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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.


Mrs. X, age 27 yrs, was confined 6 weeks before being brought to the hospital. 3 days after confinement, she was attacked with puerperal fever which lasted about one week. When the fever subsided, she seemed well mentally.

Two days afterwards, and twelve days after confinement, the patient began to show signs of insanity. She was excited most of the times, obscene, religious, noisy, destructive, sleepless by spells. For a short time, she imagined herself wealthy but she had no fixed or continued delusions.

The day following her arrival at the hospital, she was very noisy, and destructive. She kept declaring, ‘I am under this flag. My ship is 45, I came under false colors.’ She mistook those around her for persons she had known before. When food was taken to her, she broke the dishes, was very violent, and seemed to have hallucinations of sight and hearing which frightened her.

The patient was given Stramonium.

After several days of excitement and incoherency, she became more quiet, and better natured. Then she complained of pain in the head through the temples and over the top. Her pupils were considerably dilated, for sometime. At first, she cared little for food but afterwards had an excellent appetite.

Some weeks after admission, she began to talk to imaginary people, heard voices, but what they said did not seem to disturb her, she was good-natured and jolly.

On account of her jolly delirium, her tendency to destructiveness and particularly, her inclination to remove all clothing, she was given Hyosyamus and this remedy seemed to have a favorable effect for a time.

At length, she began to menstruate, had a profuse flow of bright red blood. During her menstruation, she became obstinate and pugilistic than usual. Her pupils were largely dilated.

On account of her intense ugliness, destructiveness and the dilated pupils, flow of bright red blood, she was given Belladonna.

A little later, the patient was not only wild, noisy, destructive, and inclined to remove all clothing, but she began to smear herself and her room with feces. She then had a slight period of depression, and during this phase, she inquired about her children and husband for the 1st time in several weeks, and then she began to improve.

In about three months, after her admission to the hospital, she became quiet, pleasant and rational. She continued to gain steadily and in a little less than 4 months from the date of admission, she was discharged as recovered.

This case was remarkable for the violence of the mental manifestations and great physical unrest. It is considered a rather un-favourable symptom, where the patient smears herself with feces and, inspite of that, the case recovered, though noisy, destructive, violent day and night for several weeks.

Also, she was nearly all the time good-natured. There are larger hopes for patients who are cheerful in spirits than those who are depressed, crying, sullen, sad, morose or obstinate.

The Middletown lectures offer a glimpse of the insights of Dr. Talcott, who had observed thousands of Psychiatric patients, over a period embracing more than 25 yrs. Such a humane mental institution existed in the USA is truly wonderful.

Unfortunately, all of the homeopathic mental hospitals closed due to political repression by the AMA and the medical industrial complex as well as the withdrawal of financial support by the government.


Some patients are prone to acute mental crisis including MANIA, or a NERVOUS BREAKDOWN. This is accompanied by intellectual confusion, sensorial distortions, emotional mood swings.

  • Strong Emotional Stress

  • Trauma

  • Shock

  • Fright

  • Vexation

  • Grief

  • Drinking, And Drugs

often trigger this type of crisis.