I often get questions about the machines used in homeopathy. These machines are not really machines as there are no moving parts but are electronic or computer instruments that are used to diagnose or treat patients with. There seems to be a bit of confusion if this is homeopathy or not. Please let me explain.
In our modern world of homeopathy we have many doctors who have been allopathically trained and want to do alternative medicine. Unfortunately for them there are not many places in the USA that have an alternative medical board so they are not allowed to do anything outside of what is AMA approved. This really limits the doctor who is regulated by a state medical board that does not recognize alternative treatments.
In Nevada we have a Homeopathic Medical Board that regulates homeopathy and alternative medicine. Many doctors come to Nevada to get licensed so they can legally use alternative treatments. Because the scope of practice is much greater than homeopathy and these doctors are allopathically trained, there are really no other true classical homeopaths here. This leads to a lot of confusion from clients and students who say that they have been to a homeopath only to describe a doctor who uses some machine to diagnose and treat.
The machines used come in a variety of forms from the Vega tester, based on electroacupuncture by Voll, to the CoRe computer program used to diagnose and treat, and many others in between. These machines are really electronic instruments that operate by electrical resistance and capacitance of the individual being tested. A probe is used to press against the skin and a meter or signal sound is used to hear or see the response to the probe. Many times these are used in diagnosis, where by process of elimination positive responses are narrowed down to a “correct answer”.
In many cases the practitioner can be anyone and it is not required to be a doctor or homeopath. Some doctors rely on these machines to do all of their diagnosis and treatment plans. To quote a familiar commercial for Gieco Insurance, “It’s so easy even a caveman can do it.” To me this is not homeopathy or good medicine.
If the device is used to verify a treatment or diagnosis it is acting in a capacity similar to kenisiology or muscle testing. But even kenisiology has a little more validity since the involuntary muscle resistance and the answer to the questions are provided by the patient’s response and not a machine.
Others use a random sampling generator to give percentages of “hits” to a disease diagnosis name, remedy or mode of treatment. Some have receptacles to hold water or a substrate that can be used to “infuse” energy into the medium. In real homeopathy the medicines are prepared by exact methods described in the Homeopathic Pharmacopia of Medicine and regulated by the FDA. Real substances specifically described must be used and succussion of remedies must be done manually. These medicines are prepared in Federally licensed homeopathic pharmaceutical laboratories.
The instruments or computer programs have no moving parts and the operator is told that he/she has influence in the process. This is supported by the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle that says that the observer effects the outcome of what is being observed. In reality inside the computer is a collection of electrons that when projected on to the screen are organized as characters that we interpret as letters. These letters are then further interpreted as words that have meaning. So when b-e-l-l-a-d-o-n-n-a is selected it is meant that this is the remedy Belladonna. It is not. The potency and treatment plan may be selected in the same way as well. This is NOT homeopathy.
Homeopathy means similar suffering. Hahnemann gave us a very clear guide for the practice of homeopathy in the Organon and made many references to the qualities that a physician must have to do homeopathy correctly. It is a sacred moment in time when the homeopath and the client come together if the faculties of pure observation by the unprejudiced, observing physician are used. The physician then becomes a part of the process of case receiving and must be a clear channel so that the morbid disturbance in the vital force can be seen and understood. This requires that the homeopath be trained and experienced.
Doctors who use the machines have usually been trained to think allopathically long before being introduced to homeopathy. It is a special doctor who can let go of materialistic assumptions and embrace a true understanding of the vital force. If the doctor uses a machine to do the critical process of case analysis, remedy selection and the treatment plan, he is not doing homeopathy. Homeopathy is not the medicine, but the reason to give the medicine.
In my opinion it is much easier to become an allopathic doctor than a classical homeopath. The doctor has a lot of didactic learning and is guided by diagnosis. Once diagnosis is done then the protocol is described by the AMA and the state Medical Board. If the doctor does not follow this protocol then he is very susceptible to malpractice lawsuits and the loss of his license. There is no individual approach to the patient or treatment.
Becoming a homeopath requires great clarity and personal evolution to be an unprejudiced observer. Knowledge of materia medica is vast, and much experience is needed to learn the art of homeopathy. There is a closer connection to the patient and every case is different. This is something that is learned after many years of cases and much diligence by the homeopath. It is an ongoing process akin to a spiritual evolution for the homeopath. It is not a cut and dried approach to medicine and healing. A machine cannot do this process.
So if you come across one of the many doctors using machines that are doing “homeopathy”, be very careful. They may not hurt you but they may keep you from seeing a real homeopath and doing real homeopathy. Remember that the machine or the doctor using them is not what real homeopathy is about. When the machines do not work and are represented as “homeopathy”, it gives real homeopathy a bad reputation. Do not fall for the electronic wizardry of the machines.