"Facts and experience must be at the root of all revelations of TRUTH. If we take a single step outside the region of observation we shall find ourselves in the infinite kingdom of fantasy and of arbitrary assumptions, the parent of disastrous delusion and of absolute nothingness."
~ Dr. Hahnemann - the founding father of Homeopathy
by Herbert A. Roberts, MD
As homeopathic physicians, we all need to have brought to our minds the wonderfully rich field for the treatment of these septic conditions that Hahnemann and his followers have provided; and it gives us assurance to realize that these profound states produce the best indications for remedies...
Editor's Note from David Johnson: This article was first written in the homeopathic journal Homeopathic Recorder. The remedies Dr. Roberts describes in this 1943 article are the same as those used in infectious conditions today--provided, of course, that the patient's symptoms match the indications for use of the respective remedies!
"All maladies which show skin eruptions are always present internally before showing local symptoms externally."
~Samuel Hahnemann, the father of homeopathy
by Sonya McLeod BA, DCH, RCSHom
I have always been a great admirer of Samuel Hahnemann’s work. In fact, if he were alive today, I have the feeling we would have been great friends. Sometimes when I read his writing I feel like it’s something that I could’ve written (especially the long rants about allopaths)...
Editor's Note from Christine Breen: Sonya McLeod, a homeopath in Vancouver, explains in general terms how participating in 'homeopathic provings' has enriched her life in a way nothing else has.
by Mary Ellen Coulter, MD
Homeopaths often focus so intently on finding the best remedy to balance the vital force, that what Hahnemann referred to as "obstacles to cure" can be overlooked. In today's world, such obstacles can refer to a poor diet, lack of exercise or sleep, toxic exposures or situational stress. When these factors are addressed, better success with the homeopathic prescription might occur...
Editor's Note from Mary Ellen Coulter: It is reassuring to find scientific protocols and studies that support our holistic therapies. Although, I love homeopathy as an incredible tool for balancing the vital force, the information described above is an important aspect of good health.
by Jane Tara Cicchetti RSHom (NA), CCH
Homeopathy is an effective system of natural health care that uses remedies made from minute amounts of specially prepared natural substances to stimulate the body and mind to heal naturally. One of the basic premises of homeopathy is that the mind, body and emotions are inseparably inter-linked. Samuel Hahnemann, who founded homeopathy almost 200 years ago, said when a person gets ill, he is affected emotionally and mentally as well as physically...
Editor's Note: Many people seek homeopathic treatment for emotional imbalances or inability to cope. In this article, Jane explains how a well chosen homeopathic remedy can benefit a person's emotional state and, as an added bonus, enhance and complement ongoing psychotherapy.
by Oonagh Taeger DHom (UK), PCH
When Hahnemann experimentally dosed himself with China in 1790, he conducted the first homeopathic proving, if an informal one. A proving is a controlled experiment in which the effects of a medicine are tested. (Homeopathic medicines are known as remedies.)...
Editor´s Note: We often hear of the vast amount of remedies in the homeopathic materia medica--numbering in the thousands--but how these remedies come into clinical usefulness remains a mystery to most of us. Here, Oonagh explains the fascinating process of a homeopathic proving. Hats off to all the homeopaths whose hard work and dedication to expanding and refining our materia medica through provings enhances the healing potential of Homeopathy!
by Robert Medhurst
The principles that underpin homeopathy were laid down clearly by the founder of the art, Dr. Samuel Hahnemann, in his Organon of Medicine(1). In a footnote to Aphorism 260 of the sixth edition of this venerable work(2), he outlines the factors that are likely to adversely affect the activity of the Similimum, or remedy whose proving picture best matches the presentation of the patient...
Editor´s Note: Robert's article serves as a reminder to both homeopathic practitioners and clients that attention must be paid to factors that can potentially antidote the positive action of a homeopathic simillimum or adversely affect the properties of the remedies themselves. While there remains some debate on these issues, homeopathic remedies appear to be fairly hardy although some degree of caution in the handling of remedies is probably the wise course.
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