Professor Dr.E.S. Rajendran MD(Hom),Ph.D
Probably Dr Hahnemann started his journey to the bottom with only one experience in 1799 when he encountered a near death situation in a patient whom he treated with grain doses of white hellebore or Veratrum album, which is a highly poisonous substance. Belladonna is a highly poisonous plant that could be the reason Dr. Hahnemann experimented with ultra-dilution of Belladonna ie; 1:10000. (One drop mother tincture of Belladonna was diluted in 10000 drops of water). But still he was far away from the ultimate discovery which necessarily would have placed Dr. Hahnemann in the league of one of the unsolicited geniuses in the field of nanotechnology, which evolved as a science only 200 years after his birth.
Two remarkable things happened in the deductions of Hahnemann during the process of dilution of medicinal substances. At first his intention was to reduce the toxicity of the poisonous substances used as medicine. Secondly he developed a concept of minimum dose. In his experiments with patients he observed that these two ideals were very effective in the treatment and cure of patients.
He observed that these ultra-dilutions were capable of eliciting changes in the physiological levels of human beings. With this basic knowledge he started a novel way of testing the effect of medicines directly on human beings, which he termed as ‘drug proving’ experiment.
Dr. Hahnemann did the drug provings on him, his family members and members of the drug proving group. The methodology he adopted was very simple: select healthy individuals and prepare them for proving by regulating their food, daily regimen and mental state for a few weeks, then administer the diluted medicinal substance daily 3 times till they start producing signs and symptom in their mind and body. Once the signs and symptoms start appearing he withdrew the drug substance, yet collected the signs and symptoms as long as they appear in the volunteers. This process would have to be repeated several times. Finally the signs and symptoms collected in total are arranged in an anatomically schematic order. This is the basis of the materia medica of homeopathy.
During the period of 1811-1821 he did proving experiment with a number of drugs and published all the finding in the form of ‘Materia Medica Pura’. Somewhere during the period the real Jackpot discovery of Hahnemann happened, ie; the discovery of DYNAMIZATION or POTENTIZATION. In the present context of Nanotechnology when we look back at the discovery of potentization and the finesse of the process he formulated, we have no option but to appreciate him with the utmost respect we can offer a scientist.Let us examine the process of dynamization. Hitherto we have no clear idea as to how Dr. Hahnemann conceived this concept and the exact time of this discovery. When he experimented with Cinchona in 1790, he got an idea of ‘similia similibus curentur’. Similarly after discovering the dilution process and his experiments with dilutions for proving disease conditions, somewhere an idea might have flashed in his mind to take a drastically different route, leading to the process of dynamization.
A critical analysis of homeopathy. The works of Dr.E.S. Rajendran has been focused on evaluating the past and redefining the future of homeopathy as a therapeutic system. His findings are based on his literary, clinical and fundamental researches in the field of homeopathy for the last three decades.
Dr. Samuel Hahnemann (1755 – 1843)
Homeopathy is a by-product of the inquiries of the German physician Dr. Christian Friedrich Samuel Hahnemann (1755-1843). 18th century medicine in Europe was in the middle of Galenic theories of contraria contraries curentur and tolle causam (remove the cause). The entire medical system and the practice were revolving around these two cardinal theories inherited from the Roman physician Galen of 2nd century A.D. With primitive knowledge of diseases, the attempts of doctors, to remove the cause of disease were disastrous.