Homeopathy: Basic Principles

This essay is dedicated to Dr. Hahnemann and to all those who practice Homeopathy; the world is a better place thanks to their efforts.

Homeopathy is a complete system of medicine which relies on it’s own Theory of Health and Disease. Its’ successful application requires at minimum an understanding of inextricably related Laws and principles including, the Law of Similars, the Totality of Symptoms, the Individualization of the Case, Provings and Action of Medicines, the Minimum Dose, the Potentization of the Medicines, the Principles and Methods of Cure. Each of these are explained in more detail below, starting with Homeopathic Theory of Health and Disease. Case examples are written in italics and are used to illustrate application of the theories and fundamental principles.

Homeopathic Theory of Health and Disease is outlined in The Organon of Medicine, a compilation of 294 (5th Edition, or 291 in the 6th Edition) Aphorisms written by Dr. Hahnemann. The Organon provides the structure upon which to take, analyze, treat, and follow-up on a case. In essence, the Homeopath needs to understand health, disease, medicine (§§105-106, §120), dosing, obstacles to recovery and how to remove them (§3, §71). (Note that Aphorisms referred to here and henceforth are from the 5th Edition unless otherwise indicated.) Health and disease are addressed in this section. The remaining aforementioned related principles are addressed below this section.

Health is the freedom of the vital force to allow the body to fully manifest it’s higher purpose (§9). This is observed as patients turn their lives around for the better following treatment. The vital force is the spirit-like force which enlivens the body and to which it is subject. Without the vital force, the body is dead and subject solely to material laws (§10).

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