I was talking with the student who told me of this case, and I decided to write it up for her as a reminder of her first CASE taking and prescription. This student has studied the repertory very hard, to understand the meaning of the rubrics. English is her second language as with members of the Hong Kong Academy so I am doubly impressed with the efforts.
A family member caught a cold. She had a bland watery discharge from the nose. Body felt OK but eyes were tired, wanting to close which felt better. Appetite normal, Not much thirst but found herself wanting to drink water. Also had a chilliness internally, and feeling cold. There was a small cough present but not definable. As there were 121 remedies in cough rubric, it was left out because the other SX would cover.
Based on this, a careful evaluation of the sx led to this prescription.
So what happened? Within a day all sx cleared up. However, The patient had a Chicken Pie the next day and a cough developed.
Her SX were:
1. feeling itchy in throat
2. cough but no expectoration
3. feeling better after water
4. feel like something in throat
5. saliva more than normal
6. feeling cold.
She phoned me at this point, a little disheartened thinking that perhaps she had failed, so I spent time showing her how disease progresses and changes with SX and how we have to follow them as they develop. She was more than happy and competent to go back and re evaluate. I asked her to look at original rubric list and remove SX that were no longer there and add new Sx.
The patient has not been given any medicine due to not being around, but on reading the MM the student feels Phos fits the picture better than Nux now.
When a student has learned to trust the Materia Medica as the final arbiter in a case, I know that they have understood. Makes me very happy.