Monthly Archives: July 2014

Further news on the international Register.

The board of the I.H.M, had some discussions over the last few days, and we made the decision to include medically qualified practitioners on the Register.

The Register is a list of HAHNEMANIAN practitioners who practice homoeopathy for the benefit of the patient using tried and tested and effective methods. The I.H.M. has always maintained that it is the training of the practitioner that matters and not whether they hold a medical degree, and to this end, see no reason to exclude anyone if they meet the criterion.

We already have received an application from James Tyler Kent. The application came from Germany so we suspect it may be fake. Not to mention we also have the I.P. address, the routing and the actual computer I.D. it was sent from. Using Firefox build 30, windows 7 and English language. Lovely part of Germany Kent lives in…

We will put the Register on-line in the next few days.. you are welcome to send in your preliminary application and we will be in touch..


Schuesslers Tissue Salts

Born 1821 Died 1898. Medical Doctor and Naturopath.

We have been asked why Hahnemannian Homoeopaths do not use or prescribe the 12 salts of Schuessler.

Firstly, the whole system of Biochemics has NOTHING to do with Hahnemann or the practice of Homoeopathy. It has always been a source of sadness to me that noted homoeopaths of the day, gave the systems some credence. From examining the history, it is possible to see where American homoeopathy began to lose its credibility with the Hering school, who started to deviate from Hahnemanns recommendations, and even made a whole new potency scale which added nothing to the therapeutics today.


The idea upon which Biochemic Therapeutics is based is the physiological fact that both the structure and vitality of the organs of the body are dependent upon certain necessary quantities and proper apportionment of its inorganic constitu ents. These remain after combustion of the tissues and form the ashes. These inorganic constituents are, in a very real sense, the material basis of the organs and tissues of the body, and are absolutely essential to their integrity of structure and functional activity. According to Schuessler’s theory, any disturb- ance in the molecular motion of these cell salts in living tissues, caused by a deficiency in the requisite amount, constitutes disease, which can be rectified and the requisite equilibrium re-established by administering the same mineral salts in small quantities. This is supposed to be brought about by virtue of the operation of chemical affinity in the domain of histology ; and hence this therapeutic procedure is styled by Scbiissler the Biochemic method, and stress is laid on the fact that it is in supposed harmony with well-known facts and laws in physiological chembtry and allied sciences.

As we can see from the preface taken from the book, written by Boericke, this methodology has more to do with naturopathy than homoeopathic prescribing. For each of the 12 tissue salts, there is a list of ailments, and if your ailment falls under NAME of one of them, then you take the appropriate salt. Real homoeopaths need not ask why this is not appropriate.

  • The salts are limited to certain potencies.
  • I have discovered that in the manufacture of the tissue salts, a small amount of the substance is inserted in the crude form along side the potentised version in each tablet.

This is one of those therapies that uses the term ‘homoeopathic’ and had NOTHING to do with the principles of prescribing in homoeopathy.

I know of many practitioners who will give a prescription of a tissue salt rather than do the proper job of ascertaining the symptoms and giving the appropriate medicine required. Giving a medicine for example, to a baby who is teething in the Tissue salts limits a prescription to Ferrum Phos. What if the symptoms are NOT ferrum phos? Why do some practitioners feel that low potencies are ‘safe’ to give in Tissue salts?

The I.H.M. and Hahnemann do not approve of non homoeopathic practices regardless of whether a medicine is potentized or not. On this basis, a practitioner who regularly uses the Tissue salts need to re-examine the principles of homeopathic practice and educate themselves as to what it is that they are doing.

The urgency for the Register

Recently, the the I.H.M. offices in Mexico was asked to publish an article by a European based homoeopath regarding the right to practice for non medically licenced homoeopaths. On the surface, it seems like an easy request to fulfill, especially as there is a move afoot for governments to infringe on every facet of our lives and take total control.

However, with deeper contemplation regarding the matter, and discussions between several members of the I.H.M. we will not be supporting this particular petition, and we will publically state why.

The I.H.M. has long held that the route to protecting the therapy of homoeopathy is through accurate training and utilisation of Hahnemanns instructions for casetaking and case management. To this end, we as an organisation have pursued a policy of teaching these methods via seminars and classrooms.

Homoeopathy per se, that is the true APPLICATION of the therapy, is all but dead in the Western world. It has been forsaken and replaced by false practices like the Sensation Method and prescribing by Elements, chemical groups and all sorts of other quasi spiritual/poor psychology prescribing techniques that do not help the patient along sound and proven methods of health restoration.

Yesterday, a colleague of mine in the USA related the story of a friend of his who required homoeopathic treatment for an ailment, and chose a practitioner close to their residence. The practitioner spent literally hours taking all sorts of notes, relating to the psyche of the person, how they viewed life etc, and eventually prescribed ‘Mountain lion milk’ based on some quasi psychological interpretation of words said by the patient. The sad thing is, that in the State in which he resides, this is the normal method of prescribing.

Now for honest hearted and genuine practitioners of homeopathy, this use of the doctrine of signatures and false interpretive prescribing, goes against the very core of the medical practice. Dream interpretation, central delusion theory, interpretation of recorded symptoms……….. it never ends.

Any individual is entitled to promote their own theories in whatever way they desire. Crazy, false, dangerous or not. It cannot exist or be promoted further without the SUPPORT OF ADHERENTS OR FOLLOWERS!

All of the falseness of these new ‘improved’ methodologies could have been stopped easily. However, the basic lack of knowledge and training given to homoeopaths over the years by teachers who learned from their teachers, and whom did not examine the sources……… has led to this terrible situation. Homoeopathy today in the main, does not represent Hahnemanns medical practice as defined.

We have deep sympathy for those practitioners who are not medically qualifed and who are finding the the bar is being set higher and higher in order to meet the Country ‘requirement’ for the right to practice. It is not just homoeopathy, it is every practice in alternative health care which is being absorbed for the ‘safety and welfare of the patient‘.

However, we at the I.H.M. draw a line in the sand when it comes to sharing a platform or an appeal to ‘authorities’ for the ‘right’ to practice if we have to join with those that lay claim to be ‘homoeopaths’ and are practicing falsely. We do not subscribe to political expediency in order to save our profession.

Let us put things in perspective.

  • MOST non medical registers of homoeopaths include the provision for ANY mode of therapy under the name homoeopathy  to be practiced. Most registers require an examination for a practitioner to be entered on it, and the examination requires a deep knowledge of the Sankaran Sensation method.
  • In the USA, a school has been established in Arizona that will allow a graduate to practice with the ability to practice as a ‘Homoeopath’ with all legal rights established. Unfortunately, the school is not teaching proper homoeopathy.

So what would we get if we supported the right to practice homoeopathy for lay practitioners? Does this mean we only support the right for Doctors to practice homoeopathy? Absolutely not. In our experience ANYONE practicing without proper knowledge or training is wasting the time of a patient and not doing the job the are paid for. However a person with a medical licence can do almost anything they want and not much can be done about it. As Hahnemann experienced during his lifetime, a lot of them did not learn properly.


We do not expect this Register to be a large one. It is aimed at the practitioner who practices accordng to the tenets of Hahnemanns Instructions. No Sankaran, No Scholten, No modern individual methodology or techniques that goes against the well documented and presented directions given by Hahnemann. But we do expect an applicant to practice according to the parameters of Homoeopathy as defined by Hahnemann.

We have set an initial application form at the top of the page. If you can answer YES to all the questions then please apply. It is our aim to collect together all those remaining homoeopaths in the West that practice REAL homoeopathy and give them a voice and representation where we can.

New Practitioner list for non Doctors

We will shortly be opening a Practitioner REGISTER for non Medical Practitioners in Europe.

There will be a criterion to be met for application to become a member, which will be posted later.

As more and more countries are changing the laws and making it difficult to practice homoeopathy without a medical licence, we are looking at ways to combat this.

Watch this Space..

Case Studies from India (hidradenitis suppurativa)

31-year-old Mrs. Sanjana (name changed) visited Alwarpet clinic with symptoms of recurrent pustular and hard abscess in both her armpits. There was pain and redness with offensive yellow discharge.

On a detailed study, she was diagnosed with hidradenitis suppurativa, an exceptional inflammatory skin disease that affects only estimated 1% of the population. She took conventional treatment for a period of 2 years that simply palliated the abscess. Twice she underwent incision and drainage (a surgery to drain the infected areas) yet the abscess relapsed at an interval of only 4 months.

She suffered from recurrent mild fever with severe body pain. The constant pricking pain made her agitated and stressed. Due to the occurrence of red, tender swelling in her armpits, she was unable to do her day-to-day activities at home. She was not able to move her arms freely. Washing or combing hair was also a painful task for her. She had to quit her job due to excruciating pain. Her confidence was completely shattered. When she realised the fact that there was no cure for her disease in conventional system of medicine, she resorted to homeopathy.

She was very skeptical initially because it was the first time she was trying homeopathy. Her husband who accompanied her to the clinic said that she was a very mild and gentle person, but had eventually become irritable owing to her suffering. She had emotional outburst most of the time because her pain and suffering.

After considering the entire case history, we prescribed Pulsatilla 200. In a span of one month, the redness and the intensity of pain subsided. There was an expulsion of offensive discharge from the abscess. She did not get fever and the quality of her sleep improvised. Overall in the course of 4 months, the abscess reduced considerably. She was kept under thorough observation for a period of 2 years and no relapse was noticed.

Dr Batra.

The Clinical Application of the Law of the Similars in the Homeopathic Healing Art

"If we are true to homeopathy it will be true to us — that is our experience." —Adolph Lippe

Adolph Lippe M.D.

It is to be presumed that all homeopaths agree on the universal law of cure appertaining to the exclusive therapeutics of our healing art. Hahnemann has fully explained, by logical arguments, to be found in the 53d to 56th paragraphs of his Organon, that there can be no other possible law applied for the cure of the sick than the law of the similars.

Hahnemann tells us, in the third paragraph of his Organon, that we must first discern what is to be cured in each individual case of sickness, that we must also discern the curative powers of each medicine, and if, furthermore, we have learned to so apply the curative powers of medicines for the cure of the discernible, undoubted condition of the sick, so that a cure must follow infallibly, this can only be accomplished if the proper dose is given and if this dose is rightly repeated. If we do all this, he tells us, then we become true healers.

The first question presenting itself to the student of homeopathy is, what is to be cured in each individual case of sickness? In paragraph 12, we find that the totality of the symptoms constitutes the disease, that through them alone an expression of the needed assistance can be given. In this paragraph Hahnemann undertook to, and did, show the utter folly of the materialism of the prevailing school of medicine, which resorts to a symptomatic cure-method and, and how they only succeeded, at times, in suppressing, not curing, single symptoms by contrary remedies; suppressing them only for a short time, to reappear, after the palliation has ceased, with more vigor than before. It is obvious that the totality of the symptoms observed on the sick cannot be met with by a totality of the symptoms known to belong to a proved drug, and it is not supposed that equal attention is to be paid to every one of these symptoms, or that they are of equal value. Hahnemann gives a satisfactory and exhaustive explanation of the value to be attached to the symptoms found in the sick. This explanation we find in paragraph 154. In this paragraph Hahnemann says: The remedy which resembles in its especial, peculiar, and extraordinary (characteristic) symptoms of the diseased condition, in the greatest similarity, and in the largest number, is the specific curative remedy of the case, and generally cures it, without considerable sufferings, in the first dose administered.

These peculiar and extraordinary symptoms, both of the sick and of the remedy, serve as indicators for a cure. These peculiar and extraordinary symptoms are termed characteristic symptoms. In each and every case of sickness the observing physician detects symptoms which are extraordinary, and, as such, peculiar to the sick individual. The observing physician also learns that no two cases of sickness are perfectly alike. Pathology teaches us only such symptoms as must by necessity always be present in a given form of disease, are characteristic of the disease only, but do not include, and, of necessity, cannot include the peculiar, extraordinary symptoms of every individual. For the sake of illustration we may take a well-known form of disease like scarlet fever. In all cases of scarlet fever we find a peculiar eruption with fever, and, finally, desquamation. Each epidemic and every individual have their own characteristic, peculiar, and extraordinary symptoms. The symptoms generally present and constituting scarlet fever, we find under very many remedies, and we also know from clinical experience and from clinical reports, that scarlet fever has been cured by a great many remedies at certain periods, during certain epidemics, in certain localities.

A priori we can draw no correct deductions from the facts on record; a priori we cannot determine what remedy will be indicated in the next case we are called upon to cure. We must be guided, in the choice of a remedy, by the peculiar, extraordinary symptoms we observe in the individual; by symptoms not by necessity belonging to or constituting scarlet fever. These symptoms may be, first, the mental condition of the sick. We find one patient in a deep stupor, unconscious, but perfectly quiet. This condition will call our attention to a similarity of Belladonna, which we would find still more indicated if the patient is momentarily awakened by a violent start of the body. Another patient may, perhaps, be very restless; tumble over the bed in great distress; is also unconscious. This will draw our attention to Apis mellifica and Arum triphyllum. If at the same time diphtheritic symptoms have appeared and the urinary secretion is suppressed, each of these remedies may still be considered; but if, in addition to all the above symptoms, the patient has a very sore, inflamed tongue and mouth, if, furthermore, the patient picks his finger ends and the peeling lips until both bleed, Arum triphyllum will be the remedy.

We might go on in this way and point out the characteristic symptoms, both of the sick and of the remedy, ad infinitum, and still there will appear in some cases new characteristic symptoms never before observed, which, on that very account, and because they are so peculiar and extraordinary, will be an unerring guide in our search for the true homeopathic remedy. An illustration of the many varying, peculiar, and extraordinary symptoms observed in a form of disease, can be found in that laborious work on the treatment of Typhoid Fever and its Analytical Therapeutics, by Dr. Constantine Hering; and even in that very exhaustive work, all the peculiar and extraordinary symptoms we meet with in some cases of that form of disease could not be incorporated. In the same degree, do we find symptoms recorded in our materia medica, which appear, on first sight, useless, because they have not been observed on the sick by the student of materia medica, or because pathology does not mention their existence in any form of disease, they are not considered of any practical value.

Hahnemann, nevertheless, calls our attention especially to these peculiar and extraordinary symptoms; they do not belong necessarily to the form of disease we treat, but to the individual we are to cure. In a given case of sickness, the true healer seeks first to ascertain which of the observed symptoms are the characteristic symptoms of the patient, and for that reason claim to be classified as the most important symptoms of the sick; and he diligently looks for the presence of these characteristic symptoms in our materia medica. This is his first step when he applies the law of the similars to clinical homeopathy. It is only later, after the healer has first determined what he has to cure, that the other requirements, the other methods, can be considered; if the first step has not been properly taken, all the further steps will, by logical necessity, be false steps, and the experiment will fail.

Hahnemann clearly explains all this, as we have shown above and still there exist different opinions among practitioners of homeopathy. It has been claimed that we widely differ on the posological question. This is not denied, but our differences of practice, and our different posological views, find their very origin in a misconception of this very first determination of “what we have to cure.” If we endeavor to apply the law of the similars to the cure of forms of diseases, we commit our first fatal error; we must then, by necessity, pervert our materia medica into a pathological picture book and look into it for the similar remedy, or to express it more scientifically, we first find a hypothesis, a disease, and construct a materia medica on a pathological and physiological basis, create another hypothesis, and then endeavor to apply the law of the similars. The result of such an application of the law of the similars must be a failure. In order to relieve, not cure, the sick, homeopathically, we will be compelled to administer appreciable doses and finally resort to the ordinary palliatives. That small, highly potentized, medicines, as Hahnemann recommends them, will fail to cure the sick under this erroneous interpretation of what we have to cure, is self-evident.

The logical deduction we must really arrive at, is this, that those men who commit this fatal error, rightly assert that in their hands the inappreciable, highly potential remedies have utterly failed. They have failed, and will forever fail, to cure, if they do not heed Hahnemann’s advice, and, irrespective of pathology, allow themselves to ascertain the totality of the symptoms of the sick, and classify them as Hahnemann did; find in each individual case the characteristic, peculiar, and extraordinary symptoms, and make them the most important indications for the choice of the similar remedy. As long as we neglect to do so we will also continue to differ on the posological and other question. We can only become true healers, and we can only cure under the law of the similars, if we implicitly conform our practice to the methods of homeopathy as revealed to us by the founder of our healing art, Samuel Hahnemann

Mission Statement and Project for 2014/15

The I.H.M. has decided to relocate to a centralised European location and offer in house training, seminars and patient care.

After much consideration, we have decided on the following model.

Location: Spain or Portugal.

We would like to lease or purchase a 10 bedroom or 15 bedroom hotel, either currently in operation or closed but in good repair. (with current licences)

  • Within one hour of an international airport.
  • EASILY accessible by bus or train or short taxi ride.
  • A large conference room or area that can be used for up to 80 persons.
  • smaller rooms to be used for  teaching groups.
  • Restaurant
  • Preferably in the outskirts of a town or in the country.

What we will offer.

  • Conferences.
  • Seminars
  • Teaching groups
  • Individual training
  • Research facilities
  • Reduced rate accommodation
  • Meals
  • Meeting Centre
  • Residential Patient care

This is a hotel we looked at hard and rejected for inadequate transportation in the area.


Should anyone know of a property in Spain, Mallorca or Portugal that meet the criteria above, would you please let us know.

If anyone is interested in a short-term investment depending on the price of the property, please let us know.


Declaración de Misión y Proyecto para el 2014/15

El I.H.M. ha decidido reubicarse a una locación Europea centralizada y ofrecer seminarios, capacitación y atención de pacientes con alojamiento.

Localización: España o Portugal.

Después de mucho considerar, nos hemos decidido por el siguiente modelo:

Nos gustaría alquilar o adquirir un hotel con 10 o 15 habitaciones, sin importar que esté en operación o haya sido cerrado, pero en buen estado (con licencias actualizadas).

  • A menos de una hora de un aeropuerto internacional.
  • FACIL acceso a través de autobús o tren o breve recorrido en taxi.
  • Un salón de conferencias grande o un área que pueda ser usada por más de 80 personas.
  • Pequeños salones que puedan ser usados para enseñar a grupos.
  • Restaurant.
  • Preferentemente en las afueras de la ciudad o del país.

Que ofreceremos:

  • Conferencias.
  • Seminarios.
  • Enseñanza a grupos.
  • Capacitación individual.
  • Materiales de investigación.
  • Alojamiento con tarifas accesibles.
  • Comidas.
  • Centro de reuniones.
  • Atención del paciente en su habitación.

Este es un hotel que vimos y rechazamos por su difícil acceso de transportación en el área.


Si alguien sabe de una propiedad que cumpla con los criterios anteriores, por favor, háganoslo saber.

Del mismo modo, si alguien está interesado en invertir a corto plazo dependiendo del precio de la propiedad, por favor, háganoslo saber.

500% increase in drug-resistant superbug infections in the US

Drug-resistant superbug infections explode across U.S. hospitals: 500% increase foreshadows ‘new plague’ caused by modern medicine

(NaturalNews – By Mike Adams. Scroll down for link) Drug-resistant superbug infections have reached near-epidemic levels across U.S. hospitals, with an alarming 500% increase now documented in a study just published in the August issue of Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology (the journal of the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America). (1)

Lead author of the study, Dr. Joshua Thaden, warned “This dangerous bacteria is finding its way into healthcare facilities nationwide… A CRE epidemic is fast approaching… Even this marked increase likely underestimates the true scope of the problem given variations in hospital surveillance practices.”

The study also found that an astonishing 94 percent of CRE infections were caused by healthcare activities or hospital procedures.

CRE superbugs explained

CRE (carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae) is an incredibly dangerous superbug causing nearly a fifty percent fatality rate once a patient is infected. The World Health Organization calls it “one of the three greatest threats to human health,” and all known antibiotics are useless in treating it.

CRE arose out of the systematic abuse of antibiotics by doctors, who inadvertently created the perfect breeding ground for deadly bacteria by using narrowly-targeted chemical medications that lack the kind of full-spectrum action found in nature (in herbs like garlic, for example). Because of their highly-targeted chemical approach, antibiotics encouraged bacteria to develop molecular defenses that resulted in widespread resistance to Big Pharma’s drugs. The situation is so bad today that the entire pharmaceutical industry has no drug, no chemicals and no experimental medicines which can kill

Even worse, there are virtually no new antibiotics drugs in the research pipelines, either. Drug companies have discovered that it’s far more profitable to sell “lifestyle management” drugs like statin drugs and blood pressure drugs than to sell antibiotics which treat acute infections. Antibiotics simply aren’t very profitable because relatively few people acquire such infections. Meanwhile, everyone can be convinced they might have high cholesterol and therefore need to take a statin for life.

Drug companies, in other words, have all but abandoned the industry of treating infections. Instead, they now primarily engage in the promotion of disease symptoms while selling drugs that attempt to alter measurable markers of those symptoms such as cholesterol numbers. Even though drug companies caused the superbug pandemic that’s now upon us, in other words, they have deliberately abandoned humanity in defending against those superbugs because it’s simply not profitable to do so.

The end of antibiotics has arrived: Humanity faces a new plague caused by modern medicine

The CDC has admitted that we are now living in a “post-antibiotics era.” As Infection Control Today states, “Antibiotic resistance is no longer a prediction for the future. It is happening right now in every region of the world and has the potential to affect anyone.” (2)

Dr. Arjun Srinivasan, associate director at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, went even further in a PBS interview, stating: (3)

We’ve reached the end of antibiotics, period… We’re here. We’re in the post-antibiotic era. There are patients for whom we have no therapy, and we are literally in a position of having a patient in a bed who has an infection, something that five years ago even we could have treated, but now we can’t.

Keep in mind that doctors refuse to use natural substances to treat infections, which is why they believe no defenses against superbugs exist. Their indoctrination into the world of pharmaceuticals is so deeply embedded in their minds, in other words, that they cannot even conceive of the idea that an herb, a food or something from Mother Nature might provide the answer to superbugs. See this Natural News article on natural antibiotics that kill superbugs. The list includes honey.

Hospitals are the perfect breeding grounds for superbugs

By their very design, hospitals are prefect breeding grounds for superbugs for six very important reasons:

1) They put all the infected people under one roof, creating a high density infectious environment.

2) They allow doctors and medical staff to quickly and easily carry and transmit infectious diseases to new patients. Previous studies have documented how superbugs easily ride on doctors’ ties, for example, or their mobile phones.

3) Medical staff still don’t wash their hands as frequently as they should. The intense time demands placed on them discourage careful hand washing, causing many to skip this crucial step between patient visits.

4) Hospitals almost universally refuse to use broad-spectrum antibacterial remedies which are not drugs. Natural substances like honey and garlic show extraordinary multi-faceted antibacterial properties, as do certain metals such as silver and copper. Yet because these substances are not developed by pharmaceutical companies which dominate the field of medical practice, they are simply ignored even though they could save many lives. (And a doctor who prescribes “honey” doesn’t sound as amazing and all-knowing as a doctor who prescribes “the latest, greatest laboratory breakthrough patented chemical medication.”)

5) Hospital practices suppress human immune function to the point of systemic failure. Rather than boosting immune function, conventional medical treatments such as antibiotics and chemotherapy cause immune system failure. Hospitals lack sunlight and hospital food lacks key immune-boosting minerals such as zinc and selenium. On top of that, most of the drugs prescribed to patients by hospitals deplete key nutrients required for healthy immune function, leaving patients even more susceptible to superbug infections.

6) Hospital staff spread infectious diseases to their private homes. After acquiring an infection at work (at the hospital), staffers easily spread those infections to their own family members at home.

The antibiotics plague is upon us

We are right now living through the early stages of a global plague caused by modern medicine. The industry that created this plague is utterly defenseless against it, leaving humanity to fight for survival in a world that’s now far more dangerous than the one that existed before the invention of antibiotics.

Antibiotics have indeed saved millions of lives, and they forever have an important place in any medical practice. Yet their careless use — combined with medicine’s willful and foolish abandonment of natural antibiotics that work far better — has led humanity down the path of its own destruction.

Today, a simple scrape of your arm or leg might now be fatal. Infections that occur during routine medical procedures which would have once been considered minor issues are now deadly.

And the worst part is that the bacteria continue to evolve more elaborate defenses against drugs while increasing their transmissibility. Human hospitals (and entire cities) are, by design, ideal pandemic hubs that rapidly spread disease. Like it or not, humanity has created the perfect storm for a pandemic decimation of the global population.

What will Big Pharma do as this medical catastrophe unfolds? They’ll keep selling you more statin drugs, because that’s where the money’s made.

Sources for this article include:





Homoeopathy – recommended reading

booksRecently I saw a series of responses to a request for recommendations of books on homoeopathy. Predictably, nothing by Hahnemann was recommended. The list – for those who want to know – ranged from Kent’s philosophy, through Vithoulkas, Boericke, Clarke, Coulter, and all the usual suspects. Just not the Organon. No original Hahnemannian provings. No earlier writings at all, really.

I was trying to feel fired up about writing a response, a post, something about how you cannot proceed with homoeopathy without understanding what it was intended to do, using what mechanism and what recommended methodology. But I found I was just too tired of it. Tired of seeing homoeopaths talking about homoeopathy without once mentioning the law of similars – or when they did mention it, making it clear that they did not understand it. Tired of hearing that those (such as me…) who say you have to start where it all started, with Hahnemann, the Organon, the first provings – are pseudo-religious nutters, hanging on to old texts with maddened zeal, ranting (as Hahnemann did) rather than accepting the brilliance and experience of today’s homoeopaths.

But the Organon is really the place to start. It is the only place to start. It is pointless and worthless (and expensive) to invest in a large library of books before you understand what the person who discovered and developed the method intended. It’s not easy to read the Organon. But it’s not easy to be a homoeopath either. If you think you want to be a homoeopath, see first if you can survive the Organon. If you understand the principle and methodology. And then read it again, and again.

If you’re reading later materia medicas you also need to research who copied whom. You will find symptoms repeated from book to book in exactly the same language – which is something of a dead giveaway. This repetition often gives an artificial importance to a symptom, as if many writers are concurring about its relevance – which is clearly not the case. Sometimes the copying was intended as clinical corroboration, but most writers don’t specify that.

The worst is when writers explain Hahnemann – as if their explanation is so perfect that it absolves you from reading the original. That’s almost as bad as claiming to know someone through what other people say about them on facebook.

So what books would I recommend? Before Vithoulkas, before Stuart Close, before Coulter, before Kent, read Hahnemann and Boenninghausen.   Organon. Chronic Diseases. Materia Medica Pura. Lesser Writings.   These books set the foundations, the grounding for your future reading.  Once you have these works solidly under your belt, you will have the tools to assess any other work you read, to see what is useful and disregard the rest.

Ignatia’s sore throat: Hahnemann’s prescribing notes

By Vera Resnick

The following are some of Hahnemann’s prescribing notes on Ignatia’s sore throat, to be found within the proving.  All I’ve added are some font changes (and perhaps a comma or two):

Symptom 157:
Stitches in the throat, when not swallowing; when swallowing feeling as if swallowing over a bone, during which it jerks (aft. 3 h.).

Hahnemann’s note:” If there is an alternating action of Ignatia where it produces a sore throat with shooting when swallowing (though I have never observed such a symptom), it must be of very rare occurrence, and hence of very little use from a curative point of view.

“Consequently I have never been able to cure a sore throat with Ignatia, even when the other symptoms resembled those of this drug, in which there was shooting only when swallowing.

“But, on the other hand, when stitches in the throat were only felt when not swallowing, Ignatia cured, and that the more certainly, more quickly and more permanently when the other morbid symptoms could be covered by similar Ignatia symptoms.”

And a word on the famous Ignatia lump in the throat, which does feel worse on swallowing:

Symptom no. 164.
Sore throat, like a lump or knob in the throat, which pains as if excoriated when swallowing. (aft. 16 h.).

Hahnemann’s note: ” The Ignatia sore throat, in which there is felt, when not swallowing, internal swelling of the throat, like a lump, is generally attended by only sore pain in this lump when swallowing.

“The sore throat must be of this description which Ignatia (when the other symptoms correspond) will remove, and under such circumstances it will be rapidly and certainly cured by Ignatia.)”

So on the one hand we have:  a sore throat with shooting pain.  If the shooting pain is only felt when not swallowing, if the other symptoms fit, Ignatia will cure.  Note – Hahnemann doesn’t rule out Ignatia curing if there is shooting pain with and without swallowing, but he does say that he has not cured where there is shooting pain only with swallowing.

And on the other hand – we have the Ignatia lump in the throat – according to Hahnemann’s note, felt when not swallowing, but only painful when swallowing.

Enough to make one want to swallow the strong stuff and know no pain  – but that’s Ignatia for you!