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A Compend Of The Principles Of Homoeopathy | by William Boericke



Contains philosophical conceptions and practical directions for the establishment of a true science of therapeutics, and all genuine progress towards this goal is in the direction pointed out in that work. To fix its principles clearly in the mind of the student, to faithfully apply them in practice, is the special duty and high privilege of Homoeopathy.

TitleA Compend Of The Principles Of Homoeopathy
AuthorWilliam Boericke
PublisherBoericke & Runyon
Year1896
Copyright1896, Boericke & Runyon
AmazonA Compend of the Principles of Homoeopathy as Taught by Hahnemann

A Compend Of The Principles Of Homoeopathy, As Taught By Hahnemann, And Verified By A Century Of Clinical Application

By William Boericke, M. D, Professor of Materia Medica and Therapeutics, at the Hahnemann Hospital, College of San Fraucisco; Associate Author of the Twelve Tissue; Remedies of Schuessler; Stepping Stone to Homoeopathy. Member of American Institute of Homoeopathy, Etc., Etc.

-Preface
Hahnemann's Organon is the great text-book of the homoeopathic school. It contains philosophical conceptions and practical directions for the establishment of a true science of therapeutics, and all g...
-Chapter I. The Therapeutic Field
The aim of the art of medicine is to cure disease, and the physician's highest ideal of a cure, as Hahnemann says, Organon 2, is the rapid, gentle and permanent restoration of health, or the re...
-Preventive Medicine
Preventive Medicine includes the application of everything that physiology, hygiene, sanitary science, etc., can teach to lessen the development of disease according to the teaching in 4 of the...
-Palliative Medicine
Palliative medicines are of two kinds: (1) The use of drugs in their physiological dosage for their direct effects, as the use of Opium and Morphine for pain. This is the common method of the old s...
-Curative Medicine
Curative Medicine is almost exclusively occupied by Homoeopathy, for this method alone cures without subjecting the patient to new pains and discomforts; it alone fulfills the highest aim of the physi...
-Medicinal Therapeutics
Medicinal Therapeutics is the application of drugs as medicines for the purpose of modifying or curing disease. Drugs are employed in the medicinal therapeutic field either empirically, or according t...
-Objections To Antipathic Treatment
(1) It is merely symptomatic treatment attacking some prominent single condition, instead of the disease as a whole, and necessarily leads to polypharmacy in the endeavor to meet different conditions ...
-Similia Similibus Curantur
Like affections are cured by their similars, expresses the law for drug selection in all curable forms of disease. By its application, the curative remedy is found in curable cases; and in incurable c...
-Homoeopathy, The Science Of Therapeutics
Such a healing art conformable to nature and experience, a science of therapeutics, therefore, did not exist before Hahnemann. The most marked feature of the early homoeopathy was its entire freedo...
-The Great Central Truths Of Homoeopathy
(1) The totality of symptoms of the patient constitutes the disease for the purpose of a cure. (2) Drug experimentation on the healthy, so-called drug proving, is the only reliable method to arrive...
-Isopathic Medication And Its Modern Form Of Serum-Therapy
This means the employment of morbid products of a disease for the cure of the same disease [Aequalia aequalibus]. It is of very ancient date, and of late has received renewed attention through the res...
-Chapter II. Principles Of Pharmacology
Pharmacology (pharmakon, a drug, logos a discourse) is a convenient term for the whole subject of Materia Medica, pharmacy and medicinal therapeutics. Specifically, it refers often to drug effects, as...
-Drugs And Drug Action
Drugs are substances taken from all the kingdoms of nature that are used as medicines. They usually produce deleterious effects upon the body when given in sufficiently large doses in health, and they...
-Experimental Pharmacology
The modern method for arriving at a knowledge of drugs is by experimentation on animals, chiefly frogs, rabbits, dogs, cats, etc. But this method is objectionable on account of the difference in struc...
-Physiological Action Of Drugs
Drugs produce in the organism, when given in sufficiently large doses, certain disturbances or alterations of function, usually of a correspondingly definite character. The dosage required for this pu...
-The Homoeopathic Method By Means Of Drug Experimentation On The Healthy, So-Called Drug Proving
This is the only scientific and rational method of ascertaining the action of medicines. All other methods have proved useless and misleading. The credit of first teaching the necessity of proving dru...
-Drug Pathogenesy
Drug Pathogenesy is the record of testing drugs on the human body in varying doses, and on different individuals of both sexes, and observing all the symptoms, subjective and objective, from the minut...
-Different Applications Of Drug-Action
The knowledge of what drugs will do when given to a healthy subject can be utilized in two different ways, both legitimate, and it is a mere matter of experience and observation to determine which is ...
-Chapter III. The Evolution Of The Homeoopathic Materia Medica
The Homoeopathic Materia Medica is a record of the effects of drugs upon the healthy human organism, embodying a knowledge of what drugs actually do when brought in contact with the functional activit...
-The First Book On Drug Effects
The first work embodying such record is that of Hahnemann, entitled Fragmenta de Viribus Medicamentorum Positivis. It is a Latin work, and published in Leipsic in 1805. Twenty-seven drugs are treated ...
-Hahnemann's Materia Medica Pura
Five years now elapsed before Hahnemann published anything more in the line of drug pathogenesy. They must have been five years of intense labor and experiment. Then appeared the first volume of that ...
-Publication Of The "Chronic Diseases"
In 1828 Hahnemann published his Chronic Diseases, containing the symptomatology of a completely new series of medicines, a series of deeply-acting drugs, like Calcarea, Sulphur, etc., the so-called ...
-Publication Of The "Chronic Diseases". Continued
1. Toxicology Violent cases of poisoning never yield a profitable symptomatology, on account of the violent invasion by foreign destructive agents. The organism throws it off by all routes outward ...
-The Hahnemannian Schema
In order to bring this vast symptomatology within the ready reference of the busy practitioner, Hahnemann, himself a physician of large and extensive practice, and, hence, in need of labor-saving devi...
-The Repertory Or Index Of Symptoms
This is another aid that has been found necessary to facilitate the selection of the indicated remedy. It is a useful appendage to the homoeopathic Materia Medica, by means, of which we can readily di...
-Chapter IV. Drug Proving
The proving of medicines is a distinctive feature of Homceopathy and a logical necessity for applying the law of cure; for, in order to meet morbid states with drugs corresponding to them, we must kno...
-General Rules For Drug Proving
The medicinal substance which is to be proved must be tested singly, without any admixture of any foreign substance, except an inert vehicle when necessary for its administration. Nothing of a medicin...
-How To Describe Symptoms Obtained From A Proving
The greatest minuteness and accuracy should be observed. A sensation should be described by some familiar comparison. State how the symptom is effected by different circumstances, i. e., the drug's mo...
-Primary And Secondary Drug Effects
It is a law of drug action, according to which the administration of each medicine causes, at first, certain abnormal symptoms, the so-called primary effects of medicines, but afterwards, by reaction ...
-Hahnemann's Method Of Conducting Provings
Dr. Hering thus describes it: After he had lectured to his fellow-workers on the rules of proving, he handed them the bottles with the tincture; and when they afterwards brought him their day books, ...
-Chapter V. Interpretation Of Drug Pathogenesis
The homoeopathic Materia Medica, as it is accessible at present to students, is a mass of symptomatology, arranged, as a rule, according to the Hahnemannian Schema. The Cyclopaedia of Drug Pathogenes...
-General Symptoms Of Drugs
These are common to all drugs and appear in every proving. They can practically be eliminated. Such are symptoms like feeling of malaise, loss of appetite, weakness, distress, headache, etc. Such gene...
-Locality Or Seat Of Action
Every drug affects some organ or system of organs or tissue or region more decidedly than others, and there especially or primarily expends its power. This is not a local action merely, but a localiza...
-Sensations, Or Kind Of Action
While the special seat of action is the first marked fact about the pathogenetic properties of drugs, the special kind of action is the second fact. This may be seen in the sensations and modalities o...
-Modalities And Concomitants
Modalities are conditions influencing or modifying drug action. They are the phenomena of time, place, circumstances on which the development and appearance of the symptoms depend. Every drug has its ...
-Chapter VI. Drug Relationship
The study of drug pathogenesy, and its application to the treatment of disease, is furthered by the recognition of different relationships that drugs occupy to each other. Among these, the most appare...
-Antidotal Relation
Certain drugs antidote each other therapeutically, because they produce similar effects locally in certain parts of the organism or on certain tissues and functions or generally throughout their actio...
-Concordant Or Compatible Relationship
Hahnemann first made the valuable, practical observation that certain remedies act better when they are given in a certain series. There seems to be an affinity between them. They are not of the same ...
-Complementary Relation
Complementary Relation exists between drugs that complete a cure that is begun by another and carried to a certain point, where it is taken up by another drug and completed. If a remedy is allowed its...
-Inimical Relation
Inimical Relation is the very opposite of the concordant and complementary. There seems to be a lack of harmony between certain drugs, as is also seen in certain chemical affinities. This may be so ma...
-Chapter VII. The Application Of Homoeopathy
Homoeopathy consists essentially in the application of the principle of similars. Drug selection alone constitutes Homoeopathy. The homoeopathic physician has to deal with two sets of phenomena in tre...
-The Examination Of The Patient
The first duty of the homoeopathic prescriber is clearly to understand the nature of the disturbed functions of the patient, to get at the full facts of the case so far as they are expressed by sympto...
-Special Precautions To Be Observed
Be patient in getting at the symptoms, especially in chronic diseases. There is a great difference between patients; some cannot, others will not, give much aid in analyzing their case; some are morbi...
-The Totality In Acute Diseases
In the treatment of acute diseases, much of this investigation is necessarily dispensed with, the physician learns to use his eyes and other senses intuitively and thus to get hold of certain characte...
-The Collective Totality Of Epidemic Diseases
During the prevalence of epidemic diseases, colds, grippe, eruptive diseases, etc., it is often the case that two or three remedies cover the field. It is needless to go into every detail of the sympt...
-Interpretation Of The Totality
Having taken a full stock of the case and thereby obtained the totality of symptoms, before prescribing the homceopathically indicated remedy, correct all hygienic, dietetic and sanitary errors. Often...
-Characteristic Or Peculiar Symptoms
Hahnemann calls especial attention to the more striking, singular and uncommon, peculiar signs and symptoms of a case of disease which are chiefly to be kept in view. These symptoms of themselves ma...
-First, Or Oldest, Symptoms
In the treatment of chronic diseases, the first indications of a departure from health are of the greatest value, particularly those occurring before there was any treatment. After a remedy has been g...
-Etiological Factors
As a further aid in arriving at a utilizable totality of symptoms, the immediate cause of the present illness, if determinable, or its exciting factor, will be a great aid in the selection of the reme...
-Late Symptoms
The more recent symptoms are valuable as being the latest expression of the diseased condition, and must be covered by the remedy. This is especially true in acute diseases. This is so when another re...
-Need Of Pathology
A knowledge of the pathology of disease (not mere passing, pathological theories, against which Hahnemann so justly protested,) is necessary to interpret the symptomatology obtained and prescribe the ...
-Examples Of Pathological Similarities Between Diseases And Drugs
The gastro-enteritis and paralysis of Arsenic; epileptiform convulsions of Hydrocyanic acid; broncho-pneumonia of Tartar emetic; anaemia of Ar-gentum; catalepsy of Cannabis indica; tinnitus auri-um of...
-Chapter VIII. The Similimum
The indicated remedy in any case is the remedy that corresponds to the totality of symptoms, as interpreted according to the relative rank of symptoms, and not one covering, merely some isolated chara...
-Chapter IX. The Second Prescription
In the treatment of chronic diseases, Hahnemann's instructions to write out the symptoms and arrange them according to the rules given, is an absolute necessity to attain accuracy of knowledge of the ...
-Other Favorable Symptoms
In acute disease, it is a favorable symptom if the patient falls asleep soon after taking the remedy; also, if he feels generally better, though the local symptoms may not show any improvement. The im...
-Three Precautionary Rules Of Hahnemann
The author of Homoeopathy, in his work on The Chronic Diseases, has established three precautionary rules, which he has impressed in the most urgent manner upon the minds of his disciples, and which...
-Diet And Regimen During Homoeopathic Treatment
Hahnemann and the early homoeopathists laid great stress on a strict diet; but this is a field that has been greatly neglected in modern times, largely because it was found that the power and efficacy...
-Regimen In Acute Diseases
Here the instinct of the patient usually guides him aright, and his cravings can be judiciously gratified. The food and drink most commonly craved by patients suffering from acute diseases is general...
-Chapter X. Hahnemann's Nosology
The classification of diseases adopted by Hahnemann includes two types, acute and chronic. 72-82, Organon. Acute diseases originate from defective hygiene, errors in diet, physical age...
-Drug Diseases
On the other hand, prolonged drug use in heroic doses does produce a species of chronic disease that is most difficult to cure, and when such have attained a considerable hold, it would seem as if no ...
-The Evolution Of Hahnemann's Doctrine Of Chronic Diseases
After Hahnemann's discovery of the Law of Cure in 1790, he worked incessantly investigating the action of drugs on the healthy, and practiced according to the newly-discovered law and by the light and...
-Cause Of Recurrence Of Chronic Diseases
His researches and reflections, Hahnemann tells us in his work, led him to the conclusion that the cause of the constant recurrence of chronic diseases after their apparent or partial removal by the h...
-The Skin Phase Of Chronic Diseases
His further research showed that the obstacle to the cure seemed to lie in a previous scabious eruption, which the patient frequently acknowledged having had, and from which he often dated all his suf...
-The Underlying Facts Of The Psoric Theory
Without the necessity of accepting the Psoric doctrine as a whole, the homoeopathic school has found in it an excellent working hypothesis, and certain facts are undeniable and go far to establish the...
-Hahnemann's Suggestion In Regard To Administering Anti-Psoric Remedies
The best time for taking a dose of an anti-psoric medicine is early in the morning while fasting; no food or drink should be taken within half an hour after. After taking the medicine, the patient sh...
-Other Miasms Recognized By Hahnemann
In the Hahnemannian pathology of chronic diseases, besides psora, two other miasms, i. e. syphilis and sycosis figure as etiological factors. The importance and extent of syphilis as a cause of a dist...
-Symptoms Of Suppressed Sycosis
Great muscular debility is the most characteristic physical sign; anxiety; anguish; fear of associating with strangers; going into a crowd; great irritability; dysmenorrhcea, before, during and after ...
-Eradicative Possibilities Of Anti-Psoric Treatment
The greatest evil of these miasms, is that they are made organic and rendered permanent by heredity. It is this fact of heredity and the pollution of the vital fluids * entailed thereby that modifies ...
-Pre-Natal Treatment By Means Of Anti-Psoric Remedies
This is a peculiar field for Homoeopathy. By means of the deeply-acting anti-psoric remedies, the lower strata of perverted life where it first establishes itself in impurities in the finest fibres an...
-Suggestions For The Treatment Of Chronic Diseases
1. Before beginning the treatment of a chronic disease, it is necessary to inquire carefully if the patient has been infected by venereal disease, and, if so, to institute treatment against such infec...
-Partial Diseases And Local Affections
Diseases presenting an insufficient number of symptoms, usually only one or two prominent ones, though comparatively rare, are met with. Here, the first selected remedy will only be partially adopted ...
-Objections To Local Application Of A Medicine Simultaneously With Its Internal Use
It may seem as if such a practice were conducive to more rapid improvement, but it is objectionable in local affections dependent on some chronic miasm, on account of the more rapid disappearance of t...
-The Local Disease
The Local Disease is Nature's Effort to Relieve by Derivation. When the system is affected with some chronic disease which threatens to destroy vital organs and life itself, and which does not yield ...
-Mental Diseases And Their Treatment
Most of them are in reality bodily diseases. Certain mental and emotional symptoms are peculiar to every bodily disease; these symptoms develop more or less rapidly, and become predominant over all ot...
-Chapter XI. Posology
By posology (posos-how much) is meant the science of dosage. By doses are meant the quantities of drugs that are required to produce effects on the body whether the body is in a state of disease or no...
-Different Effects Between Large And Small Doses
Homoeopathy discovered the fact that there is an opposition in effects between very large and small doses. A teaspoonful of wine of Ipecac, causes sickness and vomiting, while drop doses cure the same...
-Reasons For The Difference In Dosage Between Drugs Chosen Homoeopathically And Antipathically
The reason is found in the fact of the bodily resistance which must be overcome by the drug before it can manifest its action. Every living organism is in the constant effort to keep itself intact - a...
-Reasons Why The Homoeopathic Dose Is Necessarily Smaller
Because here no bodily resistance has to be encountered, since a similar action is already existing in certain organs and tissues, the disease having overcome the resistance offered by the protective ...
-Historical Development Of The Homoeopathic Dose
At first, Hahnemann prescribed the usual doses (Ipecac, five grains, Nux four grains, Cinchona Bark one to two drams), he soon found that aggravation would follow such dosage, if they were chosen acco...
-Repetition Of Doses
Hahnemann's latest teachings were to give but one dose, and await its full action. There is much to be said in favor of this advice in the treatment of chronic diseases. No doubt young physicians repe...
-Chapter XII. The Preparation Of Homoeopathic Medicines
Pharmacy is the art of preparing drugs for use, and dispensing them as medicines. The method of preparing medicines for homoeopathic use differs in many essential details from that of the old school. ...
-Essential Conditions For Preparing Homoeopathic Medicines
Accuracy is the basis of every procedure. Make up your mind beforehand to do everything right or not at all. Cleanliness Be exquisitely clean and have vials, corks and everything necessary o...
-The Menstrua Used In Homoeopathic Pharmacy
Sugar Of Milk (Saccharum Lactis Or Lactose) A product of animal life, one of the constituents of milk, obtained by evaporating the whey of the milk. It is of pure white color, faintly sweet taste, ...
-The Unit Of Medicinal Strength
The dry, crude drug, is the unit of medicinal strength, or drug 'power. It is the starting point from whence to calculate the strength of every preparation, be it tincture, solution or trituration. In...
-Preparations Of Drugs
General Rule All substances soluble in either Alcohol or water, are properly made into solutions or tinctures; all insoluble or only partially soluble substances should first be made into triturati...
-Triturations
A trituration is a preparation of a drug introduced by Hahnemann, by which the finely powdered, medicinal substance is ground for a certain time in a mortar and pestle with a certain proportion of sug...
-To Convert Triturations Into Liquid Potencies
Hahnemann discovered the fact that any insoluble substance when triturated to the third centesimal or sixth decimal trituration, becomes so finely subdivided that its particles are held in suspension ...
-Chapter XIII. Hahnemann's Philosophy
Hahnemann was a vitalist. His philosophical conceptions are a protest against materialism; against all merely chemico-physiological ideas, all pathological, bacterial, antitoxic theories, discoveries ...
-Need Of The Dynamized Remedy To Affect Changes In The Disturbed Vital Force
Now the next step was almost inevitable. If disease is but a disturbed condition of the vital force, and this far removed from the grossness of matter, so fine as to be almost spiritlike, surely crude...
-Appendix. A Catechism On Samuel Hahnemann's Organon
A plain laborer went once to church to hear a celebrated preacher, whose eloquence was known near and far. After the service a parishioner asked that man how he enjoyed the sermon, and the poor man re...
-A Catechism On Samuel Hahnemann's Organon. Part 2
19. Acute diseases may be sporadic, endemic or epidemic. 20. Allopathy is to blame for many an incurable ailment; the organism becomes gradually and abnormally deranged, according to the individual...
-A Catechism On Samuel Hahnemann's Organon. Part 3
34. Crude medicinal substances, if taken by the prover for the purpose of ascertaining their peculiar effects, will not disclose the same wealth of latent powers as when, they are taken in a highly at...
-A Catechism On Samuel Hahnemann's Organon. Part 4
50. Diseases presenting only a few symptoms may be called partial (one-sided) diseases; their chief symptoms indicating either an internal affection, or headache, or diarrhoea, or only a local one. A ...
-A Catechism On Samuel Hahnemann's Organon. Part 5
62. In recording the totality of symptoms of such a case, we must obtain an accurate description of all physical symptoms which prevailed before the disease degenerated into a one-sided mental disorde...
-A Catechism On Samuel Hahnemann's Organon. Part 6
72. Mode of Application of Curative Remedies. - Perceptible or continued improvement in acute or chronic diseases invariably counter-indicates the repetition of any medicine whatever, for every new do...
-A Catechism On The First Volume Of Hahnemann's Chronic Diseases
1. All chronic diseases are so inveterate immediately after they have become developed in the system, that, unless they are thoroughly cured by art, they continue to increase in intensity until the mo...
-A Catechism On The First Volume Of Hahnemann's Chronic Diseases. Part 2
16. However, a trival cause, an ordinary vexation, a cold, an irregularity in the diet, etc., may, in a more advanced age, cause a violent though short attack of disease, out of proportion with the mo...
-A Catechism On The First Volume Of Hahnemann's Chronic Diseases. Part 3
29. With relation to diet and mode of life, whatever is injurious to the action of the remedies must be avoided, and with lingering diseases we must consider the age, occupation and social conditions ...
-A Catechism On The First Volume Of Hahnemann's Chronic Diseases. Part 4
45. A second dose of the selected remedy is only indicated when the improvement which the first dose had produced, by causing the morbid symptoms gradually to become less frequent and less intense, ce...







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