Every system of medicine has got its ethics and etiquettes, which are formulated by the council of the concerned system. Likewise in Homoeopathy we too have a code o f ethics laid down by our Central Council of Homoeopathy. But are our ethics limited to only following the set of patterns laid down in those reams of paper as regards our approach to our patients'? A system as divine as Homoeopathy certainly has much more to inculcate in its ethics to form the basic character of the physician. Or in other words they physicians have to heal themselves of their ideologies before they set start at the divine task of healing.
In our Indian culture too we have a grand heritage and the dimensions of ethics are extended in three contexts -Moral, Religious and Spiritual. The Indian concept of ethics can be found on references to the Vedas, Manu Smrti, Jaimini Sutras and Bhagavad-gita. Thus the grand heritage of our culture too compels us to be very true at our heart as physicians. This can be achieved only when we follow the teachings of Homoeopathy and aim to become the Physician as laid down by our master Hahnemann in Aphorism 1 of his Organon of Medicine.
In a therapeutic system like Homoeopathy where faith forms the grand corpus of the whole system it is necessary to regulate the whole process. Apart from the government regulations and acts, it is essential for all those involved in the business to be very true at their hearts. There should be no attempt to misguide the patient. Because he has submitted himself to the care of his doctor and prescribing a system of treatment which may be detrimental to the patient in his future is certainly not the aim of the physician, nor is it laid in the ethical framework of Homoeopathy to unnecessarily palliate the disease just in order to gain the confidence of his patient. They need to be true professionals because professionals it is said, does not work in order to be paid; he is paid in order that he may work. Every decision he makes in the course of his career is based on his sense of what is right, not on his estimate of what is profitable.
The ethical frame work of Homoeopathy starts not at the level of physician but at the very grass-root level of preparing the medicines. Homoeopathic pharmacy involves the holistic approach of attenuation of the drug substance to bring forth their vibrant energy for its utility as medicine. These attenuations are carried to a state where there are no materialistic particles which can be tested by any technology of date. Thus a lot depends upon the pharmacist who not only have the responsibility of preparation of correct medicine for the sick and suffering, humanity but they also carry the pride of the whole Homoeopathic faculty. Like all other systems. Homoeopathic-pharmacy has got an ethical framework which should be practiced by everyone involved in the trade. Professional ethics establish a pattern of behavior that clients come to expect from members of the profession. Once a consistent pattern of behavior is discerned by clients, they expect that behavior to remain constant and their expectations become part of the relationship they establish with the professionals.
Unfortunately, malpractice cannot be easily traced in Homoeopathy because the drug substance is rarefied beyond the sense of perception and there are no parameters which can judge whether the given potency is correct or not. It is of beyond only the faith in pharmacy coupled with the results which will keep up the reputation in the competent trade.
There are many system of therapeutics that is existent today. All of them have their pros and cons and definitely each one stands today because of some miraculous examples. The question on reasons of failure, questions the fundamentals of the therapeutic system and homoeopathy is not untouched by this question. We have success and we have failures. But failures need a definite analysis, because its ignorance will lead to failure of homoeopathy as a therapeutic system and will be detrimental for the science in general.
There are many misconceptions regarding homoeopathy among the masses. Many think it to be failure in acute diseases; many call it a slow therapeutic process that would not yield quick results. On the contrary, we as practitioners know where the fallacies lie. It is not in the therapeutic law, and it could not be because it is based on the laws of nature, verified by experience and tested clinically. It had been rightly marked by the father of the nation, Mahatma Gandhi, that "Homoeopathy would not fail, its followers would fail." The failures are of the practitioners and not of the therapeutic system. Standardization is the need of the hour, which will enable the homoeopaths of the present era to come upon a consensus on a prescription that stands verified on the natural laws.
Dr J T Kent_ Dr C Hering, Dr Raman Lal Pater, Dr Ratan Sankaran and many other noted homoeopaths have studied this problem in details and they have analyzed that the failures are: