Genus epidemicus & prophylaxis in homoeopathy

images-2[1]EPIDEMIC ( epi = upon; demos = people ) – The “unusual” occurance in a region or community

of disease, specific health-related states or events clearly in excess of normal expectancy.

“GENUS EPIDEMICUS” termed used for the medicine which is indicated in majority of the

patients affected from an epidemic disease (which attack many persons with very similar

sufferings from the same cause ) .

The symptoms of an epidemic disease is more or less similar . so after thorough case taking of

several cases of an epidemic disease in a particular locality, it is observed that a particular

medicine is indicated homoeopathically for most of the patients. This particular medicine is


DR. C.F.SAMUEL HAHNEMANN ; also ignore the principle of individualization

and accept the genus epidemicus. reference – organon of medicine –sixth

edition –

1.- (footnote aphorism no.-33 ) – a striking fact in corroboration of this is, that whilst previously

to the year 1801, when the smooth scarlatina of Sydenham still occasionally prevailed

epidemically among children,it attacked without exception all children who had escaped it in a

former epidemic; in a similar epidemic which I witnessed in konigslutter, on the contrary , all

the children who took in time a very small dose of belladonna remained unaffected by this

highly infectionus infantile disease. If medicines can protect from a disease that is raging around

, the must possess a vastly superior of affecting our vital force.

2.- (aphorism no.- 73/2 ).

Statistical recods provided by the so called modern scientific

medicine on the subject betray many fallacies, loop-holes and

irrationalities when they are reviewed with a critical eye and an

unbiased scientific mental attitude

~~Some advocate for the discovery of a homoeopathic remedy suited to the “genus epidemicus”

affecting a locality . but there is one practical drawback in such a procedure . we have to wait till

the epidemic actually sets in a number of lives are sacrificed in the first flood-tide of an epidemic

out-break. And it is a known fact that mortality rate is highest in the first phase of epidemic.

~~Some advocate for studying individual constitution, selection and administration of suitably

indicated homoeopathic remedies for each case before the expected outbreak of an epidemic.

But it is not all practicable to talk recourse to such a procedure in a modern city of millions of


Organon of medicine (aphorism no.-3)-

If the physician clearly perceives what is to be cured in diseases, that is to say, in every individual

case of disease (knowledge of disease, indication), if he clearly perceives what is curative in

medicines, that is to say, in each individual medicine (knowledge of medicinal powers), and if he

knows how to adapt, according to clearly defined principes, what is curative in medicines to

what he has discovered to be undoubtedly morbid in the patient, so yhat the recovery must

ensue- to adapt it, as well in respect to the suitability of the medicine most appropriate

according to its mode of action to thecase before him (choice of the remedy, the medicine

indicated),as also in respect to the exact mode of preparation and quantity of it required (proper

dose), and the proper period for repeating the dose:- if, finally he knows the obstacles to

recovery in each case and is aware how to remove them, so that the restoration may be

permanent: then he understands how to treat judiciously and rationaly, and he is a true

practitioner of the healing art .

There are two ways in which Homoeopathy can assist in any Epidemic :- 1.- by administering potentized homoeopathic remedy (an immunizing agent ) which has

selected for its similarity with the particular form of the epidemic.

2.- by elevating the patient to that higher level of health which bestows the greatest power of

recuperation. This is accomplished as a matter of course through chronic treatment. The action

this constitutional remedy (not by any means the say for everybody) is to cure morbid

tendencies, to build resistive powers, to bestow power of recovery, and thus to promote the

highest general immunity…

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