A BRIEF SURVEY OF HOMOEOPATHY


In conclusion, I beg humbly to state that I being a humble subject of the benign government and an old devotee of Homoeopathy earnestly ingratiated myself for the mercy of my Rulers to commend Homoeopathy as a “state Medicine in India because it is not merely a collection of a few medicines, but a real science with a rational philosophy at its base.


Homoeopathy is the system or a method of curing diseases by small quantities of those drugs which excite symptoms in a healthy individual similar to those of the disease.

We call a disease as a dynamic influence of some morbific agency inimical to life and when disease permeates the material organism of a human body from the outside world, the vitality or a spirit like force animating the material body is disturbed or deranged by the disease force and it (the vital force) produces sensations and symptoms determinable by the physician as well as the patient. Symptoms observed by the physician are objective and those felt by the patient, are subjective symptoms.

The above immaterial being, vital force, animating the organism in the state of health as well as in sickness, is a unit from which no individual vitality is separated: therefore a little globule or a drop of medicine is nothing but the representative of that nightly power aiding and intensifying its (vitality) work towards the cure of the sick.

The duty of our internal nature or the vitality is to fight out the disease by counteraction which is the only work of nature in sickness (vis mediatrix nature-vis= power-the curative power of nature) and when we are in health, that noble innate power (vitality or nature) governs our life in the most perfect manner and harmoniously does its duty in all parts of the organism, in the sensitive as well as in the irritable fibre, without any sort of disturbance which occurs in sickness and the vitality then only counteracts the abnormality in the system.

Like the natural disease, viz, influenza, typhoid etc. the medicine also is capable of producing disease or abnormal symptoms, as has been medicine). It is also to be noted than human organism is more prone to the effects of medicine than to the natural disease. We can illustrate it by saying that we can evade the attack of an influenza, if we go round an influenza ward of a hospital but we can not avoid in any way the action of a bit of opium, say like the size of a mustard-seed, without getting its effect upon us by producing a change of health. therefore a medicine is superior in strength to that of a natural disease and therefore it possesses curative power over a natural disease.

Moreover when we get diseased symptoms from a medicine by proving it in a healthy body, we can call a medicine an artificial disease, which has been brought forth by human intelligence for the welfare of the diseased individual suffering from natural disease. Thus medicines bear the curative power over a natural disease while they can produce diseased symptoms in a healthy individual and they aid and intensify the counteraction of nature which has been working hard to do away with a natural disease.

Now, how that artificial disease (medicine) will be curative for the natural disease; the medicine should possess similar symptoms to those of the natural disease.

The medicine similar to the natural disease when administered in the symptoms, being superior in strength to that of the natural disease, will get the natural disease merged in it (medicine) and the powerful medicine or the artificial disease will alone rule over the interior of the individual, causing the vitality to counteract more intensely than before and as the medicinal power stays but a short while in the system, it (medicine) leaves the body with the natural disease by setting the vitality quite free from exerting its counteraction and it will leave the individual in a orderly state of health.

It is the duty of the physician to find out the symptoms of a medicine similar to that of a natural disease but not identical with the disease; because “similar cures the similar” is a bonafide truth in the medical science-no matter whether it belongs to homoeopathy, Allopathy or Ayurvedic system.

What that similar medicine does: it will allow nature not to forsake the line of its counteraction to the malady which it is fighting for, as a dissimilar medicine will create symptoms other than those, the individual has been suffering from and nature will have to counteract the new disturbance in the system brought forty by a dissimilar medicine. If one after another more and more dissimilar drugs are pushed in nature will have to be divided in many numbers for different counteraction and finally nature or the vitality will be weakened or disturbed in such a way that finally nature leaves the body to its ultimate end.

Thus the law of similar, “similia similibus curantur”, stand out as a standing truth in Homoeopathy for the cure of the sick and it is accepted as an empirical fact and not as a theory or hypothesis. Physicians, perhaps of all medicines, agree with it as the most practical guide to aid cure for diseases.

Keshab Ch Mukherjee