With kind permission: © Arthur Haines, Native Plant Trust

(Squaw Root, Papoose Root, Blue Cohosh)

When the conventional practitioner, saturated with the learning of the Schools, finds his lot cast for him among “natives” and “savage tribes” of sorts, he is apt to brush aside impatiently the inherited lore that surrounds him – whether malign or benign; perhaps often the former – but far from always! Secure in his comparatively easy methods, sanctioned, as they are, by Authority, he is apt to despise and trample out, in his lordly way, much that it were greatly to his advantage to explore and study.

His beloved antiseptics, for example, oust for him the invaluable “wound herbs” of the district. These (instead of his clumsy and anxious efforts to destroy, or at least deter, the dreaded “organisms” more or less at the expense of the inherent healing powers of the tissues) would work for him, gently and effectively, after the manner of such herbs; routing the enemy by the simple method of stimulating healthy healing in damaged tissues. Or again, armed with quinine (one thing he did obtain, by observation of natural healing), and some few stock drugs chiefly of a palliative nature, he is apt to consider that all knowledge is within him; that what he does not know about medicine is not worth knowing, or, for him, no subject for orthodox speculation. Forgetting that,

Knowledge is proud because she knows so much;

Wisdom is humble that she knows no more.

Far other, thank God! Is the attitude of the homoeopath – always on the prowl for that which heals.

From: Homoeopathic Drug Pictures by Dr. M L Tyler (1942)

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