The subject of homoeopathic practice, from the beginning till date, had been enveloped into clouds of mysterious obscurities by many authors and teachers. In this book we are carefully guiding the reader, separating wheat from the chaff.
The teachings of Dr. Krishnamurthy are exact and accurate. He writes in down-to-earth language and matter-of-fact way. Versatility and precision is his culture.
Dr. Krishnamurthy has distinguished himself by his academic excellence in the field of medicine. He needs no introduction. He has proved his bona fides by declaring that Polyporus Pinicola is almost a specific for chikungunya disease (and during the year 2007-2010) lakhs and lakhs of patients in the western part of India were cured by this remedy with one single dose). Also he was the first to declare that the remedy Merc-sol. is almost a specific for swine flu disease and many patients got cured with one single dose whereas all other homoeopaths were giving different medicines repeatedly with partial relief.
By his various articles and books he has established the superiority of homoeopathy among pharmacologically-oriented system of therapeutics.
We certainly hope that this work would help the readers to improve upon their knowledge of homoeopathic practice.
- Epidemic diseases
- Illusion of Repertories and Homeo Softwares
- Lack of Reaction
- Cause of Disease
- Cross, Crossing the Doctor
- Random Notes
- Plethora, plethoric
- Malignant diseases
- Senility, Old people
- Leucaemia (Blood Cancer)
- Syphilitic affections
- Septic, septicaemia
- Random Notes on Practice
- Chronic Rhematisum
Preface By the Author
I started my career as a medical journalist. Forty years ago, while in New Delhi, when I entered the scene of homoeopathy, one striking thing that I noticed was that while one homoeopath cured most of his patients with one single dose (even obstinate chronic cases), another was giving more than one remedy that too repeatedly, with partial or nil relief. Thus, my journey started to fill this gap of knowledge among homoeopaths. I started studying and practising homoeopathy out of sheer academic interest and thus got the inspiration to write this book. If the reader keeps this in mind, he would evince much interest in what I am going to write in this book.
Advanced Homoeopathic Practice
How to make Homoeopathy More popular and Acceptable: Of late, there has been repeated hue and cry from homoeopaths against governments and others for not giving due recognition to homoeopathy. The remedy lies not outside but inside—among homoeopaths. If we improve the quality of our practice, government and others (including allopaths) would automatically come forward not only to recognise but also admire us. This work is an attempt to this end.
“It is very rarely the case that among the provings of our remedies not one is to be found which corresponds to the characteristic features of a case”3
3I have to mention this because provings of new remedies are being published in journals and elsewhere as if we lack remedies in the existing materia medicas.)
“Homoeopathy is slow to win its way because of defective use of books as well as because of defective books.”
[The above two quotations are from Kent’s LESSER WRITINGS.]
Most people think that as we have remedies for diabetes in other systems (like insulin in allopathy) there would be corresponding remedies in homoeo. This is not so. There is one marked difference between homoeo and other medical systems (allopathy, ayurveda, siddha etc.)
In allopathy no doctor would give insulin for typhoid; also no one would give antibiotic for diabetes. This is because insulin is for diabetes and no amount of insulin will be of any use in typhoid.
But in homoeo, one remedy given for eczema patient may be indicated for jaundice in another; the same remedy may be needed in the third patient suffering from cancer. In such a case, the question that would naturally arise in the reader’s mind is, “If so, then what is the basis for prescribing or selecting the remedy in homoeopathy?” Answer to this question will throw light on the uniqueness of homoeo.
Theory is good so far as it goes but he who infuses theory into practice lives in, with and for the student. A teacher is he who makes difficult things easy.
For learning swimming you do not read any text-book at home but first get into water. For learning car driving you are first made to sit on the wheels! So also, without actual cases of patients, study of theory alone is of no use. Therefore, let us start with actual cases treated.
Before we proceed further, we would request the reader to keep the following books on the table, while studying this book. [We are listing hereinbelow only all those books which are absolutely essential for finding the remedy—the similimum.]
Instead of listing out useless reference books, let me list hereinbelow (in order of their extent of usefulness), only those books which are absolutely essential in day-to-day practice.
- Samuel Lilienthal’s HOMOEOPATHIC THERAPEUTICS (Herinafter called ‘Lillenthal’)
- J. T. Kent’s REPERTORY
- WILKINSON’S MATERIA MEDICA3 (compiled by Dr. V. Krishnamurthy) (hereinafter called ‘Wilkinson’)
- Boericke’s MATERIA MEDICA (hereinafter called ‘Boericke’)
- W. A. Yingling’s THE ACCOUCHEUR’S EMERGENCY MANUAL (hereinafter called ‘Yingling’)
- REPERTORY by Dr. Calvin B. Knerr (hereinafter called ‘Knerr’)
Actual cured cases presented below will justify the usefulness of the above reference books.
CASE 1: A patient with peptic ulcer, weeping eczema etc., came to me and said, “Doctor, I am not taking the treatment to live long. But I have an aged daughter to be married and a son who is looking out for a job. Who would come forward to marry my daughter, if I have a weeping eczema? Only because of that, I want to get cured. Before I die, I want to settle things in my family; my daughter getting married and son getting a job. Then I can die peacefully.”
Under the homoeopathic remedy Petroleum (Boericke’s Materia Medica) we find the following:
“Feels that death is near, and must hurry to settle affairs.”
Now, this sentence fits in approximately with the remarks made by the above eczema patient. This remedy was given in single dose and it cured him completely.
CASE 2: A peptic ulcer patient’s condition worsened day by day and allopathic antacids were giving temporary relief. At the height of his suffering (hunger pain with burning sensation in the food pipe, temporarily relieved by eating) he was heard saying, “I think that my end is approaching; I must call the lawyer to write the will; that this hotel of mine should go to my wife; money deposited in the bank is for my son. My widowed sister who has been living with me for several years and helping me should take the house which I bought recently.”
This mind picture agrees with the remarks made by the patient in case No.1 above. One single dose of Petroleum-10M cured this patient also. We do not prescribe on names of disease or pathology but on ‘uncommon’ symptoms having no connection with pathology.
The above case 1 and 2 would show the reader that
(a) one and the same remedy may be called for in different persons with different diseases; also,
(b) different persons suffering from one and the same disease may need different remedies.
Let us now see further three actual cases treated where three patients, all of them having the same complaint, viz., ‘headache’, were cured by different remedies:
Case 3: A lady of forty-two came with a big stone in the her bladder. She said that allopathic doctors advised surgery as the only answer but she declined to undergo it. She continued that she had already undergone two caesarean sections and one appendicectomy; after each one of these surgeries, her general health ran down. Therefore she cannot afford deterioration of health any further with another surgery and that she must safeguard her health for the remaining period of her life. Under the remedy Nux vomica (See the chapter ‘Melancholia’ in Lilienthal’s) we find the following words:
“Afraid she may not have enough to live on.”
Nux-vomica-1M one single dose was given at bedtime. Not only her general health improved, but also the size of the stone started reducing. (Patient still under treatment)
CASE 4: A chronic renal failure patient came to me with a few relatives, all of whom were allopathic doctors. They showed me a file containing the diagnostic and other papers of the patient. After this, one by one, the relatives went out.
The patient was still sitting. He said, “Doctor, my sons say that I am sick and so I should not ride bicycle, go out and do our business. They say they will do everything and ask me to sit at home taking rest. As my children, they should only tell me that I am all right and that I would recover soon. But instead of encouraging me for speedy recovery they have branded me as a permanent and incurable patient.”
[The reader may note here that in most cases the ‘uncommon’ symptoms (on which we can make a prescription) is told by the patient at the end of the consultation, or, in some cases, after you have made the prescription! In yet a few cases, during the second or subsequent consultations!]
This patient feels that his sons, instead of encouraging, are letting him down. What one requires from his or her relatives is not money or help but moral support. In this case the patient feels that this is completely missing.
This symptom we find in two remedies. They are
“… a feeling of moral deficiency…” – Kali brom.
“… despondency, sadness, moral depression and relaxation…” – Tarentula hisp.
(See Lilienthal, page 698 and 702)
Tarentula hisp. 10M – single dose was given.
We are quoting this not as a case report but it is an actual case to illustrate how to translate the words of the patient into a mind symptom.
The ‘uncommon mind symptom’ may, in most cases, be one only. In the above renal failure case, the above quoted symptom cannot be classified in any existing rubrics in the repertory. Homoeo software would be of utter failure. The practitioner must memorise the symptom of the above two remedies and keep it in his finger tips. Homoeopathic practice is not a mechanical work but it is artistic. Therefore homoeo software would but be a mockery.
To illustrate this point, let us examine more cases; in all the following three cases, only one “uncommon” mind symptom was present and the reader, after studying the three cases, would at once agree that with homoeo software he cannot do anything to find the similimum.
Case 5: A lady of fifty-five, school teacher, was under my treatment for three months for sinusitis with little relief. She lives thirteen kilometers away from my clinic and she works in a school which is less than one kilometer from my clinic. Before going to the school she would come to me once a month, take medicine and go to school. Seeing no relief in spite of three visits, I told her that a certain acupressure doctor would come and give just 3-minute treatment once only and for this she need not pay any fees and also I assured total relief. Since the acupressure doctor comes to my clinic on Sundays only I asked her to come on a Sunday. To this she replied, … “I have to come all the way… from … (her residence.)”
During the earlier three visits she would come to me in the morning before going to her school which is near my clinic. Sunday is holiday for the school and she feels it an ordeal to come for acupressure treatment all… the… way from her residence thirteen kilometers away.
It is hesitation. I told her no need to pay any fees for the one-time acupressure and 100% cure was also assured. Therefore, travelling thirteen kilometre cannot be a crime. But to do this she has hesitation. Before we show the reader how we selected the remedy on this symptom let us see two more cases.
Case 6: A lady allopathic doctor was learning homoeopathy from me every Sunday morning for two hours. She consulted for her complaints and total relief of her ailments. Once she said, “Doctor, can you give one-dose treatment for my son? Since birth he is having perennial cold; now he is five years and almost every week he has to take drugs?” I told her that she must bring her son at least once and I would cure him completely. Bringing her son once (and I am not going to charge her since she is my student) is not an ordeal or something immoral. To this she replied, “For this I have to… bring him all the way from my home” (which is just ten kilometers away.)
For this small thing of bringing the boy once only (and for that he is going to get total relief permanently) she hesitates.
Only if you actually listen to the patient’s reply in person you may understand this. Let me explain and elaborate on this.
Supposing you are asked by your teacher to murder a certain person. What would be your reaction? Immediately you would reply as under: “Sir, I… have to…” (The sentence would be incomplete. Because you have hesitation since doing this job would prick your conscience.)
In the abovesaid case No. 3 and 4, for merely travelling ten kilometres they have lot of hesitation as if I am asking them to do some crime or immoral thing. In other words, they are overconscious of a trivial thing. The apt term would be “Conscientious scruples.” This symptom is in the remedy Aresenicum album. [See Lilienthal – p. 694.]
Let us repeat, that uncommon mind symptom may be in most cases one and the computer-software or ‘remedy finders’ are of no use. One single dose of Arsenicum Album-10M completely cured the above sinusitis patient (case No.3 above) and even acupressure treatment was not given.
Case 7: This is a cancer patient and after the consultation was over, I asked my fees of six thousand rupees. To this he replied, “Money… is…” (The sentence was incomplete and hesitation was as if they are asked to do some big immoral act.) He should say that either he has no money or that he would try to borrow from relatives. But he does neither. Ars. Alb-10M, one single, dose cured him.
The above cases would illustrate the meaning and interpretation of mind symptoms of a given patient. In some cases the repertory or software is not useful and you have to memorise these uncommon mind symptoms.
The above two cases are quoted here to illustrate that if the practitioner can memorise the symptoms of various remedies given under ‘Melancholia’ in Lilienthal (which runs just to eleven pages) he would be able to select the remedy in more than fifty per cent of cases that too at the very first attempt.
Remember once again the review of Samuel A. Jones: “To the older one who says he has no use of Lilienthal, he is a good one to dread when ill.”
Let no one practise homoeopathy who does not have a copy of Lilienthal and does not make use of it.
Dr. Kent had observed (in his Lectures on Mat. Med.) that in respect of many remedies mind symptoms have not been brought out in proving. This need not deter us because we have equally good tools for selecting the remedy—‘uncommon’ and ‘general’ symptoms.
I had already quoted Lilienthal saying, “Drop the symptom in Lilienthal and you get the remedy.” Let me illustrate this with three cured cases.
CASE 8: A boy of eleven was brought by his mother: She spoke: “Doctor, look at him. The boy is making constant movements of his fingers. He often becomes violent and restless. This started six months ago. We went to allopathic hospital and they diagnosed his case as worm complaint and gave him santonine, but even double the adult dose of it had no effect. Then we went to a homeopathy specialist. (She showed me the prescription: “Cina-30 daily morning and Graphites-30 daily night, for eruption on forearm with sticky discharge, for one month”.) He has completed one month course of these two remedies but no result.”
I looked at the boy again and the case sheet. ‘Case sheet’ means plain white sheet on which we start writing down one below the other what all the patient and/or his relatives tell us. After a pause, the mother told me with wide open eyes and learning towards me, “Doctor, ever since he developed worm complaint he often complains of headache and vertigo. Why is it so doctor?” [An observation that we had repeatedly made in the clinic was this: “In some cases when the patient tells ‘un-common-rare-strange’ symptom, he leans forward with wide open eyes.]
The words ‘vertigo and headache’ told by the mother (which is an ‘uncommon’ symptom in worm complaint) were found under one remedy only viz., Cicuta virosa among the thirty-seven remedies given under the chapter WORM AFFECTIONS in Lilienthal. This remedy in 200th potency, single dose, cured worm symptoms as well as his skin complaint.
CASE 9: Fifteen years of sore throat and constipation completely and permanently cured with one single dose.
A certain middle aged patient came to me at 3 p.m. asking if I can give him some throat paint for his sore throat. I told him that I would give pills only and asked him to tell me how long he is suffering etc. (something to make the patient talk about his complaints.) He replied:
“Doctor, I have this for fifteen years. Daily at 3-4 p.m. it starts, so much burning in mouth and throat that in the evening I am unable to do poojas loudly because my voice becomes husky. (he is a priest in Hindu temple and there he has to use loud voice to utter verses during worship etc.) The burning pain would continue in the night, but next morning there won’t be any pain.
In this case only one symptom is prominent – “< evening, night.”
I went through all the remedies under the chapter SORE THROAT in Lilienthal. The symptom “< evening” was found under the remedies Alumina, Hepar, Natr. mur and Silicea. But in Alumina it is “< evening and night.”
Further, under the remedy Alumina the words “clergyman’s sore throat… < evening and night…with husky voice” suited the case. Just to confirm the remedy (since it is one of the remedies for chronic and obstinate constipation) I asked him about his bowel movements, to which he replied that he would pass stool once in 3-4 days.
Alumina-10M, single dose, cured his chronic sore throat as well as constipation. (I never knew that he got complete cure till one day when I casually visited the temple in which that priest was doing poojas. I had even forgotten him. Looking at me he immediately removed a big garland from around the neck of the deity and put it on me (this is a sign of honoring V.I.P.s in Hindu temples). I was rather puzzled. He gave me fruits etc., and came out with me till the entrance while V.I.Ps were waiting by paying heavy amount etc. That night I narrated this to my house-owner who does part-time work in that temple and he said that I was honoured because my prescription of one single dose completely cured that priest, which he used to recall almost daily.
Yes, drop the symptom in Lilienthal and you get the remedy!
Sometime you have to read the entire symptoms under Mind in all the remedies to select a remedy for a patient. (For this I use Boericke’s Materia Medica and Hering’s Guiding Symptoms). But once you find the remedy, subsequent cases requring that remedy becomes easy.
I am not reporting herein cases treated and their follow-up but my attempt is to tell the reader how and what exactly homoeopathic practice is. As one cannot learn swimming without first getting into the water, nor car driving without first sitting on the wheel, so also without actual cases on hand one cannot learn homoeopathy. To that extent only I am quoting actual cases as seen in my clinic.
As already said in the beginning of this book I am a free-lance medical journalist and so I took the following two cases as a challenge to homoeopathy. These two cases would illustrate the reader how rich, exact and accurate (and also complete) our existing materia medicas are. Thus and therefore, what is needed is exact mastery of the use of the reference books viz., Lilienthal, Boericke, Kent, Hering’s and Calvin B. Knerr (and more importantly Yingling in the case of emergencies at the time of labor or abortion.).
Case 10: A patient with chronic headache, after spending much money with various doctors, specialists and homoeopaths came to me. After finishing the history of his seven years’ pain in head, he ended up saying: “Doctor, if you or any one can cure me of this terrible headache, I won’t mind even giving away half of my property (worth three millions) to that doctor.”
Doctors of all other systems would simply ignore the last line told by the patient.
If a patient is ready to pay 1.5 millions… I thought over this. I took this as a challenge to homoeopathy. (I am a free lance journalist and not a practising homoeopath) and told him that he may first pay me ten thousand rupees and also give me one week’s time with a promise that if I do not cure him in one single dose (or a few doses) in two week’s time I would pay him double the amount paid by him. Also, if he is cured he may pay me another ten thousand rupees. He agreed to this condition and paid ten thousand rupees.
I took a copy of Boericke’s Materia Medica and went to a professor English in a college and requested him to render me a help. I told him that he has to read the lines given only under the chapter ‘Mind’ in all the remedies in Boerick’s Mat. Med. and underline if any relevant line is found equivalent to the statement of a person who says that he would pay half of his wealth if his headache is cured. I paid him five thousand rupees (which the professor said is more than sufficient for the work)—It may take a few days, daily spending two or three hours to go through the lines given under the chapter ‘Mind’ in Boericke’s 688 pages materia medica.
To another profesor of English I went with Hering’s Guiding symptoms (ten volumes) and paying him the remaining five thousand rupees requested him to do the job of reading the lines given only under the chapter ‘Mind’ in all the remedies (and this too would take a few days, daily working for three hours) and tell me if he finds anything equivalent to the above said statement of the headache patient.
The first professor (using Boericke’s) could not find any suitable line. But the second professor underlined and pointed out the following lines under the remedy Stillingia (under ‘Mind’ in Hering’s)
“deplorably downhearted; suffering extreme torture from bone pains.”
Stillingia 1000, one single dose cured the patient and he paid me another ten thousand rupees. [After this case I cured two patients both of whom said the above words (ready to give his entire wealth to the doctor who cures him) with the homoeo remedy Stillingia.]
Case 11: Here is another case of headache. This 55-year old male patient remarked: “Doctor, all these years I have been having these pains; my sufferings are such that no amount of compensation would be equal to it. Even if you make me the President of all the nations in the world that would not be a sufficient compensation.” I told him the same condition which I put to the patient in the earlier case. After taking ten thousand rupees I went to the two English professors, one with Boericke and the other with Hering’s 10 volumes. In this case the professor going through Boericke’s Mat. Medica could help me. He pointed to the following found under the remedy Selenium.
“Extreme sadness, abject despair, uncompromising melancholy.”
Selenium 10M one dose cured the patient and he paid me ten thousand rupees.
On a later occasion the abovesaid professors asked me what I did by their help and I showed them that I practise homoeopathy. Soon both of them started learning and practising homoeopathy.
CASE 12: A middle aged man of forty walked in complaining of headache for a few months. After telling me that he tried allopathy, ayurveda, homoeopathy etc. he told me that the pain in head started the previous year when he was having malarial fever; though malaria was cured, pain in head continued. (Certain cases are the easiest to work out; certain cases are difficult)
Calvin B. Knerr’s Repertory: Chapter No. 40.
Fever, intermittent (ague):…. with headache; Cina, Cist., Kali-c., Polyp.
Fever, intermittent apyrexia:… headache, Arn., Natr.m., Polyp., Puls.
Polyporus Pinicola, being common to the above two lists was given in single dose. Total relief felt for a month after which he reported relapse. The same remedy was given this time in single dose in a higher potency and it is now more than seven years and he is free from headache. Also, his chronic constipation was cured.
Thus, in cases No. 3, 4 and 5 above though the complaint, viz., ‘headache’ is same in all of them, each patient got different remedies.
To be precise, those symptoms which doctors of other medical systems would ignore, we take that and that alone for prescribing or selecting the remedy in homoeopathy.
There are no specifics in homoeopathy.
Why should we do like this? Why not have a specific remedy for jaundice; and another for headache and so on and so forth?
Our answer: Dear reader, the above method of prescribing on ‘uncommon’ symptom alone can cure patients with one single dose or a few doses.
1. Homoeopathy is complete in her existing armamentarium of materia medicas.
2. If you have a good teacher of homoeopathy you can go to the top in a year or two.
Salient features of Hering’s Guiding symptoms (10 volumes) and Boeicke’s Mat. Medica.
Certain symptoms cannot be classified under any rubric and so the Repertory becomes of no use in such cases. The following would illustrate that the practitioner should keep such symptoms under his finger tip so that he may make ready use of them when told by a patient.
In Boericke we find the following:
- “Its periods of aggravations are peculiarly divided as to the bodily region affected; thus the head and chest symptoms are worse mornings, the abdominal in the afternoon, the pain in the limbs, the skin and febrile symptoms, in the evenings.” [Ammonium mur.]
- Mind.—”Sad…unreasonable. Skin.—Faintly developed eruptions with defective vitality. “ [Ammon-carb.]
- “Symptoms disposed to appear periodically and in groups.” [Cuprum met.]
A practitioner would not and cannot understand the use of the following symptoms in Hering’s Guiding symptoms (l0 volumes) unless a teacher points it out to them with actual cases treated.
- “The inflammation . . . runs in radii as it extends to adjacent parts.” [Belladonna.]
- “Increased excitability and action in voluntary muscles, with diminution of it in involuntary muscles.” [Opium.]
- “. . . depression of vital power on one side and increased irritability on the other . . .”
- “Haemorrhagic exudations. “ [Anthracinum.]
Let us now see hereinbelow cases treated with the above remedies:
CASE 13: A patient consulted me for constipation. Even laxatives and purgatives were said to be of no use. He further said that for several years he had been taking daily anticonvulsant drug for epilepsy and if he stops it, he would get convulsions.
The symptom under Opium (in Hering’s Materia Medica) agrees with this case: “…Increased irritability and action in voluntary muscles, with diminution of it in involuntary muscles…”
When the intestine is full with faeces, urging is felt (involuntary muscles.) In the instant case these muscles are not functioning. Movement of limbs is controlled by voluntary muscles and he gets convulsions in them (increased irritability and action).
Opium-10M one single dose cured his constipation and he was asked to stop anticonvulsant drugs; he did so and to his surprise convulsions did not appear.
CASE 14: A patient showed his right leg with ulcer. He got injury a few months earlier but so far it did not heal in spite of best medical treatment. After a pause, the patient continued, “Doctor, ever since the accident I feel numbness in my right upper arm and I am unable to use it freely. Has this non-healing of wound in my leg anything to do with numbness in my arm? But my arm was not hurt in the accident.”
We say that homoeopathy is a system of medicine where the patient tells or indicates the remedy to us. In Hering’s Materia Medica the following sentence under the remedy Pulsatilla agrees with this case:
… “depression of vital power on one side and increased irritability on the other…”
Pulsatilla-10M, one single dose cured both the ulcer on the leg and numbness in the arm.
CASE 15: The one symptom in the remedy Belladonna will highlight what is meant by ‘uncommon symptom’; also it would illustrate the uniqueness and superiority of Hering’s Materia Medica. A patient came in with pain in the femoral part of urethra and backache. It was worse while riding the two-wheeler. He showed his medical file (given by allopathic hospital) and therefrom we noted the following points:
hydroureteronephrosis—Left kidney; pain in femoral part of urethra pain in sacral region.
His complaint (pathology) is in ureter but he has pain in femoral part of urethra and sacrum. This is something rare-strange-peculiar. Both these painful places are at the same distance from the seat of affection—ureter.
Under the remedy Belladonna (Hering’s Materia Medica) we find the following: “Inflammation of internal organs… The inflammation… runs in radii as it extends to adjacent parts.”
(Femoral part of urethra and sacrum are more or less at equal distance from his left ureter). Belladonna-10M, single dose, cured him.
CASE 16: Two years after case No. 12 above, a lady came to me for cervical spondylitis. These patients get pain normally in the neck extending to head or one upper limb. Strangely this patient complained of unbearable pain in both shoulder tips. (Both shoulder tips are at the same distance away from the cervical vertebra.) Belladonna-10M, single dose cured her.
In medicine, emergency is the most important. Again, among emergencies, nowhere else can one demonstrate the superiority of a medical system than at the time of childbirth. Thus Dr. W. A. Yingling stands as a guiding star in the sky of homoeopathy. In the preface to his book Accoucheur’s Emergency Manual he states that the most alarming haemorrhages stop in seconds after administering one single dose of the indicated remedy. Be it mastery of the language or medical science or homoeopathy, his presentation should give total confidence to all practising homoeopaths. Let him not practice homoeopathy who does not read at least once a month, the Preface and Introduction in Yingling’s Emergency Manual. Some portions from his book given below may not be out of place:
“The object of this Manual is to give assistance in the emergency, at the bedside, and to preclude the necessity of carrying one or more large volumes as aids, or of going to the office for help… This work deals exclusively with the remedies and their application to the abnormal conditions of parturition, those which occur directly before, during, or after labor or abortion. (italics ours)… In no class of cases will the homoeopathic remedy be found to act more efficiently and speedily than in post-partum haemorrhage. It is really astonishing how rapidly a profuse haemorrhage will cease after the administration of the properly selected simillimum. …In each emergency cases nature speaks plainly. The more danger to life the more plainly nature speaks.” And, the quicker the remedy acts!
Since emergencies of childbirth is a small topic, let me stop here talking further about Dr. Yingling and let us go to Dr. Samuel Lilienthal, the great.
If an author has covered his subject in its entire depth and breadth, it would be indicated by the fact that no other author would venture or dare to write another book on the same title. Yes, after Samuel Lilienthal, no one dared to write a work with the title Homoeopathic Therapeutics.
We have all along been struggling with repertories and materia medicas. But nobody is able to get more than 10-30% of success, that too at the first visit of the patient. Thus and therefore a lateral thinking in bringing out a more sensible and useful or near-unfailing reference work is needed and hats off to Dr. Samuel Lilienthal for his work “Homoeopathic Therapeutics”. (Hereinafter called Lilienthal.) You call it Materia Medica or Repertory or by any other name, it is par excellence. The superiority of this reference work (excepting, of course, Dr. Yingling) can be demonstrated by the following:
1. Drop the symptom in Lilienthal and you get the remedy. (See Case Nos. 1 to 5 in the following pages.)
2. Said Dr. Charles Gatchell in a review of HOMOEOPATHIC THERAPEUTICS (by Dr. Samuel Lilienthal), “… it is an extraordinarily useful book and those who add it to their library will never feel regret…” Dr. Sameul A. Jones said about Lilienthal’s book: “For the fresh graduate this book will be invaluable… to the older one who says he has no use of this book, we have nothing to say. He is a good one to avoid when well, and to dread when ill.”
(a) Among medical sciences, homoeopathy is the shortcut to cure patients gently, quickly and permanently.
(b) To find a homoeopathic remedy for a patient, Lilienthal’s is the short cut.
(Dr. Hahnemann stresses in Section 213 of the Organon that the cure is not possible without selecting the remedy on mind symptoms.)
(c) The chapter ‘Melancholia’ (and ‘Insanity’ ‘Hysteria’ ‘Emotions’ ‘Hypochondriasis’) is the shortcut to the use of Lilienthal’s.
The following cases would illustrate (a) what is meant by ‘mind symptom’ and (b) that useful mind symptoms in a case may be one or two only.
[In each medical system there may be something unique, and without arguing which one is the best, the intelligent man takes the best from each.]
70 to 90 PER CENT OF CAESAREAN SURGERIES CAN BE DONE AWAY WITH THREE DOSES OF HOMOEOPATHIC MEDICINE.
The foetus (baby in the uterus of the pregnant mother) 1-3 weeks prior to delivery date (so long remaining in upright position) turns upside down, and the uterus descends down in such a way that the head of the foetus remains fixed in the pelvic floor of the mother. 1-3 weeks later, at the delivery time the mouth of the uterus dilates and the child comes out. Even after the full term of ten months if the child does not turn upside down, or turns half-way and lies crosswise, or
having turned upside down, does not descend further down, the attending lady doctor would say that head is still floating or is in incorrect position and so opens the abdomen to take out the child. This is called caesarean surgery. 70 to 90 per cent of caesarean surgeries at the present day are conducted solely for this reason.
At this time if the patient takes three doses of the homoeopathic medicine Pulsatilla-1000, every 4-8 hours, in the next twenty-four hours it would be a normal and safe delivery.
In the reference book The Accoucheur’s Emergency Manual by Dr. W. A. Yingling, M.D., of U.S.A. we find the following : Dr. W. A. Yingling, M.D.
In the reference book The Accoucheur’s Emergency Manual by Dr. W. A. Yingling, M.D., of U.S.A. we find the following :
“Abnormal presentations may be righted if Pulsatilla is given before the membranes are ruptured or the presenting parts are firmly engaged…”
In a maternity hospital, Pollachi Road, Dharapuram, Tamilnadu, by using Pulsatilla and other remedies there has not been even a single caesarean for the past several years and the doctor in-charge has put up a board “Caesarean-free’’ Clinic. The Dharapuram Lions Club has given her a certificate testifying this.
(2) If the baby in the uterus stops growing, allopathy has no cure and they abort it. But if one single dose of the homoeopathic medicine Secale Cornutum-10M is given, the baby starts growing. (See Calvin B. Knerr’s Repertory, p. 698. Pregnancy, foetus, development arrested: Sec.)
(3) After caesarean (or for that matter after any abdominal surgery) there would be pain in the sutured place lasting for years. But one single dose of the homoeo medicine Staphysagria-1000, completely cures in twenty-four hours all post-operative abdominal discomforts.
(4) Some newly married women are prone to urinary infection and they spend in thousands. Again, the same homoeo medicine Staphysagria-1000, in one single dose, would cure the condition in just a day’s time.
Treatment of swine flu
By Dr. V. Krishnamurthy (Thirty-eight years of teaching experience in Homoeopathy, Chinese Acupressure & Dr. Bach Flower Remedies of England)
During the years 2006-2008, almost all homoeopathic practitioners had been giving different remedies for chikungunya disease (mainly Rhus. tox and Eup. perf.) to be taken for days and weeks with little relief. The undersigned was the first to declare that the homoeopathic remedy Polyporus Pinicola-200 is almost a specific for chikungunya and with this remedy GIVEN IN ONE SINGLE DOSE, my students had cured lakhs and lakhs of chikungunya victims during the years 2006 to 2008. (Rate of success: more than 97%).
I am not proud of the above, because it is my duty, as Professor of homoeopathy, to find out the remedy for any epidemic. [A teacher is he who makes difficult things easy. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.] Be that as it may.
Though, all practitioners had cured several cases of chikungunya with one single dose of Polyporus, what was disappointing is that not even a single homoeopath came forward to ask me as to how I selected Polyporus Pinicola for chikungunya.
These homoeopaths (who had cured chikungunya with one single dose of Polyporus) are now asking me what homoeo medicine is to be given for swine flu. I am not satisfied with this query. But I would be much pleased if they had asked me how I arrived at Polyporus Pinicola for chikungunya and further how to find out the remedy for the present pandemic swine flu.
I don’t mind declaring the name of the correct homoeopathic remedy which would be almost a specific for swine flu. Before this I would, first of all, like to teach the practitioners as to how I found out the remedy for chikungunya. This is more important. Such a teaching alone would help the reader to find out by himself a remedy for future epidemics.
Chikungunya disease begins with fever, shivering and joint pains. Many patients had to crawl for going to the toilet etc., because of crippling joint pains. Their faces were “gloomy.”
(See Calvin B. Knerr’s Repertory—MIND AND DISPOSITION—Gloomy, in ague: Poly.)
(ague: malaria or another illness involving fever and shivering)
Now, coming to the much dreaded swine flu.
(a) those who had died in hospitals with swine flu had lung failure
(b) swine flu starts with fever, sore throat and body pain.
Step 1: Fever with body pain, sore throat. The rubric that you must take for this in Kent’s Repertory is under GENERALITIES. Inflammation, internal:
Step 2: Disease of lung that speedily kills any patient; the equivalent rubric in Kent’s Repertory is Pneumonia (CHEST: Hepatization of lungs)
The remedies scoring more points (being common to the above two lists) are Cactus=4, Iodum=5, Kalic-c.=4, Kali-iod.=4, Lach.=5, Lyc.=4, Merc-sol.=4, Nux-v.=5, Phos.=6, Sulph.=5, Tereb.=5
These remedies were studied in Samuel Lilienthal’s HOMOEOPATHIC THERAPEUTICS under the chapter PNEUMONIA; Under Merc-sol we find the following words
On the same page under the remedy ferrum met. also, we find the words “epidemic pneumonia”. But we do not get this remedy in repertorisation.
Patients who had come to me after being tested positive for swine flu were given the homoeo medicine Merc-sol-200 (daily one dose for three days only) and after a week when they tested, the result was negative. All their symptoms disappeared. (Rate of success: 97%).
For prevention, the same remedy Merc.sol.200 may be given one dose once a month for three months. This prevents swine flu for six months from the date of taking the first dose.
In homoeopathy, cure is easier and quicker than prevention.
ADDITIONAL NOTE: In Section 213 of the Organon Dr. Hahnemann tells us that without prescribing a remedy on mind symptoms a cure is not possible. Let us now see how the remedy Merc-sol satisfies this requirement.
In big organizations when a person is affected with fever, sore throat and body pain he is advised NOT TO COME TO OFFICE. In other words, the awe-stricken non-affected persons run away from the victims as if they are their enemies, for fear of contracting swine flu.
A lady took her 5-year old son to a doctor. There a patient came to consult the doctor because he was declared positive for swine flu. Immediately on hearing this that lady started running away with her son, lest he may be infected.
The otherwise healthy person considers the victim of swine flu as his enemy. The victims are asked to keep off till cured.
Under the Chapter “MELANCHOLIA” in the reference book HOMOEOPATHIC THERAPEUTICS by Dr. Samuel Lilienthal, (page no.700 under the remedy Merc-sol.) we find the following words: …anxious restlessness as if some evil impended… constant suspicion, considering everybody his enemy.
Dr. Samuel Lilenthal, M.D.
The following extracts from the WILKINSONS’ MATERIA MEDICA (under the chapter ‘Mind’ in the remedy Merc-sol.) also confirms my selection of this remedy for swine flu.
…Desire to flee, with… anxiety and apprehension…. did not know what to do… Inexpressible pain of soul and body, anxious restlessness, as if some evil impended…
As this mind symptom is found in those who had not got the disease, the remedy Merc-sol. is indicated as a preventive. In one of the big multinational companies office at Chennai, about 300 persons were working on the first floor. Immediately on hearing that two of their colleagues tested positive for swine flu, all of them started fleeing. This attitude is found in almost all persons who are running here and there for prevention of swine flu. Therefore, Merc-sol is almost a specific both as a preventive and curative.
What is most disappointing is that no one talks about Dr. Lilienthal’s work HOMOEOPATHIC THERAPEUTICS, be it in seminar papers, monthly meetings or articles in journals.
Said Charles Gatchell in a review of HOMOEOPATHIC THERAPEUTICS, “… it is an extraordinarily useful book and those who add it to their library will never feel regret…”
In a review, Samuel A. Jones said about Lilienthal’s HOMOEOPATHIC THERAPEUTICS as under:
“For the fresh graduate this book will be invaluable… to the older one who says he has no use of this book, we have nothing to say. He is a good one to avoid when well, and to dread when ill.”
CHAPTER – 1
HOW TO CURE EPIDEMICS/ENDEMICS/ Pandemics WITH ONE SINGLE DOSE?
[It seems that the present day homoeopaths are not at all interested in very good reference books. The following from the book HOMOEOPATHIC THERAPEUTICS by Dr. Samuel Lilienthal and to a lesser extent from Boericke Mat. Medica and Hering’s Guiding Symptoms are more than sufficient to treat all epidemics with one single dose. For example, in the case of swine flu, patients die with lung complications. The killing disease of lung is pneumonia and under the chapter pneumonia in HOMOEOPATHIC THERAPEUTICS by Dr. Samuel Lilienthal we find the words ‘epidemic pneumonia’ under two remedies only viz., Ferr-met and Merc-sol. I have cured several cases of swine flu with one single dose of Merc-sol. 200.]
Epidemic cholera: Remedies to remember: the general aspect of cholera was like the general aspect of Cuprum met., Camphor and Veratrum alb., and these three remedies are the typical cholera remedies.
- They all have the general feature of cholera, its nature and general aspect.
- They all have the exhaustive vomiting and diarrhoea, the coldness, the tendency to collapse, the sinking from the emptying out of the fluids of the body.
- From what I have said you will see that the Cuprum case is, above all others, the spasmodic case. – It has the most intense spasms, and the spasms being the leading feature, they overshadow all the other symptoms of the case. – He is full of cramps and is compelled to cry out with the pain from the contractions of the muscles.
- Camphor has the blueness, the exhaustive discharge, though less than Cuprum and Veratrum; but whereas in the two latter remedies the patient is willing to be covered up, is cold he wants to be uncovered and to have the windows open. – But just here let me mention another feature in Camphor. – It has also some convulsions which are painful, and when the pain is on he wants to be covered up and wants the windows shut. – If there are cramps in the bowels with the pain, he wants to be covered up.
- So that in Camphor, during all of its complaints in febrile conditions (and fever is very rare in Camphor), and during the pains he wants to be covered up and warm, but during the coldness he wants to be uncovered and have the air.
- In cholera, then, the extreme coldness and blueness point to Camphor.
- Again, with Camphor there are often scanty as well as copious discharges, so that the cholera patient is often taken so suddenly that he has the coldness, blueness and exhaustion and almost no vomiting or diarrhoea, a condition called dry cholera.
- It simply means an uncommonly small amount of vomiting and diarrhoea. – This is Camphor.
- Another prominent feature is the great coldness of the body without the usual sweat that belongs to the disease.
- Cuprum and Veratrum have the cold clammy sweat, and Camphor also has sweat, but more commonly the patient needing Camphor is very cold, blue and dry and wants to be uncovered. That is striking.
- Eupatorium perf. has been a very useful remedy in intermittent fever, when epidemic in the valleys.
- Eupatorium perf. – Epidemic influenza.
- Euphorbium –Epidemic influenza
- Ferr-met – Pneumonia epidemica : dyspnoea gradually increased; no pressure under sternum; pale face; stupid; roof of mouth white; skin neither burning nor cold and damp; pulse never hard and full.
- Ferr-met: Epidemic pneumonia. The symptoms are: pneumonia senilis; laxity of fibre; pulse soft and quick, or slow and easily compressible; dyspnoea slowly increasing; bloody expectoration; epidemic pneumonia, dyspnoea gradually increasing, no pressure under sternum; pale, stupid face; roof of mouth white; skin neither burning nor cold and damp; pulse never hard and full.
- Lycopodium – Paroxysms commence between 4 and 8 P.M. ; sometimes with chill, again without; thirsty or not; sleepy; fever lasts till midnight or 2 A.M. , generally followed by sweat. ð Epidemic intermittent.
- Mancinella – Angina following scarlet fever, or during epidemic of latter.
- Merc., Ipec. and Acon. are frequently indicated in epidemic dysentery that comes in hot weather, and Ipec., Dulc. and Merc. are frequently indicated in the dysentery of cold weather.
- Merc-iod-rub. – Glandular swellings; exudation limited, transparent and easily detached; cases attending epidemic scarlet fever. ð Diphtheria.
- Merc-sol.: For epidemic coryza the remedy is Merc-sol. The symptoms are: frequent sneezing, copious discharge of watery saliva; swelling, redness and rough, scraping soreness of the nose, with itching and pain in the nasal bones on pressing upon them; foetid smell of the nasal mucus; painful heaviness of the forehead; night-sweats, chills and feverish heat; great thirst; pains in the limbs, aggravated by warmth or cold, by dampness.
Merc-sol: Epidemic broncho-pneumonia. The symptoms are: bilious pneumonia (chel.), with blood-streaked expectoration and sharp pains shooting through lower portion of right lung to back, cannot lie on right side; icteroid symptoms; slimy stools, attended with great tenesmus before, during and after stool (chel., free discharges). asthenic pneumonia with feeling of weight in lungs, < walking or ascending, short cough and expectoration of bloody saliva; epidemic broncho-pneumonia, with deep irritation of the nervous system; nose, larynx and trachea become suddenly dry, dyspnoea sets in with spasmodic cough, < at night, and yellow-green, blood-streaked expectoration; skin burning hot, at times covered with copious sweat; tongue yellow, soon becomes dry; senses dull, violent headache, soporous condition, with light delirium; complains of little or no pain (influenza); infantile lobular pneumonia
Mer-sol. – Angina : great dryness in mouth and throat; expectoration of masses of mucus from pharynx and choanae; ptyalism; face pale red; left side swollen; dry heat, with confusion of head; burning skin; constant thirst; frequent, strong pulse; severe chill, with drawing in limbs and lassitude; nauseating belching; beating in left praecordia; severe drawing pain in nape and down back; pain in parotid glands and muscles of neck, not agg by motion; fever agg in evening; thick, white coat on tongue; stitching pain in throat when moving jaw; pain extending to ears; vertigo when rising; stitches in occiput, with slight cough; severe headache, particularly in left temple; severe dull pain in occiput; skin of head and face seems tense; fauces of a coppery red color; soft palate and tonsils greatly swollen, dark red and pressed forward; stinging pains from empty swallowing at night and in cold air; agg Spring and Fall and in wet, cold weather; epidemic, young people especially affected; chronic or habitual.
Podophyllum: endemic dysentery
Polyporus off (Febris intermittens) – sporadic or endemic fevers at any season except fall. almost continued fever, though it never runs very high; great languor and aching in all joints. creeping chills along spine, between shoulder-blades, up the back to nape, intermingled with hot flushes; unusual chilliness in open air, with icy coldness of nose. heat with thirst, face hot and flushed, with prickly sensation; hands, palms, feet hot and dry. sweat profuse after midnight in old chronic cases, otherwise light. apyrexia: hepatic pains with jaundice, great lassitude, constipation and headache; food passes undigested.
Veratrum alb – Fall and spring: whooping-cough epidemics; neuralgia in arms.
Veratrum alb: epidemic whooping-cough (spring and fall) the remedy is. The symptoms are: deep, hollow, ringing cough, excited by a tickling in the lowest branches of bronchi, seeming as if it came from abdomen, at night without, in daytime with expectoration of yellow, tenacious mucus, of a bitter saltish, or sour and putrid taste; worse from coming from a cold into a warm air, from getting warm, damp cold weather, eating and drinking cold things; neck too weak to hold head up; cold sweat on forehead; great craving for acids and acid fruits.
Viola odorata – Epidemic dysentery, characterized by spasmodic tenesmus, intestinal spasms, tympanitis, etc.
Xanthoxylum – Epidemic dysentery, characterized by spasmodic tenesmus, intestinal spasms, tympanitis, etc.
Zincum met – Epidemic membranous croup
Zincum met – Epidemic meningitis cerebro-spinalis; short breathing, anguish, pressure in chest, and frequently returning dry tussiculation, pulse remarkably slow; pulse small, frequent, very changeable, breathing irregular; short, dry, spasmodic cough; mental disturbance.
From the above list we can easily find out and say that Polyporus Pinicola (otherwise called Polyporus Officinalis) is the specific for chikungunya. Also Merc-sol. or Ferr-m. are specific for swine flu.
The one author who treated more number of diseases by using more number of remedies for each disease is Dr. Samuel Lilienthal, the great. We have to salute him for having told us that Polyporus is specific for chikungunya and Merc-sol is specific for swine flu. But no homoeopath wants to make use of the book HOMOEOPATHIC THERAPEUTICS by Dr. Samuel Lilienthal.
CHAPTER – 2 Repertories and homoeo softwares
Finding the remedy—the simillimum for a patient is not a mechanical job; it is artistic.
A practitioner would be doing a great blunder if he thinks that he can find the remedy for all his patients with the repertory or software. Most of those using softwares are under the illusion that once the homoeo software is installed, he can be damn sure of selecting the remedy for his patients. To remove the above illusion this chapter is being written.
(1) The ignorant and innocent practitioner searches in the software for the disease ‘diabetes’ and he gets some results. But, at the same time, he would be missing many remedies for diabetes. This is because in some places of materia medicas for ‘diabetes’ the term ‘glycosuria’ is used.
(2) Before programming the materia medica they must either change all the words ‘glycosuria’ as ‘diabetes’ or give ‘diabetes’ within brackets after all the words ‘glycosuria.’
Because of ignorance and innocence those selling softwares will not listen to these observations.
(a) The person designing the homoeo software is grossly ignorant of homoeopathy; for example, many softwares do not contain Calvin B. Knerr’s Repertory, one of the best repertories. (It is unfortunate that even professors in homoeo colleges are ignorant of this book. Or, having a copy of it, they do not know how to use it).
(b) Doctors using such softwares are ignorant of the scope and limitations of computers and also are ignorant of the ignorance of those designing and selling homoeo softwares.
We cannot educate both doctors (using homoeo softwares) and those selling them. And the poor doctor would argue that he had given the correct(?) remedy as per computer results, which, in his opinion is unfailing and final.
Again a doctor may search for ‘liver’ but in many places we find equivalent terms ‘hepatic affections’ etc. and the list goes on.
Be that as it may.
Repertory of softwares is not a hundred per cent foolproof method. They are only aids in finding the remedy.
Instances of cases where repertories and softwares are of no use:
Unless you memorise the symptoms in some remedies you will miss the remedy. Software is useless in patients having the following symptoms.
Ammonium-mur: “Its periods of aggravations are peculiarly, divided as to the bodily region affected; thus the head and chest symptoms are worse mornings, the abdominal in the afternoon, the pains in the limbs, the skin and febrile symptoms, in the evenings”.
Belladonna: “Inflammation of internal organs… The inflammation… runs in radii as it extends to adjacent parts,” [See case no 15 and 16 on page 20]
Nux-vomica: Afraid she may not have enough to live on… [See case No. 3 on page 8]
Opium: “Increased irritability and action in voluntary muscles, with diminution of it in involuntary muscles…” [See case no. 13 on page 19]
Pulsatilla: … “depression of vital power on one side and increased irritability on the other…” [See case no. 14 on page 19]
It is not our aim to altogether condemn softwares. It has its own uses and with the software presently available in the market no one can get more than two per cent success.
CHAPTER – 3
congestion, Rush of Blood, Hyperaemia
Most homoeopaths remain as symptom-coverers. Bernard Shaw wrote that if a homoeopath looks at a Chinese he would prescribe him for jaundice (because the colour of skin of any Chinese is yellow.)
Even if a 0.0001 per cent of the total homoeo prescription so far made all over the world from the time of Dr. Hahnemann till today had been correct, we would by now have closed more than fifty per cent of allopathic hospitals. This statement admits the fact that the standard of practice of homoeopathy is certainly below par all over the world. No homoeopath need get offended by this statement. We are only trying to carefully lift all mysterious clouds enveloping homoeopathy.
Be that as it may. Let us now learn some term.
‘Congestion.’ When two or more symptoms are in one and the same part of the body, instead of considering each symptom separately you should take this rubric ‘congestion’. For example, a patient came in complaining headache, dandruff and hair fall; he had been having this for several years. The neophyte would take ‘dandruff’ ‘hair fall’ and ‘headache’ for finding the remedy. But these three symptoms found together in one place viz., head, we should not take the three symptoms separately but as one whole unit and the term is congestion.
A patient was having varicose veins in legs, pain in knee, corns on sole, cramps in feet. All these complaints are on the lower limb. Here too we must use the rubric ‘congestion.’
Instances where also you would press into service this term ‘congestion.’
When pain or some other symptom is felt in a part while exerting another part. E. g., headache while coughing, involuntary urination or urging to urinate when excited etc.
For acute diseases you may search in your various repertories as such i.e. ‘head, pain on coughing’ etc. But for chronic diseases you must use the term ‘congestion’ in the repertory.
Worry causes headache. Mental tension causes or aggravates skin complaints. (For this we have the term neurotic eczema. [See the remedy Anacardium Orientale in Boericke’s Materia Medica. In that remedy under the para Skin we find the following: Intense itching, eczema, with mental irritability… neurotic eczema.]
Authors of some homoeo reference books uses the term ‘rush of blood’ or ‘hyperaemia’ in place of ‘congestion’ in the homoeopathic materia medicas. [Hyperaemia = an excess of blood in an organ or other part of the body.]
(Rush of blood) Complained of by plethoric, debilitated, hypochondriac, or nervous individuals. The principal remedies are: 1, Acon., Aur., Calc., Hep., Kalm., Kreos., Lyc., Phos., Sep., Sulph.; 2, Amb., Amm., Arn., Bell., Bry., Carb. v., Caust., Croc., Chin., Fer., Iod., Natr. m., Nux v., Op., Petr., Phos. ac., Rhus, Samb., Sarsap., Senn., Sil., Stann., Thuj. – rush of blood of plethoric individuals requires: 1, acon., aur., bell., calc., lyc., phos., sep., sulph.
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