Homoeopathy Science

Homoeopathy holds, first, that the cause must be removed, if such be known. If endorses surgery and emphasizes the fact that every surgical case has a medical aspect and, as such, may often be a candidate for a Homoeopathic remedy…

Much confusion has arisen among those not conversant with Homoeopathy as to where the latter stands with reference to the branches of medicine. Do Homoeopaths teach and believe in surgery, preventive medicine, diet and so forth?

Briefly stated, Homoeopathy concerns itself only with drugs and their scientific use in the treatment of disease. Otherwise, a graduate of a Homoeopathic college is taught precisely what any other reputable medical institution has in its curriculum leading to the degree of M.D. Certain fundamentals, however, would bear repetition.

Homoeopathy holds, first, that the cause must be removed, if such be known. If endorses surgery and emphasizes the fact that every surgical case has a medical aspect and, as such, may often be a candidate for a Homoeopathic remedy. This applies, particularly, to post-operative convalescence.

The growth and development of bacteriology and immunology shed a great light on the teachings of Homoeopathy. The text of the “Organon,” the original treatise setting forth the principles of Homoeopathy, is quite unintelligible, unless viewed in the light of modern discoveries. Largely, for this reason, it was misunderstood and vilified but, as we shall see, can best be explained when we have a knowledge of these sciences.

Chemistry.- Chemistry, and especially of late years Colloidal Chemistry, has done much to throw light on the principles of Homoeopathic drug action. The attitude is well but by Professor Traube. The action of extremely minute doses of medicine is explained on the theory of surface development and also the opposite action between small and large doses of the same agent. In the past, Chemistry and Pharmacology have been called upon to explain the action of a drug by its chemical, pharmaceutical analysis. A remedy like Podophyllum, for instance, is separated into its resin, glucoside, etc.

The active principles of a drug like ergot have been isolated and distinguished separately. The arbitrary separation of a remedy into its component parts on the assumption that wider and more clear-cut action is to be obtained is not tenable from a biologic point of view. We have no right to say because a drugs contains three alkaloids that there are three different actions when the drug is taken as a whole.

Again, analysis is a destructive process. The plant is literally torn asunder by the chemical agents and what shows up in the ash is no proof that these substances are biologically active in the original state. Even dried plants are frowned upon by Homoeopathic pharmacists who ever seek to get the whole fresh plant and use this as a basis for our tinctures.

Prophylactic and Preventive Medicine – Prophylactic and preventive medicine is practiced by all medical men to a large extent. To this end, knowledge of the causal features is paramount.

A strict interpretation of the symptoms-similarity relationship of Homoeopathy does not admit the use of Homoeopathic remedies for Prophylaxis, for it is obvious that in order to prescribe a Homoeopathic drug we must have symptoms. These do not make their appearance until a disease is established. Thus, a man cannot be seasick until he has been sailing.

A child has no teething difficulty until he starts to cut teeth. It has been found, however, that practically certain Homoeopathic remedies do also exert a prophylactic action. Certain symptoms are anticipated, as it were, and assumed to take a certain course-then a remedy which pictures this syndrome can be given with every chance of benefit.

It should be remarked in passing that undoubtedly Homoeopaths make use of a great deal of inadvertent preventive medicine in their daily round of practice due to the abortive effects of the clearly prescribed remedy. Thus, a cold in the head does not turn into severe Bronchitis. A streptococcic throat is not fraught with long convalescence and possible complications. Influenza, too, runs a relatively mild course.

Medical men are fond of speaking of the ” regular course of a disease ” and discount reports of medical results along any other line other than their orthodox methods. One of the commonest comments which a physicians meets, if he has the timidity to quote a successful Homoeopathic result, is, ” Oh well, he would have gotten well anyway.”

Now there is absolutely no answer to this except by a long series of parallel cases under neutral observation. Such a remark is as old as the hills. It may be true and it is just as likely to be false. A physician must convince himself. He cannot convince the world. Surely Hahnemann’s own words are best. He said, ” Try my methods and fearlessly publish the failures.”

Garth Boericke
Dr Garth Wilkinson BOERICKE (1893-1968)
American homeopath - Ann Arbor - Michigan.
Son of William Boericke.
A Compend of the Principles of Homeopathy.