The Colour Of The Homeopathic Improvement: The Multidimensional Nature Of The Response To The Homeopathic Therapy


The Colour Of The Homeopathic Improvement: The Multidimensional


Homeopathy (2005) 94, 196–199

r 2005 The Faculty of Homeopathy

doi:10.1016/j.homp.2005.05.004, available online at



The colour of the homeopathic improvement: The multidimensional nature of the response to homeopathic therapy

M Oberbaum1,, SR Singer1and George Vithoulkas2

1The Center for Integrative Complementary Medicine, Shaare Zedek Medical Center, Jerusalem, Israel

2International Academy of Classical Homeopathy, Alonissos, Greece


Homeopathy differs from conventional medicine in many aspects. Little recognized to date is the unique, multidimensional nature of the response to homeopathic treatment. We discuss this ‘colour’ of the homeopathic response; altered temporal awareness, the paucity of language, selective amnesia, lack of self-awareness, the holistic character of the improvement, and the development of acute illnesses, all in response to successful homeopathic treatment. We conclude that, beyond its biological effect, homeopathic treatment affects awareness. Homeopathy (2005) 94, 196–199.


Keywords: homeopathic improvement; Hering’s law; therapeutic response; multidimensional


Cartesian philosophy has been the central pillar of scientific discovery, and a great benefit for humanity. From locomotive to space shuttle and from penicillin to PET scan, this paradigm has dominated western scientific production for over 400 years. However, the wholesale adoption of Descartes’s worldview has not been without cost. Lost in the shuffle have been many of the subtler aspects of our existence.


Homeopathy is a system of medicine based upon the law of similars. It maintains a holistic philosophy of health and illness. In that vein, homeopathy anticipates a subtle and qualitative model of cure and improve- ment. Samuel Hahnemann, the founder of homeop- athy, declared that ‘after careful selection ofysimilar homeopathic medicine, health, recovery, follow in imperceptible, often rapid transitions’,1 and that ‘commencement of amelioration or aggravationy is not perceptible to every oney [and]cannot be described in words’.2 We maintain that this ‘multidimensional’ nature of the homeopathic response has gone largely unrecognized, in no small part due to our prevailing cultural bias towards Cartesian logic.

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Prof. George Vithoulkas is a Greek teacher and practitioner of homeopathy. He studied homeopathy in South Africa and received a diploma in homeopathy from the Indian Institute of Homeopathy in 1966. Upon receiving his diploma, he returned to Greece where he practiced and began teaching classical homeopathy to a small group of medical doctors.

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