Jerusalem Homeopathy Clinic

Vera Resnick-Weisz, DHom Med (Lic), IHM. Classical Homoeopathy. Local and online homoeopathic treatment available

Well Bah Humbug!

1 a : something designed to deceive and mislead
b : a willfully false, deceptive, or insincere person
2: an attitude or spirit of pretense and deception
3: nonsense, drivel
4 (British) : a hard usually mint-flavored candy

Homoeopathy treats the whole person, not the symptoms – well bah humbug!

I am tired of hearing people say, often with a gentle knowing look, that “homoeopathy treats the whole person, not the disease”.  Actually this translates to all methods of alternative/complementary medicine (and I’ve studied and practiced quite a few of them in my time) – just substitute reflexology/reiki/chinese medicine/aromatherapy for homoeopathy.  The phrase works just as well….

It’s just possible (gasp) that I’ve even voiced this empty meaningless phrase from time to time.

The problem is it’s created a sense, which has been adopted by well-meaning but misguided teachers and students, that the disease is of no importance.  That what really counts is how the person was growing up.  How he related to his parents.  How often he sleeps with his wife/girlfriend/paid escort…

This misapprehension goes hand-in-hand with total misunderstanding of the concept “like cures like”.  This concept is not just a pretty face.  It’s not a façade.  It’s a central axiom of all healing, as determined by Hahnemann from watching case after case after case (students/practitioners:  go read the Organon – if you find it boring and think it’s therefore not worthwhile, don’t be a homoeopath…please…)

I recently heard a clip of an MD/homoeopath (who will remain nameless here) who managed a television interview on homoeopathy without mentioning the Law of Similars once.  When asked what homoeopathy is about, he cited Hahnemann as having discovered the miracles of dilution and succussion …well please…suppose it serves me right for watching a clip of daytime TV and expecting a professional exposition of the true tenets of homoeopathy…

(Succussion = high dilutions of substances in homoeopathy, and during the process the container holding the substances is banged against a hard surface that has a little “give”, such as a book)

Hahnemann discovered the law of similars, and harnessed the power of substances (which were often poisonous in their crude state) through dilution and succussion.   He applied the law of similars for treatment of disease.  He states that explicitly in his writings.  He treated disease as expressed in the whole person, but the focus was clearly on disease symptoms, and on building a complete picture of those disease symptoms, including elements such as personality changes with the onset of disease.

So yes – we are holistic in that we see the mystical and magical human being as a whole, body and psyche, discharges, skin rashes an’ all.  But we treat the disease.   Usually that impacts on everything else, but the disease state is and has to be the object of our ministrations.

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2 comments on “Well Bah Humbug!

  1. J.H. White
    December 30, 2012

    To say that homeopathy treats the whole person can be selectively misleading. When homeopathy is approached as treating the “person as a whole” which includes our reciprocal relationship with the rest of organic life, it embraces the true nature of healing.

    • Vera Resnick
      January 1, 2013

      Thanks for your comment. What I am trying to say is that Homoeopathy is a medical technique involving a principle for prescribing. That technique utilizes physical, mental and emotional symptoms as relevant for prescribing, in particular symptoms that have changed since the onset of the disease state. It treats the disease as expressed in the whole person because it makes use of all symptoms a person can produce. People tend to make homoeopathy more than it is – a method based on a law of nature, no more, no less.

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