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A homoeopathic perspective regarding Ringworm.

This case presented was my own. Ive published previously but is worth retelling with added insight regarding the disease and susceptibility and the curative response.

A homoeopath following Hahnemanns directives treats “the disease”.The disease per se, is the collection of the production of the symptoms in a process, and also the fuller picture of the reaction to the infection via the individual exhibition of symptoms.

At the outset, let me state that I treated many cases of ringworm successfully. The TPB has these remedies under the Ringworm rubric. Sepia, Natrum carb, Natrum Mur, Clematis and Mag carb. For the majority of cases, I have found Sepia the remedy of choice.

One morning I awoke and took a shower, and felt a slight itch behind my right leg above the knee, and was met with the sight of several ring worm present. It must have been a quick onset as this was the first time I noticed. Also my left elbow was discoloured as in the video and had a scabbed area. If I pushed the expanded growth, I was deluged with a liquid pus.

After repertorising, I took Sepia LM 0/1 for 5 days one dose a day.

The Ringworm continued to grow and spread.

My pharmacist colleague suggested a cream to kill the infection and he said “it has never failed” in his experience. Well, fail it did.

My elbow continued to grow and discharge copious amounts of blood and pus.

Several remedies later, I realised nothing was working.

I decided to read through old journals seeking wisdom from the masters of old. Eventually I read Compton Burnett and his treatment for Ringworm.

“For years, in common with many others, I have been constantly in the habit of treating and curing ringworm by internal remedies with relative success. For all that I have thus far never had anything approaching to a clear notion of its true nature, and some of the cases would persist in not getting well ; and this lack of a definite idea of its nature, and also the uncertainty of its cure, is I believe fully shared by those who have thus habitually considered and treated ringworm constitution ally . It is due, let us say, to psora, but we have no clear conception of what psora is . 

This intrigued me, and I continued to read more as his intellectually honesty was refreshing.

 Psora needs to be split up into its  component  parts, no easy task ; it roots in the vague, its trunk and boughs run away into anywhere. The psora of the homceopaths seems somehow true, but it has no proper beginning, no definite course, and ends in patho­logical chaos.  Perhaps we study it in Hahnemann, and in the best writers on the subject, and after doing our best to master it, we rise from our_studies with no clear idea, and we finalJy decide to abandon psora as an intangible myth, and then we proceed with our clinical work ; but, before long, we stumble…

Compton Burnetts observations:

“…..-A whole family of children of dif­ferent ages had had ringworm for a full year, and the mother told  me on bringing them that she had already spent over £ 6·00 on medical fees for its cure, but in vain. All known remedies had been applied by the local doctors in two neigh­bourhoods, and several skin special­ists had worked hard at their poor heads, but to no avail. Their heads were shaved and their scalps were well scoured night and morning but still the ringworm persisted. Finally, a distant cottage had been hired, and the afflicted ones were there isolated, and the services of a noted ringworm curer of the non­ qualified variety had been secured; but these also failing, they were put under my care. I  have  had  no great cause to complain of the ho­moeopathic treatment of ringworm with our antipsorics-indeed,quite thecontrary-but it is a bit tedious at times.

Now their mother had been cured by me of incipient tuberculosis with the virus, and it occurred to me that  ringworm might be a manifestation of the tubercular kind, and so I forthwith put the whole lot under the virus, administered in the usual way, internally in dynamic dose; this I did all the more readily, as they all had numerous superficial palpable glands. And the result? In a very few weeks they were all well of ringworm and of the glands, and have thriven splendidly ever since. Something like a dozen bad ring­ worm cases have come to me since then, and they were all quickly cured by the virus, and in each case the general state has been greatly improved. No doubt some bacterio­logists will cultivate, some fine day, the germs of the ringworm; and astound the world with their subcu­ taneous injections. It is well that medical men should approach each subject from a different standpoint, as they serve to  correct  one another.

Since then I have systematically subjected almost all my ringworm cases to the influence of Bacillinum in high potency and infrequently administered.”

I have studied PSORA for many years. It is indeed an intangible, yet the concept of a disease strand from a single source makes perfect sense. I am of the unproven opinion that PSORA in its original infectious stage from its beginning, can be a multitude of disease progressions, all linked but with its own identity, for example, (skin diseases and Tuberculosis), and as the ‘expression’ of the disease has multiple manifestations, perhaps not obviously linked to its cause, it is indeed likely, possible and with hindsight that Ringworm is one such disorder.

When  I was 7 years old, a teacher in my school in Singapore was diagnosed with TB, and I along with my classmates had Chest X-Rays. I had one a year as they saw a slight shadow on a lung, but in the absence of other symptoms, after 5 years they gave up on the X-Rays and declared me free of the disease.

I sat and reflected on my health history. I could indeed trace a pattern of tubercular symptoms over the years. Sepia as a remedy has worked well for me in infrequent disorders, and it was no surprise that its symptoms matched the appearance of the ringworm.

However it did not work in this case. The elbow symptoms suggested a deep infection of the disorder.

Several weeks had now passed by.

As nothing was working for my condition, I decided to look at the proving of Bacillinum and Tuberculinum.

Differentials in the remedies-these are my findings along with others.

There are currently about 26 variants of Tuberculinum. They have mild variances of effect, yet the original Burnett Bacillinum is quite a different remedy altogether. I have used both and had success with them based on the symptoms below.

Bacillinum is a remedy affected by heat. Tuberculinum is affected by the cold.

The area of affection of Bacillinum is the lower lungs. Humid asthma. Wheezing and rattling. Patients getting a cold or cough, usually without any structural changes, the affection goes straight to the lungs.

Tuberculinum is the throat. Tonsilitis Rhinitis. etc.

Bacillinum has an affinity to fungal affections, especially Ringworm. The circular eruption has a venous plethora and sometimes can look bluish red from the blood. Bacillinum can cure deep fungal infections over a period of time.

Tuberculinum has affinity to the bends of joints, red and flushed looking. There is affinity to recurring cystitis.

Tuberculinum is very stubborn. Temper tantrums.

Bacillinum is irritable.

Both remedies are fearless and both remedies have fear of dogs.

T Bend of joints red flushed

B bat wing discoloration around nose.

lower respiratory

T Cystitis recurrent

B only respiratory and skin

T not to give in heart problems. ALWAYS check for heart issues

Especially in children

B ok in heart disease

both catch cold easily, like fresh open air, both get allergies

to dust and pollen

B vaccination causation

T suppressed skin sx

I made the choice to take Bacillinum 200c.

bacillinum discharge

After one day, I had a profuse nose bleed and discharged a large plug from my nostril. Several nose bleeds over the following few days.

After 2 weeks, i repeated the dose and the nose bleeds started again for 2 days. I noticed by the 3rd weeks the skin eruptions had started to fade. The elbow eruption started to reduce in size but the discharge was still present.

In the event it took only 4 weeks with two doses of the medicine to clear the skin of Ringworm and about 8 months for the deeper infection to clear. The elbow is discoloured a purple colour but has full elasticity and normal size.

I have treated 2 cases of Ringworm since and gave Bacillinum with a successful outcome.

My theory? Ringworm only affects person with tubercular diathesis.

Difficult cases. Leg unknown infection.

In Seville, Spain, a long time patient of my colleague Manuel went into hospital for several weeks after developing a strange leg infection. The skin was peeling and deep cracks appeared in the heel and ankle of the right foot. These photos were taken after being released from hospital.

Manuel asked Antonio and myself to come to the clinic and observe and offer suggestions. As you can imagine, walking was difficult and the lady was in a lot of pain.

We put her in the reception room as it was easier for her to sit there, and raised her leg onto another chair to view the issue.

We took an hour looking at it. I examined thoroughly, came to no conlcusion as to the cause, noted that the hospital treatment of antibiotics had reduced the infection a little but the problem persisted.

She cried when we touched the areas of skin that has peeled and the inflamed leg. Very painful. I asked what made it better and she said that nothing did.

leg1Going into the bathroom, I moistened a paper towel and came back and placed it on her ankle and top of her foot. She said how much it felt better. I touched the area and she didnt notice or complain as previously.

 

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Aphorism 153 indicates that we solely keep the view on the characteristic, the strange and the rare in the expression of the disease.

§ 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 symptoms1 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.

We also note, Hahnemann indicated the more ‘ striking’ symptom must be taken into consideration. On this basis, I took the following rubrics:

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I didnt add the locations, simply because MOST remedies are in leg and foot and ankle. I took the effect of the disorder on the person, ie the cracking of the skin in the ankle and heels, and the nature of the disorder in terms of the flaking of the skin. For me, the outstanding modality was the immediate relief from moistening of the skin.

Manuel saw the patient one week later and the patient was walking. The skin was healing, still red but healing. No more peeling and the cracks had gone. I saw her about 6 weeks later and apart from slight redness, everything was better.

Why 3 rubrics only.?

The choice covered the disorder in its entirety. The modality was a clear indication of the bodys response to the disease. The essential symptom of both in the disease AND the remedy. The TPB showed that only 23 remedies had that modality. Combined with the other two rubrics, Pulsatilla was the only remedy to produce both the amelioration and the characteristics of the problem.

153: 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.

IHM casetaking Seminars. What do we teach? 4 day seminars for joining the IHM Register.

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An I.H.M. case taking seminar is focused on two things.

#1 Examining the directives of Hahnemann

#2 Putting them into practice with the patient.

In the 21st century, Homoeopathy as a therapy has moved away from its scientifically rooted origins, and turned into a quasi-psychological/spiritual practice. The benefits of homoeopathy have been reduced by an incorrect application of the methodology in the clinic and thus a high success rate is negated.

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It is our experience that the key to a successful practice is the act of following Hahnemann’s directions precisely in ascertaining the symptoms of the disease, to match with the requisite substance that can produce a curative reaction. It is that simple and that difficult.

In the first tentative moments of using homoeopathy, for example Arnica for bruising, and being amazed at the results, most of us thought the application of applying a remedy for a condition was amazingly simple and truly effective, and as we applied other remedies for other acute conditions, our faith grew in the system.

Then when we entered medical school or an establishment for teaching, we found that the approach we started with suddenly became a little more difficult for chronic cases, and a Kentian overlay on Hahnemann’s directions, introduced a religious/philosophical element regarding life and viewpoints of disease.

The I.H.M. directors, beginning in 1986, with a background in Kentian homoeopathy, decided to devote time to research, and as such delved deep into the archives of history and collated the original teaching of Hahnemann, and weighed everything that is ‘accepted’ in our therapy against Hahnemanns own words and examples to see if we strayed off the path, or indeed if we missed some key points in practice.

 

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The teachers at the I.H.M. are all are independent practitioners with their own practice and teaching faculties. Yet we all share the same core research and information distribution in individual ways.

We offer a four day special seminar aimed specifically at advanced students and practitioners. This seminar will examine the basis of case taking according to Hahnemann, and how to follow his methodology exactly, and in the process, removing all the incorrect additions that have been added over the years from practitioners of his time until today. Successful completion and undertnding of this program, can lead to being invited to join the IHM Register. This is an intensive course and utilizes the Therapeutic Pocket Book as its root repertory. For those who wish to purchase the SYNOPSIS computer repertory, we offer a huge discount to attendees. The book repertory can be purchasd for 50% off retail for seminar attendees also.

 

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We will cover the following.

  • Rationale and reasoning on Aphorisms §5 and §6. Eliminating the common mistakes that lose the case understanding.
  • Utilising the instruction of §153 with the completed case taken with §6 directions.
  • What is a prescribing symptom?
  • What to ignore in a case taking and why.
  • Do we treat the man or the disease?
  • Examining the theory of Miasms in the light of modern disease knowledge, and how useful are miasms in prescribing?
  • How to obtain the necessary information accurately to formulate a prescription in the shortest time possible.
  • The importance of using only well proved remedies.
  • How to read a remedy.
  • Are there keynotes in a remedy?
  • Which repertory to use?
  • How to use a repertory properly.
  • Case management.
  • Potency and how to give a remedy.
  • Repetition of remedies.
  • And much more. Much more includes questions like, how important is Herings law of cure? Ive never seen it… How long can I keep a person on a remedy? Dry dosing vs water dosing.
  • We will be examining remedy action through cases, live and paper.

The minimum number of practitioners we will take is two. Maximum is 10. We like the Seminar to be completely interactive and as such the small numbers allow for personalised teaching.

The Seminars will be conducted in Eastbourne East Sussex at our Headquarters.

When and how (or if) to use the Covid nosode.

coronavirus-cdc-645x645-1For those of us who have potencised nosode of the actual coronavirus, the question arises whether to use it and even when.

More and more cases of long term non recovery of the infection are surfacing these days. Remedies for the particular and individual symptoms of the patient are isolated and given, yet I have to ask if a direct nosode will clear the path quickly.

I havent tested the nosode myself. I have reports from some time ago that it worked well. 

Remedies are always prescribed on a symptom match. In certain diseases, a nosode can be very helpful to match and clear the infection and or disease progress. I have the remedy in a 200c. Need to decide on a protocol if am going to give.

We will see. Your comments are welcome.

Our future plans.

There is nothing we can do regarding the world situation, but even in these times, we can improve our skills in case taking and patient mangement.

The Institute for homoeopathic Medicine is a Hahnemnn centric organisation. The teaching staff have many years of experience using the methodology of Hahnemann and utilising the Therapeutic Pocket Book of Boenninghausen. We have the proven experience that Hahnemanns directives give the practitioner the best chance to effect a curative response for the patient.

It is our intent to offer patient in stay observation and homoeopathic advice at our new centre when it is opened. We will offer comfortable accomodation for the selected period of time up to 14 days. The daily fee will include breakfast. Evening dinner can be provided at a small additional cost.

The spouse of the patient is permitted to come for free sharing the same room.

There will be fixed fee for the homoeopathic treatment and medicines. Your personal homoeopath can be invited to attend the consultations and observation if desired.

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  • Eastbourne Beach – 4-minute walk
  • Sea front 2-minute walk.
  • Eastbourne Pier – 7-minute walk
  • Town Centre-11 minute walk

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Turn left and the seafront is visible. Nice for gentle walks in the sea air.

We also want to start a one or two day teaching seminar for advanced students and practitioners to introduce them to using the Hahnemannian approach to case taking and for using the Therapeutic Pocket Book. If the patients in residence are agreeable, we would like to conduct a daily group case taking analysis to objectively choose a remedy, or observe the remedy reaction. Medically qualified Homoeopaths and non medically qualified can apply for this facility.

We will in due course, conduct an online course for beginners wanting to learn homoeopthy as a profession. The important parts of these topics will be covered in our clinic seminars to clarify what Hahnemann said as opposed to other teachers.

we will cover:

  • The history, theoretical and practical understanding of homoeopathy.
  • Pharmacology of the 125 drugs as used in the TPB.
  • Homoeopathic emergencies.
  • Chronic conditions.
  • Long term damage as caused by immune suppressants and vaccines.
  • Use of the Therapeutic Pocket Book
  • How to conduct a homoeopathic case taking.
  • Patient analysis and prescription and patient management,

Daily life. Remedy differentiation between Bryonia and Rhus Tox.

We are moving the boat to Wiltshire from London. If another lockdown occurs and we cant work, better to be somewhere nice.

The IHM is moving ahead with the wellness centre purchase. Once the boat is in the Marina, we will concentrate on getting the Eastbourne centre in good condition and operating. We will either use the boat as a clinic near Bath or put it up for sale. Lots of ifs and buts.

3 days ago, we got jammed in a lock with a tree trunk that floated in somehow. a kind local used my chainsaw and cut it ……. from 6pm till 9pm. Earlier in the day in his day job, he had put a nail through his palm and it was numb and beginning of infection.. I cleaned it for him and prescribed a remedy. He was grateful.

We also had interesting encounter on the way down with an older drunk female boater at one lock. She insisted we had stolen her lock windlass, and became violent and abusive and shutting the lock gates so we could not leave. The police were called and they sorted the matter, and surprise suprise, found her windlass on the floor where she had dropped it after falling over…… We called the police after her boyfriend came and threatened me as well……..both easy to handle but its better to let the police sort these matters. They could accuse me of all sorts.

The next day we had a lovely cruise to the final lock before getting on the Thames…… and our propulsion ceased. We had to wait till the next day for an engineer who removed a black bag full of clothing and wire from our prop shaft and then he replaced the holding nut on the accelerator cable which also contributed to the lack of power. In the event we missed the booked time for the lock to the Thames, and the next one is in a few days.

So have been working on the Japanese translation of the TPB, a couple of cases and various other business matters.

Our dog started coughing so took him to the vet where Tracheitis was diagonosed. As he was in severe pain from the infection, he had painkillers and i gave three remedies over 2 weeks……… he is now responding well and is getting better.

The dog also has joint issues on front legs with arthritis in damp weather. Symptoms would suggest Rhus tox unless ALL the modalities are taken into consideration.

To mention one only: we observe this curious action (which is found in very few other medicines, and in these never in such a great degree), viz. The severest symptoms and sufferings are excited when the body or the limb is at rest and kept as much as possible without movement. The opposite of this, namely an increase of the symptoms by the movement is much more rarely observed. The other remarkable peculiarities will be easily found in the following list of symptoms of rhus, which are truthfully recorded.
When we attentively examine the symptoms of bryonia, we shall perceive, on the one hand, a strong resemblance to those of rhus, and on the other, remarkable contrasts. How striking is the aggravation of symptoms, almost identical with those observed from rhus during movement of the body in the case of bryonia, and their amelioration by avoiding all movement exactly the opposite of what rhus does!

Too many times I have seen prescribers give Rhus Tox without the above modality, and then wonder why the prescription failed.

He responded well to BRYONIA and then it moved to BELLADONNA and now is on PULSATILLA.

Older Dog, Blind and Deaf so remedies are given cautiously with all factors considered.

Our online Course in Mexico

Dr Guillermo Zamora is rolling out the IHM course for Spanish Speaking persons from Mexico. The course is for people from Mexico, Argentina Colombia and others.

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Talk to him if you are considering learning the therapy or if you wish to improve clinical ability as a practitioner.

Integrity in the face of adversity.

It would seem if we are to board an aircraft in the near future, we will require proof of vaccine. At present, I don’t see a way to avoid this and I myself being an avid visitor of other countries in my teaching career, am sad to see NO CHOICE in the matter.

I also am encountering difficulty in obtaining a sample of the Pfizer vaccine to make a remedy from, so if anyone has a vial, let me know and I will provide a mailing address.

It is vital in these difficult times to be the best practitioner we can.  To this end, we have decided to emphasise the need to remain steadfast in our use of homoeopathy according to the rules and tenets of Hahnemann’s directions. Two centuries and millions of words written regard the cures and effects of homoeopathy upon sick people and animals provide a clear picture of the efficacy of the therapeutics.

The IHM also stands firm in its resolve to not mix therapies that give medicines not based on the law of cure, or that lack provings, or are not made in accord with Hahnemann’s methodology.

For members of the IHM register who teach or practice such therapies, we have decided to remove the individuals from the Register and no longer promote their practice. We cannot condone the integration of pseudo homoeopathic practices or allow false therapies to be taught as being OK alongside homoeopathy.  Until an individual returns to the singular and proven practice of homoeopathy for curative aims, (a practitioner can utilise proven therapies outside of homoeopathy, osteopathy, chiropractic, nutrition, massage etc) but not therapies like Tissue salts, Flower remedies and other non proved or tested practices, that have no part in the discipline of homoeopathy, we cannot endorse that practitioner to the public.

The IHM continues to pursue the purchase of a hotel/guest house and are in negotiations.

We want to offer training in the use of the Therapeutic Pocket Book so a practitioner can utilise the exact process in case taking and evaluation as defined by Hahnemann for the benefit of patients. Seminars and short residencies will be offered to facilitate this.

More details later.

Choices

The I.H.M. has the opportunity to purchase a small 8-10 bed hotel on the south coast of England to make a wellness centre for teaching and inpatient care in the bedrooms.

As with all things homoeopathy, there is a mild uncertainty as to the future, especially when considering a three-quarter of a million-pound property purchase.

I will explain the concept first. We will offer a one or two-week stay for patients who would like a thorough evaluation and treatment via homoeopathy with daily observation and case management.

We will offer a balanced diet to be taken during the stay. Where possible, we will encourage walks along the seafront and complete relaxation from the daily routine of the patient’s life. We can arrange for the spouse to stay as well.

We are hoping for multiple homoeopaths to share in the case taking and then via discussion arrive at a course of treatment for the patient.

We will have a clinic on the premises staffed by professional homoeopaths and medical homoeopaths where possible to cover all eventualities. We will have osteopathic treatment available for misaligned joint issues if required.

We will have space available for student training in case taking and repertory understanding. There will be an opportunity to assist in live case taking and case management under supervision.  Seminars will be a regular occurrence. We aim to be all-inclusive in terms of Hahnemannian homoeopathy.

Just looking for the incentive to get out the cheque book and commit to the future.

 

 

 

Little steps and reminders.

A few days ago, a colleague of mine outlined a health issue with a young male family member. It was a difficult situation involving a stroke, various underlying problems that all would appear on the surface to be well suited to homoeopathic treatment. My colleague was lamenting the fact that he had to suffer in silence in not being in a position to treat the patient.

For those of us who have been in practice a while, we have become accustomed to this scenario. As young thrusting homoeopaths, we wanted to treat everyone and everything, and then we learned that many do not want what is offered. Even Family, especially family. We learn about free will and choice and stand back as people get sick and take strong suppressive medication and slowly get worse in the long term.

When we take on a patient, sometimes we see that life style changes are required. This involves telling the patient that they have to adopt new ways of doing things, and even a job change to get better. Not always going to go down well with the patient.

If we are not medically qualified, we always have to make sure that we treat diseases with the knowledge that our actions are going to be scrutinised heavily by the medical profession in the event of a fatality.

Many homoeopaths ‘choose’ to work with the patient seeing an allopath at the same time, and ‘manage’ the allopathic prescriptions given, letting the patient decide what they want to take and don’t want to take. A person consulting a homoeopath usually makes their own decision after reading the effects of prescribed medicine.

My professional life and successes has the phrase ‘spontaneous remission’ litter throughout. Annoying isn’t it..

Oh, my colleagues relative died. In the end we can only do what we can do.