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Bruno Galeazzi, MD
Specialist in Internal medicine, MFHom
Integrative Medicine Clinic, Bassano del Grappa, Italy
Research Interests: Internal medicine; homeopathy; integrative medicine
About this topic
The birth of modern homeopathy dates back to 1810, when the German physician Samuel Hahnemann described its theoretical and practical foundations in the first edition of the “Organon of the rational art of healing”.
In ancient Greece, hippocratic medicine had already observed that two curative principles were available to the careful physician, healing through opposites or through similars; but it was only with S. Hahnemann that a systematic experimental study of the principle of similars took place, allowing the foundation of the homeopathic method of cure.
In his research path, Hahnemann applied the inductive method of Francis Bacon described in the Novum Organon, founding the knowledge of the therapeutic power of medicines on pure experiment on healthy subjects. The careful observation of the disease manifestations, the clear perception of what has to be cured in every specific case of disease and the administration of a medicine, whose experimental symptoms produced on healthy subjects matche the symptoms of disease, are the corner stones of the homeopathic practice.
Starting from the first half of the nineteenth century homeopathic medicine enjoyed a rapid spread in several countries and at the beginning of the twentieth century several universities and hospitals were teaching and offering homeopathy.
Though largely resized, homeopathy is still diffused in many countries, but according to classical physics and chemistry, ultramolecular dilutions of homeopathic medicines are practical absurdities and some meta-analysis published in the last two decades claim that clinical homeopathy is no better that placebo.
Nevertheless, the novel field of quantum biology, the most recent techniques of investigation in physics and chemistry, combined with a new understanding of physical reality, from the works of theoretical physicists, are explaining some of the subtleties that could unveil the mechanism of action of homeopathy.
Hundreds of papers published in the scientific literature support the evidence for homeopathy in several fields of investigation, encompassing basic physico-chemical research, preclinical research, clinical RCT, observational studies, clinical case reports, systematic reviews, agro-homeopathy and veterinary.
As Guest Editor I’m honoured to warmly invite the authors, researcher and clinicians, to contribute to this Special Issue, covering all the scope of the scientific investigation in homeopathy, from modern physics to clinical evidence, including humans, animals and plants. Moreover, contributions about homeopathy in the history of medicine and epistemology would be highly appreciated.
I hope this Special Issue stimulates an open, respectful and fruitful discussion in the scientific community
Received: 26 April 2021; Published: 07 November 2021; doi: 10.21926/obm.icm.2104045
The 19th century saw an explosion of serious epidemic diseases, such as smallpox and scarlet fever, which led to the development of an alternative system of medicine called homeopathy. Under this system, S. Hahnemann developed a rigorous methodology based on repeated observations on the field, leading to successful results. The [...]
Received: 26 April 2021; Published: 07 November 2021; doi: 10.21926/obm.icm.2104044
The 19th century saw an explosion of serious epidemic diseases, such as smallpox and scarlet fever, which led to the development of a new medical system called homeopathy. Under this system, S. Hahnemann developed a rigorous methodology based on repeated observations on the field, leading to successful results. The aim of this [...]
Received: 27 April 2021; Published: 28 September 2021; doi: 10.21926/obm.icm.2103032
Homeopathy, a system of Traditional and Complementary Medicine (T&CM, according to WHO definition), is under frequent attack by skeptics because of its supposed “lack of evidence.” To overcome the distrust of skeptics and the public, many databases have been created, which focused on collecting all the published and indexed [...]
Received: 20 April 2021; Published: 11 August 2021; doi: 10.21926/obm.icm.2103023
Homeopathy is often attacked with claims of not being evidence-based or for the implausible nature of its major principles of dilution/potentization and/or the similars (“similia similibus curentur”). However, these statements have already been falsified on the experimental ground, besides being incorrect [...]
Received: 11 May 2021; Published: 12 July 2021; doi: 10.21926/obm.icm.2103020
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