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Allergies

happy-woman-fotolia_12331389_subscription_xxlI received a phone call from a patient in the USA a couple of days ago. She is 12 weeks pregnant and suffering heavily with her seasonal allergies.

She related the following….

Just want to complain all the time
Feel uncomfortable in my body all the time
Farting all day and night
Congested worse at night
Wake up with tons of mucus
Violent sneezing, like I will head butt someone
Coughing when lying down
Eyes are very itchy, dry, red and swollen, esp at night, dry,
Feel better in nature and while walking
Worse with bright lights and technology
Worse after 4pm, very worse from 6-8pm
Better in the morning and in the sun
Insomnia because so congested and itchy
Wake up 5-6 times a night blowing my nose
Very irritable and dry
Don’t want to be touched, esp hot hands
I didnt even repertorize the case. I prescribed LYCOPODIUM 30c in water 4 doses.
Response?:
Hi Gary, I have taken three doses so far and I have to tell you, I feel so fantastic. I finally have energy again! I wasn’t tired between 4-8 last night and even went out for a walk at 8pm, which never happens!!! I had a good 8 hour rest, only woke up 3 times to use bathroom (a miracle compared to 6-7 times) and slept a solid 4-hour stretch. I think the last time that happened was before I got pregnant. I was up at 6am and finally have the energy to clean my house. Wow. I can’t thank you enough!!!!!

 

The untold story of Vaccines.

Being brave.

 

Homoeopathy is an exact science. Yet…..

The problem with casetaking is that it requires accurate skills in observation. It requires a human to note and assess the symptoms, a human to make a judgement call on what he or she sees, and on this collection of data a remedy is selected.

I believe that the principle of homoeopathy never fails, only the homoeopath.

fever20babyOn Sunday the 24th of April at 5pm, Manuel and I met with a young mother whose 11 month old daughter had a high fever (40C) which had not resolved under Pulsatilla, Mercurius or Sulphur. These well indicated medicines failed to touch the situation.

The mother of the child has been a patient of Manuels for nearly 30 years since being a little girl herself. The family was opposed to homoeopathy so there was a little pressure on us to get it right.

So the symptoms were that the child had burning heat with no perspiration. The heat was centred on the chest and the temples. Huge thirst with the fever. There was a mild cough with some mucus.

The child was sleepless but extremely sleepy, restless and would only sleep when totally tired. She would wake into an aggravation and then go back to sleep again. Her hands were cold.

Manuel and I independently came to Phos. I was not happy with that prescription. So I sat back and observed.

The child was placed on the table at one point and began to cry. I felt the table and being a glass surface, was quite cold. I placed a cold object on the childs arm a little later and again the child began to cry.

I also noted that when the mother or grandmother picked up the child or moved its arms, the face registered discomfort as if the bones or muscles were sore.

What to do?

Well, I decided to trust my observations. So I repertorised on the following symptoms.

baby fever

I knew that Rhus Tox had bone and muscle soreness, so I kept that in mind.

Was I confident in the prescription? Not 100%… I read quickly through all the remedies in the 5 choices and concluded that if my observations were correct, then Rhus Tox was the closest in symptoms.

At about 8 pm that evening, the mother contacted Manuel to say that the fever had gone down and the child was happier in herself.

The day after, (Today) all symptoms had gone except for a little mucous and cough but that was getting better also.

The unprejudiced observer -takes note of nothing in every individual disease, except the changes in the health of the body and of the mind (morbid phenomena, accidents, symptoms) which can be perceived externally by means of the senses; that is to say, he notices only the deviations from the former healthy state of the now diseased individual, which are felt by the patient himself, remarked by those around him and observed by the physician. 

It takes a lot of faith to trust in observation above clinical knowledge and the chatter of other peoples opinions. It takes a while for a clinician to accept that the organism via PATHOLOGY in the expression of a disease, will sometimes fly in the face of a known symptom that is opposite to what is known about the disease.

I believe that this observation is the true understanding of 153.

§ 153 Fifth Edition
In this search for a homoeopathic specific remedy, that is to say, in this comparison of the collective symptoms of the natural disease with the list of symptoms of known medicines, in order to find among these an artificial morbific agent corresponding by similarity to the disease to be cured, the more striking, singular, uncommon and peculiar (characteristic) signs and symptoms of the case of disease are chiefly and most solely to be kept in view; for it is more particularly these that very similar ones in the list of symptoms of the selected medicine must correspond to, in order to constitute it the most suitable for effecting the cure. The more general and undefined symptoms: loss of appetite, headache, debility, restless sleep, discomfort, and so forth, demand but little attention when of that vague and indefinite character, if they cannot be more accurately described, as symptoms of such a general nature are observed in almost every disease and from almost every drug.

The art of Medicine: The “state.”

doctor-child-examine2In homoeopathy, we often talk about the “state” of a patient. The phrase, as well at the reality is that the “state” of a person is actually the full picture of the disease.

“The particular condition that someone or something is in at a specific time.”

The state represents the symptoms of a disease in its entirety. It is the picture a reactive process either mentally, emotionally or physically. It is how the pathology is arranged at a given moment or time.

Hahnemann understood this. He emphasised over and over that prescribing symptoms had to be characteristic of the patients expression of the disease AND the remedy. The patients “state” is represented by symptoms on which we prescribe. A patient can be in a state of “Belladonna” or a state of “Sepia”, but is not represented by every facet of the medicines, just the state that the medicines can produce and which the patients illness corresponds to at that moment of prescription. States change as the illness changes thus requiring a change of medicine.

Many practitioners that are unfamiliar with the Therapeutic Pocket Book, are surprised at the apparent paucity of mental symptoms.

mind

This is the total collection of symptoms. Yet each symptom is a “state” of expression of pathology and is qualified and explained by other symptoms as expressed by the patients disease in other elements of the case.

Example. A child presents with marked irritability. In the case taking, it is found that the patient also has a fear of the dark and of being alone. Further exploration finds that the divorce of the child parents has led to internalising the grief which is expressed in the anger and irritabilty.

example

So we see that what appears to be an over generalisation of the “state”, in this case Irritabilty and anger, is qualified by adding the other symptoms that comprise the fullness of the expression of the disease.

A careful use of the repertory, will elicit a group of remedies that produce the state as seen, and differentiation is made by the symptom expressions in the reading.

A totality of symptoms if you will.

 

 

 

IHM Clinic Seville case. Herpes Zoster?

Patient, female, 10 years old presented with: Eruptions on body tentatively diagnosed as Herpes Zoster by hospital consultants.

homeopathy-2She has been infected for 3 or 4 days. Mother showed the onset of the problem which she thought was an insect bite. Was now 3 small red spots filled with dried blood on the right chest. Further eruptions had occurred on her right back and on her right arm.

3 clinic staff were present. Lilianne, Manuel and myself. We examined the patient and noted that the eruptions were vesicular in nature. They began as yellow spots. The skin was sensitive to a light touch. The patient had a slightly coated tongue. The patient complained that water did not just taste right but could not give a better explanation.

One other sx we uncovered was that she complained of a sensation that one of her head hairs felt like it was being pulled.

A full physical check was made and nothing else could be ascertained.

We repertorized on these SX:

ana

The patients mother reported that the day after taking one dose of Phos 30c, that the eruptions had dried out and the patient felt much better…

The skin is now clear.

Why does Hahnemann say…..?

§ 5
Useful to the physician in assisting him to cure are the particulars of the most probable exciting cause of the acute disease.”

dental_doctor-thinkingsmallClearly here Hahnemann is reiterating the fact that we are treating “disease”. Any other concept of treating the man and not the disease is False.

Homoeopathy treats the disease through the signs and symptoms that are exhibited by the individual sufferer of the infection or disease process. These symptoms, whilst having some affinity to the general production of disease symptoms, also have unique characteristics that are peculiar to the individual and expressed by him or her. THESE are the prescribing symptoms within the disease process that are to be found in one or a few remedies that can can produce the same state of disorder in a healthy person.

§ 153 Fifth Edition
In this search for a homoeopathic specific remedy, that is to say, in this comparison of the collective symptoms of the natural disease with the list of symptoms of known medicines, in order to find among these an artificial morbific agent corresponding by similarity to the disease to be cured, the more striking, singular, uncommon and peculiar (characteristic) signs and symptoms of the case of disease are chiefly and most solely to be kept in view; for it is more particularly these that very similar ones in the list of symptoms of the selected medicine must correspond to, in order to constitute it the most suitable for effecting the cure. The more general and undefined symptoms: loss of appetite, headache, debility, restless sleep, discomfort, and so forth, demand but little attention when of that vague and indefinite character, if they cannot be more accurately described, as symptoms of such a general nature are observed in almost every disease and from almost every drug.

So why is it useful to know the particulars of the exciting cause of an acute disease?

It is good to know everything regarding the infection or mode of receiving the disorder because it may be possible to avert the disease process entirely if seen early enough.

Example: Take a patient who feels a little unwell and feels is getting a cold. The patient is anxious because cannot afford to take time off work and begins to feel a little fevered. A single dose of Aconite can relieve these symptoms REGARDLESS of what the disease might be, and in fact stop any further progress of the disease.

Example: Take a patient who is caught in the rain and gets really wet and cold. They go home and take a hot shower but still develop aching in the joints and a cold. Rhus Tox stops the further progress of the acute disease state.

It is also good to know the causation of the acute disease because a very clear wealth of information regarding the acute disease symptoms will become available to the clinician. This will enable the homoeopath to see what is common and what is peculiar in the way the patient expresses the disease.

a “peculiar” symptom is a symptom “characteristic” of the individual disease expression that came on with the disease state. It has nothing to do with personality.

Psora-Vaccination and Thuja

Psora-Thuja, etc

mtylerBut it is rather with the extension of Hahnemann’s Chronic Diseases that we are concerned to day.

His dicta in regard to the Venereal Diseases are now amply confirmed. They are no longer stumbling-block. His psora theory (so long a rock of offence to his most loyal followers) still needs working out, but will doubtless obtain elucidation or confirmation in the end : because his most questionable statements and palpable absurdities have an uncomfortable way of turning out correct, after having been laughed out of court for the best part of a century.

Some day someone among the pathologists will demonstrate his perspicacity in regard to Psora also, by proving that the acarus is the intermediate host of some micro-organism responsible for one or more chronic diseases of manifold manifestations. For he gives numerous instances, from many writers, of itch, cured by outward applications, having been followed by chest troubles-asthma-epilepsy-gastric ulcer-dropsy-albuminuria-even eye troubles and cataract.

Itch, he avers, “is at the same time, and especially, an internal disease.”

In support of which statement I would like to say that it is possible to cure itch by internal treatment. I remember a case. The boy had it badly. I did not want to sulphur him, because I had recently seen a much-sulphured boy, whose whole body was repulsive and horrible with a pustular mix-up of itch and sulphur poisoning. As Dr. Clarke suggests Oil of Lavender as an application, I gave the boy Psorinum c.m. , and ordered oil of lavender to be rubbed in-for the sake of the people he might otherwise infect.

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Advice

In any complicated chronic case the recent symptoms are the deciding ones, cure your case in layers.

Aortitis

Aortitis

p01grh0xM.B. , a good servant, in the early days of war, but a nuisance to the other servants, because disease was, with her, an obsession, and her one discourse was of hospitals and symptoms.

She was in hospital several times-twice for operations, and she haunted the out-patient department long after she left our service.

Admitted again in 1931 with what was diagnosed as aortitis-and Wassermann was found to be positive.

Her miseries were at last explained. One would never have suspected the chronic parasite underlying all these years of ill health. She rapidly improved on Merc. cy. 10m and later 50m.

Two in-patient cases of chronic vomiting, Wassermann positive, about the same time, were promptly and greatly ameliorated by Merc. cy. in high potency.

We Homoeopaths, with Hahnemann’s chronic diseases at command, cannot afford to lightly dismiss cases from our consciousness as old chronics.

In the British Medical Journal, July, 1931, there was an interesting paragraph on Tertiary Syphilis of the Thyroid Gland, supposed to be a rare condition; but the suggestion is thrown out that many case fail to be recognized, so that the possibility of syphilis should be more considered in affections of this gland.

Medicinal treatment is urged, and curiously enough Merc. cy. is suggested (among other things) as giving the best results. 1

Some cases of goitre yield so easily to treatment-some seem so impossible!-in the latter, what about a Wassermann blood-test?

Besides Mercury, Nitric a. etc., we have a great remedy for syphilitic conditions in the virus of syphilis : Lueticum (“Syphilinum”).

One remembers, many years ago, a case of persistent vomiting, during the night only, where remedies that should have helped failed. But night aggravation is one of the leading indications for Syphilinum, which promptly stopped the vomiting.

It was about 20 years ago that we began to use Syphilinum, in our Eye Department for interstitial keratitis, with extraordinary results. And I have notes of a case,-an elderly woman, nearly blind since ophthalmia in childhood, with eyes horrible to look on, which cleared to an unbelievable extent with doses at long intervals of Syphilinum and Medorrhinum. The eyes are no longer so unsightly, and a large measure of sight has been restored.

Margaret Tyler

Hahnemann’s Conception of Chronic Disease, as Caused by Parasitic Micro-organism

samuel_christian_hahnemannWe all know the joy of seeing sicknesses of definite symptoms yield, almost miraculously, to the remedy of like symptoms. We thrill to the triumphs of Homoeopathy in Cholera-in Dysentery-in Ptomaine poisonings-in Pneumonias-in Broncho-pneumonias-in hundreds of conditions, trivial and severe and then!…..we all come across cases which, after apparent yielding to the seemingly indicated remedy, recur :-do less well :-finally cease to respond. Why is this?…..

This was also Hahnemann’s experience. Bu that indomitable Pioneer did not merely shrug his shoulders, and dub them, “Old Chronics!” Neither did he accept the suggestion of his followers that “perhaps not enough remedies had been discovered and proved to cover all cases of disease”….This he says he “rejected, as a mere subterfuge.

But-he stuck to his guns! “In spite of failures in the case of some chronic non-venereal diseases, the Doctrine of Similars has been, and ever will be, founded on the unshaken pillars of truth. Facts have confirmed its excellence-year-if this may be said of human things, its infallibility.”

“Why, then”, he asks, “should the continued homoeopathic treatment of the non-venereal chronic diseases have been so unsuccessful? Why should Homoeopathy have failed in thousands of cases to cure thoroughly and forever such chronic ailments?”

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