Homeotherapeutics [Homeotherapeutician™]

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Homeopathy (also spelled homoeopathy or homœopathy) is a form of medicine, first proposed by German physician Samuel Hahnemann in 1796, in which practitioners use highly diluted preparations. Based on an ipse dixit axiom formulated by Hahnemann, which he called the law of similars, preparations which cause certain symptoms by drug provings (essentially poisoning) in healthy individuals are given in diluted form to patients exhibiting similar symptoms resulting in a cure.

Homeopathic remedies are prepared by serial dilution with shaking by forceful striking, which homeopaths term succussion, after each dilution under the assumption that this increases the effect. Homeopaths call this process potentization. Dilution often continues until none of the original substance remains.

Apart from the symptoms of drug provings, homeopaths use aspects of the patient's physical and psychological state in recommending remedies. Homeopathic reference books known as repertories are then consulted, and a remedy is selected based on the totality of symptoms. Homeopathic remedies are, with rare exceptions, considered safe though homeopathy.

Homeopathy, like other esoteric modalities, is a decidely vitalist philosophy, like other ancient systems of medicine, which interprets diseases and sickness as caused by disturbances in the vital force or life force. It sees these disturbances as manifesting themselves as unique symptoms. Homeopathy maintains that the vital force has the ability to react and adapt to internal and external causes, which homeopaths refer to as the law of susceptibility. The law of susceptibility implies that a weakened body or even negative state of mind can attract hypothetical disease entities called miasms to invade the body and produce symptoms of diseases.

Drug provings were some of the earliest records of toxicology. Provings have been described as important in the development of the clinical trial, due to their early use of simple control groups, systematic and quantitative procedures, and some of the first application of statistics in medicine. The lengthy records of self-experimentation by homeopaths have occasionally proven useful in the development of modern drugs: For example, evidence that nitroglycerin might be useful as a treatment for angina was discovered by looking through homeopathic provings, though homeopaths themselves never used it for that purpose since it was potentized. The first recorded provings were published by Hahnemann in his 1796 Essay on a New Principle. His Fragmenta de Viribus (1805) contained the results of 27 provings, and his 1810 Materia Medica Pura contained 65. For James Tyler Kent's 1905 Lectures on Homoeopathic Materia Medica, 217 remedies underwent provings and newer substances are continually added to contemporary versions.

Some diversity in approaches to treatments exists among homeopaths. Classical homeopathy generally involves detailed examinations of a patient's history and infrequent doses of a single remedy as the patient is monitored for improvements in symptoms, while clinical homeotherapy involves combinations of remedies to address the various symptoms of an illness.

Isopathy is a therapy derived from homeopathy and was invented by Johann Joseph Wilhelm Lux in the 1830s. Isopathy differs from homeopathy in general in that the remedies, known as "nosodes", are made up either from things that cause the disease, or from products of the disease, such as pus. Many so-called "homeopathic vaccines" are a form of isopathy.

Electrohomoeopathy is a derivative of homeopathy that had its origins in the 19th century with the claims of Count Cesare Mattei. The name is derived from a combination of electro (referring to an electric bio-energy content supposedly extracted from plants and of therapeutic value, rather than electricity in its conventional sense) and homeopathy (referring to an alternative medicinal philosophy developed by Samuel Hahnemann in the 18th century). Electrohomeopathy has been defined as the combination of electrical devices and homeopathy, however some contend that it is the therapeutic use of homeopathic preparations of certain "electric bio-energy" herbs that is intended by the term. It is regarded as distinct from traditional homeopathy, which relies on serially diluted remedies of substances that cause similar symptoms to those as it is attempting to cure as its primary form of treatment, electrohomeopathy, however, does not directly follow the "law of similars".


"Hahnemann's great achievement in the world of medicine is-that he discovered a method of extracting and preserving the invisible essences or powers of things animate and inanimate, that he made them speak an intelligible language, and by teaching us how to read their language made it possible for us to use their unseen powers with precision in the healing of sick men and animals. Hahnemann's "Materia Medica" consists of a record of all that these powers have uttered in the shape of sensations and symptoms when brought into contact with, or introduced into, living forms. It is in this respect that Hahnemann's "Materia Medica" is so utterly unlike other works which we have been used to under that name. The name is not exactly incorrect but I must own, it is somewhat annoying to have to re-shape one's notion of what a materia medica ought to be in order to make it capable of taking in and holding the new wine which Hahnemann pours into it. However, there it is: Hahnemann might have called it "The Language of Flowers and Other Things" and then, perhaps some people might not have been so much annoyed with him as they were and still are."


The greatest of Hahnemann's forerunners in the art of naming remedies was Theophrast von Hohenheim, called also Paracelsus. Paracelsus (born Phillippus Aureolus Theophrastus Bombastus von Hohenheim, 11 November or 17 December 1493 in Einsiedeln – 24 September 1541 in Salzburg) was a Renaissance physician, botanist, alchemist, astrologer, and general occultist. "Paracelsus", meaning "equal to or greater than Celsus", refers to the Roman encyclopedist Aulus Cornelius Celsus from the first century known for his tract on medicine. Paracelsus pioneered the use of chemicals and minerals in medicine. His hermetical views were that sickness and health in the body relied on the harmony of man (the microcosm) and Nature (macrocosm), see also macrocosm and microcosm. He took an approach different from those before him, using this analogy not in the manner of soul-purification but in the manner that humans must have certain balances of minerals in their bodies, and that certain illnesses of the body had chemical remedies that could cure them.

Paracelsus, sometimes called the father of toxicology, wrote:
German: Alle Ding' sind Gift, und nichts ohn' Gift; allein die Dosis macht, daß ein Ding kein Gift ist.
"All things are poison and nothing is without poison, only the dose permits something not to be poisonous."
That is to say, substances considered toxic are harmless in small doses, and conversely an ordinarily harmless substance can be deadly if over-consumed. Even water can be deadly if over-consumed.

Paracelsus is also often cited as coining the phrase "the dose makes the poison".

Paracelsus said "God does not make clothes for men, but he gives them a tailor." The "clothes" Paracelsus alluded to are, of course, the forms, or bodies, which our spirits are dressed in, and by the "tailor" he meant the constructive powers in Nature. The form of each man is the vehicle of his spirit and of all his powers, and it is this high function which makes it worth spending a life's devotion in the work of keeping these forms in harmonic working order, or health. A man's body is not only his spirit's vehicle, it is his "Signature." Like man everything else in nature has its signature, and Paracelsus has something very striking to say on this head which bears on the work of Hahnemann.

In this course we will examine the various modalities of homeopathy that rotate around the soft electron (prana), and show how remedies can be made by the use of succussion as well as by magnets.

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