The Founding of Homeopathy

The highest ideal of therapy is to restore health rapidly, gently, permanently; to remove and destroy the whole disease in the shortest, surest, least harmful way, according to clearly comprehensible principles. – Aphorism 2, Dr. Samuel Hahnemann, Organon of Medicine, 6th ed., Kunzli et al, trans. There isn’t much to object to in this second […]

Symptoms tell us the Remedy

Let’s now skip over Hahnemann’s next provocative statement of medical generality to answer the question left open by the last post. Hahnemann says we shouldn’t theorize as to the complex internal mechanisms of the body or use our incomplete biochemical knowledge to treat people. So, where should we go to understand someone’s illness? If not […]

Homeopathy uses presenting symptoms to understand disease

How could a 19th century physician dare suggest we had enough knowledge back then to heal the sick?

Homeopathy heals the sick

The physician’s highest calling, his only calling, is to make sick people healthy — to heal, as it is termed. – Aphorism 1, Organon of Medicine [Kunzli, trans.] With this opening shot, Dr. Samuel Hahnemann begins his treatise on the healing art. It may not seem like a critical statement at first, and many of his […]