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No 66 Summer 1997
The chief editor Dr Hari Singh in his editorial stresses on the usage of Homoeopathic remedies even in emergencies, not worrying about the diagnostic term but treating on basis of signs and symptoms. Coffee can produce varying effects from mild irritability to insomnia. Of recent caffeine has been connected to other diseases like ulcers, diabetes and bladder cancer. Though this has not been proved, Dr Gurpreet Kaur cautions pregnant women and advises them to avoid having caffeine in any form.
John Gordon describes a case of a psychotic woman who had been shedding clothes in the street and wrecking the house, running off, quarrelling and pouring out obscenities to all and sundry. Hyoscyamus 30 and later 200 tamed down her aggression and violence. This woman was later not treated attentively by those concerned the case was lost. Psychotherapy therefore is an important adjutant to Homoeopathy.
Dentists and Stomatologists endeavouring to practice holistic medicine are dealing with a wide range of aspects that go beyond the technical skills. To describe a few: to maintain a healthy masticatory system, as far as caries and periodontosis are concerned; treatment of haemorrhages, mental and physical trauma after dental work etc. Dr F Steinlechner recommends the Calc-car, Calc-flour, Calc-phos, Lachesis, Aconite, Mar-carb, Ant crudum, etc for various dental and oral conditions.
Dr Benard Leary speaks on how Homoeopathy differs from other therapies and the importance of symptom picture for a Homoeopathic prescription.
No 65 Spring 1997
Helen Cohen in her article "Medorrhinum miasm, and Morality in Homoeopathy, "quotes various authors to clear many misconceptions about the remedy in mind of Homoeopaths. She urges the younger generation to go in for self-thinking as the master apprentice. Interaction and teaching style engenders much myth-making.
In the periodic table Bismuth appears in the gold series, so its theme has to do with "large organisations, countries, power, leadership, responsibility and honour but also the isolation that comes with power." Its position in the gold series is at stage 15 and this stage represents the challenges and emotions around "loss, being superfluous, having to hand over to others, refusing to give in". Combining the two themes an overall theme will have something to do with "loss of leadership and power, refusing to hand over responsibility and feeling superfluous and isolated." And these are the exact problems Britain, seems to passing through. Hence the country could be going through a Bismuth state.
A proving of Lavender brought out a picture dominated by the symptoms of low vital energy. General tiredness, exhaustion, sleep disturbance of some kind, difficulty concentrating and communicating, negative emotions, temperature disturbance, aching joints, congestive headaches and dryness, are the dominating themes that have manifested in the proving.
"LM Potencies - From fear and confusion to love and courage" Anne Grey presents guidelines for the use of LM potencies.
An overview and differential diagnosis of snake remedies is presented by Ernest Roberts. Snake people tend to be vivacious and lively, articulate, loquacious, and amorous, with strong mental symptoms and local symptoms which tend to go to extreme. They tend to be strongly sexed, which drives them to jealousy, suspicion, competitiveness and ambition. When jealousy, suspicion and fears dominate a person they are driven to suspicion, lying and manipulation. The general symptoms common to all snake remedies are detailed.
Vivienne Thompson through self-experimentation explored what Homoeopathy means by aggravation. Proving, suppression and engrafting. Some ideas and tentative conclusions are presented by the author.
No 68 Winter 1998
Dr Linda Johnston has presented an interesting case of Sulph-iod, a little-known remedy. The patient was an young adult who did not want to work. Earlier, he did not like to attend school either, which he quit. He was otherwise active and content all day. The relevant rubric was: Mind - Business, incapacity for.
Two remedies Agnus-castus and Sulph-iod came up for consideration. Agnus is relevant for those broken down from excessive sex or use of drugs. The Agnus patient has self-contempt, lack of self-confidence and sense of being a failure. None of these feelings were present in the patient. Hence Sulph-iod was prescribed. Lacks of motivation, disinclination to work reflect Sulph-iod has indolence of mind with great repugnance to all intellectual labour and increased thirst. The remedy repeated at different intervals and in higher potency with an intercurrent of Syphilinum (as Sulph-iod is a syphilitic remedy) transformed the patient completely into a confident young man with a proper work ethic.
The issue contains an interesting interview with Jan Scholten, who has helped in a greater understanding of Homoeopathic medicines especially of mineral compounds and elements with his epoch making books Homoeopathy and Minerals and Homoeopathy and Elements.
He says that Homoeopathy is still a developing science and that what is of prime importance is that Hahnemann made a start and his contribution is the second step. A good remedy is one which causes a shift in level and removes the blocking of internal energy.
Dr Susan Lavery presents a case of Naja in which the characteristics were the patient's excessive concern with failure in business, his inability to complete what he had undertaken for fear of not being good enough, his need to lie about his attributes to further build his image in relation to others and his regal nature. His jealousy and the fear of losing it all and being second best are the other symptoms.
In another article, John Carpmael points out that in his experience. Cocculus-indicus acts curatively in cases of old spinal injuries, especially where there is evidence of numbness in the face and limbs, tremor and coldness.
The issue also carries a review of the book In search of Later Hahnemann written by Rima Handley, who did a detailed research on the later years of practice of Hahnemann on the basis of his case records, and his correspondence with others. Hahnemann's patients included the rich and famous and many had syphilis and/or gonorrhea. He had sometimes to grope for the similimum as the number of remedies proved at his time were limited and some had insufficient provings. Though he gave a series of doses, once he saw strong reaction, he gave a series of doses, once he saw strong reaction, he gave placebos or did not continue daily dosing without a break. Nor did he open all cases with Sulphur, but did so when psora was prominent.
The problem is that Hahnemann used shorthand in writing his case records which did not spell out his method clearly. He was reluctant to publish more cases because he was afraid that practitioners would start seeing this remedy for that disease. What was clear is that till the last, he was experimenting and observing and his conclusions were incorporated in Organon which was revised six times.
No 70 Summers 1998
A 64-year-old businesswoman was under treatment of Dr Linda Johnston for 10 years. The doctor has written extensively on this case and explains how the treatment of the patient had enabled her to understand the art of precision in prescribing. Initially presenting with hypertension, allergies, joint pain, and chronic kidney problems. Though initial case analysis pointed out to Tuberculin or Lyco, she prescribed Kali-carb based on neglected pneumonia, lachrymation of eyes during coryza, pain and fullness in abdomen. Though the patient responded well, mainly that remedy given in various remedies over several years and other acute remedies and the patient showed cardiac symptoms with palpitations and a trial tachycardia. Which did not respond to Kali-carb or other remedies? She retook the case and found that a Kali salt was indicated. Carbonicum was not appropriate. Her deep bone pain pointed to a syphilitic remedy. Poor dentition at young age, noticeable interest in fashion, style and appearance led to Kali-fluoratum and it was prescribed in 200C potency. The patient had almost immediate change. She had better strength and sleep. Discharge from eyes was much less and her palpitation went away immediately. Fluorine element represents shiny brightness, money and glamour but superficial with undercurrent of hardness and ego. They want contact to exhibit these attractive qualities but at the same time are fearful of such contacts. Kali element is antithesis of these qualities and essence is my duty to my family prevents me from breaking the relationships and following my own life of glamour. An interesting case of a Palestinian woman [recently divorced] suffering form infertility was cured by a rare remedy on Corhynchus -ischarytscha [salmon fish] The patient said that 'my home is my castle. Nothing in this world is more important to me than my home and true love. I love my partner and even though I am ugly and having small breasts and legs and behaves like a baby, he still loves me." I haven't got a home, a place to go. The Salmon spends its life traveling to the river of its birth to spawn another generation before it dies. His trip upstream is a struggle to overcome the obstacles and requires extreme muscle control, strength and unfaltering determination. Infertility issues about home and desire to travel are strong components in the patient.
Dr Susan Lawrence in her article describes with a case illustration as to how the use of Carcinosin according to Pritam Singh's method is helpful in cancer cases. Dr Pritam Singh's method of treatment is to address the miasms at the start of the treatment. He gave Psorinum, and then Hepar-sulph followed by another nosode. Again Hepar-sulph is repeated and these remedies prepared the body for the action of the indicated constitutional remedy.
In this case of lung cancer, she started the treatment as under:
- Ignatia 200/wait for 5 days
- Psorinum 200, 30 - an hour apart on descending potency/wait for one day
- Hepar-sulph 200/30 wait one day
- Tuberculinum 200, 30 wait one day
- Hepar-sulph 18/ wait three days
- Carcinosin 30, 12/wait for 5 days
- Nux -vomica 30/wait for one day
- Sepia 200 /wait 5 days
- Sulphur 30/wait 5 days
- Calendula 6 / one dose every day for 6 days
Under Pritam Singh's method, outstanding mental symptoms should be addressed first. As the patient was very emotional, treatment was started with Ignatia
were constant in Pritam Singh's formula while the choice of second nosode is to be based on outstanding miasm in the patient. By this approach the patient is reported to have responded well and was followed up for over 3 years. Since treating this case the doctor has used this method in other cancer cases with good results, whether or not they have been operated on. Calendula
was quite often used while Conium
was prescribed in breast and prostate cases. Dysentery co was found to be complementary nosode as a follow up at some stage [see also Dr Ramakrishnan's experience referred to earlier]
Dr Angela Zajac illustrates with case examples that one may give the same remedy to a child and an adult for different reasons In practice, she found that both child and adult present opposite poles of the same remedy. Adult's pathology is more advanced while children compensate less. Writing on the relationship between Homoeopathy, therapy and counseling, Dr Ernest Roberts tells that Homeopaths are limited in their training and time available to patients for consultation so they cannot always identify deeply held delusions nor give the support needed in the process. It is, therefore, appropriate that in future Homoeopaths and therapists work together to help patients [Can a patient afford the cost of two services? -KV]
Two long interesting interviews with Roger van Zandvoort and Chaim Rosenthal and book reviews form the rest of the issue.