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CASES MATERIA MEDICA GENERAL ARTICLES ABSTRACT MISCELLANEOUS Q & A

Queries & Solutions - 2.
NATIONAL JOURNAL OF HOMOEOPATHY 1996 Mar / Apr Vol V No 2.
Kasim Chimthanawala.

Q 1: Now a days very often we get cases in which more than one medicine seems to be indicated. Many a times we are inclined to alternate drugs or give mixtures of the indicated ones. The results are good. Are we wrong? If so then what is the solution? Please explain in detail.

Dr Rajendra Gupta (Dondaicha).

It is true that in present days of rapidly increasing so called modernization, hectic and artificial pace of life in urban environments, over education and intellectualization and rampant use of suppressive treatments, the self limiting simply yet natural diseases of the past are being fast transformed into lifelong complex metabolic, allergic, psychosomatic disorders.

Successful management of such cases require indepth knowledge of the subject, years of experience, critical judgement and the highest degree of skill on the part of the part of the Homoeopath.

In order to successfully overcome such predicaments, I suggest the following:

  1. Record, without any form of prejudice, a complete, correct and critically crossed data of the case at hand.
  2. If necessary, administer a short acting remedy for presenting distressing symptom syndrome so as to make him comfortable and to build a sense of confidence in the pathy as well as the path.
  3. Make all attempts to either stop or at least reduce the doses of the synthetic remedial agents, if being taken for symptomatic relief, as far as possible. Simultaneously replace, if necessary with physiological doses of organ remedies and / or short acting remedies in smaller doses. At times antidotes like Nux vom 200 are used to nullify the drug effects. Use tautopathic drugs like Adcortex, Adrenalin etc as specific antidotes if the history corroborates.
  4. Advise him to curtail all aggravating factors in food, job, habits etc before constitutional treatment is commended.
  5. Suggest to him to regularize his daily routines - eating, sleeping, bowel and bladder movements etc.
  6. Wait for atleast 4-6 weeks and monitor the changes in the state of the economy for at least a month. You will find that the original (natural) symptoms will return. Then reinterrogate the patient once again.
  7. The fresh data obtained must now be critically analyzed, according to the Doctrine of Clinical Analyses, under the following heads:
    1. Congenital, Genetic or Hereditary Characters.
    2. Physiological attributes like Cataract after 60s, Dentitional period etc.
    3. Physiognomonic features like build, facial expressions, gait etc.
    4. Tendencies/ Diathesis/ States/ Dispositions etc,
    5. Ailments from, bad effects of (mental as well as physical, sequelae after, complication from etc.
    6. Symptoms pure and primary (miasmatic) or modified and altered due to suppressions including clinical findings and investigatory reports.
    7. Target Organ involvement, pathological changes end results, secondary symptoms (non-miasmatic).
    8. Eliminations in the form of discharges or eruptions.
    9. Non-miasmatic responses due to environmental influences like habits /addictions, occupational, social etc.
  8. Now, assess each group of them according to their merits and manage accordingly for eg-
    1. Congenital or Genetic complaints are incurable hence can only be palliated.
    2. Secondary symptoms due to gross pathological changes or ultimates require to be palliated till the primary cause is tackled for eg UTI due to urethral stricture, Hydronephrosis due to obstruction from stone etc. If need be, mechanical intervention may be advised.
    3. Miasmatic manifestations require to be treated by indicated dynamic remedies (acute, chronic etc) in appropriate potencies and repetitions.
    4. Nonmiasmatic symptoms due to unsuitable environmental influences, occupation, habits etc needs to be managed by adopting appropriate corrective measures along with short acting dynamic medicines in potencies or organ remedies in physiological doses.
    5. Deficiencies to be supplemented parenteraly if oral is not possible.
  9. Select the drug, potency and dose according to the case. If the case is incurable then avoid a deep acting Restrict yourself to superficially acting palliative drugs in low potencies with frequent repetitions. At times in such difficult cases, it may be necessary to use a series of two or three different remedies in fairly quick succession (Vithoulkas), but they must always be prescribed upon a full totality of essential symptoms.
  10. Wherever indicated, suggest appropriate auxiliary measures like P T exercises, Mental relaxation techniques etc.

Q 2: Please explain the meanings of the following terms - Prima Causa Morbi, Medicamentum aglobule and Medicamental la gouttee.

Ku Reetu Parakh (Nagpur)

These are Latin terms used by the master and his contemporaries in their writings. Their meanings are as follows:-

  1. Prima Causa Morbi - Primary (basic) cause of the disease.
  2. Medicamenta la gouttee (340 S) - The procedure of dynamisation in which a drop is used for subsequent potentisation. It is done in Centisimal Potencies.
  3. Medicamentum a globule - A new method of potency preparation in which a single poppy size globule (saturated in 1 drop of the mother mixture) is used for subsequent dynamisation. It is done in 50 Millesimal Potencies. Details regarding this method are given in sec 270-272 of 6th edition of Organon.

Q 3: Is it true that Homoeopathic potencies administered by olfaction act as effectively as when taken orally? What is your experience. In which cases this method should to be adopted?

Dr Ravi Tyagi (Kamptee)

Yes, it is true that Homoeopathic drugs act equally effective when administered by either routes. I have successfully used Amyl-nitr Q for the pains of Angina in 2 cases (one being my ownself) and once Camphor Q in a severe case of eczematoid reaction following repeated doses of Sulphur CM by a student of mine. In one case of Uraemic Coma with continuous hiccough, Opium 1M was given by inhalation but with no relief.

Clinically this method can be effectively employed in Children, Comatosed/ Unconscious patients and those suffering with incessant vomiting or severe ulcerations in mouth etc.

Hepatitise Avinus is waiting!

The highest clinical rate occured between ages of 15 - 40 years and mortality was 5-4 percent overall but as high as 20 percent in pregnant women. About 2 million cases occur annually in India.

With Fecal shedding upto 7th week of illness, well after clinical and biochemical recovery, contamination of water supplies is a major factor.

Imponderables Imponderables.
NATIONAL JOURNAL OF HOMOEOPATHY By Vishpala Parthasarathy.
1996 Mar / Apr Vol V No 2.
Anne Taylor Spence.

Q 4: Why do most womens hairbrushes have long handles when mens hairbrushes have short handles or no handles at all?

Why are men deprived of the graceful, long handles on womens hairbrushes? According to the experts we contacted, the answer seems to be that the longer the hair of the user longer the handle of the brush should be. Carmen Miller, product manager of Vidal Sassoon brushes and combs division, explains:.

Traditionally, men have used what is referred to as a "Club" brush - a wide-based brush with densely packed bristles and a shorter length handle. This brush is best used for smoothing the hair, not texturizing or detangling, as most womens brushes are used for. Since men usually have closely cropped hair, they need to use a brush to the scalp to effectively smooth their hair.

This response, of course, begs the question of whether Annie Lennox and Sinead OConnor use long or short-handled brushes. Or imagine the plight of Daniel Day Lewis, in Last of the Mohicans, ferreting the burrs out of his hair with a handle-less brush. Fabio could use a long handle too.

Miller indicates that the shape of the mans hand, as well as the shortness of his hair, is a consideration in handle length:.

The (short) handle was designed to allow a mans hand to closely grip the brush and thus better control its smoothing action. In addition, the shorter handle style is usually a wider or thicker handle, which fits a mans larger hand more comfortably and provides a stronger brush that wont break easily.

The Fuller Brush Companys laboratory manager, Bill Dayton, suggests another theory that explains why mens hairbrushes have gotten shorter and shorter over the centuries (many older mens brushes were indistinguishable from womens): "Mens brushes were designed to conserve space in military duffel bags and dop kits.".

Submitted by Anne Taylor Spence of. Washington, D C.

Q 5: Do fish pee?

You dont see them swimming in your toilet, do you? Yes, of course, fish urinate.

But not all fish pee in the same way. Freshwater fish must rid themselves of the water that is constantly accumulating in their bodies through osmosis. According to Glenda Kelley, biologist for the International Game Fish Association, the kidneys of freshwater fish must produce copious amounts of dilute urine to prevent their tissues from becoming waterlogged.

Compared to their freshwater counterparts, marine fish, who lose water through osmosis, produce little urine. For those readers who have asked us if fish drink water, the surprising answer is that saltwater fish do, because they need to replenish the water lost through osmosis, as Kelley explains:.

This loss of water is compensated for largely by drinking large amounts of sea water, but the extra salt presents a problem. They rid themselves of this surplus by actively excreting salts, mainly through their gills.

Dr. Robert R Rofen, of the Aquatic Research Institute, told Imponderables that fish are able to excrete liquids through their gills and skin as well, "the counterpart to humans" sweating through their skin.".

Submitted by Billie Faron of Genoa, Ohio.

Q 6:Why do many blind people wear dark glasses?

If David Letterman and Mr.Blackwell can do it, so can the Braille Institute: put out a top ten list, that is. Every year, the Braille Institute issues a list of the ten most unusual questions it receives. We are proud to report that this Imponderable made number nine on the 1993 list (edging out number ten: "Do blind babies smile?").

In our previous research on blindness, several authorities emphasized that the majority of legally blind people do have some vision. The Braille Institutes answer to this question stresses the same point:.

Not everyone who is legally blind is totally blind. More than 75 percent of people who are legally bond have some residual vision. Blindness is the absence of sight, not necessarily the absence of light.

Alberta Orr, of the American Foundation for the Blind, adds, "Many visually impaired are extremely sensitive to bright light and glare and wear sunglasses to reduce the amount of light on the retina.".

Some blind persons wear dark glasses for cosmetic purposes, because they are self-conscious about physical appearance of their eyes. Increasingly, blind people are forgoing dark glasses, but we tend to associate dark glasses with blind people because so many of the high visibility blind celebrities, such as Stevie Wonder, George Shearing and Ray Charles, usually wear them. Even this is starting to change - the last.

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