The Organon

"The Organon of the Medical Art is one of the greatest books published in the history of medicine. It clearly describes how medicines can be used to stimulate natural healing. Hahnemann's revolutionary paradigm of medicine has far-reaching implications for all types of medical practice."
                                                                                      (Dr. Richard Pitcairn)

"One of the most important books ever written on homeopathy and holistic medicine."
                                                                                       (Andrew Weil, M.D.)

"The Organon of the Medical Art is a must read for anyone who gives or receives medical care."
                                                                                       (Roger Morrison, M.D.)

"Homeopathic medicine is the most radical and effective system of medicine the world has ever known. Although the Organon was written 200 years ago, it is only now, at the dawn of the 21st century, that its true relevance can be appreciated by all."
                                                                                       (Jeremy Sherr)

From the "Introduction" to the Organon, 6th. ed., by Wenda Brewster O'Reilly:

"Through numerous  experiments conducted over several years, Hahnemann established that any medicine will cure a particular disease if it is capable of producing symptoms in healthy individuals which are similar to the totality of disease symptoms in the sick. These experiments also led to Hahnemann's development of guidelines for medical experimentation, which include testing medicines only upon healthy individuals (to avoid confounding the action of the medicine with the symptoms of the disease), the use of small doses, and the testing of any medicine on both men and women and on people with various bodily constitutions in order to determine a medicine's full range of action.

Hahnemann's use of minute, potentized medicinal doses originally arose from his interest in reducing the adverse affects of medicines. He then discovered that by successively diluting and succussing a medical substance, not only were the adverse effects of the medicine diminished, but the inherent curative power of the substance was dramatically increased. This led to his discovery that medicines and diseases act dynamically, not materially...

While Hahnemann's view of health and disease was accessible to the most intuitive minds of his generation, they had little scientific basis for understanding why things worked as Hahnemann indicated. Hahnemann himself attached little importance to understanding the 'why' of his discoveries, focusing instead on the 'what' and the 'how.' He constructed his philosophy and practice of medicine upon unbiased observation, pure experience, and unfettered deliberation. It is only recently that we are beginning to formulate theoretical constructs that address the 'why.' Hahnemann's approach to medicine had little to do with the world view described by the Newtonian physics of his day; it is much more closely aligned with modern post-quantum physics. Hahnemann envisioned a holistic world in which the foot is not the man himself. He saw that individuals were neither jigsaw puzzles nor pieces in a larger puzzle, where the sum of all parts equals a whole. Rather, he saw that parts of a larger whole holographically represent that whole; the whole and its parts form an indivisible unity." (pp. xv-xvi)

The organization of the Organon is an arrangement of paragraphs called aphorisms. A selection of these numbered aphorisms will be presented verbatim. The terms "acute" and "chronic" appear frequently, so before embarking, it would be a good idea to clearly define these terms.

acute: [sharp, from LATIN acus, needle]. Extremely sharp or severe; intense. An acute
    disease is one that has a rapid onset and a short course, resolving itself either by death
    or spontaneous recovery. (Organon, Glossary)

chronic: [from GREEK chronos, time]. Lasting for a long period of time. Chronic diseases are those  which (each in its own way) dynamically mistune the living organism with small, often unnoticed beginnings. Unaided, the life force is unable to extinguish the disease and allows it to spread, mistuning the life force to a greater and greater extent until finally the organism is destroyed.            (ibid.)

The Organon of the Medical Art

The Life Force in Health and Disease

Aphorism 9

n the healthy human state, the spirit-like life force that enlivens the material organism as dynamis, governs without restriction and keeps all parts of the organism in admirable, harmonious, vital operation, as regards both feelings and functions, so that our indwelling, rational spirit can freely avail itself of this living, healthy instrument for the higher purposes of our existence.

Aphorism 10

he material organism, thought of without life force, is capable of no sensibility, no activity, no self-preservation. It derives all sensibility and produces its life functions solely by means of the immaterial wesen (the life principle, the life force) that enlivens the material organism in health and disease. Without life force, the material organism is dead and is only subject to the power of the physical external world. It decays and is again resolved into its chemical constituents.

Aphorism 11

hen a person falls ill, it is initially only this spirit-like, autonomic life force (life principle), everywhere present in the organism, that is mistuned through the dynamic influence of a morbific agent inimical to life. Only the life principle, mistuned to such abnormality, can impart to the organism the adverse sensations and induce in the organism the irregular functions that we call disease. The life principle is a power-wesen invisible in itself, only discernible by its effects on the organism. Therefore, its morbid mistunement only makes itself known [discernible] by manifestations of disease in feelings and functions (the only aspects of the organism accessible to the senses of the observer and the medical-art practitioner). In other words, the morbid mistunement of the life principle makes itself discernible by disease symptoms; in no other way can it make itself known.

The smallest dose of a medicine dynamized in the best manner (wherein, after committed calculation, only so little material can be found that its smallness cannot be thought of or grasped, even by the best mathematical brain) gives out, in the appropriate disease case, more curative energy by far than large doses of the same medicinal substance. This finest dose is almost nothing but pure, freely unveiled, spirit-like medicinal energy, and carries out -- only dynamically -- such great actions as could never be achieved by the raw medicinal substance, even when it is taken in a large dose.

The specific medicinal energy of these highly dynamized medicines does not depend on their corporeal atoms nor on their physical or mathematical surfaces (ideas that are the product of futile and still materialistic theorizing about dynamized medicines, whose energy is higher). Rather, there lies invisible in the moistened globule or its solution -- uncovered and freed as much as possible from the medicinal substance -- a specific medicinal energy which, through contact with the living animal fiber, impinges dynamically on the entire organism. This dynamic action is more and more powerful as the medicinal energy becomes freer and more immaterial through progressive dynamization.

Aphorism 15

he suffering of the morbidly mistuned, spirit-like dynamis (life force) enlivening our body in the invisible interior, and the complex of the outwardly perceptible symptoms portraying the present malady, which are organized by the dynamis on the organism, form a whole. They are one and the same. The organism is indeed a material instrument for life, but it is not conceivable without the life imparted to it by the instinctual, feeling and regulating dynamis, just as the life force is not conceivable without the organism. Consequently, the two of them constitute a unity, although in thought, we split this unity into two concepts in order to conceptualize it more easily.

Aphorism 31

he -- partly psychical and partly physical -- inimical potences in life on earth (which we call disease malignities) so not possess an absolute power to morbidly mistune the human condition. We become diseased by them only when our organism is just exactly and sufficiently disposed and laid open to be assailed by the cause of disease that is present, and to be altered in its condition, mistuned and displaced into abnormal feelings and functions. Hence these inimical potences do not make everyone sick every time.

Antipathic Medical Treatment

Aphorism 57

n order to proceed antipathically, the ordinary physician focuses on a single troublesome symptom from among the many other symptoms of the disease which he does not regard. For this symptom, the physician gives a medicine that is known to bring forth the exact opposite of the disease symptom to be allayed, from which he can accordingly expect the speediest (palliative) relief.

For example, the physician:
  1. gives strong doses of opium for pains of all sorts because opium rapidly benumbs sensibility. He administers the same means for diarrhea, because it rapidly inhibits the peristaltic action of the intestinal canal and makes it immediately insensible. He also gives opium for insomnia because it rapidly brings to pass an anesthetizing, vacuous sleep.
  2. gives purgatives when the patient has suffered long from constipation...
Aphorism 59

mportant symptoms of persistent diseases have never in this world been treated by such palliative opposites without the contrary occurring, without the return -- indeed a manifest aggravation -- of the malady after a few hours. For example:
  1. For frequent waking at night, the physician gave opium in the evening, without heeding the other symptoms of the disease. Due to its initial action, opium brought on  stupefying, dull sleep, but the following nights were more sleepless than ever.
  2. With purgative medicines and laxative salts which, in strong doses, stimulate frequent intestinal evacuation, one meant to lift the old tendency to constipation, but in the after-action the bowels became still more constipated.
Aphorism 60

hen these ill-consequences arise from the antipathic employment of medicines the ordinary physician believes he can aid his cause by giving, with each renewed aggravation, a stronger dose of the medicine. This results, likewise in only a short-lasting pacification. Since this necessitates an ever higher intensification of the palliative, there ensues either another greater malady or frequently even incurability, danger to life, or death itself, but never cure of a malady that is old or very old.

Initial and Counter-Actions

Aphorism 63

ach life-impinging potence, each medicine, alters the tuning of the life force more or less and arouses a certain alteration of a person's condition for a longer or shorter time. This is termed the initial action. While the initial action is a product of both the medical energy and the life force, it belongs more to the impinging potence [of the medicine]. Our life force strives to oppose this impinging action with its own energy. This back-action belongs to our sustentive power of life and is an automatic function of it, called the after-action or counter-action.

Aphorism 65

xamples of initial actions upon the life force which are followed by opposing counter-actions are familiar to all:
  1. An arm immersed in the coldest water for a long time is at first far paler and colder than the other one (initial action), but once it is removed from the cold water and dried off it becomes not only warmer than the other but hot, red and inflamed (after-action of the life force).
  2. Excessive liveliness results from drinking strong coffee (initial action) but sluggishness and sleepiness remain for a long time (counter-action, after-action) unless this is taken away over and over again by drinking more coffee (palliative for a short time).
  3. After the constipation engendered by opium (initial action), diarrhea ensues (after-action).
  4. After the purging produced by bowel-stimulating medicines (initial action), constipation of several days' duration results (after-action).
And thus, after each initial action of a potence that in large dosage strongly modifies the condition of the healthy body, our life force always and everywhere brings to pass, in the after-action, the exact opposite (when, as stated, there really is such).

Aphorism 66

n the healthy body, with the impinging action of quite small homeopathic doses of tunement-altering potences, a conspicuous opposed after-action will not be perceived. This is understandable. To be sure, all of these potences, in small doses, bring forth an initial action that is perceptible with due attention, but the living organism produced, in return, only as much counter-action as is required for the restoration of the normal state.

Proper Practice

Aphorism 148

he search for the remedy that is homeopathically the most suitable, in all regards, for a given disease state is a laborious, occasionally a very laborious, pursuit. While there are praiseworthy books for facilitating this process it is still necessary to study the sources themselves [i.e., reports of provings]. Many-sided circumspection and serious consideration is also required. The best reward for this is the awareness of a duty truly fulfilled. How could this laborious, painstaking work (which alone produces the best possible cure of diseases) suit those gentlemen of the new mongrel sect who vaunt the honorable title of homeopath and who, for show, give out medicines that are homeopathic in form and appearance but which they only lay hold of in a perfunctory way... In fact, the problem is that the most appropriate homeopathic remedy for each disease state does not spontaneously fly into their mouths like roasted pigeons, without any effort on their part! Being the adroit people that they are, they know how to quickly console themselves about the inefficacy of their scarcely half-homeopathic means...

Distinguishing Between Minor Indispositions and More Serious Diseases

Aphorism 150

f the patient complains to the physician of one or two trivial befallments which have only been noticed recently, the physician is not to regard this as a complete disease needing serious medicinal aid. A small modification in diet or regimen usually suffices to wipe away this indisposition.

Aphorism 151

f, however, the patient complains of a couple of severe ailments the investigating physician will usually find several collateral, although more minor, befallments that give a complete image of the disease.

Strange, Rare and Peculiar Symptoms

Aphorism 153

n the search for a homeopathically specific remedy, that is, in the comparison of the complex of the natural disease's signs with the symptom sets of the available medicines (in order to find among them an artificial disease potence that corresponds in similarity to the malady to be cured) the more striking, exceptional, unusual, and odd (characteristic) signs and symptoms of the disease are to be especially and almost solely kept in view. These above all, must correspond to very similar ones in the symptom set of the medicine sought if it is to be the most fitting one for cure. The more common and indeterminate symptoms (lack of appetite, headache, lassitude, restless sleep, discomfort, etc.) are to be seen with almost every disease and medicine and thus deserve little attention unless they are more closely characterized.

Aphorism 155

he disease is lifted and extinguished without significant ailment because, in the use of this fitting homeopathic medicine, only the medicinal symptoms of the remedy that correspond to the disease symptoms are in operation. The medicinal symptoms take up the place of the (weaker) disease symptoms in the organism, that is, in the feeling of the life principle, and annihilate the disease symptoms by means of over-tunement. Finding no employment in the existing case of disease, the other symptoms of the homeopathic medicine (which are often numerous) remain utterly silent. Almost nothing of the medicinal symptoms is to be noticed in the patient's condition, which improves by the hour, because the medicinal dose necessary for homeopathic use is so deeply diminished [minute] that it is much too weak to express its remaining, non-homeopathic symptoms in the disease-free parts of the body. Consequently, it can only permit the homeopathic symptoms to act in the parts of the organism already most irritated and excited by the similar disease symptoms, thus allowing the sick life principle to feel only the similar, but stronger medicinal disease, whereby the original disease expires.

Small Homeopathic Aggravations

Aphorism 157

hile it is certain that a homeopathically selected remedy, on account of its appropriateness and the smallness of its dose, quietly lifts and annihilates an acute disease that is analogous to it without amplification of its non-homeopathic symptoms (that is, without the arousal of newer, more significant ailments), it is nevertheless usual (but likewise only with a dose not properly diminished) for it to produce some kind of small aggravation in the first hour or few hours immediately following its ingestion. This aggravation is so similar to the original disease that it appears to the patient to be an aggravation of his own malady. In fact, it is nothing other than a highly similar medicinal disease that is somewhat stronger than the original malady.

Aphorism 158

his small homeopathic aggravation in the first hours is a very good portent that the acute disease will be mostly finished by the first dose. Such an aggravation is not infrequent, since the medicinal disease must naturally be somewhat stronger than the malady in order to over-tune and extinguish it...

Aphorism 161

hen I place the  so-called homeopathic aggravation (i.e., the initial action of the homeopathic medicine which appears to somewhat heighten the symptoms of the original disease) within the first hour or the first few hours, this is certainly the case with the more acute, recently arisen maladies. However, when medicines of longer duration of action have to combat an old or very old wasting sickness, no such apparent heightenings of the original disease should show themselves during the course of treatment; and they will not show themselves if the aptly selected medicine is administered in properly small, only gradually heightened doses which become somewhat modified every time by new dynamization. Such heightenings of the original symptoms of the chronic disease can then only come to light at the end of such treatments when the cure is almost or entirely completed.

If the doses of the best-dynamized medicine are small enough, and the dose is modified each time by succussion, then even medicines of long duration of action can be repeated after short intervals, even in cases of chronic disease.

Remedies in Succession

Aphorism 171

n chronic diseases that are not venereal one often needs to employ several antipsoric remedies in succession to bring about a cure, each to be homeopathically selected in accordance with the result of an examination of the group of symptoms that remain after the previous means has completed its action.

Local Maladies: One-Sided Diseases With an External Main Symptom

Aphorism 185

mong the one-sided diseases, an important place is occupied by the so-called local maladies. This term refers to one-sided diseases whose alterations and ailments appear on the outer parts of the body. It has hitherto been taught that these external parts alone have become diseased, without the participation of the rest of the body. This is an absurd theoretical precept which has seductively led to the most ruinous medical treatment.

Aphorism 186

he so-called local maladies that have arisen quite recently from an external damage [e.g., an injury] seem foremostly to merit the name local malady, however, only in cases where the damage is very negligible and therefore without particular significance. This is because maladies of any import whatsoever, which have been inflicted on the body from without, draw the entire living organism into sympathy. Fevers arise, etc. Surgery occupies itself with such things. This is only appropriate when a mechanical aid is to be brought to bear on the suffering parts in order to eradicate external obstacles to cure. For example, it is appropriate to mechanically restore dislocations, suture or bandage wounds..., remove foreign bodies that have penetrated living parts, open a body cavity to extract a bothersome substance, drain collected fluids, etc.

However, while these interventions can mechanically remove external obstacles to cure, the cure itself can only be expected by means of the life force. When the entire living organism demands (as it always does) active dynamic help with such damages in order to be placed in a position to accomplish the work of healing (e.g., when the stormy fever from extensive contusions or torn flesh, tendons or vessels is to be dispatched through internal medicine or when the external pain of burned or corroded parts is to be taken away homeopathically) then this is the business of a dynamic physician and his homeopathic aid.

Aphorism 187

hose alterations and ailments appearing on external parts that have not been caused by an external damage, or that have only been occasioned from small external injuries, arise in quite another manner; these have their source in an internal suffering. To pass them off as only local maladies and to treat them only or almost only with local applications or other similar means as the hitherto medicine has done throughout the centuries, is as absurd as it is detrimental in its consequences.

Aphorism 201

hen the human life force is burdened with a chronic disease that it cannot overwhelm by its own powers, it obviously decides (in an instinctual way) to form a local malady on a given external part. It makes and sustains the local malady on an external part which is not indispensable to life merely with the intent to allay the internal malady that threatens to annihilate vital organs and rob the patient of life. It does so in order to transfer (so to speak) the internal malady to a representative local malady -- to divert it there, as it were. In this way, the presence of the local malady reduces the internal disease to silence for the present, however, without being able to cure it or to essentially curtail it. In the meantime, the local malady always remains nothing more than a part of the total disease, but a part exaggerated one-sidedly by the organic life force, shifted onto a more harmless (outer) location of the body in order to allay the internal suffering.

Aphorism 202

f the local symptom is topically annihilated by external means, nature makes up for this by awakening the internal suffering and the rest of the symptoms that already existed and are lying dormant along with the local malady; that is, nature makes up for this by heightening the disease. In these cases, one tends to say, incorrectly, that by external means, the local malady has been driven back into the body or upon the nerves.

Aphorism 203

very external treatment for clearing away such local symptoms from the surface of the body, without having cured the internal miasmatic disease (e.g., the eradication of the itch diathesis from the skin by all kinds of salves, the cauterization of chancres, and the annihilation of figwarts just by cutting, tying or burning them off) -- these hitherto universal, external, ruinous treatments (which have been all too common) have become the most prevalent source of all the countless named and unnamed chronic sufferings under which humanity so generally sighs.

The Mental and Emotional State: Chief Ingredient of all Diseases

of relating to, or affecting the body esp. as distinguished from the germ plasm or the psyche." (Webster's New Collegiate Dictionary)

Aphorism 210

hese diseases appear to be more difficult to cure because of this one-sidedness (where all the rest of the disease symptoms vanish, as it were, before a single, great, prominent symptom). The so-called mental and emotional diseases are of this kind. They do not, however, constitute a class of diseases that is sharply separated from the rest of diseases because, in all the so-called somatic diseases as well, the mental and emotional frame of mind is always altered. In all cases of disease to be cured, the patient's emotional state should be noted as one of the most preeminent symptoms, along with the symptom complex, if one wants to record a true image of the disease in order to be able to successfully cure it homeopathically.

For example, one often encounters patients with the most painful, protracted diseases who have a mild, gentle emotional mind such that the medical-art practitioner feels impelled to bestow attention and sympathy upon them. If the physician conquers the disease and restores the patient again, the physician is often astonished and startled at the dreadful alteration of the patient's emotional mind. The physician often meets with ingratitude, hard-heartedness, deliberate malice and the most degrading, the most revolting tempers of humanity -- qualities that were precisely those possessed by the patient in former, healthy days.

One often finds that people who were patient in healthy times become, in disease: stubborn, violent,  hasty, and even insufferable, self-willed and in due succession, impatient and despairing. Those who were formerly chaste modest often become lascivious and shameless. Not seldom, one finds that bright people become dull-witted, those who are usually feeble-minded become more clever and the slow-witted occasionally become full of presence of mind and rapid resolve, etc.

Aphorism 211

his preeminent importance of the emotional state holds good to such an extent that the patient's emotional state often tips the scales in the selection of the homeopathic remedy. This is a decidedly peculiar sign which, among all the signs of disease, can least remain hidden from the exactly observing physician.

Aphorism 212

he Creator of curative potencies has also preeminently taken into consideration this chief ingredient of all diseases, the altered mental and emotional state, in that every efficacious medicinal substance in the world very noticeably alters the mental and emotional state of the healthy individual who proves it and, to be sure, each medicine does so in a different way.

Aphorism 213

or this reason, one will never cure in accordance with nature, that is, one will never cure homeopathically unless;
  1. one attends to the symptom of the mental and emotional alterations, together with the other symptoms, in every case of disease, even acute ones, and
  2. for aid, one selects, from among the remedies, a disease potence that, along with the similarity of its other symptoms with those of the disease, is of itself capable of engendering a mental or emotional state similar to that of the disease.
Success of Homeopathic Treatment

Aphorism 230

n cases of mental or emotional disease (which are incredibly various), if the selected remedy for a particular case is entirely appropriate for the truly sketched image of the disease state, then the smallest possible doses are often sufficient to produce the most striking improvement, which is often quite rapid. This is never achieved by medicating the patient to death with huge, frequent doses of all other unsuitable (allopathic) medicines.

How to Choose the Best Size of Dose

Aphorism 279

his pure experience now shows UNIVERSALLY that:
  1. if considerable corruption if an important [vital] organ does not obviously lie at the base of the disease (even if the disease is chronic and complicated), and
  2. if, during treatment, all other foreign medicinal impingements on the patient have been withheld,
then the dose of a homeopathically chosen, highly potentized remedy for the beginning of treatment of an important (especially chronic) disease, as a rule, can never be prepared so small that it would not
1. be still stronger than the natural disease,
2. be able, at least in part, to over-tune the natural disease, and
3. even be able to extinguish a part of the natural disease in the feeling of the life principle, thus
    producing a beginning of the cure.

Treatment With Fifty-Millesimal Potencies

Aphorism 280

ne should continue giving gradually heightened [more highly potentized] doses of the persistently serviceable medicine that engenders no new troublesome symptoms until the patient with general improvement of condition begins to sense anew, in a moderate degree, one or more of his old, original ailments. This renewal of old ailments indicated that:
  1. the patient is near cure due to the moderate doses that have, each time, been gradually heightened by means of succussion,
  2. namely, the life principle almost no longer needs to be affected by the similar medicinal disease in order to lose the feeling for the natural disease,
  3. the life principle, now freer from the natural disease, is beginning to suffer somewhat from the homeopathic medicinal disease, which is otherwise called a homeopathic aggravation.
Aphorism 281

o be sure of this, leave the patient without medicine for eight, ten or fifteen days...

If the few last ailments were merely due to the medicine, which imitated the former original disease symptoms, then these ailments will pass away within a few days or hours and, if (with continued good living habits) nothing more of the original disease shows itself in these medicine-free days, then the disease is probably cured.

If, on the other hand, traces of the former disease symptoms still show themselves in the last days, then these are remains of the original disease that are not entirely extinguished. These remains should be treated anew, in the indicated way, with higher degrees of dynamization of the medicine.

Naturally, for the cure to ensue again, the first smallest doses must also be gradually heightened [increased in potency], however they should be heightened far less and more slowly with patients in whom one perceives a considerable excitability than with the more unreceptive patients, with whom one can raise the dose more rapidly. There are patients whose uncommon excitability is one thousand times greater than that of the most unreceptive ones.

Aphorism 282

f the first doses of a treatment, especially in a case of chronic disease, already bring forth a so-called homeopathic aggravation (i.e., a noticeable heightening of the original disease symptoms that were investigated at first) despite each repeated dose being somewhat modified (more highly dynamized) by succussion prior to ingestion, then it is a sure sign that these doses were all-too-large.

Alternative Methods for Administering Medicines

Aphorism 284

esides the tongue, the mouth, and the stomach (which are the places most commonly affected by the ingestion of medicine), medicines may be administered through the nose and respiratory organs which, by means olfaction and inhalation through the mouth, are especially receptive to the impingement of medicines in liquid form. All the rest of the skin of our body is also fit for the impinging action of medicinal solutions...

The power of medicines passed on the the nursing infant through the milk of the mother or wet nurse is admirably helpful. Every childhood disease yields to the homeopathic medicine that is correctly chosen for the child and given in very moderate doses to the woman nursing him. In this manner, diseases are eradicated in these new earth citizens far more easily and surely than could ever happen at a later time.

Other Therapeutic Approaches

Aphorism 288

 find it necessary to make mention here of so-called animal magnetism or mesmerism which differs in nature from all other medicines. This curative power (often foolishly denied or reviled for an entire century) is a wonderful, priceless gift of God, granted to humanity. The life force of a healthy mesmerist, gifted with this power, dynamically streams into another human being by means of touch or even without it -- indeed even at some distance. It does so through the powerful will or a well-intentioned individual. The mesmerist's life force dynamically streams into another human being just as one of the poles of a powerful magnet dynamically streams into a rod of raw steel. This curative power works in a different way in that in part, it replaces the life force lacking here and there in the patient's organism and in part, it drains off, decreases and more equally distributes the life force that has accumulated all-too-much in other places, thereby arousing and maintaining unnameable nervous sufferings. In general, it extinguishes the morbid mistunement of the patient's life principle, replacing it with the mesmerist's normal tunement which is powerfully impinging upon the patient...

Many a rapid apparent cure in all ages can be attributed to the animal magnetizers gifted with great nature-power. The action of communicated human power upon the whole organism by means of the most powerful, good-natured will of a man whose life force is in full bloom has been brilliantly shown in the revival of some persons... If the mesmerizing person of either sex is capable at the same time of good-natured enthusiasm, then he is all the more in a position, with this philanthropic, self-sacrificing action, not only to direct the power of his prevailing good nature exclusively upon the object requiring his help but also, as it were, to concentrate it there, thus occasionally working wonders.

(Aphorisms are from the Organon of the Medical Art, 6th. ed., by Dr. Samuel Hahnemann, edited and annotated by Wenda Brewster O'Reilly, trans. Steven Decker)

I would like to conclude the topic of other therapeutic approaches with an excerpt from The Science of Homeopathy by George Vithoulkas, 1981.

"In the world today, there are only three widely known therapies which can act directly upon the dynamic plane. Acupuncture is one such therapy which also has a deep comprehension of the laws and principles of healing. The ancient form of acupuncture, practiced by dedicated and experienced masters, is a highly curative method. Unfortunately, however, even in modern China the influence of technological thinking has caused such masters to become rare indeed. Acupuncture, of course, is currently sweeping across the world, but its form of practice is generally a superficial reflection of the ancient form. To do acupuncture to the highest standard of effectiveness is said to require many years of intensive supervised training and experience. The form which is commonly practiced today is being done by practitioners with often only one- or two-week seminar training, or at most two or three years of training. Alas, the true masters of acupuncture are becoming very rare, and it seems unlikely that very many people in our modern world will undergo the necessary years of training to become highly qualified acupuncturists.

The 'laying on of hands' by a highly evolved spiritual individual is another therapy which can directly affect the plane of the electrodynamic field. By this is not meant the common psychic healing, faith healing, or massage practices, which affect the vital force only indirectly through one of the three levels. 'Laying on of hands' by a spiritually evolved person who is in fact a channel for universal energies can directly strengthen the defense mechanism and thereby bring about a lasting cure...

The third therapy which directly stimulates the dynamic plane is the administration of the homeopathically 'potentized' remedy. The homeopathic science of therapeutics has demonstrated again and again extremely effective curative results in high percentages of cases, with long-lasting benefit. It is based on readily comprehensible principles, and it can be learned by any dedicated student in approximately the same amount of time required for allopathic medical training..." (pp. 89-90).