Homoeopathic Queries & Solutions
NATIONAL JOURNAL OF HOMOEOPATHY 1997 Mar / Apr VOL VI NO 2.
Prof Dr Kasim Chimthanawala
1. What is the difference between Hahnemannian Homoeopathy and classical Homeopathy. Please opine.
Dr R B Chougule, Jaysingpur
Classical Homeopathy is a modern term for Hahnemannian Homoeopathy. It has been coined by a section of enthusiastic Homeopaths who have attempted to update Homeopathy by introducing their own concepts and methods obtained from their personal experiences. Unfortunately, on many vital fronts, they have deviated from the basic tenets of Organon hence they have not been able to cut much ice amongst true Hahnemannian practitioners.
Factually speaking, homeopathy is one THE one which was introduced by its founder Dr C S Hahnemann in 1790 with Organon of medicine as its bible. Any Homeopathy other than what has been described in Organon is NOT Homoeopathy even if they are sugar pills in potencies. History reveals that since the time of the Master, this pliable system of Therapeutics has suffered varieties of such onslaughts at the hands of the 'materialists' and 'vested' all in the name of making it more practical, palatable and acceptable. Some of the names worth mentioning are Dr Schussler founder of biochemistry, Dr Bach of Flower remedies and Dr Patersont's Bowel nosodes, Dr Lux who landed in Isopathy. Everyone has tried to advance some newer concepts, easy methods, attributes, remedial against all derived from their own experimentation. As expected, none of them could succeed in withstanding the flurry of scientific investigations for achieving CURE.
George Vithoulkas, one of the outstanding workers in the field of Homoeotherapeutics of recent times, has introduced a new concept of Predisposition in place of the Doctrine of Chronic Miasms. Another has over emphasized role of Dreams an delusions and significance of mentals in drug selection.
Many a seminar and meet are being conducted to defend their finds. But again all such concepts will have to undergo thorough scrutinisation and experimentation in the light of the basic fundamentals, before they are accepted as dogmas.
My own contention is in these days of complex diseases, mentals have a very limited role to play. Majority of the patients are unable to express their true mentals, and whatever they complain are either secondary or modified as a result of prolonged suffering or drug effects. Hence I believe, only significant [pure, primary, peculiar, prominent, persistent] mentals are significant.
Hence, my advice to every conscientious neophyte entering this noble field, is to be beware of this psychotic herd of malgroomed professionals, who are trying to introduce their half baked concepts, all in the name of Classical Homeopathy. Stick only to Hahnemann's Organon and follow only those contentions which has the sanction of the Organon or can be explained in the light of Organon. Gracefully reject all those contentions, suggestions, and experiences, (no matter who has introduced) which cannot be endorsed. We welcome changes but not in the fundamentals of Homoeopathy.
2 What do you mean by Master Prescribers. Explain.
Dr R B Chougule, Jaysinghpur
This term has been referred in our literature for the trusted lieutenants or contemporaries of Master Hahnemann. Many of them had developed and advanced certain original perceptions and approaches, derived from their own experiences particularly in the areas of conception of sickness, potency selection, repetition, management of a case at hand etc. WITHOUT drifting even an inch away from the fundamentals as defined in the Organon of Medicine.
Very often, it is from these observations and experiences that we learn a lot about the clinical application of the Science of Homeopathy especially while treating complex, one-sided or drug diseases of present times. Many important clinical symptoms which have helped to tackle good number of difficult cases have been contributed by these great men or Master prescribers. Few of them worth naming are Dr Hering's Laws of Direction of Cure, Dr Boenninghausan's Doctrine of Concomitance, Dr Kanjilal's Concept of Grand Totality etc.
3. My child of 4, has recurrent tonsillitis with Rt Mastoiditis since her birth. Practically every antibiotic has been tried with good result but unfortunately for the past 6 months or so, she has started reacting adversely to majority of them. I have even used Homeopathy, but she reacts even to these bening sugar pills. Please suggest what should I do?
Dr S C Rao, Chennai
No doubt your child's condition is alarming. It seems she has become idiosyncratic, that is why her constitution is overreacting even to the most trifle form of excitation.
However, in Homeopathy, drugs which are commonly indicated to manage such unusual situations are Phos-acid, Teucrium-marum-varum [Pg 1369 Robin Murphy] and Sepia, all in low potencies and in repeated doses. I will advice you to contact a good Homoeopath for this job.
4. Is it true that Phosphorus, even though indicated must be hesitatingly administered in a patient with tubercular diatheses, in order to avoid dangerous consequences like flaring up of TB which was suppressed or was in the family, what have you to say?
Dr Sanjay Tambe, Nagpur
Yes, surprisingly it is true in some cases. From my own records I have collected 7 cases in whom such an unfortunate happening has taken place [these cases have been presented at The All India Seminar hosted by South Delhi Homeopathic Association, 8th Sept 1996]
Out of the seven, 3 were suffering from progressive muscular atrophy, 2 from Asthmatic Bronchitis, 1 from Leucoderma and 1 from Chr myeloid Leukemia. All of them responded very well to Phosphorus 200 1M and Tuberculinum 200/1M [in 2 cases] selected on peculiars and administered at long intervals, all within a span of 3-4 yrs. The drugs acted as expected and all of them progressed on the path of cure as directed by Dr Hering. Even the bone marrow of the CML case showed signs of regression.
BUT to my surprise all of them, landed in one form of Tubercular affection or the other, within 12-18 months of the last dose of either Phosphorous or the Nosode. Of the total, 3 suffered from frank Pulmonary patches, 1 from TB Pneumonia [left mid lobe], 2 from glandular [submandibular] infection and in one only nocturnal feverishness with raised ESR [64 mm at the end of 1st hr] which took over 3 months to yield to M-sol and Puls in medium potencies. Of course in all of them there was a history of the disease either in the past or in the family.
So after these experiences, I at least have become overcautious while using such drugs. Though indicated. If there is h/o Tuberculosis either in the past or in the family.
I will welcome the impressions or experiences [if any] from my colleagues on this front.
5. What is the meaning of the following terms - Fugue, Dementia praecox and Neologism
Dr Ganesh Bodhale, Dhamangoan
Fugue is a French term used for a special form of amnesia excited by emotional trauma in which patient runs away from his home and starts life afresh at a distant place. Dementia praecox is an old term for Schizophrenia whereas Neologism means coining of new words. It is a common Schizophrenic characteristic in which the patient seems to be speaking in foreign language.NOTE: The conduct of this column is an attempt by the Editorial Board to provide an open platform for the members of the fraternity to get their queries addressed. The author this column does not claim to be an authority, but wishes to submit that the views and opinions expressed by him are his own derived either from his 20 yrs of clinical and academic experience or obtained by him from the most respectable sources. It is the sole discretion of the readers, either to accept or reject part or whole of a solution suggested without criticism against anybody in person.