Homoeopathic Queries & Solutions
NATIONAL JOURNAL OF HOMOEOPATHY 1997 Jul / Aug VOL 5 NO 4.
Prof Dr Kasim Chimthanawala
1. Just like tendency to have worms is tendency to have head lice, with no other symptoms, a tendency or is it entirely due to unhygienic conditions? If due to repeated lice infestations even after they have been thoroughly eliminated by so called specific hair care patient? If any drug is required, please give the names.
Samudravijay Patil Final Jaysingpur
Any form of infestation or infection depends upon 3 main factors viz the dose and virulence of the offending agent, susceptibility or vulnerability of the constitution [which is always due to the indwelling miasm- Psora] and the resistance [fighting power] of the economy.
No doubt, Lice infestation is an external affection, presenting as if it is as a result of poor hygiene. But this is only partially true, there are two possibilities.
1] A child may suffer casually after he/she is suddenly exposed to a massive dose of the parasite. Of course poor hygiene may contribute to the growth and spread of the offending agent. Then, this is a case of local affection and must be dealt with accordingly. With the correction of hygienic conditions the parasite will die its own death and the infestation will clearup. At times we may require some local application to get rid of them.
2] But, in some children, we find that the infestation continues to recur even after observing all the hygienic precautions including local applications. The cause in these cases is internal [constitutional] ie Miasmatic [aph 189], very often latent Psora. Lice, like any other parasitic infestation is a signal of indwelling latent Psora. Hence, for permanent respite, we will have to apply deep acting antimiasmatic remedies like Psorinum or Carbolic-acid to correct the susceptibility. Dr Burnett has advised simultaneous use of local applications, in cases where the offence is severe and distressing, more so because our dynamic medicines cannot kill them. [P242Sarkar]
It is my observation that in one sided diseases if there is concurrent Lice infestation, the prognosis is good.
2. Sir, what is your frank opinion about the standards of our Homoeopathic Journals. Can we rely blindly on the contents therein. In majority of them we find advertisements of non homoeopathic products, patents etc. Is it correct. Please reply in NJH.
Dr Adil Chimthanawala Nagpur
Yes, it is true that nowadays periodicals are mushrooming in Homoeopathy and majority of them being published by Pharmaceuticals. Thus, for obvious reasons, they contain good amount of non homoeopathic substance. There are very few which can be rated worth reading and relied upon. Regrettably in these few also, there are articles which have drifted away from our basic tenets. They require firm and fearless edition, but many a times it has not been accomplished due to the reasons best known to the respective editorial board. Also, in practically every journal we find poorly documented cases [probably cooked up] claiming miraculous cures with some rarely used remedy. They often lack the scientific flavour. Neither the reasoning for symptom/drug selections are given nor the procedure of cure is mentioned. Instead, the entire stress is given to the relief of the presenting syndrome. Hering's Laws of cure is many a times given a good-bye. A pitiful state indeed.
Keeping in mind these factuality's, my advise will be to read and learn only from those write-ups which testify the fundamentals of Homoeopathy. Ruthlessly reject all what is non Hahnemannian particularly the self introduced baseless theories or half baked cases, illustrating miraculous 'cures' with rare remedies. Mind you, in Homoeopathy care is a procedural phenomenon and not simply relief of the presenting symptom/syndrome. My personal opinion will be for NJH and Vital Informer.
3. What have we to understand when the patient after taking medicines says"I am better" but the other parameters like BP Blood sugar levels etc. shows negative trend [worse than before]. Please enlighten.
Dr Sumit Chatterjee Calcutta
If, after giving some medicine, the patient says he feels better, than think of one of the following possibilities - a] The drug has acted superficially ie only on mental plane. In such situations wait for some time. If no change then repeat the same remedy in a higher potency and wait for its effects on the physical plane.
b] In emotionally strained cases the better feeling is a psychological expression often observed after a good in-depth soul touching interview with reassurances undertaken by a confident and a impressive Homoeopath. The drug selected, potency or dose may not be up to the mark hence the disease continues to progress, so select another remedy.
c] In incurable cases when the drug has acted either as a palliative relieving only the physiological distressing symptoms or has acted as a placebo by relieving the envelope of emotional upsurge.
4. What is the effect of giving a relevant nosode [rather empirically] soon after its corresponding illness gets over eg Morbillinum after Measles, Tuberculinum after Tuberculosis, Parotidinum after Mumps etc.? Can this be tried? We often prescribe these nosode as intercurrents on the basis of Past/Family History.
Dr Sumit Chatterjee Calcutta
Empirically, you will be fully justified to administer such a dose soon after the corresponding acute disease gets over. The objective is to tame the excited Miasmatic complex and to prevent any complication. Even master Hahnemann and others like Dr Kent, J H Allen have advised to give a dose of Sulphur soon after an acute illness or a dose of Psorinum to a chronic case not yielding to the indicated remedy and has a H/o suppressed skin disease in the past.
5. What will be effect of giving drugs like Thuja, Silicea, Antim-tart etc. soon after vaccination, to prevent Vaccinosis. Will they prevent the artificial Sycotic Miasm implanted by the Vaccine. Please explain.
Dr Sumit Chatterjee Calcutta
A good question indeed. Vaccine/Sera can produce the following problems-
a] Untoward reactions like Anaphylactic Shock, Serum Sickness etc. often found either due to poor vaccine material or due to the oversensitivity of the patient.
b] Vaccines and Sera has been clinically proved to EXCITE the indwelling Sycotic Stigmata. They never implant any Sycotic Miasm.
c] As a consequence of repeated Vaccination, the dynamic potential of the serum IMPLANTS a powerful DRUG MIASM which subjugates the inhabiting natural mobific agent ie Sycosis. Vaccinosis is a Drug Disease produced due to this artificial Miasm. Now the solutions - a] In the first case, manage the patient like any other medical emergency with appropriate auxiliar5y measures along with the medicinal agents selected on the presenting symptoms. Antidotes and chelating agents help to reduce the severity of the symptoms. b] Yes, basing on the analogy of giving Arnica after an injury, Staphysagria after an operation, a Thuja 200 to prevent the excitation of the Sycotic Miasm and also the 'bad effects' in late stage.
c] Basically Drug Diseases are very difficult to cure. Nevertheless, if the symptoms are clear and pointing, treat the patient on Constitutional lines otherwise palliative treatment is advised for the distressing symptoms until the case straightens itself and becomes suitable for the selection of the Similimum.
6. There are many doctors who even before starting treatment tell the patient 'I will surely cure you, don't worry' To what extent is this justifiable? Please opine.
Dr Sanjay Tambe Nagpur
An attending Homoeopathic Physician is expected to manage his patient and not simply to select a drug and administer it in an appropriate potency. He is supposed to be the person who has painstakingly assessed the overall mental state especially the temperament of his patient. He is also the best judge to decide the APPROACH TOWARDS HIS CASE. If he thinks that few elating words like the ones mentioned above, will boost the morale of the patient, even though incurable, than he is not wrong, but it is better to say,
"I will try to cure you, chances seem bright."
Many times we have to act like this especially in incurable cases who are very much depressed and loathe life or in those like Calc-carb, Silicia, Causticum, Phosphorus etc. who want to be sympathized with.
I am sure you remember the case of Ca Oesophagus [which I presented during school] who was in his last stages but could be satisfactorily eased for one full year of his distressing complaint of dysphagia of even liquids, simply by strong words of reassurances. Of course he was on symptomatic Homoeopathic drugs during that period but I don't think they had any fruitful effects.
7. Regarding second prescription, when the same remedy has to be repeated- when to repeat the same potency and when to change it. Are there any rules for the same.
Dr Prashant Patil Jalgaon.
There are definite rules governing such eventualities. When, after the drug has acted favourably but the SYMPTOMS START RELAPSING after sometime and when the physician is convinced of the cessation of the drug effect, repetition of the same drug in the same potency is advised. If the second relapse takes place earlier than the first, than either the same drug in an increased potency or give an intercurrent Nosode. It will act as a catalyst and make the well selected medicine to act better and for long.
8. If a young female presents with Backache and Leucorrhoea as the main complaint, what should we do? Should the prescription be based only on Backache without taking Leucorrhoea into account [because Leucorrhoea is an eliminate] or on both the symptoms.
Dr Sumit Chatterjee Calcutta
I am sure you are aware that every living economy attempts to lessen the load inculcated either due to the inhabiting Miasmatic complex or due to the offending environmental onslaught through elimination. In this case, most probably backache is a reflex symptom due to the cervical erosion and the leucorrhoeal discharge may be a disease eliminate. Hence, no drug must be given only to reduce the discharge. Instead, the remedy must be selected on the symptom "Backache with Leucorrhoea" because in this particular case leucorrhoea has not only qualified backache but has also served as a concomitant.
9. In one of the cases at the Summer School, the patient who had Intestinal Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma was operated in Oct 1996 and came to take treatment to PREVENT the relapse. On the day we recorded his case and examined, he had no major presenting symptoms. So what will be our plan of treatment. How are we to assess the effects of our treatment, when we have no major symptom and also the tumor removed.
Dr Sumit Chatterjee Calcutta
In Homoeopathy we have good medicines for removing the "Tendencies for" In this case, we have given him one dose of Carcinosin 200. It was selected on his past and family history which favoured Sycosis. We will monitor his physiological parameters [appetite, wt, pulse, BP% of Hb etc.] including any new symptoms if any, for at least a year before a green card is given. It has been observed that in more than 80% of Malignancy cases, relapse takes place within a year or so.
Moreover, Lymphomas belong to Psorosycotic from of Tubercular Malignancies, hence they have strong liability to recur, particularly after radical treatments like surgery, radiotherapy or chemotherapy. I have 3 cases of Chronic Myeloid Leukaemia who are on infrequent doses of Carcinocin 200 and then 1M. They are enjoying a comfortable life after 6-7 years.