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CASES MATERIA MEDICA GENERAL ARTICLES ABSTRACT MISCELLANEOUS Q & A

Homoeopathic Queries & Solutions
NATIONAL JOURNAL OF HOMOEOPATHY 2000 Nov / Dec VOL II NO 6.
Prof Dr Kasim Chimthanawala

1 Sir, it is said that homoeopathy is a Scientific Art. Please explain what does it mean?

Yes it is true. It is a term coined by late Dr Kanjilal. By the term scientific art we mean, the fundamentals of homoeopathy have been scientifically proved and verified by repeated experimentation on living individuals, but this science of healing becomes an art when these principles are applied to individual cases. One must keep in mind that every case of homoeopathy is a new challenge. Every case has to be individualized before deciding on the remedy even though it may be suffering from the same disease or similar set of symptoms as another. Here the physician's artistic ability is called for. How does he extract symptoms including modalities and peculiarities? How does he understand them? Which symptoms does he select for drug selection? And how he handles the case.

2 Sir, Nowadays we hear different types of Homoeopathic Practices in the name of classical homoeopathy. All claim fast cures with unbelievable results. What is your opinion? Which method should we follow? Please suggest.

Dr Sachin Thakur, Sangamner

Once again YES. It is a pity that Homoeopathy, as expounded by Hahnemann in Organon is being moulded in different ways according to the way a particular PSYCOTIC 'HOMOEOPATH' perceives. He starts framing his own concepts, ideas and methods of treatment. Then with the help of other qualities/skills like good oratory, command over English, availability of Hi-fi Techniques etc starts impressing the green minds of neophytes, rendering them permanently indoctrinated and influenced. ..

So my sincere advice to you is that Do Not accept any method as Homoeopathic unless and until it is based on Organon. Miraculous results achieved with sweet pills are NOT necessarily Hahnemannian Homoeopathy. Results (cure/palliation) must have the sanction of the Organon of the medicine and the application of fundamentals must be supported by the practices of accepted stalwarts like Dr Kent, Boenninghausen, Clarke, Allen, Hering, Farrington etc.

3 Sir, how long should one wait after giving a single dose in a chronic case. Please guide?

Dr Sumit Chatterjee, Calcutta

After the administration of the indicated remedy at least wait for a fair period of 7-10 days before arriving at a conclusion on the efficacy of the administered drug. If the drug is correct or even partially correct and the dose is appropriate the action will be felt within a week. In some case it may be even earlier. The effect may, be either a sense of well-being or relief of the distressing symptom depending upon the type of the case and the depth of the action of drug administered.

The most important thing is that once we are sure that the action of the drug has started DO NOT give any more doses. Simply monitor the progress till the effect stops or symptoms start relapsing. In such a situation either you may repeat the drug in the same potency or a higher one depending upon the case at hand.

If, after administering a drug the patient gets new symptoms, which he/she has never suffered in the past than be careful. If any vital organ is getting affected then either give a dose of the same remedy in a lower potency or antidote the drug if it is known.

4 Please explain how can a remedy which is antidotal to the indicated remedy be also a complimentary remedy? Eg. Sepia is complimentary as well as antidotal to Natrum mur?

Dr Ravi Chougule (Jaysingpur)

There are many more such examples in our Materia Medica eg Silica & Acid-flour, Aconite & Arnica, etc
First of all one must understand what is meant by a complementary remedy. One which completes and carries forward the action initiated by an earlier remedy which does not have the same depth of action. Eg Calc-carb is the chronic complement of Bell in throat affections or the reverse. Bell is the acute of Calc-carb. Calc-carb has not the acute speed/phase/tempo of the disease process in its pathogenesis which Bell has. If the Bartya-carb patient comes with acute sore throat or tonsillitis with presenting features of Bartya- mur it has to be administered to tide over the acute episode where Bartya-carb has a lesser capacity to act by virtue of its slow and sluggish nature.

Once the improvement occurs, then the constitutional remedy i.e Bartya- carb should be given to complete the cure. It carries forward the action where Baryta- mur's action has ended ie it thus complements the curative process. A remedy is complementary or antidotal to another according to the time dimension of administration eg Puls is complementary to Stannum-met in respiratory complaints when given immediately after the acute symptoms have subsided but if given too early then it acts as an antidote. It is this TIME PHASING which renders the remedy complementary or antidote.

5. Sir, How should we understand the action of the medicine after it has been administered?

Dr Jai Kukreja, Gwalior

The action of a remedy depends upon the following factors viz

  1. sensitivity of the patient; Hypersensitive patient shows quick reaction in comparison to dull and dropsy ones.
  2. The nature of remedy - Deep acting, anti-miasmatic constitutional remedies like Lyco, Thuja, Carcinosin, etc may take longer to start their action whereas superficial, acting acute remedies take minutes or hrs to act.
  3. Nature of the disease - In chronic diseases where prolonged suppression/alteration has taken place (Rheumatoid arthritis, leucoderma) or drug diseases, the action of deep acting remedies may take significant time but when the very same (deep acting) remedies are given in acute conditions like cholera, whooping cough, pneumonia etc, they act in minutes or few hours depending upon the rapidity and the pace of disease.
  4. Influence and presence of maintaining causes - They hamper drug action or at times delay its effects. Hence they must be tackled as far as possible before the start of Constitutional treatment.
In cases where there is any inexplicable delay in the manifestations of action of the prescribed remedy, repeated examination of the case must be made with a view to ascertaining the correctness of the prescription and also find out the fundamental miasmatic cause barring the action of the apparently indicated remedy. Remember, the next prescription is not always the repetition of the same remedy. In fact the second prescription is the most important and difficult in practice. Therefore all our masters have written so much on the subject of the 2nd prescription.

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