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QUARTERLY HOMOEOPATHIC DIGEST
Year 2008, Vol.XXV
CENTRE FOR EXCELLENCE IN
HOMŒOPATHY
CONTINUING HOMŒOPATHIC MEDICAL EDUCATION
SERVICES
QUARTERLY HOMŒOPATHIC DIGEST
VOL. XXV, 2008
Lead me from Untruth to Truth
Lead me from Darkness to Light
Lead me from Death to Immortality
Adyaya I Brahmana 3 Mantra 28
(This service is only for private circulation. Part I of the journal lists the Current
literature in Homœopathy drawn from the well-known homœopathic journals published
world-over - India, England, Germany, France, Belgium, Brazil, USA, etc., disciplinewise, with brief abstracts/extracts. Readers may refer to the original articles for detailed
study. The full names and addresses of the journals covered by this compilation are
given at the end.)
Compilation, translation, publication by
Dr.K.S.Srinivasan,
1253, 66th Street,
Korattur,
Chennai - 600 080, India.
© Centre For Excellence In Homœopathy
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CONTINUING HOMŒOPATHIC MEDICAL EDUCATION SERVICES
QUARTERLY HOMŒOPATHIC DIGEST
VOL. XXV, 1 & 2 2008
Part I Current Literature Listing
______________________________________________________________________________________
Part I of the journal lists the current literature in Homœopathy drawn from the well-known homœopathic
journals published world-over - India, England, Germany, France, Brazil, USA, etc., - discipline-wise, with
brief abstracts/extracts. Readers may refer to the original articles for detailed study. The full names and
addresses of the journals covered by this compilation are given at the end of Part I. Part II contains selected
essays/articles/extracts, while Part III carries original articles for this journal, Book Reviews, etc.
______________________________________________________________________________
of the structure of problems and of healing
I. PHILOSOPHY
processes in our patients and in ourselves.
1. The Search for True Natural Disease
-------------------------------------------------------------BICKLEY Anthony
(HL. 18, 3 & 4/2005)
II. MATERIA MEDICA
1.
The author has expressed unhappiness at the
mutual criticisms of Homœopathy Practitioners
among themselves, as ‘classical’, ‘modern’, etc.
In this connection he discusses ‘true natural
disease’ and ‘indisposition’. (ref. §78 Organon.)
The conclusion is that we should put aside our
differences long enough to recognize the quality of
both old and new methodologies and that progress
should not require the casting out of all the good
that previously existed. He further pleads that since
Homœopathy is about finding the similarities and
not difference, we should rather look for
similarities in our methods rather than accentuating
the differences.
2.
“Semiotics is concerned with everything that
can be taken as a Sign” (Umberto ECO, 1976).
Doug BROWN says that “while Provings
constitute
a
foundational
cornerstone
of
Homœopathy, the limitation of our proven remedies
are that the seemingly indicated remedies fail to act
or continue to hold”. Also that “Signs point
towards a substance which makes sense of the case
at the deepest possible level but for which there is
no Proving and often no extant remedy.”
A Case that stalled: 55 year-old woman with
intense pain and a confusing story of drug abuse
and emotional turmoil. For an year Morphinum had
helped her and then it didn’t. Now, the ‘theme’ is:
issue of survival, multiple sensations, extensive
inter-personal conflict with a sense of victimhood
and a need to dominate. She experiences pain as
being driven out of life before she is ready to go.
Feels trapped and vulnerable.
Awareness of
egotism and negativity within herself. Yearns for
freedom and escape.
The movement out of her body is upwards.
These features indicate animal aspects [There is so
much more of ‘animal’ in everyone of us, indeed =
KSS] of the case and especially avian, i.e. bird
remedy. The patient’s case did not fit into any of
the known Bird Provings. The important feature of
Wild vs Domestication and used for food pointed
out either chicken or Turkey.
200th Potency of Rio Grande Wild Turkey’s
feather was given on 19.8.2004. She continued
The Shadow of Homœopathy
An Analysis of the Current Situation in
Homœopathy from a Jungian Perspective
CICCHETTI, Jane
(HL. 18, 3 & 4/2005)
This article discusses the importance of
understanding Jung’s concept of the shadow both
for homœopathic practice and the profession of
Homœopathy as a whole. Much of the difficulty
that HAHNEMANN had with public acceptance of
Homœopathy is continuing to this day due to
attitudes that remain in the group collective
unconscious of the profession. Methods to make
these attitudes conscious are suggested in order to
prevent unconscious repetition of behaviour that
sabotages the acceptance of Homœopathy in the
world today.
C.G. JUNG introduced the term shadow to
deal with suppressed qualities. Working with this
subject as homœopaths deepens our understanding
© Centre For Excellence In Homœopathy
Semiotics and Simillimum:
Prescribing
without a Proving: A Case of Rio Grande Wild
Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo intermedia)
BROWN Doug (AH. 12/2006)
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improving; repeated four times over a period of 15
months due to relapse and subsequently two doses
of M. She continues to do well and feel a sense of
forward movement in her healing process. [Where
is “Homœopathy” in this kind of reasoning?
HAHNEMANN said that the o n l y way of
knowing what is ‘medicinal’ in a substance is the
Proving on healthy humans. Thus was
Homœopathy born. Now there are several
scholars amongst us who are not only one-up but
seem to be many-ups over good old
HAHNEMANN.
Melanie GRIMES the Editor
of AH would like to us not to complain but tolerate
with these ‘speculation’, even ‘wild speculations’ in
the garb of Homœopathy! Yet those of us who
still consider that the Science founded by
HAHNEMANN
and
nurtured
by
BŒNNINGHAUSEN, HERING, LIPPE, etc.,
alone is the Homœopathy abide so. = KSS]
2.
have been published almost all of them could only
be considered as complementaries, extensions, etc.
but none of them could or would displace the
original work of HAHNEMANN. They are as
much relevant today as they were two centuries
before.
4.
This
is
the
most
common
toxic
Cyanobacterium in fresh water. They produce two
main groups of toxins namely Neurotoxins and
Peptide Hepatotoxins.
The themes of the proving symptoms are
given; symptoms which were cured during
Provings are also listed. (This report of the
‘Proving’ is somewhat haphazard. How many men
and women? How many hours/days etc. after
which the symptoms (each one) appeared? Without
putting it up to the Profession with full Proving data
and obtaining cured cases, the author has given
’rubrics’! Anyway, this is the way in which so
many ‘Provings’ have been carried out in the
modern days by the preachers of ‘innovations’. =
KSS]
Lac Cameli Dromedari: Camel’s
milk: a
Proving
MUSHTAGH Saeid, BUCKLE Laura &
MASRGARITIS John
(SIM. XX/2007)
The milk obtained from a domestic camel in
Cairo was frozen and transported to Canada and
then to Hahnemann’s Labs Pharmacy, San Rafael,
California where it was de-frozen and potentised to
12c and 30c. This Proving was according to the
methodology given by Jeremy SHERR in his book.
The Symptoms are given in the ‘Schema’ form.
3.
5.
Leonurus cardiaca (Motherwort)
Mother and child Reunion
LUCAS Joy (AH. 12/2006)
Leonurus cardiaca was proved in 2006 as it
had little or no proving at all. Its common names
are ‘mother wort’ and ‘lions heart’. The reasons for
this are explained.
Leonurine is its active alkaloid. There were
many references to mother/child relationships in the
Provings. Another word which came up often was
‘wicked’. This relates directly to both mischievous
and yet protective nature of this remedy. A story
based on the Provings is given.
The ‘full proving’ data can be downloaded at
www.homeopathicmateriamedica.com
www.homeopathicmateriamedica.blogspot .com
HAHNEMANNS
Arzneimittellehre
in
neuem
Licht
(HAHNEMANN’s
Materia Medica in new light)
LUCAE Christian und WISCHNER
Matthias (ZKH. 51, 1/2007)
More than 200 years after the publication of
HAHNEMANN’s first Materia Medica the
Collected
Materia
Medica
(Gesamte
Arzneimittellehre) appears as a first complete
compendium of all Provings of HAHNEMANN. In
this article all the new aspects of the Collected
Materia Medica are presented in an overview.
The evolution and sources of HAHNEMANN’s
Materia Medica are discussed by combining 17
remedies appearing in both, the Materia Medica
Pura as well as the Chronic Diseases, new issues
on HAHNEMANN’s presentation of symptoms
have become evident. Finally, the implications of
HAHNEMANN’s original works is emphasized.
Although several Provings have been done
after HAHNEMANN and many Materia Medicas
© Centre For Excellence In Homœopathy
Microcystis aeruginosa – Proving of Blue
Green Algae
GRIMES, Melanie J. (AH. 12/2006)
6.
Acer cercinatum: A proving and cured cases.
OLSEN, Steve (AJHM. 99, 3/2006).
Acer cercinatum, The Vine maple, was proved
on nine people, five of whom produced symptoms.
the proving was not double blind. The provers
were instructed to take three doses per day until
symptoms began, or upto nine doses. 30c potency
was used. The central themes which emerged were:
disgust about being too overweight, jealousy,
insecurity and perfectionism.
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Excerpted from Dr. MORRISON’s new book
Carbon
MORRISON, Roger
(AJHM. 99, 4, 2006)
A keynote of the remedy is that although these
patients maintain a healthy lifestyle and diet and
appear healthy they feel inferior, regard themselves
with disgust and feel self-conscious about being fat.
The proving symptoms Materia Medica and
Repertory additions are given. Three cases helped
by this remedy based on these themes are given.
7.
Homœopathic Meaning
A Chapter from Carbon: Organic
Hydrocarbon Remedies in Homœopathy
MORRISON, Roger
(AJHM. 99, 3/2006)
Alcoholus: The central themes which include:
isolation, aloneness, numbness or ecstatic states
alternating with despair or fear, intoxicated
sensations, distance from others, passivity,
dishonesty/lying, the need to feel heard or cared
for.
Hydrocyanic acid: The key components of
which include: collapse, fear betrayal, desire for
company, distress during cardiac symptoms,
confusion, aggression, cyanosis, spasms, tetany.
and
This is a re-printing of “Homœopathic
Meaning,” a chapter in Dr. Roger MORRISON’s
new book Carbon. In this chapter Dr. MORRISON
reviews the principal characteristics his study
uncovered of the various groupings of hydrocarbon
remedies.
11. Enallagma carunculatum
A proving of Tula Bluet Dragonfly
GRIMES, Melanie J.
(HL. 18, 3 & 4/2005)
Alnus rubra – the Red Alder:
A proving and cured cases
OLSEN, Steve (AJHM. 99, 4/2006)
This article consists of Chapter 5 of the book,
Arbor Medica: Four new Hahnemannian Provings
with cases.
The central themes are Generosity and
Forsaken feelings. Keynotes are: worse from
change of weather, strong thirst, bruises easily; dry,
inflamed skin; burning pains and sensitivity to
perfumes.
The proving symptoms and five cases treated
on the basis of above themes and keynotes are
given.
Remedy comparisons and Repertory additions
are given.
This proving was conducted in 2002 with 25
provers.
The remedy themes are given and
additions to the Repertory are given.
Remedy picture indicates possible use in
Autism, Asperger’s Syndrome and Dyslexia. [A
remedy qualifies to be added to the Repertory only
after repeated verifications. In recent times every
‘new’ remedy ‘proving’ comes with a case or cases
and a list of “additions” to the Repertory. This way
our Repertory will become voluminous like the
Encyclopaedia Brittanica but perhaps unreliable =
KSS]
9.
1.
8.
--------------------------------------------------------------
III. THERAPEUTICS
What Substances Should We be Proving:
Some Thoughts on Gaps in Literature and in
the Substances hitherto Chosen for Provings
KATIRAI Foad, (AJHM. 99, 4/2006)
A 35 year-old, thin. African American, referred
by his adopted mother. Much abused in foster
homes. Presented with lack of concentration.
Dwelling in the past. Frequent headaches > much
after treatment by Chiropractor Claustrophobia.
Weeping from depression almost daily. Occasional
outbursts of anger. Isolating himself. Nail biting
daily.
Nightshades are useful for patients with
difficulty integrating their ‘dark side’ with their
daily life.
Stramonium M from 29.12.2004 to 18.7.2005 –
repeated four times in this period and patient
This paper looks at gaps in the homœopathic
proving literature and the criteria by which
homœopaths have, hitherto, chosen what substances
to prove. A series of criteria are suggested which
are rooted in the place substances occupy in
relation to humans and human homeostasis – i.e.,
what we are made of, what we eat, what we wear,
what we have added artificially to our environs and
what exists naturally in our environs. These
considerations can form a basis for determining
what provings should be conducted next.
10. Alcoholus, Hydrocyanic acid
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The Shadow of PTSD in Chronic Diseases – a
Case
SHANNON, Tim (SIM. XX/2007)
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improved. [20 pages has been used up for this case;
a verbatim report – probably recorded; a simple
case is made to appear as if too complicated by
bringing in ‘themes’, etc. = KSS]
2.
on one side and not the other. Does not like heights
and flying in air-planes. The pain feels like a
cramp and tightness. Described pain as like a metal
which expands when it is hot and contracts when
cold. History of severe leg cramps. Cuprum
metallicum M.
He was also given another dose of the same
remedy to be taken if there is a relapse.
Two
months later: much better. Divided leg feeling
gone. Seven months later. Relapse but now on the
left. The one powder earlier given was taken and
there was prompt relief. [The author says that
Cuprum came into his mind when the patient
explained his pain as when a metal expands and
contracts.
He explains that he used Rajan
SANKARAN’s teaching. There are no dates, and so
we do not know of the follow-up period. In a
chronic case of 20 years standing, should we not
wait for two years at least before reporting it as a
cure, (as advised by von BOENNINGHAUSEN in
his ‘last work’) and more so because there seems to
be no homœopathic aggravation, nor any skin
manifestation, etc.
If BOENNINGHAUSEN,
HERING, KENT, LIPPE etc. are all irrelevant and
there is no ‘last appearing symptom’, a miasm and
no ‘order’ in the disappearance – although there
certainly is an order in the development - of the
disease, what is left of Homœopathy? = KSS]
Psychiatric Medications and Homœopathy: A
journey Through Bi-Polar Disorder
SMITH Jennifer; FARRAR K.
(SIM. XX/2007)
45 year-old white male with Bi-Polar II
Disorder with Panic Disorder. Recurrent suicidal
depression alternating with Hypomania. His sexual
function and desires affected by drugs. No stability.
Hopeless. Exhausted. Fear of failure. Feels
attacked. Talks in terms of percentages.
He needed a remedy from Mineral Kingdom.
Cuprum metallicum 200 in July 2004.
Aug. 2004: overall fatigue is better. Still episodes
of feeling attacked. No control over it. Heart races.
Cuprum arsenicum 6c q.d. and p.r.n. with
‘episodes’,
Sept. 2004: only one episode. No depression.
Significant change in energy. No anxiety/panic.
Continue the medication.
Nov. 2004: Feeling stable. Doing well overall.
Underlying anxiety due to the Psychiatrist’s
warning about homœopathic medicines,
Cuprum arsenicum 200
Dec. 2004: Feels good. SL.
Cuprum arsenicum 200 one dose every three
months and eleven months later a dose of 1M.
Dec. 2005: Energy is fine. Slowly reduced his
psychiatric medication.
Aug. 2006: only on 25mg. of Seroquel.
Periodically repeats Cuprum arsenicum M.
Cuprum arsenicum was selected on the basis of
feeling of being attacked in paroxysms, of Cuprum
metallicum and restlessness and anxiety of
Arsenicum. [While it is a fact that the patient has
been almost restored, can we say that he has been
‘cured’; how far are we in synthesizing artificially
the qualities of two remedies? Will it not lead to
any number of combinations?
How did the
psychiatric disorder arise? The cause? Why is it
that there was no ‘exteriorization’ in the form of
any skin eruption? So many questions arise. =
KSS]
3.
4.
(The
Discussions on treatment of adolescents are
scarce in the homœopathic literature. A study was
undertaken in Germany recently. It revealed that
adolescents as against children and grown-ups, do
not benefit much from a prolonged treatment. The
present study in this article is to provide ideas of
what is different in the adolescents; of what is
occurring while taking the case of an adolescent.
Often the youngsters do not wish to identify themselves as sick and they do not give out all their
symptoms and in fact most of them do not know
what exactly is bothering them. The Homœopath
too would feel un-sure and his/her patience may
wear off. This article attempts to discuss these and
suggest as to how to solve this and obtain full case
and select the most suitable remedy.
Some probable questions (not a prescribed
one) that may bring about indications:
“Has there been a change in the relationship
between you and parents?”
“What could your parents do so that you are quite
happy? What would you wish of an ideal mother,
an ideal father?”
The Divided Face: Cuprum Case
SMITH, Jennifer (SIM. XX/2007)
A 70 year-old man with pain in left side of face
and head for the past 20 years. It feels like a
divider and in the centre of the forehead. Perspires
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Die Anamnese bei Adoleszenten
Anamnesis in Adoloscents)
HEÉ Hansjörg (ZKH. 51,1/2007)
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“What are the typical sentences of father, mother?”
“What limitations are necessary? Whom would you
do without?”
“What wishes, expectations and fears are there in
connection with the important limitations?”
“Is it possible to improve some or the other?”
“How would a perfect day seem?”
:When are you happiest?”
“When in your life so far have you been most
unlucky? Have you thought of ending life?”
“What are the main feelings you have during the
day?”
“Do you have the feeling, that people take you as
you would like to be?”
“Do you feel that other people understand you?
How do others value you?”
“Do you have the feeling you do wrong”?
“Where do you hold yourself?”
“How do you think of your later life?”
“Do you have an idea what one could move?”
5.
about this Aphorism. Is it so that in these days we
have not observed such a disease course? Or is it
that the modern medicine is now capable of so
treating these conditions that a deflection of a
disease is no more noticeable, or possibly that we
have not been not thoroughly?
A case is reported in which there was Digitalisintoxication leading to hallucinations; this mental
state
came
on
after
a
life-threatening
Bradyarrhythmia was relieved. The mental as
well as the physical complaints were relieved with
appropriate homœopathic remedies.
7.
This case has been analysed and worked
according to C.M.BOGER. First BOGER’s method
is briefly explained. A man, 34 year-old, with
severe exhaustion of over six weeks; he felt that
this rises from his brain. He has been experiencing
these phases since 10 years from time to time but
now it has been persisting for over six weeks.
From the symptom-totality of the patient and
the history of the family, first the Generals are
extracted with which a basic repertorisation is
carried out, followed by a complementary repertorisation of the peculiarities.
Homöopathie
in
der
stationären
Psychiatrie) (Homœopathy
in
Psychiatric patients in Hospital)
ROHRER Anton (ZKH. 51,1/2007)
Whereas psychiatric out-patients who are
dispensed only medicines, there are those who need
hospitalization, care, needs, medicines and other
suitable measures. Also the ‘chronic disease’ must
also be removed. A good characteristic symptom
can be taken for selection of the remedy, even if it
is “pathognomonical”, or it is a known adverse
symptom from orthodox medicine.
A case is presented and it is explained with the
help of the Therapeutic Pocket Book suitable
remedy is found for the case with depression,
alcohol abuse and attempt to suicide.
6.
8.
Thuja, Sykose und Impfung – Causa und
Effekt (Thuja, Sycosis and Vaccination (Cause
and Effect)
REIS Stefan (NAH. 2, 1/2007)
A wider view in Homœopathy is that Sycosis
as detailed by HAHNEMANN is identical to the
affections following vaccination and even that
vaccinations may trigger sycotic illnesses.
Therefore sometimes Thuja is prescribed routinely
for all sequelae of vaccination.
This is a
misunderstanding.
The author says that ‘cause’ is a fundamental
criteria for remedy selection comes from allopathic
indication-standards. This is debated with the
example of prescription of Thuja for sequelae of
Vaccinations.
In any case, most of the ‘cause’ rubrics in our
repertories are of clinical nature and therefore must
be evaluated so.
Eine Beobachtung zum §216 Organon
(An observation on § 216 of the
Organon)
BÜNDNER Martin (ZKH. 51, 1/2007)
§ 216 explains that a so-called physical
complaint may sometimes become even lifethreatening, may by the rapidly increasing mental
disturbances become a so-called delusion, a kind of
melancholy, or a raving; thereby the physical
symptoms recede. Thus it becomes a ‘one-sided’
disease, similar to a local disorder. This is a
difficult-to-understand Aphorism. This observation
seems to have been made by HAHNEMANN much
earlier, 1810 as may be seen from the Organon I
edition. We have not come across much written
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Staphisagria bei Depression
(Staphysagria in Depression)
HINDERER Rolf (ZKH. 51, 1/2007)
9.
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Heilungs- und Sequelae symptome bei
der
homöopathischen Arzneiwahl (Curative and
sequelae symptoms in the selection of
homœopathic remedy)
RABE Steffen (NAH. 2, 1/2007)
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contaminated pictures due to various physical,
emotional or iatrogenic suppressions.
2. In the absence of any recognizable Totality, to
select on the basis of psychic essence, nature and
character of the individual. This is capable of
surfacing suppressed Miasm.
3. To evaluate the necessity of a change in the plan
of treatment or change of remedy.
4. To evaluate the homœopathic prognosis of the
case.
5. To clear up the susceptibility to get infection
and thereby strengthening the constitution.
Key-words and criteriae for the “Four Great
Miasms” are given.
The author takes up the study of a case with
symptoms which arose supposedly as a
consequence of curative action of the homœopathic
remedy.
He takes up an article in the ZKH,
4/2005.
First the source of knowledge of the curative
remedies, viz., the Materia Medica is discussed,
then the place for the ‘sequel’ symptoms and then
the place for the curative symptoms; These
considerations
are
with
reference
to
HAHNEMANN, BOENNINGHAUSEN, JAHR,
HERING. Interesting discussion.
9.
Ein
Fall
von
bedrohlicher
Hämangiomatose (A Case of
a lifethreatening Hæmangioma)
WESTHOFEN Heike (NAH. 2, 1/2007)
11. Responses to the Simillimum
EVANS Gwyneth (AH. 12/2006)
The cases presented illustrate an unexpected
reaction and changes in the inner being of the
woman. She quotes § 9 and writes that assisting the
person to a state where they can focus on the higher
purposes of existence is the most important and
satisfactory one.
Case 1: A woman who had immigrated to New
Zealand and was having trouble in settling down.
A remedy was given to cure her homesickness.
Three weeks later, she felt much clearer and
stronger; had rediscovered the unity within herself.
Case 2: A woman in early thirties with problems of
dealing with issues arising from sexual abuse in
childhood
with a sense of powerlessness
Stramonium M. Immediately after the remedy, she
dreamed of a situation in which she was helpless
and unable to get away from a person who terrified
her. Two weeks later she dreamt of a situation
where the group was not listening and supporting
her. She decided that she did not need that situation
and was strong enough to leave and find a better
workspace.
This illustrates the change at a deep level shown
through dreams.
Case 3: A woman with recent ectopic pregnancy
and wanting to become pregnant. Unresolved
issues of Incest. Recent history of violent
relationship and current boy-friend treating badly.
She works as an agency temporary worker. After
second day in any workplace everyone would stop
talking to her. She would feel uncomfortable and
dislike it and would not go back. Hated herself and
suicidal feelings. Lac caninum 200. Two weeks
later, now job and people valued her. They enjoyed
her company work. She had spoken to all her
family about the abuse in childhood and was able to
cope with tat. She looked like a different person.
This is a case of an infant, four months old,
very seriously ill, with Hæmangiomatosis.
The child has neonatal Hæmangioma in the
corners of the mouth, on the cheeks, throat,
umbilicus; on the lips and in the buccal mucous
membranes small and large Hæmangioma are
present. The actually life-threatening lesions are a
sub-glottical-circular haemangiomas scattered,
which lead to a Trachea stenosis, with inspiratorial Stridor which could be heard; these were
becoming worse. Recently the child has been
developing Cyanosis of the lips and cyanotic eyerings, generalized dyspnoea. The child has been in
the hospital and had to be intubated, narcotized
since she could not by herself breath because of the
haemangiomas. And her life was under threat due
to this. She is on Cortison without much help. A
colleague treated her homœopathically with
Spongia, Fluoric acid, Sambucus niger in low
potencies because of the acute state without
perceptible improvement. The case came into the
author’s hands.
The author discusses in detail information and
data
we
have
studied
in
JAHR,
BOENNINGHAUSEN, HERING, GUERNSEY,
with regard to the treatment of such life-threatening
ailments.
10. Practical Miasmatic Prescribing
BANERJEA Subrata Kumar
(AH. 12/2006)
The knowledge of Miasms is helpful in the
following ways:
1. Anti-miasmatic remedy opens up cases where
symptoms are scarce and in cases with conjoint or
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Two months later - lesions getting smoother
and less itch. No change in size. Helpless feeling.
Stramonium M
Further two months later – No significant
change. Stramonium XM.
Two more months later: patches started
clearing up from scalp, elbows, scapular and sacral
region. Anger and helpless feeling also reduced.
In the next three years, a dose each of the XM,
50M, and CM. 90% of Psoriasis gone. No longer
afraid of darkness. [Are the authors convinced that
Stramonium was the Simillimum? Of course the
fears have gone. And 10% of the Psoriasis
remains; we cannot say that the Psoriasis will not
relapse. What is the purpose of reporting a not-yetcured case? = KSS]
Case 4: Young woman with respiratory and sleep
problems. History of self-abuse with alcohol and
drugs and sexual abuse during childhood. Suicidal
thoughts, humiliated and self-disgust. She is in the
process of recovery. Each remedy making her deal
with another chunk of memories and issues from
past. After Lac caninum M she told “for the first
time my life, I feel the 5 foot 10 inches that I am”.
12. Benzinum: How Color preference
and a recurrent dream led to an unusal
remedy
KUNTOSCH, Marcus & WELTE, U.
(AH. 12/2006)
Since birth, 4 year-old girl has slept too much.
She is very weak and recurrent dreams of children
getting burnt with fire. Has very big blue eyes,
wide open as if staring with astonishment. Mother
had a shock during the pregnancy.
The Gynaecologist during a genetic screening
found abnormal signs and wanted to abort. From
that moment mother was sure that she was carrying
a disabled child.
Though further tests were
negative caesarean due to mal-position. Baby
needed Oxygen and was too weak to drink. Her
color preferences were lemon yellow, red and
violet.
After Opium M, sleep reduced. No other
changes even after Gels., Hepar and Phos.
After re-evaluation with color preferences
indicated Petroleum, a highly inflammable kind of
petrol was reasoned out. Benzinum
C 30;
continuous improvement. Weakness went away in
three weeks. Frightful dreams and epistonus never
returned.
14. It isn’t just about the Remedy
BICKLET Anthony (AH. 12/2006)
A successful prescription for the patient has to
have several elements, all individualized to that
patient, apart from the indicated remedy.
Various aspects of selection of potency and
quantity of dose and its repetition are discussed.
15. A Case of adolescent Self-harm
SHANNON Tim (AH. 12/2006)
A 17 year-old girl seeking help for de-pression,
anxiety, mood swings, low self-esteem, feels
isolated at school and tendency to self-harm.
Various potencies of Palladium for 3 months which
appeared to help for a time only.
Dreams of terrible, violent things. Mostly
wears black color. Left sided head ache often.
Hatred of being weak in front of others. Selfharming is to release the stress or anger. Elaps Q2.
A month later not so many self harm urges;
emotionally better. It seems self harm impulses
have been replaced by just feeling empty. For next
8 months on Elaps. A dose of XM helped for three
weeks and crashed again. On 4.4.2005 Agkistrodon
piscivorous M (Water moccasin) was given because
of emptiness, morbid and violent images.
Over the next seven weeks improved. Agki-p.
30 aq.sol. 4 drops once a week. A year later overall
well.
The theme of this medicine and themes of
reptiles are given.
The author goes on in speculation and says “In
my experience you will often see pathology with
speech or the throat. In a way, snake patients are
often not so connected with their hearts. They are
often more identified with being intellectual. This
may explain somewhat why they often have
13. A Case of Chronic Psoriasis
PANCHAL, M. & PANCHAL, P
(AH. 12/2006)
55-year-old male with extensive Psoriasis.
Severe itching with silvery scales since 15 years.
Allopathic and Ayurvedic Medicines improved his
condition.
Dreams of religious places and flying. Earlier
liked sweets. Domineering, movement of tongue,
side to side. Frown, vertical and horizontal .
Lycopodium 200 on 4 Aug. 1993. Two weeks
later, no change. No change in psoriatic lesion.
Itching slightly better. No change mentally.
Retaking the case in September. Afraid of
being in dark, of ghosts, wants to cling on in fear.
Delusion alone in wilderness. Stramonium M.
Two weeks later, itching much reduced; calm
and relaxed. No dreams.
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difficulty in speaking from their heart, and thus
they develop pathology in their throat, with
swallowing, speaking, etc. I have successfully used
the above themes and observations in many cases.
It has helped me to locate many snake patients
including young children which I wouldn’t have
seen before. I have also been able to use these
themes to help patients who needed snakes which
are unproven. [Bold letters mine.
So here we
have again “modern”, “innovative” Homœopathy.
You can prescribe unknown medicines! Is it not
‘criminal’ to use medicines about which you
have no complete knowledge? Is it not legally
punishable?
Homœopathy practitioners must
beware of these really dangerous trends which will
land them in criminal proceedings. You have the
‘defence’ in the case of the proven, clinically wellknown homœopathic remedies. You have the
support of the stalwarts. But an unproven, hitherto
unknown substance, and whose curative action is
only assumed, speculated, imagined, what have you
to say in defence. The Editor should be aware of
these and not publish such misleading articles =
KSS]
Case 3: Lily, 50 years, with unresolved fear of
confrontation since childhood. Her father was
extremely controlling.
Severe pre-menstrual
problems since adolescence, chronic constipation
with hard stool and rectal bleeding. Recent onset of
serious pain in intestines with bloody diarrhoea.
Diagnosed as Diverticulitis and hiatal hernia. This
was precipitated by a stressful situation at
workplace where she felt uselss and powerless.
Much anxious and nervous while dealing with
boss’s wife. Lycopodium LM 1. Five weeks later,
no anxiety, no pains before periods. Constipation
and rectal bleeding gone. Not feeling the ‘stress’ at
work. Three months later symptom-free. Major
changes had taken place in all her relationships.
Had recurrence of Mastitis and some PMS which
cleared with a dose of Lycopodium 200.
17. Progress with PC remedies
CHAPPELL Peter and JORDAN
(AH. 12/2006)
Peter CHAPPELL has been working in Africa
in such severe diseases as AIDS, Malaria and he
has prepared his own medicines also in his own
way and he has found them of great value in
treating these epidemics wrecking the lives of
people especially the poor. These remedies are
called PC remedies.
PC remedies are created by reverse engineering
the totality and essence of symptoms into a single
remedy. The exact process is ‘proprietor’s secret’.
PC 1 is for AIDS. PC Malaria is the fastest
verified cure for Malaria. Remedies for many
chronic diseases were prepared and used
successfully.
His intuitive realization was that all chronic
diseases are the outcrop of epidemic diseases.
Coined terms CEEDS – Chronic Effect of Epidemic
Diseases and CEETS – Chronic Effects of
Traumas. (These terms appear to replace the
homœopathic term ‘Miasm” coined by old
HAHNEMANN! PC is ‘one-up’ on the old Master
= KSS)
These provide a clue to treat each level and
these new remedies treat issues in sequence and
disentangle and improves clarity and much better
results in restoring health.
Website:vitalremedies.com gives details about
this. Other sites:
[email protected]
free videophone via Skype:stanlake.
16. Inflammatory and Irritable Bowel
GAHLES Nancy (AH. 12/2006)
Signs and symptoms of Inflammatory and
Irritable Bowel Disease are given and illustrated
with three cases.
Case 1: Molly, adolescent with IBS, which
incapacitated her socially, unable to attend school,
use school bus. Severe nausea every morning,
severe stomach pain and an immediate need to
access the bath room. Pains would bring tears,
scream and vomiting and fatigue. Panic attacks at
night.
Afraid of
being alone at night.
Domineering. Need for perfection in everything;
obsessive
thoughts.
Anticipatory
anxiety.
Pulsatilla. Five days later she was functioning
without any problem. In the next eleven months,
only once repetition.
Case 2: Cindy. 11 years with Crohn’s disease since
her fourth grade. Frequent stools, preceded by pain
in right lower quadrant of abdomen. Nausea;
waking at night with pain and bloody diarrhoea.
She needs attention and wants to be comforted.
Worrying everyday about something. Needs
company. Going away from home and parents is
the most troublesome factor.
Tonsils and Adenoids removed in the second grade
and has had strep throat twelve times. Argentum
nitricum did not help her. Her father was very strict
with her. Carcinosin 200. She is more at ease.
Does not worry, enjoys normal social life.
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18. Too much Fun in the Sun
SONG, James G. (HT. 26, 4/2006)
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After much exposure to heat of Sun, the
author’s son, was shivering with red face. Heavy
breathing, skin hot and sweaty and was trembling.
Felt hot and cold; stinking breath. Mercurius
relieved his problem.
For Sun burns: Arnica, Cantharis, Causticum,
Urtica urens, Hypericum, Calendula.
19. Knee Pain! Homœopathy or Surgery?
TOROK Leonard J. (HT. 26, 4/2006)
In injuries and Surgeries of knee, homœopathic
remedies help decrease the discomfort and recovery
time as well as improve the end results.
When you block pain perception without
correcting the underlying cause of the pain an
accelerated destruction of the joint surfaces will
result. This accounts for the rebound phenomenon,
and increasing dosages over time.
The most severe, disabling pain of knee
associated with acute inflammation is relieved with
Rhus toxicodendron, Ruta or Bryonia.
The pain associated with chronic Arthritis is
more grumbling or aching. This requires a deepacting constitutional remedy. With that, symptoms
will decrease and the remedy will be needed less
frequently, as healing occurs over time.
Many cases of gouty Arthritis are underdiagnosed and Urtica urens 6c startlingly improves
them.
The other ‘adjuncts’ which he uses, not
contradictory to Homœopathy are Acupuncture,
gentle exercises, Prolotherapy (injection of a
dextrose solution into the joint, causing localized
inflammation, thereby stimulating the tissue to
repair itself), and Glucosamin and Chondroitin
(both in the sulphated form for best results).
Case: 75 year-old lady with painful Arthritis of
both knees. Left knee was replaced by surgery.
Seven years later, severe problem with the right
knee. X-rays showed big spurs all around the joint
and no cartilage. Based on knee pains worse with
the slightest motion and her grumbling nature,
Bryonia 6c once a day for a month. A month later,
she had lost 10 lbs. Able to walk as much as she
wanted. The knee still had big spurs and stiffness
but the swelling and tenderness were reduced. No
pain at all after three months. She is now 90 and
continues to do well on daily doses of Bryonia 6c.
20. When Muscles, Bones, and Joints go
out of Whack
ROTHENBERG Amy
(HT. 26, 4/2006)
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Any musculo-skeletal complaint needs to be
seen in the context of the whole patient. A simple
review of systems to see if anything has changed
since the injury or illness.
Case 1: Annette, a woman in her 70s has done well
over the past decade with the constitutional remedy
Lycopodium for the treatment of IBS.
She
complained of arthritic hands, and pain and
stiffness in her wrists. Review of systems and her
physical Generals were same as ever. Just because
her arthritis symptoms were new, it did not
necessarily mean that she needed a new remedy.
Case 2: 40 year-old Renee, complained of Plantar
fasciitis, an incapacitating pain in the bottom of left
heel. Other problems like inflamed cold sores and
sinus infections each winter.
Sensitive, loyal,
caring and pre-menstrual migraines which sent her
to dark quiet bedroom.
Natrum muriaticum 200 resolved her problems
over the course of few months.
Case 3: 45 year-old Jerry was successfully treated
for chronic Prostatitis. Developed back pain which
made him unable to walk upright. Worse on trying
to move and taking a deep breath.
Became
impatient and thirsty. One dose of Bryonia 200
improved him and within two days back was
normal.
People who need certain constitutional
remedies tend to develop acute illnesses that
respond to related remedies.
21. Hurricane Katrina and the many Faces of
Ignatia
SEBASTIAN Irene (HT. 26, 4/2006)
After the flood, there was tremendous amount
of suffering in the general population. The most
commonly needed remedy has been Ignatia amara.
The grief was either due to death of a loved one or
the loss of a relationship but it may also be caused
by the loss of a house, possessions, money, a job or
a life’s work. Five cases helped by Ignatia are
cited.
22. Katrina’s Havoc, A full House
Homœopathic Healing
BARKER Danni K. (HT. 26,4/2006)
and
A family affected by Katrina is helped by
Ignatia 30 to deal with their grief and Aconite 30
for those complaining of fear and sleeplessness.
74 year-old Grandpa with severe diabetes with
horrific open wounds on legs.
Aggressive debriding or digging out the
wounds, applying ointments, etc. did not help.
Puffy eyes, yellow complexion and deteriorating
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eye-sight. Each wound was about the size of a
silver dollar. Bone was exposed. Calendula 30 c
twice a day for three days. Grandpa’s legs were
numb. Calendula tincture was applied to the
wounds and covered with gauze. Next day his
wounds were seeping yellow mucous. He slept
well and felt good (he hadn’t felt well in years).
His eyes started to drain pus and bruises around
them, for 5 days. He recalled being struck in the
eyes while boxing 50 years ago.
With each passing day, his legs started to
acquire a healthy, pink color and wounds looked
better.
About three weeks later, he experienced severe
retching and vomiting that lasted all day. He
recalled that as an infant he had a similar problem.
A year later, his legs are almost completely
healed. Insulin requirements have improved. His
eyesight improved. [This case is an eye-opener.
Calendula 30 worked in such depth that it brought
even 20 year-old trauma sequelae as well as an
affection that he suffered as an infant! How can we
delimit a particular remedy as deep-acting and
some as not deep-acting when Calendula 30 (not a
‘high’ potency, mind you!) could dig in so much
and throw out the disease and restore a 74 year-old?
We respect all the remedies; if it is ‘homœopathic’
to the patient, then it will do all that can ever be
done by any one! In this case the old symptom
surfaced and there has been clear reversal and true
cure. Good. = KSS]
23. Your Tender Feet
KORNFIELD Robert
(HT. 26, 4/2006)
The commonest foot problems encountered in
Practice are Plantar Fasciitis, Morton’s Neuroma
and Bursitis.
Plantar Fasciitis manifests as a sharp pain on
the bottom of foot near the heel. Pain and
inflammation worse in the morning or after a long
rest.
Rhus toxicodendron or Bryonia are usually
indicated and stretching exercises and support to
arch of foot.
Morton’s Neuroma manifests as pain, burning,
numbness or tingling, usually on the ball of the foot
between the third and fourth toes - mostly due to
high heels or tight shoes.
Hypericum helps when there is numbness and
tingling, Bryonia when the foot is worse from
motion, Apis when there is stinging pain and
swelling, Pulsatilla when the foot is relieved by
removal of the shoe.
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Bursitis is due to the inflammation of bursal
sac in the ball of the foot – due to high arch or flat
foot or from high heeled shoes.
Apis, Arnica, Belladonna, Bryonia or Rhus
toxicodendron may be useful.
24. Help for Athletes with Ankle Injuries
SUBOTNIC Steven I.(HT. 26,4/2006)
21 year-old Mike, with painful, swollen and
bruised ankle. Arnica XM. Next day swelling and
bruising reduced considerably, He did not want
his ankle to be touched; worse with the least touch
or motion, Better with tight bandaging.
Bryonia M and Bryonia 9 c b.d. Four days later
able to move the ankle. Now the complaint was
stiffness, soreness and some numbness. Preferred
warm applications. Worried that he might never
get well. Ruta graveolens 200 and Ruta 9 c b.d. for
4 - 5 days. Two weeks later, still some stiffness
and lameness. As the patient was eager to get back
to sports activities immediately, finally an injection
of a “homœopathic” combination (several, almost
all vulneraries!) and then one dose of Calcarea
phosphoricum to prevent injury of foot and ankle.
[Everything was going on well with Homœopathy
and then comes this sudden ‘nausea’, a
“homœopathic” injection! (How can a combination
be ever called as “homoeopathic”? The learned
author has fallen! = KSS]
Case 2 : Melanie, middle class woman, presented
with pain and stiffness in the back of her ankle to
heel cord. Swelling over the tendo-achilles and a
gritty sensation between the tendon and its sheath
which indicates Tendinitis.
Stiff-ness not
improved by motion: Causticum 30 and 9 c twice a
day for a week.
Three weeks later, the
improvement stopped and started worsening.
Causticum 200. Topical Ointments to massage the
area and advised to get walking shoes with a firmer
counter to hold her heel in place. No more tendon
problem.
25. Family’s move on to Sailboat inspires SelfSufficiency
One mother’s story of converting to
Homœopathy
GORDON, Katya (HT. 26, 5/2006)
Two year old, Cedar was coughing like she’d
never stop. She started coughing while eating,
reading, even going to potty. Rhus tox 30 and from
30 seconds later, no cough at all.
Later that winter Cedar had ‘cold’. Stuffed up,
chapping lips profuse nasal drip and cough. Rhus
tox did not help. Phosphorus 30. Over the next
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two hours, her cough gradually disappeared and
fever started. Phosphorus 200, 2 doses brought her
back to normalcy.
26. Living Free in a prickly, painful World
Homœopathy helps kids with sensory
Processing Disorder (SPD)
LUEPKER, Lan (HT. 26, 5/2006)
SPD is a neurological condition that interferes
with the brain’s processing of information received
through the five senses. SPD may also affect the
sense of balance and movement children with SPD
may be either oversensitive or under-responsive to
sensory information. SPD can accompany Autism,
Cerebral palsy Dyspraxia and Dyslexia.
Homœopathic remedy creates a situation of
dynamic balance that enables a child with SPD to
more easily process sensations and to adapt itself to
the environment.
Lily, a five-year-old girl with great sensitivity
to touch, noise and heat. Marked tendency to strike
or bite when she perceived a threat. Frightful
dreams. Dilated pupils, Chronic Sinus congestion,
sensitivity to sunlight and history of high fevers.
Belladonna XM. Six weeks later, she was not
biting or becoming agitated as earlier. Less
stubborn. Sensory issues are better. Four months
later relapse mild. Over the 2 years 4 doses of
Belladonna M improved her.
27. Spider bites!
LOCKWOOD, Amy E.
(HT. 26, 5/2006)
Very young, aged or immuno-compromised
victims often have more serious reactions to Spider
bites.
28. Adventure in the Rain Forest Sleeping with
Spiders
KEARNS, Clifford (HT. 26, 5/2006)
The author’s son was bitten by a Spider in the
Costa Rican rain forest during sleep. the scrotum
was swollen, the tissues were bruised. It was
neither cold nor hot. Cold applications felt better.
Itching was intense. Worse from motion and
jarring. Ledum 30 dissolved in water, every 30
minutes. After two hours, he felt good. Dose
frequency was decreased. Next day swelling had
decreased significantly.
29. The Spider bite and the Neophyte
BOYER, Nancy (HT. 26, 5/2006)
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8 year-old boy was bitten on left thigh by a
Spider. For three days only a slightly raised, itchy
red papule was there. Fourth day he was tired and
irritable and the area of the bite was getting bigger
and nasty. The bite site was a raised black pustule,
with three inches of redness radiating around it
temperature was 100º F. The area was cold, despite
the marked redness. Ledum 200. five hours later
woke up with black pus draining on to the sheets.
Two hours later, new scale opened and additional
black pus drained from the site. He was reassured.
Within 48 hrs, red patch decreased in size,
discharge became white and bloody and healed. 8
months later, has a quarter-inch dimple at the bite
site.
30. A Spider from down under Treating fire with
fire: Spider bites respond to Spider remedy
GRAY, Alastair (HT. 26, 5/2006)
J.T. KENT wrote that the best homœopathic
remedy for a Spider bite is Arsenicum.
White-tailed Spider’s bite causes redness and
burning pain at the bite site, followed by swelling
and itchiness. Blisters may develop. A nearpainless bite can progress to painful blistering and
inflammation, followed by blue-back ulcerations.
Occasionally local tissue necrosis with a deep
rolled ulcer.
Four cases of white-tailed Spider bite
(Lampona cylindrata) treated by Lampona
cylindrata 30 are given. This remedy is prepared
from that Spider itself. (Author himself confesses
that this is Isopathy).
A proving of this remedy was conducted in the
year 2000. The themes and symptoms are given
follows:
• Visual disturbances; “I feel like I am
hallucinating.”
• Feelings of being long and squashed.
• Sensitivity to all water, noise, music, smells.
Sounds
seemed
so
loud,
increased,
exaggerated, and intensified. Senses more
acute. “Any noise makes me irritable.”
• Feeling confused, lost, and disoriented. Vague,
spaced-out feeling; light-headed. Time seems
to be running slow.
• Hectic and frantic. Stressed.
• Tired. Exhausted. Exhaustion and headache.
• Poor concentration.
• Feelings of being isolated.
• The desire to kill. Compulsion to steal.
Defiant, naughty.
• People in the trial were better from walking,
from cleaning, and from activity.
• Some feelings of being anti-social.
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•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
Fear that “some one is doing voodoo on me.”
Feelings of suicide if ignored by others.
Head symptoms: Tension from above the
forehead. Intense boring pain in right temple.
Tension and heaviness over left eye.
Background headache with congested feeling
in head. Very heavy feeling in left temple.
Stabbing pain on the left side of head. Band
around head. Sharp pain that feels as if it is
pinched.
Eye symptoms: Eyes are burning. Shooting
pain in the right eye.
Mouth symptoms: Metallic, bitter, or
disgusting taste in the mouth. tongue feels as if
it is burning.
Digestive symptoms: Stomach cramps.
Nausea, bloating, diarrhea.
Chest symptoms: Heart palpitations with
sinking feelings in the chest. “My heart felt
like someone had grabbed it like an orange and
let go and then grabbed it again.”
“My body feels so tired, limp, and heavy.”
General symptoms of numbness.
Difficulty sleeping.
A crawling sensation in the nostrils.
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LOCKWOOD, Amy. (HT. 26, 5/2006)
Indications are given for Argentum nitricum
and Gelsemium to over come the anticipation and
indications for Kali phosphoricum, Phosphoric
acid, Picricum acidum and Zincum metallicum to
help when the mental strain is too much.
Aethusa cynapium when there is inability to
fix the attention or think.
34. The Itch that Won’t Go Away!
ULLMAN, Robert & REICHENBERG
ULLMAN, Judyth
(AJHM. 99, 3/2006)
A nine-year-old boy with recurrent fungal
infections and also behavioral and attitudinal issues.
Quick to anger, easily frustrated and prone to
distractibility. Fascinated by bugs. Tends to get
mosquito bites really easily. By using the “free
association” technique the theme of poking is
elicited. He exhibited attractiveness indicating
animal kingdom and the feeling of being tiny
indicating insect medicines.
Culex
musca
200, 1M 2 doses each and 10M was all that he
required over a period of sixteen months.
31. College bound
ROTHENBERG, Amy
(HT. 26, 5/2006)
35. Homœopathy Extreme
TREUHERZ, Francis
(AJHM. 99, 3/2006)
The author writes about the first-aid remedy kit
+ essential natural medicine for children when they
are away at college.
By providing an interesting array of anecdotal
tales of personally treated acute and emergency
conditions with Homœopathy, TREUHERZ
illustrates the profound efficacy of Homœopathy in
“extreme” situations.
A person had eaten something and his throat
was closing up, could not speak, could not breathe
well and becoming worse rapidly. Apis 30 relieved
within 30 minutes.
Swelling of body after wasp sting. With Apis
30 recovered rapidly.
A woman appeared out of sea and collapsed on
sand. Arnica was given. She came round and
explained she sat on a quantity of jelly fish and so
blotchy rash on buttocks. Medusa 30. patient
recovered quickly.
Ficus religiosa, stopped the bleeding like
turning off a tap in a person who came to his house
through the glass front door having omitted to open
it first.
Acute episode of Thrombocytopenia – blood
loss was helped immediately by Crotalus horridus.
Latrodectans mactans brought back a man into
consciousness after heart attack.
32. How Jake Beat Exam Exhaustion
CASTRO, Miranda (HT. 26, 5/2006)
18-year-old Jake was exhausted with heavy
load of courses at school. Kali phosphoricum 6c,
helped for a while. Even after a week of eating
well and rest, his exhaustion did not improve.
Twitchy legs were disturbing him very much, when
he was sitting down and on going to sleep. bursting
headache. Eyes felt strained – sore and gritty.
Zincum metallicum 30 every two hours and then
next day twice daily for a day or two.
Next day he felt more tired than ever, but
headache gone as well as twitchy legs. Within a
couple of days, Jake felt his energy and good
moods return.
33. Take the stress out of School
Remedies for Anxiety, Mental Strain and Burn
out
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Ustilago maydis stopped bleeding in less than
one hour in a woman who had been bleeding for 3
weeks.
A toddler with a severe burn in her hand.
Arnica and then Causticum for pain. Her hand was
taped inside a bag filled with bactericidal ointment.
Predictably the wound went septic and during a
high Fever, Pyrogen did the trick. The bag was
removed; external and internal Calendula saved her
from the need for skin grafts.
Patient with Barber’s itch and terrible Spinal
pain after an accident. Hypericum cured.
A perianal Fistula, worse after surgery. Full of
pus. Impotency. Silica released him from his
symptoms and the next operation was cancelled.
An immigrant male patient underwent surgery
thrice for an abscess at the base of spine with
another surgery pending.
After Silica and
Tuberculinum he was restored to health.
A patient was coughing blood. He was gay,
HIV + and had chronic Liver disease. Pain left lobe
of liver. Cardus marianus Q.
A small boy with whooping cough, little
sleepy, clutched at his parents.
Antimonium
tartaricum produced fast recovery.
A longer serious case.
A patient felt unwell ‘in his tummy’ for a
week. apparently well indicated remedies failed.
Lower abdomen carried on becoming more painful.
∆ burst lower bowel, Septicaemia, Peritonitis. He
was admitted and prescribed IV Metronidazole and
surgery. Patient refused surgery and medication.
The hospital doctors’ reaction was to invoke the
mental health legislation, to detain him against his
will. The patient escaped from hospital and went
home. Took Pyrogenium high potency few doses.
Recovery was helped by careful eating. After
China 200, recovery was rapid. A month later, the
doctors told the diagnosis must have been incorrect.
(The patient was Francis TREUHERZ)
In March 2002, TREUHERZ, had sudden
agonizing pain in back lasted for about 2-3 hrs.
screaming with pain.
A colleague suggested
Calcarea carbonica 30 every 15 minutes.
Hospitalized. Pain left as suddenly as it had came.
Then urine was passed into a glass bottle and with
naked eye pieces of stone could be seen.
Calcarea renalis 30 once a day for next 3
months. A cyst in the eyelid of 25 years, became
inflamed. Every year it would fill up with pus, and
after Staphysagria it would burst and drain, but
small hard lump remained.
The eyelid was swollen, painful and red. Apis
30, every four hours, relieved a little. Opthalmic
surgeon, slit the undersurface and popped out some
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fragments of stone. Healed with Euphrasia Q and
Staphysagria 200.
Some months later, calcified arthritic nodules
on knuckles had become smaller and no longer
painful.
Mother, in late seventies, had surgery twice
within a short span involving hip. she declined
rapidly. She was in despair. She is thrifty and has
fear of poverty. Psorinum 1M. Felt better and
recovery was sustained.
Father, in early 80s, had an intractable
troublesome cough which was helped by
homœopathic remedy and then relapsed. Company
made him anxious and exacerbated cough. Ambra
grisea. He recovered.
36. A case of Herpes Zoster
NOSSAMAN, Nicholas
(AJHM. 99, 3/2006)
59 year-old Professor with Ulcerative Colitis,
Sclerosing Cholangitis and Interstitial lung disease,
presented with Shingles on his left thorax since 3
days. Pain and number of sores gradually increase.
Pain was worse near spine and ‘needle like’.
Worse at 4 a.m. and 4 p.m. Felt tight in his back
and worse from slight touch. Better by lying on
painless side and with heat. Agonizing pain.
Clusters of vesicles along T-5 Dermatome.
Arsenicum album 10M and then in water hourly
while awake. Next day worser. Agg. deep
breathing Amel. by pressure. Agonising pain in
one spot in his back, near his spine. He described it
as a “fist size”, a “grabbing” and burning sensation
aggravated by breathing. Blisters worse from
touch. Zincum metallicum 1M, dry on tongue and
in water every hour over the next 8 hours. Two
days later, Zincum 1M, 3 doses in 90 minutes.
Better. Six hours later worse. Repeated Zincum
1M. 24 hours later, much less pain, 2/3rds of sores
crusted. 2 weeks later, pain in residual lesions
formication. Rhus tox. 1M and Mezereum did not
help. Again Zincum 1M. No pain but itching. 6
weeks later Mezereum 30, relieved.
37. A case of chronic Renal Failure
POTDAR, Swapna
(CCR. 14, 3/2007)
73 year-old man of short, thin, built with
yellowish complexion.
Pale and withered.
Professor of languages and had composed many
poems but stopped now. Diabetic since 20 years,
Hypertension since 15 years. Both detected on
routine medical check up and had no symptoms as
such. Since few weeks nausea and aversion for
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food. On examination Urea and Creatinine levels
were high. Urea – 220mg/dl; Creatinine 3.9µ/dl.
Renal Doppler suggested diffuse parenchymal
disease. Passes about one liter of Urine per day.
Man of few words. Indifference he had large
collection of books which he donated to a library.
Miasmatic analysis – Psora and Tubercular miasm
initially and Syphilitic miasm now.
The theme of ‘Retention’ is arrived at with his
vast collection of books, reserved nature. This and
his past tryst with verse brought to mind Natrum
and the radical Chloride. So one dose of 2 pellets
of Natrum muriaticum 6x on 12.6.03. [Which
“Proving” or Materia Medica gives these symptoms
and how aunthentic are they? There are several
larger book collectors, stamp collectors etc.; there
are several wealthy people who ‘collect’ money.
Are they all ‘Natrum’? = KSS].
17.7.03: Urea – 136mg/dl; Creatinine – 3.15µ/dl.
He felt more energetic. Felt more interest. SL.
29.9.03: Urea – 166mg/dl; Creatine – 3.9µ/dl. Had
Vertigo. More irritated. He always wanted to
travel. He wanted all the restrictions off. Deep
yellow coated tongue. Natrum phos. 12X.
2 months later, Urea – 97 mg/dl; creatinine
2.2µ/dl.
He needed only half the initial dose of
allopathic medicines.
Lastly Nat. sulph. 30x once and Nux vomica 30
once. He went on well for next 3 years and then
died of Cardiac arrest at 76 year age.
cold limbs, ecchymotic patches on flexor aspect,
dark bloody offensive stool, vomiting of brownish
red blood and distension of abdomen with
tenderness.
Arnica 30, frequent repetition.
Responded within 2 days, all complaints
disappeared within 10-15 days. [Was Arnica 30
continued for the entire 10-15 days? In case
Reports there should be no vagueness; what is
‘frequent repetition’? Every hour or still less, or 2
hrs. etc.; as far as possible the cases may not be
‘anecdotal’. = KSS]
2. Ascaris Lumbricoides
3½-year-old male child admitted for pain
abdomen and constipation since 10 days. USG suggestive of large number of Ascaris lumbricoides
worms in small intestine. After Anti helminthic
tablet and enema – only one worm passed out.
White spots on cheeks and hands abdominal
distention and tenderness. Grinding of teeth.
strains to pass stools. Cina 200, o.d. for 4 days.
Teucrium 200 4 doses, 4 hrly the next day. Passed
stools with worms and sticky mucus.
No
distension. Passed many worms and mucus the
next day and then no complaint.
3. Haemorrhagic disease of the new born.
Four-day-old baby with severe bleeding for
around four hours was crying a lot, had
haematemesis. 6 episodes of vomiting and 2
bloody motions. Cold extremities, white, pale skin;
already received 50cc blood. Phosphorus 30/2
drops. Within 3 hours normal stools.
38. A case of Lymphangioma
DEY, M. (CCR. 14, 3/2007)
40. Case of Interstitial Lung Disease
MISTRY D.E. (CCR. 14, 3/2007)
3 months old baby with painless, soft swelling
on right side of neck. Observed from 3rd day of
birth. Gradually growing.
29.11.06
Thuja 200/2 doses.
13.12.06
No change.
Mother having Otorrhoea and feeding
the baby. Thuja 200/2 doses for her.
3.1.07
No change
7.4.07
No trace of the lump.
Otorrhoea of mother also improved
treatment discontinued.
[A straight, simply presented case. Good. But why
two doses? What justification! = KSS]
Mrs. ST. 73, with Hypertension since 15 years
and cough since 15 months. Dry cough with sticky
expectoration, > lying on sides. Pain right shoulder
since 8 days. CT Scan – s/o Interstitial Lung
Disease.
Hysterectomy at 38 years, Cataract operated at
58 years. Grief with the death of daughter, husband
and sister. Rubrics – Anger on contradiction, Grief,
Fastidious, Fear – water, company – desire, Greedy
– avarice, Anxiety about family.
Breathing
difficulty after exertion.
Puls. –19/8, Lyc. 19/8.
19.6.04.1
Aspidosperma 6c q.i.d. to be
continued lifelong
19.10.04
Cough better by 90% with better
shoulder
movements.
Breathlessness better by 90%. 3
doses of Lycopodium 30.
12.11.04
ESR – 95mm/hr. Bacillinum 30.
Lycopodium 30 monthly once.
19.4.05
Crataegus Q, 5 drops tds
39. Pediatric cases
RUPNAWAR V., Vinayak
(CCR. 14, 3/2007)
1.
Necrotising Enterocolitis
35 week old baby with Necrotising
Enterocolitis with poor prognosis. Hot head and
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12.7.05
22.11.05
Lycopodium 200.
Metallic bridges of teeth were
replaced by ceramic one
4.5.06
Lycopodium 200
Died in sleep on 10.1.07.
41. A case of Nephrotic Syndrome
MISTRY, D.E. (CCR. 14, 3/2007)
Ms. SMS 14 years diagnosed as Nephrotic
Syndrome. Irregular menses. since menarche
intermittent bout of nausea and vomiting, scanty
urine, swelling in face and lower limbs. calm,
quite, consolation > while weeping. Urine –
Albumin +++
Over a period of 1½ years Pulsatilla 6c,
Berberis vulgaris Q, Equisitum Q, Apocynum Q,
Apis 30, 200, M, Thuja 30, 200, M. relieved her
and the lab findings were normal.
Chelidonium 30 tds for yellowish discoloration
of sclera, enlarged and tender liver.
42. Cocculus indicus cases
MANN, A.S. (CCR. 14, 3/2007)
Ten cases of Cocculus indicus treated by
Dr.A.S.MANN, based on Dr.M.L. SEHGAL’s
method are given. In all the cases one symptom
prominent was that the patient was mild, never
showed anger, does not want to displease anyone
etc.
43. Rhus tox, Pulsatilla and Belladonna
SINGH, Neelam Avatar
(CCR. 14, 3/2007)
SV, 40 years, chemist, inco-ordination of knee
while walking. Unable to walk fast or stand long.
H/o fall, 12 years ago. MRI – Erosive changes of
subarticular cyst close to tibial spine. Problem
recurs once in a while. Fear of suffering again.
Fear he may also suffer depression like his father.
Rhus tox M. 4 months later. No problem on
standing long or walking long.
Uterine Fibroid – Pulsatilla.
39 year-old-lady with Fibroid uterus since
2004. Excessive bleeding during menses; frequent
Headache in the morning and frequent urination.
Anxiety for everything.
Weeps easily and
consolation makes her better. Heel pain > by
continued motion. Calcarea carb. in various
potencies did not help. Fear of being neglected and
being alone. Pulsatilla 30, one dose and then in
next 6 months upto 1M. USG. No Fibroid.
Belladonna case
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42 years, woman, with leucorrhoea, pain and
heaviness in lower abdomen. Erosion Cervix. Lot
of anxiety, but only to know what is wrong with
USG. Based on laughing, frivolous and light
desire. Belladonna 30, one dose. Much better after
a week.
44. Renal Cure
MEHER, Subash (CCR. 14, 3/2007)
10 year-old boy; Oedema and Hypertension;
USG; Urine Albumin +., Urea 38, RBCs 9-10 hpf;
pus cells 2-3 hpf; Acute Nephritis. Took herbal
medicines and was free from problems for an year
and a half. Then Mumps; Urine Alb. +++. Blood
Urea: 64 – allopathic medicine. Parents unwilling
to do Biopsy. So opted for Homœopathy.
2.7.2004: Puffiness of face, nausea, poor appetite,
poor thirst, pain tendo-achilles. Pulsatilla 30 on
first day, next day Thuja 200c, from next day
Ferrum phos 6x. For intervening fever, etc. Aconite
30; continued with Pulsatilla 30,200. as on
25.1.2008: still under care of Dr.MEHER; Doing
well.
45. Fertility success using Homœopathy and the
Vannier Method.
LALOR Liz (HL. 18, 3 & 4/2005)
Infertility is becoming an ever-increasing
problem in modern-day society. This fertility
programme uses homœopathic treatment based on
the Leon Vannier system, using lesional and
drainage remedies to clear toxicity of pathways.
The method was devised to treat women before or
after they had tried In Vitro Fertilisation
Programmes [IVF] with the belief that
Homœopathy should be tried first for infertility, not
second, as a detox from the IVF hormonal drugs.
This programme has been a statistical success –
since writing the article there are now 44 babies
from 54 women with infertility problems.
Fertility Programme
H/o PCOD or of miscarriage – one dose of
Syphilinum 200 or Carcinosin 200 based on the
individual miasmatic history. Folliculinum 200 on
day 10 of menstrual cycle – as a drainage remedy to
stimulate ovulation.
Thuja 200 or Medoirrhinum 200 on Day 14 –
as a miasmatic remedy.
e.g. Thuja 200 if menses were scanty or patient
with ovarian polyp. Medorrhinum if the mucus
were compromised by candida also from Oral
Contraceptive Pills (OCP).
QUARTERLY HOMOEOPATHIC DIGEST
Natrum muriaticum 200 one dose/week to
improve the poor quality mucus membrane of
vagina.
Borax 30 one dose/day in morning. It helps
estradiol absorb.
Sepia 6c 1 dose 1 day at night to deal with
suppression of sexual energy from the OCP.
Pulsatilla 30 1 dose/day in the morning – if
there was a h/o miscarriage.
Herbal support and nutritional support is also
included in the programme. Counselling and Diet
are also included.
46. Haliaeethus leucocephalus The North
American Bald Eagle
A case of Multiple Sclerosis. COFFEY, Shiva;
SCHADDE, Anne
(HL. 18, 3 & 4/2005)
22-year-old male, presented with extreme
weakness, face droopy by the left corner of the
mouth. Long hairs oily and dirty. Eyes bright and
energetic. Urine and bowel incontinence, losing
vision in left eye, loss of control on the right side of
body. Lumbar pain, skin, breaks out in red, small
pimples. Worse with excessive exercise. He feels
‘wounded’. Fear of Spiders. Desire to jump from
heights. “I feel like a feather in the wind’.
The search in the Reference Works showed
Haliaeethus leucocephalus. A dose of 30c.
3 months later:
Gained weight, firm hand
shake. No incontinence. No
droop.
2 months later:
Sensation as if hands are
burned.
Tightness of skin.
Haliaeethus 200.
2 months later:
‘Unclear’ emotionally. Feels
coming back of physical
symptoms: Haliaeethus LM 1
daily
3 days later:
<. Stop remedy.
3 days later:
Still worse Haliaeethus 200.
7 days later:
Felt stronger.
Sounded
positive.
Mental state of floating cured.
No relapse afterwards.
[The reasoning given for the choice of the
remedy: The patient said that he felt like “a feather
in the wind”. And Prover No.20 in Jeremy
SHERR’s Provings had said “My hair felt like
feathers in the Wind”; and the authors seem to fit
the remedy to the patient. That the patient
improved is there. But there is nothing that I can
learn from these case reports. I have to learn to
fantasise. What if a patient had told that he felt like
“a straw in the wind”. = KSS].
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47. I want to be at the Top of the Food chain
A case of Galeocerdo cuvier hepar-Tigershark liver
SHARFSTEIN, Catherine
(HL. 18, 3 & 4/2005)
38 Year-old, male, air-conditioning mechanic.
With Chronic Myeloid Leukemia in 1996. Had
bone marrow transplant and suffered reaction to it.
Bronchiolitis. Air trapping. Weakness of legs and
back. Worries about dying. Dreams about dying
and shark. He explains the shark as a symbol of
power and longevity. I want to be the Shark.
The feelings of being at mercy of employees,
being abused, of being very competitive leads to
animal kingdom. The words used “Watergate” and
“tailspin” indicates a animal related to water and it
has a tail. The dream of Shark gave the remedy on
a platter.
Galeocerda LM 3. Patient expectorated lot of
phlegm from his lungs. He takes a teaspoon when
needed, about once in 5-7 days.
Follow up: Gained 8 pounds. Able to run
without getting winded. Relying on employees less
and less. No more disturbing dreams. He has
expanded his business.
Occasionally takes
Galeocerdo 200. [Every practitioner swears by
HAHNEMANN. In these novel methodologies the
doctor keeps on putting questions and in a way
corners the patient. In this case the patient said at
last that he felt that he was being held down. “May
be I want to be a shark” he says. And so the shark
remedy! Where are you? Father HAHNEMANN?
You went to great risks and exposed your family
members and friends by experimenting drugs on
them. You collected so much data carefully. You
laid down. Your observations that the last
appearing symptom will be the first to go, that the
peculiar, rare symptoms is the key to the remedy
that there is a miasm at the base of all chronic
diseases; that there should exteriorization of the
internal disease, etc. but see, how much more
intelligent we are. For us it is so simple that if a
patient said that he felt like feather in the wind, we
give him a feather remedy; if he dreams of Shark
we give him a remedy made from the Shark and so
on. Bye to your Organon, Materia Medica etc.
and also those of your followers like HERING,
BOENNINGHAUSEN, etc. = KSS]
48. Using Acute Intercurrent or Intermediate
Remedies in Chronic Diseases
SCHEPPER Luc De
(HL. 18, 3 & 4/2005)
QUARTERLY HOMOEOPATHIC DIGEST
Modern homœopaths no longer understand
how to use an acute intercurrent remedy. Many
homœopaths always try to find one “constitutional”
remedy that goes throughout the chronic case
history, and apply this one remedy no matter what
disease state arises. This article explains why this
strategy rarely works. The author discusses when
and where to use acute intercurrent remedies and
how they are essential for the chronic treatment.
Knowledge of HAHNEMANN’s teachings is in
these matters the only guide!
This article is an excerpt from the book
“Achieving and Maintaining The Simillimum:
Strategic case Management for successful
Homœopathic Prescribing.”
49. Diamond Immersion, Depression and Suicide
Part 1 of a 3-Part series
TUMMINELLO, Peter
(HL. 18, 3 & 4/2005)
Diamond immersion is a homœopathic
preparation by immersing a whole Diamond crystal
in water and potentising that water.
Case: 40 year-old mother of 4 children. 10 years
of homœopathic treatment from various
practitioners with consistent results. Pain in right
back medial to her scapula. Worse at night,
blocked sinuses on waking. Yellow mucus from
nose. Desires spicy food, craving for white
chocolate. Unhappy and joyless for no reason.
Bleeding heavily during periods since 2 years.
Diamond immersion 200 daily for 3 days.
8 weeks later: Physically and mentally well. No
depressive mood. Not touched white Chocolate.
Desire for spicy food disappeared.
Blocked Sinuses cleared immediately. Heavy
bleeding never returned. Neck pain cured. To take
Diamond immersion as required.
Ten weeks later: Repeated twice during black days.
20 weeks later: No relapse.
Case: 45 year-old lady, divorced and remarried.
Feels as though she has lost her child. Feels lonely,
inept and low confidence. Irritable. No control
over self. Hands are swollen, feels trapped. Hates
herself. Has a sleep problem. Wakes up tired.
Eats two blocks of Chocolate/day. Violent dreams.
Diamond immersion 30, daily for 3 days.
The feeling of grief is gone. Sense of failure is
also gone. Confidence returns. Sleep normal.
Desire for chocolate disappeared.
50. A pathological case of Varicose Ulcer
SHETYE, Prasad & KHARIWALA, Falguni
(HL. 18, 3 & 4/2005)
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52 year-old female with painful Varicose Ulcer
on right leg. Non-healing ulcer after an injury since
1990. < by first motion, change of position; severe
burning. Itching around the ulcer. Hysterectomy at
39 years.
Had bleeding Piles.
Cervical
Spondylosis with pain right side of body.
quarrelsome, jealous, selfish, censorious. Hasty
speech. Lachesis 200 in June ’98. She started
feeling better. Her ulcer started healing and shrank
in size. In May 2000 her past problem of bleeding
Piles recurred and subsided in a week. Medicine
was repeated infrequently in deviated doses. By
November 2000 her ulcer had healed completely.
[Why is this article titled as “A pathological case of
Varicose Ulcer”? A Varicose Ulcer is a pathology
of course. There is no ‘Psychological Varicose
Ulcer’ = KSS]
51. Baryta in Intelligent Adults
TREE, Jenni (HL. 18, 3 & 4/2005)
Wendy, aged 60, with Bronchiectasis and
Aspergillosis for forty years; coughs blood. Thick,
green, foul tasting phlegm. Allergies to fish.
Eczema with skin cracks on hands, hang nails. Her
mental symptoms are analysed and Baryta
arsenicosa is arrived at and 200th potency in
plussed doses until LM1 could be obtained. A
pleasing result in the 2 years follow-up.
[Repertorisation of 20 rubrics(!) gave Baryta
carbonica (in the mental state) and Arsenicum (in
the physical state. So Baryta Arsenicosa was
given! A synthetic remedy = KSS].
Case 2: Audrey, 72 years, with Osteo and
Inflammatory Arthritis in knees, Spine, wrists and
neck for fifteen years.
Arthroscopies b/l.
Unsuccessful replacement of knee joint in 1996.
Emotional stress and depression. Sharp pain in
knee, worse when flexed. Better pressure bandage.
Wrists are agonisingly painful. Fear to be alone,
Psoriasis in my ears. Husband left nine years ago.
Misses him. Need of support. Affection of glands,
tonsillitis, TB, colitis and constipation in the past.
Baryta carbonica LM 1 one drop t.d.s.
Three weeks later: Much better. No pain in knee.
Walking better Baryta
carbonica LM 2.
Two months later:
Cervical
Spondylitis
completely gone. Wrist
still painful. LM 3 & LM
4.
Two months later:
Knees lot better.
Not
sleeping well.
Anxious
about
her
daughter’s
health. Baryta arsenicosa
200.
QUARTERLY HOMOEOPATHIC DIGEST
Two months later:
Six moths later:
Sleep improved. Baryta
arsenicosa LM 2-6. over a
year.
X-rays revealed
improvement in Osteo and
inflammatory
Arthritis.
She now told her birth had
been terrible. Her mother
was small, the patient was
big and tore the mother.
She was in bed for 3
months. Staphysagria.
Everything is fine.
52. Kreosotum, an Adult Male
Case with 12 year follow-up
SCHEEPERS, Léon
(HL. 18, 3 & 4/2005)
Eric, born 1954, with dryness of skin on back
of hands since 1991. Itching more in the evening.
Backache since 1980. Restless mind and sensitive
to all influences. Fear of failure; of high places.
Lot of plans. Divorced in 1986. Fear of pain,
injections.
Desires alcohol, sweets and salt.
Earning money is important. Impatient. Likes
grandeur. Sulphur 200.
6 weeks later:
Eczema
completely
gone.
Placebo.
8 weeks later:
No change.
Herpes on lips.
Indecision over trifles. Unable to
satisfy himself. Caries teeth since
childhood. Kresotum 200.
8 months later:
Eruption again since a week.
Kreosotum 200.
6 months later:
Kresotum 200.
4 months later:
Fear of failure, Insecurity and
Anticipation. Dysenteric co 200.
Over the next years remedy repeated as and
when required.
An intercurrent dose of
Carcinosinum adeno mammae 200 was also given.
A fairly long, well-documented article.
53. Night watching
A renewed view of Lost Homœopathic
Vocabulary
GRIMES, Melanie
(HL. 18, 3 & 4/2005)
The author calls for a review of the remedies
under the rubric “night watching”
The original meaning of the rubric “Night
watching” in the 19th Century and before is waking
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in the middle of sleep for 1-2 hours; in those days
one went to sleep early and after few hours woke
up and remained so far an hour so and then went
back to sleep. Thus the first sleep and second sleep
between the first and second sleep is night
watching.
Merely keeping awake for long is not night
watching. We must study the Proving and source
Materia Medica relating to the remedies in the
rubric.
54. LM or Q Potencies
Review of Their Use Over a Fifteen – year
Period
U.C.ADLER, A.T.CESAR, M.S., ADLER, A,
ALVES,
E.N.
GAROZZO,
W.M.P.
GALHARDI, A.E. PADULA, I.C. SOUZA,
BRAZIL
(HL. 18, 3 & 4/2005)
São Paulo, July 1989: Five homœopathic
doctor colleagues initiated a revision of
Hahnemann’s work. The sixth edition of Organon
was used as a systematic structural base to which
principles that were in concurrence from Materia
Medica Pura, Chronic Diseases and Lesser
Writings were added. This standardization soon
reached the Pharmacy, in a permanent search for
the best-quality LM preparations. Jundiaí, 2003:
after fifteen years of clinical and pharmaceutical
development, a multidisciplinary team of
collaborators launched the first course in
Specialization of Homœopathy offered by a
Medical School in the State of Sao Paulo, the
Jundiaí Faculty of Medicine where Hahnemann’s
most perfected method has been shown to be an
effective and safe therapeutic method, simple to
apply and teach, due to its easily comprehensible
principles.
Case by Mariostela S. ADLER.
Female born in 1992 with generalized Eczema
with unbearable pruritus since 1997. Scratches
until bleeding without relief at night. Since 1998
fortnightly Asthma crisis.
Wakes up with
nightmares. Screams, weepy, depressed phases.
From April 2001 and March 2003 the patient was
treated with forty potencies of Sulphur from LM1
to 40 receiving on a daily basis one drop.
No signs of cutaneous pruritus, pain, burning
or flaking. The warts on soles disappeared.
55. Can you hear what I cannot tell you?
Accompanying children in crisis
Homœopathy
SCHULZ, Elisabeth
(HL. 18, 3 & 4/2005)
with
QUARTERLY HOMOEOPATHIC DIGEST
The child’s soul is confronted early in life
through difficult family situations and divorces
with abandonment, fear, helplessness, anger and
sadness.
Aethusa cyanapium, Antimonium
tartaricum, Cicuta virosa and Bufo rana are
important remedies to support children in such
crises.
The article is very interesting, and comes from
a well and experienced practitioner who has been
working for over 32 years with sick children.
56. My Black Inside
A case of Falco Peregrinus Disciplinatus
LEFEVRE, Bert (HL. 18, 3 & 4/2005)
This case is an example of Rajan
SANKARAN’s new way of case taking, where the
level of the vital sensation is explored to find the
similimum.
14 year-old Iris, with Bulimia and post
prandial vomiting (Name: Level 1). Inflicted
injuries on herself with burning cigarettes and even
cut her hand (facts: Level 2).
Others say she must watch her weight. This
‘hurts her; she feels sad if she does not vomit.
(emotion: Level 3). Sadness is felt as if stuck in a
cage (delusion: Level 4). It is a gripping feeling
(sensation: Level 5).
Dreams of herself being ugly, disgusting and
felt forsaken. Recurrent dream with a crushing
feeling totally black.
Animal kingdom and Leprosy Miasm. Falco
peregrinus disciplinatus 200.
2 weeks later, black feeling and dark sensation
completely gone. After a month – feels good. No
vomiting.
In the next one year, a dose of 200, and two of
M when there was relapse.
[I have no access to the ‘Proving’ (if already
proved) of Falcon peregrinus. As I suspected there
is ‘signature’ in this remedy selection. The author
says at the end: for a long time I had been brooding
over this case and was looking for an animal
remedy that strongly had the feeling of being forced
and at the same time had a strong urge for freedom.
The black cape that came over the head of the
Falcon made me think of the falcon and then the
picture became complete.
Is it not the nature of all creatures to want to be
free and not wanting to be forced? But man
enslaves all creatures and force them to work for
him. And every one of these creatures would like
to run away to freedom. Unfortunately man ‘trains’
these creatures to submit. Even the falcon which
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sails thro’ the skies high and freely has been trained
to come to its owner/trainer = KSS.]
58. Chorioretinitis
POTDAR, Swapna
(CCR. 14, 1 & 2/2007)
51 year-old, male with blurring of vision of left
eye inspite of correct spectacles.
Orbital
sonography revealed post-inflammatory chorioretinal thickening with floating bands in the
posterior vitreous chamber.
Diphtheria at 5 years of age. Quarrelsome.
Impulsive. Hair splitting analysis of everything.
‘wild’ face and wild talk. Calcarea phos. CM on
8.11.2004. 15 days later he was looking calmer,
more ‘tame’. He was able to see clearly even in
dim light.
Orbital Sonography, a month later showed
significant improvement in chorio-retinal swelling
with regression of floating bands.
59. A case of Hepatoblastoma
MISTRY, D.E. (CCR. 14, 1 & 2/2007)
Male child, DAB, 10 months old, brought with
massive abdominal swelling. Recurrent cough and
fever since 6 months. Flatulent problem from the
age of one month.
USG and Biopsy revealed Hepatoblastoma.
Less appetite, thermally hot, prefers to sleep on
right side. Bellis perennis 12 b.d. for 8 days. Then
Chelidonium Q; Antimonium tartaricum for rattling
cough; Baig’s Nosode No.1 as the distension
increased.
Then Chelidonium 200 in morning and Natrum
sulphuricum 200 at night. Then Baig’s Nosode
No.1 & Chelidonium Q. Two months later, child
was active. No complaints. Sadness in his eyes.
Ignatia 200. Four days later, child passed away in
sleep. It was an incurable case from the beginning.
60. Febrile convulsion
CHITALE, Neeta
(CCR. 14, 1 & 2/2007)
ST, 3½ year-old-male child with maculo
papular eruptions with itching and fits of anger and
obstinacy since 29.7.2004. He was given Calcarea
ost.30, 200 with intercurrent doses of Tuberculinum
and Sulphur.
On 5.7.2006 pain abdomen before stools with
sticky, semisolid offensive stools since 10 days.
Merc. sol.30, 2 doses. On 12.7.2006 relapse. Merc.
sol. 30, 4 doses b.d. Relapse again from 15.7.2006.
Merc. sol. 200 on 19.7.2006. Febrile convulsions.
QUARTERLY HOMOEOPATHIC DIGEST
Belladonna did not help. Opium 200 brought him
out of deep sleep within two minutes. But fever
persisted and he was again sleeping. Opium 1M.
In the evening trembling of extremities during
fever. Cuprum metallicum 200. Next morning,
looked fresh, fever came down. Ferrum phos. 6x
and Mag. phos. 6x for 3 days.
61. A case of Breast Cancer
MISTRY, D.E. (CCR. 14, 1 & 2/2007)
56 year-old lady with three surgeries for Ca.
breast and six cycles of Chemotherapy and 28
sittings of Radiotherapy. Several homœopathic
remedies were given as indicated over a period of
two years which relieved her until she passed away.
62. Cases of Gluten Allergy and some other cured
cases.
SINGH, Neelam Avtar
(CCR. 14, 1 & 2/2007)
1. Girl aged 23 years with Gluten Allergy. Since
childhood intake of wheat results in severe
stomachache with nausea, vomiting and loose
motions. No > from any treatment so far. She is
depressed. Much anger. Worry about future
because of this. Avaricious. Wants to be alone.
Natrum carbonicum 30 was given. Her mother told
that during her pregnancy, father was wrongly
convicted and she felt as if she had no place in
society.
15 days later: felt better. Placebo. A month
later was told to have Chapathi and had no
problem. Natrum carb. 200. Even after 8 months
no problem with daily intake of wheat.
2. Girl aged 8 years with Gluten Allergy since 1½
years of age. Pain abdomen with loss of appetite
and loose stool. Face becomes pale and eyes sunken
and complexion becomes black. She is intelligent,
mischievous, fear of dark, fear of being alone and
fear of noises. Very sensitive and lot of sympathy
towards suffering people. Desires ice cold things
and shares her things. Phosphorus 30. In the next
5 months, gradual intake of wheat did not < and is
able to tolerate well.
63. A case of Prostate Cancer
DEY, M. (CCR. 14, 1 & 2/2007)
Mr. D.S., 70 years with frequent, ineffectual
but urgent urge for urine. Worse night. Burning
anus for an hour after stool. Stool 2-3 times daily.
Adenocarcinoma of prostate. Ichthyosis from early
life. Lies on left side. Chilly. Worse in rainy
season. Vaccinosis.
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Thuja occidentalis 0/1.
As there was
improvement, he was given 0/3, 0/5, & 0/7. No
further changes. Sabal serulata Q 5 drops tds x 7
days. Better. Then Thuja 0/9, 0/11, 0/13, 0/15,
0/17, 0/19 & 0/21. After this the patient is well
with no complaints. In spite of repeated urging to
undergo a Biopsy again to confirm the cure of the
Adenocarcinoma, the patient refuses to undergo
since he is ‘well’.
64. A cure for Diabetes?
MEHANDALE, Bal
(CCR. 1 &2/2007)
69 year-old MEHANDALE, is Diabetic since
30 years. By-pass surgery 10 years ago. Blocks in
all arteries of lower limbs. Glaucoma with very
poor vision.
He being an avid reader of
Homœopathy books, took one dose of
Pancreatinum 30. Sugar level came down by 25
points. He replaced his evening Insulin with 2
doses of Pan. 30 and next day his fasting sugar
levels were normal. So he is continuing that. After
a week of medicine, sugar levels are normal in the
next one week. He had similar results with his
close acquaintances.
He requests this study be conducted by
Homœopathic Colleges or Hospitals.
65. Cases of Chronic Renal Failure
SHINDE Prakash (CCR. 1 & 2/2007)
Dr. SHINDE has reported five cases of
Chronic Renal Failures treated with one or 3-4
doses. One homœopathic medicine, and patient is
on the mood to recovery; follow-up of few months
are given. Good work.
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IV.
1.
REPERTORY
Clemens von Bönninghausens
“Systematisch-alphabetisches Repertorium”
(Clemens
von
BÖNNINGHAUSENs
“Systematic-Alphabetical Repertory”
PLATE UWE (NAH. 2,1 & 2/2007)
Clemens von BŒNNINGHAUSEN worked
out the first Repertory which systematised the
understanding of the symptoms, categorized and
graded them. So far neither the structure of the
Repertory nor the significance of the ‘grade’ has
been understood. Its wrong interpretation, as it
until today is – as partly characterizing – “value”Grade lead to think right from 1833 as a broadening
simplification of the homœopathic methodology
QUARTERLY HOMOEOPATHIC DIGEST
removed from the study of Materia Medica and
the sure selection of a remedy.
The first part of this article is - as noted from the
correspondence between Samuel HAHNEMANN
and BÖNNINGHAUSEN - regarding the history of
origin of the Repertory and the second part
discusses the misunderstanding until now of the
structure and rationale of this work.
2.
The First Repertory
Bönninghausen’s Model for our Profession
DIMITRIADIS George
(AJHM. 99, 4/2006)
The form of the Repertory as we know it for
the most part has its antecedents in
Bönninghausen’s
Systematic
Alphabetic
Repertory of Homœopathic Medicines. Our own
research in this area has provided some insight into
the process of repertography developed by
BÖNNINGHAUSEN, and the ramifications on our
modern-day reportorial derivatives whose lineage is
traced to this original work.
3.
The Reliability of Our Repertory
WINSTON Julian
(HL. 18, 3 & 4/2005)
WINSTON refers to the rubric ‘Crawling’,
under Larynx and Trachea – p.747 of Kent’s
Repertory. The remedies in bold are Conium
maculatum, Kali carbonicum and Natrum
muriaticum. The sources for these remedies are
searched for in the Provings.
For Conium, the symptom is in Hahnemann’s
Chronic Diseases, Symptom No.530. The word
‘kribbeln’ is wrongly translated as ‘tingling’,
instead of crawling.
For Kali carbonicum, the source is traced to
Chronic Diseases, Symptom No.962.
For Natrum muriaticum the reference is from
Chronic Diseases. Again the word is mistranslated
as tingles instead of ‘crawling’.
There is discrepancy in the grading of Natrum
muriaticum in the first 3 editions of Kent’s
Repertory.
The accuracy of Kent’s evaluation and the
translation of Chronic Diseases is called into
question based on the above facts.
[How many among us study the Repertory vis-a-vis
Materia Medica Provings, in this manner? It would
certainly enrich us, if we study so. We will then
know the grain and the tare = KSS]
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V. VETERINARY
1. Clinical Management of Idiopathic Epilepsy in
Dogs with Homœopathic
Belladonna 200 c: a Case Series
VARSHNEY, J.P.
(HOMEOPATHY, 96, 1/2007)
Epilepsy is an important neurological disorder
in dogs. Belladonna 200c was evaluated in 10 dogs
with idiopathic Epilepsy. During the seizure phase,
3-4 drops of Belladona 200 were administered
orally at 15 min. intervals until considerable
reduction in seizure activity, then four times daily.
Four dogs with head shaking syndrome in addition
to seizures were given Cocculus 6c, 3-4 drops
orally weekly for 3 months in addition. Numbers
of fits reduced to 2-3 during first weeks posttherapy and then became occasional in next 2
weeks. With continuation of Belladonna therapy,
no fits within 15-25 days of cessation of therapy.
Belladonna therapy was resumed and seizure
control was again achieved. Owners were advised
to continue the therapy at least twice daily until
there were no fits for 2-3 months. Liver specific
enzymes were monitored, no abnormalities were
observed.
2. Homeopathic Treatment for Infertility in a
Prize Nellore Bull
LOBREIRO, J.
(HOMEOPATHY, 96, 1/2007)
Treatments for infertility in Bulls are not
described in homœopathic literature.
A few
treatments, such as changing the Protein content of
the diet, giving extra minerals, etc., have been
proposed. This case report describes homœopathic
treatment for Infertility in a prize bull. A Nellore
bull, considered infertile for three years, was treated
with homœopathic Pulsatilla nigricans 200 cH.
Decreased total sperm defects, increased sperm
motility and a very impressive increased number of
doses of semen produced were observed. The bull
relapsed after treatment was withdrawn, but again
responded when it was resumed. Since only one
animal was observed one cannot assume that the
observed changes were due only to this treatment.
Further studies may establish the real benefits of a
homœopathic medicine in bull infertility.
3. Clinical Management of Babesiosis in
Dogs
with homœopathic Crotalus horridus 200 c.
CHAUDHURI,S., & VARSHNEY
JP.
(HOMEOPATHY, 96,2/2007)
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Homœopathic Crotalus horridus 200c was
evaluated in 13 clinical cases of Babesiosis in dogs,
compared with another 20 clinical cases treated
with Diminazine. Babbesiosis is an important
tropical tick-borne haemoprotozoan disease in dogs
clinically manifested by Anorexia, Dehydration,
Temperature,
Dullness/
Depression,
Diarrhoea/Constipation,
pale
mucosa,
Hepatomegaly, vomiting/nausea, Splenomegaly,
distended abdomen/Ascites, yellow-colored Urine,
emaciation/weight-loss, and ocular discharge. The
diagnosis of Babesiosis was based on cytological
evidence of Babesia gibsoni in freshly prepared
blood smears. The dogs were treated with oral
Crotalus horridus 200 c, 4 pills four times daily for
14 days (n = 13) or Diminazine aceturate 5 mg/kg
single intramuscularly dose (n = 20) All the dogs
were administered 5% Dextrose normal saline at 60
ml/kg intra-venously for 4 days.
Initial clinical scores were similar in both
groups
and
showed
similar
progressive
improvement with the two treatments over 14 days.
Parasitaemia also improved in both groups, but
haematological values showed no change.
No untoward reactions were observed. It
appears that Crotalus horridus is as effective in
causing clinical recovery in moderate cases of
Canine Babesiosis caused by Babesia gibsoni as the
standard drug Diminazine. Large scale randomized
trials are indicated for more conclusive results.
[Always at the end is the rub. The results say that
the homœopathic potency 200 of Crotalus horridus
has cured Babesiosis. All that is required for a
homœopathic physician is to administer the
medicine in more cases of this disease if it occurs.
Collect the cases and see; why a “large-scale
randomized trials”? Foisting a method which is not
well-suited for homœopathic research is improper.
Homœopathy should not let it be judged by
allopathic or other so-called “scientific” standards.
If it is not taken for what it actually is, let it be so.
Still Homœopathy will continue to cure, and that’s
all that matters. = KSS]
4.
Management of Gastroenteritis in Pups:
Comparative Clinical Study
VARSHNEY, J.P. (AJHM. 99, 4/2006)
A
Gastroenteritis is a common clinical entity in
pups. In poorly managed, unvaccinated pups it is a
common clinical manifestation of canine Parvo or
Distemper virus infection. The present study was
conducted to assess the efficacy of Arsenicum
album 30c as a complementary and alternative
medicine in the management of Viral
Gastroenteritis in pups.
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Twenty pups, aged two to four months,
brought to Referral Veterinary Polyclinic of the
Institute with clinical manifestations of vomiting
just after eating or drinking, anorexia, loose, watery
feces mixed with mucus and/or blood, dehydration,
cold extremities, almost normal/slightly subnormal
rectal temperature (98.8 to 101degrees F), dullness,
weakness, prostration, and no detectable cardiac
changes,
were
included
in
the
study.
Epidemiological considerations – clinical signs of
vomiting and loose, watery feces with or without
mucus and/or blood, marked leukopenia due to
lymphopenia – were suggestive of Canine Viral
Gastroenteritis.
The pups were divided into two groups
consisting of ten pups in each group. Pups of
Group A were treated with Ringer’s lactate (60ml
per Kg body weight, I.V., b.i.d. for 3 days) and
Arsenicum album 30c at the dose rate of 4 pills PO
at thirty minute intervals x 2 and then q.i.d. for 3
days). Pups of Group B were treated with Ringer’s
lactate (60ml/per kg body weight, I.V., b.i.d. for 3
days), Ondansetron (0.5-1.0 mg per kg body
weight, IV first dose, then PO, b.i.d. for 3 days), a
suspension of Metronidazole (100mg per 5ml) and
Furazolidone (25mg per 5ml) at half to one
teaspoonful PO, t.i.d. for 3 days) and Cefotaxime
(30mg/kg body weight 1M t.i.d. for 3 days).
Clinical response and recovery rate (Group A
80.0%, Group B 80.0%) in both the groups was
comparable. Total cost of treatment in Group A
was lower (Rs.35 to 40) than that of Group B
(Rs.275 to 280).
From the preliminary clinical trial it appears
that Arsenicum album was cost-effective as a
complementary and alternative approach in the
management of Gastroenteritis in pups.
5.
A case of Inflammatory Bowel Disease in a
Dog
OBANDO, Jacqueline Sehn
(HL. 18, 3 & 4/2005)
Hank, 17 months old Labrador Retriever with
chronic loose, watery stools, halitosis, offensive
flatus, pica, poor appetite and emaciated body
condition .
From 9.4.02, his medications were tapered and
stopped on 19.4.02 and put on gluten-free diet. In
10 days energy levels improved and gained weight
Mercurius vivus 30 on 22.4.02.
30.4.02: Flatulence gone, breath much better, stools
are much firmer and are large.
25.5.02: From 10/5, scratching around his neck.
Large flaky dandruff and shedding lot of hair.
QUARTERLY HOMOEOPATHIC DIGEST
Appetite is great. Stools remain formed. Add new
elements to diet.
No further improvement. Sulphur 200.
18.6.02: Lycopodium 1M.
8.7.02: Itching subsided, hair grown back. No
diarrhoea.
21.8.02: Diarrhoea since 4 days. Lycopodium 1M.
13.1.03: Watery spurting diarrhoea. Lycopodium
10M.
4.4.03: Diarrhoea after Pasta. Lycopodium 50M.
29.11.03: He continues to do well.
7.
Veterinary cases
MISTRY, D.E. (CCR. 14, 1 & 2/2007)
1. Dog Rocky, 3 years with gross hair fall,
nates with redness and itching on that part small
wound in that part. Sulphur 200. Wound healed
and itching less.
2. Softy, female dog, 8 years with vomiting
once and blood-stained stool thrice, after eating
chicken liver. Drinks ice cold water. Reduced
appetite. Affectionate. Phosphorus 200. Alright
within 24 hours.
3. A cow from one farm was transported to
another farm in vehicle and since then refused its
usual feed. On the surmise of travel trauma Arnica
1M and the cow started to eat.
4. Two cows had fever, reduced appetite.
Ferrum phos.30 4 doses. A week later Gelsemium
30 for some weakness remaining.
5. A cow, 3 year-old was becoming weak and
emaciated since a month. Violent, aggressive. Nux
vomica 200, 3 doses 12 hourly. Started eating
better than before and at times aggressive. Nux
vomica M one dose and reports said that the cow
has calmed down.
6. 5 year-old female dog became ill after
eating too many bones on a party day. Offensive
vomitus. Antibiotics precipitated diarrhoea. Lasted
3 weeks Dog became skin and bones, not thirsty.
Nux vom. 1M. Vomiting and Diarrhoea stopped
within 24 hours. 7 days later, still thirstless and hot
and suspicious. Apis 200 4 doses. Completely
recovered.
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VI. RESEARCH
1.
Prover Susceptibility and the Ascending
Dose
MUELLER Manfred (AH. 12/2006)
“Did randomized, placebo-controlled trials
disprove the homœopathic Proving Hypothesis?”
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Over the past decades scientists and medical
researchers have used sophisticated research
methodologies in order to prove or disprove the
efficacy of Homœopathy. In applying modern
quantitative methodology to the testing of
potentized remedies, these researches have
sacrificed several vital aspects of the original
Proving protocol that negatively affected the
outcome of their investigations. They fail to take
into consideration (a) the susceptibility of the
provers (b) the need to increase the dose
systematically until symptoms develop.
The author reviews the premise and results of
nine pathogenetic trials and concludes that the
sophistication of the methodology used in
investigating alternative systems is sometimes
greater than the investigator’s grasp of the subject
matter they set out to examine. [We have the LIGA
representing the international community of
homœopaths. This body should write clearly to
such journals as the Lancet which publish ‘hate’
articles instead of scientific articles, that they are
incompetent to judge Homœopathy and that they
alone are not the keepers of the health of the
people. They should separate their professional
money-earning interests with what is truly scientific
facts.
The idea of hegemony over medical
methodology
should
not
be
accepted,
Unfortunately, many of the leaders in Homœopathy
suffer from inferiority complex and behave subservient and attempt to satisfy bending backwards.
Homœopathy is unique and has to be accepted so
both by the ‘Hegemony medicine’ and homœopaths
themselves. It is high time this is done. Reader,
what do you say = KSS]
2.
A
Double-blind
Study
on
the
Comparative
Efficacy
of
Influenza
Vaccination and Influenzinum 7 cH.
FROST
Crolyn,
RAZLOG,
TORLINE & DEROUKAKIS
(AH. 12/2006)
The aim of this randomized, double-blind
Study was to determine the efficacy of the
Influenza Vaccine compared with homœopathic
remedy Influenzinum 7 cH, as Prophylaxis, in
reducing the occurrence and severity of symptoms
of Influenza. The study also compared the adverse
reactions in each group.
The results indicated that Influenzinum was
equally effective as the Influenza vaccine in the
prevention of Influenza.
[What about the ‘cost effectiveness’; also the
homœopathic Influenzinum has more applications
than merely as a preventive of Influenza. = KSS]
QUARTERLY HOMOEOPATHIC DIGEST
3.
A
Systematic
Review
of
the
Quality of Homœopathic Pathogenetic
Trials published from 1945 to 1995
DANTAS,
F.,
FISHER,
P.,
WIELAND,
F.,
RASTOGI
D.P.,
TEIXEIRA,
H.,
KOSTER,
D.,
JANSEN,
J.P.,
EIZAYAGA,
J.,
ALVAREZ,
MEP.,
MARIM,
M.,
BELON, P., and WEEKS, LLL.
(HOMEOPTHY, 96, 1/2007)
Background: The quality of information
gathered from homœopathic pathogenetic trials
(HPTs), also known as ‘Provings’, is fundamental
to Homœopathy. We systematically reviewed HPTs
published in six languages (English, German,
Spanish, French, Portuguese and Dutch) from 1945
to 1995, to asses their quality in terms of the
validity of the information they provide.
Methods: The literature was comprehensively
searched; only published reports of HPTs were
included.
Information was extracted by two
reviewers per trial using a Form with 87 items.
Information on: medicines, volunteers, ethical
aspects, blinding, randomization, use of placebo,
adverse effects, assessments, presentation of data
by an index including indicators of internal and
external validity, personal judgment and comments
of reviewers for each study.
Results: 156 HPTs on 143 medicines, involving
2815 volunteers, produced 20,538 pathogenetic
effects (median 6.5 per volunteer). There was wide
variation in methods and results. Sample size
(median 15, range 1-103) and trial duration (mean
34 days) were very variable. Most studies had
design flaws, particularly absence of proper
randomization, blinding, placebo control and
criteria for analysis of outcomes.
Mean
methodological score was 5.6 (range 4-17). More
symptoms were reported from HPTs of poor quality
than from better ones. In 56% of trials volunteers
took placebo. Pathogenetic effects were claimed in
98% of publications. On an average about 84% of
volunteers receiving active treatment developed
symptoms. The quality of reports was in general
poor, and much important information was not
available.
Conclusions: The HPTs were generally of low
methodological quality. There is a high incidence
of pathogenetic effects in publications and
volunteers but this could be attributable to design
flaws. Homœopathic medicines, tested in HPTs,
appear safe. The central question of whether
homœopathic medicines in high dilutions can
provoke effects in healthy volunteers has not yet
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been
definitively
answered,
because
of
methodological weaknesses of the reports.
Improvement of the method and reporting of results
of HPTs are required.
References: References to all included RCTs are
available on-line at: www.sciencedirect.com/homp
4.
Homœopathic
Arnica
montana
posttonsillectomy analgesia: a randomized placebo
control trial
ROBERTSON, A., SURYA NARAYANAN,
R. & BANERJEE, A.
(HOMEOPATHY, 96,1/2007)
Objective:
To evaluate the efficacy of
homœopathic Arnica in reducing the morbidity
following tonsillectomy.
Methods: Randomised double blind, placebocontrolled trial at a tertiary referral centre. 190
patients over the age of 18 undergoing
tonsillectomy were randomized into intervention
and control groups receiving either Arnica 30 c or
identical placebo, 2 tablets 6 times in the first postoperative day and then 2 tablets twice a day for the
next 7 days. The primary outcome measure was the
change in pain scores (visual analogue scale)
recorded by the patient on a questionnaire over 14
days
post-operatively;
Secondary
outcome
measures were: analgesia consumption, visits to the
GP or hospital, antibiotic usage, the day on which
their swallowing returned to normal and the day on
which they returned to work.
Results: 111 (58.4%) completed questionnaires
were available for analysis. The Arnica group had
a significantly larger drop in pain score from day 1
to day 14 (28.3) compared to the placebo group
(28.3) with p <0.05. The two groups did not differ
significantly on analgesic consumption or any of
the other secondary outcome measures (number of
post-operative visits to GP, use of antibiotics and
secondary haemorrhage readmissions).
Conclusion: The results of this trial suggest that
Arnica montana given after tonsillectomy provides
a small, but statistically significant, decrease in pain
scores compared to placebo. [‘Researches’ of this
type have been endless, especially in the British
Homœopathy, hunting for statistics – evidences – to
satisfy the ‘scientific’ medical world particularly
the ‘Allopathy’. It would be much more valuable if
only a fraction of the time, money, efforts spent on
these types verifications, in better educating our
profession with regard to the actual bedside
application of remedies and see the happy results
which most of us, the Practitioners of
Homœopathy, enjoy everyday. = KSS]
QUARTERLY HOMOEOPATHIC DIGEST
5.
The use of Homœopathic Combination
Remedy for Dengue Fever Symptoms:
A Pilot RCT in Honduras
JACOBS, J., FERNANDEZ, E.A.,
MERIZALDE, B., AVIA-MONTES
G.A., and CROTHERS, D.
(HOMEOPATHY, 96,1/2007)
A double-blind, placebo-controlled randomized
trial of a homœopathic combination medication for
Dengue fever was carried out in municipal health
clinics in Honduras. Sixty patients who meet the
case definition of Dengue (Fever plus two ancillary
symptoms) were randomized to receive the
homœopathic medication or placebo for one week,
along with standard conventional analgesic
treatment for Dengue [Why the conventional
treatment too along with the homœopathic? =
KSS].
The results showed no difference in
outcomes between the two groups, including the
number of days of Fever and pain as well as
analgesic use and complication rates. Only three
subjects had laboratory confirmed Dengue. An
interesting sinusoidal curve in reported pain scores
was seen in the Verum group that might suggest
that this combination homœopathic remedy is
effective for the symptoms that are characteristic of
Dengue fever. [Experiment of this kind are neither
“scientific” nor “homœopathic” and also of no
value to either; it could only say what should not be
done. The experience of many colleagues here
showed that Homœopathy alone without any other
analgesic produced good results = KSS]
6.
Outcomes from Homœopathic prescribing in
Veterinary Practice: a Prospective, researchtargeted, Pilot Study
MATHIE,
R.T.,
HANSEN,
L.,
ELLIOTT, M.F. AND HOARE, J.
(HOMEOPATHY, 96, 1/2007)
Background: Targeted research development in
Veterinary Homeopathy is properly informed by
the systematic collection and analysis of relevant
clinical data obtained by its practitioners. We
organized a pilot data collection study, in which 8
Faculty of Homeopathy veterinarians collected
practice-based clinical and outcomes data over a 6month period.
Methods: A specifically designed Excel
spreadsheet enabled recording of consecutive
clinical appointments under the following headings:
date; identity of patient and owner (anonymised);
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age, sex and species of patient; medical condition/
complaint treated; whether confirmed diagnosis,
chronic or acute, new or follow-case; ownerassessed outcome (7 point Likert Scale: -3 to +3)
compared with first appointment; homœopathic
medicine/s prescribed; other medication/s for the
condition/complaint. Spreadsheets were submitted
monthly by e-mail to the project organizers for data
checking synthesis and analysis.
Results: Practitioners submitted data regularly and
punctually, and most data cells were completed.
767 individual patients were treated (547 dogs, 155
cats, 50 horses, 5 rabbits, 4 guinea-pigs, 2 birds, 2
goats, 1 cow, and 1 tortoise). Outcome from two or
more homœopathic appointments per patient
condition was obtained in 539 cases (79.8%
showing improvement, 6.1% deterioration, 11.7%
no change; outcome not recorded in 24% of followups). Strongly positive outcomes (scores of +2 or
+3) were achieved in: Arthritis and Epilepsy in
dogs and, in smaller numbers, in Atopic Dermatitis,
Gingivitis and Hyperthyroidism in cats.
Conclusions: Systematic recording of data by
veterinarians in clinical practice is feasible and
capable of informing future research in Veterinary
Homœopathy. A refined version of the spreadsheet
can be used in larger-scale research-targeted
veterinary data collection.
7. Randomised
Controlled
Trials
of
Homœopathy in Hyperactive children:
Treatment
Procedure
leads
to
an
unconventional study
design – Experience
with open-label homœopathic treatment
preceding the Swiss ADHD placebocontrolled, Randomized, double-blind, crossover Trial
FREI, H., EVERTS, R., von AMMON, K.,
KAUFMANN, F., WALTHER, D., SHMITS
Hsu, S-F., COLLENBERG, M., STEINLIN,
M., LIM, C. and THURNEYSEN, A.
(HOMEOPATHY, 96,1/2007)
Background: Treatment of patients with Attention
Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) with
Homœopathy is difficult. The Swiss randomized,
placebo-controlled, cross-over trial in ADHD
patients (Swiss ADHD trial) was designed with an
open-label screening phase prior to the randomized
controlled phase. During the screening phase, the
response of each child to successive homœopathic
medications was observed until the optimal
medication was identified. Only children who
reached a predefined level of improvement
participated in the randomized, cross-over phase.
Although the randomized phase revealed a
significant beneficial effect of Homœopathy, the
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cross-over caused a strong carryover effect
diminishing the apparent difference between
placebo and Verum treatment.
Methods: This retrospective analysis explores the
screening phase data with respect to the risk of
failure to demonstrate a specific effect of a
randomized
controlled
trial
(RCT)
with
randomization at the start of the treatment.
Results: During the screening phase, 84% (70/83)
of the children responded to treatment and reached
eligibility for the randomized trial after a median
time of 5 months (range 1-18), with a median of
three different medications (range 1-9). Thirteen
children (16%) did not reach eligibility. Five
months after treatment start, the difference to
Conners Global Index
(CGI) rating between
responders and non-responders became highly
significant (p = 0.0006). Improvement in the CGI
was much greater following the identification of the
optimal medication than in the preceding suboptimal treatment period (p<0.0001).
Conclusions:
Because of the necessity of
identifying an optimal medication before response
to treatment can be expected, randomization at the
start of treatment in an RCT of Homœopathy in
ADHD children has a high risk of failure to
demonstrate a specific treatment effect, if the
observation time is shorter than 12 months. [Dr.
FREI and his colleagues have published several
articles before this too on ADHD. They have a
structured approach to this problem.
With
BOENNINGHAUSEN’s
Therapeutic Pocket
Book they have been able to get excellent results.
Their approach has been published in a book (in
German, first edition in 2005) which has already
gone into a second edition (2007). = KSS]
8.
In vivo Study of the anti-inflammatory
effect of Rhus toxicodendron
dos SANTOS, AL., PERAZZO, FF.,
CARDOSO,LGV., CARVALHO, JCT.
(HOMEOPATHY, 96, 2/2007)
Background: Homœopathic Rhus toxicodendron
(Rhus tox.) is used in various inflammatory
conditions. We screened its effect compared to
succussed Ethanol controls and appropriate active
controls.
Method: We initially experimented with Rhus tox
6, 12, 30 and 200 cH, using Carrageenan-induced
Paw Oedema in rats. The 6 cH dilution appeared
most effective and was used in subsequent assays.
We used pre-treatment and single treatment
regimes in Wistar rats, and mice.
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Results We found significant reductions compared
to control in Carrageenan-induced Paw Oedema,
Vascular permeability, writhing induced by intraperitoneal acetic acid and stress-induced gastric
lesions.
Conclusions: Rhus tox in homœopathic dilution
appears to interfere with inflammatory processes
involving Histamine, Prostaglandins and other
inflammatory mediators. [It is important that we
use the right word ‘potency’ and not ‘dilution’. In
this article it should be ‘homœopathic potency’. A
dilution has no power in it to cure but a potency is
quite powerful. = KSS]
9.
Hypothesis: Do Homœopathic Medicines exert
their action in humans and animals via the
Vomeronasal System?
McGUIGAN, M.
(HOMEOPATHY, 96,2/2007)
There is significant debate on the nature of the
active therapeutic ingredient in homœopathic
medicines and whether the effect of homœopathic
medicines is exerted locally. This paper accepts
that there is an active therapeutic ingredient in
homœopathic
medicines
that
acts
pharmacologically in the body and proposes a
possible receptor site.
The Vomeronasal organ (Jacobson’s organ) is
the receptor site to the detection of non-odorant
molecules, e.g. Pheromones, in reptiles, amphibians
and mammals. The organ forms the main part of a
chemo-receptor system known as the Vomeronasal
system. This paper proposes that it is this system
that constitutes the receptor for homœopathic
medicines in both animal and human subjects.
10. Bayesian Homœopathy: talking normal again
RUTTEN, ALB.
(HOMEOPATHY, 96, 2/2007)
Homœopathy has a communication problem:
important homœopathic concepts are not
understood
by
conventional
colleagues.
Homœopathic
terminology
seems
to
be
comprehensible only after practical experience of
Homœopathy. The main problem lies in different
handling of diagnosis. In conventional Medicine
diagnosis is the starting point for randomized
controlled trials to determine the effect of
treatment. In Homœopathy diagnosis is combined
with other symptoms and personal traits of the
patient to guide treatment and predict response.
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Broadening our scope to include diagnostic as well
as treatment research opens the possibility of multifactorial
reasoning.
Adopting
Bayesian
methodology opens the possibility of investigating
Homœopathy in everyday practice and of
describing some aspects of Homœopathy in
conventional terms. [This article must be read with
earlier articles in this Journal regarding ‘likelihood
ratio’. = KSS]
11. Homœopathy
and
Epidemics
–
Possible Approaches – What History
Can teach us
ROTTLER Gaby (AH. 12/2006)
The author discusses about the effective role of
Homœopathy in the Epidemics of the past and
suggests ways to find out the Genus Epidemicus.
A national/international homœopathic network
for Epidemic Diseases should be established to
collect cases and symptoms in new Epidemics. It
should distribute experiences from different parts of
the world, perhaps even be able to give the
recommendations to homœopathic practitioners
based upon the characteristic totality of symptoms
as seen in an Epidemic.
12. Reporting
Data
on
Homœopathic
Treatments (RedHot): a Supplement to
CONSORT
DEAN, ME., COULTER, MK., FISHER, P.,
JOBST, K., &
WALSH, H.
(HOMEOPATHY, 96,1/2007)
When Homœopathy is tested in clinical trials,
understanding and appraisal is likely to be
improved if published reports contain details of
prescribing strategies and treatments.
An
international Delphi panel was convened to develop
consensus guidelines for reporting homœopathic
methods and treatments. The panel agreed 28
treatment- and provider-specific items that
supplement the Consolidated Standards of
Reporting Trials (CONSORT) Statement items 2, 3,
4 and 19. The authors recommend these for
adoption by authors and journals when reporting
trials of Homœopathy.
13. Outcomes
from
homeopathic
prescribing
in
Dental
Practice:
a
prospective, research-targeted Pilot Study
MATHIE, P.T. and FARRER, S.
(HOMEOPATHY, 96, 2/2007)
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Background and Aims: A base for targeted
research development in dental Homœopathy can
be found on systematic collection and analysis of
relevant data obtained by dentists in clinical
practice. With these longer-term aims in mind, we
conducted a pilot data collection study, in which 14
homœopathic dentists collected clinical and
outcome data over a six-month period in their
Practice setting.
Methods: A specifically designed Excel
spreadsheet enabled recording of consecutive dental
appointments under the following main headings:
date; patient identity (anonymised), age and gender;
dental condition/complaint treated; whether chronic
or acute, new or follow-up case; patient-assessed
outcome (7-point Likert Scale: -3 to +3) compared
with first appointment; homœopathic medicine/s
prescribed; whether any other medication/s being
taken for the condition.
Spreadsheets were
submitted monthly via e-mail to the project coordinator for data synthesis and analysis.
Results: Practitioners typically submitted data
regularly and punctually, and most data cells were
completed as required, enabling substantial data
analysis. The mean age of patients was 46.2 years.
A total of 726 individual patient conditions were
treated overall. There was opportunity to follow-up
496 individual cases (positive outcome in 90.1%;
negative in 1.8%; no change in 7.9%; outcome
recorded in 0.2%). Sixty-four of these 496 patients
reported their outcome assessment before the end of
the homœopathic appointment. Strongly positive
outcomes (scores of +2 or +3) were achieved most
notably in the frequently treated conditions of
Pericoronitis, Periodontal infection, reversible
Pulpitis, Sensitive cementum, and Toothache with
decay.
Conclusions: This multi-practitioner Pilot study
has indicated that systematic recording of Practice
data in Dental Homœopathy is both feasible and
capable of informing future research. A refined
version of the Spreadsheet can be employed in
larger-scale research-targeted data collection in the
Dental Practice setting.
14. Individualized Homœopathic Treatment of
Trigeminal Neuralgia: an observational Study
MOJAVER,
Y.N.,
MOSAVI,
F.,
MAZAHERINEZHAD,A.
SHAHRDAR,A.,
& NABSGAEE,K.
(HOMEOPATHY, 96, 2/2007)
Objective: To evaluate individualized Classical
Homœopathy in the treatment of Idiopathic
Trigeminal Neuralgia (ITN)
QUARTERLY HOMOEOPATHIC DIGEST
Method: 15 patients with physician-confirmed
Trigeminal
Neuralgia
were
treated
with
Homœopathy. Patients received individualized
homœopathic medicines as oral liquid 30c once per
month and were followed-up at the end of first,
second, third and fourth month. Visual Analogue
Scale (VAS) was used for the evaluation of pain
intensity and descriptive criteria were used for
evaluation of attack frequency.
Result: All 15 patients completed treatment. The
results for both the reduction of pain intensity and
attack frequency were statistically significant
(P<0.001) during the four-month evaluation. We
observed overall reductions of more than 60% in
pain intensity using homœopathic treatment.
Conclusion: The results suggest that homœopathic
treatment is an effective and safe method in the
treatment of ITN. [I am happy to read this
‘conclusion’ because generally the ‘results’ of
almost all the ‘researches’ that have appeared in the
BHJ and later Homeopathy would very cautiously
concede that there is good scope for further
researches; rarely is it admitted that Homœopathy
was found effective and that it works. = KSS]
15. The Vital Sensation of the Minerals:
reducing
uncertainty
in
Homœopathic
Prescribing
THOMPSON, EA., GERAGHTY, J.
(HOMEOPATHY, 96, 2/2007)
The authors ‘illustrate’ the “vital sensation” of
mineral-based homœopathic medicines as revealed
by an interview style based on a synthesis of the
Bombay method and Scholten’s understanding
derived from the Periodic Table. The ‘Bombay
method’, described by Rajan SANKARAN (the
‘Bombay method’ is in fact, an invention of Rajan
SANKARAN), builds on homœopathic teaching
giving a structure to guide the gathering and
synthesizing homœopathic data. The concept of
‘levels’ gives a route to the deepest reflection of the
vital disturbance, the vital sensation. Moving
through the levels of fact, symptom, emotion,
delusion and finally vital sensation provides
valuable prescribing information. These aspects are
discussed in conjunction with the ‘Kingdoms’:
Plant, Mineral and Animal, focusing on the Mineral
kingdom. By synthesizing information relating to
the concepts of vital sensation and kingdom we can
reduce uncertainty in homœopathic prescribing.
The authors aver that they have found that the
‘Bombay method’ illuminated their Practice and
when
synthesized
with
more
traditional
information, it had improved their results
significantly.
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16. Can Homeopathy learn something
Psycho-analysis?
HOOTEGEM, Henk Van
(HOMEOPATHY, 96, 2/2007)
from
This paper attempts to demonstrate how some
insights from Psychoanalysis can be useful in
homœopathic treatment.
Three concepts are
discussed:
(1) The working alliance: comparing Medical
alliance with a Psycho- Dynamic alliance.
(2) The
dream-function: serious
somatic
disorders can be the result of a blocked dream
function, the restoration of the capacity to
dream may lead to the disapperance of these
disorders, Homœopathy can help in this
Process.
(3) The transgenerational influence: some
traumatic, concealed events from the lives of
ancestors can influence their descendants.
These concepts are illustrated with the case of a 23
year-old woman with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.
17. A Qualitative Study to Determine the Efficacy
of the Homœopathic Similimum in the
treatment of Premenstrual Syndrome
KOMAR Tania, PECK, K.S. J.R.TORLINE,
J.R., DEROUKAKIS Marilena
(AJHM. 99, 3/2006)
Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) is defined as
the cyclical occurrence of physical and
psychological symptoms in the luteal phase of the
menstrual cycle. It is characterized by irritability,
mood swings, anxiety and depression, breast
tenderness, breast swelling and weight gain. The
study aimed to determine the efficacy of the
homœopathic simillimum in the treatment of PMS.
Eleven participants were recruited and nine
completed the study. They participated in five
homœopathic consultations over a period of four
months.
The researcher determined each
participant’s individual homœopathic remedy by
evaluating their unique symptoms. During each
cycle participants were required to score their daily
symptoms on a PMS chart, the results of which
were analyzed using the one-way Analysis of
Variance (ANOVA).
Breast tenderness was ameliorated in the first
month of treatment, while irritability, depression,
breast swelling, abdominal bloating and food
cravings improved in the second month of
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treatment. In the third month of treatment, the
similimum was significantly effective in treating
anxiety. The results of this study demonstrate that
the homœopathic similimum is one method of
investigating homœopathic treatment in PMS.
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VII. HISTORY
1.
Blick in Geschichte
(A Look into History)
REIS Stefan (NAH. 2,1/2007)
I. Joseph von ZLATAROVICH was born on 9
April 1807, in Agram (today’s Zagreb). He
graduated as Doctor in Vienna and married a sister
of a homœopath WURMB and thus turned to
Homœopathy. He entered into the Provers’ Union
of Vienna and between 1834 and 1848 took part in
almost all the Provings. He did not hesitate to take
the doses for long time large doses. A Proving of
Bryonia (on humans and animals) appeared in 1847
under his authorship in the Austrian Journal for
Homœopathy (Vol.3, No.1) . “Much of the
symptoms in our Proving were in agreement with
HAHNEMANN’s Materia Medica. . . . . some
took Bryonia alba and some Bryonia dioica; there
was not much difference in the action unlike the
different Aconite”.
Because he was a homœopath he lost his
Professorship. He then went to Zagreb, then Triest
and lastly to Graz in 1861 where he died in 1874.
II. Paul WOLF (1795 – 1857): WOLF’s
“Eighteen Propositions for Friends and Enemies of
Homœopathy . . . . “with some annotation from
Friedrich Jakob RUMMEL was published in 1837
in Ernst STAPF’s Archiv.
The ideas were
discussed in the meeting of the Central Union of
German Homœopathic Physicians in Magdeburg in
1836 and accepted by the delegates. It was accepted
in this Meeting that high potency use was not an
essential point in Homœopathy.
WOLF had an extensive Practice which
included “princely” and “crowned” persons. He
passed away on 2 January 1857.
2.
Zur Geschichte der Homöopathie und
Alternativer
Heilweisen
(History
of
Homœopathy and Alternative Medicine)
DROSS Fritz & RUISINGER Maria
(Med GG. 25/2006)
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This article is about history of Homœopathy in
Franconia (Northern Bavaria). The research for this
paper was initiated by an Erlangen exhibition
project on the history of Homœopathy on the
occasion of the 250th anniversary of Samuel
HAHNEMANN’s birth in 2005. The founder of
Homœopathic Medicine received his Doctor of
Medicine degree at the University of Erlangen in
1779. As HAHNEMANN spent only four months
in Erlangen, homœopathic physicians, patients and
apothecaries in the region from HAHNEMANN’s
time until today were investigated. The aim was to
provide a concise survey of the general problems in
the history of Homœopathy derived from regional
cases which could be illustrated by objects suitable
for an exhibition. Thus, the article is not only about
the history of Homœopathy in Northern Bavaria
(Franconia), but also about a shift in the use of
media and about doing science the other round,
viz., by starting at the presentation and ending with
the sources. The outcome of the project was that
most of the crucial topics of the history of
Homœopathy could be covered on a micro-historic
scale: Trials, Pharmacy, Hospital, Patients,
University, National Socialism.
3. Medical Heresy Struggles for the right of
“Otherness”: Homœopathy in the USSR
KOTOK Alexander
(Med GG. 25/2006)
Homœopathy in Russia was least mentioned in
the World History of Homœopathy, until recently.
A genuine reason may be that one who attempted to
do this was confronted by obstacles. The halflegal status of Homœopathy in the Soviet Union,
the permanent threat of either being banned from
the practicing or abolishing it, punishment, etc., all
led to a lack of trust-worthy sources and proofs.
The motive for this article is only to write the
history of Homœopathy in the Soviet Union. A
complicated system of alternative relation-ships
between medical “heretics” is perceived. The
existence of such a System in a totalitarian State is
impossible because the right to be “different” is not
there.
After the reforms in 1980 by GORBACHEV,
much of totalitarian order faded.
And soon
Homœopathy began to be revived. Since 1991
Homœopathy is recognized in the Soviet Union. It
is the innate strength in Homœopathy, that although
it was almost completely destroyed due to political
events during 1914 – 1920 and further, it grew
again.
Today, the number of those doctors,
licensed after finishing courses in Homœopathy in
the post-Soviet Union countries, exceeds 17,000.
This is a first Study and further will follow.
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VIII. GENERAL
1.
What is the Tradition?
TESSLER Neil (SIM. XX/2007)
[In the SIM. XIX/2006, the ‘I Part’ of the
Interview which Neil TESSLER had with Jeremy
SHERR was published. In the QHD, XXIV,
3&4/2007 a brief Abstract was given of this
‘Interview’. The clear ideas of Jeremy SHERR was
like a flow of fresh clear stream while many of us
were feeling suffocated in the polluted waters
swirling about in the ‘homoeopathic’ waters. It
would be interesting to read the verbatim report of
the ‘interview’. In Part II of the ‘Interview’, the
views of Paul HERSCU is discussed. In his book
published recently – two volumes – HERSCU
criticizes Jeremy SHERR with regard to ‘Proving
methodologies’. Our ‘source’ Materia Medicas,
still, notwith-standing several new ones containing
reams of ‘themes’, ‘dreams’, etc., are those of
Samuel HAHNEMANN and his faithful followers
like BOENNINGHAUSEN, HERING, and such
other stalwarts who stood firm on the ground laid
by the Master. Surely that methodology has not
become useless for someone to draw-up separate
methodology and for someone or the other come up
criticizing it and putting up his/her own method! =
KSS]. There are several interesting points on
which SHERR gives his reply to HERSCU’s
criticism. The book is about Provings and therefore
the criticisms and response also relate to that.
Individual susceptibility is not essential to develop
symptoms in a Proving as explained in § 31 and 32.
Proving by definition is never a Simillimum (as
HERSCU opines). Proving makes healthy people
sick, not sick people healthy. There are two
reasons that Provings are stronger dissimilars.
First, a stronger dissimilar artificial disease can be
created by controlling the dose. Second, Group
Provings are similar to epidemic, which are
dissimilar every time.
Provings on a well
integrated group amplifies the Proving.
The
symptoms to be included or not has been described
on the basis of the Organon and other historical
sources. Choosing symptoms according to one’s
perception of the remedy is simply prejudiced and
unacceptable. There is much more to a Proving
than symptoms directly related to toxicology.
Doubtful symptoms are included only after much
careful stages of elimination. § 138 is quoted. The
old Provings are full of fleeting and momentary
sensations and emotions of single provers, which
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later have become Key-notes. By Proving on many
constitutions you get the whole array of totality. It
is also true that many of the symptoms will come
from deeper unseen layers of the Provers and do not
belong to their uppermost. All of Nature’s chest
can be used for Provings. It is good to prove
remedies big and small. There is much diversity in
Homœopathy today, so we should respect our
differences while being able to discuss them
openly.
Jeremy SHERR ended the Interview with a
story: There was a long-standing Jewish
community in which everyone was arguing:
“Should we say the main prayer standing up or
should we say it sitting down?” They quarrelled
and fought over the issue for years. It nearly came
to violence and was threatening to tear the
community apart. Finally, they decided to go and
ask the old Rabbi to establish once and for all what
the tradition was. So they went to the Rabbi, who
was on his deathbed, and they asked: “Dear Rabbi,
you have been our guide for many years. Please
tell us the tradition.
“The Rabbi agreed to tell them.
“Immediately one group rushes forward and says
“Please, Rabbi, tell them the tradition to stand up
while we pray. That was always the tradition.”
The Rabbi groans “No, that’s not the tradition.”
Then the other rushes forward and says: “That’s
right Rabbi. Please, tell them that sitting down was
always the tradition! Tell them!
But the Rabbi, who can barely speak, mumbles,
“No, that’s not the tradition either.”
Both groups were confused and implored the
Rabbi, “Please Rabbi, we can’t go on like this,
we’re killing each other. The community is
breaking apart.”
And the Rabbi replied, ‘THAT’S the tradition!”
2.
The
Enterpreneural
Secrets
Thriving Homceopathic Practice
MASLAN Allison (AH. 12/20006)
of
a
The author discusses about Homœopathy, the
business or Homœopath, the Enterpreneur. The six
qualities required are:
1.Knowledge and Experience
2.Self-confidence and decisiveness
3.Developing and maintaining long-term
patient
4.Marketing
5.Focus and commitment
6.Finance
3.
Patients treated by Homœopaths registered
with the Society of Homeopaths: a Pilot
QUARTERLY HOMOEOPATHIC DIGEST
Study
RELTON,C.,
CHATFIELD,K.
PARTINGTON,H., FOULKES, I.
(HOMEOPATHY, 96, 2/2007).
Background: There is little information on the
types of symptoms for which patients request
homœopathic treatment from Society of
Homeopaths (SoH) in the UK.
Objective: A preliminary study to gain information
about characteristics of patients requesting
treatment from SoH professional (non-medically
qualified) homœopaths – including symptoms and
general well-being.
Results: 37 homœopaths returned data on 482
patients covering 1419 consultations over a 2 year
period.
Patients were mostly female and
predominantly aged 40 – 59.
Conclusions: As well as obtaining preliminary data
about these patients, this study has also resulted in
greater knowledge of audit and research methods in
the profession. The results of this preliminary
descriptive study will inform a future, larger
prospective controlled observational study.
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IX. BOOKS
1. Tobacco. An exploration of its Nature
through the Prism of Homœopathy, Richard
PITT. Lalibela Publishing 1199 Sanchez St.,
San Francisco, CA. 94114. $ 20. 209 pages.
(SIM. XX/2007)
“Richard PITT’s terrific book focuses on
Tobacco, but it is not always the Tabacum that we
know, lest there be confusion.
Nicotiana tabacum is an important facet of the
story, but the homœopathic prism is particularly
focused on Nicotiana rustica, which not only
contains four times the Nicotine, but also contains
the mildly hallucinogenic driver Harmaline, a
monoamine oxidase inhibitor that potentiates the
more potent tryptamine hallucinogens and, of
course, inhibits the breakdown of seratonin. There
is a terrifically interesting journey through the
history, politics and psychology of Tobacco. The
last half of the book is given over to the details of
the Proving. . . In any case, it is a fine read and
may turn out to be a valuable addition to the
modern Proving records.”
2. Experience of Medicine – I.
Three
Homœopathic Provings from the Students of the
Nature Care College, Sydney, Australia.
Coordinated and compiled by Alastair C,
GRAY. Pb. Publ. 70 Metres and Nature Care
College. $ 38. (SIM. XX/2007): “The Provings in
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this Volume are Chironex fleckerii (Box Jelly fish),
Oampona cyclindrata (White Tailed Spider) and
Ficus macrophylla (Moreton Bay Fig).
“The methodology employed in the completion
of these Provings is Hahnemannian and essentially
follows the guidelines laid out in Jeremy SHERR’s
Book on methodologies.
Three versions of each Proving are given. First
Proving document solely consists of the Primary
Symptoms only of the Provers that cannot under
any criteria be questioned.
The second document includes totality of the
first but also vastly more information, which
provides context for many of the symptoms, fills
out the Proving and gives a feel for it, a flavour of
it.
The third gives a brief chronology which
highlights the experiences of the first few days of
the major Provers …”
3. Monera. Kingdom Bacteria & Viruses,
Spectrum Materia Medica Vol. I, Frans
VERMEULEN, Emryss Publishers, Hardcover
800 pages. $81.75 (SIM. XX/2007) : . . . . Frans
VERMEULEN’s Monera is another fascinating
and consummate work of scholarship from one of
the most valuable modern compilers of Materia
Medica and general source materials. This volume
is somewhat similar in structure to MORRISSON’s
Carbon volume, . . . . The Foreword is a
comprehensive discussion of issues pertaining to
classification generally and bacterial species in
Homœopathy specifically. . . . .
The Volume is organized according to Genera and
then Species. Available Materia Medica is given,
as well as cases. Many bacterial remedies are
known to us as common Nosodes such as
Medorrhinum, Syphilinum, Tuberculinum and
various
tubercular
species
as
well
as
Hydrophobinum,
Pertussinum,
Hippozaenum,
Malandrinum, Vaccinum, Variolinum, etc. Many
of these are discussed in depth and breadth.
New remedies such as AIDS, Botulinum,
Johneinum are also given thorough treatment …”
4. Homeopathy: An A to Z Home Handbook,
Alan V. SCHMUKLER. US $ 16.95. Pb. 352
pages. Llewellyn Publishers. (SIM. XX/2007): “.
. . . The usual introductory materials, the next 210
pages are an alphabetical list of conditions,
followed by common remedies and their
indications. The health conditions discussed are
wide ranging. Headings such as Gun shot wounds,
Hanta and Ebola virus, Gangrene . . . . . . and a
wide variety of emotional states, stand out among
the usual range of more common conditions.
QUARTERLY HOMOEOPATHIC DIGEST
Following this there is a special section devoted to
specific organ systems and common remedies
associated with them. There is also a section
devoted to Pregnancy and Childbirth. . . . . Plenty of
First Aid information as well as “homeopathic
vaccination” related information is offered. . . . . a
worthy addition to the home-care library and
maybe of some value to practitioners as well.”
5. Homöopathie
bei
psychischen
Erkrankungen, (Homœopathic in Psychic
Diseases) Claudia de LAPORTE; Stuttgart:
Karl F. Haug: 2006. 312 S., geb. Є 49,95. Review
Stefan BRENNER. (German). (ZKH. 51, 1/2007):
“…The book fills up a large gap in homœopathic
literature. How Homœopathy and Psycho-therapy
can complement each other in total is explained. . . .
. Particularly valuable are the number of cases from
actual practice. . . . . There are several important
and interesting aspects in the treatment of the
psychiatric patients homœopathically.”
6. Miasms as Practical Tools: A Homœopathic
Approach to Chronic Disease, by John SAXTON,
Beaconsfield Publishers Ltd., Beaconsfield, Bucks,
UK, 2006. £15, ISBN: 0-906584-58-2. Review
David LILLEY (HOMEOPATHY, 96, 1/2007):
“This is a slim book with a hefty content. When I
read a book from which I can profit, I have pencil
in hand and I underline the sections that are of
particular importance to me. In the case of this new
book on the Chronic Miasms, I could have
underlined almost the entire text; such is the
richness of its material.
Every paragraph is
pregnant with observation and information; to lapse
in concentrations for a moment is to miss some
important point or nuance. Nonetheless, it is
written with clarity and read with ease.
“This book is a welcome, modern presentation
of miasmatic theory and practice, lifting both from
the sphere of contention and controversy to the
central position they deserve in case and remedy
analysis, strategy of therapy, case management, and
interpretation of response. The concept of Miasms
is presented as a practical therapeutic tool with
which to enhance prescribing skills. . . . . . . . . The
author gives an overview of how the concept of
Miasms arose and how it has developed from
HAHNEMANN’s original thinking to the more
philosophical interpretations of today. Excellent
pictures of the three primary, chronic miasmatic
states – Psora, Sycosis, and Syphilis – are provided,
with discussion and case histories, and, to refresh
our memories, concise clinical pictures of the five
miasmatic Nosodes with the addition of
Schirrinum, and useful information regarding the
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miasmatic relationships of the Bowel Nosodes. . . .
The reader is encouraged to take hold of the
theories and facts presented, and to use and
develop them further in a clinical context. . . . . . . .
This is an important book. It is refreshing to revisit
the theory of the Miasms under the guidance of a
seasoned homœopath with modern insight and
interpretation. . . . I highly recommend this book to
the homœopathic profession as essential reading. . .
It is another fine feather in the Beaconsfield
publishing cap.”
7. Should I be Tested for Cancer? May be Not
and Here’s Why, H.Gilbert WELCH, University
of California Press, Berkeley and Los Angeles,
California. ISBN: 0-520-23976-8.
2004.
8”X10”X0.3”; 224 PAGES; HARDBACK; $49.95
US. Review Timothy FIOR. (AJHM. 99, 4/2006)
Dr. WELCH presents the downside of Cancer
screening in an easily and accessible and practical
manner.
Tests can be wrong, people are made to worry
unnecessarily, some are treated unnecessarily and
some are even harmed by treatment.
This book is meant for a symptomatic people
who are considering Cancer testing.
He suggests there should be more research
about Cancer screening that looks at all the risks
and benefits and looks at overall mortality. He
concludes by recommending each patient to
introspect to develop their own strategy for
assessing the risks and benefits of Cancer screening
to make an informed decision about screening.
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X. NEWS & NOTES
I. Dispelling Myths about Homœopathic
Practice, Todd ROWE and Iris BELL: The
American Medical College of Homeopathy,
Deptt. of Research conducted a National
Homeopathic Practitioner Survey to study the
nature of the current homeopathic Profession which
will help to assess its strengths and weaknesses.
All homœopathic organizations in the United
States participated and also 1200 individual
participants.
The number of homœopaths is
roughly estimated.
Level. No. of Practitioners
5 2200 Min.500 hrs. study
4 6350 100-250 hrs. training
3 32,500 30-60 hrs. course
2 288,000 Week-end courses
QUARTERLY HOMOEOPATHIC DIGEST
1
12,120,000 Support and
appreciate
Homœopathy.
The average homœopathic Practitioner
respondent had 682 hours of undergraduate
education, 382 hours of clinical training and 320
hours of apprenticeship. On an average 121 hours
per year of continuing education study. Only 30%
were certified. 57% are unlicensed. (SIM.
XX/2007)
II. Seminar by M. MANGIALAVORI: Panic,
August 24, 2006: Report by Michael GLASS
(SIM. XX/2007): “During the 1980s, I was much
taken by James Tyler KENT. To me, he seemed
the last of Homoeopathy’s giants, that is, until I met
Massimo MANGIALAVORI, one of the new giants
of our current homœopathic renaissance . . . .
groupings are incredibly helpful, . . . . if one
understands, for example, the Loganaceae to which
Nux vomica and Ignatia belong, one can first
discern general group characteristics in a case, and
then hone in on the correct member of the group.”
[HAHNEMANN took great pains to explain that
the knowledge of what a medicine can cure be
known o n l y by proving it on the healthy and in
no other way. We cannot follow half way
HAHNEMANN and the other half or quarter
SANKARAN
or
SCHOLTEN
or
MANGIALAVORI.= KSS]
At the start of the Seminar the word Panic was
explored. The individual has no insight in the
causation. He explains the causation of panic as
repressed instinctual forces breaking free and
causing somatic symptoms.
Case 1: 37 year-old woman with severe autoimmune disease with multi-system symptoms:
Collagen degeneration of veins, arthritic hip
destruction and chronic Phlebitis.
Capillary
disorder with burning pains, neurological pains,
ovarian cysts, breast nodules. Herpes with burning
pains. Full blown panic disorder when her husband
left.
Totally dependent on husband. Even after
separation she would call him to ask his advice.
First attack came when she was thinking about her
failed marriage.
Her dependency and immaturity led to Sea
animals (!= KSS). The repertorisation of numbness
of lower limbs, Herpes on limbs, cramping,
respiration difficult with drinking led to Limulufs.
Limulus Q 1. There was rapid relief of burning
pains, but in 10 days aggravation. The patient was
told to stop the remedy, but panic symptoms soon
reappeared. Advised to resume the remedy 2-3
times a week – with good results.
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Some features common to Limulus cases are
given.
In an earlier Interview (SIM. XIX, 2006)
recalls his earlier experiences – his first years with
Homœopathy: ”What was interesting was that
coming back from the first trip to the border of the
Amazon jungle, I met a homœopath who had
moved from the Bogotá where he was a very
famous doctor, to the jungle, in order to treat the
Indians for free. He was very intelligent and
spiritual person, a person who really touched my
heart. He was born in Europe, and later studied
Homœopathy in Germany, then he moved back to
Colombia. I had long talk with him and found that
many of his ideas were a modern translation of
what I had started to see with the Indians. It was
the idea of the anima of all substances. ….. I saw in
these people (the Indians in the Amazon) that they
were seeking one remedy to treat the person. Not a
combination. Different preparations brought out
different energies in the same plant. You could
chew, cook, eat or just pray to the spirit of the pat
to come to you. They look at the entire structure of
the person, how much this person is in balance with
his life, with the world, with his environment.
According to how much he is not in tune with his
system (which includes his whole world), they
consider this a less or more severe pathology. If the
pathology is more severe, it is not sufficient to boil
the plant, you have to pray also. It was interesting
to me that in some way it sounded pretty close to
Homœopathy, in a much more way, in a positivistic
way, in a way that at the end, if you think of what
happened at the time of HAHNEMANN, it was the
beginning of positivism (a philosophical doctrine
according to which sense perceptions are the only
admissible basis of human knowledge and precise
thought – editors). . . . HAHNEMANN had a very
good alchemical background. No one could have
been so good at Chemistry at this time without that
knowledge. I think evidence that HAHNEMANN
had this knowledge is also found in the ability to
make remedies such as Hepar sulph. which is a
clear alchemical preparation. What was great about
his brilliant mind was his ability to translate
something as sophisticated as a difficult chemical
preparation into something a doctor could use, just
by taking the mother tincture and potentizing the
remedy.” “……… Another was to move away from
the idea that the most important source of
information was the Proving. I don’t believe this at
all.” [This is a ridiculous assertion to say the least.
Homœopathy is based only on
P r o v I n g s. When someone says that he
doesn’t “believe in this at all” then he has no right
to
call
oneself
as
a
Homœopath.
QUARTERLY HOMOEOPATHIC DIGEST
MANGIALAVORI takes pain to explain this; it is
all words of no consequence, so better I leave them;
interested persons may read it. = KSS]. “When is a
Keynote, really a Keynote? More often it is a Keynote of a number of remedies.” [There are always
only a limited number of such remedies, and one
can differentiate and select; if ‘several’ remedies
have the same ‘Keynote’, then it is not a Keynote.
Von BOENNINGHAUSEN called it ‘genius’ of the
remedy. = KSS]. The doctor says that now-a-days
we do something more sophisticated unlike the
older great names. [Let us honestly ask ourselves
whether really we are doing better than our
forefathers
HERING,
BOENNINGHAUSEN,
KENT, DUNHAM, etc. Is sophistry a mark of
right doing? = KSS]
III. Jan SCHOLTEN San Francisco Seminar,
October 2006. Report by Elena CECHETTO (SIM.
XX/2007): “Learning from Jan SCHOLTEN is like
taking a trip to an unknown land. … The three-day
Seminar had new Provings, new remedies and more
insights into his classification system.
The
impressions of patients were discussed openly with
the participants. The series and the stage of the
patient indicates the remedy. The stage is where
the problem is or what they do with it. The series
how they handle it.
Case: A young man wanted to be a world
champion fighter. Dreams of fighting. His goals
are to have a girl-friend and lot of money. His
fighting is about self-control. Lanthanides are
about the self. He is young and left side of periodic
table. Stage 6 has to do something dangerous.
Stage 6 of Lanthanides is Neodymium.
IV. International Network for the History of
Homeopathy (INHH) – (a Network under the
auspices of the European Association of the
History of Medicine and Health) Conference:
The Conference is organized by the Institut für
Geschichte der Medizin der Robert Bosch
Stiftung, Stuttgart. The aim of the Conference is to
collect further evidence about homœopathic
hospital in history and to bring local and scattered
experiences from different parts of the globe into a
productive dialogue.
The Institution of the hospital plays a crucial
role in the history of modern medicine as the “birth
place” of clinical research, the medical gaze, the
medical profession and as a specific setting for
caring and curing.
The hospital was a benchmark for public
recognition as a medical system both in the medical
world as well as to the wider public.
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Samuel HAHNEMANN was committed to the
idea of establishing a hospital in Leipzig.
Homœopaths partially succeeded in integrating
their healing methods into hospitals in many
countries. Homœopaths succeeded in establishing
their own institutions in Munich, Madrid,
Philadelphia, Rio de Janeiro, Benares during the
19th Century and in Stuttgart, India and Sri Lanka
in the 20th Century.
V. The Zeitschrift für klassische Homöopathie
entered its 51st year in 2007. A homœopathic
journal surviving beyond 50 years is a long time.
The journal began as ‘Zeitschrift für Klassische
Homöopathie und Arzneimittel-potenzierung’ in
1957 as a journal devoted to Hahnemannian
Homœopathy. In those days in Germany there was
no practice as such of the so-called ‘classical
Homœopathy’ and it was mostly low-potency
promotion. Such Homœopathy was ‘scientific’!
There was no repertorisation and based on clinical
indications. The influence of Dr. Pierre SCHMIDT
of Switzerland who taught KENT’s Repertory and
classical Homœopathy, began to draw several able
Practitioners in Germany too. This soon grew into
a larger group and now they are quite a number and
perhaps the so-called ‘scientific’ school has gone
down.
[Of
course
the
Allgemeine
homöopathische Zeitung (AHZ) was founded in
1832 and is still continuing – more than 175 years!
We also have the British Homœopathic Journal –
now titled Homeopathy – is also more or less as
much old as the AHZ; and then the Journal of the
American Institute of Homœopathy – since
recent years titled as the American Journal of
Homœopathic Medicine (AJHM). There are
several journals which have survived or still
surviving in their 20th or a little later lives, but none
touching 50. Sorry to comment, most of the
journals are poor in every way while the world-over
Homœopathy has seen ‘grand revival’ and the
number of practitioners including the non-medical
homœopaths has increased manifold! There is a
classical journal from Switzerland in French
language titled Cahier de Groupement
Hahnemannien du Dr.Pierre Schmidt (CGH) of
which Dr. Jacques BAUR a student of Dr. Pierre
SCHMIDT like Dr. Will KLUNKER, was the
Editor; this journal was a monthly and was of high
quality. Unfortunatley, both Dr. KLUNKER and
Dr. BAUR, are no more with us. The CGH has,
after the passing away of Dr. Jacques BAUR
become a ‘quarterly’! I was getting a copy of the
CGH regularly as long as Dr. BAUR was alive and
then it stopped and the new Editorial group did not
reply my letters either. Thus I have lost touch with
QUARTERLY HOMOEOPATHIC DIGEST
the French journal. The National Center for
Homœopathy, USA has been bringing out a
monthly journal of high quality, Homeopathy
Today with Julian WINSTON as its Editor.
Unfortunately for the Homœopathic World Julian
passed away. Since then this journal has become
bi-monthly! In so far as India is concerned the
quality of the journals are wanting. How do you
feel, dear Reader? In Seminars and other Meetings
we speak sky-high of the great healing powers of
Homœopathy and feel very upset and angry when
the dominant School jeer at us and keep demanding
‘evidence’. Yet we do not have high quality
journals with a large number of subscribers,
contributors, etc.
The very few journals world-over which are
maintaining quality should survive and grow. =
KSS, QHD.]
VI. Das “Symptomen-Lexikon der Materia
Medica” in der täglichen Praxis (The
Symptomen-Lexicon of the Materia in daily
Practice): a Seminar Report by Thomas MICKLER
(German) (NAH,2,1/2007): On the 25 and 26
November 2006 a Seminar was held in Mülheim by
the Dynamis School in which the Homœopath
Michael KOHL presented “The Work with the
Symptomen-Lexikon in the daily Practice”. A precondition was that the participants must have
studied the book “Hahnemanns Working Method
with the Symptomen-Lexikon” (“Hahnemanns
Arbeitsweise mit dem Symptomen-Lexikon”).
Michael KOHL said that his success increased
tremendously after he began to apply the
Symptomen-Lexikon (SL) in his Practice. He said
that there are two different ways to find the remedy,
namely either alone with the SL or with a selection
with the Therapeutic Pocket Book (TPB) of
Clemens von BOENNINGHAUSEN. After we
obtain a pool of remedies with the help of the TPB
the end differentiation may be made with the SL.
KOHL presented cases in which he applied the SL.
It was not possible with this one-day Seminar
to probe well into the SL
VII. Community Building (Melanie GRIMES,
Editorial, AH/2006): The Editor, American
Homeopath (an annual Journal published by the
North American Society of Homeopaths) writes
appealing to the Profession to limit the
conversations wherein we complain, criticize other
colleagues. To grow, our attention should be
directed outward. As patients who have been
treated by different homeopaths adopting different
strategies, methodologies based on new ideas,
innovations, etc., are all getting better and move
© Centre For Excellence In Homœopathy 36
Year 2008, Vol.XXV
freely, there must be some kernel truth in what the
others are doing. So, build a “supportive
community”, she says. [People treated by fine
doctors of Allopathy also are walking about
happily; so do those treated by several other
medical schools. We have seen several cures from
‘faith healers’ too. We do not quarrel with any of
these. In the name of ‘innovation’ in Homœopathy
all strange practices dumped by HAHNEMANN
are re-introduced; are we to let in those who say
that there is no need for Provings? Should we
quietly accept everything and anything called by
anyone as Homœopathy? Or should we re-define
Homœopathy? = KSS]
VIII.
The President of the North American
Society of Homeopaths, Manfred MUELLER,
writes (Editorial, AH/2006) of the propaganda by
many that Homœopathy is a fraud, etc. [It is
surprising that still there are persons claiming to be
‘scientific‘ who do not care to read carefully the
methodologies in Homœopathy and then actually
experiment it as it should be. Mere theoretic
lambastings and caviling are not evidences. = KSS]
The critiques also propagate that there are “toxic
ingredients” in the homœopathic medicines!
[Statement like these are peaks of ignorance.
Nothing can be more preposterous! Recently when
Bob WOOLMER, the famous Cricketeer, was
found dead it was reported in some newspapers
that he had been poisoned by ‘Aconitum poison’
and one Newspaper put a screaming headline that
Homœopathy is using this “deadly” drug across the
counter! A rejoinder sent to the Newspaper was
not published. So where are we? The days of
inquisitions are not over. = KSS]
Manfred MUELLER writes that he had been
Stuttgart, Germany “years ago” to find ‘definitive’
answers to some questions. One such question was
the word “attenuation” whereas the correct term
should be “dilution” which is what the Organon
meant. MUELLER feels that KENT’s direction to
go higher and higher in potentisation was due to
this ‘faulty’ understanding.
MUELLER visited late Dr. Georg von
KELLER, considered the best homœopath then.
Dr. von KELLER admonished that all the defect
was due to not bothering to read the literature, the
basic literature from the old masters. Study the
History (of Homœopathy); study the Organon, the
Chronic Diseases preferably in German; go to the
source, the originals. “In order to stand up for the
safety of Homœopathy, we need to guard its
integrity.” [Amen.
This answers
Melanie
GRIMES’ Editorial = KSS]
QUARTERLY HOMOEOPATHIC DIGEST
IX. Multitasking: An Interview with Jeremy
SHERR by WARKOV, Denise Straiges (AH.
12/2006): Jeremy SHERR discusses about some of
his ongoing homœopathic projects:
Dynamic Case Taker: is a Software tool designed
to make the whole process of case-taking, Analysis
and synthesis easier and more effective.
Characteristic symptoms are grouped according to
common themes and synthesized into one central
idea to understand what needs to be cured.
The Software structures the thinking and
organizes the information, index cases, compare
consultations side by side, underline, access
symptoms easily and locates elusive case. [So
Jeremy SHERR works in my body and brain; it is
not mine = KSS]
Another project is Repertory of Mental
affinities – where each rubric contains all the
remedies pertaining to particular subject.
Another project is working on a book of cases
cured with the Dynamis proving remedies. With
each remedy a list of confirmed and cured
symptoms are constructed.
One of his main desires is to treat and research
AIDS in Africa using classical homœopathic
techniques. Desires to make a water-tight academic
study which can be used to convince the powers
that be of the usefulness of Homœopathy in this
terrible pandemic. Also discusses about treating
epidemics. [All good aims; we wish him best =
KSS]
Proving database on www.provings.com has
been redone and registering new Provings daily.
Full texts can be read online. Trying to centralize
the Proving data, to ease the many problems of
Proving, new concepts are worked out and to be
published in the new edition of “The
Methodology”.
X. Homeopathy in South Africa, by Dr.
Marilena DEROUKAKIS (AH.12/2006): Courses
in South Africa can presently be taken through the
two Universities, leading the award of a Masters
Degree in Homœopathy (known a Masters in
Technologiae). The degree allows to register with
the Allied Health Professional Council and with the
Board of Healthcare Funders which allows
reimbursement.
Training consists of a five-year full time
course, followed by one year internship.
Homœopaths are also required to have a license in
order to dispense and compound their medicines.
Homœopathy is carving its share of the
healthcare market. Statistics about various aspects
of practice are given. [Unfortunately there is much
of complex medicine prescription by these licensed
© Centre For Excellence In Homœopathy 37
Year 2008, Vol.XXV
Practitioners in South Africa and it would be in the
interest of all if that is nipped in the bud itself =
KSS]
XI. Homœopathic Medicines: Safe, Accessible,
Legal: J.BORNEMANN writes (HT. 26, 4/2006):
Since 1938, homœopathic medications have been
classified as ‘drugs’ by the Food, Drug and
Cosmetics Act. The Homœopathic Pharmacopoeia
Convention of the US (HPCUS) assures that
homœopathic medications are safe and legal in the
US. In 1978, HPCUS, produced compendium of
Homeo therapeutics, which comprised a listing of
all of the known homœopathic drugs at the time
with their references in the literature. In 1990,
compliance Policy Guide was implemented.
www.HPCUS.com
XII. Health-food supplements and nutritional
value may become more difficult and too much
costly in the US and Canada and even in some
European countries since they are likely to become
‘prescription’ items and can be purchased only with
prescription by a doctor; thus it will become several
times costlier, and would also take them away from
homœopaths. It is also written that “powerful
political figures have introduced or sponsored
legislation that would regulate dietary supplements
of all kinds……Integrative doctors and other
medical professionals who use or recommend
natural products are also under attack, with
licensing boards do not like the idea of competition
in medicine. Integrative medicine and supplements
are even under assault at the United Nations and the
World Health Organisation. (Front Inner Cover,
HT. 26, 4/2006)
XIII. Homœopathic Educators Exchange Ideas,
PITT RICHARD (HT. 26, 6/2006): North
American Network of Homeopathic Educators
(NANHC) held their second annual conference in
Marin Headlands, just north of San Francisco in 2830, April 2006. www.homeopathyeducation.org
website was created where all educational
institutions can post details about their programmes
and link to their websites. This site is used as
“Library of Ideas, Resources and Teaching Tools.
XIV. Delving into the Mysteries of Water,
MATTHEWS Robert (HT. 26, 4/2006): In an
article “The Quantum Elixir”, in the New Scientist
April 8, 2006, Rustum ROY, a Materials scientist at
Pennsylvania State University says water may have
a “memory” through an effect known as epitaxy:
using the atomic structure of one compound as a
template to induce the same structure in others.
QUARTERLY HOMOEOPATHIC DIGEST
Shock waves generated by succussions can cause
localized pressures inside the water to reach over
10,000
atmospheres,
which
may
trigger
fundamental changes in the properties of the water
molecules.
XIV. Homœopathy in Knee Surgery (HT. 26,
4/2006): Dr. Leonard J. TOROK writes: “I have
often used a simple and reliable plan for patients
having knee surgery or following knee injury that
greatly speeded the recovery process. Most of my
surgical patients arrived unaware of Homœopathy,
but they quickly learned to appreciate the benefits
of this plan. I recommend using Arnica montana
30c, one dose the evening before surgery and one
dose in the morning on the day surgery. Following
injury or surgery take one dose of
Arnica
immediately and repeat at 20-min. intervals.
Liberally repeat the dose as needed to control pain
and swelling at first, and then lengthen the time
interval between doses as symptoms subside.
Using a similar protocol, in a study at
Wadsworth Rittman Hospital in Wadsworth,
Ohio, we were able to demonstrate a reduction in
the blood loss following total knee replacement
surgery from an average of 800 cc without
homœopathic remedies to less than 200 cc with the
use of Arnica following knee replacement. The
study focused on blood loss (recycled for reinfusion
back to the patient), but similar improvements were
noted in a decrease in the amount of post-operative
narcotics required, and patients were more easily
able to participate in a post-operative physical
therapy programme.
XVI. Angustura vera: By way of introduction, the
author describes a clinical case: a 47-year-old man
who was overworked and depressed. Several
medicines were tried (Nux vomica, Natrum
muriaticum, Medorrhinum), without great benefit
until Angustura vera was prescribed and
completely transformed his life. The symptoms
leading to the prescription were an irresistible
desire for coffee and a strong feeling of bitterness.
The other main symptoms of this medicine are
then recalled: unexpressed hypersensitivity and
irritability, with an appearance of excitement and
gaiety; vertigo on crossing a stream; cramp-like
pains in the muscles, especially: masseters,
abdomen, thighs and calves; trauma to the
periosteum; feeling as if the uterus were beating
against the right ovary and the right hip; chilly;
feeling as if the heart were swollen, with fear of
dying, worse lying on left side; fear of falling
asleep. (Cahiers du Groupement Hahnemannien
2006;l 4:236-238 in Homeopathy, 96, 1/2007)
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XVII. Ammonium
muriaticum by Bruno
STAQUET: Three clinical cases illustrate the use of
this medicine; a case of Sciatica worse sitting, a
case of forearm pain also worse sitting, and a
woman with digestive symptoms who was
overprotected by her mother.
The Materia Medica of this medicine is then
summarized: melancholy, desire to cry but cannot;
antipathy to certain persons; nose obstructed or
with acrid watery discharge; sore throat, burning
hoarseness; menses too early, flow more at night;
diarrhoea during menses; icy coldness between
shoulders; backache or sciatica when sitting,
constriction of hamstring tendons. Several unusual
dreams are described; being lost in forest, falling
into water, being bitten by a horse. (Cahiers du
Groupement Hahnemannien 2006; 4;239-245 in
Homeopathy, 96, 2/2007).
XVIII. The Zincum child and its peculiarities,
Micheline DELTOMBE: The author, who is a
Paediatrician, describes the peculiar symptoms of
children who respond to Zincum; they are very
nervous, very sensitive, slow to understand and to
answer. They are exhausted but are constantly on
the move or fidgeting either with their whole body,
or only their legs. They cannot concentrate, are
inattentive, moody, unruly, disobedient, and they
provoke their schoolmates. They repeat everything
said to them, have headaches when overtaxed at
school. They are worse from retrocession of
eruptions from sweating, from emotions. They pick
their noses, have diarrhoea and involuntary
urination when sneezing, coughing or walking.
They grasp their genitals whilst coughing and may
have Hoarseness, Asthma, and Diarrhoea.
Two clinical cases end this article: A 5-year-old
girl, who developed neurological symptoms after
Measles without a rash, and a 3-year-old boy with
Epilepsy and restless legs during sleep.
(L’Homéopathie Européene 2006, 4;6-8 in
Homeopathy, 96,1/2007)
XIX. Clinical Cases according to the methods of
Sankaran: Opuntia vulgaris: by Ingrid van de Vel:
A clinical case is described: a woman with varicose
veins and dyspareunia. The main feeling was: she
tried to not be shrunken and constricted, then
accepted it. A second clinical case is quoted from
Dr. Jayesh SHAH: a man who had migraine and
stress; he always had his hands clasped, felt as if
locked in a room, in a small box and tried to come
out; he was between hope and hopelessness. The
constriction feeling relates to the Cactaceae, the
alteration between hope and hopelessness belongs
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to the ringworm miasm; the medicine is therefore
Opuntia vulgaris.
Then, Van de Vel quotes Materia Medica of
this Medicine, from T.F. ALLEN and J.H.
CLARKE: two species were proved. Opuntia
vulgaris and Opuntia alba spina. The main
symptoms are alternately praying and swearing;
feeling as if head transfixed with a lance; bites
inside of cheek on chewing; nausea extending from
stomach down into bowels, with sensation as if
diarrhoea would set in; urgency of urination;
oppression of chest; pain in muscles of neck, first
left, then right side; very chilly, cold feet; dreams of
women. (La Revue Belge d’Homoeopathie
2006:2:80-112, in Homeopathy, 96, 1/2007)
XX. Homeopathy, 96, 1/2007 carries a very
important
article
about
‘Homœopathic
Pathogenetic Trials’ (HPT) [see Abstract in the
Research section of this QHD = KSS]. This is a
review of 156 HPTs in six languages, which
reviews and criticizes the methodology used in
HPTs. The authors discuss the rationale for
selection of substances to be tested in HPTs. It has
been rightly said that HPT is the ‘Pillar of
Homœopathy’. It is very important that all serious
(and sincere) Homœopathy Practitioners should
study this in detail and give their views.
XXI. ‘Guest Editorial’ by Tom WHITMARSH, in
HOMEOPATHY, 96, 2/2007 writes about the
several ‘methods’ of homœopathic remedy choice
for example, the classical, the SCHOLTEN, the
SANKARAN, the SEHGAL, etc. How could a
homœopath become good in all these? “We should
not neglect basic homœopathic theory and skills at
our peril and “if the whole process of giving a
remedy is to be reduced to simple formulae, we risk
losing the human inter-action of the homœopathic
consultation, which seems to be an essential part of
our healing work.” [The claim by the different
‘sects’ – in Homœopathy – that theirs is the best
and claim ‘cures’ is, to say the least, amusing.
Rarely is follow-up of 3 or 4 years in any of the
cases is given. Each one is a ‘guru’. In this, the
one ‘guru’ from whom Homœopathy originated is
ignored; his rules of importance to symptoms is
thrown out, ranking of symptoms is also not there,
the ‘direction of cure’ has never been verified, so
on and on we can point out. And one question to
all these ‘neo gurus’ – honestly do you believe that
you cure with your method, in the sense of totally
eradicating the disease with its roots, better? And
do you think that the Homœopathy of
HAHNEMANN was poorer in its success rates? =
KSS]
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XXII. (In HOMEOPATHY, 96, 2/2007): The
author says that in ‘Modern Dentistry’ the catchword is “minimum intervention and applying a
natural approach to general dental practice”. In the
early 1990s the British Homœopathic Dental
Association was formed. The Association helped
develop a Dental Diploma Programme from the
Faculty of Homeopathy, and the first examination
was held in October 1994. The Faculty has now an
Intermediate course in Dental Homeopathy.
Interest in Dental Homœopathy and membership is
growing in the UK. Homœopathy is a useful
adjunct to conventional dentistry and may be used
effectively in the place of orthodox treatments
which may have unpleasant side effects. However,
in the past 25 years a few articles have been
published on dental Homœopathy. In the current
issue of HOMEOPATHY there are two articles.
XXIII.
Secale cornutum: A Special Issue of
L’Homéopathie Européenne is devoted to Secale
cornutum. In three articles, M.TORK, P.COLIN
and C.DUMONT describe its chemical and
toxicological peroperties. Afterwards, C.SOYEZ
recall the main symptoms described in the Materia
Medica; great restlessness, sarcasm and contempt,
indifference to everything, shameless, very hot yet
the skin feels cold when touched, burning heat,
dark discharges, green pus (boils, leucorrhoea),
pustular eruptions, atherosclerosis, intermittent
claudication, Raynaud’s disease, passive bleeding
with dark, non-coagulable or mixed with dark clots
of blood. (L’Homéopathie Européenne 2006 6:
in the HOMEOPATHY, 96, 2/2007)
XXIV. Aranea diadema and Aranea ixobola, A.
FLOUR: The Materia Medica of these two medicines
is described very fully. Aranea diadema is wellknown, with its peculiar symptoms: solitary and
restless
persons, with distorted sense of time
(problems with appointments), or with deep
despondency and longing for death; sensation as if
bones are made of ice, marked sensitivity to cold and
damp, sensation of enlargement or numbness of parts,
nerve pains (electric shocks), exact periodicity.
The second part of the article describes a
pathogenetic trial of Aranea ixobola. The main
symptoms are restlessness (like other spiders), no
periodicity, euphoria followed by depression,
insolence, dreams of the death of his wife,
sensitivity to cold and damp, feeling of general
coldness, night sweat, digestive troubles
ameliorated by stretching. (Revue Belge
d’Homoeopathie 2006; 1: in HOMEOPATHY,
96, 2/2007)
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XXV. A Case of Ptelea: A.FANCIOLA.: A 40
year-old woman suffered from constipation,
Sciatica and Insomnia. She felt humiliated because
of a family episode which remained taboo for a
long time. Ptelea trifoliata was prescribed and
alleviated all the symptoms. Ptelea is indisposed to
mental or physical exertion, is confused, or has an
unusual energy with disposition to hurry. There are
digestive symptoms including burning or griping or
weight in the epigastric region, even after a
moderate meal, liver pains, constipation or
diarrhoea, and pain in limbs. We might also
encounter frontal headache or asthma
According to the author, Ptelea could suit patients
who feel humiliated or misunderstood, because of a
personal or family past, and who need to start a new
life.
XXVI. Carbo animalis: a case series, by M.
M.GUILLAUME-CARRIE: A 60-year-old woman
had a complex medical history and her life was a
long story of misfortunes. Her main feeling was
she sacrificed herself to her family for nothing.
Eleven other clinical cases responding to Carbo
animalis showed serious pathologies (Hepatitis,
Pancreatitis, Cardiomyopathies, Hypertension,
Cancers, Sclerodermas). All the patients had
suffered neglect or were abused during their
childhood, but, however, were nostalgic for their
past.
They are compassionate and neglect
themselves. The basic feature of this medicine is
sacrifice. (Les Echos du Centre Ligeois
d’Homéopathis 2006: 116; in HOMEOPATHY,
96, 2/2007).
XXVII. Can Homœopathic Treatment slow
Prostate
Cancer
Growth?
JONAS
WB.,GADDIPATI, JP., RAJESH KUMAR NV., et
al.:
Background:
Homœopathy
is
a
complementary Medicine [We do not agree that
Homœopathy is a “complementary” Medicine.
Long ago Carrol DUNHAM has rightly titled it as
The Science of Therapeutics; perhaps the authors
who are not homœopaths
give this
“complementary” state condescendingly! = KSS],
widely used around the world. Despite extensive
use of Homœopathy for Cancer and other serious
conditions with reported success, clinical and
laboratory research has been equivocal, and no
rigorous research has been done on Cancer. In
1999, the US National Cancer Institute evaluated
the effects of homœopathic treatment of Cancer
from a clinic in India and has released a request for
protocols to conduct further research into this
treatment. Therefore, the authors conducted a
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series of carefully controlled laboratory studies
evaluating the effects of commonly used
homœopathic remedies in cell and animal models
of Prostate Cancer.
Study Design: One hundred male Copenhagen rats
were randomly assigned to either treatment or
control groups after inoculation with Prostate tumor
cells.
Methods: Prostate Tumor cells DU-145, LNCaP,
and MAT-LyLu were exposed to five homœopathic
remedies. Male Copenhagen rats were injected
with MAT-LyLu cells and exposed to the same
homœopathic remedies for 5 weeks. In vitro
outcomes included Tumor Cell viability and
apoptosis gene expression. In vivo outcomes
included Tumor incidence, volume, weight, total
mortality, proliferating Cell Nuclear Antigen
(PCNA) expression, apoptotic cell death (terminal
deoxynucleotidyl transferase mediated d-uridine
triphosphate nick end labeling), and gene
expression (rAPO-multiprobe).
Results: There were no effects on Cell viability or
gene expression in three Prostate Cell lines with
any remedies at any exposure time. There was a
23% reduction in Tumor incidence (P<0.0001), and
for animals with Tumors, there was a 38%
reduction in Tumor volume in Homœopathy-treated
animals versus controls (P<0.02). At time of
killing, experimental animals with Tumors had a
13% lower average Tumor weight (P<0.05).
Tumors in these treated animals showed a 19%
increase in apoptotic Cell death (P<0.05) and
reduced PCNA-positive Cells.
Conclusions: The findings indicate that selected
homœopathic remedies for the present study have
no direct Cellular anti- cancer effects but appear to
significantly slow the progression of cancer and
reduce cancer incidence and mortality in
Copenhagen rats injected with MAT-LyLu Prostate
Cancer Cells. (Integrative Cancer Therapies
2005; 5: in HOMEOPATHY, 96, 2/2007)[We
may therefore use the homœopathic remedies with
greater success in Prostate Cancer of
the
Copenhagen rats! Great. = KSS]
XXVIII. Homœopathic medicines do not alter
growth and Gene expression in Prostate and
Breast
cancer
cells
in
vitro:
R.L.THANGAPAZHAM, JP GADDIPATI, NV
RAJESHKUMAR, et al.:
Background: Homœopathy is an alternative
medical system practiced in all parts of the World.
Although several theories are proposed to explain
the mechanisms of action, none are scientifically
verified. In this study, the authors investigate the
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effect of selected homœopathic remedies, often
used to treat Prostate and Breast Cancer.
Materials and Methods: The authors investigated
the effect of the homœopathic medicines Conium
maculatum, Sabal serrulata, Thuja occidentalis,
Asterias, Phytolacca, and Carconisin on Prostate
and Breast Cancer Cell (DU-145, LNCaP, MATLyLu, MDA-MB-231) growth and on Gene
expression that regulates Apoptosis, using MTT
and multi-probe ribonuclease protection assay.
Results: None of the homœopathic remedies tested
in different potencies produced significant
inhibitory or growth-promoting activity in either
Prostate or Breast Cancer Cells. Also, Gene
expression studies by ribonuclease protection assay
produced no significant changes in mRNA levels of
bax, bel-2, bel-x, caspase-1, caspase-2, caspase-3.
Fas, or FasL after treatment with homœopathic
medicines.
Conclusions: The results demonstrate that the
highly diluted homœopathic remedies used by
homœopathic practitioners for Cancer show no
measurable effects on Cell growth or Gene
expression. (Integrative Cancer Therapies 2006;
5 in HOMEOPATHY, 96, 2/2007)
XXIX. Effects of homœopathic preparations on
human Prostate Cancer Growth in cellular and
animal models: BW Mac LAUGHLIN, B.
GUTSMUTHS, E. PRETNER, et al: The use of
dietary supplements for various ailments enjoys
unprecedented popularity. As part of this trend,
Sabal serrulata (Saw Palmetto) constitutes the
complementary treatment of choice with regard to
Prostate health. In Homœopathy, Sabal serrulata is
commonly prescribed for Prostate problems ranging
from benign prostatic Hyperplasia to Prostate
Cancer. [In several cases of Prostate complaints,
Sabal serrulata is not prescribed. There is no
“common” medicine for such pathologies. May be
some remedies come up more often, that’s all. =
KSS] The authors’ work assessed the antiproliferative effects of homœopathic preparations
of Sabal serrulata, Thuja occidentalis, and Conium
maculatum, in vivo, on nude mouse xenografts, and
in vitro, on PC-3, and DU-145 human Prostate
Cancer as well as MDA-MB-231 human Breast
Cancer cell lines. Treatment with Sabal serrulata
in vitro resulted in a 33% decrease of PC-3 cell
proliferation at 72 h and a 23% reduction of DU145 cell proliferation at 24 h (P<0.01). The
difference in reduction is likely due to the specific
doubling time of each cell line. No effect was
observed on MDA-MB-231 human Breast Cancer
cells. Thuja occidentalis and Conium maculatum
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did not have any effect on human Prostate Cancer
cell proliferation. In vivo, Prostate Tumor
Xenograft size was significantly reduced in Sabal
serrulata-treated mice compared to untreated
controls (P= 0.012). No effect was observed on
Breast Tumor growth. Our study clearly
demonstrates a biologic response to homœopathic
treatment as manifested by cell proliferation and
Tumor growth. This biologic effect was: (i)
significantly stronger to Sabal serrulata than to
controls and (ii) specific to human Prostate Cancer.
Sabal serrulata should thus be further investigated
as a specific homœopathic remedy for Prostate
pathology. (Integrative Cancer Therapies,
2006;5. in HOMEOPTHY, 96, 2/2007). [Fellow
homœopaths are requested to carefully read the
three ‘researches’ given above, and see whether any
of them have any worthwhile result at all with
regard to homœopathic Therapeutics. One gives
partially unfavorable, one totally unfavorable and
another also somewhat favorable! In so far as the
partially favorable ones are concerned James
RANDI may declare them as fraud! You may do
similar experiments for another 100 years and you
will get only such insipid results. Money in
millions are spent in the name of ‘research’ for
these foregone results. This money could be spent
for millions of malnourished, hungry children
whose pictures we see in the News papers. At least
experienced homœopaths should make it clear to
these ‘researchers’ that Homœopathy researches
requires first of all that they read the Organon and
Chronic Diseases, u n d e r s t a n d , discuss with
senior homœopaths (who do not routinely prescribe
Sabal serrulata for Prostate, Digitalis for Heart,
etc.) and then design the ‘research’. All the
researches so far are used only as sticks mostly to
beat Homœopathy with. The Integrative Cancer
Therapies must be advised appropriately. = KSS]
XXX. Models for the Study of Whole Systems,
IR. BELL, M.KOITHAN: This article summarizes
a network and complex systems science model for
research on whole systems of complementary and
alternative medicine (CAM) such as Homœopathy
and traditional Chinese medicine. The holistic
concepts of networks and nonlinear dynamical
complex systems are well matched to the global
and interactive perspectives of whole systems of
CAM, whereas the reductionistic science model is
well matched to the isolated local organ, cell, and
molecular
mechanistic
perspectives
of
pharmaceutically based biomedicine.
Whole
systems of CAM are not drugs with specific
actions.
The diagnostic and thera-peutic
approaches of whole systems of CAM produce
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effects that involve global and patterned shifts
across multiple sub-systems of the person as a
whole. For Homœopathy, several characteristics of
complex systems, including the probabilistic nature
of attractor patterns, variable sensitivity of complex
systems to initial conditions, and emergent
behaviors in the evolution of a system in its full
environmental context over time, could help
account for the mixed basic science and controlled
clinical trial research findings, in contrast with the
consistently positive outcomes of observational
studies in the literature. Application of theories and
methods from complex systems and network
science can open a new era of advances in
understanding factors that lead to good versus poor
individual global outcome patterns and to rational
triage of patients to one type of care over another.
The growing reliance on complex systems thinking
and Systems Biology for Cancer research affords a
unique opportunity to bridge between the CAM and
conventional medical worlds with some common
language and conceptual models. (from Integrative
Cancer Therapies 2006; 5. in HOMEOPATHY,
96, 2/2007)
XXXI. Homœopathic Arnica Therapy in patients
receiving Knee Surgery: Results of three
randomized
double-blind
trials,
B.
BRINKHAUSA, JM WILMENSB, R.LÜDTKEC,
J.HENGERB,
CM
WITTA,
SN.WILLICH
(HOMEOPATHY, 96, 2/2007): Objectives: We
investigated the effectiveness of homœopathic
Arnica montana on post-operative swelling and
pain after Arthroscopy (ART), artificial knee joint
implantation (AKJ), and cruciate ligament
reconstruction (CLR)
Design: Three randomized, placebo-controlled,
double-blind, sequential clinical trials.
Setting: Single primary care unit specialized in
arthroscopic knee surgery.
Participants: Patients suffering from a knee
disease that necessitated arthroscopic surgery.
Interventions: Prior to surgery, patients were given
1 x 5 globules of the homœopathic dilution 30 x (a
homœopathic dilution of 1:1030) of Arnica or
Placebo. Following surgery, 3 x 5 globules were
administered daily.
Primary outcome measures: The primary
outcome parameter was difference in knee
circumference, defined as the ratio of
circumference on day 1 (ART) or day 2 (CLR and
AKJ) after surgery to baseline circumference.
Results: A total of 227 patients were enrolled in the
ART (33% female, mean age 43.2 years), 35 in the
AKJ (71 % female, 67.0 years), and 57 in the CLR
trial (26% female; 33.4 years). The percentage of
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change in knee circumference was similar between
the treatment groups for ART (group difference =
-0.25%, 95% CI: -0.85 to 0.41, P = 0.204) and
AKJ ( = 1.68%, -4.24 to 0.77, P = 0,184) and
showed homœopathic Arnica to have a beneficial
effect compared to placebo in CLR ( = -1.80%, 3.30 to –0.30, P = 0.019).
Conclusions: In all three trials, patients receiving
homœopathic Arnica showed a trend towards less
postoperative swelling compared to patients
receiving Placebo.
However, a significant
difference in favour of homœopathic Arnica was
only found in the CLR trial. (Complementary
Therapies in Medicine 2006; 14: in
HOMEOPATHY, 96, 2/2007)
XXXII. Homœopathic and Herbal Prescribing in
General Practice in Scotland: S. ROSS, CR
SIMPSON, JS McLAY: Aims: To investigate the
current levels of homœopathic and herbal
prescribing in Scottish General Practice.
Methods: Prescribing of homœopathic and herbal
remedies in Primary care was assessed in 669
patients for the year 2003 – 2004, using
computerized prescribing data retrieved from 323
General Practices in Scotland.
Results: Forty-nine percent of practices prescribed
homœopathic and 32% herbal remedies. A total of
193 homœopathic and 17 herbal remedies were
prescribed, with 5% of practices accounting for
46% of patients and 50% of remedies. Four
thousand one hundred and sixty patients (22/1000
registered patients) were prescribed at least one
homœopathic remedy during the study period, with
the highest prevalence to children under 12 months
of age (95/1000 children of that age). Children
under the age of 16 made up to 16% of the
population prescribed homœopathic remedies
(22/1000 registered patients of that age). Three
hundred and sixty-one patients (0.2/1000 registered
patients) were prescribed at least one herbal remedy
during the study period, 44 of whom were children
<16 years old. Patients prescribed a homœopathic
or herbal remedy were also prescribed a median of
four and five conventional medicines, respectively.
Of patients prescribed an oral herbal remedy, 4%
were also concomitantly prescribed a conventional
medicine with which a drug-herb interaction has
been documented.
Conclusions: Our study reports that a substantial
number of Scottish General Practitioners prescribe
homœopathic and herbal remedies, with an
approximate doubling in the number of children
prescribed homœopathic remedies. The level of
homœopathic and herbal prescribing raises
questions about homœopathic/herbal provision in
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the National Health Service and should prompt
critical review. (Br.J.Clin.Pharmacol. 2006;62: in
HOMEOPATHY, 96, 2/2007)
XXXIII. Homœopathic Medical Practice: long
term results of a cohort study with 3981 patients.
WITT,
CM.,
LÜDTKE,
R.,
BAUR,
R.,WILLICH, SN.
Background: On the range of diagnoses, course of
treatment, and long-term outcome in patients who
chose to receive homœopathic medical treatment
very little is known. We investigated homœopathic
practice in an industrialized country under everyday
condition.
Methods: In a prospective, multicentre cohort
study with 103 primary care practices with
additional specialization in Homœopathy in
Germany and Switzerland, data from all patients
(age > 1 year) consulting the physician for the first
time were observed. The main outcome measures
were: patient and physician assessments (numeric
rating scales from 0 to 10) and quality of life at
baseline and after 3, 12 and 24 months.
Results: A total of 3981 patients were studied
including 2851 adults (29% men, mean age 42.5 ±
13.1 years; 71% women, 29.9 ± 12.4 years) and
1130 children (52% boys, 6.5 ± 3.9 years; 48%
girls, 7.0 ± 4.3 years). Ninety-seven percent of all
diagnoses were chronic with an average duration of
8.8 ± 8 years. The most frequent diagnoses were
Allergic Rhinitis in men, headache in women, and
Atopic Dermatitis in children. Disease severity
decreased significantly (P<0.001) between baseline
and 24 months (adults from 6.2 ± 1.7 to 3.0 ± 2.2;
children from 6.1 ± 1.9 to 2.2 ± 1.0). Physicians’
assessments yielded similar results. For adults and
young children, major improvements were
observed for quality of life, whereas no changes
were seen in adolescents. Younger age and more
severe disease at baseline were factors predictive of
better therapeutic success.
Conclusion: Disease severity and quality of life
demonstrated marked and sustained improvements
following homœopathic treatment period. Our
findings indicate that homœopathic medical therapy
may play a beneficial role in the long-term care of
patients with chronic diseases. (BMC Public
Health 2005; 5. in HOMEOPATHY, 96, 2/2007)
XXXIV. Homœopathic Certification: Defining
Our Profession. BELLO, Lia. (HT. 26, 5/2006)
Since its inception in 1991, the Council for
Homœopathic Certification (CHC) has created a
national standard that evaluates homœopathic and
health science skills at a level appropriate for
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practice. The candidates must have a minimum of
500hrs each of theoretical and clinical training.
XXXV. New Teaching Tool for Pharmacists.
BORNEMAN, lll, John A. (HT. 26, 5/2006)
The finest teaching tool for pharmacists who
want to learn about Homœopathy has been printed
by – none other than the American Pharmacists
Association (AphA). The fifteenth edition of the
‘Handbook of Non prescription Drugs, An
Interactive Approach to self care (2006)’, includes a
chapter entitled “Homeopathic Medicines” which
treats Homœopathy with great respect and
consideration.
XXXVI. Homœopathy in the News. Jennifer
WARNER. (HT. 26, 5/2006). More than one in
four hospitals now offer ‘complementary and
alternative’ therapies including Homœopathy,
according to a new survey of nearly 1,400 US
hospitals.
XXXVII.
Researcher, homœopath, creative
thinker … maverick: Interview of Iris BELL by
BOYER, Nancy (HT. 26, 5/2006).
Iris BELL has been a researcher in
complementary and alternative medicine for 30
years. After a personal experience in mid – 90’s,
she felt how homœopathic remedies can positively
affect the Vital Force. Now she is attempting the
study of dynamics of cure at the whole person
level. She believes that there will be observable,
parallel changes both at the person level and at the
various other lower levels – all the way down to the
genetic and molecular levels. Correlating healing
with patterns of gene activation and expression is
possible.
Using the ambulatory monitoring technology,
objective physiological markers like Pulse, Blood
Pressure, Sleep, Physical activity,
Body
temperature can be measured on a round the clock
basis which will document the patterns of
biological rhythms and time – of – day effects of
homœopathic treatment. She proposes the use of
non-linear dynamical complex systems science
(which includes Chaos theory and Network theory)
to actually document the processes of healing. The
funding remains a problem.
Network of
homœopaths are needed to observe and
demonstrate these patterns of healing.
Once
practice-based Network comes together, the
longitudinal studies at multiple offices across the
country will be possible and can look at cost
effectiveness and long term health outcomes. The
applied research would focus on maintaining health
QUARTERLY HOMOEOPATHIC DIGEST
through “constitutional” homœopathic treatment, to
potentially shift the dynamics away from the
lesions before they appear in critical organs. The
main outcomes would include lower cost, less work
absenteeism, and higher quality of life.
She is confident as different researchers have
arrived at these convergent ideas as well as other
health sciences are also embracing Systems theory
and Network theory.
System biologists and leaders in human
Genome projects are beginning to write about
individualization of treatment within their own
frame work, the biochemistry of the person. These
health researchers may be conceptually ready to
meet the homœopathic research community on the
common ground of systems biology research.
We need to synthesize the concepts and
practices of Homœopathy with cutting-edge
systems research.
XXXVIII. Hahnemann Monument Restoration
Project. Twelfth Report (April 20th, 2006).
CHASE, Sandra M. (AJHM. 99, 3/2006).
Senior conservator Judy JACOB made a ten
minute presentation about her completed work on
the repair of the mosaic arch of the Hahnemann
monument Washington D.C., in the Conference,
Spotlight on National Park Resources sponsored by
National Park Service.
Photographs of the monument and its various
sections are given.
The bronze statue has been cleaned thoroughly
and waxed. Lead T’s are inserted to prevent water
damage in the joints at the top of the monument.
Restoration still on.
XXXIX.
“To improve the standard of
Homœopathy in the U.S., our energy should go
towards legislation, education and research. One of
the purposes of the AIH Journal is to provide
education. We need to correct our scientific
mistakes, some of them of historical proportions.
Our ancestors didn’t believe in the need to prove
that Homœopathy was effective according to the
scientific standards. It is sad even pathetic, that we
went from 15,000 homœopathic physicians before
the end of the 19th Century to a few hundred now.
We still need more fundamental and validated
research. We need to get Homœopathy upto date,
not only scientifically but politically.” (President’s
Message, Bernardo A. MERIZALDE, M.D.,
AJHM. 99, 4/2006).
XL. School of Homœopathy, POTDAR, Swapna
(CCR. 14, 3/2007)
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XLI. This day that age. From the pages of The
Hindu dated 20 July 1935.
Homœopaths’
Convention in the U.S.A.
The following piece is an extract from the
latest number of “Our American Letter”, dispatched
from Iowa City on June 20th:
“Last week, some 750 followers of the system
of medicine put together by HAHNEMANN met in
New York. They gathered together at the American
Institute of Homœopathy’s eighty-first Convention.
It was shortly before the nineteenth century ended,
that HAHNEMANN’s system of Homœopathy had
reached a peak in the United States. At that time
twenty-two Colleges of Homœopathy turned out
annually graduates by the hundreds in that system
of medicine and curing. Hospitals practicing the
system treated tens of thousands of patients.
“But the popularity of Homœopathy in this
country has since dwindled considerably. At
present one can count Homœopathy Schools in
America on just two fingers! There is New York’s
own Homœopathic Medical College, and, in
Philadaelphia, there is the Hahnemann Medical
College. Only 39 of America’s 6,613 hospitals
now practise Homœopathy.
For the 12,000
Homœopathy doctors sprinkled among the U.S.A.’s
156,000 doctors, little remains of the original
homœopath. Of course there is reverence for the
founder of the system - Samuel Christian Friedrich
Samuel HAHNEMANN, to give him his full name.
But even the Homœopathy doctors, as they are
called, do not practise Homœopathy purely. They
cannot practise the system without taking licences
from the Government. And, in order to get the
licence, they must have undergone the courses
prescribed for all students of Allopathy, in addition
to their own four specialized courses.
“Recently Dr. Morris FISHBEIN, the editor of
the prestigious “American Medical Association
Journal”, attacked the system of Homœopathy
mercilessly, and called Homœopathy doctors
nothing but quacks. Whether Homœopathy is
science-quackery or not, there is no doubt that to all
homœopaths Dr. FISHBEIN now is Enemy No. 1.
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Those with absolute faith in Homœopathy also
regard him as something worse – Public Enemy
No. 1. At the meetings of the Homœopaths’
Annual Convention last week some scientific
papers were delivered. ….”
XXXLII. The search for Paradise.
A seminar with Alize TIMMERMAN,
Tiburon, U.S.A., November 2002. reported by
Diana KEHLMANN (HL. 18, 3 & 4/2005).
Analytical Psychology by Carl JUNG and his
model for the evolution of consciousness has
helped Alize in understanding a group of patients
who wish to retrieve or recreate an idealized Eden–
like state. They resist dealing with psychological
challenges and spiritual conflicts that are necessary
for normal development. She believes Psoric
miasm has changed since Hahnemann’s time and
expressing itself as “the helping miasm”.
Three cases treated with this understanding are
presented. They received Zincum phosphoricum
arrived by the analysis with Jan SCHOLTEN’s
psychological map of the periodic table; Psorinum
and Lac humanum.
XXXLIII. HAHNEMANN has spoken of treatment
of natural diseases which evidently meant that
diseases caused by wrong lifestyle, wrong food
habits, etc., do not come under Therapeutics. What
can be done for malnutrition, poverty, etc., which
are man-made and not ‘natural’? Unfortunately, in
the present-day world we have to reckon mostly
with diseases due to environmental pollution,
immoderate and improper eating, etc., which tend
to cause Diabetes, Hypertension, Renal diseases,
Cancers, etc. In several western countries Obesity
due to over-eating, junk-food eating because of
economic prosperity (this ‘prosperity’ is by keeping
others in ‘poverty’). The poor countries suffer from
decades of continued ethnic wars and horrifying
killings (remember Cambodia, Sudan, Senegal, Sri
Lanka, etc.). It is the height of ‘insensitivity (or is
it due to arrogance?) that the G8 leaders discussed
food shortage and spiralling prices and starvation in
the developing world “in an eight course, 19-dish
dinner prepared by 25 chefs”. This after “an
earlier emergency lunch measures – four courses
washed down with Chateau-Grillet 2005” (The
Hindu, Chennai, Wednesday, 9th July 2008). [The
Newspaper Report rightly recalls the French
Revolution fame, Marie ANTOINETTE.
We
refuse to learn from History and repeat the same
mistakes
despite
centuries
of
so-called
emancipation, struggles of equality, and “social
progress”. Man has not changed at all! Poverty,
Hunger shall not be let go and aggrandizement,
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enslavery, armed suppressions shall prevail.
Consumerism and Globalisation will ensure these.
Surely a Mahatma GANDHI would never have
attended such a dinner meet.
Homœopathy clearly demonstrates that a l i t t l e
g o e s a l o n g w a y. It also demonstrates that
without depleting resources, or money, healthy
living is possible.
Consumerism, Powermongering, etc. are all pathologies really which
Homœopathy can with its remedies cure. = KSS]
XXXLIV. “Although several studies showed
that Vaccination had any link with Autism, yet
parents are not convinced.” However several
studies have shown that vaccinations are linked to
Autism,
Attention
Deficit
Disorder
and
Hyperactivity. But the dominant Medicine does not
accept it.
In the US, the Government has conceded that
vaccine with Autism, and the Government has
agreed to pay for her care. This is a “long overdue
government recognition that vaccinations can cause
Autism”. This decision of the Government gives
people significant reason to be cautious about
vaccinating their children.”
The story of Hannah is that when Hannah was
19 months old and developing normally, she
received in 2000 five shots against nine infectious
diseases. Two days later, she developed a fever,
cried inconsolably and refused to walk. Over the
next seven months she spiraled downward, and on
2001 she was given a diagnosis of Autism.
[Extract from Deccan Chronicle, Sunday 9 March
2008, p.10.]
XXXLV. The connection between sacrifice and
Cancer (The Hindu, Madras, 15 August 1982)
The psychic state may also play a part in the
contraction of Cancer. This is the conclusion
drawn from research into these correlations which
has been stepped up in recent times.
An
examination of women with suspected breast
Cancer carried out by Heidelberg University
Gyanecological Hospital seems to reinforce these
findings. The latter point to the fact that persons
who are easily hurt or ready to make sacrifices are
apparently more exposed to processes which
encourage Cancer than others are. They seem less
capable of expressing aggression, tend to be
strongly devoted to their family and are inclined to
neglect illness symptoms.
In this study undertaken by Dr.Volker Hermes,
166 women with suspected Breast Cancer (but prior
to final clarification through tissue analysis) were
examined by means of a personal questionnaire
containing 344 separate aspects of social attitudes.
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In addition the women were asked about their
sexual and partner relationships as well as on
matters of educational style.
Unlike earlier
investigations which did not take place until the
medical diagnosis of Breast Cancer had been
concluded, this examination (at a time when the
uncertainty in regard to the final diagnosis was the
same for all concerned) precluded the possibility of
the personal features established being the result of
stress through the serious illness.
Although – as the Medical Tribune reports –
the 34 women who were subsequently diagnosed as
having Breast Cancer were on an average, ten years
older, highly noteworthy findings emerged because
of the very conspicuous differences between the
two groups of women according to the personality
analysis. Not only were clearly differing attitudes
to be found in nine of the 25 examined personality
scales, the style of the answers was also different.
Whereas the women with a negative diagnosis
acted in a pronounced emotional manner, the cancer
patients tried to solve their problems rationally –
German Research service.
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LIST OF JOURNALS
Full addresses of the Journals covered by this
Quarterly Homœopathic Digest are given below:
-------------------------------------------------------------1.
2.
3.
4.
6.
7.
AH: : The Journal of the North American
Society of Homeopaths, 1122 East Pike Street,
#1122, Seattle, WA 98122, USA.
AHZ: Allgemeine Homöopathische Zeitung,
Karl F. Haug Verlag, Hüthig GmbH, im
Weiher
10,
69121,
HEIDELBERG,
GERMANY.
AJHM: American Journal of Homœopathic
Medicine, 801 N.Fairfax Street, Suite 306,
Alexandria, VA 22314, USA.
CCR: Homœopathic Clinical Case Recorder,
Dr. Subhash Meher, Near Hotel Chanakya,
Anandrishiji
Marg,
Burudgaon
Road,
AHMEDNAGAR-414001.
HL: Homœopathic Links, Homœopathic
Research & Charities, F/s, Saraswat Colony,
Linking Road, Santacruz (W), MUMBAI – 400
054.
HOMEOPATHY: Formerly
British
Homeopathic Journal (BHJ), Homeopathy,
Faculty of Homeopathy, 29 Park Street West,
Luton, Bedfordshire, LU13BE, UK.
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8.
HT: Homeopathy Today, National Center for
Homeopathy, 801, North Fairfax Street, Suite
306, ALEXANDRIA, VA. 22314, USA.
9. NAH:
Neues
Archiv
fuer
Homœopathik,KWIBUS-Verlag,
Hardenbergstr.2, D-45472 Muelheim an der
Ruhr, Germany.
10. SIM: Simillimum, The Journal of the
Homeopathic Academy of Naturopathic
Physicians, P.O. Box 8341, Covington, WA
98042, USA.
11. ZKH: Zeitschrift für Klassische Homöopathie,
Karl F. Haug Verlag, Hüthig GmbH, Im
Weiher
10,
D-69121
HEIDELBERG,
GERMANY.
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Year 2008, Vol.XXV
PART II
(This Section contains abstracts/extracts from selected articles; even the entire article in some case)
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------1.
MENTAL SYMPTOMS: ANALOGICAL
GROUPING
Ademar Valadares FONSECA
(BHJ. Vol.81, Jan. 1992)
Abstract: The author has made a systematic study
of the repertory’s mental symptoms, proposing a
new organization of rubrics and sub-rubrics based
on its analogical ordering, in order to help
homœopathic medicine in the search for and in the
differential diagnosis of symptoms.
The author concludes that analytical study of
mental symptoms is of great value both in the
repertorial study of consulting room cases as well
as in semiological understanding of problems for
effective use of the repertory.
KEY WORDS:
Repertory, Mind symptoms,
Modalities, Thematic grouping, analogical guide.
Since early 1988, under the direct supervision
of Hylton Sarcinelli LUZ, MD, General Coordinator of the Course at this time, we have been
carrying out tests and experimenting with
methodologies leading to achievement of objectives
already set by Dr. DABBAH.
We concluded that clinical use of the
Repertory of Mental Symptoms has been
hindered by the manner in which it is structured in
alphabetical order. Even though the authors did
some cross referencing, the physician feels the lack
of distribution of symptoms that facilitates
comparison with others analogous in meaning. We
therefore put forward the idea of this project, whose
main objective is the analogical grouping of the
rubrics and sub-rubrics of psychic symptoms in the
Repertory, in order to facilitate search and
differential diagnosis among the various mental
symptoms that exist.
________
Introduction-background: In 1985 homœopathic
physician Dr. Flora DABBAH visited Rio de
Janerio as Guest Speaker at the Escola Kentiana
Homœopathic Course. At that time Dr. DABBAH
had been studying the MIND chapter of the
homœopathic repertory, and her lectures were
centered on “The Characteristic Mental Symptom”.
Her purpose was to research in greater depth
matters involving repertorizations using mental
symptoms, the need for a systematic study of this
section becoming fairly evident. On that occasion
Dr. DABBAH told us that she and her colleague
NORA CARAN had almost completed their project
to publish a ‘Repertory of Modalities’ of mental
symptoms. Unfortunately, we have not as yet had
access to this study, except through the publication
of certain chapters in the Actas del Instituto de
Alotos Estudios Homœopathicos James Tyler
Kent, as mentioned in the bibliography to this
report.
From 1988 onward Grupo de Estudos
Homœopaticos James Tyler Kent, sponsor of the
Curso de Homœopathia da Escola Kentiana do
Rio de Janeiro, has been carrying out research
projects in basic Homœopathy teaching areas –
semiology and philosophy – as part of course
activities. This project falls within this context.
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Objectives
General objective: To group together Mind
symptoms in the homœopathic repertory in such a
way as to optimize repertorization and allow
semiological study of mental symptoms.
Specific objectives: To group together repertory
rubrics according to their significance, facilitating
consultation and offering options in the choice of
symptoms.
To group together symptoms on the basis of
common modalities, forming a ‘Repertory
Modalities’, in order to facilitate the search for the
characteristic mental symptom.
To group together the ‘delusions’ sub-rubrics
from the repertory according to their meaning,
facilitating specific consultation for this symptom.
To clarify the significance of mental
symptoms, highlighting the differences between
very similar types, in order to optimize choice of
the symptom that best represents the experience
lived through by the patient.
Methodology
The methodology of this project is based on the
rearrangement of symptoms and their modalities,
breaking up the structure based exclusively on
alphabetical order.
We can divide the mental symptoms in the
Repertory into two major groups: thematic
symptoms and circumstantial modalities.
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Thematic symptoms are those that we can
group under the same headings. If this is a rubric, it
has one or more meanings intrinsic to itself. If it is
a sub-rubric, it alters the meaning (theme) of the
main rubric totally or partially, endowing the
symptoms it represents with its own characteristic
meaning. The theme is therefore the meaning(s)
that a symptom carries with it, the final purpose of
our observations in clinical practice regarding the
symptoms that we are seeking to repertorize.
Examples
of
thematic
rubrics
are:
ANXIETY/CONFIDENCE,
Want
of
Self;
HELPLESSNESS, feeling of; FORSAKEN,
feeling. Examples of thematic sub-rubrics are:
ANXIETY, conscience as if guilty of a crime;
CONTEMPTUOUS, self of; FEAR: accidents; etc.
Circumstantial modalities are those which
objectively indicate the circumstance which
triggers, improves or aggravates a certain symptom.
As Dr. Flora DABBAH has already said, they are
fundamental in homœopathic practice precisely
because they allow individualization based on an
objective consideration of the symptom. Examples
of
circumstantial
modalities
are:
FORGETFULNESS, headache, during; ANXIETY,
menses, before; ANXIETY, bed, in.
The methodology that we are following in this
study started out from the idea that grouping of
thematic rubrics and sub-rubrics by their meaning
as well as classifying circumstantial modalities
according to the type of circumstance that generates
the symptom would be a principle coherent with the
practical and semiological needs of the study of the
mental repertory.
We thus divide this study into three sections:
Section 1
is related to the study of
CIRCUMSTANTIAL MODALITIES which, as a
general rule, do not modify the meaning of the
main rubric. The purposes of this study are:
To facilitate access to the symptom when we
know the modality that characterizes it;
To allow differential diagnosis among rubrics
that share the same repertory modality.
Circumstantial modalities were classified into
eleven groups, by their general predominant
character, and sub-grouped according to the
specific characteristics of each group. (See the
examples given under Results.)
In the sub-groups, the modalities were
distributed in logical order, not always
alphabetically, according to the similarity between
their meanings. Thus, all modalities that suggest
the appearance of symptoms, e.g. prior to sleep,
will be together (SLEEP, before/SLEEP, followed
by/SLEEP, on going to, etc.).
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Underneath each modality are all the rubrics
that form part of it, in alphabetical order.
Example: SLEEP, before
- anxiety
- delusions, images
- excitement
- fancies, laughable
- etc.
Section 1 is supplemented by a cluster of
modalities that were grouped together under the
description of the main rubric as being ‘as if’
feelings, or as being analogous to concrete
situations (e.g. DULLNESS, as if drunken).
Finally, this section covers alternating
symptoms that have been grouped together in the
following manner: all modalities that are alternated
were listed in alphabetical order, followed by all the
symptoms that alternate with them in any part of
the Repertory. We thus present the alternating
items in inverse order to that presented in
BARTHEL’s and KENT’s Repertory. In the
example below we originally found:
ANGER, alternating, sadness.
CHEERFUL, alternating, sadness, etc.
In our work, one would find:
SADNESS, Anger/Cheerful/Eccentricity/
Ecstasy/Elated/Euphoria/ Irritability, etc.
Section 2 specifically studies the rubric
DELUSIONS. The thematic grouping of this rubric
takes on its own characteristics owing to the
peculiarities of this symptom. This is why a
separate study was a methodological option,
respecting its hierarchical importance and its
specific characteristics.
Section 3 studies thematic symptoms (rubrics and
sub-rubrics), grouping them according to their
meanings (themes). We decided to carry this
grouping out from the Generals to the Particulars,
starting with more general meanings and
progressing to the more specific. This section is
thus divided into three major groups:
Group 1:symptoms in relation to one’s own self;
Group 2:symptoms in relation to others;
Group 3:symptoms in relation to the
surroundings.
Within each group various sub-groups and subsubgroups were formed, seeking to decipher the
intrinsic meanings of symptoms. A number of
these were obviously placed in more than one
group and even in more than a single section.
Results:
The practical use of this new proposal for the
organization of rubrics is based on the idea that the
observation of patients’ mental symptoms takes
place from two different standpoints:
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- The main themes
identified
in
the
patient’s
discourse
(observation
of
a
predominantly subjective nature);
- The circumstances that modalize the symptoms
(observation of a predominantly objective
nature).
In the former case we should resort to the
groupings in section 3; in the latter, to those in
section 1.
Section 2 is organized in such a way as to help
the search of illusions based on the analysis of their
inner structure, regardless of any subjective
connotation they might have.
We will set forth a few examples concerning
the practical use that each section would have:
Section 1: Let us imagine a situation in which we
can clearly see the triggering circumstance of a
mental symptom whose definition is not very clear;
a patient who presents a symptom ‘after eating’.
Eating is in this case a triggering circumstance. We
could then look up in section 1, Chapter 5 (the
chapter concerning the modality concerning
physiology), Group 1 – eating – where we would
find, classified according to their similarities, all the
circumstantial modalities related to the act of
eating, followed by all the rubrics shared by it in
the homœopathic repertory.
Section 2: Let us suppose that a patient reports the
sensation that his body is too large. Regardless of
considerations concerning the possible meanings
contained in such a sensation, we could search for it
through the structure and logic Section 2.
The logic of this section asks us to try to define
the illusion according to its six Chapters: does it
concern the person himself (Chapter 1)? Does it
concern someone else (Chapter 2)? Does it concern
the environment (Chapter 3)? Is the illusion
specially derived from one of the five senses
(Chapter 4)? Is it only a certain kind of illusion or
a concomitance (Chapter 5) or is it a frightening
illusion (Chapter 6)? In the proposed example, it is
an illusion concerning the person himself (Chapter
1). He feels as if his body were too large.
After defining the Chapter, we must then
define the group. In Chapter 1 there are four main
groups: where one is (G1); how one is, how one
feels (G2); what is going to happen to one (G3);
what one is doing (G4). Evidently the sensation is
related to Group 2.
In Group 2 there are three options: Concerning
the person himself (2.1), concerning others (2.2),
concerning the environment (2.3). Since, in the
example, the patient claims that he feels large, and
not larger than someone else, we have opted for
Group 2.1.
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Group 2.1 then presents two subdivisions:
regarding one’s own body (2.1.1) and regarding
one’s self-concept (2.1.2). We select Group 2.1.1,
which leads us to four options:
Identity (2.1.1.1), Anatomy (2.1.1.2), functioning
(2.1.1.3) and others (2.1.1.4).
Finally, the sub-division Anatomy contains
three
further
sub-divisions:
enlargement,
diminishing, and change in quality. Specifically the
sought Group is 2.1.1.2.1. It is an illusion about the
person himself how he feels about himself and his
body, the anatomy of that body, a sensation of
enlargement.
The work would allow the assessment of all
illusions that shared the sensation of anatomical
growth of one’s own body.
Section 3:
Let us suppose that, based on
observation, we have concluded that a certain
patient has as his main theme the question of
‘material security’. We could then resort to Section
3, once we have a theme (S3), concerning the
person himself (Chapter 1) and his material security
(Group 3). In this Group we will find three subgroups: 3.1 hypersensitivity concerning material
goods and business; 3.2 attitude – an endeavour to
have more; 3.3. symptoms that suggest detachment,
unconcern, indifference to material possessions.
We can define more clearly what we are
searching for in our patients (together with our
patients), we will have listed the rubrics that share
this theme, which will permit a differential
diagnosis within very similar cases and broader
certainty in our reportorial work.
We present below partial results, the General
Index for each Section, giving just a few indications
of the content of each group.
Semiologic Guide to the mental symptoms
Section 1. Repertory of Modalities
Chapter 1.
Times
Group 1
Daytime
Group 2
Morning
Group 3
Forenoon
Group 4
Noon
Group 5
Afternoon
Group 6
Evening
Group 7
Night
Group 8
Midnight
Group 9
Day and night
Group 10
Other times
Chapter 2. Environmental conditions
Group 1 Temperature
1.1 Bed, warmth
1.2 Warmth
1.3 Cold
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Group 2
Humidity, rain storm
Humidity
Rain, storm, fair weather (clear)
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Group 2
Drinking
2.1 The act of drinking. Thirst. Drunkenness
2.2 What is drunk
Open air, closed space, crowded
space
Open air, walking open air
Closed space, crowded space
(room, house, tunnel, (crowd)
Group 3
Menses, pregnancy and the like
3.1 Menses
3.2 Physiological periods related to menses
3.3 Pregnancy, delivery; puerperium
3.4 Leucorrhoea; prolapse
Group 4
Moon, moonlight, sun, twilight
Group 5
Light, brightness, darkness
Group 6
Others (water, odours)
Group 4
Sleep. Rest
4.1 Before sleeping
4.2 Sleepiness
4.3 During sleep and rest
4.4 Brief sleep
4.5 After sleeping
4.6 Being awakened
4.7 Sleepless
4.8 Dreaming
4.9 Others
Group 3
3.1
3.2
Chapter 3. Motions
Group 1
Movements of whole body:
moving
oneself;
Walking,
dancing,
ascending
steps;
thinking about the movement,
tossing about in bed; walking in
circles.
1.1
Unspecified motions
1.2
Dancing
1.3
Ascending stairs
1.4
Walking
1.5
Turning
Group 2
Group 3
Movements of parts of the body
(head, arm)
Passive movements
Chapter 4. Positions
Group 1
Position of a part of the body
causing or accompanying mental
symptoms (eyes and arms)
Group 5
Excretion
5.1 Perspiration
5.2 Stool
5.3 Eructation (belching) and flatus
5.4 Urine
5.5 Others, suppression of excretions
discharges; loss of fluids
Group 6
Sex
6.1 The sexual act (coitus)
6.2 Sexual excesses
6.3 Sexual excitement; sexual desire
6.4 Masturbation; pollutions
6.5 Sexual abstinence; suppression of desire
6.6 Impotence
Group 7
Group 2
Position of the whole body
2.1
Rising and standing up. It is included here
the modality
‘rising’ from bed, after
waking up in the morning
2.2 In bed
2.3 Lying down (in various positions)
2.4 Sitting; kneeling
2.5 Stooping
2.6 Stretching the body
Chapter 5. Physiology
Group 1
Eating
1.1 Eating in general and digestion
1.2 Meals
1.3 What is eaten
1.4 When hungry, when fasting, anorexia
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and
Group 8
Breathing; sighing
Dentition
Chapter 6. Clinical entities; body signs
or symptoms
Group 1. Clinical entities; as modalities of mental
symptom
1.1 Neurological
1.2 Psychiatric; toxic
1.3 Traumatic
1.4 Infectious; parastic
1.5 Urological
1.6 Cardiovascular
1.7 Endocrine
1.8 Others
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Group 2
Body signs and symptoms which
accompany or cause mental
symptoms
2.1
Fever and temperature
2.2
Painful sensations
2.2.1
In general
2.2.2
Localized
2.3
Associated with the nervous system;
involuntary movements
2.3.1
Convulsions and the like
2.3.2
Muscular spasms
2.3.3
Tremors and restlessness
2.3.4
Vertigo and fainting
2.3.5
Coma and fainting
2.3.6
Paralysis; ocular signs and symptoms
2.3.7
Illusions, hallucinations and delusions
2.3.8
Others
2.4
On the skin
2.4.1
Discoloration
2.4.2
Sensitivity
2.4.3
Eruptions
2.5
Digestive and located in the abdomen
2.5.1
Nausea and vomiting
2.5.2
Signs and symptoms located in the
abdomen
2.6
Cardiovascular and located about the
heart
2.6.1
Cardiac symptoms and pulse
2.6.2
Congestion
2.6.3
Blood loss
2.6.4
Haemorrhoids
2.7
Respiratory and located in the thorax
2.7.1
Cough
2.7.2
Suffocation,
asphyxia,
congestion,
pressure, constriction, stitches
2.7.3
Coryza, sneezes
2.8 Other: exhaustion, heaviness, weakness eyes
effort; alternating physical and mental symptoms
Chapter 7. Occupations, activities
Group 1 Intellectual activities
1.1 Mental exertion (unspecified)
1.2 Concentration studying; calculation; reading,
writing
Group 2 Activities related to work and business
2.1 Work
2.3 Business
Group 3 Manual and physical activities
3.1 Manual activities
3.1 Physical activities
Group 4
Lack of activity or occupation
Chapter 8. Related to others
Group 1 Punishment, reproaches
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Group
2.1
2.2
2.3
2.4
2
Listening to
others/speaking
Speaking
When being spoken to
Conversation
Other people’s talk
others/taking
to
Group 3 Being disturbed or contradicted
3.1 Contradicted
3.2 Disturbed
Group 4 Company; touch; careless; consolation
4.1 Touch
4.2 Consolation
4.3 Company, approach of others
Group 5
Group 6
Modalities
related
to
love
relationships:
disappointments,
jealousy
Insults and offences
Chapter 9. Modalities related to
Emotions and the like
Group 1 Associated with sadness
1.1 Weeping and the like
1.2 Sadness
Group 2 Associated with joy
2.1 The feeling
2.2 Laughter
Group 3 Associated with anger; anger; rage; illhumour; irritability; impatience
Group 4
Excitement; emotions in general
Group 5
Associated with fear; anguish,
anxiety, cares, fright, fear
Chapter 10
Group 1
Group 2
2.1
2.1.1
2.1.2
2.2
2.3
Group 3
Group 4
Group 5
Group 6
Causes
Trifling causes
Causes associated with hearing
In general
Music
Noises
Hearing negative facts
Other
Causes related to hygiene
Causes related to dressing
Intoxications
Cases in which the sub-rubric is
something caused by the rubric
6.1 Walking, moving, jumping, positions, etc.
6.2 Related to bed and to lying down
Chapter 11. Modalities – age, sex, pathological
groups, Physiognomy, modes of
occurrence and periodicity
Group 1 Age
1.1 Children
1.2 Youngsters
1.3 Old people
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Group 2
Group 3
Group 4
Sex
Pathological groups
Other
(physiognomy
and
according to the type of
transmission)
Group 5
Mode
of
occurrence
and
periodicity
5.1
Mode of occurrence
5.2
Periodicity
Chapter 12. In this Chapter we find the subrubrics which describe the ‘as
if’ sensation, or analogy with
some real circumstances
Group 1 ‘As if’ symptoms
Chapter 13.
Group 1
Group 2
Group 3
Group 4
Alternating Symptoms
Actual alternances
Alternances depending on the
time
Alternances, using the expression
‘followed by’
Other
Section 2. Study of Delusions
Chapter 1. Related to self
Group 1
Where one is
1.1
Localization in space
1.1.1
Related to death
1.1.2
Related to guilt
1.1.3
Related to loneliness
1.1.4
Related to space sensations
1.1.5
Related to home
1.1.6
Related to frightening place
1.1.7
Related to the place where one is
1.2
Related to time
Group 2 How one is, how one feels
2.1
Towards one’s own self
2.1.1
About one’s body
2.1.1.1
Identity
2.1.1.1.1 Related to the unity/totality of one’s
body
2.1.1.1.2 Related to the unity/totality of one’s
body
2.1.1.1.3 Identity itself
2.1.1.2
Body anatomy
2.1.1.2.1 Sensations of enlargement (size, weight,
number)
2.1.1.2.2 Sensations of diminishing (size, weight,
number)
2.1.1.2.3 Concerning the quality, state, position,
composition
2.1.1.2.3 A State
2.1.1.2.3 B Position
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2.1.1.3
Body functioning
2.1.1.3.1 Physiology
2.1.1.3.2 Pathology, health, disease
2.1.1.4
2.1.2
2.1.2.1
2.1.2.1.1
2.1.2.1.2
2.1.2.1.3
2.1.2.2
2.1.2.2.1
2.1.2.2.2
2.1.2.2.3
Other sensations about one’s body
Concerning one’s own concept
Positive concept
Positive concept for commanding
Maintains, a relationship with divinity,
immortality, power, wisdom, purity
Distinction,; one is part of a caste
(lineage); feeling of superiority
Negative concept
Concerning capacity
Concerning virtue
Concerning one’s destiny as a being
(what one is)
2.1.1.3
2.1.1.4
Identities (the identities one assumes)
Feeling of being under domination/of
having one’s will dominated
2.2
How one is, how one feels, in relation to
others
Feels as if he is not liked by others,
forsaken, loneliness
Feels as if he pursued. Distrusts others
2.2.1
2.2.2
2.2.2.1
2.2.2.3
2.2.2.4
Feeling of being attacked, murdered,
people represent a risk to his integrity
Feeling that people are his enemies that
they are conspiring against him, that
they are pursuing him, spying him; they
are against him and they will hurt him
Suspects that people think ill of him
Suspects that he will be betrayed
2.2.3
2.2.3.1
2.2.3.2
2.2.3.3
Feels accused, attacked, insulted, criticized
Accused
Attacked, insulted
Criticized, despised, depreciated
2.2.2.2
2.2.4
2.2.5
Feels aggressive or strange towards people
Physical
relationship
with
people
(enchantment, presence, absence)
2.2.5.1 Enchantment
2.2.5.2 Absence; relates to absent people; imagine
inexistent relationships
2.2.6
Feels superior
2.2.7
2.3.1
How one feels about one’s surrounding
The surroundings seem dangerous,
frightening
Altered relationship with surroundings
2.3.2
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Group 3
3.1
3.2
3.3
3.4
Group 4
4.1
4.2
4.3
4.4
4.5
What will happen to him. What is
happening
What happens to his body
Misfortune
Related to money
He is to blame for what happens to
him (punishment)
What he must (and what he must not)
do.
What he has done. What he wants to
do.
In relation to work
In relation to the wrong things he did,
does or will do
In relation what he must do
In relation what he tries to do
What he is doing
Chapter 2. In relation to other people
Group 1
Where they are (time, space, in
relation to himself)
Group 2
What they are like. Who they are
2.1
Negative impression of people
2.2
People have the appearance of
something
else
(of
animals,
plants,etc.)
2.3
Positive impression
Group 3
What will happen to them; what is
happening;
what
has
already
happened
Group 4
What they are doing
Chapter 1 In relation to surroundings
Group 1
What it is like
1.1
Altered in its dimensions
1.2
Altered in its properties or capabilities
(movements of objects on the room)
1.3
Altered in its qualities (except its
dimensions)
(Seems beautiful,
strange, dirty, dead or disorganized –
Different from what it is in real life)
1.4
Other alterations
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1.7
Group 2 In relation to the senses: auditory
2.1
Hears other persons speaking
2.2
Hears noises
2.3
Music
2.4
General
Group 2 Olfactory
Group 3 Tactile
Group 4 Gustatory
Group 5 Other
Chapter 5. Concomitant. Types of delusions
Group 1
Concomitant
Group 2
Types of delusions
Chapter 6.
Group 1
Group 2
2.1
2.2
1.3
1.3.1
1.3.2
1.3.3
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Frightful delusions
Supernatural
Natural
Animals
Facts; events
Section 3. Analogical groups
Chapter 1. In relation to one’s own self
Group 1 Symptoms concerning the future. What
is to become of him, what is going to
happen to him.
Related feelings,
attitudes,
states,
and
specific
susceptibilities.
1.1
Symptoms that indicate worries or fears
in general
1.1.1
Worries or fear about the future
1.1.2
Worries or fear about a
misfortune or danger
1.1.3
Non-specific worries or fear
1.2
States of restlessness, agitation,
anguish, anxiety, fear and horror
1.2.1
States of anxiety or anguish
1.2.2
States of overpowering fear. Frightened
1.2.3
States of agitation and restlessness
What will happen to it
Chapter 4. In relation to the senses
Group 1
Visual
1.1
Animals
1.2
Sees figures, images
1.3
Sees persons
1.4
Concerning
Surroundings/objects
1.5
Religious
Money
In General
1.3.4
Symptoms that indicate worries or fear
in a more specific form
Oversensitiveness in relation to events
(real or imaginary, causing worries, fear
or a strong impression. Impressionable
mind)
Concerning facts he is told about
Concerning what he sees
Concerning what he thinks or imagines
(events he thinks or imagines)
Concerning day to day events and
activities
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1.3.5
1.3.6
1.3.7
The place where he is or where he is
going; the possibility of suffering a
physical damage if he goes to certain
places
Sensitivity to unusual situations or facts
that may suggest physical damage
Concerning sudden events
1.4 Cautious attitude
1.5 Negligent, defiant attitude
1.6 Hopeful
1.7 Discouraged
1.8 Foresees the future
Delusions related to the themes of group 1
Group 2 Health
2.1.
Clinical entities
2.2.
Worries about health
2.2.1
Generic worries about health
2.2.1.1
Anxiety and fear
2.2.1.2
Thoughts
2.2.1.3
Discontented
2.2.1.4
Sadness
2.2.1.5
Scepticism and despair
2.2.1.6
Hope
2.2.1.7
Sensitivity to pain
2.2.1.8
Imaginations
2.2.1.9
The talk, the speech
2.2.2
Specific worries about a certain
disease or symptom
2.2.3
Specific worries about mental
health
2.2.4
Specific worries about medical
treatments and remedies
Events that he supposes may
cause damage to his health
2.3
Feigning
health
problems;
imaginary health problems
2.4
Negligence in relation to health.
Denies his disease.
Refuses
treatment
Delusions related to the themes of group 2
Group 3
In relation to material security
3.1 Symptoms that indicate over-sensitivity in
relation to material goods and business
3.2 Attitude. Tries to gather more
3.3 Symptoms that suggest detachment or
indifference in relation to material goods/riches
Delusions related to themes of group 3
Group 4 Concerning death
4.1
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4.2
The idea of death causes him joy, clam,
indifference. Longing for dying
4.3
Prediction, sensation and thoughts about
death
Delusions related to the themes of group 4
Group 5
Discontent. Non-acceptance
5.1
Non-acceptance of the external reality.
Sensitive to the external reality
5.2
Attitudes that can indicate the desire of
transformation or defiance
5.2.1
Rebellion. Revolt
5.2.2
Irritability; bad-mood; impatience
5.2.3
Critical. Complaining
5.2.4
Desire for changes
5.3
5.3.1
5.3.2
5.3.2.1
5.3.2.2
5.3.3
5.4
Negative attitude, of acceptance
Quitting life
Pessimistic discontent
Pessimism
Lamenting
Sadness. Sorrow. Melancholy
Physical discomfort
Group 6 Guilt; religiosity; mysticism
6.1.
Guilt
6.1.1
Types of guilt
6.1.1.1 Guilt in relation to past acts, real or
imaginary
6.1.1.2 Guilt in relation to future acts that one is
afraid to commit
6.1.2
Guilt associated with discontent with one’s
self
6.1.3
Attitudes of guilt atonement. Penance.
Good deeds
6.1.4
Fear with possible guilt connotation.
Punishment
6.2
Religiosity. Mysticism
6.2.1
About salvation
6.2.2
Religious
fanaticism
(excesses
of
religiosity explicit in the own rubric)
6.2.3
Attitudes related to religious practices
(attitudes that can be considered as
‘normal’)
6.2.4
Feelings of comfort with religious
connotations
6.2.5
Lack of religiosity as a symptom
6.2.6
Mysticism, the supernatural
Delusions related to the themes of group 6
Group 7 Self-destruction
7.1
Suicide. Suicidal disposition
7.2
Physical self-aggressions (direct)
7.3
Indirect self-aggression
Delusions related to the themes of group 7
Group 8 Activities; commitments; responsibilities
QUARTERLY HOMOEOPATHIC DIGEST
8.1
8.1.1
8.1.2
8.1.3
8.1.4
8.2
8.2.1
8.2.2
8.2.3
Enterprising activity; industriousness;
haste
Industriousness. Occupation
Haste
Speaks or thinks about his job
Agg. when unoccupied
Inactivity. Aversion to work. Fear of
working. Aversion to responsibilities.
Slowness.
Inactivity
Aversion to work and responsibilities
Fear of work
8.3.
8.3.1
Responsibility
Serious, earnest disposition. Responsible,
silent, calm
8.3.2
Responsible towards work and duty
8.3.3
Demanding. Wearisome
8.4
Irresponsibility
8.4.1
Irresponsible
attitude
in
general,
heedlessness
8.4.2
Irresponsible in work or in business
Delusions related to the themes of group 8
Group 9 The self-concept and self-image; feelings,
attitudes and susceptibilities that
indicate one’s self-concept
9.1 Oversensitive about himself and his position
9.1.1
Oversensitive. Easily offended
9.1.2
Over-sensitive about his social position
9.2 Positive self-concept; self-esteem, selfcentredness egotism
9.3 Attitudes or behaviours that demonstrate a
positive concept of one’s self-assertiveness
9.3.1
Assertion through will.
Intolerant to
contradiction; dictatorial persevering;
obstinate; prejudiced; disobedient
9.3.2
Assertion through power. Ambition
9.3.3
Behaviours indicating self-confidence
9.3.4
Assertion through appearances. Appear to
be or have more (exhibitionism)
9.3.5
Self-confidence. Does not want to show
weakness
9.4 Over-sensitive about real situations that can
shake his self-concept
9.5 Want of self-confidence. Depreciation
9.5.1
The feeling of lacking value
9.5.2
Dissatisfaction with one’s self
9.5.2.1 Self-depreciation
9.5.2.2 Concerning his condition or his social
position
9.5.3
failure
9.5.4
Lack of courage, determination, decision
9.5.4.1 Lack of decision
9.5.4.2 Lack of courage, determination. Necessity
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asserting himself. Problems in facing
difficulties, lack of determination in itself
9.5.5
Timidity. Symptoms of timidity, shame,
insecurity, fear of being brought to shame,
etc.
Delusions related on the themes of group 9
Group10
Violent,
aggressive
and
destructive behaviour
10.1
Aggressive in speech
10.2
Aggressive. Destructive in acts
and gestures
10.2.1
Aggressive in acts and gesture
10.2.2
Threatening acts and gesture
10.3
Aggressive in thoughts and desire
10.4
Aggressive mood. Aggressive
dispositions
10.5
Talks about violence
Delusions related to themes of group 10
Group 11
11.1
11.1.1
11.1.1.1
11.1.1.2
11.1.1.2.1
11.1.1.2.2
11.1.1.2.3
11.1.1.2.4
11.1.1.2.5
11.1.1.2.6
11.1.1.3
11.1.1.4
11.1.1.5
11.1.1.6
11.1.2
11.2
11.2.1
11.2.2
11.2.3
11.3
11.3.1
11.3.2
11.3.3
11.3.4
11.3.5
11.4
11.5
11.6
11.7
11.8
Strange and peculiar behaviour,
attitudes and facts
Sounds
Common sounds
What is said (or not). Contents.
Language
How one talks (the way one talks, the
intensity of it)
Quickly or excitedly
Loudly
Low slowly, gently
Talks a lot, talks too much
Talks in a confused way
Other
To whom one speaks
Shrieking
Crying
Singing. Whistle
Uncommon sounds
Movements of the whole body
Crawling, rolling
Dancing. Jumping
Walking; running; wandering; moving
Movements of parts of the body
Moving the hands
Moving the head or parts of it
Moving the limbs (except hands)
Gestures ‘as if’
General classification of the gestures
Attitudes concerning objects or
natural elements
Facial expressions (including looking)
Dressing
Hygienic habits
Physiologic habits
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11.9
Specially strange
or
marginal
behaviour
11.10
Childish, ridiculous behaviour
11.11
Confused or insane behaviour
11.11.1
Escape
11.11.2
Confuse
11.11.3
Strange or insane acts
11.12
Positions of the body
11.13
Thoughts
Delusions related to themes of group 11
Group 12
12.1
Socially condemned behaviour
Deceitful,
dishonest,
feigned,
malicious, disobedient
12.2
Cruel
12.3
Intrigueur, gossip, slanderous
Delusions related to the themes group 12
Group 13
13.1
13.2
13.3
13.4
Group 14
14.1
14.1.1
14.1.2
14.1.3
14.1.4
14.1.5
14.2
14.3
14.3.1
14.3.2
14.3.3
14.3.4
14.3.5
14.3.6
Group 15
Introspective, isolated behaviour;
autistic like
Absorbed in his own thoughts.
Absent-minded, dreamy
Indifferent to the eternal world
Desire to be alone. Aversion to being
disturbed
Quiet, silent disposition
Pleasure, displeasure, desires.
Joy, good humour. Laughter. Plays,
amusements.
Extroversion,
Loquacity.
Displeasure; incapacity to feel
pleasure, to laugh or play. Desires
Pleasure
Joy, euphoria, good humour, vivacity,
contentment, state or behaviour that
shows it
Laughter and the like
Plays, amusements
Verbal jesting. Irony, sarcasm, jokes,
etc.
Extroversion, Loquacity
Displeasure.
Incapacity to feel
pleasure, to laugh, to play
Desires
Capricious. Full of desire
Desire for repose and tranquility
Desire for amusement, new things,
excitement, turmoil
Desire for physical or mental
activities
Desire for movements
Others
Intellect
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Negative intellectual capacity
Difficulty in reading
Difficulty in oral expression. To
speak, to answer and understand for
answering
15.2.4
Difficulty in intellectual work,
reasoning and calculation
15.2.5
Difficulty in thinking
15.2.6
Difficulty in moving
15.2.7
Difficulty in concentrating
15.2.8
Problems with perception. Disturbed
perception of reality
15.2.9
Problems with memory
15.2.10
Consciousness level and general
mental activity
15.3 Positive intellectual capacity
15.3.1
General
(corresponding to items of S3, C1,
G15, 2.1 to S3, C1, G15, 2.9)
15.3.2
Consciousness level and general
mental activity
Delusions related to the themes of group 15
15.2.1
15.2.3
Group 16 Identity; will
16.1
Identity
16.2
Will
16.2.1
Inconsistent will
16.2.2
Contradictory actions. Contradicting
one’s will
16.2.3
Involuntary actions, attitudes and
thoughts
Delusions related to the themes of group 16
Group 17 Sexuality
17.1
Sexuality provoking mental symptoms
17.2
Diminished sexuality
17.3
Thoughts, feelings and behaviours of
exacerbation and alteration of
sexuality
17.3.1
Related to dressing
17.3.2
Other
Group 18 Past
Delusions related to the themes of group 18
Chapter 2. In relation to others
Group 1
Symptoms that indicate want of
affection or lack of protection
1.1
Affectionate and mild attitude
1.2
Fraternal social attitude
1.3
Lascivious approach
1.4
Submissive attitude
1.5
Sensation of being apart from people.
Loss of affection or confidence
1.6
Necessity of being admired or
recognized
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1.7
1.7.1
1.7.2
1.7.3
Necessity to be protected, caressed
Desire for company, agg. when alone
Seeks a physical contact; protection
Seeks to talk to people. Consolation.
Compassion
1.8
Problems with the (objective) loss of
people or the threat of a loss
1.8.1
Jealousy
1.8.2
Love disappointment
1.8.3
Circumstance that suggest separation;
quarrels, sensations, attitudes
Delusions related to the themes of group 1
Group 2 Rough, aggressive attitude; aversion to
company
2.1
Aggressivity
2.1.1
Aggressive by means of words
2.1.2
Aggressive by means of acts
2.1.3
Aggressive by means of thoughts,
desires and sentiments
2.1.4
Cruelty
2.2
Aversion to people
2.3
Feels disturbed by the interference of
others
2.4
Introspection; aversion to company;
disturbed by other people’s presence
2.5
Lack of interest in people. Forgets
them. Does not recognize them
2.6
Envy
2.7
Disturbed by conversation. Does not
want to talk
2.8
Avoids or is not interested in being
touched, caressed and loved
2.9
In relation to relatives and friends
Delusions related to the themes of group 2
Group 3
Sarcastic,
haughty,
provocative
attitude
3.1
Critical towards people. Intolerant
3.2
Sarcastic towards others
3.3
Defiant. Provocative
3.4
Superiority
Delusions related to the themes of group 3
Group 4
4.1
4.1.1.
4.1.2
4.1.3
4.2
Fear of people
Fear from insecurity about what
people might do against him
Symptoms that indicate fear, in
general, of people
Fear that people might do
something against him
Sensation of being pursued.
Suspicion
Fear from insecurity about himself.
Intimidation by others. Timidity
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4.2.Symptoms where his image is exposed and his
value questioned
4.2.2
Fearful of the approach of
people.
Touch; company; sex
4.2.3
Intimidated by confrontation with
people. When he speaks, debates,
when he is spoken to, when he is
interrupted
4.2.4
Intimidated by the public
4.2.5
Intimidated by strangers
4.2.6
In relation to absent persons
(supposedly intimidation by
their presence)
Delusions related to the themes of group 4
Group 5
Symptoms relate to the feeling of being
disrespected and its consequences
5.1
Criticized, reprimanded
5.2
Offended
5.2.1
When the oversensitivity to offences
is the symptom
5.2.2
Past offences
5.2.3
Consolation as an offence
5.3
Contradicted, checked
5.4
Disappointed
Delusions related to the themes of group 5
Group 6
Worries about other people
Delusions related to the themes of group 6
Chapter 3. in relation to surroundings
Group 1
Colours, lights; darkness
Group 2
Home, bedroom
Delusions related to the themes of group 2
Group 3 Bed
Delusions related to the themes of group 3
Group 4
Perception of the surroundings
(including localization in space)
Delusions related to the themes of group 4
Group 5 Objects
Delusions related to the themes of group 5
Group 6
Animals
Delusions related to the themes of group 6
Group 7
The components of nature: fresh air;
coldness; lightning; rain; water; wind;
fire; heat; moonlight
Delusions related to the themes of group 7
Conclusion: The objectives described at the
beginning were achieved, with the exception of
clarification of the meaning of the symptoms and
differences between them (differential diagnosis).
This objective is being pursued, as the project
mentioned in the Introduction of this report remains
active. We decided to publish the General Index
QUARTERLY HOMOEOPATHIC DIGEST
first and then release the complete contents of this
task in the form of a book entitled ‘Semiological
Guide To The Homœopathic’s Mental Symptoms’
with the full content of the work, so that we may
receive contributions to this task, as Herculean as it
is necessary, clarifying and differentiating the
meanings of mental rubrics and sub-rubrics of the
homœopathic repertory.
In our experience, such study of the mental
symptoms has been of much use both in the
reportorial study of consulting room cases as well
as in the semiological understanding of problems
for the effective use of the repertory. Logical
distribution of the rubrics according to our efforts,
aimed at a thematic understanding of patients’
symptoms, facilitates the search for symptoms and
increases accuracy in the choice thereof, as all
similar types are grouped together, allowing
comparative study of the rubrics which in
repertories could be applied to the theme of the
suffering of the patient.
On the other hand, advanced study of the
thematic groups and circumstantial modalities
allows a consistent semiological approach to the
repertory, seeking enhancement of the art of
questioning, based on its real content, although with
the reservation that the repertory will always be an
unfinished book, subject to corrections and
additions as demanded by experience and
experimentation.
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de Estudos Homeopaticos James T. Kent.
DABBAH F.
E1 Capitulo Mente:
Ese
Desconocido.
Actas del Instituto
Internacional
de
Altos
Estudios
Homeopaticos James Tyler Kent, 2; March
1987, No.5.
DABBAH F.
Sintomas
Mentales
Caracteristicos.
Actas del Instituto
Internacional
de
Altos
Estudios
Homeopaticos James Tyler Kent, 2; March
1987, No.5.
DABBAH F.
CARAN, N.
Repertorio de
Modalidades Mentales, Introduction. Actas
del Instituto Internacional de Altos
Estudios Homeopathicos James Tyler
Kent, 2; march 1987, No.5.
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DABBAH F.
CARAN, N.
Capitulo 10,
Funciones – Themes: Sleep, Actas del
Instituto Internacional de Altos Estudios
Homeopaticos James Tyler Kent, 2;
March 1987, No.5.
DABBAH F.
CARAN, N.
Repertorio de
Modalidades Mentales. Actas del Instituto
Internacional
de
Altos
Estudios
Homeopaticos James Tyler Kent, Theme:
Eating, Drinking, June 1988, No.6
DABBAH F.
CARAN, N.
Repertorio de
Modalidades Mentales, Theme: Sweating,
Breathing, Smoking, Evacuating, Urinating,
Menstruation, Coitus. Actas del Instituto
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Hydrocyanic acid
Roger MORRISON
(AJHM. 99, 4/2006)
(Excerpted from Dr. MORRISON’s new book
Carbon)
Abstract: Dr. MORRISON presents the Materia
Medica of Hydrocyanic acid, the key components
of which include: collapse, fear, betrayal, desire for
company, distress during cardiac symptoms,
confusion, aggression, cyanosis, spasms, tetany.
Hydrogen cyanide was discovered in 1782 by
Scheele, who extracted this compound from the
dye, Prussian Blue. (Thus the relationship with
blue produced the name “cyanic” from the Greek
“kyanos” which means simply, “blue”. From this
same root, we have the word cyanosis). At room
temperature, Hydrogen cyanide is a colorless,
highly volatile liquid which boils at 26º Celsius
(79º Fahrenheit).
While it has many useful
chemical properties, hydrogen cyanide is one of the
most dangerous substances known to man. It
inhibits cellular metabolism by poisoning
cytochrome oxidase and other metabolic pathways.
Sixty-nine percent of all hydrogen cyanide
produced is used industrially in the preparation of
acrylonitrile and acrylic fibres, synthetic rubber and
plastics. Cyanides are also employed as fumigants
(nine percent of all produced), in case hardening of
iron and steel, and in electroplating.
These
innocent uses belie its truly infamous history and its
less savory present-day employment.
Mining
Vast amounts of Cyanide are used annually in
mining operations. A typical mine will use twenty
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tons of cyanide monthly – thousands of tons over
the life of a mine. The hazard of bringing the
cyanide to the mining site alone is very
considerable and indeed trucking and rail accidents
have occurred. The mines use cyanide to extract
the precious metals. Cyanide binds selectively with
silver, gold and copper and helps to extract them
from ores. The cyanide is then cleaved from the
precious metal and the residue solution is dumped –
usually into depleted mine shafts. From the mine
shafts, the cyanide often finds its way into ground
waters.
Alternatively, the residue is held in
reservoirs – the number of large scale leaks into
streams and then rivers in the past decades is in the
hundreds (utterly destroying habitats). Cyanide is
also a powerful solvent that breaks down heavy
metals – such as mercury, cadmium, chromium and
lead – that end up in the reservoirs or shafts. Mixes
of cyanide with other metals and chemicals can be
just as toxic as cyanide itself, but they are not
routinely monitored or carefully regulated. About
thirteen percent of all cyanides produced are used
for gold extraction.
Natural History
Hydrogen cyanide is found naturally in bitter
almonds, the kernels of apricots, cherries and
plums, in peach-flower, nectarine and laurocerasus
leaves (Laurocerasus is one of our most famous
remedies for cyanosis), in the bark of the cherrylaurel, in sudan grass and sorgum. The poison was
used in essence of bitter almonds” and “cherry laurel water” since Egyptian times. It is reported
that the Egyptian priests used it to poison initiates
who had divulged occult secrets. Thus its use for
murder extends back into antiquity.
Agent for Murder
Hydrogen cyanide is sometimes listed as a
chemical warfare agent though there are only
unconfirmed reports that hydrogen cyanide was
used by Iraq in the war against Iran and against the
Kurds in northern Iraq during the 1980s. It is of
little value as a chemical warfare agent because of
its great volatility; that is, it evaporates too rapidly.
Hydracyanic acid was initially used as a fumigant,
killing insects and rodents. By placing the articles
requiring fumigation in closed chambers and
inserting the volatized gas into the chamber,
vermicide was completed.
In the 1920s, searching for a more humane
method of executing condemned criminals,
hydrogen cyanide or “gas chambers” were created.
It is the usual method for carrying out execution in
five states, notably California. The most important
route of poisoning is through inhalation (though
gaseous and liquid hydrogen cyanide, as well as
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cyanide salts in solution, can also be taken up
through the skin). The initial symptoms are
restlessness and increased Respiratory rate,
Giddiness, Headache, Palpitations and Respiratory
difficulty. These are later followed by vomiting, a
variety of convulsive symptoms, respiratory failure
and unconsciousness. If the poisoning occurs
rapidly with extremely high concentrations in the
air, there is no time for symptoms to develop and
exposed persons may collapse suddenly and die.
Contrary to the hopes of the inventors of this
system, death is apparently neither rapid nor
painless. A review of 113 execution records at
California’s San Quentin prison showed an average
time to unconsciousness was reached after nearly
four minutes of asphyxia, agonizing spasms and
chest pains. Major motor seizures (which indicate
unconsciousness) are rarely described in these
records.
Medical observers note “gasping,”
“grimacing,” “twitching,” “writhing,” and “violent
head movements” frequently. Howard Brodie,
veteran journalist for Life Magazine described the
execution of Aaron Mitchell in 1967: “As the gas
hit him, his head immediately fell to his chest.
Then his head came up and he looked directly into
the window. For nearly seven minutes he sat up that
way, with his chest heaving, saliva bubbling
between his lips. He tucked his thumbs into his
fists, and finally his head fell again. I believe he
was aware many minutes. He appeared to be in
great anguish ..”
(The official time for
consciousness from Aaron Mitchell’s record was
five minutes). California’s first gas-chamber victim
(as lip-read by a reporter for the San Francisco
Chronicle, December 10, 1938) pronounced with
his last words: “Too slow.”
From here the history of hydrogen cyanide
brings us to perhaps the lowest moment of human
moral history – the Nazi concentration camps.
Hans Stark, a registrar of new arrivals, Auschwitz,
describes the procedure: “At another, later gassing
– also in autumn 1941 – Grabner ordered me to
pour Zyklon B in to the opening because only one
medical orderly had shown up. During a gassing,
Zyklon B had to be poured through both openings
of the gas-chamber room at the same time. This
gassing was also a transport of 200-250 Jews, once
again men, women and children. As the Zyklon B
– as already mentioned – was in granular form, it
trickled down over the people as it was being
poured in. they then started to cry out terribly for
they now knew what was happening to them. I did
not look through the opening because it had to be
closed as soon as the Zyklon B had been poured in.
After a few minutes there was silence. After some
time had passed, it may have been ten to fifteen
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minutes, the gas chamber was opened. The dead
lay higgledy-piggledy all over the place. It was
dreadful sight.” Of the estimated six million deaths
during the holocaust probably less than one third
were due to hydrogen cyanide. Researching these
statistics is a seriously depressing activity.
Toxicity
The lowest concentrations of cyanide gas (2040 ppm) produce dysphoria and panic, nausea or
vomiting, vertigo, headache, tachypnea and
tachycardia. A few prisoners appear to stop
breathing and slump the head forward in the first
thirty seconds – the “apoplectic form” of cyanide
poisoning.
Most exhibit signs of global
dysautonomia, with hyperventilation, alkalosis with
tetany, salivation, retching and incapacitation; the
heart rate may drop to the point that the individual
“dims out” in the first one to two minutes,
sometimes to recover in a state of asphyxiation.
Richard TRAYSTMAN, M.D., Professor of
Anesthesiology at Johns Hopkins Medical School,
has written: “During this time (several minutes of
hypoxia), a person will remain conscious and
immediately may suffer extreme pain throughout
his arms, shoulders, back and chest. The sensation
may be similar to pain felt by a person during a
massive heart attack. In some, the tetany is
probably painful as carpal-pedal spasms were noted
in the records. To this must be added the welldocumented terror associated with asphyxiation.”
Cardiac arrhythmias are frequent. Although
technically flawed, the Masson execution EKG is
consistent with other reports of the cardiac effects
of cyanide; anticipatory tachycardia is fleeting
followed by bradycardia.
By inference from
comments on other standard report forms,
bradycardia may be quite profound and rapid [15
seconds – 2 minutes], but is sometimes transient.
Arrhythmias, heightened T waves, loss of P waves
and decreased myocardial contractility are apparent.
Electromechanical dissociation may have occurred
in the two most recent cases accounting for the fact
that when the EKG monitor rather than a
stethoscope was used to determine death, survival
was apparently lengthened by several minutes.
The most important toxic effect of hydrogen
cyanide is by inhibiting the metal-containing
enzymes. One such enzyme is cytochromoxidase,
containing iron. This enzyme system is responsible
for the energy-providing processes in the cell where
oxygen is utilized, i.e., cell respiration. When cell
respiration ceases, it is no longer possible to
maintain normal cell functions, which can lead to
cell mortality.
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Common Name: Hydrogen cyanide. Prussic
acid. Zyklon-B. Ittner’s acid.
Scientific Name: Hydrocyanic acid
CAS: 74-90-8
EINECS: 200-821-6
MW: 27.03
MP:-13.4º
BP: 25.6º
VP: [email protected]º SG:.699 (liquid)
Formula: HCN.
Structure: This compound is a single carbon atom
triple-bonded to a nitrogen atom with a single
hydrogen atom occupying the final carbon bonding
site. The nitrile (cyanide) ion acts in almost every
way like a halogen. In fact, it has been called the
“false halogen.” Thus we can relate the cyanide
salts to the other halogens.
Group: Nitrile (cyanides).
Proving: Proved first by Jorg (also written Joerg) in
1825. This proving (and all the subsequent twenty
or more other provings) was made by ingesting or
inhaling the unpotentized substance. A recent
proving of Hydrocyanic acid was made in Brazil by
Rogerio Rodriguez of the Sociedade Caúcha de
Homeopatia, in potentized form. Some of the new
symptoms appear in the Millenium edition of the
Complete Repertory.
Abbreviation : Hydr-ac.
Homeopathic Picture
Hydrocyanic acid has been used most
extensively in cardiac conditions.
SCHMIDT
recommended it in angina, cardiopulmonary
collapse and cyanosis. These characteristics are
well documented in the toxicity noted in the
introductory paragraphs. Also notable use has been
made of the remedy in Convulsions, Tetany,
Respiratory infections, Pertussis and Cholera.
D.COLLINS of New Zealand has presented a
fascinating case of a woman with debilitating
weakness who was cured with Hydrocyanic acid.
A startling aspect of the case centered around the
woman’s firm conviction that she had been a
Jewish victim of the Nazi gas chambers. COLLINS
noted that it is not necessary to believe in past-life
memories to make use of the patient’s imagery
relating to cyanide gas in prescribing.
As mentioned above, nitriles are identical to
the halogens (the cyanide ion is termed the “false
halogen”) in their actions chemically. Thus we can
suppose that the halogen theme of betrayal will be
reflected in the nitrile group. Here the betrayal is
closest to the Iodine feeling of being stabbed in the
back; that is, the betrayal is of a life and death
nature. The Cyanide group brings with it the
feeling of murder, betrayal and tremendous fear.
The first compensation is to cling to those around
him. If this proves ineffective, or if the perceived
threat comes from those near to him, he combats
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the threat with anger and abusiveness, biting,
struggling and violence. If this is ineffective, he
gives in, loses hope, loses touch with reality or
becomes suicidal.
Though the patient may act rather cheerful, the
mental state of Hydrocyanic acid is centered upon
fear. SCHMIDT called it “a great frightener, fear
of everything.” A type of agoraphobia is seen.
Expecially famous is the fear of cars approaching
him on the street – even though he knows logically
that the vehicle is far away, he must run across the
street. There is fear of death, dreams of dead
bodies, fear of houses collapsing upon him and fear
to go to sleep. The patient feels a strong sense of
imminent threat. The threat causes a strong desire
for company and a fear to be left alone. Thus the
patient falls into a relieving fantasy that he is with
friends – he reaches out to them and calls them by
name.
Especially noted during angina or heart
symptoms, there is great distress or even anguish.
The patient may shriek out in pain and fear. With
this apprehension may also be the typical organic
chemical confusion. When this is extreme, the
patient is lost and disoriented. There can be
difficulty of thinking and absent-mindedness,
forgetting of appointments. To understand the state
we can reflect upon the consciousness of a
condemned prisoner, strapped in a chair, left alone
in a dismal room, knowing that death is seconds
away. He may call out for help, weep violently,
rant or bite at those confining him.
Mental
Fear of death.
Fear of approaching cars. Fear to fall asleep.
Delusion he is surrounded by his friends.
General
Cyanosis is the hallmark of the remedy.
Great weakness or faintness. Sudden attacks of
weakness. Collapse.
Complete anesthesia.
Coldness; aggravation from cold and amelioration
warm applications.
Convulsions: In children. During sleep. From
injuries. In Uremia.
Hysterical convulsions.
Eyes turned upward and to the right side during
convulsion.
Tetanus. Tetanic spasms.
Ailments from shock or injury, Sunstroke.
Head
Vertigo and falling.
Face and lips cyanotic. Or flushed, red face.
Puffy or bloated face.
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Jaw clenched and painful. Bruxism.
Froth from mouth or excessive salivation.
Paralysis or protrusion of tongue – especially in
brain affections (Pladijs)
Cherry red coloration mucus membranes. (toxic
symptom = t)
Eyes
Paralysis of eyelids; half-open lids.
Pupils dilated and at times poorly reactive to light.
Transient blindness.
Hemianopsia. (toxic symptom)
Optic atrophy (Leber’s type). (t)
Throat
Unable to hold up head; head feels too heavy.
Goiter (emphasizing the relationship to other
halogens). (t)
Gastrointestinal
Cramping or neuralgic pains in stomach.
Better: Heat.
Vomiting of food at onset of convulsion.
Gurgling of liquids as they roll down the
esophagus.
Cramping in abdomen.
Worse: Before stool. While eating. (Ronhaar)
Respiration
Rapid or gasping respiration.
Asthma. Respiratory arrest.
Dry, irritating, tickling cough.
Pertussis.
Constriction in the throat. Scraping of mucus in
larynx.
Extremities
Opisthotonus.
Clenching of thumbs (Cuprum).
Hyper-reflexia. (t)
Painful spasms of the hands of feet. Twitching.
Paralysis beginning in lower extremities and
moving upward
Hemiplegia. (t)
Numbness or other paresthesias of extremities. (1)
Clinical
Angina. Anxiety. Arrhythmia. Asthma. Cerebral
vascular accidents. Cholera. Chronic fatigue
syndrome.
Congestive heart failure.
Convulsions.
Gastritis.
Head trauma.
Headache. Pertussis. Phobia. Vertigo.
Miasm: Possibly Syphilitic
Cases
M. CASH
A farmer, aged 45, had sunstroke three years
ago, since which he can bear no thought or worry:
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“a feeling as if cloud were going over the brain.”
“Face red and bloated; eyes nearly closed, and
cannot bear the light: congestion of conjunctivae
heavy and sleepy all day. Abdomen full and
flatulent after meals. [cured] after twelve days
treatment by Hydrocyanic acid 3x.
Stonham
H.C.F., aged 73, had Rheumatic Fever many
years ago, and much worry and anxiety from
business losses in late middle life. He consulted me
in January, 1899, for attacks of angina, which
would come from excitement or anger, or from
sitting or standing in cold air, and involved the
cardiac region and back, the pain sometimes
extending down the left arm. The pain came on
gradually, attained a maximum, when it was like a
hot iron going through him, and then subsided.
Relief was obtained from simply standing still in an
upright position and lying down. The heart was
enlarged; apex beat a little outside the nipple line.
A faint systolic murmur at apex. Loud systolic and
diastolic murmurs over base and second right costal
cartilage; a water-hammer pulse and visible
pulsation in the carotids, especially on the right
side, where the artery was thickened and dilated.
Cuprum arsenicosum 6x given night and morning
completely cured the attacks of pain, and he went
on very well for three years till the winter of 1901 –
2, when he began to be more breathless, being often
obliged to stop in the middle of anything he was
doing, and I was sent for to see him on January 19.
The heart was beating very irregularly, there was
slight edema of the feet, the breathing not much
embarrassed when I saw him, though attacks of
dyspnoea were complained of, but unaccompanied
by pain, and the bases of the lungs were clear. I
ordered Cuprum arsenicosum 6x. On January 20
he felt better.
January 21, I was sent for urgently, as the
patient was thought to be much worse. He was
found sitting upright in a chair rather cyanosed and
gasping for breath. The breathing was then, and for
several following days, of an exaggerated CheyneStokes’ character. There would be an interval of
from 20 – 30 seconds, in which no respiratory
movement could be observed, and in which the
patient would begin to doze; he would then
suddenly woke up with a sense of impending
suffocation, each breath becoming more and more
struggling and gasping till all the accessory muscles
of inspiration were brought into play their fullest
extent, the eyes staring the patient often rising to
the standing position, supported by his nurses, and
then the violence of the respiratory efforts would
gradually subside till they again became
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imperceptible and ceased altogether for another 20
to 30 seconds. This kind of respiration continued
day and night and prevented him from getting any
sleep beyond the few seconds between the
respiratory exacerbations, when he dropped off
from sheer exhaustion. He was given hypodermic
injections of strychnine of 1/100 gr. Every three
hours.
January 22. Not better. A specimen of urine
taken was found to contain a large quantity of
albumen, but the proportion of urea (viz., 3%) was
good, and the total quantity of urine equaled about
20 ounces in the 24 hours. The injections of
strychnine were continued, though they had only a
temporary effect for a short time following each
injection. The character of the breathing remained
the same and no sleep had been obtained through
the night. pulse was very irregular and at times
flickering. I thought he would not live through the
night. Liquid nourishment taken frequently in
small quantities.
At midnight of January 23-24, I was sent for
and found him apparently in extremis. The pulse
could scarcely be felt. The breathing continued of
the same character, but not quite so violent as
strength was giving out.
January 24. The next morning he was much
the same as on the previous day before the collapse
in the night. It seemed impossible that he could
hold out much longer. The feet and legs were very
edematous, the urine high-coloured, albuminous,
but of about the same quantity and still containing
plenty of urea; there was ptosis of the left upper
eyelid. Liquid nourishment taken by teaspoonfuls
frequently. Remembering the powerful influence
Hydrocyanic acid has on the respiratory functions, I
decided to try its effect, and he was given
Hydrocyanic acid 2x m iv. Every hour. Oxygen
continued.
January 25. A little better. Some short
snatches of sleep had been procured, and the
breathing was not so distressing. It was during
periods of diminution in the violence of the
respiratory paroxysms that the sleep had been
obtained, but the character of the breathing
persisted during sleep.
January 26. A good deal better. Pulse
improved. Breathing not so distressing. Again
some short sleeps. Urine when examined found not
to contain any albumen and the quantity a little
increased.
Taking food better.
Continue
Hydrocyanic acid 2x.
January 27. Breathing improving and more
sleep, but not more than half an hour at the time.
Woke from his last sleep very cyanosed and with
feeble pulse. A single hypodermic injection of
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Lachesis 30 given. Continue Hydrocyanic acid 2x.
m.iv. every hour.
January 28. Much better. The breathing much
more natural. The tongue which had been dry and
much furred was clearing and he began to take
bread and butter. Continue Hydrocyanic acid 2x.
He continued to improve in every way and to
gain strength so that at the end of a month he could
get out of bed and amuse himself with reading. He
has good nights and a good appetite. [Patient also
received Strophanthus and Strychninum arsenicum
during the convalescence. RM]
Payne
A case of Hysteria
The patient, a lady of 23 years, had been ill a
long time, the attacks lasting as long as nine
months, and had endured a severe surgical
operation, under the supposition that she was
laboring under pressure upon the brain from
exostosis under the right frontal protuberance. The
doctor at last found her lying in an apparently
unconscious state, the limbs and jaws rigid, the
forearms bent on the arms, which were pressed
firmly against the sides; the eyes fixed and drawn
somewhat upward and to the right; the eyeballs
slightly sensitive to touch; a constant succession of
tears were rolling down the cheeks; the beats of the
heart were very irregular and feeble. She would
occasionally utter a groan or sigh, and press her
hand forcibly over the region of the heart, as if
suffering pain there; at these times the limbs would
become more relaxed, and she would frequently
raise herself in bed and gaze vacantly about the
room for a minute; then, if not restrained, she
would throw herself forcibly upon the pillow again,
or filing herself from one side of the bed to the
other. Her husband was frequently obliged to
exercise great force to prevent her from injuring
herself; if any means were used to extend the
contracted arms, or to open the clenched teeth, she
would exert greater force to prevent it. This lasted
some 24 hours, and then tonic contractions ceased.
She now became very busy in packing and folding
her bed clothes, and placing them under her head or
elsewhere about the bed, at the same time guarding
them with watchful eyes, allowing no one to touch
or take them. If this were attempted, she would
strike with her full strength. She seemed to notice
no person in the room, unless they interfered with
her plans, but if any one entered the door, she
would seize a pillow or anything within reach and
throw it forcibly at the intruder. At other times, she
would fix her eyes on a particular spot on the wall,
or on a picture, or follow an imaginary figure or
object with her eyes, as if watching its motions.
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She was frequently talking, laughing loudly, or
scolding vehemently; she would imagine herself
surrounded by many friends, shaking hands with
them, and calling them by name, as they appeared
before her. She asked no questions and would
return no answers. During this time which lasted
four days before relief was given, she took no
nourishment voluntarily, and only such as could be
put into her mouth, after forcibly prying open the
clenched teeth. The pressing of the hand over the
heart, and the repeated groans while doing so, led
me to think she was suffering sharp pains, probably
of a stitching character, in that locality. The
irregularity and feebleness of the heart’s action
drew my attention to Hydrocyanic acid, which was
given in the 30th potency with the most favorable
results.
[Comment: The marked suspicion and striking at
those who attempted to touch her demonstrates the
sensation that anyone could betray or attack her.
The destructiveness indicates the Syphilitic Miasm.
RM]
D.COLLINS
Female, 43 years.
The patient and her husband came together into
my practice room, and upon seeing her I assumed
that she was the patient, as she looked so very ill.
She had very short, sparse hair, like someone
whose hair is growing back after Chemotherapy.
She wore dark glasses, as the light was too bright
for her eyes. She was thin and pale, with bluish lips
and icy cold bluish hands. But it turned out that she
was not the patient after all – she had simply come
to accompany her husband. Still, she launched into
her story when she saw my mistake, saying that
everyone seemed to assume that she was dying,
from the way she looked. She was already under
homœopathic treatment elsewhere, but was making
no progress. She had been very ill all her life, had
been to multiple specialists, who could not help her
either, and had finally told her that they thought she
was just a hypochondriac. She was personally
convinced that her problems stemmed from a past
life, and she wanted to visit my husband, a past-life
regression therapist.
Under regression (a light form of trance, not
hypnosis), she experienced several different lives.
It was during the second session that the source of
her present problems was tracked down, the first
session often being one in which the client
establishes a feeling of safety with the therapist.
She experienced herself as a “he”, a six year-old
Polish boy named Jarich. “He” found himself in a
train, all jammed in with other people in terrible
distress and discomfort. Going back in time he was
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at the family home, where his parents were engaged
in heated discussions about whether or not to flee,
and to where. They were rounded up and pushed
into a train with uncertain destiny.
On
disembarking from the train he was momentarily
blinded by very bright lights, especially
disorienting after all the time in the darkness. He
lost his parents in the chaos, only clinging to his
teddy bear. He was hustled along in a group, and
finally told to undress to take a shower. Many
naked people were jammed together into a large
room, and then they started to scream and to tumble
down on top of him. Being shorter than most, he
was one of the last to breathe in the deadly fumes of
the gas, Zyclon B (cyanide). He died in terror and
pain.
The healing part of the session comes not
merely by reliving the trauma, but by being able to
understand it in its context in order to be able to
release it. The person is encouraged to round off
any unfinished business on earth, and is then free to
go to a place of “oversight,” from where he can
gain understanding and healing. “He” realized that
he had been a Jewish boy, dying in the gas
chambers of Auschwitz during the Holocaust.
When asked if this short life had any connection
with the complaints of our patient in this life, the
answer came: “the gas, the gas,” the gas (Zyclon
B) turned out to be already available as a
homœopathic remedy, Hydrocyanic acid.
One dose of this remedy in C30 potency
brought about dramatic changes in the woman. She
started to gain weight, which had previously been
impossible. Her hair began to grow back, and soon
she had a full head of hair, as well as a great
increase in energy. She used to be so exhausted
that she could do little more than the daily chores
around the house, needing frequent rests. Even
short trips in the car would leave her drained. We
made a list of the many complaints that she had had
throughout her life and watched them gradually
decrease in the course of continued treatment.
“I have been sick my whole life. I’ve had
breathing problems, Asthma, and a blocked nose.
My digestion didn’t work at all, I had a nervous,
over-reactive stomach. I am allergic to almost any
kind of food – it is easier to ask me what I can’t eat.
My esophagus has always been too narrow and has
always caused problems with swallowing. Almost
anything I eat makes me bloated sometimes even
drinking plain water does the same thing. At four
years of age my tonsils were removed, as they were
always swollen and infected, but I was still sick. At
seven years I had a kidney inflammation with
blood in my urine. After that it became difficult for
me to concentrate and to learn at school. I’ve had a
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lot of very high fevers, but I never wanted to stay in
bed; I was too restless. My ears were always
cracking, making a rushing sound and I couldn’t
hear properly. I felt like I always had the ‘flu’. I
got a very enlarged gland on the right side of my
neck. my eyes were always sore and itchy and
irritated, with sticky mucus. My thyroid got
swollen and lumpy. On the right side of my neck
one artery is thick and swollen, making it difficult
to turn my head properly. I seem to be allergic to
all sorts of chemical things, like the smell of
turpentine, paint fumes, or gas smells. I can sniff
out the tiniest gas leak long before anybody else
notices it.
“I was sent to a health farm for sick children,
but my parents didn’t tell me before hand. They
just brought me there and left me, and I felt so
abandoned.
“As a child I used to play ‘concentration camp’
even though I didn’t know the word. I would dress
my doll in as many layers of clothing as possible, to
make sure that ‘she’ would be ready to flee, able to
survive even the worst times. I used to dream about
being in a place full of soldiers, and singing songs
to make them like me. I get ‘flash-backs’ about
being pushed up against the bare, stinking buttocks
of people, and being disgusted by the smell. I have
always had a ‘thing’ with the Jewish people and the
Hebrew language. (Even though there are very few
Jews in her part of Holland and she herself is
Protestant.) It is as though I would be able to
understand the language if I could just hear it a bit
better. Every year on Memorial Day in Holland
(May 5th), I make a special commemoration. My
parents don’t do this, for them it is just a vacation.
But I have always wanted it to be a day of silence
and respect. My parents don’t understand my
fascination with the second World War – I have
always wanted to read everything about it. If I was
well enough and had the money, I would go on
vacation to Israel, not for the fun, but because I
need to be there.”
Slowly but surely her complaints began to
ease. Her eyes (diagnosed as M. SJOGREN),
began to produce tears, and became less irritated
and crusty. She could gradually eat more and more
different foods without suffering the consequences
of palpitations and indigestion. Her breathing
became easier, her nose unblocked. Her hair
continued to grow. She felt that she was becoming
psychologically more stable, able to undertake
more now that she had more energy. She had
enough energy to finally make her trip to Israel, and
said that it was like “coming home” to be around so
many Jews. She was good at monitoring her own
needs, and knew when to ask for another dose –
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when her back became tense, as though she would
bend over backwards (opisthotonus). At these
times her circulation would slow down as well, and
she would have a hot head and icy cold feet, and
low Blood pressure. During these times she was
also especially sensitive to the smell of any gas – it
would make her nauseous.
At a certain point there seemed to be a need for
Ignatia instead of Hydracyanic acid. She was
weepy and depressed, saying “I feel like I always
want to call out to my mother, and she isn’t there. I
feel like a small child who is abandoned.” This was
possibly triggered by the fact that I was moving
from Holland to New Zealand. It could have
inadvertently been re-stimulating her feelings of
abandonment as a child in this lifetime, away from
home in the health farm for children. This feeling
in turn echoes back to the extreme abandonment of
the little Jarich, wrenched from his parents in the
concentration camp. Ignatia helped her through
this feeling, although on looking back I wonder if
Hydrocyania acid might have done the same thing.
It is interesting to note (for those who claim that
any “collapse remedy” like Arsenicum album or
Carbo vegetabilis would have worked), that she
had previously been treated with Arsenicum and
many other such remedies, to no avail at all.
[Comment: The image of a disoriented, abandoned,
isolated and terrified child points toward an organic
compound. The emaciation, exhaustion and the
chemical sensitivity also reinforce this conclusion.
The images of brutality, intentional extermination,
difficulty swallowing and the respiratory troubles
with blueness all point toward the syphilitic miasm
and toward a cyanide remedy. RM]
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3.
Some
Clinical
Aspects
of
Aesculus
hippocastanum
Dr. Harvey FARRINGTON
(The Homœopathic Recorder, Vol. XLVI,
No.1)
If the physician clearly perceives what is to be
cured in each individual case of disease, and what
is curative in each individual medicine, and if he
knows how to adapt what is curative to what is
undoubtedly morbid, according to clearly defined
principles, then he understands how to treat
judiciously and rationally, and he is a true
practitioner of the healing art. These few lines
taken from the third paragraph of the Organon
present the essentials of correct homœopathic
prescribing. Unfortunately, they are ignored by the
majority of those who claim to be loyal members of
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the homœopathic school or are given an
interpretation so liberal, that they would appear to
admit of any system of treatment that appeals to the
mind of the prescriber. Thus have arisen keynote
and pathological prescribing, indifferent results,
and the necessity for resorting to unhomœopathic
methods.
Aesculus hippocastanum furnishes us with an
excellent confirmation of this. A brief study of its
pathogenesis will reveal a wide range of action and
many clear-cut characteristics. Yet, to the routinist,
it usually spells hæmorrhoids. He may have read
somewhere that people used to carry a horsechestnut in the pocket as a cure for rheumatism, but
would not think of prescribing it for that disease
unless there was an accompanying portal stasis. To
give Aesculus in neuritis would seem to him a
waste of time. But here is a typical case:
Mrs. A.E., Æt. 52, light complexioned, rather
stout, cheerful and vivacious. For two weeks she
had been suffering with an intense neuritis of the
right shoulder and arm which felt full and heavy.
Shooting pains of great severity, started from the
spine, passed to the point of the shoulder, and
followed the course of the circumflex down along
the radial nerve into the thumb and adjacent fingers.
There was numbness of the hand which increased
with the severity of the pains, especially acute in
the tip of the thumb. Worse from motion and cold,
better from applied heat.
Always worse from
emotion and excitement.
On August 19, 1929, she received one dose of
Aesculus hipp. 45M. Relief was almost immediate
and in less than a week she was almost entirely free
from pain, but the numbness and heaviness
persisted. On October 17th she reported aching and
bruised soreness in the forearm, numbness of the tip
of the thumb, caused, apparently, by apprehension
over sickness in the family.
She has been afflicted for years with Psoriasis
which is now improving rapidly under Petroleum.
It will be noted that this patient was not
despondent and irritable, which is the usual mental
state of the Aesculus subject, nor did she have piles
or venous plethora in the slightest degree. She was
unaffected in general, by either heat or cold. The
sense of fullness, the heaviness of the suffering
parts and the shooting pains and numbness were the
guiding features.
Authorities on homœopathic therapeutics tell
us that Aesculus is useful only in functional heart
ailments.
Here again we must revert to
Hahnemann’s axiomatic paragraph: “If the
physician clearly perceives what is to be cured in
diseases.” To restrict the prescriber to either
functional or pathological conditions is to limit the
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range of remedies he has at his command and to
cause him to miss the simillimum in a large
percentage of cases. Doubtless this is the reason
that the horse-chestnut is not considered as a heart
remedy.
Mrs. IRENE A., 68 years of age, dark
complexioned, obese and flabby. A long life of
grief and anxiety resulted in heart disease.
Diagnosis: mitral regurgitation.
Despondent, apprehensive, somewhat petulant
but not irritable.
Flushes of heat in the face, with anxiety.
Pulse regular but soft and rapid, increased by
slight exertion.
Palpitation and dyspnœa < on walking,
climbing stairs and eating, > by belching;
accompanied by anxiety and flushes, often driving
her out of bed at night.
Shifting pains, especially in the Cardiac region,
left ear, temple and the knees.
Numbness and tingling in the forearm and hand
on the side lain on, with full feeling, > letting the
part hand down.
< morning, walking, from cold air.
> warm weather.
Craves acids; bowels slightly constipated, but
no hæmorrhoids.
February 13, 1927, she received a dose of the
remedy in the CM potency with marked relief of all
symptoms. The same potency was repeated on
June 22 and July 20. she improved in general
health until the following January when the
symptoms changed somewhat, a distinct
aggravation after sleep was added and Lachesis was
given. A complete cure could not be expected in a
case of this character and no doubt other remedies
will be required in the future, but were the patient
here now she would testify to the comfort the
Aesculus gave her.
One more case completes the group I have
culled from my records. Mrs. L.V.R., æt. 60, had
been a patient of mine for over twenty-five years.
She was always bright, cheerful and energetic. But,
after her house burned down and her business of
corset making declined, she became despondent,
indifferent and lazy, neglected her family of seven
children, continually made mistakes in fitting
corsets and even neglected her own personal
cleanliness and attire. Her husband made a small
salary but it was sufficient for a modest living. She
refused medical treatment, saying that it could do
no good. Finally her husband persuaded her to
come to the office. She presented the following
symptoms and conditions:
Rheumatism for years.
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Bruised soreness all over, but more marked in
the cardiac region and down the whole right side.
Numbness of the side lain on.
Sensation of fullness in the region of the heart,
alternating with a feeling of emptiness, the latter
worse at night, and relieved by eating. Heart seems
to stop, then start with a thump; pulse 64.
Fullness in the right side of the head and face.
Palpitation on slight exertion, lying on the left
side and after a full meal.
Stopped feeling in the right ear; noise as of a
waterfall. This troubled her more than the more
serious symptoms. metallic taste in the mouth.
October 23, 1929, Aesculus hipp. 10M.
At her next visit, February 4, 1930, she
reported great improvement and noted with great
satisfaction, that the ear had entirely cleared up.
But as the heart symptoms were beginning to
return, she was given another dose of Aesculus, this
time in the 45M. It was repeated in the CM on
April 10th.
Soreness, numbness, strange full
feelings, palpitation and all symptoms referable to
the heart had entirely vanished by June 2nd. This
was indeed gratifying to both patient and doctor,
but the change in mental state, her increased
energy, and the return of her old neatness in
personal appearance and interest in the wonted
activities of her life, showed a deep and radical
action of Aesculus.
CHICAGO, ILL.
Discussion
Chairman J. HUTCHINSON: It is most
helpful and gratifying to have new things brought
out as to the authentic values of remedies, and I
think this paper is a good example of that. Will you
discuss it?
Dr. A.H. GRIMMER: I think perhaps there is
one phase of this paper that we ought to be thankful
for and that is the point the doctor stressed about
Aesculus covering a greater ground than what it is
so commonly used for, hæmorrhoids. The doctor
has shown how we should study our remedies, in
relation to the patient, regardless of pathological
conditions. And while it is true that remedies do
have affinity for certain organs, parts, and tissues,
still I want to thank the doctor for bringing that
point to the fore.
Dr. D. MACFARLAN: What the doctor just
said is interesting. We have certain predilections
for certain remedies. I know my father, who knew
Dr. LIPPE very well, said he was fond of Silica. he
used Silica very often. Dr.BOGER probably uses
Phosphorus too often. And I think probably I use
Sulphur too often. But I think we all have special
predilections.
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Dr. C.M. BOGER: I want to confirm what has
just been said. The reason for it is that we get used
to using certain tools, we get to be a little more
proficient with that particular tool and we use it
more than others. That is all.
Dr. C.A. DIXON: I wonder if the same
thought occurs to others that this paper brings to
me. Sometimes I start in at the office at two o’clock
in the afternoon and the first case say, offhand, is a
Nux or Calcarea case. Before the day is over I
have prescribed that three or five or ten times. It
seems as though everything I see is Calcarea or
whatever it is that I prescribed for the first case. Is
it psychological, or what is the reason for it? I
noticed, as Dr. FARRINGTON read those papers
and dated them, that last fall he was especially
interested in Aesculus.
CHAIRMAN
J.
HUTCHINSON:
Dr.
FARRINGTON ought to be allowed to answer that,
but before he does I should like to say that I think at
times the same weather, even in different localities,
brings out in patients the need of the same remedy.
I find sometimes of a winter day when there are
indications of a scourge of grippe that patients (I
may not know of those patients) from the environs
come in, and although one may be from Mount
Vernon and another from New York they seem to
require the same remedy. And then I know that the
grippe is coming, or whatever it may be.
Personally, I think that temperature and weather
have an enormous effect on our patients’
complaints, and on their complaining, and those
conditions help us select a remedy. I am not so
sure when we prescribe Calcarea carb. six times in
a morning but what it is a similar remedy, at least.
Dr.T.G. SLOAN: In my Rockville practice,
when I am in doubt about a remedy, I always give
Sulphur and nine times out of ten it is the right
remedy. I don’t know why but it has worked out
that way for years.
Dr. A. PULFORD: We find that certain cases
will come in on certain days that require the same
drug. We have tried to figure it out and have come
to the conclusion that it is coincidental, rather than
accidental. But we have found that it does happen
quite frequently.
CHAIRMAN J. HUTCHINSON: My reading
is rusty, but it seems to me that HAHNEMANN
made a good many weather Miasms. Didn’t he?
Dr. A. PULFORD: He did.
Dr. C.L. OLDS: That simply means dynamic
influence, I suppose.
CHAIRMAN J. HUTCHINSON: Dynamic is a
big word.
Dr. H.A. ROBERTS: We are not prescribing
irrationally when we prescribe the same remedy
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several times a day. Why is it, in actual practice,
that when we strike one case of Appendicitis we
will strike two or three within forty eight hours?
The same thing is true with Pneumonia. You run
into one case and you will get some more. Why
should it also apply to the application of the
remedies that are called for? They necessarily fall
into the same channel because they are caused by
the same atmospheric and climatic conditions.
Dr. G. ROYAL: There are several reasons
why I enjoyed this paper very much indeed. First,
because it is the first time that I have ever listened
to the writer read a paper; in fact, that is the first
time I have ever met him. I knew his father pretty
well. The second reason is because of the manner
in which he grouped his symptoms, which was very
good. The third reason and perhaps the least
important is because it gave me a great deal of
satisfaction. He uses the word diagnosis again and
again. He uses the word neuritis, which is nothing
more than pathology. He talks about hæmorrhoids.
That was very, very satisfying to me because he
was talking in a language which I understood.
Here is what I think about diagnosis. A patient
comes to you to make a diagnosis, which I say is
essential to the selection of the remedy, that is,
before you have taken your remedy. It is a part of
the totality of symptoms, because to me it indicates
the tissue that is affected and the manner in which
that tissue is affected. Then I have that on which to
build my grouping. This is what he has done in this
paper and so I say I have enjoyed it very much.
Dr. C.M. BOGER: Dr. ROYAL has opened up
something here. It is quite the custom to deride
diagnosis at some of our meetings, but all who do
so should read Hahnemann’s Preface to the
Pathogenesis of Colocynth in the Materia Medica
Pura, and see what he says there about the minor
symptoms. I am not going to talk a whole lot about
what he says there because you can read it yourself.
But, he distinctly intimates that the minor
symptoms must be in the picture. That brings up
the other end of the subject and that is the thing that
I discussed with Dr. ROYAL last night. we have in
every proving the reaction of the system to the
potency from the highest down to the lowest, and
then the gradient all the way down to the lowest
potency and down into the toxic effects. You will
find that even in the Chronic Diseases.
You will find in acute diseases like Pneumonia
and Typhoid, and so on, that the provings of the
potencies exhibit the symptoms which come in as
concomitants in acute disease. If you come down
the scale to the mother tincture and then to
poisoning effects you will find the toxic effects
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from the medicine and the toxæmia in the disease.
Did you ever think of that?
The toxæmia of the disease is the basis upon
which the allopath makes his diagnosis mostly, not
entirely. He takes into consideration the toxic effect
of the disease and from that draws his diagnosis.
So we should not deride these men too much
who base their prescription on the toxic phase of
the disease.
In talking with the doctor last night I asked
what was the first indication which led us to
prescribe Merc. cyan. in Diphtheria. It was a toxic
case, right here in the city of New York, where the
patient died and a post mortem showed a membrane
on the velum palati. That was the first thing that
drew us to the use of cyanide of mercury. And we
know now that that is one of our main remedies in
Diphtheria.
Take Arsenicum. The toxic symptoms of
Arsenicum are the toxæmic symptoms which you
see in Diphtheria and Typhoid fever, for instance.
That is the way it is in every disease.
So that a knowledge of toxicological effects is
quite helpful in finding the remedy, especially
when you are up against a very acute disease. In
other words, you must bring in everything. You
can’t limit yourselves to high or low potencies. If
you take a high potency and make a toxicological
effect it is purely coincidental and occurs only once
in a while, such as in the case LIPPE pointed out
the thirst of Arsenicum. That symptom occurs
frequently in toxic effect of Arsenicum, rarely from
a potency.
Dr. G. ROYAL: May I have just a second
more? I know it is against the rules but I want to
emphasize one point. Dr BOGER said if you give a
high potency and get a toxicological symptom, that
is purely coincidental. I want to say to you if you
get a toxicological symptom and can find a remedy
that has produced it, I am just as sure that you are
going to get rid of that symptom by giving it in the
potency that produced it.
Dr. C.M. BOGER: Sure, that is true.
Dr. D. MACFARLAN: What I believe is
important is to get reliable symptoms. when an
ophthalmologist wants to operate on a case of
cataract he injects homatropine sulphate and he gets
a dilatation of the pupil. He gets it not once out of
a hundred times but one hundred times out of a
hundred. That is the beauty of making provings;
you know what you are doing and you get it firsthand. Then there is an intimacy between yourself
and the man who makes the proving. I made a
proving of China on a man once.
In my
relationship with him I talked to him every day,
while I was making this proving; he gave me an
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indelible proving as to what China would produce,
which I never would have gotten from reading
HAHNEMANN, because there is a personal touch
in making the proving that you never can get
otherwise.
And you prescribe so fast. Dr. GRIGGS makes
provings. I used to work with him in the hospital.
We would often prescribe for thirty-five cases in an
hour or two.
I remember a case, for instance, that Dr.
GRIGGS had, and the cure that he made. The case
had been treated by an old homœopathic doctor, a
fine old fellow, but he only used three and four x’s.
He didn’t believe in high potencies and hadn’t
made any Provings.
The case was a child. It was a very bad skin
case, the worst Eczema I ever saw. He had a new
colour salve on about twice a week, but he was
always sick. Dr. GRIGGS prescribed for it and in a
month the child had a beautiful complexion.
That is the way you can get those results: from
making Provings. I don’t see how anyone can
practise Homœopathy unless he makes Provings.
My father had no confidence at all in anyone who
didn’t make Provings.
Dr. C.M. BOGER: As an addendum to what
I said a little while ago I want to point this out;
some months ago a neighbour of mine came to me
after having been to many physicians with no relief
at all. he had this symptom, an uneven contraction
of the muscles of the abdomen. The abdomen was
growing into little hillocks, as it were, all over.
The rest of the symptoms were rather
nondescript. And on the strength of that symptom I
gave him Plumbum, but I made a mistake. In a
short time he came back and said that he wasn’t any
better. In the meanwhile I had looked up his case a
little more in my spare time-and it is a good
practice when you have spare time to look up old
cases that are not getting well-and I found that
symptom as a toxicological symptom under
Arsenic. I gave him a dose of Arsenic and now that
man is getting well.
CHAIRMAN J. HUTCHINSON: We will
return to Aesculus
and I will ask Dr.
FARRINGTON to close.
Dr. H. FARRINGTON: I want to thank you
for your kindly remarks. Though you did not
discuss Aesculus directly it is of no particular
moment because I think the points that have been
brought out are interesting and useful.
I want to especially thank Dr. ROYAL for
what he has said because I think that many of his
contentions are really true. We are perfectly
justified in using a diagnosis in helping us select
our remedies. All that we ask is this: that we do not
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make it the principal thing unless it is (and that is a
matter of individual judgment) because our
provings have not been made on diagnosis and
whatever we know about remedies that will cure
certain diseases has been obtained only by clinical
experience.
Pathology is also important but we must be
careful also not to make this the principal thing as I
tried to point out in the beginning of my paper. I
wanted to say that a remedy is useful practically
only in a certain, pathological condition, and to
limit the use of that remedy. As the doctor
suggested, pathology may be important and often
is, when it is of a peculiar nature and different from
pathologies in similar cases or similar diseases.
For instance, you will note that provings in the
potencies will often show pathology that is exactly
the same as the chemical or even the escharotic
action of a drug. Kali bichromicum will produce
round, punched-out Ulcers.
Arsenicum will
produce flat, shallow Ulcers. Argentum nitricum
will produce ulcers that go no deeper than the
surface of the mucous membrane and so on.
We do not know all there is to know about our
Materia Medica and I brought these cases forward
because I thought that they were unusual and
contained certain things that were not to be found in
the Materia Medica. I might have taken the time to
point out those things that are not to be found in the
books but I have left this to you, and Aesculus is
not used as often as it should be.
I have passed over numerous cases of
Follicular Tonsillitis, mentioning diagnosis and
sore throats and colds that cannot be given any
special name which Aesculus will cure promptly
and completely. I have passed over many other
conditions such as lumbago, hæmorrhoids (which I
merely mentioned); Rheumatism I did not
emphasize but it is a useful remedy of course in that
connection.
Whenever I get a case that is peculiar and has
unusual symptoms, sometimes apparently trivial, I
dig around in the unusual remedies and sometimes
get great enlightenment.
Several years ago a woman came to me from
Pittsburgh. She had been under the care of two
different homœopathic physicians. Each one of
them had insulted her almost as she claimed by
telling her that she was neurasthenic; there was
nothing the matter with her. She had a long range
of most striking and I might say “high falutin”
complaints. A careful study showed they were all
contained under the remedy Agaricus, and that
cured her, made a new woman out of her.
I think that is all I have to say, except in regard
to favourite remedies. In that connection I would
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just like to say that when you find you are
prescribing a remedy too often get busy and study
it.
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The perennial challenge of anomalies at the
frontiers of science
(BHJ. Vol. 83, 3/1994)
BEVERLY RUBIK, Ph.D.
Introduction
Scholars have documented the resistance to
novel scientific discovery by various groups, such
as economic and religious groups. However, there
has been less attention given to the resistance of the
scientific community itself to challenging scientific
discoveries.1 Nonetheless, we find it in the history,
philosophy, and sociology of science and especially
in the writings of scientists who have personally
suffered obstacles due to this resistance. The
scientific community believes that it deals with
novel controversial discoveries in a rational
manner, yet this is rarely the case.
The history of science, medicine and
technology is full of rejections of novel discoveries
that seemed
anomalous
in their time.
Contemporary scientists laughed when BENJAMIN
FRANKLIN proposed that lightning was a form of
electricity. SEMMELWEISS, a Viennese physician
who documented that washing one’s hands before
obstetrical assistance would prevent childbed fever,
was scorned and rejected by his contemporaries.
William CROOKES, the noted British Scientist and
member of the Royal Society who discovered the
element thallium, was bitterly attacked by his
scientific colleagues for his research in
parapsychology. Lord KELVIN said that X-rays
were a hoax. HELMHOLTZ, who was not a
physicist, but a physician who formulated the
theory of energy conservation and who was
opposed by the physicists of his time, noted how
the ‘greatest benefactors of mankind usually do not
obtain a full reward during their lifetime’.2
LISTER warned medical students against blindness
to new ideas in science, such as he had encountered
against his own theory of antisepsis. Long after
their time, many of these scientists whose ideas
were rejected were regarded as formative thinkers
who made significant contributions or even
launched new scientific paradigms.
The scientific paradigm
In 1962 Thomas KUHN published a seminal
work. the Structure of Scientific Revolutions,3
which addresses the manner in which science
advances. KUHN’s main thesis is that science is
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not a slowly growing body of knowledge
approaching a true description of the world.
Instead, science is characterized by periods of quiet
research activity leading to a crisis, which may last
for years to decades. During this transition period,
scientific problems appear that cannot be reconciled
with current theory, may occur. Such anomalies
are critical to progress in science. In fact, each new
major advance in science starts with an anomaly
that is unacceptable at first.4 Therefore, anomalies
are valuable because they inspire new ways of
thinking. Conventional scientists attempt to explain
the anomalies within the framework of the
dominant paradigm, while a smaller, usually
younger group of scientists develop an alternative
paradigm. The crisis is resolved by a dramatic
change of perspective, a paradigm shift. A struggle
typically ensues that may result in the overthrow of
the old paradigm. After the triumph of the new
paradigm, the old paradigm eventually disappears
in a time frame necessary to provide stability and
confidence in the new paradigm. What was an
anomaly earlier now becomes the expected result.
Textbooks are rewritten in such a way that they
even disguise the very existence of the revolution
that generated them. Eventually, new research
uncovers problems with the new paradigm. Then
the process repeats itself.
KUHN noted how unconsciously ingrained the
dominant paradigm is. He wrote: ‘Scientists often
work from text book models acquired through
education and through subsequent exposure to the
literature without accepting a community
paradigm.’5 They work to fit their data into the
ruling paradigm. The usual peer review process in
science provides an adequate forum for evaluating
new ideas and discoveries, but this is only true if
those ideas and discoveries do not challenge the
paradigm. As was mentioned previously, those
considered incomprehensible or too challenging to
current scientific understanding are typically
rejected. Michael POLANYI, in defending this
conservative nature of science, wrote: “There must
be at all times a predominantly accepted scientific
view of the nature of things, in the light of which
research is jointly conducted by members of the
scientific community.
Any evidence which
contradicts this view has to be disregarded, even if
it cannot be accounted for, in the hope that it will
eventually turn out to be false and irrelevant.’6
Although the neglect of other possible conceptual
categories is not malicious in intent, it can become
malicious in effect because the dominant paradigm
discourages, and is intolerant of, competitors. That
is, scientists prefer their work to appear as an
integral, growing body of knowledge under the
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auspices of a single paradigm. Perhaps this is
because scientists are encouraged to demonstrate
what they know rather than to raise truly novel
questions that challenge what they think they know.
KUHN recognized an ‘essential tension’ within
science because it must preserve its accumulated
knowledge by acting cautiously and conservatively
and on the other hand remain an open system ready
to take in novel, potentially revolutionary data and
concepts.7 This balance is maintained in a number
of ways. In the first place, science places the
burden of proof on those who claim to discover
scientific
anomalies
or
otherwise
make
revolutionary scientific claims. Secondly, the proof
must be commensurate with the claim; that is,
extraordinary claims require stronger than usual
proof. (This relates to the principle of parsimony in
science in which the simplest adequate theory is the
most acceptable.)
It is interesting to note that KUHN believes
that science generally progresses in a positive
direction,8 but that some paradigm shifts have
reversed concepts such that aspects of an even older
paradigm may return in the form of new input,
reshaping old models.9 It is a common conviction
that the world is progressing in one direction
scientifically and socially, but as KUHN points out,
very often the clock is turned back with new
scientific developments. For example, Relativity
and Quantum Theory, two of the most significant
scientific paradigm shifts in the 20th century, both
turned back the clock in certain ways. The
gravitational aspects of Einstein’s General
Relativity reflects back to Newton’s predecessors,
and Quantum Mechanics has reversed some of the
methodological prohibitions that had occurred in
the earlier chemical revolution. Needless to say,
the reshaping of older views into a new paradigm
would have significance for Homœopathy and low
dose bio-effects. Many scientists today have the
attitude that these phenomena from an era predating
modern Molecular Biology have been overthrown,
or that at best they represent a placebo effect.
These scientists are victims of historicism who
refuse to accept anything from an earlier time as
bearing any modicum of truth.
Scientific anomalies
According to science sociologist Marcello
TRUZZI, an anomaly is something that
- actually occurs (that is, something both
perceived and validated);
- not explained by some accepted scientific
theory;
- is perceived to be something which is in need
of explanation;
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-
contradicts what we might expect from
applying our accepted scientific models.
… I would suggest that the anomaly’s lack of
fit with accepted theory is the necessary element
common to any real anomaly. It is a fact in search
of an explanation.10
In the field of anomalistic observations, or
anomalistics,11 that is, enquiry into anomalies and
their role in science, there are different types of
scientific anomalies, at least in retrospect. There
are those that are recognized in their time by the
scientific mainstream and become the subject of
legitimate research activity, and those that go
ignored by the mainstream because they are
apparently too threatening. Many of the latter come
from the ‘frontier sciences,’ that is, whole areas of
scientific enquiry that have not yet been
incorporated into conventional science. These
areas are ignored or even considered irrelevant by
the mainstream, in some cases, because they are
often residues of older systems of knowledge that
have been denounced as pseudo-science, as, for
example, Parapsychology and Astrology.
The history of science shows that the most
challenging anomalies, those that seriously
challenge the dominant paradigm, are ignored by
the scientific mainstream until they are explained,
and only then are they recognized in retrospect.
The term retro-recognition has been given to this
type of recognition which is given only after there
is a compelling explanation for the anomaly.12 Such
anomalies make the scientific community
uncomfortable, as it likes to think of science as an
integral body of knowledge that is nearly complete.
These unexplained facts are either ignored, reduced
in importance, or merely accepted as ‘givens.’
Several factors are behind this attitude, such as the
sheer intellectual difficulty of recognizing
anomalies, the tendency to ignore a problem that
cannot be easily solved, and the conservatism of
science. But there is something more. The
recognition of what were once anomalies under an
older paradigm only after they are reconciled with a
new paradigm clearly shows that the scientific
community is unable to live with ambiguity and
cognitive dissonance (psychological inconsistency).
However, frontier scientists whose work challenges
the paradigm appear to be of a different
psychological makeup, with a higher tolerance for
ambiguity and cognitive dissonance.
It is
interesting to note that such tolerance correlates
highly with creativity scores in psychological
testing.13 Furthermore, frontier scientists may be
working from dimensions other than rationality and
logic, for KUHN has written, ‘The man who
embraces a [new] paradigm at an early stage must
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often do it in defiance of the evidence. … A
decision of that kind can only be made on faith.’14
The role of scepticism
Indeed, it is rare to find scientists who are true
skeptics, that is, without prejudice, open, and
tolerant of uncertainty. It is unfortunate that the
term ‘sceptic’ is being used by many who are
disbelievers or debunkers whose aim is to remove
the anomaly, rather than true nonbelievers.10 This
appears to be particularly the case for organized socalled skeptics groups such as the Committee for
the Scientific Investigation of claims of the
Paranormal (CSICOP), which sponsors unusual
critiques and other activities to discredit anomalous
scientific claims, undermining the usual processes
of replication attempts and peer review. In some
cases this has involved members outside of the
scientific community such as professional
magicians in a process analogous to inquisitors for
a dogmatic church.15 Unfortunately, this has the
effect of creating fear among those who would have
an interest in trying to replicate the anomaly,
thereby blocking real scientific inquiry.
Where there are anomalies and frontier areas of
science that seriously challenge the paradigm, the
scientific community is often polarized into two
categories; believers and disbelievers. Although
the scientific community may consist largely of
disbelievers, sometimes the frontier scientists or
proponents of an anomaly act as ‘true believers.’ In
some cases there are societies of ‘true believers’
centred around maverick scientific claims that do
not welcome open dialogue. In my opinion, they
are no better than some of the mainstream scientists
they criticize. Sometimes the discoverer of a
challenging fact overstates his claims, jumping to
conclusions about the importance of his discovery
without adequate data. On the other hand, the
‘essential tension’ of the scientific process renders
it very difficult to find the right balance in reporting
anomalous claims. If the discoverer understates his
claim, it may go ignored; if he stresses its
revolutionary character, it may gather more
attention and resources for further study. From my
own work aiming to facilitate new research and
greater open-mindedness in frontier areas of
science. I find that it is difficult to stand firm on
the fine line that separates the believers from the
disbelievers. In my opinion this is the best
viewpoint to encourage an attitude of non-belief
that stimulates new questions and further
experimentation. Apparently this viewpoint is not
well understood or liked by most, as I am often
accused of being ‘the enemy’ of one group or the
other. However, openness and a healthy level of
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skepticism are crucial in order to avoid pathological
science.
The power of new questions and approaches in
science
Scientists must approach Nature by asking
questions of her, and it is impossible to pose a
question without some expectation or anticipation.
Clearly, from the analysis of KUHN and numerous
other scientific historians and sociologists, science
is not context-independent. Scientific objectivity
does not reside in theory-free perception. It lies in
the flexibility to reject a cherished theory when an
anticipated observation cannot be confirmed, and a
contrary event or fact is perceived instead.
Scientists may say that they see the data with their
own eyes, but in fact, they see it through their
brains. They cannot bypass this central focus and
filter full of biases, products of both evolution and
society. It is very difficult to ‘see’ scientifically
beyond the context of theory or expectations.
As an example, consider the following. Before
Darwinism,
the
paradigm
that
preceded
evolutionary theory was natural theology, in which
each creature was considered to be perfectly
adapted to its environment and designed for full
functionality. While natural theology dominated,
no one noticed that some organisms were less well
adapted to their environment. Natural theology
would not permit such questions. Ducks with
webbed feet that could not swim, birds with wings
that could not fly, and bats with eyes that could not
see, went unnoticed.
DARWIN asked new
questions and noticed that some animals were less
well adapted for their environment. He explained
these anomalies on the basis of natural selection, an
ongoing evolutionary process. The point here is to
show the power of asking new questions that take
us outside the present scientific theory or paradigm.
These offer the possibility of a breakthrough to a
new way of seeing nature. As physicist Werner
HEISENBERG noted, ‘What we observe is not
nature itself, but nature exposed to our method of
questioning.’
Another historical example of this goes back to
microscopy of the 17th and 18th centuries. The great
microscopist Van LEEUWENHOEK and his
contemporaries claimed they saw minute forms of
complete babies inside sperm under the
microscope. Their observations were shaped by the
2000-year-old idea that women contributed nothing
to conception but the womb as an incubator. In this
case, too, preconceived ideas determined what was
scientifically observed.
In another historical example involving
microscopy, different methodological approaches
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of observation based on different philosophies led
to a scientific debate.
In the 1940s the
bacteriologist Adrianus PIJPER maintained that
bacterial flagella are not true motor organs, but are
essentially insignificant, being merely cell wall byproducts of bacterial motility.16
From his
observations of live bacteria under the dark-field
microscope, he claimed that he saw small changes
in the body forms of the bacteria, a slight
undulating motion, which he proposed as a theory
of bacterial motility. As it turned out, his view was
unpopular because he was far outnumbered by
those who fixed and stained dead bacteria for light
microscopy or electron microscopy, which was
newly introduced at that time. The majority of
scientists then claimed that flagella were indeed the
organelles of motility and showed evidence via
microphotography of sites of flagellar attachment to
the cell body. PIJPER rejected these physical
approaches, emphasizing that studies on the living
state itself were critical to understanding cellular
motility, and that the approaches using dead cells
might yield arte-facts. This lead to an ongoing
debate, as both schools refused to ‘see’ any
evidence beyond their own viewpoints. In the end,
PIJPER lost the debate. His refusal to acknowledge
the ‘superiority’ of the electron microscope was
held against him by the scientific majority.
Beyond the specifics of this historical debate,
the latter case is important for us to consider
because it reveals the perennial struggle between
the naturalist and the mechanist in Biology. It
shows how naturalists’ observations of living
systems were replaced by a modern Biology tightly
linked to physico-chemical reductionism as new
powerful, expensive, prestigious, technological
tools came into being. These new physical methods
require an often insensitive manipulation of
organisms that distorts or even kills them in order
to study them. The naturalists’ approach came to
be regarded as old-fashioned and even reminiscent
of vitalism by the new biologists, who were led by
several physicists-turned-biologists in the 1940s
and 1950s. These were the people who ushered in a
new scientific era, the revolution that became the
dominant paradigm of Molecular Biology and
biotechnology in recent decades.
Resistance of scientists to new discoveries
Studies on the psychology of science suggest
that scientists have a resistance to acknowledging
data that contradict their own hypothesis.6 In one
study on falsifiability, a simple experiment was set
up to compare the performance of a group of
scientists and a group of clergymen. A false
hypothesis was given to all the participants. The
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means was provided for them to test the hypothesis,
which they did not know was false. The results
showed that most of the scientists refused to declare
the hypothesis false, clinging to it longer despite the
lack of evidence. The clergymen, however, more
frequently recognized that the hypothesis was false.
This and other studies show that scientists are at
least as dogmatic, authoritarian, and irrational as
non-scientists in resisting unexpected findings.
The historical examples cited earlier illustrate
only a few reasons why resistance to novel
discoveries in the scientific community occurs.
Analysis of many other examples shows numerous
ways in which scientists resist discoveries that are
old paradigm breaking and new paradigm making.
One of these mentioned earlier is the loathing of
ambiguity. Most scientists prefer to elaborate what
they think they know than rather focus on what they
do not know; perhaps this is simply human nature.
Along with that is fear of novelty. New discoveries
require restructuring older ideas and ways of doing
science. Change, whether it is personal, social, or
intellectual, is difficult and may even cause a
lifetime of work to become unimportant and
obsolete. Related to this is the fact that older
scientists have a tendency to resist the novel work
of the younger. Innovative ‘outsiders’ may also be
rejected by the ‘insiders,’ especially if the new
discovery comes from outside the field, as in the
case of cold fusion.17 There is also a faithfulness to
old models, reflecting a belief in scientific concepts
or simply conservatism. When Thomas YOUNG
proposed a wave theory of light, the scientific
community remained faithful to the older
corpuscular theory for some time. This tendency
sometimes reveals a dogmatism or scientism. Paul
FEYERABEND accuses contemporary science of
being a ‘church’ in which scientists play a role that
is in many respects similar to the role bishops and
cardinals played not too long ago.18 Another mode
of resistance, also illustrated by the example cited
earlier of van LEEUWENHOEK and his
colleagues, is blindness due to preconceptions. It is
extraordinarily difficult to ‘see’ what may lie
beyond one’s paradigm, which delimits all
questions posed of nature and ways of perceiving
her. Anomalies without ‘causes’ or an adequate
explanatory model are rejected because they do not
fit neatly into the body of science. If an anomalous
claim pertains to an area reminiscent of mysticism,
religion, older paradigms that have been
overthrown, or pseudo-science, this may be
grounds for rejection by those who feel threatened
by these associations. Occasionally conflicting
personal religious ideas may be another reason for
rejection. That was the case for both GALILEO
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and COPERNICUS, and it also appears to be a
factor in the debate between creationists and
evolutionists. Scientists evaluating an anomalous
finding sometimes take into account the relative
professional standing of the discoverer as well as
the number of prestigious followers of the new
claim, and these are primarily political concerns.
Concerned about their reputation, scientists are
reluctant to take the lead in helping to advance a
new claim. In relation to this, publications about
the new scientific claim in other than the most
prestigious peer-reviewed journals are taken less
seriously and may be grounds for rejection or
simply neglect.
Finally, and perhaps most
important to contemporary science, it is true that
where substantial funding is involved, patronage to
those ideas endorsed and funded to the exclusion of
others is overwhelming.
Today, because of large economic interests in
science, biomedicine, and technology, and the
increasing overlap between academia and industry,
the resistance to new discoveries or ideas that
challenge the dominant paradigm goes well beyond
ideological concerns. Challenging ideas can be
seen as threatening to big business interests,
including the interests of industries waging war
against Cancer or AIDS. Anyone who is a
proponent of ideas that threaten large-scale
economic interests can expect even harsher
backlash from the scientific community, which in
mainstream biology and medicine, is now closely
linked to pharmaceutical and biotechnology firms.
Surely that is one of the most significant reasons for
rejection of novelty in biology and medicine today.
Moreover, the many different fields of biology with
their varied orientations to life that existed before
big business science are presently extinct, at least in
the US.
It is simply taboo to offer a serious challenge to
the dominant paradigm, and those who propose
such maverick ideas or findings suffer
extraordinary obstacles. Similar to the acceptance
of novel discoveries, the obstacles are especially
severe for those whose work threatens big
economic interests that are now coupled to
mainstream science.
Obstacles faced by scientists who challenge the
paradigm
There are a number of serious, even
extraordinary obstacles that scientists presently face
as proponents of paradigm-challenging discoveries
or where their reputation becomes associated with
research on unconventional topics. These obstacles
are not characteristic of a particular culture; they
appear worldwide. These are:
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- difficulty in obtaining funding, as there are
simply no usual sources
difficulty in publishing, and there is no real peer
review
loss of camaraderie (colleagues fear a loss of
reputation by association with a scientist who is
deemed an outcast)
loss of reputation in the scientific community
regardless of one’s stature
obstacles to promotion, retention, and tenure
possible critical backlash from the scientific
community
possible loss of employment and future
employment opportunities.
The pursuit of research in frontier science areas
such as Homœopathy and extremely high dilution
bio-effects, novel medical therapies or diagnostics,
new energy technologies, and consciousness studies
– research in any area that challenges the dominant
paradigm – presents extraordinary hardships for
scientists. Merely expressing an interest in these
can affect one’s reputation as a serious member of
the scientific community. Whether one is a postdoctoral researcher, a junior professor, a member of
a distinguished national academy of science, or a
Nobel laureate, essentially the same obstacles
remain. For those who have seemingly overcome
these hurdles, publication of challenging scientific
results may bring about unforeseen backlash in the
form of discrediting the discoverer or the claim
without really disproving it, prohibiting it from
being tested by others. Moreover, this may prevent
consideration of similar challenging claims in the
scientific literature, textbooks, and education. The
proponent of the anomalous claim is thus isolated
from further debate and interaction with rest of the
scientific community.
Many people associate such repressiveness
with earlier times, but there are living examples
today. One illustrious example – a case where big
economic interests in biotechnology and medical
testing are threatened is that of Peter DUESBERG,
Professor of Molecular Biology at the University of
California at Berkeley. His work identifying the
first oncogene to cause Cancer and also decoding
the first retrovirus genes earned him an outstanding
international reputation as a Molecular Biologist
and Virologist. However, because of his recent
criticism of the oncogene theory of Cancer and
especially his criticism of HIV as the cause of
AIDS, he has essentially been silenced by the
scientific community. No one will debate his
arguments either in writing or in person.
DUESBERG is unable to publish in prestigious
peer-reviewed journals, not even the Proceedings
of the US National Academy of Science, despite
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his stature as a member of the National Academy,
because they rewrote the rules especially to prevent
him from publishing. He lost his annual $300,000
Special Investigator Grant from the US National
Institutes of Health, which was expressly for the
purpose of asking novel questions, and as a result,
his students and technicians have had to leave.
DUESBERG has been excommunicated from the
scientific community. Needless to say, the review
panel who refused to renew his grant included
scientists who earn their living from the theories
that DUESBERG is undermining, and many others
in the mainstream also earn their living from these
theories.
Strategies toward progress in the frontier
sciences
With all those obstacles and resistances, how
can we help to facilitate rational, objective criticism
and fair peer review of anomalous claims? What
strategies can we implement to bring progress to a
frontier science area such as Homœopathy and low
dose bio-effects?
-We must recognize that there is no single critical
experiment that can prove an anomaly. This is
ridiculous from the scientific viewpoint, as the
history and philosophy of science has shown that
there is no such thing as a critical experiment.
- More empirical studies need to be undertaken by
more researchers, and we need to work together
at least to provide peer review of each others’
work, if not outright collaboration. All too often,
the work of pioneering frontier scientists
represents isolated, individual efforts.
By
contrast, most quality science involves
collaborative efforts. It is important to build on
one another’s work. Just as cooperative or
collective phenomena in nature have unusual
stability, there is also a strength in collective
scientific efforts that is harder to dismiss.
- An interdisciplinary approach to anomalies is
absolutely necessary, because we do not know
ultimately where an anomaly will fit. In the case
of Homœopathy or high dilution bio-effects,
interdisciplinary group collaboration with
experiments performed in tandem on the same
high dilution would be worth while, because for
the first time it would reveal physical, chemical,
and biological information about a single
preparation. This could develop into an
international task force, a global cooperation, to
address the problem.
- We must produce well-designed experiments
that are well communicated in the scientific
literature, which will presumably continue to
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-
-
-
-
demonstrate the effect in a wide variety of
biological systems.
We must show replication of
phenomena, especially by skeptics.
We must also discover and document where
no such anomalous effects are observed, so that
the boundary conditions of the effect are clear.
Conceptual
work
toward achieving
a
theoretical explanation for the effect is crucial for
its recognition.
We must keep communication flowing between
those working in the field who don’t agree on the
details. A diversity of opinions is extremely
important because it drives the formation of new
questions. Good science requires good and
effective criticism. Furthermore, failures in
communication from splinter groups in frontier
areas of science only weaken the case, as their
presence makes a statement to the scientific
community that there is weakness or irrational
behaviour associated with the anomaly.
One of our best strategies would be to serve as
mentors and inspire younger scientists to conduct
research in novel areas of science. For one, it is
most likely that presently established scientists
will have to retire before a paradigm shift is
completed, and most of them will not change
their viewpoint. As physicist Max PLANCK
sadly noted, ‘… A new scientific theory does not
triumph by convincing its opponents and making
them see the light, but rather because its
opponents eventually die, and a new generation
grows up that is familiar with it.’19 Niels BOHR
put it somewhat differently: ‘Science advances funeral by funeral.’
Retired scientists, who have less to lose in terms
of their reputation or funding, are occasionally
more open to new ideas or discoveries.
Moreover, they may still wield political power in
the
scientific
community.
Therefore,
communications with or other involvement of
retired colleagues may be a viable strategy.
Another strategy that may be used to advance
scientific recognition of a challenging anomaly is
to identify and align with social, political, or
economic interests that would very much like this
particular piece of scientific unorthodoxy to be
true, or at least to be highly interested in
resolving the issue. When Robert O.BECKER,
medical researcher in bio-electromagnetics, had
the unorthodox idea in the 1970s that
electromagnetic fields from power lines might be
a health risk, he found no sympathetic ears in the
scientific community or the electric power
industry. However, he communicated the issue
clearly in his popular writings and launched a
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public campaign in which the people demanded
unbiased research to test his ideas. Within less
than two decades, substantial US government
funds became available for this purpose.
- Another approach related to this strategy is to
develop a successful application for the anomaly
that will bypass the scientific community
altogether. Once the application is adopted,
scientists will be naturally drawn to the
fundamental discovery underlying it.
- Finally, we should attempt to foster true
skepticism - neither denial nor disbelief, but a
balanced state of openness. The best way to do
this is by personal example, by maintaining a
level of healthy skepticism ourselves, with an
emphasis on further questions. This is crucial to
keeping science an open system inquiry.
Role of Homœopathy and low dose bio-effects in
the future of science
The observations of low dose biological effects
challenge the dominant paradigm of mechanical
reductionism, of viewing life as a collection of bio
molecules responding to molecular stimuli. The
enhanced potency of very low doses as in
Homœopathy appears to challenge molecular
theory, one of the pillars of modern chemistry. On
the other hand, it may demonstrate that something
else is occurring at these very low doses that does
not involve molecules.
Biological effects of low doses have been
demonstrated in a growing number of studies
world-wide, and we are now in the midst of a
paradigm struggle.
As KUHN predicts, an
intellectual and emotional battle is occurring: there
have been nasty editorials, tenure battles, debates
and arguments, splinter groups, the rejection of
papers, frequent denial on the part of the scientific
community, and many questions that have been
raised for further research. From a historical
perspective, the accretion of anomalies or numbers
of anomalous observations in themselves are not
enough to product a paradigm shift. Further effort
is required. Conceptual work toward new theories
and a paradigm what would reconcile them is
critical to their recognition by the scientific
community. No one other than the proponents of
the anomalies will accomplish this. It remains for
us, the frontier scientists, to design the theories,
elaborate the new paradigm, and show how they
explain our anomalies.
One of the best examples of a conceptual
revolution is found in a 19th- century
science fiction classic: E.A. ABBOTT’s Flatland.20
The inhabitants of Flatland live on a two-
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dimensional surface and have no concept of our
third dimension. When a sphere visits Flatland, he
is perceived as an anomaly: a circle that first grows
bigger and then smaller. The sphere then lifts the
leader of Flatland into the third dimension where he
can see his whole world. This novel perspective
not only clears up the anomaly, but offers a new
perspective for everything. We need a similar
major conceptual breakthrough for Homœopathy
and low dose bio-effects. When it occurs, it may
reframe our ideas of matter, energy, life, and
information in a radically new perspective.
Presently the greatest challenge to those
working on Homœopathy or low dose bio-effects is
to develop a proper theoretical context for their
observations. We need a theory of very high
dilutions in the context of the organism. This
would enable us to form testable questions that
move the research from an accumulation of
anomalous observations to a sequence of facts that
fit together like pieces of a puzzle. It is becoming
more apparent that molecular theory offers nothing
but conceptual limitations for this field of inquiry,
and that an alternative that goes beyond it must be
sought. Moreover, I anticipate that a breakthrough
toward a radically new view of chemistry is in the
making, and it is long overdue. Quantum chemist
H. PRIMAS, wrote:
The
richness
of
chemical
phenomena renders it impossible to
discuss them exhaustively from a
single point of view.
The
molecular view is just one of these
views and has no privileged status.
… While the molecular theory fell
on fertile ground, the further
development of a theory of
chemical substances was deprived
of intellectual incentive.
Even
today, chemical thermodynamics
and chemical kinetics are still in a
rudimentary state of development
achieved at the turn of the century.
… The molecular idea flourished
and degenerated into a dogma,
requiring unqualified faith.21
He also wrote, ‘Our vision of the world will be
severely limited if we restrict ourselves to the
molecular view. Molecular theories describe some
aspects of matter, but it is not wise to think that
they give us a description of reality “as it is”. If
questions of a different kind can be asked, nature
will then respond in a new language.’
As to the future of science, research on
Homœopathy and other low dose bio-effects offers
the gift of new questions to the greater scientific
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community - not only for Homœopathy and
solution chemistry, but for the entire theory of
condensed matter with ramifications for Biology,
Chemistry, and Physics. Chipping away at the
molecular dogma and raising uncertainty about
what scientists thought was bedrock truth should be
seen as healthy for science. As physicist Louis de
BROGLIE warned us, ‘The advances of science
have always been frustrated by the tyrannical
influences of certain preconceived notions that
were turned into unassailable dogmas, and for that
reason scientists must periodically re-examine their
basic principles.’ Research on Homœopathy and
low dose bio-effects may lead to a revision or a
refinement of molecular theory, or it may show that
something other than molecular theory is involved
at these low doses.
There is theoretical work in physics toward a
new theory of matter that may hold promise for
application to Homœopathy and low dose bioeffects. Del GIUDICE22 and PREPARATA23
propose a novel theory of condensed matter based
on quantum electrodynamics in which collective or
cooperative phenomena are critical to its structure
and properties. They show that conventional
molecular theory works well for gases, but falls
short in explaining the phenomena of liquids and
solids. A system of molecules kept together by
purely static forces becomes dynamically unstable
beyond a certain density threshold. Therefore the
system enters a lower energy configuration where
molecules oscillate in tune with a self-produced
coherent electromagnetic field. The energy gain is
proportional to the particle density, and then matter
is forced to condense. The theory predicts the
appearance of coherence domains in solids and
liquids such as water. Because the living cell and
its structural subcomponents have dimensions of
the same order of size of the calculated coherence
domains in liquid water, it is expected that
electrodynamic coherence may be relevant to the
living state, in terms of enhanced stability and
novel energy and information transactions. Such
novel energy and information transactions, if they
exist, may be relevant to Homœopathy.
The results of many low dose experiments
suggest new features of matter such as information
that may be conveyed by more subtle properties of
matter than molecules. It comes as no surprise that
living systems which are well known to involve
many levels of order and different types of
informational exchange, appear to be sensitive to
what may be ‘informational’ properties of very
high dilutions of bioactive substances. Experiments
from another frontier area of Biology suggest that
there may be subtle non-chemical bio-
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informational transfer in cellular systems.24, 25 Still
other experiments suggest that the zero point
energy of the quantum vacuum may be involved in
subtle informational transfer in biology.26 Perhaps
an appropriate explanation for low dose bio-effects
awaits us in a bio-physics that is yet to be invented.
Whereas conventional science maintains that
biological information is stored and transferred via
biomolecular structures such as DNA, there is
some indication that more subtle informational
signals may elicit biological effects. In bioelectromagnetics there are many observations that
extremely low-level non-ionizing electromagnetic
fields whose energy content is below the physical
thermal noise limit can produce biological effects,
sometimes robust. There is no agreed molecular
mechanism for these effects. It has been postulated
by some that they may act on the organism in such
a way that they affect the organism’s endogenous
electromagnetic field, which may be bioregulatory. That is, they act at the level of the
whole organism to provide bio-information or
disrupt it rather than at the level of energy or power
intensity directed to molecular receptors.
Furthermore, it is possible that several other
phenomena that elicit biological effects, such as
very high dilutions, Homœopathy, Healer
treatments, Acupuncture and other types of ‘energy
medicine’, may mediate their effects by means of
coherent excitations, forms of electromagnetic bioinformation that might intereact primarily with the
organism’s endogenous fields. Endogenous
electromagnetic fields, which are properties of the
entire organism rather than of specific
biomolecules, may be involved in self-regulation of
the whole organism, and sensitive to a variety of
subtle informational signals from the environment.
These speculations not only challenge the concept
of molecular mechanisms, but also the dogma that
mechanical reductionism is the fundamental
principle underlying the living state. However,
much work needs to be done to develop these
speculations into testable hypotheses and theories.
There are a number of other attacks on the
mechanistic view of life which those working on
Homœopathy or low dose bio-effects should be
aware of. Richard STROHMAN, a leading
molecular biologist and Professor Emeritus at the
University of California, has recently presented
some serious challenges to the genetic paradigm.
He argues that the information for cellular activity
is not in the individual genes, but is holistically
located.27 In his view, biological research is
presently lacking this integral programme. The
creativity of the organism, which is perhaps life’s
most salient feature, involves the interplay of the
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integral design and function of the organism with
its environment. STROHMAN raises the argument
for an epigenetic rather than a genetic view of life,
whereby environmental interactions produce
hereditable changes. This means that interaction
between the organism and its environment is nonlinear, with the temporal sequence of events
determining the complexity that unfolds even in the
simplest organism. Of course, it is much easier to
ask questions within the mechanistic reductionist
framework by studying the fragments of a dead
organism. It is much more difficult to study the
interaction of genetic and environmental factors in
a living organism and develop a science of life at
this level. However, most biologists fail to see the
limitations of their paradigm and the importance of
aiming for this larger context.
There is a popular anecdote based on a Sufi
story of a drunk who lost his keys somewhere in a
dark street and was groping for them only under
the street lamp. Asked where he lost them, he
replied that he didn’t know, but he was looking
there because the light was good. Similarly, the
dominant paradigm of mechanical reductionism
has prevailed because the biology community has
asked only the questions where the ‘light is good,’
and the results are clear-cut and reproducible.
Biologists explore, for the most part, those
dynamic possibilities for life only where organisms
‘obey’ the paradigm.
They have missed the enormous creative
potential of life in its subtle interactions and
interrelationships.
Furthermore, the genetic
approach has not permitted ‘other’ questions to be
addressed, which, in fact, challenge the
conventional approach and the dominant paradigm.
Moreover, there is a terrible confusion in
contemporary biology between the ontology of life,
its epistemology, and the methodology. That is,
the methodology used (mechanical reductionism)
has frequently been equated with life itself or the
model of how it functions. This is particularly true
in the US where higher education in science does
not typically include course work in the history or
philosophy of science.
The whole organism may be a biological
fundamental that cannot be reduced to its parts: the
whole may be self-governing by virtue of its longrange electromagnetic fields that are the
summation of many electrically charged
component species and their interactions. This is
reminiscent of the words of Claude BERNARD,
‘The Vital Force directs phenomena that it does not
produce; the physical agents produce phenomena
that they do not direct.’28
In 1839, when
BERNARD wrote this statement, the ‘Vital Force’
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was taken to mean a metaphysical concept beyond
the scope of science. However, the ‘Vital Force’
may indeed be a property of the whole organism, a
time-varying electromagnetic field summation of
all the electrically charged molecular events
occurring within it. Subtle biological effects may
be mediated through this subtle informational
network at the level of the whole.
Conclusions
The dominant paradigm of mechanical
reductionism that shaped science for the past few
centuries but was overthrown by developments in
modern physics earlier this century, still governs
modern biology and medicine.
Mechanical
reductionism, which was developed for the
inanimate physical world, determines the scope of
questions that can be posed for living organisms,
and conventional biology is the collection of theory
and results based on those questions. However,
frontier scientists are exploring other features of
life by asking new questions that go beyond the
dominant paradigm. Their questions come from
various frontier areas of science and medicine such
as epigenetic heredity, bio-electromagnetics,
Homœopathy, and low dose bio-effects. The
results of their investigations, which may be
regarded as individual anomalies by the
mainstream, may be taken together as evidence for
the need of a bigger paradigm to accommodate
them. Biology, it appears, may be entering a crisis.
Not only do these ‘anomalies’ challenge our
present view of life, but collectively they point to
the necessity for a holistic view of life to
complement the reductionist view.
Whereas
conventional science maintains that biological
information is stored and transferred via biomolecular structures such as DNA, the anomalies
show that other informational signals not stored in
chemical structures may elicit biological effects by
possibly altering the subtle informational signals
involved in biological regulation of the whole
organism.
Major changes in science have never been
brought about by isolated experimental findings,
but by collective evidence. Thus, it is crucial for
scientists who dare to venture into tributaries of the
mainstream or into uncharted terrain to come
together to enter into dialogue and share their data,
to find that what may seem as isolated anomalies
fit together to form the rudiments of an emerging
paradigm. It is important to look at the problems
of our science and the gaps in our knowledge. We
must continually ask new questions and never be
satisfied with the old ones, nor with the answers
that have come to pass. Scientists must continually
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be motivated by the ‘mother’ of all questions: what
facets of nature remain undiscovered because what
we consider to be theoretical certainties prevent the
posing of new challenging questions?
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ON SCIENTIFIC TRUTH
Answers to questions
of a Japanese scholar,
Published
in
Gelegentliches,
1929,
which appeared in a
limited edition on the
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occasion of Einstein’s
fiftieth birthday.
I.
It is difficult even to attach a
precise meaning to the term
“scientific truth.” Thus the
meaning of the word “truth”
varies according to whether we
deal with a fact of experience, a
mathematical proposition, or a
scientific theory. “Religious
truth” conveys nothing clear to
me at all.
II.
Scientific research can reduce
superstition by encouraging
people to think and view things
in terms of cause and effect.
Certain it is that a conviction,
akin to religious feeling, of the
rationality or intelligibility of
the world lies behind all
scientific work of a higher
order.
III.
This firm belief, a belief bound
up with deep feeling, in a
superior mind that reveals itself
in the world of experience,
represents my conception of
God. In common parlance this
may
be
described
as
“pantheistic” (Spinoza).
IV.
Denominational traditions I can
only consider historically and
psychologically; they have no
other significance for me.
(From Ideas and Opinions by Albert
EINSTEIN)
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PART III
(While Part II features articles from other journals, Part III contains the editor’s own contribution and other
original articles.)
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------lack persecutors who have been sent to me by the
BOOKSHELF
Lord from up there, in order to purify my heart.
1. SAMUEL HAHNEMANN – His Life and But I will vanquish with my silence and through
Memory, by Fernando Dario FRMCOIS-FLORES, continuous healings that call their attention, with
B. Jain Publishers (P) Ltd., New Delhi 110055. I medication that is free of odor and taste and that
Edn. 2007:
There have been several normally help permanently and without producing
biographies of Samuel HAHNEMANN, the fatigue. Besides I realize that I have got all the
founder of the Science of Therapeutics, necessary and, additionally, I have the secure
Homœopathy, in several languages.
My feeling of peace of having made unhappy
knowledge is limited to English and German individuals happy.”
Some modern writers have written that
biographies; I believe I have all of the biographies
in these two languages and every one of them has HAHNEMANN was intolerant of criticisms. These
given added information on HAHNEMANN, persons do not know the abuses hurled at
adding to his glory. There are several papers of HAHNEMANN, the names that they called him,
HAHNEMANN in the History of Medicine, etc. Yet very tolerant he was and only sometimes
Robert Bosch Foundation, including several he gave them back. For instance he advises STAPF
letters from and to HAHNEMANN which when “Do not get so restless, now that they are shooting
scrutinized closely will reveal other facets of the so many big bullets against us. They will not reach
Master. I feel that many colleagues have taken us; besides they are so light and cannot do us any
“unhomœopathic” or “half-homœopathic” Practice harm since we are honest, and much less will they
because they had not read in detail the life of the harm the good cause, because that what is all right
Founder of Homœopathy – the severe trials, is alright, and alright it remains. . . . . . That what is
tribulations and privations he had to endure to real cannot be sealed as a lie, even if the writer has
establish Homœopathy.
Although there were, the counseling of some famous Professor, or a
before HAHNEMANN, great personalities like counselor who has a lot of studies . . . . I laugh at all
HIPPOCRATES, and later Albrecht von HALLER, this, and our cause advances forward unhindered.”
There are one or two errors. In p.57 it is said
STAHL, PARACELSUS who did experiments to
find out the symptoms produced by susbstances and that SCHWARZENBERG died in the year 1813; it
had the idea of applying that knowledge in was 1820.
There are 125 beautiful colour pictures; of
Therapeutics, it was only HAHNEMANN who put
all: – the investigation of substances on the healthy, almost all the places where HAHNEMANN lived.
the recording of the Symptoms and Signs, the case- For the first time, I am seeing some pictures of
taking methodology, the hierarchy of the some book shelves of the von Brückenthal Library,
Symptoms, the importance of the mental state, the some pages from two/three books, also a
plaque
announcing
that
method of preparation of the medicine and his commemorative
greatest discovery the like of which no other HAHNEMANN was there during 1777 – 1779.
The author has based his work on a hitherto
scientist has done so far, - the diminution of the
drug transcending the molecule, the serial not -well-known-source – a 150 pages illustrated
succussion, - organizing all these into a complete booklet by Richard HAEHL in connection with the
discipline (none of these can be removed without 150th birth anniversary of Samuel HAHNEMANN
making the whole fall down), gave it to us. To this (1905), in custody of the Robert Bosch Institute,
extent HAHNEMANN alone deserves full credit Stuttgart. The repeated study of this book has
and attempting to run down his discoveries by given me great joy.
saying that before him some had already given the
Well-printed, paperback, with very few
Law of Similars is not correct history. Give due printing errors. Do purchase and read it.
credit. We learn from this book that it was not only
KLOCKENBRING who was treated for his mental
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OLD QUARRIES
Man makes an end of darkness
when he pierces to the uttermost depths
the black and lightless rock….
Man attacks its flinty sides,
upturning mountains by their roots,
driving tunnels through the rock,
on the watch for anything precious.
He explores the sources of rivers,
and brings to daylight secrets that were
hidden.
But tell me, where does wisdom come
from?
Where is understanding to be found?
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Part I Current Literature Listing
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Part I of the journal lists the current literature in Homœopathy drawn from the well-known homœopathic
journals published world-over - India, England, Germany, France, Brazil, USA, etc., - discipline-wise, with
brief abstracts/extracts. Readers may refer to the original articles for detailed study. The full names and
addresses of the journals covered by this compilation are given at the end of Part I. Part II contains selected
essays/articles/extracts, while Part III carries original articles for this journal, Book Reviews, etc.
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HAHNEMANN and went much far from him. In
the ZKH in the past 20 years particularly the
I. PHILOSOPHY
phenomenological viewpoint was predominant.
The all too speculative ideas are analysed critically.
1. Psychosomatik und Homöopathie
(Psychosomatism and Homœopathy)
3. “Die erkennbare Leibes-Beschaffenheit” –
WHITMONT Ronald D. (AHZ. 252, 1/2007)
Anmerkungen zu Paragraph des Organon
(The perceptible Constitution” – Observations
The difference between Allopathic Medicine
to Paragraph 5 of the Organon)
and Holistic Medicine is discussed. Allopathic
REIS Stefan (NAH.7 2, 4/2007)
Medicine considers the chronic
diseases as
incurable and therefore only symptomatic or
The Organon cannot be judged by studying its
palliative treatments are applied. This method
Paragraphs as independent or isolated but only with
simply sweeps the dirt under the carpet.
regard to each other. There have always been such
Homœopathy on the contrary considers the
expositions [paragraph 211 to witness as approval
emotional and physical aspects as a Totality.
of the ‘Sehgal- method’ = KSS]. The §5 is shown
Homœopathy cannot therefore be integrated in
to be of no more value than to indicate the choice
anyway into allopathic frame, or into any other
of the homœopathic therapeutic method and kind of
‘alternative’ medical discipline.
introduction to the intervention by Homœopathy.
With a practical case the author demonstrates
the above mentioned. The case is a Mixed
4. The unprejudiced observer: Suicide and the
Connective Tissue Disorder, in a 49 year-old
Miasms
female.
BIRCH, Kate (AH. 13/2007)
2.
Pros zur Psora – 50 Jahre Miasmen in der
ZKH
(Pros to Psora – 50 years Miasms in the ZKH)
GENNEPER Thomas (ZKH, 51, S1/2007)
Suicide is among the more profoundly difficult
events to reconcile. There are many life situations
that can lead someone towards suicidal thoughts.
Miasmatic influences will steer these individuals
either towards seeking help, or not. Individual
response to stress is dependant upon the Miasm.
The miasmatic aspects are discussed and also
about the remedies that are likely to be indicated.
Homœopathic remedies indicated for specific
ætiologies can make a tremendous impact on
suicidal thoughts and help the individual regain the
equilibrium necessary to expand the possibilities in
choices they have, including that to stay alive.
Aurum metallicum, Antimonium crudum,
Camphor, Anhalonium are discussed.
Over the past 50 years the Miasms have been,
as expected, discussed in the pages of the ZKH by
several authors, particularly the sense and purpose
of the Miasms. HAHNEMANN’s original concept
linked a pathological and phenomenological aspect.
Later on the ‘modern’ concept departed from
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The Itch Miasm
DIMITRIADIS, George (AJHM. 100, 2/2007)
scientific categories are applied to homœopathic
Materia Medica.
LINNAEU’s system of classification of plants
based on genus and species and of animals based on
the number of auricles, ventricles color of its blood
and thermal state.
This led men to judge wholes on the basis of
parts, to assemble arbitrary groups and to divide
nature at points where she was individible.
Morphological characteristics are abstractions and
are a view of the plant through a particular
conceptual lens. This is one reason why different
scientists studying the same taxon describe
different characters.
Abstraction is an attempt to leave out many of
the concrete details of the subject by creating a
simpler figure whose structure is still roughly
analogous to the original. That is why abstractions
cause trouble in Homœopathy. It is the concrete
symptoms that we want in Homœopathy, not
stereotypes or archetypes.
Even in classification based on Darwin’s
evolutionary history small number of common ‘pet’
characteristics are emphasized and minor
characteristics that contradicted them are ignored.
By applying this in Homœopathy, common
characteristics are emphasized and unique
symptoms are ignored.
All classification schemes are hypotheses. As
we learn more we may rearrange groups. The
division of life into kingdoms continues to shift,
evolve and produce uncertainty.
How can a homœopathic physician say that
each kingdom’s remedies has a different
pathology? No such static agreement exists about
kingdoms in mainstream science. Homœopaths
cannot claim such a generality.
There are no consensus for the concept of
species. There are 7 to 22 concepts which differ
from each other. This points out the uncertainty of
categories and they do not lead to reliable
information about homœopathic remedies.
Animalism of animals and the planthood of
plants concern biologists, but have no relevance to
how the derived substance reacts homœopathically.
The classification to understand the common
symptoms, pathology among a group is against our
discipline which trains to see the unique and
individual.
HAHNEMANN specifically and in detail
discusses the classification of remedies in his
“Essay on a new principle for ascertaining the
curative powers of drugs.”
He cites many examples of opposite or at least
very different powers, in one and the same family
of plants and in different parts of the same plant.
DIMITRIADIS, writes that Hahnemann’s
Psora has been misunderstood as ‘Scabies’
eruptions due to mistranslation, which in fact is itch
eruptions.
The primary itch eruptions which
HAHNEMANN pointed out were Herpes, Tinea
capitis, and Tetter. Instead of itch eruptions it has
been translated as Scabies eruptions.
According to HAHNEMANN, the real basic
eruption was known to him by
1. An itching vesicular eruption which compels
the patient to rub violently enough to open up
the vesicles and infect surroundings.
2. The peculiar sweet-bitter itching which began
with a voluptuous itch (sweet) compelling the
patient to rub and resulting in a long continued
burning (bitter) sensation.
These form the determinants of psoricity of the
primary disease.
The author says that we should therefore
exclude Eczema, Psoriasis, milk crust etc. from
primary itch eruptions.
[If Eczema, Psoriasis etc. which have been
observed as ‘chronic’ are to be excluded from
‘Psoric’ diathesis, where will we include these
chronic complaints in which Miasms = KSS]
DIMITRIADIS
says
that
KÜNZLI,
DUDGEON, William BOERICKE all have
wrongly included ‘Scabies’ in HAHNEMANN’s
itch Miasm.
It is probable, that the Universal, ubiquitous
nature attributed to the Psoric Miasm by
HAHNEMANN is not an accurate assessment; and
there is no doubt that such universality was
postulated on an inadequate data base.
[HAHNEMANN has said that he was collecting
data, observations, cases etc. for over 12 years and
after considering a large number of these, he came
to his conclusion. How can we say, “insufficient
database” = KSS].
Today we know that non-infectious (sterile)
vesicular eruptions can occur and such history
should not be taken as infection with itch Miasm.
6.
Hardening of the categories: Taxonomy in
Homœopathy
SHEPPERD, Joel (AJHM. 100, 2/2007)
The homœopathic medicines are divided into
categories determined by sciences of Zoology,
Botany or Mineralogy. Though this seems to excite
the speakers and audience, there are numerous
significant limitations when these traditional
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The form and function of living organisms
cannot be a reliable indicator for medicinal use: “In
all ages the mania for simplification has been the
chief stalking horse of system manufactures of the
first rank.”
The reasons against any classifications are
explicitly explained in § 119 & § 120.
7.
The insects are the largest and most diverse
group within the animal kingdom. The author has
attempted to elicit and classify the common features
of Insect remedies.
Industrious. Tendency to irritate. Fastidious in
personal relationship. Restless. Benevolence.
Irresolution. Physical exhaustion with mental
energy and alertness. Laziness, ennui and lack of
motivation. Desire to be seen, to be looked at and
to be recognised. Hair loss. Alopecia. Duality.
Tremendous sensitivity. Promiscuity and sexual
dreams. A feeling of shame and being despised.
Sense of vulnerability.
Canine or ravenous
appetite. Burning pains. Worse for heat and better
for cold air. Swelling and constriction in the throat.
[All about insects in general. There are poisonous
ones and there are quite harmless ones. Knowing
something about insects in general (and there are
thousands of insects) is not knowing a remedy, a
proving. Pages and pages of writing does not add
one was bit to the knowledge of Materia Medica =
KSS].
Examining the Analytical Approach
WANS BROUGH, Charles (HL.19, 1/2006)
The ongoing debate between the ‘classicists’
and the ‘neo-classicists’ within Homœopathy can
be approached by actively examining models in
‘cognitive psychology’ that were designed to
understand how ‘experts’ make decisions within the
confines of a normal working day. In other words,
how ‘experienced homœopaths’ under the pressures
of a normal working day faced with inadequate or
ambiguous information were able to find ‘the
correct remedy’.
The article discusses what
qualifies ‘expertise’ and the essential problems that
‘analyzing a case’ presents when faced with years
of expertise.
[‘Expertise’ depends upon the individual
homœopath’s mastery of the Materia Medica and
personal clinical experience. One develops one’s
own expertise; it cannot be transposed on another
compromising with so-called ‘innovations’ and
what are considered ‘mode’ or ‘vogue’ which go
against the basic structure, is an escape route for
those who would like everything ‘made easy’. This
in the light of experience of several years. = KSS].
3.
Proving of the poisonous Sea urchin
(Toxopneustes pileolus). The remedy was prepared
from a part of the fresh animal taken from the
shores of Bohol (Philippines), potentized to C 30
and C 200. 14 healthy Provers (8 Women, 6 Men)
between 21 and 49 years age provided Symptoms.
Selected Symptoms are presented in the Head to
Foot Schema and compared with cured symptoms.
For one Prover the remedy was her Simile. A
patient’s case is presented in which antinuclear
antibody levels could be normalized.
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1.
Proving of Stangeria eriopus, Natal grass
cycad
GRIMES, Melanie (SIM. XX, 2007)
4.
Stangeria eriopus, one of the first seedplants
on earth, it is a Gymnosperm. Proving was
conducted in a double blind pure Hahnemannian
manner. 14 provers on three continents, from five
nations. Only mental, dreams and generals are
given.
For
full
information:
[email protected]
[Why
call
HAHNEMANN
to witness what is unhahnemannian? Only mental, dreams & generally
is not hahnemannian = KSS.]
2.
Toxopneustes pileolus (Toxop.)
HILDERANDT Jörg (AHZ. 252, 2/2007)
Arzneimittelprüfung von Gallae turcicae
(Drug proving of Gallae turcicae)
BLEUL Gerhard (AHZ. 252, 2/2007)
Two hither-to unproved medicines were taken
up for a double-blind Proving in four groups. The
results of one of these, Gallae turcicae are
reported. Gallae turcicae is Oak apple, which is a
hard ball of 11-25 mm. diameter. The young Oak
wasp, Andricus gallae-tinctoriae lays egg on the
tender leaf-bud of Quercus infectoria. After 5-6
months the young insect comes out and flies off.
The whole Gall is used for the preparation of the
tincture and then potencies are run up.
The Insect remedies
FRASER, Peter (SIM. XX, 2007)
5.
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Aurum phosphoricum (Theorie und Praxis)
Aurum phosphoricum (Theory and Practice)
TREBIN Ernst (AHZ. 252, 2/2007)
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all a game of one’s imagination not answerable to
anyone’s scrutiny. = KSS]
Complete salts (all-inclusive) give, according
to the author’s experience, better results in the
treatment of chronic-miasmatic diseases than single
elements, perhaps because they respond to several
Miasms. These remedies are chosen not only in
relation to the individual symptoms but also in
consideration of the miasmatic base. It is wellknown that Gold and its salts are used to treat
syphilitic Miasm. Aurum phos., a nearly unknown
mineral from old stock, whose effects are only
construct from its components, has proved to be a
very successful remedy. A case illustrates the
treatment as also the application of the theory of
Miasms in actual practice.
6.
7.
Aurum muriaticum natronatum – Four Case
Reports
SEVAR Raymond
(HOMEOPATHY, 96, 4/2007)
Four cases treated with Aurum muriaticum
natronatum are presented using the patients’ own
words; two cases of Fibromyoma of Uterus and
Thyroid disorders, and two of Eczema and
Depression with suicidal ideation after disappointed
romantic love. The case analysis and management
are discussed and distilled into the Materia Medica
of Aurum muriaticum natronatum with the creation
of a heuristic.
Verifikation und klinisches Symptom in 50
Jahren ZKH
Verification and clinical Symptom in 50 years
of ZKH
GENNEPER Thomas (ZKH, 51, S1/2007)
8.
This article is a recapitulatory analysis of topic
“verification”
and
“clinical
symptom”
considerations are made concerning the relevance
in homœopathic practice and the further activity of
the
journal
“Zeitschrift
für
Klassische
Homöopathie“ is within this context.
As
counterpart for verification, the author suggests
“falsification”.
[The reliability of the Materia Medica is
fundamental to the day to day practice of
Homœopathy. With a vast treasury of ‘symptoms’,
where correctness of each Symptom is equally
important, the need to ensure an error-free source
of verification cannot be over-emphasized. Due to
various reasons, mostly due to the enormity of the
printed words that have carefully been gone
through, the translation from the source language to
others – mainly German to English, several errors
have crept in. It is up to the members of the
Profession to make it their daily work in the
course of the comparison of the patient’s
Symptoms with those of the Materia Medica to
locate these errors. This is not difficult if most of
the regular Homœopathy Practitioners make it their
duty. Unfortunately with the recent trend to
depend only upon the Repertory without recourse
to verification of the Materia Medica, and the
prescription of the hitherto non-existant medicine,
for example, speculate and prescribe Lac equinum
because the patient dreamt horses – there are
several such prescriptions in ‘world-wide’ journal
like the Homœopathic Links – the question of a
carefully carried out Proving and a Materia
Medica based o n i t does not arise. Thus it is
Gavia Immer: A Modern Proving in the
Making (Common Loon Feather)
HUENECKE, Jason – Aeric (AH. 13/2007)
This article offers an insight into the
preparation and organization of a “modern”
proving. The author discusses about his feelings
and dreams while he was preparing the medicine
and also while proving. The dream themes from
the provings have been given. The proving was
done with 25 provers and 25 supervisors double
blind format. The full ‘Proving’ data is expected to
be published in a future issue of The American
Homeopath. [Unless the full ‘Proving’ is published
as also the source from which we can get the
potentised remedy so that we can verify the Proving
Symptoms clinically, this article is of no purpose =
KSS]
9.
A lightness of Spirit, the Ova Branta
Canadensis Proving
(Canadian Goose Egg)
SCHURDEVIN, Kathy (AH. 13/2007)
The
egg
was
processed
by
Eric
SOMMERMAN and medicine was processed by
Michael Quinn at Hahnemann Pharmacy.
The Proving was double blind.
The physical symptoms, mental symptoms,
Fears, Delusions, Visions and Dreams are given.
[There are no details what the ‘processing’ of the
eggs were, what potencies were used for the
Proving; how many Provers and how long the
Proving and the symptoms lasted, etc. In cases of
Goose and such ‘birds’ the Provings earlier were
done from the feather, for example the ‘Gavia
immat’. In this case of Branta Canadensis why the
egg and not the feather? = KSS].
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peace, he wrote, “I had the feeling of being less
hard in various attitudes, specially with my wife
and with those who were closer to me”, this
sensation remained for at least twenty days after
discontinuing administration of the remedy (O.S.),
and this was also associated with an improvement
in remembering the names of people. We may
observe that mental symptoms were noted only the
case of 200K.
10. Spirostachys africanus Sond. : The Tambootie
Tree: A Proving and cured cases
OLSEN, Steven (AJHM. 100, 1/2007)
The Proving of African sandalwood brought
out the central themes of Loss in purpose of life,
indifference to life, a loss of sensory perception;
especially for vision, taste and hearing.
Cases cured on the basis of above themes are
given.
The Materia Medica, Remedy comparisons
and Repertory additions are given.
Eyesight and Vertigo
Most of the provers, ten out of sixteen, who
took 30 CH and 200 K experienced problems
focusing on objects, and had a feeling of
disorientation. Some wrote that they had the
feeling of being on a boat. The symptom was
associated
with
eyesight
disorders
and
disorientation. Two provers, after discontinuation
of the remedy, experienced the same disorders
when started taking the remedy again.
11. Homœopathic
Proving
of
Titanium
metallicum
SPADA, M.F., ARENA, G., NOCIFORA, R.,
MATERA, M.
(HL. 19, 1/2006)
Materials and Methods:
For an extensive
description of the methodology of this Proving and
the preparation of the remedy please contact the
authors.
The substance Titanium metallicum was
supplied by the pharmaceutical company Carlo
Erba Italia and potentised by the homœopathic
company IMO in Trezzano rosa (MI).
Head
From the 10th to the 12th day, Prover 017 (G.P.)
reported very severe left frontal Cephalalgea which
then disappeared on the 16th day. Prover 010 (P.R.)
reported moderate cephalea in the front part of the
head, from the 8th to the 12th day. Prover 020
(E.D.C.) pointed out frontal Cephalalgea, more
towards the left, from the 4th to the 8th day, with a
state of mental confusion (O.S.).
Trial protocol
The Proving was blinded. Eight volunteers
received Verum in a 30CH, eight in a 200K and
eight received Placebo.
Mouth
Prover 002 (L.G.) complained of a bitter taste
in the mouth from the 7th to the 12th day, and
dryness of the mucosae with a burning sensation
and the desire for refreshing drinks such as
lemonade or fresh water. Prover 008 (P.G.)
suffered from Aphthae in the mouth from the 6th to
the 12th day, with a severe burning pain, which
disappeared and appeared newly in different areasof
the mouth. The most common location was on the
mucosa of the upper lip, to the left (N.S.).
Furthermore, prover 018 (T.T.) reported burning
Aphthae during the entire research study, which
healed and formed again on the mucosa of the
mouth, particularly localized on the tip of the
tongue.
Mind
In four subjects who took 200 K (071), very
clear mental symptoms were noted. Prover 010
(G.R.) experienced a panic attack in a closed
environment (N.S.), from the 10th to the 13th day, a
symptom that was noted once again in a parking lot
(claustrophobia), with a sense of oppression in the
chest, suffocation, and great agitation. Prover 017
(G.P.) noted a marked irritability in the morning,
from the 7th to the 10th day, and restlessness
accompanied by tension in the solar plexus, without
any plausible reason, and a crowding of thoughts
regarding unimportant situations (O.S.). Prover
020 (E.D.C.) noted a physical, and especially a
mental, improvement after the menstrual cycle,
which continued for at least one week. She wrote:
“I feel more serene in facing daily problems, with a
greater self-control and assurance”. This symptom
was also noted in the following cycle. Prover 021
(G.A.), noted from the 10th to the 14th day a
decrease in the hurry and anxiety which
characterized his nature, with a kind of mental
Back
Four provers reported marked pain in the
Cervical region, with irradiation of the pain to the
Occipital area, and heaviness in the whole head
from the 10th to the 14th day (O.S.)
Abdomen and rectum
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About eleven provers out of sixteen noted
marked abdominal disorders, such as diffused
abdominal swelling, Diarrhoea with liquid stools,
especially after meals, even though particularly
irritating foodstuffs had not been taken (002 [L.G.],
010 [P.G.] 013 [R.G.], etc.). Two subjects reported
haemorrhoidal symptoms with bright red blood in
the stools.
Sleep
Two provers, who took 200 K, 006 (R.N.) and
010 (P.R.), reported agitated sleep with restless
dreams, from the 7th to the 9th day, which according
to both was not attributable to specific causes.
12. Leycesteria Formosa
A proving of the Himalayan Honeysuckle
SEVAR, Raymond (HL. 19, 1/2006 )
Extremities (upper and lower limbs)
Almost all the provers, those who took 30 CH
and those who took 200 K, described a sense of
marked heaviness in the lower and upper limbs,
with tiredness that limited their daily actions, often
associated with articular pain, especially in the hips
and the left glenohumeral joint. For example,
prover 006 (R.N.) wrote that from the 5th to the 9th
day she felt her arms and legs heavy, as if they
were of stone, with a feeling of swelling, even if in
the physical check everything appeared normal; she
further described a marked heaviness in the left
ankle and right hand (4th finger) (N.S.). Prover 013
(R.G.) reported that between the 7th and the 14th day
he had a feeling of heat, heaviness in the feet and
restlessness at night when he went to bed.
A single blind homœopathic proving of
Leycesteria formosa (the Himalayan Honeysuckle)
in 30 CH potency using 7 provers yielded 62
symptoms with concordance of symptoms between
provers. The pattern of symptoms correlates well
with symptoms of other members of the
Caprifolaciae plant family.
The outstanding symptoms were of:
• Sensations as if stomach expanded like a
balloon
• Sensations as if stomach is rippling with waves
passing from stomach to pelvis, worse lying on
back and better lying on abdomen.
• Return of pain in sites of previous fractures and
joint/spine injuries
• Rapid healing of current injuries
• Changes in menstrual flow, length of cycle and
pain
• Watery diarrhoea.
Male genital apparatus
Three male provers, two taking 200 K, 017
(G.P) and 021 (G.A.) and one taking 30 CH, 007
(M.S.), reported decreased libido and premature
ejaculation, noted on more than one occasion. Two
of them had experienced decreased libido only
rarely in their life, but the more serious aspect was
the premature ejaculation which they had never had
previously (N.S.); this symptom disappeared only
one month after discontinuing the remedy. Prover
021 (G.A.) stated that premature ejaculation
improved in the two months following
administration of the remedy (C.S.), while the other
two subjects confirmed that the symptoms of
decreased libido and precocious ejaculation were
noted for at least 40 days after administration of the
remedy.
13. An insight into Taxonomy
A companion to SANKARAN’s “An insight
into Plants”
SCHILLER, Julia (HL. 19, 2/2006)
This article provides an overview of Plant
Taxonomy with other analysis and commentary to
enable readers to make better use of the information
in Rajan SANKARAN’s ‘Insight into Plants’,
published in 2002. SANKARAN has made a
convincing case that the taxon called the family is
relevant from the homœopathic perspective since
patients needing plant remedies from the same
family share common sensations.
Most of
SANKARAN’s groupings are supported by
contemporary botanical classification, but five of
the groupings are problematic from the taxonomic
viewpoint, probably because he has relied on
outdated sources to draw them together. His
Conifers, Violales, Hamamelidae, Magnolianae,
and Liliflorae groupings, which are composed of
plants sharing higher taxa in common than the
botanical family, are shown to have overlap,
potentially premature generalization and/or other
problems.
Continued work is encouraged to
Skin
Prover 003 (A.A.) reported that one week after
administration of remedy 30 CH he experienced a
rash with itchy wheals (Urticaria) which started in
the evening after sunset, accompanied by swelling
in the concerned location, migrating, accompanied
by much itching, and soothed with cold water.
Diarrhoea, 2-4 bowel movements a day, relieved
the itching symptom. The symptom was present for
four days.
Two other provers, 008 (G.P.) and 011 (A.F.),
noted diffused itching towards the end of the
research study (from the 12th to the 15th day).
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address these shortcomings. [Where is Taxonomy
in Homœopathy?
HAHNEMANN has given
several examples pointing out the ‘family’
knowledge does not lead to the right selection of
‘homœopathic’ remedy = KSS].
for over three years and also spent lot of time
collecting fresh data. He further says that there are
many original observations about Psorinum in this
article = KSS].
The article also considers the Psora theory.
Peter MORRELL himself had Scabies in 1971
along with 5 other members of his family. “Since
then I have watched with fascination, not only the
unfolding of myriad illnesses and symptoms within
the members of the family and their offspring, but I
have also seen the profound and curative effects of
Psorinum as a remedy. Psorinum is a very full
remedy, with a very large symptomatology, much
larger than is indicated in any Materia Medica. It
could prove to be as vast as to include all the
antipsoric medicines within its “sphere of action.”
Many symptoms have been linked to history of
Scabies.
Peter MORRELL says that the Hebrew BIBLE
has no concept of original sin, a later Christian
concept. Tsorat, a general word in Hebrews which
meant trouble, also groove or stigma, is
transliterated to Psora, meaning Scabies in Greek.
[The article is short and thought-provoking. It is
interesting to observe, in this context, the article by
George DIMITRIADIS in the American Journal of
Homœopathic Medicine, Vol.100, No.2/2007 titled
“The Itch Miasm” wherein he concludes that Psora
has been ‘misunderstood’ as ‘Scabies’ eruptions
due to mistranslation! (Abstract in p.82 of this
QHD) I would rather invoke HAHNEMANN’s
spirit and seek his clarification! = KSS].
14. The toxic Effects of the African Pitocine
Leucas capensis in ‘relation to the Law of
Similars
MOILOA Robert (HL. 19, 2/2006)
In South Africa traditional healers have used
the roots of Kgaba, Leucas capensis, in pregnant
women and cases of maternal toxicity due to
overdosage have been reported. Based on the
principle that ‘like cures like’ a proving was
conducted to unravel the homœopathic picture of
this plant. The results are discussed in this article
together with a differential diagnosis with other
remedies for pregnancy-related pathology.
15. Pestinum
A remedy for future Plague?
STEFANEK Josef & STEFANKOVA Jozefina
(HL. 19, 2/2006)
The authors present a proving of Pestinum, a
Nosode of the plague. A short overview of history
and pathophysiology of the disease is included.
Main symptoms at a physical level are quite similar
to the symptoms of the disease. At the mental level
there are fear of unknown, feelings of surprise,
unreality and isolation.
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16. Clarity and Intoxication
The Proving of Amethyst
SEIDENECK Barbara (HL. 19, 2/2006)
III. THERAPEUTICS
Five different groups of students of the
Homœopathy School of Colorado proved this
remedy over a period of five years. A strong
resemblance to the substance was evident in dreams
of caves, crowded rooms, levels of high and low,
up and down and openings with light. Mental
themes relating to the substance include extreme
clarity, a feeling of being drunk, and excessive
mental energy. The list of physical symptoms is
substantial; the proving showed Amethyst’s strong
affinity for head pains, female symptoms and nerve
involvement of the extremities.
1.
Ode to cold
Folklore or Fact: Can exposure to cold cause
illness?
LOCKWOOD, Amy E. (HT. 26, 6/2006)
Based on 200 years of clinical experience
applying the homœopathic method of treatment,
homœopaths are likely to agree that exposure to
cold and other environmental factors can contribute
to lowering a person’s resistance to illness.
The indications for Aconite, Hepar sulphuris
calcareum, Nux vomica for ailments due to cold,
dry weather and wind and of Rhus toxicodendron,
Arsenicum album and Dulcamara in cold, damp
weather are given.
17. Psorinum
MORRELL, Peter (HH. 30, 11/2005)
[This article is very interesting. The author opens
the article stating that he has been working on this
2.
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SHALTS, Edward (HT. 26, 6/2006)
6.
On a cold November morning, the author’s
daughter removed her hat during the stroll. Around
11 p.m., she felt very scared and was shaking with
chills. High fever and was increasingly frightened,
anxious and restless. Aconite 30c. She calmed
down in five minutes and slept in another ten
minutes. She recovered completely next morning.
3.
Nux vomica appears to be the most strongly
indicated Genus Epidemicus remedy for Bird Flu.
Other remedies are Aconite, Anas barbariae,
Baptisia,
Bryonia,
Camphor,
Eupatorium,
Gelsemium, and Rhus tox.
Anas barbariae and Influenzium can prevent it.
China, Phosphoric acid and Tuberculinum
aviaire helps in recovery after infection.
Wrap up those Babies
ROTHENBERG, Amy (HT. 26, 6/2006)
Leslie, 18 months, with low grade Fever and
flushing of face. Crying and in bad mood. She was
treated with Calcarea carbonica for colic and sleep
problems in the first year.
A day before she was taken on a bike ride.
During the first part of the ride, sweat on her head.
Then exposure to wind on damp head for an hour.
Hot head with cold extremities, large wide – open
pupils.
Belladonna 30. Slept off immediately and had
woken up back to her perky self.
4.
Will Bird Flu Spread Its Wings?
Homœopathic help for Flu Season.
MEDHURST, Robert (HT. 26, 62006)
7.
Never Thin Enough
Eating Disorders and Homœopathic Treatment
MASLAN, Allison (HT. 26, 6/2006)
An eating disorder reflects an extreme
obsession with body image and food. Then they
struggle with the emotional and physical
repercussions that follow. These patients need a lot
of reassurance and support.
Case: Nancy 59, suffered from eating disorders
since the age of nine. High anxiety and acid –
alkaline imbalance with burning pains in stomach.
Cravings for fatty food. 102 pounds.
Wanted to do things perfect. Erratic. Fear of
dying. Anal fissures with chronic burning pain.
Nitricum acidum 30. Mood improved immediately
and became hopeful. She felt liberated, joyous and
carefree. A dose of Nitric acid 200. Anal fissures
gone. Nitric acid LM 2 to take as needed and went
on improving. Her weight became 115 lbs. The
potency was slowly raised to LM 6. She remained
well.
Sensitive to Drafts? Wear a scarf on that Bike!
Or visit a homœopath to treat this susceptibility
COWARD Steven (HT. 26, 6/2006)
Karl, 35, with headache and stiff neck since he
moved over to U.S. The pains were worse in the
evening and when he lay down. Pain centered in
sub occipital area. Pains from cold drafts on neck
would alleviate. Sweat during sleep. Raw itchy
skin between toes. Easily tired. Silica 200. For the
first two days, his neck became more stiff and from
third day great relief. In the next few months,
repeated few more doses and he became completely
well (except for the itching in between toes!)
8.
5.
It’s more serious than just “cold feet”.
Homœopathic help for Raynaud’s Disease.
SUBOTNICK, Seven I. (HT. 26, 6/2006)
Frances, a middle aged school teacher with
coldness of toes in Fall and Winter. First they turn
white and cold, then blue and numb and finally turn
red, prickly, hot and painful. The toes were
beginning to ulcerate. Secale 30. Within 2 weeks
her symptoms had resolved without any other
medical intervention.
Relapse after 2 years
subsided with Secale 200.
Indications for Aconite, Secale, Sulphur and
Sulphuric acid are given.
Three other cases which responded to their
constitutional remedies are reported.
A Dancer’s Dilemma
Battling Bulimia
ALLEN, Karen (HT. 26, 6/2006)
Cheryse, presented with recurrent vaginal
infections and warts on extremities. Bulimic since
her dreams of becoming a dancer did not
materialize. She vomited atleast once a day. This
created a sense of failure and helplessness about her
life.
Affected by damp weather and Garlic. Thuja
occidentalis 1M.
9.
Sweet relief for Shingles
SHALTS, Edward (HT. 27, 1/2007)
Peter was HIV+, had crop of small, pink,
blisters in right lower chest. He consulted and
received antiviral drug and topical cream. No relief
even after a week. The blisters were painful and
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day signs of improvement. Less than a week later
he was off the respirator. After two months and
eight different homœopathic remedies, he was able
to go home.
It is good news that more future doctors are
being exposed to the potential of Homœopathy
through these hospitals.
In The Center for Complementary Medicine,
Chicago, Dr. Clifford KEARNS provides 5-6 hours
of lectures on Homœopathy to the residents.
In one case, patient chipped her tooth and
assumed swallowing it. X-rays did not reveal it.
On inquiry, it was found out that she had recently
lost her dog and started crying. Ignatia removed
the sensation of tooth struck in throat.
Thirteen year-old Alice was woken up by
Stomach Pain for the second night in row, with
Vomiting, Diarrhoea and increasing pain.
A
surgeon opened her abdomen to reveal a jet-black
stomach, half of it dead. Two weeks post-surgery,
cause could not be found out and high fever inspite
of three antibiotics.
The parents requested for help from SNMC
and they observed fever, without chill, heat in face,
stitching pains in abdomen and dry mouth with
thirst for cold water. Aggravation from any
motion.
Bryonia 200, every 2-3 hours. By next
morning temperature dropped significantly. Her
mood improved. Four days later, fever began with
a chill in the chest and descended to legs and her
back and occiput were sweating. Sulphur 200
every 2 hours. After this no fever for few days and
again fever with breathing difficulty and peeling of
fingertips. Thirst for ice cold water steadily
increasing. Phosphorus 200, 4 times a day. Her
fever broke entirely, energy increased and her
improvement was continuous.
A residential addiction treatment center in
Boston requested the Teleosis School of
Homœopathy to train its entire paraprofessional
staff so that Homœopathy could be consistently
available to its clients.
The programme hopes to help to resist a
relapse in their struggle against addictions.
itchy. Hot showers and moving about relieved
pain. Rhus toxicodendron 30. Next day symptoms
subsided significantly. Within 5 days, pain and
itchiness completely gone and rash dried up.
89 year-old lady recovering from a long
Chemotherapy treatment for Cancer had severe
Shingles on the left side of her trunk.
One month of treatment, brought no relief.
Pain from change of weather. Rash painful and
stinging. Ranunculus bulbosus 30 and then 12c
daily for a week. The pain and discomfort quickly
dissipated and rash dried up.
Indications for the use of Ran-b., Rhus-t., Apism.,Ars-alb., Mez. and Iris-v are given.
10. The Lovely Man in the Fedora
A cured case of post-herpetic neuralgia
ROTHENBERG, Amy (HT. 27, 1/2007)
Frank, 90 years suffering with post herpetic
Neuralgia since 3 months. Stabbing, intermitted
with relentless dull ache in left chest. Depressed
and losing interest in life.
Five months earlier, he had lost his beloved
wife of 72 years. One month laer had an heart
attack and severe Pneumonia. Few days later had
Shingles.
Pain worse with motion of arms. Since
Shingles, left sided Headaches. Dry cracking lips.
Natrum muriaticum 200. Two weeks later, no
sharp pains, but dull ache. Headaches gone, lips
healed, sleep and mood improved. Ranunculus
bulbosus 200. Dull aches slowly dissipated.
11. Seeds of change – Nurturing Homœopathy in
clinics and Hospitals
HARRIS, Jill (HT. 27, 1/2007)
Dr. Brian BERMAN, founded the Center for
integrative Medicine
at the University of
Maryland School of Medicine in 1991. Since then
many individuals are spearheading efforts to bring
the benefits of Homœopathy into such settings as
medical Schools, Hospials, Clinics and Residential
addiction treatment centres. One such facility is
Southwest Naturopathic Medical Centre
(SNMC) in Arizona.
Case: Life or death decision
After her husband’s eleventh stroke, a woman
confronted the choice of whether or not to continue
his life support. The Internist counselled that all
hope was lost. Homœopath Stephen MESSER was
called and he found the patient was unresponsive
except for a little movement in his fingers. When
he told the patient he was going to leave, the patient
squeezed his hand harder. Phosphorus 200. Next
Complementary strategies for Katrina
In New Orleans, Homœopah Karyn
SCHWARZ worked with an M.D. and a Nurse to
treat patients affected by Katrina, using
Complementary Strategies for each patient based
on different kinds of knowledge.
12. Wound finally heals – after 25 years
MOSKOWITZ, Richard (HT. 27, 1/2007)
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30 years after a radical mastectomy for Breast
Cancer, a 70-year-old woman sought help to close
an open, draining wound in her chest. Extensive Xray treatment resulted in Osteomyelitis of left lower
ribs. In the ensuing 25 years, old wound reopened
several times but recently not healed for over a
year. A fistula, oozing a woody mucopurulent
discharge.
Three years, many homœopathic
remedies – including Calc-sulph. and Silica; also
seemingly constitutional like Lycopodium and
Phosphorus; then Radium bromatum and X-ray –
did not help. Gun powder 30, daily for a few
weeks closed the fistula and the scab fell off.
Reopened briefly later, but few doses of Gun
powder 200 healed it.
complications are discussed.
homœopathically are ‘quoted’.
Epidemics treated
15. Modern Mumps strikes Young Adults
An experienced homœopath tell us what works
TREUHERZ, Francis (HT. 27, 2/2007)
Indications for Mercurius solubilis, Phytolacca
decandra, Aconite, Belladonna and Pulsailla are
given.
In the last eleven years of intensive practice on
an emergency telephone helpline service, by the
author, Jaborandi has been the most useful one for
Mumps.
J.H. CLARKE’s description of the
remedy is given. It can be helpful when Mumps
have metastasized to testicles, breasts and
elsewhere.
13. Real Homœopathic “Magic”
Severe liver trouble agonizing Kidney stones
respond to homœopathic treatment
CARPENTER, Bonnie (HT. 27, 1/2007)
16. Preventing Mumps - Homœopathically
LOCKWOOD, Amy. E. (HT. 27, 2/2007)
Parotidinum 30 or 200 - J.H. CLARKE
Pilocarpine 6c - Dorothy SHEPERD
Trifolium pratense
& Trifolium repens
3c or 6c
- Will TAYLOR
Jason, 32, had grossly abnormal liver enzyme
levels for which no cause could be detected. He
was advised Liver transplant. He was angry,
impatient, workaholic – striving for excellence.
Compulsive about his work.
Craved highly spicy food, chilly and desired
warmth. Exhaustion from overwork. Nux vomica
30 once a week for two months. Blood enzyme
levels all came back to normal. He took Nux
vomica 30 monthly once for another two years and
his attitude to life completely changed.
Jaimie, 23 years, with Kidney stones since 14
years of age. Undergone Cystoscopy, Lithotripsy.
Recurring Uric acid stones.
Extreme pain with nausea and fever during the
episode but constant back and Stomach pain.
Painful and heavy menstrual periods
accompanied by hot flashes. She was anxious,
depressed, moody and had panic attacks. Terrified
of Snakes and Spiders. Could not stand Sun,
Jealous and Sarcastic. Lachesis 1M. A week later
pain in stomach and back gone. In next 3 months
frequency of stones decreased.
Lachesis 1M was repeated many times and she
was symptom free for one year. Relapse and one
more repetition cured her.
17. A dizzying Disease
ROTHENBERG, Amy (HT. 27, 2/2007)
POLLY was suffering with Mèniére’s disease.
Severe dizziness with loss of balance, nausea and
vomiting. With this illness, her life had become
severely restricted. She had to lie perfectly still wih
her eyes closed during vertigo. Much anxious
about health, sweats easily on exertion and
tendency to constipation. Chilly. Neat freak.
Calcarea carbonica 200, one pellet. Four weks
later; not a single episode of dizziness. Six weeks
later : Easier menstrual cycle. Over the next seven
years, 3 doses of 200 and two doses of 1M. She
never again had a severe bout with the dizziness.
To the amazement of her ENT doctor, Polly’s
hearing returned to normal and the ringing in ears
also stopped.
Indications for Cocculus, Phosphorus, Conium
maculatum and Argentum nitricum are given.
14. Mumps. It’s Back! And it’s not just for kids
any more
LOCKWOOD, Amy. E. (HT. 27, 2/2007)
18. The Gift of Homœopathy for Adopted Kids.
REICHENBERG-ULLMAN,
Judyth
ULLMAN, Robert (HT. 27, 2/2007)
The biggest outbreak of Mumps in U.S. was in
2006. Most of the affected were teens and young
adults – inspite of two doses of MMR Vaccine.
The clinical symptoms and the possible
Adopted children may be more likely to suffer
from inadequate bonding, separation, anxiety,
attachment disorders, malnutrition, chronic disease,
fetal alcohol and drug syndromes, neurological
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problems, ADHD and developmental, learning and
speech delays.
1. JOEY, seven year-old boy, was adopted at 18
months from an Orphanage in China. He liked to
kiss, hug. Involved in two incidents of explorative,
sexuality with younger girls. Diagnosed with
ADHD. Liked music and sensitive to noise.
Sucking his fingers. Intense desire for sweets.
2. LUCY, now 9, removed at age 3, from parents
due to severe abuse and neglect. Possible sexual
abuse. Difficulty with social interactions at school.
Still sucked thumb. Tells lies. Insensitive to pain.
Tendency to sneak candy and sweets.
Both of them had experienced parental
abandonment or neglect before their adoptions.
This led to insecurity, social problems, difficulty
with school performance, thumb and finger sucking
and an inordinate desire for sweets.
- Saccharum officinalis
LUCY experienced improvement in focus,
much less fighting, lying and thumb sucking and a
gradually reduced craving for sweets.
JOEY became less aggressive and hyper.
Focus improved and was able to get along well wih
kids in school. Completely stopped sucking his
fingers. Sugar craving decreased dramatically.
Maintained their improvements over the next
few years.
QUENTIN, an adopted child, had repeated
Kidney infections with pain and crying after
urination.
Night fevers, bedwetting and
restlessness. He hates being observed. Can’t bear
anyone touch his toes. Slow to make a decision.
Likes to have his boots laced very tightly. Thuja
200. Within 2-3 weeks, had a nose bleed and broke
out in a lot of itchy spots. [Exteriorization of
disease from a correct medicine. Indication of
curative process. = KSS].
Thereafter his
indecision improved markedly and a month later,
his other symptoms cleared up as well. Repeated
whenever there was relapse.
21. Healing Adoption – Trauma
SHEPARD, Maureen (HT. 27, 2/2007)
Adopted children may have experienced being
unwanted by one or both of their parents and loss
of the deeply satisfying mother-infant bond.
The remedies which can help in this situation
are Anacardium, Gallic acid, Hura, Lac humanum,
Magnesium carbonicum, Magnesium muriaticum,
Natrum muriaticum., Pulsatilla and Saccharum
officinale. Indications are given.
22. Case of Hyperpyrexia: 107º Fahrenheit
PANCHAL, Manish (SIM. XX, 2007)
19. A new home and a New Chance
Bulgarian survives
COWARD, Steven (HT. 27, 2/2007)
25 year-old man in 1992 with fever and chills
daily since 10 days. Chills were followed by heat.
No sweat. Severe Head ache during heat and chill.
Bodyache, tiredness and desire to lie down. Pain
and tenderness in right chest due to coughing. No
desire to eat. Thirst increased during fever. Dull
and apathetic. Did not like to be disturbed or
spoken to. Sadness in eyes.
Bryonia 200. Next day, no change. Thirst now
decreased. Chills started at 11 a.m. and lasted till 4
p.m.
Gelsemium1M. Within two hours the fever rose to
107.4ºF. Cold sponging was advised. Gradually the
fever came down to 103.8ºF in three hours and
again rose to 106º. Cold sponging continued and
fever came down. He ate bread. Headache was
only slight and dryness of mouth decreased. Next
few days very mild problems and then became
normal. [The significant point in this case seems to
be the rise of fever to such great heat on 107.4ºF.
Cold sponging is a “contrary” method not
conducive with Homœopathy. Dr. PANCHAL has
drawn an attention to “unknown symptoms of
Gelsemium. Restlessness, active memory, suicidal
Sam, 8 years, was adopted at 5 years from an
orphanage in Bulgaria, by Vicki and Eddie who had
4 children of their own and adopted six children
from other countries.
He was irritable, full of rage, striking at others
over trivial matters. He wet his bed consistently
and used urination and defecation in a malicious
way. Facial tics worse when reprimanded. Fear of
big dogs and being alone. Thrice hospitalised
under Psychiatrist.
Anacardium 200 one dose. His behaviour
improved for several days and then became worse
and had to be admitted in a Psychiatric facility.
Another dose. Within 5 days he was discharged
with dramatic improvement in behaviour. He
apologized when he told something unkind.
Maliciousness virtually gone. Facial tics greatly
diminished. He was discharged from regular
Psychiatric care.
20. The “Stepford Child”
ASPINWALL, Mary (HT. 27, 2/2007)
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disposition jumping from heights”. These are in
CLARKE and not in other Materia Medica.= KSS].
Three cases are presented in which animal
remedies were chosen based on the feelings of each
remedy through the patient’s own words. [!!!not
based on Provings!
What can one learn from
these? To speculate, let one’s imagination take full
flight. Nothing to do with hard facts = KSS].
1. Limenitis brodowii californica
- Butterfly
2. Corvus corax principalis
- Raven
3. Lac lupinum
- Wolf
23. Parkinsonism: Riserpidone and Homœopathy
AMIN, Ruhul (SIM. XX, 2007)
Riserpidone is used in reducing the negative
symptoms of Schizophrenia but the side effects are
more or less same as Parkinsonism.
Dr. Ruhul AMIN potentised this drug and
proved on himself and the symptoms are given.
[What potency was taken and how soon or late the
symptoms developed? Was the Proving drug
repeated? The author say that several “fine
symptoms appeared but were not strong”. The fine
symptoms are not to be ignored = KSS].
He became ambithermal after the proving.
Earlier he was hot.
A patient with Parkinsonism for 15 years was
given potentised Riserpidone.
Symptoms of
Hyperkinesias, trembling finger and difficulty in
speech were reduced.
The author concludes: the many crude drugs
have various side effects and can be used to manage
the natural diseases (Symptoms as well as the side
effects) after its homœopathic preparation.
26. Patients with Hysterical Reactions:
Thoughts on Hysteria with a case by Massimo
MANGIALAVORI
HERON, Krista (SIM. XX, 2007)
Conversion Hysteria is a condition which
presents symptoms that mimic organically based
illness. It is defined as wandering and mutable
symptoms that are more a product of mimesis or
unconscious intention than disease.
Hysterics have disorganised emotions. They
cannot understand and interpret what is important.
Through symptoms they try to capture attention of
others.
Silvano, 60, with variety of chaotic symptoms
with extreme description and needs to hold
attention. Different kinds of pain. Dependency on
others with an intention to make them suffer.
Fruitless restlessness,
unable to
become
independent, desire to eat little. Desire for fruits
and liquids.
Latrodectans mactans did not help.
Loxosceles reclusa Q/1. Over the next 2-3
years, he improved but was not cured.
24. Drawing conclusions
MARRS, Iain (SIM. XX, 2007)
Completely blocked sinuses and enlarged
adenoids. Sensitive to criticism. Strong willed.
Obstinate. Angry when refused. Extremes of
emotions of mother during pregnancy and after
delivery. He draws volcanoes a lot.
Through the rubrics “inflammation of sinuses”
and “swelling of glands” and through “themes”
Hekla lava was arrived at. (What about Materia
Medica study in Hekla lava). From the next day
incredible anger reduced. Two weeks later again
Sinus problem. Hekla lava 30. His nose started to
run. No pain legs. Hekla lava 200. X ray Sinus –
No congestion at all. Adenoids shrinking in size.
Over the next two months piles of crap came out of
nose. Relapse 2 months later. Another dose. Over
the next 2 years few more doses. [A long – 17 page
– article. So much of speculation, opinions. In spite
of decades of Practice, I am bewildered at the
reasonings for the selection of Hekla lava. I do not
see any connections with the Organon, Proving or
Materia Medica. What is Homœopathy in this? I
don’t know. It’s another matter that the patient
improved. = KSS].
27. Case of Hearing Loss
SHARFSTEIN Catherine (SIM. XX, 2007)
Male, 67 years with Hearing loss in right ear.
During sequential questioning, comes up with fear
of poisonous Snakes and talks energetically about
Snakes. Elaps.
[It is not good Omen that a whole journal is
filled with Case reports of this nature. You talk of
horses and lo! The remedy is Lac equinum; of
snakes and it is a snake remedy; about a Spider or
climbing, etc and it is a Spider. And so it goes on!!
Throw away all Provings, Materia Medica, use a
computer so that you feed all the patient’s
symptoms and you get some remedies. Fit a
remedy that fits your imagination, it may be an
unheard of remedy, may be Anaconda! If we raise
our voice against such imaginary Materia Medica
we are besmeared with such words as
Fundamentalist, anti-innovations, etc. etc. Whither
25. Butterfly, Raven, Wolf
MURRAY, Beth (SIM. XX, 2007)
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over the decades in which positive results were
obtained, the researchers declare that further
similar researches would be rewarding. And so on
it goes, never ending. In spite of all these, those
with a mind tightly shut against Homœopathy will
never agree. Who needs these ‘researches’, to
satisfy whom? And whose approbation are we
craving for? Or are these just to keep occupied
some interested in laboratory researches? If that
were so, let them have their fun. For us who
actually practice the art we know well the
differences between a placebo response and a
homœopathic medicinal response. = KSS]
Homœopathy? = KSS].
28. Psychische
Erkrankungen
in
der
homöopathischen Praxis
(Psychic diseases in the homœopathic
Practice)
De LAPORTE Claudia (AHZ. 252, 1/2007)
Psychic and especially neurotic Symptoms are
cured more by self-acceptance and by the
integration of unloved parts of the personality as
well as by the support of a deep and universal
sensation of security. Many people are able to
perform this process of Healing and getting more
Conscious by themselves. Others need support and
stimulation from the outside. The most frequent
way to give this kind of help nowadays is by
Psychotherapy. But the impulse can also be given
by a classical homœopathic treatment which does
not take away so much of self-responsibility from
the patient. This effect can be enhanced by a
deeper and more psycho-dynamic understanding of
the process of disease and healing from the
Practitioner’s side. The homœopathic remedy as
well as a good technique of case-taking work
together as stimuli to become more aware. The
patient is free to develop his own findings in his
speed.
Three different cases show how the choice of
homœopathic remedy can be sustained by a more
psycho-therapeutic conceptions can be integrated
easily in the normal course of a homœopathic
treatment.
31. PC 1 als homöopathische Arznei bei AIDS
(PC 1 as homœopathic medicine in AIDS)
SCHUSTEREDER Klaus (AHZ. 252, 3/2007)
The actual clinical Practice in the Africa against
AIDS shows that treatment with appropriate
Antiviral substances has no chance of healing the
complaints. The reasons for this are several. After
much
trials Peter CHAPPEL has found a
substance, a combination drug, which in his
experience and also in the experience of some
others, has been found to be of great benefit. This
remedy has been named as PC 1. In this article the
experience in Central Africa has been discussed.
The socio-cultural background of a disease like
HIV in Africa is examined, the resulting difficulties
in treatment are analysed.
32. “Über die Liebe” – Infektion mit dem
Humanen Papilloma-Virus in der Gynäkologie
(Infection with Human Papilloma Virus in
Gynacology)
ENGELSING Anja Maria (AHZ. 252, 3/2007)
29. Herpes ist ein wenig wie Reue
(Herpes is a little like Remorse)
APPELL Rainer G. (AHZ. 252, 1/2007)
Infections by Human Papilloma Virus, HPV,
are widely spread. In sexually active persons, a
prevalence of 60-70% is assumed. In the West
sexual activity begins at earlier age and also there
are more sexual partners. The Human Papilloma
Virus is transmitted almost always through sexual
activity. The infection is mostly asymptomatic but
can, besides Condylomata, cause Cytometaplasia in
the Cervix uteri up to Cervical Carcinoma. Since
the vaccination was put to market in October 2006
Human Papilloma Virus is a current topic.
The problem can be understood and treated
homœopathically only in the background of the
Sycosis that is being expressed by it.
Herpes may give a view on a deep existential
dimension which is shown by two exemplary
episodes. Emphasis is put on the importance of
seduction and remorse and on a holistic way of
consideration.
30. Homöopathie: mehr als nur Placebo
(Homœopathy: more than just a Placebo)
MÖLLINGER Heribert and SCHNEIDER
Rainer
(AHZ. 252, 2/2007)
The results of a Homœopathic Pathogenetic
Trial of two Polychrests, Natrum muriaticum and
Arsenicum album, are presented. It was
randomised,
three-armed,
placebo-controlled,
double-blind Study differentiates between Verum
and Placebo. The Study claims highly significant
evidence. [As in similar ‘researches’ undertaken
32. Wesen, Erkennung und
Behandlung der Borreliose
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(Nature,
Diagnosis
and
Homœopathic
Treatment of Lyme Disease)
ALEX Peter (AHZ. 252, 3/2007)
symptoms alone. How much of these are right?
These are discussed on the basis of the articles that
appeared in this journal over the past 50 years.
The nature of Bacteria in general and Borrelia
burgdorferi in particular has been explained.
Examples are given for a possible meaning of
Epidemics on the informational level. From this an
approach
was
derived
for
the
analogus/homœopathic treatment of Epidemics in
general and Lyme disease in particular. Various
homœopathic strategies are discussed.
An
exhaustive reference is given at the end.
35. Ein Fall von Schizophrenie und seine Heilung
mit Cenchris contortrix
(A Case of Schizophrenia and its cure with
Cenchris contortrix)
CÁMPORA Carlos N. (ZKH. 52, 2/2007)
The author presented several cases in the
LIGA Congress in 2005, as evidence for the action
of the homœopathic medicine. The case presented
here is one out of them.
Although the patient had been previously
treated with conventional Medicine, psychologic
treatment, she showed no improvement. The
author demonstrates that the exposition of the
verbatim expressions of the patient and their
precise translation into reportorial rubric, the
analysis of the case and the approach to the
strategies and the course of treatment, would lead
to a successful result. The author stresses the
importance of high-quality case reports in research
in Homœopathy. [Certainly the case is interesting.
Certainly the journals must insist on high-quality
articles. Most of the cases in the journals appear to
be written only to impress the writer’s ingenuity;
exact dates of the prescriptions are not given; why
some prescribe as in this case of Dr. CÁMPORA, a
high potency, a XM, repeatedly over several
weeks? Why 10 globules every time, and twice a
day? Did not HAHNEMANN say that repetition of
the same potency is to be avoided? Yet, most of us
give the same potency, be it a 30 or 200 or a 10M
even, for several days/weeks! Is there a rule or is it
only on the basis of the individual prescriber’s
experience (which we do respect surely). Several
questions rise? Can homœopathic therapeutics be
‘fixed’ according to the ‘scientific’ laws? Can
anyone of us repeat the result of anyone else among
us? And are we searching for ‘evidence’ for the
action of the homœopathic remedy to answer the
‘critics’ or to ‘streamline’ our methodology? =
KSS]
33. Interdisziplinäre
Behandlung
bei
Rückenschmerzen
(Interdisciplinary Treatment of Back Pains)
EICHLER Roland and ALFEN Florian
(AHZ. 252, 3/2007)
Back Pain is a very common complaint. The
causes are manifold; and important problem is an
insufficiently developed deep dorsal musculature.
Strengthening the muscles seems to be the right
way first. Nevertheless Symptoms often remain in
spite of all appropriate efforts.
Here the
homœopathic treatment plays its part in an ideal
way to trace the real causes “behind the causality of
the muscles”, by taking the Totality of Symptoms
and work out the characteristic individuality. A
case is presented to show this. [ Margaret L.
TYLER has said that many headaches could be
cured if a Chiroparactitioner sets the Atlas right. In
respect of back pain, the ‘Alexander technique’
would go a very long way in relieving many people
of this nagging complaint. In fact ‘back pain’ is
pain to the homœopath; the causes are so many and
most of them do not get cured by a medicine, but
needs to be rectified by the sufferer; here, for
example riding a two-wheeler over very bumpy
roads every day will maintain the pain, no matter
what medicine I give. = KSS]
34. 50 Jahre Gemütssymptome in der ZKH
(50 years Mental Symptoms in the ZKH)
WEGENER Andreas (ZKH. 52, S1/2007)
36. Ignatia,
Phosphor,
Pulsatilla:
Mammakarzinom mit Knochenmetastasen
(Ignatia, Phosphorus, Pulsatilla: Breast
Carcinoma with Bone metastasis)
HADULLA Michael (ZKH. 52, 2/2007)
HAHNEMANN gave a high rank to the
‘Mind’ symptoms for the choice of the appropriate
curtative remedy. This may be seen in the several
case reports that have appeared in the ZKH over
the years. There have been discussions in the
articles about the reliability of the interpretations of
the Mind symptoms; also about the remedy
‘pictures’ drawn on the basis of the Mind
This is the case of a young, beautiful and slim
woman with a child. Because of a Breast Cancer
during the pregnancy her breasts, both, were
surgically removed. She was a successful actor,
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physical effects! Homœopathy helped in general to
a better/stable constitution and in particular the
ailments which cannot be overcome by self alone”
(Original citation).
was in love with a married man with two children
and became pregnant through him.
As a
consequence she suffered threats from the wife,
psychological stresses, fights with the family.
During the pregnancy she had severe back
pains, which many pregnant women colleagues
considered
usual
during
pregnancy,
or
psychosomatic. This became clearly worse during
the latter part of the pregancy and ultimately an xray showed the
fearful diagnosis of bone
metastasis of bilateral Breast Cancer. As a result
the breasts were removed surgically as also a
healthy child was delivered by a caesarean section.
(Contrary to the postulates of Psychology and
developmental psychology, the child, until date, is
healthy and has developed well.)
The patient consulted me at this stage and said
that the infant was lying quietly like a mouse. Mrs.
M herself could not rise from the bed to go to toilet
because the doctor treating her had said that the
metastasis had spread to the cross section of the
whole vertebrae. Even sitting up was forbidden. In
this situation the patient wept long and spoke of the
troublesome situation in the family. She was given
Ignatia 200.
Days later, because of the bone metastasis she
was given and after consultation of the
homœopathic literature at hand, the constitutional
aspects Phosphorus Q6 daily for some weeks.
With this the patient was clearly comfortable, the
Tumor marker also went down well. Therefore
Morphia was reduced and Tavor stopped.
The subsequent changes indicated Pulsatilla and
it was given in Q6 potency one dose daily.
Parallelly the allopathic drugs were also being
taken. The patient could sit up again and go to
toilet on her own and even go up steps.
An intervening state of much weakness was set
right with Phosphoric acid and later impatience,
anger with Nux vomica.
In November 2001 a new metastasis in the
costal region; Phosphorus and few weeks later
Pulsatilla Q6, Q7 brought her to a better state;
parallelly the allopathic medicines also on.
Several months later, the patient visited me and
she came up the stairs to my office in the first floor,
with her child in her arm! The child appeared to
be a picture-book model of a healthy baby. After
this on 21.9.2006 she rang me up to say that she
was well, her son is now 5 year-old and goes to the
Kindergarten. Whenever she felt unwell she took a
dose of Pulatilla Q6 and she became well. She
jogs, plays sport and goes regularly to Fitness
Studio.
The patient’s spontaneous expression: “The
conventional medicine helped me to stabilise the
37. Symptom
oder
Interpretation
–
ein
Psychiatrischer Fall
(Symptom or Interpretation – a Psychiatric
case)
KLINKENBERG Carl (ZKH. 52, 2/2007)
The case is treated by the Boger-method. A
point which is very important and peculiar to
Homœopathy is pointed out with this case. That is,
that the physician need not and indeed cannot,
know exactly the real cause of the disease. (Refer
to FN to § 12 of the Organon). Symptoms and
interpretations must be differentiated. A case is
presented to demonstrate this.
With another case the choice of symptoms in
frequently recurring paroxysmal diseases is
demonstrated.
38. Die homöopathische Datenermittlung nach
Bönninghausen
(The homœopathic Data collection according
to Bœnninghausen)
STEINER Urs (ZKH. 52, 2/2007)
This article is very interesting and thoughtprovoking. The basis of what HAHNEMANN
called ‘Dynamis’ is for BŒNNINGHAUSEN the
biologically inseparable networking of all its
symptoms which therefore need to be recorded
separately. The appearance of disease is modified
individually by “modalties”. The identification is
carried out systematically using a ‘hexameter’.
[Readers are urged to read, if one has not, the
relevant article in the book “Lesser Writings of
Boenninghausen” = KSS]. Special attention must
be paid to record complete symptoms; “complete
symptom” consists of at least one ‘general’
symptom (sensation), modality, and location of the
complaint. The most recent symptoms of the
patient weigh more, but most important are the
modalities.
Drugs have bi-polar signs and
modalities, which contain contra-indications, and
therefore have to be taken into consideration for the
exclusion or affirmation of the medicine in
question. Every medicine has its ‘Genius’ – an
individual ‘character’ – which is mirrored in the
entirety of its signs and modalities. The ‘genius’
of a medicine has to be found again in the
‘character’ of the disease.
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39. Gemütssymptome unter dem Maß des
Charakteristischen - Silicea ohne die Furcht
vor Nadeln
(Mental
Symptoms
as
criterion
as
characteristic - Silicea without the fear of
needles)
MÖLLER Bernhard (NAH. 2, 3/2007)
remedy as having a positive action on the
generative organs of both sexes. Hysteria and
nervousness …. None of the symptoms which the
patient complained of are seen in the text book.
There is no pathogenesis to match the symptoms
of this patient. In spite of the fact that the patient
became better, can this be fitted into Homœopathy?
The prescriber searched ‘Swamp’ and ‘Willow’ in a
computer. For some of us who do not use these
gadgets but still use the God given brain, this is not
possible. Does it mean that we wouldn’t have
found a curative remedy in this case? = KSS].
In five clear steps, this article illustrates how a
case can be worked out and analysed and solved
especially where quite often now the emotional and
mental symptoms seem to dominate and mislead.
It is also shown that the psychic symptoms must
also be only in consideration with the
characteristics of the medicine’s action and the
mental and emotional symptoms are to be used
only to decide the right similar remedy. At the
same time the author points out that with
Bœnninghausen’s Therapeutic Pocket Book the
case could be worked out to get the same remedy.
In the NAH, 1, 1/2006, Stefan REIS has
clarified how the symptom “fear of needle” entered
the Materia Medica and thence into the Repertory.
[It is a much rewarding work to search for the
source of the symptom and understand the
tendency of the drug so that one may perceive the
‘Genius’ of the remedy = KSS]
42. A chronic case of Belladonna
SADOVSKY Valerie (AH. 13/2007)
In this case Belladonna generally considered as
an ‘acute’ remedy, did very well in a ‘chronic’
case.
5 year-old boy brought in for Enuresis and
frequent Epistaxis. Aggressive behaviour towards
his little sister. Bites his dad, no fears except of
dark. Forsaken feeling after the birth of his sister.
Dreams of monsters.
Belladonna M. 6 weeks later – bedwetting
every third day. Epistaxis once. High fever for 4
days, a week after last visit. No scary dreams.
Sweats terribly at night. SL.
2 months later – Not cranky. Since 2 weeks
wetting bed daily. Salivating a lot on his pillow.
Sleeps on knees and belly and snoring loudly. No
Headache and no epistaxis. Comprehension much
better. Belladonna 1M.
6 weeks later: Bedwetting once in 5-7 days.
No sweat during sleep. Not bullying sister. SL. 3
months later: No bedwetting and continues to do
well.
40. Ein klinisches Lycopodium-Symptom
(A clinical Lycopodium-Symptom)
MORITZ Jürgen (NAH. 2,3/2007)
With the example of a case the author
highlights the application of a Lycopodium
Symptom, with reference to the 19th Century
homœopathic literature.
A Symptom is
characteristic and/or peculiar in the context of the
totality of the case. The fan-like motion of the alae
nasi, a characteristic symptom of Lycopodium is
taken up; this Symptom is to be considered in the
context of Pneumonia.
43. A Case of ADHD of Chronic Neck Problems
SHANNON, Tim (AH. 13/2007)
A 58-year-old female sought help for issues of
feeling scattered and purposeless and self criticism,
Intractable neck pain and jaw pains. The patient
began talking about owls and nostalgia of Nature
and environment. The idea of self-consciousness
was expressed like watching a movie of herself.
Bubo virginianus (Bubo-v) aqueous doses.
Over the next three years there was consistent
positive response with few more doses of 30 and
200.
The themes of bird remedies are given and
differentiated with Bubo-v. [Here again is clearly
what is not Homœopathy. There is no relevance to
the Organon, Chronic Diseases, Rules governing
the cure, Materia Medica, Repertory, etc. The
41. A case of Salix nigra
JOHNSON, David A. (AH. 13/2007)
46 year-old female with Asthma, Hypertension
and Depression. While describing her emotions,
she repeatedly used the words swamp and willow.
The search of these words led to the Black Swamp
Willow – Salix nigra. Because of this the remedy
was prescribed inspite of the limited indications in
the text. Over the next 2½ years, she progressed
gradually from LM2 to LM12.
[David A.
JOHNSON has followed Rajan SANKARAN’s
method of questioning. The texts indicate this
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CARA,
Raakhi;
TIKLY,
SOLOMON,
DEROUKAKIS (AJHM. 100, 1/2007)
patient spoke of owl and lo! All symptoms fall into
that! In what way is HAHNEMANN or the
Homœopathy he founded relevant in these
practices? I don’t know. Do you, dear Reader? =
KSS].
44. Asthma: Miasmatic Understanding
Treatment
SHAH Jawahar J (AH. 13/2007)
The study focused on the homœopathic Law of
Similars where a single most similar remedy was
chosen according to the unique characteristic
symptoms displayed by each participant suffering
with acute Gout. Participants who complied with
the criteria for Gout of the American College of
Rheumatology were selected.
The Serum Uric Acid (SUA) levels were tested
on Day 1 and Day 6 to assess hyperuricemia.
Treatment efficacy was evaluated on Days 1, 3 and
6 based on daily subjective impression of
participant, objective analysis and comparative
analysis of SUA.
In this study, the homœopathic simillimum
resolved all acute symptoms within 6 days. The
levels of SUA were also reduced.
The remedies indicated were: Benz. ac., Arn.,
Bry., Caust., Rhus-t., Led., Berb-v., Colch.,
Bell.,and Calc. carb.
and
Asthma can be managed easily only after
understanding the disease. The miasmatic aspects
are discussed and indicated remedies are given. A
Flow Chart of related remedies is presented.
45. An Explosion of Psora: Rocky Mountain
Spotted Fever (RMSF)
HYDE, Rosemary (AH. 13/2007)
The author had a Tick bite for which she took
Ledum 200.
A week later she was down with fever and
all the symptoms of Tick bite. Ledum 200 and 1M
with several doses of Borrelia (Lyme Disease).
Nosode, 30, 200, and 1M. Relief for a short while.
Diagnosed as Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever
(RMSF). Admitted and was unconscious for 5 days
with Multiple Neuropathies.
Arnica 1M for
illusions after injury to head from a fall in hospital.
For her frightened expression, Aconite 1M.
Copious and frequent urination at night
alternating with no urination during the day. Fiery
red tongue. Belladonna 30 and next day a dose of
200 helped the above two problems. Finally Rhus
tox 30 in water dose. One dose each on two
consecutive days. By third day uncertainty of
balance and proprioception disappeared and could
walk without walker. Several symptoms from the
beginning of illness returned briefly and subsided.
48. Anacardium: Sins from this and many lives …
LALOR, Liz (AJHM. 100, 1/2007)
35-Year-old female, with weight and diet
issues.
Candida.
Food allergies.
Stomach
bloating. Feeling of being rejected by parents.
Clairvoyant ability to see her crimes of past lives
which led to the guilty feeling. Her true calling was
in her spiritual work and trained with a spiritual
teacher.
Anacardium 30, thrice a week.
2 months later – doing extremely well with her
weight and sugar cravings. Sense
of rejection reduced. Started to
exercise.
The shame about her body and past life was
easing.
Six months later: Setback due to a catastrophic
event. Criticized by her teacher.
So ceased contact with her.
Anacardium 1M.
A month later : Coping well with the situation and
returned to her classes with her
spiritual teacher. 2 more doses of
1M.
This case is from a lecture series in which
LALOR is concentrating on the Delusions of
original sin. In these cases the patients feel they
deserve their disease or emotional pain. The
Delusion rubrics mirror the psycho dynamic crisis
that is both the cause and cure of the patient’s
illness. If we can delve into the original crisis that
created the first delusion, we have the remedy
46. True colors: A case of Chameleon and
Remedies from the Lizard family
BROWN, Doug (AH. 13/2007)
A 42 year-old FBI agent with Idiopathic
Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP). Conventional
medication did not help much. Bedbug bite was a
probable cause. The themes of family, fear of
death, embarrassment and deception emerged and
he told of his Chameleon role. Chameleon 1M.
Relapse 12 days later. Again another dose. A
month later count was 150,000. Better in all
aspects. Chameleon 1M. He continues to do well.
47. Homœopathic Treatment of Acute Gout
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The levels of health as explained by
VITHOULKAS are referred to and relationship of
remedies explained.
List of Acute-Chronic remedies and the
Remedy Relationship Sequences (triads) are listed.
[If the Correct remedy doesn’t work, it is not
the correct remedy; that’s all to it. Much has
already been said on this subject by many, earlier =
KSS].
picture and we have the cure for the crisis of the
person’s existence and subsequent disease.
49. Shaken Baby Syndrome
LALOR, Liz (AJHM. 100, 2/2007)
A 44 year-old woman with overweight,
Diabetes, Kidney function problems, PCOD,
History of Bronchitis and Asthma. Takes cold
easily. Meningitis at 7 years age and feeling of
abandonment as father was away and mother was
sick. So none visited her at Hospital. Could not
speak till 10 years of age. Low energy. Could not
read longer than 30 minutes. Slow in speech and in
responding. Father violently abused mother. They
divorced when she was 13. Currently studying
Theology. Lack of confidence. Baryta carbonica
30 once a day. From 25.4.06.
12.6.06: Normal kidney function test. Lost 5 Kg.
‘Brisk’. Less chilly. Able to read for upto two
hours. Baryta carbonica 30, once a day.
6.10.06: Immune system far better. Better focus.
Assertive.
7.11.06: Cold did not develop. Realized no need
of a protector. Sensitive to noise. From 25.4.06 till
7.11.06 daily one dose of Bar.c. 30. [For nearly
seven months more than 210 days, 210 doses of a
30 potency! Is it not mocking at a potency? Case
Reports of this type teach us what should not be
done. = KSS].
52. Cures at the Second Attempt
Three cases of Hyperthyroidism
AMBERGER, Anton (HL. 19, 1/2006)
Case 1:
42 year-old male diagnosed with
Hyperthyroidism, with an excessive irritability for
trifles since 6 months. Teeth grinding at night. He
had lost much weight inspite of eating much.
Trembling of hands. Profuse sweat of palms.
Striking rash on his chest and back. Slept with feet
uncovered. Sleepless after 4 a.m. Desires milk;
shell-fish and oysters aggravated. Felt humiliated
by the accusations of his immediate boss, which
were later proved wrong. Allergic to heat of Sun.
Nat.mur.LM 6 three drops a day.
Six weeks later: Generally better. Hands didn’t
tremble much. Rash got worse. Not so irritable.
Blood analysis however showed no change. Not
sleeping well. Nat. mur.LM 7 three drops daily.
After 4 months: His state remained more or less
unchanged. Mood was more balanced. Ability to
listen to people patiently. Refreshing sleep. Sleep
position changed. Rapid pulse during day and
accelerated breathing at night. Thyroid hormone
levels unchanged. Expressed grave doubts as to
whether homœopathic treatment would really be
able to heal his illness.
His wife described him as an extra-ordinary
ambitious man. He wanted to rise to even more
influential and much better paid position in local
government. His mother told he had nightly
perspiration of head and neck. Repertorisation was
reviewed and Calcium carbonicum LM 6.
A month later – Eccellent general state. He was
calm. Refreshing sleep. Blood hormone levels
were beginning to normalize. Calc-c. LM 7. Two
months later. Fine. Eating less but gaining weight.
Though he was refused promotion, it did not upset
him. Hormone levels were completely normal. In
the next one year Calc. c. Q9, 12 & 15. Allergy to
Sunlight disappeared. Rashes persist. Rashes
vanished during vacation at the Dutch seaside.
Tuberculinum XM, within 2 weeks eruptions
completely dissolved.
In the next 3 years no relapse.
50. A case of Meningeal Inflammation
C SEAK Karin, (AJHM. 100, 2/2007)
CH, 50 year-old woman with high Fever and
Headache since 3 days. She appeared quite
uncomfortable. Meningeal signs mildly positive.
A day before the Headache, accidentally bumped
hard by her partner in neck and shoulder area felt
her “brain had really gotten jostled”. Osteopathic
examination revealed excess of myofascial tension
and diminished amplitude of cranial rhythmic
impulse.
Arnica 1M.
Within 10 minutes,
significant increase in amplitude cranial of rhythm.
Mild pain relief. Headache relieved by redosing of
Arnica 1M.
she recovered fully needing
occasional dose of Arnica 1M and few more
Osteopathic treatment.
51. Why the correct Remedy Doesn’t always work
ROBERTS, Ernest (HL. 19, 1/2006)
The possibilities when a seemingly indicated
remedy no longer acts are discussed.
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Case 2:
Mrs. L, 44, suffering from
Hyperthyroidism since 2 years. During the course
of treatment she developed Rheumatism which
gradually worsened and suppressed with cortisones.
Lapsed into Hypothyroidism due to excessive
dosage. Then took Lach. 30 and Iod.30 daily for a
month and felt worse than ever before.
The illness started during stress due to work
and Christmas preparations. Pressure in throat,
Headache, Dyspnoea on climbing stairs, felt hot,
lost weight despite ravenous appetite. Nose bleeds
in winter. Irregular menses, since the onset of
Hyperthyroidism. Corrected with tincture of Agnus
castus. Pain mammae before periods. Chronic
inflammation of the cervix, level Pap IIId; Sensitive
to odors. Affected by trifles and can’t stand
injustice. Ambitious. Calc. c.LM 1, 2, 3.
Joint pains reappeared. Blood analysis showed
moderate improvement. Headaches disappeared.
Sudden decline at the sixth month of treatment.
Pressure in throat reappeared, extremely irritable.
Thyroxin levels increased. Epistaxis++. 2 new
symptoms. Complete loss of her left eyebrow and
eyelashes and red patches on the exterior of her
throat. Sepia Q1, 3 drops daily.
Within a week relieved of her throat pressure
and menstrual complaint vanished. Ascending
potencies given. While on Q4, hormone levels
normal. During Q8, cervix cells level Pap II.
No relapse thereafter.
53. A Trait to the Portrait of Arnica montana
HUTSOL, Larissa & Nicolai
(HL. 19, 1/2006)
41 year-old woman consulted in July 1997
complaining of very frequent burning headaches.
Since 2 years unbearable feeling of the tightening
of muscles in right temple and left cheek.
Constipation and awareness of a foreign body
in rectum. Menstrual cycle disrupted since her
delivery. Would sleep only on a low hard pillow.
A tumor 6 x 7cm x 2 cm thick in right temple and
10 x 8 cm, 5cm thickness on left cheek.
15 years ago, severe blow on head with
bleeding from left ear.
Arnica 200 thrice during the first week and
then once a week.
After 6 weeks, much better, pain in stomach,
nausea and constipation disappeared. No foreign
body sensation in rectum. No tumor on left cheek.
Tumor on right temple three times reduced. Arnica
200 once a week for 4 months. In 7 months, no
tumors. No pains. Normal menstruation.
54. If you help me God will help you
A case of Ficus religiosa
SHUKLA, Chetna (HL. 19, 1/2006)
Mr.D, 50, with muscle cramps in thighs when
sitting long. Hot feeling under the thighs and
painful. Much difficulty while travelling and in
ascending stairs. The conversation revealed that he
was trying to live all the eight qualities of EightFold path of Buddhism.
Ficus religiosa 30 one dose.
5 days later, bearable pain. Could sit for about
90 mins. While traveling and in sofa for 3 hours.
SL. 5 days later little discomfort.
One year later: Pain gone. No warm feeling in
thighs.
[This case analysis and reasoning is an example of
the modern caricature of Homœopathy. Surely,
trying to live the path of Buddhism is not a
pathology. = KSS].
Case 3: A woman suffering from Hyperthyroidism
since 1996, consulted on March 2001. constant fast
palpitations, intolerable at night, requiring
additional beta blockers. During sleep extremely
cold perspiration. Internal restlessness. Irritated.
Vertigo with a tendency to fall forward. Flatulence
from milk. Preferred warm food. Lumbar back
pain extend to thighs. Much depressed after the
death of her father. Fear of her close ones
becoming ill. Fear of hospitals. Sensitive and
easily offended.
Dryness of all mucous
membranes. Lycopodium Q1 – Q3. Then 1M and
XM. No improvement. Phosphorus, Lachesis and
Sepia did not help.
Inspite of thyroistatic drugs and mounting
doses of beta blockers, palpitations turned into
tachyarrhythmias. Agg. at night and from lying on
left side. Mammae sore before menses. Worse
from stormy weather. Remarkable desire for salt.
Sadness profound.
Natrum muriaticum Q1.
Worse. Nat.mur.Q3 to take from the third glass.
After the 2nd dose improvement which persisted.
So medicine was stopped. A complete restitution
by May 02.
55. Diamond Immersion, Depression and Suicide
Part Three of a 3 part series
TUMMINELLO, Peter (HL. 19, 1/2006)
A colleague’s mother was dying of Cancer and
struggling. She was scared and was on Morphine
for weeks. 3 doses of Diamond 30K. she died
peacefully, free of all struggling.
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A 45 year-old woman struggling with
depression and Aurum not helping. It all started
with a shock when her fiancé revealed his intention
of not having children. In regression visions of
being rejected by mother as she was not a boy.
Post natal depression.
Sighing Perfectionist.
Memory of past life – being in a tunnel, high
spiritual ideals, disaster and torture.
Mother
committed suicide.
Diamond immersion 200, 3 doses.
Six months later: Depression gone dramatically.
Much focused. Menopausal flushings completely
went away and came back only recently. Also Hay
Fever returned. She had control over emotions.
Dreams of protecting her child.
Diamond
immersion M, 3 doses.
5 months later: No complaints. Feeling of having
moved to another state energetically and spiritually.
56. A case of Idiopathic Thrombocytopaenic
purpura (ITP)
SHAH, Neerav (HL. 19, 1/2006)
A 13 year-old boy with ITP for about an year
consulted in Jan. 1993. Undergone steroid therapy
with partial relief and was advised splenectomy.
Purpuric patches. No control over defaecation.
Obstinate. Anger and striking others. Won’t
accept defeat. Lycopodium 1M. No change.
Dreams of being chased by people to kill him.
Deep furrows over his cheeks. Plumbum met. 200
on 25 May 1994.
Platelet count
rose to
392,000/cmm on June 17, 1994.
Plumbum
metallicum 1M on April 4, 1996 as platelet counts
decreased.
From May 25, 1994 to 1998 Platelet counts
were normal.
But still no control over stools.
8 Jan. 1999: Purpuric patches since a week,
Platelet count 12,000 only.
Erbium 30 based on the themes of Lanthanide
series – Feeling of being dominated, dependence
upon authorities and feeling of not powerful enough
to get things done by others.
From the next week, Platelet count gradually
increased and stabilized. He also stopped passing
stools in his clothes.
No dreams and his
concentration in studies improved. 25 Nov. 2000:
Again Purpura. Erbium 30c. No problem till Dec.
2002.
57. A clinical study of the Role of Homœopathy in
Cerebral Palsy Syndrome
MOHAN GR (HL. 19, 1/2006)
It is a small beginning to treat the Cerebral
Palsy Syndrome as even the latest homœopathic
articles on its treatment were available neither on
the Internet nor in the journals. In my study, 29
cases of various types of Cerebral Palsy were
treated with homœopathic medicines and gave
good, encouraging results, whereas in other systems
treatment efficacy is very meager except
symptomatic treatment and Physiotherapy. In the
majority of cases, there were few symptoms.
Prescription is based on objective symptoms,
developmental history, and gestures of the affected
children. Even miasmatic evaluation was carried
out. In this study, causes of the various types of
Cerebral Palsy were as follows: 5 premature, 6
neonatal jaundice, 10 birth asphyxia, 9 neonatal
seizure, 2 children were due to consanguinous
marriages, 8 children were due to health problems
in mothers during antenatal period, 1 child birth
trauma (forceps), and in 18 children the cause was
not known. The types of Cerebral Palsy were:
spastic type 14, athetoid 1, ataxic 1, mixed type 13.
The
front-line
remedies
were
Calcium
phosphoricum in 48.27%, Arsenicum album in
37.93%, Baryta carbonica in 24.13%, Agaricus in
20.68% and Tuberculinum used in 41.37% of cases.
In a total of 29 cases, 6 cases dropped out at various
stages; in others overall improvement was good. A
comparison was also made with and without
physical exercise.
[This is a useful study. Perhaps other colleges
should also take up this which will really help =
KSS].
58. Collateral Damage – Side effects
Homœopathic Therapy
AMBERGER, Anton (HL. 19, 2/2006)
of
Contrary to most opinions Homœopathy is not
a healing method which is completely free of
undesirable side effects. Besides some examples
given in reference to side effects, this article asks
whether homœopathic remedies may cause serious
illnesses. The work of HAHNEMANN and KENT
concerning the issue of side effects is shown.
Possible reasons for side effects are suggested. As
a rule side effects depend on the remedy, its
potency, dose, repetition and status on the one
hand, whereas they also depend on the state of the
patient, being normo-, hypo-, or hyper-reactive and
on the state of his health, whether healthy, slightly
altered, seriously altered or even incurable. It is
intended to stimulate a productive discussion upon
this topic in order to offer the possibility of learning
from one’s mistakes.
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The examples given are cases where high
potencies/large no. of diseases were given
injudiciously which HAHNEMANN is against.
59. A Drunk at the Wheel. Is it Dr.JEKYLL or
Mr. HYDE?
PITT, Richard (HL. 19, 2/2006)
The following article makes the case that the
current President of the United States needs the
remedy Alcoholus. It postulates this idea based on
specific behaviour characteristics, character
analysis, personal history and existing knowledge
of the homœopathic remedy, suggesting that to
some extent an accurate homœopathic evaluation
can be made in this way.
Symptoms of Alcoholus: Witty, jesting;
cruelty, hard-hearted, Malicious. Lack of morality,
mistakes in speech, violence, liar.
years. He was given one dose of 200 and 1M in
that interval.
62. A Chronic case of Eczema
GHOSH Aloke Kr. (HH. 30, 12/2005)
18 year-old girl; chronic Eczema over the right
foot since about three years, and has been under
homœopathic treatment and then allopathic.
Carcinosin 200 on 24 May 2001; then Placebo.
21 Oct. 2001: Natrum muriaticum 200 – two doses
2 March 2002: Calcarea phosphorica 200 – two
doses.
7 April 2002: all skin lesions have disappeared.
12 May 2002: Patient well in every way.
63. The Unit Dose – Some Experience
ADIGE, R.R. (HH. 30, 12/2005)
The author recalls from the past several
complete cures with a single dose. He cites cases
of Margaret TYLER and Gibson MILLER.
60. Identifying with Society
A case of Kali carbonicum
MANGIALAVORI, Massimo
(HL. 19, 2/2006)
64. Acute Respiratory Failure
DATTA, Amiya Kumar (HH. 30, 12/2005)
Woman, 37 years, with depression and
arrhythmias. Started few months after the sudden
death of her father. Prefers sweets. Feeling of
stone in stomach. Slow digestion. Massive doses
of cortisone for Rheumatism of joints. Anxiety in
the region of heart. Feeling of huge rock on chest.
Better in foggy weather and worse in windy.
Aversion to family members. Fear of birds.
Critical. Obstinate. Obese. Kali carbonicum Q1.
Two months later: Less rigid in her expressions.
Anxiety reduced. Bulimic tendency is less.
Kali carbonicum Q3.
3 months later: Lost 10 Kgs. Feeling better.
4 months later: Lost another 20 Kgs.
Further 4 years of follow up. Lost 35 Kgs, is
off antidepressants and no more palpitations and is
doing very well.
61. Metal for strength and protection against
corrosion
A case of Niccolum metallicum
SHAH Priti (HL. 19, 2/2006)
19 year-old boy with Acne Vulgaris with heavy
scar marks. The themes emerged were: Intolerance
of contradiction; feeling that he is always right;
Desire to help and protect weaker sections of
society; Maliciousness; Feeling lonely and dreams
of fights. Niccolum metallicum 200.
He started improving, scar marks reduced and
mental state became normal over a period of 2
68 year-old man with breathing difficulty since
10 years. Occasional exacerbation and remission.
10 years ago Pulmonary Tuberculosis, treated
allopathically which gave some palliation. Then
recurrence of respiratory distresses. All antibiotics
and broncho-dilators were refractory. Offensive
sweat. Very weak. Chilly patient. Mentally
depressed. Hopeless of recovery.
Psorinum, Calc-sil., Calc-ph. were prescribed
and patient improved.
[This is a ‘case report’ without dates and not
‘cured’ but symptomatically better. Perhaps the
author should have ‘followed-up’ for some good
length of time. = KSS].
65. Common Diseases of Nose and Preventive
Measures
CHANDRA, R. (NJH. 6, 3/2004)
The common conditions like Epistaxis, Injuries
to Nose, Sneezing, Rhinitis and Ear Infections,
Foreign Body in the nose, have been discussed
briefly.
A ‘Short Repertory for Epistaxis’ is also given.
66. The Reluctant Patient
PARTHASARATHY, V. (NJH. 6, 3/2004)
21 year-old male; Chronic Headache in orbital
and temporal region since 2001, lasting 2-3 hours.
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Dull and heavy head. Agg. in cold weather, 10 a.m.
Sun, fasting, aerated drinks, on waking in morning.
Diagnosis: Acute sinusitis with Polyp.
Coryza
with dark yellow discharge. Cervical spondylosis.
Irritable, short-tempered, brooding. Fear of
dog, dark, very rude to talk with. Obstinate.
Fastidious. Loves to be in company.
Acute remedy: Bryonia 200
Constitutional: Natrum muriaticum 200
Intercurrent: Tuberculinum bovinum 1M
[This is Dr. Dhawale’s ICR methodology. = KSS]
-------------------------------------------------------------IV. REPERTORY
1.
50 Jahre Rezeption und Anwendung der
Repertorien in der ZKH
Reception and application of Repertories in 50
years in the ZKH
HOLZAPFEL Klaus (ZKH, 51, S1/2007)
of grades and discrepancies of construct and of
translation – due to fundamental differences
between
the
various
works
of
BÖNNINGHAUSEN. He feels BBCR confuses
and misrepresents both the methods and intentions
of BÖNNINGHAUSEN. [The BBCR has been in
use by several well-known Indian Homœopaths
since several years and they have taught it. May be
there are defects. No Repertory is free from
defects. Ultimately prescription of a medicine is
dependant upon the Practitioners’ comprehension
of the remedy. What is very disturbing is not
‘defects’ pointed out by the learned author, but the
blasphemous word he has used – “Bogus” – which
is indicative of fraud, falsity. Surely BOGER’s
work is not to be labeled so. It tastes very bad and
whatever may be the merits of the argument we are
not inclined to read this article = KSS].
-------------------------------------------------------------V. PHARMACOLOGY
From the earliest volumes of the ZKH,
repertories have been used and their value and
difficulties for the homœopathic practitioner have
been discussed. A survey through the varying
reception of four of the large repertories, together
with a prospect is presented and commented upon
with the aid of quotation from all volumes. [All the
errors pointed out in the ZKH during the years
1982 to present date were translated wherever
required and put in the QHD for the benefit of the
Practitioners so that they may make the corrections
in their personal copies of the Repertory. Only Dr.
R.P. PATEL has used them to bring out his
corrected version of the KENT Repertory.
My personal enquiries revealed that colleagues did
not take the trouble to make these corrections in
their copies of Repertories. Similarly several
corrections in NASH’s ‘Regional Leaders’ were
pointed out in the ZKH and this too I had put in the
QHD with the relevant page numbers in the Indian
Prints of the book. No one seems to have taken
note of it either! The Profession should shake itself
out of its “Rip-van-Winkle”ian slumber. = KSS]
1.
Application of HPTLC in the standardization
of a Homœopathic Mother Tincture of Nux
vomica
SHANBAG & SUNITHA Jayaraman
(AJHM. 100, 2/2007)
In this study, we have chosen HPTLC (High
Performance Thin Layer Chromatography) as a
method of analysis to develop a standard procedure
based on fingerprinting characteristics for the
evaluation of homœopathic formulations. A simple
and accurate HPTLC method has been developed
for the quantification of Brucine, one of the chief
active chemical components of Nux vomica (along
with Strychnine), and the fingerprinting of the inhouse mother tincture of Nux vomica, considered
here to be a standard, with that of different
marketed samples available from manufacturers of
homœopathic medicines in India. This HPTLC
method was quantitatively evaluated in terms of
stability, repeatability, and accuracy.
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2.
‘Bogus’ Bönninghausen: The fundamental flaw
in “Boger’s Bönninghausen’
DIMITRIADIS, George (AHJM. 100, 1/2007)
The author describes the basic conceptual flaw
in
Boger’s
attempted
integration
of
Bönninghausen’s disparate works into a single
volume, Bönninghausen’s characteristics and
Repertory (BBCR) and points out incompatibilities
VI. VETERINARY
1.
When wild animals refuse to eat:
Help for wild animals harmed by people
CASEY Shirley J. (HT. 26, 6/2006)
A growing number of licensed and trained wild
life rehabilitators are using Homœopathy as an
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essential tool to treat the physical and emotional
problems of wild animals in their care.
Understanding the natural history of the
species, identifying the potential problem of the
animal and ensuring effective rehabilitation and
care practices, will help a wild animal eat. When
this fails homœopathic intervention can often help.
A Turkey Vulture in trouble
A Turkey Vulture with a gaping wound in its
wing. Veterinarian cleaned and surgically repaired
the fracture. Antibiotics and pain killers were
given. The Vulture refused to eat on her own.
When fed forcefully she regurgitated for the next 3
days. Rapid breathing, seemed frightened and
anxious. Aconite 1M in distilled water and a drop
of it in he bird’s mouth. Few minutes later, she
became calm and ate eagerly and fully recovered.
Rescuer causes problems for baby squirrels
Three juvenile Fox Squirrels were handed to a
rehabilitator, after being improperly fed by cow’s
milk. They were kept in a soft bedding in a small
cage and given Aconite 200 dissolved in water.
Rehydrated with isotonic fluids. One drank
willingly. Other two were not interested in fluids.
On closer examination one had bruises on her
chest and back. Pain when touched. Arnica 200.
Other one had rapid louder and difficult
respiration. Suspected Pneumonia. Phosphorus 30.
an hour later, breathing was normal.
They all ate well. 10 weeks later, they were
released in the wild. [What more ‘evidence’ do you
want? All kinds of animals including squirrels,
vultures restored. Great. = KSS]
2.
Gunpowder
Little-known remedy packs a wallop against
wounds
CASEY, Shirley J. (HT. 27, 1/2007)
Gunpowder is of tremendous help in the
treatment of wounds of wild animals and their
rehabilitation, as they get wounded in a variety of
ways.
J.H. CLARKE’s assertion that Gunpowder was
helpful to both obvious existing infections and that
were expected due to the nature of the wound,
created
an
enthusiasm
among
Wildlife
Rehabiliators and Veterinarians as there are
increasing concerns about problems related to
antibiotics.
Gunpowder has been used successfully in
hundreds of cases of wounded animals. Few cases
are given.
A Golden Eagle with a few day’s old Gunshot
wound in it’s wing was given Aconite 1M. The
wound was thoroughly cleaned and bandaged and
conventional protocol followed. Arnica 1M to
address the trauma. 6 hours after this Gunpowder
1M. The eagle ate well and improved. The
veterinarians were amazed by the rapidity of
healing.
It took more than a year of care in
rehabilitation for the eagle to molt and new feathers
to grow back and was released back into the wild.
[There are nice photographs of the wound and it
later healing = KSS].
A squirrel’s stubborn abscess
A juvenile Golden-Mantled Ground Squirrel
with three deep punctures on shoulder and left leg,
was cleaned and antibiotics given. Two days later
wounds inflamed and swollen. In the next four
days, leg became hard and swollen and painful. By
eighth day serious inspite of antibiotics.
Hepar sulph 30 and Lachesis 200 too did not
help. Gun powder 200. Within eight hours, the
swelling softened and cream colored discharge
started draining. Improvement slowed at 48 hours.
Another dose was repeated and improvement
continued steadily. In four days all signs of
infection gone. In another month released back into
the wild.
Blue Jay with a bone infection
A young Blue jay which was harded over to a
rehabilitator was given Aconite 1M as it appeared
much frightened. Swelling and bruising related to a
fracture of the left leg.
Arnica montana 1M for the pain. Few hours
later, Symphytum 200 to reduce pain from fracture
and accelerate bone healing. In two days the
fracture was healed but an infection in a scratch
wound with swelling. Gunpowder 200, and next
day swelling and inflammation subsided.
Chimney Swift nabbed by a Cat
A Chimney Swift was soaked during a
rainstorm and was grabbed by cat. He was cool,
with shallow breathing and dull eyes – signs of
shock. Aconite 1M. An hour later, he was warm,
strong and alert. As it was grabbed by a cat,
likelihood of punctures.
Gun powder 30 as a
prophylactic, within a day normal and after 14 days
released into wild.
Rubrics in which Gun powder is mentioned
and the author’s additions are given.
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Cases of three rehabilitators helped by Gun
powder after a bug bite, Squirrel bite and a
laceration are given.
[The late Dr. S.P. KOPPIKAR who practiced until
he was past 93 years age, used to say that in the
first two decades of his practice (preantibiotic era)
Arnica and Gun powder accounted for more than
50% of his earnings. Until ten years ago, we had
occasion to use Gun powder 3x trituration and
rarely 30. It is clear from the cases here, even if
they are animals, that Gun powder in potencies of
200, M are all relevant even today; it must be given
great ranking in Injury remedies = KSS]
few months 4 more doses during relapse and then
no lameness at all.
[This is a beautiful case. The interpretation of the
signs and Case analysis are very good. That
animals who are captives in zoo should be treated
with gentle medicines which is Homœopathy
cannot be stressed. = KSS].
3.
Homœopathic Digitalis 6c was evaluated in
two clinical cases of Atrial Paroxysmal
Tachycardia are common cardiac problems in dogs,
and Atrial Paroxysmal Tachycardia is a serious
Cardiac Arrhythmia that may lead to Syncope.
Both adult dogs (Labrador and German Shepherd)
were treated with Digitalis 6c, four drops orally
four times daily for 7 days. Following treatment
with Digitalis 6c heart rate stabilised and
synchronized Atrial and Ventricular electrical
activity was restored in 7 days.
Baby season for wild Animals
Homœopathy can help orphaned wild life
CASEY, Shirley J. (HT. 27, 2/2007)
Roughly 80% of wild animals delivered to
rehabilitators are orphans i.e. dependent young,
who can’t make it on their own. They may have
bruises, punctures, fractures or infections or may
have been poisoned. They show signs of fright,
shock and dehydration. Using their specialized
knowledge and working closely with veterinarians
rehabilitators strive to reduce the stress and fear of
animals. Some use homœopathic remedies.
Crow falls from nest
A young fledgling Crow with a broken leg was
splinted and wrapped.
The Crow had rapid
breathing, tense muscles and wide eyes. Aconite
1M dissolved in water to the bird’s mouth.
Immediately it started breathing normally.
One hour later Arnica 1M. Within few hours,
the Crow was in less pain. Ate only when forced.
Ignatia 200. Within one hour ate willingly but
seemed restless. Ruta 200. Less restless later by
that day. After 2 months released into wild.
The frequently indicated remedies in orphaned
wild life are Aconite, Arnica, Arsenicum album,
Carbo vegetabilis, Ignatia, Natrum muriaticum,
Nux vomica, Phosphorus.
4.
Kicking all the way: Sudi the Giraffee
MURRAY, Beth (SIM. XX, 2007)
Ten year-old Giraffe Sudi is lame in her right
leg. She usually stands with legs crossed, she
constantly lifts her forelegs and kicks. At one year
of age, multiple surgeries to correct a contracture of
right rear flexor tendon. Arthritis in distal
phalanges. She is stubborn, defiant and destructive.
Sexual desire increased. Belladonna 200. She was
more lame for 3days, then her lameness completely
ceased for a week and then returned briefly.
Belladonna 200 one dose. No lameness. In the next
5.
Atrial Paroxysmal Tachycardia in Dogs and its
Management with Homœopathic Digitalis Two Case Reports
VARSHNET, JP and CHAUDHURI, S.
(HOMEOPATHY, 96, 4/2007)
-------------------------------------------------------------VII. RESEARCH
1.
A Study of Like Cures Like: Senecio latifolus
LEWIS, GEORGE, RAZLOG, Radmila
STEWERT,D EROUKAKIS, Marilena
(SIM. XX, 2007)
Senecio latifolius can damage hepatic cells due
the presence of alkaloids known as pyrrolizidines.
The study aimed to assess the effect of
homœopathically–prepared Senecio latifolius on
unpoisoned hepatocytes ( Group C).
Cell pathology was studied by measuring the
viability of cells using the trypan blue method and
by measuring serum transaminase levels of
asparatate, a known indicator of hepatocellular
damage. A time study was conducted at the
following time intervals: 3, 6, 18, 24 and 48 hours.
The potencies utilized were 5X, 10X, 15X and 20.
All data were recorded and statistically using the
two-way ANOVA.
The outcome of the research was to determine
whether homœopathically–prepared potencies of
Senecio latifolius could protect the cells and
enhance self-recovery. The study also indirectly
examined the sinusoidal activity said to exist in
homœopathic potencies.
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The results showed that homœopathic
potencies of the herb did not affect cells that had
not been poisoned. At 24 hours, the cells poisoned
with the mother tincture of the herb showed a
statistically significant effect. At 48 hours, there
was a statistically significant effect on the cells
poisoned with the alkaloid. These results suggest
that homœopathically-prepared herbs have an
affinity for the protection of the cells of the organ
and that mother tincture of the herb causes toxicity.
2.
The Memory of Water: an Overview
CHAPLIN Martin F.
(HOMŒOPATHY, 96, 3/2007)
The Memory of Water is a concept by which
the properties of an aqueous preparation are held to
depend on the previous history of the sample.
Although associated with the mechanism of
Homœopathy, this association may mislead. There
is strong evidence concerning many ways in which
the mechanism of this ‘memory’ may come about.
There are also mechanisms by which such solutions
may possess effects on biological systems which
substantially differ from plain water. This paper
examines the evidence.
Much research work
remains to be undertaken if these real and
observable facts are to be completely understood.
3.
The History of the Memory of Water
THOMAS Yolène
(HOMŒOPATHY, 96, 3/2007)
magnetic means. Around 1991, the transfer of
specific molecular signals to sensitive biological
systems was achieved using an amplifier and
electromagnetic coils.
In 1995, a more
sophisticated procedure was established in record,
digitize and replay these signals using a multimedia
computer.
From a physical and chemical
perspective, these experiments pose a riddle, since
it is not clear what mechanism can sustain such
‘water memory’ of the exposure to molecular
signals. From a biological perspective, the puzzle
is what nature of imprinted effect (water structure)
can impact biological function. Also, the farreaching implications of these observations require
numerous and repeated experimental tests to rule
out overlooked artefacts. [But there have been
experiments in other parts of the world. In the light
of past experience right from the inception of
Homœopathy, no experiment is accepted by the
conservative ‘science’. The moment there is a
suspicion that these experiments may be favourable
to Homœopathy, the ‘scientific’ world sits up and
finds all kinds of defects. If ‘Homœopathy’ is
removed from this they may be accepted. This is
the reality and there is no hiding it. = KSS].
Perhaps more important is to have the experiments
repeated by other groups and with other models to
explore the generality of the effect. In conclusion,
we will present some of this emerging independent
experimental work. [There is a beautiful colour
picture of Jacques BENVENISTE, in this article =
KSS]
4.
‘Homœopathic dilutions’ and ‘Memory of
Water’ are two expressions capable of turning a
peaceful and intelligent person into a violently
irrational one, as Michael SCHIFF points out in the
introduction of his book ‘The Memory of Water’.
The idea of the memory of water arose in the
laboratory of Jacques BENVENISTE in the late
1980s and 29 years later the debate is still ongoing
even though an increasing number of scientists
report they have confirmed the basic results.
This paper first provides a brief historical
overview of the context of the high dilution
experiments then moves on to digital Biology. One
working hypothesis was that molecules can
communicate with each other, exchanging
information without being in physical contact and
that at least some biological functions can be
mimicked
by
certain
energetic
modes
characteristics of a given molecule.
These
considerations informed exploratory research
which led to the speculation that biological
signalling might be transmissible by electro-
Can Water possibly have a Memory?
Sceptical view.
TEIXEIRA José
(HOMEOPATHY, 96, 3/2007)
A
Homœopathic medicines are currently used in
medical practice, despite controversy about their
effectiveness. [What controversy? That they are
not effective in removing sicknesses? They do it
in several hundreds of patients every day all over
the world. Verify whether to these people the
homœopathic medicines were effective. It is
immaterial to the ill patient whether they were
effective in the laboratory or not. = KSS]. The
preparation method is based on extremely high
dilutions of many substances in water, far beyond
any detectable level. For this reason, it has been
suggested that water could retain a ‘memory’ of
substances that have been dissolved in it before
successive dilutions. The paper stresses the fact
that this idea is not compatible with our knowledge
of pure water. If an explanation on physical
grounds is to be found, research must focus in other
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aspects of the preparation, such as the presence of
other molecules and dissolved gases.
5.
Can Low-temperature Thermoluminescence
cast light on the Nature of Ultra-high
Dilutions?
REY, louis (HOMEOPATHY, 96, 3/2007)
Low-temperature Thermoluminescence has
been used in attempt to understand the particular
structure of ultra-high dilutions. Samples are
activated by irradiation after freezing at the
temperature of liquid Nitrogen (77 K).
Experimental results show that, in the course of
rewarming, the thermoluminiscent glow is
substantially different between dilutions of
different substances. It is suggested that the
dispersed gas phase might play a role in this
process. The author concludes “ . . .the materials
science
perspective
provides
a
possible
translational bridge from the emerging complex
systems/network science models for clinical
responses to homœopathic medicines themselves.
Given the holistic quality of clinical diagnosis and
remedy selection in Homœopathy, the articulation
of holistic (complex network) rather than
reductionistic models for both the clinical healing
process and the nature of homœopathic medicines
is heuristically appealing.”
6.
Long-term structural effects in Water:
Autothixotropy of Water and its Hysteresis
VYBIRAL,
Bohumil
and
VORÁČEK
(HOMEOPATHY, 96, 3/2007)
We discovered a previously unknown
phenomenon in liquid water, which develops over
time when water is left to stand undisturbed, and
which made precise gravimetric measurement
impossible. We term this property autothixotropy
(weak gel-like behaviour developing spontaneously
over time) and propose a possible explanation.
The results of quantitative measurements,
performed
by two different methods, are
presented. We also report the newly discovered
phenomenon of autothixotropy on the degree of
molecular translative freedom. A very important
conclusion is that the presence of very low
concentration of Salt ions, these phenomena do not
occur in deionized water. Salt ions may be the
determinative condition for the occurrence of the
phenomena.
ANICK, David J. and IVES, John A.
(HOMEOPATHY, 96, 3/2007)
The ‘Silica Hypothesis’ is one of several
frameworks that have been put forward to explain
how homœopathic remedies, which often are
diluted beyond the point where any of the original
substance remains, might still be clinically
effective. We describe here what the Silica
hypothesis says. From a physical Chemistry
viewpoint, we explore three challenges that the
hypothesis would have to meet in order to explain
Homœopathy: thermodynamic stability of a large
number of distinct structures, pattern initiation at
low potencies. We juxtapose current knowledge
about silicates with some of the conventional
wisdom about homœopathic remedies, to see how
well the latter might be a consequence of the
former. We explore variants of the hypothesis
including some speculations about mechanisms.
We outline laboratory experiments that could help
to decide it.
8.
The possible Role of active Oxygen in the
memory of Water
VOEIKOV, Vladimir L.
(HOMEOPATHY, 96, 3/2007)
Phenomena of long-term Memory of Water’
imply that aqueous systems possessing it remain
for a long period after initial perturbation in an outof equilibrium state without a constant supply of
energy from the environment. It is argued here that
various initial perturbation initiate development of
a set of chain reactions of active Oxygen species in
Water. Energy, in particular high grade energy of
electronic excitation, released in such reactions can
support non-equilibrium state of an aqueous
system. In principle, such reactions can continue
indefinitely due to specific local structuring of
water with even minute ‘impurities’ that are always
present in it and by continuous supply of Oxygen
amounts due to water splitting. Specific properties
of several real aqueous systems, in particular,
homœopathic potencies in which such processes
could proceed are discussed. The role of coherent
domains in Water in maintenance of active Oxygen
reactions and in emergence of oscillatory modes in
their course is considered.
9.
7. The Silica Hypothesis for Homœopathy:
Physical Chemistry
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The Octave Potencies Convention: a
mathematical Model of Dilution and
Succussion
ANICK, David J.
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Several
hypothetical
explanations
for
Homœopathy posit that remedies contain a
concentration of discrete information-carrying
units, such as water clusters, nano-bubbles, or
silicates.
For any such explanation to be
sustainable, dilution must reduce and succession
must restore the concentration of these units.
Succussion can be modelled by a logistic equation,
which leads to mathematical relationships
involving the maximum concentration, the average
growth of information-carrying units per
succussion stroke, the number of succussion
strokes, and the dilution factor (x, c, or LM).
When multiple species of information-carrying
units are present, the fastest-growing species will
eventually dominate, as the potency is increased.
An analogy is explored between iterated cycles
dilution and succussion, in making homœopathic
remedies, and iterated cycles of reseeding and
growth, in bacterial cultures.
Drawing on this
analogy, the active ingredients in low and medium
potency remedies may be present at early dilutions
but only gradually come to ‘dominate’, while high
potencies may develop from the occurrence of lowprobability but faster-growing ‘mutations’.
Conclusions from this model include: ‘x’ and ‘c’
potencies are best compared by the amount of
succussion; the minimum number of succussion
strokes needed per cycle is proportional to the
logarithm of the dilution factor; and a plausible
interpretation of why potencies at approximately
regular ratios are traditionally used (the Octave
potencies convention).
10. The ‘Memory of Water’: an almost deciphered
Enigma. Dissipative structures in extremely
dilute Aqueous solutions
ELIA, E., NAPOLI, E., and GERMANO, R.
(HOMEOPATHY, 96, 3/2007)
In the last decade, we have investigated from
the physicochemical point of view, whether water
prepared by the procedures of homœopathic
medicine (leading inexorably to Systems without
any molecule different from the solvent) results in
water different from the initial water?
The answer, unexpectedly, but strongly
supported by any experimental results is positive.
We used well-established physicochemical
techniques: Flux Calorimetry, Conductometry,
pHmetery and Galvanic cell electrodes potential.
Unexpectedly the physicochemical parameters
evolve in time.
The water solvent exhibits large changes in
measurable physicochemical properties as a
function of its history, the solute previously
dissolved, and time. In particular we found
evidence of two new phenomena, both totally
unpredicted, in homœopathic dilutions:
the
presence of a maximum in the measured physicochemical parameters vs sample age, and their
dependence on the volume in which the dilution is
stored. These new experimental results strongly
suggest the presence of an extended and ‘ordered’
dynamics involving liquid water molecules.
11. Conspicuous by its absence: the Memory of
Water,
macro-entanglement,
and
the
possibility of Homeopathy
MILGROM, LR.
(HOMEOPATHY, 96, 3/2007)
In order to fully comprehend its therapeutic
mode of action, Homœopathy might require both
‘local’ bio-molecular mechanisms, such as memory
of Water and non-local’ macro-entanglement, such
as patient-practitioner-remedy (PPR) descriptions.
In this article the application of the Quantum
Theory is discussed.
12. The Nature of the Active Ingredient in Ultramolecular Dilution
WEINGÄRTNER Otto
(HOMEOPATHY, 96, 3/2007)
This paper discusses the nature of the active
ingredient of homœopathic ultramolecular dilutions
in terms of quantitative Physics.
First, the problem of the nature of an active
ingredient in ultra-molecular dilutions is analysed
leading to the recognition of the necessity of
characterizing the active ingredient as a non-local
quality.
Second, non-locality in Quantum Mechanics,
which is used as a paradigm, is formally presented.
Third, a generalization of Quantum mechanics
is considered, focussing on the consequences of
weakening of the axioms.
The formal treatment leads to the possible
extension of the validity of Quantum theory to
macroscopic or even non-physical systems under
certain circumstances with a while maintaining
non-local behaviour. With respect to the survival
of entanglement in such non-Quantum Systems a
strong relationship between Homœopathy and nonlocal behaviour can be envisaged. I describe how
several authors apply this relationship.
In
conclusion, the paper reviews how Quantum
Mechanics is closely related to Information Theory
but why weak Quantum Theory and Homœopathy
have not hitherto been related in the same way.
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13. The Defining role of Structure (including
Epitaxy) in the plausibility of Homœopathy
LATA RAO Manju, ROY Rustum,
BELL Iris R., HOOVER Richard
(HOMEOPATHY, 96, 3/2007)
The key stumbling block to serious
consideration of Homœopathy is the presumed
“implausibility”
of biological activity for
homœopathic medicines in which the source of the
material is diluted past Avogadro’s number of
molecules. Such an argument relies heavily on the
assumptions of elementary Chemistry (and
Biochemistry), in which the material composition
of a solution, (dilution factors and ligand-receptor
inter-actions), is the essential consideration.
In contrast, Materials Science focuses on the
three-dimensional complex network structure of the
condensed phase of water itself, rather than the
original solute molecules. The nanoheterogenous
structure of water can be determined by interactive
phenomena such as Epitaxy (the transmission of
structural information from the surface of one
material to another without the transfer of any
matter), temperature-pressure processes during
succession, and formation of colloidal nanobubbles
containing gaseous inclusions of Oxygen, Nitrogen,
Carbon dioxide, and possibly the remedy source
material. Preliminary data obtained using Raman
and Ultra-Violet (UV-VIS) Spectroscopy illustrate
the ability to distinguish two different
homœopathic medicines (Nux vomica and Natrum
muriaticum) from one another to differentiate,
within a given medicine, the 6c, 12c, and 30c
potencies.
Materials Science concepts and
experimental tools offer a new approach to
contemporary science, for making significant
advances in the basic science studies of
homœopathic medicines.
14. Classification of Systems and Methods used in
Biological Basic Research on Homœopathy
WIJK, R Van., and ALBRECHT, H.
(HOMEOPATHY, 96, 4/2007)
The HomBRex Database indexes basic
research
on
Homœopathy
(www.carstensstiftung.de/hpombrex. It includes research on
effects of homœopathic preparations in Bioassays
and physico-chemical effects of the homœopathic
preparation process (potentization). At the end of
2006 it contained more than 1100 experiments in
more than 900 original articles, including 1014
biological studies. The types of organisms used as
laboratory “model” organisms in fundamental
homœopathic research include animal, human,
plant, fungi and microbial organisms. Most animal
studies (607) were with rats (209) or mice (171).
Most plant studies (171) were with wheat (52).
The database catalogues whether the experiment
was performed on intact organisms or in organs or
cells, isolated and analysed for changes in
structure, function and sub-cellular composition.
The database might be especially useful to facilitate
a search for experimental models that have been
used in the study of both proving and therapeutic
experiments – ultimately in the research on the
homœopathic Similia principle.
15. Proving and Therapeutic Experiments in the
HomBRex basic Homœopathy Research
Database
WIJK, Van R. and ALBRECHT H.
(HOMEOPATHY, 96, 4/2007)
The HomBRex Database of basic research
experiments on Homœopathy indexes studies on
biological Systems including animal, human,
plant, fungi and microbial organisms. Its objective
is to index Proving and Therapeutic experiments on
the Similia Principle and the role of dilution and
succession of substances in experimental biologic
Systems. The database was analyzed when it
contained more than 1100 experiments in more
than 900 original articles.
The database provides information on 732
experiments using healthy human, animal and plant
Systems. These experiments were divided into
“ideal” model Proving (475) and prophylactic
(257) categories. It also includes 397 therapeutic
experiments, in which an effect of a substance was
tested in a diseased or disturbed system. A large
number of substances wee used, including high and
low dilutions and potencies – 191 substances in
Proving, 130 in Prophylactic and 112 in
Therapeutic experiments.
In general, basic research in Homœopathy does
not directly investigate the Similia Principle. We
conclude, that from the overwhelming variety in
organisms, diseased states, and substsances, only a
limited number of Biological Systems and States
should be selected to study the Similia Priciple.
16. Systematic
Review
of
Homœopathic
Pathogenetic Trials: an excess of rigour?
SHERR
Jeremy
and
QUIRK
Tina
(HOMEOPATHY, 96, 4/2007)
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[In the HOMEOPATHY, 96, 1/2007, thirteen
learned authors, F. DEANTAS et al published an
article titled ‘A Systematic Review of the Quality
of Homœopathic Pathogenetic Trials published
from 1945 to 1995’. (See QHD, XXV, 1 & 2/2008
for the ‘abstract’ of the article). Not unexpectedly
the ‘conclusions’, of the reviewers says “The
Homœopathic Pathogenetic Trials” (HPT) were
generally of low methodological quality. . . . . The
central question of whether homœopathic
medicines in high dilutions can provoke effects in
healthy volunteers has not yet been definitely
answered, because of methodological weaknesses
of the reports. . . . . “ The best proof of validation
of the HPT is for these thirteen authors to join
together and take a high potency and see whether
they produce any change or not! Arm chair debates
are not facts; what is called for in Homœopathy is
personal experience. = KSS]
In this response Jeremy SHERR and Tina
QUIRK say “The authors’ proposition that ‘the
theory of linking symptoms detected in healthy
volunteers to those treated in the sick is wrong’,
flies in the face of everything Homœopathy
represents.” [Perhaps it is right to link the
symptoms produced in laboratory mice and
monkeys to the human sufferings! = KSS].
SHERR and QUIRK further comment “. . . .One of
the most disconcerting conclusions of the authors is
that historical Provings, including Hahnemann’s,
are flawed in methodology, . . . . We find this a
rash conclusion on the part of the authors.”
[HAHNEMANN went through the Prover’s Day
Book carefully and questioned to “the left and
right” to be sure that the symptoms were those
which came on only during the Proving” = KSS]
[It is very important that Homœopaths read the
articles, indeed all the articles in these issues – as
may be see from the ‘abstracts’ provided in 1 to 14
above in this column – and see how much trouble
is taken by the ‘scientists’ to dump Homœopathy,
finding flaw in everything! They ruined Jacques
BENVENISTE.
Unfortunately, I do not know
how many of these thirteen authors actually
practice Homœopathy. I urge upon everyone to
carefully read these learned writings and think
and respond. = KSS]
Flavio DANTAS et al, the authors of the
original article under response by Jeremy SHERR
and Tina QUIRK, respond further: DANTAS
refers to an article by Antony CAMPBELL in the
Br. Hom. Jl. 1981 on Lycopodium.
[Certainly
CAMPBELL was not quite right; there were other
articles by CAMPBELL, all of them harshly
critical making a regular Homœopathy Practitioner
who gets good results wonder at the conclusions of
CAMPBELL. Of course we agree that there are
several additions to the Repertory which are
doubtful. = KSS]
In another article “We need repetition of
HPTs” by Andrea SIGNORINI (HOMEOPATHY,
96, 4/2007) clarifies his views when he wrote the
Guest Editorial in HOMEOPATHY, 96,1/2007.
In another article “Response: potential nonlocal mechanisms make placebo controls in
Pathogenetic Trials difficult”, by H. WALACH
(who was also a contributor to the article in
HOMEOPATHY, 96, 1/2007, along with
DANTAS). WALACH has said “It is a wellknown lore of homœopathic Proving that those in
control groups, relatives, or even the pet dog may
develop Proving Symptoms although they have not
taken the remedy. This lore, although anecdotal
and not scientific evidence at all, is valuable since
it suggest patients that Placebo controls might not
be adequate.” [This ‘lore’ came for the first time,
to the best of my knowledge, only after Dr. Rajan
SANKARAN’s reports. There have been so many
Provings reported in the well-known journals
where no such events have been found.= KSS]
17. Expectations and Effectiveness of Medical
Treatment and Classical Homœopathic
Treatment for Patients with Hypersensitivity
Illnesses – One-year
Prospective Study
LAUNSO Laila, HENNINGSEN Inge,
RIEPER Jonas, BRENDER Henriette,
SANDO Finn and
HAVENGAARD Anne
(HOMEOPATHY, 96, 4/2007)
Objective: To describe and compare
characteristics of adult patients who received
treatment for Hyper-sensitive illnesses by General
Practitioners (GPs) and classical homœopaths
(CHs) over a period of 1 year and examine the
statistical Predictors of self-reported outcomes.
Material and Methods: We conducted a
Survey on 151 Danish adult patients with
Hypersensitivity illnesses, who chose treatment
from one of 13 GPs or one of 10 CHs who
participated in the Project. The treatments were
given as individual packages in the naturalistic
clinical setting. Patients completed questionnaires
at start of treatment. Response rates for the first,
second and third questionnaire were respectively
68%, 98%, 95% for the GP patients and 82%, 98%,
94%, for the CH patients.
Results: Patients seeking CH treatment in this
study are significantly different
gender and
education from patients seeking GP treatment. We
did not find significant differences in terms of
occupational training, occupation, sickness absence
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due to hypersensitivity illnesses, diseases other
than hypersensitivity illnesses, symptoms severity
due to hypersensitivity illnesses before treatment
and expectation of the ability of the treatment to
alleviate symptoms.
88% of GP and 21% of CH patients were
continuing treatment after 1 year. Regression
analysis showed that the only significant
independent variables to explain the probability of
obtaining very positive effect or cure for the GPs
and CHs were that the patients were in
‘maintenance treatment’, and had high expectation
before treatment of the ability.
18. Interview with Professor A.R. KHUDA –
Bukhsh MUELLER, Manfred (AH.13/2007)
Prof. Dr. KHUDA-BUKHSH has done the
maximum number of researches to my knowledge
with reference to his articles published over several
years. These are loads of scientific evidence reg.
the potentised drugs. The entire article may be read
in Part II of this QHD.
19. Effect of Low Level Laser Therapy and
Calendula officinalis 3 CH on Wound Healing
in Human Skin Fibroblasts
BRESLER, Annelise, HAWKINS Denise,
RAZLOG Radmila, ABRAHAMSE Heide
(AJHM. 100, 2/2007)
Objective: This study aimed to determine the
effectiveness of Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT)
and Calendula officinalis 3 CH or a combination of
both treatment modalities on wounded human skin
fibroblasts (HSF) in vitro. Background data:
LLLT is a form of phototherapy, involving the
application of low level monochromatic and
coherent light to injuries and lesions to stimulate
healing. LLLT has been used to examine the
influence of laser radiation on the healing process
of wounds. Calendula preparations are mainly
used for the treatment of wounds as it has antiinflammatory,
antibacterial
and
immunostimulating properties.
Methods: Changes in normal and wounded
fibroblast cell morphology were evaluated by light
microscopy. Cellular responses to treatment were
evaluated by assessing the cell viability and
cytotoxicity.
Results: The results demonstrate that Calendula
officinalis 3 CH facilitates wound healing in the
following two respects; it accelerated wound
closure and increased cell viability.
Laser
irradiation improved the rate of wound closure in
injured HSF cells in vitro while laser irradiation
followed by Calendula officinalis 3 CH
demonstrated a normalizing effect on wounded
HSF cells.
18. CFS Trial in Leuven with CFS – Pc:
conclusions after one year
VERVARCKE Anne (HL. 19, 2/2006)
When, at a guest lecture in Leuven by Peter
CHAPELL on the treatment of AIDS with PC1, it
appeared nobody was interested in participating in a
trial Anne Vervarcke proposed that Peter design a
remedy for another disease. Using the same
method as he used to design PC1, a remedy was
designed for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. This
article discusses the results after a one year followup.
20. Importance of Diagnostic Methods
establishing pathways of Radical Cure
PARANJPE, A.S. (NJH. 6, 3/2004)
in
In this paper the author demonstrates how
diagnostic methods are useful as pointers to the
process of understanding pathways of natural cure.
Achieving cure by iterative process of attacking and
removing the toxins from various locations of the
body. [The author is Physicist with the BARC,
Mumbai and has presented severe research papers
in Homœopathic Seminars. Readers interested
must read the full article = KSS]
21. Objective monitoring of Response of
Homœopathic Medicines using Medical
Analyzer: An Abstract
JINDAL, G.D., ANANTHAKRISHNAN, T.S.,
KATARIA, S.K., JAIN RAJESHKUMAR,
SINHA Vineet, NAIK Monsami A.,
DESHPANDE, Alka K. (NJH. 6, 3/2004)
The one major obstacle for acceptance of
Homœopathy by the general, ‘Scientific’ world is
the “non-existence of medicinal substance” in the
higher potencies. This “non-existence of medicinal
substance prohibits the use of robbing energy such
as used in Nuclear Magnetic resonance or Infrared
spectroscopy, for characterizing the homœopathic
preparations”
[However
Nuclear
Magnetic
Resonance (NMP) and ultrasonics to study serial
dilutions and successions, have been carried out
earlier. Please see ‘Modern Instrumentation for the
evaluation of homœopathic drug structure’ by
Rudolph B.SMITH, Jr., M.T. and Garth W.
BOERICKE, in the Journal of the American
Institute of Homœopathy, Vol.59, Nos. 9-10/1966 =
KSS.]
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Biomedical Instrumentation Section of
Electronics Division, Bhaba Atomic Research
Centre has developed an instrument, called Medical
Analyzer, which is used for the assessment of
autonomic nervous system (ANS) of the body.
This system records a number of physiological
parameters such as Heart Rate (HR), respiration
rate (RR), Stroke Volume (SV), Cardiac Output
(CO) and Peripheral Blood Flow (PBF) in the right
and left upper extremity
for a duration of
approximately 5 minutes and then analyses the
variations in these parameters thus obtained, gives
an insight into the contribution of sympathetic and
para-sympathetic components of the ANS. Our
pilot study on more than 200 subjects, has shown
that different diseases modify the functioning of
ANS specifically.
Encouraged with the above study, we have
recorded the variability spectrums of HR and PBF
in 10 control subjects, before and after the intake of
Sulphur 1M (8 subjects) and Phosphorus 1M (2
subjects).
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1.
Klassische Homöopathie in Deutschland
(Classical Homœopathy in Germany)
DINGES. Martin (ZKH. 51, S1/2007)
The great success of the label “Classical
Homœopathy” does not astound us in the present
time. Looking back at the state of Homœopathy in
Germany until 1950, the later development was not
that evident. In this article that author presents a
reconstruction of the 1950s to 1970s which would
help us understand the development of Classical
Homœopathy and the role of the Journal, the
“Zeitschrift für klassische Homöopathie” in
promoting this.
Well-known “Classical
Homœopaths” of Germany are gratefully recalled.
2.
Homœopathy in the USA
PITT, Richard (AH. 13/2007)
About ten schools offer 3-4 year part time
programs in Classical Homœopathy, meeting one
weekend a month throughout the year. A couple of
new schools are developing, one in Seattle and the
other in Rhode Island. The main development
recently is the plan to develop a full-time
homœopathic medical school in Arizona. The
standard of education has improved with clinical
experience in the curriculum. Legally, in most U.S.
States, the practice of Homœopathy has an
ambiguous status.
Enacting health freedom laws has had a
significant
impact
in
helping
legitimize
Homœopathy.
The Council on Homœopathic
Education defines accreditation standards for
homœopathic schools.
3.
Homœopathic Education in the UK
WICKS, Linda (AH. 13/2007)
The National Health Service (NHS) in the
UK established in 1948 ensures homœopathic
treatment on a small scale. The Society of
Homœopaths (SH) is the largest professional
organization for homœopaths in Europe. In 2000
House of Lords Select Committee has
recommended an independent Accreditation Board
for Homœopathy
and were advised to work
toward establishing degree – level equivalence in
our courses.
Student numbers have fallen
considerably over the last two years as the supply
has exceeded the demand in terms of number of
courses available. It is difficult to balance the
regulatory and developmental aspects of the
education department of SH.
Homœopaths
involved in education have a great deal to
contribute to each other.
The article does not say anything about the
M.F. (Hom.) courses.
4.
The Buried Treasure State
WEIS, Sarah (AH. 13/2007)
There are only three homœopaths practicing in
the entire state of Montana USA including the
author. Montana is the final resting place of James
Tyler KENT. The author made her pilgrimage to
his grave at the Sunnyside Cemetery and visited the
house built by him in Stevensville. “Since my visit,
I have spoken with three Stevensville Historical
Society staff members, none of whom have ever
heard of James Tyler KENT and all of whom were
certainly confused about Homœopathy. Most of
Homœopathy’s history in Montana is six feet under
these days which makes me happy just be alive and
practicing. [America should hold National or
International Meets in this place so that this place
will get its due place in the history of Homœopathy
in the USA and Homœopathy would develop here.
They should visit Koethen and gain experience in
this matter of rejuvenation of Homœopathy = KSS].
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Peter MORRELL has made a very interesting
study of HAHNEMANN’s ‘first provings’ which
began with ‘Cinchona’ in 1790. He has also made
a comparative study of those remedies with those
appearing in the ‘Fragmenta viribus ….’, the
MMP and CD.
The tribute at the end of the article is quite
warm “… Hahnemann’s work in the creation of
Homœopathy mostly from observation and
experiment, especially in the Provings of
Medicines, has to be regarded as a truly scientific
enterprise and this renders HAHNEMANN a true
scientist and Homœopathy a true Science”.
homœostatic healing response that continues for
extended periods.
The homœopathic proving reveals the hidden
nature of medicine, i.e. accessing the inner nature
of the world’s material phenomena.
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Objective: To set a standard of routine goal setting
with patients within their package of care at the
Bristol Homœopathic Hospital. We hope goalsetting will improve communication with our
patients and health professional colleagues, focus
outcome and improve targeting of problems. We
therefore explored motivation for and expectation
of hospital attendance from a patient perspective.
Materials and Methods: Questionnaire based
pre-audit survey.
The questionnaire was
administered to 110 consecutive patients attending
outpatients and 20 parents of children attending
with Asthma and Eczema to gain understanding of
motivation and expectation and more specific
information for two of the commonest conditions.
Results: Seventy percent of patients had used some
form of Complementary and Alternative Medicine
(CAM). 35% had used Homœopathy and only
10% had had specialist homœopathic care, the
majority of use being over the counter. The
majority of patients had been encouraged by their
General Practitioners, themselves and by word of
mouth with family and friends. Few patients cited
the media as a major influence. “Pull” factors such
as “treating the whole person” were given greater
emphasis except for parents of children with
Asthma and Eczema for whom “Push” factors such
as fear of Steroid side effects predominated. In the
main patient expectations were reasonable with the
majority hoping to see improvements in their
conditions. A fifth of patients hoped to reduce
conventional medications.
Conclusions: Patients had used CAM in general
but
not
Homœopathy
in
particular.
Encouragement from doctors, self-motivation and
word of mouth most motivated patients to come
and might suggest more direct communication with
General Practitioners would be worthwhile. Being
treated as a whole person was the most significant
motivating factor, with a significant number of
patients wishing to reduce medication. Goal setting
and direct communication with other healthcare
IX. GENERAL
1.
A woman of courage
on the Road with Faye Allen
MERRON Myrna W. (HT. 27, 1/2007)
Faye ALLEN travelled 3000 miles from
Alaska to attend homœopathic training at Florida.
When she was treated by a Naturopapth, for
Hepatitis C, she got introduced to Homœopathy and
started helping herself, family and friends of her
tribe. Her knowledge of remedies has been
primarily through self-study. She is exploring
options for distance learning. Faye is taking classes
to become an Emergency Medical Technician and
working to expand her knowledge of Homœopathy
and gain credentials as a homœopathic practitioner.
She has dreams of working with a team in
Eyak Medical facility. The tribal council helps her
to attain her goals and to ensure that tribal members
obtain the best possible all round health care.
2.
Homœopathy,
sustainability,
Environmental Healing
KREISBERG, Joel (HT. 27, 2/2007)
and
Preventing illness and protecting our
Environment can and should be mutually inclusive.
To that end, Ecologicallly sustainable Medicine
(ESM) offers a clear agenda by codifying the tools
and resources that lead to economically sustainable
healthcare
and
environmental
healing.
Homœopathy is an excellent form of ESM.
The production of homœopathic medicines
does not create any toxic waste. In ecological
terms, homœopathic remedies never exhaust natural
resources. Remedies meet the criteria for both
renewable and sustainable sources of medicine.
The homœopathic remedies stimulate the
3.
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Setting Standards in Homœopathic Practice –
A Pre-audit exploring motivation and
expectation for Patients attending the Bristol
Homœopathic Hospital
THOMPSON, EA., DAHR, J., SUSAN, M.,
& BARRON, S.
(HOMEOPATHY, 96, 4/2007)
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professionals is essential fo safety, to focus
outcome, and to value the role of Homœopathy in
patient’s Healthcare. As a result we have set a
standard whereby treatment goals are agreed with
patients and communicated by referring Health care
professionals at each outpatient visit. This could be
audited.
4.
Vaccine Damage – Prevention and Treatment
with Homœopathy
ISSAC, Golden (AJHM. 2/2007)
Vaccine damage is a real and constantly
present
problem in all highly vaccinated
communities.
It is under-reported and its
significance is not accepted within the orthodox
health system and even by many CAM
practitioners.
Homœopathy has much to offer. Working
within the Law of Similars, we can offer parents a
safe and comparably effective immunization option
to vaccination. We can help them lessen potential
damage if they decide to vaccinate. We can assist
them with constitutional treatment to promote the
overall health of their child.
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1. LAPORTE
Cd.:
Homöopathie
bei
psychischen Erkrankungen (Homœopathy in
Psychic Diseases), Stuttgart: Haug; 2006: 300 S.,
geb., E 49.90 (German) review Rainer G.APPELL
(AHZ. 252,1/2007): “. . We have a book that is
possible of becoming a standard work. . . . . . .
LAPORTE gives a solid base Introduction in the
Psychoanalytical and Psychotherapeutic conceptual
basics, gives the neuro theory clearly and easily
understandably and gives cases. . . . “
2. SCHROERS,
FD:
Lexikon
deutschsprachiger Homöopathen (Lexicon of
German-speaking Homoeopaths), Stuttgart:
Haug: 2006: 171 S., geb., E 39.95 (German)
review Rainer G. APPELL (AHZ. 252,1/2007): “A
book that I wished for since long.
If not a
Lexicon of all important Homoeopaths – a Lexicon
of only the German-speaking exponents. A Who’s
Who, which brings the history alive and helps lay
the texts in order. . . . . It is hoped that soon in the
next
revised edition the left-out would be
covered.”
3. GAWLIK, W.: 275 bewährte Indikationen
aus der homöopathischen Praxis. 3., M.
WISCHNER überarbeitete Auflage (275 reliable
indications from homoeopathic Practice, 3rd
Edition, revised by M.WISCHNER), Stuttgart:
Hippokrates; 2006: 401 S., kart., E 39.90
(German) review Rainer G. APPELL (AHZ.
252,1/2007): “Although the concept of reliable
indications is not the best way of restoring health,
still it seems to be so. It is based on exact
observation and intimate knowledge of the Materia
Medica. . . . . . “
4. DAUBENMERKL, W.: Homöopathie bei
Pferden, Praktische Empfehlungen für die
Behandlung
(Homoeopathy
for
Horses,
Practical instructions for Treatment), Stuttgart:
Wissenschaftliche Verlagsanstalt: 2006: 316 S.,
geb., E 29. (German).
5. GERWECK, G.: Pferde homöopathische
behandeln (Treating Horses Homoeopathically),
Stuttgart: Sonntag: 2006:164 S., geb., E 34.95
(German) review Rainer G. APPELL (AHZ.
252,1/2007): “ . . . . . The books are useful …”
6. PFEIFFER, H., DRESCHER, M., HIRTE, M.
(Hrsg.): Homöopathie in der Kinder-Jugend
medizin (Homoeopathy in Children and Youth
Medicine); München: Elsevier; 2004; 1176 S.,
geb. E 89.95 (German)
review Karl-Heinz
GEBHARDT (AHZ. 252, 1/2007): Twenty authors
have taken part in this work. The basics of
Homœopathy including the Miasms and its place in
the General Medicine are discussed. This is
followed by chapters on children diseases. The
Epidemiology, diagnosis and conventional therapy
and then Homœopathy. . . . . .cases are presented to
impress the instructions. A Materia Medica is
given at the end. Under each chapter the important
literature with regard to the discussion in the
foregoing parts are given. . . . . The book can be
recommended.
7. SCHUSTER,
B.:
Caulophyllum
–
Frauenwürzel: Arzneimittelprüfungen, Materia
Medica, Praxisanwendung (Caulophyllum
Medicinal Proving, Materia Medica, Practical
application)
Weilburg:
Verlag
für
Homöopathie; 2005: 160 S., kart.; E 9.98
(German) review Gerhard BLEUL (AHZ.
252,2/2007): “Until now only one person indeed
who has proved in 1864 Caulophyllum upon
himself, and this medicine belongs of course to
obstetrical practice, established as it is upon the
Indian Folk Medicine and observations in clinical
practice by homœopaths.
The gaps in the
knowledge especially the lack of a Proving
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particularly in Females has been filled by
SCHUSTER now. 11 Females and 1 Male proved
Caulophyllum in Q6, C12 or C30. The symptoms
have been thoroughly protocolled. . . . . 480 new
Symptoms have been added to the existing 242. As
in his earlier Provings of Bambus, Cola,
Harpagophytum, SCHUSTER has carefully
prepared a solid ground for better choice of
Caulophyllum . . . . “
8. VAKIL, P.: lehrbuch der homöopathischen
therapie, Band III: Erkrankungen von Hals,
Nase, Ohr und Respirationstrakt: (Text book of
Homœopathic Therapy, Vol III, Ear, Nose,
Throat and Respiration tract) Leer; Grundlagen
und Praxis; 2006; 497 S., kart.; E38. (German)
review G.BLEUL (AHZ. 252, 2/2007): “After his
“Diseases of the Central Nervous Systems” and the
“Diseases of Heart and Circulatory Systems” is
now the 3rd Volume in the series of Prakash
VAKIL who passed away 10 years ago. His great
knowledge and complete clinical experience is
evident in every page of this book. . . . .An
astounding work with full details, clear clinical
references, exact characterisation of the disease
state and the remedy; a great help in the daily
Practice.”
9. WELTE, U.: Colors in Homœopathy,
Zweisprachige Ausgabe, (bi-lingual edition);
Kandern: Narayana; 2003; 68 S., Spiralbind, E
58, review Gerhard BLEUL (AHZ. 252, 2/2007):
“That the color liking by a person could lead to a
remedy has been an observation by
Dr.
H.V.MÜLLER. Some authors subsequently have
theoretically supported by cases and accepted it. . .
. . This book is the first and a good beginning.”
10. GEBHARDT C., HANSEL J: Glucks fälle?
Erstaunliche
Heilungsgeschichten
mit
Homöopathie; (Lucky hits? Astounding Reports
of homœopathic Cures), München: Goldmann,
2006: 287 S., Leinen, E18 (German), review
Rainer G.APPELL (AHZ, 252, 3/1007): “. . . .
book which would make the political and medical
functionaries sit up so that more patients could be
treated at less cost . . . “
11. WURSTER,
J.:
Homöopathische
Behandlung und Heilung von Krebs und
metastasierter
Tumore
(Homœopathic
Treatment of Cancer and metastasizing
Tumors), Buchendorf: Verlag Peter Irl; 2006:
252 S., geb., E 39. (German) review Rainer G
APPELL (AHZ. 252, 3/2007): “The homœpathic
treatment of patients with malignant Tumors has
been detailed in a masterly manner by BURNETT,
SCHLEGEL et al. which lay in the background
because of the progress of Oncology . . . .Jens
WURSTER has in the recent years with Dario
SPINEDI done much work in the treatment of
malignant Cancer patients in the Santa Croce
hospital. He has specialised in this and has
produced this book which consists of
his
experience. . . . . . A notable book . . . which would
stimulate further . . . “
12. The Complete Homeopathic Resource for
Common Illnesses, Dennis CHERNIN, North
Atlantic Books: Berkeley, California. USA,
2006. Price $29.95, ISBN:1-55643-608-4. review
by LECKRIDGE (HOMEOPATHY, 96, 4/2007):
“This is a four hundred pages plus book clearly
directed at a general readership. . . . . For $29.95
this is nothing short of remarkable. I could easily
recommend this book as either a family guide type
book or as one (you’ll need other books too!) of
the books which a student of Homœopathy should
buy …..”
13 Monera. Kingdom Bacteria & Viruses.
Spectrum Materia Medica. Volume 1. Frans
VERMEULEN. Emryss bv Publishers: Harlem.
The Netherlands, 2005. Price 44.00, ISBN: 9076189-15-3. review by Tom WHITMARSH
(HOMEOPATHY, 96, 4/2007): “This is the first
volume of a bold new Materia Medica. Frans
VERMEULEN, with categorising and cataloguing
zeal, aims to give us an encyclopaedic work,
including all the remedies we know, those we think
we know at least a bit about and those we have
never even heard of.
This first volume is
concerned with remedies made from Bacteria and
Viruses and so includes most Nosodes (including
all the Bowel Nosodes). Subsequent books on
non-vascular Plants, Plants, Minerals and
Compounds, Gases, Imponderables and Animals of
air, sea and land will follow in due course. . . . . . . .
It is hard to imagine that anyone but Frans
VERMEULEN could have the vision, the stamina
and the literature-searching resources to undertake
the massive task that is this Materia Medica. . . . . .
All in all though, you will not find such a treasure
trove of homœopathic microbiological material
anywhere else and I strongly recommend this
book.”
15. BIRDS – Homeopathic Remedies from the
Avian Realm, Jonathan SHORE, Judy
SHRIEBMAN and Anneke HOGELAND,
Homeopathy West: Berkeley, California, USA.
2004 Price £39. ISBN 0-975-4763-0-0 reeview by
Julie GERAGHTY (HOMEOPATHY, 96, 4/2007):
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“This is the book serious homœopaths around the
world were waiting for, a reference book dedicated
to the Bird remedies, one of the fastest growing
group of ‘new remedies’ introduced to
Homœopathy over the last decade. . . . . Overall, I
think this is a very helpful book about an
increasingly important group of remedies that are
very much part of our time. …..”
[I am really surprised at the review: “fastest
growing”? What is this classification? Birds,
Insects, Viruses, Bacteria, etc: Are all these really
helpful in our day today practice? = KSS].
14. Easy Homœopathy: The 7 Essential
Remedies You Need for Common Illnesses and
First Aid. Mcgraw HILL, 2005, Softcover, 270
pages, $ 14.95. by Edward SHALTS, MD. DHT,
with Stephanie Gunning ISBN 0-07—145758-5.
Reviewed by KRISTY LAMPE, MA. DIHOM.
This Book is oroganized in 3 parts: “Getting
Started,” “The 7 Remedies” (with a dozen backup
remedies), and an alphabetical list of “Acute
Illnesses and Conditions” (from Allergies to
Wrists).
Part I is required reading for beginners, and a
good refresher for those who have been using
Homœopathy for a while.
Part II has sub-chapters with “Focus Points”
and clever mnemonics for each of the 7 remedies:
• Aconite: Your Homœopathic Emergency
Services Unit
• Arnica: Your Homœopathic Surgeon
• Belladonna: Your Homœopathic Pediatrician
• Chamomilla: Your Homœopathic Babysitter
• Gelsemium: Your Homœopathic Neurogist
• Ignatia: Your Homœopathic Therapist
• Nux
vomica:
Your
Homœopathic
Gastroenterologist
Part III is entitled “Helpful Hints and Easy
Solutions.” In it, Dr. SHALTS lists specific health
conditions alphabetically, and then gives advice on
remedies that are known to help each of these
conditions.
This is a very good book for beginners or as an
addition to your “homœopathic first aid” library.
15. Colors in Homœopathy, Ulrich WELTE,
ISBN:3.921383-90-0.
Pages: 68. (review by
Markus KUNTOSCH) (HH. 30, 12/2005): “The
color preference as a reliable and easy-to-obtain
symptom to find the simillimum….. The idea to
use the color preference of a patient in
Homœopathy was first detected by the German
Homœopath Dr.H.V. MÜLLER from Cologne
(1921 – 2001). He had a Conium patient who was
soothed by darkness and gave black as his favorite
color. He could confirm with his other Conium
patients. Through comparing the color preference
of successfully treated cases, he defined about 450
remedies and their corresponding colours in a sort
of color repertory. MÜLLER used a color book for
artists and stamp collector with about 1200 color
varieties. This book is out of print and is no more
available. For the first time Ulrich WELTE, who
closely collaborated with MÜLLER during the last
11 years of his life, presents in this book the color
repertory together with a new color standard and
other valuable tools (color circle, gem collection).
This makes the book a practical tool …. I think that
every homœopath could benefit from this work,
….”
-------------------------------------------------------------XII. NEWS & NOTES
I. The author, 83 years, traced his recurrent
allergies and hay fever history to his implantation
of dental prosthesis due to an auto accident at 18
years of age – many homœopathic remedies which
were indicated did not help. By the use of remedies
Chamomilla,
Phytolacca,
Calcarea
phos,
Podophylum and Hypericum based on indications
over dentition problems, the virulent attacks
stopped. He opines that dental extractions, root
canals and other extensive dental procedures may
induce a “Constitutional Susceptibility” to Hay
Fever/Allergies. SECKELMANN, J.D. in Letter to
the Editor, HT. 26, 6/2006)
II. Patients protest to save homœopathic
hospital. KENT & SUSSEX COUIRIER (UK)
Sept. 22, 2006 in HT. 26, 6/2006).
Distraught patients are forming a group to save
the Homœopathic Hospital in Tunbridge Wells,
UK, which is threatened with closure due to
National Health Service (NHS) cut backs. The
local NHS primary care trust that manages the
hospital has a deficit of ten million pounds. The
trust Medical director Jonathan COE cited the weak
evidence for homœopathic medicines as the reason
to put homœopathic medicine lower down the list.
[JONATHAN COE himself should take
homœopathic medicine and then think whether
homœopathic medicine should be put lower down
or up above the conventional medicine = KSS]
III. Obituary – Christine LUTHRA, M.D. – 1951
- 2006
Born in Belgium, educated in Philosophy and
Medicine, with far ranging interests and also in
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esoteric fields, Christine LUTHRA was a skilled
physician and homœopath, faithful to the essence of
the old teachings yet ever seeking to expand her
horizons and deepen her knowledge. She was a
dedicated physician, who always put the interests of
her patients well ahead of the purity of any
doctrine. Her very sensitive and empathic nature
became apparent when she was hospitalized with
intestinal obstruction in the aftermath of terrorist
attacks and the U.S. invasion of Iraq.
She
overcame the illness but later had an aggressive
cancerous lump in her breast. Her last days were
peaceful and serene.
Homœopathy very interesting, helps to incorporate
the discreet symptoms of Materia Medica and
should be taught in parallel to the traditional
teachings and they complement each other in the
most harmonious way. This would interest students
and give solid grounding of our symptoms and
rubrics. With this approach one goes one step
deeper into the sensations and makes things much
more alive and many small remedies come up in the
analysis.
By experiencing the experience behind the
Sensations one gets certain immunity from
developing physical problems.
IV. Check out the all-new NCH Website!
LANSKY, Amy L. (HT. 27, 2/2007). After one
and half years of hard work the website for NCH
www.naionalcenterforhomeopathy.org
was
renovated. Many features like NCH services tab,
Articles tab, Homœopathic Resources Tab,
Members forum Tab, Handy searchable databases,
The Remedies and symptom database, cross
indexing and Teaser boxes are found. Many more
additional features like updated chat Software,
Audio and Video content, Blogs and Topic specific
message boards are planned.
VIII. Homœopathy on the Moon. GRIMES
Melanie (SIM. 27, 2/2007).
Homœopaths Dr. Prashanta BANERJEE and
Dr. S. DAS were invited to a symposium on Lunar
settlements by Rutgers University, New Jersey on
June 3 to 8, 2007. This was endorsed by NASA
and organized by the Center for Structures in
Extreme Environment at Rutgers.
The homœopaths made a presentation on the
“possible use of Ultra-diluted medicines for health
problems during lunar missions”.
Allopathy has not been effective on lunar
missions as there are problems related to absorption
and solubility of medicines as there is no gravity. In
lunar settlements, conventional medicines release
toxic by-products, where as homœopathic
medicines are easily absorbed.
Encouraged by the positive response, they
proposed a complete package of medicines to be
administered during pre-flight, on board, lunar
settlement and post flight phases of the trip.
Complete text at: http://cities.expressindia.com/
V. Pharmaceutical pollution – An emerging
concern. LOCKWOOD, Amy (HT. 27, 22007).
Several thousand tons of medically active
substances used world-wide each year sneak
through sewage treatment plants and sweep out into
rivers with potential environmental consequences.
The Portland Press Herald reported on 6 Nov.
2005 that fish downstream of Denver’s sewage
plant were found to have both male and female sex
organs due to oestrogen spill. Male fish in Potomac
River in Maryland were carrying eggs. Prozac in
waterways linked to smaller frogs.
VI. Opportunity for Experienced Homeopaths.
A Streamlined certification process Richard
PITT (HT. 27, 2/2007).
The Council for Homœopathic Certification
(CHC) has announced a pilot project to facilitate
the certification of experienced homœopaths. The
goal is to evaluate a level of competency and
strengthen the profession.
VII. It changes everything. A brief conversation
with Rajan SANKARAN. TESSLER, Neil (SIM.
XX, 2007)
In a Conversation with Neil TESSLER during
an afternoon break of a seminar in Vancouver,
Rajan SANKARAN opines that understanding of
the Kingdoms and the Systems makes
IX. Richa Christine ELAND is the new chief
Editor of The American Homeopath. (AH.
13/2007).
X. The Nature of Eric SOMMERMANN
An interview with Valerie OHANIAN – by
ELAND, Richa Christine (AH. 13, 2007) .
Eric SOMMERMANN loved nature and was
creative in natural settings since the young age.
After reading EINSTEIN he was convinced that
understanding the universe would be found in
understanding nature. Eric was an avid walker and
he loved the thinking time that walking allowed.
His love of nature, coupled with his passion and
commitment to healing, brought him to
Homœopathy. He already had a Ph.D. in Biochemistry. He studied in the Hahnemann College.
He would spend eighteen hours a day for his study.
He always focused on making connections between
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what he had already studied and any new material
that presented itself to him. He taught students to
observe and was brilliant at prescribing remedies
that have not yet been proved. Eric cultivated his
own ability to be present, to BE with elements of
the natural world and to perceive that element or
mineral or plant in the human being who sat before
him. Together with Valerie OHANIAN he set up
the North Western Academy of Homœopathy
(NAH).
This Issue of The American Homœopath,
No.13/2007 is dedicated to the late Eric
SOMMERMANN.
XI. Eric’s Light: An Interview with Lurie
DACK – CARPENTER, Bonnie (AH. 13/2007).
Eric had a big vision for Homœopathy. He had
the motivation, the Will, and the ability to take
steps to make that vision a reality. His unique
vision was to have Homœopathy be woven into the
very fabric of peoples’ lives. The unique quality of
his Academy is the emphasis on clinical training
and the amount of time students have in the clinic
and also nature walks and perception exercises. He
felt that there were not enough homœopaths or
opportunities for homœopaths to be trained. North
Western Academy of Homœopathy was created to
solve this problem.
XII. The Registered Homœopath. Regulation of
Homœopathy in Ontario.
ZIV, Basil (AH.
13/2007).
In the province of Ontario, Canada,
Homœopathy had been regulated in 1869 and
deregulated in 1960. in 2007, the Health System
Improvements Act, concerned with the regulation
of Homœopathy and a number of other health
professions was passed. Non-licensed homœopaths
will have to conform to the regulatory provisions
under the Regulated Health Professions Act
(RHPA). For this Governemt has mandated a
Transitional Council. The article dwells on all the
details.
XIII. John D. Rockfeller, Sr.: A Biography.
ULLMAN, Dana (AH. 13/2007).
This is an excerpt from a soon to be released
book, “The Homœopathic Revolution: Why famous
people and cultural Heroes chose Homœopathy”,
by Dana ULLMANN.
The
association
of
Rockfeller
with
Homœopathy is discussed in detail.
XIV. Report: 2006 LIGA (LMHI) 61st Congress
Lucerne, Switzerland.
HILTNER, Richard
(AJHM.100, 1/2007).
The 61st Congress of the Liga Medicorum
Homeopathica Internationalis was held on
October 11-14, 2006 at Lucerne, Switzerland. The
150th anniversary of the Swiss Association of
Homœopathic Physicians was also celebrated. (It
has 412 members as on that date) The umbrella
organization for the entire Swiss medical profession
is called the FMH.
The Executive Council Meeting was held on
9th October 2006. The Council was called to order
by the President Corrado BRUNO, where the
National Vice-Presidents for each country
presented their reports. In Mexico Dr.ORTEGA’s
National Academy of Hahnemannian Homœopaths
continues certification of Physicians. In Belgium
Michael WASSER-HOVEN is hard at work
promoting “Evidence based Homœopathy”.
Several researches are going on in Germany.
In respect of UK it was told that the Lancet
article had a definite negative effect, but the people
in general know that Homœopathy can be effective.
Therefore the Lancet article was “a cloud passing
over”.
In Austria homœopathic treatment is available
in several hospitals.
In Romania Homœopathy has been legal since
1981. In Bulgaria big changes for Homœopathy
was expected.
In France more physicians are being attacked
by legal and medical authorities because of their
allowing patients to utilize Homœopathy instead of
Chemotherapy for Cancer.
Nonetheless
Homœopathy is doing well in France.
In Ecuador Homœopathy has been approved by
the Health Ministry since 1983. The Ecuadorian
Government has even donated a house for the
Ecuadorian Homœopathic Medical Society.
In so far as India is concerned, it is a shining
light in Homœopathy and very deserving of the
admiration it receives. Homœopathy is quite
officially approved with numerous hospitals,
medical Schools and thousands of homœopathic
practitioners.
In Italy there are bureaucratic difficulties about
the legal status.
Regarding Ukraine: it is strange that the
Government of a country with so many
homœopathic Associations, Pharmacies and
numbers of Practitioners still does not recognize
Homœopathy officially.
The over 100 year-old Hahnemann Monument
in Washington D.C., U.S.A. is being restored fully.
There are a number of homœopathic organizations
in the USA.
In Armenia there is steadily rising interest.
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Transactions: Dario SPINEDI elaborated on
Anamnesis; Sanjay and Yogesh SEHGAL
presented the importance of understanding the
essence and meaning of what a patient is trying to
say. Two workshops, one on toxicology and other
on the dynamization of a medicine were only in
German. Then a short boat cruise to an IMAX film
on coral reefs.
Urs
STEINER,
elaborated
on
the
Bönninghausen method emphasizing Polarity and
Concordants.
Jan SCHOLTEN discussed the themes, Groups
and Families in concepts of Remedies.
Nicolas STEELING is a Dentist, explored
areas of research that may be practical for all
dentists.
Monique ALTENBACH looked at Cantharis
from a variety of angles.
Dietmar
PAYRUBER
examined
the
pathological data to see the more hidden aspects of
a patient’s illness.
Roberto PETRUCCI gave a humorous account
of the possible approaches one takes to discovering
the remedy behind the surface.
Antonella RONCHI talked about posology.
Variety of subjects on Veterinary medicine
including case studies involving emergency
prescriptions with certain restrictions.
Frank NAGER, emphasized a truly holistic
approach to medicine encompassing the four
psychological functions of C.G. JUNG: Thinking,
Feeling, Sensation and Intuition.
Michael von WASSERHOVEN has been
enthusiastically working for Evidence-Based
Homœopathy.
Sunit SHANGLOO gave three cured cases of
fibroids.
Vangelis ZAFIRIOU discovered a series of
characteristic responses to a correct homœopathic
remedy that he felt have been overlooked since the
beginning of Homœopathy. 1. Increased sleep; 2.
Fatigue; 3. Increased appetite; 4. Decreased libido;
5. Decrease in Menstrual Periods. The rationale
behind these responses seems to be a conservation
of energy so that the diseased areas can recover.
RAO, Srinivasulu felt that a variety of medical
disciplines have provided some evidence of a
corelation between emotional and mental
functioning and certain body organs.
There was panel discussion on Research in
Homœopathy and on Veterinary medicine.
XV. Seminar Review
Andre SAINE’s comparative Materia
Medica course by Nick NOSSAMAN. (AJHM.
10, 1/2007)
“Illustrated comparative Materia Medica Pura”
is a series of lectures presented by Andre SAINE.
The first part was from 18th to 22nd June 2006, held
at Montreal.
The design of the course is based around 24
Key medicines, all Polychrests, four of which were
considered in this session. From those four 62
smaller remedies which have symptoms in common
with the polychrests, but accompanied by
symptoms that are contradictory to keynotes of that
polychrest under consideration.
The individualizing symptoms of each remedy,
besides the symptoms shared by the remedies, will
determine which of the medicines is most similar to
the state of the patient.
The core symptoms of the medicine is referred
to as “fingerprint” of that medicine. The seminar
was intensive with very little digressions, with an
invitation to discipline ourselves to look carefully at
the information from our cases, to make careful
comparison of the pathogenesis of the patient with
the pathogenesis of the medicine and to look deeper
and study the basic Materia Medica if the data
doesn’t seem to fit correctly. [email protected]
XVI. Homœopathic Medicine and the New York
State office of Professional Medical conduct
(OPMC) WHITMONT, D. Ronald (AJHM. 100,
2/2007).
The role of the office of Professional Medical
Conduct (OPMC) is reviewed in light of its history
and several recent disciplinary actions taken against
New York State physicians practicing Homœopathy
and other Complementary and Alternative
Medicine (CAM) modalities. The author’s personal
experiences with the OPMC are also reviewed and
recommendations made.
XVII. In the HL, 18/2005 Julian WINSTON had
referred to errors in our books – Materia
Medica, Repertory, etc. There are errors in
translation from German to English.
Referring to this article, a correspondent Jurgen
SEIPER of Germany says that it is very essential
that translations are done with great care. He gives
some examples.
[What a word actually ‘means’ to the person
who said it may mean something different to
another. For example the word “Beruf” which
comes from the root “rufen” (to call), in §1 of the
Organon has been translated as “calling”, by one
(WESSELCHOEFT and Wenda BREWSTER) and
“Mission” by another (DUDGEON). There have
been several discussions on words (Envy, Jealousy)
we can cite many such. To dissect these and ‘find’
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a meaning will not be of great help in selecting a
remedy.
[The purpose of ‘Proving’ is to know the
‘tendency’ of a substance to cause some hitherto
not experienced sensation in him/her.
The
homœopath has to understand this ‘tendency’ in the
Proving and in the patient. ‘Hair-splitting’ will
cause greater confusion = KSS].
XVIII. Call for introspection and Awakening.
Letters to the Editor, SHAH, Rajesh (HL. 19,
2/2006).
In response to The Lancet Article (August
2005) which suggested that Homœopathy equals
placebo, the author suggests introspection on
another perspective.
1. Research based documentation is the key
means to establish the efficacy of
Homœopathy.
2. The application of homœopathic principles
needs to be scientific rather than speculative.
3. Adequate medical education.
4. Responsible teaching.
The detrimental tendencies that have
penetrated the practice of Homœopathy are: a.
Extended dream-analysis and theorizing; b.
Overstretched mentals; c. Kingdom prototype and
extended doctrine of signature; d. Tele-medication;
e. Prescribing on the basis of past life; f.
Potentising the spirit; g. Paper remedies; h.
Interpretational and delusion based Materia
Medica.
The greatest danger to Homœopathy seems to
be more from within in the form of above
mentioned dubious practices.
[The Homœopathic Links itself is guilty of the
‘detrimental tendencies’ mentioned by Dr. Rajesh
SHAH. Read the case of Dr. Chetna SHAH in HL.
19, 1/2006) = KSS].
XIX.
Clinical
Training
Course
in
Homœopathy 2004 with Rajesh & Rupal Shah.
(HL. 19, 2/2006)
A group of ten South African Homœopathic
Students had three weeks course with Dr. Rajesh
SHAH, in The Life force centre, Mumbai.
XX. Eat Less, Stay Healthy (Taken from the
World Science) (S &C. 73, 1-2/2007)
A new study which associated a low-calorie
diet with delayed signs of aging in humans
appeared in the Jan. 17, 2006 issue of the Journal of
the American College of Cardiology. Rather than
try to randomize volunteers to different diets, the
researchers compared 25 people who already had
been following caloric restriction for an average of
six years with 25 similar control subjects with
typical western diet.
Hearts of the people on Caloric restriction
appeared more elastic than those of the control
subjects and several heart disease risk factors and
inflammatory markers were lower.
Calorie restriction is associated with longevity
only when is coupled with optimal nutrition with a
healthful balanced diet with at least 100 percent of
the recommended daily intake of each nutrient,
providing approximately 1,671 plus or minus 294
kilo calories per day.
Overweight and obese people have a low-grade
chronic inflammatory state.
XXI. Smoking during pregnancy may Deform
fingers, toes.
Research Journal Plastic and Reconstructive
Surgery. Jan. 2006 (S & C. 73, 1-2/2007)
Pregnant woman’s cigarette smoking raises the
risk that her new born will have extra
(polydactiyly),
webbed
(Syndactyly)
and
absence/missing (adactyly) of fingers or toes. The
risk is proportional to the number of cigarettes
smoked.
XXI.
Brain Scans Betray our Joy in other’s
suffering www.world-science.net. (S & C. 73, 34/2007).
Researchers say they have captured images of
the brain activity that accompanies “Schaden
freude” (Schaden – harm, Freude – joy) – the
satisfaction we feel if someone we dislike suffers.
Both men and women empathize with the pain
of people they perceive as co-operative types. But
among men, at least, the empathy disappears if they
see someone else behaving selfishly. Then, they
may even feel good if the other person receives
physical pain.
XXII. Love and Madness not that different?
www.world-science.net (S & C. 73, 3-4/2007).
People experiencing romantic love have a
chemical profile in their brains similar to that of
people with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, noted
the author, Psychologist Lauren SLATER. Both
have low levels of the brain chemical Serotonin.
Thus Love and mental illness may be hard to tell
apart.
Oxytoxin, a chemical thought to be plentiful in
long term couples with warm, comfortable
relationships, is a hormone that promotes feelings
of connection and bonding.
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XXIII. Emerging
Trends
in
Dietary
Management of Diseases. Mukherjee AJOY De,
MINAKSHI (S & C. 73, 3-4/2007).
International college of Nutrition, formed in
1999, comprises of Physicians, Dieticians,
Nutritionists, Food Scientists, Biochemists and Post
graduate students, organized a seminar on 27 – 29th
October 2006.
The seminar defined clinical nutrition cutting
across various clinical disciplines has emerged as a
very important clinical discipline.
The crucial factor is not merely prescribing the
most scientific diet for the patient but its
compliance.
Specialists dealt with topics on Obesity,
Diabetus, Gout, Hepatic Diseases, Renal diseases,
Cardio vascular diseases.
XXIV. The Journal of Alternative and
Complementary Medicine (JACM), Oct. 2005,
“which commemorates the 250th anniversary of the
birth of Samuel HAHNEMANN, the founding
father of Homœopathy, makes it very clear that
Homœopathy works and is far from dead.
Presenting very clear evidence from leading
Scientists and Clinicians, JACM shows that there is
something very real going on in Homœopathy
Medicine.
… This issue of the JACM, a
MEDLINE, peer reviewed journal published by
Mary Ann LIEBERT/Inc; presents the state–of–
the–Art of Homœopathy, with all the scientific
papers and editorial perspective available free
online at www.libertpuls.com/acm. ...... The issue
includes a seminal paper by Spence et al. entitled
“Homœopathic Treatment for Chronic Disease: A
6-year
University
Hospital
Outpatient
Observational Study, “the largest study of its kind
ever published, which presents the results of the
six-year study involving more than 6,500
consecutive patients in which more than 70%
reported significant positive health changes
associated with homœopathic intervention and
consultation…….” (HH. 30, 12/2005).
XXV. [Note: We use the term ‘Individual’,
‘Totality’, ‘Wholeness’ ‘harmony’, etc. These
words are very important with reference to the
Homœopathic Philosophy. Here is a short
extract from discussion between Renie Weber
and David Bohm – Refer to the book ‘Dialogue
with Scientists and Sages’, by Renie Weber
(1986). = KSS]
RENIE WEBER: What is the relationship between
the wholeness and relatively independent subwholes? Is there any justification for claiming that
I am an individual or is it pure illusion, what the
east calls Maya?
DAVID BOHM: It depends on the level at which
you operate. Clearly the body has a certain
individuality, it’s a relative sub-whole which has
it’s own self-referential order but its also highly
dependent on the environment in order to exist.
Any person has some degree of difference from
another – his own background, ideas, tendencies.
So in a relative sense we have some individuality.
But the question is how deep is it, what is the
ground of it all? … Everybody has got his own
interests and background, and his own special way
of putting everything together, which may have its
value. …. Everybody has some unique potential.
You can’t state what his unique role is because he
has a range of potentials.
Given another
circumstance he could probably have carried out
another role, but he has a certain potential that is
different from anybody else’s. While you have a
potential, the energy doesn’t come out from your
predispositions. They must serve the whole. The
energy comes from the whole, from the insight . …
Each person in his being has a particular unique
character and quality, but its whole meaning is to
write with all the others into something greater. …
Individuality is possible only if it unfolds from
wholeness. Ego-centredness is not individuality at
all. Ego-centredness centres on the self-image
which is an illusion and a delusion. Therefore it’s
nothing. In true individuality a true being unfolds
from the whole in its particular way for that
particular moment. It is impossible to have true
individuality except when grounded in the whole.
Anything else is ego-centredness. Anybody who is
self-centred must be divided, because in order to
become self-centred he must establish a division
between himself and the whole. Not only that he
has not understood himself, he is fragmenting
himself, shattering his individuality, and turning it
into a collective mish-mash. By contrast, the true
individual understands that he is an out-growth of
the whole at every moment. There is nothing fixed
about him. He is eternally unfolding his potential
as the ancient saying goes, continually flowering as
Krishnamurthi likes to say revealing more and more
deeply what he is. …”
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LIST OF JOURNALS
Full addresses of the Journals covered by this Quarterly
Homœopathic Digest are given below:
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comparisons we had to make only in our own
mind (as we do in other natural sciences.) This
is our great aim, and to come nearer to it the
work of GROSS is a stepping-stone, a
transition. As a selection had to be made, it
seems that Dr. GROSS took Aconitum and
Pulsatilla on the one hand, and Sulphur and
Arsenicum on the other, and added gradually
what he considered next to most important.
Here are about five hundred comparisons of
one hundred of our most generally used
drugs.
Another similar volume, as a
continuation of this present one, is ready if
wanted by the profession, and that would
satisfy all the demands of theory as well as of
practice for the rest of this age.
Such a result is certainly encouraging,
since, although we are still a decided minority
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among physicians, we have proved already
(Dr.H.GROSS’ COMPARATIVE
nearly all the elements of chemistry and about
MATERIA MEDICA).
one-hundredth part of all that is offered by
REMARKS BY THE EDITOR
nature! This gigantic work had to be done by a
Constantine HERING
few slandered men, within fifty years. It is by
“. . . . .To compare all our proved
medicines with each other, (if we calculate that
there are about three hundred, more or less
proved
and
applied),
and
to
compare,
respectively, each one with the other, would
require about 50,000 diagnoses!
course, the greatest number of
But, of
them,
if
worked out, would be useless in practice and
far more than any other natural science can
boast to have accomplished in so short a time,
and, as our increase in number is equally
satisfactory, our sons and grandsons may reach
the climax.
[The second Volume mentioned by HERING did
not appear. Evidently the Profession was not
interested! = KSS]
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a burden to our literature. Still a beginning
had to be made in order to find out which are
useful and which not, and to know which
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--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------uricosurics. One to two mg/day of Colchicine may
1. COLCHICINE – EXPANDING HORIZONS
also be effective for prophylaxis of pseudoAmi SCHATTNER
gout7and treatment of Sarcoid Arthropathy,8
‘Postgrad Med. Journal’ 67, 1991.
Psoriatic Arthritis,9 and Paget’s disease of bone, 10
though at present the amount of information is
To say that the once very limited indications
inadequate for definite conclusions.
for Colchicine have undergone a subtle but definite
In recent years, however, additional indications
and dramatic change in recent years would not be
for the use of Colchicine have been identified, for
an over statement. This old drug, which has been
which no known alternative exists.
Best
known for centuries, was used for relieving and
established so far is the role of Colchicine in
preventing acute attacks of Gouty Arthritis for over
Familial Mediterranean Fever (FMF), an acute
200 years, but until recently, no other clinical uses
recurrent Polyserositis of unknown aetiology
had been established. The 1985 edition of
affecting primarily Sephardic Jews and Armenians
Goodman & Gilman’s standard textbook of
and leading to renal AA amyloid deposition with
Pharmacology
for
example,
states
that
progressive Proteinuria and renal failure. Daily
‘…..Colchicine is largely effective only against
administration of Colchicine (1 to 2mg), which
Gouty Arthritis’, and devotes no more than five
appears to be well tolerated and safe in large
lines (of the two pages discussing the drug) to its
numbers of patients of all ages, not only prevented
1
possible effect in other conditions.
However,
or markedly ameliorated the acute painfully
intriguing data have been obtained since, which
disabling feeble attacks in over 90% of FMF
suggests that Colchicine may be highly efficacious
patients,11 but was also able to prevent the
in several common and important though diverse
development of Amyloidosis or halt its progression
clinical syndromes for which no other equally
in patients who were already affected.12 This
effective therapy is known.
conclusion is not based on a double-blind study, yet
In Gouty Arthritis, its classical indication, the
the comparison with noncomplaint patients and
role of Colchicine has been recently questioned
those studied before Colchicine was used, the large
since serious toxicity may be associated with its
numbers of patients and the long-term follow-up,
use, and since other agents such as Indomethacin
make the results highly credible. Among FMF
2, 3
are as effective, and may be better tolerated.
patients without overt renal disease only 4/906
However, long experience has shown that the drug
developed Proteinuria, as opposed to 16 of the 54
4
is remarkably well tolerated, and that cases of
non-complaint patients (about 30%).
The
severe systemic toxicity are rare and often reflect
effectiveness of Colchicine is more limited in
5
inappropriate use of the drug (intravenous
patients who already have clinical Amyloidosis;
administration which exceeded 4 mg. for a single
however, most of the patients who were proteinuric
course of therapy). The most common adverse
when treatment was commenced (but with no
effects of Colchicine are relatively minor gastronephrotic syndrome or Uraemia), remained in
intestinal symptoms, which are useful early signs of
stable condition.12 These effects of Colchicine,
impending toxicity. Colchicine produces a striking
which have already improved both the quality of
response in acute gout where 0.5mg is usually
life and survival in thousands of FMF patients are
given orally, every 1-2 hours to a maximum of 8-10
based on observations in vitro (Colchicine inhibits
mg., until relief of gastrointestinal symptoms occur.
the secretion of Serum Amyloid A protein, an acute
Pain and swelling usually abate within 12 hours of
phase reactant synthesized by hepatocytes which is
starting therapy and a major objective improvement
the precursor of AA amyloid) and in experimental
of joint inflammation is evident within 48 hours
animals.13, 14
Thus the beneficial effects of
and can be used as diagnostic aid. The drug
Colchicine may extend to AA Amyloidosis
reduces the inflammatory reaction to urate crystals
complicating other inflammatory diseases such as
without causing analgesia or affecting uric acid
Ulcerative Colitis,15 and Colchicine improves
6
metabolism. Colchicine is also highly efficacious
median survival (according to an open trial based
for the long-term prophylaxis of recurrent Gout and
on comparison with historical controls),16 and can
the prevention of acute attacks during the first few
be highly beneficial in selected cases.17A
months of treatment with Allopurinol or
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randomized study and several case reports suggest
that it may be more effective in conjection with
melphalan/prednisone.18-20 The mechanism of the
anti-amyloid effect of Colchicine remains unclear,
but, interestingly, it appears to be independent of
the suppression of attacks or of the suppression of
SAA secretion.12, 21 The effect of Colchicine in
FMF has been mainly linked to its antiinflammatory activities which are discussed below.
No less intriguing are the accumulating data on
the possible effects of Colchicine in immune
mediated disorders. Several uncontrolled studies
and case reports suggest that patients with
BEHCET’s syndrome may show a 60-70%
response rate to Colchicine.22, 23 Oro-genital and
ocular lesions seem to respond best, but the drug
may also be effective for the associated articular
and cutaneous manifestations and in prophylaxis.
Controlled trials of Colchicine in BEHCET’s
syndrome are few and have not demonstrated
unequivocal effect.24 Leukocytoclastic Vasculitis
may also be amenable to Colchicine therapy.25-27
The basis for the use of Colchicine in these
conditions is its effects on Polymorphonuclear
Leucocytes (PMNL), but Mononuclear cells are
also affected. By binding to a micro tubular protein
and other mechanisms which are incompletely
understood, Colchicine interferes with many basic
cellular functions, including mitosis and PMNL
chemotaxis and adhesiveness. It also increases
leucocyte CAMP levels, thereby inhibiting
lysosomal degranulation and enhances release of
Prostaglandin E which suppresses leucocyte
functions.28 In additions to its antimitotic and antiinflammatory effects, Colchicine impairs collagen
synthesis and enhances collagenase activity –
antibiotic effect.29
More recently, important
inhibitory effects on cell-mediated immune
responses have been noticed. These include
inhibition of Immunoglobin secretion, interleukin-1
production, Histamine release and interferoninduced expression of HLA-DR.30-32
Though most of these observations have been
obtained in vitro, a therapeutic value for
Colchicine has been demonstrated in at least two
animal models of autoimmune diseases. Colchicine
reduced Proteinuria in passive Heymann Nephritis
in rats, an analogue of Membranous Glomerulo
Nephritis in humans.33 The drug can effectively
prevent the development of clinical signs and
histological lesions of acute experimental Allergic
Encephalomyelitis in mice, an analogue of Multiple
Sclerosis,34 possibly by interrupting effect or
responses to myelin basic protein-primed T cells.
The growing understanding of the pleiotropic
actions of Colchicine and the realization of the
important
interactions
between
lymphoid
components and Fibroblasts at inflammatory sites
which produce a vicious cycle of inflammation and
fibrosis35 have led to trials of Colchicine in two
human autoimmune diseases in which there is
prominent
and
contiguous
fibrosis
and
inflammation, in the absence of any effective
therapy. In progressive Systemic Sclerosis and
localized Scleroderma, long-term Colchicine
therapy was claimed to be beneficial to most
patients, especially when the duration of the disease
was less than 5 years.36 More accurate data are
available in Primary Biliary Cirrhosis, where
Colchicine was compared with placebo in two large
double-blind controlled trials. Although there was
no histological improvement over 2-5 years,
patients at all stages who received Colchicine
(0.6mg twice daily) significant improvement or
stabilization in Liver function tests as compared to
the placebo group, and mortality
was also
decreased by half 37, 38. Colchicine has also been
tried in Cirrhosis with no autoimmune features
(alchoholic or postnecrotic cirrhosis) and the results
have also been potentially exciting affording a
measure of hope for yet another large group of
patients whose 5 year survival once the
complications of Cirrhosis develop is below 20%
and for whom effective therapeutic approaches are
scarce.
In a 14 year double-blind, placebo
controlled trial of Colchicine (1mg per day, 5 days
per week) in 100 cirrhotic patients in Mexico, a
striking improvement in median survival was found
in the treatment group (from 3.5 to 11 years), with
significant reduction in deaths from liver failure
and a possible improvement in liver histology.31
Though these results are open to several criticisms39
they are nevertheless highly encouraging and
supported by an effect of Colchicine in the
treatment of experimental Cirrhosis in animals40,41
and by the findings of other groups.42 Overall,
Colchicine was well tolerated and the drug’s
‘Excellent Safety Profile’ was noted by
investigators in many different studies.
There are numerous other anecdotal reports
suggesting the usefulness of Colchicine in diseases
such as refractory Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic
Purpura, relapsing polychodrons, Sclerosing,
Cholangitis, recurrent Aphthous Stomatitis,
Dermatitis,
Herpetiformis,
and
recurrent
Endocarditis, idiopathic or Systemic Lupus
Erythematosis related).43-48 In some cases a rapid
and ‘spectacular’ response was observed and a
possible effect of Colchicine in prophylaxis of these
immune-mediated disorders44, 48 should be
evaluated. Efficacy of Colchicine has also been
suggested in the prevention and treatment of
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abdominal pains in patients with Hepatic
Porphyria.49 However, all these results should be
interpreted with caution since the treatment was
uncontrolled and has been tried in very few patients
so far.
Lessons from animal models indicate that
Colchicine may be utilized to advantage in several
other situations for great clinical significance. Pretreatment with Colchicine protected the liver of rats
against Carbon Tetrachloride or D-galactosamine
induced toxicity, possibly by acting as a free radical
scavenger and by inhibiting drug-induced lipid
peroxidation.50-52 Its possible value in human toxic
Hepatitis remains to be determined (prevention of
halothane hepatitis?), though one trial of Colchicine
in alcoholic hepatitis showed no effect.53 A
significant inhibitory activity of Colchicine on
peritoneal adhesion formation or on proliferative
vitreoretinopathy following abdominal or retinal
surgery in experimental animals was also found,54,
55
but no comparable human studies have been
reported so far. Paraquat-induced lung injury
appears to be related mainly to free radical
mediated lipid peroxidation and to a stage of
excessive collagen synthesis that follows. As the
models discussed above suggest, Colchicine may
inhibit both mechanisms suggesting a possible
efficacy in a model of paraquat lung damage in
rats.56
Colchicine confers the dual advantages of
being both an inexpensive and a usually safe and
well tolerated drug, despite its pleiotropic activities.
However, adverse effects may occur and should be
recognized. The most frequent are those involving
the gastrointestinal tract which may be associated
with the antimitotic action of Colchicine. Often,
Diarrhoea, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain
are the first signs of toxicity and indicate that
Colchicine therapy should be stopped, or the
dosage reduced. Other adverse effects include
Cytopenias, Myoneuropathy (particularly in
patients with altered renal function), rashes,
Alopecia and incidental cases of decreased sperm
count or function have also been described.1, 22, 57
Thus, care should be exercised of treating patients
at special risk (e.g. pregnancy, reduced renal
function) and a periodic monitoring of patients
undergoing prolonged Colchicine treatment is
recommended,26 especially when renal or hepatic
dysfunction exist.5 However, the overall safety
record of the drug in large and diverse groups of
patients is remarkable and further controlled studies
will probably establish its use in several important
diseases, either alone or as an adjunctive treatment.
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1562-1568.
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2. Lac canium: Anxiety, Yearning and Inability
Eight case histories
GNAIGER Jutta (BHJ. 81, 1/1992)
Abstract: Lac caninum-the best-known milk
remedy-points to milk allergy but much more to the
early conflict in the mother-child relationship. Any
further relationship is ambivalent and unfulfilled.
Likewise, the patient remains insecure towards
himself, experiencing many fears. These eight case
histories are intended to help understand this
forgotten medicine which has now become really
opportune.
Lac caninum is a neglected and barely
understood medicine with a fascinating ‘signature’.
Milk constitutes the very first earthly food
during the period of emotional and physical
symbiosis of mother and child - the image of
absolute security. Milk allergy has been recognized
in recent years and is now a topic of great interest.
Dog’s milk is a medicament that comes from
animals, the world of physical urges and instincts.
The dog, the tamed wolf, is both a devoted servant
and a fierce and unpredictable guardian: a remedy
for hidden, ‘tamed’ aggression.
These themes can indeed be detected in the
drug picture of Lac caninum as well as in
corresponding clinical cases as confirmation.
Clinical cases
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Three women
Ingeborg H., aged 35
An insecure, apprehensive nervous, very
delicate woman, full of fears, with a hasty,
inaccurate way of expressing herself. She presents
with sudden attacks of fear with trembling and
cardiac palpitation. She is insecure, restless, hasty,
indecisive, hypertensive; she is moved by
everything, pained by everything, she weeps over
her helplessness. Her fears: of severe illness, of
doing something wrong.
Her anxieties started with an acute illness of
her mother.
Her mother dominates her life
although the patient is married.
Physical symptoms
Goitre with a feeling of pressure, difficulty in
swallowing, craving for milk, constipation,
premenstrual
breast
swelling,
hair
loss,
hypersensitive sense of smell.
Lac caninum M, given twice at an interval of
six weeks, has helped the patient to self-assurance.
For three days, the Goitre flared up. For one year
now, there have been no more problems; the patient
can cope well with life.
Sigrid B., aged 39
An insecure, timid, worried, gentle woman,
mother of three children. She speaks in a low and
strained voice. She presents with chronic Sinusitis,
retronasal catarrh and frequent pharyngalgia,
alternately occurring on one side. She has suffered
from these symptoms for five years. She is tired,
feeble and has a heavy menses. She feels insecure,
unhappy, discouraged, dejected. She describes a
‘profound feeling of not being good enough’. ‘I am
worthless’, she feels excluded from life.
As a child, she had many fears, found it
extremely difficult to make friends, was very shy
and ashamed, suffered from enuresis. Her father
was reserved, aloof, reprimanded her frequently.
He had wished for a boy. Her mother was
depressive all the time; nevertheless, the daughter
still orientates herself far too much towards her.
Lac caninum 12x, then 200, has given her
physical and mental stability during one and a half
years follow-up.
Gunda C., aged 33
She behaves like a spoiled, bored, sophisticated
lady. Her face seems tense and like a mask, her
answers are short, coquettish, seem rejective,
insecure. She is depressive, discontented, sleepless,
sexually apathetic without any apparent reason.
She is afraid of people, weeps a lot. Distraction
does her good. She cannot travel enough and has
several times been abroad for a year.
Her father died when she was three years old.
Being the youngest of four children, she had - due
to the cramped conditions they lived in – to share
her mother’s bed up to the age of 14. Today their
relationship is very distant.
Lac caninum 200, then 1M, has changed the
patient completely, neither she nor her husband has
had any complaints since then. This has now been
the case for nine months.
These three women reveal the fear of Lac
caninum, behind which lies the yearning for
security and appreciation. The striking fact in these
cases is the difficult mother-daughter relationship.
Three boys
Roland J., aged 13
A quiet, thoughtful, sensitive boy with a
concerned face, tense forehead, slack posture, yet of
powerful build. He seems insecure, inhibited. He
presents with Hay Fever and generalized Eczema.
His performances at school vary greatly, he is
dreamy and slow, forgetful and distracted. He
lacks staying power, makes a lot of spelling
mistakes. He is very wary in all matters, is afraid
of everything new, afraid of making a fool of
himself. He is easily discouraged. At school, he is
frequently subjected to teasing as he is extremely
quick-tempered and seethes with rage, yet remains
helpless and harmless. He never gets down to
action.
Roland was given three doses of Lac caninum
(200, M). In the course of the last nine months he
has become more free, more open, livelier, more
self-assured, which has been noticed both by his
mother and teachers. His class-mates now accept
him, his skin is clear, the Hay Fever is much
improved.
Patrik M., aged 8
A pale, adipic child with sad, slack expression.
The boy suffers from Chronic Rhinitis, frequent
spastic Bronchitis with multiple allergy and
Eczema-proneness. It is noticeable that the boy
miserably and intimidately crouches beside his
restless, strained, eloquent mother. The mother
admits her insecurity and conflicting feelings
towards her child. Patrik is timid, reserved,
stubborn and sullen. He is distracted, refuses to do
his homework. Very often one can hear him utter ‘I
am bored’. He does not know how to occupy
himself, cannot assert himself.
Occasionally,
however, he has fitful outbursts of wickedness and
beats his younger brother. He is afraid of wolves
and dogs, particularly in the evenings, and suffers
from terrible nightmares which wake him.
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Lac caninum 200 and 1M have totally changed
him; after an initial attack of Bronchitis he has had
no further problems for one year now.
Thomas M., aged 3
The child shows soft, pale, slightly bloated features
and tenderly leans against his mother. Yet his eyes
sparkle brightly and he has a mind of his own. For
one year he has been suffering from
Neurodermatitis, which started on the legs and is
now generalized.
Furthermore, he frequently
catches cold. He has a small appetite, prefers milk
and frequently wakes during the night.
Due to Thomas’ behaviour, the mother is
exhausted. Everything is so unpredictable and
contradictory. He is tender and approachable, but
then stubborn and aloof. He is afraid and on the
other hand cheeky. He does not like dogs. He is
timid, on the other hand unrestrained, beats other
children; when enraged he even shouts abuse at
adults.
Since taking Lac caninum 200, his skin and his
behaviour have improved markedly. An acute
bronchitis occurring after two months improved
rapidly after a second dose of Lac caninum 200.
For half a year, the child has been well balanced
and quiet. His skin is clear.
These three boys reveal typical organic
manifestations, the anxiety and the failure of Lac
caninum.
The behaviour alternating between
tender, restrained, guarded conduct and violent
outbursts of rage becomes very evident in these
cases.
Two girls
Nada B., aged 12
The child has come because of Acute
Tonsillitis, far worse on the left side than on the
right, without fever, with a yearning for warmth.
The tonsils are large and show early signs of
suppuration. This is the third relapse within one
month. Uptill now, it was treated with Penicillin.
The history shows frequent sore throat and phases
of Neurodermatitis.
The girl is very fearful, particularly at night, in
the dark, thinking that something awful has
happened. When sleeping, she has nightmares and
screams. Her mother says meaningfully: ‘There
exists a conflict with the mother’. Even today, she
the eldest of three children - still sleeps in her
mother’s bed every night. She is extremely jealous;
by contradicting her constantly, she makes her
mother livid with rage. She is very ambitious, very
strict with herself, excessively clean.
The mother admits having made a great
mistake: upon the birth of this, her first child, she
forgot the entire world and even her husband. She
clung to the child, nobody else was allowed to
come near it.
Lac caninum 200, three doses on the same day,
cleared the Tonsillitis within four days. The girl
has totally changed, she is far more content. Within
one month she has become quiet. She sleeps well,
has hardly any more fears. With a further dose of
Lac caninum 1M, this state has now been
maintained for six months; the child has not been ill
again since.
Jaqueline K., aged 6
A pale child with pasty features, in particular
around the area of the nose, with eyes lowered and
a dreamy, sad, searching glance. She has been ill
all winter long with Otitis, week-long hypacousia,
Purulent Tonsillitis; has had frequent doses of
antibiotics.
The mother adds spontaneously: ‘We have this
problem with grandmother’. During the second and
third year of the child’s life, the grandmother took
half-day care of the child whilst the mother went to
work. The girl became emotionally dependent on
her, only asked for her, spoke all the time of her
and when at home, was unhappy, restless and
angry, rejected her home. A further problem was
her jealousy of her little sister, three years younger
than she. The mother spoke of a forced separation
from the grandmother in order to save the child
from her. Subsequently, the child has changed to
an increasing degree: she has become depressed,
unusually quiet, is unable to play, unable to assert
herself, sulks for hours and is cunning. She often
gives no answer, does not react to comforting
words. She frequently complains about being
bored. The mother describes her as ‘panically
inquisitive’, with ‘a compulsive inclination towards
or against certain people’. She has a restless sleep
and dreams of animals.
Lac caninum changed this child within three
days. She became livelier and more cheerful, can
occupy herself quite well, replies to questions, and
now defends herself. This has also been noticed in
the Kindergarten. Six weeks later, an ‘unusually
acute illness’ occurred with fever and heavy
mucous secretion which the mother herself
connected with the homœopathic medicine, since it
was severe and passed rapidly. The following day,
the child was well again. Another dose of Lac
caninum was given. The change in the child has
now lasted for six months; her expression is open,
lively and cheerful.
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With these two girls it has become obvious that
Lac caninum as animal remedy has a strong effect
on human physical urges.
Both girls show
excessively strong ties with a female to whom they
relate, in one case with the mother, in the other with
the grandmother, this relationship being nothing
short of an emotional dependency. The mothers of
both girls describe it as a compulsive, instinctive
occurrence where a sentiment renders one
compulsive and constrained. On the other hand,
they observe massive fears in their children.
Anxiety-longing-inability
‘Believing onself to be held in contempt’: one
of the most impressive symptoms of Lac caninum.
People unable to find their place in this world,
unable to hold their ground. People escaping into
retreat, into refusal, into depression or travelling.
Is it the result of an unsuccessful, unhappy first
relationship with the mother, the result of a
suckling trauma? Is it an insatiable longing for the
symbiotic world of the beginning which has made
the person homeless in the here and now?
Those people tend then to enter into too close
an attachment, as is evident in the case of the two
girls. This produces an ambivalence, manifesting
itself in anxieties, in jealousy and boredom and in
sudden and unpredictable outbursts.
Lac caninum helps to give a soothing answer to
persons whose past is marked by a lack of security
and warmth. It is capable of strengthening them,
opening them up to a vision of the future, from
where a new impetus, vigour and hope may
emanate.
Notes and literature
Potencies used: Lac caninum C 200 and Lac
caninum 1M Korsakov, manufactured by Spagyra.
The eight cases mentioned are described in more
detail in Documenta 11, Vienna, 1991.
BECKER, JA. Lac caninum, tape cassette, Bad
Boll, 1988.
GNAIGER, j.
Lac caninum, Documenta 10,
Vienna 1990.
LIEVEGOED, B.C. Entwicklungsphasen des
Kindes, Stuttgart 4, 1986.
drug proving so far, but it has been prescribed on
the basis of statements made by HAHNEMANN in
his Apotheker-Lexikon (1793) and of toxic
symptoms noted in cases of poisoning from
ingestion of the root. The most important active
principle in the root is Oenanthotoxin, a polyacetylene isomeric with the Cicutoxin of Cicuta
virosa. Oenanthotoxin is a convulsant. Poisoning
when the root was eaten, having been mistaken for
wild celery, parsnip or carrot, has caused
convulsions persisting for hours, with bloody froth
at the mouth and dilatation of the pupils. A sudden
onset is highly characteristic. The individual gives
a sudden cry as he falls to the floor, vomits and
loses consciousness. The colour of the face is
greenish.
In less acute cases, inflammation,
burning pain and vesiculation in the mouth and
upper respiratory passages are followed by a
sensation of weakness, vertigo, restlessness, muscle
tremor and a sensation of coldness.
These
symptoms were also noted in the drug proving.
Previous indications for Oenanthe crocata in
homœopathic use
Epileptiform seizures with sudden onset and no
aura. The attack starts with a cry. After the attack
the patient is somnolent, with speech frequently
inhibited. Attacks are particularly common during
the menses, in pregnancy, following trauma and in
children (VOISIN).
Drug picture of Oenanthe crocata
Previously, the drug picture included mainly
data from cases of poisoning and very few details
relating to the clinical use of the drug. Below is a
compilation of the main data from Hering’s
Guiding Symptoms of the Materia Medica and
Allen’s Encyclopedia of Pure Materia Medica.
3. Drug Proving of Oenanthe crocata
LESIGANG, H. (BHJ. 81, 3/1992)
Mind and sensorium
Sudden and complete unconsciousness;
disturbances of intellect; mad and furious, as if
drunk. Extreme restlessness approaching to mania.
Hallucinations. Vertigo with nausea, with falling.
Giddiness with vast uneasiness and sickness at
Stomach, but no vomiting. Suddenly falls down
backward. Giddiness better from fresh air, doors
and windows must be open.
Head
Various kinds of Headache. Burning heat that
mounted to the head.
Oenanthe crocata, Hemlock water dropwort, is
a biennial Umbellifer found mainly in wet places
in the South-west of Europe, Morocco and India,
and scattered through the British Isles, though
mainly in the south and west. There has been no
Eyes
Pupils first contracted, then dilated. Retinae
apparently insensible to light.
Eyes much
inflamed. Eyelids spasmodically closed or half
closed. Disturbance of vision.
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Nose
Bleeding from nose.
Face
Rapid convulsive twitchings of muscles of
face. Face swollen and livid, with bloody froth
issuing from mouth and nostrils. Rose-coloured
spots on face.
Mouth
Convulsive movements of teeth. Tongue sore
and swollen, raw at tip and edges; blistered.
Gingiva also inflamed and blistered. Tongue
trembling.
Throat
Burning heat in throat. It is sore when he
swallows. Pressure on the throat gives pain.
Digestive tract
Loss of appetite. Desires cold drinks. Nausea
and vomiting. Burning sensation in stomach in
conjunction with Vertigo.
Abdomen greatly
distended; belly greatly swelled; abdomen
distended like a balloon; swells with the
convulsions; colics; sudden desire for stool; also
bowels moved involuntarily.
Urogenital
Retention, but also copious urine.
Cardiovascular
Pain in the heart; pulse feeble, sometimes
accelerated.
Chest
Muscle spasms and pain.
Extremities
Rapid, convulsive twitching of muscles of
hands; sharp lancinating pains in both arms; titanic
spasms in forearms, ischialgiform pain in both
legs; cramp in calves; general numbness and
weakness of extremities.
HERING compares the drug with Cicuta, the
only other Umbellifer of which the root is used in
homœopathic medicine. With the other members
of the family, e.g. Conium, Aethusa and
Petroselinum, the whole plant is used, and in the
case of Asa foetida the resin.
The proving
A drug proving with Oenanthe crocata was
done in Austria in the Autumn of 1987 and Spring
of 1988. The method was as follows:
Having given their history, provers kept
records for a preliminary four days before they
started to take the substance (Oenanthe crocata 3x)
three times daily. Exhibition of the drug was to
continue for three weeks, with all symptoms
recorded in detail. After this, records would be
kept for a two-week follow-up period. In the
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Spring, before the second proving phase started
(there had been a time interval of two or three
months since the first phase), provers were to give
a summary report of Phase One and any changes
noted since. In Phase Two, they would take the
30x once a day, and there would be a second
follow-up period. During both Phase One and
Phase Two, some of the provers were given
placebo pilules. Unfortunately six proving records
had to be excluded because an error was made in
assigning provers, with the result that these six had
been given placebo in both phases. The proving
was double-blind, so that neither the director nor
the assessors knew the substance under
investigation or the key used for assignment. The
substance was supplied by Dr. Gerhard Peithner
Co. We are again greatly indebted to Mrs
FLETZER, a member of their staff, for dispensing
the drug.
The substance and the necessary
documents were issued to 38 subjects and 21
complete proving records were received, from
which the above six had to be excluded. One more
had to be rejected as it was incomplete. Fourteen
records were available for assessment, ten of them
from men and four from women. Nine subjects
proved only Oenanthe crocata 3x, that is, took
placebo in Phase Two; three proved only Oenanthe
crocata 30x, having been given placebo in Phase
One, and two subjects proved both Oenanthe
crocata 3x and Oenanthe crocata 30x, i.e. were
given the drug in both phases. All subjects were
physicians or medical students, their ages ranging
from 25 to 47. Two subjects discontinued the
proving early because of severe symptoms. One
subject stopped because of an acute infection
(Otitis treated with antibiotics) and later resumed.
Below, an attempt is made to establish a drug
picture from the proving symptoms that may be
assumed to be due to taking Oenanthe crocata.
Drug Picture of Oenanthe crocata based on the
Proving Symptoms
Mind
Indifferent; detached; apathetic.
Highly strung; restless; driven; dissatisfied;
better when alone. Tremor and tension also
apparent to others.
Thinks of many things she’d like to do all at
once. Lots of ideas, wants to change many things,
change the furniture round; would like to read but
unable to concentrate; wants to do lots of things
but does not manage to do anything. Feels rushed;
tired but does not go to bed. Fear of something
happening. Feeling as if hands or voice not her
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other figures present; feels as if intoxicated; buying
craze, buys masses of jewellery.
Experiences self as incalculable, extremely
contentious; irritated; bouts of fury, hardly able to
control self; therefore stopped proving on 4th day.
Sad, weepy; could weep forever; sentimental
and full of self-pity (on the other hand feels well
and in balanced state of mind, though normally
tends to be depressed. The prover therefore took
the drug again for medicinal purposes two weeks
later).
Vertigo and feeling of insecurity; feels as if
walking on clouds, which is better in open air; as if
had cotton wool in legs; as if about to fall over.
Vertigo and nausea when walking, with sensation
of instability in feet; as if one were separate from
body.
Clumsiness; letting things drop. Subject is
always hurting self. Problem with concentration;
unable to listen properly, which is better in open
air.
leaden in the mornings. (One woman prover also
noted this remarkable freshness during the
premenstrual period, when she would normally be
very tired and depressed).
Head
Feels as if swollen, as if blown up. If head
moves, feels as if liquid in head also moved.
Pounding pain above eyes, worse on movement and
better from pressure, particularly at night. Boring
or dragging pain in right and left temple during the
night and in the morning
Eyes
Burning of eyes; sensation of pressure in lids
or as if someone were pressing against the eyeball
from behind.
Visual disturbance; vision indistinct and
blurred; dots before the eyes; notable degrees of
photophobia.
Mouth
Sleep and tiredness
Herpes; vesicles on tip of tongue painful to
touch;
sensation as if upper lip was swollen; mouth
Disinclined for anything in morning; awkward;
leaden tiredness in a.m., which is better in open air. dry in spite of taking plenty of liquids.
Leaden tiredness also after midday meal, Tired in Nose
afternoons as well, every day. Tired at night; going
Tingling sensation in tip of nose; burning
to sleep during a concert, for example, but then sensation in left ala; frequent urge to sneeze but no
unable to go to sleep; particularly keen to do things coryza.
during the night.
Does not want to go to bed, pity to waste the Chest
Pressure in chest when breathing; spasmodic
time; would like to read and work; only going to
bed after 1 or 2 a.m.
contraction behind sternum (repeatedly in the case
Four subjects found they were at peak of one prover), spasm continues for about 15
performance and remarkably fresh in spite of minutes.
having had little sleep, when normally they feel
Tables 1. Drug Proving of Oenanthe crocata in Austria in 1987 & 1988
_____________________________________________________________________________________
No.
Sex
Age
Potency of
Oenanthe
crocata
exhibition of Oenanthe
______________ _____________________
from
to
_____________________________________________________________________________________
6
F
7
M
33
40
3x
5 Dec 87
24 Dec 87
3x
10 Dec 87
1 Jan 88
30x
15 Mar 88
14 Apr 88
9
M
32
3x
1 Dec 87
21 Dec 87
12
F
25
3x
15 Dec 87
4 Jan 88
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F
25
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3x
6 Dec 87
12 Dec 87
30x
28 Dec 88
3 Apr 88
and
18
F
25
30x
6 Mar 88
19 Mar 88
22
F
31
3x
12 Dec 87
21 Dec 87
24
F
29
3x
28 Nov 87
18 Dec 87
26
F
27
3x
8 Dec 87
24 Dec 87
27
M
26
3x
2 Dec 87
12 Dec 87 and, after a week’s pause
3x
23 Dec 87
29 Dec 87
27 Nov 87
17 Dec 87
31
F
30
3x
33
F
38
30x
7 Apr 88
10 Apr 88
34
M
42
3x
27 Nov 87
20 Dec 87
38
F
47
30x
28 Mar 88
15 Apr 88
25 May 88
12 Jun 88
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Stomach
Hunger but no appetite or appetite but not
hungry. Gastric spasms after large or rich meal;
desire for vinegar or something spicy; aversion to
sweet things and fruit; increased thirst; nausea with
bouts of perspiration; retching and frequent
tenesmus. Nausea and sensation of fullness even
without having eaten.
Women: Increased libido, but feels exhausted after
intercourse.
Menses
Flow more prolonged than usual (up to two
weeks), an effect confirmed in a further attempt
with Oenanthe crocata 30x by one subject (record
No.38).
Menstruation delayed.
Abdomen
Extremities
Pain and flatus if sitting down for any length of
time, better from movement. Violent tenesmus in
the evening, at the same time urge to urinate, barely
able to hold stool; anal irritation.
Lancinating and dragging pain in extremities
concurrent with heaviness and sensation of
weakness.
Pain starts in the afternoon and gets worse in
the evening and during the night.
Sensation of numbness with tingling in arms
and hands, numb sensation first only in right palm,
then extending to right forearm with feeling of
heaviness. Sensation as if fingers on right hand
were thicker than those on left hand. Bruised
sensation in right wrist, then electrified sensation
Bladder
Has to urinate more frequently and larger
amounts than usually, which does not involve pain;
pain in bladder after getting feet cold, worse if heat
is applied.
Genital organs
Men: capacity for enjoyment of intercourse
enhanced.
along right forearm extending to fourth and fifth
fingers.
Tremor of fingers and hands at rest and when
working.
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Skin
Dandruff (one female subject actually had less
dandruff than usual during the proving, with hair
less greasy).
Temperature regulation
Dry heat all over, but also increased cold
shivers. Alternating between hot and cold.
Discussion
Although the previously known Oenanthe
crocata symptoms had been observed in cases of
poisoning, it was surprising how many of them
were confirmed in the proving. Physical symptoms
were the same with the 3x and the 30x. Among
mind symptoms, the tremor, tremendous
restlessness and feeling of being driven were noted
mainly with the 3x, the irritability an bouts of fury
with both the 3x and the 30x.
It is also worth comparing the drug picture
with those of umbellifers that have been known and
proved for some time, even if Cicuta is the only
other one where the root is used, as already
mentioned. Some details from the drug picture of
Conium may serve to illustrate this.
Conium maculatum, hemlock
Mind
Nervousness;
morose; irritable; angry;
annoyed; indifferent; avoids people but afraid of
being alone, hypochondriasis; unable to sustain
mental effort, above all after waking up; nervous
debility with tremor and fainting; vertigo better
from eating; restless sleep.
Head
As if head too full; as if brain were to burst.
Eyes
Notable degree of photophobia; adaptation
difficult; pressure on lids, hardly able to raise them.
Cardiovascular
Weakness as if fainting; violent palpitations.
Digestive tract
Desire for sour and salty things; gastric
spasms; heartburn and gastric pain better from
eating (clinical symptom; in the proving the
symptoms appeared after meals); flatulence and
colics; Diarrhoea or constipation with frequent
tenesmus and feeling of weakness after stool.
Urogenital
Dysuria; pollakiuria; increased libido with
potency reduced; menses too early or suppressed;
general condition worse after intercourse.
Extremities
Tremor in extremities; muscular twitching and
spasms or even paralysis; little effort rapidly
exhausts. Insecure when walking; tremor and
weakness of legs; numbness and loss of sensation if
fingers and toes, tearing and dragging pain in
extremities better from movement.
Temperature regulation
Tendency to sweat.
Looking for the characteristic features of
Oenanthe crocata as distinct from Conium or
Cicuta, one notes above all the tremendous
restlessness and driven feeling. It is impossible to
do anything creative or work towards any goal, as
mind and body are all the time subject to fresh
stimuli that come flooding in. at the physical level
the response to this appears to be continual
twitching, tremor and fibrillation in separate parts
of the muscular system, with a feeling of numbness,
and absence of feeling during phases of exhaustion.
At the level of mind and spirit, the response is
marked irritability, lack of control and timidity.
Euphoric states (flood of ideas, buying craze,
increased activity) alternate with phases when the
subject is withdrawn, avoiding people, depressed,
weepy and full of self-pity. The environment is felt
to be remote, a sensation that may also extend to
the body itself (feeling as if her hands or voice are
not her own). The reactions to demands made on
the patient are fury and lack of control. He is
devastated when he becomes aware of his lack of
control and thinks he is losing his mind, but cannot
control himself.
Continuous over stimulation
finally leads to profound exhaustion and tiredness.
There is no need to discuss the physical symptoms
in more detail as they were remarkably clear to the
subjects during the proving and confirm the
symptoms reported in cases of poisoning.
In view of the drug picture established in the
proving, it is suggested that use of Oenanthe
crocata should no longer be limited to the treatment
of epilepsy. Subjective or objective disorders of
fine motor functions, inability to sustain mental
effort, problems with concentration in conjunction
with the restlessness, irritability and driven feeling
that have been described, may well be considered to
be indicative of Oenanthe crocata in differentiated
drug diagnosis. Conium, which must be included in
the comparative analysis, has more symptoms of
rigidity and paralysis. With Cicuta, intoxication is
more to the fore, with Oenanthe crocata, fear,
restlessness and irritability.
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4. Interview with Professor A.R. KHUDABUKHSH by MANFRED MUELLER
(AH. 13/2007)
A few years ago, I was asked to be a consultant
on the Research Review Committee and the
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Editorial Committee for an NIH educational grant
on reaching complementary and alternative
medicine at the Program on Integrative Medicine at
the University of North Carolina School of
Medicine, at the University of North Carolina at
Chapel Hill, NC. While working with this group,
consisting mostly of medical faculty and staff, I
noticed that academic texts on Complementary and
alternative medicine are written almost exclusively
by academicians within conventional medicine – by
authors lacking practical or personal experience
with the field they write about. Furthermore, in the
research articles I reviewed for the project, I
repeatedly
came
across
profound
misrepresentations of the basic homœopathic tenets
by established scientists who are writing about
Homœopathy.
I was pleasantly surprised to read, in 2003, an
article on Homœopathy by Prof. Anisur Rahman
KHUDA-BUKHSH in the Journal of Molecular
Chemistry entitled, “Towards understanding
molecular mechanisms of Homœopathy.” I was
impressed that he actually explained the laboratory
technique of potentization in this article, unlike
some of his western colleagues who seemed to
work hard to obscure the difference between simple
dilutions and potentization. Here was a scientist
who had thoroughly understood the theoretical
principles of Homœopathy. He was not only clear
about the key questions, but also had the ability to
communicate his understanding with clarity and the
necessary detail.
After reviewing a 2005 article on homœopathic
Cancer research, again, I was impressed with his
reasoning and his ingenious study design that
showed efficacy of homœopathic Cancer treatment
in artificially induced Cancer in mice. I read
several more articles by his team, and in June 2006,
I decided to contact him to let him know how much
I appreciated his contributions and to discuss with
him an idea for a study that would clarify some
theoretical questions on homœopathic treatment.
Prof. KHUDA-BUKHSH had published
several studies showing that classical homœopathic
remedies have shown protective effects in mice
with such induced tumors. I wanted him to
investigate the effect of the potentized dye on these
tumors to learn more about the tautopathic
hypothesis, and also if this dye could be an
effective treatment for Cancer. We have in our
Materia Medica two effective Cancer remedies
made from similar textile dyes – Methylene blue
and Congo red. Wouldn’t it be interesting to show
with modern investigative techniques if the clinical
observations of homœopaths prove correct!
He responded immediately and once we
discussed the study design, he revealed to me that
he was having difficulty obtaining good
homœopathic remedies for his research.
I
contacted Michael QUINN of Hahnemann
Laboratories and asked if he could make pdimethylaminoazobenzene (p-DAB) in several
potencies. p-DAB is a yellow dye that is still
widely used in the textile industry in developing
countries. It is highly carcinogenic and, together
with Phenobarbital as a promoter, induces Liver
Tumors in mice in about 6 weeks. It took months
to have the medicines ready, after which I donated
them to KHUDA-BUKHSH’s project.
KHUDA-BUKHSH is somewhat of a
phenomenon. He has published nearly thirty
scientific articles in peer-reviewed medical journals
related to, or directly investigating homœopathic
treatment, including Cancer treatment, and yet
many homœopathic practitioners have never heard
of him. His investigations have shown strong
evidence that homœopathic treatment has a
biological effect, a fact that is still not widely
accepted among scientists. He has shown for
example that potentized medicines can cause
demonstrable protective and restorative reactions in
laboratory animals that have been poisoned with
Arsenic and Cadmium, and even in animals that had
artificially induced Liver Cancers.
I asked the Professor if I could conduct an
interview with him for the The American
Homeopath, to which he enthusiastically agreed. I
conducted the interview over the phone on June
14th, 2007. I found him to be an extremely humble
and gracious man who is quick to give others credit
for their accomplishments and downplay his own.
I have included a bibliography of his research
at the end of the interview.
MM: I appreciate being able to talk to you
today. I have reviewed your research and I’m
absolutely in awe of your work.
KB: It is a great pleasure to have the
opportunity of talking to you, sir.
MM: How did you become interested in
Homœopathy and how did you get started in this
kind of research? It’s widely neglected and a
highly specialized area.
KB: An accident brought me into this field. In
1980, I took a team of my students on an
educational excursion. We were about to set out
for a collection trip when suddenly one of my
students fell from a staircase and broke one of her
teeth. One of my students asked me, “Sir, we have
a vial of homœopathic medicine called Arnica
montana. Should I give her the medicine?” So I
thought, why don’t we try, because we do not have
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any medical practitioner nearby.
Then what
happened is something I still remember. She gave
some globules at an interval of ten minutes’ time,
and the patient dramatically recovered from the
trauma and was ready to go with us. I was
surprised and wondered how I could test the
efficacy of such tiny globules. I thought I should
conduct some kind of experiment on a mammalian
model so I could extrapolate the results in humans.
I started reading some homœopathic books and
discussed the matter with a local practitioner, a
friend of mine. I learned that Arnica montana is a
tested remedy against shock and injuries. Then I
had a lot of sleepless nights designing my first set
of experiments.
The initial problem was how to inflict shock
and injury without killing the tiny creatures. I
zeroed in on the idea of giving it internal shock and
injury by exposing mice to x-ray radiation at a
moderate dose that would not kill them but be
strong enough to have visible, quantifiable effects
on their Genome. This experimental design had
several advantages. The dose of x-ray could be
controlled and monitored, and we could see the
effect on the mouse Genome periodically after xray radiation had certain fixed intervals, keeping
suitable controls.
Thus we could see the
modulations by Arnica montana, if any.
We adopted different scientifically accepted
cytogenetical protocols, because that was my
discipline. For example, we could study the type
and quantities of various chromosome damages,
number of broken chromosome parts, changes in
division rate on bone marrow cells, etc. We also
studied the morphological changes inflicted by xrays on sperm head morphology in both control and
drafted mice. We got encouraging positive results
in the very first set of experiments. Replicating the
experiments, we again got similar kinds of positive
results.
Subsequently, we designed experiments in
which mice would take Arnica montana prior to,
after, and both prior to and after x-ray radiation to
find out which kind of drug administration was
more efficacious. This was the beginning, and
since the area was new, I sensed a biologist could
play
an
important
role
in
developing
multidisciplinary fields. The more I worked, the
more I fell in love with it, and I’m still on a long
journey.
MM: That’s fascinating. As you state in one
of your excellent papers, “Homœopathic research
requires an interdisciplinary approach: biology,
physics and medicine.” Could you briefly explain
why this is so, and how you are qualified to work in
these broad areas of research?
KB: I have said this because an important part
of research is to help understand the mechanism of
action of ultra-diluted homœopathic drugs, one of
the most debated subjects, and a reason why
Homœopathy is not considered as scientific by
many. The homœopathic remedies at or above 12C
potency do not contain even a single molecule of
the original raw substance. So how can this be
effective medicine? If you successfully show that
you have been able to remove the disease symptom
by homœopathic medicine, a non-believer will
simply tell you that the disease would have
perished anyway without the help of the remedy at
all. Even if someone concedes that the remedy
works, one will be asked to explain how it works,
how the medicinal property of the original mother
tincture can be transferred to and retained by the
aqueous alcohol vehicle.
The research necessary to understand this
aspect falls within the domain of the physicist, as
does the form in which the signal or information or
molecular imprint is stored. How the signal can
evoke similar response and be transformed into
active signals for various metabolic activities by
interacting with receptor molecules of the cell can
best be studied by a biologist. The various
psychological changes that modulate the disease
symptom back to recovery process, the various
psychosomatic factors and physiological processes
involved, the mind-body interactions can best be
explained by the medical researcher. I do not think
I am qualified to study the physical and medical
aspects with the same degree of authenticity and
accuracy, but being a faculty member of a
university I have colleagues in Physics and
Medicine. My co-researchers have Biochemistry
and Biophysics backgrounds.
Time will tell
whether we have been able to make a mark in
research.
MM: Homœopathy is a very popular form of
medicine almost around the world, and many
homœopaths go about their business never
wondering about the scientific aspects. They see
clinical effect and that’s good for them. Why do
you think homœopathic research is important, and
what do you risk as a scientist by embarking on
homœopathic research as opposed to some more
conventional subject matters?
KB: That is good question. It’s important to
explain the mechanism of action of the ultra-high
diluted remedies within the boundary of existing
scientific knowledge, and to do research on all
aspects to get the whole picture. If we can establish
Homœopathy as a branch of science, then man will
get a unique system of Medicine, holistic in
approach, with inexpensive, non-toxic and easy-to-
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administer remedies which are used in micro-doses,
and without any known side effects. Most orthodox
remedies, as in Allopathy, are very toxic and
produce ill effects although they can possibly do
good by killing some organisms, pathogens. If we
establish Homœopathy as a science so people trust
it as one, then mankind will benefit.
This requires a tremendous effort from many
scientists, and there are bottlenecks. Funding for
research is inadequate and for most researchers is
inaccessible. Publishing well thought-out and well
designed works in mainstream peer-reviewed
reputed journals is also difficult. However, there is
some visible improvement in attitude in this regard
and a few mainstream journals of good standing are
not averse to the idea of publishing good research
findings. Sometimes motivating a researcher to
pursue an unknown, unproven path without any
gallantry of getting positive results makes the thing
very difficult. I should not fail to mention the
doubtful glances I receive from some of my
mainstream researcher friends. They express their
doubts about the truthfulness when positive results
are obtained, but not really when negative results
are reported.
MM: You and I have been in touch prior to
this interview. I helped you obtain some potencies
of p-DAB here in the United States, because I
understand this is difficult for you to get. Also, you
have had difficulty obtaining a published article in
the journal Research in Complementary
Medicine on research done by your own team. It is
surprising for me that you wouldn’t have direct
access to these journals, as a scientist running a
laboratory. Can you tell us about this situation
you’re working under and some of the day-to-day
difficulties and challenges you’ve encountered in
your work?
KB: Yes, it’s true to a great extent you know,
in this part of the world and perhaps in many other
countries. Homœopathic research is not considered
as real research, may be. But you can take our case.
We started our research in 1980 and could not
procure any funds until 2001. We somehow
managed to carry out our work during this long
period by utilizing some chemicals and glassware
purchased for other projects on mammalian or
mainstream research. Sir Richard THOMPSON of
Rayne Institute, England was very kind to
provide us with a small fund to work on arsenic
toxicity in mice and on homœopathic remedies. In
2004, Dr. Philippe BELON, director for Boiron
Laboratories, Lyon, France visited our laboratory
and recommended a collaborative project on arsenic
toxicity, which was generously granted by Dr.
Christian BOIRON. Soon thereafter, we also got a
fund from our own Indian government, Ministry of
Health and Family Welfare, an organization named
AYUSH, to test the efficacy of homœopathic drugs
in artificially induced mice Cancer model. We are
very glad to tell you that Boiron Laboratory has
extended the project, and now we are in a much
better position and hope to carry out more
sophiosticated research in future years.
MM: You’ve conducted a series of studies in
the use of homœopathic drugs in
treating
malignant tumors in animals.
What is the
significance of your findings for human Cancer
treatment with homœopathic drugs?
KB: Mouse is a very good mammalian model.
It has about 98% genetic similarity with humans,
and can be easily cultured, reared and maintained in
the laboratory with minimal cost. In the scientific
world, controlled experiments are done in mice and
data extrapolated for understanding in human
application. This is a common practice and
perfectly acceptable. Therefore, if a homœopathic
drug demonstrates anti-cancer potential in mice, it
can be presumed it will in human as well.
Replication of study by independent researchers on
other mammalian models for verification and
confirmation are necessary before actual human
application.
MM: I have seen undeniable positive clinical
effects from homœopathic treatment of Cancer
patients who are opting out of conventional care.
Can these observations be corroborated by science?
KB: It can be, but there are certain
complications in carrying our research with human
materials or subjects. Skeptics would demand
control subjects who don’t receive any medicine,
just to show that the positive effects of the
homœopathic drug was because of the drug
administration only.
In cases like Cancer or
serious terminal diseases, is it possible to maintain
controls? Can we deprive the patient of real
medicine and give them placebos just to satisfy our
purpose of seeing that homœopathic medicines
work? I think this kind of scientific demand is
unethical. Controlled human studies can be done
with lesser diseases like Rhinitis or Migraine. It is
possible to show scientifically that homœopathic
medicines work in humans, and we have done some
research on human beings, on Thalassemia. You
yourself have also treated many patients with
various types of Cancer, so your pathological,
physiological test data could also reveal that they
have been cured to a large extent or they are having
a better quality of life. That is also scientific.
MM: In homœopathic Cancer treatment, we
have observed clinical benefits from constitutional
treatment, which is a kind of systemic treatment,
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and we often find increased effects from alternating
with a more specific medicine that addresses the
location or corresponds to the tissue or other
factors. Did you find or do you know of any
scientific evidence to back such an approach?
KB: We have not worked with such a
perspective ourselves. But in our human trial or
arsenic-exposed people, we have noticed that a few
subjects provided with the constitutional remedy
along with Arsenicum 30 responded better. We
believe the constitution or miasm actually speaks
of the genetical makeup of the person, a
particular genetic constitution.
Because
Homœopathy also considers the state of mind and
other psychosomatic factors along with the disease
symptoms in drug selection, I think constitutional
remedies can have greater influence on the genetic
system while the specific drug that you select as the
similar could give some added advantage.
MM: Many homœopaths have seen tumors
respond very well to low potencies in clinical
practice, and homœopaths such as R.T. COOPER
have advanced a technique using so-called
Arborivital mother tinctures of fresh plants, finding
them very effective directly on tumors, meaning
tumors would often recede during or as a result of
treatment. Others have found effects from very
high potencies. From a scientific point of view, are
there any data or findings suggesting different
levels of efficacy from various levels of
potentization in Cancer treatment?
KB: Now you raise questions in which
homœopaths differ. Some say mother tinctures act
better and some say potentized remedies are better.
In the various studies we have conducted,
particularly on the Cancer mice model, we have
seen that the mother tincture as well as the
potentized remedies act quite efficiently against the
Cancer, while the mother tincture showed better
efficacy in case of some symptoms or parameters of
study. The potentized medicines, the 30th potency
particularly, give a wide coverage of parameters
and are found to be suitably modified or positively
modulated with the 30th potency as well as the 200th
potency. In certain cases, we were surprised to see
the 200th potency working better at longer fixation
intervals. We cannot generalize this, because
sometimes we found that at longer intervals of
fixation the mother tincture gave better results in
reducing tumors, particularly in mice.
We have not totally studied the mother
tinctures Chelidonium, Hydrastis, Carduus, and
others, nor have we published many data as yet, but
extensive studies have been done on both mother
tinctures and 30th or 200th potencies. Our general
belief is that both mother tinctures and potentized
forms can act at specific circumstances, and we
have some kind of differential functions of
modulations in respect of some specific parameters
of study. Suppose that you are studying tumor
incidence. May be the mother tincture is giving
better results. When you are studying the, say, liver
function test, may be the 30th potency is giving
better response than the mother tincture. Then you
are studying for the longer intervals, at four months
or three months, may be you find the 200th potency
giving better results. So, you’ll find the potentized
drugs are very efficacious. So is the mother
tincture. The Arborivital mother tinctures have a
lot of elements, which we are now studying, a lot of
alkaloids. We find with HPLC separation of
successive potencies some very interesting results
indeed. We have to check and recheck and we
maybe will be able to publish some good data in the
near future.
MM: In West Bengal, where you live, there
has been a problem with arsenic contamination in
the drinking water, a problem which you and your
team have studied. How are your findings relevant
to homœopaths, especially here in the United
States?
KB: If I’m not mistaken there are also a few
pockets in the US where people are at risk of
arsenic exposure. We have shown the efficacy of
several drugs antidoting the ill effects of heavy
metal poisoning – Arsenicum sulph against arsenic
poisoning, Cadm sulph against Cadmium
poisoning, Merc sulph against mercury poisoning.
It’s possible that individual toxicity can be dealt
with by potoentized forms of the remedy
originating from the same chemical. Further, our
research work on Thalassemia is very encouraging
in that there was additional benefit derived by
patients who had been on the chelator hydroxyl
urea. I think these are some of the studies which
have relevance to people around the globe,
including the US.
MM: A potency made from a substance that
produces an illness can remove that illness, even
induced Cancer. You’ve worked a lot with induced
Cancer in mice. As you have pointed out in one of
your articles, ROBERFROID, et al., tested this in
the laboratory and found that the 9C potency of
Phenobarbital could remove tumors induced by
that drug. Would you suggest that this effect is so
universal that it could be utilized systematically as
a homœopathic treatment when it is clear that the
effects of drugs or toxins have induced an illness?
KB: More research is necessary to come to a
conclusive idea about this, but it is one area which
is very promising. I feel yes, it is quite possible.
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MM: And that’s true with all homœopathic
research, to make any final conclusions may be
premature, from a scientific point of view. Much
homœopathic research and certainly most scientists
appear to be hung up on the issue of the ultradiluted drugs, for example Edzart ERNST, who is a
prolific writer on alternative medicine, has
repeatedly emphasized the implausibility of
Homœopathy because we sometimes use drugs that
are diluted beyond
Avogadro’s number.
Homœopaths have always maintained that a
potentized drug is something distinct from a drug
that is merely highly diluted. How would you best
explain this distinction to a skeptic or someone who
doubts Homœopathy or the high dilutions?
KB: This is again another issue in which
homœopaths themselves differ to some extent. To
Dr. ERNST only mother tinctures may be
efficacious, and when you dilute the medicine or
remedy beyond Avogadro’s limit, there is the
implausibility of Homœopathy. But I don’t believe
in that. It’s an over-simplification of Homœopathy
altogether. Yes, a potentized drug is something
very distinct from a drug that is merely diluted. It
is not a question of belief. We are examining this
question in the light of science, and we hope to give
some data for the non-believers to ponder over in
the near future.
MM:
There’s some recent research by
ROSTUM ROY which examines the physical
properties of these potencies. Are you familiar with
that?
KB: Yes, he and Dr. Anagin STAPLES are
doing some research, and there are quite a few
researchers, like Louis RAY, WIEGAND, WISSIG,
who are doing good work on the physical aspects.
Although I feel we are venturing afield, we are
trying to make a little contribution as well.
MM: That also has to do with the whole
question of whether research in Homœopathy
should only focus on this issue, since Homœopathy,
as you say in one of your papers, is really more
than just potentized medicine. It also applies to the
Law of Similars. And the term “homœopathic” is
often applied for simply potentized drugs – people
refer to homœopathic drugs as potentized drugs, or
potentized drugs as homœopathic drugs. When we
see this in scientific articles, we have to ask if there
is confusion among the scientists, because the real
issue that they’re studying is not the homœopathic
hypothesis, but the ultra-dilution hypothesis.
Would you say in the animal research with rodents
that when you give a homœopathic remedy
Chelidonium or Carcinosinum, you’re testing
homœopathic treatment or just the ultra-dilution or
potentization hypothesis?
KB: In a way, both. In animal experiments,
you cannot take into consideration the
psychological factors or other symptomatic factors
which is possible in human research. We are
testing the ultra-dilution or potentization hypothesis
in a true sense in the animals but we are also testing
Homœopathy in a sense that in the Cancer case, we
are feeding the animals carcinogens which have
direct effects on liver so that the liver is in a
disorderly state. Some remedies like Chelidonium,
and other remedies like Carduus marianus and
Hydrastis have great effect on the liver. Since we
are giving a remedy directed towards protecting the
liver, we are testing the homœopathic principle.
We also want to test the ultra-dilution effect,
because the nonbelievers say it is the
psychosomatic or placebo effect that is the curative
force in human beings. Humans’ faith in the
system of medicine gets them cured. The animals
don’t have any type of faith in the medicine, but if
they are cured, that is system of testing that the
medicine is working.
This is one way of
contradicting skeptics who suggest homœopathic
medicines are nothing but placebos. The animal
experiments are very important in proving both, I
think.
MM:
That brings us to the action of
homœopathic medicines. How do they act in the
biological system?
How do these potencies
actually trigger a response on the molecular and
cellular level? You published an excellent article
on this subject matter in 2003 and you also have
engaged in a point-counterpoint debate in the
December 2006 issue of the journal Integrative
Cancer Therapies. What is the current state of the
art with regard to the biological effect of
homœopathic potencies?
KB: The first problem is to understand the
molecular architecture of water. Many physicists
around the world are trying to ascertain the physical
chemical properties of potentized homœopathic
drugs by deploying various modern techniques –
UV
spectrophotometry,
nuclear
magnetic
resonance, HPLC analysis, radiospectroanalysis,
etc. The technologies are there to help these very
qualified scientists. Skilled biologists have proved
the efficacy of both crude and potentized forms of
remedies in well designed clinical and laboratory
research. Currently, research is at the molecular
and ultra-structural levels, so that the medicine’s
effects after it is administered on the tongue can be
tracked inside the body. Biological researchers are
now using state-of-the-art techniques like
immunoblots to study different subcellular ultrastructural changes. Scanning and transmission
electromicroscopy, gelatin zymography, microarray
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– these are all important techniques that can give
the scientist a breakthrough in understanding the
molecular mechanism of action of the homœopathic
drug.
Unless we understand the molecular
mechanism of the drug, skeptics or nonbelievers
will not accept Homœopathy as a science at all, and
that area of research is booming with activity. We
are trying humbly to add some contribution in this
field and to deploy the technological advances, now
that we are having some fund flow, taking up some
challenging research at the molecular and ultrastructural levels, so that more critical detail of the
mechanism of the pathways of action of the drug
can be followed. We are now doing some research
on various Prokaryotes, Protozoans and other
organisms to understand more broadly at the
molecular level how the drugs act when primitive
organisms demonstrate distinctive responsive
mechanisms to the homœopathic remedies.
MM: There has been a surge of activity in
homœopathic Cancer studies in the US, notably a
team of researchers associated with the Samueli
Institute and in collaboration with the Bethesda,
Maryland and Houston, Texas medical centers.
Some of this research was published in Integrative
Cancer Therapies. What can you say about those
studies? Some of them have found only marginal
efficacy from homœopathic drugs in the treatment
of tumors. What is different about their approach
and findings?
KB: Dr. WAYNE JONAS is a respected
personality in homœopathic research, and I admire
his research and approach. He is trying to give
some credibility to homœopathic research by being
cautious in his approach so he can make an impact
on the mainstream researchers. The results they are
getting should be convincing enough for the
mainstream researchers. They must publish their
results, but we are also publishing what we are
getting, and we are honest and sincere about our
results.
There may be some difference in
experimental protocols, conditions, or biological
materials which could lead to differences in results.
We long to see our work replicated by other. If we
are biased in our research protocols or observations,
correction can only be possible when other
researchers with expertise in these techniques
repeat our experiments. That is when our work can
be evaluated and confirmed or refuted. All research
should be directed to revealing the truth, and we are
for revealing the truth and the truth only. We
respect others’ research, and we respect our own. If
we are getting something, then we are getting it,
then that’s it.
MM: In a recent editorial in the current – June
2007 – issue of the German peer-reviewed journal
Research
in
Complementary
Medicine
(Forschende Komplementärmedizin), John IVES
of the Samueli Institute for Information Biology,
in Alexandria, VA, and James GIORDANO, with
the Center for Clinical Bioethics at Georgetown
University Medical Center in Washington, DC,
launch considerable criticism against the
methodology of one of your studies (Pathak, et al.)
also published in that same issue. The authors of
the editorial invoke the notion of trust as extended
in scientific work and name the lack of double
blinding on the part of your staff who administered
the remedies in your research. They address the
fact that you have found almost across the board
positive efficacy.
What do you say to this
criticism?
KB: I thank them for printing an editorial on
that article, which they must have considered
important. John is a good friend, and is entitled to
his views. He visited our laboratories, not in
context of this research. Someone has to feed the
mice the carcinogen. How can they be blind if they
are feeding those mice carcinogens? It cannot be
double-blind. My two coauthors feed the mice.
They were not allowed to observe the parameters of
study, not informed about which slide they were
dealing with. Is it a slide from placebo-fed or from
the drug-fed? They had no information in that
regard. For all practical purposes, this was a
blinded experiment, but one has to criticize some
points and I take it sportingly. Not all they have
stated are against our findings. They have also
pointed out that this could open up other avenues
and start dialogue among researchers, and lead to
replication.
In my paper, I requested many
researchers to carry out these studies and see if they
get these results. We can repeat the experiments.
But if we repeat and find the same results,
questions still prevail. That is why we left it to
other people to test, verify, and either confirm or
refute. For any good discovery, there should be a
storm of criticism, followed by either acceptance or
followed by the act of truth. We feel enthused,
excited and encouraged to carry on with our
research and to prove again and again that there is
truth in whatever we have written in that paper.
MM: The Samueli Institute group published
a study that was funded by DARPA, an agency of
the US Department of Defense, that – reviving the
so-called “Benveniste affair” – employed a novel
approach to eliminate research bias. I cite a social
component that included psycho-social and conflict
resolution experts. What do you think of such an
approach, and does homœopathic research require
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special assistance from experts such as professional
skeptics, psychiatrists, or even magicians, as in the
case of the Benveniste controversy?
KB: Well, everybody is entitled to one’s
views. Why don’t you raise such questions when
you are performing experiments with other systems
of medicine? Do you believe others when they’re
doing such experiments that they’re 100 percent
sure of their findings? Why treat homœopathic
research as a distinctly different branch of research?
Research has no boundaries. You cannot single out
homœopathic research to be full of unfounded
ideas. Consider what GALILEO said. The entire
world disbelieved him and he was proved correct
after hundreds of years.
People thought
FARADAY was just dancing the muscles of a frog,
but people really danced to the tune of electricity
afterwards. We should view things in their proper
perspective. I do not have any objections to
including some Psychiatrists, Magicians, Skeptics,
but may I know what scientific role they are going
to play? It may be a good idea for some people, but
I don’t know how practicable this could be to all
homœopathic researchers around the world. How
many magicians will there be to help me? How
many Psychiatrists who have a firsthand knowledge
of HPLC, of Southern blotting, Western blotting
techniques? They don’t have any knowledge in this
regard. All they can do is challenge any and every
bit of research. This is something of a novel idea, I
would say. Let some people try this method and
see whether it gives credibility to this controversial
research.
MM: I am immensely grateful for the work
you do, and I wonder, how can the world
homœopathic community support you in your
work?
KB: There are seldom established
homœopaths like yourself who like to learn from
the researchers of Homœopathy. First, there
should be a conscious effort on the part of
homœopaths who earn their living through
Homœopathy to raise and provide funds for
researchers with proven abilities. They should be
given opportunities to exchange views with the
homœopathic fraternity in international seminars,
not to speak about their own research only but also
to learn about Homœopathy. In time there could be
an interface between the homœopathic practitioners
and scientists. Homœopathic practitioners should
keep scientific data of their clinical researches and
publish in peer-reviewed journals for the benefit of
scientists.
MM:
Thank you very much for this
conversation.
ARTICLES BY PROFESSOR A.R. KHUDA-BUKHSH
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BANERJEE P. BISWAS SJ, BELON P.
KHUDA-BUKHSH AR.
A potentized
homœopathic drug Arsenicum album 200, can
ameliorate genotoxicity induced by repeated
injections of arsenic trioxide in mice. J Vet
Med A Physical Pathol Clin Med. 2007 Sep;
54 (7); 370-376.
BELON,P, BANERJEE A., KARMAKAR SR.
BISWAS
SJ,
CHOUDHARY
SC,
BANERJEE P, DAS JK, PATHAK S, GUHA
B, PAUL S, BHATTACHARJEE N, KHUDABUKHSH AR. Homœopathic remedy for
arsenic toxicity? Evidence – based findings
from randomized placebo-controlled double
blind human trial. Sci Total Environ. 2007 Oct
1; 384(1-3): 141-150. Epub 2007 Jul 12.
BANERJEE P., BISWAS J., BELON P.
KHUDA-BUKHSH AR.
A potentized
homœopathic drug, Arsenicum album 200, can
ameliorate genotoxicity induced by repeated
injections of Arsenic Trioxide in Mice. J Vet
Med 2007 A 54, 370 376.
BELON P., BANERJEE P., CHOUDHURY
SC., BANERJEE A., BISWAS SJ.,
KARMAKAR SR., PATHAK S., GUHA B.,
CHATTERJEE S., BHATTACHARJEE N.,
DAS JK., KHUDA-BUKHSH AR.
Can
administration of potentized homœopathic
remedy, Arsenicum album, alter antinuclear
antibody (ANA) titer in people living in highrisk arsenic contaminated areas?
I.
A
correlation
with
certain
hematological
parameters. Evid Based Complement Alternat
Med. 2006 Mar; 3(1): 99-107. Epub 2006 Jan
23.
BHATTACHARJEE N., PATHAK S.,
KHUDA-BUKHSH AR.
Amelioration of
carcinogen-induced toxicity in mice by
administration of a potentized homœopathic
drug, Natrum sulphuricum 200. eCAM 2007;
Page 1 of 1.
BISWAS SJ., KHUDA-BUKHSH AR. Effect
of a homœopathic drug, Cheldonium, in
amelioration
of
p-Dab
induced
hepatocarcinogenesis in mice.
BMC
Complement Alternat Med 2002; 2:1 16.
BISWAS SJ., PATHAK S., KHUDABUKHSH AR. Assessment of the genotoxic
and cytotoxic potential of an anti-epileptic
drug, Phenobarbital, in mice: a time course
study. Mutat Res. 2004 Sep 12; 563(1): 1-11.
BISWAS SJ., KHUDA-BUKHSH AR.
Evaluation of protective potentials of a
potentized homœopathic drug, Chelidonium
majus,
during
azo
dye
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hepatocarcinogenesis in mice. Indian J Exp
Biol 2004; 42:698-714.
BISWAS
SJ.,
PATHAK
S.,
BHATTACHARJEE N., DAS JK, KHUDABUKHSH AR.
Efficacy of a potentized
homœopathic drug, Carcinosin 200, fed along
and in combination with another drug,
Chelidonium 200, in amelioration of p-Dab
induced hepatocarcinogenesis in mice.
J
Altern Complkement Med 2005; 11: 839-854.
DATTA S., MALLICK P., KHUDABUKHSH AR.
Efficacy of a potentized
homœopathic drug (Arsenic album 30) in
reducing genotoxic effects produced by arsenic
trioxide in mice: Comparative studies of pre-,
post- and combined pre- and post-oral
administration and comparative efficacy of two
microdoses Comp Ther Med 1999; 7: 62-75.
DATTA S., MALLICK P., KHUDABUKHSH AR.
Efficacy of a potentized
homœopathic drug (Arsenicum album 30) in
reducing genotoxic effects produced by arsenic
trioxide in mice: II. Comparative efficacy of
an antibiotic, actinomycin D alone and in
combination with either of two microdoses
Comp Ther Med 1999; 7: 156-116.
KHUDA-BUKHSH AR and BANIK S.
Assessment of cytogenetical damages in Xirradiated mice and their alternations by oral
administrations of a potentized homœopathic
drug, Ginseng-200 Berlin J Res Hom 1991;1:
254-263.
KHUDA-BUKHSH AR and MAITY S.
Alternation of cytogenetical effects by oral
administration of a homœopathic drug, Ruta
graveolens in mice exposed to sub lethal Xirradiation Berlin J Res Hom 1990; 1: 264-274.
KHUDA-BUKHSH
AR.
Potentized
homœopathic drugs act through regulation of
gene expression: a hypothesis to explain their
mechanism and pathways of action in vivo
Comp Ther Med 1997; 5: 43-46.
KHUDA-BUKHSH
AR.
Towards
understanding molecular mechanisms of action
of homœopathic drugs: An overview Mol Cell
Biochem 2003; 253: 339-345.
KHUDA-BUKHSH AR. Laboratory Research
in Homœopathy: pro. Integr Cancer Ther
2006; 5:320-332.
KHUDA-BUKHSH AR.
The efficacy of
potentized homœopathic drug in combating
arsenic poisoning a suggestive scientific probe
In Manna GK and Roy SC. (Eds.) Perspectives
of Cytology and Genetics 2001; 10: AICCG
Publishers 231-239.
18. KHUDA-BUKHSH
AR.
Towards
understanding molecular mechanisms of action
of homœopathic drugs: An overview. Mol Cell
Biochem 2003; 253: 339-345. 32.
19. KHUDA-BUKHSH AR., PATHAK S., GUHA
B., KARMAKAR SR, DAS JK., BANERJEE
P., BISWAS SJ., MUKHERJEE P.,
BHATTACHARJEE N., CHOUDHURY SC.,
BANERJEE A., BHADRA S., MALLICK P.,
CHARABARTI J., MANDAL B.
Can
homœopathic
arsenic
remedy
combat
poisoning in humans exposed to groundwater
arsenic contamination?: a preliminary report on
first human trial. Evid Based Complement
Alternat Med. 2005 Dec; 2(4):537-548. Epub
2005 Oct 19.
20. KUNDU SN., MITRA K., KHUDA-BUKHSH
AR. Efficacy of a potentized homœopathic
drug (Arsenicum albymn 30) in reducing
cytotoxic effects produced by arsenic trioxide
in mice:IV. Pathological changes, protein
profiles, and content of DNA and RNA Comp
Ther Med 2000; 8: 157-165.
21. KUNDU SN., MITRA K., KHUDA-BUKHSH
AR. Efficacy of potentized homœopathic drug
(Arsenicum album 30) in reducing genotoxic
effects produced by arsenic trioxide in mice: III
Enzymatic changes and recovery of tissue
damage in liver Comp Ther Med 2000; 8: 7681.
22. MALLICK P., CHAKRABARTI J., GUHA
B., KHUDA-BUKHSH AR. Ameliorating
effect of microdoses of a potentized
homœopathic drug. Arsenicum album, on
arsenic-induced toxicity in mice BMC
Complemen Altern Med 2003; 3: 7-16.
23. MITRA K, KUNDU SN., KHUDA-BUKHSH
AR. Efficacy of a potentized homœopathic
drug (Arsenicum album 30) in reducing toxic
effects produced by arsenic trioxide in mice: I.
on rate of accumulation of arsenic in certain
organs Comp Ther Med 1998; 6: 178-184.
24. MITRA K., KUNDU SN., KHUDA-BUKHSH
AR. Efficacy of a potentized homœopathic
drug (Arsenicum album 30) in reducing toxic
effects produced by arsenic trioxide in mice: II.
On alteration of body weight, tissue weight and
total protein Comp Ther Med 1999; 7: 24-34.
25. PATHAK S., BHATTACHARJEE N., DAS
JK., CHAKI CHOWDHURY S., ROY
KARMAKAR S., BANERJEE P et al.
Supportive evidences for anticancerous
potential of an alternative medicine in
hepatocarcinogenesis of mice. Res Com Med.
June issue, 2007; 14:132.
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26. PATHAK S., DAS JK., BISWAS SJ.,
KHUDA-BUKHSH AR. Protective potentials
of
a
potentized
homœopathic
drug,
Lycopodium 30, in ameliorating azo dye
induced hepatocarcinogenesis in mice. Mol
Cell Biochem 2006; 258: 121-131.
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5.
ASPECTS OF THE MIND OF HELODERMA
(MENTAL
SYMPTOMS)
(CHARACTERISTICS WHICH POINT TO
HELODERMA)
Symptoms of disposition and mind, modalities,
physical symptoms.
Dr. Dietmar PAYRHUBER
Following symptoms became apparent during
the observation of several cases indicating
Heloderma and showing good results due to
Heloderma.
The personality is not as open as Phosphor
(one person reminded of Phosphor in many aspects
of behaviour and appearance), not as sparkling, but
more reserved, composed.
Feelings are present which disclose a certain
passion, the person reveals himself/herself after
gaining some trust, but the feelings are composed,
and glimmer rather than being expressed
immediately. There is a certain passion.
This reserved manner entails some caution,
which can go as far as timidness, but is carried by
reserved emotional involvement. In spite of this the
character in a way can be described as being open.
There is a reserved enthusiasm, an inner
understanding with the partner, which is not
immediately fully expressed.
On the other hand there is a certain
inquisitiveness. Interest in the new and also the
unusual, strange and unknown (e.g. travel, stockexchange investment, painting, shopping, dance).
Great sensitivity to colourful impressions.
As Causticum, Heloderma is also able to stand
up for his/her own rights as well as the rights of
others but not with the same fanaticism.
Everything is quieter, more fluid, temperated.
Under circumstances it withdraws: If it is
tricked, hurt or treated unfairly, Heloderma can
suffer deeply and there is great sadness. It suffers,
but there is a great elasticity and toughness in the
emotional sphere and he/she is able to recuperate.
A deep sadness can temporarily exist in this
case. Principally Heloderma wants peace in the
surroundings, but is able to fight for the own rights
and those of others. If hurt, it is not shown, but
suffered.
There is also a tendency to withdraw from
conflicts, in which case Heloderma dose not show
hurt (“the other person should not notice it”).
- “very sensitive! But nobody knows!”
- “if her heart has been broken she will leave the
other person, in spite of great pain withdrawal is
surer”, also: “defends himself/herself to the end!”).
protection is found in withdrawal; great capability
to recuperate in this depression, more a capability
of great suffering which is not shown on the
outside.
Heloderma keeps its feeling of responsibility
towards the weaker and takes over the role of
leader, while immediately withdrawing if someone
stronger is able to take the responsibility (great
feeling for hierarchy).
(A patient, who coped with bankruptcy and
great problems in the family, withdraws as soon as
her husband is able to deal with all the problems).
As already mentioned there is an interest for
new things, a certain curiosity, Heloderma accepts
authority, and is able to adapt and submit.
Objective, suitable for office work, is a good judge
of values, but submits the own set of values to those
of the boss. Loyalty is strong.
One can say a strong tendency to the collective,
to groups and to authority, the special attracts.
It is therefore understandable that Heloderma
is sympathetic, especially if others are treated
badly, in which case Heloderma helps. When
problems arise within his relatives (serious human
fates) he reacts in a collected manner and tries to
organize the matter to the best of his ability. Very
upset and sympathizing for example in the case of
experiments with animals, funerals, weddings.
Sexuality is experienced without bourgeois or
religious conventions. A relationship is possible
outside of marriage. There is a good relationship
with the married partner and one is careful not to
hurt this partner. In this way it is possible for two
(or more) partners to exist at the same time, without
a bad conscience arising, as each of the partners is
respected for him/herself.
On the physical level there can be an extreme
sensitivity to cold (wind, draft, especially cold air,
also breathing in cold air worsens). “When it is
cold and damp and snowing I go swimming
because the (warm) water can never be as cold as
air”.
Equally strong is the improvement through dry
warmth (dry and warm sand, sun) and also due to
tropical warmth.
Pain in the muscles through constant
movement, pain goes from outside to centre,
making her sit down on the pavement. The pain
lessens after days and in warmth. Respiratory
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problems in case of exertion, especially in cold air.
The same complaints if cold liquid is drunk.
Trembling of muscles. Bone and joint pain in the
cold. Great tenseness in the cold.
There are too few observations to state that
great changes in the standard of life, so-called
existential changes (loss of family ties), are
responsible for the complaints.
(Presented in the 47th Congress of the LMHI at
CORDOBA 1992).
[It is not clear as to the basis on which the author
has given this mental study. Are these cases cured?
If not, how? = KSS].
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6.
THE MYTH OF STAPHYSAGRIA
GOAD Sharon (SIM. XIII, 2/2000)
What is the real picture of the Staphysagria
patient? Is the 19th century male view of this
medicine relevant? Is the sexual side even part of
the picture, or is it the aversion to sex which should
be emphasized in understanding the remedy? I am
aware of the polarities which are seen in many
remedy states, but even that angle doesn’t fit for
many patients I’ve seen who have definitely needed
the remedy. My proposition is that ANGER is the
key word, and sex is somewhere in small type.
I first encountered Homœopathy while living
in Asia. A Dutch neighbour had given my husband
Arnica after he had broken several ribs. His
recovery was amazing. The Arnica dealt with the
pain, there were no side effects and the initial
bruising disappeared. When I returned to England
a year later both my feet were covered in warts, and
my right hand had also sprouted thirty cauliflower
warts. I had not wanted to return to England. I had
left a wonderful life in Asia. In England, with these
hands, I wasn’t able to teach. The hand was
unsightly as well as extremely painful and the warts
on my knuckles bled when I flexed my fingers.
I was overwhelmed with blackness and my
normal routes to recovery didn’t work. I presented
an acceptable face until my husband and son left
the house and then the tears and anger and
frustration returned. Digging the garden, walking
up hills and biking for miles did no good, just
made me tired enough to escape into sleep. I could
have gone to a doctor but I knew that their answer
would be Valium and some wart remover. As for
the warts, I had already tried burning them off,
moxa treatment and caustic acid. I had spit on them
at dawn, urinated on them and sold them, and they
only multiplied.
I had seen a brass plate on a door in town
saying “homœopath” and I made an appointment.
The first remedy prescribed, Sepia, did nothing, but
the second remedy, Staphysagria, was miraculous.
Within hours this black depression had lifted, and
in three weeks the warts had just dissolved. I
hadn’t felt this well in years! I scurried round to
the health food shop and found a book on
Homœopathy, and began reading it at Staphysagria.
It made me sound like a raving nymphomaniac,
which is what I said to the homœopath on my
return visit. He smiled indulgently and said, “Well,
that is a bit exaggerated but I expect sex is near the
top of your list.” I was too embarrassed to say that
sex wasn’t even at the bottom of my list of thoughts
– in fact, it wasn’t on the list at all, and hadn’t been
a priority for many years. Nonetheless I felt so
wonderful I was willing to forgive the mistake and
read everything I could find on what I considered
“this new medicine.”
I began my formal studies two months later.
Throughout the training, the Staphysagria patient
was still depicted as hypersexual, “a tart,” and I
always felt slightly embarrassed when owning up to
having taken it. We all have our prejudices…
Years of practice later, I wonder how this
superb remedy got its reputation, and how many
times I have missed using Staphysagria, and
prescribed Natrum muriaticum or Sepia or
something else instead.
Case 1
I first prescribed it to a young man who
presented with phantom pains in his amputated
fingers which he thought were worse from cold, but
it was winter and he had only started to experience
the pains although the fingers had been gone for
eight years. He had just gone through a particularly
nasty separation, where his wife, whom he had
doted on, left him “because it wasn’t any fun
anymore.,” he was like a tightly coiled spring, but
terribly polite. He was also everyone’s helper, the
person who always said yes when anyone asked for
help with their car, house, whatever. He never said
no to anyone, and that included his wife and
children.
Plan: Staphysagria 200C.
Case 2
A woman, a marathon runner who, a month
after being chased by a stranger in a wooded park,
was reduced to crawling to bed on her hands and
knees. I first gave her Hydrogen, which appeared
to fit all her symptoms. It lifted the dullness in her
thinking but brought out the Staphysagria picture of
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anger, outrage, indignation.
She was also
constantly being bitten by mosquitoes when no one
else was being bothered. She slept with a fan on
her face but still woke with a swollen eye or lip
from bites. She was 42 years old, unmarried, and
had no more than a wholesome interest in sex.
Plan: Staphysagria 200 C.
Case 3
A female homœopath. She lives in another
state, so it was a phone consultation, otherwise I
would have just given her the remedy without
disclosing its name. When I said Staphysagria, she
just laughed, for the first time during that
consultation, and said “Staphysagria is not my
remedy. I know Staphysagria, and sex is not an
issue. In fact my sexual energy is so low it doesn’t
exist. Not only does it not exist I can’t even think
why one could be bothered to think about it!”
Plan: Staphysagria 200 C.
She phoned a week later and said “You have
given me a whole new picture of Staphysagria, and
thank you!”
Case 4
A three and a half-year-old girl. She was the
sweetest, most charming child I have ever treated.
She came in, took my extended hand and walked
over to the sofa. She answered all my questions
politely and carefully while eyeing a basket of toys.
Finally when I hesitated momentarily she said
“Could I please go play with the toys now?”
I looked questioningly at her mother. She had
said on the phone that her daughter “wiggles all the
time” and I had prepared myself for the type who
tear around the room hanging off the rafters.
“Wiggling,” it turned out, was the mother’s polite
way of saying masturbation. She had been toilet
trained for two years, but insisted on wearing a
diaper at night so she could rub against it. “During
the day I find her using the arm of the sofa or even
her hands. She is starting play school and I’m not
sure what to do. I try to tell her this isn’t nice, and
she smiles and says ‘It’s nice.’ ” From every other
point of view the child was perfect or more than
perfect. There were never any fights when she was
around because if another child wanted a toy she
would hand it over and find something else.
Bedtime, bath, everything, whatever! She was a
realk pleaser. She had been born out of wedlock to
a mother who loved her, but her father didn’t want
a daughter and wouldn’t have anything to do with
her until she was 18 months old.
Plan: Staphysagria 30C.
10 days later I received a phone call from the
girl’s mother. The wiggling had intensified for a
few days and then stopped, but her behaviour had
changed. “She’s become more like an ordinary
child, standing up even to her older cousins. She
even got into a temper when my husband was angry
with me. She wouldn’t talk to him at all, but they
are now beginning to form a new relationship.”
In all of these examples, Staphysagria was
curative. I have more examples, none of which
show anything but a healthy normal or low interest
in sex. It is interesting that the only one of my
cases which showed the legendary sexual appetite
of Staphysagria should be a three-year-old child. Is
it time for this legend to be buried?
Sharon goad studied in England and graduated
from the British School of Homœopathy in Bristol.
She now lives in the foothills of the coastal range
near Yamhill and practices classical Homœopathy
from home. Her clients include both people and
animals.
Editor’s Note: Curious about the point raised by
Sharon GOAD’s article, I checked in T.F.
ALLEN’s Encyclopaedia of Materia Medica
Pura to examine the origin of the sexual
symptomatology attributed to Staphysagria. The
proving was conducted by HAHNEMANN. It
includes, under male genitalia, the following
symptoms: “Erections, without lascivious thoughts
and without emission, the whole night. Excessive
erections, all night, without emission (after 16
hours). …. The primary action causes great sexual
desire; in the secondary effect or reaction of the
organism (after five or six days) there follows
indifference and total lack of sexual desire, both in
the sexual organs and in the emotions.
…An
emission, at night, without dreams. An emission
during the afternoon sleep, the like of which had
not happened in 30 years, in an old man (after 12
hours).
Emission three nights in succession.
Emission five nights in succession, always with
lascivious dreams.”
No symptoms of sexual arousal are listed under
female genitalia.
I have two thoughts about the issue Sharon
brings up.
First, since the original proving pointed to a
sexual focus as an indication for the remedy,
homœopaths have been looking for related
elements in patients who might need the remedy for
about 200 years. Other patients who may needed it,
but did not present with notable sexual issues, may
not have been identified. (The picture is
complicated further, relative to our contemporary
perspective, by the prevalent 19th century beliefs
about the dangers of masturbation which color
many accounts of the remedy.)
Second, the major issue for Staphysagria may
well indeed be “ANGER,” as she proposes. Note,
however that the intimate connections of sexuality
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in our lives with power issues, gender conflict,
marital and familial difficulties and abuses, with
hopes, dreams, judgements, betrayals and
disappointments, tie it to countless situations which
anger is a major byproduct.
While many
individuals free of sexual issues may also need the
remedy, unquestionably numerous others with
significant imbalances or injuries in this sphere
have experienced great benefit from Staphysagria.
The case which follows is typical of many
which have perpetuated the “myth” of the highlysexed and/or sexually wounded Staphysagria
patient.
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7.
A CASE OF STAPHYSAGRIA
MINICUCCI, Anne Marie (SIM. XIII, 2/2000)
M.T., a 40 year-old woman, came to see me in
May, 1994, for Anemia with severe depletion of her
stores of iron.
“My childhood was determined by my mother
being sick all the time with back problems. She
had three major back operations, the first when I
was three years old, right after my sister was born.
When mother came home from hospital, she
couldn’t hug or hold me, and I couldn’t hug or even
lean against her leg, everything hurt her. My father
was a Wall Street lawyer, absent all the time.
When I was four we got a nanny who lived with us
and raised us like a mother. I was not very happy
as a child, spent a lot of time at friends’ houses.
They never came to my house. My mother was
scary and severe, and we lived in a big, cold, not
very friendly house.”
As a child she was vaccinated against Polio,
Small pox Tetanus, and Diphtheria. She had a
history of childhood illness including Measles.
German Measles, Mumps, Chicken Pox, and
Pleurisy around age 10 or 11. She was constipated
as a child and remained so as an adult.
“My brother, three years older, and his friends
sexually abused me when I was eight or nine years
old.”
“My brother urinated inside me while his
friends watched. I wanted affection and attention
so I allowed it. I cried a lot after this; family called
me the leaky faucet. I knew I’d done something
bad, really damaging; I couldn’t tell my parents,
and I felt angry that my mother wasn’t available.”
“As a teenager, I became anorexic at age 12 or
13. starvation stuff, I lost my period and became
anemic, I still am, Mother focused on our bowels,
stood over us while we were on the toilet watching
to see if we went B.M. She’d pay us if we pooped!
Anorexia was a cry for attention.”
“As a teenager I wrote award-winning poetry.
My parents would respond to the awards, but not to
the poetry. Years later, when my therapist read this
poetry, she said it was evident that I’d been
sexually assaulted and needed help.”
I was sent away to an all-girl boarding high
school; I did not want to go. That’s when I started
binge-eating and vomiting.
I did drugs,
Hallucinogens and Cocaine at age 14 to 16. At 17,
I was ambivalent about my sexuality and
experimented with girls at school. I was interested
in men but it just didn’t happen with them. The
school was a total prison; I graduated in three years
and spent the next year in Africa and Switzerland.”
“I went to Africa with my female lover. We
were both messed-up, depressed and unhappy from
that school experience. While there, I lived and
worked as a teacher and set up programs for
convicted criminals. I was pretty healthy there;
after that year in Africa, I came back and went to
Hampshire College where I met and lived with a
boyfriend.
Every sexual experience was
humiliating at this time.”
I left college after three years and got involved
with a group of radical political activists. I moved
to the northeastern U.S., where I was involvedwith
ex-cons and Vietnam War vets who were forming
an underground revolution. They were seriously
violent, planning to bomb buildings and rob banks.
I gave them $50,000 of my inheritance for the
cause. Most of them are dead or in prison now. I
was indicted but got off. These activists were my
angry voice; the real fury was at my birth family. I
was never direct in my anger.”
“Then I had a very bad car accident to extricate
myself from this group. I was in the hospital 10
days with a fractured pelvis and a left leg broken in
three places. The cast was on for a long time and it
took a year to heal. Then I went back to New York,
entered nursing school and lived with a man who
was abusive physically. During this time, I was
hospitalized for urinary retention and urinary tract
problems. I think it had to do with Herpes; I don’t
get them actively anymore. I had them for a year at
that time. I was bisexual, promiscuous, anyone
who liked me was great. I had no sense of myself
at all. I wasn’t abusing drugs, but I did drugs,
Cocaine, Alcohol and Tobacco. I was a stress
bulimic.”
“After nursing school, I worked and got in
psychoanalysis four times a week for six years; not
the right form of therapy for me. Then, at age 30, I
met my husband. We had a hot, heavy, quick
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courtship, and got married after knowing him only
nine months, and had my son nine months later.”
“Trouble started right away. My friends got
into trouble and had to go to court; proceedings
continued for four to five years, ending just after
my second son was born. My ex-lover cross
examined me in court. It was very difficult because
I didn’t want to get him in trouble. He was acting
as his own lawyer. It was also difficult for my
husband. He was jealous, had strong feelings about
politics, and was against everything these activists
did or were doing. I had guilt about not getting
indicted myself, and did not want to incriminate my
ex-lover. I think my father was influential in my
not getting indicted, although he denies it. My
husband was real safety for me. He has clean
boundaries, very clear and direct about right and
wrong, but also the image of my father:
inaccessible, abusive, alcoholic, and unreachable.”
“Lots of vaginal problems during this time, a
year of itchy weird symptoms to keep my husband
away. I started seeing a therapist; once the
connection between sexual abuse and vaginal
infections was made, I started to heal. I went on
antidepressants for suicidal feelings, Welbutrin, a
type of Prozac.”
“I had an IUD in my 20’s bled a lot and
became anemic; I was anemic through both
pregnancies. No iron stored in my bone marrow. I
worry about this, take vitamins and am seeing an
acupuncturist. He says it’s chronic heat stuff.
Recent blood test results show no iron in the blood
stores.”
“I’m now exercising three times a week and
am in a better place with my husband, and AlAnom is an incredible help for me, I get all my
strength from it. We’re beginning to have semiintimacy, but I don’t feel I can be dependent on him
any more. I’m going to do it all myself –
MARTYR, VICTIM.”
“My life style is incredibly healthy: I meditate,
exercise three times a week, pray, have a spiritual
connection, good diet, no alcohol, no tobacco, only
eat good food. Just this Anemia and lack of blood
stores in the bone marrow. Physically, I’m plagued
with constipation, bloating and flatulence. I have a
lot of energy, sleep six hours a night. I’m irritable.”
“I sleep on my right side, get up to pee once a
night. I go to bed 10:30-11 PM, but stay awake till
midnight when husband comes home. I’m awake at
6:30 and up at 6:45 AM. I’m tired in the afternoon,
three to four PM; five to eight PM is also a difficult
time. I’m lonely, tired and my husband usually
isn’t home to help put kids to bed.”
Her food cravings included coffee, soup, dark
green vegetables, brown rice and grains. She drank
decaffeinated coffee, about four ounces in morning,
sometimes two ounces at night. She ate sweets
after dinner. She was averse to organ meats, fat,
fried foods, and slippery-slimy foods. “I drink
quite a bit, hot drinks now. I used to love ice, and
chewed on it by the hour.”
“I like to be alone better, but also enjoy contact
with people, I can get lonely. I am better with
consolation.”
The right side of her body was stronger, her
left leg was shorter because of the way the bone
was set after the car accident. She had also had a
knee operation, orthoscopy, on her left knee.
She described her body temperature as cool.”I
never used to sweat, but do now when working
out.”
“Sometimes I get right-sided migraines,
premenstrual.”
Asked about her favorite thing to do, she said,
“I’ve been into photography and working in the
darkroom. I wrote a lot as a child and in my 20’s.”
“I dream off and on. I’m in a dreaming time
now; harsh, sexual, destructive, shit, kind of
dreams. Feces in dreams.”
Family History: Her father died of Lung Cancer at
age 55. Her mother had suffered from back
problems, and underwent six operations, she was
now healthy and remarried. She had found out she
had Breast Cancer five years earlier, but she was
still vibrant, busy, social, drinking a lot, had ulcers,
and was an activist in the ghetto, ran the blood
drive, etc. Her paternal grand-mother lived until
age 97. Her paternal grandfather died of Lung
Cancer. Her maternal grandmother died of Heart
disease, her maternal grandfather from a Stroke.
Analysis:
The center of her pathology was
emotional. M.’s miasmatic remedy would be
Carcinosin.
M. did not get the love and affection she
needed as a child because her mother couldn’t hold
or cuddle her, due to her mother’s back problems.
Her father was out of the home working all the time
therefore wasn’t there for her either. She allowed
her brother to sexually abuse her to get the affection
and attention she desperately needed, and kept it to
herself until she was in therapy as a young adult.
She cried often after that experience with her
brother and his friends. This sadness manifested in
M. becoming anorexic and bulimic; she described it
as “a cry for help!” M. also took recreational drugs
and alcohol from age 14 on into her 20’s and
experimented with homosexuality.
Then she
became involved with radical activists whom she
described as her “angry voice”, speaking out her
suppressed anger. All these experiences with grief
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lead her into depression and ultimately suicidal
thoughts. The chief complaint she came in for was
Anemia, and she assumed it was from having
starved herself as a child. M. was a nurse
practitioner and that was probably a good
hypothesis, but I approached it as the lack of
affection and attention as a child causing a lack in
her life blood.
M’s demeanor during the
consultation was sad and serious and I was drawn
into the mood.
Rubrics:
• Children; abused, ailments from being sexually
abused
• Depression, sadness with suicidal disposition
• Crying in children
• Anorexia Nervosa + Bulimia
• Dreams; excrements
• Generals; Herpes Simplex + burning + moist +
neuralgic + stinging
• Blood: Anemia
• Vaginitis + itching of the vagina + infection of
the vagina
• Retention of urine.
Repertorization of these rubrics brought up the
following remedies: Staphysagria (16), Graphites
(12), Arsenicum (15), Sulphur(14), Ignatia (11),
Belladonna (10), Pulsatilla (14), Conium (11),
Aconite, (10), Sepia (11), Mercurius (10), and
Medorrhinum (13).
I studied three possible remedies for M.:
Staphysagria:
M. was quite similar to
Staphysagria. When angered she would throw
things, yet she was sweet and definitely drew out
my sympathy as she told her story of abuse and
humiliation. She had suffered incest and her father
was alcoholic. M. said she had masturbated as a
child, and still did to go to sleep. Staphysagria
covered M.’s depression with suicidal thoughts,
Anorexia and Bulimia, retention of urine, vaginal
itching and infections, Herpes, Anemia, ailments
from multiple griefs and humiliation, and the
restless, frightful, lascivious dreams she
experienced. The essence was so similar, she even
wrote poetry. The essence of Staphysagria, as well
as the keynote symptoms, covered this case
beautifully.
Medorrhinum: M. may have needed Medorrhinum
when she was younger. She loved to chew on ice
and was living in the fast lane. She did experience
constipation which was better leaning backwards.
M. often cleared her throat while she talked to me.
When asked if she masturbated, she easily gave a
positive answer relating to her behavior both as a
child and through her adulthood.
Causticum: I asked M. if she was trying to change
the world, and she said that she was. An activist,
she had been, and to a lesser degree still remained,
quite concerned with the injustices suffered by the
less fortunate. She was very much concerned with
environmental issues. Sometimes M. experienced
shakes or tremors, and complained of weakness of
mind. Her feelings were hurt easily, and she shared
the fear of war with Causticum. My second choice
of a remedy for M. would have been Causticum.
Plan: I suggested Staphysagria 6c, three times
daily, with the usual cautions of no food or drink 20
minutes before or after taking the remedy. I asked
M. to stop drinking coffee and also suggested
waiting two months before having the procedure
done to see whether she was bleeding internally.
M. started the remedy on May 5, 1994.
Follow-up, June 1, 1994: M, was deeply involved
with the process of her therapy.
She had
experienced some grief and pain about her
childhood recently, since our last meeting, she said,
“but I feel easier about it.” Her health had been
good and her energy was more balanced. I felt she
was doing very well.
Plan: Increase Staphysagria potency to 9c, three
times daily.
Follow-up, September, 1994: M. continued to
progress; she had “no complaints,” in her words.
Her energy was good and she felt fine.
My
observation was that she seemed stronger in her
words and behavior; more sure of herself, and
confident. This was apparent when I saw her with
her two young sons, whom I’d seen verbally
mistreating her in the past. Her examination had
shown that she was not bleeding internally.
Plan: Increase Staphysagria potency to 12, three
times daily.
Follow-up, May, 1995: M. continued to improve
in her confidence, and felt an increase in energy.
Her therapy was going well, and she wanted to go
deeper into the fears and pain. She looked great.
Her physical appearance looked uplifted and strong
enough to handle a high potency. M. reported that
her blood count was up.
Plan: Increase the Staphysagria potency to 1M,
single dose. I hoped it would touch her on a deeper
level and aid the psychotherapy in healing the pain
from her childhood.
Follow-up, September 14, 1995: M. had a yeasty
vaginal infection three weeks to a month
previously. Then she came down with Bronchitis
right after the yeast infection. It was mostly gone
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now; there was still some loose phlegm and
coughing.
M. had treated herself with
homœopathic “Yeast Away,” Echinacea-goldenseal
tincture, Wellness Formula, Vitamin C, garlic and
garlic pills.
She was grieving about her mother’s illness.
Her mother’s Breast Cancer had metastasized to the
Lung and Bone and she was on the second round of
Chemotherapy.
Her mother was also in
Psychotherapy and said, “I’m working,” and “lots
to work on.” This was new for her mother. M. was
beginning to grieve and cry for the mothering she
had never had and now would never get; she
thought her mother would not survive the Cancer.
“My work is finding my voice. In my
relationship with my mother, I turned all my power
over to her. I’m afraid of her, intimidated by her,
even though she’s half-dead. I’m intimidated by
her class and wealth, although I don’t aspire to it.
It’s overpowering and terrifying to me. I’m like an
empty bucket but I have a lot to say. I want to
write.”
“I’m giving myself a one-year commitment to
write. I used to think it was self-indulgent, etc. I
feel like I’m really moving along steadily in the
direction, and continually making baby steps
toward a goal.”
“I’m not putting up with my husband’s
intimidation and manipulations, and it’s getting
better. I want to have more patience with my kids;
I escalate things by losing my temper. Physically,
it’s a fight to keep my body healthy. There is a
tendency to weakness in my left arm, and an achy
chronic soreness in the joint of the index finger
(from the car accident). The soreness in my left
arm is in the center of the upper arm, dull-achy
inside, occasionally strong enough to wake me at
night. It feels like something is growing in the
armpits, creepy. I had it when I was anemic. The
Anemia is better, I had it checked last spring, it was
definitely improved but still not normal.”
“I feel like I’m losing my sister. She left her
husband and is with another woman. I’ve been
very jealous; it’s a childish, out-of-control feeling.
I don’t feel like being near her. It’s a shift, a good
shift in a way because I allowed my identity to fuse
with hers. I imagine her having greater intimacy
with a woman than with her husband. All the
intimacy she would share with me, she is sharing
with another woman; and also because in the
beginning it was my identity to be with other
women. Her thunder is a lot louder than mine!”
“I’m back in therapy to help me deal with my
mother’s illness since last month or so.”
“I want to move in my marriage: to have more
time with him, more substance in terms of dialogue.
I need, I have needs, I need so much want so
much.” (M. was rubbing her face and head with her
hands as she spoke.)
“I expect more for myself. I didn’t used to, in
fact, I expected punishment. I expect more now, I
don’t know if I can get it from [my husband] now
or not. I’m trying to stay on top of honest
conversations, telling the truth, putting aside fear. I
wrote him a really a long letter, an honest letter.
Whenever I do that, it opens me up to be more
intimate with him. He can surround himself with
work. I can’t argue with him, I can’t fight, I get
discouraged. I have to initiate the relationship, to
say ‘Let’s take a walk…..’” M. looked sad and
teary, but she said she would continue to initiate
contact.
I repertorized jealousy and left arm pain; both
are covered by Staphysagria, as are vaginal
infections. I couldn’t figure out how to find “needs
to find her voice.” I looked up “need to be
noticed,” “aggravation from lack of attention.” M.
was doing so well in her emotional progress, but
had started drinking coffee again. I decided not to
treat the Bronchitis since it was almost gone.
Plan: I suggested another dose of Staphysagria
1M after she stopped drinking coffee. She took the
remedy at the end of September 1995.
Follow-up, November, 1996: Her mother had
passed away. M. was grieving. She had taken time
off from her position as nurse practitioner to write
about her life. She was jogging for exercise,
feeling well, and was separated from her husband.
M. was doing well, even though it had been over a
year since the last dose.
Plan: Wait.
Conclusion: M. has not come for a consultation for
three years. I treat her sons, so I see her
occasionally.
She is doing remarkably well:
writing a book, feeling healthy, separated or
divorced from her husband, involved with another
man, and active in her chosen career.
[Has M become healthy? She separated and then
divorced; hasn’t found her moorings and perhaps
even now looking about. I do not think M has been
cured = KSS]
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8. The Integral of the Chronic Miasms
SHEPPERD Joel (AJHM. 99, 1/2006)
Introduction: The approaches to understanding
Chronic Miasms include the physical explanations
and metaphysical explanations.
The physical
interpretations of chronic disease rely on the
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physiology and pathology of cells and tissues;
chronic illness is attributed to a microbial or
pathogenic cause. Specific names are assigned to
diseases that have a specific cause. Even physics
contributes to the supply of different physical,
mechanistic explanations of HAHNEMANN’s
natural Chronic Miasms. Another article discusses
these concepts and offers a counter proposal
involving the model of fractal qualities. (1)
Another type of explanation for Chronic
Miasms may be called a metaphysical category.
These interpretations include religious and
philosophical beliefs as well as symbolic or
mythological metaphors. Psychological theories,
such as archetypes, are part of this category as well
as some theoretical generalizations about body
functions. Examples of this metaphysical approach
will be discussed further.
Besides the physical and metaphysical
interpretations, another way exists. This approach
is descriptive, experiential and phenomenological.
It seeks to avoid these rocky shoals that break the
Chronic Miasms into analytical pieces on the one
hand, and it bravely tries to steer away from the
drowning whirlpools of theoretical concepts on the
other hand.
Most importantly, the integral
wholistic description of Chronic Miasms does not
ignore what HAHNEMANN actually wrote.
Metaphysical miasms
A segment of homœopaths believe that the
meaning of miasms should be found beyond the
physical world. Here is an example, “Certain
bacterial and viral illnesses as well as chemical
poisonings may be energetically carried in the auric
field and higher spiritual bodies as vibrational
patterns are referred to in Homœopathy as miasm.
A miasm is not so much an illness as an energetic
tendency toward illness.” (2) Further statements
following theses ideas propose that the primary
mechanisms involved in Miasms are subtle
energetic rather than molecular in nature. (3)
These explanations go way beyond the direct
sensory experience of most people and so enter the
realm of imagination or fantasy.
This way of thinking is not just an issue of
imaginative thinking that goes beyond the frontiers
of current mainstream science. Behind the theory is
a strong belief system that rivals any religion:
“Miasms and their ‘dis-ease’ producing tendencies
may be related to the struggle of the human spirit to
recognize its own divinity through the expression of
particular illnesses at the physical level.” (4) The
purpose of disease and suffering is an important
question, but the practicing homœopath should not
assume that he knows the answer.
If the
homœopath assumes that he knows why a person is
sick, his case taking becomes full of judgments and
prejudices instead of exact detailed symptoms as
they really are.
Another quote says: “There are important
symbolic patterns to the kinds of illnesses and
miasms to which people have become susceptible.
The miasms represent key issues or learning
experiences which impede humanity’s progress.”
(5) Here it is assumed that the symbolism is more
important than the actual individual symptoms.
The unstated belief here is that the thinking mind is
more important in knowing disease than the direct
sensory perceptions of the body. The hierarchal
assumption that the intellectual mind takes
precedence over the sensory mind is unfounded in
the holism of Homœopathy. What is important in
the disease of each person cannot be judged before
the symptoms are all known.
“Miasms are a crystallized pattern of Karma”
(6) is a modern declaration of belief, but it is not so
different than a comment made by a homœopathic
editor a century ago: “As it would be absurd for a
philosophical Christian to reject the doctrine of
original sin, so it is absurd for any one who
professes to have a clear perception of
Homœopathy to reject the doctrine of hereditary
morbific miasm. Both of these doctrines must
stand and fall together.” (7) Spiritual or religious
beliefs here imply value judgments of good and
bad. The morality may or may not be correct, but it
has no place in the exacting practical methodology
of Homœopathy where prior beliefs can unduly
influence the perceptions of the case taker.
Symbolic and psychological miasms
Some homœopaths seem to assume that
chronic illness results from wrong thoughts, and not
just heredity, social circumstances or environmental
occurrences. Each of the three miasmatic chronic
diseases is assigned a belief system. People with
Psora believe that “the world is a harsh place and
we eke out our existence by the sweat of our brow.”
A sycotic person considers that “shame is the
natural human condition and we cope as best we
may, by concealing it or washing it away.” A
person with Syphilis thinks, “I am alone in a
destroyed planet, surrounded by the flames of
civilization. I cope with it by rebuilding my empire
by whatever means are necessary.” (8) The author
does not mention what a healthy person should
believe. It is an unfounded assumption that people
with the same Chronic Miasm have the same
mental state.
There are no mental portraits
mentioned in the original description of miasmatic
Syphilis and Sycosis, and the mental symptoms
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listed with Psora do not include the broad
generalization quoted above.
Other homœopaths do not agree with the above
interpretation. One author says that the inception of
psoric miasmatic illness is basically selfishness and
loss of spiritual ideals replaced with excessive
materialism. (9) Another author says that the Psora
mindset is a distraction from your deepest and most
authentic inclinations by the appeal of what you see
others doing – in other words, of itching to do what
isn’t really you. Sycosis is ceaseless overdoing –
too much eating, too much activity, seductive
indulgences. Syphilis thinking is when energy and
intent are withdrawn from the body and the body’s
structures deteriorate.(10)
Who is right? Why are they right? These
theoretical mindsets are part of a personal religious
or philosophical outlook on life. They are not part
of the practical homœopathic methodology.
Some homœopaths believe that the miasms
must fit into the larger framework of certain
Psychology systems: “The first position, the
egotistic one, we say ‘I’. It corresponds to the oral
state of Freud, the Psora of HAHNEMANN, Eros
for the Greeks… The second position, we say ‘we’.
It corresponds to the anal state of Freud the Sycosis
of HAHNEMANN, Philos for Greeks… The third
position, we ‘us’. It corresponds to Freud’s
Oedipus Complex, HAHNEMANN’s Luetism and
the Greek concept of Agape.”(11) The unstated
presumption here is that psychology concepts are
more important than the original description of the
miasms. Any observations about chronic disease
must fit into this author’s predetermined belief
system. It assumes that to be a good homœopath,
one must understand Freud and Greek mythology.
Jung’s Psychology is probably more in vogue
at the moment among some homœopaths. A
homœopath who uses Jung’s ideas has said, “What
are the miasms, really?... We might consider them
structural or archetypal fields of force, vortices of
energy.” (12) Jung’s version of archetypes defines
them as psychological principles – primordial
organizing patterns of the psyche. Archetypes are
not confined to the human brain, but operate from
transcendental realms and exert influence on the
psyche. The transcendental realms are hidden
dimensions of reality. These hyperphysical realms,
it seems, are found somewhere in the human mind.
The recognition of universal principles assumes the
existence of a Cosmos that is intelligent and
interconnected. If a homœopath does not believe in
the Universal Mind, does he fail to understand
Miasms?
Does Homœopathy need a grand
metaphysical theory that connects chronic disease
with a superconscious reality? The original miasms
are not an invention of a psychology or philosophy.
They are the direct sensory perceptions of clinical
experience. They are not dependent on the whims
and fancies of various branches of psychological
thinking that come and go.
Generalizations of the miasms
One type of homœopath looks for the cause of
chronic illness in Microbiology, Physiology or
Physics, as discussed in another paper. Another
type of analytical homœopath looks for a common
thread in all the symptoms listed for each Chronic
Miasm. Each Miasm is explained with a general
theme. Psora is categorized as hypofunction,
atrophy, weakness and inhibition. Sycosis is
defined as hyperfunction, hypertrophy, overactivity
and expansion. Syphilis is listed under dysfunction,
dystrophy, ataxia and destruction.(13)
This type of thinking sifts through the
symptoms and searches for properties that remain
consistent or unchanged in a seemingly random
group. It is a search for a general idea to tie
thoughts together and tidy up the disorder of the
actual symptoms. It finds commonalities and
ignores individualities. The names used, like
hypertrophy, refer to bodily function, but are
general enough to include mental activities. These
neatly arranged categories conveniently define
miasms while ignoring the actual, concrete
symptoms that do not fit.
The Nature of Chronic Diseases lists over
815 symptom sentences for Psora.(14) There is no
simplified scheme like “deficiency” that links all
the signs of Psora. The old school names used to
describe Psora include Cancer of the uterus, fistulas
of the rectum, Epilepsy and suicidal mania. (15)
These illnesses do not fit an underlying
generalization of Psora. Ideas conceived in the
labyrinth of the intellect do not illuminate the
coherent unity of Psora.
The carefully collected experiential data
recorded by HAHNEMANN is only a “speculative
hypothesis” (16) according to the opinion of one
homœopath. This statement is inaccurate and
uncalled for.
HAHNEMANN condemned
speculation
throughout
his
homœopathic
career.(17)
To accuse HAHNEMANN of
speculation is to say that he did not believe what he
wrote or that he did not practice what he taught.
The commenting author attempts to paint
HAHNEMANN in his own colors, but
HAHNEMANN was not so limited in his thinking.
HAHNEMANN’s science is “based only on the
observation
of
natural
phenomena
and
experiment.” (18) HAHNEMANN’s thinking does
not involve hypothesis either. He does not propose
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a mechanism, and he makes no suppositions based
on assumptions. Instead, he puts forth as complete
a description as possible from years of exacting
observation, and he leaves room for more
experience.
This same commenting homœopath then
describes the concepts of another current
homœopath as if they add benefit to the
development of Homœopathy. This homœopath
with some type of help from a computer,
reinterpreted miasms and was able “to identify a
new one, the ‘acute’ miasm.” (19) Of course,
HAHNEMANN has already explicitly defined
acute miasms, acute diseases, Chronic Miasms and
chronic diseases.(20) Has this current homœopath
not bothered to read the Organon or has he ignored
HAHNEMANN to pursue his own agenda? This
current homœopath “found several more” miasms,
it seems, with more mysterious manipulations of
the computer. One “found” miasm is called the
leprosy miasm. However, HAHNEMANN clearly
mentions this disease name as an important
manifestation of Psora in history.(21) These socalled new findings rely on creations of the
imagination and “scholastic reasoning” (22). They
confuse and obscure the original definitions of
Homœopathy. They do not follow from the
observations of direct sensory phenomena. They
are manufactured in the mind, and they lead to the
dissolution of the homœopathic scientific method.
The Phenomenological Whole of Miasms
Recap
So far, I have outlined a few interpretations of
Miasms.
Some require a belief system in
philosophy, religions or spiritualism.
Other
interpretations depend on the belief systems found
in psychology and mythology.
Still other
explanations of Miasms summarize with general
categories extracted from common denominators of
Miasm symptoms. In another article, I discuss how
Miasms are explained with the mechanism
approach. Various theories about microorganisms
and pathology categories are hypothesized. Even
theoretical physics is used to rationalize Miasms.
Purpose
I propose a different emphasis on the meaning
of miasms. It is not another analytical mechanism,
and, hopefully, not just more abstractions that are
theoretical. It is not a new law of nature. It is
nothing with an impact like a new mechanism of
science. It is only the words of HAHNEMANN
himself reiterated in my language of today.
Method
This method of finding meaning in the Miasms
is a descriptive method. It does not look for
mechanistic causes, nor does it seek to reduce
observations to common generalizations. Instead,
this descriptive method hopes to reveal the
“surprise of the actual.”(23) Fractal geometry is an
example of this descriptive method found within
the field of mathematics. The originator of fractals
says, “Little good can come when a science yields
to the social pressures that reward modeling and
theorizing while scorning ‘mere’ description
without ‘theory’.(24)
The method of finding meaning of miasms in
this article is not meant to “merely describe,” but to
clarify the integral wholeness that is a Chronic
Miasm. Rather than searching for explanations to
the question of what miasms are through analytical
mechanisms or in theoretical belief systems, a good
phenomenological description will become the
explanation.
Hahnemann’s words
A like process of development unifies true
natural Chronic Miasms. All the miasms have three
important moments: First, the instant of dynamic
contagion; Second, the penetration of the disease
throughout the entire person; Third, “the breaking
out of the external ailment.” (25) This coherent
process is named by the word miasm. This
consistently observed process does not explain
Miasms, but describes them clinically.
Dynamic contagion
The miasmatic chronic diseases are
dynamically contagious.
They require direct
contact. To begin the infectious process of Syphilis
and Sycosis for example,”there is required a certain
amount of friction in the most tender parts of the
body… as in the genital organs, unless the miasma
should touch a wounded spot. But the miasma of
the itch needs only to touch the general skin,
especially
with
tender
children.”(26)
HAHNEMANN watched people who were without
disease and subsequently became diseased. He
accurately recorded the observed process.
Social intercourse and sexual intercourse
Natural Chronic Miasms can only begin by
direct touch between people. One type of direct
touch is casual touch. It occurs, for example, with a
business interchange completed with a handshake.
Or friends may exchange touch with a hug touching
cheek to cheek. Family may lightly kiss each other.
A doctor may take a patient’s blood pressure
without wearing gloves.
The “general skin”
touches that occur between people begin Psora.
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Touch of a more prolonged and forceful nature
between mutual mucus membranes or wounded
areas lead to the venereal miasms. We begin
miasmatic chronic disease only by physical contact.
The infectious microorganisms found associated
with these diseases cannot survive outside the
living bodily tissues for any length of time. In
modern parlance, we cannot get a sexually
transmitted disease from a toilet seat. The process
of the venereal miasms begins with sexual
intercourse, and Psora starts with social intercourse.
The infectious process can be interrupted with
preventive methods like sanitation and quarantine,
but killing microorganisms will never cure chronic
disease, Viruses, bacteria, etc., are ubiquitous and
inseparable parts of life physiology. Exterminating
a life form will not cure chronic diseases. The
emphasis on only one mechanistic part of the
miasmatic process will not lead to success. The
whole disease cannot be known or treated without
making the whole human and the wholeness of his
life the center of study. The correct homœopathic
remedy imitates the whole process of the disease,
not just the life force of the involved contagious
microorganism.
The homœopathic process of
seeing the integral person leads to success.
From the point of view of Physics, touch is a
physical phenomenon that includes a force and a
motion.(27) One of the laws of motion in physics
is that for every action there is a reaction. Every
touch between people is a moment of instability
where a reaction must result. The moment of touch
is a threshold moment when the body’s balance and
health can become a mistunement or ill health.
When body spheres collide or invade each other a
new balance, a different stability
must be
established. Even if the touch is not imposed, but
desired, a transformation of energy patterns must
occur. The dynamic acts of intercourse allow a
new life order to begin or a renewal of the web of
relationships.(28)
Touch can be healing or disease producing.
The wholeness of living includes constant change.
Exchange and interchange must continue for life to
continue. Life is renewed by social intercourse and
new life is possible with sexual intercourse.
Nothing new is created locally without something
sacrificed or transformed. A new embryo lives
because parents give up parts of their body. The
Physics law of conservation of energy says that
nothing is created or destroyed in the universe.
To make a new child, to make life, some part
of the life giver must die. Using the re-creating
energies activates the process of death-dissolution
of energies in counterbalance. Chronic disease
results if the life force cannot renew and balance
itself. A person can become diseased or untuned if
they artificially avoid contact, in which case they
become stuck in inertia. Chronic disease also
results from an excess of contact in which case,
boundaries are lost and dissipation results. Health
is balance between the creative and destructive
intercourses.
Acute Miasms, Chronic Diseases and Chronic
Miasms
Acute miasmatic diseases are, by definition,
maladies that run their course rapidly and
extinguish themselves or the person.(29) Many
acute miasms do not require physical touch
between people.
For instance, the group of
symptoms known by the name Malaria may start
after walking in the miasma or noxious influence of
a swamp. An epidemic miasm such as Scarlet
fever may be transferred from person to person
through the air. In these acute cases, the life force
of the microorganisms that touch people seems to
have an effect in a qualitatively different way than
the microorganisms contacted through direct
intercourse.
Cases of chronic illness can result from contact
with objects that produce trauma and injury. These
are not the miasmatic or dynamically contagious
diseases, but are defined as general chronic disease.
We can become sick from what a person says
to us. This type of social discourse can make us
chronically ill, but does not involve miasm or
infection. Any experience of the senses – vision,
audition, taste, smell or touch – has the potential to
initiate illness. It is, by definition, only the
experience of direct touch that brings forth the
natural Chronic Miasms.
Descriptive, experiential, phenomenological
The original definitions of the natural Chronic
Miasms are a description of an actual, verifiable,
clinical process. This process was seen first-hand.
It includes observable events and real signs and
symptoms of disease. The Chronic Miasms are real
experienced disease processes. They are not a
postulate or a generating symbol in a philosophical
system that constructs archetypes or styles. They
are not an explanation that reduces chronic disease
to chance mechanisms of physics or physiology.
Natural Chronic Miasms are described, not
explained. No moral judgments such as original sin
or karma or “a limited and distorted consciousness”
(30) are needed. The integral description of
Chronic Miasms is a portrayal “not of underlying
reality behind appearances but of the intensive
depth of the phenomenon itself, ‘a seeing
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embedded in the fullness of phenomena, not a
theory abstracted from the phenomena.” (31)
The question of what is a Miasm comes first;
then comes the question of when is it a miasm.
These questions are of primary importance to the
actual homœopathic methodology. It is only later
that the natural curiosity of mind asks why there are
miasms and what are the mechanisms of miasms.
The student must actually read and study the
original definitions of Natural Chronic Miasms
before the homœopathic community can move
forward in a meaningful way. If homœopaths
cannot even agree on definitions, then there is
nothing to build upon.
Acknowledgements
I thank Gregory VLAMIS for his work on the
references for this article, and for his contribution
of valuable time. I thank Timothy FIOR, MD, for
his needed input.
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9.
STUDY AND TEACHING
Prof. Constantine Hering`s Introductory
To course of Lectures at Hahnemann
College of Philadelphia, 1867-68.
American Homeopathic observer, Vol.V. Jan.
1868
(Reprint. The Homœopathic Medicine, Vol. I)
There was an old retired Statesman in Holland,
a man of standing, who in the year 1831 wrote a
small but replete work containing a sketch of all the
most important events, characterizing the last sixty
years of his life. Beginning 1770, six years before
the new era in history, he pictured what had
happened in the world since that time, from the
Declaration of Independence to the French
Revolution, the conquering of Europe, the German
wars against Napoleon, the Battle of Waterloo,
fought very near his home, up to Nepoleon`s death
on the Island of St. Helena.
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The author did not forget the principal power,
the inward moving force, the sciences and arts.
Speaking of medicine he showed how in that
also one revolution followed the other, and one
revolution followed the other, and one new system
the other. He mentioned JOHN BROWN, who, like
a rocket, shot up among the clouds, bursting and
sending fire-balls, spreading a brilliant light in the
dark night of medicine, to be followed by a greater
darkness, BROUSSAIS, with his Grench
centralization, “all diseases are gastritis:, and “the
universal remedy leeches”, RASON, the Italian, an
altered BROWN proposing “contrastimulus”, and
giving the most overwhelming doses, Finally, our
author speaks of the Organon of HAHNEMANN.
As he was more or less opposed to all revolutions,
conservative in the extreme, he objects to this too,
but still allows, “at first sight this system seems to
be very acceptable”, “but as there are so many
different diseases and thus a great many different
drugs required, where will HAHNEMANN ever
find so many healthy men, willing to submit to
being made sick, merely from love of their fellowmen?”
How can you expect, he says, to find men
willing to make themselves sick, in order to be able
to heal the sick?
That was his principal doubt, and it was a more
cutting objection than all others thrown against
HAHNEMANN, but, it did not do any harm. At
the time he was writing this, only twenty years after
HAHNEMANN published the first edition of his
Organon, six volumes of his Materia Medica had
been published already, and four volumes of his
Antipsorics. Two volumes had been published by
HARTLAUB, and twenty seven numbers of the
Archives had given, in each number, a new proved
drug.
The next objection to HAHNEMANN`s
Materia Medica had not much more sense or
weight: “The healthy and the sick are entirely and
altogether different”. “Effects of drugs on the
healthy are of no use and cannot be applied to the
sick”. This is an absurdity throughout. The
differences between the most healthy and the
sickest are gradual ones, therefore a sharp line of
division can nowhere be drawn.
As soon as a healthy man is proving, he gets
sick, and thus he belongs in so far to the sick. Why
should we not have a right to compare the one
suffering, from a drug, with another suffering from
miasma or other influences?
A third grand objection was made, a monstrous
one, - a real monster of an objection:
“Come out ye Homoeopathic men” they said
“and make a true intermittent, make a scarlet fever,
make a real disease, and we will come with our
diagnostic instruments and examine”.
They
supposed, of course, we did not understand their
pathology, and were not able to make a diagnostic
investigation. Of course it would be an easy thing
to show, in each such case, if we would offer them
as such, that they were not real intermittents, nor
real scarlet fevers, etc. Strange infatuation! We do
not need their pathology, nor their instruments to
obtain exactly objective characterstic diagnostics.
We can do this ourselves, just as well as they. Why
should we not have been able to learn what they
have learned? But the greatest absurdity in their
objection lies herein: we have never pretended to
make such diseases, we never did pretend to make
diseases. Did we ever say we could make the
Plague, as the witches did in the middle ages? Did
we ever say we could make an epidemic Cholera
Asiatica, as the stupid peasants in Russia believed,
and in Italy still believe? All that we ever
pretended to find out and get by our provings was:
a number of symptoms, resembling cases of
sickmen, not of diseases. Even HAHNEMANN in
his first experiment did not say Cinchona powder
had produced an intermittent fever. He very wisely
said, it made such symptoms as I had been subject
to before, when I suffered with the intermittent.
A fourth objection has been made and has been
repeated by a great number, has been echoed all
over the land, has been such a powerful and
persuasive one, that we hear it even in our midst,
from our own friends up to this day. Our Materia
Medica contains a great many symptoms, and a
great many even very doubtful, some decidedly
false. Thus our Materia Medica is not pure, and it
must be purified.
This “uncertainty of symptoms”, so much
complained of, is not a thing we pretend to oppose;
this objection is not only allowed to them, but it is
even granted that every single symptoms of each
prover may not be from the drug, but from
something else. We do not think, do not dream of
opposing it at all, we give up to it altogether and
entirely. It was considered not worth while on our
side to talk much about it, Why should we? Are
not all human undertakings liable to error? Why
did HAHNEMANN so often and emphatically
recommend the greatest care in proving? He knew
as well as any one of us, that observations are very
often deceiving, even a master-mind may be
deceived, and may make an erroneous observation.
Did not HIPPOCRATES, 2300 years ago, state in
the first of his famous aphorisms: “Life is short, our
art is long, the chances are transient; trials very
slippery, and judgement a difficult thing”.
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Thus allowing all these objections, regarding
the uncertainty, as based on a self evident truth;
they may be raised by all our opponents and
repeated in our midst, but they all fall down to the
ground, like the above first objection of the old
retired Hollander, for we are a great many years
ahead of them, as we have a way to ascertain what
is true. This very cry of uncertainty or impurity
was raised further and particularly against
symptoms quoted, taken out of old reports, books,
etc.; neither HAHNEMANN nor any one of us laid
much weight on any of them. We can do without
them; let them all be stricken out, we do not care.
The opponents in our midst dwell upon symptoms
observed on the sick and call them impure; they roll
their eyes, like hypocrites, saying, HAHNEMANN
used the word M.M. Pura, and he had no right to do
it; a single symptom taken from a sick man made
all the rest impure. He used this word as it has been
used by all philosophers and scientific men,
meaning, free from guessing, but they use it now as
the washerwomen use the word “clean”.
The more our Materia Medica became
enlarged by observations, and the greater the
difficulty in studying it, the more popular the cry
became for purifying it; and the more physicians
were driven over to our side, the more enemies we
had in our own camp.
What is to be said about these objections?
Regarding the uncertainty the symptoms obtained
by provers, it is true; further, symptoms observed in
sick persons are very uncertain, that is also true;
further, symptoms taken out of old moudly books,
are still more doubtful, that is true; in fact, all the
objections raised against the collection called
Materia Medica are true, every one of them. But
what possesses our opponents and all their imitators
within our own ranks, to imagine, that they tell us
something new by making such objections? How
self-conceited they must be, to come out thus, like
wiseacres, supposing we had not known all this
long ago. Of course we did. It is a self-evident
truth, that particularly in such experiments with
drugs on the healthy, and still more on the sick, the
symptoms may or may not be caused by the drug.
Only the most shocking impudence, and as is
usually the case, ignorance combined with it, could
pretend to teach us, as if we were school-boys. It is
not at all in these objections that we differ from
them. All the conclusions drawn by our opponents
and by all their imitators within our own ranks: all
their conclusions are wrong, essentially and entirely
wrong, are against all sound logic, against all
principles of the strict method to build up a real, a
natural science, by careful induction. We do not
care much about all their opposition, original or
copied, because we are all the time engaged in
healing the sick, and that is the very way, nay, the
only way of continually perfecting our Materia
Medica. While we are collecting facts upon facts,
bonafide, according to the best of our abilities,
analytically, in order to abstract what is common to
them; while we are collecting one cure after another
and trying to find out, how far they correspond with
the symptoms – a difficult, a tedious, a toilsome
task, but one that brings its reward – our opponents
creep into the core, into the midst, and object
synthetically, arbitrarily, without any real reason,
against all the rules of sound thinking, and ask a
number of hypocritical and hypercritical questions:
Who was prover? Was he really healthy? Who
reported the proving? Was he able to report? Were
his reports in the strict scientific form? And
arbitrarily they say: All symptoms observed on the
sick are good for nothing, etc. striking in this way,
as it were, at the roots the symptoms fall by the
hundred, and by the thousand. One of the most
impudent and most illogical, objected, for instance,
to all symptoms of NENNING, a late Surgeon in
Bohemia, and with one stroke he cut them all off,
boasting and crowing like a rooster on his own
dunhill, that 11,447 symptoms were all to be
stricken out. Hundreds of most striking cures have
been made, before and since, simply by the use of
symptoms of the same NENNING. But, because
the great critic was not able to make such cures
himself, he follows in the footsteps of our
opponents in the old school, and doubts them, and
because he doubts them, he denies them, and
because he denies them, of course they cannot be
worth anything.
What is our way now to certainty? How do we
find out what is true, what is trustworthy and what
is not?
To give you an idea in a few words, of our way
to certainty, our manner of sifting the results of our
provings, it is the following:
1. Some symptoms are more decided, and of
course require more attention.
2. If we repeat our proving and get the same
symptoms; still more.
3. If others prove the same drug and get the same
or corresponding, symptoms, harmonizing with
each other physiologically or pathologically, we
consider this a further corroboration.
4. By comparative study of the symptoms of the
same drug, we find out what agrees, and what does
not, and use Physiology and Pathology as much as
we can.
5. We finally give a drug in cases where it seems
to be indicated, according to our law, and make
successful cures, these corroborate some of them
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still more. Some symptoms become consequently
more prominent, some are very often useful, others
less often.
6. Some of the sick while we are treating them
will get new symptoms, soon after the
administration of a drug, if such symptoms,
disappear a while after, and if they agree with the
others from healthy persons, such symptoms may
likewise be used and likewise be corroborated
afterwards by cures.
7. In this way we obtain our much talked of
CHARACTERISTICS
This is our way to certainty, and all objections
disappear and vanish before them.
These characteristics are to be regarded as
settlements in the primeval forests, after a while
they become villages, then large towns.
The question has often been raised, what do we
mean by characteristics?
What are they?
Characteristics are symptoms, or only parts of
symptom or groups of several symptoms, together
representing the character of a drug, or the
character of its effects.
What is character?
Applied to effects of drugs we mean by
character the whole of such peculiarities as
distinguish this drug from all others. Originally the
word character meant the stamp of coins, the mark,
the sign of worth. Such drugs as we do not know
enough about, we say, have no decided character.
Such as we have been giving often and repeatedly,
and with a sure success, we say have a character.
The single symptoms, or parts of them, we call
characteristics.
It is an error to suppose a characteristic to be
such a symptom as any respective drug has alone;
this may be the case, but even the most decided and
true symptom of a drug may be a unicum, and not
be characteristic. It never becomes a characteristic,
because it is a unicum. We do not know all
symptoms of our best proved and most given drugs,
and we know very little, or nothing at all, of an
endless number of others. Thus a symptom being
known of one drug only, our attention may be
called to this drug, if we meet the symptom in
practice, but such a symptom is not a characteristic
until cures corroborate it, and if this is the case, we
certainly will obtain other symptoms combined
with it.
It is true, we have some very remarkable
characteristics, corroborated again and again,
symptoms standing alone, as unica.
To illustrate by example, when SCHRETER,
one of the provers most objected to by the
purificators, next to NENNING, proved Borax on
himself and also collected symptoms observed in
sick children, as being new and corresponding to
the other symptoms of Borax, he published the
following:
No.4. Very anxious when riding quickly down
hill, it is as if it would take his breath away, which
was never the case before.
(This symptom
continued during the first five weeks.)
5. The child, when dancing it up down, is afraid;
when rocking it in the arms, it makes an anxious
face during the motion downward. (Observed the
first three weeks.)
These two observations strengthen each other.
Hence, lecturing on Borax in Allentown, in 1835,
the attention of the students was called to this fact.
There was nothing like it in our whole Materia
Medica. Coffea tosta produced once a similar
symptom. After it had been taken in a strong dose,
extract of a pound, the slightest motion of the
hammock seemed an enormous one.
The
perception of passive motion was a magnifying
one. Carbo vegetabilis has since been added by
BOENNINGHAUSEN: symptoms increasing by
sitting on a swing. Carbo has Vertigo from the
slightest motion, also hiccough and nasusea, and
thus differs from Borax considerably.
This one symptom of Borax has been the
source of an infinite number of cures in this
country.
(In Hartmann’s Therapeutics and
Ruckert’s collection of cases it is not mentioned as
having been used once. See Dr. MARTIN’s case in
our Journal.)
Another famous unicum was the aggravation
of symptoms by shaving, in Carbo animalis,
observed by Dr. ADAMS of Petersburg; this was
generalized by BOENNINGHAUSEN, and in the
preface of his Repertory he mentions a remarkable
case. Others will appear in our journals. But also
this unicum no longer stands entirely alone.
Pulsatilla has the same peculiarity, and others may
follow.
A famous much talked of symptom is the fan
like motion of the wings of the nose in
Lycopodium. This one symptom has a literature,
such quarrels arose about it. It should never be
forgotten that the real symptom of Lycopodium is
not a fanlike but a spasmodic motion of the nostrils,
and it corresponds with a dozen of others of this
drug, as we will see in the lectures. If the other
symptoms of the case do not correspond with
Lycopodium, and it is given according to this one
single symptom, it will either not make a cure of
the case, or the cure will be merely an accidental
one. It also no longer stands as a unicum, since
GROSS ascertained, in Asthma. Ferrum has the
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same as a characteristic And how could it? The
fanlike motion is a symptom in all diseases with
difficult breathing, and we cannot expect to cure all
by Lycopodium.
In short a symptom that is found in one of our
drugs and in no other, never is a characteristic
because it is a unicum; everyday we may find the
very same in another, and on the other hand, it may
be a very good genuine symptom and a unicum,
still very far from being a real characteristic.
There are a great many more such peculiarities
of a very different value; further observations only
can decide.
Another error was once started, and the attempt
was made to adopt one real good and characteristic
symptom as the main one of each drug, and
dropping all the rest, give that medicine in every
case where we meet such a symptom in practice, as
a characteristic of a case. It is against the main rule
of HAHNEMANN ever to give, if we can possibly
help it, a medicine for a single symptom, but
always select a medicine for the totality of
symptoms, that is, for the sick, for the individual
before us. Such a practice would also lead to a
continual change of medicine, and to the breaking
of another wise rule of our master: “Let every given
medicine have its full time, as long as the case
allows it.”
We arrive at another error to which
characteristics have led some of our practitioners;
an error requiring your particular attention. It rests
on a very remarkable fact, observed by our school,
and we may well say, the greater the truth, the
greater the error. Among all corroborations of our
Materia Medica, the greatest and the most
undeniable, is the following:
Having found by our provings, by cures, and
by careful observations, a group of characteristics,
and knowing the full and complete character of the
drug, we sometimes meet with cases, where, after
we find one or a few such characteristics, we find
also the others, even all of them; all characteristic
symptoms of the case are to be found in the very
same drug together. For instance we find some
symptoms of a woman in Calcarea, and afterwards
all others similar; the same with a child. The best
illustration is a case communicated once by
BOENNINGHAUSEN.
PULSATILLA CHARACTERISTICS.
“About three years ago, while traveling,” says
BOENNINGHAUSEN, “in 1835, I arrived one
evening at a hotel, where, as it happened to be
Sunday, I found several friends of the proprietor
assembled, and also the family physician, quite a
young man. I had but just entered the parlor when
the eldest daughter stepped up to me and asked me
to cure her toothache, which she said, since a
fortnight, came on every evening after sunset and
lasted till midnight. Many things had been tried
but all in vain, which was also affirmed by the
young physician who stood near us, and the only
possible relief she obtained was by going out of
doors or leaning out of the open window. It was
hardly the place to question her in regard to other
symptoms, particularly of a more private nature, so
with the conviction that if it did not help her, it
would certainly do her no harm, I took from my
pocket case a bottle of the decillion potency of
Pulsatilla and asked the young lady to smell of it
once. The success exceeded my most sanguine
expectations, for while closing my case and putting
it back into my pocket, to the great amazement of
all the guests she cried out my toothache is gone, I
do not feel any more pain.
The young physician, who was fresh from the
University, was very much astonished and said if
the cure were lasting it was indeed wonderful.
I now began to draw my conclusions
backwards, because Pulsatilla had helped her so
quickly the characteristics of the remedy must also
be found among her symptoms. So I answered that
if the patient would obey homœopathic rules
regarding diet eight or ten days, the toothache
would not only stay away, but she would also be
freed from her other complaints. This puzzled the
youthful disciple of Æsculapius still more, and he
asked what other complaints? I began to enumerate
some of the characteristics of this remedy:
Predominant chilliness; want of thirst;
lachrymose disposition; the warmth of the stove
is unbearable; sleeplessness before midnight,
and stupefying unrefreshing sleep towards
morning; disgust for fatty dishes etc.
He
declared that I must have ascertained all these
symptoms from the young lady herself, and when
the others said that I had but just arrived, and not
spoken a word with her but what he had heard, he
replied rather crossly that they only said so to
please me, and that it was not possible for me to
know these things otherwise. I then proposed to
him that I would tell him something secretly, and
he should then go to the lady and ascertain whether
I was right, and as he assented to this I took him
aside and told him that the patient suffered from
diarrhoea which was mostly slimy, and that
menstruation appeared too late, about every five
weeks, lasted only a few days, and that she
suffered during that time with pain in the small
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of her back, and cramp-like pain in the
abdomen.
To test the truth to his own satisfaction, he told
her that I had said she suffered from constipation,
and her menstruation came too soon, and was too
copious, whereupon she answered that in this
respect I had made a great mistake, for exactly the
opposite were the case, and on questioning her
more closely he found everything that I had told
him corroborated, which he afterwards told me
himself with most praiseworthy candor.
A few months later, when I saw the girl again,
she was fresh and blooming, and thanked me
warmly for the good I had done her, as my
prophesy in regard to her complaints had proved
true, and she was now entirely well.
Whether the young Doctor ever investigated
Homœopathy I do not know, but I hardly think so,
for I never heard of it.”
Such cases we meet with in life, but it would
be a very deceiving rule to expect it always to be
so.
The first symptoms in this case could have
been connected with others, with entirely different
symptoms, not indicating Pulsatilla, but Sepia. B.
saw the girl before him, her face, her whole
appearance may have reminded him of Pulsatilla.
Her features may have been such as reminded him
of other cases cured by the same medicine. B.
further was careful enough and said,”As it helped
her so quickly, I concluded that the girl would have
the other characteristics of Puls.” There is a very
great and an essential difference between a
conclusion, a priori or a posteriori.
If we find in a case one characteristic symptom
which indicates a certain well known drug, our
attention may be called to it and we may expect to
find some of the others, but we ought to find all the
others corresponding, before giving it, and then we
may expect a cure. Of course we ought not to
suggest them in the examination of the sick. We
ought always to get the symptoms out of the sick,
not examine them into the sick. This is the main
rule of a true Hahnemannian examination.
To decide to give a medicine according to one
symptom, no matter how characteristic it may be, is
to repeat the same fault that others may have fallen
into, prescribing for names when they decide to
give Belladonna because the child has the Scarlet
fever. We may succeed, by good luck, by chance
only. All such cures are on the one side as on the
other, accidental ones. We will have ample
occasions in the course of the lectures to explain
this more fully; to elucidate it, and prove it.
Characteristics ought always to be used in
combination, not singly.
These combinations even, if they appear to
differ endlessly, like the position of the pieces on
the chessboard, are limited by laws; not every
variation that can be made; not every combination
that is possible, is to be found in nature. Aided by
physiology and pathology, we may find these laws;
in the course of the lectures this will be spoken of.
On the other side, you will learn how far each
combination of characteristics indicates the
respective drug. As often as we meet with them in
the sick, they indicate the drug, independent of the
pathology of the case. Ample illustration will be
given of this very important fact. It is the method
of the Philadelphia School to study Materia
Medica by characteristics. All who belong to the
Philadelphia School have to learn how to heal the
sick by mastering the characteristics.
The lectures on Materia Medica will thus
principally give you the main characteristics, at
least of all of our well known drugs, and in such an
order that you will be able to comprehend them,
digest them, as it were, and if you are willing,
earnest, and do your share, and store them up by
daily, weekly, monthly repetitions, you will have
them on hand, and they will be ready for use all
your lifetime.
We will not forget the general principles or
lose sight of them. One hour of the four every
week we will dwell on generalities, while the other
three hours we will take the specialities of one drug
after the other, and one family after the other, the
most important first, adding from time to time by
comparisons. One hour we must have to bestow on
the higher principles of our healing art.
If you know nothing but generalities you are
altogether dependent on good luck to meet such
cases as your characteristics will be fit for. Then
you would be like a man in a large hotel, having a
great many rooms, with a large bundle of keys in
his hand. Such a man has continually to try and
find the right one. He may find it or not, just as it
happens. The master-key will open all doors.
General principles are master-keys.
Regarding the characteristics, in order to save
time, you ought to get what was printed a year ago,
for the use of our Philadelphia School, in the form
of cards, according to Dr. Tucker’s method, and
introduced by us. You ought to have them, either
printed or copy them. They have been selected
with great care and will form the basis of the
lectures. You ought to commit them to memory
according to Dr. Tucker’s method, if possible,
before the lecture on each such drug.
Supposing every one of you to know them by
heart, we may refer to them again and again, but
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lose no time by dictating any of them. All others to
be added will be dictated.
All those that may have been printed in the
journal of our school will be referred to, but not
dictated. In this way we save time and you may be
able to carry with you at the end of the lectures, all
that is most valuable in our Materia Medica. At the
time of your examination you will find the very
same little cards spread out on the table. Then you
will have a chance to show how many you know.
CONCLUSION.
While all your instruction in the Philadelphia
School is based on characteristics, you should be
warned in the first lecture against all errors in
regard to them, which, when practicing, you might
fall into. There is one more to be spoken of.
Suppose you had a case where not only the
symptoms were changing all the time, but even the
most characteristic symptoms. One day you find
the one, another day another medicine, as it seems,
clearly indicated by them. What have you to do?
Such hysterical or hypochondrical cases you will
certainly meet with, and it may be that your whole
reputation will depend on such a case. What have
you to do? Be very careful in the selection of the
medicine, never decide in a hurry, as such cases
will give you ample time to study them. And
after having carefully decided, and found, by
similarly, of course, the best opposite, be firm,
make it a main condition, the patient must not take
any other medicine, and stand firm with your well
selected one; give, if necessary to repeat, the same
higher and higher, but, if possible, do not change,
until all has been gained by that drug which can
possibly be gained by it. The best remedy there is
for changeability is firmness.
This may be
illustrated by an example taken from life.
Suppose there was a college, a medical college,
a homœopathic medical college, which had existed
twenty years and had changed professors nearly
every year, or if there was no change in men, they
changed their chairs, and, what is still worse,
changed principles every year, sometimes even in
one single summer. Another set of men each
winter; another modification of doctrines each
course. What would be the remedy for it if it
became dangerous to the cause?
Something
similar, and of course opposite, with the principal
character of firmness. A similar but an opposite
college, opposite by its firmness; free from all
undue influence from without and from within. To
prevent this it was better to hire rooms. Have no
building except what could be paid for, or built on
endowments of cash in hand. No interest on stocks
to be paid, but scholarships, thereby affording to
students who may not have the necessary money, a
chance, without begging or marketing. No floating
debt or mortgage; but a permanent body of trustees.
Not a floating concern, but above all, a permanent
faculty, every member selected with care and
elected for a lifetime.
This will be the remedy and secure permanent
progress. But still, objections may be made to this,
as well as to our Materia Medica. The very word
“life-time” reminds everyone that this very time is
limited.
Life is short says HIPPOCRATES.
Suppose there was an old man among the
permanent faculty, his death would make a change
in spite of all the trustees and bylaws. That is true,
it may be. But how have we to act as long as we
have life; by what must we be ruled in such cases?
There is a great difference between possibility and
probability. The possibility of dying is the same to
all of us, young and old. The probability of it
makes the difference. Now let us ask the Insurance
Companies about probabilities; they know, because
with them large sums of money are at stake. The
rule of probability says, that, for instance, if a man
has reached the age of 67, he may be expected to
live till 76. Of course, according to possibility,
changes may take place at any time in spite of
probability. But the difference is a very great one
between changes happening according to a higher
law by the Divine Will, and a change made
according to the arbitrary, tyrannical notions of one,
two or three wire-pulling men. Suppose the said
old man reaches his 76th year, possibly more, what
a burden such an old fogy will be, full of notions,
and how arbitrary he may be in ten years, nobody
knows, he does not know himself. How will you
get rid of him? By impeachment? We know that is
easier said than done. Well, if any one should be
uneasy about that, he will send in his resignation, to
take effect on the 22nd of March, 1876, when it will
be fifty years since he obtained his degree as M.D.
– nine years, they may be willing to bear with him.
But the age of 76 reminds us of a story, and a
very good one.
After Napoleon had disturbed the peace of
Europe, and was finally beaten in the battle of
Leipzig by the allied powers, and banished by them
to the Island of Elba, he returned again with a large
army. The allies had once more to march from the
North to the South. Blucher was placed at the head
as main commander of the Prussian army, and
marched from the North towards Belgium. Great
objections were raised on account of his age. He is
old now and infirm, and full of queer notions, etc.
He was attacked near Ligny, before he was ready,
and was beaten, his horse fell, he was thrown under
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it, and was carried away for dead. Of course in a
day or two he rallied again, sat on the back of
another horse, and was smoking his little pipe
lustily.
Napoleon now turned his whole power against
Wellington, who stood before Waterloo. The Iron
Duke stood it manfully and did not move an inch
all day, kept his position firm.
But as the sun turned towards the West and
sank deeper and deeper in the horizon, the Duke
wrote with a lead pencil the order to his generals to
be ready to return during the night and retreat to
another position. There was a little cloud seen in
the far East on the horizon. The cloud increased. It
was an army, coming nearer like a hailstorm, and
the cloud opened, and cannon balls came like hail
into the right wing of the French army and rolled it
up. The battle was won.
Who was the commander of that army? Who
rolled up Napoleon’s old guards with his young
volunteers? It was Blucher, the old man of 76.
By that battle peace was secured for fifty years.
Let us trust to the one from whom comes life and
progress and peace, and let us never forget our
friends, the Life Insurance Companies and their
probabilities. We hope they will be right, and if
they should; present company is invited to come on
the 22nd of March in 1876, to 114 N. 12th Street.
Please take a note of that and do not forget it.
American Homœopathic Observer. Volume V,
January, 1868.
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NEW REMEDIES.
“In
the
Preface
to
GUERNSEY’s
“BÖNNINGHAUSEN” we read “Would it not be
well for the profession of to-day to see whether the
few remedies with which he (BÖNNINGHAUSEN)
and HAHNEMANN and his contemporaries did all
their work are not overlooked for the newer and
less thoroughly proven ones.” This remark cannot
be repeated often enough in order to warn against
the danger of giving too easy credit to the eloquent
recommendations wherewith, at present, so-called
homœopathic journals and publications extol new
remedies, not as a result of “provings,” but in
consequence of their empirical use in one case or
another,just as the new allopathic medicines, which,
after having had a run–which proves “it was a
mistake” – give room to a new, also short-lived,
fashion. Every new remedy, if thoroughly proven,
and in its proving manifesting a nuance, which
gives it such a differential character that its
usefulness above its analogues in certain symptom
complexes is established, is a blessing. But the
manner in which new remedies, as a rule, are
extolled for such or such a case is a curse. I, who
have suffered from this curse, say so, for there are
few remedies, highly praised and recommended,
which I have not at the first opportunity, tried,
strictly following the indication – if that kind of
recommendation deserves the name of “indication”
– and I have not found one which did not
disappoint me. If the remedy did good in one case,
in ten cases it would fail. Now, speaking of
disappointment, I must state that this is only meant
for such new remedies which, from the manner in
which they were recommended, must give one
confidence. Others were given for a trial, but when
unsuccessful, could not be said to have
disappointed any expectancy. The first ones,
however, were all administered with assurance, but
proved to be no good.
If it were not that the space of a paper to be
laid before you, and the time which judicially can
be claimed for it prevented, I should unfold a list
which would astonish you. I shall therefore only
mention two instances.
Some years ago Equisetum hyemale had
become the rage in the different journals. I kept
reading of the miraculous cures, and believing in
them, I soon let it be known that now I had an
infallible cure for enuresis; eight days, or, by all
means, not more than fourteen days, was all I
required, when I guaranteed my patients should be
well. I can not remember how many cases I
treated, but it was a great many, and if two of them
were cured by Equisteum hyemale, the rest were
not. I tried every way in which the administration
had been recommended – tincture, watery solution,
dilutions, but all iin vain. I had to go back to
standard prescriptions (totality of symptoms), and
then I cured. ……”
M.A.A. WOLFF.
(The Medical Advance, Vol. XXIV, July 1890)
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PART III
(While Part II features articles from other journals,
Part III contains the editor’s own contribution and
other original articles.)
--------------------------------------------------------BOOKSHELF
1. Samuel Hahnemann, Krankenjournal D 38
(1833 -1835). Transkription von Monica
PAPSCH, herausgeben Von Robert JÜTTE,
Institut für Geschichte der Medizin der Robert
Bosch Stiftung, Stuttgart. Karl F. Haug Verlag,
Stuttgart, 2007. S. 330. Kommentarband S. 164.
(German)
(Samuel Hahnemann Case Register D 38
covering the period 1833 – 1835, with separate
Commentary volume)
Readers
would
recall
that
Samuel
HAHNEMANN’s Case Registers from 1800 to
1843 – totally 53 in number are safely preserved in
the Institute for History of Medicine of the
Robert Bosch Foundation, Stuttgart.
So far 10 volumes, including the one now under
study, have been published and made available to
homœopaths interested in the study of these
treasures. All the earlier volumes – D 2 (1802), D
3 (1802), D 4 (1803), D 5 (1803 – 6), D 6 (1806 –
7), D 16 (1817 – 18), D 34 (1830), DF 2 (1836 –
1842), DF 5 (1837 -42) and D 38 (1833 – 35) –
have been reviewed in the QHD.
The years covered by this Volume D 38, pertain
to a milestone in HAHNEMANN’s life, i.e.
Melanie
d’Hervilly-Goheir’s
entry
into
HAHNEMANN’s life in 1834.
A study of this Case Register D 38 is not just of
historical interest as some may assume. A careful
study will certainly enlarge knowledge of Materia
Medica and Therapeutics.
The Cinchona experiment was in 1790 when it
dawned upon him that substances cure sick people
because these substances cause symptoms in the
healthy persons, similar to the ailment to be cured.
Since this ‘enlightenment’ HAHNEMANN began
testing several substances and verified their
curative powers according to the conclusion he had
tentatively made; he then seemed to have realized
that Similia Similibus was a Law and a
permanent Law and therefore announced it aloud
to the world and went on to treat sick people with
‘similar’ remedies and recorded all his cases in
Registers from 1800 until his end. Thus
HAHNEMANN’s actions are open to scrutiny, no
secrets. HAHNEMANN asked the homoeopathy
physicians to be good observers; observe the well
person and the sick person; observe which
symptoms were relieved by the given homoeopathic medicine, and in which order. Thus he
verified the ‘Proving’ Symptoms in actual cures; he
also noted clinical symptoms that were relieved by
the medicine. With these he continued to enrich his
Materia Medica continuously. He has made special
notations of his observations in the case Register.
For every symptom he began a new line exactly
as he advised us. There is scarcely a striking off, or
an over-writing. This speaks of his clear mind even
in advancing age.
Some entries are seen in different writing. It
was possible to identify some entries by
HAHNEMANN’s
daughters
LOUISE
and
CHARLOTTE; also those of LEHMANN and
G.H.G. JAHR.
It is interesting that in page 1 of the Register he
has made entries of the names of homoepaths to
whom he had sent ‘requests’ for funds for the
Leipsic Hospital: We find the names: CP BRAUN,
Heinz
SCHWABE,
Princess
FRIEDRICH,
WEIGEL, LÖVY, RUMMEL, SCHWEIKERT,
FINDEISEN, von ROHR, STRAUBE, FRANZ
RICHTER,
GRIESSELICH,
LOTZBECK,
ATTOMYR,
BÖNNINGHAUSEN,
LUCKS,
SCHUCKMANN,
GERSTEL,
etc.
HAHNEMANN had appealed to these colleagues
for Funds for the Leipsic Homœopathic Hospital.
About the importance HAHNEMANN had
placed on the Hospital, it was HAHNEMANN’s
dream to have a homœopathic hospital where he
will be able to verify the action of the homœopathic
remedies and demonstrate it to the world. Richard
HAEHL wrote ”How Hahnemann had rejoiced at
the thought of a hospital! How heartily he had
desired it as the highest, the most indispensable
crowning piece of his life’s work . .” (p.205,
Vol..I). As history revealed this hospital was beset
with much problems and it was dissolved in 1842.
Such Peaks and Chasms seem to be not unusual in
history but particularly with the history of
Homœopathy.
Against every Symptom HAHNEMANN has
mentioned the remedies relevant to it. New
Symptoms that came up in the course of the
homœopathic medication were noted with the sign
NB.
Study of the Case Register will take long time
and cannot be “gone over”. I have only highlighted
some. Certainly a treasure house.
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As in other books published by Haug, print,
paper, binding, etc. are excellent.
- KS. SRINIVASAN.
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2 Die Homöopathenfamilie Dr. Schweikert,
Anke DÖRGES, Quellen und Studien zur
Homöopathiegeschichte. Band 10, Karl F. Haug
Verlag, Stuttgart, 2007. (German) (The Family
of Homœopaths of Dr. Schweikert): This is the
Volume 10 in the ‘Sources and Studies in the
History of Homœopathy’.
Dr. SCHWEIKERT has an important place in
the early history of Homœopathy, right during the
life time of HAHNEMANN. Georg August
Benjamin SCHWEIKERT (1774 – 1845) was a
convert to Homœopathy. He was born on Sept. 25,
1774, the second son of Pastor of Ankulin
Benjamin
Gottfried
SCHWEIKERT.
SCHWEIKERT himself was destined for Theology.
However after his father’s death he went to study
Medicine. He studied with von LODER, well
known in Anatomy, Surgery, Obstetrics in the
University of Jene.
He also studied with
HUFELAND. SCHWEIKERT obtained practical
experience in von LODER’s Clinic. He completed
his doctoral thesis in October 1779, and then began
his Practice. Married the widow of late Chief
Surgeon and pursued his Practice near his
hometown. In two years his wife delivered a boy
who survived for only 2 days. A month later his
wife died.
SCHWEIKERT moved to Wittenberg on the
recommendations of LODER and HUFELAND in
1801. SCHWEIKERT successfully completed his
thesis “Argumente, quaedam, quae pso solvendis
arte secundamis proferri solent” (“Arguments
necessitating the artificial removal of the
Placenta”). He became Lecturer in Obstetrics and
Diseases of Women and Children in the University.
His lectures contained his practical experience.
When the Town Physician Dr. Carl Heinrich
Charicius became rather ill due to age
SCHWEIKERT offered to assist him without any
payment. SCHWEIKERT became examiner of the
Midwifery. The Midwives had to be well versed
with his book Instructions to Midwives.
He now married Heuriette GIESE. Early in
1806 his first child out of this wedlock was born, a
daughter AGNES (1806 – 1835). He became the
Town Physician after demonstrating his suitability
to the post examined by Dean Prof. Traugott Karl
August VOIGT. His area extended beyond the
Toson to Town to the suburb villages.
SCHWEIKERT’s son JULIUS was born in
1807.
SCHWEIKERT brought in much reforms. He
formulated the basic structure and personnel for a
Hospital, the sanitation high level of cleanliness.
The patients must receive not only good medicine
and surgical treatment but also dietetic care.
There was always the costs particularly in the
case of the poor. Most of them went begging in the
streets at nights. Out of sympathy SCHWEIKERT
provided them from his house. He recommended a
food supply directly to the patients. The nurses,
particularly the older, were not adhering to
punctuality and often the day’s medicines were
dispensed only for the day and those for the
evenings were ignored with the excuse of failing
lights, and given only next morning, or just left out.
All these were set aright by SCHWEIKERT and
HOMUTH the Surgeon.
The third point – cleanliness and orderliness
was the biggest problem. The vermins were so
much that, SCHWEIKERT wrote, if one enters into
some room with white stockings will soon see that
they are dotted complete with the dark vermin and
lice. Very large number of lice were brought into
the hospital everyday. Besides the dirty bed sheets
and the large number of unwashed surgical
bandages not changed for weeks. SCHWEIKERT
therefore ordered that all these including the
utensils, clean and hygienic, would be provided by
the hospital.
In 1813 during the war SCHWEIKERT was
sentenced to death by hanging. However, only two
days before the sentence was to be carried out
Prussia captured Wittenberg, and he thus got
released.
SCHWEIKERT had already published some
articles in medical journals on Obstetrics and
Gynaecology.
It was in 1820- that SCHWEIKERT came into
contact for the first time with HAHNEMANN’s
writings. He was treated homœopathically by
Moritz Wilhelm MULLER of Leipzig of Liver
disease and cured. Earlier allopathic treatments by
well known doctors over some years did not relieve
him in anyway. SCHWEIKERT now turned to
Homœopathy and was fully cured, since when he
turned into a complete homœopath. He was nearly
50 years of age then.
After treating a ‘mental’ case successfully with
Stramonium, SCHWEIKERT wrote that three
points are clearly made out:
1. The action of the homœopathic medicine “in a
whole hitherto-completely-unusual doses.”
2. The correctness of what have been given in
HAHNEMANN’s Pure Materia Medica with
regard to the action of Stramonium, Hyoscyamus
and Veratrum album, as many symptoms that were
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attributes to these medicines did come up after a
dose of a particular medicine.
3. Contrary to the learned opinions of others the
possibility of cure of a Psychiatric disease.
To the critics of Homœopathy SCHWEIKERT
said their criticism were from “lack of knowledge”,
or “Wickedness” and they do not, once take it up to
study Homœopathy and then contradict. [This is the
situation today too = KSS]. To the critics who
allude the successes of Homœopathy to the
patient’s belief in Homœopathy, SCHWEIKERT
pointed out successes in the psychically ill: “So
also for example in Lung inflammations and Liver
inflammations which had become worse to the
maximum have been observed to become normal in
some days and even their pains becoming milder
within few hours after administration of
homœopathic remedies.
I have restored to
normality in six days, a maniac by a homœopathic
medicine and violent fevers in children in 6-8 hours
completely removed which my own eyes doubted.
…. And neither the children nor the others who
were treated had any faith or belief in Homœopathy
in the least ….” [same views are expressed even
today nearly 200 years later by those who refuse to
experiment in the way it should be and blindly
oppose Homœopathy. In fact it is these blind and
bitter opponents who are fraud. Homœopathy
vindicates itself by its actual performance = KSS.]
SCHWEIKERT published several articles in
the Archiv and Allgemeine Hom. Ztg besides
other journals of the day.
There was letter correspondence between
HAHNEMANN and SCHWEIKERT. [Refer to Vol
II of Richard HAEHL’s book]. There are some in
this book under review.
The book details SCHWEIKERT in Cholera as
well.
On Dec. 15, 1845 Georg August Benjamin
SCHWEIKERT passed away after a “Nervous
Stroke”. Only a few hours before had he returned
after visiting his patients.
Benjamin SCHWEIKERT’s son Julius
SCHWEIKERT (Born 8 April 1807) studied
Medicine in Leipzig in 1826. His dissertation, 41
pages, published in Nov. 1831 was titled “Cases
treated homœopathically, successful examples.”
This work contained the history part of
Homœopathy, a brief on the acute diseases and the
remedies suited to them, a case of ‘Mania
purpurarum’ which in spite of its seriousness was
cured by Platina. There were also some more
difficult cases, Haemorrhoids cured by Nux vomica
and Sulphur, an advanced case of Phthisis with
Calcarea, Sepia and Sulphur, a St. Vitus Dance
with Calcarea, a chronic stomach complaint which
suggested a Stomach Cancer by Nux vomica,
Vetatrum, Conium, Arsenic and Calcarea, etc.
MÜLLER encouraged him.
Julius SCHWEIKERT became Physician to the
Russian Prince Kurakin in 1832.
He was
contracted for five years.
There is very interesting information about
Julius SCHWEIKERT’s surgical capabilities.
There were exceptions when he applied allopathic
therapy. He was a many-sided physician.
Julius SCHWEIKERT passed Russian Govt.
Examination to obtain position in Russia. He
obtained it in Moscow. He became a Govt.
Physician and in Nov. 1839 married.
After years of work in different positions he
became Chief Physician which post he held until
his end in 1876, 69 year-age, of Diabetes.
His family survivors which included his widow
and six daughters were practically penniless and
his funeral was held at Govt. cost. The request of
the widow to raise her pension was not granted.
The situation of the widow and the six daughters
who were living with her became hopeless since
neither the widow pension nor the Pension of 770
Rubles in Silver which was assured when Julius
SCHWEIKERT was promised on his retirement,
were paid.
Johann Gustav SCHWEIKERT, the second son
of Georg August Benjamin SCHWEIKERT was
born in 1816 in Grimma. As a child he had
undergone homœopathic treatment for childhood
ailments. He studied Medicine from 1835 to 1839
in Leipsic, Breslau and Berlin. He followed his
father to Breslau where he practiced Homœopathy
successfully in Silesia until his death in 1903.
The lives of the father SCHWEIKERT and his
two sons and their work in the early days of
Homœopathy makes very interesting reading.
SCHWEIKERT was one of the physician in the
Leipsic hospital; HAHNEMANN was welldisposed towards him.
This book is the 10th in the Series pertaining to
the history of early days of Homœopathy and their
pioneering work and is a welcome volume.
-
K.S. SRINIVASAN.
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