Since the time of Hippocrates the concept of “like cures like” has laid the foundation for modern-day homeopathy. Homeopathy really got its start toward the close of the 18th century, when Dr. Samuel Hahnemann conducted his first experiments with the belief that the substances that cause an illness when absorbed in larger quantities could actually cure it when administered in minute amounts. Dr. Hahnemann believed that then-current practices such as bloodletting with leeches, the debilitating use of purgatives, and dosing with toxins such as mercury and arsenic created more health problems than they solved. He discovered A Treatise of the Materia Medica by British physician William Cullen and began to develop the idea of fostering health through the use of “similars.”
Hahnemann served as his own patient as he tested his theory. To increase the safety of his preparations, he employed a special distillation method that reduced the harmful agents to the smallest possible usable proportion.
Dr. Margery Grace Blackie studied with her famous father, the homeopathic physician James Compton Burnett, and went on to become personal physician to Queen Elizabeth II. Dr. Blackie developed a particular gift for detailed diagnoses and is remembered today as the leading figure in her field in the 20th century.
Today’s homeopathic physicians offer treatment for a variety of conditions and have earned the respect of many in more traditional medical communities. Homeopathic remedies have maintained a leading place in the repertoires of naturopathic practitioners worldwide.
About Dr. Randy Meltzer: With more than 30 years of experience as a chiropractic physician and naturopath, Randy Meltzer possesses an extensive background in homeopathy. He currently serves patients in the New York City area. He may bw contacted at 212 255 6710.