Summary of the principles of cure §70

From what has already been submitted to the reader, the following can be stated unmistakably: 

A patient’s totality of symptoms is all that is to be cured in a disease. By these symptoms, the disease demands the medicine suitable for its aid.

1. Everything that the physician can find that is really diseased and that is to be cured in diseases consists only in the state and the ailments of the patient and the alterations of his condition that are perceptible to the senses. In a word, they consist only in the totality of those symptoms by which the disease demands the suitable medicine for its aid. On the other hand, every inner cause falsely attributed to the disease, every hidden quality or fancied material disease matter is nothing but an idle dream.

Disease can be converted into health through the use of medicines that have the power to alter the tunement of the condition. 

2. This condition-mistunement, which we call disease, can only be brought to health by another tunement-alteration of the condition of the life force, by means of medicines whose single curative power can consist only in the alteration of the human condition, that is, in the peculiar arousal of morbid symptoms. The curative power of these medicines is discerned most distinctly and purely in provings of these medicines on the healthy body.

Allopathic medicines can never cure disease, just as a natural disease cannot cure another, dissimilar natural disease. 

3. According to all experience, a natural disease can never be cured by a medicine that, of itself, can arouse in a healthy person a foreign disease state (dissimilar morbid symptoms) which is dissimilar to and deviating from the disease to be cured-never therefore by an allopathic treatment; that is, no cure is to be met with, even in nature, whereby an indwelling disease is lifted, annihilated and cured by a second supervening disease that is dissimilar to the first, even if the new one is ever so strong.

Antipathic medicines can never cure disease; they only provide temporary alleviation of the symptom followed by aggravation. 

4. According to all experience, only a rapid transitory relief is produced by antipathic medicines, that is, medicines which have a tendency to arouse in the healthy person an artificial disease symptom opposite to the single disease symptom to be cured. These antipathic medicines never produce a cure of an older ailment; rather, pursuant to the transitory alleviation, they produce an aggravation of the single disease symptom that was at first alleviated. In a word, this antipathic and merely palliative procedure is thoroughly inexpedient in older, serious maladies.

Homeopathic medicines, which engender symptoms most similar to the totality of disease symptoms, are the only medicines that can produce a cure of disease.

5. The third and only other possible procedural mode is the homeopathic one, by means of which a medicine is used for the totality of the symptoms of a natural disease-a medicine capable of engendering the most similar symptoms possible in healthy people. When given in suitable dosage, it is the only helpful curative mode whereby diseases, which are solely dynamic mistuning irritants, are over-tuned and extinguished in the feeling of the life principle by the stronger, similar mistuning irritant of the homeopathic medicine. The diseases, being thus easily, completely and permanently extinguished, necessarily cease to exist. For this procedural mode, free nature leads the way for us with its example of those accidental events in which a new, similar disease supervenes upon an old disease, whereby the old disease is rapidly and forever annihilated and cured.