I was presented with an acute skin problem from an existing patient. Last year we had managed to remove eczema successfully, and now came forward with an outbreak of Hives.
The problem was reported to be a repeat of a childhood issue from age 9, after eating shellfish. Over the years the patient had de sensitised from shellfish and was able to eat without effect now.
In taking the case, it was established that the patient was a little anxious about a forthcoming business trip, had become thirsty, had hot respiration, was worse on getting up in the morning and worse after sunset.
The eruptions looked like blisters or mosquito bites, very itchy and on her arms legs and torso.More on the upper body. Later the itching spread to the palms but without an eruption. They moved to the face as well.
The repertorisation came down to 4 medicines of which one was selected on the symptoms presented. The itching got worse. To cut a long story short, we went through all four of the medicines with only aggravations being observed. The patient went for an acupuncture treatment which just made her more itchy and restless.
In the end, Anti-histamine was prescribed to combat the itching. It contained the outbreak.
The next day, we rechecked the symptoms. on the information received, we still would have given the same remedies.
So what happened? I postulated that perhaps it was a return to the original skin issue and that it would have cleared up on its own in a few days. I postulated that the complete picture had not yet formed to prescribe for.
I have noticed over the years that some acute phases do not actively give pain relief immediately. In these cases, I have resorted to giving one aspirin or paracetomol or ibufopren and that medication has worked IMMEDIATELY and effectively. In this skin condition, the anti-histamine worked immediately.
My unproven conclusion is that in some cases, the homoeopathic medicines are working with the immune system on a deep level to fix the problem, but is not doing anything regarding the painful elimination of the chemicals on the skin surface. Yes, the remedies are powerful enough to fix the problem, but a painless passage to cure is not always possible.
Just a thought.
It happened to us in the clinic the other day. 3 moderately competent homoeopaths. A 1.5 year old baby girl presented with Fever.
High fever, burning, no perspiration and thirstlessness… I prescribed, Pulsatilla. Nothing changed. The next day, the parents took to the hospital for a check, and nothing found except fever. Manuel then prescribed Phos on the symptoms that had slowly added to the picture. Nothing…He then prescribed Sulphur, nothing.
He called me and on the slightly newer picture, I prescribed Arsenicum Album..Nothing.
I looked at the case again, and with the new symptoms, I wanted to give Mercurius. In the meantime, the father of the child, and the mother of the child and the baby sitter all came down with the same fever, but with the added SX of aching in the joints and a couple of other things. We noticed then that the baby made a whimpering noise when moving the arms or legs…Manuel prescribed Rhus Tox on the collective SX of what now appears to be an epidemic of this ailment, and now the baby is better.
That evening, I was called by a family member in England with her child having the same type of symptoms. I saw mercurius in her case, and even knowing that the general epidemic was RHUS TOX, I gave mercurius. The baby was better in 5 hours.
What can we learn from this case? When SX are in transition, there is but a small window to give the correct remedy. The Pulsatilla failed because the baby did not get the medicine for at least an hour after prescribing, and already the disease process had changed internally. The Phos and the Sulphur failed because again, the full SX had not been observed in the child.
In looking at hundreds of case histories from the archives of the masters, we can see this pattern time and time again. The State of the acute disease will only respond to the correct remedy at the correct time. Many times we have partial SXs and the remedy given is incorrect for that reason. Be prepared to chase the SXs until a remedy works.
So why did the mercurius work in the same illness in the UK? I think perhaps because I caught it in the right state for Mercurius…. A while later it would have been Rhus Tox.
I published this article on my regular blog, and thought it may be of interest here too. Vera.
To Do or to be Done To – That is the Question:
I was recently reading an article by Peter Drucker on self-management. He said, amongst many other useful things, that you have to know whether you’re someone who learns through reading written material or through listening to others. Really that you have to know who you are managing before you can actually do the job with any success. Brilliant? Hardly. Solid common sense without which you cannot really move ahead in any activity? Absolutely.
If you go against your nature, you either have to have a really good reason for doing so (I too occasionally stop eating chocolate) or you’re just setting yourself up for failure. And that, gentle reader, leads to…let’s say, disappointment.
How is this connected to deciding what treatment to go for when you have given up on conventional medicine or for whatever reason have decided to check out the alternatives?
My experience, both in homoeopathy and in my previous life as a reflexologist, medicinal aromatherapist, and – yes! – Reiki master, has taught me at least one important thing.
People are different.
Oh, you were expecting something more? Well, here’s more…
As far as treatment is concerned, most people seem to fall into two broad, somewhat ragged groups: Those who want to “do”, and those who want to be “done to”…somewhat inelegantly termed, but you get the idea, I hope.
Those who want to “do” usually don’t want to be undone, so to speak. They don’t want to loosen their clothing. They don’t want to lie down on that table. They don’t want to be kneaded, touched, poked, prodded, have anything stuck into them, or be asked about deep emotional issues. They certainly don’t want to take off any clothing. I usually have a treatment bed in my clinic – these are the people who on coming into the room for the first time look highly askance at that piece of furniture, unsure whether they have made the wrong choice…
(A propos clothing, when I was studying reflexology, a fellow student on offering a free treatment to an elderly man who lived nearby was a little surprised when she came into the treatment room to find her beaming patient had removed every article of clothing except the items he should have removed – his socks…)
Those who want to “do” want to be actively involved in their treatment. They are happier with any form of treatment where they are “doing”, whether they’re taking a medicine, following a diet plan, or doing a regular program of exercise.
Patients who want to be done to, now that’s a very different kettle of…er…patient…
Sometimes it’s personal preference. “Done-to-ers” want to be touched in treatment. Massage, needles, finger pressure, in water, out of water, bring it on… When there is no touch in treatment, even the light sting of a penetrating acupuncture needle, it’s as if there is nothing going on, or not much. Even pain may be welcomed. I was surprised as a reflexologist by the number of patients who would say, pleadingly (and perhaps somewhat creepily), “press really hard…hurt me…I can take it…”
Sometimes it goes beyond that. Very often, the people who prefer to be “done to” are extremely busy, whether in their lives or in their thoughts, and just do not have the mental and emotional space needed to be fully involved in their treatment. Giving feedback in-between treatments, being actively involved in monitoring their process, learning and following instructions (whether written or verbal) is something they just do not have time for. Their lifestyle doesn’t allow for it, and their headspace cannot make room for it. Can’t I just lie down and have you fix it? is the unspoken message.
By the same token, sometimes those who want to “do” want to maintain total control over the treatment situation, which is why it may be personal anathema for them to lie down on that table and have any kind of treatment, gentle, painful or weird (let’s face it, some forms of healing seem weird, just saying…). When I practiced reflexology many years ago I’d notice that there were those who would lie down and basically fall asleep after I’d been working for five minutes. Sometimes it was difficult to wake them up after the session. Then there were those who would ask if they could sit up so they could follow exactly what I was doing…
Sometimes it can be a good experience to try the thing you are not into. It can be good for the “do-er” to deliberately relinquish control and consciously lie down on that table in the spirit of trying something new which may be helpful. It can be a very positive process for members of the “done-to” preference to go for treatment where they must be more actively involved and follow through. But if you don’t understand up-front which group you belong to, you won’t be able to get the most out of the experience.
Homeopathy really is for patients who are willing and able to “do” – or in the case of infants and children, dementia patients or those who happen to be comatose during treatment, who have those willing to “do” for them. Those who come expecting to be “done-to” in some way will usually be disappointed. But those who know which group they belong to and understand that this will be more challenging for them are already in a better position to achieve good results from homoeopathy.
The results of treatment are so connected to knowing which group you belong to. In my experience, the best results in homeopathy are with patients who follow instructions, give regular feedback, and are happy to be part of the process. Homeopathy is entirely based on information I get from the patient. That information includes what the patient says (and sometimes what his or her spouse says…), what I see, hear, and sometimes smell (OK, TMI… no further elaboration here) during the session and the information the patient gives me during the treatment process, after starting to take remedies.
When I take on new patients I always say:
Me: while I’m working with you I’ll ask you for a lot of feedback after taking remedies. Are you OK with that? (or words to that effect?
Patient: Of course, I can give feedback and follow instructions (and in the thought bubble – what does she think I am, a moron? Who can’t give feedback or follow instructions?)
My homeopathy patients do best as they learn the process, so the nature of the emails they send me changes dramatically during the process.
Beginning patient: I took the remedy and then had a headache for two hours!! I haven’t had those headaches in years!!! I took four Advil!!! What should I do???
(not all use multiple exclamation marks and question marks, but I digress…)
Me: Did the headache come back?
Patient: No, I’ve felt really good since then…
Experienced patient: I took the remedy and had a headache for two hours. It’s an old symptom, didn’t come back and I feel great. That’s good, right?
Me: Yes, old symptoms can come and go during treatment. As a rule they won’t last long. Did you take anything for it?
EP: No, I drank a lot of water and saw if I could wait it out. I had Advil in the cupboard if it became unbearable but I didn’t need it.
In homeopathy, the do-ers enjoy being fully involved. But those who are really done-to-ers and don’t acknowledge it are miserable. Even though most are certainly well able to follow instructions and be involved in the process – they don’t like it. They don’t have time for it. And therefore usually don’t do it.
As with any theoretical construct involving two groups, there is always a shadowy third (as in Tevye’s legendary third hand in Fiddler on the Roof): Those who neither want to “do” or be “done to”. I will leave you to ponder on that thought… or on Tevye’s third hand, whichever you prefer…
The choice is always yours.
And because you read all the way to the end, click here for the link to the Peter Drucker article: