The Art of Healing
§ 276 – Sixth Edition
For this reason, a medicine, even though it may be homœopathically suited to the case of disease, does harm in every dose that is too large, the more harm the larger the dose, and by the magnitude of the dose and in strong doses, it does more harm the greater its homœopathicity and the higher the potency1 selected, and it does much more injury than any equally large dose of a medicine that is unhomœopathic, and in no respect adapted to the morbid state (allopathic).
Too large doses of an accurately chosen homœopathic medicine, and especially when frequently repeated, bring about much trouble as a rule. They put the patient not seldom in danger of life or make this disease almost incurable. They do indeed extinguish the natural disease so far as the sensation of the life principle is concerned and the patient no longer suffers from the original disease from the moment the too strong dose of the homœopathic medicine acted upon him but he is in consequence more ill with the similar but more violent medicinal disease which is most difficult to destroy.2
1The praise bestowed of late years by some homœopathists on the larger doses is owing to this, either that they chose low dynamizations of the medicine to be administered (as I myself used to do twenty years ago, from nor knowing any better), or that the medicines selected were not homœopathic and imperfectly prepared by their manufacturers.
2Thus, the continuous use of aggressive allopathic large doses of mercurials against syphilis develops almost incurable maladies, when yet one or several doses of a mild but active mercurial preparation would certainly have radically cured in a few days the whole venereal disease, together with the chancre, provided it had not been destroyed by external measures (as is always done by allopathy). In the same way, the allopath gives Peruvian bark and quinine in intermittent fever daily in very large doses, where they are correctly indicated and where one very small dose of a highly potentized China would unfailingly help (in marsh intermittents and even in persons who were not affected by any evident psoric disease). A chronic China malady (coupled at the same time with the development of psora) is produced, which, if it dose not gradually kill the patient by damaging the internal important vital organs, especially spleen and liver, will put him, nevertheless suffering for years in a sad state of health. A homœopathic antidote for such a misfortune produced by abuse of large doses of homœopathic remedies is hardly conceivable.
- The more homoeopathic it is, the more harmful when a medicine is used in larger doses than is required. If the drug selected is exactly similar with the state of the patient, disastrous effects would occur. If the medicine administered is non-homoeopathic or partially similar, the bad effects would be much less.
- When a medicine is used in larger doses than required, the more homoeopathic it is, the more injurious are the effects produced. The medicinal power goes deeper depending on the degree of similarity achieved with the original disease. If the dose is increased, the injury is more. Medicines that are non-homoeopathic do not move the vital force so severely. So less harm would occur.
- If the properly selected remedy is used in a larger dose and more often, suffering would be more. These doses either kill the patient or bring out a state of incurability. The natural disease would be driven out in the beginning itself. The sufferings thereafter are not related to the natural disease. It is only a drug disease similar to the natural disease which affects him seriously. It is difficult to be expelled.
- By counselling the patient to purchase a bottle of homoeopathic medicine and use it every day, the patient gradually becomes seriously ill and gets complicated with innumerable diseases. If the physician happens to be a favorite of low potencies only, it is a myth that such patients can escape from the clutches of diseases.
Original in Telegu by Dr. E. Krishnamacharya
Translation by Dr. E. Krishnamacharya