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1993 | Oct'93 | April'94 | April'95

AUSTRALIAN JOURNAL OF HOMOEOPATHIC MEDICINE
VOL.2 NO.1
2nd Floor, 90 Pitt Street,
Sydney 2000, Australia.

The journal is published by the Society of Classical Homoeopathy, Australia, for the purpose of communication and interaction on all aspects of homoeopathy. The journal has a good getup and excellent presentation. George Dimitriadis, the editor in his article, Perceiving the Genius of a Case and a Remedy describes the central and the distinguishable characters of a remedy with the Organon. To elaborate his point A Study of 'Muriatic Acid' has been portrayed here as - extremely debilitated, sunken, seemingly lifeless condition, when at its worst. They avoid any exertion or interaction, as their condition worsens, they are aware of their increasing weakness as everything becomes an effort. They feel as if everything fails in their hands; as if nothing goes right as if they are increasingly unable to retain their composure, as if losing their stability, control over themselves and this causes them much concern. An interesting case study of Stramonium is presented by Glen House. Jacqueline Dimitriadis presents a case of Agaricus, quoting rubrics and symptoms from Materia Medica, thus making the study authentic and useful. Phosphorus in our minds is a very likeable, attractive, tall person of slight build, ethereal, spiritual, sensitive, impressionable, on the fearful side and needing much of company. They are warm loving, positive, sparkling, efflorescent, excitable, joyful, artistic, sympathetic, understanding, compassionate, and very thirsty for ice drinks. This may be so, but quite often we see another side of this remedy and mistakenly we prescribe remedies such as Sepia, Phos-ac, Lycopodium, Hyoscyamus etc, when in fact Phosphorus may have been the similimum. Kenneth OAran calls on us to be free from prejudice and shows us the other side of Phosphorus described in various source books like Allens Encyclopedia, Hahnemanns Chronic Diseases.


AUSTRALIAN JOURNAL OF HOMOEOPATHIC MEDICINE
Vol. II No 2 Oct 1993

The standard of presentation of this journal is excellent. Every article is supported by aphorisms and rubrics which gives a rational approach to every prescription. Jacqueline Dimitriadis explains that the best grounding for the practice of homoeopathy is to include an in-depth study of its philosophy, along with a thorough knowledge of the history of its development and a detailed look at the lives and the works of those who were instrumental in pioneering that development. The valuable legacy of Hahnemanns writings has a lot to offer to the homoeopathic world. An elaborate study of the Magnesia Muriatica with the aid of Hahnemanns Theory of Chronic Diseases, Allens Encyclopedia and Herings Guiding symptoms is presented with a mention of the repertorial rubrics from Kunzli. Cases wherein the same remedy is used are described to give a better understanding of Magnesia Muriatica.

Our minds are tuned to the usage of polycrest remedies while the other remedies are not paid attention to, calling them either rare, or short acting or not well proved. Keith Avedissian in his article Coming to Grips With Remedies We Know Little Of aptly describes, how most Homoeopaths are prejudiced towards polycrests and are not exploring the potential of other drugs covered in materia medica inspite of their appearing often in rubrics. A case of Bismuth, based on the following rubrics is presented (Quiet disposition; Company desire for; Clinging to persons or furniture; Clinging, will always take the hand of the mother; Fear of being alone; Fear of solitude; undertakes many things, perseveres at nothing; Delusions, illusions of fancy). A case study of Silicea is presented by Philip Jonestone in detail. George Dimitriadis insists that every practitioner must read Organon, not just once but repeatedly to apply its principles in practice.


AUSTRALIAN JOURNAL OF HOMOEOPATHIC MEDICINE
Vol 3/1, April 1994 Suite 4, 13 Deane Street, Burwood, NSW 2134, Sydney Australia

An interesting article by Dr. Dellmour on importance of 3C trituration in the manufacture of Homoeopathic medicines, indicates that Hahnemann originally used trituration only, for processing dry solids. Later he also triturated freshly prepared plant juices. He found that trituration with lactose had 3 advantages viz- 1) all natural constituents were incorporated in the medicine 2) unlimited shelf life, and 3) more powerful action. Dr. Dellmour has quoted relevant observations of Hahnemann in his works. An audit of her own case where Natrum-mur was prescribed has been presented by Dr. Victoria Blackstone. Of the 274 cases of different complaints treated, 73 cases were prescribed Natrum-mur in high potencies 200-10M at some point of time based on mental symptoms; of these 20 were males, 53 females. Of the 67 cases which could be followed up, 53 showed improvement. 8 completely cured, 21 much better and balance 24 showed some improvement. The reputed indication, Natrum-mur in acne depression, herpes complex, hypertension, headache and oedema linked with salt and water metabolism was confirmed in these cases. Two cases, one with severe knee pains and the other with sero negative arthritis treated successfully with Natrum-mur have been discussed in detail based on strong mental symptoms.

In his Richard Hughes lecture, Dr. Dennis Somper, after discussing the issues relating to low potency versus high potency, single medicines versus mixture of medicines etc. has discussed exhaustively two cases one of motor neurone disease and the other of chronic myeloid leukemia which have been successfully treated by Homoeopathic medicines.

The journal also carries in this issue a reprint of an article titled- Sepia in the male or the male Sepia by Dr. L.R. Twenty man read at a Congress in June 1974. Unlike other Materia Medica articles, Dr. Twentyman has tried to link some of the key symptoms of Sepia to typical masculine reactions. For example sensation of the uterus being pushed down, resembles descending of testicles in men; blushing at puberty, to a feeling of shame; Sepia symptoms of fatigue weariness, depression are also really post coital male fatigue.

Homoeopathy is often referred to as a form of alternative or complementary medicine. This results in marginalization of Homoeopathy. In fact Homoeopathy is a medical speciality and our semantics should reflect that; our courses need to be changed and some flaws in terminology be reviewed and modified.

Dr. A. N. Hill discusses four cases of bronchiectasis, who expectorated large amounts of thick yellow sputum and worse in the winter. He prescribed a mixture of Hepar-sulph 30 (rattling cough, suffocative cough) and Kreosotum 30 (cough with abundant sputum and winter cough of old people) twice daily till better or throughout winter based on Clarkes Dictionary. Another interesting case was of a 12 year old school boy who after being beaten and humiliated developed restlessness, became quarrelsome, unreasonable laughter with delusions that he was persecuted and that familiar things seemed strange. He was cured with Hyoscyamus


AUSTRALIAN JOURNAL OF HOMOEOPATHIC MEDICINE
Vol.4, No.1, April 95

Dr. Razi recounts some of her experience with Aethusa and some of her understandings of this remedy. Violence is one of the Keynotes of this remedys action-violent reaction to milk, violent vomiting, convulsions, pains, delirium, and aggression. It is especially useful in children during dentition and summer complaints when anguish, crying and expressions of uneasiness and discontent are present. The strange symptom of weeping during stool also is a part of Aethusa. Children who constantly nurse but continually regurgitate milk and fail to thrive suggest this remedy. The mental picture includes an intensity of emotions which is not communicated to others and an exaggerated attachment to animals. George Vithoulkas details Arsenicum iodatum, a tubercular remedy, often required for serious pathology-asthma, cardiac disease, pleural effusions, cancer, cirrhosis. It manifests a mixture of Arsenicum traits and Tuberculinum characteristics. Symptoms specific to this remedy include: emaciation, corrosive discharges, easy URTIs progressing to bronchitis and pneumonia, extreme restlessness (especially in hyperactive children) Earlier stage anger, irritability, excitability and talkativeness can give way in late stages to marked prostration and indifference. Mental prostration, fears and anxieties, aggressive impulses are seen. Indurated glands are characteristic. Arum Triphyllum is a remedy that meets severe, serious infections, often causing marked prostration. The facial and pharyngeal - laryngeal areas are a central focal point of the remedy, where irritation, inflammation and ulceration are manifest. The remedy possesses a striking tendency to produce swelling, chapping, peeling and bleeding of the lips and painful scabs in the nostrils. The patient demonstrates a compulsion to pick at the lips and - or bore into the nostrils, though painful. In both acute and chronic states there is a strong propensity to bite the nails until they bleed or to bite the fingers or lips. Vesicular dermatitis is marked.

In a true labour of love, Julian Winston single handedly prepared a computer database of approximately 15,000 Homoeopaths. In the course of this project he unearthed some interesting facts and anecdotes which are described.

Homoeopathic treatment of women during pregnancy presents several unique challenges. The required remedy may remain unchanged from that indicated before pregnancy or it may change; in actuality the fetus is responsible for the symptom change; i.e., the new symptoms are in fact not representative of the remedy required by pregnant women. The correct remedy facilitates miscarriage when the fetus is non-viable and prevents miscarriage when viable. An incorrect remedy prescribed during pregnancy may have little impact, serves to clarify the image of the required remedy, or substantially aggravates the mothers condition. Miasmatic conditions often seem to surface during pregnancy. A few cases add colour to the issue.

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