What we do to prevent illness, or disease, is called preventative medicine, or prophylaxis.
Homeopathy has a long history of preventative therapy. Picture this. Dr Samuel Hahnemann [1755-1843], MD, the founder of homeopathy, achieved remarkable results in the prevention and also treatment of a major scarlet fever epidemic, a brutal form of ‘strep’ throat, which swept Germany in 1802, just six years after homeopathy’s official discovery.
Hahnemann was also the first physician to emphasise the value of preventative medicine, long before vaccines came into existence. He was the first too to formulate the idea that a person attending on a small pox patient acquired lifelong immunity against the illness.
Not many people would, however, know that Hahnemann was the first physician ever to prepare Hydrophobinum, a homeopathic medicine, made from the saliva of a rabid dog to treat hydrophobia — a condition caused by the bite of a mad dog. The illness presents itself with a pathological fear of water. He was, in other words, the first medical pioneer to think of ‘immunisation,’ when Louis Pasteur, the founder of vaccination, was only eight years old.
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The list is only indicative, not exhaustive.
HOMEOPATHY: EVIDENCE-BASED MEDICINE
In the light of homeopathy’s impressive clinical record in preventative care, it is not surprising that some people think of vaccine therapy to be somewhat similar to the homeopathic principle — ‘what can cause, can cure.’ In reality, this is just not the case.
Homeopathy follows the principle of similars. A ‘suitable’ homeopathic medicine that matches the symptom-picture of the individual or patient, and not just the illness alone, is given in homeopathy. In vaccine therapy, the same vaccine is given to everyone.
Vaccines, as you’d know, are preparations of a weakened, or killed, micro-organism. They are tested on animals. They are evidenced to cause several adverse effects, some of them serious.
Homeopathic medicines, on the other hand, are tested on healthy human beings [provings]. Homeopathic medicines, which are given in minute doses, do not cause, or trigger, side- or toxic effects.
For long, homeopaths have successfully used Anthracinum for anthrax, Pertussin for whooping cough, Diphtherinum for diphtheria, and so on — much before conventional vaccines came into use.
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