Hahnemann – Psychic Properties of Medicine

Hahnemann could not use the very numerous psychic properties of remedies discovered by himself, for two motives: first, because he has not given the medicine is suitable doses and in the most favourable moment and secondly, because he ignored the importance of psychic symptoms….

11, 379-Puls 311-Opium 191-Aurum 3, p. 2300-Ignatia 11,379, 390. Chronic Disease Arsenic 1, 410-Aurum 1, 459, 460-Platina 111, 315- Alumina 1, 214+217 (47, 49, 49, 50)- Conium 11, 128+131 (37, 40)-Sulph 111, 502, 507 (61, 666, 70, 74)- Ammoniumc. 1, 300, 303 (34, 37, 38, 39)- Arsenic 1, 410 413 (56, 59, 60).

Psychic Properties of Medicine

Hahnemann knew admirable how to use the somatic properties of medicines prescribing them according to the law of similar but he has used only very incompletely the psychic properties of medicines.

In fact he considered all the somatic symptoms as essential and all psychic symptoms as accessories. For this reason he use to select the remedies first of all indicated by their somatic symptoms and did not care for selecting a remedy according to the symptoms of the mind except in cases when he hoped to act at the sametime against somatic and psychic symptoms. Thus for example, he says in the following way in his Materia Medica Pura (Vol. 3, p. 123 and 318) about the different indications of Nux and Pulsatilla Hahnemann considered the psychic symptoms as the main symptoms and indicated the remedy only when it appears during the treatment of a chronic disease. Thus for example in the V. 1, of the Treatment of Chronic Disease (P. 184) he advises:

Opium against fright when one is called for long time afterwards and when the freight is accompanied by sadness.

Ignatia against fright when it is followed by sadness.

When one considers the numerous symptoms that appeared during the proving of the remedies by Hahnemann himself, one is very much astonished to see that he advised to see that he advise to give up the treatment of chronic disease and to leave the patient to his fate when the latter has not enough philosophy, religion, of the control of his will power in order to bear patiently and with resignation the ills that are not caused by his own faults. He adds further that because will directed treatment with the most appropriate remedies to somatic suffering is completely useless in a man who is in prey of continual griefs and whose sources of life are constantly destroyed by the deep influence of the disease acquired (Loc. cit., p. 159).

Hahnemann was not well justified to give the above advice, because he could have, and it is really possible, to remedy the above mentioned psychic troubles and this by the help of medicines which he has so well experimented on himself and on his disciples. It is so true, that one of his disciples Jahr, his principal vulgarisers, cities, for example in his “Treatment of Psychic and Nervous Diseases (in-12, 1854, J. Baillere) two medicines indicated against want of irreligious sentiment (p. 352 and 25 remedies indicated against want of will power, and 24 remedies indicated against the too much sensitiveness to griefs (p.332).

Nevertheless, up-till-now none, has generally used the numerous psychic properties of medicines. And, on this point, they follow the example of Hahnemann and of his first disciples and of those of the second generation. I could have been able to find their clinical inexperience on this special point while discussing with Homeopathic doctors of these two generations during a stay of seven months in Germany, in 1853. I did not receive clinical informations on the psychic properties from the German homoeopaths whom I met. I mention the name of the few famous ones here.

Attomyr at Presbourg (Hungary): Fleischmann in Wurm 6, Caspar at Vienna (Austria); Altschal, Hirsch, Schaller at Prague (Bohemia); Reiz at Linz (Hte-Austria); Professor Joseph Buchner and Quaglio at Munich (Bayeria); Trinks, Hirschel, at Dresden (Saxony)).

I met also Staph but was not more fortunate not even after meeting Boenninghausen although he allowed me to assist in his chamber for sometime in the month of September 1855. I also discussed the matter with some Homoeopaths of the first generation in France; Des Guide, Rapou father, Cazal, Crepu, Leon Simon father, Perry, Proth at Paris, Gaschassi, Roux and Bonneval of Bordeaux.

However Dr. Jousset told me that the count of Bonneval, whom I visited in 856, has since then obtained some psychic cure with homoeopathic medicines.

These doctors and their followers generally obtained accidentally and exceptionally some psychic cure, following the very restricted advices of Hahnemann on this point. In fact among the psychic effects, he noted specially the modifications caused on the mind by the medicines and very few effects produced by them on the intellect. Thus in his last work, where he summarised his last observations, the Treatment of Chronic Diseases in 3 v., in-8, before exposing in their pathogens regarding the psychic effect to each medicine on healthy man, he says summarily, that the modifications produced by the medicines on the mind of his clients and still more briefly the modifications caused on their intellect. As for example in the clinical indications in the pathogeneses of Alumina, Ammon, carb., Calc-c., Sulphur he only says that these medicines can ameliorate the difficulty of thinking. Nothing was mentioned as regards the properties of medicines which not only create, but also develop the intelligence in different manner. Thus Alumina develops the synthetic mind, Calcarea develops the analytical mind: Alumina and Ammon-c, ameliorate the narrowness of the mind which sees only a restricted view things.

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.