Homeopathic Drainage Treatment. Part 1

According To Vannier

Homeopaths have known for over 150 years that in classical one-remedy homeopathy, a dose of a homeopathic remedy may sometimes cause an aggravation of the patient’s symptoms. From 1911 onwards the late Dr. Leon Vannier of Paris, France, developed a method which he called ‘drainage’ treatment, designed to avoid remedy aggravations (Vannier 1912). Dr. Vannier defined ‘drainage’ as follows:

“Drainage is the combination of measures to be used to ensure the regular elimination of toxins that burden the body of a person. I say of a person, not of persons, because the fact of great importance to remember is that drainage must always be individualized”. (Vannier 1950, p. 454)

Vannier stated that the selection of a drainage remedy must be based on the Materia Medica: the drainage remedy is that remedy which corresponds most closely to the symptoms displayed (Vannier 1950, p. 476) and which are to be treated by it.

It is important to realize that Vannier published his original paper on drainage treatment in 1912, nine years before the publication of the German 6th edition of Hahnemann’s Organon in 1921. The 6th edition was ready for the printer in February 1825 but it was, due to a variety of circumstances, not published until 1921. In the 6th edition Hahnemann described the preparation of what are now called LM potencies. But this information was not published in German before 1921.

Vannier divided symptoms into three groups:

General Symptoms, Functional Symptoms, Lesional Symptoms. (Vannier 1950, pp. 68-83)

General Symptoms are: All mental symptoms. All symptoms or signs applying to the patient in general, such as: tiredness, loss of weight, preference for living by the seaside, etc. All sexual symptoms or those relating to sleep; and all modalities.

Functional Symptoms are due to a disturbance of the function of an organ even if there is no lesion in the organ.

Headaches without the presence of, for example, a brain tumor or intracranial hemorrhage are functional symptoms. Epigastric pain, heartburn, etc., without the presence of a lesion such as a peptic ulcer or stomach cancer, are functional symptoms.

Lesional Symptoms are due to an anatomical lesion in an organ.

To find the ‘simillimum’ the homeopath has to select the drugs without prescription which covers all or most of the patient’s symptoms with particular emphasis on the General symptoms (Hahnemann 1921, para. 147 & 258, pp. 174 & 235). Vannier called this the ‘fundamental remedy’ which he used in high potency, 200C or 1M, at infrequent intervals, 12 to 20 days apart (Vannier 1970, 417). This is practically identical to what is done in classical homeopathy.