THE LAW OF SIMILARS AND THE LAW OF CURE


THE LAW OF SIMILARS AND THE LAW OF CURE. After a few years of practice. It found that I could not cure some cases with my knowledge of materia medica. I used the help of Dr. Kents Repertory for the selection of the proper remedy and consulted senior physicians and prominent homoeopaths of Bengal. Yet some cases were not cured though they were curable cases. This led me to re-study the science.


Dr. Chowdhuri is a member of the Homoeopathic State Faculty of Bengal.-ED.

When I studied and completed the course of Ayurved (Indian medical service) a friend of mine gave me a copy of Dr. J. T. Kents Philosophy. This book gave me much interest and a new idea about diseases. Then I studied Dr. Samuel Hahnemanns Organon and was converted to Homoeopathy. As a Hahnemannian homoeopath,. I have recorded every case since the beginning of my practice in 1932 and follow the principles of Homoeopathy strictly.

After a few years of practice. It found that I could not cure some cases with my knowledge of materia medica. I used the help of Dr. Kents Repertory for the selection of the proper remedy and consulted senior physicians and prominent homoeopaths of Bengal. Yet some cases were not cured though they were curable cases. This led me to re-study the science.

After formulating the law of similars and practising a few years. Dr. Samuel Hahnemann also found that he could not cure some cases permanently. So he worked hard for 12 years to find out the reason. At last he found out that psora is the root cause of all these diseases and that two other diseases, syphilis and gonorrhoea. mixed with psora, from the syphilitic and sycotic miasms, respectively.

He then classified the drug according to the different miasms and advised us to administer one of the antimiasmatic medicines according to the signs and symptoms of miasms in the patients when the well selected medicine does not work. Thus, in the case of a psoric patient, to administer Sulphur when the well selected remedy dies not work is his advice. If we fail, even after following his advice, we have nothing to do. One can not remain satisfied with this helpless condition. So I began to study the science minutely again.

Dr. Samuel Hahnemann writes in his Organon, paragraph 130: If, at the very, commencement, the first does administered shall have been sufficiently, strong this advantage is gained that the experimenter learns the order of succession of symptoms and can note down accurately the period at which each occurs which is very useful in leading to a knowledge of the genius of medicine, for then the order of the primary action as also that of the alternate actions is observed in the most unambiguous manner.

A very moderate dose often suffices for the experiment, provided the experimenter is endowed with sufficiently delicate sensitiveness and is very attentive to his sensations. The duration of the action a drug can only be ascertained by a comparison of several experiments.

Here, Dr. Hahnemann has given much stress to the importance of thee order of succession of symptoms and also declared that it is essential for the proper knowledge of the drug.

Again Dr. Hahnemann writes in paragraph 131 of the Organon: If, however, in order to ascertain anything at all, the same medicine must be given to the same person to test for several successive days in ever-increasing doses, we thereby learn, no doubt, the various morbid states this medicine is capable of producing in a general manner but we do not ascertain the order of succession,and the subsequent dose often removes curatively some one or other of the symptoms caused by the previous dose or develops in its stead an opposite state; such symptoms should be enclosed in brackets to mark their ambiguity, until subsequent purer experiments show whether they are the reaction of the organism and secondary action or an alternate action of this medicine.

Here Dr. Hahnemann advised us not to rely on the symptoms only of the subsequent purer experiment for the proper knowledge of the drug. But in the materia medica there are a mass of symptoms but no order of succession of symptoms.

Dr. J. T. Kent in his Lesser Writings advises, page 431: The artist studies his models until he feels the lines and shadows in his mind, sees the image on canvas or carved in stone. He builds or carves in granite the similars. The student of our Materia Medica must study a proving until he feels the image of the totality of such feeling of all his provers as if he had proved the remedy and felts all the morbid feeling of provers. The doctor that prescribes for symptoms as they look on paper fails to feel the weight of responsibilities of a true healer.

Dr. Kent advised us to study the provings in order to perceive the picture of the disease accurately. To prescribe medicine only on the basis of the symptoms without the image of the disease is not the work of the true physician.

S M Chowdhuri