Introduction



Yes, absolutely; they have stood the clinical tests at the besides in the treatment of a great variety of diseases, and wherever there has been a comparative study between the result of homoeopathic medicines and that of crude drugs in the same disease, the percentage of cures has always been on the homoeopathic side. This is true in the treatment of acute diseases. In thee treatment of obscure chronic diseases and disorders, they have given splendid results when applied skilfully according to the rules governing the operation of potentized medicines in relation to sickness and disease.

The scientific aspect of homoeopathy and its relation to physical science and the finer forces in nature.

Are the homoeopathic provings a scientific method of testing medicines on well people before using them in the treatment of sickness and disease?

Yes, they are, butt befores answering this question in detail let us first ask another question:

What is science?

Noah Webster says:” Science is knowledge based on facts.” “Knowledge regarding any one department of mind or matter, co- ordinated, arranged and systematized in their groupings and classifications.” “Knowledge amassed, severely tested, co- ordinated and systematized especially regarding those wide generalities, called the laws of nature”.

How does the homoeopathic method of proving drugs and medicines measures up to the above definition of science?

It measures up perfectly; in fact, it fulfills all the above requirements for a scientific procedures.

First, because the provings bring us knowledge of the individual human reactions to drugs and medicines, and this knowledge is based on facts.

Second, because from these reactions we obtain knowledge based on observing, co-ordinating and systematizing the effects of drugs and medicines on human beings.

Third, because the results of these reactions are recorded and systematized according to the degree of reaction and the part of the body affected.

Fourth, because of the foregoing facts we feel justified in asserting that he homoeopathic method of proving medicines on well people is correct in principle and scientific in procedure; and for these reasons is entitled to the respect and thorough investigation of all students of medicine who are sincerely interested in the subject of medicine in its relation to sickness and disease.

What is the main object in proving that the homoeopathic method of testing medicine is scientific?

The main object is to prove to physicians and others who do not understand the basic principles of homoeopathy, that this system of medicine is not only scientific but effective and dependable in the treatment of the sick, when used according to the laws which govern its relation to ill health and disease. Physicians and many others who have not had the opportunity to investigate these principles have erroneous conceptions of the value of the homoeopathic system of medicine. Most of them think that the postulates of the homoeopathic school are ridiculous, preposterous and absolutely unscientific; that potentized medicines are worthless, harmless and have absolutely no value in the treatment of the sick; and that when patients get well under homoeopathic medicines they would get well anyway without medicine.

What relation have matter and energy to the manifestations of disease in human beings and to the homoeopathic system of medicine?

A very close and important relation, because disease consists primarily of a perverted energy activity within the domain of a human being, induced by an outside irritant of toxins; and the Homoeopathic system of medicine is based on the principle of energy activity in matter. In fact, the homoeopathic method of treating sick people and the value of potentized medicines cannot well be understood unless one is familiar with energy activity in matter the operation of the finer forces in nature.

Can we prove this statement by natural laws?

Yes, by the fact that all physical matter is basically condensed and concentrated primary energy; and that all changes in matter are the results of an energy activity, induced into a body of matter by an outside force. The force producing this change may be either harmonious and orderly or discordant and disruptive; hence thee results of such activity would naturally partake of the nature and quality of the causative force, either harmonious and orderly or irritating, disorderly and disruptive. Applying this principle to the primary cause of disease we note the following:

First, health is primarily harmonious functioning activity of the various glands, organs and part of thee body, supervised and vitalized by the life forces of thee body.

Second, any outside force or energy of an irritating or poisonous nature induced or injected into the body would naturally disarrange or disrupt the normal functional activity of the part affected. This disruption or dysfunctioning of the affected organ or parts would generate an energy similar in nature and kind to the irritating force and antagonistic and disruptive to the normal functional activity of thee organs or parts affected.

Third, such antagonistic activity within the body would derange and upset the normal state of health and produce symptoms of ill health and disease.

From the foregoing statements it is self-evident that the principles and laws which govern energy activity in matter have a definite relation to thee phenomenon in human beings called ill health and disease.

Is there any medicinal strength or curative power in the small sweet powders the homoeopathic physician prescribes for his patients?

From a chemical or physiological standpoint of drug activity there is none, because the crude drug substance has been removed by a process of potentization; but from the standpoint of medicinal energy they contain medicinal strength and have the power to eliminate and cure disease, when similar in kind and nature to the symptoms of the patient.

How does potentized medicine eliminate or cure disease?

It cures by virtue of its similarity in energy activity to the symptoms of the patient. When a potentized medicine is administrated to a sick person and the medicinal energy is similar in kind, nature and activity to the disease energy active in the patient, these two forces meet within the body and by virtues of their similarity in vibratory activity neutralize each other and when the diseased energy continued as an active process. This gives the life force of the body which was resume its normal activity in the part of the body which was ill or diseased and restore it to normal functioning.

Does the remedy act directly on the life force or on the diseased energy activity within the patient?

The remedy acts directly on the diseased energy activity within the body, and not on the life force itself. As we know the medicinal energy is similar unkind and nature to the disease, and as the disease process is disharmonious and disturbing to the normal activity of the life force it follows that the medicinal energy must act on the diseased energy to which it is similar, and not on the life force. The life force could not create and maintain life in human bodies were it subject to disruption by disease forces and activities. It must be perfect because it emanates from the great creative principle of all life; hence cannot be influenced or affected by irritating and disruptive outside forces. However, its harmonious activities within the body or part thereof can become disturbed and disrupted by outside irritating forces and poisons, and in this way the life force may temporarily lose its vitalizing and controlling influence of an organ or a part of the body thus affected.

Does ill health and disease affect the magnetic energy of the body, or the body “magnetism”?

Yes, profoundly. We have stated before that the magnetism of the body is the stored-up vital energy within the cells and glands of the body, the product of a harmonious life activity. This vital energy may be sapped and become exhausted by the action of ill health and disease and in the measure the vital energy of body is depleted it may seem that the disease would affect the life force itself but it cannot. Ill health and disease can only exhaust the vital energy of the body but not the life force itself.

What is the actual difference between a dilution and a potency?

The actual difference is that the dilution is weak in medicinal strength, while a potency is strong in medicinal energy. A teaspoonful of thee tincture of belladonna put into barrel of water would make a very high dilution but would contain no medicinal strength. A potency, on the other hand, is a medicine in which the medicinal energy of the drug has been liberated from the crude drug substance by a process of potentization and forced into a new media or an inert menstrum in which it is confined to space and limited in quantity.

How is a potency made?

A potency is made from thee tincture of a drug or a medicine. The first step in this process is to dilute one part of the tincture with either nine or ninety-nine parts of alcohol or sugar of milk, depending upon whether the decimal or centesimal scale is used. The next step is to take one-tenth or one hundredth part of the first dilution and put this into nine or ninety-nine parts of alcohol or sugar of milk; this process of dividing and subdividing the medicine is continued until the desired potency had been reached. So far they are only dilutions, but to insure a perfect permeation of the medicinal energy into menstrum or media and to make a potency of each dilution the bottle must be shaken or agitated or treated by a number of so- called succussion movements until every particle of the crude drug substance has been broken up and energy permeated or impregnated into the menstrum or media of each potency.

Are the lower dilutions and potencies homoeopathic in their relation to a case of ill health or disease?

Yes, if the provings brought out by the lower dilutions and potencies were similar to the symptoms presented by the patient; but they are naturally weaker in medicinal energy than the higher potencies because only a part of the medicinal energy has been liberated from the crude drug substance.

Could a dilution or a low potency act physiologically on the patient?

Yes, if the dilution or the potency still retains enough of the crude drug substance to cause a reflex nerve reaction on the body

At what dilution or potency is all crude drug substance supposed to be entirely eliminated from the potentized medicine?

At the sixth centesimal potency and up.

A- The therapeutic application of the homoeopathic principles in the treatment of acute diseases.

B- The nature of chronic miasms, and the cause and treatment of chronic diseases. C- Conclusions.

Gustavus A. Almfelt
Gustavus A. Almfelt, MD