Even during Hahnemann’s lifetime homeopathy was known in several European countries. The best-known students of Hahnemann were Müller, Bönninghausen, Stapf and Hering.
Hering emigrated from Germany to Philadelphia and established there the first homoeopathic teaching institute in the world. Homoeopathy had a wide appeal in North America. The most remarkable students of this American school are Kent, Allen, Dewey, Nash, Farrington and Clark.
Out of this classical homoeopathic school, the Swiss school by Pierre Schmidt, Flury, Künzli and Vögeli, the Latin-American schools by Paschero and Ortega, and the Indian school of Sankaran developed.
The French school of Julian, Voisin and Pierre Schmidt developed from Hahnemann’s teachings via Jahr and Bönninghausen.
In Germany, clinical homoeopathy developed, often following the indications of clinical diagnosis as taught by Müller, Stauffer, Stiegele, Mezger, and Leeser.
The Vienna school of Mathias Dorcsi aims for a synthesis of these two approaches. It is a specific concern of the Vienna school that the intuitive perception of the whole, of the characteristic of the patient, and of the homoeopathic remedy must be acknowledged.
In the early 1900s homeopathy was adversely affected by the ascendance of the pharmaceutical industry, successes and results in natural science medicine, and the growing influence of medical organizations. Homeopathy suffered from the dissent between homeopaths with different approaches. Classical homeopathy was more time-consuming than using the new pharmaceuticals, and homeopaths couldn’t agree among themselves regarding the best approach to cases. Financial and educational problems led to a lessening of the popularity and lowering of the status of homeopathy. Critics of homeopathy dismissed homeopathy as irrelevant.
Today the status of homoeopathy in medical and veterinary practice varies between countries. In some countries, such as Great Britain, homeopathy is available as part of the National Health Service. In India, homeopathy is widely available, with teaching institutes attached to universities. In Germany Austria, and France, all countries with strong connections to Hahnemann, there are many homeopaths. The situation worldwide is fluid, though homeopaths of note reside on every continent. The LMHI (Liga) is the worldwide medical homeopathic organisation, as the IAVH is the worldwide veterinary medical homeopathic organisation.