Alkali Pneum - Borax
After the discovery of Belladonna
for scarlet fever at Konigslutter, Dr.Hahnemann changed his residence
to Hamburg and various places in Germany between 1789 to 1805, then
settled at Torgau While he was residing at Hamburg he announced the
discovery of a new chemical salt that he called "Alkali Pneum."
and offered for sale, but upon analysis it proved to be Borax. The "Alkali
Pneum" and the Belladonna secret have been mentioned in every book
that has been written against Hahnemann, and their number is many, in
the last hundred years. Many homoeopaths use Borax for various clinical
conditions such as aphthae mouth, Leucorrhoea, septic conditions in
trituration to tackle acute exacerbation to day.
Hahnemann's residence at Torgau
In 1805, after
several more moves, Hahnemann settled for a time in Torgau, where he
remained for long time, nearly seven years. Numerous articles by him
appeared, the most important of them was "The Medicine of Experience",
which came out in 1806 and was the forerunner of his definitive theoretical
work, "The Organon".
The Medicine of Experience was
published in the Journal of Practical Medicine, edited by Hufeland -
an eminent physician.
Medicines are to be chosen on the basis of the patient's symptoms, without
reference to the supposed disease process underlying them. According
to Hahnemann, the symptoms are the disease, and once they have gone
the disease is cured.
The effects of drugs can be known
only by means of experiments on healthy people. It is no use relaying
on what is found in patient because the symptoms of the disease will
be difficult to distinguish from those of the drug.
Medicines must be chosen for the
similarity of their effects to the symptoms of the patient. This 'Similimum
Principle' is of course the kernel of the Homoeopathic method.
Medicines are to be given in single
doses instead of complex mixtures. Medicines are to be given in small
doses to prevent "aggravations". Hahnemann believed that a
correctly chosen medicine would always produce some slight worsening
of the patient's condition, no matter how transient; this could be reduced
to a minimum by judicious reduction of the size of the dose.Medicines
are to be repeated only when recurrence of the patient's symptoms indicates
the need. These principles constituted Homoeopathy as it stood when
first formulated by its originator.
While in Torgau Hahnemann published a book, in Latin, on pharmacology.
In it he described 27 drugs, giving the symptoms they produced in the
healthy body. It seems he had already tested the drugs on himself and
on his long-suffering family and the book is therefore the first published
record of provings'.
Among the drugs described by Hahnemann
were Aconitum napellus; Acris tinctura (Hahnemann's Causticum); Arnica
Montana; Atropa belladonna; Laurus Camphora; Lytta vesicatoria (Cantharis);
Capsicum annuum; Chamomilla matricaria; Cinchona officinalis et regia;
Cocculus menispermum; Copaifera balsamum; Cuprum vitriolatum, Digitalis
purpurea; Drosera rotund folia; Hyoscyamus niger; Ignatia amara; Ipecacuanha;
Ledum palustre; Helleborus niger; Daphne mezereum; Strychnos nux vomica;
Papaver somniferum (Opium) ; Anemone pratensis (Pulsatilla) ; Rheum
; Datura Stramonium ; Valeriana officinalis ; Veratrum album,all of
which are still widely used in Homoeopathy today.