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CASES MATERIA MEDICA GENERAL ARTICLES ABSTRACT MISCELLANEOUS Q & A

Homoeopathic Queries & Solutions
NATIONAL JOURNAL OF HOMOEOPATHY 1998 May / Jun VOL VII NO 4.
Prof Dr Kasim Chimthanawala

1 What is the clinical significance of the consideration of the mental state of a pregnant woman during pregnancy and labour while treating her new born. Please opine.

Dr Zahid Panchim.

There is no doubt that the mental state of the mother particularly during pregnancy plays a vital role on the growth and development of the foetus. Disturbance in any of its faculty may produce unwarranted effects on the newborn. Broadly speaking, it affects in two ways: 1. A direct and immediate effect. e.g. a sudden shock or mental trauma during pregnancy may lead to abortion; or intense anxiety and fear during labour may result in cervical dystocia etc. 2. Any type of combined mental stress due to family conflicts leading to vexation, indignation, humiliation, financial problems [worry, anxiety etc] not only hastens the evolution of the inherent miasmatic complex but also makes it manifested. Depending upon the type, state and stage of the manifesting miasmatic blend we get various forms of disorders in the mother as well as congenital disorders and defects in the new born.

As far as I know, there is hardly any drug in our MM where such correlation is reported and probably that is the reason, majority of puritan Homoeopaths give limited importance to the mental state of the pregnant mother. Unless and until the exciting or maintaining factor was severe enough to be effective and linked for eg, if the mother suffered from mental shock adequate enough in apparent constitutional symptoms, then we take ailments from shock adequate enough in apparent constitutional symptoms, then we take ailments from shock while selecting the remedy for the infant.

But yes, in recent years we find, there are some Homoeopaths who are trying to clinically interpret the effects of mother's mental state during pregnancy [even though they were casual and had no apparent effects on the constitution of the mother] and the symptoms of every new born and treat them accordingly. They also claim good results by this new approach. But I am afraid, until and unless this observation and findings pass through the process of critical evaluation and standardized, clinical confirmations in the light of fundamentals of Homoeopathy they will ever remain a hypothetical and debatable area. As far as I am concerned, I give importance to the mental state of the mother during pregnancy and labour only when it was severe enough to effect the presenting symptomatology of the new born.

2 According to you, which repertory should we study?

Dr K B Gaurkar Chandrapur

As you know Repertory is a dictionary. It tells us to reach a group of indicated remedies. Ironically no repertory is complete in every respect. Hence we are justified to use any one which suits the case at hand. The newer repertories are simplified and computerized compilations from different sources. The authenticity and reliability of some of them is debatable. Hence my advice is to stick to Dr Kent's original [3rd] edition as far as possible. Use other like Expanded, Complete, Synthesis, Synthetic, Robin Murphy's etc only when it fails to oblige as reference books.

3 Nowadays we find number of Homoeopathic patients in the market. Some of them are really very good as they give fast relief. But are they Homoeopathic? Do they cure the sickness permanently if taken for a long period?

Dr Adil Chimthanawala Nagpur

I agree that in the recent decade there has taken place a mushroom growth of Homoeopathic specifics prepared for practically every disease. I also agree that some of them give unbelievable results. But they are not Homoeopathic, because the drug or combination of drugs which they contain have neither been selected on the fundamental law of similars nor do they fulfill the principle of individuality in the area of potency, dosage, schedule etc. Hence they never cure, but only palliate or suppress if taken for long. They will also complicate the sickness rendering a simple case into an incurable one. Hence never use them.

4 What is the position of Hom in the treatment of AIDS?

Dr Vinay Panchalwar Koradi

I am afraid I have not come across any standardized statistical report by any authority in this area. But from my personal experience of treating quite a few cases, I can say with confidence that if the patients opt early, then drugs like Ars-alb 30 and 1M, Merc-sol 30 and 1M, Baptisia 30, 200 and 1M, Pyrogen 200 and 1M, Tuberculinum 1M and few others have shown good results. Of course, we require a good amount of clinical trials to be done before we claim our superiority.

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