Random Notes on Homoeopathic Practice

Compiled by Dr Sivaraman based on Krsihnamurthy’s book 

I started my career as a medical journalist. Forty years ago, while in New Delhi, when I entered the scene of homoeopathy I noticed one striking thing—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 the following pages.

Meaning of ‘mind symptoms’ (section 213 of the Organon) and ‘rare-strange-peculiar-uncommon-symptoms’ (section 153) clearly defined exactly and accurately and in a matter-of-fact way.

Questions and Answers: 

  1. What is the remedy to be given (just one single dose) to a pregnant woman, when the foetus (baby in uterus) stops growing?
  2. During epidemic encephalitis (brain fever, e. g., in Ariyalur in Tamil Nadu) what remedy would you use as prophylactic (preventive)?
  3. All the children born to a woman are syphilitic by birth. What remedy in one single dose you would give her to prevent syphilis in future pregnancies?
  4. What is the remedy to be taken once in a month by all practising homoeopaths? (Just because no homoeopath has been taking this regularly, homoeopathy is not becoming popular.) Also, please note that this remedy must first be given to your doctor-patient i. e., any homoeopath coming to you for treatment and also to a patient who has gone to many homoeopaths.
  5. Write the names of two authors who had written biography of Dr. Samuel Hahnemann.
  6. Doctors say that an expectant mother is too weak to develop normal pains; moreover, she is anaemic and so caesarean alone is the solution. What is the only one remedy that will cure her anaemia, remove weakness and thus cause normal child birth? (Please note that the answer is not Pulsatilla. Also, it is not Caulophyllum.  These two remedies are suggested by majority of homoeopaths.)
  7. What is the chief or first remedy that you would think of for haemophilia?
  8. In homoeopathy what is the meaning of ‘scrofula’ or ‘scrofulosis’ and ‘cachexia?’
  9. What is the remedy for jaundice after blood transfusion?
  10. In respect of the symptom ‘haemorrhage’ differentiate between the two remedies Phosphorus and Hamamelis.
  11. Name the remedy for (a) violent blow on single part of the body; (b) after a person falls rolling down from a speeding train or bus; (c) falling from height (second or third floor or from a tall tree) with bleeding; (d) falling down while trying to climb a running jeep from behind?
  12. Under what rubric in the repertory would you search remedies for a patient with chronic tonsillitis?
  13. What is the name of the reference book (and the name of its author) you would use for complaints of pregnant women occurring directly before, during or after childbirth or abortion?
  14. A lady of twenty-eight had attempted to commit suicide (by swallowing kerosene or sleeping pills) and somehow she recovered. What is the remedy for her so that she may not repeat it in future?
  15. What is the remedy for ‘ghost pain.’

[For answers see at the end]

Why are homoeo softwares useless: A practitioner would be doing great blunder if he thinks that he can find the remedy for all his patients with the repertory or software. Most of those using software 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 this illusion the following is being written.

(1) The practitioner searches in the software for ‘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 terms ‘glycosuria’ or ‘sugar in urine’ is used in place of diabetes.

(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 either ignorance or arrogance those selling softwares will not listen to these observations.

Again a doctor may search for ‘liver’ but in many places we find equivalent terms ‘hepatic affections’ ‘bilious’ etc. are used for liver affections and the list goes on.

Therefore, alternative terms must be included side by side in the materia medicas used in the computers as under before including them in the software: Examples are:

(a) old age, aged persons

(b) glycosuria, diabetes, diabetes mellitus

(c) kidney, renal, nephritis, and so on and so forth.

Finding the remedy—the simillimum for a patient is not a mechanical job; it is artistic.

Also, certain syndrome (group of symptoms) cannot be classified under any rubric in the repertory or software and so a homoeopath would better memorise them.  Example case are given below:

CASE 1: Mr. N. 57 years reported: “Doctor, daily morning I get headache; in the afternoon, after lunch I have distension of abdomen, gastric troubles. In the night I get terrible pain in the leg…”

Repertory is of no use in this case. The case is very simple. His symptom is to be classified as follows:   “Aggravation of head symptoms in the morning; abdomen in the afternoon and legs in the night”

Under the remedy Ammonium mur. (Boericke’s Mat. Med.) we read 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 pains in the limbs, the skin and febrile symptoms, in the evenings.”

CASE 2: A patient consulted me for constipation. 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 the remedy Opium (in Wilkinson’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 not 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 3: 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 Wilkinson’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 4: A certain renal failure patient under dialysis and waiting for kidney transplant, was under our treatment. We could not find his remedy.

There is no guarantee for kidney transplant, because after a few years, many patients die because the donor kidney stops functioning. After transplant he was heard saying, “Now I feel as if I am released from prison . . . as if I have taken a rebirth.” This he said because he is now freed from torturing and exhausting bi-weekly dialysis, taking rest, body becoming weak etc.

This mental picture of the patient should at once bring to our mind the following words:

…desire to be released from what seems to be a perpetual burden of sorrow… (See Lilienthal p. 698)— MELANCHOLIA—Ignatia

We are going to give Ignatia to him and we are confident that his other kidney would start functioning and even if the donor kidney fails he would live long.

Mind symptoms and ‘uncommon-rare-strange-peculiar’ symptoms explained correctly for the first time.

CASE 5: A patient with 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 6: 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 5 and 6 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.

MIND Symptoms: Superiority of Lilienthal: The most misunderstood topic in homoeopathy is ‘mind symptoms.’ Without prescribing on mind symptoms a cure is not possible (section 213 of the Organon.) Again section 213 is to be read with section 153 which advises that a prescription is to be made on, ‘uncommon-rare-strange-peculiar symptoms.’ This again in another most misunderstood topic.

Section 213 is to be read with section 153 of the Organon.

To make the reader understand this correctly, let us say: We should take only those mind symptoms which we have never heard before (commonly) in any patient. Actual cases cured by the author will illustrate this point.

CASE 7: A seventy-year old carpenter was under my treatment for skin complaint and he was improving. I ask my chronic disease patients to come once a month. During one of his visits he was accompanied by his 48-year old son. The latter was coughing with chest congestion etc. The carpenter told his son; “Why don’t you also take treatment from this doctor. See how much I have improved, whereas the other seven doctors to whom I consulted earlier could not do anything in my case.”

To this, the son said: “The new house where I shifted has no rasi.” A certain professor was having a two wheeler. After ten years it was no more useful, also the vehicle was outdated and could not be used because spare parts were not available and so it was to be condemned. He bought a car and also very good latest Japanese two-wheeler. But he was not ready to dispose of the ten-year old two wheeler. He said, “Everything went well and I got prosperity only after buying that vehicle. So I won’t part with it.” (‘Rasi’ in Tamil means luck). In other words the person feels that everything was going wrong ever since he started living in a particular house. So, that house has no rasi. Or, a person feels that ever since he bought and started using his car, nothing went right. He attributes his sufferings, failures, difficulties etc. to that vehicle. I hope the reader understands this. The son continued, “Even the new work place where I am going daily is not rasi (or has no good luck.)”

The other word to describe ‘rasi’ would be ‘sentimental’ ‘luck’.

[The carpenter’s son was not ready to take treatment from me only because he felt that the house and the work place is the cause of his respiratory complaints.]

I gave him one dose of a remedy telling him to take that and he need not pay me any fees. He took it. (Later I learnt from his father that he was completely cured.).

Can any homoeopath tell me what remedy I gave the patient?

Read the remedy Staphysagria in the chapter Melancholia in Lilienthal. (page 701.)

Inwardly gnawing grief and anger, he looks at everything from the darkest side… disinclination to work and think; dread of the future and dread of being constantly pursued … a sorrowfulness ending in paralysis of the intellect…

The enthusiastic reader would be eager to know how I selected this remedy for the above case.

(i)     Reproaches others — (He blames the house and work place.)

(ii)    Sentimental.

I write down the remedies common to two above rubrics (Kent’s Repertory) and read them in the chapter Melancholia in Lilienthal (page 701). Staphysagria suited the symptoms of the case.

CASE 8: 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 9: 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.

CASE 10: 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 11: 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. 5 and 6, 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 12: 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 three 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 avoid when well and dread when ill.”

Let no one practise homoeopathy who does not have a copy of Lilienthal and does not make use of it.

Precision and versatility are required to practise homoeopathy.

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 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.”

The three authors who have correctly understood mind symptoms are:

(1)  Dr. Samuel Lilienthal

  (2) Dr. Constantine Hering (Hering’s Guiding Symptoms of our Mat-Med 10 volumes) (only those useful portions from this 10-volume have been taken out by Dr. V. Krishnamurthy and compiled them in one volume with the title Wilkinson’s Mat. Medica)

(3)  Dr. William Boericke (Mat. Medica)

And Lilienthal tops the list. If you can understand correctly and thoroughly the sentences under all remedies under the chapter Melancholia in Lilienthal, you are more than 70% success in your practice.

Lilienthal is ten times worth its weight in gold.

Wilkinson’s too is good at mind symptoms. How to master mind symptoms with Hering?

After having selected a remedy and having seen that it has cured the patient with one single dose of that remedy, read that remedy in the Chapter ‘Mind’. If you do it two or three times for a remedy, fourth time when that remedy-type patient comes in, you can staightaway prescribe that.

For example, I would never miss Lycopodium and Nux vomica for patients, most of whom throw the following symptoms:

Lycopodium: Talks with an air of command. Manner stiff and pretentious. (Wilkinson’s)

Nux vomica: …particular, careful, zealous… (Boericke’s Mat. Med.) Desire to talk about one’s conditions with anxious reflections about it. (The patient comes in, sits and turning his face to one side, stares at the roof and tells his complaints in the past-present chronological order. He continues to stare up the ceiling continuously till he finishes the history of his complaints till date.) (Wilkinson’s)

[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 Wilkinson’s). But once you find the remedy, subsequent cases requiring that remedy becomes easy.

I am not reporting herein cases treated with 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. 

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, Wilkinson’s and Calvin B. Knerr (and more importantly Yingling, for medical emergencies at the time of labor or abortion.).

CASE 13: 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 anyone 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 this statement of the patient.

If a patient is ready to pay 1.5 million… I thought over this. I took this as a challenge to homoeopathy. I asked him to first pay me ten thousand rupees and also give me two weeks’ time with a promise that if I do not cure him in one single dose (or a few doses) 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 of 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-page materia medica.

To another professor of English I gave a copy of Wilkinson’s Mat. Medica 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; suf-fering 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 14: 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 Wilkinson’s Mat. Medica. 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 above said professors asked me what I did by their help and I showed them how I practise homoeopathy. Soon both of them started learning and practising homoeopathy.

Uncommon-Rare-Strange-Peculiar Symptoms Defined:

CASE 15: 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 (Wilkinson’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 the above case, 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.

CASE 17: Let us now examine what is meant by uncommon symptoms: Some of the most useful uncommon physical symptoms cannot be classified under any head in the repertory or homoeo software and so it is better to memorise them.

For example, under the remedy Ignatia we find the words great contradictions. (Boericke Mat. Med.) A haemorrhoid patient said at the end of the consultation. [Remember, in most cases, after the narration is over and after a pause, the patient leans forward towards you and with wide open eyes (exclaims)] “Doctor… one thing. Everyone says that pain, bleeding etc. in piles would increase while straining when constipated; but my case is different. I do not get pain or bleeding whenever I strain during constipation. But during loose bowel movement I get both burning and bleeding.”

The contradictory symptom is both ways. Hence Dr. William Boericke writes in plural: “Great contradictions.” Ignatia-1M, single dose cured this patient.

CASE 18: A school boy of twelve was brought by the parents. The mother started talking: “Doctor, he has to leave the house for school at 9.30 in the morning. He gets up at 6.00 a.m. By 7.30 a.m. he becomes so restless—jumps, cries etc. This would last for half-an-hour. Then this disappears; it is followed by 3-4 times loose bowel movement. After that he becomes completely all right and goes to school.”

In this case the following that should come to our mind:

“Symptoms disposed to appear periodically and in groups… ”

The above lines are found in the remedy Cuprum met. (Boericke’s Materia Medica.) This remedy cured the patient in one single dose in the 200th potency.

The above are extracts from the book ADVANCED HOMOEO PRACTICE (816 pages) by Dr. V. Krishnamurthy. To get this book by post you may send money oder for Rs.725=00.  For Wilkinson’s Mat. Medica (pages 715) you may send Rs.705=00.

Answers to questions at the top

  1. Secale is almost a specific when the growth of foetus is arrested. (See Repertory by Dr. Calvin B. Knerr: GENITALIA—FEMALE, Pregnancy, foetus: arrests development, Secale.) One single dose of Secale 10m is sufficient.
  2. See Calvin B. Knerr’s Repertory—Head—Cerebrospinal affections – meningitis – epidemic:  Zinc.
  3. See Calvin B. Knerr’s Repertory—Stages of Life and Constitution—Constitution, syphilitic—mothers, to prevent disease in offspring:  Aurum-mur-nat.
  4. See Kent’s Repertory—GENERALITIES—IRRITA-BILITY—When too much medicine has produced an over-sensitive state and remedies fail to act:  Ph-ac., Teucr. [Homoeopaths are giving the medicines to the patient. The homoeo pharmacy people put about ten drops of the tincture to a 5 ml phial of pills. Whether the homoeopath buys the potencies in dilution or pills, when they upon the phial to give a few pills to the patient, the doctor inadvertently smells the medicine each time he gives to a patient. This causes irritation making them, restless and/or haughty to the point of telling that he need not learn any more thing in homoeopathy. Also when the doctor himself is sick, no homoeo medicine seems to act on himself.]
  5. Life and Letters of Hahnemann by Dr. Richard Haehl and another book by Bradford.
  6. See The Accoucheur’s Emergency Manual by Dr. W. A. Yingling—Repertory Section— Labor—weak, patient too weak to develop normal pains:  Bell., Mur-ac.,
  7. Crotalus horridus is the prime remedy, to be thought in cases of haemophilia.
  8. (a)  See answers (a) & (b) to question No. 12.

(b)  Diseases, more parti-cularly acute, that are long standing and not cured in spite of best treatment, and where patient is affected much and disturbing his daily routine: We may call these by the term ‘Cachexia.’ Acute diseases such cough, cold, diarrhoea, skin rash etc. normally do not last long. When you find a patient with these complaints standing long for years and bothering him much, you may use the term ‘Cachexia.’  We may otherwise call this as weakness of the system or of a part of body.

9. Crotalus horridus.
10.   (a) Hamamelis:  passive haemorrhage. No anxiety or  pain:
(b) Phosphorus:  Active haemorrhage with anxiety.
11.   (a) Arnica (b) Cicuta (c) Millefolium (d) Phosphorus.
12.   For a patient with chronic tonsillitis, you would generally look into the Repertory against the following:

Tonsils, inflamed (quinsy, tonsillitis) (page 454 of Kent’s Repertory)

But remedies in this list may be useful for acute complaints of tonsillitis. For curing tonsillitis permanently, it needs ‘treatment of chronic diseases.’ Chronic tonsillitis is due to tuberculosis (See MEDICAL DISEASES OF INFANCY AND CHILDHOOD by Dawson Williams, London: Cassel & Co. page 338-348)

(a)  When tuberculosis affects lungs we call it tuberculosis of lungs or phthisis pulmonum; with family history of tuberculosis, when t. b. affects bones or glands it is called ‘scrofula’ or ‘struma’.

(b) All chronic affections of glands are due to tuberculosis in the family. Chronic affections of bones may be due to either tuberculosis or syphilis; (in syphilitic affections of bones we find ‘nightly boring’ pain.)

Dr V  Krishnaamurthy  
E-mail: jaykrish1966@gmail.com

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