These remedies are also given according to their time modalities. Bryonia seems often to act in this case after meals at night, time of amelioration. Ricinus communis given after noon relieves nausea and dyspeptic troubles….


It requires too much time to know homoeopathy well and we do not wish to discourage those who come to homoeopathy by our study which is surely very long. Let those who want to appreciate homoeopathy, try it in order to be the impartial witness of the results that they may obtain.

It is only for this reason we are going to give here a very simple example of homoeopathic prescription, which we do often and on in our daily practice, when we have to treat a chronic cholecystitis. The remedies that we are going to enumerate are for the treatment of the starting of the disease. They are simple to prescribe, easy to use by the patient. Our homoeopath friends will reproach us for being too much schematic by giving this example which is contrary to the law of Hahnemann.

In fact the homoeopathic treatment should always be adapted to the patient and not to the diseases and we must avoid routinism. But we may say that seven times out of ten it will be advantageous to begin thus the treatment of a subject suffering from chronic cholecystitis. Prescribe then these remedies for three months even if those remedies are less indicated by the symptoms described above.


Phosphorus 200, 2 doses, the first dose at the beginning of the treatment, the 2nd dose ten days after the 1st (the best remedy that may act on gall bladder)

Bryonia 30, two granules every day in the morning after waking up in the morning.

Ricinus communis 6, 2 granules at 4 p.m.

China 30, 2 granules every evening while going to bed.

These remedies are also given according to their time modalities. Bryonia seems often to act in this case after meals at night, time of amelioration. Ricinus communis given after noon relieves nausea and dyspeptic troubles, i.e. to say a bit before the habitual stage of aggravation of hepatics, those that are suited to Lycopodium and Chelidonium etc. aggr. towards 5 in the evening, finally China, complimentary of Phosphorus seems t act better at the end of the day.

Berberis 6,5 drops in a small quantity of water before noon meals (hepato-biliary drainage)

Compress in the evening and keep it the whole night sprinkled with 5 to 10 drops of Bryonia M.T., and Chelidonium M.T.

But routinism should be avoided and one should know how to modify this prescription by replacing the remedies not indicated by the patient with those that are indicated. One will already obtain a sedation of pains, the diminution of temperature, and amelioration of hepato-biliary symptoms, the region of the gall bladder will be softer by palpation, it will be less tense and less painful.

In graver cases the treatment should be done in different manner at the sametime by drainage and canalisation of the toxins.

By the side of good results obtained in this way what can a unicist do by his single remedy given in high dilution as a ground remedy? We have tried this method formerly, but such a practice is deceiving and sometimes even dangerous. The necessity of drainage is absolute, still more so in the treatment of hepato-biliary affection. This is a glaring confirmation of the value of the theory of drainage and canalisation of Dr. A. Nebel.

Mauritius Fortier-Bernoville
Mauritius (Maurice) Fortier Bernoville 1896 – 1939 MD was a French orthodox physician who converted to homeopathy to become the Chief editor of L’Homeopathie Moderne (founded in 1932; ceased publication in 1940), one of the founders of the Laboratoire Homeopathiques Modernes, and the founder of the Institut National Homeopathique Francais.

Bernoville was a major lecturer in homeopathy, and he was active in Liga Medicorum Homeopathica Internationalis, and a founder of the le Syndicat national des médecins homœopathes français in 1932, and a member of the French Society of Homeopathy, and the Society of Homeopathy in the Rhone.

Fortier-Bernoville wrote several books, including Une etude sur Phosphorus (1930), L'Homoeopathie en Medecine Infantile (1931), his best known Comment guerir par l'Homoeopathie (1929, 1937), and an interesting work on iridology, Introduction a l'etude de l'Iridologie (1932).

With Louis-Alcime Rousseau, he wrote several booklets, including Diseases of Respiratory and Digestive Systems of Children, Diabetes Mellitus, Chronic Rheumatism, treatment of hay fever (1929), The importance of chemistry and toxicology in the indications of Phosphorus (1931), and Homeopathic Medicine for Children (1931). He also wrote several short pamphlets, including What We Must Not Do in Homoeopathy, which discusses the logistics of drainage and how to avoid aggravations.

He was an opponent of Kentian homeopathy and a proponent of drainage and artificial phylectenular autotherapy as well.