What is a Homoeopath:: Personal View

Vera Resnick

Hahnemann really defines homoeopathy in the Organon through all of its aphorisms, but I feel that Aphorism 3 sets things in place very clearly.  My intention is not to define all of homoeopathy within several paragraphs, rather to show how Hahnemann gave a framework for understanding what a homoeopath has to be able to do in order to practice real homoeopathy correctly and effectively.

1.     “…the physician…perceives what is to be cured in diseases, that is to say, in every individual case of disease…”

–         observing the patient

–         focusing on the disease state

–         getting a clear picture of the disease state, a picture of what has changed in contrast with the previous healthier state

–         using perception rather than imagination, speculation, or over-rated creativity

–         knowing how to take the case

–         using knowledge of disease through understanding of anatomy, physiology and pathology so that he knows what he is seeing, and understands what he is hearing

–         never falling into the trap of labeling a disease state to be able to include it in a category common to others, rather than individualizing the disease state as clearly as possible to understand the patient’s personal expression of it through symptoms, modalities etc.


2.  “…he clearly perceives what is curative in medicines, that is to say, in each individual medicine…”

–         knowledge of medicines through in-depth study of proving symptoms, as a medicine’s impact on a healthy person is the only true way to see what is curative in that medicine

–         awareness that clinical information about medicines cannot be the first source of information about what a medicine can do[1]


3.  “…he knows how to adapt, according to clearly defined principles, what is curative in medicines to what he has discovered to be undoubtedly morbid in the patient…”

–         understanding of the Law of Similars and how it plays out in “like cures like”, in the way that a substance that can cause a symptom picture in a healthy person will cure a similar symptom picture in a sick person

–         ability to focus on the disease symptom picture and to match it to the remedy that can cause the most similar disease picture in a healthy person

–         to distinguish, where there is a complex disease picture, what symptoms to work with in order to achieve most effective prescribing


4.  In addition, Hahnemann states the need for the “exact quantity of it [the remedy] required (proper dose)” and the knowledge of “the obstacles to recovery in each case” and the awareness of how to remove them.


So in summary, a homoeopath is someone who knows:

–         how to identify a disease picture

–         what is curative in remedies through knowledge of proving symptoms

–         how to harness the Law of Similars in matching the remedy in its proving symptoms to the disease picture

–         how to dose with the remedy

–         how to identify and remove obstacles to cure


In Hahnemann’s words “then he understands how to treat judiciously and rationally, and he is a true practitioner of the healing art.”

[1] In the preface to the proving of Alumina in Chronic Diseases Hahnemann writes:  “I am sorry to say the significance of the use of medicines as given in the preface to most of the remedies, and which have often been unreliably reported, has been now and then misunderstood, having been regarded as determining the choice of remedies in the treatment of diseases (as indications) ; this they cannot and should not be ; they are not names of diseases healed, but only of separate symptoms which, in treating a disease with the specified medicine, were either diminished or removed ab usu. To use them otherwise is a deceptive procedure which we leave now as before to our allopathic step-brothers. They are, on the contrary, only to serve to furnish occasionally a little confirmation of the correct choice of the homoeopathic remedy, already found out from their pure peculiar medicinal effects, as indicated according to the similarity of the symptoms of disease of the special case under consideration.”

2 responses to “What is a Homoeopath:: Personal View

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