HOMOEOPATHY BY GARTH BOERICKE
The object of this pamphlet is to bring to the attention of the intelligent layman homoeopathic methods which can use himself without harmful effects for many of the common complaints and minor illness of everyday life.
During the last two decades the public, through daily medical columns in the newspapers, weekly periodicals and books written by physicians for the laity, has become medically minded and talk glibly of “allergies,” “sinus,” “hormones,” “wonder drugs” and the latest surgical techniques and medical advances.
This public interest is natural but has led in many instances to the assumption that “What is new is necessarily the best,” which frequently results in disappointment to the patient and disillusionment on the part of the physician.
Older methods of treatment, particularly by drugs, is not “news” and such methods, therefore, are seldom mentioned. It is a fact that 90 percent of the preparations prescribed by physicians today were unknown 10 years ago. While admitting the great value of these newer preparations (penicillin, sulpha drugs and some synthetics) yet there have been many conditions which cannot be treated specifically by them and which are often of everyday occurrence, as for instance, the virus diseases, colds, influenza, the sinus infections, dyspepsia, neuralgia, functional nervous diseases, and many children’s diseases, to mention but a few.
HOMOEOPATHY IMMEDIATELY BROADENS THE SCOPE OF WHAT A LAYMAN CAN DO FOR HIMSELF. HE IS NOT CONFINED TO PROPRIETARY PREPARATIONS ADVERTISED IN THE NEWSPAPERS AND “PLUGGED’ BY THE RADIO. HE DOES NOT PRESCRIBE FOR A DISEASE WHICH HE MAY NOT HAVE, HIS DIAGNOSIS IS SYMPTOMATIC AND THE INDICATIONS GIVEN FOR THE VARIOUS MEDICINES ARE COUCHED IN NON-MEDICAL LANGUAGE.
Self treatment, at best, is a poor substitute for intelligent professional handling but nowadays this is not always available, particularly in the rural areas. The high cost of medical care is a detriment universally recognized. Our main justification, however, for the use of medicines in the home is that only in this way can a large group enjoy the advantages of homoeopathic treatment.
What Is Homoeopathy?
Homoeopathy is a method of using certain drugs for certain symptoms. The diagnosis may or may not be known. The layman is obviously incapable of making his own diagnosis but he certainly knows how he feels in various parts of the body and can express this in non-medical language.
The indications for our medicines are also expressed in non- medical terminology, for Hahnemann, the founder of homoeopathy (1755-1843), realized with remarkable foresight that, if the indications were couched in the medical terms of his day, such indications would rapidly become obsolete as medical science progressed and new names and new knowledge of pathology, physiology, and chemistry were acquired. But he realized that symptoms do not change even though a new name is given to the disease. Hence, a medicine given for a certain symptom is just helpful today regardless of a new nomenclature or conception of the cause. Thus, bloating, burning, dyspepsia and pain have always called for a certain homoeopathic drug, regardless of whether such symptoms are caused by peptic ulcer, gall bladder disease, chronic gastritis or colitis. Homoeopathic doctors like the satisfaction of making a diagnosis wherever possible but such is not always possible if facilities are not available and yet he can listen to and capitalize on the symptoms of his patient, because his therapy does not depend entirely on a diagnosis.
Furthermore, in homoeopathy, one endeavors to treat all the symptoms at one time and with one drug or a suitable combination. This is quite different from the ordinary methods of treatment which is aimed at the outstanding complaints of the patient. If in pain you are given an analgesic, if emotional you are given a sedative and if there is diarrhoea present you are give a drug having the opposite effect on the bowel.