|The cause of disease|
There are other dangers, too, if, as Homœopaths, you do not take account of the internal cause, and worry yourself over the external exciting cause only. Suppose, a Gelsimium patient, who has been cured with Gelsimium, has a relapse after a short time, or suppose a Gelsimium patient is not at all cured with Gelsimium, you will be led at once to conclude that, for fever, there is no other medicine than Quinine-that in Homœopathy there is no treatment for fever, and so on. If on the contrary, you have understood the internal cause, and if you have the requisite insight, you will be able to discern that in the symptomatology of the patient there are indications of Psora, Syphilis or Sycosis, or of any two or of all the three of them, and that it is this internal enemy in the system that is either not allowing your medicine to act, or if it has acted, not allowing the action to be permanent. Then, you will be in a position to meet the situation with suitable anti-Psoric, anti-Sycotic or anti-Syphilitic drugs. If you have no knowledge of the internal cause of disease, and if you have not the insight necessary in such cases, Homœopathic prescribing is not possible.
Medicines, on the basis of the exciting cause, may be necessary at times-e.g. , cold due to swimming, diarrhœa due to night keeping, and so on. But in such cases, the exciting cause will be one of the symptoms of the case, and the totality of the symptoms, and not this one symptom only, will decide the selection of the remedy. It is no Homœopathy to prescribe on the external exciting cause alone.
Three things are essentially necessary for true Homœopathic prescribing -(1) The Law of Similars-"Similia Similibus Curantur"-(2) The minimum dose, and-(3) The application of only one medicine (unmixed) at a time. There are other things too, but these three are the most fundamental.