4. Inflammatory Remedies

Dr. Bernoville concludes his lecture speaking on some remedies that have less action but have some indications which are not to be neglected.

We have been Gelsemium in bradycardia, but it is rather a remedy of nervous state. It is characterised by notable trembling ( it is the king of “tremblings”). Psychio incoordination. The patient is timid and complains of palpitations and a temporary pericordial sensitiveness. Gelsemium has special action in hot countries where depression is caused by heat. It antidotes bad effect of tobacco.

More interesting is Spongia which acts on the heart through the medium of thyroid. It is a remedy of goitre With Lycopus and Iodine it forms a trio of hyperthyroidism. Spongia has palpitations, vascular troubles and shares with Naja a very particular symptom. Nervous cough of cardiac origin, recurrent cough and with Lachesis of which it is a complementary, the sensation of constriction in the neck. It is also related to Cactus which follows it well. Spongia acts well on the larynx.

Rhus tox and Arnica are the remedies of overwork of the heart of a sportsman. Here Arnica is nearer to Spongia which will be its acute as regards heart.

Phaseolus is to be used in palpitations with tachycardia but with bradypnoea, sensation of heart failure, painful sensitiveness of the ribs with possibility of pancarditis and hydrothorax. It may also be used in diabetes.

Cannabis sativa. It may have some heart troubles : Sensation of weakness, drawing sensation in the heart with violent headache coexisting with urinary troubles. It is used in the first stage of gonorrhoea. It has also a mental excitation which makes it related to Cannabis indica.

In spina bifida: Calcarea phosphorica, Tuberculines, Luesinum. The action of the last remedy in this case is very limited.

Let us finally see the local elective action of the remedies in the form of a schema.

Long bones

Fluoric acid Face




Calcarea fluorica

Lower jaw





Platina muriatica


Hepar sulphur

Nitric acid


Calcarea Phos


Phosphoric acid


In summary we see that when we deal with the drainage of the circulatory system in general we should not only take into consideration the blood, the lymphs, and the blood vessels, but we must take into consideration the spleen, the lymphatic glands the interstitial spaces, the liver, and the muscles, the kidneys, even the mucosa and the serouses because the organism is a whole and when the natural drainage is bad through the skin and kidneys, it is obligatorily done through another organ, as for example on the mucosa in the form of catarrh.

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.