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Universal principles expressed in traditional homeopathic treatment
William Franklin McCoy, M.D.
Editor’s Note: During the past 25 years of his private family practice, Dr. William Franklin McCoy specialized in homeopathic treatment. Homeopathy, a western traditional system of medicine, is the science of therapeutics based on the signs and symptoms of the patient. Administered in highly attenuated doses, homeopathic remedies act by stimulating individuals to heal themselves. Remedies are selected based on the Law of Similars: "Let Likes Be Cured By Likes." A remedy is given to an ill person which, if given to a healthy person, would produce similar symptoms to those of the ill person. Hence the name homeopathy (Greek for “like illness”). In the following commentary, Dr. McCoy discusses a case in which homeopathic medicine had dramatic healing effects. He also provides insight into the cause of illness from a spiritual perspective.
A five year-old girl was brought to me for treatment following an accident she had seven months previously. She was hit by a car and thrown up into the wheel well. The car then traveled another 100 feet before stopping. She suffered from multiple traumas, requiring months of hospitalization. Following the accident and subsequent hospitalization, while she was awake she urinated and defecated in her pants almost daily. She was hyperactive prior to the accident, and that worsened. She became preoccupied with thoughts of death and paralysis, despite the fact that her motor system and coordination were normal. She suffered from frequent nightmares. She was also extremely jealous of her four-month old sister.
Following homeopathic treatment, her nightmares ceased. She stopped soiling her pants. Her jealousy disappeared. The hyperactivity went away. Before the first visit, her mother could always distinguish her from the other school children when she picked her up after school. She was in a world of her own and did not interact well with other children. Now, her mother had to look for her among the students because she looked and acted just like the others.
The above is a demonstration of what happened to a child as a result of trauma. She became very frightened, jealous and did not relate well with her peers. Her whole perception of life changed.
Following treatment, her fears and jealousy left, so she was able to relate much more normally with her environment. Her continuous generation of negative thoughts and feelings ceased. From an Eastern perspective, one would say that her generation of karma ceased. According to an ancient Chinese proverb “Good is rewarded and evil is punished.” If we generate karma, sooner or later, we have to pay for it. If we stop generating so much of this bad substance, we are much better off. The child was enabled to produce a lot less karma than she had in the past.
Ancient medical practice aimed to improve people’s moral nature. Homeopathic medical treatment, whose principles were known since the time of Hippocrates (460 to 377 B.C.), aims to accomplish the same.
As Samuel Hahnemann, M.D. (1755-1843, the father of current homeopathic medical practice) stated in Aphorism Nine of the Organon of the Art of Healing (fifth edition, translated by C. Wesselhoeft, M.D., published by Boericke & Tafel, 1917):
“During the healthy condition of man this spirit-like force (autocracy), animating the material body (organism), rules supreme as dynamis. By it all parts are maintained wonderfully in harmonious vital process, both in feelings and functions, in order that our intelligent mind may be free to make the living, healthy, bodily medium subservient to the higher purpose of our being.”
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