The problem of medical aid to the poverty-stricken millions inhabiting this vast sub-continent of India and other parts of the world has long been engaging the attention of social workers and thinkers. Can the so-called scientific system of medicine, with its prohibitive cost of diagnostic methods by examinations of blood, stool. urine, sputa and X-rays, etc., and a still more expensive treatment, furnish the solution of this gigantic problem for decades to come? How long shall prejudice against new ideas so inherent in human nature, coupled with an anti- propaganda carried on by vested interests, continue to obscure vision in relation to homoeopathy which alone can furnish the answer to this colossal problem?.
Homoeopathy has been dubbed quackery and unscientific One need not be surprised at it. Civilizations friend, philosopher and guide, the grand old Bernard Shaw said: “Where there is no ventilation, fresh air is considered unwholesome;where there is no religion, hypocrisy becomes good taste; where there is no knowledge, ignorance calls itself science!” When Galileo first declared before the scientific world that it was the earth which moved round the sun and not vice versa, he was a bit more lucky inasmuch as he could secure a following in his own lifetime.
Today homoeopathy is recognised as a scientific art of healing practically all over the world. Its pioneers have been old school (allopathic) medical men who investigated honestly and were converted. Its great stronghold is in U.S.A. where there are numerous high grade medical colleges Alas, this is no longer true-Ed and hospitals catering to the requirement in homoeopathic education and treatment. Lately,England too has accorded official recognition to homoeopathy by enacting the necessary legislation. On the list of personal physicians to His late Majesty the Kind of England has been the eminent homoeopath, Sir John Weir.
In India,where old prejudices perhaps die harder than in most other countries,there has been great opposition to the homoeopathic system of treatment. There has been a persistent and organized opposition from the old school medical practitioners who have always anticipated great injury to their vested interests, as homoeopathic treatment is very cheap besides being very rational, scientific and easy to understand and apply.
The heads of the medical and health departments in the governments in various states are allopaths, and on account of traditional prejudices they have been quite unsympathetic so far as state recognition of homoeopathy has been concerned. The common mans apathy towards homoeopathy has been due to the fact that it involves a considerable modification of the existing ideas about disease and its treatment.
Naturally there has been more confidence in the ayurvedic system of treatment which is more than 3500 years old, or in the allopathic treatment which is about 1500 years old and which, in addition, has been state patronized under the British rule and even after that. Homoeopathy is only about 150 years old. But in spite of the strong current of prejudices and opposition, homoeopathy has made headway in its sacred task of alleviating human suffering.
As there still exists a lot of misconception about homoeopathy, it may not be our of place to present a brief exposition of its principles and the way it works. Homoeopathy is only a new method of treatment and it has opposition to the other branches of medical science. Anatomy, physiology, pathology, surgery, public health and hygiene are basic or essential subjects which are and should be taught in homoeopathic medical colleges. In is only as regards the outlook on disease, its causation and treatment, that homoeopathy strikes a different note. To understand disease, it is necessary to understand HEALTH. The human machine is an automatically functioning machine.
“In the healthy condition of man,” says Hahnemann, “the spiritual Vital Force, the dynamis that animates the material body, rules with unbounded sway the retains all the parts of the organism in admirable harmonious vital operation, as regards both sensations and functions, so that out indwelling reason gifted mind can freely employ this living healthy instrument for the higher purposes of existence. “This, health is a state in which the automatic functioning of the human machinery, its parts, organs, endocrine glands, etc, is carried on by the Vital Force in perfect harmony and peace so as to ensure the maximum physical, mental and spiritual efficiency. The state off health is characterized by a feeling of comfort and ease, and by the absence of all subjective sensations, even a consciousness of our various organs.
NOW DISEASE(=dis-ease) is a state in which this normal poise of the healthy state has been disturbed by the impact on the Vital Energy of some force inimical to health, resulting in a deranged functioning of the vital energy, on account of which man begins to feel morbid, painful sensations. In fact, these morbid and painful symptoms and sensations are the earliest and the only indications which the Vital Force gives to the individual about the invasion of its harmony, and if the dis-ease cannot be removed at this earliest stage, then follow the other consequences, viz., disturbances in the functions of organs and glands, the various structural and tissue chances, the alterations in the normal nature of the blood, discharges and excreta, and the presence of various germs, worms, parasites, etc.
Now, it is at this stage that the old school physicians (allopaths) recognize the advent of disease which is quite natural in consonance with their materialistic conception of disease and the purely physical and objective methods of investigation and diagnosis, and in fact these very conditions are considered by them to be the causes of diseases. But how illogical is this concept of disease? How can that which follows be the cause of that which precedes! The cause is always prior in existence to the effect. To the homoeopath, the cause of disease is as subtle, dynamic,and invisible as the Vital Energy itself.
It is not a material entity which can be seen, touched or handled physically, but it is a morbific influence or force belonging to the realm of dynamic energy which disturbs and perverts and healthy, normal functioning of the Vital energy, giving rise to sensations and subjective symptoms first and the germs,worms, pathological and objective symptoms afterwards. The only way in which we can discern the cause of disease is by means of the signs and symptoms it produces.
The test-tube, the microscope, and the most sensitive scientific instruments have failed to demonstrate the mysterious way in which the chain of life is maintained within us, and likewise the cause of disease and the mysterious way in which it operates are beyond the ken of the senses or the scientific instruments which can only examine the resultant effects of disease, wrongly considered by the old school of medicine to be the causes of diseases. And now it will be easily understood and appreciated how early homoeopathy can diagnose and treat disease by properly assessing and acting upon the symptomatic indications, averting subsequent pathological and other developments.
Now as regards TREATMENT. Samuel Hahnemann, originally a highly qualified and learned medical scientist of the allopathic school, became deeply conscious of the aforesaid unphilosophical approach of the old school of medicine to the nature and causation of disease, and of the equally unsatisfactory and crude methods of treatment. Having become disgusted with vague, untenable and everyday changing theories and hypotheses, and purely speculative and lawlessly empirical methods of treatment, he set about thinking if in the realm of medicine also there were some natural laws which could guide with a reasonable certainly in the treatment of sickness.
He was a great scholar and the author and translator of several medical books. His persistent quest and investigations led him to the discovery of the famous LAW OF SIMILARS according to which a drug can cure in the sick such symptoms as it has the power to produce in the healthy, provided it is administered in sufficiently small and potentized doses. This is a law of nature as true, universal and immutable as the Law of Gravity, and it has stood the test for over a hundred and fifty years. This is the solid rock on which homoeopathy stands, firm and secure,and unshaken by millions of medical tempests and blasts which have blown away theory after theory and hypothesis after hypothesis.
Besides the Law of Similars, there are certain other natural laws to guide the homoeopathic prescriber of which we cannot take not in a general discussion like the present one. But all this is enough to show how homoeopathy emancipates us from the lawless empiricism of the old school and offers a system of treatment based on definite, precise and well-tested principles. Just as an apple detached from the tree falls to the ground and does not fly off in any other direction, so the similar remedy must bring about a cure if a cure is possible.
If the homoeopathic treatment is applied at too advanced a stage when the vitality of the patient has gone down too low to respond to the indicated remedy,or if the disease has advanced so far that an organ has become altogether useless and unable to carry on its natural functions, homoeopathy cannot be blamed for failure in the treatment.
The dynamic forces released from the homoeopathic remedy arouse the vital reaction of the patient, enable the vital economy to conquer and throw out the disease force and thus restore the normal functioning of the Vital Force gently,m safely, surely, effectively, permanently, in its whole extent and on easily, effectively, permanently, in its whole extent and on easily comprehensible principles. This is Hahnemanns definition of a cure which is being abundantly demonstrated by his followers every day in every part of the world. Homoeopathy thus treats the patient and not the disease. When the patient is restored to health, then all his ailments are, as a necessary implication, cured and abnormalities removed.
It is only recently that medical science has started taking note of the mind as a causative factor in physical ailments. Hahnemann announced this to the medical world more than a century and a half ago by declaring that all disease effects the mind first and the body and the organs afterwards. He gave the highest importance to mental symptoms in the selection of the remedy. While orthodox medicine looks on as a helpless spectator in the cases of most of the mental and nervous ills, homoeopathy is able to treat them effectively.
Homoeopathy does not claim to do away with surgery altogether, though it rescues many a patient from being assigned to the operating table. It treats, medicinally,numerous conditions considered by “modern”medical science to be purely surgical. It always considered the cure of a sick part of the body better than its removal and offers effective treatment to that end. Patients suffering from appendicitis, mastoiditis, defective tonsils, tumours, boils, carbuncles, etc., need not run to the surgeon in a routine way, and if homoeopathy is applied at not too late a stage, a surgical operation can in most cases be avoided.
As we have already noted, surgery can remove only the effects or results of disease and not the causes of disease. By removal of the cause and restoration of order in the perverted functioning of the Vital Force, the disease process can be reversed, bringing about a disappearance of tumors,boils, carbuncles, etc., and a correction of other abnormalities. Yet, circumstances may present themselves when it would be unwise even to attempt a homoeopathic handling of the case and the surgeon must be called in e.g., when there is suppuration in an internal organ with no external outlet or when a foreign body is lodged in a vital place in the body.
“Homoeopathy studies man as an individual in relation to his environment and circumstances more than any other school of medical thought, for it takes into consideration not only his immediate heritage but the more subtle and complex burden that is the heritage of long ages of struggling and developing ancestors. Homoeopathy not only seeks to relieve the individual as much as possible from the heavy burden of the hereditary tendencies he carries but also to guard against increasing this load by enabling his Vital Energy to provide its own immunity against disease”.
Now that about the GERMS AND MICROORGANISMS of which we hear every day day as being the causes of disease and as being effectively destroyed by one or the other of the modern “wonder drugs”? The investigator is at once confronted with two questions.
(1) How is it that out of a number of persons exposed to the same infection, all do not develop the disease? (2) Why do the ones who do develop it exhibit different symptoms and react differently to the germ destroying drug? The advocates of the “germ theory” answer the first question by saying that a strong vitality is able to overpower the infection and it is only the people with a weak vitality who succumb to it. Well, this is exactly what the homoeopathic school asserts! The real; cause is prior to the entry of germs into the body, being a weak, susceptible and deranged vitality, which alone is to be corrected if the germs are to be destroyed effectively and on a lasting basis.
The authority of the Vital Energy is supreme and final in the human body so far as the maintenance of health and removal and cure of disease are concerned. Why this crusade against germs and worms which thrive in the human body only so long as they can find suitable living conditions there on account of deranged functioning of the Vital administration, and which automatically quit when order is restored and the Vital Force resorts itself?
Experience has abundantly shown that the dynamic powers released from the remedy, selected according to Natures Law of Similars, offer the requisite aid to the struggling Vital Force, gently yet more potently than the germicides or the antibiotics which convert the human body into a battle field, making the Vital Force suffer all the more by having to struggle against the resultant toxemia. Even if the germs become more and more resistant to these drugs. Eventually, stronger and stronger antibiotics must be discovered but only to vanish into oblivion like their predecessors! In course of time, the “wonder” part of the “wonder drugs” drops out and they remain drugs pure and simple, becoming more and more impotent and obsolete with lapse of time.
Now, regarding the second question relating to the “germ theory,” why the patients infected with the same germs exhibit different symptoms,the homoeopathic viewpoint is simple to understand. As the Vital Forces of no two persons are alike nor are their derangements and perversions alike, so it is highly improbable for their symptoms and sensations to be alike, and hence the necessity of treating them as individual patients with their different symptoms rather than cases of a disease or infection. For the same reasons, if identical treatment is given to patients on the basis of a common disease or infection,their reactions are bound to be different.
So called modern scientific medicines is increasingly showing a lamentable ignorance of the fact that disease and drugs can operate on man only through the medium of the Vital energy., The results of rest-tube experiments with drugs on germ cultures cannot therefore be rationally transferred to natural sickness in human being.
Man is something more than the some of his organs and of his physical frame, which is worse than a long of wood or a heap of clay the moment that spark of Vital Energy which animates it is extinguished. Science has analyzed and knows every bit of the physical man; yet it is unable to make a man by synthesizing all those elemental scientific knowledge the span of human life has on the whole decreased instead of increasing.
The writer holds there has been something fundamentally wrong with the concepts of health and disease. No purely materialistic theory or outlook will ever solve the problem of human sickness. To serve sick humanity on a satisfactory, rational basis,medical science must rise from a purely physical to a metaphysical and dynamic plane,and HOMOEOPATHY DOES IT. It is not a system of treatment with a bright future in the service of ailing humanity? DEHRA DUN, U.P., INDIA.