Part 6: Confessions of an Aspiring Homeopath
I studied in the school of "hard knocks" but I have tried to learn by my mistakes. I started as a 4th Organon Kentian homoeopath and I still study Kent as he is one of my favorite teachers.
It took me ten years before I seriously tested Hahnemann's Similia Minimus found in the Organon. The first time I read the Organon I began to doubt the Kentian teachings that the "size of the dose has no effect on remedial actions".
For this reason, I stopped giving a random number of pills under the illusion that the size of the dose makes no differences. Now I was using only a few carefully chosen little pills as a dose. To my surprise I did see less aggravations, especially when using high potencies like the 200c, 1M and 10M.
At this time, many homoeopaths were just throwing a random number of pills in the mouth of the patient as a dose. Then the pharmacies started to make "single dose packs" which contain a large number of pills.
When I read how small Hahnemann's doses were in the 5th Organon I thought that the dose must be "too small". One pill looks so small in that great big bottle so I used more. The true power of the Minimus had not yet dawned in my mind because I was still trying to give the largest dose instead of the minimal.
At last, I decided to test the methods of the 5th edition (1833), the 1837 Paris edition of the Chronic Diseases, and the 6th edition (1842) in that order in a long clinical trial in India.
Yes, I finally tried 1 tiny little poppy seed size pill to make a 7 tablespoon medicinal solution. Then I thought, "If I am not going to give a single dose and wait and watch for a relapse, then what am I going to do?". It is a very common fault to read the 6th Organon without paying much attention to the fine print in the footnotes.
In the main text Hahnemann says the LMs can be given daily or on alternate days but the fine print in the footnotes says "when necessary." So first I gave the daily and alternate day dose when it was "not necessary" in a mechanical fashion causing unneeded aggravations in a certain percentage of cases.
I could tell in the first months that the LM potency was a very deep acting potency which possesses a unique quality when given in its proper small dose. I also knew it was easy to over medicate the patient if the LMs are given in a mechanical fashion every day or every other day.
Then I read the first sentence of aphorism 246 of the 6th Organon more closely.
"During treatment, every noticeably progressing and conspicuously increasing improvement is a state which, as long as it persists, generally excludes any repetition of the medicine being used because all the good being produced by the medicine is still hastening towards completion."
This aphorism is very similar to aphorism 245 of the 5th Organon (1833) Dudgeon edition.
"Every perceptibly progressive and striking increasing amelioration in a transient (acute) or persistent (chronic) disease, is a condition, which as long as it lasts, completely precludes every repetition of the administration of any medicine whatsoever, because all the good the medicine taken continues to effect is now HASTENING toward completion"