Homoeopathic Remedy and its Pharmaceutics

In the fourth edition of the Organon, Hahnemann alludes to the employment of medicines by olfaction, a procedure the subsequently grew very fond of; for in the fifth edition of that work he prefers it to every other mode of administering the remedy….

Modes of administering the remedy adopted by Hahnemann-His early external employment -Vehicles in which he gave it internally-He afterwards advises it to be always given dry-He introduces the globules- Various sizes used by him-His administration by olfaction, to supersede all other methods-Olfaction of the dry globule-Olfaction of the dissolved medicine-He returns to the giving of medicines in solution-Modes of preserving the solution- His endermic employment of medicines-His early employment of this method-His later mode of employing it-At one time he forbids its use-He afterwards recommends it strongly-Resume of Hahnemann’s methods-AEgidi proposes to give medicines in solution-Hering approves of AEgidi’s plan-He warns against stirring the solution too much-AEgidi approves of olfaction in some cases-Rau says olfaction is seldom useful-Rummel has seen it of use in certain cases-Perry advocates its employment-Gross approves of olfaction of the high potencies-Mure’s ingenious mode of giving his patients the benefit of olfaction without their knowledge- Drysdale’s mode of giving arseniuretted hydrogen-Kampfer alludes to the endermic method-Want of uniformity and rule in the administration of medicines-Practitioners generally guided by caprice or convenience- Dry vehicles for the medicine-Rotuli, pastilles, Norton’s pilules-Olfaction occasionally, useful-The endermic method-Its antiquity-Plistonicus, Dieuches, Diocles, Dioscorides, Rufus, Berengarius, Amatus-Classes of practitioners mentioned by Celsus-Lembert, Lesieur, Ahrensen on the endermic method-Madden’s experiments on the absorption of medicines- Solids-Fluids-Gases-Hering’s peculiar endermic method-Utility of the endermic method in certain cases-Mode of employing it- Inunction of medicines-The local employment of medicines- Hahnemann’s early denunciation of the local treatment of syphilis-His subsequent local treatment of other diseases-His local treatment of itch and cancer-He afterwards denounces all local treatment-Except of contusions and condylomata-Gross recommends local treatment in some cases-Schron also-Backhausen advises it in many cases-Griesselich, Veith, Koch, Mayrhofer, Segin, AEgidi, Patzack, employ it in certain cases-Trinks is not partial to it-Lippe recommends it in burns-Henriques also uses it in burns-Giving medicine by the mouth is often a local employment of it- The method is useful in some cases, but dangerous in others-Black’s ophthalmic ointment-Blake’s calendula lotion to the womb-Utility of a collyrium in ophthalmia neonatorum-Local employment of the remedy in toothache-In syphilis- In scabies-Homoeopathic pharmacy-Hahnemann’s early pharmaceutic innovations-His soluble mercury-A bad preparation- He afterwards abandons it-Want of uniformity in his first modes of preparing tincture of belladonna, opium, ipecacuanha, chamomilla, bryonia, rhus, and hyoscyamus-Lays down rules for the preparation of different substances-He occasionally deviates from these rules-He afterwards proposes a uniform process for all medicines-His mode of triturating-Hering proposes various proportions of the vehicle and drug-His economical and expeditious mode of preparing the dilutions-Vehsemeyer approves of the decimal scale-Gruner prepares medicines on this scale- Rummel suggests the proportion of 2 to 98-Relation of decimal to centesimal scale-Various works on homoeopathic pharmacy-Caspari’s dispensatory-Hartmann’s Latin translation-Buchner’s pharmacopoeia-Gruner’s pharmacopoeia-Schmid’s pharmacopoeia- Mure’s pharmaceutic propositions-His triturating machine-His apparatus for producing a vacuum-His succussion machine-Weber’s proposed to triturates all medicines up to 15-His dynamizator- Madden’s pharmaceutic suggestions-Hahnemann’s antiquated chemistry-Need of a new homoeopathic pharmacopoeia.


HAVING with all due care selected the most appropriate homoeopathic remedy, and determined the magnitude of the dose, or potency of the dilution in which we deem it necessary to exhibit it, the next question that offers itself for consideration is this:- How is this medicine to be administration, in order that the patient shall derive the greatest amount of benefit from it? And we shall presently find the mode of administering a remedy admits of considerable variety, both in respect to the form in which it is given, and the part of the organism to which it is applied.

I shall now proceed to run over the modes of administration of remedies proposed and adopted by Hahnemann, and then go on to consider the variation on his modes proposed by others.

R.E. Dudgeon
Robert Ellis Dudgeon 1820 – 1904 Licentiate of the Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh in 1839, Robert Ellis Dudgeon studied in Paris and Vienna before graduating as a doctor. Robert Ellis Dudgeon then became the editor of the British Journal of Homeopathy and he held this post for forty years.
Robert Ellis Dudgeon practiced at the London Homeopathic Hospital and specialised in Optics.
Robert Ellis Dudgeon wrote Pathogenetic Cyclopaedia 1839, Cure of Pannus by Innoculation, London and Edinburgh Journal of Medical Science 1844, Hahnemann’s Organon, 1849, Lectures on the Theory & Practice of Homeopathy, 1853, Homeopathic Treatment and Prevention of Asiatic Cholera 1847, Hahnemann’s Therapeutic Hints 1847, On Subaqueous Vision, Philosophical Magazine, 1871, The Influence of Homeopathy on General Medical Practice Since the Death of Hahnemann 1874, Repertory of the Homeopathic Materia Medica, 2 vols 1878-81, The Human Eye Its Optical Construction, 1878, Hahnemann’s Materia Medica Pura, 1880, The Sphygmograph, 1882, Materia Medica: Physiological and Applied 1884, Hahnemann the Founder of Scientific Therapeutics 1882, Hahnemann’s Organon 1893 5th Edition, Prolongation of Life 1900, Hahnemann’s Lesser Writing.