The need of re-engineering Homoeopathy

Dr Rajesh Shah

Reinventing is called for in many areas in homeopathy. 

Let me give some background. 
If we look at the history, the conventional medicine (earlier called as allopathy) was so primitive around the time homeopathy was born, that it was called as ‘orthodox medicine’! However, with the advances in the basic sciences such as physics, chemistry, and biology there evolved various streams of engineering. With that evolution, the then called ‘orthodox medicine’ evolved incredibly and it got transformed into ‘modern medicine’. Antibiotics, vaccines, advances in pharmacology and engineering-led diagnostics and surgery evolved from 1880 to 1980 and beyond. 

Unfortunately, during the same period, homeopathy, which was originally born and evolved as a ‘newer’ form of medicine in 1796 to 1840, did not adopt the advances in the basic sciences in the later years. Hahnemann kept innovating himself until his death. 

Post-Hahnemann, no major scientific development happened, except the introduction of a few hundred drugs, Boenninghausen’s theory, Boger’s approach, and the Hering’s observations in practice. Early 20th century saw Kentian philosophy. Dhawale brought some balancing of philosophy and clinical medicine. Vithoulkas largely extended the Kentian philosophy and gave some more prototypes. 

All in all, incidentally, homeopathy became more philosophical and theoretical; and less scientific. 

Scope of reinventing: 

Reinventing is called for in many areas in homeopathy. 

1. Potentization:
Potentization is the only technology used in Homeopathy. We even did not standardised the potentization process for over two centuries! Recent breakthrough of discovering that the potentization leads to production of nanoparticle requires further engineering exploration. 

2. New drugs:
How can any system of medicine depend entirely on the drugs developed over 150-210 years ago? We certainly need new drugs and required protocols for New Drug Development which are grossly missing. 

I’ve been discussing standards for new drug development in many forums since almost a decade. I’ve also submitted the suggested protocols to concerned agencies. 

3. Dependency on Back-potencies:
Reinventing of all the old drugs will make us free from dependency on the unscientific, untracked back-potencies.

4. The Law of Similars:
Is it a ‘law’ or a rule or a hypothesis or an observation or a theory? 

Does the law of similars always work? If not, why does not it work always? What are the prerequisites? 

Understanding this law in the light of physics, chemistry and biology will be a real reinventing. 

5. Similimum
It needs to be understood in today’s scientific language. How can we have diverse opinions about the similimum which is believed to be unique? Is the concept of similimum relevant? 

6. Single dose vs multiple doses:
The fundamentals of posology must be better explored with the efficacy studies using molecular biology rather than mere philosophical theorising. 

7. Single vs multiple remedies:
Why don’t we evaluate scientifically the efficacy using single vs multiple remedies for the coming generation? Philosophical rigidity has confused generations of homeopaths who never invested resources in the logical scrutiny.

8. Miasms
Reinventing the Miasms clearly in the light of genetics, immunology and pathology is not difficult. For how many more decades shall we keep confusing the new generations of homeopathy students without reinventing the miasms? 

These are some of the areas where reinventing is called for. Some more points could be discussed if there is interest. I’m sure the readers will have their inputs in this direction.

Please give your suggestions below 

2 Comments

  1. Reinvent the deteriorating scenario of homoeopathic medical education , quality of teaching faculty, research etc.
    Homoeopathy is a high end science deeply rooted to certain universal truths. And Dr. Hahnemann was one genius whose thoughts were centuries ahead of his times. Only breakthroughs in material physics ,epigenetics , quantum dynamics etc will corroborate what Hahnemann has said. But no homoeopath should doubt the core philosophies of the system , based on which physicians reach the realm of cure in their practice even today. Based on the strength of its philosophies only homoeopathy has battled all the so called scientific onslaughts till date. So let’s not be overconfident of reinventing anything new!!

  2. Thanks for rekindling the thoughts. A similar article was written by myself and published by similima – ref – Time to release the schrodinger’s cat?
    January 24, 2012.
    Unfortunately I didn’t receive a single mail – neither derogatory nor threatening since that day. Are we becoming immune now to whoever wants to belittle Hahnemannian or Kentian thoughts after so many years of subjugation!

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