Medicus Curat, Natura Sanat in Homeopathy

  • Claudia Witt
Part of the International Library of Ethics, Law, and the New Medicine book series (LIME, volume 44)

In his Organon of Medicine 1 the founder of homeopathy, Samuel Hahnemann, writes that it is ‘the physician's highest and only mission […] to restore the sick to health, to cure, as it is termed’ (§1). ‘The highest ideal of cure’, Hahnemann adds, ‘is rapid, gentle and permanent restoration of the health, or removal and annihilation of the disease in its whole extent, in the shortest, most reliable, and most harmless way, on easily comprehensible principles’ (§2). At first glance, the fact that Hahnemann emphasizes here the physician's role in healing patients would seem to contradict the widely held naturopathic notion that ‘the physician treats, nature heals’, or ‘medicus curat, natura sanat’.

A closer look at Hahnemann's writings, however, reveals that this is not the case. Hahnemann clearly also subscribed to the idea that ‘nature’ plays an important, if not essential, role in the healing process. In the Pure Materia Medica Hahnemann writes ‘that nature hides within her cornucopia of medicinal substances an abundance of power that is almost unlimited if it is properly revealed and elaborated’.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Claudia Witt
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  1. 1.Professor, Institute for Social MedicineEpidemiology and Health Economics, Charité University Medical Center BerlinGermany

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