The basic introduction has being taken from, A Compend of the Principles of Homeopathy by William Boericke. It also has quotes from Hahnemann’s Organon, Adolph Lippe and other scholars of Homeopathic medicine.
A flat boring definition of Homeopathy taken from Merriam-Webster medical dictionary is that it is a medical system that treats a disease especially by the administration of minute doses of a remedy that would in healthy persons produce symptoms similar to those of the disease.
Homeopathic medicine came in revolt or rebellion against Allopathic medicine. Throughout modern history the oppression and violence done to human body by Allopathic medicine is undeniable. The conventional system of medicine is very anti-democratic in nature. Steroids and antibiotic recover any patient palliatively, but cannot cure any disease symptoms permanently. In fact any case of chronic disease cannot be cured by Allopathic medicine. It has always been used for the advancement of a particular class. After every war at least in the past hundred and fifty years the petrochemical industry gained upper hand through media and systems of propaganda. In words of Adolph Lippe, “Medicine was to be practiced for the benefit of the people; and not maintained as an exclusive monopoly for the advancement of a particular class.” He said this in his Valedictory address on March 1866. Must watch this documentary on cchr.org
Homeopathic medicine is a very empirically based discipline that is a part of the larger universe of human health science. It is based on, concerned with, or verifiable by observation or experience rather than theory or pure logic. It is strictly based on inductive reasoning. Samuel Hahnemann’s book Organon of Medicine reigns supreme in explaining the laws of health and healing. Both editions 5th (§ 294 laws) & 6th (§ 291 laws) combined explains clearly the derangement of human health and how to revive it. Every natural law is stringent by nature. Their rigidity is their strength. Any attempt to invade these will bring catastrophe and chaos. On March 28, 1833, Hahnemann, living in Köthen, explained homeopathy in a nutshell. He wrote it in the last paragraph of the Preface of 6th edition¹ of Organon:
Thus homeopathy is an entirely simple medical art, always constant in its principles as well as in its procedures. These principles and procedures, as well as the theory on which they rest (if well grasped) will be found to be self-contained and only in this way helpful. The purity of its theory and of its practice is self-explanatory. It therefore entirely excludes all backsliding into the ruinous routine of the old school (whose contrary it is, as day is to night). If it is other than this, then it ceases to earn the venerable name of Homeopathy.
In the Therapeutic Field the aim of the art of medicine is to cure disease, and the physician’s highest ideal of a cure, as Hahnemann says, Organon § 2, “the highest ideal of cure is the rapid, gentle and permanent restoration of health; that is, the lifting and annihilation of the disease in its entire extent in the shortest, most reliable, and least disadvantageous way, according to clearly realizable (in-seeable) principles,” that is, with the least possible expenditure of time, money, vitality and suffering.
In pursuance of this object, the physician presses into his service all agencies which tend to health. This is the part of Therapeutics means a branch of medical science dealing with the application of remedies to diseases. It includes all that relates to the science and art of healing, includes all agents, medicines among them, which may aid this purpose. It embraces dietetics, climate, clothing, bathing, nursing, application of heat, cold, electricity and all other means used by the physician for restoring health, when that is possible, or in palliating violent conditions or incurable diseases, or in preventing their development. Hence there are three methods of combating disease, of which every physician is bound to avail himself. They are: 1. Preventive medicine, 2. Palliative medicine, 3. Curative medicine.
These cover the whole field of possible therapeutic activity.
Preventive Medicine includes the application of everything that physiology, hygiene, sanitary science, etc., can teach to lessen the development of disease according to the teaching in § 4 of the Organon. “He is likewise a sustainer of health if he knows the things that disturb health, that engender and maintain disease, and is aware of how to remove them from sick to make them healthy.”
It includes much of bacteriological knowledge, antiseptic medication, subjects that have made enormous strides in recent years. It includes as well the judicious use of homoeopathic remedies in preventing or modifying the development of epidemic and hereditary diseases.
Palliative Medicines are of two kinds:
(1) The use of drugs in their physiological dosage for their direct effects, as the use of Opium and Morphine for pain. This is the common method of the old school.
(2) By the carefully selected Homoeopathic remedy given in minute dosage. This frequently yields brilliant results in palliating where a cure is impossible. This latter method is to be tried in every case before drug palliation is used.
This is almost the sole resource of the old school, and consequently much abused, but in the hands of the true physician who knows its subordinate place, it constitutes a legitimate method in incurable diseases, beyond the operation of the law of cure, where we can only alleviate, not radically cure. While Homoeopathy reduces the need and occasions for the use of mere palliatives to a small limit, yet palliation has its use in the practice of medicine, but it is always the expression on the part of the physician of his impotence to cure radically.
Curative Medicine is almost exclusively occupied by Homoeopathy, for this method alone cures without subjecting the patient to new pains and discomforts; it alone fulfills the highest aim of the physician—to heal quickly, gently, radically, according to scientific and rational methods.
All physicians are compelled to avail themselves of all three methods at times. As sanitarians and hygienists, physicians can do much to prevent zymotic and epidemic diseases; as homoeopathists, much can be done in the eradication of inherited disease tendencies and preventing their development; and as the laws that govern curative medicine are applied more fully, the need for mere palliation will correspondingly grow less.
Homoeopathy, the Science of Therapeutics. Such a healing art conformable to nature and experience, a science of therapeutics, therefore, did not exist before Hahnemann.
The most marked feature of the early homoeopathy was its entire freedom from all theory and hypothesis; it was a protest against all and any pathological theory as a basis of therapeutics.
As taught, it was the true science of therapeutics, based upon exact observation of natural phenomena in disease and drug action, and noting the law governing their mutual relationship. On this solid ground of scientific observation, all Homoeopathists base their practice, whatever differences have arisen, date from the publication of Hahnemann’s theory of chronic diseases and drug dynamization, and in not clearly distinguishing between Hahnemann’s discoveries and facts on the one hand and his illustrations and mere theories on the other. Whatever Hahnemann published as a fact has never yet been disproved, but his theories are not proven. It is the genuine Hahnemannian spirit, as Constantine Hering father of American Homeopathy, says, totally to disregard all theories, even those of one’s own fabrication, when they are in opposition to the results of pure experience. All theories and hypotheses have no positive weight whatever, only so far as they lead to new experiments and afford a better survey of the results of those already made.
The Great Central Truths of Homoeopathy
1. The totality of symptoms of the patient constitutes the disease for the purpose of a cure.
2. Drug experimentation on the healthy, so-called drug proving, is the only reliable method to arrive at knowledge of the effects of drugs.
3. The curative relation between these two sets of symptomatic facts is the Law of Similars, Similia Similibus Curantur.
4. The administration of one single remedy at a time.
5. The minimum (smallest) dose that will hring about a cure.
6. Repetition of the dose should cease when marked improvement sets in.