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CASES MATERIA MEDICA GENERAL ARTICLES ABSTRACT MISCELLANEOUS Q & A

Homoeopathic Queries & Solutions
NATIONAL JOURNAL OF HOMOEOPATHY 1998 Mar / Apr VOL VII NO 2.
Prof Dr Kasim Chimthanawala

1. At many places in Kent's repertory, the rubric is same but the drugs are either different or there is disparity in rating. Take for eg washing, always her hands [KRp92] has Syph [one mark] where as on [p1224] it has 2 marks. Which one to use and Why?

Dr Adil Chimthanawala

Yes, your observation is true to a great extent. There are number of such discrepancies in the text. One of the most probable explanation for such an eventuality is because Kent's Repertory is a compendium compiled from different sources by 6 disciples of Dr Kent viz Drs Gladwin, Milthon, Powel, May Eves, Arthur Allen. Each one had their individual conceptions.

2. What should be an average duration of treatment required for a chronic case. The cases presented in NJH and other journals claim cures within few weeks or months. Please opine

Dr Ritu Parakh

The duration of treatment required for CURE will depend on the following factors :
- Stage of miasmatic evolution and the depth of the sickness.
- The amount of suppression undergone
- The extent of structural damage having taken place within the target organs.
- The sensitivity of the patient.

On an average it has been observed that the time taken for total cure of a natural sickness, on the basis of Herings Laws is about 2-3 years. Yes, if the drug, its potency and the dose administered are absolutely correct [which is very rare] than not only the curative process gets immediately initiated but the time required is much less. Always remember CURE is a procedural phenomenon and is dependent on various factors. Hence exact duration cannot be predicted.

I am afraid, majority of cases presented in the Journals seem to have 'cured' within weeks or months, have not cured the sickness in totality but only the presenting totality or a disease syndrome which may be better termed as Palliation.
Editor: Improvement may start in a few weeks. After that the case is to be watched to see how long it takes to cure. That is what is always said in the Journal. Pat better. He is under observation.

3. Please explain the following rubrics from Dr Kent's Repertory
a] Discolouration, upper limbs, liver spots [KR978]
b] Hepatization, of lungs.

These are old terminologies used by, the then, stalwarts. The liver spots are discrete spots of brownish discoloration very often due to Hormonal disturbances whereas Hepatization is a term used to describe the congestive stage of Pneumonia, probably, because, when the affected portion of the Lung gets inflamed, it becomes oedematous thereby looking like liver.

4. What is the cause for yellow saddle across the nose? Is it constitutional or specific? Please opine.

Dr Ravindra Chougle

Factually speaking exact cause for the yellowish discolouration is not reported, but taking into consideration other expressions it has been noticed that in majority of these cases there is some kind of Menstrual disorder. Hence such discolouration may be taken as signals of hormonal disturbances. Of course, some cases of Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE) and other autoimmune disorders also present with such patches. These patches may suggest remedies like Sepia or Chelidonium.

5. Please give examples of highly seasoned foods?

This term is usually applied to any type deep fried food preparation, rich in oils and spices.

6. What do the following signify, please explain?
A] Ailment from getting wet while perspiring [Bo 529]
b] Back.... from hard water and ... [Bo 180]

The first query is self-explanatory. In a hot humid weather if there are sudden rains and the patient gets wet while sweating. Hard water is a term applied to water containing more than permissible percentage of heavy Minerals like calcium, iron, manganese, copper, silica etc. It is neither potable (fit for drinking) nor can be used for domestic purposes. Soap does not produce foam with hard water. We can take this rubric if complaint occurring after the use of such water

7. What does the sentence " Face...marked by absence of intellectual lines and angles", extracted from Dr Kents Lectures on Materia Medica, Sepia [918] points to ?

It has been observed that the face of an intelligent person has sharp lines on the forehead especially when he is engrossed in serious introspection. Also, the angles of the mouth are acute and the lips thin. Dr Kent wrote: 'a person who has been thinking for a long time has the lines and sharp angles of a thinking person, of one who possesses will and intellect.'
The Sepia patient is cold, apathetic, exhausted and stoic. Her face is dull and expressionless; the skin sallow and doughy as if the muscles have become flabby. As Dr Kent rightly says: you will seldom see Sepia indicated where the face shows sharp lines of intellect.

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