In 1810, Hahnemann published his Organon, and initiated the practice of homeopathic medicine. In this book, Hahnemann delineated the ‘principle of similitude’ that underlies homeopathic practice. This principle briefly stated is that ‘like cures like’: if large amounts of a medicine induce certain deleterious symptoms, then small amounts of that medicine are effective in combating a disease with those symptoms.
If this principle is correct, it unlocks the way to simple, natural cures of many ailments. The medical world should be very excited about
So why won’t medical science properly assess homeopathic remedies?
Since Hahnemann’s time, homeopathy has flourished around the world, and now has thousands of followers. The British royal family has long retained a homeopathic doctor. With its long and distinguished pedigree, homeopathy deserves to be taken seriously.
And make no mistake, homeopathy works. Some months ago, my son Gerard was laid low with a bout of food poisoning " he
was distressed and in pain for two days. If our principles are right, then he
should be able to take some carefully prepared homeopathic medicine and recover quickly and painlessly. And that’s exactly what happened " when he was finally persuaded to try a homeopathic remedy, he was better in 24 hours.
My opponent here this evening will try to tell you that our methods aren’t tested, and don’t work. Yet each case like Gerard’s gives proof much stronger than any lab test " real cures for real people.
There is a sorry history of medicine refusing to acknowledge alternative medical practices.
Look at acupuncture. After being dismissed by Western medicine for years, it is now increasingly accepted for pain relief and other uses.
Yet homeopathy is not accorded the same respect.
Remember Hippocrates’ advice to the doctor: ‘First, do no harm’. Homeopathic remedies are natural substances in dilute form. Contrast this with conventional medicine’s cabinet full of dangerous and toxic drugs. Who here is honouring Hippocrates advice?
Flim-flam peddler of nostrums to the credulous.