Alcoholism and Criminality

Having followed these two advices of Hahnemann, I have been able to cure the drunkards of their vice in half of the cases when the vice is not hereditary and this, by giving the medicines to the drunkards without their knowledge….

1000+ 2000+ 4000+ 6000+ 10,000+ 16,000. To avoid any aggravation, a single dose should be prescribed once only, because if the dose is mixed in water and if a spoonful is used once or twice a day for several days, one would risk an aggravation of existing symptoms and this aggravation will sometimes persist for days, weeks and months. The cure will be delayed. Among the different medicine or dilutions administered, there must be some intervals according to the effects produced and according to the persons treated. But as I do it for my clients of my dispensary, it is necessary that the doctor, every three weeks receives the visit of the consultants, either in the chamber or in the dispensary. It is the best method of watch over and to direct the treatment more usefully. But this treatment will produce any result, if the utility of the high dilution used has not been controlled, verified by the dohere the treatment which seemed to me the most useful.

In France there are every year in an average, 121,688 accused before the courts, of which 87, 6000 are alcoholics i.e. 72 Percent (in 1889).

Alcoholism, is, in our time, a scourge which is always increasing amongst modern people: a scourge for the individual of whose it degrades the morality, the intelligence, the health, procreative power and the longivity. Scourge for the species in whom it produces the 5 similar effects, but to a much more intense degree scourge for the family in which it causes discordance, the bad example or the misery; finally scourge for the society in which it contributes to the increase of general misery- two milliards (frs. 1889) spent every year in 400,000 cabarets of France- and above all the increase of criminality-out of 2,950 condemns, 2,124 alcoholics i.e. 72 Percent.

Alcoholic delirium produced in France, every year is in an average 84,600 accused in the whole category.

In order to remedy so numerous dangers of alcoholism the moralists, the economist and the doctors, make conferences, publish small pamphlets which are not real, nor heard by them, whom they are meant for. Therefore the lectures and the flood of prints remain unperceived.

To remedy alcoholism there are two means which are surely much more useful:

1. Societies for temperance, more numerous in England and in U.S. 2. Medical means, hygiene, food, medicines.

Very useful are hygienes and food which must be appropriate for the alcoholics who accept them. But it is almost an exceptional case to find them accept these means.

More useful are the Societies of temperance which sometimes give to the people a moral training to complete abstinence to alcoholic drinks. But this training is often hindered either by sensuality of the alcoholics, or above all by the pecuniary interest of the wine merchants. But the moral alimentation and hygiene certain some of the drunkards may be cured of their habit. But in a greater number among them, the addiction to drunkenness is caused by a kind of morbid impulse more or less irresistible, as it is admitted by a representative of the official medicine, Dr. A Monin, in the following two passages on “Alcoholism” (in-12, 1888), a work crowned by the French Society of Temperance.

“The most true word, perhaps, that has been said on this he is mentally deranged because he is drunk.” (p.111).

“We know how difficult it is to have any real action on the desire to drink, which is a kind of mental perversion beyond rational resources of moral and medicine.” (p.283)

Inspite of some prescriptions sometimes useful given at the end of is book, Dr., Monin, representing the allopathic medicine, declares that generally the moral and the medicine have no power to cure intoxication.

Up to the present time the homoeopathic doctor have proved themselves equally unable to cure drunkenness and inebriety; and this, because, excepting rare cases the homoeopathic doctors, do not know how to use the arms of their materia Medica, and have not followed these two advices of their Master Hahnemann, who says:

(1) For the choice of remedies, one must take into consideration the moral and intellectual symptoms presented by the patients.

(2) In chronic disease the medicine selected should be given once and should be left to act that unique dose for weeks and months.

Having followed these two advices of Hahnemann, I have been able to cure the drunkards of their vice in half of the cases when the vice is not hereditary and this, by giving the medicines to the drunkards without their knowledge, in their foods or in their drinks, the medicine selected for each of them. I will give later on the differential indications of 14 remedies which the clinical experience have shown useful in case of drunkenness and which can help the means used for curing men of this vice.

Jean Pierre Gallavardin
Jean Pierre Gallavardin (1825 – 1898) was a French orthodox physician who converted to homeopathy to gain international renown. Gallavardin was a Physician at the Homeopathic Hospital in Lyons.
Gallavardin set up a homeopathic Dispensary for the cure of alcoholics, often working in conjunction with priests, and he wrote several books on this subject.
Jean Pierre Gallavardin wrote Psychism and Homeopathy, The Homoeopathic Treatment of Alcoholism, How to Cure Alcoholism the Non-toxic Homoeopathic Way, Repertory of Psychic Medicines with Materia Medica, Plastic Medicine, and articles for The British Journal of Homeopathy, On Phosphoric Paralysis, and he collated the statistics on pneumonia and other cases for the United States Journal of Homeopathy, and he contributed widely to homeopathic publications.