§281 – Sixth Edition
In order to be convinced of this, the patient is left without any medicine for eight, ten of fifteen days, meanwhile giving him only some powders of sugar of milk. If the few last complaints are due to the medicine simulating the former original disease symptoms, then these complaints will disappear in a few days or hours. If during these days without medicine, while continuing good hygienic regulations nothing more of the original disease is seen, he is probably cured. But if in the later days traces of the former morbid symptoms should show themselves, they are remnants of the original disease not wholly extinguished, which must be treated with renewed higher potencies of the remedy as directed before. If a cure is to follow, the first small doses must likewise be again gradually raised higher, but less and more slowly in patients where considerable irritability is evident than in those of less susceptibility, where the advance to higher dosage may be more rapid. There are patients whose impressionability compared to that of the insusceptible ones is like the ratio as 1000 to 1.
To observe this, no drug should be given for eight, ten or fifteen days. One has to wait and see. In the meantime, continue giving sugar pills. All the sufferings belonging to the drug which are now seen would vanish completely. During that period, no medicine should be used, but all the regulations of diet are to be followed. If the disease symptoms do not appear, the cure must have taken place. After some days, if the suffering reappears in some degree, they belong, to the natural disease. It means the natural disease is not cured completely. Then again, the same drug should be given in increasing potencies in the same manner.
If relief is seen in the order required, the potency should be used in the ascending order as above described according to necessity. In people having aggravations, the doses should be used at longer intervals and less in number. If the aggravation is mild, more doses can be used at shorter intervals. The differential proportions between the two would be hundred times.