vol 13 2-3/2000
Phyt / Ars-alb / Opium / Hyos / Rhus-t
This combined issue is dedicated to George Vithoulkas recognizing the enormous contribution made by him for propagating Homoeopathy, with contributions by Vassilis Ghegas, Alfons Geukons and Roger Morrison, his able disciples. The major portion is the interview with Vithoulkas by the editors of the Journal and its fallout. Vithoulkas has deprecated the attempts by some noted Homoeopaths for advocating new theories, approaches and methods of proving. In particular he castigated Dr Rajan Sankaran and Jan Scholten. He says “Sankaran and Jan Scholten alone has done more harm to Homoeopathy than all the enemies of Homoeopathy together with all the nonsense that they circulate” The interview is full of such venomous attack on fellow Homoeopaths, something one would normally not expect from a mature, senior Homoeopath like Vithoulkas.
If criticism, it should be an informed and constructive one after reading and understanding the works of these Homoeopaths. It leaves a bad taste. The interview leaves an uneasy taste and a little sad, since they are unfounded, have not violated the fundamental principles of Homoeopathy. The synthetic prescriptions advocated by Dr Jan Scholten is nothing new. Even ICR, as early as 1978 did lot of pioneering work on this. Of course, the aggrieved homoeopaths and others have rebutted Vithoulkas in no uncertain terms. These are published in the next issue along with an assuaging reply by the editors.
In a moving tribute, Dr Roger Morrison writes about his experiences in learning homoeopathy from Mr Vithoulkas. He says that Vithoulkas’s results in his practice were beyond any results that he had observed by any other practitioner. There were, in his view, hundreds of miraculous cures.
A Government official was suffering from a severe form of psoriasis; every inch of his skin was covered with whitish scales though the whole skin was purplish underneath. The itching was terrible. After a relatively short interview, Vithoulkas prescribed Phytolacca saying that purplish hue of the lesions matched his previous experience with that remedy. Within two weeks the skin resumed its normal appearance.
In another case Dr Morrison while studying under Vithoulkas had prescribed Ars to a child with severe eczema. After some improvement for some months there was a relapse and after careful case taking again Dr Morrison prescribed Sulphur as the complementary remedy but by next day there was severe aggravation and the child was covered with an oozing rash. The child felt awful and hysterical with the itching and parents were desperate. Despite requests from Morrison to see and prescribe Phos, Vithoulkas asked him to wait and remarked that if one prescribed before the next remedy was clear one would lose the case. The next day at the insistence of the parents of the boy Vithoulkas found that the boy was afraid to be alone because he would die. The prescription was Ars 1M potency. Within 3 days the skin was almost perfectly clear and the child needed no more remedies.
Another case of a businessman who developed severe complications after surgery resulting in drug resistant septicaemia and renal failure. He was in coma and Vithoulkas was consulted. With Opium the patient became semi-conscious and later Sulphur. The patient started talking with muttering delirium. It did not respond to Lach but after questioning the attending nurse, who said that the patient was using shocking language, he prescribed Hyos and the patient returned to normal consciousness.
Dr Bill Gray discusses a case: a 31 yr old woman having hiatal hernia, food allergies, hemorrhoids and carpal tunnel syndrome and easy tendency to sprain her ankles or wrists or injury to her knee or other bony structures in. She was too conscientious, perfectionist and people pleasing. She was cured with a small remedy Actea-spicata as she did not earlier respond fully to Rhus-tox, though it was indicated and given in varying potencies over a 2 yr period.
Actea-spicata is a rheumatic remedy similar to Rhus-tox, both < cold, damp weather and have joint pains. Actea-s is agg motion unlike Rhus-t > continued motion and specially affects small joints (fingers, wrists and ankles), has easy spraining of joints and ligaments. This patient was frequently involved in auto accidents: dashed against other cars or was dashed on the broadside. On the mental side: tries to please her bosses and husband and consequent resentment of not being appreciated. In her case even the poison oak she had on her lips, responded to the remedy confirming that the constitutional remedy should act as well in acutes.