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Duration of remedies

About the duration of remedies

How long will a dose of a remedy hold?

The old authors gave us quite a couple of hints, though they often begged to differ in their opinions.
Here is an attempt to compare some of the informations:

Sources:

G.H.G.Jahr: ‚Handbuch der Hauptanzeigen für die richtige Wahl der homöopathischen Heilmittel‘, 1851

C.v. Bönninghausen: ‚Über die Wirkungsdauer der Arzneien‘:
Von Bönninghausen divided the duration of remedies into 5 classes, according to his experiences.

He classified them as follows:

  • 1 - the remedies with shortest duration. Therefore to be used in acute diseases, only very rarely used as an intercurrent in chronic diseases
  • 2 - the remedies with short duration: seldom used in chronic (psoric) diseases. Can be used as intercurrents, when the underlying cause is an abuse of allopahic drugs - or when more fitting remedies can’t be found
  • 3 - the remedies with intermediate duration: can be used in acute diseases as well as in chronic diseases. Exceptions are acute diseases with very rapid/violent development and chronic diseases that are already existing fo a very long time and therefore deeply rooted.
  • 4 - the remedies with long duration: all the so-called anti-psoric belong to this group. Should not be repeated (or its action disturbed by giving a different remedy), even when a 2nd or 3rd repetition of the primary effect develops.
  • 5 - the remedies with the longest duration: they can have an effect for several months. As for repetition, see No. 4!

REMEDY

Duration:
JAHR

Duration:
v. Boenninghausen

Acon

16-48 h

1

Agar

> 40 d

3

Agn

8 – 1 d

 

Alum

> 40 d

4

Ambr

6 - 7 w

3

Am-c

40 d

4

Am-m

Several weeks

3

Anac

> 30 d

3

Ang

?

3

Ant-c

> 60 d

5

Ant-t

Several weeks

3

Arg

?

3

Arg-n

?

 

Arn

> 4 w

2

Ars-a

> 6 w

4

Asa-f

> 7 w

3

Asar

?

2

Aur

> 6 w

4

Aur-m

> 6 w

 

Bar-c

50 d

5

Bar-m

50 d

 

Bell

5 – 9 w

3

Bism

?

4

Bor

Several weeks

3

Bov

> 50 d

3

Brom

Several weeks

3

Bry

> 4 w

2

Calad

6 – 8 w

2

Calc-c

> 50 d

5

Calc-p

> 50 d

 

Camph

Few minutes

1

Cann-s

3 w

2

Canth

> 3 w

2

Caps

> 3 w

2

Carb-a

> 36 d

4

Carb-v

> 36 d

4

Caust

> 50 d

5

Cham

1 – 3 d

2

Chel

?

2

Chin

> 4 – 6 w

2

Chin-s

> 4 – 6 w

 

Chlor

?

 

Cic

5 – 6 w

3

Cina

14 – 21 d

2

Clem

6 w

3

Cocc

3 – 4 w

2

Coff

10 d

1

Colch

> 4 w

3

Coloc

10 d

3

Con

35 d

3

Cop

?

 

Croc

8 d

2

Crot-h

Several weeks

 

Cupr

2 - 3 w

3

Cycl

2 – 3 w

2

Daph

Several weeks

 

Dig

> 6 w

3

Dros

2 – 3 w

2

Dulc

30 – 40 d

3

Eug

3 d

 

Euph

7 w

3

Euphr

3 – 4 w

2

Ferr

4 – 7 w

4

Ferr-m

?

 

Fl-ac

?

4

Graph

50 d

5

Grat

?

 

Guaj

> 5 w

3

Hell

3 – 4 w

3

Hep

> 8 w

5

Hyos

8 – 14 d

2

Ign

5 – 9 d

2

Iod

> 6 w

3

Ip

12 – 24 h

1

Jatr

Very short

 

Jug-r

Very short

 

Kali-bi

?

 

Kali-c

> 6 w

5

Kreos

4 – 5 d

2

Lach

4 – 5 w

3

Lact

24 h

 

Laur

6 – 8 d

1

Led

6 – 7 w

3

Lyc

40 – 50 d

4

Mag-c

40 – 50 d

4

Mag-m

7 w

3

M-ambo

10 – 14 d

2

Mang

> 40 d

4

M-arct

> 10 d

2

M-aust

?

2

Meny

2 – 3 w

2

Meph

Very short

 

Merc

2 – 3 w

3

Merc-c

2 – 3 w

 

Mez

40 – 50 d

3

Mosch

24 h

1

Mur-ac

> 5 w

3

Nat-c

30 – 40 d

4

Nat-m

40 – 50 d

3

Kali-n

> 6 w

4

Nit-ac

> 40 d

3

Nux-m

8d – 3 w

2

Nux-v

15 – 21 d

 

Oleand

3 – 4 w

3

Op

Few hours

1

Par

2 – 4 d

1

Petr

40 – 50 d

4

Ph-ac

> 40 d

3

Phos

7 w

5

Plat

5 – 6 w

4

Plumb

3 – 4 w

3

Prun

1 – several weeks

 

Puls

8 – 14 d

2

Ran-b

4 – 6 w

2

Ran-s

5 – 6 w

3

Rheum

2 – 3 d

1

Rhod

5 – 6 w

3

Rhus-t

3 – 6 w

3

Ruta

8 – 14 d

2

Sabad

2 – 3 w

2

Sabin

3 – 4 w

3

Samb

3 – 4 h

1

Sang

?

 

Sars

4 – 5 w

3

Sec

2 – 3 w

2

Sel

5 – 6 w

4

Seneg

3 – 4 w

3

Sep

7 – 8 w

5

Sil

7 – 8 w

5

Spig

3 – 4 w

3

Spong

3 – 4 w

3

Squil

2 – 3 w

2

Stann

> 5 w

4

Staph

3 – 4 w

3

Stram

24 h

1

Stront

> 40 d

4

Sul-ac

4 – 5 w

3

Sulph

5 – 6 w

5

Tarax

?

1

Teucr

2 – 3 w

 

Ther

?

 

Thuj

3 w

3

Valer

8 – 10 d

2

Verat

5 – 8 d

2

Verb

4 – 8 d

2

Viol-o

2 – 4 d

2

Viol-t

8 – 14 d

2

Zinc

30 – 40 d

3

TOP

Discussion: Where did the 2 homoeopaths differ in their opinions?

REMEDY

Duration:
JAHR

Duration:
v. Boenninghausen

Coff

10 d

1

Laur

6 – 8 d

1

Calad

6 – 8 w

2

Cham

1 – 3 d

2

Chin

> 4 – 6 w

2

Viol-o

2 – 4 d

2

Bell

5 – 9 w

3

Bov

> 50 d

3

Kali-c

> 6 w

5

Sulph

5 – 6 w

5

Interesting, that Coff and Laur were classified as ‘shortest’ action by von Boenninghausen, whereas Jahr gave them a duration of more than a week.The most striking difference in my opinion is Calad, which according to Jahr has a longer action than Sulph!!

Bell - for Jahr - is a remedy with the longest duration, while for von Boenninghausen it could be called a remedy with only intermediate duration. This is especially interesting, as this remedy is generally regarded as a remedy of very short duration by many or most of the homoeopaths.

Copyright Gaby Rottler, 2014

Last update:  July,  2014