Initial and counter-actions in homeopathic treatments
These irrefutable truths, spontaneously presenting themselves from nature and experience, explain to us the helpful process in homeopathic cures. They also demonstrate the perversity of the antipathic and palliative treatment of diseases with opposite-acting medicines. 126
126 Palliatives or antagonistic treatments are only justified in highly urgent cases, in sudden accidents to previously healthy people where danger to life and imminent death permit no time for a homeopathic helping-means to act-not hours, quarter-hours or even minutes. Examples include cases of asphyxiation, apparent death by lightning, suffocation, freezing, drowning, etc. Only in such cases is it permissible and expedient, at least for the time being, to rouse the irritability and sensibility (the physical life) again by means of a palliative, for example, by gentle electric shock, clysters of strong coffee, excitative olfactory means [e.g. , smelling salts], gradual warmings, etc. Once the physical life is again roused, the play of the life organs goes on its previous healthy course, because no disease is to be done away with here, but rather only an obstruction or suppression of the life force which, in itself, is healthy.