Homeopathy was discovered over 200 years ago by the German physician, Dr Samuel Hahnemann (1755-1843). By the early 1840s, Homeopathy was growing in popularity. It had established itself in many countries. At the turn of the 20th Century, Homeopathy was being practiced in over 60 countries worldwide, including France, Germany, Great Britain, the United States, Italy, Sweden, Denmark, Austria, Norway, Holland, South Africa, Argentina, Mexico, India, Sri Lanka, Russia, and many other countries.
It is estimated that over 400 million people were receiving homeopathic treatment at that time.
Homeopathic hospitals and medical schools were being established all over the world.
The first homoeopathic medical school in the United States was established in 1835 by Dr Constantine Hering, a student of Hahnemann’s. By 1900, there were over 100 homoeopathic hospitals and 22 medical schools in the United States. During this time, the practitioners of allopathic medicine (conventional medicine) were vehemently opposed to homeopathic medicine. The American Medical Association was formed to break the virtual monopoly of Homeopathy. The “miracle drug” revolution began in 1909 with the discovery of the first anti-bacterial drug called “Salvarsan”.
By 1936, a whole range of sulphonamide drugs were discovered. Soon amphetamines, barbiturates, antibiotics, and penicillin were introduced. These “wonder” drugs put the safe, gentle, and less spectacular homoeopathic remedies in their shadows. The decline of
Homeopathy began. The multi-national pharmaceutical companies were pouring millions of dollars into research and development of new and spectacular drugs.
Renewed interest in Homeopathy began in the 1970’s and over the past 20 to 30 years, Homeopathy has regained its rightful place as a very effective, holistic, non-addictive, side-effect free, inexpensive, and safe healing system, which does not require testing on animals.
There are many reasons for the renewed interest in Homeopathy: concern over the devastating, sometimes permanent side-effects of conventional drugs; the addictive nature of conventional drugs; certain diseases are impervious to conventional drugs; rejection of research on animals; high cost of conventional drugs; and the desire for people to be treated in a humane and holistic manner.
The Future Development of Homeopathy
Homeopathy is the fastest growing health care system in the world. According to the American Homeopathic Pharmaceutical Association, homoeopathic remedy sales exceed $166 million per year in the United States. The World Health Organization has determined that Homeopathy is the #2 form of medicine used for primary care in the world.
Homeopathy is widely used in Europe, India, and Israel. The remedies are used by millions of people in over 65 countries and recommended by more than 400 000 health care providers worldwide. In Great Britain, homeopathic hospitals are a part of the national health care system and Homeopathy is recognized as a postgraduate specialty by an Act of Parliament.
Homoeopathic remedies have successfully been used throughout the world for various acute and chronic health conditions. The effectiveness of these remedies has been demonstrated by over 200 years of successful treatment. There is clinical evidence of this success, as well as prominent research published in various medical journals. All homoeopathic research is carried out on
healthy humans and never on animals.
Homeopathy is a compassionate, safe, gentle, effective, and holistic approach to health care, which has withstood the test of 200 years of practice. Homeopathy may be regarded as the energy medicine of the 21st Century.
I grew up in a home where homeopathy was a way of life. My uncle and grandfather were homeopaths and my family raised me on homeopathic medicines.
After completing school in 1988, I studied Somatology at Pretoria Technikon in order to learn about Reflexology and Aromatherapy (this was the only course available at the time). After completing the Somatology Diploma, I went to work for a Homeopath where I practiced Reflexology. I became frustrated and realized that I needed to study Homeopathy. Almost at the exact time I realized this, I received a synchronistic call from my uncle, Dr David Lilley, saying that he had had a dream in which it was clear that I should study Homeopathy and that he would help me financially to make this possible. Six years later, I qualified as a Homeopath with a Masters Degree in Homeopathy from Witwatersrand Technikon.
In 2000, I opened my own practice in Pretoria and then in 2008 I joined my cousin, Dorian Lilley, at the Lilley Practice when my uncle retired. I will be leaving this practice in September 2013 in order to establish my own health centre.
I am currently giving monthly workshops on various topics and am consulting for Sprayology SA and helping with their training seminars.
I specialise in Constitutional Homeopathy with my areas of expertise being Children’s Behavioural Disorders, Menopause, Adrenal Fatigue, Fibromyalgia and Metabolic Syndrome.