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Homeopathy's Advantages and Disadvantages

Homeopathy does have, however, one great advantage over other forms of therapy. Because its indicated remedy is chosen only by the symptom pattern of the patient, a remedy can be found for every possible condition, irrespective of whether a definitive medical diagnosis can be established or not. In allopathy, even with the finest modern methods of examination, the causes of many disorders are not readily found and, not finding a cause, the allopath is unable to offer adequate treatment. Such a deficiency can't occur with homeopathy. Because a remedy choice is made exclusively on the symptom pattern, one can always be found for every patient, because even an un-diagnosable disease will have symptoms. If this remedy is wisely chosen, an improvement in the patient's condition is almost sure to follow, assuming the problem is among those susceptible to homeopathic treatment.

Another advantage of homeopathy is that it is truly safe. The remedies are prepared in such dilution that they are absolutely harmless and without any adverse side effects, even to the most delicate constitution or frailest infant. Still other advantages are that the remedies are easily given and readily acceptable, even to children at ages when it is almost impossible to get them to accept other tablets or compounds. Also the remedies are inexpensive; the most potent of the homeopathic remedies cost the patient no more than a few dollars.

The disadvantages of homeopathy are few for the patient, but somewhat greater for the physician. This method takes time and dedication on the part of the physician. It isn't easy to find the proper remedy from among the thousands available. It takes great skill and much time in complicated cases for the physician to properly prescribe for and treat each patient. It generally isn't possible for him to command fees commensurate with the time involved, and homeopathy thus hasn't become popular.

In chronic disorders, considerable time is necessary to effect a proper cure. In these disorders, however, the allopath has little to offer in the way of a cure. With a combination of homeopathic and other natural methods, a cure can be effected as rapid as the body will allow; even if this takes several years.

One other disadvantage of homeopathy is that it is psychologically weak. The practice of giving little sugar pills under the tongue to cure very severe disorders doesnt seem adequate to most patients. If they have a disorder that to them is serious they want something big and complicated done to correct it. For this reason, beside others of course, surgery is popular even though many medical reports show that a good fifty per cent of surgery is completely unnecessary. Most patients like a show, and homeopathy doesnt put on a good show, except in the fabulous cures it produces. Most homeopaths I have known are quiet, dedicated and unassuming men who are not likely to seek the limelight, so even there best cures are little heard of. In truth homeopathy has had very poor public relations. We hope by this monograph to correct some of this anonymity.

In ending this monograph, we want to quote the preface to the first edition of Hahnemann’s Organon of Medicine.* This edition first appeared in 1810:

“According to the testimony of all ages, no occupation is more unanimously declared to be a conjectural art than medicine; consequently none has less right to refuse a searching enquiry as to whether it is well founded than it, on which man's health, his most precious possession on earth, depends.” *Hahnemann, Samuel: Organon of Medicine. Philadelphia. Pa.. Boericke and Tafel, 1901.