Administration of the Remedy

Discussion on how to Administration of the Remedy employ the remedy when selected. This involves such matters as the size of the dose, the frequency of repetition and the most suitable potency….

ONE of the most difficult problems facing the homoeopathic physician is just how to employ the remedy when selected. This involves such matters as the size of the dose, the frequency of repetition and the most suitable potency.

Size of dose has to be taken into account only when prescribing Mother Tinctures or the low decimal potencies of poisonous substances such a BELLADONNA, CUPRUM ARSENICOSUM, STRYCHNINUM. These so-called poisons lose their toxicity when potentised, becoming valuable therapeutic agents.

The frequency of repetition of the chosen remedy depends on the acuteness of the situation. Where the symptoms are severe, the onset sudden, and the progress of the illness rapid, repetition may be called for every quarter of an hour, every half hour or every hour, as seems indicated until there is definite evidence of improvement.

The rule is not to give further doses as long as the improvement is maintained. A recurrence of similar symptoms would call for repetition of the remedy, perhaps in a higher potency. The development of fresh symptoms would demand a fresh assessment of the case and probably the selection of a different remedy.

If the correct remedy has been selected there should be evidence of improvement in the patient’s condition after 24 to 36 hours, if not sooner. If none is apparent the case should be reassessed and a change to another remedy considered.

It is wise to avoid the use of potencies higher than 30 in handling acute exacerbations or in initial homoeopathic treatment in “sensitives”, that is, the allergic type of person who may give a history of asthma, hay fever, urticaria, skin rashes, migraine or sensitivity in some other respect.

In such persons it is best to employ the lower potencies, say 3 or 6 or 12, even though the condition may appear acute.

In employing remedies in potency the size of the dose is immaterial. Increase in effectiveness is obtained by repetition at intervals as just mentioned, not by giving several tablets or powders as the case might be, simultaneously.

A method of administration sometimes employed is to dissolve a few medicated granules in a half tumbler of water and order a small quantity to be taken at specified intervals.

In this case, however, the glass used would also absorb the potency and should not be used with a different remedy. This retention of potency energy by the glass phial or other container entails care in storage. The remedy must be kept in the original container and the stopper, or screw top only removed for the shortest time possible.

Main problems:

The questions that have to be considered in giving a homoeopathic remedy are :

The most suitable potency;

The appropriate number of doses to be given in what may be termed a unit treatment;

The advisable interval between each dose; and

When, if at all, to repeat the remedy, or give another.

These several points have further to be considered in relation to the degree of metabolic disturbance present in the body and the level, plane or sphere of intended action of the remedy.

Acute Disease:

In acute disease, that is, recently acquired metabolic disturbance with a tendency to natural cure, the indication is probably for the employment of the higher potencies, 30 and upwards. It appears that the higher the potency the more rapid the response.

This is of obvious advantage, for the sooner the active disease process is brought under control the less damage is likely to result to tissues and the less disturbance to function.

Remarkable results have on occasion been achieved in acute states with a single dose in high potency-10m or Cm. The employment of these very high potencies demands a degree of skill that can only be acquired by much experience and extensive knowledge of the materia medica. More usually some five or six doses of a moderately high potency will be given-30, 200 or 1m.

Robert Gibson-Miller
He was born in 1862, and was educated at Blair Lodge and the University of Glasgow, where he graduated in medicine in 1884. Early in his career he was attracted to the study of Homoeopathy, and with the object of testing the claims made for this system of medicine he undertook a visit to America. As a result of his investigations there Dr. Miller was convinced of the soundness of the homoeopathic theory. Dr. Miller did not write much, but we owe him also his Synopsis of Homoeopathic Philosophy and his small book, always at hand for reference, on Relation ship of Remedies.