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CASES MATERIA MEDICA GENERAL ARTICLES ABSTRACT MISCELLANEOUS Q & A

Queries and Solutions -22.
NATIONAL JOURNAL OF HOMOEOPATHY 1994 Nov / Dec Vol III No 6.
Kasim Chimthanawala.

Q: 1 Kindly differentiate between:

  1. Touch and Contact
  2. Walking and Motion


  3. DR. JANARDHAN REDDY Hyderabad

Ans: It is common to find at a number of places in our Materia Medica and other literature that different authors and at times even the same authors have used different nomenclatures and terms at different places, to explain varying shades of single manifestation. It probably results from perception of the subject and command over language. Fortunately they are all the synonyms i.e. mean the same.

In such a situation it is important to take the figurative meaning of the terms in a wider perceptive rather than its literal meaning.

It is also profitable to refer to all the related rubrics before arriving at any conclusion. Both Touch and Contact belong to the same genus, except that touch involves a mental state while contact is more a physical phenomenon.

Similarly, Motion and Walking involve movement except that motion can be expressed in different forms like walking, climbing, ascending, descending etc. However walking pertains only to a specific type of motion.

Q 2: Please specify which rubrics should be taken for the following - Intense desire for light, Chyne-stoke breathing and yielding disposition.

DR. RAVI GHARPURE Yawatmal

Ans: Intense desire for light - Photomania - KR Page 261
Chyne Stoke Breathing - Boerickes Repertory - Page 901
Yielding disposition - club the rubric with Mildness, KR Page 65 with Consolation amel, KR Page 16.

Q 3: Do Pulsatilla CM and NM 200, if given in repeated doses produce abortions? If this happens then should we give these drugs in gestation?

ANEES AHMED BHMS Bhopal

Ans: It is wrong to stamp both of these drugs as abortifacient. In fact there is no drug in Homoeopathy which can be termed as a specific for any disease. Both these drugs can be given safely in pregnancy so long as they are indicated as per the law of similars. The correct use of the potency and repetition are also important so as not to produce any medicinal aggravation.

Q4 : Can Silica be given in a patient with a past history of Tuberculosis:

DR. S. ARORA
Vashi

Ans: If symptoms agree - Yes. However, be cautious with the potency and repetitions.

Q 5: Boerickes Materia Medica mentions that Syphillinum - made from Syphilitic virus and Medorrhinum made from Gonorrhoeal virus. Do these statements sound scientific in the light of modern medicine? Should our materia medicas not be edited? Kindly opine.

Ans: Yes, I agree that our literature needs a thorough overhaul with respect to every aspect of the field of medicine. The problem is however - who will bell the cat? The task is not as simple as it looks. It is full of labor, responsibilities and at the end of all, risks and criticisms.

It would thus be better if a central authority manned with knowledgeable individuals takes up the task.

I am informed that the Central Council For Research in Homoeopathy, Gaziabad, an autonomous body working under the CCH, New Delhi, has undertaken a project of correcting and compiling relevant rubrics from different repertories.

Q 6: Is it true that constitutional treatment in pregnancy can remove the inherent traits like genetic diseases in the offspring?

DR. MRS. JYOTI S Amravati

Ans: The genetic code of the new born depends on the operating miasmatic complex in the parents and the environmental influences at the time of conception.

The congenital (genetic) disorders are the result of inherent defective codes. Hence, logically speaking any drug given to the mother during gestational period should have NO influence on the foetus because it is developing under the control and directives of its own vital force.

Of course, from my experience of at least six cases (two of whom are my family members) the appropriate constitutional drug to the mother before conception (during lean period) prevented the disorder in three cases and reduced the intensity of inheritance in the rest.

But, still I think this can be an interesting area for clinical research.

Q 7: Can we administer a mixture of nosodes for fast relief?

DR. RAJENDRA GUPTA Dondaicha

Ans: I never subscribe to Poly pharmacy or multiple drug therapy. I do not think that there is any rationale in mixing nosodes because they are given on a broad basis like family or past history. However, Dr. Wheeler recommended a mixture of Tuberculinum and Influenzinum in 30 potency for resistant and recurrent cases of influenza. It is of course his individual experience.

Editor: We refer to Aphorism 273 of Organon in which Dr. Hahnemann has clearly instructed - "in no case under treatment is it necessary and therefore not permitted to administer to a patient more than one single simple medicinal substance at one time. It is absolutely not allowed in homoeopathy to give a patient at one time two different medicinal substances".

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