Stuart Close

Homoeopathy works in perfect harmony with all necessary rational, non-medicinal and mechanical, therapeutic agents. Surgery, obstetrics, hygiene, dietetics, sanitary science, chemistry (so far as it is applied in the preparation of medicines and in ejecting and antidoting poisons) and psycho-therapy all find in homoeopathy their congenial and most powerful ally.

Homoeopathy is opposed in its constitution and principles to all
forms of treatment by direct or physiological medication, and to
physio-chemical treatment or treatment based upon chemical

Homoeopathy is opposed to the use; under ordinary conditions,
of drugs in physiological doses for mere palliative purposes, since
its primary object is always the cure or obliteration of disease and
complete restoration of health.

Homoeopathy is opposed to the methods of vaccine and serum
therapy, although it is claimed by many that these methods are
based upon the homoeopathic principle. It grants that this may be
true so far as the underlying principle is concerned, but opposes the
method of applying the principle as being a violation of sound,
natural principles of medication and productive of serious injury to
the living organism.

It has been proven experimentally and clinically that such
methods are unnecessary, and that the results claimed by their
advocates can be attained more safely, more rapidly and more
thoroughly by the administration of the homoeopathically indicated
medicines in sub-physiological doses, through the natural channels
of the body, than by introducing it forcibly by means of the
hypodermic needle or in any other way.

Homoeopathy is opposed to so-called “pathological prescribing”
and to “group treatment” of diseases, by which individual
peculiarities are ignored and patients are grouped or classed
according to their gross, pathological organic lesions and treated
alike. Homoeopathy deals with the individual, not the class. It treats
the patient, not a fictitious entity called the disease. Its prescription
or selection of medicines is based solely upon individual similarity
of symptoms, drug symptoms to disease symptoms, determined by
actual comparison in each case.

Homoeopathy is opposed to all forms of external, local or
topical drug treatment of the external, secondary symptoms of
disease, except in surgical cases. It directs its curative agents
through the natural channels of the body to the physiological
centres of vital action and reaction, which govern all functional
activities in the living organism in disease as well as in health.
Homoeopathy is opposed to polypharmacy. It depends for all its
results upon the dynamical action of single, pure, potentizated
medicines, prepared by a special mathematico-mechanical process
and administered in minimum doses.

In practice, homoeopathy bases the selection of the curative
remedy upon the totality of the symptoms of the individual
patient,. including a consideration of the ascertainable causes of
the disease. For the homoeopathic prescriber this constitutes the
disease. Speculation as to the inner, essential nature or working of
the drug or the disease does not enter into the process of selecting
the remedy. The prescription is not based upon the pathological
diagnosis, or the name of the disease, but solely upon the likeness
of the symptoms of the patient to the symptoms of some tested
drug, determined by actual comparison.

As the experimental work in constructing the homoeopathic
materia medica has been conducted with single medicines, and as
each medicine has its own definite and peculiar kind and sphere of
action, scientific accuracy, as well as the law of similars, requires
that the treatment of patients be conducted in the same manner.
Medicines, are never mixed or compounded in homoeopathic
practice but are given singly.

It has been proven experimentally that the sick organism is
peculiarly and even painfully sensitive to the action of the single,
similar medicine, and that curative effects are only obtained by
sub-physiological doses. Physiological doses, instead of removing
the symptoms of the disease, produce by their direct pathogenetic
action the characteristic symptom of the drug. If the drug be not a
similar the condition of the patient is complicated by the addition
of symptoms having no relation to the disease and no cure results.
If the drug be a similar the violent reaction of the organism to the
unnecessarily large dose increases suffering, exhausts the patient
and prolongs his disease, even if the eventually recovers.

The working principles of homoeopathy, therefore, may be
briefly stated as follows:
1. The totality of the symptoms of the patient is the basis of
medical treatment.
2. The use of single medicines, the symptoms and sphere of :action
of which have been predetermined by pure, controlled experiments
upon healthy persons.
3. The principle of symptom-similarity as the guide to the choice
of the remedy.
4. The minimum dose capable of producing a dynamic or
functional reaction.

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