By Ellis Barker J.


THE critics of homoeopathy very frequently assert th…

THE critics of homoeopathy very frequently assert that the infinitely small doses given by the followers of Hahnemann cannot have any effect, and that homoeopathy is an illusion, that homoeopathic cures are imaginary, are due to deception or self- deception. Homoeopathy has succeeded not only with grown-up people whose health may be effected by the psychological factor, by the personality of the doctor, etc., but the new art of healing has been equally successful in small children and babies who merely vegetable, and in animals. A skillful homoeopath can successfully treat full grown human beings, children, babies and animals whom he has never seen.

It may be argued that animals also are susceptible to psychological influence, but that argument cannot be advanced with regard to plants. Plants are undoubtedly strongly influenced by homoeopathic medication. Various homoeopathic doctors have experimented with plants, but unfortunately little has appeared in literature on the subject, and I should be glad if readers would tell me of their experiences.

Somebody told me that cut flowers kept in water would remain fresh much longer if a bronze coin was put into the water. Numerous experiments established the truth of this assertion. Occasionally it has happened to me that cut flowers in my consulting room were not very fresh when bought, and after a few hours they began to droop. Time after time I have noticed that when I put a penny into the water the drooping flowers revived within an hour or two and stood up straight. Copper contained in coins does not easily dissolve in the water. The quantity of copper contained in the water must have been infinitesimal.

A copper coin shows no sign of wear even if kept in the water for several days. This shows that flowers are extremely susceptible to the stimulus supplied by copper in infinitely small quantity. I shall experiment with copper in infinitely small quantity. I shall experiment with copper in a homoeopathic form, and then it will be clear how flowers react to homoeopathic medicines. I invite readers to make the same experiment, and to experiment with other homoeopathic drugs as well in a similar say. I have recently experimented with Cuprum 6. A pilule or two immediately revives drooping flowers.

J. Ellis Barker
James Ellis Barker 1870 – 1948 was a Jewish German lay homeopath, born in Cologne in Germany. He settled in Britain to become the editor of The Homeopathic World in 1931 (which he later renamed as Heal Thyself) for sixteen years, and he wrote a great deal about homeopathy during this time.

James Ellis Barker wrote a very large number of books, both under the name James Ellis Barker and under his real German name Otto Julius Eltzbacher, The Truth about Homœopathy; Rough Notes on Remedies with William Murray; Chronic Constipation; The Story of My Eyes; Miracles Of Healing and How They are Done; Good Health and Happiness; New Lives for Old: How to Cure the Incurable; My Testament of Healing; Cancer, the Surgeon and the Researcher; Cancer, how it is Caused, how it Can be Prevented with a foreward by William Arbuthnot Lane; Cancer and the Black Man etc.