while Hahnemann, in the preface of his Organon, calls homeopathy "a perfectly simple system of medicine, remaining always fixed in its principles as in its practice," he also says practicing it is "an apparently easy but actually troublesome and difficult business, and one requiring much thought." As is apparent from the history of homeopathy – to those who have studied it! – there have always been attempts to create various shortcuts, modifications or "improvements" in Hahnemann's method, all of which have ultimately failed.
While homeopathy had to endure a lot of antagonism during the 19th century, it was also a time of great advances and spectacular rise of homeopathy. But as great teachers and practitioners of homeopathy died out, the practice of homeopathy generally ceased to follow Hahnemann's principles, which lead to disappointing results and a near-extinction of homeopathy in the middle of the 20th century. Thanks to a few conscientous prescribers, homeopathy experienced a revival, but the great successes of homeopathy of the 19th century were NOT repeated.
As a primary reason for this lack of success we consider an insufficient understanding of Hahnemann's method, a shortage of thorough scientific thinking in the practical application of the method, the distortions in the materia medicae (namely an emergence of various "essences" and other fanciful theories) and the repertory. Step by step, we have deviated from the method of Hahnemann, until it became almost completely dissimilar to what is generally seen in practice.
History, unfortunately, tends to repeat itself. There is no shortage of irony in seeing that Lippe's admonishing words, written during the heydays of homeopathy, are as appropriate today as they were before, "The conflicting doctrines held by the various practitioners of medicine, calling themselves Homoeopathists, make it not only desirable, but imperatively necessary to determine the fundamental principles of Homoeopathy first... as their adoption is clearly the result of an acknowledgment or denial of first principles. It is a duty we owe ourselves, the community, and the memory of Hahnemann to agree on positive fixed fundamental principles... The community has a right to know, and should know, what constitutes Homoeopathy and a homoeopathic practitioner. The community which is to be benefited by a progressively developed art, finds conflicting, uncontradicted statements brought before it, with no support but the delusive or idle assertion of irresponsible individuals."
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Question for André Saine
Q: The old homeopaths often appear to have two categories of materia medica–antipsoric and non antipsoric medicines–implying that non-antipsoric remedies are to be followed by an antipsoric during treatment. Hahnemann comments on this in the treatment of mental diseases in the Organon. It implies a certain depth/constitutional action in antipsorics that is not apparent in other medicines. What is the difference in your view on this apparent division of materia medica? Most ‘modern’ homeopaths don’t seem to talk in these terms. Is this still a valid practice?
A: As a rule, more than one remedy will be needed to complete the treatment of patients with chronic diseases. Let’s say that such a patient requires a plant remedy at the beginning of treatment, after some time...
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Recommended article – Clinical Reflections
This is one of Lippe's articles documenting and explaining three of his clinical cases. Full case descriptions are provided, the remedy is selected and there are also comments explaining the finer shades of the selection process, which prove to be very valuable. To get the most out of it, you can try to analyze the cases yourself and then compare the resulting remedies.
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