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History of Homeopathy – Hahnemann, Teacher of Love!

In the month when the world celebrates Valentine’s Day, Iman Navab describes how love shaped Hahnemann’s personality.

Dr. Hahnemann, besides being a noble scientist and great philosopher, was master of love too! Here are selections of his quotes and notes that demonstrate his persona and love-giving character. Hahnemann says: “What can we do but follow this sweet fragrance called love? It makes sense of our life and gives us new meaning and purpose.”

Since childhood the seed of care and love for humanity and truth was in his heart, and according to Hahnemann, his father had an important role in his moral manners. In this regards, Dr. Hahnemann said: “My father had the soundest ideas of what can be called good and worthy of mankind. These ideas he implanted in me. ‘Act and be yourself without simulation’ was his most noteworthy precept, which he impressed upon me more by his example than by his words.Wherever there was anything beneficent to be done, he was there with heart and soul, often unnoticed.”

In both of his marriages, Hahnemann treated his family with utmost respect. The life in his house was peculiar. The members of the household lived and worked for one object alone – that was Homeopathy! The grown-up daughters helped the father in preparing his medicines. When the day’s work was done, Hahnemann was accustomed to renew himself from the hours of eight to ten at night, sitting in his comfortable arm-chair and having conversations with his family.

Hahnemann was always happiest in his family circle. According to references in all Hahnemann’s letters, from whatever period of life they may be taken, there is to be perceived this inward satisfaction, an endless happiness within his family.

Hahnemann said: “I am living in the circle of a family dear to me, a wife of rare goodness and seven daughters, almost grown up, who are cheerful, educated, tractable, innocent, and cheer my life, even with music … am I not almost to be envied?”

He was as well gentle and love giving to his students. Dr. Franz Hartmann, who as a student was allowed to experience Hahnemann’s hospitality, wrote about how happy the master felt in the circle of his dear ones and friends, amongst whom he numbered not only his students, but also the scholars of other faculties, who respected his doctrine. Outside his own science, he liked best to discourse on natural science subjects and the conditions of foreign countries and peoples.

Hahnemann was a free-thinker with a beautiful soul, and although he was not a religious person, he always expressed his daily gratitude towards God. One of my favourite quotes from him is this : “The ever-loving God, for whom no sufficiently worthy name can be found, who tends all and cares for the infinitesimal needs of the little animals in the dust, invisible to the sharpest human eye.”

I can say with confidence that every single Homeopath is proud of Hahnemann’s lovely personality!

About the author

Iman Navab

Iman Navab is a certified classical Homeopath and doctor of alternative medicine from Canada. He is the President of the Applied Research in Homeopathy Foundation of Canada (www.ARHFC.ca). He is the author of 'Miasma of Cancer', and is a historian of Homeopathy. Iman teaches History and Philosophy of Homeopathy at the Canadian College of Holistic Health. Navab gives lectures and seminars to raise awareness about the rich history of Homeopathy.


  • Dear Dr Navab,
    I would be very grateful to know what is the source of your first quote: “What can we do but follow this sweet fragrance called love? It makes sense of our life and gives us new meaning and purpose.” Thank you.
    Mike M

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