History Of Homoeopathy
NATIONAL JOURNAL OF HOMOEOPATHY 1998 Mar / Apr VOL VII NO 2.
Dr Mahendra Singh
Homoeopathy before Hahnemann - (I)
In Religious Scriptures - (I)
There is an old saying that nothing is new and whatever appears with a new face exised in a dormant, neglected, uncared or unattended form. The bottle may be new but the wine is always old.
The idea of a similar substance being the remedy or antidote or solution to a similar disease or pain or problem has existed from ancient times, primitive days and the early history of human beings.
The Homoeopathic principle of similar curing similars has also been there from very olden days. James G Frazer in Vol I of his The Golden Bough (1934) gives exhaustive examples from extensive sources of Homoeopathic or Imitative Magic.
Linn J Boyd, in his A Study of the Simile in Medicine (1936), gives examples of the magic simile the Hippo-cratic simile, the Galenic Simile, the Paracelsian Simile, etc.
Dudgeon, in his Lecture I of Lectures of Homoeopathic Philosophy gives some examples. The religious and ritual scriptures do have some examples - we quote a few which has been traced to Srimad Bhagwat Mahapuran. In the Pratham Skandha Panchamodhyay, "The substance by whose application human beings become sick, does not the same substance when used according to the principles of medicine remove that disease?" (Part I, chapter 2; Sloka 33).
In the Holy Bible, the New Testament, Acts of the Apostles, Acts 14: Verse 15 has the following: "We are homoeopathios" -the English translation is : "We are also men of like passions with you."
From the archives of the International Institute of History of Homoeopathy.
1. Homoeopathy the Modern medicine Vol 11,
2. Dr Ishwar Nath Shukta, Allahabad, Religious reference to Homoeopathy.