Homoeopathic Practice

Homeopathic Vade mecum by E.H.Ruddock provides the basic principles and rules to practice Homoeopathy. …

THE word Homoeopathy is frequently used without a very clear understanding of its meaning, especially to-day, when the extreme rancour with which it was treated by its opponents on its opponents have seldom troubled to understand its method or its aim; containing themselves with a hasty judgment upon an imaginary doctrine, they have been too busy with anger and contempt to investigate or comprehend. In the earlier days it was necessary at least for th partisans of Homoeopathy to understand it, so that when this Manual was first compiled it was safe to issue that most of those who used it would into need instruction in its tenets. But to-day there are many who by unbringing or tradition or personal experience are inclined to believe in Homoeopathy as a practical method of treatment but have little or no knowledge of the principles upon which its practice is based. For them and for any enquirers, this chapter may have a value.

In the first place, to clear the ground, let it be said that the practice of Homoeopathy is concerned entirely with he application of drugs of disease. It consist in a principle of drug selection, using the world drug in the midst sense, to include any agent capable by its application, internally or externally, to the body, of modifying the life energies of its tissues. Therefore the whole realm of operative surgery lies outside the kingdom of Homoeopathy, for that concerned with direct removal and adjustment of parts of the body, removing foreign bodies or tumours or diseased tissues directly, or adjusting broken or displaced limbs. The genius of Pasteur and List laid foundations upon which a noble structure of usefulness has been erected. Before the days of asepsis, when the slights wound might prove fatal, it was wise policy to avoid operation whenever possible believes in Homoeopathy have always had a well grounds faith that they can so modify diseased tissues that they can dare without operation various conditions got which to-day the surgeon’s knife is generally invoked, and there fore the earlier homoeopathist rightly preferred medical to surgical treatment whenever possible. But drug treatment for these conditions is slow and it results, for some of them, uncertain. Consequently, now that operative surgery has lost nearly all its terrors, it is generally unwise to refuse the swift method f the knife for may diseases which previously were better under taken by the physician. Therefore, to-day, the believer in Homoeopathy is not in any sense a despiser of surgery. Confident in the powers of drugs chosen by his law, he does not lightly fly to operation; he considers medicinal treatment more fundamentally curative for certain condition for which those who have lost faith in remedies have nothing but surgical methods; but he is well aware of all that surgery can do and has no hesitation in invoking its aid. And, similarly, with regard to all the later discoveries of bacteriology and general medicine and all improved ways of diagnosis the homoeopathist neglects none of these. Not abating a jot of his faith in his own method of using drugs, he nevertheless welcomes gladly and additions to medical science that can prove their value; and although no doubt he is not so eager to rush after every new thing just because it is new, as those who have not this well proved confidence in his present weapons, he is not backward in welcoming every new assistance in his task, which at the best is so arduous.

What then is his method of using drugs and how do homoeopathic therapeutics differs from non-homoeopathic? The answer is best given historically.

Edward Harris Ruddock
Ruddock, E. H. (Edward Harris), 1822-1875. M.D.

Author of "The Stepping Stone to Homeopathy and Health,"
"Manual of Homoeopathic Treatment". Editor of "The Homoeopathic World."