Homoeopathy asserts that there are principles which govern the practice of medicine. It may be said that, up tin the time of Hahnemann, no principles of medicine were recognized, and even at this . day in the writings and actions of the Old Sch06ls there is a complete acknowledgment that no principles exist; The Old School declares that the practice of medicine depends entirely upon experience, upon what can be found out by givipg medicines to the sick. Their shifting methods and theories, and rapid discoveries ahd abandonment of the ---Same, fully attest the sincerity of their acknowledgments and declarations.
Homoeopathy leaves Allopathy at this pojnt,and so in this manner the great division between the two SChdOls is affected: That there are principles Homoeopathy afI'imis. The Old School denies· the existence of principles and with 'J?I'arent reason, looking at -the matter from the standpoint of their practice and methods. They deal only with ultimates, they observe only results of . disease, and either deny or have. no knowledge of the. real nature of man, what he is, where he came fr~, what )Us quality is in sickness or in health. They say nothing abOut the man except in eonnection with his tissues; they characterize -the dwages in the tissues as the disease and all there is of the diseaSe, its beginning and its end. In effect they proclaim . disease to be ~ethingtha~ e.xists . without a cause. They accept nothing but. what can be felt with the 6ngers and seen with the eyes or other: wise observed through' the sense, aided by improved instruments ..
The perfection of a cure consists, then, first in restoring health, and this is to be done promptly, mildly and permanently, which is :the second point. The cure must be quick or speedy, it must be gentle, and it must be continuous or permanent. Whenever an outward symptom has been caused to disappear by violence, as by cathartics to remove ~~mstipation, it cannot be called mild or permanent, even if it is prompt. Whenever violent drugs, are resorted to there is nothing mild in the action or the reaction that must follow. At the time this second paragraph of the Organon was written physicking was not so mild as at the present day; bloodletting, sweating, etc., were in vogue at the time Hahnemann wrote these lines. Medicine has changed somewhat in its appearance; physicians are now using sugar-coated pills and contriving to make medicines appear tasteless or tasteful; they are USing concentrated alkaloids. But none of these things have been done because of the discovery of any principle; blood-letting and sweating were not abandoned on account of principle, for the old men deprecate their disuse, and often say they hope the time will come when they can again go 'back to the lancet.
Introduction to Homoeopathy