DISSATISFACTION WITH CONVENTIONAL METHODS OF TREATMENT :
Originally, he was a doctor of conventional medicine. Common treatment methods in those days involved blood letting, purging, venesection, and use of toxic chemicals.
They believed that excess blood was the main cause for disease and by removing it, would result in cure.
Dr Hahnemann was completely in disagreement with this barbaric and rather cruel practice of medicine.
He believed that treatment methods have to be gentle, rapid, and permanent annihilation of the disease.
He soon left his practice and resorted to searching for a more gentle method for curing the sick
TRANSLATION OF CULLEN’S MATERIA MEDICA:
While in Leipzig, Hahnemann did many translations of medical books.
He came across a book by Dr Cullen on materia medica, in which he had written in great detail about Cinchona bark (Peruvian bark) which was used in treatment of malarial fevers.
He attributed it’s curative properties to its astringent effects on the stomach.
Dr Hahnemann was in disagreement with this theoretical explanation of the antipyretic properties of cinchona bark.
He stated that even if we combine the most strongest bitter substances, it would still not be able to cure malaria.
He grew keen on finding out what was curative in cinchona bark.
EXPERIMENTATION WITH CINCHONA BARK:
Hahnemann was an experimentalist and a keen observer.
He wouldn’t just accept something until he had experienced it himself. So, he took for several days, 4 drachms of good cinchona twice daily.
He started developing cold clammy fingers and feet, prostration, trembling, drowsiness, hard and quick pulse.
In short, all the symptoms of intermittent fevers started appearing. These symptoms would appear every time he repeated the dose, not otherwise.
Hahnemann concluded that – Peruvian bark which cures intermittent fevers, acts because it can produce the similar symptoms in a healthy individual.
To further confirm his experiments, he tested many other drugs on himself and his family and friends.
All gave the same result – all remedies mimicked symptoms of the disease that they were considered specific for.
CONFIRMATION OF HIS NOVEL TREATMENT METHOD WITH THE INSANITY OF KLOCKENBRING:
Hahnemann had conducted multiple experiments on the healthy to test his theory. But he hadn’t tested the efficacy of his new principle on the sick.
At the time, the insane were treated by strapping them onto a chair and violently rotated.
During this time, Hahnemann had written and article about a model asylum for gentle methods of treatment for the insane.
Thus, Klockenbring was referred to him.
Hahnemann carefully observed him for several weeks and used only the most gentle methods of treatment.
As a result of his treatment, Klockenbring was cured of his insanity.