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CASES MATERIA MEDICA GENERAL ARTICLES ABSTRACT MISCELLANEOUS Q & A

Homoeopathic Queries & Solutions
NATIONAL JOURNAL OF HOMOEOPATHY 2004 May / Jun VOL VI NO 3.
Prof Dr Kasim Chimthanawala

1. My Brother owns a poultry farm in our village where I practice. Very frequently, the chicks are infected with flu. Can our homoeopathic medicines like Gels etc help?

-Dr Yogesh Salunkhe, Phaltan

Though Homoeopathic remedies are proved in healthy human beings, yet their clinical application do extend even to animals and birds. For perceiving mentals or sensations in an animal / bird, one can observe the behaviour of the pet, its movements, its appetite, discharges, sleep and the history narrated by the owner who understands his/her pet well. It is similar to prescribing remedies in an infant, an insane person or a comatose patient. In all the above, the patient is unable to directly narrate his/her mentals or sensations. In your case, if symptoms correspond homoeopathic remedies can definitely help the chickens. Apart from Gelsemium other drugs like Influenzinum, etc can also be tried.

2. What is the basis for extra-marital affairs? Is it genetic or only circumstantial?

-Dr Aroshi Talreja, Raipur

This is more of a socio-cultural question rather than Homoeopathic. Still for a homoeopath who ventures out to seek the perfect similimum by tapping the life history of a patient, this may be relevant. Hence deserves the author’s point of view. In my humble opinion, instead of generalizing, one has to see it in individual cases. Majority of the extra marital flings (physical or not) are Miasmatic. If one of the spouses is a "Nymphomaniac", then the matter has to be solved by the antimiasmatic, constitutional remedy taking lasciviousness as a rubric along with relevant counseling. Sometimes, it may be circumstantial.  If the spouses remain away from each other’s company for a long time, then probably one may seek gratification outside marriage. Secondly, any individual sees in his/ her partner an established image of a person he/she wants to be with. Hence, females may want husbands like their fathers. If one finds an exactly contrary image of his/her partner, then this can be the basis for an emotional swing. Sometimes a desire to punish the partner for an affair, boredom in marriage, lack of understanding and chasms in the relationship, can lead to an extra marital affair. If the case is circumstantial then the maintaining factors should be tackled.

3. I have a patient who is embarrassed due to bad body odour. He uses deodarants, but to no avail. I have tried several remedies, but none seems to act. What should I do?

-Dr Falgun Jasolia, Surat

Well! Normal sweat is a physiological eliminate which is odourless. Bad body odour is a miasmatic expression of the particular individual. Three approaches can be adopted. Firstly, construct an acute totality of sweat viz-location(s), type of odour, type of sweat, modalities and associated symptoms or concomitants. Then you may reach the similimum. Secondly, you may administer the constitutional remedy based on mental and physical generals, that is the polycrest. Lastly depending upon the past and family history, you may administer the deep acting multipolycrest nosode. Do exclude environmental factors such as the occupation-eg miner, working in factories where there is exposure to sulphur fumes, etc which also can give a bad odour to the sweat.

4. What does Master Hahnemann mean by the word "Spiritual" when he describes aphorism 9 "In the healthy condition of man, the spiritual vital force (autocracy), the dynamis that animates the material body (organism) rules with unbounded sway and retains all the parts of both sensations and functions, so that our in-dwelling, reason gifted mind can freely employ this living, healthy instrument for the higher purposes of existence."

-Dr Dipti Dey, Nagpur

A good question indeed but not worth pondering upon. Many debates and discussions have centered round this topic among earlier homoeopaths. The answer is plain and simple. By the word spiritual, Hahnemann means that it is an invisible, dynamic force. It does not have any religious connotations. For reference you may go through the Commentary on Organon by Dr B K Sarkar (Pg 303) and ‘The Genius of Homoeopathy’ by Dr Stuart Close (Pg 58)

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