inventing the theory of the Chronic Miasms, the inclusion of the
in thetotality of symptoms
Hahnemann was a genius, no doubt, but was also ingenious. Hisgrasp of the situation was all encompassing. He was not dogmatic. Till his last, he kepton refining the theory and practice of Homeopathy. As in the case of the therapeutic ruleof
‘single remedy, single dose and least repetition’
he waved off the part of
He found that the diseases or the miasms were not subdued or vanquishedwithout repeating the medicine for days and even for weeks. To wave off the condition of
his ingeniousness invented the 50-Millessimal potencies, on the alibi thatthe centesimal potencies were “too strong to be repeated”.Now the dose of this new potency could be repeated daily. In fact, it was considereddesirable to repeat the remedy at least once daily to expedite the cure. But in fact a near 50-Millessimal scale was already in use in homeotherpeutics. Dr. Jahr, my luminary andguide, was employing homeopathic remedies in watery solutions: two globules of the sizeof a poppy seed, dissolved in half-tumbler of water, and of this solution one teaspoon tobe dispensed every few hours, in an acute diseases. I have added on this, one moreproviso, i.e., when the patient is improving, and you do not yet want to discontinue themedicine, I instruct to give one spoon of the medicine and add one spoon of fresh water to keep the stock volume the same. [Hahnemann also prepared and applied waterysolutions of medicines and preferred their such application. Cf.
Organon, Articles 286,288.
]So, we come to the conclusion that the repetition of doses is beneficial and desirable. OneDr. Desai of India made good of this proviso. He says that chronic ailments cannot beobliterated without frequent repetition of the indicated remedy, and that too not in lowand medium potencies, but high and the highest. He starts from 1M (usually 10M) to10M, to 50M, CM to MM. We find him prescribing, e.g., Sulphur 10M, thrice daily, for indefinite period. Farrington, we have read, warns against the repetition of such highpotencies lest they stamp their morbid effects on the user for life.This much for the digression; let’s go back to the postulation of the
Theory of ChronicMiasms.
I’ve already alluded that by the invention of this theory Hahnemann hasaffirmed the place of pathology of the disease as part and parcel of the
totality of thesymptoms.
Even one feels that the Master has given precedence to pathology over thejejune and arid complex of the
totality of symptoms.
Because now, in a chronic case, firstthe pathology, or the
is determined, which brings to the mind a class of remedies;and from among this class of remedies one remedy is selected on the basis of the totalityof other symptoms.Hahnemann reduced all the nosological disorders, that a book on pathology can contain,to the three heads of the miasms. All the functional, allergic or deficiency, etc., diseaseswere relegated to the
Miasm of Psora
. All the disorders which have the brunt of morbidover-growth and multiplication of the cells of certain tissues, hypertrophies, tumours,cysts and wart like excrescences were put under
; and all the pathologicallydestructive, necrotic, and cancerous phenomena was given over to