Why I Became a Homeopath

I can readily understand the skepticism and incredulity in the eyes of my patients after the long interview, when I put a little bit of “fairy dust” on their tongue and ask them to come back six weeks later.  What we call the “Law of Similars” has never attained general acceptance in medicine, and even those of us who use it every day regard it as a mystery; nor has anybody ever satisfactorily explained how a medicinal substance diluted beyond the molecular limit of Avogadro’s number could possibly have any effect on a patient, let alone a curative one.  But the standard argument that homeopathic remedies are merely placebos cuts both ways.  For quite apart from how they do it, the extent to which people are able to heal themselves without drugs or surgery, whether through acupuncture, homeopathy, placebos, faith healing, or the laying‐on of hands, correspondingly reduces the need for costlier and more drastic methods and deflates the extravagant promotional claims made for them.

I do not believe and have never taught that homeopathy is the only way to heal people or the best way for everyone.  By no means a panacea for all ills, it has substantial limitations of its own, some of them inherent and others that will need to be reassessed in the light of a new science of energy medicine that is still in its infancy.  I practice it mainly because it is the philosophy and method best suited to my own history and personal style.  Even when it is better understood, I doubt that it will ever become the dominant mode of treatment for this or any other society; and indeed if it did, I might possibly lose interest in it. What I mean is that nobody has all the answers, that everybody has some of them, and that it makes the most sense for all of us to work together, discovering our several truths wherever we find them, and celebrating beauty for its own sake.

About the author

Richard Moskowitz

Richard Moskowitz

Dr. Richard Moskowitz - B.A. from Harvard, M.D. from New York University and Graduate Fellowship in Philosophy at the University of Colorado. He's practiced general family medicine since 1967. He has practiced homeopathic medicine since 1974, studying with George Vithoulkas, Rajan Sankaran, and others. In addition to lecturing and teaching he has authored "Homeopathic Medicines for Pregnancy and Childbirth" and "Resonance: The Homeopathic Point of View". His other writings include "Plain Doctoring," "An Introduction to Homeopathy," "The Case against Immunizations," "The Fundamentalist Controversy" (download as an MS Word document), "Vaccination: a Sacrament of Modern Medicine," "Childhood Ear Infections," "Why I Became a Homeopath".


  • This is wonderful Richard. Thank you for taking the time to write it. Very inspirational and a wonderful act of truth-telling! -Amy

  • The homoeopathic world has no shortage of gurus who offer solutions to the perplexed. On the other hand, Richard Moskowitz shows us that its okay sometimes to be perplexed and that faced with honesty and with compassion, such feelings can grow into real healing wisdom. Richard’s candid account is one of the finest I have come across in the modern homoeopathic literature.

  • I am really happy to read the story/facts given by you because majority of the allopathic doctors dont believe on homeo treatment. It will be very helpful you you publish the cases done by you.

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