I am going to tell you the history of Homeopathic Psychiatric Practice in the US, from our past.

There was a Psychiatric Homeopathic Hospital known as ‘Middletown State Homeopathic Hospital, Middletown, New York’. Opened in 1874, this institution had

  • a large complex of 47 buildings

  • 3092 beds

  • 17 staff homeopaths

  • a large number of nurses and

  • a large pharmacy which carried no allopathic medicines whatsoever.

The treatments were carried out strictly along the lines introduced by Hahnemannian Homeopathy.


The Middletown institution treated 11000 patients between its inauguration in 1874 and in 1916. It was described as the finest HOMEOPATHIC INSANITY INSTITUTION in the world!!!

Again, the treatment was of the strictest homeopathicity and the results were little short of miraculous.

The superintendent of the institution was Dr. Seldon Haines Talcott (1842-1902), AM, MD, Ph.D., who was the Professor of Mental Diseases at the New York Homeopathic Medical College and Hospital. He graduated from Hamilton College in 1869 and from New York Homeopathic College in 1872.

Dr. Talcott was Chief of Staff at Ward’s Island Homeopathic Hospital in New York city from 1875-1877. In April 1877, he took over the administration of the Middletown Hospital which he headed until his death in 1902. His lectures at the medical college were recorded and presented in the textbooks, called Mental Diseases and their Modern Treatment published in 1901.

At this facility, there were not only hospital measures for the recuperation of the mentally sick but the INDICATED HOMEOPATHIC REMEDY was applied with conscientious fidelity in each and every case.

“These were the methods pursued at the institution under my charge during the past quarter of the century.“ (Mental Diseases and their Modern Treatment, S H Talcott, Preface, p. 1)

The treatment at the institution was based on 9 therapeutic principles:

Dr. Talcott’s lectures at the college covered the subjects:

The homeopathic treatment at Middletown was based on four cardinal principles:

  • Similia similibus curanter

  • Single remedy

  • Minimal dose

  • Potentized remedy

No allopathic medicines, narcotics, sleep-inducing drugs were used at this institution.

The prescriptions were based on the study of 3 cardinal areas:

An example of the Materia Medica taught for the TREATMENT OF THE INSANE may be found in Dr. Talcott’s lectures on the treatment of mania.

In this address, he reviewed what he called the ‘big 4’ in the treatment of Mania:

On this basis, Dr. Talcott compares the symptoms of these cardinal mania medicines along with the other medicines like:

Aconite Bryonia Cantharis Gelsimium Nux vomica

Lachesis Rhus toxicodendron Tarentula Hispania Veratrum viride Sulphur

Among his suggestions, we find

  1. Hyoscyamus is a remedy that is called for when there is a low grade of maniacal excitement than that which calls for Bell and bell tears off clothing for destructiveness. Hyosyamus tears off clothing for the purpose of exposing the person and the purpose of exciting the passions of others

  2. In this lecture, Dr. Talcott mentions using Belladonna 3C-30C in very excitable patients and 1C/1X in dull, heavy, stupid patients.

  3. Stramonium is even more fierce than the belladonna; he was laughing like Hyosyamus, rather like the hyena; he waxes eloquent and pathetic in the despairing of salvation like the prover of Veratrum album, and is greatly troubled with hallucinations.

  4. Veratrum album combines as primary effects, the wildest vagaries of the religious enthusiast, the amorous frenzy of the nymphomaniac, and the excretative passions of the infuriated demon, each striving for ascendancy.

  5. Aconite is useful when there is high fever as well as mental anxiety, restlessness and fear of death.

  6. Veratrum viride which also has high fever, rapid pulse, great restlessness ‘is often indicated in the maniacal attacks to which epileptics and paretics are subject.‘

  7. Nux vomica is obstinate, incorrigible, cross, ugly and sometimes studious.

  8. Bryonia, also an ugly remedy, the NV moves about while the bryonia keeps still because all his symptoms are aggravated by motion.

  9. The Lachesis is very sensitive and persistently loquacious, and the prover feels as if death had over-taken him.

  10. Tarentula is for crafty, cunning maniacs, full of mischief, prone to sudden fits of destructiveness, such as knocking down pictures, or sweeping bric-a-brac from a mantelpiece, or pounding a piano, or a helpless child.

  11. Sulphur is usually used as an intercurrent remedy. Also for ‘fantastic mania’ when the patient decks himself in gaudy colors and puts on old rags of bright hues and fancies them as the most elegant decorations.