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A health issue at the Seville Seminar

It happened to me. After a lot of flights and walking in new shoes, I experienced first a slight pain in the joint of my left big toe. The night before the Seminar began, it exploded in pain and burning and sharpness. I had no remedies with me.

I did not sleep that night. At the seminar I quickly repertorised it and then went to the Iberhome display desk and asked for Mercurius. They had a vial of 9c of which I put one globule in water, stirred, waited a couple of minutes and then took a teaspoonful. Within minutes, the pain began to subside. I repeated the dose at lunchtime. during the Semiinar, I took  maybe 4 doses. The improvement was 80%

Monday evening, all of a sudden, the foot swelled a little, tight skin, red, shiny and the pain returned to a much lesser degree, but was there. I was meeting Antonio Ortega (The dr who translated for me) and his wife for dinner that evening and requested he bring me Belladonna and which I took immediately on receiving it. I awoke this morning with no swelling, slight soreness in the joint and feeling much better. I have another dose to repeat if required.

Is it gout? I dont know. I do know that the symptoms experienced could have been gout or an inflammation  of the joint by new shoe compression. Either way, the symptoms were met by the two remedies involved.

Iberhome medicines are prepared under strict manufacturing conditions. When I visited several months ago,  I was impressed with the protocols in place for medicine preparations. They are a licenced laboratory and as such prepare a medicine from scratch in isolation rooms with air flow control and sealed containment entry and exits.

Both medicines I took acted immediately on my condition. We only have two things to rely on for a curative action, one is the accuracy of the prescription and the other is the quality of the medicines.

Iberhome certainly took care of one of the necessities.

 

IMPAIRMENT OF SPEECH

IMPAIRMENT OF SPEECH

Wm. T., aged 23 occupation clerk, consulted me, complaining of an impairment of speech, which had lasted seventeen years. No cause could be learned, although his mother and others had been interviewed.

The case as taken presented the following :
February 16. Mentally he is weak indifferent for the most part, with times of irritation and petulance. Aphonia < between 4 and 5 P. M., at which time the voice is the merest whisper ; < in hot weather ; < in winter, > by expectoration of a lump of black mucus. Three and a half years ago he had typhoid fever under allopathic treatment, since which time he is “nervous” with trembling of both arms. This is quite independent of whether or not he works.
Voice lost in the evening, Brom., Carb. v., Phos.
< in winter, Carb. veg., phos.
< in wet weather, carb. v., Phos.
< 4 and 5 P. M., Carb. v.
Indifferent, apathetic mentally, Carb. v., Phos.
> by expectoration of black mucus disregarded, as this is Pittsburgh.
February 18. Gave Carbo veg. 1 m. single dose.
February 25. Improving, has some voice P. M., S. L.
March 27. Improvement continued until a week ago. Repeated Carbo veg., this time 40m.
April 25. Practically well. Thinks it is wonderful since time and money had been spent.

Rheumatism and Venereal Infection

RHEUMATISM

I was called to see a man with rheumatism. He had been confined to his bed and arm chair for many months, and had suffered greatly from the disease and many doctors. Had not tried homœopathy, for there was “nothing in it.” I found joints swollen (hands, feet, knees, body). The affection had continued all the time to move from joint to joint since he was attacked.

Heat did not > but <.
Tongue coated white, poor appetite, no thirst.
Very greatly discouraged, depressed.
Temperament, fair ; mild disposition.

There were other symptoms, but these were leading. He received Pulsatilla c. m. (Fincke). He improved promptly, but in a few days sent for me. He showed me a discharge from the urethra that looked gonorrhœal in character. That was in the days of long ago, when we did not know so much about bacteriology. He said that his wife had given it to him, for he had, as everybody knew, not been able to get away from home. The wife indignantly denied the imputation. Both looked to me for a solution of the mystery. I said to him – did you ever have clap before ?

He hesitated under the scrutiny of the flashing eyes of his wife. Then said : Yes, I did when I was a young man, before I was married. I said your rheumatism is improving since this discharge appeared. Yes. How were you cured of the clap ? By an injection. Well, then, I said neither you nor your wife are guilty of inconstancy toward each other. This rheumatism from which you are now suffering is the result of that suppressed gonorrhœa of twenty years ago, and you will get well of both under the action of appropriate medication. But no more local injections, please. He recovered rapidly. I have seen other cases similar from such suppressions and am careful not to resort to them. I did not know of the history of gonorrhœa in the case, but treated it on the symptomatic indications. (Nash.)

Sinus abscess

In the month of February, 1906, I was requested by a noted specialist to see a case in consultation of frontal sinus abscess. He said that he had operated on it, but the sore would not heal, and hoped that something might be done to promote the healing process.

Mrs. A. J. L., age 61 years, spare, dark olive-brown complexion, sallow. Abscess of frontal sinus ; has been operated. Nodes or swellings in periosteum (knees, shin and clavicle), small joints enlarged. These swellings are painful, sensitive and very hot to touch. Has taken much Mercury. Bowels very constipated ; little black balls like sheep dung. Oppressive choking sensation, wants to take a long breath frequently. Weeps much ; is very melancholy ; thinks she ought to die and get out of the way, is no good and never will be.
Taking into account these things, first, chronic poisoning with mercury ; second, the location of the caries (nasofrontal) ; third, the depression of mind, we advised Aurum met., six powders of the 200th (B. & T.) to be taken dry on the tongue one week apart. The following letter will show the results :

E. B. NASH, M. D.
My dear Doctor : I am Dr. P—–‘s frontal sinus patient that you visited at the Ophthalmic Hospital in New York in February. For eighteen months the left frontal sinus had been open, and every other day was treated. What I suffered words cannot tell. That tube had to be taken out and replaced, and I could not take cocaine or anæsthetics, so I had to just grin and bear it ; but the tissue would not form ; the wound would not heal. In January I again went to both Dr. P—– and Dr. M—– ; told me there was no hope for me unless I submitted to a dreadful operation that would disfigure me for life. This I refused, and when you came to see me I was in the depths of despair. You prescribed, and now, in six weeks, the sinus is filled up, the wound is healed, and to-day I am without a patch. I have only taken six powders. It seems a miracle to me. I had given up hope. I am not nearly so nervous ; have only had two nightmares since taking the medicine (and I used to waken the house-hold every few nights.). My constipation is better, but not what it should be. The little black sheep marbles have disappeared ; the discharge is now light colored, slender, choppy or broken off looking ; not every day. Every little exertion makes me break out in profuse perspiration, but I am stronger than I was when you saw me, and I believe if you could take me in hand I might be a good deal better.

Sincerely Yours,
Mrs. F. H. L.

This case is interesting in all ways, but I wish to call attention particularly to the potency used. So many think that gold and the other metals cannot be potentized above demonstrable divisibility of matter. I shall have occasion to show differently in my report of cases further on (Nash.)

The proper use of ‘Key notes’ i.e. the main Prescribing symptom.

ECZEMA

Cases From E.B. Nash

Florence Johnson, a young woman, had been afflicted a long time with chronic gastritis. She was unable to take ordinary food without great burning and distress in her stomach. This condition of stomach was relieved when she had eczema of both ears, which was intensely painful and burning. She would sometimes succeed in healing the ears, but in proportion as she succeeded in that the stomach symptoms returned. Then she would get very poor in flesh. I had given her Sulphur and Graphites without perceptible benefit and also Arsenicum 30 and 200. Finally I concluded to try the Arsenicum higher. Gave her Arsenicum 37m., made on my own potentizer, and the effect was wonderful. The whole trouble promptly yielded, and she had no trouble since now several years. I forgot to say that she also had scalp trouble of a similar nature with that of the ears, which also subsided. (Nash.)

Sneezing and Coryza

SABADILLA

SNEEZING CORYZA

By Eugene Beauharnais NASH


Miss E., aged 23, book-keeper, rather tall, thin, but counting herself in good health, complained of a single annoying symptom of long standing, as follows :

Since fourteenth year of age had suffered from attacks of sneezing and lachrymation. The slightest change in temperature, the most trivial irritation, would bring on violent paroxysms of sneezing, lachrymation and watery coryza going from one room to another, a draft, the opening of a door, the chilling of the hands or a bright light striking the eyes were any of them sufficient to precipitate an attack, and when such exciting causes appeared to be lacking occasional attacks would come on anyhow. There was no organic catarrh, no discharge (except at the time of the paroxysms), no symptoms of any kind left afterwards. No headache, no menstrual trouble, no pains, no aching, no modalities except as above mentioned in regard to the sneezing, Sabadilla 200, a few powders, cured completely and permanently.

REMARKS.- This case was absolutely hopeless for a pathological prescriber or for an allopath. The pathology is not mysterious, almost anyone, if the knew enough, could talk learnedly about it. I would be a description of how puerperal irritation, inconceivably slight, affected by branches of the sympathetic nerve and carried by paths and routes absolutely unknown to the mucous membrane of the nose, produced an undue afflux of blood, tumefaction and irritation of the Schneiderian membrane until another reflex was thereby started, setting up the whole complex mechanism of stimulation, there occurred a powerful, sudden contraction of the diaphragm, producing a friable expulsion of air through the nasal passages, accompanied by such a stimulation of the lachrymal apparatus as to produce copious tears, and also by such an activity of the nasal mucous membrane as to cause a profuse flow of watery secretion from the nose to the great detriment of many fine linen handkerchiefs. What is all this but words, vain words ? Miss Eberle could go through the process forty times while the pathologist was describing one sneeze. How could the most profound understanding of the pathological process show that Sabadilla was the remedy ? I leave that problem to the prayerful attention of the devotees of pathology, Epsom salts, castor oil and calomel. As to the remedy, sneezing, lachrymation and thin nasal discharge are characteristic. I count it a fault in our materia medica that it does not dwell with sufficient emphasis upon this important feature ofSabadilla. This drug in the days when the allopaths used Galenical medicines rather than coal tar products was of considerable prominence as an antiparasitic and vermifuge. Like nearly all the drugs of the old school, more than a year old, it has fallen into disuse, but was retained in the last pharmacopœia for the purpose of manufacturing the alkaloid veratrine of which it is the source. The present pharmacopœia drops it entirely, retaining its alkaloid only. I know by experience that it is impossible to powderSabadilla seeds without taking precaution against the inhaling of the dust, as it is provocative of most powerful stimulation ; the alkaloid has the same property but in a milder degree.

It is said that the celebrated Schneeberger Schnupf-Taback owes its property of causing powerful nasal titillation to the presence of Sabadilla in its composition.

Sabadilla is almost a polychrest, and indicated probably twenty times where it is once used. I have no doubt that Ipecac., Pulsatilla and Lachesis are frequently useful to zig zag a case to health when Sabadilla would do more powerful and direct work than any of those mentioned. The resemblances and differences between it and Lachesis are worthy of careful study.

In the Materia Medica we find the following symptoms, showing its power in the direction of Miss E’s symptoms : “Lachrymation, worse when walking in the open air or looking at light ; sneezing, coughing or yawning, lachrymation as soon as the least pain is felt in some other part of the body, for instance, the hand.”

“Margins of the lids red.”

“Spasmodic sneezing ; fluent coryza.”

“Either nostril stuffed up ; itching nose.”

“Violent sneezing from time to time, shaking the abdomen, followed by lachrymation.”

“Coryza with savage frontal pains and redness of eyelids ; violent spasmodic sneezing, influenza and lachrymation on going into the open air. Cough with lachrymation.” (J. B. S. King.)

ANY Remedy is both an Acute and a Chronic.

CHRONIC NERVOUS PROSTRATION

After graduation in Philadelphia, on my return home (Candor, N. Y.), I was called to an adjoining town (Danby) to a patient who had been in bed twenty years from what was diagnosed then by several physicians as “nervous prostration.”

I thought this was a hard case for a novice to undertake, but on examination was informed by the patient that her whole trouble was brought on at first by an exposure to dry cold air on a long ride, 20 degrees below zero. She had never been well since. Now she was troubled with insomnia of long duration. She was afraid to go to sleep for fear she might die. On these indications I prescribed Aconite 6x notwithstanding the chronic character of the case. A month after she came walking into my office.

She said, “‘I did not report as I promised, because I slept good the first night, and have done so ever since, I feel well.”

This was my first case after graduation, many years ago. It was a remarkable cure, for it helped both the patient and me ; me in the establishment of my faith in homœopathy, and the patient so long sick to perfect health. (E. E. Snyder.)

Using the Materia Medica Properly.

LEUCORRHŒA

Dr Skinner.

Dr Thomas SKINNER (1825-1906)Mrs. W., age 25 years, married, and has two children : the last was born fifteen months before I saw her, from which time she has suffered from profuse yellow leucorrhea with violent pruritus vulvæ ; worse at night. She has at the same time great bearing down of womb, perfectly incapacitating her from standing or walking or doing her household duties, such as ironing and washing.
Most violent chronic headaches, of a throbbing and tensive character, and arising from the least worry or fatigue, with habitual constipation. Has been, under allopathic treatment two years without benefit. The keynotes to the cure were as follows : Heat and pressure on vertex ; throbbing and tension ; headaches more or less constant and worse before the menses ; worried by trifles, and memory impaired. Flushing of face ; fainting spells without cause ; sinking, empty, exhausted, craving for food ; worse at eleven o’clock in the forenoon ; intense icy cold feet ; worse when the head is bad.
Sulphur, one millionth potency (Boericke), in one dose of five pellets, cured permanently every symptom, constipation, leucorrhea and sensation of prolapsus included and without repetition. (Skinner). The italics are mine. (N.)

Hahnemann the experimenter

This material is found in the case of Thomas Everest DF-14, (Hahnemanns case books) which spans the years 1842-1843. I have worked on this case for a number of years as it shows Hahnemann treating a tri-miasmatic complex disorder. The patient was an psoric patient who had many symptoms dating back to his earlier years when he was in India. Hahnemann was treating him quite successfully with Sulphur in the LM potency from 0/1, 0/2, 0/3, etc., and when he contracted gonorrhea while under treatment in Paris.
Hahnemann used Cannabis for the primary gonorrhea symptoms and Thuja for the underlying sycosis.This treatment worked very well. The patient also had some syphilitic symptoms in the background which Mercury acted upon. The seem to be a point in the case where there were still some lingering venereal symptoms when Hahnemann suddenly gave made a synthetic prescription by combining two symptoms from the repertory. One side of the rubric was itching in the anus – Sulphur AND the other side of the rubric was made from XXX. Samuel made a bracket embracing the remedies Mercury from one rubric and Sulphur from then rubric pointing to Cinnabaris (Red Sulphide of Mercury) in the 0/21.

The T. Everest casebook entry was an example of an experimental synthetic prescription using the two rubrics from Boenninghausen’s Alphabetical Repertory, Part One, Embracing the Remedies which are Antipsoric, Antisycotic and Antisyphilitic. This is also commonly called the Repertory of Antipsoric Remedies. Hahnemann clearly makes up a composite rubric from the symptoms of Sulphur + Mercury equaling = Cinnabaris, which is not in the repertory. This remedy aggravated the patient’s anger but then removed the remaining venereal tendencies. Secondly, he gave this experimental synthetic remedy in the 0/21 potency as an opening potency. This were the basic circumstances.

The Following quote is taken from the case of Thomas Everest, Hahnemannn’s Paris Casebooks, DF 14. The French text was produced by David Little and translated by J. C. Ravalard, MD and edited by Jill Gittins. The German rubrics were taken from the German edition of the A Systematic Alphabetic Repertory of Homoeopathic Remedies, Part 1, Embracing the Antipsoric, Antisycotic and Antisphylitic Remedies supplied by Chris Gillen and translated by Oda Schiller of Germany. This material is protected by copyright laws by David Little and HOE 2004 in agreement with the RBI in Germany.

March 25th, 1843

25 = night of 22/23 still eructation and cutting pain in epigastrium has been forced to get up at night – the appetite had gone away – today the appetite came back – anal itching better – almost completely stopped – still does not sleep well – abdomen and epigastrium better – since the 22nd itching and sensitiveness of ears increased – fears a new attack

[German rubric: Juecken in den Ohren] Itching in the ears; Sulph.
[German rubric: Juecken am After] Itching at the anus; Merc.

} Cinn. [These two rubrics are joined by a bracket after which is written Cinnabaris]

Prescription

Cinn 21/0 – 7 ½ – 1 tablespoon – glass – to take 1, 2 teaspoon [Cinnabaris 0/21 in a 7 ½ tablespoon solution, 1 tablespoon into a dilution glass, to take 1, then 2 teaspoons] (French: 1 c. a b. v. pr. 1, 2 p. c.)

Commentary

This is exactly what is written in the Paris Casebooks. Hahnemann made a bracket that embraces the Itching in the ears; Sulph. and the Itching at the anus; Merc. } and then wrote Cinnabaris. The Sulphur and Mercury can be found under these rubrics in A Systematic Alphabetic Repertory of Homoeopathic Remedies, Part 1, Embracing the Antipsoric, Antisycotic and Antisphylitic Remedies.

1. A Systematic Alphabetic Repertory of Homœopathic Remedies, First Part, Embracing the Antipsoric, Antisycotic and Antisyphilitic Remedies lists the following remedies under the rubric:

Ears and Hearing, In the ears, Itching (Gr. Oren und Gehoer, In den Ohren, Juecken): Agar. (3), Alum. (3), Amm. (4), Bar. (3), Bell. (2), Bov. (3), Calc. (2), Carb. veg. (2), Caust. (2), Coloc. (2), Con. (3), Daph. (2), Graph. (2), Hep. s. c. (2), Kali. (3), Lyc. (3), Mur. ac. (2), Natr. mur. (2), Nitr. (2), Nit. ac. (2), Petr. (2), Phosph. (3), Phosph. ac. (2), Plat. (2), Rhod. (2), Sassap. (3), Sep. (3), Sil. (3), Stann. (2), SULPH (4), Zinc. (2).

A Systematic Alphabetic Repertory of Homœopathic Remedies, First Part, Embracing the Antipsoric, Antisycotic and Antisyphilitic Remedies lists the following remedies under the rubric:

Anus: Itching (Gr. After: Juecken): Agar. (2), Alum. (3), Amm. (2), Bar. (4), Bell. (3), Calc. (3), Carb. veg. (2), Caust. (3), Con. (2), Euphorb. (3), Graph. (2), Kali. (4), Lyc. (2), Mur. ac. (2), Natr. (2), Nit. ac. (3), Petr. (2), Phosph. (3), Phosph. ac. (2), Plat. (3), Sassaap. (3), Seneg. (2), Sep. (4), Stann. (3), Zinc. (4). – MERC. (4).

The first component Hahnemann wrote down was Sulphur, which is found in the rubric ^itching in the ear.* The second component Hahnemann selected was Mercury, which is found in the rubric *itching at the anus*. Then Hahnemann connects them with a bracket } and writes down Cinn, Red Sulphide of Mercury, which is composed of Sulphur and Mercury. Hahnemann most likely studied Cinnabaris and other remedies in the Materia Medica Pura and Chronic Diseases. Nevertheless, the Paris casebooks show the above synthetic repertorization with Sulphur and Mecury } Cinn. are carefully marked in the prescription. These are the basic historical facts

David Little.

Case Studies from India (hidradenitis suppurativa)

31-year-old Mrs. Sanjana (name changed) visited Alwarpet clinic with symptoms of recurrent pustular and hard abscess in both her armpits. There was pain and redness with offensive yellow discharge.

On a detailed study, she was diagnosed with hidradenitis suppurativa, an exceptional inflammatory skin disease that affects only estimated 1% of the population. She took conventional treatment for a period of 2 years that simply palliated the abscess. Twice she underwent incision and drainage (a surgery to drain the infected areas) yet the abscess relapsed at an interval of only 4 months.

She suffered from recurrent mild fever with severe body pain. The constant pricking pain made her agitated and stressed. Due to the occurrence of red, tender swelling in her armpits, she was unable to do her day-to-day activities at home. She was not able to move her arms freely. Washing or combing hair was also a painful task for her. She had to quit her job due to excruciating pain. Her confidence was completely shattered. When she realised the fact that there was no cure for her disease in conventional system of medicine, she resorted to homeopathy.

She was very skeptical initially because it was the first time she was trying homeopathy. Her husband who accompanied her to the clinic said that she was a very mild and gentle person, but had eventually become irritable owing to her suffering. She had emotional outburst most of the time because her pain and suffering.

After considering the entire case history, we prescribed Pulsatilla 200. In a span of one month, the redness and the intensity of pain subsided. There was an expulsion of offensive discharge from the abscess. She did not get fever and the quality of her sleep improvised. Overall in the course of 4 months, the abscess reduced considerably. She was kept under thorough observation for a period of 2 years and no relapse was noticed.

Dr Batra.