Organon §274

Do not use complex means when simple ones will suffice.

The true medical-art practitioner already finds in quite simple medicines, employed singly and unmixed, all that he could wish for: artificial disease potences which are able to completely over-tune
natural diseases by homeopathic power, to extinguish them for the feeling of the life principle and to permanently cure them. Therefore, it will never occur to the true medical-art practitioner to administer more than one simple medicinal substance at one time as a remedy, in accordance with the wise saying that it is wrong to use complex means where simple ones will suffice. Reasons for giving only one simple medicine at a time are:

1. Simple single medicines have been fully proven with respect to their pure characteristic actions in the unclouded healthy human state, but it is still impossible to predict how two or more medicinal substances might hinder or alter each other’s actions upon the human body.

2. If it is homeopathically selected, a simple medicinal substance, whose symptom complex is exactly known, helps completely, and by itself alone, in diseases. But even in the worst case-where the medicinal substance could not be entirely and appropriately selected in accordance with symptom similarity, and therefore does not help-it is nevertheless useful in furthering our knowledge of remedies. As a result of the new ailments aroused by the medicinal substance in such a case, those symptoms are confirmed which this substance had already shown in provings on the healthy human body. No such knowledge can be gained when compound means are used. 229

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229 When the rational physician has carefully considered a case and given internally the apt, homeopathically selected medicine, he will leave to the irrational allopathic routine the practice of giving an additional herbal infusion of other medicinal substances, applying a poultice or a fomentation made from various herbs, inserting a medicated clyster or rubbing in this or that ointment.

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