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ON reviewing the medical facts which have come under my notice in my practice during the past twenty-six years, I am led to two conclusions:—First as to the nature of disease, that it is always a negative state, as Dr. T. K. Chambers and others have shown; a condition of debility; and, secondly, that specific restorative stimulation is the true indication for its cure.
I use the word specific because drug stimulation, and indeed all medicinal stimulation should be directed specifically to the weakened and debilitated tract, part, or organ, and should stimulate it alone, leaving such tracts, parts, or organs as are already in a state of proper tension or tone untouched, and without medicinal perturbation.
I use the term ''restorative" because the aim of the stimulation is not to exalt the tract, part, or function to a state beyond the healthy standard, but merely to such a point as shall "restore" the healthy balance.
Specific Restorative Stimulation has little in common with the ordinary practice of vinous or alcoholic stimulation, by which the whole body, as well that part which is healthy, as that which is weak, is too often excited beyond the health point, and suffers subsequently from a corresponding depression- Still it would include general stimulation of a moderate kind when general depression called for it.
The principle laid down in the following pages, illustrated by the facts which form the latter part of this work, is the restoration of healthy balance by gentle and cautious medicinal drug stimulation to the tract, part, or organ depressed in its vitality by disease.
This principle I had adopted before I studied homoeopathy, and had advocated it in a little work (now out of print) under the title of 'The Triple Aspect of Chronic Disease’ I had at that time already abandoned the habitual use of aperients, of blisterings, of bleedings, and of alteratives, because, when used in the ordinary method, I recognised in them disturbing and perturbating powers, which might lower the standard of health, but which could never restore its balance.
From their opposite effect I had abandoned tonics, because I found them derange and perturb the functional health. If I gave tonics in the ordinary doses, I constipated my patient's bowels and perhaps induced congestion and other evils. If to cure this constipation I gave an aperient, I found that I lowered my patient to a point which more than neutralised any tone the tonic had given. Hence I found myself abandoning bleedings, blisterings, tonics, aperients, other evacuants and alteratives, and I was obliged to seek some other means with which to treat my patients.
One of my allopathic friends who had read my little pamphlet on the 'Triple Aspect' said to me, "That book proves you to be a homoeopath." "If so," said I, "I am unconsciously so, for I have neither read nor seen anything of that system." His remark was caused from the small doses I found myself compelled to give, of the few remedies that I still had faith in.
I do not deny that there are some allopathic means which are of service in the cure of disease: but I conceive that those alone are useful whose action is in the direction of specific restorative stimulation. Witness the action of quinine, in moderately massive doses, in some cases of ague or in great blood debility; of arsenic in some 'forms of skin disease; of iron or its compounds in some anaemic conditions; of chloral, chlorodyne, and bromide of potassium in some conditions of the nervous system. Of tannic or gallic acid, or matico, in some haemorrhagic conditions; of codliver oil in cachexia; of castor oil, podophyllin, &c., in some cases of constipation.
But these remedies are only curative when given on the principles laid down in the following pages, the dose being brought down to that just balance that shall not induce overaction with its corresponding, subsequent depression, but shall exactly accomplish its one aim of restoring, by stimulating the tract, part, or organ, up to its healthy function or condition in such a way that it shall " suffer no recoil."
The application of the principle of specific restorative stimulation is not confined to its explanation of the action of medicinal drugs, but it also explains the usefulness of hydropathy as a skin and nerve stimulant, limiting its beneficent power to its exact adjustment to the needs of the patient.
It equally explains the benefits and dangers of galvanism, electricity, magnetism; and it further explains the advantages and disadvantages to be derived from kinesipathy (the movement-cure), rubbing, shampooing, the Turkish bath, medicated baths, &c., &c.
Specific restorative stimulation thus presents us with a law applicable not only to drug-action but to all collateral methods and appliances which are really curative. The catholicity of the principle embraces the whole sphere of therapeutics; it is no narrow cre

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BN ID: 2940013238916
Publisher: Nanopathy
Publication date: 10/30/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
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