Organon – The Art of Healing
But if the stage of apyrexia be very short, as happens in some very bad fevers, or if it be disturbed by some of the after sufferings of the previous paroxysm, the dose of the homœopathic medicine should be administered when the perspiration begins to abate, or the other subsequent phenomena of the expiring paroxysm begin to diminish.
In some cases of intricate diseases, the time span between two paroxysms is much less. Before the after-effects of the first paroxysm declines, the next paroxysm may also arise. In such cases, the medicine should be administered at the stage of declination of the last symptom like perspiration etc., of the first paroxysm.
When the malarial diseases are severe and violent or if they have taken hold of the body for a long time, violence of the two attacks increases and the period of intermission diminishes. Two attacks may break out on the same day or within few hours. Then when the last symptom of the first attack starts diminishing, the drug is to be administered.
Not infrequently, the suitable medicine has with a single dose destroyed several attacks and brought about the return of health, but in the majority of cases, another dose must be administered after such attack. Better still, however, when the character of the symptoms has not changed, doses of the same medicine given according to the newer discovery of repetition of doses (see note to § 270), may be given without difficulty in dynamizing each successive dose with 10-12 succussions of the vial containing the medicinal substance. Nevertheless, there are at times cases, though seldom, where the intermittent fever returns after several days’ well being. This return of the same fever after a healthy interval is only possible when the noxious principle that first caused the fever, is still acting upon the convalescent, as is the case in marshy regions. Here a permanent restoration can often take place only by getting away from this causative factor, as is possible by seeking a mountainous retreat, if the cause was a marshy fever.
Very often, only one dose arrests such paroxysm and restores health. In some cases, it is not so. Repetition of the same remedy after every attack is required in gradually increasing potencies till such time the totality of the attack is changed. Recurrence of the intermittent fevers is possible in some cases after a long time. This happens mostly in malarial fevers. Since the origin of the disease is deeper than the strength of the medicine, the disease lies latent for a long time and again breaks out.
In such cases, instead of creating a confrontation in the body between the disease and medicine, it is desirable to shift the patient to a mountainous region ie., getting away from the causative factor.
As almost every medicine causes in its pure action a special, peculiar fever and even a kind of intermittent fever with its alternating states, differing from all other fevers that are caused by other medicines, homœopathic remedies may be found in the extensive domain of medicines for all the numerous varieties of natural intermittent fevers and, for a great many of such fevers, even in the moderate collection of medicines already proved on the healthy individual.
Any powerful medicine has the quality of producing a distinct type of fever as a part of its totality. During the cause of onset and declination, some alternating stages occur which means some symptoms diminish in an irregular order rather than in the order of occurrence. So every powerful drug has the capacity to reduce intermittent fevers. Besides, every drug has its own individual qualities. As no two kinds of trees bear similarity, no two drugs contain complete similarity. As the number of proved drugs increases, the cure of all types of intermittent diseases becomes possible.