We at the I.H.M. often have the allegation hurled at us that we hinder progress in the field of homoeopathy, and are stuck in the 1800s with Samuel Hahnemanns antiquated views regarding medicine. Some even go as far as to accuse us of being elitist or arrogant towards others in practice.
To set the record straight. We view ourselves in the same vein as specialist car engineers working on a single manufacturer vehicle. We follow the designers recommendations for diagnosis, for analysis and for remedial and corrective measures for faults found. We individually and collectively have spent many years reading and researching the original material and writings, and then spent inordinate amounts of time working through thousands of case histories of various practitioners since Hahnemanns time to see the methodology employed for curative results. The I.H. M. does NOT teach individual belief structures or personal viewpoints in seminars. Each lecturer in the I.H.M. works within a framework, a loose structure with other teachers so as to be sure the core teachings are firmly rooted in Provings, in medicine and mostly and taken from original writings and directions that have been tested and deemed correct for application of the therapeutics.
The I.H.M. also use the P&W Therapeutic Pocket Book for case analysis. It was translated by Vladimir Polony and Gary Weaver several years ago, in the knowledge that it would not be a commercial undertaking or bring huge revenues from sales. The two decided to do it simply because it IS the most useful and reliable of all repertorial processes for indication of the correct remedies to check out for a prescription. It is used by all I.H.M. staff from choice…….. the results are evident to see in the clinic. We see more interest in the T.P.B. these days as more and more people are disillusioned with the results they are getting from the methodology that they have been taught.
A repertorial work will NEVER replace the practitioners abilities to ascertain the correct symptoms for using to have a case for prescribing for. It will however guide the practitioner to find the medicines that contain the collective totality of the symptom picture before them, and suggest which to view in the Materia Medica for choosing the closest similar in the circumstances that require remedial help. For the I.H.M.. the TPB is an essential guide along with the Materia Medica Pura, Chronic Diseases and the Organon.
Dealing with disease states, which have been complicated by modern living, chemicals, vaccines, certain heroic forms of allopathic treatments, requires that the homoeopathic practitioner be aware of the tried and tested methods of stimulating the immune system to heal the disorder presented. No drug cures, only the body does that. Drug action works antipathically or homoeopathically, and we have to work within tried and tested boundaries for the patients wellbeing.
Go back and read the Organon without a teachers voices in your head. Just read the words and cross relate to the theory of Chronic diseases and see where your training digresses from Hahnemanns, and realise that success comes from being a good student and emulator. Be the best you can.