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The Watery Doses In Homeopathy and the Dosing (How Much togive?)

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    The Watery Doses In Homeopathy and the Dosing (How Much to give?)
    by Dr. Luc de Schepper, , MD, PhD, DI Hom., CHom., Lic.Ac.

    What most homeopaths in the world do

    Most homeopaths follow Hahnemann's directions set out in the 4th Edition of
    the Organon, published in 1828. They put a certain amount of dry pellets of
    the chosen remedy on the tongue and wait and watch for the reaction. Most
    homeopaths are also convinced that it does not matter how many pellets are
    put on the tongue: 3, 5, 20, & it does not matter! This was an unfortunate
    inheritance from Kent and blindly followed by most homeopaths. This dose
    (how much of the remedy) as well as when to repeat the dose will be
    discussed in the next two lessons. The question is here, dry doses versus
    watery doses or solutions.

    The Watery Doses

    Up till 1828 Hahnemann administered one or two poppy-seed pellets dry and
    then "waited and watched." However he was not entirely satisfied with this
    dosing technique. Even in 1828 Hahnemann already mentioned the exceptional
    use of watery solutions and in 1833, in his 5th edition of the Organon he
    made it the rule! He explained his reasoning in A286 of the 5th edition:

    "the effect of the homeopathic dose increases, the greater the quantity of
    fluid in which it is dissolved (in other words, it does make a difference
    if we give 1 tsp, 1 TBS, 1 cup, 3 drops, etc.) For in this case, when the
    medicine is taken, it comes into contact with a much larger surface of
    sensitive nerves responsive to the remedy action."

    So 1 drop will stimulate less nerve endings than 1 tsp; 1 tsp less than 1
    TBS, etc. We can see here the importance of such dosing especially in the
    view of the many very sensitive patients we encounter. Each individual has
    a different reactivity of his Vital Force (Qi, Immune response) and the
    dose of the remedy must be tailored to the individual patient! More about
    this further.

    Hahnemann at this point (1833) added another facet to his dosing: the
    succussions! A succussion is hitting the bottle in which the remedy is
    dissolved hard against a book or the palm of your hand. Each time you
    succuss, the remedy changes slightly in potency, and gets a little
    stronger. The amount of the succussions will be determined by your
    homeopath, as he knows the results of your first test dose: the response to
    it determines the amount of succussions. It is like driving a car: once we
    know how comfortable the patient is, we can determine the speed (amount of
    succussions) which he is able to drive. This is very important in order to
    achieve the fastest possible response to the remedy and to assure the
    fastest and gentlest cure!

    As one can see, due to the wide range of patient sensitivity
    levels-something that is greatly magnified today-and the variation of the
    disease states (some are long time suppressed, making a gentle cure
    difficult), the homeopath needs more ways to administer doses. Hahnemann
    felt that the best way to adapt to these various circumstances was to
    prepare remedies in watery solutions.

    The succussions, altering each dose to become more potent is another issue
    neglected worldwide by homeopaths! They claim that they can give unpunished
    a dry dose of a certain potency unchanged once a month for a year, and
    worse, some repeat such dose daily and unchanged! What is the result?
    Hahnemann tells us (in Chronic Diseases) that by doing so, the patient will
    add symptoms belonging to the remedy but not to his disease picture & in
    other words, he will add symptoms to his disease he never had! The danger
    is even that great that through such mechanical repetition, the original
    disease of the patient will be totally replaced by a new disease, entirely
    consisting of the remedy symptoms, symptoms you never had! You could
    compare this to the side effects of allopathic medicine which create in the
    long run more symptoms and new diseases often worse than the original
    disease! So don't think homeopathy cannot harm: if your homeopath continues
    to give unchanged doses you will have all the "side effects" of our remedy
    (we call it accessory symptoms). It is even worse if you receive the wrong
    remedy and your homeopath repeats such dry doses unchanged and too
    frequent. Patients who are suffering from such medicinal or remedy diseases
    are much more difficult to treat further!

    The Importance of the Dose (How Much?)

    I am horrified by the statements of many homeopaths who claim that "It does
    not matter how much (and some add what potency!) the homeopath gives to the
    patient, as long as we have the correct remedy!" Such people must go back
    to school and read carefully in the Organon what they are doing to their
    patients. For anyone who has his eyes open in practice and for anyone who
    cares about his patients, the determination of the right dose (how much of
    the remedy should I give?) is extremely important if we want to limit the
    suffering of our patients! Of course those homeopaths who adhere to the 4th
    edition of the Organon do not care that their patients go through a similar
    aggravation of their symptoms (existing symptoms aggravate), in fact they
    welcome it as it tells them that they have chosen the right remedy. How
    cruel to deny their patients the gentler cure to be obtained following the
    watery doses of the 5th and 6th edition of the Organon. Ask your homeopath
    why he is doing so: I don't expect him to be able to give you a decent

    This is what Hahnemann had to say about the dose (A275 and 276):

    "The correctness of a remedy for a given case of disease depends not only
    on the accurate homeopathic selection but also on the correct size or
    rather smallness of the dose! (In other words it is not sufficient to
    choose the correct remedy, but the accent is put here on the smallness of
    the dose!). A remedy given in too large of a dose though completely
    homeopathic to the case will still harm the patient by its quantity and
    unnecessarily strong action on the vital force&

    "In strong doses, the more homeopathic the medicine and the higher the
    potency (note that dose and potency are two different things!), the more
    harm is done. Indeed it is far more harmful than equally large doses of
    unhomeopathic medicine & Excessively large doses of an accurately selected
    homeopathic medicine, especially if frequently repeated, are, as a rule
    very destructive! Not infrequently they endanger the patient's life or make
    his disease almost incurable!

    So what Hahnemann says here and what has been seen in the practice for over
    the last two hundred years is that it is far more dangerous to administer
    too frequently too large doses of the right homeopathic remedy than the
    wrongly chosen remedy!

    What a condemnation of those homeopaths who "don't care about the dose," as
    if it can do no harm and what a pity of those patients coming under their

    What can we conclude from Lesson 2?

    1. ALWAYS (for acute as well as Chronic diseases) put the remedy into

    2. The dose (how much needs to be given) is just as much part of the
    rightfully selected remedy as the name of the remedy

    3. Do not accept similar aggravations (an aggravation of your existing
    symptoms). The watery solutions allow the homeopath to minimize and even
    avoid such similar aggravation.

    4. The smallness of the dose is a very much-neglected part in
    homeopathic circles. Many aggravations are due to giving a too large dose
    rather than a too high potency. Always rather start with a cautious small

    5. We will discuss potencies in the next lesson and will then take the
    opportunity to accurately describe HOW these watery solutions should be
    taken in acute and chronic diseases. The guidelines by Hahnemann are found
    to be very exact and those who want to impose their own inventions on the
    patient should try it first on themselves and their loved ones!

    Warm regards from Dr Luc!