Reference used: Hahnemann, S. Organon der Heilkunst (2.Auflage). Heidelberg: Karl.F.Haug Verlag; 1974.
- The natural law of Homeopathy – Aphorism 26
The yet unproven, albeit perceptible principle of natural healing, according to Hahnemann, follows the fundamental law underlying the homeopathic art of healing. This emphasizes that a weak dynamic affection that acts within the living organism is removable only by one that is more forceful than that dynamic impact. Yet this is solely possible if the latter, the greater affection is of permanence within this organism, and very similar to the expression of the former.
- The disposition to disease – Aphorism 31
In this aphorism Hahnemann draws attention to the fact that it is not at all times that an individual may fall ill with a disease. He stresses that a person falls ill when the human organism is disposed to an attack by illness, one could say when the organism is weakened or in disequilibrium. Illness therefore does not befall every individual and not so at all time.
- The limitation of the healing art – Aphorism 76
Here it is stated that Homeopathy is only helpful in the treatment of natural diseases. Those ill-making factors created from mal-handling of disease can only be revoked by the vital force itself, lest it is not too weakened by the infliction. Here Hahnemann stresses that the identification of the underlying chronic miasm may be helpful. Furthermore, he emphasizes that a healing art capable of restoring harmony to the organism, that has been affected by the ‘abnormalities’ of allopathic treatment does not exist, and will not exist.
- The totality of symptoms – Aphorism 136
In the light of the idea of remedy provings, Hahnemann mentions that, during a proving, no participant will express all the symptoms spanning the entire expression of the remedy. However, this Hahnemann highlights, the remedy has the predisposition to arouse all of these within an individual. He explains this by referring to the natural law that insists on the similitude of the selected remedy to the symptoms that a patient expresses. The remedy creates an artificial state similar to the expression of the natural illness that the patient is suffering of.
- The alternation of two remedies – Aphorism 169
Before alternating two remedies which have similar symptom expressions, Hahnemann reminds of the following: In the event that a case-taking suggests two remedies that both cover, in part, some of the symptoms expressed by the disease, the better suited remedy should be given, yet, the other closely matching remedy should not directly follow the administration of the former. This second remedy should be re-evaluated to the altered state following the administration of the first remedy. An entirely different remedy may become necessary. Hahnemann here laments the lack of extensive and exhaustive remedy descriptions in the Materia Medica.
- The beliefs of the patient – Aphorism 208
Hahnemann warns to pay attention to the age, the art of living, diet, work, household and social rank of a patient. This he reminds is essential in order to make out any aggravating influencers and underlying factors impacting the patients’ treatment. Furthermore, he stresses to take note of the patients mentality and disposition, as these may obstruct the cure, or may be directed, to promote or alter the cure.
- The antidote in aggravations – Aphorism 249
This aphorism teaches us that in the event of the appearance of new symptoms, following the administration of a remedy, that are not those expressed by the disease, yet troubling to the patient, the given remedy must be considered inappropriately selected.
If the aggravation is prominent an antidote should be administered, prior to giving a more appropriately selected remedy. If the aggravation is only minor, the better matching remedy may be given directly.
- Dosage – Aphorism 272
This most important aphorism explains the topic of dosage. A globule, or pellet, according to Hahnemann, retains its medicinal strength for many years, if it is kept from sunlight and heat. The smallest dose of a homeopathic prescription is one single pellet, or globule, placed dry onto the tongue of the patient. It is considered the smallest dose for the treatment of the less severe, just developed states of sickness. A dose as such is said to touch only few nerves.
The same globule, or pellet, mixed with some milk sugar (lactose), diluted in water and vigorously shaken prior to administration, becomes one of the strongest medicines for use for many days, so Hahnemann stresses. Even the smallest amount of this dilution touches many nerves in the patient.