The Organon: The Highest Ideal

April 10 begins Homeopathy Awareness Week because Samuel Hahnemann’s birthday is April 10th. (In my books all of April is Homeopathy Awareness month as seen on my Instagram page).

Samuel Hahnemann was born April 10, 1755. He was a physician, chemist, and linguist. He had become disillusioned by the state of the medical profession at the time that he stopped practising. He felt that the popular methods were more harmful than helpful.

While translating a toxicology text on Peruvian Bark, a thought dawned on him. The poisoning symptoms of Peruvian Bark (or Cinchona) were similar to malaria symptoms. He conducted many experiments, often on himself, by taking a substance and taking note of the symptoms he experienced. He realized that a substance can create symptoms in healthy individuals and these symptoms match the totality of symptoms in a sick person.

What is The Organon?

The Organon is the text that established Homeopathy as a system of medicine. It is divided into “Aphorisms” which are short statements of principle. The first three are some of the most important in the book and can apply to all medicine not just Homeopathy.

Aphorism 1: A physician’s only mission

Aphorism 1: The physician’s high and only mission is to restore the sick to health, to cure, as it is termed. [The Organon].

Aphorism 2: The Highest Ideal

Aphorism 2: The highest ideal of cure is rapid, gentle and permanent restoration of the health, or removal and annihilation of the disease in its whole extent, in the shortest, most reliable, and most harmless way, on easily comprehensible principles. [The Organon].

Aphorism 3: Finding the Cause

Aphorism 3: If the physician clearly perceives what is to be cured in diseases, that is to say, in every individual case of disease (knowledge of disease, indication), if he clearly perceives what is curative in medicines, that is to say, in each individual medicine (knowledge of medical powers), and if he knows how to adapt, according to clearly defined principles, what is curative in medicines to what he has discovered to be undoubtedly morbid in the patient, so that the recovery must ensue – to adapt it, as well in respect to the suitability of the medicine most appropriate according to its mode of action to the case before him (choice of the remedy, the medicine indicated), as also in respect to the exact mode of preparation and quantity of it required (proper dose), and the proper period for repeating the dose; – if, finally, he knows the obstacles to recovery in each case and is aware how to remove them, so that the restoration may be permanent, then he understands how to treat judiciously and rationally, and he is a true practitioner of the healing art [The Organon].

Upon reading these it is evident that Hahnemann saw the importance in finding the cause of disease and dealing with it. You can read the full book for free at the link below. If you wish to purchase a copy, Riverdale Homeopathy carries a large selection of Homeopathic books and medicines and you would support small business during this difficult economic time.