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50 Reasons For Being a Homeopath’ is a lovely little book. It consists of 50 letters from the famous homeopathic doctor J. Compton Burnett to a young skeptic ‘Dr T.A.K’ & was written around 1888. It still shines with truth today.

Part 13:

Quite so; I did not maintain that hiccough was a mortal malady; what I do maintain is that it is often very troublesome, and that Homeopathy can cure it pleasantly and safely. More than a safe and pleasant cure I ask of no system of medicine. But let me pass to my thirteenth reason, viz: CURE OF ALHONIA BY Arnica.

A well-known soprano singer came to me with aphonia: The throat was what is commonly called follicular and congested. You may have heard that homeopaths think a great deal of Arnica for the ill effects of bruises, hurts, sprains and the like; in fact, for trauma in general. Well, after using numerous remedies in vain, it slowly became manifest to me that the aphonia in question was from an overstrained state of the vocal cords. Moreover, patient had a small pustule on the nape, and mattery pimples on the skin.

Arnica cured the case, affording in its physiological action symptoms similar to it.

You will perhaps say that this aphonia case is also not a mortal malady. Will you once for all disabuse your mind of the very vulgar professional and popular error, according to which the homeopaths are said to claim to cure the incurable! Just note, at least for your own information, that the homeopaths make no such claim; what they say is this: Homeopathy cures what can be cured much better than any other system of medicine hitherto made known to the world. The homeopaths do not maintain that other systems are valueless, or that the homeopathic system is faultless, only that thus far in the art-treatment of disease by remedies, Homeopathy, by very long odds, beats all the records. Do you see?

Be that as it may, I trust that curing an old case of singer’s aphonia with Arnica is a fairly sound reason for being a homeopath; anyway it is my thirteenth.

P.S When I say that Homeopathy does not claim to cure the incurable, that leaves the question of curability an open one; Homeopathy does not accept anything as incurable because certain physicians who are “regular” declare it to be so. Incapacity to cure does not render the uncured incurable. Kindly take a mental note of this, because what you “regulars” consider incurable may, or may not, be so considered by the homeopaths. My old pleuritis trouble was declared and proved to be incurable by and for the entire faculty, and yet the Bryonia alba of the homeopaths cured it!