We know that the universal law of similars works when properly applied, irrespective of whether one has a knowledge of
its use or not. No individual or group possesses a monopoly in it use.
Time and experience enhance our estimation of the prevision shown by the small group who organized the International Hahnemann Association back in 1881. They were men of intellect and medical perception who dared to step out into the field of higher homoeopathic, willing to be known and classified as homoeopaths.
The blueprint of principles which they presented to the world in a practical from has survived panaceas of reform, the recurrent waves of conflicting medical theories which come go. A mid the feuding of history, the ripening soil for dissension our Association has erected a structured philosophy of treatment which commands the highest respect.
In my opinion there never was a brighter prospect for the old, tried and true in Homoeopathy. The ancient description in the allegory of the “Valley of Bones” almost at times assumes fantastic reality in the occasional recuperation of the emaciated and hopeless human derelict who, by the Grace of God, in some way is given the indicated remedy and potency, again to sprout into a new cycle of living. After all there must be some master plan in which Homoeopathy for more than a century has played a prominent part. Medicine cannot be put into a scientific strait- jacket with artistry left out. Our Association offers a flexible, workable bond to the medical world.
Having built the structure upon the stable foundation given by Hahnemann: that the unutterably large number of diseases of soul and body are so different from one another that each exhibits itself at every occurrence as another such as has never appeared in the world before, there emerges a revolution in medical approach.
Directing to a high quality of practice, each condition becomes an interesting problem to solve, a new reason to continue in practice, gaining fresh vigor in the daily symptom bath, although long ago having taken the count for retirement.
Some say Homoeopathy should change the name, others that its usefulness has been outlived and should acquire a new look modernize and fall in line with the cadence of the time, canceling all that which offends.
Intensified economic pressure has erased and is erasing the decaying and falling membership timber obstructing our view. This will result in freer movement and improved function within our societies. What the new order will bring is not our particular responsibility, except as we maintain out specific source undefiled to pass on for future adjustment.
Why should we too seriously reflect the hysteria of the world situation within our purged remnant in Homoeopathy, we who hold an essential truth which is unwillingly being proven by some sections of advanced and extra-medical science of our day? There are and perhaps will continue to be new impediments to be sure, but the follies of today are basically those of yesterday, only glamorized by new window dressing.
In a previous sketch published in The Recorder I have referred to the machine, the electric gadget, representing force and recorded in horsepower. It is the mark of the present age the brand of exploitative psychology. Being an integral part of the rapid social pace, no one is exempt from its influence. The demand for electrical energy knows no satiation. The machine is the great material ally of man. Production has made the luxuries of the past common possession today. In the evolutionary process the machine has a necessary niche, although amplified by all the excesses we see around us, especially within the realm of suppression and unbridled palliation. The infinite cross currents of electrical energy running amuck in our large cities, may have some relation to the anarchy within the human psyche.
Who can authorize himself the master of the machine as applied to the many complex disease expressions of today? We realize that by its very power of easy use, its quick palliative effect electrotherapeutics has materially changed the character of medical technique. It has invaded medical procedure by intruding into all avenues of human activities. Rather than developing and maintaining a vertical position through circumscribed use over a long period of time, there has been the tendency to a horizontal ploughing through, and destruction of, long established land marks.
This intrusion has been a systematic process of development; nevertheless the impact upon the various healing arts has been of such an extent that few in their respective practices have maintained their original integrity. To be sure, the fluid state of our day will admit much juggling until a more stable pattern has been established. Such being the case, it may be smart to respect ancient landmarks toward the time when the serious work of true reconstruction appears in the offing.
The modern tendencies to invade and override ancient boundaries challenge the purity of all long established and valuable services to mankind. The mere fact that a service has with stood the ravages of time presupposes a useful and conservative purpose.
How can one reconcile the crude, stimulative energy of electrotherapeutics to the sensitive and high plane of disease inception. On the other hand, more than a century of extensive experience has proven the power and easy control of the indicated remedy in potency, whose variation permits the most satisfactory form of curative planning.
With the maturing years in practice one is impressed by the facility in use of the homoeopathic method of medication. Only ignorance in use demands apology. An increase in understanding produces respect and admiration that so early in the immaturity of human society there should have emerged such a profound grasp of disease perversion, with equal ability to correct.
It is my opinion and has been my observation that the stereotyped use of the machine and its satellite gadgets, except upon the basis of Similia, confuses symptom evaluation. I recognize it has a place within prescribed limits, which are yet to be formulated. It has gravitated into physiotherapy, although its boundaries and application continue vague and they may easily be suppressive in results.
I am of the opinion that nothing in physiotherapy surpasses the power of mind for good expressed in the use of the naked human hand. In the service of physical manipulation for the sick it has been proven by centuries of use and approval. The recent shifting to the use of the gadget has by no means replaced its long established value.
If one has the indicated remedy, with the extensive range of potency at command, why interpose a questionable substitute or accelerator? To expect thereby to accentuate the action of the dynamic similar seems to me unreasonable and the hazardous. Ability to adjust machine action to the dynamic plane could with difficulty be assumed.
Never has the value and implication of true Homoeopathy been more in evidence. The dam of suppression is overflowing, cracks are appearing in the seams. Through immersion there may result a new name or none at all, but the undying principle for which it stands will remain forever. Thoroughly grounded in first causes, in rounded experience, our minority may easily abide.
With all the mixtures, the adulterations, the additions, the streamlining proposed, there never was a time when the contrasts of conglomerate treatment stood more in bold relief to the stately position of Homoeopathy as offered within the confines of our Association.
Everywhere the physician hears the plaintive cry of weariness. It is the resounding echo of a people in search of first principles, the bedrock of all that is of worth in our civilization. May we never forget that Homoeopathy had an honorable share in this worthiness.
In my opinion, after considering general medicine today, it seems that a stricter reversion to and dependence upon the homoeopathic medication is the most satisfactory course to pursue. The intrusion of the many superficial and distracting factors only adds to confusion. There are multiple alibis, but more than ever the individual to be true to himself needs to simplify, to scale the barnacles which so readily adhere, and thereby free himself to attract that clientele which increasingly becomes surfeited with chasing the follies of any period and are really looking for something truly new. In this respect Homoeopathy is always new, always refreshing, always positive and attractive when understood, made so by the very stature of the individual physician himself.
The world is hypnotized by too much scientific jargon; the layman and medical man fail to keep step with the hyphenated and endless terms; and the merry pace of the carousel in confusion goes round and round. In the light of these experiences, the thoughtful student of constitutional unity stands in reverence before the immortal dictum of Hahnemann: “Die milde Macht is gross”.
We again swing to our Association, to the unmistakable landmarks established by Hahnemann and followed by its founders, and the honored members who carefully maintained them to the present. Homoeopathy in the light of such interpretation can definitely be distinguished from the many conflicting theories of
our day. By conforming to the established rules, with ample verification in the history of the past, one can be directed to success.