Such initial aggravation are only seen in Homeopathy any where homoeopathic remedies such as Vaccines, are employed. Here they are often very definite, and have led, as in Hahnemann’s case, to the reduction, again and again, of the dose.
And that Vaccines and disease products used for the cure of disease are homoeopathic is pretty widely recognised.
Dr. Cabot. a University teacher in New England, said in 1906,”The use of tuberculin is a form of vaccination which illustrate better than any example known to me the approval of homoeopathic principles in our School. The poison of tuberculosis, which can produces some of the symptoms of tuberculosis, is here applied for the cure of tuberculosis through the production of immunity or resisting power in the tissues. Surely this a case of Similia Similibus Curentur, as homoeopathic writes have pointed out. The use of bacterial vaccines recently produced by Sir Almroth Wright is distinctly homoeopathic.”
Von Behring the discover of diphtheria antitoxin said : “By what technical term could we more appropriately speak of this influence excited by a similar virus, than by hahnemann’s word, `Homoeopathy.’ “And of tuberculin he said that its therapeutic, usefulness”must be traced in origin to a principle which cannot be better characterised than by Hahnemann’s word,`Homoeopathic.” And again in regard to immunity in sheep, vaccinated against anthrax, he said, “By what technical term could we more appropriately speak of this influence of a virus similar in character to the fatal arthrax, than by Hahnemann’s word, `Homoeopathy.,”
It may be interesting here to sate that, according to the directions of Constantine Hering (one of Hahnemann’s great followers) in 1830, Anthracinum was prepared from the spleen of animals affected with anthrax; and that in 1836, the homoeopaths Weber published in Leipsic a treatise on “Cattle Plague treated with Anthracinum, also of men similarly affected ” in which he claims to have cured every case.
In regard to the use of disease products for the cure of disease, Homoeopathy has been using them since the days of Hahnemann : but administered orally – in potency – and after provings have been made : just like any other homoeopathic medicines.
As pointed out by Dr. McGavack ( Homoeopathic Principles in Therapeutics). in addition to vaccines official medicine is now experimenting with another group of pathogenic agents, homoeopathically applied for the cure of asthma hay fever, and other disease of foreign protein origin. The proper pollen is selected in each case, by individualisation.
But Homoeopathy has been treating disease of sensitisation for over a century with success; individualising always, but after the homoeopathic methods of drug-selection.
He says “Every set of cutaneous sensitisation tests contain common oats (Avena sativa), yellow dock (Rumex crispus), plantain (Plantago major) elder (Sambucus nigra), spikenard (Aralia racemosa) etc., etc.,” But all these in provings produce either hay fever, or asthma, or both and are therefore capable of curing these disease… and that “long before the laboratory was capable of demonstrating their power as antigens.”
These and many others, are to be found in Clark’s Dictionary of (homoeopathic) Materia Medica, published in 1900-1902.
Avena Suffocative attacks at night.
Rumex Nose, sudden sharp tingling sensation followed by violent and rapid sneezing. Violent sneezing with watery coryza.
Plantago Frequent sneezing with sudden attacks of profuse, watery bland coryza.
Sambucus Wheezing. Obstructed respiration when lying down : Spasmodic paroxysms of suffocation at night, with great agitation. Great difficulty of breathing.
Aralia Wheezing : sense of impending suffocation. Immediately on lying down an attack asthma.
But it is not enough to know that the remedy can cause asthma or hay fever. The homoeopath must know more in order to differentiate between such remedies. He must know which to choose.
Rumex is peculiar in being worse by breathing cold air. In chest troubles, wants to cover up the mouth.
Sambucus has a bluish, bloated face : a great tendency to fright – great agitation during the attacks – great pressure and constriction of chest…. and so on.
And there are many others – even more valuable, but each only valuable in its place.
In coryza with Allium cepa (the onion) the discharge from the eyes is bland, and from the nose excoriating.
With Arsenicum also, the discharges from the nose are hot and excoriating.
But with Euphrasia, the other way about the eye discharge is acrid, and the nasal discharge is bland.
But Homoeopathy goes much further, and has a far wider field than Vaccines, which apply to only a limited number of diseases : whereas substances producing like effects to disease can be used in the same way, or be substituted for vaccines with great simplification of preparation, elimination of risk, and precision in dosage.