The Art of Healing
When, to the observant practitioner who accurately investigates the state of the disease, it is evident, in urgent cases after the lapse of only six, eight or twelve hours, that he has made a bad selection in the medicine last given, in that the patient’s state is growing perceptibly, however slightly, worse from hour to hour, by the occurrence of new symptoms and sufferings, it is not only allowable for him, but it is his duty to remedy his mistake, by the selection and administration of a homœopathic medicine not merely tolerably suitable, but the most appropriate possible for the existing state of the disease (§ 167).
In cases of very acute diseases, requiring immediate relief, if new sufferings crop up in five or six hours after administering the remedy and the condition of the patient is worsening, it is evident that a wrong selection of a drug has been made. The physician is duty-bound to correct his mistake by adopting a most appropriate homoeopathic remedy suitable to the existing state of the disease with greater care.
There are some medicines (e.g., ignatia, also bryonia and rhus, and sometimes belladonna) whose power of altering man’s health consists chiefly in alternating actions – a kind of primary-action symptoms that are in part opposed to each other. Should the practitioner find, on prescribing one of these, selected on strict homœopathic principles, that no improvement follows, he will in most cases soon effect his object by giving (in acute diseases, even within a few hours) a fresh and equally small dose of the same medicine.1
1 As I have more particularly described in the introduction to “Ignatia” (in the first volume of the Materia Medica Pura).
When some powerful drugs like Ignatia, Bryonia, Rhus Tox, Belladonna are in action, symptoms would quickly change. Sometimes, symptoms opposite to each other may also be produced. They are the primary symptoms of those drugs. When such symptoms come up, the same medicine in a smaller dose (that means higher potency) would bring down the condition to normalcy. In violent acute diseases also, such a change should be brought out some times within a few hours.
But should we find, during the employment of the other medicines in chronic (psoric) diseases, that the best selected homœopathic (antipsoric) medicine in the suitable (minutest) dose does not effect an improvement, this is a sure sign that the cause that keeps up the disease still persists, and that there is some circumstances in the mode of life of the patient or in the situation in which he is placed, that must be removed in order that a permanent cure may ensue.
In chronic diseases even after using an antipsoric drug, other medicines if used out of necessity, do not work. In such patients, it is to be understood that the main cause of the disease is not cancelled and that there is certain irregularity in his habits, surrounding circumstances or in his way of life should be immediately checked.
Generally, it is not possible for a drug not to act when applied homeopathically. In patients, who refuse to subdue, it should be understood there is latent Psora and an anti-psoric drug having similarity should be used. The constitution then undergoes a change. Afterwards, any other drug used homeopathically for any suffering would act with certainty. If the drugs do not so act even then, it is to be understood that Psora is still there and there is also some other primary cause either in his daily routine, profession or in his family links which is preventing cure. It may be drinking or debauchery or due to serious financial reasons or problems created by a cruel fellow in his profession. Unless the patient comes out of such encumbrances, medicines do not work. Even anti-psoric drugs do not act with required efficacy. Cure becomes impossible.