The homeopathic physician constantly comes across drug effects in physiological form which have suppressed the natural expression of disease. The one thing we should always bear in mind and should hold as our aim is to allow the vital force to express itself in its own chosen way when it is deranged. It is only when it shows itself clearly and without interruption in its natural development that we get a clear picture of the diseased state, and the administration of physiological medicine at such time changes the whole picture, suppressing one symptom after another until there is no expression of the true condition of the patient.
The immediate effect of this method of treatment is a suppression but if persisted in and continued over a period of time it has the effect of driving the vital energy to express itself in some other form, and usually in a deeper and more vital organ.
As an illustration, consider the use of opium and its derivatives for the suppression of coughs. If this treatment is continued for any length of time, instead of a cough we find the patient has become subject to a condition far more serious, for he has developed a chronic state of night cough; each time it is suppressed it is driven still deeper, and the patient soon develops fever, night sweats, and a general hectic condition. This may happen in simple coughs. It may happen in pneumonic coughs. The danger of this suppression is very great, as can easily be noticed, especially in pneumonias, where the least suppression is often fatal.
Likewise in diarrheas, the suppression of a diarrhoea will often produce constipation, then fever and a tendency to delirium. One who remembers the time when cholera infantum was so prevalent will remember also that many children who had received opium to stop the diarrhoea (which it promptly did) developed the next day a hydrocephaloid state and succumbed to the ravages of opium rather than to the ravages of the disease. The present indiscriminate use of the salicylates and coal tar derivatives in rheumatic and allied states invariably sends the trouble to the central organs, especially to the heart.
The present day advertising of proprietary articles for the relief of pain, such as aspirin, and the consequent indiscriminate use of such preparations is exceedingly harmful, for it suppresses once more the danger signal of pain, and it always covers the condition but never removes it, rendering it possible to appear in a much exaggerated and more dangerous manifestation in some other organ, or in a much more serious condition in the same organ.
Another form of suppression that is very frequently seen is the external application of drug preparations for the removal of skin manifestations, such as eczema. These skin manifestations can be removed by the external use of drug preparations. This, however, does not cure the diseased condition, and the chronic miasm that has been expressed through the skin manifestations is forced to hide its head, but it surely will still be present in the organism and express itself in some deeper and more vital part, nearer the center of vitality. If this course of treatment is persistently continued and the condition continually suppressed, the patient becomes nearly impossible of cure. The danger from these suppressions is very great, for the longer they are suppressed the more likely they are to take on nervous and mental manifestations, striking at the very seat of life and reason, and there expressing itself.
Hahnemann’s Organon, Paragraph 61, gives us the following:
Had physicians correctly observed and considered the deplorable results of the antipathic application of medicines, they would long ago have discovered the great truth, that the true method of performing permanent cures must be the exact counterpart of such antipathic treatment.
They would have perceived that, whenever the opposite or antipathic administration of medicine produced a brief period of alleviation, this would subside, only to be followed by one of aggravation, and that, consequently, the process should have been reversed; that is to say, the homEopathic application of medicines according to their symptom-similitude would have brought about a lasting and perfect cure, provided that, instead of large quantities of medicine, the most minute doses had been employed. Notwithstanding the experience of many centuries, physicians did not recognize this great and salutary truth, they appear to have ignored entirely the results of treatment above described, as well as the other fact, that no physician ever effected a permanent cure of an inveterate disease, unless some drug of predominant homeopathic effect had been by chance embodied in his prescription nor were they able to comprehend that every rapid and perfect cure, accomplished by nature without the aid of human skill, was always produced by a similar disease coming to the one already present.
Another source of suppression is the attempt to suppress the natural secretions of the body, like the perspiration in the armpits and the perspiration of the feet, by the use of medicinal powders. This forbids the elimination of waste matter through the natural channels and this waste must be taken up in other parts of the body and the attempt made to eliminate them through these other channels. In this way, much harm may be done, and while the local suppressions may be entirely successful, the constitutional manifestations are inimical to health.
Under the suppression of secretions we often find the suppression of the menses by cold baths, or the sudden suppression of sweat by plunging in for a cooling swim after exertion or in hot weather. Here, too, we find the resulting action on the vital force, with the disturbance taking on grave, or even dangerous, forms.
A frequent form of suppression in modern days is the removal of disturbing organs by surgical means, again forbidding the expression of the vital force through its chosen organs, where it has expressed itself in a diseased state of the tonsils, the teeth, the sinuses, or any other part of the economy. The particular disturbance is shown by the symptom picture of the patient. In removing the tonsils, the teeth, or other organs by surgical operation we are dealing with the end-product and not with the vital energy. We are cutting off the manifestation of disease and are doing nothing to set in order the vital energy or to prevent further disease manifestations. These diseased conditions have developed as an expression of the inward turmoil and distress under which the whole individual suffers.
These are but a few of the common suppressions caused by either physicians or laymen, of from circumstances, and but a few of the form that are constantly met. It is the privilege of the homeopathic physician to relieve these distressed conditions and to set the vital energy in order, thus enabling it to function properly.
No greater crime can be committed against the human economy than to aid and abet these suppressions, for these may be the direct cause of many constitutional diseases, and the symptoms are in their natural state always the expression of constitutional conditions. Suppression is the source of many functional disturbances.
The homeopathic physician is the only physician who is equipped to deal with these conditions, for his province and the fundamental principle of his work is the proper coordination and normal functioning of the body, the mind and the spirit; and it is only when the three spheres of man coordinate to develop in their normal way that harmony and health can be maintained and preserved.
An excerpt from The principles and Art of Cure by Homeopathy
by HERBERT A. ROBERTS, M.D.