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Concomitant symptoms, discussions between Zamora and Weaver of the I.H.M.

Thinking-ManOnce it is clearly stated that there are peculiar specifics for pure individual diseases according to how they are described (in a general-pure way) in the pathology books and that there are also specifics for the different expressions of the individual disease, we will start from the fact that the information in the elaboration of the anamnesis is intended, among other things, to establish a timeline between the different problems that the patient may have and the pathological relationship that they may have with the main symptom, and these as a whole in turn with the various spheres of action of the remedies (§ 22 & FN-25 Sixth Edition). It is perhaps at this point where concomitant symptoms become more relevant.

Since it is Hahnemann himself who expresses that the reactivated Psora results in pathologies with their different names, I understand that the different psoric symptomatic expressions are clearly defined by well-delimited symptomatic complexes for each of those specific pathologies connected to each other within a single great general pathology; Psora, which is the great base infection that reconfigures our immune system to predispose us to inflammatory, infectious, degenerative, neoplastic, vascular, etc. pathologies.

This implies that during the anamnesis of concomitant symptoms, they have an incidence with the main symptom in its timeline through their morbid activity (preface, § 69-70 Sixth Edition), that is, their peculiar and characteristic activity with the main symptom so that together they can, or at least try to do, match with the sphere of action of the remedy at the most optimal level. Which would avoid many selection problems. (§ 169 Sixth Edition)

Having said that, I dare to say that the concomitant symptoms are those that accompany the main symptom in its timeline, and that they may or may not be in connection with the specific pathology suggested by the chief ailment. These can be considered according to several slopes:

*Causality. Examples:

Encopresis due to fear / anxiety

Nephrolithiasis due to physical exertion

Vaccine paralysis

Epilepsy by milk crust suppression: Case of Boenninghausen narrated by Carroll Dunham, in which the Baron seems to have prescribed Viol-T based on the suppressed crusta lactea. PHILADELPHIA JOURNAL OF HOMOEOPATHY. VOL. IV. NOVEMBER, 1855. Num. VIII, Pages: 449-458 LETTER OF C. DUNHAM, M.D. WILDBAD, OCTOBER 6, 1855.

Deafness due to suppression of tinea capitis: Case of Carroll Dunham. Taken from Homeopathy the Science of Therapeutics.

* Rarity: “Rarely appear in connection with the leading disease, and are, therefore, also found rarely among the provings.” But they really are in connection with the main pathology. Examples:

As to the pathology:

Leukonychia during hypertension.

Orchitis during mumps

Virchow ganglion in stomach cancer.

As to the proving: symptoms that are rarely generated by a remedy or that when generated are only produced by a small group of remedies. What would define them not as extraordinary, rare or uncommon symptoms per se, but by the few remedies that produces them during a pathogenesis. Examples:

Squil and Rheum bubbling sensation.

Nausea and vomiting with the smell of food from Colch and Ars.

* Allen: “those which belong to another sphere of disease than the chief ailment” that at least appear constant or alternating (§ 232 fn) in the timeline of the disease under consideration. Examples:

Cough with diarrhea (Rumex)

Anal fissure with pharyngitis (See case Monsignor Varlet: P 154/155 Df 14)

* Well characterized: “those which have more or less of the characteristic signs of one of the medicines, even in case they have not before been noticed in the present juxtaposition.”

A symptom that does not belong to the pathology that the chief ailment indicates, but is so well characterized that it points better to a more appropriate remedy. It is not concomitant as such, but it becomes into a main symptom. A matter of focus.

Thoughts on concomitant symptoms.

The following is Guillermo Zamora’s definition after long talks between us.

clemensmariafranciscusvonbc3b6nninghausenPreface of the TPB
“The greatest difficulty to be encountered by those novices in homoeopathy, who do not have recourse to a repertory, is the cure of maladies that shew themselves by a few symptoms which answer to a great number of medicaments. For instance, a malignant whooping-cough was prevalent amongst the children in this neighborhood. In its origin, the indications for the employment of “drosera” were only exceptional, and none of those were developed which call for the other remedies ordinarily employed. However, in all the children affected, swelling and puffiness was remarked, not so much in the face as above the eyes, between the eyelids and eyebrows, where it frequently formed a thick little bag,—a symptom which had never been observed amongst those of any other medicament, except ” kali-carb” (219)*; and, in fact, this medicament was the only one that at the commencement of the epidemy effected a quick and lasting cure. It was only in the last stage that this malady took another form, characterized by cold perspiration on the forehead, and vomitings during the fit, symptoms which require the use of “veratr. alb.”

* Guillermo’s Note: The symptom Boenninghausen refers to is found in “Chronic Diseases” (CD) by Samuel Hahnemann, and reads as follows:

CD, Kali-C, Symptom 219: “- Swelling between the eyebrows and lids, like a little sac.”
See P&W TPB CODE ID: 190

In this case, anyone would think that there is a possibility that a symptom in a given case has not been described in the pathology books due to the individualized way in which each patient reacts, or that a symptom that is well described in the pathology is not find in that patient. However, it will always be very positive for a professional to be aware of the pathology so that he knows what, how and when to expect from a particular case of illness. The same will be positive to be alert in order to detect a symptom that has not been reported in the pathology through the standardization of general concomitance criteria.

The curious thing here is that the Kali-c symptom can be found in pathology books, although not as such, some adenovirus infections are described, which can produce a cough similar to that of whooping-cough, which they can also infect the mucosa of the eyelids. It is also known that pertussis itself produces bloated, edematous face and swollen eyelids.

A common daily case in the clinic.

This is a simple case to demonstrate the Hahnemann method of essentials required in case taking. Its not complicated and I have stripped out much of the other symptoms that were presented to focus on the complaint.

Members of the IHM will use the Therapeutic pocket Book for analysis, but feel free to use any repertory you have.

You can answer in the comments section.

man-coughing-on-handYou have been exposed to colleagues at work who are coughing while in various stages of a flu outbreak. Within a few days, you start coughing. It is dry, non-productive, deep and hacking, worse in cold air, and talking. Coughing produces a very raw sore feeling in the chest, which is relieved by drinking sips of cold water. Coughing can be incessant in trying to bring up mucous from the chest, but expectoration is rare with any bits that come up only making it as far as being swallowed. On one occasion the coughing was so intense that a small amount of urine involuntarily escaped. What remedy would you think of first?

IHM teaching centre and clinic seminar in January 2022.

12 St. Aubyns Road
EASTBOURNE. East Sussex BN22 7AS

telephone 07367 527072


Clinics and teaching faculties in U.K., U.S.A., Japan, Spain, Estonia, Portugal, Mexico, Israel and Syria.

On January 15-16. Duration: 2 days.

9:30-5:30pm. For advanced students and practitioners.

Seminar subject:

Strange rare and peculiar, according to Hahnemann.

Seminar oversview.

There is in general a lot of confusion as to WHAT is prescribing symptom according to aphorism 153.

§ 153 Sixth 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.

It is our experience that prescribing only on the essential and accurate symptoms of the patient, (as instructed by Hahnemann) using only 3 or 4 rubrics of the Therapeutic pocket book,  that represent the nature of the disease AND a similar remedy, has increased practitioner success in the clinic to about 80% on the first prescription. We will use cases to demonstrate how Hahnemanns method is still valid and accurate in the 21st century, and does not require any modern methods of interpretation as is prevalent today.


tpbpwlaptop2The lecturer for this seminar will be Gary Weaver. An international lecturer for over 30 years, Specialising in homoeopathy after completing his medical training in 1982 and  holding membership of prestigious colleges and organisations in India, Australia and Europe, He founded 5 teaching institutes in the UK, Finland and Ireland. Together with Vladimir Polony, they reorganised and corrected the Therapeutic Pocket Book  by Boenninghausen into modern English turning it into a useful repertory and making it available as the SYNOPSIS computer program. Each member of the IHM register has been trained in the use of the repertory and utilises it as the mainstay of their reference material in the clinic.

Maximum attendees is 10.  This for comfort and  personal attention for the attendees.

working lunchThe price for two days is inclusive of tea, coffee, juice and snacks provided for the breaks and as required during the teaching. Also a light lunch can be provided on both days if required. (The area is well served with cafes and restaurants if you prefer).

Cost is £185. Payable by cash, PAYPAL or credit card. Call or email the centre.

boyne-house-guest-house2We have 6 bedrooms so for anyone needing overnight accomodation at practitioner prices, let us know and we will endeavour to facilitate.