Psychic Medicines

The homoeopathic doctors who, in their experiments of medicines on healthy man, have noted minutely their psychic properties, should have utilised them for the moral and intellectual amelioration of defects of their clients. …

The number of psychic or moral and intellectual symptoms described in the pathogeneses is very considerable and however, out of the 20,000 homoeopathic doctors who are dead or who are living, only six among them who are dead now Hahnemann Hering, Bourgeois, the count of Bonneval, Charles Ozanam-have utilised, according to the law of similars, the psychic symptoms in order to modify or ameliorate the character and the intelligence of some of their clients. All the other homoeopathic doctors are satisfied themselves using only the somatic symptoms of our medicines; and they have thus practised, following the example of allopathic doctors, a kind of veterinary medicine applied to man, in whom they have only treated the body except in the cases of mental derangement.

In my book on the Treatment of Alcoholism (page 29-41 of the French edition and pages 13-26 of the English edition) I have shown by some examples that all the civilised or uncivilised men in every have utilised, and still utilised the psychic properties of medicines, and this in an empirical way.

The homoeopathic doctors who, in their experiments of medicines on healthy man, have noted minutely their psychic properties, should have utilised them for the moral and intellectual amelioration of defects of their clients. These doctors would then practice the psychic medicine no more empirically like the common people, but scientifically, according to the law of similia similibus curentur. Homoeopathy will became a powerful agent of civilisation, moral and intellectual, because it will contribute:

1. To the development of intellectual aptitudes, so which the Creator has put the seeds in us.

2. To the amelioration of characters which would bring a greater peace between the individuals, in the families and in nations; to the development of morality and as consequence the diminution of criminality.

What a great preponderance will acquire thus, amongst the civilised people, Homoeopathy, if it is utilised in this way and this because it is only by the help of this therapeutic one may obtain numerous good results to its infinitesimal doses.

While waiting to publish all the facts that I have gathered since 22 years on the psychic medicine, thanks to my private and to my clients of my polytechnic. I am going to make known the indications of some medicines.

1. For the development of intellectual faculties.

2. For the amelioration of characters.

Article I

Development of Intellectual Faculties

Like the gardener who inspite of his good knowledge, can not cause to germinate but the seeds that are in the soil of his garden the psychic doctor cannot, by the help of his remedy, develop but the intellectual aptitudes, of which God has put the seed in the brain of the subjects treated. If the germs of those aptitudes are not there all the medicines are useless for developing them because Hippocrates was right when he said: Natura repugnante ommia vana.

By the help of methodic muscular exercise, one can develop the four limbs of man. Similarly by the help of education and by a methodical intellectual work one may also develop some of the aptitudes but all the aptitudes existing in germs in man. This is what experience teaches us; it teaches us that some of these aptitudes cannot be developed but by appropriate medicines. This is what I am going to show by facts:

Case I


Inaptitude for Mathematics

In order to develop the taste and aptitude for the mathematics I am very often consulted and I am successful at least in seven cases out of ten.

A single dose of Calcarea carbonica 200 or 300, given once develops habitually the taste and the aptitude for mathematics at the end of three, five or eight weeks.

It is preferable to administer this remedy without the knowledge of the subject treated, because the intellectual evolution is spontaneous and more natural.

If, on the contrary, the subject knows that he is being treated, he is preoccupied and anxious; sometimes he wishes to help the treatment and he helps awkwardly or rather hamper it by a mentality of opposition and in that case he does not say clearly the effects of the medicine.

As there are very few clients who are disposed to believe six or eight globules of a 200 dilution may develop their action during 3,5 or 8 weeks, one should give from time to time some plain globules of Saccharum lactis: this pseudo medicine is very often useful because it gives to the real medicine the time to develop its full action.

When the medicine is used without the knowledge of the person treated, 5 to 8 globules of this remedy is to be dissolved in 2, 3, 4, 6 teaspoonful of pure water; then that solution is to be poured in coffee, tea, milk, chocolate, cocoa, wine, rhum, beer, or in a soup, but in a manner that the remedy is taken only once.

The diluted medicines, from the 4th to the dilution, can no more undergo any chemical reaction and consequently is not weakened because they are in a radiant state i.e.the 4th state of the matters, discovered by the English physicians Faraday and William Crookes. So the diluted remedies may be shown in a memoire published:

1. In the Homoeopathic populaire of Paris, No. of 1st July, 1891.

2. In the Allgemeine Homoeopathische Zeitung of Leipzig, number of 19th March, 1892.

3. In the Homoeopathic World of London, number of the 1st December, 1892.

I have spoken of the radiant state of the medicines in my book on the treatment of alcoholism.

In the case IV, I will indicate an other way of administering the medicines without the knowledge of the subjects.

Case II

Inaptitude for the study of Law

A young man of 21 years came to my chamber, and said: I have studies the medicine for a year. I have left it because I had neither taste, not aptitude for that science. I have begun, this year the study of law but I have not taste and aptitude for this new subject. Please find for me a remedy which will augument my memory for the ideas and develop my taste and the aptitude for the study of law.

I put on his tongue 6 to 8 globules of Staphysagria 200, which at the end of the first month, has doubled his memory for the ideas; at the end of the second month, the memory became as it was before. But from this time, the taste and the aptitude for law developed gradually to such a point that this young man obtained a prize at the end of the first year, and another prize at the end of the second years.

On may see here that a single dose of Staphysagria 200 developed its action only at the end of the second month. It is a lesson for the busy doctors regarding the repetition of the medicines.


Want of Analytical Mind

An old missionary for the blacks of Central Africa, aged 40 knew several languages and he was always the first among his class friends, and although very intelligent, had not an analytical mind. But this was however indispensable for him because he was just appointed Professor of Moral in a big seminar. I proposed to develop in him the analytical mind, if the Creator has given in him the germ for it. He accepted my proposal, and I put on his tongue, 6 to 8 globules of Sulphur 5,000 of Jenichen.

Two months later, he came to tell me that remedy had, at the end of three months, developed his analytical power to such a point that he was surprised, and he never had it before.

One will note this singular fact: For thirty years, some different and continued studies had not developed his analytical mind and a single remedy, given at the age of 40, developed it in three weeks.

No doubt in may persons one may developed thus some intellectual aptitudes, which, without this, would have slept during their whole lives. This is a lesson for men obliged to give themselves up successively to several professions during the course of their existence.

Case IV

Inaptitude for the Study of Theology

I gave to a Professor of Theology some remedies in order to develop the aptitude for theology in four less intelligent students. Among the following remedies which develop that aptitude: Platina, Lycopodium, Calcarea carbonica, Natrum muriaticum, Selenium, I selected the appropriate remedies for each subject. Putting between each remedy an interval of 5 to 8 weeks, I gave successively three remedies to each of these students and always without their knowledge. These remedies developed the intelligence in such a notable way in the two students and in really an extraordinary way in the third. But there was not result in the fourth. If the treatment were continued a much longer period, the remedies would have been well successful in the two students whose intelligence was ameliorated and in the fourth there was not effect.

The professor, had not been able to go neither to the kitchen not to the dining room to put the respective medicine in their foods or in their drinks, found an ingenious means for administering the remedies in a ball a gum in which he introduced the globules of a remedy and afterwards stopped the hole. As as sweet, he used to give thus to each student a ball of gum containing the medicines.

This method of using medicine may be used for the treatment without the knowledge of the subjects, for the somatic or psychic diseases of persons to whom one wishes to render service and who refuse all treatments.

Case V

Inaptitude for the study and the practice of medicine. Means to change sometimes the profession of a young man.

A young man who desired to become an engineer and had a repulsion for the medicine for which his family destined him. His father asked me if I could make of him a doctor by modifying his intellectual aptitudes by the help of medicine. “Yes,” I replied, “if the Creator has out in his brain a germ of medical aptitude”.


Among the remedies that follow: Silicea, Calcarea carbonica, in this order develop the taste and the aptitude for the study of medicine. I gave him without his knowledge and successively the first three remedies.

The first cured his of his repulsion for the medicine.

The second made him hesitant between the two professions.

The third made him decide for the medicine.

The doctors, who will desire to develop the taste and the aptitude for the study of the medicine in one of his sons, will give them the five remedies cited above in the indicated order. They will have the chance of success by giving the five remedies than only the 2, 3 or 4.

In the case where the young student of medicine will experience a repulsion and nausea at the sight of patients, they would be given a dose of Nux vomica 200 every 21, 14 or 7 days; and sometimes even Staphysagria; if the first remedy is not sufficient.

The aptitude for the practice of medicine is developed by Hepar, Nitric acidum, Ammonium carbonicum, Selenium.

The following remedies are indicated for curing the repulsion against the high dilutions: Causticum, Sepia, Lycopodium, Nux vomica, m Hepar, Nitri acidum.

The aptitude for the Pharmacy is developed by Bryonia, Lycopodium, Silicea.

Case VI

Besides in the cases of very much developed intellectual aptitude, it is generally advantageous that one of the sons follow the profession of the father, because the latter may transmit to him the results of his experience, his knowledge acquired and his clients. This is advantageous, for the sons, for the clients and for the development or the maintaining of professional knowledge.

As it has been shown in the case V, some remedies may develop in the son, when he has the germ of it in his brain the professional aptitude of his father.

In the case, where this treatment would not be effecacious, it would not be injurious. And how much it would be useful to the son if he would have been successful! It is always preferable to treat the latter without his knowledge.

Later on, I would be able to make known some useful remedies for developing the taste and the aptitude for the different professions: Industry, commerce, financier, engineer, chemist, physicist, painter, sculptor, architect, musician, literary, journalist, operator, advocate, notary, geographer, astronomer, mechanician, metallurgist, military, navy, etc.. etc.

One sees how the homoeopathic doctors could utilise their remedies like the agents of culture of the intellectual; civilisation.

Article II

Medical Treatment of Passions, Vices, Defects of Character

One may also use the remedies like the agents of culture, of the civilisation and this by dissipating, very often, if not always, not only the passions and the vices, but also the simple defects of character which disturbs the peace, the mutual assistance between parents or citizens. This is what I am going to show by some facts.

Case I-V


Aptitude. Not well wishing. Not serviceable. Refuses to do his will.

One finds some example of non-motivated antipathy in all the families and classes of the society, even in saints who were not able to live together, as for example:

St. Paul and St. Barnabas.

St. Augustin and Tertullian.

St. Bernard and Pierre the Venerable, Abbey of Cluny.

The saintliness cannot transform a man who is brown into a blonde one, a bilious temperament into sanguin and modify other dispositions which are organic, which hygiene and the medicines may modify in some cases.

(I) A woman came to my polyclinic, saying: I live with my daughter aged 19, my husband and an old aunt. The latter has against me an antipathy which she has communicated to my husband and to my daughter. Thus all the three are not well disposed against me. Have you some remedies for curing this antipathy? I gave her three doses of Calcarea carbonica 200 to give them without their knowledge.

Three weeks later, that woman came back and told: “Two days after having taken her remedy, my aunt has showed to me her obligingness, my husband after two days and my daughter alone five or six days afterwards. Now they are obliging to me.”

It will be noted that the effect was late in the young girl because her reason was less developed. It is for this reason the psychic treatment is less successful in many children than in adults.

(II) A father had an antipathy against his son whom he wanted to disinherit at least partially in favour of his daughter. The son asked me for a remedy to make this father equitable so as to partition his fortune (800,000 francs of 1893), in two equal parts between his two children. I gave him 4 to 5 doses of Calcarea carb, which the father took without his knowledge in 4 to 5 months, at the end of which, he become gradually well wishing, generous, and he partitioned his fortune in two equal parts between his children.

(III) A dying husband, having an antipathy against his wife; did not wish to make his will in her favour. I gave him without his knowledge a single dose of calcarea carbonica 30, which made him decide to make his will in the favour of his wife at the end of 12 hours.

(IV) One of my colleagues and friend asks a neighbor of the village a service which the latter refuse him under the pretext that his farmer has done wrong to him. By colleague has the change to give him on the tongue some globules of Calcarea carbonica 200 and two days afterwards, this recalcitrant neighbor came spontaneously to offer the service which she has refused.

(V) A rich peasant had a daughter to marry, who had found a good party. But the father, because of his egoism, and avarice, did not wish to give either his consent to this marriage, or the dowry to his daughter. I gave to the mother Calcarea carbonica 300 which her husband takes without his knowledge in his soup. Three weeks later. the mother informs me that her husband has given consent and dowry for the marriage of their daughter.

As you see, Calcarea carbonica cures the antipathies, renders well wishing, makes serviceable, generous, develops the sense of duty and the will to do it. One will be able to convince himself of its utility by giving it once every 60,35 or 21 days, rarely every 10 days. This remedy may often bring back the peace, the well wishing in the families, in the society, in communities civil and military or religious. This remedy would be able alone to prove the frequent opportunity of the psychic treatment. Some homoeopathic doctors whose mind is narrow-by the limits of the classical teaching-refuse of experiment this treatment exactly like the allopathic doctors having in the same way a narrow mind, refuse to experiment the homoeopathic treatment. All these doctors do not understand the wise advice of the apostle St. Paul, a man of genius among the evangelists:Et omnia probate et quod bonum tenete (Experiment everything and keep what is good). St. Paul is really the founder of the experimental method.



Adultery. Debauchery. Repulsion to marriage. Indocility of Children.

(I) In my polyclinic comes a women who tell me: “My husband meets me twice every two months; I think that he has mistresses.” I gave her a dose of Staphysagria 200, which she gave to her husband in his soup. Three weeks later she comes to tell me: “My husband now meets me as he used to at the beginning of our marriage, two to three times a week. U think that he has no more any mistress.”

(II) A young man had a mistress since 3 to 4 years. His mother wanted that her son should leave his mistress and decided to give his marriage, sent for me and asked a remedy. I gave a dose of Staphysagria 200, which he was given without his knowledge in a cup of coffee taken immediately after his meal of noon. Some days afterwards, this mistress and marry.” I repeated the same 200th dilution which caused still some more good intentions, some good words, but no action. Then I gave a dose of Staphysagria 10,000. Eight months afterwards, I was said that the young man has left his mistress since 5 months, but does not desire to marry. I gave him another dose that of 10,000 dilution which made him to leave anew his mistress and he decides to marry nor if he finds the occasions for it.

(III) In 1885, I believe, Dr. Burnett, professor of the Materia Medica at the homoeopathic hospital of London, sends me a gentleman who had the delirium of persecution and believed to be followed by women. He avoided them in the road believing that they were mocking at him. He came to consult me at Lyon where I gave him a single dose of Staphysagria 200. Some weeks afterwards, he met with a woman whom he married.

One sees that this remedy cured rapidly the delirium of the persecution and the repulsion for women and for marriage.

Theory was not able to help me to foresee these unexpected results: Staphysagria caused a husband to leave his mistress, and who was brought back to his wife; this remedy decided a young man to leave his mistress and to marry. In these cases, the passion is not extinguished-which would be against nature-but directed probably because this remedy develops the sense of duty and the will to do it.

Case IX-X


Adultery. Masturbation. Debauchery. Pederasty. Sodomy. Tribadism. Bestiality.

(I) A husband of 40, having a mistress, had not met his wife since one year. The latter gives him a dose of platina 200 every six days for 18 days, after which he met his wife many times a week.

(II) A husband lying by the side of his wife, did not see the latter but masturbated, which procured him a very bad figure. Platina 200 was given to him 10 times in 20 days i.e. every two days. Since then, he did not masturbate, but meets her wife and he had a good character.

Platina, similarly Staphysagria, turns away a husband from his mistress and bring him back to his wife and besides they cure the vice against nature and re-establish the natural passion, which is normal. Also Platina is useful generally, against abnormal passions: Masturbation, pederasty, sodomy, tribadism and probably in men having sexual relations with female animals.

(III) I have often given platina 200 to mothers for their daughter or for their sons who are already debauches or only disposed to debauchery, and this always with success. This remedy cured at the same time indocility, impertinence and insolence of these children towards their parents. Many Anglo-American families wanted me to indicate to them this remedy which may be often useful to them. And it is not the only remedy useful in similar case.

Case XI


Woman Coquettish and Expensive

A young women, having an unexpected good marriage, loved much her husband and her child. Nevertheless she experienced almost and irresistible desire to throw herself through the window. This morbid impulse disappeared two days after she has taken a dose of Belladonna 300. Her husband was very much surprised seeing to disappear coquettishness of a woman which made her expensive.

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.