Vera Resnick-Weisz, DHom Med (Lic), IHM. Classical Homoeopathy. Local and online homoeopathic treatment available
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…”
2. “…he clearly perceives what is curative in medicines, that is to say, in each individual medicine…”
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…”
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:
In Hahnemann’s words “then he understands how to treat judiciously and rationally, and he is a true practitioner of the healing art.”
 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.”
This article was first published on http://www.homoeopathyinfo.com on 28 April 2011