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Philosophy of Healing

The principle of like cures like: "that which can produce a set of symptoms in a healthy individual, can treat a sick individual who is manifesting a similar set of symptoms."

"The highest ideal of cure is the rapid, gentle, and permanent resotration of health: that is, the lifting and annihilation of the disease in its entire extent in the shortest, most reliable, and least disadvantageous way, according to clearly recognizable principles"

~ Dr Samuel Hahnemann

Original and Early Texts

"Physician Samuel Hahnemann’s pioneering text Organon of the Medical Art, first published in 1810, remains the foundation for all study in this field."

James Tyler Kent (1849–1916), an American doctor, is regarded as the forefather of modern homeopathy.

The Methodology of Homeopathy

The Science of Homeopathy

" The Healing Enigma" by Vinton McCabe

Author Vinton McCabe explains classical homeopathy and how its treatments differ from those of allpathic (traditional medicine) treatments. The Healing Enigma: Demystifying Homeopathy is the first in a series of three books (others being "The Healing Bouquet" and "The Healing Echo").

"While each of these three volumes stands alone, giving a comprehensive look at an individual system of therapeutics, together they present the full panorama of what must be considered homeopathic medicine: from creator Samuel Hahnemann’s homeopathic remedies to Edward Bach’s floral essences to W.H. Schuessler’s cells salts, the three books together display the diverse power and range of homeopathic treatments."

Homeopathic Software

In recent years homepathic software has taken over from having a large library of books. The software is used in case-taking to search for the remedy that most matches the symptoms of the client, searching among the many thousands of remedies available.

For example, the RADAR software can be bought with an electronic library of over 750 volumes.

Homeopathy and Archetypes

Homeopathy

Homeopathic Methodology, Dilution and Succussion

"Homeopathy involves a process known ... as "dynamisation" or "potentisation" whereby a substance is diluted with alcohol or distilled water and then vigorously shaken in a process called "succussion". Insoluble solids, such as quartz and oyster shell, are diluted by grinding them with lactose (trituration). The founder of homeopathy, Samuel Hahnemann, [found] that the process of succussion activated the "vital energy" of the diluted substance and that successive dilutions increased the "potency" of the remedy."

Potency scales

"Several potency scales are in use in homeopathy. Hahnemann created the centesimal or "C scale", diluting a substance by a factor of 100 at each stage. ... A 2C dilution requires a substance to be diluted to one part in one hundred, and then some of that diluted solution diluted by a further factor of one hundred. ... A 6C dilution repeats this process six times [and] higher dilutions follow the same pattern."

"Some homeopaths developed a decimal scale (D or X), diluting the substance to ten times its original volume each stage. .... In the last ten years of his life, Hahnemann also developed [the] LM scale diluting the drug 1 part in 50,000 parts of diluent."

"Potencies of 1000c and above are usually labelled with Roman numeral M and with the centesimal 'c' indicator implied (since all such high potencies are centesimal dilutions): 1M = 1000c; 10M = 10,000c; CM = 100,000c; LM (which would indicate 50,000c) is typically not used due to confusion with the LM potency scale."

~ Wikipedia on Homeopathic Dilutions

See also the links below.

Homeopathy dilution

Dr Rajan Sankaran (born 1960, Mumbai, India) is a practitioner, teacher and leading contemporary developer of homeopathic thinking.

"Sankaran is best known for his path breaking concepts, especially his understanding of disease as a delusion, his use of mind symptoms and dreams, his classification of remedy states into kingdoms and his additions to the existing miasms."

TEDMED Live talk on homeopathy by Dr.Rajan Sankaran

Homeopathy can be easily practiced in an acute situation for self-help and first-aid in the home, using potencies of 30C and below. For chronic or long-standing conditions it is advisable to consult a professional homeopath to determine the consitutional remedy. This will be the remedy that best matches the totality of symptoms and will possibly be a much higher potency (in other words more dilute) such as 200C or 1M.

There are a great many books on homeopathy. A small selection of Heather's favourites are found in the homeopathic pages of the Koru Bridge bookshelves.

Authors to look for include James Tyler Kent, Constantine Hering, Frederik Schroyens, Roger van Zandvoort, William Boericke, Frans Vermeulen, George Vithoulkas, Jan Scholten, Robin Murphy, Roger Morrisson, Jeremy Sherr, Margery Blackie, Dana Ullman, Catherine Coulter, Philip Bailey, Rajan Sankaran ...

An excellent source of homepathic books for many years has been Minimum Price Homeopathic Books. They carry a complete range of books for professional homeopaths.

The Little Library presents a collection of the articles written by David Little.
"The goal of the Little Library is to supply essential reading material on important and little known subjects necessary to homoeopathic practice."