The Homeopathic Clinic, Claremont, Cape Town

What is Homeopathy?

Homeopathy is a system of therapeutics based on a natural scientific law, the “Law of Similars.” This simile principle can be stated as follows: Those symptoms which a medicinal substance can produce when administered to a healthy person are the very symptoms which the substance can cure when administered to a sick person.

In practice this means that in order to treat a case successfully, a remedy must be sought which has produced in the healthy person a syndrome which resembles most closely the symptom complex of the patient. Such a remedy is known as the Similimum.

This Law of Similars is expressed by the Latin maxim,

“Similia Similibus Curentur”

“Let likes be cured by likes”

The word homeopathy is derived from two Greek words, homoios. meaning like or similar. and pathos, meaning suffering. Placed together in “homeopathy.” they indicate “like suffering.” which aptly summarises the fundamental scientific theory on which homeopathic therapeutics is founded.

A homeopathic physician may be defined as one who adds to his knowledge of the basic medical sciences and diagnosis, a special knowledge of homeopathic therapeutics, and in cases suited to such therapy observes the Law of Similars in selecting the required medication.

Simple examples of the simile principle

Anyone who has sliced onions knows of the coryza-like symptoms which inevitably result. Allium cepa, the red onion, is an excellent remedy for the typical winter cold with copious, watery and extremely acrid nasal discharge and congested, watery eyes with recurrent sneezing.

Poisoning with Arsenic is characterised by severe gastroenteritis with nausea, retching and vomiting after the least eating or drinking, and dysenteric symptoms with griping pains, bloody offensive diarrhoea and dehydration. Homeopathic Arsenicum album proves rapidly curative in such cases.

History

Mention of the Law of Similars is found in the surviving works of Hippocrates, Galen and Aristotle. Hippocrates also stated that the symptoms of the disease are the expression of nature's healing powers and not of the disease itself. This is a concept essential to homeopathic philosophy. Paracelsus (1493-1541), the Swiss physician and leading medical reformer of his time, rejected the idea of opposite acting remedies in curative medicine and stated that “sames must be treated by sames.” Dr George Stahl, a Danish physician, wrote in the 17th century, “To treat with opposite acting remedies is the reverse of what it ought to be. I am convinced that disease will yield to, and be cured by, remedies that produce similar affections.” The use of remedies capable of causing the same symptoms as the disease for which they are administered, has been a fundamental tenet of folk medicine down the ages.

Samuel Hahnemann

Dr Samuel Hahnemann, the founder of the homeopathic system of therapeutics, was born in Meissen, near Dresden in Saxony, on the 10th of April 1755. His father was a porcelain painter. Academically brilliant, he mastered six languages before leaving school to study medicine and chemistry at the University of Leipzig, enabling him to finance his studies by teaching and translating. He graduated Doctor of Medicine from the University of Erlangen in Bavaria in 1779, at the age of 24.

He practiced medicine for some years but grew increasingly disillusioned with contemporary medical treatment. Finally, despite inevitable poverty, he “renounced the practice of medicine that I might no longer incur the risk of doing injury and I engaged exclusively in chemistry and in literary occupations”. He became the leading translator of scientific works into German.

He was asked to translate “A Treatise on Materia Medica” by the distinguished Scottish physician William Cullen. Hahnemann was sceptical of the author's conclusions regarding the mode of action of Cinchona or Peruvian bark in the cure of intermittent fever (malaria). He decided that the only scientific way to determine its action was to test it on himself. “I took by way of experiment, twice a day, four drachms of good China (Cinchona)”. To his surprise he developed attacks of intermittent fever, characteristic of malaria. The implication that cause and cure might somehow be related did not escape him. Intrigued he repeated the experiment, firstly on members of his family and later on friends. The results confirmed his own experience with the drug, the response varying only in degree.

Familiar as he was with the medical literature of the past, he suspected that he had stumbled upon the law alluded to by Hippocrates and Paracelsus, that what a poison can cause it can cure. Filled with renewed enthusiasm, flamed by the immense possibilities he perceived in this discovery, he resolved to scientifically prove its validity. He gathered together an enthusiastic band of young colleagues and friends and painstakingly commenced testing various medicinal substances on them. His methods of control were meticulous and precise. He laid down strict procedures to ensure the utmost accuracy in the recorded observations. All mental and physical symptoms and signs, which could be confidently attributed to drug effect, were carefully noted and systematized into an anatomically structured drug picture. This drug picture became known as a proving.

Drug provings

The Herculean work of Hahnemann and his collaborators remains to this day a standard reference work for homeopaths. The results comprising 67 drug provings were finally published in his Materia Medica Pura.

Today, modern provings are conducted according to exacting scientific procedures of double-blind, cross over, control trials. It is a tribute to the accuracy of Hahnemann's methods that modern re­provings have simply confirmed the findings of the original trials. During his life Hahnemann proved some 90 remedies, today there are more than 3000 homeopathic remedies.

Of these about 200 are of first importance.

Sources: a) Botanical substances (more than 60% of all remedies)

b) Animal substances

c) Chemical elements and minerals

d) Biological sources i) healthy tissues

ii) diseased tissues

e) Synthetic substances

All provings are conducted on healthy humans. Animal experimentation is valueless. Only a human can witness the often subtle changes in emotional and physical health which a drug proving can induce.

Provings naturally elicit many symptoms which are common to many remedies, such as dizziness, various pains, especially of the abdomen and the head, nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea. It is those symptoms, however, which are most characteristic, unique and even peculiar that differentiate the remedy as a curative force and guide the homeopath in its accurate application to the appropriate patient.

The mental and emotional symptoms provoked by the medicinal substance are of cardinal importance. Likewise in the sick, regardless of the similarities discerned in the common or generic symptoms of any disease syndrome, careful analysis will reveal unique, singular or peculiar symptoms which enable one to differentiate the particular case from all others. It is these highly personal and individual characteristics which lend a unique difference and colour to a case and to a remedy, especially when pertaining to the mental and emotional spheres, which when matched in patient and in remedy will bring about a cure.

The final drug picture, as it appears in the Materia Medica, is made up of various elements:

1) Poisonings and toxicology

2) Drug proving

3) Cured symptoms

4) Characteristics of appearance and temperament found to be frequently associated with a sensitivity to the remedy’s action both in provings and cure.

The Second Law of Homeopathy - The Infinitesimal Dose

Armed with his, at first limited, materia medica Hahnemann recommenced his medical practice. In the laboratory of experience he and his disciples confirmed beyond any doubt that the Law of Similars is an immutable physical law, as fixed and infallible as the laws of gravitation and motion. He found in Belladonna a prophylactic and cure for scarlet fever. During the Napoleonic wars and the dire plagues of typhoid and cholera which subsequently swept through Europe he was given an ideal opportunity to put his system of therapeutics to the test on a large scale, and against adversaries which at that time generally proved fatal. His results were remarkable, for example, of 180 diagnosed cases of typhoid treated homeopathically only two died. The mortality rate by conventional treatment at that time was more than 50%.

When he commenced practice Hahnemann prescribed dilute material doses of medicines selected on the simile principle. Although he enjoyed notable success, he found that due to the similarity of the medicinal effect to the symptoms already experienced by the patient, many reported an unacceptable degree of aggravation before improvement. To avoid this he experimented with ever more dilute preparations hoping to find a level of dilution which would still cure without the risk of aggravation. To his disappointment, however, he found that when diluted sufficiently to avoid unwanted side effects, the remedy lost its therapeutic power. It seemed an impasse!

But Hahnemann was to medical science what Einstein was to physics. At this point he made an “intuitive conceptual leap!” Einstein himself described the process, “For the creation of a theory, the mere collection of recorded phenomena never suffices - there must be added a free invention of the human mind that attacks the heart of the matter.” Long before the discovery of electromagnetism and quantum physics, Hahnemann plunged into the world of the infinitesimally small, leaving behind him the world of Newton and molecular medicine.

Postulating that a specific curative power exists in all medicinal substances and that it must in some way be wrested from its physical form, like gold from ore, he concluded that he must subject each dilution to a period of agitation. Taking the mother tincture (pure alcohol extract) of a plant material he diluted it by adding 1 part to 99 parts of pure alcohol, a dilution factor of 1:100 (10-2). This dilution was poured into glass vessel until ¼ full. The vessel was corked and vigorously struck against the palm of the hand or a hard surface for a specific number of strokes, causing the contents to strike alternatively against the cork and the bottom of the vessel with as much force as possible. In this manner, the remedy was thoroughly mixed with the solvent, molecular collision was created and mechanical energy imparted to the mixture.

This violent agitation of the remedy he termed succussion. He then proceeded to further reduce the toxicity of the original tincture by a process of serial dilution and succussion, whereby each dilution was prepared from the dilution that immediately preceded it, each step being followed by succussion. Hence he took one part of 1/100 dilution, added it to 99 pans of pure alcohol, succussed it and produced the 1/10 000 (10-4) dilution. The next dilution in the series was the 1/1 000 000 (10-6) or one millionth dilution.

To his delight, on using these succussed dilutions, he found that far from losing their efficacy in the process of serial dilution, their action was potentiated, accelerated and more profound. Even more significant was the fact that the further he proceeded with successive serial dilution and succussion the more potent the remedy became. He, therefore, called this process of preparation potentization and the prepared dilutions potencies.

He had discovered the Second Law of Homeopathy: That the curative power of a homeopathic potency increases in direct ratio to its degree of potentization (serial dilution and succussion).

In his lifetime, Hahnemann prescribed only up to the 30th centesimal potency (10-60). His followers took dilution and potentization much further. Modern homeopathic pharmacy uses the same methods of preparation for soluble substances as described above. Insoluble substances, however, such as quartz (silicea) require a different technique in the initial stages. Here the diluent is lactose and one part of the insoluble substance is added to 99 parts of lactose and ground for an hour in a mortar and pestle or a ball-mill. This process is called trituration.* It has the same potentizing effect as succussion and is combined with serial dilution at each step. Once the 1:1 000 000 (10-6) potency has been achieved, the originally insoluble substance can be colloidally dispersed in alcohol diluent and further potencies prepared as for soluble substances.

There are three major scales of serial dilution used in homeopathy: the centesimal “C” scale, the decimal or “X” scale and the fifty millesimal or “LM” scale. The centesimal scale involves serial dilutions of 1 in a 100. The decimal scale involves serial dilutions of 1 in 10. The fifty millesimal involves serial dilution of 1 in 50 000. Succussion or trituration must be applied at each stage of dilution.

Potentization enabled Hahnemann to fully develop the therapeutic scope of the Law of Similars.

1) It potentiates the curative action of the similar remedy. The higher potencies exert their influence even on the emotional plane.

2) The use of a wide spectrum of potencies in proving trials produces a far more complete range of drug symptoms, especially changes in emotion and temperament.

3) Substances previously too toxic for clinical use are rendered non-toxic and yet retain their curative power.

4) Essentially inert substances are rendered clinically active.

The Organon

Reports of Hahnemann's successes spread throughout Europe bringing him fame and a flourishing practice. In 1810, he published the first edition of “The Organon of the Healing Art”. In this work he clearly set out the principles of homeopathic practice.

Despite Hahnemann's clinical successes and the acclaim he received from an ever increasing public, apart from a small circle of loyal medical colleagues, the medical profession as a whole reacted to the homeopathic concepts with ridicule and scorn. Aspersions were cast upon his personal character and motives. The attacks launched against him became increasingly hostile and eventually amounted to a campaign to force him out of practice. This professional enmity was exacerbated by Hahnemann's own critical intolerance of current medical practice. His often expressed contempt did little to win converts and hardened mere disbelief into open antagonism.

His last years in Germany were spent under the patronage and protection of Duke Ferdinand of Anhalt-Koethen, to whom he was personal physician. In 1835, at the age of 80, he married a young Parisienne and moved to Paris where, despite his age, he established the most celebrated practice in Europe. He was inundated with patients and his fame continued unabated until his death in his 89th year in 1843. His tomb bears the inscription: “Non inutilis vixi” (“I have not lived in vain”).

His intuitive genius outstripped the science of his time by two hundred years. Even today, when the New Physics and Immunology have vindicated his theories, medical science remains sceptical of, and generally hostile to, this gentle, holistic and curative system of therapeutics.

The Science of Homeopathy

Homeopathic science rests upon two fundamental laws:

1) The Law of Similars

2) The Law of the Infinitesimal Dose

1) The Law of Similars

A substance can cure what it can cause. By administering a medicinal substance capable of imitating the symptoms of the patient a cure can be achieved. Why should this be?

To understand this phenomenon a single profound deduction must be made. It is simply this: that in any disease the clinical picture presented to us is being produced by the body in its “intelligent” efforts to maintain its state of health, and not by the disease, other than in a provocative manner. Armed with this concept, which is at variance with general medical thought, the absolute necessity of applying “like cures like” in order to effect a cure becomes obvious. Add to this all important deduction the inescapable fact, that only the body itself can effect a cure and the scenario facing the physician and his responsibility becomes clear. One must respect nature and move with her and not against her. Only when natural cure is impossible should one transgress this rule.

The human organism is the product of brilliant design. The species is highly successful possessing admirably sophisticated systems of homeostasis, defence and repair. Although inherited, emotional and environmental factors may impair the perfection of these functions, none the less, these systems always function at their optimal best. If we acknowledge and respect the superior, innate knowledge of the organism to defend itself appropriately and to the best of its ability in any given state of disease, and accept the disease manifestations as being the direct expression of the body's own healing processes, then we must select, in order to cure, a remedy capable of harmoniously synchronizing its curative action with that of the body, - The Similar Remedy!

In immunological terms, the successful remedy will be that substance which is capable of eliciting, an immune response most similar to that of the sick person.

2) The Law of the Infinitesimal Dose

The curative power of a homeopathic potency increases in direct ratio to its degree of potentization (serial dilution and succussion).

To the uninitiated this second Law of Homeopathy sounds absurd and illogical. It would be if it were understood to mean that the pharmacological strength of the homeopathic remedy is increased in direct ratio to its degree of dilution.

This law, however, expresses the ratio that exists between a remedy's curative power and its degree of potentization when prescribed according to the Law of Similars.

The two laws are seen to be interdependent. By cure the homeopath does not understand merely the disappearance of symptoms, but the full and permanent restoration of the state of health and feeling of well-being.

The mode of action of the homeopathic remedy is indirect with regard to the disease state and direct with regard to the immune system. Its ability to bring about a physiological effect does not stem from any pharmacological action but from its ability to imitate the action of the immune system at a causative level. Hence. by curative power we understand the power to stimulate an appropriate immune response in a sensitive individual. The patient with similar symptoms is sensitive, indeed hypersensitive to the Similar remedy. Here lies the secret of cure!

For almost 200 years these airy nothings of homeopathy have attracted the suspicion, scorn and derision of the dominant medical school. In the days of Hahnemann this was not surprising, that this incomprehension should have persisted to this present day in orthodox medical circles. given our knowledge of quantum mechanics and the interchangeableness of matter and energy, is even more incomprehensible.

In the sequence of serial dilution a point is reached at 10-23 when it can be mathematically proven that any further dilution cannot be expected to contain a single molecule of the original medicinal substance. This is known as the Avogadro Constant. Therefore the 12C or 24X potency, and any potency higher, contains no medicinal molecules whatsoever. The 12C potency is regarded as being at the lower end of the potency scale. Most experienced homeopaths use potencies far higher than this, all of which contain no molecules of medicinal substance! Since in practice the curative power of the potencies continues to increase progressively beyond 10-24 we can be certain that after the first potentized dilutions. 10-1 (1X) or 10-2 (1C), the remaining medicinal molecules still present in serial dilution up to 12C are no longer relevant to the process.

How is it possible that a medicine devoid of medicinal molecules is capable of eliciting a curative response?

The exact answer to this question still remains to be solved. There are however a few theories with our current understanding of physics that allow us to suggest an answer. The following is an example of one of the theories:

An encoded electromagnetic signal has been impressed on the solvent (alcohol/water) and is carried forward by the molecules of the solvent, being amplified by each successive dilution and potentization.*

By the process of potentization we have left the world of Newtonian physics and of conventional molecular medicine and entered the world of the quantum, the world of causation! We know today that the Newtonian model, of which conventional medicine is a part, is valid only for objects consisting of large numbers of atoms. Where this condition does not apply classical mechanics has to be replaced by quantum theory. Homeopathy is quantum medicine!

To understand the implications of this requires a major change in our conceptual framework since we are inclined to call something nonsense if it does not agree with the rational edifices that we have carefully constructed.

It is useful to use the analogy of video or audio transmission to grasp the concept of potentization and the action of the potency on the organism. The curative properties of the medicinal substance are changed by dilution + mechanical energy + molecular collision into an electromagnetic pattern of frequencies which is carried or transmitted as an encoded signal in the solvent. This signal is amplified by further potentized serial dilutions. The patient whose immune system has projected a like mental and physical picture in response to disease is the “tuned” receiver, hypersensitive to the signal, with which it harmoniously resonates, and able to decode the specific medicinal image and respond to it. An enhancement of immune response results.

In practice it is found that the lower potencies transmit over a wider “band” permitting a wider latitude of specificity, but this more diffuse action is coupled to a less intense and less profound action. The low potencies are well suited to treating patients at the physical level, in acute conditions and where specific organ stimulation is required. The higher potencies transmit over a narrower band, are far more intensely focussed and penetrate to the deepest mental and emotional levels. They are less forgiving of error and the symptom match must be accurate. In skilled hands they are used for both acute and chronic states.

In order to “cure” disease we must be able to treat the “cause.” In order to treat and remove the cause, the medicine we select must be able to act on the level of causation. The level of causation is not physical, it is dynamic. Physicists delving into the subatomic world in pursuit of the ultimate stuff of the universe find matter dissolving into energy and that subatomic particles are in fact energy. Subatomic actions are, therefore, interactions of energy with energy and as far as manifest matter is concerned this is the level of causation and creation.

Regardless of what we conceive the ultimate integrating and vivifying power of animate life to be, man in his material guise is a vast assembly of atoms maintained in poise and equilibrium by subatomic reactions of energy upon energy. This is the causative level of health and of disease. Energy manifests itself in panicle/wave form. Waves are frequencies and in health the totality of energy upon energy reactions in the organism creates a specific frequency. Deviations from this ordered frequency constitute disease and are portrayed by the defence systems of the body through firstly altered function and emotional disturbances and finally genetic and structural change. The totality of symptoms in any case of illness is, therefore, an image of an altered quantum state. The similar homeopathic remedy, selected for this image and given in quantum form, matches the frequency change of the disease and being in non-molecular, dynamic form is able to act on the causative level restoring health through a specific action upon the immune system.

Any doctor incredulous of the power contained in the infinitesimal dose has only to give Sulphur 10M (10-20 000) to a few cases of eczema to have the centrifugal energy of Sulphur revealed to him. The experience leaves both patient and physician with a healthy respect for quantum medicine.

Clinical trials

One constantly hears from allopathic colleagues that if only the homeopaths would demonstrate the therapeutic value of their remedies through double blind control trials, many barriers to the acceptance of homeopathy would fall. Not understanding the principles of homeopathy fully, the allopathic scientist cannot understand why homeopathic trials cannot be conducted on the same lines as the familiar allopathic protocols. A study of this article should reveal why such trials are inappropriate and indeed impossible.

Firstly, although the gross diagnosis of the disease will be the same in both systems, the entire concept of therapy differs. Allopathy1, on the basis of the diagnosis assigns the patient to a specific disease category for which there exists a specific schedule of therapy. Homeopathy, on the contrary, while taking cognizance of the diagnosis, rejects the possibility of assigning a patient to a specific diagnostic category for the purpose of selecting a remedy. Indeed, it aims to distinguish the given patient from all others suffering from the same disease. Allopathy seeks the resemblance among patients, homeopathy seeks those symptoms and characteristics which reveal the patient as unique and different. Hence they perceive quite different phenomena as significant for selecting the appropriate therapy. To allopathy the clinical diagnosis is fundamental and determining, in homeopathy the diagnosis is secondary and the unique “peculiar” symptoms are determining.

In clinical trials allopathy assembles a homogeneous group of patients suffering from the same disease. To the homeopath all such groups are thoroughly heterogeneous despite the same diagnosis. The unique and peculiar symptoms and mental characteristics of the group members will differ and it is these, not the “common” generic symptoms which are significant for homeopathic therapy. Ten cases of asthma may require ten different remedies. Any single case of asthma may require a sequence of remedies to affect a cure. Such a case, as in any disease, possesses a mosaic of different elements of which asthma is only the most demanding.

Secondly, Homeopathic therapy being a curative and not a palliative means of therapy cannot be run “blind.” As the cure unfolds symptoms change and in response the remedy may have to be changed. For this the observer is essential. The homeopathic cure, like a game of chess, most often requires various remedies used in sequence to effect the cure. Allopathic double blind protocols are not suitable for such subtle and delicate manoeuvring. Allopathy uses molecular medicine, homeopathy uses quantum medicine - two different branches of science - two different frames of reference. For allopathy to demand that acceptance of homeopathy be based on allopathic type clinical trials is the equivalent of Newtonian physics demanding the same of quantum physics. It is not possible, they are different aspects of reality.

Once the Law of Similars is accepted as a fact, on the basis of provings and their clinical use, trials to test the efficacy of individual remedies are obviously unnecessary, since any remedy selected on the basis of similarity will be effective. Such trials can only test the ability of the physician to prescribe.

1. Allopathy – Derived from the words allos – meaning opposite, and pathos – meaning suffering. Used to describe modern medicine based on its approach to treatment – that of opposition to the symptoms manifested.

Answering misconceptions

1) Homeopathy is not a form of herbalism:

Although 60% of the remedies used are derived from botanical sources and mother tinctures may be used where a physiological effect is required, the principles governing the two therapies are quite different.

2) Homeopathy is not placebo therapy:

A common accusation of the uninformed. While faith can enhance the effect of any form of therapy, homeopathy does not depend on suggestion. Infants and animals respond particularly well to homeopathic therapy.

3) Iris diagnosis and radionics (the pendulum) are not in any way related to homeopathic principles or philosophy.

4) Homeopathy is not a religious cult or doctrine.

The Sphere of Homeopathy

Homeopathy is a curative system of medicine. Therefore. it is the medicine of choice for all cases and conditions which are curable.

Homeopathy is not a panacea. Like internal medicine and surgery, when indicated it should be the primary system of medicine used. It has its specific role to play and its correct position in medicine's modalities.

Homeopathy is not an alternative or complimentary form of medicine. When indicated it is the medicine of choice. Allopathy and homeopathy are not complementary. Their goals conflict and are mutually exclusive. Allopathy, like disease itself, acts from without inwards. Homeopathy, like the immune system, acts from within outwards. One cannot combine curative action with palliative, suppressive action. The pharmacologically powerful allopathic drug will reduce the homeopathic influence. The combining of the two forms of therapy is only legitimate when in a curable case allopathic remedies are being withdrawn and homeopathic therapy introduced, or in incurable cases where homeopathy is used as an adjunct to allopathic therapy. Homeopathy may also be applied paliatively in incurable cases, and were the side effects of allopathic medicines prove to be too severe.

Homeopathy is perfectly complimentary to surgery, hastening healing and removing the after effects of anaesthesia.

Homeopathy is not the therapy of choice in surgical emergencies, for overwhelming infections, in life threatening conditions where even the stimulated immune system cannot be expected to react swiftly enough and in conditions of organ failure. Unfortunately, many curable cases are rendered incurable by excessive palliative therapy before homeopathy is thought of.

In Hahnemann's words, in order to practice homeopathy judiciously, the physician must be able to clearly perceive what is curable in disease and what is curative in medicine and have the insight and skill to match the two. This is the sphere of homeopathy and experience sets the parameters. In its principles it is a science, in its application it is an art.

The Disease Continuum

Homeopathy regards disease as a continuum, unbroken from birth to death. An essentially chronic, systemic state, at first punctuated by acute exacerbations and even crises and culminating in the final terminal disorder. Furthermore, disease is seen as a progressive continuum extending to us through the generations from the very beginnings of the fall of man. “The sins of the forefathers visited upon the children” - generation after generation, and each generation adding its contribution to the disease legacy. “Until it is made good”. And only a cure can make good! Palliative and suppressive methods cannot, they add to the continuum.

The progressive nature of the disease continuum indicates a progressive disease state of the human race as a whole, which is ever increasing and ever producing grosser disease manifestations. No individual is free from hereditary disease. The disease of each individual is as unique as his fingerprints, a unique mosaic of past influences, despite the apparent similarities which have given rise to modern classifications. The uniqueness is not to be found in these generic symptoms but in those symptoms, mental and physical, which are different and even peculiar. They provide the curative key!

Except in gross disorders, disease first manifests as a functional disorder, which progresses over a shorter or longer period into pathological changes. In this functional phase disease is imminently curable and suitable for homeopathic treatment. This is particularly seen in the child and young adult. The homeopath sees the child as being the parent of the adult. possessing in latent or incipient form the specific disease potentials, mental and physical, from which the adult will suffer. He sees in the colic, infantile eczema, food allergies, behavioural and learning disorders and early infections of the child the tell-tale smoke of the continuum fires. This is the vital time to interrupt the otherwise inevitable sequence. This is the sphere of homeopathy.

Whereas allopathy is essentially a defensive mode of treatment, responding to each challenge the continuum manifests by opposing it symptomatically, a rearguard action relying on increasingly toxic means of defence in the face of the inexorable advance of the hereditary state, and during the many prolonged, quiescent periods lapsing into passivity; homeopathy is an attacking mode, aware of the presence of the continuum from conception, looking for and recognising its first stirrings, and using the simile principle to progressively mould the constitution towards health.

Homeopathy does not accept the concept of local disease. Man himself is the unit of life, not the cell, the tissue or the organ. When man is diseased he is sick in every cell of his body, no matter how localised the disease may seem. The disease is systemic, the cell tissue or organ is the target To consider, for example, eczema as a disease of the skin must be incorrect. The skin is bearing witness to hereditary influences which the immune system in its innate wisdom forces out onto the surface of the body where it can do least harm. It produces a safety valve. If this is suppressed allopathically the disease is forced to eventually manifest on a deeper level.

Every cause must have its effect - and if the least harmful effect is suppressed or palliated a more harmful effect must result. The disease is potentiated! Drug induced chronic disease results. Homeopathy working with and not against the immune response, may initially increase the least harmful effect but as the cure progresses the need for the specific safety valve diminishes and the localised condition disappears. The disease potential of the entire organism is attenuated.

The potentiation of disease through suppression increases its continuum effect, which is inevitably passed on to the next generation in this potentiated form. In this manner, especially in the past 40 to 50 years during which extremely potent means of disease suppression have become available. the disease continuum in the community, and ultimately in the species has been relentlessly intensified. An expediency has crept into medicine, of which the use of the contraceptive pill is a prime example, which in serving the individual threatens the race.

Homeopathy and the General Practitioner

Since as yet homeopathy is not part of the medical curriculum, for the general practitioner to consider its use he must have first perceived the urgent necessity of avoiding drug therapy wherever possible, be aware of the shortcomings of allopathic therapy and be alert to the mischief that drugs can do.

Homeopathy is first line medicine. ideal for primary health care in general practice. In treating the curable, incurable states can be prevented, in curing the minor illnesses one is curing the major illnesses, in treating the major illnesses at their inception they may still prove curable or be modified. Even in the incurable much mental and physical relief can be given.

Homeopathy enables the practitioner to accept and treat cases he would otherwise have to refer. Particularly is this true of children's illnesses and emotional states. The personal satisfaction and fulfillment of successfully curing one's cases by gently coaxing and directing the body's own resources and healing power, without any hurt, is immeasurable. In acute cases the similar remedy acts as rapidly, if not more rapidly, than suppressive or antibiotic therapy and when the infection is over, the body itself has prevailed and is strengthened by the experience. What pleasure is derived from hearing the mother gratefully say, “This is the first year that my child has gone through winter without the need for an antibiotic”.

Physical and mental trauma are especially the domain of homeopathy. Probably most important of all for the future, with the deteriorating environment and the changes in viral behaviour is the efficacy of the similar remedy in the treatment of allergies and viral infections. The skill acquired from experience continuously widens the scope of homeopathy for the earnest practitioner.

The very nature of the homeopathic consultation, with the practitioner's need to delve deeply into the emotional life of his patient and his obvious interest in even the seemingly strange and trivial, establishes a confidence and rapport which is invaluable. The participation of the patient in the process of cure is an essential ingredient of homeopathic methodology.

Homeopathy is gentle and sure in action, non-toxic and above all curative. It provides the practitioner with a means to direct his family and his patients along the road to true health and within his ambit to reduce the continuum effect of chronic disease. It is in keeping with the conservation of life. It is the model of a holistic medical doctrine.

In a Nutshell

1) Disease can be cured by a remedy capable of causing the same symptom complex.

2) The similar remedy must be administered in potentized form.

3) The higher the potency (i.e. the greater the serial dilution and succussion ) the more accurate the similarity must be and the more profound the action of the correct remedy will be.

4) Symptoms are produced by the healing power of the body, in order to cure the remedy must mimic the immune response, not oppose it.

5) Disease causation is submolecular, only submolecular quantum medicine acts on this level.

6) Generic symptoms of disease are of least importance in remedy selection, emotional and unique symptoms are of the greatest importance.

7) Homeopathy is an essential part of medical care.

8) Disease is always systemic, never local. It is a continuum.

9) Molecular medicine, allopathy, however necessary adds to the continuum and pollutes the internal environment.

10) Homeopathy cures and conserves, it is holistic medicine.

D.J. Lilley MB ChB., M.F Hom.

(Modified by Dr Benjamin J. Herr M. Tech. Hom)