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CASES MATERIA MEDICA GENERAL ARTICLES ABSTRACT MISCELLANEOUS Q & A

Homoeopathic Queries & Solutions
NATIONAL JOURNAL OF HOMOEOPATHY 2000 July / Aug VOL II NO 4.
Prof Dr Kasim Chimthanawala

1. Sir, Is homoeopathy an art or science? What was Late Kanjilal's view?

Dr Neeraj Dave,Mehasana

As far as I can decipher, Dr JNK believed and also taught us, that Homoeopathy is both a science and an art, hence it is better described as a scientific art. This is also what I believe. Remember, science anyone can teach from books but art has to be imbibed, perceived and groomed directly from the artist.

2. Sir, can Silicea be given to patients who have a plate and screws fitted for fractures of long bones? Will the drug not throw away these foreign bodies by the process of suppuration and sinus formation? Please opine?

Dr Ritu Kocchar Nagpur

Yes its true that Silicea removes foreign bodies embedded in the tissues and organs. But one must understand the term "foreign body". In the literal sense, it is something that is NOT accepted by the body as its own, hence it tries to get rid of it by inflammation, suppuration, abscess formation, which ultimately bursts open. Silicea augments this natural process. However, when an individual's constitution has accepted the substance without any untoward response, then in such cases Silicea will not have this effect.

3. Do you use placebos in your practice? Is it always essential to use them in homoeopathic treatment? Can we not do without it? Please opine?

Dr Sachin Thakur Sangamner

Yes, I use Placeboes very often in my practice. Its use depends on number of factors viz

  1. The physician's competency, confidence and conviction of treating the case.
  2. The physician's artistic skills.
  3. To introduce a form of strict discipline during the period of treatment.
If a physician feels he can achieve all these objectives simply by convincing the patient, then a placebo may not be required.

4. Sir, I have a child of about 7 years under my care since a year. She has developed a peculiar complaint since the past 3-4 months. If the dhobi, milkman or a stranger visits their house, she gets a bout of spasmodic cough which does not stop till the former leaves. I have tried many drugs for spasmodic coughs like Ipecac, Drocera, Sambucus, Cuprum etc without results. I also tried Ignatia on grounds of it being hysterical in nature without success. Am I missing something somewhere? Kindly guide me.

Dr Adil Chimthanawala, Nagpur

This symptom is found in Kent's Repertory on page 806 in the rubric - "Strangers, child coughs at the sight of". I have personally had such a case to whom I gave Arsenic 1M three doses in one day and the child was better.

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