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Homoeopathic Queries & Solutions
Prof Dr Kasim Chimthanawala.

1. Sir, I would be pleased if you will let me know the rubrics of the symptom Cholera like symptoms at the onset of menses and where can it be found in Kents Repertory?

Dr. Smita Deshpande Aurangabad

The text of Kents Repertory does not have this symptom word by word and hence it needs to be converted in the repertory language. As we know from our knowledge of diseases, the most common symptoms of Cholera are loose motions, vomiting, increased thirst, exhaustion and in later stages dehydration with cold and clammy skin and collapse due to peripheral circulatory failure. Now, depending on the symptoms we may refer to the Repertory on the following pages -

  1. Menses, at beginning of - KR 1373
  2. Diarrhoea - KR 609
  3. Vomiting - KR 531
  4. Collapse, diarrhoea after, vomiting after KR 1350
My approach is to club all the relevant symptoms under the general rubric of Menses, at the beginning of and then select a group of similar drugs.
This is also written, word for word in Kents Materia Medica, on page 29, chapter on Amm-carb.

2. Which rubric must we take for thumb sucking in children? Which drug do you use for this complaint?

Dr. Mrs. Najma Reshamwala Vashi

I usually take the rubric - Fingers in the mouth, children put - page 405 Kents Repertory and page 64 Vol II of Synthetic Repertory. I usually rely on Constitutional drug for curing this habit of thumb sucking. Calc-carb no doubt heads the list.

3. I noted some points at the recently held Dehradun Seminar which were as follows -
The CCRIH is simply converting pious homoeopathy into the old allopathic system by applying homoeopathic medicines on the experimenters and the patients coming to the OPDs of its Research centres based on pathology alone.
One research scholar said that "warts are viral infections" and that he cured them with Thuja-occ internally and Sulphur ointment externally, (because Sulphur is a strong antiseptic and a germicide)
One responsible member said that Homoeopathy is not a religion; one can also change the theories of Organon in the present age. In response to this statement, the Director of CCRIH remarked "Be broad minded". I was really astonished to hear this. Is it broadmindedness or demoralization of ourselves as homoeopaths?
Kindly give your opinion on the statements mentioned above.

Dr Satish Rana Editor, Similitude Kapurthala, Punjab

At the outset I would like to congratulate you and all others like you who realize their responsibilities and commitments made towards the system and do not hesitate to react to expose the non-Hahnemannianism polluting the purity and authenticity of this rational and scientific art at whichever level it is prevailing.

I fully agree with you that the so called Clinical Researches which are being conducted at various centres throughout the country require to be standardized. However, this is not easy. Today, there are only a handful of dedicated and knowledgeable workers in homoeopathy, some of whom are sidetracked; ill-trained graduates with scanty knowledge but with good influence occupy the chair of research workers thereby pocketing handsome paychecks. In some, their knowledge of Materia Medica or Organon is poor yet they carry out Provings. The Government of India has spent Rs. 10 lakhs via the CCRIH in bringing out just two small compilations of the chapters Mouth and Teeth of Kents Repertory which also is not up to the mark.

If anyone believes that the fundamentals of homoeopathy can be changed or modified according to time, space and circumstances then he is living in a fools paradise. What can be discussed and agreed are the modes of selection and application of the remedies, the assessment of cure and other management aspects.

So, this is the factual state of affairs. However, till there are watchdogs like us and journals like NJH, Vital Informer and others, real homoeopathy will continue to thrive in our country.

4. What is your experience as regards use of 50 Millesimal potencies? Are they available in our country? If so, please write as to where can I obtain them.

Dr. Rekha Agarwal Amravati

I have been using 50 millesimal potencies in my Indoor patients since the past 12 years. I have got good results in acute cases particularly in fevers, cough, sneezing, breathlessness, bleedings, loose motions, vomiting and others. For chronic cases I always use drugs in the centesimal potencies.

There are many books written by eminent practitioners. The drugs are available with Hahnemann Publishing Co. Bipin Behary Ganguly Street, Sealdah, Calcutta and also with Dr. R.P. Patel at Kottayam.

5. I have a 6 year old patient having a peculiar complaint since the past 6 weeks. Every time a stranger visits his house, he gets a bout of spasmodic cough which does not stop till the former leaves the house. I have tried many drugs for spasmodic coughs like Ipecac, Drosera, Sambucus, Cuprum etc. without results. I also tried Ignatia on grounds of it being hysterical in nature without success. Am I missing something somewhere? Kindly let me know.

Dr. Tasneem Waheed Bhopal

This symptom is found in Kents Repertory on page 806 in the rubric - "Strangers, child coughs at the sight of". I have personally had such a case to whom I gave Arsenic 1M three doses in one day and the child was better.




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