Syndicat Professionnel des  
Homéopathes Classiques  
du Québec (CPMDQ)
Canadian Union of  
Homeopaths

What is homeopathy?

The word “homeopathy” comes from the Greek words “homoios” (similar) and “pathos” (pain or illness). Homeopathy – Therapeutic system based on the principles of similarity, dilution and dynamization of homeopathic remedies.

Homeopathy in the history of medicine

Strongly influenced by the Viennese school of medicine, and acquiescing to the theses of the modernist physicians, a young German medical student named Samuel Hahnemann synthesized his masters’ approach to the properties of medicinal substances.

He developed a new pharmacopoeia that soon became a new therapeutic method, which he named “homeopathy” in 1808. It was the result of observation and pharmacological study of the medicinal substances of the traditional pharmacopoeia, based on experiments on healthy humans.

The traditional pharmacopoeia was made up of plant, animal and mineral substances, known and passed on through experience. These drugs were still called “simples”. In 1796, he published the results of his work in an article entitled “Essai sur un nouveau principe”, which described the principles of the homeopathic method.

In 1810, he published a work entitled “Organon ou l’art rationnel de guérir” (Organon or the Rational Art of Healing), which sets out and develops his method, enriches it with fundamental data on the approach to disease, and describes the principles of homeopathic medicine manufacture.

Hahnemann’s “new medicine” was then referred to as “new therapeutics”. Hahnemann’s “new medicine”, as it was popularly known, was based on a number of new principles set out in “Essai sur un nouveau principe” (Essay on a New Principle) and widely developed in the Organon from 1810 onwards.

In it, Hahnemann sets out the basis for determining the drug according to the principle of similitude; the choice of deconcentration; and Hahnemannian dilution.
Today, strengthened by Hahnemann’s legacy, homeopathy builds on these foundations, enriched by 200 years of medical practice and evolution.