1. Alcoholism

Homeopathic remedies to antidote the abuse of alcohol, as well as of other toxins or poisons, and medicines to stop persons from drinking alcohol….


It is curious to observe with what precision and certainty Homoeopathic medicines act in the troubles of intoxication in general and how infinitesimal doses are capable of fighting victoriously against the ills caused in the human organism by long continued doses of toxines.

We, being Homoeopaths, know how to antidote the abuses of alcohol as well as of other toxines or poisons, liquid or solid, and sometimes even we can, very rarely of course, make the drunkard immune against his vice.

But before broaching the study of Homoeopathic medicines of alcoholism let us frame some notions about the constitution and temperament of persons who give themselves up to it.

1. The Ground in Alcoholic Persons

In addition to the habit that is either due to frequentation to social surroundings or to profession, or to a more or less invincible inclination it cannot be denied that there exists in most drunkards a special ground of predisposition due to the heredity. Alcoholism of a father may be inherited by his sons.

Sons can stand much less alcohol; ebriety is very rapid, more dangerous in alcoholic persons whose habit of drinking is clearly hereditary. Inversely a sufficiently moderate use of alcohol and of wine specially transmits to the descendants certain resisting power against intoxication (Compare the Romans and the Anglo- Saxons).

But from the standpoint of Homoeopathy an alcoholic person is always Psoric. Psora exists before alcoholism. Why?

If we admit the tempting ideas of A. Nebel: Psora is nothing but the result of hereditary tubercular intoxication moreover according to Dr. Nebel, tuberculosis endangers the desire for alimentary stimulants (meat and above all alcohol), while syphilis provokes very often the need for drugs and toxines of the nervous system (Opium Morphia).

This seems to be right, and just as psora may provoke the habit of alcohol, so alcoholic intoxications diminish the power of resistance of the tuberculous persons and obliges them to revert to that stage which already existed in his ancestors, with more or less intensity.

2. Treatments of Troubles of Alcoholism

We will group our arsenal in three groups of remedies:

1. Remedies of neutralization and of immunity.

2. Constitutional remedies.

3. Functional remedies.

We must know them well, in order to prescribe them systematically each time when possible.

Quercus. A very good antidote for the bad effects of alcohol, specially for the effects on glands and humour. When repeated for a long time it may sometimes diminish the desire for alcohol. Apocynum generally acts better in this respect. It should be continued for a very long time for months together in T.M. or in the 1st or 2x in doses of 5 to 10 drop a dose. This remedy acts directly on the spleen as Rademacher has already noticed, who applied it in chronic complaints of the spleen.

The principal symptoms of this medicine are:

Vertigo, noise in the ears, heavy head, dyspeptic troubles, flatulence and tendency to oedema.

Quercus glandium spiritus certainly the typical medicine for general drainage of alcoholic intoxication.

Angelica: It can provoke a dislike for alcohol. We use it generally in M.T. in doses of 5 drops repeated three or four times a day. It has among its symptoms, atomic dyspeptic troubles and nervous headache.

Capsicum. In some cases it provokes a dislike for alcohol; when it is given in M.T. a teaspoonful with a litre of wine. Its symptoms are:

Perspiration and slow digestion, flatulence and intense desire for stimulants. Great thirst, red mucous specially of the pharynx. There may exist insomnia, with the tendency to suicide, or desire to remain alone.

It may be used in some cases of delirium tremens. It acts well of en to indolent persons, of sedentary habits having tendency to obesity, and some aversion for physical exercise. In this case it is nearer to Nux-vomica.

Apocynum Canabinum. This medicine is very often used to check the bad habit of drunkards. We may give it in chronic as well as in acute cases.

Very often there exists nausea, vomiting and somnolence, certain weakness of cardiac muscles causing oedema.

Dose required : 10 to 20 drops of M.T. to be repeated once or twice daily.

These remedies may very often be prescribed: Angelica, Capsicum and Apocynum-can, without the patient knowing it, which may be very useful in practice in subjects who do not wish to submit themselves to any treatment.

It is evident that all the means that we may have recourse to in order to create dislike for alcohol, intemperate persons are always in medicinal intoxication whether we employ a drug in very heavy doses or continue it for a long time we will then substitute another toxic for the toxic under treatment which is not rational.

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.