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CASES MATERIA MEDICA GENERAL ARTICLES ABSTRACT MISCELLANEOUS Q & A

Queries & Solutions -12.
NATIONAL JOURNAL OF HOMOEOPATHY 1995 Sep / Oct Vol IV No 5.
Kasim Chimthanawala.

1: Can you specify the real status of Homoeopathy in our country vis - a - vis that in the West?

DR. RAVI AMBORE - Kolhapur

Homoeopathy is in a much better position than in the West. The number of practising Homoeopaths in India is far more than the total number of Homoeopaths of Europe. We have had some of the best luminaries of the Homoeopathic world. Some worth mentioning are - Dr. B.K. Bose, Dr. J.N. Kanjilal, Dr, M.L. Dhawale, Dr. P. Sankaran, Dr. B.K. Sarkar, Dr. S.K. Dubey and others. However due to a number of reasons their philosophical depths have not been adequately exposed amongst the Homoeopathic fraternity of the world. Hence many of our fellow Homoeopaths are not aware of them.

Some notable reasons for this regrettable situation are:

  1. Lingering delusions of the superiority of the white skin - a latent miasmatic state in Indians!
  2. Mal-awareness about the significance of detail data recording, diagnosis, investigation and follow-up.
  3. Inadequate technological provisions or exposure of achievement.

As against this you will be surprised to know that real Homoeopathy is practised in Europe by only a handful of dedicated individuals. A majority of the others are using it on allopathic lines in the form of specifics, patents, mixtures or in adjuvant with other drugs.

It is because of these few good Homoeopaths who get mass publicity that we get a false picture that the standard of Homoeopathy is good over there. No, the fact is that even in the Royal London Homoeopathic Hospital, antibiotics are used freely for infective diseases along with Homoeopathic remedies.

So, my friend, if you are seriously interested in the study of Homoeopathy - catch hold of a good Homoeopathic practitioner in your locality and work under him with complete dedication. You will definitely be able to imbibe the required art and confidence for practise.

2: Now a days we find even well-known practising Homoeopaths doing poly-pharmacy. They even claim cures with multiple drugs. As a student I am confused as to whom to follow - Dr. Hahnemann or them-please opine.

ANIL CHORE - Bhopal

Dr. Hahnemann always denounced poly-pharmacy. According to the Organon cure can be achieved only by means of a single drug in minimum doses. With multiple drugs one cannot know which, if any, of the drugs has acted. Also the effect of the combination may be to form a completely new drug.

So, all those cases which have been claimed to be cured by multiple drugs need to be thoroughly scrutinized in the light of the fundamentals of Homoeopathy before they are accepted as Hahnemannian. I, for one, never believe that multiple drugs can cure a sick economy according to Herings Law of Cure.

3: Is it always necessary to stop coffee, raw onions and stimulants during Homoeopathic treatment? What are your views?

ADIL C - Nagpur

As a rule YES. All strong aromatics, stimulants and those items which emit strong odors must be avoided during Homoeopathic treatment. The reasons are:

  1. Both of the invisible potents viz aromatic stimulants etc and Homoeopathic potencies act on a dynamic plane and through the mind. Hence if both are used simultaneously one may hinder the action of the other.
  2. Stimulants have been found to stimulate miasmatic evolution, especially inorganic miasmas. Hence require to be avoided.

Note: Keep in mind the following before advising restrictions to the patients.

  1. If a patient is habituated to these items and is using it since years then they need not be stopped immediately unless and until the indicated drug is specifically antidoted by the alleged item.
  2. If a patient craves a particular item (which requires to be stopped) then try to explain to him the consequences and then let him try to reduce and then stop it according to his convenience; else he will get symptom from suppression of craving.

4: In our college we are taught Dr. Kents Repertory. But these days practitioners use Synthetic Repertory. So what should we do? Please advise.

ABHINAV CHOUDHURY - Goa

Dr. Kents repertory is the first original and most complete general repertory. It is being used world over for decades. Still it is the best and hence must be studied first by every student. Other repertories are mere compilations having their own merits and demerits. The Synthetic repertory by Dr. Barthel and Klunker is available in three volumes - Mind, Generalities and lastly Dreams and Sexuality with 1954 remedies. I use the Mind volume and I find it quite useful in cases with prominent mentals.

Editor : One must learn A, B, C, D, first before learning to read and write).

5: What do the following terms used in Kents repertory mean Milk leg, Phlegmasia alba dolens and Mania a potu

DR. ARCHANA TARA - Nagpur.

The first two rubrics are more or less similar (KR 1199). They mean lymph oedema or dropsy of legs due to lymph stasis. Whereas Mania potu is term used in reference to symptoms of drunkards like delirium tremens (KR 20), Sleeplessness (KR 1253) etc.

Some doctors believe that its important for the well being of their patients that the doctor seems infallible. This is the story of a young doctor who had just graduated. His father himself a doctor advised his son, "Once you have made a diagnosis dont let anybody change it".

Well the young doctors first patient was a large woman complaining of abdominal pain. After examining her, he said, "Mrs. Shelby, your trouble is that you have locked bowels.

The patient reacted "But, Doctor, how could that he?" I have got diarrhoea".

Said the doctor, "I understand, Mrs. Shelby, the trouble is that they are locked in the open position".

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