Classical Homeopathy

Classical Homeopathy

Classical Homeopathy

Classical Homeopathy


A unique, comprehensive compilation of information on homeopathic medicine This new book provides an introduction to classical homeopathic medicine. This includes an understanding of its unique view of health and disease, its place (current and ideal) within the health-care system and a taste of homeopathic clinical practice. This text has been written from the perspective that patient well-being is paramount and homeopathic medicine is an effective means of achieving that goal.


As complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) becomes an increasingly prominent part of our health care system, more knowledge about these practices is needed. Homeopathy is a CAM system that few professionals know about and fewer still understand. Often it is confused with herbalism, thought to be simply the use of small amounts of drugs, and approached as if it were simply an alternative to disease treatment by conventional medicine. It is none of these. Controversy and bias around homeopathy is often heated and rarely based on factual data. Thus there are gaps between public and professional interest, skeptic and advocate opinion, and conventional and complementary practitioner knowledge. This book can fill those gaps.

Homeopathy was extensively practiced in the United States and Europe at the turn of the last century and is still widely used in many places of the world today. Many American medical schools were begun as homeopathic but closed after the Flexner report in 1916 and the advent of laboratory-based medicine. Homeopathy was vigorously suppressed in the United States and almost died out. Ironically, as its popularity waned in the United States, homeopathy spread widely in South America and India, where it is extensively used today for serious conditions. Interest in and use of homeopathy in the United States and Europe is now on the rise again as the public seeks nontoxic and holistic approaches to health care. This book is the first comprehensive introduction for nonhomeopathic professionals about homeopathy—and its history, regulation, practice, and research—to originate from America since the rise in interest in CAM.

The book begins with a rationale for why health care practitioners should study and learn this system of medicine. It gives a succinct overview of the principles and history of homeopathy and its development. It addresses why patients seek it, how it is practiced, what it does and does not work for, and summarizes the current state of the science in a balanced and evidence-based manner. It gives the reader information about training, licensure and liability, drug production and regulation, self-case use, and costs. In short, this book has everything the practitioner needs to know to understand issues of homeopathic practice and where to get more information or training.

Homeopathy will, like other areas of CAM, eventually find its proper place in medicine. This book will go a long way in helping that process along. Dr. Carlston is to be commended for taking a clinical approach, balanced with evidence, to homeopathy. Although research is important, and more is needed, medicine ultimately begins and ends in the clinic. The strength of homeopathy comes from its gentle nature and holistic view, its foundation in the dynamics of clinical practice, and its vision of the healing capacity of the person. It has a lot to teach us about the process of healing, and this book is one of our best guides.

Samueli Institute for Information Biology
Director (1995-1999)
Office of Alternative Medicine, National Institutes
of Health . . .

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