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Vol 4 No.4 Oct-Dec94
B-1-16 Sector A, Aliganji extension
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To determine the role of Homoeopathy in psychiatry, a total number of 3700 cases with various mental disorders were studied. The cases selected for the study were persons in whom the primary mental functions such as conscious, attention, concentration, memory, orientation, judgment and insight were disturbed. The drugs which emerged prominent were Ars-alb, Bell, Ign, Lach, Nat-mur, Nux-vom, Phos, Puls, Sepia, Sulph, Stram, Tarent-hisp. Potencies ranged from 30 to 10M. A study on mentally retarded (MR) children proved that with proper Homoeopathic treatment, the behavioural problems and associated disorders of such children can be managed better without further damage to the vital organs of the affected children. In Homoeopathic literature many drugs have been mentioned for Alcoholism, but it is in the Boger-Boenninghausens characteristics and repertory that alcoholism has been mentioned as a behavioural disorder and Arsenic-alb has been given as the most important drug for it. Taking this into consideration Arsenic-alb was given to some patients without considering their individuality and was found very effective in producing aversion to alcohol. This is however a pilot study and further detailed and control studies are required. Natrum Mur, Puls, Ignatia are three important drugs for the management of psychosomatic illness because they have been found effective in all cases to which they were prescribed, reports Gopinathan and Balachandran. Common behaviour problems found in children like school phobia, anxiety neurosis, depressive neurosis, obsessive compulsive neurosis, hyperkinetic children, withdrawn child, aggressive child, elective mutism, sexual problems etc are studied and Homoeopathic medicines with appropriate psychotherapy are covered in their management. Alternating symptoms under eyes and ears with corresponding remedies are presented by Krishna Singh

Jan-March 95 Vol. 5, No.1

The editorial stresses on the recent trend towards the application of Homoeopathic medicines based merely on the theoretical speculation which indeed is a grave problem facing Homoeopathys future. These misguided teachings which promise success if only we let go of our basis of rationality and logic and instead base our prescription on, amongst other things, a modern day version of the doctrine of signatures, which Hahnemann himself condemned. Such a practice involving, for example the matching of the patients appearance and behavior with those of an animal or other substance, can only lead to disappointment and failure in our own practice and result in the loss of community confidence and respect for our system of medicine. The editor spells out his fear of alluring theories concocted by international "gurus" of Homoeopathy.

Philip Johnstone explicates susceptibility and disease in the living organism by delineating various factors which influence such susceptibility. A case of Perths disease treated by Dr. Agarwal responded well to Merc. sol and Syphilinum. George Dimitriadis gives a detailed case study of a 18 month old baby boy - with severe hypotonia-extremely marked flaccid paralysis and reduced muscular tone, with grand-mal type of epileptic convulsions, even though receiving large doses of Tegretol and Epilim. What caught his attention was the childs almost rolling motion. He was here and there, yet he could only roll-couldnt sit, crawl, drag himself, but kept rolling incessantly. The other striking feature of this child, was that he seemed some-what removed from his environment, as though he were not quite present. Rubrics used - Dream, as if in a: Rolling on the floor; Delirium, rolls on floor. The author uses the delirium rubrics whenever the patient has an involuntary or automatic action or behaviour. Delusions are the strong beliefs when we look at the entries under delirium, we find all of them are actions of one sort or another. In this case, the child was in his own little world, unable to move anywhere except by rolling. Aphorism 63 clearly emphasizes - Every agent acts upon the vitality, every medicine deranges more or less the vital force, and causes a certain alteration in the health of the individual for a longer or a shorter period. This is termed primary action. To its action our vital force endeavors to oppose its own energy an automatic action of our life - preserving power, which goes by the name of secondary actions or counter action. Primary and Secondary actions are interpreted with the help of practical examples. Seminar reviews of Dr. Sankaran and Dr. Gypser are carried. Dr. Gypser in his seminar casts aspersions on composite remedies such as Alum-sil, Bar-iod, Calc-sil etc. introduced by Dr. Kent in his New Remedies, Clinical cases, Lesser writings, Aphorisms and precepts which Dr. Gypser feels had neither a proving, nor a clinical case verification but were simply contrived at the desk of Dr. Kent. Unlike Kents Repertory, Dr. Boenninghausens Therapeutic Pocket Book is recommended by Dr. Gysper; which like the nature of its creator, was always contiguous in its structure, always consistent in its plan. The rules for the grading of remedies (four tiers) adopted by Boenninghausen were always rigorously adhered to, unlike in Kents where remedy grading (1, 2, 3) was, from its very inception, never consistent.

Dr. Gypser has shaken the very roots of our knowledge base; and has excited a level of uncertainty and even insecurity with the realization of such a serious flaw in our basic Kents Repertory especially when Kents repertory adorns the shelf of almost all Homoeopaths in the country.




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