The Art of Healing
§ 275 – Sixth Edition
The suitableness of a medicine for any given case of disease does not depend on its accurate homœopathic selection alone, but likewise on the proper size, or rather smallness, of the dose. If we give too strong a dose of a medicine which may have been even quite homœopathically chosen for the morbid state before us, it must, notwithstanding the inherent beneficial character of its nature, prove injurious by its mere magnitude, and by the unnecessary, too strong impression which, by virtue of its homœopathic similarity of action, it makes upon the vital force which it attacks and, through the vital force, upon those parts of the organism which are the most sensitive, and are already most affected by the natural disease.
The efficiency of a doctor does not consist only in using a correct remedy to the correct patient. It also depends upon how less a medicine is used. In other words, he should have full knowledge of the potency to be used as much as the medicine. If a drug is used in a higher potency than is required, it produces more violent symptoms than the disease and harms the patient. It compels the vital force to have more burden consequent to which, suffering in the body would aggravate. Parts of the body become too sensitive and are already seriously affected by natural disease.
If the medicinal quantity used is more than required, the disturbance on the vital force would correspondingly increase. Greater medicinal quantity means, potency used is less than required. From this, it is clear:
- If a medicine is used in higher potency or lower potency than required, it harms the body.
- Serious suffering would take place when used in a lower potency than in higher potency. Painful sensations would be produced. The existing disease symptoms would aggravate temporarily and take longer time for cure. If the same medicine is given immediately in a higher potency, all the sufferings would vanish.