As acute diseases terminate in an eruption upon the skin, which divides, dries up, and then passes off, so it is with many chronic diseases. All diseases diminish in intensity, improve, and are cured by the internal organism freeing itself from them little by little ; the internal disease approaches more and more to the external tissues, until it finally arrives at the skin.
Every homœopathic physician must have observed that the improvement in pain takes place from above downward ; and in diseases, from within outward.
This is the reason why chronic diseases, if they are thoroughly cured, always terminate in some cutaneous eruption. Which differs according to the different constitutions of the patients. This cutaneous eruption may be even perceived when a cure is impossible, and even when the remedies have been improperly chosen. The skin being the outermost surface of the body, it receives upon itself the extreme termination of the disease. This cutaneous eruption is not a mere morbid secretion having been chemically separated from the internal organism in the form of a gas, a liquid, or a solid ; it is the whole of the morbid action which is pressed from within outward, and it is characteristic of a thorough and really curative treatment. The morbid action of the internal organism may continue either entirely, or more or less in spite of this cutaneous eruption. Nevertheless, this eruption always is a favourable symptom ; it alleviates the sufferings of the patient, and generally prevents a more dangerous affection.
The thorough cure for a widely ramified chronic disease in the organism is indicated by the most important organs being first relieved, the affection passes off in the order in which the organs had been effected, the more important being relieved first, the less important next, and, the, skin last.
Even the superficial observer will not fail in recognising this law of order. An improvement which takes place in a different order can never be relied upon. A fit of hysteria may terminate in a flow of urine ; other fits say either terminate in. the same way, or in hæmorrhage ; the next succeeding fit shows how little the affection had been cured. The disease may take a different turn, it may change its form and, in this new form, it say be less troublesome ; but the general state of the organism, will suffer in consequence, of this transformation.
Hence it is that Hahnemann inculcates with so such care the important rule to attend to the moral symptoms, and to judge of the degree of homœopathic adaptation, existing between the remedy and the disease, by the improvement which takes place in the moral condition, and the general well-being of the patient.
The law of order which we have, pointed out above accounts for the numerous cutaneous eruptions consequent upon homœopathic treatment, even where they never had been before ; it accounts for the obstinacy with which many kinds of herpes and ulcers remain upon the skin, whereas others are dissipated like snow. Those which remain do remain because the internal disease is yet existing. This law of order also accounts for the insufficiency of violent sweats, when the internal disease is not yet disposed to leave its hiding place. It lastly accounts for one cutaneous affection being substituted for another.
This transformation of the internal affection of such parts of the organism, as are essential to important functions, to a cutaneous affection a transformation which is entirely, different from the violent change affected by Allopathic meds+ ointment, ammonium, croton oil, cantharides, mustard, etc.
Other remedies, may sometimes effect, that transformation, even the use of water, change of climate, of occupation, etc. ; but it is more safely more mildly and more thoroughly effected by anti-psoric Homeopathic remedies.