The name “Opotherapy” was given by Landouzy, to a medication which utilise not really the juices of the different organs of animals, but the powder obtained after dessication of these organs or the solution of their active principles. Therefore, as Brown Squad says, its name would be better indicative, if we call this method of treatment “Organotherapy”, Limited on principle to the use of glands having internal secretions, the opotherapic medication is at present realised with the organs and different tissues. (Richaud and Hazard).
Organotherapy may realises many kinds of medication: 1. Substitutive medication, by corresponding organs of animals.
2. Symptomatic medication.
3. Homeostimulating medication: the opotherapic extracts excite the organs that correspond to them, as for example the bile is one of the best excitant of the biliary secretion.
3. Antagonist or inhibiting medication. The extract neutralizes the normal or pathological action of a given organ.
Homoeopathy has added to the above the variable action according to the doses, and the balancing action of the medium dilutions.
The Stock: The stocks are obtained from different animals and even sometimes from man. But for being utilised these substances should undergo a preparation.
After anatomic verification the organs are cleansed, pulped and dried in vacuum in low temperature (50 to 0*) The cakes obtained are powdered. These powders may be used as they are but generally they are made free from fat for preparing injectable ampoules. We thing that this method is the best for being used as the base of the homoeopathic dilutions.
Their titration is evaluated in relation to the weight of dried gland containing in ampoule. As for example 1cm3 containing 0.10 of dried thyroid corresponds to a 1st decimal. The 2nd decimal is done in the alcohol of 30*, as well as the following dilution. Only when they are prepared in injectable, ampoules the excipient is then physiological serum. In some cases as for example for the Postpituitary, the titration is not given in weight but in units (physiological). This titration should be respected for the preparation of dilutions (lU=Omg of powder).
Doses: According to the dilution, the opotherapy may have some different actions.
Ponderable doses are substitutives.
The medium dilutions are “excitative”, the high “inhibiting”.