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
termed as “GENUS EPIDEMICUS”.
DR. C.F.SAMUEL HAHNEMANN ; also ignore the principle of individualization
and accept the genus epidemicus. reference – organon of medicine –sixth
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…