A case of chronic cough

Another case from an I.H.M. graduate practitioner. Vera Resnick Based in Jerusalem.

A patient came to see me several years ago with a chronic cough.   The patient was a 75 year old man, himself a doctor.  He had had a cough for two years.  He’d been to every doctor, had been examined with every diagnostic test for a variety of conditions.  The latest diagnosis was reflux and he had been taking gastro medication, but the cough persisted.

I prescribed Causticum and after a mild aggravation in a different system, the cough disappeared and the patient was restored to health – although he was embarrassed to tell his colleagues that he had resorted to alternative medicine.

However, two years ago he was back.  The cough had returned, although the symptoms were not as severe as previously.  The doctors had come to the same conclusion after ruling everything else out – they declared that the patient was suffering from reflux, and prescribed gastro medication, which was not helping.

The cough was dry and paroxysmal, starting with a tickle in the throat.  The patient also reported a sensation of dryness in the hard palate on waking, relieved by drinking water.

I asked what had happened prior to the renewed onset of the cough.  The patient reported that he had fainted while working.  The doctors were not certain of the cause, and had prescribed statins (his cholesterol was normal), medication to lower his blood pressure (his blood pressure was generally low), and a blood thinner.  The cough had started shortly after starting these medications.  The patient had stopped taking the medications a couple of months before this appointment, and the cough had eased during that time but would still not go.

The patient reported aggravation from dry foods and he thought there might be a tendency to cough in stressful situations.  In addition, he said that since his fainting episode, he had difficulty exhaling, and did poorly when exhalation was tested.

I took the following symptoms and reached the repertorization in the screenshot below:


Reading Nux-V, I found my patient described well in the proving.  Staphysagria also looked good, and the patient also reported that he had had problems with teeth all his life.  However, his teeth were not the issue, and Staph did not cover the aggravation from dry foods.  Phos-Ac also looked like a good match for the patient, who had reported great weakness after the fainting episode.  However, he was not weak  now.  We talked a little more, and he said “I get really impatient when things don’t go how I want them to.”

I prescribed Nux-V which caused curative action.




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