§278 – Sixth Edition
Here the question arises, what is this most suitable degree of minuteness for sure and gentle remedial effect; how small, in other words, must be the dose of each individual medicine, homoeopathically selected for a case of disease, to effect the best cure? To solve this problem, and to determine for every particular medicine, what dose of it will suffice for homoeopathic therapeutic purposes and yet be so minute that the gentlest and most rapid cure may be thereby obtained – to solve this problem is, as may easily be conceived, not the work off theoretical speculation; not by fine-spun reasoning, not by specious sophistry can we expect to obtain the solution of this problem. It is just as impossible as to tabulate in advance all imaginable cases. Pure experiment, careful observation of the sensitiveness of each patient, and accurate experience can alone determine this; and it were absurd to adduce the large doses of unsuitable (allopathic) medicines of the old system, which do not touch the diseased side of the organism homoeopathically, but only attack the parts unaffected by the disease, in opposition to what pure experience pronounces respecting the smallness of the doses required for homoeopathic cures.
If that would be the case, question arises as to what is the suitable potency to ensure complete and comfortable cure and how minute a dose, can bring about a real cure. What is the dosage required of each medicine and to what extent, it can be reduced? The answer is not within the purview of any scientific discussion or imagination. It will not yield to any well fabricated arguments or to any special technological and scientific explanation. It is as funny as imagining and classifying beforehand all the possible diseases, their various stages, and the seriousness or otherwise in the world. In case of each patient, the knowledge gained by experience should be specially applied. The capacity of the vital force to counteract in each patient is to be observed. Experience should be relied upon. Administration of medicines in larger doses as in allopathy, should be stopped. The potency necessary to improve the diseased parts only should be used.