The principles and methods used in the application of homeopathic medicine were outlined by Dr. Samuel Hahnemann, the founder of homeopathy, in the early 1800s. Homeopathic medicine is unique in that it relies on basic scientific principles that have stood the test of time. The cardinal principle of homeopathy is that disease is an energetic disturbance. The symptoms by which we identify diseases are the results of this energetic disturbance and not the disease itself. The human organism possesses an animating vital energy that enlivens and harmonizes the functions of the body and mind. When we are sick, it is this vital energy that is disturbed and that needs to be re-balanced. This view of health and disease is the cornerstone upon which the homeopathic system of medicine is built. All the various principles of homeopathic medicine are established upon this core principle. It constitutes a shift in the way we view the human organism and leads to an entirely new way of understanding health and disease. This course takes students on a journey through the history of medicine to help them understand how the homeopathic view of health and disease was born. It teaches the core principle of vitalism outlined above. It then takes the student step by step through all of the principles that delineate and govern the practice of homeopathic medicine. These include: the primordial role of susceptibility in disease, the methods by which energetic disturbances interact with each other, the law of similars, the minimum dose, the totality of symptoms, and the law of the direction of cure.
These principles were discovered by careful empirical observation more than 200 years ago. They have since been tested, re-tested and continually refined by generations of dedicated homeopaths. This course examines the foundations of homeopathy from its birth and the evolution of homeopathic principles and practice since that time. It explores the contributions of the old masters of homeopathy such as Hahnemann, Boenninghausen, Jahr, Hering, Knerr, Korsakov, Lippe, Dunham, T.F. Allen, H.C. Allen, Farrington, Kent, Clark, Burnett, Tyler, Boger, and Phatak. It also presents the revolutionary methods introduced by contemporary homeopaths such as Vithoulkas, Little, Vermeulen, Schroyens, van Zandvoort, Dimitriadis, Master, Murphy, Norland, Sherr, Morrison, Scholten, and R. Sankaran.
Finally, students will learn the theoretical foundations and application of the systems approach in homeopathy, in which the themes and properties of different kingdoms, groups, and families of remedies have been extracted from the provings and clinical practice to then be used to analyze cases and guide prescriptions. In this section, the Sensation Approach developed by Rajan Sankaran will be presented and critically discussed to understands its proper application and limitations.