A Lover’s Quarrel with Homeopathy

Criticisms of homeopathy generally center around its use of potentized substances and the lack of chemicals in the remedies. The faulty premise is that only substances can affect physiology. However, those criticisms don’t hold water because the universe offers many examples of purely energetic effects from every form of electromagnetic energy as well as sound.

A more valid criticism of homeopathy, and one which is rarely mentioned, is that for chronic conditions, it can be very difficult. If we only needed to treat children it would be much easier. But we have before us the patient who has been through decades of various traumas, both physical and emotional (some long forgotten), and has been treated with numerous suppressive drugs, all of which create layers which must be addressed, and in the correct sequence. So, we start with what we are presented with at the moment and work backwards.

How difficult is this process? It’s so complex, that homeopaths have developed numerous variations on classical homeopathy in an attempt to simplify it. One method involves the study of the taxonomy and themes of plants and animals, another the analysis of the periodic table and still others that require something akin to depth psychology. Do these really simplify homeopathy, or do they just create more variables and further room for error?

Attempts have been made, using highly sensitive electronic equipment, to directly sense the patient’s resonant frequency and feed back to her an appropriate impulse. These require less subjective judgement, but they have not, as yet, lived up to the promise.

Homeopathy, as with any science, has rules on how to proceed. The closest thing we have to a rule book for homeopathy, is Hahnemann’s Organon.  Anyone who wishes to diverge from that wisdom needs to first understand it. Students finding it too daunting, will often let go their moorings and seek what appear to be quicker, easier approaches. The danger is that they may violate basic premises of homeopathy and also stray to where the air is too thin.

Homeopathy is hard work, requires intense dedication, great clarity of thought, and emotional sensitivity. It is not for the faint of heart. Even with one’s best efforts, it will fail at times. Nevertheless, it’s still the best game in the house.

Sometimes I get angry with homeopathy…. but it’s just a lover’s quarrel.



–– A Lover’s Quarrel with Homeopathy – Alan V. Schmukler

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About the author

Alan V. Schmukler

Alan V. Schmukler is a homeopath, Chief Editor of Homeopathy for Everyone and author of ”Homeopathy An A to Z Home Handbook”, (also in French, German, Greek, Polish and Portuguese). He is Hpathy’s resident cartoonist and also produces Hpathy’s Tips & Secrets column and homeopathy Crossword puzzles each month. Alan is a recipient of the National Center for Homeopathy Martha Oelman Community Service Award. Visit Alan at his website: Here.


  • Great Editorial! Your work and writing are immensely important, worldwide, and deeply appreciated!
    Bill is getting ready to attend the inauguration of the Promise of Health clinic, in Oaxaca, Mexico, Sept. 11th! He’ll be traveling with 2 of our Board members, including Dr. Doug Brown. You’ll see all the pics and news in our next APOH update at the end of September. All the best to you and your wife as we all work our way thru August.
    Abrazos galore, Barb Grannell, A Promise of Health

    • Thank you Barbara. Coming from you that’s a high compliment. I look forward to publishing all of your updates about the clinic and the marvelous work you and Bill do.

  • Thank you for your words of wisdom and keeping Hpathy going strong. We rely on your work to unify and strengthen our community.

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