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Homeopathy: The Mystery of Healing

Synopsis
This film looks at the origins of homeopathy and how it works, if indeed it does.

It was developed 200 years ago by Samuel Hahneman, a German physician and chemist, who was a contemporary of Mozart. He studied to become a doctor but quickly became disillusioned with the conventional practice of medicine. Like popular new- age health practitioners today, Hahnemann advocated the healing power of healthy foods and exercise. But when patients came to him with ailments, he elected not to cure their symptoms of disease, but rather to treat the whole person with specialized, minute doses of natural substances intended to increase the body’s own inherent defences. Hahnemman developed these medications, commonly called ""remedies,"" during a lifetime of ""provings,"" and with seemingly miraculous results: during the deadly 1832 cholera epidemic that swept through Europe, homeopaths claimed a 97% cure rate. As Hahnemann’s body of knowledge increased, so did his following, despite the fact that his detractors (many of whom practised in the traditional medical arts) ridiculed his work. Within a few years, the practice of Homeopathy spread throughout Europe, the United States, India and many other countries. Today, homeopathic practitioners, physicians and veterinarians continue to successfully treat patients for a wide range of physical and mental illnesses, using ideas and remedies developed and published by Samuel Hahnemann in his Materia Medica. But the processes by which these minute doses of inexpensive, natural substances are able to affect cure remains, for many, a mystery. 60 minutes
Language
English
Country
United States
Year of release
2007
Year of production
2001
Subjects
Medical sciences
Keywords
alternative medicine; history of medicine; homeopathy

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Teleduction Inc

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FirstScience

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