The term Classical Homeopathy is currently used in various ways, and some clarification may be needed to understand what the ICH means by it. The word, classical, means pertaining to the original sources. At the ICH, we teach the original science of homeopathy, which forms a complete, logical, and thoroughly proven system of curing with homoeopathic medicines.
Hahnemann’s discoveries were revolutionary and hotly disputed by the medical establishment of the time. However, his successes in curing patients attracted many physicians to his work. Many of them chose to use the medicines without following the principles of the science. They maintained their allopathic medical paradigm, while using the medicines to suppress symptoms. Symptomatic suppression, though convenient, is not cure, and leads to further health problems. This unfortunate practice still exists today, and does not constitute the truly curative system of homeopathy. Although people used homeopathically prepared remedies to treat symptomatically, they called themselves homeopaths. The term Classical Homoeopathy came in to use to distinguish between this allopathic use of homoeopathic remedies and the true system of homeopathy. However, today, many people have adopted the term, while practicing according to various theories at variance with homoeopathic science. Therefore, the ICH often uses the term, Classical Hahnemannian Homoeopathy to further distinguish the system it teaches.
Classical Homeopathy can be identified by the following points:
• Practiced according to the complete, original science
• Treatment of the whole person, not just certain symptoms
• Individualized treatment
• Methodology guided by classical principles
• A single medicine, given in a single dose
• Using classically proven medicines
• Comprehensive case-taking and case analysis
• Clear case management through regular follow-up appointments
• Accurate analysis of treatment results, leading to a curative strategy