Medical Ethics

Methods To Avoid In Homeopathic Practice: Ethics

12. In 1982 renowned Swiss homeopath Jost Kunzli (translator of the 6th edition of the Organon and author of Kent’s Reperiorium Generale), visited the United States. He wrote of his impressions in the March 1982 Journal of the American Institute of Homeopathy. In it he said:
“…A (contemporary teacher) tried to propagate dassical homeopathy…l note in (these) courses where too much attention is paid to the symptoms of the mind the emotions, the psychological approach. The students are trying hard to analyze the mentals…as though they were qualified psychologists. But the students usually come up with a weird hypothetical answer to the case…(the teacher) leads his devoted disciples info a psychological labyrinth out of which only he himself is able to find the way out of the maze.

“In my opinion it is wrong to judge the success of homeopathic treatment mainly on the emotional state of the patient. The criteria of a real cure is the same for any other therapy; the whole patient should be improved…lf I treat a case with hypertension…l am not impressed to hear how happy the patient is with my therapy. He may be feeling much better, but his blood pressure has not gone down. (the teacher) considers this totally satisfactory and doesn’t pursue the case any more…l dislike giving each remedy ‘an essence.’ The use of such schematic drug pictures is very dangerous. This was warningly predicted by Constantine Hering because he felt if would lead to a decline for Homeopathy.”

We could heed the warning and bring our provings back into the realm where the first aim of the proving is to report the symptoms without reading into them or seeing in them things which are not there. From Homeopathy Today, April 1999, From the Editor – Provings and themes.

13. Example for a recent brochure: “Most particularly we will study cases where due to a variety of causes the self has been perceived as so physically imperfect, that it has ricocheted into the many aspects and related problems of eating disorders.”

14. “Almost all so-called mental and emotional diseases are nothing other than somatic diseases in which the symptom of mental and emotional mistunement that is peculiar to each disease heightens itself as the somatic symptoms diminish – until finally the disease transfers itself (almost like a local malady) to the invisibly subtle mental and emotional organs.” From the Organon of Medicine, paragraph 215.

15. As an example of this thinking – from a lecture by a prominent homeopathic teacher “I am a plant-remedy type so I decorate my house and garden with plants but suddenly, with doing the provings on lion, horse, dolphin and dinosaur, I have a tremendous new interest in the nature of animals.”

16. The most common methods of psychic determination of a prescription are through use of kinesiology (the preferred method involving making a “ring” with the thumb and forefinger which is pulled apart by the other hand. The difficulty in pulling it apart determines the answer to the question posed by the mind) or by using some variation of a radionic instrument. A radionic device uses dials with numbers or some way of quantitating answers by assigning number values and one strokes a surface on the box to get an answer. A modern extension of this is the Interro computer. The patient holds metal tubes in their hands and a computer “reads off their acupuncture meridians” and tells the practitioner which remedies need to be given. The report always suggests the use of several remedies in differing potencies which are then injected into the patient. Some of these devices presumably make the remedies by placing water on a metal plate connected to the computer which puts the “energy of the medicine” into the water.

17. From the book Natural Healing In Animals: “Over time, I’ve come to favor another form of this ancient medicine: aquapuncture or the injection of a liquid into the prime acupuncture points, which I’ve found has a more prolonged stimulatory effect than just the insertion of dry needles. The liquids of choice in typical cases are homeopathics, along with the ‘cocktail’ discussed earlier.”


Richard H. Pitcairn, DVM, PhD
Animal Natural Health Center; Oregon

About the author

Richard H. Pitcairn

Dr. Richard Pitcairn graduated from veterinary school in 1965, from the University of California at Davis, California, and worked on a PhD degree emphasizing the study of viruses, immunology and biochemistry. Working in a mixed practice he saw a wide variety of health problems, but to his disappointment, did not see the results that he expected using the treatments learned in veterinary school. He became interested in alternative medicine, nutrition and homeopathy. He found homeopathy to be intellectually complete and satisfying, and after studying and using it for some 20 plus years, has had remarkable success. Since 1992 he has taught a yearly course, The Professional Course in Veterinary Homeopathy, to train animal doctors in homeopathy.
Dr. Pitcairn was a founding member of the Academy of Veterinary Homeopathy and also served as its president. With Susan Pitcairn he wrote two editions of Natural Health for Dogs and Cats, a classic in the field, which sold over 350,000 copies.


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