Nosodes & Isopathy


While the classic homoeopathic medicines drawn out of the three kingdoms of nature are used for curing the similar symptoms seen in a patient the nosodes and isopathy, suit not only to the patient himself but also to the morbid states….


Q.1 Do you think that the Nosodes and Isopathic remedies should dominate over the wide field of Homoeopathic therapeutics?

The role of Nosodes and Isopathic medicines in Homoeopathy is CAPITAL. We may define the role in two words: SPECIFICITY and IMMUNITY. While the classic homoeopathic medicines drawn out of the three kingdoms of nature are used for curing the similar symptoms seen in a patient the nosodes and isopathy, suit not only to the patient himself but also to the morbid states.

Q.2 Should they be prescribed systematically in certain morbid states or only like other medicines?

It is necessary to make a distinction between Isopathy and Nosodes though isopathic remedies and nosodes are both made out of organic products.

The nosodes will always be applied, if possible, according to their indications set down by the law of similars. We should, therefore, use them like all other homoeopathic medicines, with reference to the Materia Medica, specially PSORINUM, MEDORRHINUM, SYPHILINUM, TUBERCULINUM, BACILLINUM ETC., that have a very wide pathogenesis.

As for the isopathic remedies, they are reserved for certain conditions when IMMUNITY is sought for, or when one wishes to turn a simple amelioration to a complete cure. This is why we will apply the isopathic medicines in the last phases of the treatment.

First published in Hahnemannian Gleanings, v. 7, No. 7, 1936. Note by the Editor-in-chief: A very interesting article on Isopathy and Nosodes was published in 1 `Homoeopathic Moderne of 15th March, 1936. We have got it translated by Dr. Rajkumar Mukerji of Chandanagar and published this issue. This article will create a new field of research amongst the homoeopathic fraternity all over the world.

IN THESE CASES WE SHOULD KNOW TO APPLY SYSTEMATICALLY THE ISOPATHIC PRODUCTS AND EVEN THE NOSODES. But what is most important is to know how to prescribe these two kinds of medicines at the OPTIMUM MOMENT, and above all not too soon. If not, some aggravations may ensue, that may be troublesome, sometimes very grave and dragging.

The rules for the use of Isopathic remedies are very excellently given in the book of Dr. Collet. They are always valuable, expecting some precisions given by time. Particularly, as for the nosodes, so far the Isopathics the practice of drainage, helps to avoid all very dangerous reactions and to obtain the MAXIMUM efficiency.

Q.3. What are the Nosodes and Isopathic medicines, that are more often used?

A. Diluted Microbian Cultures.

Generally, the conditions when the diluted and attenuated cultures are used, are still less known, or not well precised. It requires a precision in this chapter:

STREPTOCOCCINUM: It has a good relation to Pyrogenum, It has the same indications of Pyrogenum and may be utilized in puerperal fever, erysipelas, and in other streptococcic infections. It is better to apply it after Hepar sulphur with which it has a good relation. But according to my experience this remedy is not as useful as the other two.

STAPHYLOCOCCINUM should be applied in Osteomyelitis, furuncles, panaris etc. Results are not constant. Isopathic medicines made out of pus of the patient should be preferred to it.

PNEUMOCOCCINUM: It is very often used in high dilutions by Dr. Nebel and by Dr. Roux in acute pulmonary affections, pneumonia and in broncho-pneumonia. It seems that it gives excellent results (Pneumococcin M of the Pharmacy Boiron)

ENTEROCOCCIN AND COLIBACILLIN: Here are the cultures that I have applied several times in all possible dilutions in enterocolitie and in entero-renal syndrome. Results are inconstant and deceiving. I have abandoned them and preferred instead the isopathy of stool and urine, and above all the ANTICOLIBACILLARY SERUM of Vincent. However, it is necessary here to mention the INFLUENZUM of Dr. Nebel and his INFLUENZUM, ICE. Both of them contain numerous stocks of colibacilli and are very active.

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.