This section is from the book "A Compend Of The Principles Of Homoeopathy", by William Boericke. Also available from Amazon: A Compend of the Principles of Homoeopathy as Taught by Hahnemann.
Most of them are in reality bodily diseases. Certain mental and emotional symptoms are peculiar to every bodily disease; these symptoms develop more or less rapidly, and become predominant over all other symptoms, and are finally transferred, like a local disease, into the invisibly fine organs of the mind, where, by their presence, they seem to obscure the bodily symptoms.
In regard to the totality of symptoms of a case of this kind, all physical symptoms which prevailed before the disease assumed the mental form are very essential. Comparison between these early symptoms and their present indistinct remnants, which may occasionally appear during lucid intervals or during transient amelioration of the mental disease, will show the continuance of the physical disease, although obscured. Study §§ 214-220, Organon.
Acute insanity, even though due to latent psora, should not be treated with anti-psoric remedies at once, but met with remedies like Aconite, Belladonna, etc., in highly attenuated doses. After such treatment, anti-psoric remedies, with well regulated diet and habits, will do the rest. In the treatment of insanity, the medicines may be given mixed with the patient's usual drink, without his knowledge, thus obviating every kind of compulsion. Study §§ 221-231, Organon, in this connection.
Intermittent and alternating diseases are such as return at certain periods, or where certain morbid conditions alternate with each other. Such are mostly a product of developed psora.
The symptoms which mark the condition of the patient during the period of intermission should chiefly be taken as guides in selecting the most striking homoeopathic remedy.
In intermittents, besides the importance of the apy-rexia as offering most guiding symptoms for the selection of the remedy, the stage which is most prominent and peculiar should next be considered. The best time to administer the remedy is a short time after the termination of the paroxysm, when the patient has partially recovered from it. The vital force is then in the most favorable condition to be modified by medicine and restored to healthy action. Anti-psoric remedies will generally be required after other remedies corresponding to the special type of fever have failed to bring about a perfect cure. Study §§ 231-244, Organon.
For further study, consult -
"Hahnemann's Chronic Diseases," translated by Prof. L. Tafel.
"Hahnemann's Chronic Diseases," by C. L. Swift, M.D., in Homoeopathic Physician, February, 1885.
"Sycosis," by F. S. Keith, M.D., in Homosopathic Physician, May, 1895.
"Procedure in the treatment of Inactive, Progressive Chronic Diseases," by T. J. Kent, in Hahnemannian Advocate, July, 1896.
C. W. Wolf: "Homceopatische Erfahrungen. Die Grundver-giftung der Mensch heit". Berlin, F. A. Herbig, 1860.
Dudgeon: "Lectures on Homoeopathy". Lectures IX and X. "The Doctrine of Chronic Diseases". These give an historical account of the development of the doctrine and the views of the older homceopathists in regard to it.