaths continue to test additional substances, and the information is added to our Materia Medica, which continually grows.