Beyond Flat Earth
An Essential Guide for the
Homeopathic Patient
Timothy R. Dooley, N.D., M.D.
Timing Publications
San Diego
T hanks to the followi ng for thei r readi ng of the i ni ti al
manuscri pts, helpful comments, or other contri buti ons: Lynne
Smi th, K amala O tee, Marti n Bloch, M.D., Denni s G ay, Marni e
Vai l, M .D., T anya K ell, K atheri ne Dubli nski , Jade Bi agi oni ,
John Colli ns, N.D., Carol Bloch, Jacquelyn Wi lson, M.D..
Speci al thanks to my wi fe, Mi ng, for her help i n every phase
of thi s project.
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To my children:
Eamon, Shane, Conan, and Brennan,
along with my wife, Ming,
create the home in
“The Phlat Earth”
Illustration by Eamon Dooley
One who drew it, One who never saw it, One who understood it, and One who wanted to eat it.
1. Beyond the Flat Earth....................................1
T he whole earth vi ew............................................................. 3
A new perspecti ve i n medi ci ne.............................................. 4
Flat-earth medi ci ne ................................................................. 5
T he shortcomi ngs of the di sease approach........................... 6
2. The Basics of Homeopathy.........................10
T he law of si mi lars................................................................ 11
T he name homeopathy ...................................................... 11
T he mi ni mum dose............................................................... 12
Provi ng of medi ci nes............................................................ 13
From provi ngs to therapy..................................................... 14
T he Materi a Medi ca............................................................... 15
3. The Brilliance of Homeopathy...................17
T he di sease symptoms.......................................................... 18
T he pati ent’s symptoms........................................................ 18
Medi ci ne for the di sease....................................................... 19
Medi ci ne for the pati ent ....................................................... 20
T reati ng the pati ent i nstead of the di sease.......................... 20
T he balance of health and di sease ...................................... 21
4. A Cured Case..............................................24
5. A Brief History...........................................34
Homeopathy i n the anci ent world ....................................... 34
T he sci ence of homeopathy................................................. 35
Medi ci ne i n the ti me of Hahnemann ................................... 35
Hahnemann starts a revoluti on ............................................ 37
O rgani zed medi ci ne opposes homeopathy......................... 38
Homeopathy crosses the Atlanti c......................................... 39
T he twenti eth century........................................................... 40
Survi val i nto the 1960s.......................................................... 41
Homeopathi c revi val ............................................................. 42
Professi onal associ ati ons and certi fi cati on .......................... 42
6. Non-toxic Medicines..................................43
A pati ent’s experi ence .......................................................... 43
Meta-molecular medi ci nes.................................................... 44
Proper preparati on i s essenti al ............................................. 45
I mmuni ty to oxi dati on .......................................................... 45
Sensi ti vi ty to electromagneti c properti es............................. 46
Mechani sm of acti on not understood .................................. 46
A bi ologi c pri nci ple .............................................................. 48
Hahnemann’s perspecti ve .................................................... 48
7. Understanding Vital Force..........................49
An old and well-known concept ......................................... 49
Hahnemann on vi tal force.................................................... 50
Rejected by modern sci ence................................................. 51
T he whole person vi ew........................................................ 51
A uni fyi ng factor ................................................................... 52
8. Healing with Homeopathy........................53
How long wi ll i t take before I noti ce a change?................. 54
What wi ll I noti ce fi rst?......................................................... 54
How long unti l I ’m well?...................................................... 54
T hen how wi ll I know i f I ’m getti ng better?........................ 54
Why di d my fri end get worse before she got better?......... 55
How often should I take the remedy?................................. 55
I f I ’m getti ng better, why should I follow-up?..................... 55
Wi ll I need more than one remedy?.................................... 56
Contents v
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What wi ll get well fi rst?........................................................ 56
What does return of old symptoms mean?.......................... 57
What about acute di seases?.................................................. 57
9. How to Get Results....................................59
Classi cal homeopathy ........................................................... 60
T he practi ti oner ..................................................................... 60
Be commi tted ........................................................................ 61
Prepare for the i ntervi ew...................................................... 62
I ntervi ewi ng the fami ly......................................................... 64
Avoi d i nterferi ng substances................................................ 64
T he bottom li ne..................................................................... 65
10. Special Situations......................................66
Pregnancy.............................................................................. 67
Chi ldren ................................................................................. 67
Home health.......................................................................... 68
Ani mals.................................................................................. 69
Candi da.................................................................................. 70
Hormone replacement, menopause, and osteoporosi s...... 71
11. Homeopathy and
Conventional Medicine............................74
An over-medi cated populati on ............................................ 75
Di fferi ng approaches............................................................ 76
Where to use conventi onal care .......................................... 76
Anti bi oti c overuse ................................................................. 77
Surgery................................................................................... 78
Conventi onal medi cati ons.................................................... 78
A gray area ............................................................................ 79
12. Homeopathy and Alternative Therapies.80
Alternati ve therapy................................................................ 81
Holi sti c medi ci ne .................................................................. 81
Contents vii
Naturopathy........................................................................... 82
Nutri ti on................................................................................. 83
Herbal medi ci nes.................................................................. 84
Acupuncture.......................................................................... 85
T he mad rush ........................................................................ 85
13. Homeopathic Remedies............................86
Sources .................................................................................. 87
Appearance ........................................................................... 88
Labeli ng requi rements.......................................................... 89
Prescri pti on and unavai lable remedi es................................ 89
Combi nati on remedi es.......................................................... 91
Care of the remedi es............................................................. 92
How to take a remedy.......................................................... 92
14. Changing Your View.................................94
So what now?........................................................................ 96
Falli ng off the edge............................................................... 97
Personal responsi bi li ty.......................................................... 97
T he fi nal word....................................................................... 98
1. Potenti zati on of medi ci nes............................................ 100
2. A sample remedy........................................................... 102
3. Resources....................................................................... 104
4. Research studi es ............................................................ 108
For years my pati ents have ask ed me, “ What book
do you recommend I read to learn about homeopathy?”
D espi te an abundance of book s on the subj ect, there
was no si ngle book whi ch I felt suffi ci ently explai ned the
concepts and i nformati on needed.
So, I wrote one. T hi s book i s based on my own
experi ences and observati ons, whi ch over the years have
confi rmed the basi c theori es of homeopathy.
Few people really “ get i t” when they are fi rst
i ntroduced to homeopathy. T he concepts are strai ghtfor-
ward, yet somehow elusi ve. People attempt to understand
and i nterpret homeopathy based on thei r pri or educati on
and experi ence. T hi s i s only natural, but wi ll li mi t thei r
abi li ty to percei ve somethi ng truly di fferent.
M ost physi ci ans fooli shly rej ect homeopathy, de-
spi te the fact that they k now nothi ng about i t. After all, how
vali d can i t be i f they, the experts, were not taught about i t
i n medi cal school?
Homeopathy, however, stands on i ts own. I ts
i ncreasi ng populari ty and use suggests that all healthcare
provi ders, whether or not they agree wi th homeopathy,
should at least be fami li ar wi th i ts basi c tenets and those
who practi ce i t responsi bly.
Chapter 1
Beyond the
Flat Earth
I had just opened my naturopathic practice in 1978
when a 25-year-old nursing mother entered my office.
Her complaint was mastitis, a painful infection of the
breast. The problem had begun some five or six weeks
earlier. She had just completed her second course of
antibiotic therapy from her medical doctor. Each time the
antibiotics ran out, the problem would recur with a ven-
geance. She had continued to breast-feed throughout the
The patient was in a great deal of pain. She said it felt
as if the pain radiated from her breast throughout her whole
She had a fever with a temperature of around 101 F.
On examination her right breast showed an angry red streak
extending along its side. It was very tender to touch.
I took her case according to the homeopathic system
and prescribed a medicine for her. It was the homeopathic
remedy known as Phytolacca 30C.
I was inexperienced at that time in treating complaints
of this nature. I knew this could turn into a much worse
condition, such as breast abscess, and thought perhaps she
really should be on antibiotics. But she was fed up with the
antibiotic approach and insisted on trying the remedy.
2 Homeopathy: Beyond Flat Earth Medicine
I told her to call the office first thing in the morning and
report how she was doing. She agreed and went on her way.
That night I lay awake in bed with anxiety. I suspected
it had been irresponsible for me to treat this patient homeo-
pathically. I feared she had already taken a turn for the worse
and perhaps was at the hospital emergency room.
The next morning when I arrived at the office, I pulled
her chart and called her without waiting to see if she would
report in as agreed.
She was surprised to receive a call from her doctor.
“How are you doing today?” I inquired.
“I’m fine,” she said. “The pills worked.”
“What do you mean ‘the pills worked’?” I asked.
“Well, I mean they worked. It’s all gone.”
“You mean, the infection is all well, the fever and
everything?” I asked, unable to hide my incredulity.
“Yes, it’s all fine . . . isn’t that what was supposed to
“Er, ah, why yes, of course that was what was sup-
posed to happen. I was just checking up,” I replied, regaining
my professional composure. I told her to stop taking the
medicine, and to call me if there was any recurrence.
From that moment, I gazed on my little white homeo-
pathic globules with new found respect. I had not thought it
was possible for such an infection, with such an acute
presentation, to completely disappear overnight. On one
dose of the remedy!
When I saw her a month or so later during a visit for her
child, she told me the infection had started to come back
about a week after the remedy, so she had taken a second
dose and everything stayed well after that.
Beyond the Flat Earth 3
This kind of remarkable cure becomes more common
as one gains experience in homeopathic prescribing. The
secret is individualizing, treating each patient as a unique
The whole earth view
Few people today would argue that the earth i s flat.
Everyday experi ences such as satelli te televi si on and ai rplane
travel all attest to the si mple fact that the earth i s a sphere.
But i t wasn’t always so. Even to thi s day, because of
i ts enormous si ze, the earth appears flat to the earthbound
observer. We sti ll refer to the end of the day as the sunset,
i ndulgi ng i n the i llusi on that i t i s the sun whi ch has moved
behi nd the vi si ble hori zon.
I n the past, people were taught from bi rth that the earth
was flat. Sci ence, reli gi on, and common sense all combi ned to
rei nforce thi s perspecti ve. I t i s easy to appreci ate the great
confli ct that arose among these people when new theori es of
a spheri cal earth suggested that thei r world vi ew was i naccu-
rate. I t was i mpossi ble for those cli ngi ng to the flat vi ew to
appreci ate the spheri cal perspecti ve as long as flat thi nki ng was
used i n i ts evaluati on.
As such, those advocati ng the spheri cal earth appeared
to be talki ng nonsense. Y ou could see the earth was flat, that
the sun moved across the sky, that thi ngs fell down, that water
lay flat. All the exi sti ng technologi es, and there were many, had
been developed on a flat world and worked beauti fully ( they
sti ll do today!) .
Eventually thi s confli ct was resolved when the flat vi ew
was understood to be encompassed wi thi n the more compre-
hensi ve spheri cal vi ew. T he flat vi ew works to a poi nt, but i s
only a li mi ted perspecti ve of the same spheri cal earth.
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A new perspective in medicine
A confli ct as basi c as the flat earth versus spheri cal earth
has exi sted i n the world of medi ci ne for the past 200 years. At
that ti me, a new theory was advanced by a G erman physi ci an,
Samuel Hahnemann. Hi s theory represented a radi cal depar-
ture from the accepted vi ew of health and di sease.
Hahnemann proposed that di sease i s a process that
affects the pati ent as a whole and that medi ci nes can be appli ed
i n small, non-toxi c doses to treat the pati ent di rectly i nstead of
just treati ng the di sease. For reasons whi ch wi ll be explai ned,
he called thi s new system of medi ci ne homeopathy.
Conventi onal medi ci ne conti nues to take the older
approach. The di seases are treated, not the pati ent. I n fact, the
concept of treating the patient directly, as opposed to the
disease, does not even exist!
T o thi s day, conventi onal medi ci nes are sti ll classi fi ed
accordi ng to the di seases whi ch they treat. For example, anti -
i nflammatori es treat i nflammati on, anti convulsants treat con-
vulsi ons, and anti bi oti cs ki ll bacteri a.
T he i dea of a medi ci ne di rectly treati ng a pati ent i s
qui te di fferent from thi s di sease approach. T he basi c i dea i s
that the medi ci ne sti mulates the natural recuperati ve processes
of the pati ent towards health. T he di sease resolves naturally
as the pati ent recovers. T he di sease i s not bei ng di rectly treated
and so, for a gi ven di sease, there are hundreds of medi ci nes
whi ch mi ght be i ndi cated. I t depends on the pati ent. Li kewi se,
for a gi ven medi ci ne, there are hundreds of di seases i n whi ch
i t mi ght be i ndi cated. I t depends agai n on the pati ent.
Surpri si ngly, these i deas are as new to most of us now
as they were 200 years ago when fi rst formulated. Y et
homeopathy i s a hi ghly developed sci ence and i s used
throughout the world.
Beyond the Flat Earth 5
Flat-earth medicine
Conventi onal medi ci ne i s “flat earth” i n that i t ap-
proaches health problems from the perspecti ve of the di sease
i nstead of the pati ent. Just as the earth appears flat and the sun
appears to revolve around the earth, so also i t appears that
physi ci ans are treati ng pati ents when treati ng thei r di seases.
This is not true! As you wi ll see, i t i s possi ble to treat the pati ent
di rectly, as a whole.
As you progress through thi s book, you’ll see how the
homeopathi c approach to the pati ent i s more comprehensi ve
and encompasses the conventi onal di sease approach i n much
the same way as the spheri cal earth vi ew encompasses the flat
vi ew. Just as the technologi es whi ch developed on the flat
earth conti nue to work and be used today, so also the di sease
treatments that have developed work fi ne . . . but only wi thi n
the di sease perspecti ve.
And just as the spheri cal earth can not be understood
as long as flat thi nki ng i s used i n i ts evaluati on, so also
homeopathy makes li ttle sense i f only conventi onal medi cal
thi nki ng i s used i n tryi ng to understand i t. A new perspecti ve
i s requi red — a perspecti ve you wi ll get from thi s book.
After graduating from National College of Naturo-
pathic Medicine in 1978, I spent a number of years in my
naturopathic practice in southern Oregon. I gained much
firsthand experience in many facets of natural healing. With
my partner and two midwives, I ran a home birth program and
delivered babies both in town and in homes out in the woods.
Using spinal manipulation, I treated mill workers with sore
backs. Some of my patients received nutritional therapy, and
many benefited from the herbs which grew in the surrounding
forests and fields.
6 Homeopathy: Beyond Flat Earth Medicine
But my first love was always homeopathy. I used it in
patients young and old for conditions as simple as colds, as
chronic as arthritis, and as acute as infections. I learned that
all types of healing and healthcare have a place, but home-
opathy has a special place. It is safe, yet effective, and is
based on clear principles.
The reactions of the local medical doctors to our
presence were varied. Some were respectful, but wary, while
others were openly antagonistic. “It’s against medical ethics
for me to even talk to you!” an ophthalmologist once screamed
at me over the phone.
These doctors did not seem to share our conviction
that all forms of healing have a place, that it all depends on the
needs of the patient.
The shortcomings of the disease approach
Everyone today knows that there have been benefi ts
from the conventi onal di sease approach to healthcare. Deadly
di seases of the past, such as pneumoni a, are treated routi nely
wi th great success. But consi der the followi ng di scussi ons
between the i magi nary Dr. Smi th and a few of hi s pati ents.
#1 “I ’m sorry, Mrs. Jones. All my tests i ndi cate you
are i n perfect health.”
“But Dr. Smi th, I feel terri ble so much of the ti me. I sn’t
there somethi ng else we can do?”
“Well, someti mes a tri al course of anti depressants i s
Disease model problem: I f the di sease cannot be
di agnosed, there can be no treatment.
T hi s i s a much bi gger problem than would appear on
the surface. Fi rst of all, most pati ents have had vari ous
Beyond the Flat Earth 7
symptoms for years before a di agnosable problem ari ses. T hey
are told to use one drug or another for symptomati c reli ef unti l
fi nally a defi ni ti ve di agnosi s can be made.
I t should be obvi ous that the pati ent was si ck long
before the di sease could be di agnosed. People have symptoms
because somethi ng i s wrong, but modern medi ci ne, wi th
almost pathologi cal egoti sm, dares to tell people they are fi ne
when they do not feel well. Does conventi onal medi ci ne know
everythi ng? O f course not. When they say, “Everythi ng i s fi ne,
i t must be i n your head,” what they should be sayi ng i s, “We
can’t i denti fy a known di sease di agnosi s for your complai nts.”
Even i f a di agnosi s i s made, i t i sn’t necessari ly correct.
Vari ous studi es have determi ned that di agnoses made by
physi ci ans are correct only around fi fty to seventy fi ve per cent
of the ti me. T he di sease treatment for an i ncorrectly di agnosed
problem obvi ously wi ll be of li ttle help and may be qui te
#2 “Dr. Smi th, Ji mmy has been coughi ng for three weeks!
I sn’t there somethi ng we can gi ve hi m?”
“Ji mmy’s lab tests i ndi cate thi s i s a vi ral syndrome and
anti bi oti cs are not effecti ve agai nst vi ruses. However, i f you
li ke, we could try a course and see i f i t helps.”
Disease model problem: For many di agnosable
condi ti ons, no treatment exi sts.
O nce agai n, thi s i s a much bi gger problem than i t mi ght
appear on the surface. At least Dr. Smi th has been honest i n
acknowledgi ng the treatment wi ll probably be of li ttle value.
Unfortunately conventi onal physi ci ans routi nely over-di ag-
nose and over-treat many complai nts. I n such si tuati ons, the
pati ent gets well i n spi te of the treatment, not because of i t.
8 Homeopathy: Beyond Flat Earth Medicine
#3 “T hi s i s Carol’s fi fth ear i nfecti on thi s year, Dr. Smi th.
T he medi ci ne i s costi ng $75 per course. I sn’t there somethi ng
we can do to prevent thi s from recurri ng?”
“Well, perhaps a course of low dose anti bi oti cs i n
between i nfecti ons wi ll help. I f not, I ’ll gi ve you a referral to
a speci ali st for the placement of tubes i n the ears.”
Disease model problem: T reatment for recurri ng
problems does li ttle to prevent future i nci dents.
Health problems recur due to conti nued suscepti bi li ty
i n the pati ent, but the di sease approach rarely addresses thi s
suscepti bi li ty. Each recurrence i s treated as i f i t i s a new
problem resulti ng i n a revolvi ng-door experi ence for the
pati ent: treatment, recurrence, treatment, recurrence, etc.
Dr. Smi th i s probably a si ncere i ndi vi dual doi ng hi s best
to help the pati ents. Y et the above scenari os represent only a
fracti on of the li mi tati ons of the di sease model i n healthcare.
Consi der the further problems of drug si de effects and adverse
reacti ons. Consi der the terri ble problem of i ncreasi ng bacteri al
resi stance to anti bi oti cs due to thei r overuse.
Consi der the cost of healthcare. T he di sease model
requi res the development of i ncreasi ngly sophi sti cated tech-
nologi es to di agnose di seases wi th greater certai nty. A few
pati ents certai nly benefi t, but most are merely undergoi ng
i ncreasi ngly expensi ve evaluati ons that fi nd nothi ng or di s-
cover that they have a di sease where no sati sfactory treatment
exi sts.
When thi s di sease model i s promoted as the only vi able
avenue to healthcare i t becomes more than just a di sease model
— i t becomes flat-earth medi ci ne. I t becomes a fi xed vi ew that
bli nds one to the benefi ts of any other perspecti ve.
Beyond the Flat Earth 9
T here have been many benefi ts through the develop-
ment of the di sease-ori ented vi ew. Homeopathi c physi ci ans
have, from the begi nni ng, recogni zed the need for surgery,
nutri ti on, and other modali ti es. But the flat-earth approach of
usi ng medi ci nes only to treat di seases, not pati ents, i s of li mi ted
value and carri es a much greater ri sk than many people
currently recogni ze.
Chapter 2
The Basics of
As the years went by, I decided to return to conven-
tional medical school. There was no single reason for this, I
loved naturopathic medicine and homeopathy. I did want to
learn more about such things as emergency medicine and
surgery and I felt more training would make me a better
doctor. But perhaps more than this was the desire to see what
it was like from the other side, to see if I was missing
something that conventional medicine had. I wanted to see
if medical doctors really had some kind of special knowledge
to justify their superior attitude, some knowledge to which I
was not a party.
My time as a student at Oregon Health Sciences
University School of Medicine passed quickly. The first two
years were the basic science years. I was accustomed to
these from naturopathic medical school and they were mostly
review to me. The second two years were mostly hospital
work, doing rotations in various specialities such as surgery,
pediatrics, and psychiatry.
As the time passed, I began to realize that something
was indeed missing, not with me, however, but with conven-
tional medicine! It lacked an underlying perspective or basis
in approaching patients. There was no real appreciation for
the ability of the body to heal itself. The patient’s diseases
were treated, often with love and caring, but there was not
even a concept of working with the natural recuperative
powers of the patient. Patients were treated as broken
biochemical machines.
I learned a great deal in my medical training and met
many fine people, but the wonder and enchantment of natural
healing were nowhere to be found. I came to realize that no
conventional medical specialty could satisfy me, that I would
return to homeopathy.
The law of similars
T he practi ce of homeopathy i s based on an observati on
called the law of similars. What thi s means, i n si mple terms,
i s that what a substance can cause, i t can cure.
For example, Hahnemann’s i ni ti al experi ments were
wi th Ci nchona bark, from whi ch qui ni ne i s deri ved. He found
that i f i t i s gi ven i n dai ly doses to a healthy person i t can cause
symptoms si mi lar to malari a. I ndeed, thi s same Ci nchona i s
curati ve i n many pati ents wi th malari a.
T here are many examples of thi s pri nci ple of “li ke cures
li ke.” Everyone knows how coffee keeps people awake and
alert. I n homeopathy i t i s used i n very small doses to cure
pati ents wi th just that same ki nd of i nsomni a associ ated wi th
an overly alert mi nd.
The name homeopathy
As Hahnemann developed thi s i dea of si mi lars i nto a
sci ence he gave i t the name homeopathy. T he G reek roots to
thi s word are homoios meani ng “si mi lar” and pathosmeani ng
“sufferi ng”. So the name homeopathy reflects the basi c theory
as well as the mode of treatment. T hat i s, a substance can be
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12 Homeopathy: Beyond Flat Earth Medicine
used as a medi ci ne when the symptoms that the pati ent i s
experi enci ng are si mi lar to the symptoms that a healthy
i ndi vi dual would experi ence i f they were taki ng that same
Hahnemann also named the conventi onal system of
medi ci ne. Si nce these doctors gi ve pati ents substances that
cause symptoms di fferent from those they are experi enci ng,
the proper name i s allopathy ( allo meani ng “other”) . T he
appropri ate name for conventi onal medi ci ne remai ns allo-
pathi c medi ci ne and thi s term, allopathy, i s used at ti mes i n thi s
The minimum dose
“Above all do no harm” i s an anci ent medi cal maxi m
whi ch i s followed i n homeopathy. Hahnemann was faced wi th
the problem of tryi ng to use medi ci nes i n such a way that they
wouldn’t cause more problems. He found that i f a medi ci ne
was well i ndi cated by i ts si mi lar symptoms, i t could be gi ven
i n very small doses wi th excellent results.
T hrough experi ments he developed a system called
potentization. I n thi s system, medi ci nes are di luted i n a seri es
of di luti ons. T he end result i s a non-toxic medicine whi ch sti ll
retai ns i ts abi li ty to cure i f i t i s homeopathi cally i ndi cated.
T hi s process of potenti zati on i s descri bed i n detai l i n
Appendix 1at the end of the book. For a complete understand-
i ng of homeopathy, i t i s recommended that you read i t at some
poi nt.
Suffi ce to say that homeopathi c remedi es are di s-
pensed i n di fferent strengths referred to as potencies. T he
potency of the remedy i s i ndi cated by the number and the letter
whi ch follow the name of the medi ci ne. For example, Pulsati lla
30C i s made from the herb Pulsati lla Ni gri cans. I t has been
di luted 30 ti mes wi th a di luti on factor of 1/100 each ti me ( C
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means centesi mal) . I t has also been succussed ( agi tated by
vi gorous shaki ng) between each di luti on.
T he larger the number followi ng the name of the
medi ci ne, the more ti mes i t has been di luted and shaken. Si nce
these hi gher di luti ons generally act longer and deeper than the
lower di luti ons ( i f well prescri bed accordi ng to thei r homeo-
pathi c i ndi cati ons) , they are referred to as hi gh potenci es.
T hi s i s qui te di fferent from the regular medi ci nes wi th
whi ch we are all fami li ar, where a hi gh potency usually means
a larger dose of medi ci ne rather than a more di luted medi ci ne.
Si nce they are so di fferent, homeopathi c medi ci nes are often
referred to as remedies. As you read on through the book, the
term remedy wi ll often be used when referri ng to these very
small doses of homeopathi c medi ci nes.
Proving of medicines
For the study of substances as potenti al medi ci nes,
Hahnemann conducted a seri es of experi ments called prov-
ings. G roups of healthy volunteers would take small doses of
a substance on a dai ly basi s. T he volunteers kept journals of
all symptoms they experi enced i n the course of the study. I n
thi s way, an accurate and consi stent pi cture of the effects of the
substance on human health could be obtai ned.
Hahnemann was i nterested i n the effects of medi ci nes
on the whole person. T herefore, subjects i n the provi ngs
recorded not only thei r physi cal symptoms i n great detai l, but
also i nformati on on sleep, appeti te, thi rst, sensati ons, heat,
cold, emoti ons, desi res, thoughts, and the li ke.
O f speci al note i s the fact that the medi ci nes are proven
on humans, not ani mals. T he response of people to the
substances used i n provi ngs was i mmedi ately known, even the
effects on human emoti ons and thi nki ng.
14 Homeopathy: Beyond Flat Earth Medicine
Anythi ng that can cause symptoms can be studi ed i n
thi s way. Substances that have been studi ed i n provi ngs can
then be used as medi ci nes i n homeopathy. I n the course of
homeopathi c hi story, thi ngs as vari ed as herbs, mi nerals,
poi sons, foods, and bacteri a have been studi ed and are used
today as non-toxi c medi ci nes.
I got a call one day from a patient. Her daughter had
been ill for a week with fever and cough. She had given her
various remedies at home without success.
She said that the cough came on very bad at night
when the girl lay down in bed. She had little appetite or thirst.
Most peculiar was the fact that the fever came on every day
at 2 PM like clockwork.
I looked in my homeopathic repertory (a book index-
ing symptoms with remedies) for fever at 2 PM. Sure enough,
right there in black and white was her remedy, homeopathic
Pulsatilla. This remedy also has cough lying down, and
decreased appetite and thirst.
The patient responded dramatically to the remedy
with quick resolution of her illness.
The homeopathic repertory which I consulted was
written 100 years ago! Unlike much in modern medicine, the
knowledge in homeopathy does not become outdated over
time. On the contrary, the knowledge of the remedies and
how to apply them continues to grow. Provings conducted
those many years ago continue to be valid to this day.
From provings to therapy
Just as people have characteri sti cs that di sti ngui sh
them as i ndi vi duals, the vari ous provi ngs brought out the
i ndi vi dual nature of di fferent medi ci nes. Some di sposed
The Basics of Homeopathy 15
people to feel chi lly, some made people warm. Some
produced a thi rst for large amounts of cold dri nks, others for
si ps of warm dri nks, whi le others caused a decreased thi rst.
Some caused vari ous ki nds of rashes. Some produced sensa-
ti ons of fear: of the dark, of dogs, of water, of death. Some
produced unusual food cravi ngs. T he provi ngs brought out the
vari ous features of each substance; what made i t uni que i n i ts
effects on human health.
Hahnemann then took the i nformati on from the provi ngs
and began applyi ng i t to si ck pati ents. When a pati ent was
found to be di splayi ng symptoms characteri sti c of a parti cular
substance, that substance was appli ed i n small doses as a
medi ci ne.
When a provi ng demonstrated a symptom i n the test
subjects, and the substance also cured that symptom i n a si ck
pati ent, that symptom was then consi dered a vali d character-
i sti c of that homeopathi c medi ci ne. T he symptom could then
be added to the compi lati on of medi ci nal i ndi cati ons called the
homeopathi c Materia Medica.
The Materia Medica
I n homeopathy the i ndi cati ons for a medi ci ne are not
the di sease di agnosi s nor the medi cal condi ti on to be treated,
as i s the case wi th conventi onal medi ci ne. I nstead, the
homeopathi c i ndi cati ons are si mply all the vari ous effects and
symptoms whi ch can be both caused and cured by the
medi ci ne.
I n the Materi a Medi ca, these i ndi cati ons are recorded
for each medi ci ne i n a systemati c fashi on begi nni ng wi th the
mi nd and progressi ng throughout the di fferent parts of the
body. I ndi cati ons are descri bed i n preci se detai l so that the
practi ti oner can match the uni que and peculi ar i ndi cati ons for
each remedy to the i ndi cati ons i n i ll pati ents.
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Appendix 2 at the end of the book shows a remedy ( i n
part) as a sample Materi a Medi ca li sti ng.
“I tried homeopathy . . . it doesn’t work,” the man in the
back row with the raised hand said.
Curious, I asked him to explain.
“Well, homeopathy means ‘like cures like,’ right? So
one time my daughter had the stomach flu and was throwing
up a lot. I went and got her some homeopathic Ipecac. You
know, the same stuff as in the medicine chest used to cause
vomiting. I figured since it causes vomiting, it should work to
cure it. It didn’t do a thing to help.”
This man still had some interest in homeopathy, or
else he wouldn’t be attending one of my introductory lectures.
In response I said, “This is a common mistake people
make about homeopathy. You are right, ‘like cures like’
means that if a substance causes vomiting, it can cure
vomiting. However, it must be the same type of vomiting.”
“The only type of vomiting I know of is the kind where
the contents of your stomach comes out,” the man interjected.
“That’s right, if you only look at the stomach there is
just one type. But look at the whole patient. Many substances
cause vomiting. Yet each one is actually different in some
way. Homeopathic Ipecac works for vomiting patients if and
only if they have the same symptoms which Ipecac causes.
Namely, relentless nausea. This is peculiar. Most patients
feel better after vomiting, but in those who need Ipecac the
nausea is not relieved by vomiting.
“There are a great many possible remedies for pa-
tients with stomach flu. The appropriate remedy must be
chosen for the individual for good results.”
Chapter 3
The Brilliance
of Homeopathy
I did my residency training at Highland Hospital in
Oakland, California, a trauma center that serves a largely
inner city population.
In both medical school and residency, I found it best
not to advertise my naturopathic background. Some people
in medicine find it interesting, but many just can’t handle it.
They can no longer relate to you as an intelligent or caring
person, you are now one of “them.”
As my training progressed, I gained much of the
experience I was looking for in medicine. I became more
comfortable with such things as trauma, emergencies, and
intensive care.
The difference between homeopathy and conven-
tional medicine also became more clear. Conventional
medicine looks for what is the same between patients and
then applies a uniform treatment to the disease. In homeopa-
thy, we look for what is different, what makes each person
unique, so we can treat the patient.
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Homeopathy i s si mple, really. I t i s the whole person
who i s affected by di sease and i t i s the whole person who
responds to medi ci nes.
T o appreci ate how the whole person i s affected by
di sease or medi ci nes, we have only to look at thei r symptoms.
T hi s i s the secret to understandi ng how homeopathy di ffers
from conventi onal medi ci ne i n a way as basi c as the di fference
between the spheri cal earth and flat earth.
The disease symptoms
When someone i s i ll, they have many symptoms, most
of whi ch are i gnored by conventi onal medi ci ne but are of great
i mportance i n homeopathy. Conventi onal medi ci ne recog-
ni zes and uses only those symptoms whi ch i ndi cate what
di sease the pati ent has.
For example, suppose a pati ent has asthma. T hey’ll go
to the doctor wi th shortness of breath and wheezi ng. Breathi ng
tests wi ll be abnormal. T hey may have an allergi c hi story and
often have had previ ous asthma attacks.
A consci enti ous physi ci an may also complete a full
hi story, exam, and laboratory evaluati on. But, barri ng any
surpri ses, the physi ci an already has all the i nformati on needed
to di agnose and treat the di sease based on the di sease
symptoms. Vi rtually all asthmati cs recei ve the same treatment
by conventi onal physi ci ans.
T he si gns and symptoms whi ch were used to di agnose
thi s di sease are about the same for each person and are referred
to as the disease symptoms. T hey are of li ttle value, however,
i n prescri bi ng for the whole person.
The patient’s symptoms
I t i s the other symptoms, the ones whi ch are ei ther
i gnored or never eli ci ted i n conventi onal medi ci ne, that allow
The Brilliance of Homeopathy 19
a vi ew of the whole person and the i ndi vi dual response to the
di sease.
T o conti nue wi th the example of asthma, every asth-
mati c has many symptoms beyond the di sease symptoms. T he
shortness of breath may be caused i n one person by goi ng i nto
the open ai r, but thi s may reli eve the shortness of breath i n
another. O ne may be thi rsty for si ps of cold dri nks, another
may have no thi rst. O ne may be sweaty, another dry. O ne may
feel worse after mi dni ght, another i n the morni ng. O ne may
be cravi ng salt, another sweets. O ne may be reli eved at the
seashore, another aggravated. O ne may be i rri table, another
T he poi nt i s that people respond as a whole, as an
organi sm, to di sease i nfluences. T hi s response i s vi si ble
throughout the person as vari ous si gns and symptoms. I n
homeopathy, all these symptoms taken together represent the
patient’s symptoms.
I t i s merely the choice of conventi onal medi ci ne to
i gnore the totali ty of the pati ent’s symptoms because conven-
ti onal medi ci ne has no means to uti li ze thi s i nformati on. T here
i s no need for any other than the di sease symptoms when you
are only treati ng the di sease.
Medicine for the disease
Just as the di sease affects the person as a whole, so do
medi ci nes. T he fact that medi ci nes affect systems throughout
the body, not just i n one part, i s acknowledged i n conventi onal
medi ci ne i n the concept of effects and si de-effects. Conven-
ti onal medi ci nes are gi ven i n large enough doses to cause a
certai n desi red effect somewhere i n the body. O ther effects
caused by the medi ci ne whi ch are not desi red are termed the
si de-effects.
20 Homeopathy: Beyond Flat Earth Medicine
A moments reflecti on reveals that there is no such thing
as a medicinal side-effect. There are only medi ci nal effects.
T he term si de-effect i s a euphemi sm for what i s, i n fact, an
undesi red effect. ( I t appears that the only purpose for thi s
mi sleadi ng term i s to reli eve the practi ti oner of the blame for
havi ng caused these unpleasant drug effects i n the pati ent.)
Medicine for the patient
I f you’ve followed the book so far, you already know
that homeopathy takes a di fferent approach and does not
di vi de the effects of a medi ci ne i nto so called effects and si de-
effects. I nstead, the sum total of all the effects are recogni zed
to be part of what that medi ci ne can cause.
And, i f you remember the basi c pri nci ple of homeopa-
thy ( “li ke cures li ke”) , the medi ci ne can cure what i t can cause.
For a good response, however, the medi ci ne must be pre-
scri bed for the pati ent, not the di sease. T hi s i s done by
matchi ng the patient’s symptoms ( as di scussed above) wi th the
symptoms that a medi ci ne can cause.
When a homeopathi c medi ci ne i s properly prescri bed,
based on the si mi lar symptoms of the whole person, i t can be
gi ven i n such a ti ny, non-toxi c dose that i t wi ll not force i ts
effects on the body. Therefore, there are no si de-effects as wi th
drug therapy.
Treating the patient instead of the disease
T hi s i s the geni us of homeopathy. I t i s the pati ent who
i s i ll and i t i s the pati ent who responds to the medi ci ne. What
is termed a disease by conventional medicine is merely a part
of this whole ( just as the experi ence of the flat earth i s only part
of the greater reali ty of the round earth) .
The Brilliance of Homeopathy 21
By looki ng at the whole pati ent and knowi ng the
effects of medi ci nes on the whole person, homeopathi c
practi ti oners are able to prescri be one single similar medi-
cine for that pati ent. T he pati ent’s response to the medi ci ne
i s then evi denced by resoluti on and i mprovement i n all the
symptoms, i ncludi ng those associ ated wi th the di sease. T he
di sease i s cured naturally as the pati ent recovers.
“Dr. Dooley, it’s amazing,” a 40 year old woman told
me on her first follow-up. “My skin rash on my hands is
completely gone!”
“Skin rash?” I asked. The month before, during our
initial interview, she had related all her problems to me:
anxiety attacks, dry mouth, bad breath, and others; but she
had said nothing about a skin rash.
“Oh, I’m so used to it and have had it all my life, that
I didn’t even think to mention it last month. My hands always
have a dry itchy rash with cracks and fissures. But now, it’s
all better.” She went on to explain that her other problems
were also improved.
Her prescription of homeopathic Graphites would
have been much easier had I known about the skin rash. But
it wasn’t necessary to know about it to help it. When the
patient is treated as a whole, all the specific problems should
improve as the patient responds.
The balance of health and disease
People who get few di seases are often referred to as
healthy. I n other words, the absence of di sease defi nes thei r
state of health. Health, however, i s much more than just the
absence of di sease. I t i s more accurate to say that healthy
people get fewer di seases and feel better i n general because
they are healthy.
22 Homeopathy: Beyond Flat Earth Medicine
T hi s subtle di sti ncti on i s i mportant because treati ng
di sease, as i s done i n conventi onal medi ci ne, wi ll not neces-
sari ly result i n a healthi er person. I t i s possi ble for the di sease
to go away, and yet the pati ent, as a whole, remai ns i n an
equally poor, or even worse, state of health.
I n such a reduced state of health, people often com-
plai n to thei r doctors of many symptoms such as poor energy,
sleep problems, or emoti onal i mbalance. Perhaps they just
don’t feel well. I t i s often only a matter of ti me before the
previ ous di sease returns or another di sease, possi bly more
seri ous, takes i ts place.
From the flat-earth vi ew of conventi onal medi ci ne,
such a new di sease i s then seen as an enti rely di fferent di sease
enti ty. I t i s treated as i f there i s no relati onshi p between the old
di sease and the new di sease. Thi s i s not so; there i s a
relati onshi p.
The relationship is the patient!
T hese di seases do not just happen. They are processes
whi ch i nvolve the very samepati ent.
From the homeopathi c vi ew of the whole person, the
vari ous problems and symptoms, both past and present, are all
related. T hey reflect the uni que health expressi on of that
i ndi vi dual.
Furthermore, the parts of the body do not i ndepen-
dently get si ck. I t i s the whole person who gets si ck, even
though most di seases express i n predomi nantly one part of the
body or another. T hat i s why just treati ng the apparently si ck
part may not benefi t the pati ent as a whole.
T he proof of these i deas i s a cured pati ent, one who has
been healed wi th a homeopathi c remedy chosen for them as
a whole, not just thei r di seases.
The Brilliance of Homeopathy 23
T he short case presented above i s an excellent ex-
ample. I f thi s pati ent had been treated i n parts, the conven-
ti onal way, she would have recei ved a prescri pti on for an anti -
anxi ety medi ci ne, some corti sone loti on for her hands, and told
to use breath mi nts or mouth wash. All of these treatments are
di rected at the parts, not the pati ent.
T hese treatments would have only controlled the
symptoms, the outward expressi ons of her underlyi ng di sor-
Usi ng the homeopathi c approach, I was able to fi nd a
remedy whi ch matched her whole health pi cture. She re-
sponded as a whole and as she healed, all the problems got
better, even the one I was unaware she had!
T rue heali ng, natural recovery from di sease, cannot be
forced. I t i s a process i n whi ch a person attai ns a hi gher level
of health and the di sease resolves naturally. T hi s i s what
homeopathy i s all about.
Chapter 4
A Cured Case
I n the case that follows, a few mi nor facts have been
changed to protect my pati ent’s pri vacy. O therwi se, i t i s an
accurate presentati on of her, her problems, and how she was
helped by homeopathy.
Initial visit : Beverly ( not her real name) i s a marri ed mother
of two chi ldren i n her early forti es. She seemed fri endly and
open as she related her story:
“I ’ve had a problem wi th recurri ng cysti ti s ( bladder
i nfecti ons) for many years. I t mostly happens after i ntercourse,
about one out of three ti mes si nce I ’ve been an adult.
“I ’ve had a lot of work-up on thi s problem over the
years. A urologi c work-up shows I have two ureters on my left
si de. T hey don’t thi nk thi s has been causi ng the problem.
“I f I take anti bi oti cs ri ght after i ntercourse then I have
fewer i nfecti ons. When I do get cysti ti s, i t starts as a burni ng
wi th uri nati on. T hen I start to feel spasms about ei ght to twelve
hours later. I t’s ki nd of a ti ghteni ng near the openi ng. T he last
drop really burns when I have to go. T here i s a fullness and
I have to uri nate frequently. I f left untreated i t tends to go to
my left ki dney.
“T hi s problem i s always i n the back of my mi nd when
I have i ntercourse. After the i nfecti on i s treated, I have a lot of
i tchi ng. Maybe that’s from the anti bi oti cs.
“I ’m so ti red of havi ng i t. I t’s more than just physi cal.
I counseled for awhi le wi th a teacher at the center.”
Beverly paused for a moment and looked down.
“I was sexually abused as a chi ld. He ( the perpetrator)
forced i ntercourse on me regularly from age si x or seven unti l
age twelve. After that he left the area.
“I ’m goi ng through a lot of changes ri ght now. Spi ri -
tuali ty i s more i mportant than i t was.”
She conti nued her story, relati ng some of her other
“I also have a problem wi th my si nuses. I t started when
I was on vacati on about seven years ago. I was pregnant then
wi th my last chi ld. I t’s a lot worse when i t i s wet or rai ny. I t’s
better i n open ai r. My nose completely blocks up and I can’t
breath. I n the morni ng I blow clear mucus.
“I also get a sharp pai n i n my left ovary area every
month. I t used to occur i n mi d-cycle, then i t went away. Now
i t occurs just before my peri od.”
T o get a better understandi ng of her, I asked how her
husband would descri be her personali ty.
She repli ed, “He’d say I was fri endly, I li ke people. I ’m
i ntroverted and don’t li ke to be noti ced. I ’ve always been shy;
i t’s di ffi cult to i ntroduce myself. I ’m honest.
“I get depressed easi ly. I get down on myself a lot. I
have thi s commi ttee i n my head always poi nti ng thi ngs out. I t’s
li ke there are di fferent personali ti es, li ke my mother sayi ng ‘do
thi s, do that.’ I ’ve been goi ng to counseli ng. I t’s hard to work
on my sadness; there are thi ngs I ’m never able to cry about.
A Cured Case 25
26 Homeopathy: Beyond Flat Earth Medicine
“I get angry i f someone tells me what I should be doi ng,
i f someone tells me how to feel or act or be.
“For example, the teacher at school humi li ated my son.
I was angry. My husband sai d I shouldn’t feel that way. T hat
made me even more angry.”
Asked about her fears, she repli ed, “I ’m afrai d to be
under a trai n, you know, li ke under an overpass. I ’m afrai d of
bei ng restrai ned, unable to move. I never felt anyone was there
for me, ever. T here was no one to rely on or trust. I always
felt very alone. I needed to rely on myself, I needed to take
care of myself.
“I dream someti mes my husband leaves and I am
Regardi ng her chi ldhood, she sai d, “I was i ntroverted;
I tri ed to be unnoti ced. T here was no fi ghti ng i n the fami ly. M y
parents di d not argue. My mother was very controlli ng. T he
house was always very neat. I had a problem wi th anemi a. Lots
of ti mes I couldn’t eat. I often couldn’t eat breakfast.
“My father di ed two years ago. We had a wonderful
relati onshi p. He never abused me. I was Daddy’s li ttle gi rl. He
was very creati ve. We made doll houses, pi ctures. He never
knew I was bei ng abused.”
She paused agai n i n her story.
“I thi nk about the abuse a lot. I t’s more of a sorrow, not
an anger. I ’m the only one to protect me, no one else i s there.
I ’ve always felt thi s heavy reli ance on self.”
I n response to speci fi c questi ons, she gave the follow-
i ng i nformati on. She i s a chi lly person wi th cold hands and feet.
Despi te thi s, she strongly prefers to have open wi ndows. She
sleeps on her abdomen wi th her hands underneath her. She
has warm feet and puts them out of the covers every few
weeks, even i n the wi nter.
A Cured Case 27
Her peri od started at age 11. I f she exerci ses regularly,
she doesn’t get any premenstrual symptoms. O ccasi onally she
gets swollen breasts wi th some secreti on.
She loves chocolate, ri ch creams, sauces, and i ce
cream. She also li kes pasta, ri ce, potatoes and other starchy
Assessment : Beverly’s two medi cal complai nts are
recurri ng cysti ti s associ ated wi th i ntercourse, and si nus con-
gesti on. She also has a recurri ng left ovari an area pai n wi th
Emoti onally, she carri es the scars of recurri ng sexual
abuse as a chi ld. Thi s i ssue has never been fully resolved, she
often feels self-reproachful and experi ences a feeli ng of deep
sorrow. She has a persi stent i ssue wi th abandonment i n her
li fe.
T here were a few remedi es that looked li ke good
possi bi li ti es for Beverly. I chose to gi ve her a remedy called
Staphysagri a.
Plan: Staphysagri a 1M, one dose.
First follow-up (one month after initial visit)
She reported she had one epi sode of cysti ti s the fi rst
month, treated wi th anti bi oti cs. She felt li ke she was sti ll
undergoi ng qui te a bi t of stress, “just a lot goi ng on i n my head.”
Her si nuses were unchanged. Her premenstrual symptoms
were worse than usual that month.
Emoti onally she’d been depressed, felt li ke gi vi ng up
i n li fe, and di dn’t care. She’d been more i ntroverted, wi th low
energy and just hadn’t felt li ke doi ng much.
28 Homeopathy: Beyond Flat Earth Medicine
Assessment: Clearly, there was li ttle, i f any, response
to a si ngle dose of the remedy. I sti ll felt thi s was a well
i ndi cated remedy and prescri bed i t agai n i n lower potency
repeated frequently.
Plan: Staphysagri a 6C, one dose dai ly.
Second follow-up (two months after initial visit)
She had a yeast i nfecti on thi s past month for the fi rst
ti me i n many years. She treated i t wi th a topi cal anti fungal from
her gynecologi st. She had cramps i n her feet for one month,
occasi onally very severe. She once had si mi lar cramps a few
years i n the past. Her peri od was one week early. She felt li ght
headed for a week. She sti ll had a lot anxi ety about her li fe and
marri age. She’d felt very busy and stressed. Her nose and si nus
congesti on were unchanged. She sti ll got the left ovari an pai n.
She sai d “I don’t thi nk the remedy i s doi ng much. But,
I ’ve had thi s problem a long ti me and don’t expect i t to go away
overni ght.”
Assessment: T here was possi bly some return of old
symptoms ( often a si gn of heali ng) , but overall no real change.
Although I di dn’t expect her to be cured i n just two months,
there wasn’t enough i mprovement to justi fy stayi ng on the
same remedy.
Plan: Di sconti nue the Staphysagri a. Pulsati lla 6C,
one dose dai ly.
Third follow-up (four months after initial visit)
T hi s ti me she sai d she was defi ni tely doi ng better. She
had no epi sodes of cysti ti s. She even stopped taki ng the
anti bi oti cs after i ntercourse. Her cramps had gone away. Her
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stuffy nose was markedly i mproved. She sti ll had some left
ovari an pai n the week before.
O verall, she felt emoti onally much better. And her
energy was i mproved. She sai d she’d been tryi ng to commu-
ni cate more wi th her husband and felt her relati onshi p was
i mprovi ng. “I t’s wonderful! There has been no cysti ti s and thi s
i s very unusual.”
She reported that she had numerous vi vi d dreams si nce
she started the remedy. She dreamed of bei ng at the ocean wi th
her son and there were huge waves comi ng i n. T he feeli ng was
that i t was the end of the world. T hey ran to a tall bui ldi ng.
Water was ri si ng on the si des. She walked i nto a room wi th two
ladi es i n i t. T hey all talked about how the good ti mes were
over. T hen a man came i nto the room and sai d, “Cut.” I t was
a movi e! “He sai d i f he had told us, then he wouldn’t have
gotten good emoti on for the fi lm.”
She sai d she’s had these “end of the world” dreams for
her enti re li fe. “I t’s li ke there’s only one hour to go, then i t wi ll
all be over.” She would usually wake cryi ng, feeli ng that there
was no one to protect her, no other adults around.
But thi s ti me was di fferent. T hi s dream was li ke a joke,
“I t was funny because I was so concerned, but i t wasn’t real.”
Assessment : Excellent response to Pulsati lla.
Plan: Pulsati lla 30C, one dose weekly.
Fourth follow-up (six months after initial visit)
She di d very well. I t was the longest she had ever gone
wi thout a bladder i nfecti on! Her nose sti ll got stuffy and was
better i f she went i n the open ai r, but overall the stuffi ness had
gotten better. She had no cramps i n her feet. She sai d her
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marri age was doi ng better than ever. T hi s ti me, her dreams
were unremarkable.
Assessment : Excellent response to the remedy.
Plan: Pulsati lla 200C, one dose only.
Fifth follow-up (eight months after initial visit)
O verall, she agai n di d well. She had no bladder
i nfecti ons, although she di d get a few spasms that went away
wi th cranberry jui ce. “Thi s makes si x months wi thout bladder
i nfecti ons and that’s i ncredi ble.” Her marri age has been good.
Emoti onally, she had done well and had good energy. About
the only thi ng that bothered her was some nose problem i n the
eveni ngs.
Assessment: She i s doi ng well, but appears to have
nearly had an i nfecti on, whi ch she kept away wi th cranberry
jui ce.
Plan: Pulsati lla 1M, one dose only.
Sixth follow-up (ten months after initial visit)
Doi ng fi ne. No problems. No cysti ti s. Nose much
better, occasi onal sli ght stuffi ness. Feeli ng emoti onally good,
no bi g hi ghs and lows. Feels more “up.” Doi ng volunteer work
at spi ri tual center.
Assessment: Doi ng great!
Plan: Wai t. No medi cati on needed. Follow-up as
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T hi s i s the ki nd of case we love i n homeopathy. O nce
the ri ght remedy was prescri bed, her recurri ng problem of
about twenty years durati on was gone.
Not only di d her mai n complai nt get better, but, as we’ll
di scuss i n more detai l, she i mproved dramati cally on all levels.
She experi enced i ncreased energy, a greater sense of well
bei ng, and resoluti on or i mprovement i n all complai nts. T hi s
type of response i s characteri sti c i n homeopathy and demon-
strates what happens when the whole person i s treated i nstead
of just the di sease.
T he remedy whi ch cured her, Pulsati lla, i s i n no way a
speci fi c medi ci ne for recurri ng cysti ti s. I t was NO T prescri bed
for her cysti ti s. It was prescribed for her as a person. Her
characteri sti cs that strongly i ndi cated thi s remedy i nclude such
thi ngs as her mi ld nature, her ti mi di ty, her tendency to be a
pleaser, her li felong sense of abandonment, her ameli orati on
i n open ai r, her chi lli ness coupled wi th a desi re for open ai r,
her hot feet i n bed, and her food desi res.
Staphysagri a i s also a common remedy i n pati ents wi th
recurri ng cysti ti s, especi ally associ ated wi th i ntercourse.
Staphysagri a i s also a frequently i ndi cated remedy i n pati ents
wi th such a hi story of sexual abuse. Pati ents needi ng ei ther
remedy can appear very mi ld and yi eldi ng. Although Staphysa-
gri a appeared to be a good prescri pti on, she recei ved no
benefi t from i t.
T he conventi onal approach i n thi s case was i ncapable
of curi ng her tendency to these i nfecti ons over the years.
Despi te sophi sti cated urologi c work-ups, there was nothi ng to
help her other than taki ng anti bi oti cs for each epi sode and after
i ntercourse.
Beverly possi bly needed thi s remedy her whole li fe. I t
appears i f she had taken the Pulsati lla many years earli er, she
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could have avoi ded the ten to twelve bladder i nfecti ons per
year, expensi ve work-ups, and repeated anti bi oti c use.
An i mportant aspect of thi s case was the unresolved
emoti onal trauma resulti ng from her sexual abuse as a chi ld.
T he allopathi c care she recei ved di d nothi ng to address thi s
i ssue. Whereas the counseli ng she recei ved helped to some
extent, i t was only after recei vi ng the simillimum ( curati ve
si mi lar remedy) di d she experi ence a sense of emoti onal well
bei ng and a li fti ng of the “deep sorrow.”
T hi s i s a common experi ence i n homeopathy. A
homeopathi c remedy cannot substi tute for human compassi on
and understandi ng, yet i t i s common for pati ents to fi nally
reach a stage of resoluti on and attai n an abi li ty to move ahead
i n li fe after a good prescri pti on. T hi s i s because emoti ons are
closely related to a person’s glands and nerves. As these glands
and nerves heal, the associ ated emoti onal quali ti es are strength-
ened and expressed i n a more balanced way.
Beverly experi enced some of thi s process i n her
dreams. Under the acti on of the remedy her dream state
became very vi vi d. She experi enced many of the recurri ng
emoti onal i ssues i n these dreams duri ng thi s peri od. As the
heali ng progressed, she felt a resoluti on i n the dream state
whi ch corresponded wi th a si mi lar resoluti on and feeli ng of
emoti onal well bei ng i n her day-to-day li fe.
Homeopaths fi nd thi s to be true: a person’s experience
in emotional and mental life cannot be separated from their
physical complaints. I t i s the pati ent who i s i ll, and thi s i llness
i s si mply expressed or reflected i n many ways.
T hi s i s why homeopathy can often help pati ents even
when the di sease di agnosi s i s unclear or unknown. All the
vari ous symptoms and si gns of the pati ent — i ncludi ng
physi cal, mental, and emoti onal — are used as gui deposts for
understandi ng the expressi on of the person’s health-mai ntai n-
A Cured Case 33
i ng mechani sm. T he appropri ate remedy sti mulates thi s
mechani sm and a heali ng response occurs.
T hi s case also shows the use of the two systems of
dosi ng, the dai ly dose and the si ngle dose. T hese are descri bed
i n more detai l i n Chapter 8. I t should also be noted how the
potenci es gi ven to Beverly gradually ascended as she re-
sponded. As her health and vi tali ty i ncreased she was able to
respond to the i ncreasi ngly subtle doses of remedy i n a gentle
and permanent manner.
Fi nally noti ce how the wi sdom of the body heals the
more i mportant organs fi rst. Her stuffy nose — not a seri ous
problem — was her only remai ni ng complai nt after many
months of treatment. Even thi s mi nor complai nt became
progressi vely better as heali ng conti nued.
Beverly had reali sti c expectati ons of how fast home-
opathy could help her. Even though results were negli gi ble
after the fi rst few months, she felt her problems were of a long-
standi ng nature and would take some ti me to resolve.
Beverly got results wi th homeopathy largely because
she was open and candi d wi th personal aspects of her li fe and
hi story. The thi ngs whi ch people are most hesi tant to di scuss
or exami ne often contai n the clues for cure i n homeopathy.
T hese clues reflect pathology on an i nner level. Heali ng the
person, as opposed to the di sease, may be di ffi cult wi thout
such an understandi ng.
Chapter 5
A Brief History
A Victorian era joke about homeopathy:
A well dressed woman entered a homeopathic phar-
“Sir,” she enquired of the pharmacist. “I would like to
purchase one four-hundredth of a grain of phosphate of
magnesia, please.”
“I’m sorry, madam,” the pharmacist replied coolly.
“We do not sell in quantities that large.”
Homeopathy in the ancient world
Samuel Hahnemann di d not di scover homeopathy.
T he basi c concept of homeopathy, bei ng the therapeuti c acti on
of si mi lars, has been di scovered many ti mes throughout
human hi story. I t was menti oned and used by Hi ppocrates and
a vari ety of practi ces based on homeopathi c pri nci ples have
come and gone over ti me.
O ne such practi ce used i n anci ent I ndi a was called visa
chikitsa. I t was developed approxi mately 3,500 years ago i n
the era now referred to as the Mahabharata age. T hi s vi sa
chi ki tsa i s di scussed i n the book Discourses on Mahabharata
by P.R. Sarkar, i n the chapter enti tled “Medi cal Sci ence of the
Age.” ( Engli sh edi ti on 1981, Ananda Press, Calcutta, I ndi a)
I n thi s system, vari ous types of poi sonous venoms
were appli ed to treat the bi tes of poi sonous ani mals. For
example, snake venom, spi der venom, and scorpi on venom
were used to treat snake bi te, spi der bi te, and scorpi on bi te.
I n one of the stori es from thi s Mahabharata era, a
character named Bhi i ma was poi soned by hi s enemi es, the
K aoravas. The experts i n ayurveda ( tradi ti onal I ndi an medi -
ci ne) then gave i njecti ons of poi son to Bhi i ma and he was
cured. Thi s shows the people of that era were fami li ar wi th the
pri nci ple of usi ng poi sons to treat poi sons.
Homeopathy, as developed by Hahnemann, does not
use i njecti ons. T he medi ci nes are absorbed si mply by comi ng
i n contact wi th a mucous membrane surface, such as under the
T he vi sa chi ki tsa system of usi ng poi sons to treat
poi soni ngs was neglected over the course of ti me and i s no
longer i n use.
The science of homeopathy
Although Dr. Hahnemann di d not di scover homeopa-
thy, he deserves full credi t for developi ng homeopathy i nto a
sci ence. Hi s observati ons, i nsi ghts, method, and appli cati on
stand today as a sci enti fi c achi evement rarely, i f ever, paral-
Before the ti me of Hahnemann, homeopathy exi sted
only i n rudi mentary form. There was no well developed
system for di scoveri ng medi ci nes or for applyi ng them to
pati ents. Cures di d happen, but they were often based more
on empi ri ci sm or luck. T he observati on of si mi lars had been
made, but no one had reali zed i ts potenti al or i mpli cati ons.
Medicine in the time of Hahnemann
T he conventi onal system of medi ci ne i n whi ch Hahne-
mann trai ned can only be descri bed as crude. Popular theori es
came and went as to the supposed cause of di sease. Treat-
ments li kewi se changed regularly over ti me.
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36 Homeopathy: Beyond Flat Earth Medicine
T he treatments of the day were often dramati c, brutal,
or dangerous — large doses of toxi c mi nerals li ke mercury
were common. Purgati ves were gi ven i n large doses to
evacuate the bowels. Sudori fi cs were gi ven to i nduce sweat-
i ng. I ntenti onally bleedi ng a pati ent was a common practi ce
— pati ents were reli eved of blood unti l thei r ears rang ( a si gn
of i mpendi ng shock) and they were pale from acute blood loss.
At that poi nt the bleedi ng was stopped, as no more “bad
humors” could be expelled wi thout endangeri ng the pati ent’s
li fe.
Physi ci ans at that ti me were consi dered well-educated.
T hey had studi ed thei r art i n large presti gi ous i nsti tuti ons. T hey
kept up wi th the latest advances i n the medi cal sci ences such
as physi ology, pathology, and anatomy. People today look
back and gasp at the fundamental i gnorance of these practi ti o-
ners. “How i s i t,” people query, “that these physi ci ans could
overlook the most basi c and common sense elements of
bi ologi c processes and li fe? How could they thi nk these brutal
treatments could benefi t anyone?”
At the ti me these treatments were popular, they actu-
ally correlated wi th the level of di sease percepti on. T he fact
i s: no disease-oriented treatment can be effective beyond the
perception of the disease.
For example, fever was percei ved as an over-abun-
dance of blood — you could see the red face and feel the
boundi ng pulse. After bleedi ng the pati ent, the red face would
be gone and the pulse less boundi ng. These fi ndi ngs tended
to confi rm the erroneous percepti on and treatment of fever i n
the mi nds of both the physi ci an and populace. T oday, di sease-
ori ented treatments someti mes suffer from thi s same short-
si ghtedness.
A Brief History 37
Physi ci ans of that era were exclusi vely male. T hey
mai ntai ned a ti ght soci ety and exerted thei r i nfluence agai nst
those percei ved as crossi ng i nto thei r terri tory.
T he true healers of the era, before the advent of
homeopathy, were the herbali sts. Mostly female, they prac-
ti ced an art passed through the generati ons that respected the
fundamental abi li ty of the body to heal i tself. T he pati ent of
that era was fortunate to be i n the hands of such a healer. Wi th
nutri ti ous broths and si mple herbal medi ci nes, the pati ent’s
chances of recovery were actually enhanced by the treatment.
T hese herbali sts were largely opposed by the medi cal
establi shment. T hey were beli ttled as backwards, uneducated,
or even dangerous. Many women persecuted as wi tches were
actually herbal healers, performi ng thei r servi ces, often wi th-
out remunerati on, for the welfare of the communi ty.
Such was the medi cal world i n whi ch Hahnemann
trai ned. Bei ng a man of i ntegri ty as well as profound
i ntelli gence, he di sconti nued thi s practi ce of medi ci ne whi ch
he percei ved as harmful.
Hahnemann starts a revolution
Hahnemann went on to support hi mself by translati ng
medi cal texts, new and old, i n and out of hi s nati ve G erman
language. I n the course of thi s translati ng work he was
exposed to the i dea of si mi lars. He performed hi s fi rst
experi ments on hi mself, taki ng dai ly doses of Ci nchona
( qui ni ne) unti l he developed symptoms si mi lar to malari a
( whi ch Ci nchona was used to treat) .
Li ttle di d Hahnemann know when he conducted thi s
fi rst experi ment wi th Ci nchona that i t was the start of a
revoluti on i n healthcare. Wi thi n hi s own li feti me, thi s change
i n thi nki ng would result i n a bi tter schi sm i n the world of
medi ci ne.
38 Homeopathy: Beyond Flat Earth Medicine
Homeopathy was nothi ng short of revoluti onary. I t
brought together a new level of sci enti fi c method and objec-
ti vi ty wi th a profound respect for the i nherent abi li ty of the
organi sm to heal i tself. I t depended not on changi ng theori es
and di scoveri es, but on the observati on that each i ndi vi dual
mani fests i llness i n an i ndi vi dual way. I t uti li zed thi s observa-
ti on i n a system that brought unparalleled results.
As word of Hahnemann’s accompli shments spread,
students and physi ci ans from all over Europe came to study
and work wi th hi m, thereby further expandi ng the fronti ers of
thi s new sci ence.
Organized medicine opposes homeopathy
Acceptance was far from uni versal. Despi te the
i rrefutable success of homeopathy, not only i n acute epi demi c
di seases such as typhoi d and cholera, but also i n chroni c
di sease, the medi cal communi ty as a whole di d not embrace
T here were vari ous reasons for thi s rejecti on. O ne was
Hahnemann hi mself. As he refi ned thi s new therapeuti c
sci ence, he saw more clearly than ever the terri ble effects of
allopathi c medi ci ne on health. He became an outspoken cri ti c
of allopathy, denounci ng i ts barbari c and i rrati onal methodolo-
gi es i n the strongest terms. Physi ci ans of the “old school” felt
threatened by these attacks and tended to ban together to
defend thei r posi ti on. I n the early years, every physi ci an
practi ci ng homeopathy was a convert from allopathy and
physi ci ans were compelled to take a stand on one si de or the
other of thi s i ssue.
Many allopathi c physi ci ans felt homeopathy was just
too di fferent. For one thi ng, i t was more di ffi cult to practi ce.
T here was no si ngle treatment for a gi ven di agnosi s, each
pati ent had to be studi ed i ndi vi dually. T o take up the practi ce,
A Brief History 39
a physi ci an had to retrai n i n an enti rely new system ( thi s i s sti ll
true today) . Physi ci ans were accustomed to forci ng the system
wi th large dramati c doses of poi sons and the homeopathi c
doses seemed to be too small. I t was i nconcei vable to them that
these non-toxi c i nfi ni tesi mal doses were capable of eli ci ti ng a
Homeopathy crosses the Atlantic
Despi te the opposi ti on, homeopathy moved ahead. At
the ti me of Hahnemann’s death i n 1843, homeopathy was well
known throughout Europe and Ameri ca. About 100 medi ci nes
had been well-proven and thei r therapeuti c effecti veness
establi shed.
Homeopathy came to Ameri ca i n the 1820s. Here, as
i n Europe, homeopathy became a di vi si ve i ssue i n the medi cal
communi ty. Emoti ons often ran hi gh, wi th medi cal soci ety
meeti ngs someti mes degenerati ng i nto shouti ng matches be-
tween the opposi ng camps.
T he homeopaths formed the fi rst nati onal medi cal
associ ati on, the Ameri can I nsti tute of Homeopathy ( AI H) , i n
1844. T hi s associ ati on exi sts to thi s day representi ng medi cal
doctors who practi ce homeopathy.
T he allopaths were not to be outdone. T hey countered
by formi ng the Ameri can Medi cal Associ ati on ( AMA) i n 1846.
Letters between the foundi ng members of the AMA show that
one of the mai n purposes for the formati on of the AMA was to
oppose the spread and practi ce of homeopathy. Early AMA
members also opposed the spread of osteopathy ( a medi cal
system usi ng mani pulati on of the joi nts and other ti ssues) .
T hi s contenti ous relati onshi p conti nued throughout
the 1800s. Homeopathy conti nued to spread and homeopathi c
medi cal schools were started. Despi te the often desperate and
unprofessi onal attempts by the AMA to di scredi t and stop
40 Homeopathy: Beyond Flat Earth Medicine
homeopathy, by the turn of the century one in four physicians
in America was a homeopath.
There were homeopathi c hospi tals, homeopathi c medi -
cal schools, homeopathi c medi cal journals, homeopathi c soci -
eti es, homeopathi c manufacturers, and homeopathi c pharma-
ci es. T he di scerni ng observer i n contemporary museums wi ll
see that the medi cal ki ts of the ni neteenth century physi ci ans
on di splay often contai n homeopathi c medi ci nes.
Homeopathy was extremely popular, especi ally among
the i ntelli gentsi a and ari stocracy. T o thi s day, the personal
physi ci an of the Q ueen of England i s a homeopath. Homeopa-
thy went wi th the Bri ti sh to I ndi a where i t sank deep roots. T he
oldest conti nuously operati ng medi cal college i n Asi a i s the
homeopathi c medi cal school i n Calcutta. I t sti ll teaches
The twentieth century
Wi th the advent of the twenti eth century came a sharp
change i n the momentum of homeopathy, especi ally i n Ameri ca.
T here was no si ngle reason for thi s decli ne, nor di d homeopa-
thy suddenly became i neffecti ve. A combi nati on of changi ng
soci al, poli ti cal, sci enti fi c, and economi c trends conspi red to
make homeopathy a nearly forgotten footnote of Ameri can
medi cal hi story i n just one generati on.
O ne such trend was the appli cati on of sci enti fi c ad-
vances i n allopathi c medi ci ne. Di sease di agnosi s i mproved
and allopathi c therapi es began to reflect rati onali ty i n thei r
approach. Anti bi oti cs cured many di seases whi ch before had
been di ffi cult to treat. New medi cal and surgi cal techni ques
captured the i magi nati on of a soci ety i nfatuated wi th sci ence
and sci enti fi c progress.
T he Flexner report of 1906 resulted i n ti ghter regula-
ti on of medi cal school curri cula and standards. Homeopathi c
A Brief History 41
medi cal schools were faced wi th the adopti on of allopathi c
curri cula and pharmaceuti cal labs or wi th the loss of accredi -
tati on and fundi ng. O ver ti me, the remai ni ng homeopathi c
courses i n these schools were abandoned. T he average MD
graduate today of Hahnemann Medi cal College i n Phi ladelphi a
i s i gnorant not only of homeopathi c theory and practi ce, but
also of thei r own school’s hi story.
Joi ni ng the ranks of a wani ng homeopathi c professi on
held li ttle attracti on to the youth of the early 1900s. Fewer and
fewer joi ned the professi on and the exi sti ng vanguard gradu-
ally grew old and di ed.
Survival into the 1960s
By the 1960s there remai ned only a relati ve handful of
competent homeopathi c practi ti oners i n the Uni ted States.
T here were no homeopathi c medi cal schools, no homeopathi c
hospi tals, and few homeopathi c pharmaci es. T he Ameri can
I nsti tute of Homeopathy survi ved, but those wi shi ng to learn
homeopathy had to undertake an apprenti ceshi p wi th an
accompli shed practi ti oner or go overseas to study. Nati onal
College of Naturopathi c Medi ci ne was perhaps the only
professi onal i nsti tuti on i n the country whi ch taught homeopa-
thy as part of i ts regular curri cula.
T hroughout the rest of the world homeopathy survi ved
i n better shape. T he Royal London Homeopathi c Hospi tal
conti nued i ts operati on. Homeopathy conti nued i n France and
G ermany, though wi th a smaller percentage of practi ti oners.
Homeopathy actually grew i n I ndi a, where the low cost of
homeopathi c medi ci nes and non-reli ance on expensi ve tech-
nology encouraged i ts practi ce.
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Homeopathic revival
Si nce the 1970s, awareness of and i nterest i n homeopa-
thy has steadi ly i ncreased. Pati ents frustrated wi th the li mi ta-
ti ons, si de-effects, and hi gh costs of conventi onal medi ci ne
acti vely seek health-ori ented alternati ves.
Homeopathy i s a logi cal choi ce. I t can be used i n
pati ents wi th both acute and chroni c condi ti ons, has few, i f
any, si de-effects, and i s i nexpensi ve.
I n Ameri ca, the homeopaths of the past were almost all
medi cal doctors. T oday, medi cal doctors practi ci ng homeopa-
thy represent a mi nori ty of the practi ti oners. Many practi ti o-
ners hold li censes as naturopaths, chi ropractors, nurse practi -
ti oners, physi ci an assi stants, and acupuncturi sts. T here are
also a growi ng number of professi onal homeopaths, persons
wi th no formal medi cal trai ni ng or li censi ng outsi de of thei r
homeopathi c trai ni ng. Some of the most renowned homeo-
paths i n the world today fall i n thi s category.
Professional associations and certification
A number of associ ati ons now certi fy homeopathi c
competence i n di fferent professi ons. Professi onal homeopaths
i n Europe may regi ster wi th the Soci ety of Homeopaths. T he
North Ameri can Soci ety of Homeopaths represents profes-
si onal homeopaths on thi s si de of the Atlanti c. T he Ameri can
I nsti tute of Homeopathy certi fi es medi cal doctors. State
homeopathi c medi cal boards regulate medi cal doctors practi c-
i ng homeopathy i n Nevada and Ari zona. T he Homeopathi c
Academy of Naturopathi c Physi ci ans certi fi es naturopaths.
T here has been a movement i n recent years for the
development of a si ngle exam and certi fi cati on for all practi ti o-
ners. What was once a professi on by and for medi cal doctors
i s gradually becomi ng an i ndependent professi on.
Chapter 6
A patient’s experience
A 48 year old woman returned for her fi rst follow-up.
Her phone report three weeks earli er had been posi ti ve; she
was sleepi ng better and experi enci ng less anxi ety. Her remedy
was homeopathi c arseni c ( Arseni cum Album) , 9C potency,
one dose dai ly. She began her report:
“First of all, I have to tell you what happened. Two
weeks ago I had my once yearly check-up with my gynecolo-
gist. She has a form where the patient is supposed to fill out
new things. So I mentioned, perhaps it was a mistake, about
what I’m doing here. You can guess what happened! I told
her I was seeing a homeopath and was taking very small
doses of arsenic. The woman turned bright red! As red as that
carpet! She had a conniption FIT! She said, ‘I can’t believe
you’d take something like that!’ She told me that arsenic in
any dose is a poison, that it is toxic to the liver, and that the
liver does not regenerate. She warned me to stop taking it
IMMEDIATELY! She said it was the craziest thing she’d ever
heard of. She demanded, DEMANDED, that I not take this
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“When I got home my husband asked, ‘Did you tell her
you’re going to a homeopath?’ I told him what she said and
he absolutely insisted that I not take anymore Arsenicum until
I talk with you. So I haven’t taken any for the last 2 weeks.”
Perhaps thi s gynecologi st was acti ng i n what she felt
was the best i nterest of her pati ent. Unfortunately, her good
i ntenti ons reflected an appalli ng and i nexcusable i gnorance.
T he fact i s, there exi sts no prescri pti on medi ci ne that
thi s gynecologi st can prescri be whi ch i s as non-toxi c as the
remedy she censured. None. Nor does there exi st another
over-the-counter medi ci ne whi ch i s as harmless and safe as thi s
9C potency homeopathi c remedy. None.
I t i s the uni magi nable smallness of the dose whi ch
assures the non-toxi ci ty of homeopathi c remedi es. I t i s the
great di scovery of homeopathy that these mi cro-doses of
substances, i f prepared accordi ng to the seri al di luti on method
i ntroduced by Hahnemann, retai n thei r abi li ty to sti mulate a
response i n the organi sm when, and only when, homeopathi -
cally i ndi cated.
T o better understand some of thi s chapter, you need to
remember that homeopathi c remedi es are prepared through a
seri es of di luti ons. T he hi gher the number, the more ti mes i t
has been di luted. I t i s recommended you read Appendix 1( at
the end of the book) where thi s process i s descri bed i n more
detai l.
Meta-molecular medicines
T o gi ve some i dea how small these doses are, consi der
a concept of chemi stry known as Avogadro’s number. T hi s
extremely large number ( about 602, 000, 000, 000, 000, 000,

represents the number of parti cles ( atoms or mol-
ecules) present i n a gi ven volume of a substance ( a gram mole) .
Non Toxic Medicines 45
Si mply stated, when thi s number i s surpassed i n the process of
di luti on, there wi ll stati sti cally remai n no atoms or molecules
of the ori gi nal substance left. T hi s occurs at approxi mately the
12 C ( or 24 X) potency.
I n other words, potenci es hi gher than the 12 C ( or 24
X) have no molecules of the ori gi nal substance remai ni ng. Y et
homeopaths routi nely use potenci es vastly hi gher than these
wi th great success. T herefore, some property of the ori gi nal
substance must be transferred to the di luent ( di luti ng li qui d) i n
the process of seri al di luti ons.
T o thi s day, the nature of thi s transferred property or
how a pati ent responds to i t i s not well understood. However,
many observati ons have been made about homeopathi c rem-
edi es that can help to clari fy thei r nature and acti on.
Proper preparation is essential
T he di luti ons used i n prepari ng remedi es must be
properly agi tated between each di luti on step. Fai lure to do so
results i n loss of the remedy’s abi li ty to sti mulate a homeo-
pathi c response i n the pati ent. Hence, agi tati on i s clearly a
necessary part of the process i n whi ch the homeopathi c
properti es of the ori gi nal substance are transferred to the
di luti ng li qui d.
Immunity to oxidation
Most medi ci nes and vi tami ns, i f left open to the ai r, wi ll
spoi l. T he oxygen i n the ai r reacts wi th the molecules of the
medi ci ne and causes them to degrade. T hi s process i s called
oxi dati on. Homeopathi c remedi es, however, do not spoi l i n
thi s way. T hi s i s consi stent wi th the noti on that there i s some
non-molecular property of the remedy whi ch causes a re-
sponse i n the pati ent.
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Sensitivity to electromagnetic properties
Remedi es are not damaged by the oxygen i n the ai r, but
they are sensi ti ve to electromagneti c fi elds. T hey can easi ly be
damaged by exposure to such thi ngs as di rect sunli ght,
mi crowave, hi gh external heat, large magneti c fi elds, and the
li ke.
T hi s suggests that some ki nd of electromagneti c pat-
tern ( or another si mi lar energeti c property) i s transferred to the
di luti ng li qui d duri ng the di luti on process.
Mechanism of action not understood
T he exact nature of thi s energeti c property or how a
li vi ng organi sm responds to i t i s not understood. Vari ous
theori es have been proposed and research i nto these areas i s
ongoi ng.
T he fact that the mechani sm of acti on of homeopathi c
remedi es has not been well defi ned does not change i n any
way thei r usefulness or effecti veness. I t i s common that
understandi ng why somethi ng works i s di scovered long after
i t has been i n use.
For example, sai lors ate fresh frui ts to cure the di sease
known as scurvy hundreds of years before i t was understood
that a substance called vi tami n C i n the frui t i s what the body
needed. I n conventi onal medi ci ne today, the mechani sm of
acti on of many, i f not most, medi ci nes i s poorly understood.
T he mechani sm of acti on of common aspi ri n was not under-
stood even parti ally unti l recent decades.
Homeopathy vi olates no known laws of chemi stry,
bi ology, or physi cs. Such a noti on, someti mes promoted by
skepti cs of homeopathy, i s ri di culous. Homeopathy was and
i s a therapeuti c sci ence based on objecti vely reproduci ble data
and cli ni cal experi ence.
Non Toxic Medicines 47
T here i s always a tendency i n sci ence to reject new
observati ons based on thei r apparent di sagreement wi th the
accepted vi ew. T hi s ki nd of thi nki ng i s what i s referred to i n
thi s book as flat-earth. Such a medi ocre mentali ty was and i s
a mai n stumbli ng block to sci enti fi c progress.
“The poison control center said it has toxic alkaloids,”
he said.
“I know, but the dose was too small for any danger of
toxicity,” I replied.
“But he ate the WHOLE bottle!” he exclaimed.
So what do I say to an emergency physician who just
unnecessarily pumped a child’s stomach?
I was still practicing as a naturopath in southern
Oregon at the time. The patient with the breast infection at the
beginning of Chapter 1, called me to report her three-year-old
son had eaten a bottle of homeopathic Pulsatilla 30C. He
“had to get his stomach pumped out” but was doing fine. Why
she hadn’t called me first I couldn’t fathom. I thought I should
call the doctor to let him know, for future reference, that these
medicines are non-toxic.
If you’ve followed the book so far, and read Appendix
1, you’ll appreciate my dilemma.
Here is a conventional physician, getting a call from a
naturopath claiming that the poison control center was right,
Pulsatilla is toxic, but then again, this Pulsatilla wasn’t.
Should I say the dose is so small there are no
molecules? Then why did I prescribe it? How can a medicine
do something if it doesn’t exist?
How can I explain homeopathy in a few sentences
under such circumstances?
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The answer is, I can’t. This physician had no back-
ground nor interest in understanding or even discussing
these kinds of ideas.
So, in the end, all I could say was, “It was a very small
dose, less than part of one drop in the whole bottle. The toxic
dose is much higher than that.”
“Oh,” he replied.
A biologic principle
Homeopaths today accept homeopathy as a funda-
mental pri nci ple. T hat i s, li vi ng thi ngs can respond to properly
prepared and homeopathi cally i ndi cated mi crodi luti ons of
substances. As a fundamental pri nci ple, homeopathy i s not
subject to fai lure.
T o clari fy, consi der the example of aerodynami cs. I f an
ai rplane crashes no one says that the laws of aerodynami cs
have fai led or are i nvali d. People have i nstead fai led i n the
appli cati on of the laws. I n the same way, i f a pati ent does not
benefi t from homeopathi c treatment, i t does not mean the
pri nci ple of homeopathy has fai led or i s i nvali d. I t i s the people
who have fai led i n i ts appli cati on.
Hahnemann’s perspective
Samuel Hahnemann was an accompli shed chemi st and
was aware of the fact that homeopathi c di luti ons went beyond
the commonly understood materi al realm. Y et, as a sci enti st,
he could not deny the objecti ve vali di ty of hi s observati ons. He
observed that the reacti on of pati ents to homeopathi c remedi es
was a process i nvolvi ng the whole person and so reli ed on a
concept known as vi tal force, whi ch i s di scussed i n the next
Chapter 7
Vital Force
Have you ever bought a bag of oranges only to find
that one orange in the middle of the bag is rotten? It is mushy
and covered with fungus.
Surprisingly, the neighboring oranges are often fine,
despite the fact they are in direct contact with the fungus. You
just rinse them off and they are quite edible.
The point is that the fungus does not, by itself, cause
the oranges to rot. They must first be susceptible to fungal
attack, which happens when they have lost vitality through
aging or damage. In this degenerate state, the fungus can
take hold.
In a similar way, people can only contract diseases
when they are susceptible to them. By addressing this
susceptibility, homeopathic treatment allows for natural reso-
lution of disease.
An old and well-known concept
I n the era pri or to modern sci ence, vari ous concepts of
vi tal force were wi dely accepted. T hi s i s an i nvi si ble, i mmate-
ri al, yet dynami c force whi ch ani mates the physi cal body. T hi s
vi tal pri nci ple mai ntai ns all the parts of the materi al body, both
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sensati on and functi on, i n a harmoni ous and coordi nated
manner. The mi nd and wi ll can then express hi gher purpose
i n li fe. Wi thout thi s vi tal force, the materi al body i s i ncapable
of any sensati on or functi on; i n other words, i s dead.
I deas si mi lar to vi tal force are sti ll i n use today. I n
ori ental medi ci ne and marti al arts thi s force i s referred to as chi,
meani ng li fe-force. I n yoga and ayurveda i t i s called prana,
meani ng vi tal energy.
Hahnemann on vital force
I n hi s book, Organon of Medicine, Hahnemann di s-
cusses the basi c theori es and practi ce of homeopathy. Hahne-
mann proposed that the essence of i llness i s a di sorder i n the
vi tal force. Because of thi s di sorder, people are suscepti ble to
vari ous di seases and affli cti ons. When the i ntegri ty of the vi tal
force i s restored, the whole organi sm recovers health and the
di sease i s cured.
O ther natural forces are i nvi si ble. G ravi ty and magne-
ti sm cannot be seen but are i nferred by thei r effects. Hahne-
mann felt that the effects of a si ngle di sorder i n the vi tal force
results i n many si gns and symptoms throughout the pati ent. By
vi ewi ng the totali ty of the pati ent’s si gns and symptoms, a
pi cture of the di sturbance on the vi tal force can emerge, even
though the vi tal force i tself cannot be di rectly exami ned.
Hahnemann also felt that homeopathi c remedi es are
suffi ci ently subtle to di rectly correct morbi d derangements i n
the vi tal force.
I n short, thi s was part of hi s theory explai ni ng the
observati on that a si ngle homeopathi c remedy can result i n
i mproved health and the resoluti on of symptoms throughout
the pati ent.
Understanding Vital Force 51
Rejected by modern science
Modern sci ence currently teaches that vi tal force i s an
outdated and di scredi ted theory. I t i s now generally accepted
that all of these li fe functi ons are the result of bi ochemi cal
processes. T hese processes uti li ze the same basi c elements
and chemi cal properti es i nsi de li vi ng thi ngs as occur outsi de of
li vi ng thi ngs. T herefore, i t i s felt that there i s no need for any
force whi ch i s uni que to li fe.
Homeopathi c practi ti oners are conversant wi th the
tenets of modern sci ence. T hey have studi ed bi ochemi stry and
other sci ences whi ch explai n the chemi cal basi s of li fe pro-
cesses. Y et homeopaths today sti ll uti li ze the term vi tal force i n
descri bi ng both the pati ent and the effects of medi ci nes on the
pati ent. I n doi ng so, homeopaths do not reject the well
establi shed concepts of sci ence. T he problem i s a matter of
termi nology and perspecti ve.
The whole person view
Looki ng at and evaluati ng the whole person i s enti rely
di fferent from looki ng at and evaluati ng the sum of the parts.
Sci ence and medi ci ne today are concerned almost exclusi vely
wi th the parts. Di sease research attempts to understand the
problem on the most refi ned bi ochemi cal level avai lable.
T reatment i s li kewi se di rected at thi s level.
Vi tal force, however, i s a concept of the whole, li vi ng
person and has li ttle relevance i n sci enti fi c studi es whi ch
i nvesti gate only the parts of an organi sm. I t has been lost si ght
of i n conventi onal medi ci ne and contemporary sci ence. Ho-
meopathy i s the therapeuti c sci ence of the whole person. I t
needs concepts and terms whi ch allow the percepti on and
evaluati on of the person i n a uni fi ed way. Vi tal force remai ns
the most appropri ate and useful term for thi s purpose.
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A unifying factor
I t i s not necessary that one must be a beli ever i n vi tal
force or a convert to vi tali sm to practi ce homeopathy or to
benefi t from i ts appli cati on as a pati ent. T hose who do practi ce
homeopathy, however, come to appreci ate pati ents i n progres-
si vely subtler ways and eventually percei ve a great uni ty of
human li fe.
A uni fyi ng factor becomes evi dent i n all the aspects of
li fe, from the very mundane, such as a dry patch on the elbow,
to the subtle expressi ons of the mi nd, such as spi ri tual
aspi rati on.
T hi s uni fyi ng factor — the vi tal force — represents a
whole whi ch i s synergi sti cally greater than the sum of the parts.
Perhaps vi tal force i s an i nvi si ble bi oenergeti c force whi ch
cannot yet be i ndependently measured but whose effects can
be observed i n li vi ng bei ngs. O r, as skepti cs feel, perhaps i t
i s just an appearance, a ki nd of i llusi on, caused by the sum of
the known and unknown bi ochemi cal processes of the body.
I n one sense, i t doesn’t matter. Nei ther possi bi li ty
changes the reali ty or practi ce of homeopathy. Vi tal force
conti nues to be a useful model for percei vi ng di sease i nflu-
ences and medi ci nal effects on the whole person.
Chapter 8
Healing with
“The remedy didn’t work,” he stated bluntly at his first
“I’m sorry to hear that,” I replied. “How is your problem
“It’s not bothering me anymore, it went away.”
“If it went away, why do you say the remedy didn’t
“Well, it seems like it just got well on its own, that’s all.”
I’ve had this same conversation a number of times
over the years. No one can say for sure if the remedy helped
this particular man, or if he “just got well” coincidentally. But
that is exactly what happens when you heal naturally, you
“just get well.”
T he followi ng questi ons and answers about homeo-
pathi c heali ng concern pati ents wi th health problems of a
chroni c nature, that i s, problems of long durati on or frequent
54 Homeopathy: Beyond Flat Earth Medicine
How long will it take before I notice a change?
Most pati ents wi th a chroni c health problem noti ce a
change i n about one to four weeks.
What will I notice first?
T he fi rst change i s often i mproved energy and di spo-
si ti on. Si nce natural heali ng occurs from the i nsi de out, a sense
of well-bei ng, i mproved sleep, and other energy changes
usually occur before the physi cal changes.
Someti mes the i ni ti al changes are subtle — those
around you may recogni ze them before you do yourself.
O ccasi onally, there i s an i ncreased need for sleep i n the
i ni ti al stages of heali ng. I t i s as i f you need more down ti me
for repai rs. T hi s i s a good si gn.
How long until I’m well?
T hat depends. I f you’ve been si ck a long ti me wi th
stubborn problems, i t may take a number of years before you’re
fully healed. Some people, li ke Beverly whose case i s
presented i n Chapter 4, respond wi th remarkable qui ckness
despi te the fact they’ve had thei r problems a long ti me.
Then how will I know if I’m getting better?
Y ou wi ll feel better and your problems wi ll be resolv-
i ng.
Homeopaths usually see pati ents every four to ei ght
weeks or so. The i dea i s to be able to stand back and see the
forest i nstead of the trees. I n other words, to be able to see the
changes and i mprovement i n the whole person over ti me and
not just the day-to-day changes. T here should be overall
i mprovement week-to-week and month-to-month.
T hi s i mprovement, however, i s rarely uni nterrupted.
Most people take three steps ahead and then one back as they
Healing with Homeopathy 55
heal. T hat’s why i t’s necessary to stand back to i nterpret the
Why did my friend get worse before she got better?
Someti mes heali ng i s a bi t li ke cleani ng house — i t’s a
li ttle messi er when you’re i n the mi ddle of cleani ng than before
you started.
But even when that happens, you usually feel better
anyway. Y our energy i s better and you have a sense of well-
bei ng i n spi te of the fact that some of your symptoms may be
temporari ly i ncreased as your body cleans house.
T hi s response i s someti mes called an aggravation.
How often should I take the remedy?
T he practi ti oner wi ll tell you how to take i t.
T here are two mai n ways remedi es are gi ven. Ei ther as
a si ngle dose gi ven one ti me only ( usually a hi gh potency) or
as a dai ly dose repeated over ti me ( usually a lower potency) .
Both of these systems were used by Hahnemann hi mself i n one
form or another.
Choosi ng one method over the other depends on the
pati ent, thei r problems, other medi cati ons they may be on,
thei r age, and other factors.
T he goal i s a gentle and permanent cure.
If I’m getting better, why should I follow-up?
As you heal, your response to the remedy wi ll tend to
fade eventually at a gi ven potency. I t i s necessary to gradually
i ncrease the potency of the remedy unti l the heali ng i s
K nowi ng when to i ncrease the potency and by how
much takes trai ni ng and experi ence. Repeati ng remedi es too
56 Homeopathy: Beyond Flat Earth Medicine
soon or i n the wrong potency can someti mes delay or di srupt
heali ng.
I f you just keep taki ng a remedy wi thout change, i t i s
possi ble to get a provi ng of that medi ci ne, that i s, the medi ci ne
wi ll start to gi ve you symptoms. T hi s i s not dangerous —
si mply di sconti nui ng the remedy wi ll stop the process. I t i s
another reason, however, why follow-up i s i mportant.
Will I need more than one remedy?
Someti mes. A practi ti oner wi ll rarely change remedi es,
though, unti l you have stopped respondi ng to the remedy you
are on.
I t may take more than one remedy before a good
heali ng response begi ns. O ver the course of ti me, some people
need new remedi es as they are affected by new ci rcumstances
of li fe and as thei r i mproved health presents a new symptom
pi cture.
What will get well first?
Di fferent problems often do not heal si multaneously.
T he more “i nner” and seri ous problems tend to heal fi rst, the
more “outer” and less seri ous problems may follow. T hi s i s just
the way the body’s wi sdom works.
I t may turn out that your body’s pri ori ti es are di fferent
than yours i n what should heal fi rst. What you consi der to be
the mai n problem may be one of the last thi ngs your body
For example, you may be concerned about your acne
for cosmeti c reasons, but to your body, thi s i s a mi nor problem
that i s superfi ci al. As you respond to a remedy, your sleep may
i mprove, your anxi ety be reli eved, and your di gesti ve prob-
lems corrected before the ski n fully clears.
Healing with Homeopathy 57
I n a si tuati on li ke thi s, you must trust your body and
allow i t to heal i n i ts own way. T hi s aspect of heali ng cannot
be forced. Homeopathy works wi th the natural recuperati ve
processes of the body but does not control them.
What does return of old symptoms mean?
I t means that less seri ous problems whi ch you’ve had
i n the past someti mes return as you heal. T hi s i s usually an
excellent si gn. What appears to happen i s that as you heal, you
reach a hi gher level of health. When you regai n the same level
of health as i n the past, you re-experi ence the health problems
whi ch you had at that ti me. Concurrent wi th thi s, the more
seri ous problems for whi ch you are bei ng treated should
resolve. As you conti nue to heal, the returni ng problems wi ll
also resolve.
For example, i t’s not uncommon duri ng a follow-up for
a pati ent to make a comment such as, “I t’s strange. My nervous
condi ti on i s much better, but a rash I haven’t had i n years i n
botheri ng me. What should I do about i t?”
T he answer i s, “Nothing! Let i t heal from the i nsi de out,
and then both the rash and the nervous condi ti on wi ll be gone.
T reati ng the rash topi cally may cause i t to be suppressed. I n
such disease suppression, the rash mi ght go away, but the
nervous condi ti on would return.”
What about acute diseases?
Acute di seases are the more short term ki nds of
i llnesses. Examples are colds, flu, di arrhea, ear i nfecti ons, and
the li ke. ( T he fi rst case presented i n the book of the woman
wi th a breast i nfecti on i s an example of an acute i llness.)
T he i nformati on above for chroni c i llnesses has li ttle
appli cati on i n acute condi ti ons. I n acute cases, remedi es are
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gi ven i n a wi de range of potenci es and wi th a vari ety of dosi ng
Results are expected i n mi nutes to days, dependi ng on
the pati ent and the condi ti on. Remedi es may be changed
frequently or repeated often dependi ng on the needs of the
pati ent.
Some of the self-care books whi ch descri be thi s
process i n more detai l are referenced i n Appendix 3. Y ou
should understand that homeopathy can be very effecti ve i n
acute di seases, but remember that the same pri nci ple of
treati ng the pati ent, i nstead of the di sease, sti ll appli es.
Chapter 9
How to Get Results
A patient with chronic fatigue syndrome was doing
remarkably better at her one month follow-up, in fact, better
than she had done in the past one and a half years. She had
no more low grade fevers, no headaches, was sleeping
better, needed less sleep, and had energy to live her life. She
was delighted and looking forward to continued improve-
ment. She was scheduled for another appointment in two
months and told to call if there was any problem. She was told
to continue to observe the do’s and don’ts previously recom-
mended, as she was still responding to the remedy.
Five weeks later I received a call from her. “Dr.
Dooley,” she lamented. “I was feeling so good I decided it
wouldn’t hurt if I drank just one cup of coffee. That was just
two days ago. Now I feel as bad as I did before I came to see
you. What should I do?”
We repeated the remedy and she again responded
well, but it took some time before she regained the same
level of wellness she had experienced before the coffee.
Coffee does not cause such a reaction in all patients, but
clearly this patient needs to strictly avoid it during this
period of recovery.
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Classical homeopathy
Homeopathy refers to the sci ence of prescri bi ng medi -
ci nes for the pati ent ( as opposed to the di sease) accordi ng to
the si mi lar symptoms. T he medi ci nes are prescri bed i n mi nute
homeopathi c doses because these small doses are safe and
effecti ve. But i t i s not the smallness of the dose nor the way
i t i s prepared that makes i t homeopathi c. I t i s homeopathi c
when the basi s of the prescri pti on i s the si mi lari ty of symptoms
between the remedy and the pati ent.
Si nce early i n the hi story of homeopathy people have
repeatedly developed di fferent methods for prescri bi ng ho-
meopathi c remedi es. T hese methods are based on pathologi -
cal di agnosi s, body types, coloni c flora, personali ty, acupunc-
ture poi nts, and others. Most of these were developed i n an
attempt to make homeopathy easi er.
T o di sti ngui sh themselves from these other systems,
many practi ti oners use the term classical homeopathy to refer
to the ori gi nal homeopathi c system of prescri bi ng for the
pati ent as a whole based on the si mi lar symptoms.
T he i nformati on i n thi s chapter about how to get good
results wi th homeopathy appli es to the system of classi cal
homeopathy ( whi ch we have di scussed throughout thi s book) .
The practitioner
G ood results wi th homeopathy depend largely on the
ski ll of the practi ti oner i n percei vi ng the pati ent and prescri b-
i ng a remedy whi ch wi ll cause a good homeopathi c response
i n the pati ent. T here i s a lot that the pati ent can do, however,
to enhance or detract from thei r chances of a good prescri pti on
and response.
How to Get Results 61
Be committed
Homeopathy i s new and di fferent for the average
pati ent. Some approach i t wi th skepti ci sm and fi gure they’ll try
i t and see what happens. T hese pati ents often qui t before good
results are achi eved.
T he best way to get results i s to make homeopathy your
pri mary form of therapy. T hat i s to say, homeopathy i s what
you thi nk of fi rst and pursue fi rst i n your healthcare needs. As
a medi cal doctor, I say wi th convi cti on that conventi onal
medi ci ne i s what should be used secondari ly, as a backup to
homeopathy, and not the other way around. A pati ent should
fi rst gi ve thei r system a chance to heal naturally and only resort
to drug therapy when truly necessary.
Many practi ti oners have one or two older pati ents who
were rai sed on homeopathy, where homeopathy was the
pri mary therapy for the fami ly throughout thei r li ves. T hese
pati ents are di fferent. T hey are easi er to prescri be for and thei r
systems respond well to the remedi es.
Most pati ents of conventi onal medi ci ne tend to have
been over-medi cated throughout thei r li ves. T hei r systems
have been constantly forced wi th large doses of drugs and
rarely gi ven a chance to heal naturally. As a result, the
expressi on of thei r health-mai ntai ni ng mechani sm i s often
blunted and confused. O ver ti me, under homeopathi c care,
thi s si tuati on tends to resolve i tself and thei r systems start to
work i n a manner more li ke those pati ents who have had
pri mary homeopathi c care for many years.
Pati ents wi th chroni c health problems who are just
starti ng wi th homeopathy should reali ze i t may take a number
of years for full recovery from these problems. Chroni c health
problems do not appear overni ght. O ften, pati ents suffer for
years before the i denti fi able problems surface. I t i s unreali sti c
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to thi nk these problems wi ll just evaporate after a few months
of homeopathi c care.
Unfortunately many people do just that. T hey con-
stantly jump from one form of therapy to another, never
allowi ng thei r problems to heal. As the years go by, they
merely chase symptoms throughout thei r body whi le thei r
health gradually deteri orates.
Pati ents who want results wi th homeopathy, or any
form of therapy for that matter, need to be commi tted. T hi s
means followi ng the advi ce of the practi ti oner, scheduli ng
follow-up appoi ntments as di rected, and worki ng wi th the
practi ti oner when problems ari se.
Prepare for the interview
T he mai n tool used i n homeopathy for evaluati ng
pati ents i s the i ntervi ew. G ood results i n homeopathy depend
on how well the practi ti oner can understand you and your
T here are a huge number of popular psychologi cal
books and medi a shows today. As a result, many people
express thei r problems and feeli ngs i n terms of a therapi st’s
di agnosi s i nstead of just si mply stati ng thei r experi ence.
For example, the statement, “I ’m co-dependent due to
my dysfuncti onal fami ly upbri ngi ng,” means many di fferent
thi ngs dependi ng on who says i t. T he pati ent may mean they
are unasserti ve, ti mi d, and avoi d confli ct. T hey may suffer from
anxi eti es and worry. Perhaps they were abused i n some
manner as a chi ld or are currently i n an abusi ve relati onshi p.
T hey may be abusi ve. T hey may burst i nto tears at the drop
of a hat or fly easi ly i nto rages. T hey may be self-reproachful,
have sui ci dal thoughts or other problems.
Stress i s another experi ence i n li fe that i s very i ndi -
vi dual. A gi ven stressful si tuati on wi ll cause stress i n fi fty
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i ndi vi duals for fi fty di fferent reasons. Stress i s actually subjec-
ti ve — i t depends enti rely on the make-up of that i ndi vi dual.
For thi s reason, homeopaths usually prefer to hear examples
of your stress and how you reacted, not just that you are
undergoi ng stress.
T hi s same pri nci ple of stati ng your experi ence also
holds true for the medi cal di agnoses as well. A strep throat i s
experi enced i n di fferent ways by di fferent people. Some are
better by cold dri nks, some by warm, some by swallowi ng soli d
food. Some pati ents want thei r neck covered, others open. I n
some the pai n i s worse i n the eveni ngs, others i n the morni ng.
Please wri te down thi ngs you want to di scuss ahead of
ti me so you won’t forget. O f i mportance to homeopaths are the
thi ngs we can’t see about you, the thi ngs you must tell us.
T he best advi ce i s to just be yourself. Don’t try and say
what you thi nk a doctor wants to hear. Just tell your story as
you would to a close fri end.
One night I was eating dinner with my oldest son,
Eamon. He was three years old at the time. Suddenly he held
up his three-pronged fork and stared at it. “Dad!” he ex-
claimed. “This isn’t a fork, it’s a threek!”
From his perspective, he was absolutely right. None
the less, I went on to explain that the word fork is not derived
from the word four and that a fork can have any number of
prongs. He listened somewhat skeptically while regarding
the “threek” he still held in his hand. In the end he just smiled
and kept on eating.
Even common words mean different things to differ-
ent people. Don’t be surprised if your practitioner asks to hear
examples of what you are saying in order to better understand
you as an individual.
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Interviewing the family
T hroughout the hi story of homeopathy, i ntervi ewi ng
other fami ly members to get a better understandi ng of the
pati ent has been practi ced. For young chi ldren, a correct
prescri pti on usually depends pri mari ly on the observati ons of
other fami ly members. For adults also, the i nput of fami ly
members i s often very helpful.
Don’t be shocked i f the practi ti oner wants to talk to
your spouse or fri ends. T hi s i s also helpful i n cases where
results have been di ffi cult to attai n and the practi ti oner needs
a fresh perspecti ve.
Take the medicine
Beli eve i t or not, pati ents occasi onally go through the
trouble and expense of seei ng a homeopathi c practi ti oner and
then, for one reason or another, do not take the medi ci ne. I f
you forget how you were supposed to take i t, or, i f problems
ari se and you’re not sure what to do, or, i f you have mi sgi vi ngs
and feel uncomfortable about the treatment, then contact your
practi ti oner. I t i s amazi ng how people wi ll someti mes rely on
the questi onable advi ce of an acquai ntance or relati ve i nstead
of talki ng to thei r practi ti oner.
Avoid interfering substances
Some substances may i nterfere wi th homeopathi c
remedi es and/or a person’s reacti on to them. T he fi rst and
foremost i s coffee. Coffee i s not a food; i t i s not nutri ti ve. I ts
effects are medi ci nal and drug-li ke, whi ch i s why so many
people become addi cted to i t. T he use of coffee often
i nterferes wi th remedi es and pati ents who refuse to di scon-
ti nue i ts use reduce the probabi li ty that they wi ll get results wi th
Camphor i s another common anti dote to remedi es.
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Camphor i s found i n medi cated analgesi c balms such as Ben
G ay, Vi cks, T i ger Balm, Whi te Flower, etc. O ther odori ferous
medi cated products wi th such thi ngs as eucalyptus are some-
ti mes a problem.
Recreati onal drugs such as mari juana, cocai ne, and the
li ke are i nterferi ng substances. Prescri pti on drugs wi th si mi lar
effects such as Vali um and other mood-elevators may also
i nterfere. Pati ents on such prescri pti on drugs can often get
results i f remedi es are gi ven on a dai ly-dose basi s. These
pati ents can usually di sconti nue the drugs after they respond
to the remedy.
Raw oni ons and garli c are medi ci nal and someti mes
i nterfere wi th remedi es. M i nt i s someti mes a problem. Dental
work someti mes causes problems. G eneral anesthesi a wi ll
often cause a setback i n therapy.
Does thi s mean that all these thi ngs wi ll i nterfere wi th
treatment i n any pati ent taki ng any remedy? Does i t mean that
no other thi ngs wi ll i nterfere? T he answer to both these
questi ons i s no. Everyone i s di fferent — that’s the whole poi nt
wi th homeopathy. Some people get results regardless of thei r
habi ts and li fe-style, whi le others, li ke the pati ent i n the story
openi ng thi s chapter, are more easi ly di sturbed.
I t’s often hard, however, to tell i n advance whi ch
substances wi ll i nterfere wi th whi ch pati ents. Si nce the above
menti oned substances i nterfere wi th treatment i n many pa-
ti ents, i t i s prudent to avoi d them for best results.
The bottom line
T he bottom li ne for results i n homeopathy i s strai ght
forward. Make a commi tment to yourself to sti ck wi th i t. Work
wi th your practi ti oner. Make a few reasonable li fe-style
changes i f needed. Avoi d i nterferi ng substances. T ake the
remedy as di rected.
Chapter 10
Special Situations
My wife, Ming, an acupuncturist who also practices
homeopathy, got a call one day from a patient. The person
to be treated was not her, but her friend’s cat.
It seems the cat, a 12 year old female, had been
diagnosed with lymphoma. It had all started about six months
earlier when the cat lost its appetite, weight, and energy and
started losing fur in “big gobs.” Subsequent blood samples,
x-ray, and veterinary exam resulted in the diagnosis. “It has
a lump that can be felt growing in the gut; the lump was not
there three months ago.”
The cat was described as being very fastidious. It
would not use the cat box unless it was fresh nor would it eat
from a dirty bowl.
The cat was very chilly. It would sit in the sun for long
periods or, if the sun was not out, it would curl up under the
covers. It was very restless, constantly changing positions
and moving about.
In recent months, the cat had been very possessive
It didn’t like other cats around. It had increased thirst but little
appetite. It often vomited after eating.
Ming recommended homeopathic Arsenicum.
We heard intermittently about the cat from the patient.
The cat responded quickly to the remedy, the lump
disappeared, normal appetite returned, and it became its
former playful self. Now, a few years later, the cat is still alive
and well.
All homeopathi c remedi es of 6X potency or hi gher are
completely safe for anyone, i ncludi ng both mother and fetus.
I n fact, these medi ci nes are probably the only truly safe
therapy whi ch exi sts for use i n pregnancy.
Pregnancy i s a dynami c state i n whi ch great changes
take place i n a short peri od of ti me. Perhaps i t i s thi s dynami sm
that makes pregnant women very responsi ve to homeopathi c
medi ci nes. Not only can chroni c problems of the mother be
addressed but problems related to pregnancy can also resolve.
I have seen breech babi es turn, premature contracti ons
stop, vomi ti ng of pregnancy resolve, and many other changes
i n pregnant women treated homeopathi cally.
Homeopathy i s also safe and effecti ve duri ng labor and
chi ldbi rth. Many mi dwi ves and physi ci ans throughout the
world use homeopathi c remedi es exclusi vely, wi th great
success, i n managi ng all ki nds of labor-related problems.
For example, I have seen women who were experi enc-
i ng pai nful labors calm down after a few homeopathi c pellets
melted under thei r tongue. T hey sai d i t wasn’t li ke a drug-
i nduced state, but that after the remedy they could tolerate the
pai n and weren’t so i rri table.
Homeopathy i s safe for all ages, from newborn to old
age. Chi ldren respond well to homeopathy. Nursi ng babi es
are someti mes treated by gi vi ng the remedy to the mother.
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Chi ldren, li ke pregnant women, are i n a dynami c,
changi ng state, whi ch i s probably why they respond so well
to remedi es. Chi ldren rai sed i n a homeopathi c household
often grow up never havi ng taken an anti bi oti c.
T he parents must learn to trust the wi sdom of the body.
For example, fevers are a response to di sease, not a di sease i n
themselves. I t i s not necessary or desi rable to suppress most
fevers. I nstead, i t i s a good i dea to know what i s causi ng the
fever ( di sease di agnosi s) , but then to treat the pati ent homeo-
pathi cally. For the vast majori ty of chi ldhood i llnesses
associ ated wi th fevers, the pati ent can be treated homeopathi -
cally wi th confi dence.
T here are a few i llnesses where most homeopathi c
practi ti oners recommend conventi onal treatment. T hese are
li fe-threateni ng i llnesses, often requi ri ng hospi tali zati on, where
conventi onal care yi elds good results. Bacteri al spi nal meni n-
gi ti s i s a good example.
Most common problems that are routi nely treated wi th
conventi onal medi cati ons can be treated easi ly wi th homeopa-
thy. Ear i nfecti ons, for example, rarely need anti bi oti cs.
Chi ldren wi th emoti onal and behavi or problems often
respond dramati cally to homeopathi c care. I n fact, most of the
ti me, the fi rst change we look for i n chi ldren i s a posi ti ve
change i n behavi or, even though thei r mai n complai nt may be
totally unrelated.
Home health
Manufacturers of homeopathi c medi ci nes sell home-
health ki ts. These ki ts contai n thi rty to fi fty commonly
i ndi cated remedi es and a few loti ons. I nstructi onal books
often accompany these ki ts.
Usi ng homeopathi c home-health ki ts i s a ti me honored
tradi ti on. Fami ly members wi th common complai nts such as
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coughs, colds, di arrhea, and vomi ti ng can often be success-
fully treated wi th mi ni mal trai ni ng. However, treati ng pati ents
wi th chroni c, often li felong, i llnesses requi res years of trai ni ng
and experi ence to get good results. Persons undergoi ng
treatment from a practi ti oner must not take other homeopathi c
remedi es wi thout fi rst consulti ng thei r practi ti oner.
I t i s not di ffi cult to learn the basi cs of homeopathy for
home use. T here are numerous good books on the subject.
Many ci ti es have classes i n homeopathy, often ori ented
towards home care. ( For both books and class i nformati on see
the Resources secti on i n Appendix 3.)
T reati ng fami ly members and fri ends wi th everyday
complai nts i s both fun and educati onal. Many people fi nd the
experi ence gi ves them a sense of self-confi dence and freedom
from an often i ntrusi ve medi cal system. I t i s rewardi ng to see
these problems resolve qui ckly and wi th li ttle expense.
T hrough practi ce and experi ence, home prescri bers
wi ll i mprove thei r ski lls. T here i s no danger of a toxi c reacti on
to the remedi es. T he warni ng si gns of more seri ous medi cal
condi ti ons are usually presented i n the vari ous i ntroductory
books on homeopathi c home-health.
Remember that i t i s not necessary to treat every li ttle
ache and pai n of li fe. T rust the body’s abi li ty to heal i tself.
Even very healthy people get occasi onal colds and other mi nor
T he veteri nary use of homeopathi c remedi es i s an
i nteresti ng confi rmati on of the uni versali ty of the homeopathi c
I n conventi onal medi ci ne, medi ci nes are tested i n
ani mals to determi ne the effects and toxi c reacti ons. T hen the
medi ci nes can eventually be used i n tri als on people.
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I n homeopathy, just the opposi te occurs. Provi ngs are
done on people. I n thi s way, the subtle effects on thi nki ng,
emoti ons, and general symptoms ( chi lli ness vs. warmth, thi rst,
etc.) can be determi ned.
Amazi ngly, these same i ndi cati ons brought out on
people have been shown to apply to ani mals. O bservant
owners can often tell these features i n thei r pets. I t i s actually
si mi lar to observi ng changes i n pre-verbal chi ldren.
Ani mals sufferi ng from i llness may desi re attenti on,
want to be alone, or may be i rri table and snappi sh. I f chi lly,
they lay i n the sun, i f warm on the cold ti les. I t i s easy to tell
i f they are hungry, thi rsty, restless, or calm.
Pet owners can learn to take care of thei r pets. Also,
there are a growi ng number of veteri nari ans who speci ali ze i n
Veteri nary homeopathy i s especi ally i nteresti ng and
useful because the di stance between generati ons i n ani mals i s
relati vely short. I n thi s way, veteri nary homeopaths can
observe fami li al tendenci es, the effects of i mmuni zati ons, and
the effects of remedi es from one generati on to the next.
Perhaps these observati ons made by homeopathi c vets wi ll
eventually prove appli cable to people.
T he fact that homeopathi c medi ci nes work beauti fully
on ani mals usi ng the i ndi cati ons brought out on humans i s
fasci nati ng. I t speaks to the uni versali ty of the homeopathi c
response as well as the fundamental uni ty of li fe. Perhaps thi s
i s what many pet owners are referri ng to when they say thei r
pets are people, too.
Candida albicans i s a type of yeast that can cause
problems i n humans. I t i s found as thrush i n young babi es
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mouths, can cause a bri ght red di aper rash, and i s responsi ble
for many compli cati ons of i mmunosuppressed pati ents.
I t has also been i mpli cated as a cause of yeast
overgrowth especi ally i n pati ents who have been treated wi th
anti bi oti cs. A di agnosi s of candi da i nfecti on i s frequently
made for pati ents wi th many symptoms such as food i ntoler-
ances, fati gue, i rri tabi li ty, mood swi ngs and the li ke.
Pati ents often ask of homeopathi c practi ti oners, “Do
you treat candi da?” T he si mple answer to thi s i s, “No. We treat
pati ents who may have candi da, but we do not treat candi da.”
From the poi nt of vi ew of homeopathy, candi da i s a
di sease di agnosi s. T he usual di sease-ori ented treatment
i ncludes taki ng an anti fungal agent, such as Nystati n, to ki ll the
yeast, and di etary changes. Whereas many pati ents benefi t
from these changes, the di sease often recurs when they stray
from the therapeuti c di et.
T here i s no need i n homeopathy for a speci fi c candi da
treatment. T he homeopathi c approach treats the pati ent as a
whole wi th one of a great many homeopathi c remedi es. A
healthy pati ent i s not suscepti ble to candi da i nfecti ons and wi ll
recover wi thout speci fi c di sease treatment.
I t i s a common mi sunderstandi ng that once a di agnosi s
has been made, a speci fi c di sease treatment i s mandatory.
O ver the years, pati ents wi th all ki nds of di sease di agnoses,
even pati ents i n whom the di agnosi s i s unclear, have benefi ted
from homeopathi c treatment.
Hormone replacement, menopause, and osteoporosis
Hormone replacement therapy i s appropri ate i n a wi de
range of di seases i nvolvi ng damaged glands. For example,
thyroi d hormone replacement i s well-i ndi cated i n a pati ent
wi th a surgi cally removed or radi oacti vely i mpai red thyroi d
gland. Li kewi se, i n a pati ent wi th juveni le di abetes whose
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pancreas can no longer produce i nsuli n, i nsuli n replacement
i s li fesavi ng. Homeopathy can help these pati ents, but i t i s
unli kely that thei r need for at least some hormone replacement
wi ll ever be gone.
T he si tuati on wi th menopausal women i s enti rely
di fferent. Menopause i s a natural transi ti on i n li fe. A healthy
woman wi th a healthy di et and proper exerci se should pass
through menopause wi th mi ni mal di scomfort and li ve to a ri pe
old age wi thout hormone replacement.
T he current trend i n medi ci ne i s to gi ve hormone
replacement at the fi rst si gns of menopause as i ndi cated by
decreasi ng hormone levels on lab work. T hi s reflects an empty
rati onali ty. Menopause i s no more a di sease than puberty i s
a di sease. I n homeopathy, we do not treat the lab work, we
treat the pati ent. M enopausal women experi enci ng di scom-
fort wi th menopause are treated as uni que i ndi vi duals the
same way all pati ents are treated wi th homeopathy. Home-
opathy has an excellent record of treati ng women through thi s
transi ti onal ti me wi thout the use of exogenous hormones.
A number of natural plant hormone-li ke substances
are promoted as alternati ves to syntheti c hormone replace-
ment. T hese may be preferable i n many i nstances to syntheti c
replacement, but they sti ll reflect a di sease-ori ented approach
to what i s, i n reali ty, a natural process.
Hormone replacement i s also promoted as a preven-
ti ve measure for bone loss. Studi es have shown that calci um
loss i n the body i s pri mari ly associ ated wi th certai n li fe-style
factors. Among these are i ncluded excess i ngesti on of meat,
coffee, and alcohol. Also associ ated i s a lack of proper
exerci se and i nadequate calci um i ntake.
I t’s true that women wi th a strong fami ly hi story of
osteoporosi s occurri ng i n relati vely young female members of
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thei r fami ly may be at hi gh geneti c ri sk for thi s problem. Such
pati ents, whi le a small mi nori ty, may i ndeed benefi t from
hormone replacement. Even i n these pati ents, hormone
replacement i s only one opti on and must be wei ghed agai nst
the potenti al ri sks of treatment.
Chapter 11
Homeopathy and
Conventional Medicine
Once upon a time there was a man who had a job
sitting on tacks.
He went to his regular doctor. “My rear end hurts,” he
lamented. “Can’t you give me something for it?”
The doctor gave him some pain medicine. Over time,
the dose gradually increased until the man no longer felt the
pain of sitting on the tacks. In fact, he hardly even noticed his
job, he was in such a drugged state.
Eventually his doctor died. He went to a new doctor.
The new doctor realized that he was causing the problem
through his work and said, “I won’t give you pain medicine,
you need to quit your job!”
Unable to bring himself to quit, the man wandered the
streets in despair. Finally, he entered the office of a homeo-
“Why don’t you quit?” the homeopath asked.
“I can’t,” the man replied. “They need me, there is no
one else who can do the job.”
The homeopath realized this man’s real problem was
his delusion that he must do this work. He gave the man a
remedy. “It will cure your sore rear end,” he told the man.
As the man responded to the remedy he changed his
outlook. He quit his job and found a new vocation in life.
At the follow-up appointment the man said, “The
remedy didn’t work. I had to quit my job.”
“Does your rear end hurt?” the homeopath asked.
“No, of course not!” the man replied.
Although this story is fictional, it accurately contrasts
homeopathy and conventional medicine. No one has a job
sitting on tacks, but patients often make amazing changes
while undergoing homeopathic treatment.
An over-medicated population
T he average person i n Ameri ca today i s over-medi -
cated. Pati ents take huge quanti ti es of powerful medi cati ons
prescri bed by conventi onal physi ci ans for what are, i n reali ty,
mi nor complai nts. T hese same pati ents then consume over-
the-counter medi ci nes i n large amounts for every li ttle ache
and pai n. Fi nally, perhaps out of gui lt, many people have a
veri table pharmacy i n thei r homes of hi gh-potency vi tami ns
and herbs wi th whi ch they attempt to undo all the bad effects
of thei r previ ous over-medi cati on.
I t i s my observati on that conventi onal physi ci ans know
that they prescri be medi ci nes whi ch many pati ents do not truly
need. Pati ents, however, i nsi st on recei vi ng some ki nd of
medi ci ne and powerful allopathi c medi ci nes are the only
medi ci nes whi ch are consi dered acceptable for these physi -
ci ans to prescri be.
I gnorance on the part of pati ents and aggressi ve
marketi ng are the mai n causes of over-the-counter medi cati on
use. Pati ents are made to thi nk that they should not experi ence
any symptoms or di scomfort i n thei r li ves. People tend to
forget that most symptoms whi ch they experi ence represent
thei r body’s response to the i llness, not the i llness i tself. By
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constantly suppressi ng thei r natural heali ng response they get
progressi vely more i ll over ti me.
Differing approaches
T he acceptance of homeopathy does not mean the
rejecti on of conventi onal medi ci ne.
The conventi onal approach i s analyti c. Analysis means
the separati on of a whole i nto i ts parts. Conventi onal medi ci ne
focuses on the parts: the organs, the cells, the cellular compo-
nents and the molecules. T he goal i s to understand the
mi crobi ologi cal, bi ochemi cal, or cellular basi s for a di sease and
to correct i t on that level.
Homeopathy i s syntheti c. Synthesismeans the combi -
nati on of the parts to form a whole. I t i s concerned mostly wi th
the whole, and the vari ous parts are vi ewed from thi s perspec-
ti ve. The goal i s to understand the response of the pati ent as
a whole and to apply medi ci nes based on that understandi ng
to sti mulate the self-heali ng mechani sm.
T he whole i s much greater than the sum of the known
parts. T hat’s why conventi onal medi ci ne, wi th i ts steadi ly
i ncreasi ng knowledge of the parts, sti ll falls far short of the
homeopathi c perspecti ve.
What thi s translates to i n the practi cal world i s that the
pati ents of homeopathi c practi ti oners rarely requi re any medi -
ci ne other than homeopathi c remedi es when i ll. T here do,
however, exi st health problems for whi ch homeopathi c prac-
ti ti oners recommend conventi onal treatment.
Where to use conventional care
Conventi onal care i s recommended for many urgent
problems that requi re i mmedi ate control of the di sease for the
preservati on of li fe or li mb. Medi cal problems i ncluded here
are such thi ngs as li fe-threateni ng i nfecti ous di seases ( such as
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bacteri al spi nal meni ngi ti s) , myocardi al i nfarcti on, hyperten-
si ve cri si s, and the li ke.
I n the past, homeopathy was wi dely used for treati ng
pati ents wi th these condi ti ons. Homeopathy made i ts reputa-
ti on i n the ni neteenth century wi th outstandi ng success i n
devastati ng epi demi c i nfecti ous di seases such as cholera and
typhoi d.
Currently, the allopathi c treatment i s easi er to apply
and i s effi ci ent i n savi ng li ves and preventi ng permanent i njury
i n pati ents wi th many of these i mmedi ately li fe-threateni ng
I don’t have an exact li st of what di seases I recommend
conventi onal treatment for. I t depends on the pati ent, thei r
di sease, and si tuati on i n li fe. Suffi ce to say that I recommend
conventi onal treatment for surpri si ngly few pati ents.
Antibiotic overuse
T he treatment of bacteri al i nfecti ous di sease wi th
anti bi oti cs i s one of the strengths of allopathi c medi ci ne. Due
to the lack of any alternati ves i n allopathy, anti bi oti cs are
overused. Wi th many pati ents, the more anti bi oti cs they take,
the more they need. I t’s a ki nd of vi ci ous cycle where the
i mmune system gets progressi vely less effecti ve i n resi sti ng
i nfecti ons.
T hi s overuse has also resulted i n the development of
“superbugs” — mi croorgani sms resi stant to anti bi oti cs — and
may be a cause of candi da yeast overgrowth and associ ated
fati gue syndromes.
Pati ents usi ng homeopathy as thei r pri mary healthcare
need anti bi oti cs only occasi onally, i f at all. Thi s represents a
practi cal preventi ve soluti on to thi s developi ng problem of
anti bi oti c resi stance. Homeopathy also has potenti al value i n
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the treatment of pati ents wi th i nfecti ons caused by anti bi oti c
resi stant organi sms.
Surgery i s another conventi onal modali ty someti mes
needed. T here exi st many condi ti ons, both medi cal and
traumati c, whi ch are best treated surgi cally. Homeopathy has
been used successfully i n preventi ng many surgeri es but wi ll
not always suffi ce i n a truly appropri ate surgi cal condi ti on.
I f you get run over by a truck, clearly you’ll need
surgi cal care. O ther condi ti ons are not always so clear. For
example, i f an appendi ci ti s i s suspected, a remedy should be
started whi le the pati ent i s on the way for surgi cal evaluati on.
Surpri si ngly, a greater than expected number of these cases
wi ll resolve wi thout surgery.
Many thousands of chi ldren get tubes placed i n the ears
for recurrent i nfecti ons. My personal experi ence i s that only
very few of these chi ldren need such surgery i f they get
homeopathi c care.
As wi th anti bi oti cs, surgery tends to be overused. T hi s
i s especi ally true i n many gynecologi cal condi ti ons where
there i s no urgency to the surgery, the condi ti on i s not li fe-
threateni ng, and yet surgery i s performed wi thout any attempt
at heali ng.
Conventional medications
There are many conventi onal medi cati ons whi ch should
not be abruptly di sconti nued just because a pati ent deci des to
pursue homeopathi c therapy. T here are too many examples
to li st here, but the general i dea i s that i f you have been
controlli ng a di sease wi th medi cati on, i t’s not safe to abruptly
stop the medi cati on. I t may be necessary to begi n homeopathy
and then wean the allopathi c medi ci nes, i f possi ble, as the
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pati ent recovers. Homeopathy can sti ll be of benefi t to those
pati ents who requi re certai n medi cati ons whi ch can not be
safely di sconti nued.
O ne si mple example i s that of asthma. Many asthmati c
pati ents control thei r asthma wi th medi cati ons. I usually start
them on homeopathy and decrease thei r conventi onal medi -
cati ons as they respond.
A gray area
T here i s no di sti nct boundary as to exactly where the
i nterface between homeopathy and conventi onal medi ci ne
li es. I n many si tuati ons i t depends on the experi ence of the
practi ti oner and the desi res of the pati ent. My personal
experi ence i s that most pati ents can be treated homeopathi -
cally. Conventi onal medi ci ne and surgery should be reserved
for certai n pati ents and condi ti ons of clear need.
T he need for conventi onal medi ci ne or surgery i s not
a fai lure. T he heart of all forms of healthcare i s the welfare of
the pati ent.
Chapter 12
Homeopathy and
Alternative Therapies
“I’m feeling fantastic!” one of my patients told me at a
recent follow-up appointment. “You see, I went to the ‘Holistic
Expo’ and bought some herbal weight loss pills. I just started
them ten days ago and my energy is wonderful.
“I didn’t want to tell you before I started them because
I knew you’d tell me not to take them,” she added.
It’s true, I would have advised her to hold off on
starting anything new. These herbal formulas help many
people, but everyone is different. That’s the whole point with
homeopathy; patients must be treated as individuals.
This patient had been doing well on her remedy. Her
last few menstrual periods had been the best in many years,
they were on time and with few symptoms.
“Well,” I said, “since you already started it, let’s see
what happens. Maybe it will be fine with your remedy, maybe
not. There’s no way to tell without trying.”
Her next follow-up was six weeks later.
“I quit the herbal pills,” she confided. “I had the worst
period in a long time. Also I gained five pounds.”
Now that she is off the herbs, her remedy should start
acting again. Eventually, when her health has stabilized,
trying such pills probably won’t throw her so out of balance.
But, on the other hand, she also will not feel the need to try
Alternative therapy
I t i s a mi snomer to refer to homeopathy as an alterna-
ti ve therapy. I t only appears alternati ve i n that the conven-
ti onal system i s overused. I t i s no more alternati ve than the
spheri cal earth vi ew was an alternati ve to the flat-earth vi ew i n
the fi fteenth century. Homeopathy i s not an opti onal outlook,
but i nstead a more comprehensi ve one.
Li kewi se, practi ti oners of other alternati ve therapi es
prefer the use of another term, such as natural or complemen-
tary medi ci ne, to di sti ngui sh thei r approach.
T hi s secti on wi ll di scuss the compati bi li ty of vari ous
non-conventi onal approaches to therapy or healthcare wi th
homeopathy. Many systems, even though natural, i nterfere
wi th the acti on of remedi es and need to be avoi ded whi le
undergoi ng treatment.
Holistic medicine
Holi sti c medi ci ne i s poorly defi ned. I t i s supposed to
mean an approach whi ch treats the whole person. Homeopa-
thy i s an excellent example of a truly holi sti c approach i n that
i t does treat the whole person.
T he problem i s that holi sti c medi ci ne i s often allopathi c
i n character. Much of naturopathy, ayurveda, ori ental medi -
ci ne, and herbal medi ci ne i s allopathi c i n that i t pri mari ly treats
the di sease as opposed to the pati ent.
T hi s i s easi ly seen by goi ng i nto a store selli ng natural
medi ci nes. T he same formulas are sold to everyone wi th the
same di sease or condi ti on, much li ke conventi onal medi ci nes.
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( T hi s i s true even for many formulati ons sold as homeopathi c
medi ci nes.)
T hi s di sease-ori ented approach i s not necessari ly
bad, but, as the case above i llustrates, i t does not take
i ndi vi dual vari ati on i nto account. I n spi te of thi s, these natural
modali ti es are often preferable to conventi onal medi ci ne
because the treatments are usually safer and less toxi c.
Naturopathy i s not the same as homeopathy. Naturo-
paths use a wi de range of therapi es to treat pati ents, one of
whi ch i s homeopathy. A gi ven naturopathi c physi ci an, how-
ever, may or may not be well-trai ned i n homeopathy.
Accredi ted naturopathi c educati on consi sts of a four
year curri culum of tradi ti onal naturopathi c courses as well as
conventi onal di agnosi s, obstetri cs, mi nor surgery and the li ke.
G raduates of the accredi ted i nsti tuti ons are well-rounded
physi ci ans and are eli gi ble for li censure i n those states whi ch
li cense naturopathi c physi ci ans. Unfortunately, there are also
some non-accredi ted i nsti tuti ons whi ch gi ve degrees but have
much lower standards. G raduates from these schools are not
eli gi ble for li censure anywhere i n the US.
Despi te the fact that vi rtually all naturopathi c therapi es
are natural, not all are compati ble for use si multaneously wi th
homeopathy. T herapi es such as therapeuti c di ets, fasti ng,
massage, hydrotherapy, spi nal mani pulati on ( chi ropracti c and
osteopathy) , exerci se, and many forms of physi cal therapy are
compati ble wi th homeopathy. These modali ti es do not force
changes i n the system.
O ther modali ti es someti mes used by natural health
practi ti oners, i ncludi ng naturopaths, are di scussed below.
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Proper nutri ti on i s one of the pi llars of good health.
Most health consci ous people today have a reasonable i dea of
what consti tutes a proper di et. People need to eat si mple,
natural foods wi th adequate vari ety and i n adequate amounts.
T hey should avoi d over-processed foods and non-food i tems.
Q uanti ti es of ri ch foods, fats, meats, sugar, and the li ke are
deleteri ous to health.
Beyond these strai ghtforward gui deli nes, nutri ti onal
needs become very i ndi vi dual. Everyone’s system i s somewhat
di fferent. Some people don’t tolerate certai n foods whi ch
others thri ve on. Some have allergi es or i ntolerances whi ch
cause si gni fi cant health effects such as recurri ng ear i nfecti ons,
asthma, or eczema i n chi ldren. O ften no medi ci ne i s needed
at all, they just need to remove mi lk, or some other common
offender, from thei r di et.
T hese i ndi vi dual vari ati ons are i mportant i n choosi ng
a homeopathi c remedy. Pati ents needi ng certai n remedi es
often have food cravi ngs or i ntolerances that are characteri sti c
for that remedy.
Homeopathy i n general does not i nsi st on certai n di ets
or nutri ti onal therapy for those undergoi ng treatment, although
speci fi c pati ents may be advi sed to avoi d or to encourage
certai n foods. Most practi ti oners observe that when pati ents
respond to a remedy, they tend to desi re a healthi er di et
Many people advocate the use of vi tami ns and mi neral
supplements for the preventi on of di sease. T he acti on of these
supplements i n the body vari es dependi ng on the dose i n
whi ch they are taken.
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T aken i n smaller doses, vi tami ns act more as foods. I n
thi s range, close to thei r natural levels i n foods, they are si mply
food supplements, supplyi ng i mportant di etary factors whi ch,
for one reason or another, a person may not be getti ng from
thei r di et. T aken i n very large doses, these same vi tami ns act
more as medi ci nes. For the most part they are non-toxi c and
safe, but they are medi ci nes none-the-less. T hese large doses
force shi fts i n the bi ochemi cal pathways of the body thereby
gi vi ng reli ef i n many condi ti ons.
Such large doses of vi tami ns may be i ncompati ble wi th
homeopathy. Pati ents on these large doses fi nd that thei r
abi li ty to respond to remedi es i s decreased. T hi s i s because the
forced changes i n the system may go contrary to the di recti on
whi ch the natural heali ng processes wi sh to go. As a result, the
natural heali ng i s thwarted.
T hi s i s not to say that vi tami ns are bad or i n some way
undesi rable. I t just means that whi le undergoi ng homeopathi c
treatment some pati ents need to downgrade thei r nutri ti onal
support to more natural levels.
Herbal medicines
Herbs may be compati ble or i ncompati ble wi th home-
opathy dependi ng on the herb and the pati ent. Many pati ents
are so sensi ti ve that even foods such as raw oni ons and garli c
have a medi ci nal effect whi ch wi ll i nterfere wi th the pati ent’s
response to homeopathi c remedi es.
I f an herbal medi ci ne i s bei ng taken for i ts health effects
there i s a hi gh li keli hood that i ts acti on wi ll i nterfere wi th a
pati ent’s response to homeopathi c remedi es. Marketi ng strat-
egi es on the part of herbal compani es try to downplay the
medi ci nal effects of herbs. I t i s true that many herbs also have
nutri ti onal properti es, but most herbs and herbal combi nati ons
are sold and consumed for thei r medi ci nal effects. Herbal teas
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whi ch are consumed as beverages are often mi ld and do not
i nterfere wi th remedi es. Mi nt tea i s one excepti on whi ch may
i nterfere.
Pati ents undergoi ng homeopathi c therapy only occa-
si onally need some other therapy at the same ti me. T here are
a few herbs that I someti mes recommend to pati ents, but for
the most part, concurrent use of herbal medi ci nes should be
avoi ded. Pati ents can di scuss speci fi c questi ons wi th thei r
practi ti oner.
Acupuncture i s the well-known system of ori ental
heali ng. Unfortunately, i t may not mi x well wi th homeopathy.
I don’t really know why thi s i s. Some people undergoi ng
acupuncture just don’t seem to respond well to remedi es whi le
others do fi ne. My wi fe i s an acupuncturi st who also practi ces
homeopathy and she also has found that many pati ents get
better results i f she keeps these modali ti es separate.
T hi s i s true for not only acupuncture wi th needles but
also for moxa ( heat) and Chi nese herbs. Most forms of ori ental
massage do not i nterfere and can be used wi th homeopathy.
The mad rush
I t comes as a surpri se to many people that all forms of
natural heali ng are not compati ble i f used si multaneously.
Better results are usually obtai ned by doi ng one form of
treatment at a ti me for i ts full benefi t before tryi ng somethi ng
Relax! I n the mad rush to be healed, people waste
much ti me and money by not gi vi ng whatever therapy they are
doi ng a chance. T rue heali ng occurs from the i nsi de out, i n i ts
own ti me, and cannot be forced.
Chapter 13
A middle-aged woman with hyperthyroidism had been
under my care for about four months. She was doing well.
She was off her regular medication (called PTU) which she
had taken for seven years. In the past, whenever she stopped
the PTU, she became very ill within weeks; but now she had
been off for the entire four months without symptoms. Her
pulse, blood pressure, and other indicators of hyperthyroid-
ism were all normal. She felt the best she had in years,
emotionally stronger and with improved energy. It appeared
that she was responding well to the remedy she was taking.
Her potency of this same remedy had just gone up a
few weeks before. Suddenly I got a call from her.
“Dr. Dooley,” she said, “I’ve been doing terrible the
past few weeks. It just gets worse and worse. My pulse is
racing and I’m nervous as a cat. This is what always used to
happen off my PTU.”
She came to the office and I reviewed her case. It just
didn’t make sense. There was no reason in my experience
why she should be doing poorly. It appeared that the remedy
had just stopped working.
She had not started any herbs or other medications
which often interfere with remedies. She had not been
drinking coffee. Her remedy had been properly stored and
kept away from noxious fumes, direct sunlight, and other
damaging factors.
Her old symptoms had started to return just a few days
after starting the new potency of her remedy. The only
conclusion I could come up with was that the remedy, when
it arrived via UPS to her door from the manufacturer, had been
somehow antidoted in route or improperly prepared.
After examination I concluded it was medically safe to
wait for a few days while a new bottle of that same potency of
the remedy was sent. She was skeptical but did not want to
go back to PTU or to drink radioactive iodine (the next medical
treatment in line for her).
Sure enough, when the new bottle arrived from the
same manufacturer, she started on it and was better in just a
few days. Within a week she had regained her previous level
of well-being.
At the present time, there is no way to objectively
measure the activity or strength of a homeopathic remedy
other than by the response of a patient to it. It is therefore
important to purchase remedies from reliable sources and to
care for them properly. In my experience, it is rare that a
remedy is inactive at the time of purchase. As this case
demonstrates, it does occasionally happen.
Any substance whi ch can affect human health and
well-bei ng can be developed i nto a homeopathi c remedy.
Provi ngs have been conducted on a wi de range of materi als
whi ch are now part of the homeopathi c Materi a Medi ca.
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Many remedi es are made from herbs, both toxi c and
non-toxi c. Remedi es are made from mi nerals as beni gn as
sodi um chlori de ( common table salt) , as deadly as arseni c, and
as preci ous as gold and plati num.
T here are remedi es made from ani mals and ani mal
products; some from i nsects such as bees or ladybugs. O thers
from products as seemi ngly exoti c as snake venom, spi der
venom, or dog’s mi lk.
Remedi es can also be made from di sease products and
agents such as bacteri a and scabi es.
Regardless of the source of the remedy, i t must be
prescri bed for the pati ent accordi ng to i ts homeopathi c i ndi ca-
ti ons for good results. Each remedy must be made by the
manufacturer i n exactly the same manner as the substance used
i n the ori gi nal provi ngs. The fi nal product wi ll then reli ably
retai n the known homeopathi c i ndi cati ons as establi shed i n the
provi ngs.
Each remedy i s prepared i n potency, as descri bed i n
earli er chapters, so as to be non-toxi c and yet to retai n i ts
uni que homeopathi c properti es. As i t i s progressi vely di luted,
the remedy qui ckly becomes a clear li qui d. T hi s clear li qui d
i s then put onto small sugar pellets.
Homeopathi c remedi es therefore usually appear si m-
ply as small whi te pellets packaged i n vi als. T he si ze of the
pellets i s not i mportant. I t’s helpful to remember that the actual
medi ci ne i s the ti ncture placed on the pellets, not the pellets
Y ou can’t tell one remedy from another by looki ng at
the pellets. T he label on the vi al wi ll tell the name of the
remedy and i ts potency.
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Labeling requirements
T he U.S. Food and Drug Admi ni strati on ( FDA) requi res
that all over-the-counter medi cati ons have i ndi cati ons pri nted
on the label. T he reader of thi s book understands by now that
there do not exi st speci fi c di sease i ndi cati ons for homeopathi c
remedi es. A pati ent wi th a gi ven di sease may need a si ngle
remedy out of hundreds. Li kewi se, a gi ven remedy may be
i ndi cated for pati ents wi th one of many di seases found
throughout the body.
I n order to comply wi th FDA regulati ons, homeopathi c
manufacturers choose a common complai nt for whi ch a gi ven
remedy i s i ndi cated i n many pati ents and place that i ndi cati on
on the label. T hi s i s often a source of confusi on. For example,
a homeopathi c remedy prescri bed for a male pati ent may be
labeled as i ndi cated for menstrual cramps. O r a pati ent whose
mai n complai nt i s neurologi cal mi ght get a remedy labeled as
i ndi cated for di arrhea. Pati ents must reali ze that these so-called
di sease i ndi cati ons requi red by the FDA on homeopathi c
remedi es are mostly i rrelevant and should be i gnored. For
good results, all remedi es should be taken only accordi ng to
thei r homeopathi c i ndi cati ons for the whole pati ent, not for the
di sease di agnosi s on the label.
Prescription and unavailable remedies
I n recent years the FDA has changed the status of some
homeopathi c remedi es to prescri pti on only. Thi s i s surpri si ng
to those fami li ar wi th homeopathy si nce all remedi es were
previ ously sold over-the-counter for over one hundred years
wi thout any reported problems.
T he remedi es now requi ri ng prescri pti ons are those
made from di sease products. Persons fami li ar wi th the
preparati on of homeopathi c medi ci nes understand that i t i s
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li terally i mpossi ble for these remedi es to spread di sease i n any
T he prescri pti on status of these remedi es i s unneces-
sary and i rrati onal, but at least they are sti ll avai lable.
Some other remedi es have recently been made un-
avai lable i n the Uni ted States by the FDA. T hese i nclude
remedi es made from controlled substances such as opi um.
Agai n, anyone fami li ar wi th even the most rudi mentary basi cs
of homeopathy understands that i t i s i mpossi ble for these
remedi es to be abused i n any way. T hey are completely safe
and are sti ll avai lable over-the-counter throughout the world
except i n the Uni ted States.
“Dr. Dooley,” she said, “I’m sorry but I just get too large
an emotional reaction to taking any drug like this, even in
small doses. Many people in my family have had problems
with drugs; my sister is finally clean now, and the thought of
this really bothers me. Isn’t there another remedy you can
give me?”
The year was 1979 and I was in my naturopathic
practice in southern Oregon. At that time, homeopathic
opium was still available as an over-the-counter medicine
here in the U.S.
“Mary,” I said, attempting to explain. “When you take
homeopathic opium there is not even one molecule of opium
in the remedy. All that remains is a kind of imprint that opium
makes on the diluting liquid.
“Think of it this way — you suffer from a disease state
similar to that of opium toxicity. You have terrible constipation
and are constantly falling asleep. Your pupils tend to be
constricted and you are always too hot.
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“Taking this homeopathic opium will cure you of this
opium-like state from which you suffer.
“Unfortunately, there is no other remedy which will
substitute. Homeopathic remedies can only be prescribed on
their similar symptoms for results. This is true whether the
original substance is an herb like chamomile, a poison like
snake venom, a metal like aluminum, or a drug like opium.
Your symptoms are similar to opium toxicity, not to anything
Mary thought about it and remembered the results we
had achieved with her son’s problems. She realized his
symptoms had also been similar to the symptoms of the
medicine that cured him. In the end, she took the remedy and
Combination remedies
Some homeopathi c manufacturers produce a number
of medi ci nes called combi nati on remedi es whi ch are sold to
treat speci fi c di seases and complai nts. T hese products are
combi nati ons of many si ngle homeopathi c remedi es i n vari ed
potenci es mi xed together. T hey are often sold as li qui d drops
as well as pellets and tablets.
Many pati ents fi nd these products easy to use and
effecti vely palli ate vari ous complai nts. Whereas they some-
ti mes reli eve symptoms qui ckly and effecti vely, they rarely
bri ng a pati ent to a level of health where the problems stop
recurri ng. T he problem i s that when si ngle remedi es are mi xed
together i t creates a completely new medi ci ne. Unti l a provi ng
i s done on that parti cular combi nati on of remedi es, i ts uni que
homeopathi c i ndi cati ons are not known and a truly curati ve
response i s rare.
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T hey are used most frequently for common complai nts
such as teethi ng i n chi ldren, allergi c symptoms, i ndi gesti on,
Pati ents undergoi ng consti tuti onal therapy wi th a ho-
meopathi c practi ti oner should stri ctly avoi d these combi nati on
remedi es, unless cleared i n advance wi th thei r practi ti oner.
T aki ng multi ple homeopathi c remedi es commonly di srupts
ongoi ng homeopathi c care.
Care of the remedies
Homeopathi c remedi es are remarkably stable and
retai n thei r therapeuti c properti es for extended peri ods i f
properly cared for. Remedi es should be kept i n sealed
contai ners away from strong odors, di rect sunli ght, excessi ve
heat, and mi crowave. Many common household appli ances
generate large electromagneti c fi elds, so remedi es should not
be stored near these.
T hey should not be stored i n the same areas as
camphor contai ni ng products ( Vi cks, Ben G ay, T i ger Balm,
etc.) . Avoi d exposure to x-ray machi nes at ai rports, although
these detectors do not always di sturb thei r acti on.
I n recent years, homeopathi c manufacturers have
started putti ng expi rati on dates on the remedi es. T hese dates
appear to be arbi trary and i rrelevant. I f remedi es are properly
cared for, they have been known to retai n thei r potency for a
great many years.
How to take a remedy
Remedi es are usually taken as dry pellets under the
tongue. T wo to four pellets usually consti tutes one dose,
although thi s may vary per the si ze of the pellets. T he number
of pellets taken at each dose i s not as i mportant as the
frequency of repeti ti on or the potency.
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For example, taki ng four pellets per dose i s usually not
very di fferent from taki ng two pellets per dose. But taki ng four
pellets once a day i s very di fferent from taki ng two pellets twi ce
a day. Fi nally, taki ng four pellets of 6C i s enti rely di fferent from
taki ng two pellets of 12C.
Confused? T o make li fe si mple, just take the remedy
as i nstructed by the practi ti oner. I f you’re not sure what to do,
just ask.
I t’s i mportant to remember that the sugar pellets are not
the medi ci ne, the medi ci ne i s the di luti on whi ch has been used
to medi cate the pellets. I t i s best not to touch the pellets wi th
your fi ngers. Just use the cap of the vi al to di spense the pellets
and pour the correct number under your tongue from the cap.
I f pellets fall on the floor, i t i s best to di spose of them.
Pati ents are someti mes i nstructed to put the pellets i n
water and sti r the water before taki ng a teaspoonful as a dose.
T hi s process sli ghtly changes the potency and effect of the
remedy. I t i s occasi onally referred to as plussing.
Chapter 14
Your View
For three years, Ming (my wife) and I ran a weekly
clinic in Tijuana, Mexico. Here we provided healthcare, at no
charge, to the local residents. It was located next to the
municipal dump in a very poor “colonia” (neighborhood). The
people living here supported themselves by working in the
dump digging all day through garbage and filth, recycling
anything of value.
For a long time we set up a little clinic every week in
the bedroom of one family’s home. Their house was made of
old forklift pallets nailed together. There was scrap metal on
the outside and cardboard tacked on the inside. The card-
board was painted blue. A piece of plastic incorporated into
the scrap ceiling let in a pale light. There were carpet
remnants thrown over the dirt floor. There was no plumbing
or electricity, but a car battery powered a small black and
white TV. A statue of the Virgin Mary rested above it. Cooking
was done over an open fire pit on the side of the house. There
was a crude outhouse in the rear of the house next to a smelly
As the years went by, we became familiar with many
families in the community. Hospitals and friends here in the
U.S. donated medicines and a service organization eventu-
ally built a small clinic for our use.
The conventional pharmacy of the little clinic grew and
grew. The reason is, we hardly ever used it! The donated
conventional medicines just sat there. We found we rarely
needed any medicine other than homeopathic remedies for
taking care of just about everything. We brought our own
remedies every week in hundreds of small vials carried in a
red tool chest and then dispensed what was needed in small
It was a little sad to watch the conventional medicines,
so kindly donated for our use, go bad on the shelves.
Eventually, I started passing the donated medicines on to the
local chapter of the Red Cross for use in their clinic.
Homeopathy is a wonderful asset in third world and
relief-work settings. Our patients in the clinic didn’t really
understand homeopathy. They just went to the doctor and got
some pills. The children liked taking them. People got well.
Homeopathy i s a vast subject and thi s book i s only a
short i ntroducti on. Y et, i f you’ve read the enti re book, you now
understand many of the basi cs of homeopathy and what makes
i t di fferent. Y ou can see that there’s no other system of
medi ci ne qui te li ke homeopathy. Y ou can see how i t i s
possi ble that people of all ages wi th many types of complai nts
can benefi t from homeopathy, whi le, at the same ti me,
homeopathy does not di rectly treat di sease!
Y ou can see how homeopathy, not relyi ng on hi gh-
tech testi ng, saves money. And you can see how homeopathy
i s natural, how i t works wi th the body to promote the i nnate
self-heali ng mechani sm.
Changing Your View 95
96 Homeopathy: Beyond Flat Earth Medicine
Y ou should also be able to understand why conven-
ti onal medi cal studi es, whi ch compare uni form treatments for
a gi ven di sease, are rarely of use i n evaluati ng homeopathy. I n
homeopathy, there i s no uni form treatment for a gi ven di sease,
the treatment vari es accordi ng to the pati ent.
Recently, however, there have been a few publi shed
studi es where homeopathy was used appropri ately. T he
results of these studi es supported the effi cacy of homeopathy
and they are referenced i n Appendix 4.
So what now?
Some readers at the end of thi s book may fi nd that they
are ready to go. They feel they have understood the message
of the book, they agree wi th i t, and look forward to usi ng
homeopathy to i mprove thei r li ves. Such people often fi nd that
homeopathy i s an outlook they already had, but never ex-
I nterested persons wi ll fi nd the Resources secti on i n
Appendix 3 useful. I n i t are recommended books, book
dealers, organi zati ons, manufacturers, and referral sources for
practi ti oners.
O ther readers may not be qui te so comfortable. Per-
haps they are not sure why. Perhaps they are skepti cal or have
lots of questi ons. I t i s common to have such reservati ons about
somethi ng that i s di fferent, especi ally when one’s health i s the
i ssue.
T he reali ty i s, changi ng one’s outlook requi res more
than si mple i ntellectual understandi ng. Although wanti ng to
change i s usually the fi rst step, experi ence i s often necessary
before the change becomes a part of one’s vi ew.
Changing Your View 97
Falling off the edge
I n the early si xteenth century, European sai lors and
di scoverers took the bold step of explori ng the uncharted
waters of the world. But si mply understandi ng that the earth
was a sphere di d not calm thei r fears. T he experi ence of
successfully navi gati ng the earth’s oceans wi thout falli ng off
the edge was requi red to convi nce themselves that i t was so.
T hese sai lors had been rai sed wi th the beli ef that the
earth was flat. Many had relati ves who had sai led off the edge,
that i s, set out across the seas never to return. So, i n spi te of
themselves, when they personally set off to challenge thi s flat-
earth dogma, they found thei r knees shaki ng, thei r hearts
poundi ng, and cold sweat formi ng on thei r brows.
After a voyage or two they found they had changed.
T hey now not only i ntellectually knew the earth was a sphere,
but, through thei r experi ence, thi s knowledge had become a
part of them.
Homeopathy may be new to you, but to many others
i t i s well-known. T hei r knowledge and experi ence i s avai lable
to gui de you, should you choose to pursue i t.
Personal responsibility
Y ou and you alone are responsi ble for your health. No
amount of expert consultati ons can change thi s si mple fact.
T he opi ni ons of experts can help i n your deci si on maki ng, but,
i n the end, i t i s you who wi ll li ve wi th the consequences of
those deci si ons.
Adopti ng the holi sti c vi ew of homeopathy does not
li mi t any healthcare choi ces. O n the contrary, understandi ng
homeopathy encompasses conventi onal medi ci ne whi le open-
i ng a new world of healthcare possi bi li ti es.
98 Homeopathy: Beyond Flat Earth Medicine
The final word
At this point in my life, I’ve worked in a variety of
healthcare settings: from my naturopathic family practice in
Oregon, to the hospital residency, to the slums of Tijuana. I’ve
done rotations in hospital wards in Calcutta, India, and was
director of a small rural hospital emergency department here
in California for a number of years.
There are many interesting and useful therapies in
this world, some natural, some not. But I have yet to find
anything which takes the place of homeopathy.
At best, homeopathy represents a new branch of
science that, when better understood, will open new vistas
throughout the biological sciences as it does in healthcare.
At worst, homeopathy is a harmless placebo demon-
strating that much of conventional medicine is unnecessary
and harmful.
My direct experience with homeopathy is such that I
say with confidence, of the above two possibilities, the first,
the best scenario, is the correct one.
Appendix 1
Potentization of medicines
All medi ci nes prepared by potenti zati on start as a
soluti on of establi shed chemi cal strength. T hen, one part of
the soluti on i s added to 99 parts of a di luent ( water and/
or alcohol) and the di luti on i s thoroughly succussed ( vi gor-
ously agi tated by shak i ng) . T hi s new di luti on i s called the
1C potency because i t i s a 1:100 di luti on of the ori gi nal
soluti on ( C standi ng for centesi mal) .
T hen the 1C potency i s further di luted by tak i ng one part
and addi ng 99 parts of a di luent. Agai n, the new di luti on
i s succussed. T he new di luti on i s called the 2C potency
because i t has been prepared by a 1:100 di luti on performed
twi ce. Hence, the actual strength of the 2C potency i s
1:10, 000 of the ori gi nal soluti on ( 1/100 of 1/100) . T hi s i s
more clear i f you study the i llustrati on on the opposi ng
I n a li k e manner, the succeedi ng potenci es are all
prepared ( 3C from the 2C, 4C from the 3C, etc.) . I t should
be emphasi zed that the medi ci ne must be thoroughly
agi tated after each di luti on. I f properly di luted and agi tated,
the medi ci nes retai n thei r abi li ty to cause a homeopathi c
response even i n the hi gh potenci es ( hi gh di luti ons) . I f not
properly agi tated at each step, the medi ci ne loses i ts
homeopathi c medi ci nal properti es through the di luti ng
T here i s another system of potenti zati on i n whi ch the
di luti on factor i s 1:10 ( a deci mal di luti on) , i nstead of 1:100
( a centesi mal di luti on as di scussed above) . T he overall
process i s otherwi se the same and the resulti ng di luti ons are
referred to as 1X, 2X, 3X, etc.
T he very hi gh potenci es are abbrevi ated by the use of
the letter M . Hence, 1, 000 C i s usually referred to as 1M ,
10, 000 C as 10M , etc.
Potenci es of nearly every strength mi ght be used i n the
course of homeopathi c treatment. For example, i n the
course of a day a homeopathi c practi ti oner may prescri be
low potenci es, such as 6X, or hi gh potenci es, such as 10M ,
dependi ng on the needs of the pati ents.
Appendix 1 101
Ti ncture
of 2 C ETC.
O ne drop O ne drop
2 C
( 1/10, 000)
1 C
( 1/100)
3 C
( 1/1, 000, 000)
The process of potentization. Succussi on ( vi gorous agi tati on by
Ti ncture
( Full Strength)
O ne drop of
of 1 C Mother Ti ncture
shak i ng) must be performed after each di luti on step.
Appendix 2
A sample remedy
As an example of how a medi ci ne i s descri bed i n the
M ateri a M edi ca, common whi te arseni c, called Arseni cum
Album, i s presented i n part. T he i ndi cati ons shown below
represent some of the thi ngs whi ch can be caused and cured
by arseni c.
M I ND : O versensi ti ve, fasti di ous, fault fi ndi ng. Anxi ous.
D espai r of recovery. T erri ble fear of death. Worse at ni ght.
Restless, constantly changi ng posi ti on. Suspi ci ous. M i serly,
mali ci ous, selfi sh. I rri tabi li ty. Fear of robbers. Sees ghosts
day and ni ght.
HEAD: Achi ng, better cold. Restless, i n constant moti on.
Scalp sensi ti ve, cannot brush hai r.
NO SE: T hi n, watery, excori ati ng di scharge. Cold sores i n
nose. Cannot bear si ght or smell of food. Sneezi ng wi th
FACE: Pale, anxi ous, sunken. Cold sweat. O ld look , i n
chi ldren.
ST O M ACH: Cannot bear si ght or smell of food. I ntense,
unquenchable thi rst. D ri nk s li ttle and often. Craves i ce cold
water. Nausea, retchi ng and vomi ti ng. D esi res sour thi ngs,
brandy, coffee, mi lk .
SLEEP: Di sturbed, anxi ous, restless. Shock s on droppi ng
to sleep. D reams of death, full of care, sorrow, and fear.
T alk s i n sleep.
G et the general i dea? T he M ateri a M edi ca conti nues on
through the vari ous body systems, general symptoms, and
modali ti es ( thi ngs that mak e better and worse) .
T he M ateri a M edi ca li sts a large number of symptoms
whi ch might be found i n a person needi ng a gi ven remedy.
M ost pati ents wi ll only have someof the possi ble character-
i sti c symptoms.
For example, most pati ents requi ri ng Arseni cum Album
are not mi serly and suspi ci ous, although these quali ti es wi ll
someti mes be found i n pati ents needi ng the remedy.
Appendix 2 103
Appendix 3
Recommended books:
Homeopathy in general
Homeopathy: Medicine for the New Man
By G eorge Vi thoulk as
Discovering Homeopathy: Medicine for the 21st
By D ana Ullman, M PH
The Patient Not the Cure
By D r. M arj ori e Black i e
Home treatment books
Homeopathic Medicine at Home
By M aesi mund Panos, M D and Jane Hei mli ch
Everybody’s Guide to Homeopathic Medicines
By Stephen Cummi ngs, M D and D ana Ullman, M PH
The Complete Homeopathy Handbook
By M i randa Castro
Homeopathic Medicine for Children and Infants
By D ana Ullman, M PH
Where to buy books
M ost large book stores and health food stores carry a
few book s on homeopathy. For a better selecti on, try one
of the speci alty mai l order houses, a few of whi ch are
menti oned here. G et one of thei r catalogues for a huge
li sti ng of homeopathi c book s, i ncludi ng many other home
treatment book s as well as advanced book s.
Homeopathi c Educati on Servi ces
2124 K i ttredge St.
Berk eley, CA 94704
( 800) 359-9051 ( orders)
( 510) 649-0294
M i ni mum Pri ce Homeopathi c Book s
250 H Street
P.O . Box 2187
Blai ne, WA 98231
( 800) 663-8272
Where to buy remedies
M any natural food stores, health food stores, and
tradi ti onal pharmaci es carry homeopathi c remedi es. Just
check the phone book and call around. T hey can also be
ordered over the phone and shi pped to your home. T he
numbers of some of the more common manufacturers and
suppli ers are li sted below.
Standard Homeopathi c
210 West 131st St.
P.O . Box 61067
Los Angeles, CA 90061
( 800) 624-9659
D oli sos
3014 Ri gel Ave.
Las Vegas, NV 89102
( 800) 365-4767
Appendix 3 105
106 Homeopathy: Beyond Flat Earth Medicine
Boi ron
98C West Cochran St.
Si mi Valley, CA 93065
( 800) BLU-T UBE
Boeri ck e and T afel
2381 Ci rcadi an Way
Santa Rosa, CA 95407
( 800) 876-9505
Homeopathy O verni ght
4111 Si mon Rd.
Y oungstown, O H 44512
( 800) 276-4223
Luyti es Pharmacal Company
4200 Laclede Ave.
St. Loui s, M O 63108
( 800) 325-8080
T here are many professi onal and publi c homeopathi c
organi zati ons.
T he mai n one that can help you i s:
T he Nati onal Center for Homeopathy ( NCH)
801 North Fai rfax Street, Sui te 306
Alexandri a, VA 22314
( 703) 548-7790
T he NCH has di rectori es of practi ti oners, classes, work -
shops, semi nars, and other servi ces. T hey teach homeo-
pathi c courses i n the summer. T hei r monthly newsletter i s
i nformati ve and up-to-date. Schools and other educati onal
programs adverti se i n thei r newsletter. T he NCH sponsors
study groups around the country.
M embershi p i n the NCH i s i nexpensi ve. Y ou don’ t need
to be a member to gi ve them a call and i nqui re about
practi ti oners, classes, and the li k e.
Another good organi zati on i s:
I nternati onal Foundati on for Homeopathy ( I FH)
2366 Eastlak e Ave. E
Seattle, WA 98102
( 206) 324-8230
T he I FH also has a newsletter, teaches classes, and has
i nformati on you may need. Li k e the NCH, I FH membershi p
i s reasonably pri ced.
T hese are the two mai n nati onal organi zati ons for the
general publi c. Y ou may also contact the nati onal profes-
si onal organi zati ons for i nformati on and practi ti oner i nfor-
mati on. T here are too many organi zati ons to place them all
i n thi s appendi x. Check wi th the NCH for i nformati on about
your state or local organi zati ons.
T he pri mary ways to fi nd practi ti oners are word of
mouth, the yellow pages ( ei ther under Homeopaths or
Physi ci ans, homeopathi c) , or by referri ng to a di rectory.
T he NCH ( see above) mai ntai ns a nati onal di rectory and a
few phone calls can usually help you fi nd a practi ti oner i n
your area.
Appendix 3
Appendix 4
Research studies
Ferley JP, Smi rou D , D ’ Adhemar D , Balducci F., “ A Con-
trolled Evaluati on of a Homeopathi c Preparati on i n the
T reatment of I nfluenza-li ke Syndromes.” Br J Clin Pharmacol
Fi sher P, G reenwood A, Husk i sson EC, T urner P, Belon P.,
“ Effect of Homeopathi c T reatment on Fi brosi sti s ( Pri mary
Fi bromyalgi a) .” Br Med J 1989; 299:365-6.
G i bson RG , G i bson SL, M acNei ll AD , Buchanan, WW. ,
“ H omeopathi c T herapy i n Rheumatoi d Arthri ti s: Evaluati on
by D ouble-bli nd Cli ni cal T herapeuti c T ri al.” Br J Clin
Pharmacol 1980; 9:453-9.
Jacobs J, Ji menez LM , G loyd SS, G ale JL, Crothers D .,
“ T reatment of Acute Chi ldhood D i arrhea wi th Homeo-
pathi c M edi ci ne: a Randomi zed Cli ni cal T ri al i n Ni caragua.”
Pediatrics 1994; 93:719-25.
K lei j ne J, K ni pschld P, ter Ri et G ., “ Cli ni cal T ri als of
Homeopathy.” Br Med J, 1991;302:326-323 ( meta-analysi s)
Rei lly D T , T aylor M A, M cSharry C, Ai tchi son T ., “ I s Home-
opathy a Placebo Response? Controlled T ri al of Homeo-
pathi c Potency, wi th Pollen i n Hayfever as M odel.” Lancet,
1986; i i : 881-5.
Acupuncture 85
Aggravati on 55
Allopathy 12
Alternati ve therapy 81
Ameri can I nsti tute of Homeopa-
thy ( AI H) 39, 42
Ameri can Medi cal Associ ati on
( AMA) 39
Analysi s 76
Ani mals 69
Anti bi oti c overuse 77
Appendi ci ti s 78
Arseni cum Album 43, 66, 102
Aspi ri n 46
Asthma 18
Avogadro’s number 44
Ayurveda 35, 50, 81
Book s
recommended 104
where to buy 104
Breast i nfecti on 57
Camphor 64, 92
Candi da 70
Chi 50
Chi ldren 67
emoti onal and behavi or
problems 68
Cholera 38
Chroni c fati gue syndrome 59
Ci nchona bark 11, 37
Classi cal homeopathy 60
Cocai ne 65
Coffee 11, 59, 64
Colds 57, 69
Complementary medi ci ne 81
Consti tuti onal therapy 92
Coughs 69
Cysti ti s 24
Dental work 65
Di arrhea 57, 69
Di scourses on Mahabharata 34
Di sease
acute 57
chroni c 53, 61
suppresi on 57
symptoms 18
Ear i nfecti ons 57
Emoti ons 32
Fever 36, 68
Flexner report 40
Flu 57
Garli c 65
General anesthesi a 65
Graphi tes 21
Hahnemann 4, 34, 35
medi ci ne at the ti me 35
vi tal force 50
Hahnemann M edi cal College 41
Index 109
110 Homeopathy: Beyond Flat Earth Medicine
Heali ng
durati on 54
progressi on 54
Herbal medi ci ne 81, 84
Herbali sts 37
Hi ghland Hospi tal 17
Hi ppocrates 34
Holi sti c medi ci ne 81
Home health 68
Homeopathi c Academy of
Naturopathi c Physi ci ans 42
arri val i n Ameri ca 39
bi ologi c pri nci ple 48
certi fi cati on 42
name 11
opposi ti on to 38
professi onal associ ati ons 42
twenti eth century 40
Hormone replacement 71
Hypertensi ve cri si s 77
Hyperthyroi di sm 86
I mmuni zati ons 70
I nterferi ng substances 64
I ntervi ew 62, 64
I pecac 16
Law of si mi lars 11
Li fe-force 50
Lymphoma 66
Mahabharata 34
Malari a 37
Mari juana 65
Masti ti s 1
Materi a Medi ca 15, 102
Medi cati ons
conventi onal 78
Meni ngi ti s 68, 77
Menopause 71
Mercury 36
Mi nt 65
Myocardi al i nfarcti on 77
Nati onal College of Naturopathi c
Medi ci ne 5, 41
Naturopathy 81, 82
Newborns 67
North Ameri can Soci ety of
Homeopaths 42
Nutri ti on 83
Nystati n 71
O ni ons 65
O pi um 90
O regon Health Sci ences Uni ver-
si ty 10
O rgani zati ons 106
O rganon of Medi ci ne 50
O ri ental medi ci ne 81
O steopathy 39
O steoporosi s 71
O ver-medi cated 61, 75
Pati ent’s symptoms 18
Personal responsi bi li ty 97
Phytolacca 1
Plussi ng 93
Pneumoni a 6
Potenci es 12
Potenti zati on 12, 100
Sark ar, P.R. 34
Scurvy 46
Si de-effects 19
Si mi lli mum 32
Soci ety of Homeopaths 42
Staphysagri a 27
Stomach flu 16
Stress 62
Succussi on 101
Sucussi on 13
Sudori fi cs 36
Superbugs 77
Surgery 78
Synthesi s 76
Threek 63
Thrush 70
Typhoi d 38
Vali um 65
Veteri nary 69
Vi sa chi k i tsa 34
Vi tal energy 50
Vi tal force 49
Vi tami n C 46
Vi tami ns 83
Vomi ti ng 16, 69
Y oga 50
Prana 50
Pregnancy 67
Provi ngs 13, 14
PTU 86
Pulsati lla 12, 28, 47
Purgati ves 36
Q ueen of England 40
Q ui ni ne 11, 37
Recreati onal drugs 65
Remedi es 13
appearance 88
care of 92
combi nati on 91
dosi ng 55
how to tak e 92
i mmuni ty to oxi dati on 45
labeli ng requi rements 89
mechani sm of acti on not
understood 46
non-toxi c 44
prescri pti on 89
proper preparati on essen-
ti al 45
sensi ti vi ty to electromagneti c
properti es 46
sources 87
where to buy 105
Repertory 14
Research studi es 108
Resources 104
Return of old symptoms 57
Royal London Homeopathi c
Hospi tal 41
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