I was contacted by a colleague of mine who is a very competent homoeopathic Physician, and yet was having difficulties with treating a patient for a skin complaint. The patient was his son. I was given the symptoms via email as follows:
“…My son is aged 6. His mother gave him vaccinations about 2 years ago.
……..he has eczema on his neck, anterior plane of elbows, and behind his knees. The skin on the eczema sites eventually become like leather and quite hard. The eruptions itch and irritate him quite badly. There are pimples on his skin in other places not obviously connected with the eczema. He seems to be worse after playing and sweats a lot and itches quite badly. He takes a shower and drys off and feels better for a while. The itching starts again after going to bed.
His general temperament is of a kind nature, and only gets upset and irritable and angry if his stomach is empty and he needs to eat. He is sensitive to people talking loud and noise in general.
I have given Rhus tox 30c on the advice of another practitioner whom I consulted, and nothing seems to be happening. I am considering Pulsatilla.…”
I found the actual email that I responded to the case with………
§ 153 Fifth Edition
In this search for a homoeopathic specific remedy, that is to say, in this comparison of the collective symptoms of the natural disease with the list of symptoms of known medicines, in order to find among these an artificial morbific agent corresponding by similarity to the disease to be cured, the more striking, singular, uncommon and peculiar (characteristic) signs and symptoms of the case of disease are chiefly and most solely to be kept in view; for it is more particularly these that very similar ones in the list of symptoms of the selected medicine must correspond to, in order to constitute it the most suitable for effecting the cure. The more general and undefined symptoms: loss of appetite, headache, debility, restless sleep, discomfort, and so forth, demand but little attention when of that vague and indefinite character, if they cannot be more accurately described, as symptoms of such a general nature are observed in almost every disease and from almost every drug.
I look for the characteristic symptoms of the disease state, it might be in the presenting complaint and it might be an associated symptoms, it really doesnt matter as long as it is CHARACTERISTIC of the remedy that produces the same symptoms from the provings.
§ 6 Fifth Edition
The unprejudiced observer – well aware of the futility of transcendental speculations which can receive no confirmation from experience – be his powers of penetration ever so great, takes note of nothing in every individual disease, except the changes in the health of the body and of the mind (morbid phenomena, accidents, symptoms) which can be perceived externally by means of the senses; that is to say, he notices only the deviations from the former healthy state of the now diseased individual, which are felt by the patient himself, remarked by those around him and observed by the physician. All these perceptible signs represent the disease in its whole extent, that is, together they form the true and only conceivable portrait of the disease.
I look only at what a picture of health should be, what his ACTUAL picture of health was prior to this, and what it is now… noting the difference. This is ALL I look at. I see he had vaccinations prior to the onset of this problem. It may or not be a cause, In any case I took ONLY the expression of the disorder and how it affected him and how he expressed himself.
I then went on to explain WHY it could not be Rhus Tox and suggested a medicine to take daily. I know the Physician in him was surprised at the choice of medicine, but he gave it anyway.
Please have a go at repertorising the case. It is not a difficult one once the symptoms are clear in your mind.