This section is from the book "The Chronic Diseases, Their Specific Nature And Their Homeopathic Treatment", by Samuel Hahnemann. Also available from Amazon: The chronic diseases, their specific nature and their homeopathic treatment.
This circumstance need not astonish us when we consider that the Psora is a chronic miasma of quite peculiar and especial character, which in several thousands of years has passed through several millions of human organisms, and must have assumed such a vast extension of varied symptoms - the elements of those innumerable, chronic, non-venereal ailments, under which mankind now groans - and could transmute itself into such an indefinite multitude of forms differing from one another as it gradually ultimated itself in the various bodily constitutions of individual men who differed from one another in their domiciles, their climatic peculiarities, their education, habits, occupations, modes of life and of diet, and was moulded by varying bodily and psychic relations. It is, therefore, not strange that one single and only medicine is insufficient to heal the entire Psora and all its forms, and that it requires several medicines in order to respond, by the artificial morbid effects peculiar to each, to the unnumbered host of Psora symptoms, and thus to those of all chronic (non-venereal) diseases and to the entire Psora, and to do this in a curative homoeopathic manner.*
* Recent itch-disease with its still present cutaneous eruption has been cured at times without any external remedy by even one very small dose of a properly potentized preparation of Sulphur, and thus within two, three or four weeks; once a dose of one-half grain of Carbo vegetabilis, potentized a million fold, sufficed for a family of seven persons, and three times a like dose of as highly potentized Sepia was sufficient.
+ I. e., occupations which called more fully into play one or another organ of the body, one or another function of the spirit and mind.
It is only, therefore, as already mentioned, when the eruption of itch is still in its prime and the infection is in consequence still recent, that the complete cure can be effected by Sulphur alone, and then at times with but a single dose. I leave it undecided whether this can be done in every case of itch still in full eruption on the skin, because the ages of the eruption of itch-infecting patients is quite various. For if the eruption has been on the skin for some time (although it may not have been treated with external repressive remedies), it will of itself begin to recede gradually from the skin. Then the internal Psora has already in part gained the upper hand; the cutaneous eruption is then no more so completely vicarious, and ailments of another kind appear, partly as the signs of a latent Psora, partly as chronic diseases developed from the internal Psora. In such a case Sulphur alone (as little as any other single antipsoric remedy) is usually no longer sufficient to produce a complete cure, and the other antipsoric remedies, one or another, according to the remaining symptoms, must be called upon to give their homoeopathic aid.
* I refrain from hinting through what exertions and through how many careful observations, investigations, reflections and varied experiments I have finally succeeded after eleven years in filling up the great chasm in the edifice of the homoeopathic healing art, the cure of the innumerable chronic diseases, and thus in completing as far as possible the blessings which this art has in store for suffering humanity.
The homoeopathic medical treatment of the countless chronic diseases (non-venereal and. therefore, of psoric origin) agrees essentially in its general features with the homoeopathic treatment of human diseases as taught in the Organon of the Art of Healing. I shall now indicate what is especially to be considered in the treatment of chronic diseases.
As to the diet and mode of living of patients of this kind I shall only make some general remarks, leaving the special application in any particular case to the judgment of the homoeopathic practitioner. Of course everything that would hinder the cure must also in these cases be removed. But since we have here to treat lingering, sometimes very tedious, diseases, which cannot be quickly removed, and since we often have cases of patients in middle life and also in old age, in various relations of life, which can seldom be totally changed, either in the case of rich people or in the case of persons of small means, or even with the poor, therefore limitations and modifications of the strict mode of life as regularly prescribed by Homoeopathy must be allowed in order to make possible the cure of such tedious diseases with individuals so very different. A strict, homoeopathic diet and mode of living does not cure chronic patients, as our opponents pretend in order to diminish the merits of Homoeopathy, but the main cause is the medical treatment. This may be seen in the case of the many patients who, trusting these false allegations, have for years observed the most strict homoeopathic diet without being able thereby to diminish appreciably their chronic disease; this rather increasing in spite of the diet, as all diseases of a chronic miasmatic nature do from their nature.
Owing to these causes, therefore, and in order to make the cure possible, the homoeopathic practitioner must yield to circumstances in his prescriptions as to diet and mode of living, and in so doing he will much more surely, and therefore more completely, reach the aim of healing than by an obstinate insistence on strict rules, which in many'cases cannot be obeyed.