April 10th is World Homeopathy Day and Sahoja asked Blair Lewis to say something about the day. Blair is a homeopathic practitioner with over 40 years experience with this system of care. He is also a member of the Alive and Healthy team, a vendor on Sahoja’s Market Place.
And this is what he wrote…
World Homeopathy Day is celebrated to commemorate the birth of its founder, Dr. Samuel Hahnemann and build awareness about Homeopathy. In many countries, World Homeopathy Day marks the start of a week-long gathering of people sharing their experiences of homeopathy. Homeopathy has its controversies and opponents, but it also has many supporters.
Dr. Samuel Hahnemann was a physician and chemist, born in Germany on April 10th, 1755. He brought to the world a new form of medicine that is now practiced globally.
Homeopathy is a gentle system of medicine which uses the “Law of Similars” to match a patient’s symptoms with a substance in nature that produces the same experience. The “Law of Similars”, postulates that the same substance that can produce symptoms of illness in a healthy person can in minute doses cure similar symptoms of disease in an ailing person.
Dr. Hahnemann published “The Organon of Medicine” in 1833 which contains over 290 aphorisms depicting his entire process of care and healing. The first two aphorisms of the Organon explain a physician’s duty and what constitutes a cure.
“The physician's high and only mission is to restore the sick to health, to cure, as it is termed.”
“The highest ideal of cure is rapid, gentle and a permanent restoration of the health, or removal and annihilation of the disease in its whole extent, in the shortest, most reliable, and most harmless way, on easily comprehensible principles.”
His Aphorism #4 is particularly relevant now as the world follows public health guidelines on social distancing, emphasizing greater personal and household hygiene to minimize the spread of the Covid-19 virus. It states:
“He is likewise a preserver of health if he knows the things that derange health and cause disease, and how to remove them from persons in health”
It is interesting that one of the strategies New York City implemented when dealing with the influenza pandemic of 1918 was to apply the public health directives of Royal Copeland, MD, who was not only the city’s health commissioner but also a homeopathic physician.
The New York Times (March 20, 2020) reported on his public health directives on containment and care when dealing with the New York pandemic, which can be found at:
As we honor the birth week of homeopathy’s founder, may it also be a time for all of us to inspire everyone to shelter safely continue cleaning all surfaces that may contain hidden sources that “derange health.” Dr. Hahnemann would be so happy if you did.