Sunday 19 April 2015


2015-16  Dr Samuel Hahnemann's Organon of Medicine 

The five basic principles of Homeopathy [according to Dr. Hahnemann] are - 

The homeopathic remedy [medicine indicated in each individual case] is given
1] based on the Natural Law of Similars [Similia Similibus];
2] after proving on healthy human beings;
3] in a highly potentized form;
4] in an infinitesimal dose; and
5] as a single, simple remedy at any one time.

The three basic steps of Homeopathic  Practice [Treatment] are --
1] Knowledge of Disease [one and only reference Organon* § 1-82]
2] Knowledge of the Remedy [Organon
§ 83-244, Materia Medica, Repertory-Many Books]
3] Proper Mode of Employing the Remedy [one and only reference Organon
§ 245 – 291]
The Organon of Medicine [1810-1843], written by Dr. Samuel Hahnemann [1755-1843], the founding father of homeopathy, is the cornerstone of homeopathic principles and practice, and is used by students and practitioners of homeopathy, worldwide. Dr William Boericke’s [German to English] translation of the Sixth & Final Edition of The Organon [1921] is authentic.

Given below is a Catechism on Homeopathic Practice based on the Organon:

[By going through the following FAQ, with answers picked from the Organon’s 291 aphorisms, one may realize how indispensable the study of the Organon is for Homeopathic Practice. Many relegate The Organon to a corner, calling it Homeopathic "Philosophy". It is much more than philosophy. The Oganon is the one and only guide to true Homeopathic Practice.]

01 What is meant by "cure" and what is its highest ideal?

The physician’s high and only mission is to restore the sick [individual] to health, to "cure", as it is termed.  § 1

The highest ideal of cure is rapid, gentle  and permanent restoration of the health, or removal of the disease in its whole extent, in the shortest, most reliable, and most harmless way, on easily comprehensible principles§ 2

 02  Who is a "true practitioner of the healing art"?

If the physician clearly perceives what is to be cured in every individual case of disease (knowledge of disease), if he clearly perceives what is  curative  in each individual medicine (knowledge  of medical powers), and if he knows how to adapt, according to clearly defined principles, what is curative in medicines to what he has discovered to be morbid in the patient (choice of the remedy, the medicine indicated), as also in respect to quantity of it required (proper dose), and the proper period for repeating the dose; - if, finally, he knows the obstacles to recovery in each case and is aware how to remove them, so that the restoration may be permanent, then he understands how to treat judiciously and rationally, and he is a true practitioner of the healing art § 3

03   What is the "true and only conceivable portrait of the disease" ?

The unprejudiced observer takes note of only the deviations in health of the body and of the mind (morbid symptoms) which can be perceived externally by means of the senses, which are felt by the patient himself, remarked  by  those around  him  and  observed by  the  physician.  All  these perceptible signs represent the disease in its whole extent, that is, together they form the true and only conceivable portrait of the disease.  § 6 

04  What is the Natural [Homeopathic] Law of Cure?

The homeopathic  law of cure states that a weaker dynamic affection is permanently extinguished in the living organism by stronger one, if the latter is very similar to the former in its manifestations.  § 26

Each individual case of disease is most  surely, rapidly  and permanently annihilated  and  removed  only  by  a medicine capable of producing (in the human system) in the most similar and complete manner the totality of its symptoms, which at the same time are stronger than the disease.   § 27

Similia Similibus [Likes by Likes].

05  What is the process of "taking a case" [for homeopathic treatment]?

The patient details the history of his sufferings; those about him tell what they heard him complain of, how he has behaved and what they have noticed in him; the physician sees, hears, and remarks by his other senses what there is of an altered, unusual character about him.  He writes down accurately all that the patient and his friends have told him in the very expressions used by them. Keeping silence himself he allows them to say all they have to say, and refrains from interrupting them unless they wander off to other matters. § 84

When the physician has finished writing down these particulars, he then makes a note of what he himself observes in the patient, and ascertains how much of that was peculiar to the patient in his healthy state.  § 90

 06  What are the "guiding symptoms" in the search for a homeopathic remedy?

The more   striking,   singular,   uncommon   and   peculia(characteristic) signs and symptoms of the case of disease are chiefly and most solely to be kept in view; for it is  more particularly these that very similar ones in the list of symptoms of the selected medicine must correspond to, in order to constitute it the most suitable  for  effecting  the  cure.   § 153

The state of the disposition [or mind] of the patient often chiefly  determines the selection  of  the  homeopathic  remedy,  as  being  a  decidedly characteristic symptom which can least of  all remain concealed from the accurately observing physician. § 211

07  What is the "dosage" of the medicine to be given to the patient?

We potentize anew the medicinal solution* from which we give the patient  one or (increasingly) several teaspoonful doses, 

in long lasting diseases daily or every second day,
in acute diseases every two to six hours and
in very urgent cases every hour or oftener. 

Thus in chronic diseases, every correctly chosen homoeopathic medicine, even those whose action is of long duration, may be repeated daily for months with ever increasing success. 

If the solution is used up (in seven to fifteen days) it is necessary to add to the next solution of the same medicine

*Made in 8 tablespoons of water. The solution of the medicinal  globule  (and it  is  rarely necessary  to  use  more  than  one  globule)  in only 8 tablespoons of water and after thorough succussion of the vial take from it one tablespoon and put it in a glass of water containing about 8 spoonfuls. This is stirred thoroughly before giving a dose to the patient.  § 248 and footnote

08  How long will it take for the cure of an acute natural disease?

If the selected homeopathic remedy is administered properly, then the acute natural disease which is to be overruled if recently developed, will disappear imperceptibly in a few hours.  § 148

If the disease be not one of very long standing, will generally be removed and extinguished by the first dose of it, without any considerable disturbance.  § 154

 09  What is the physician to do in the case of a wrong selection of remedy?

When, to the observant practitioner it is evident, after the lapse of only six, eight or twelve hours, that he has made a bad selection in the medicine last given, in that the patient’s state is growing perceptibly worse  from  hour  to hour,  by the  occurrence  of  new symptoms and sufferings, it is not only allowable for him, but it is his duty to remedy his mistake, by the selection and administration of a homeopathic medicine not merely tolerably suitable, but the most appropriate possible for the existing state of the disease.  § 250

10  What is the expiry date for a homoeopathic medicine?

[There is no expiry date for homeopathic medicines. They can be used for ever.] 

The entire medicinal power of the vegetable juice is retained for ever by keeping the preparation [mixing the freshly expressed juice immediately with equal parts of spirits of wine] in well corked bottles and excluded from sun's light. § 267

In order to preserve them in the form of powder, a precaution is requisite. This is best effected by spreading out the powder in a flat tin saucer with a raised edge, which floats in a vessel full of boiling water (i.e. a water-bath), and, by means of stirring it about, drying it to such a degree that all the small atoms of it (no longer stick together in lumps, but) like dry, fine sand, are easily separated from each other, and are readily converted into dust. 

In this dry state, the fine powders may be kept forever uninjured in well-corked and sealed bottles, in all their original complete medicinal power, without ever being  injured by mites or mould; and they are best preserved when the bottles are kept protected from the daylight [in covered boxes].  § 268 footnote

Globules [§ 270] retain their medicinal virtue for many years, if protected against sunlight and heat.  § 272 footnote


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