I WOULD draw attention to the article “Twelve Great Remedies” by Dr. Edward Bach. The writer claims claims that with twelve herbal remedies which he has discovered and which are practically unknown to science, any one can easily cure many obscure and difficult cases which have proved intractable to both orthodox treatment and homoeopathy.
The most extraordinary feature about these new remedies is that, according to Dr. Bach, they should not be prescribed on those symptoms with which orthodox physicians and homoeopaths are familiar, but on the broadest indications of mind and character. We are told that every layman can produce the most gratifying results with these innocent herbs.
Dr. Bachs assertions are staggering, and I can well understand that they have been received with doubt, ridicule and derision by the medical profession. This journal gives an impartial hearing to all who can contribute something useful to the science and art of health, be they orthodox or unorthodox, professional, or lay. I have met Dr. Bach. He may be an unpractical idealist, but he is an earnest student and gives the impression of being a thoroughly honest man.
He is known to thousands of doctors. He has done excellent work as pathologist to the London Homoeopathic Hospital, and he has produced a number of very valuable nosodes, disease products, employed for curative purposes, which have been used by hundreds of physicians throughout the world with excellent results, and he has published in conjunction with Dr. C. E. Wheeler, the well-known book Chronic Disease, A Working Hypothesis.
By a lucky coincidence I have received an article by a well- known medical man, who has employed Bachs twelve herbal remedies, and who has obtained the most gratifying results with them. It should be read in conjunction with Dr. Bachs article. If Dr. Bachs assertions are correct, his discoveries may open a new chapter in the art of healing.
As official medicine will listen not to Bach, “HEAL THYSELF” will put the matter to the test. I would ask those of my readers who have had experience with Dr. Bachs remedies to send me details for publication.
TWELVE GREAT REMEDIES.
BY DR. EDWARD BACH.
THE twelve which I have been working on for the last five years are proving so wonderful in their curative results and they are bringing health to so many so-called incurables, even where homoeopathic treatment has failed, that I am endeavouring to make the prescribing so simple that they can be used by all lay people.
The remedies themselves never give strong reactions, since they never do hard, however much is taken and if the wrong remedy is given, no bad effect will follow, but when the right one is given benefit will be obtained. None of the plants from which these remedies are extracted are poisonous. They are all beneficent. Therefore no one need be in fear of using them.
The whole principle is this: that there are twelve mental states, and to each of these states belongs a herb. No matter whether the disease is of the utmost severity or a slight cold, whether it is of an hours or of many years duration, it matters not; it is the mental state, and that alone, which decides the choice of the remedy required.
The mental states and the corresponding remedies are as follows:.
Number 1. In the cases of great urgency, great danger, intense fear or terror or depression, in all cases of utmost need when the situation seems desperate give.
Number 2. When there is fear, not terror, but quite calm fear give MIMULUS.
Number 3. When the patient is restless, anxious, tortured give AGRIMONY.
Number 4. When there is indecision, when noting seems right, when first one thing and then another is required give.
Number 5. When the patient is sleepy, drowsy, listless, a far- away look, with no interest in things, making no effort to get well, no joy in life give
Number 6. When there is self-pity, patient feels badly treated, that the suffering is undeserved give.
Number 7. The patient who wants to do foolish things, listens to everyones advice, who tries any and every cure suggested requires CERATO.
Number 8. The patient who is discouraged, who is doing well but looks on the dark side of things and feels depressed requires.
Number 9. The strong-willed, those who are difficult to treat because they always know the best and go their own way require.
Number 10. When there is impatience, severe pain, fretting to be quickly well, anxious to be up and about again, impatient with those around give
Number 11. Those calm, quiet and brave patients who never complain, who in their sickness desire to be of no trouble to others and strive to get well by themselves will be helped by.
Number 12. Those who are weak, pale and have no strength, just feeble and tired will be much helped by.
The dosage is as follows: take two or three drops of the stock remedy to an ordinary medicine bottle, fill it with water, shake up well, then give teaspoonfuls of this as required. In urgent cases every quarter of an hour, in serious cases every hour, and in ordinary cases three or four times a day. In cases of unconsciousness, the lips of the patient may be moistened with the remedy.
As the patient improves, it will often be found necessary to change the remedy as his state changes, and in some cases even as many as half a dozen different herbs may be required.
As an example:
A many of thirty-five had had severe rheumatism for five weeks. When first seen almost every joint in the body was affected with swelling and tenderness, he was in great pain, rolling about in his torture, anxious as to what was going to happen.
The patient was very ill and looked as though he would not be able to stand much more. Agrimony was given hourly for twenty hours when there was marked improvement, pain and swelling had all gone except for one shoulder joint, the patient was calmer and less worried. Agrimony was continued for another six hours when the patient slept for four hours. On waking all pain had gone.
The next stage was one of fear, fear of the pain coming back, fear of moving in case it caused a recurrence. Mimulus was given, and the next day the patient was up and dressed and had shaved himself. In spite of the good result, the patient felt discouraged, depressed, down-hearted. Gentian was given and on the third day the patient was out and about, he attended a cinema and also visited the local tavern.
At other times a single remedy is all that is required as in the following case:
A girl of eighteen had had some large cysts removed from her thyroid gland in the neck six months previously. These were returning and she was told that she must wait until they were big again when another operation would be necessary.
She was a gentle little girl of the day-dreaming type, living in a land of dreams and very little concerned about her condition. Clematis, given three times a day for a week, caused complete absorption of the cysts, and up to date, three months afterwards, there has been no sign of recurrence, and no further doses have been necessary.
A lady had had acute rheumatism for two years, and had been either in nursing homes or hospitals the whole of that time. When first seen, the hands were very stiff and painful, the ankles were double their normal size and the patient was only just able to walk. In addition, there was pain in the shoulders, neck and back.
The lady was one of exquisite gentleness, calmness and courage, and had borne her illness with wonderful patience and fortitude. Water Violet was clearly indicated and it was given for two weeks, definite improvement slowly occurring. Then came a period of slight self-pity which Chicory removed. At the end of four weeks the patient was able to walk two miles, but felt unsteady and uncertain, so Scleranthus was given.
Then followed a period of a little impatience and wanting to be back doing everything which indicated Impatiens. At the end of eight weeks the patient could walk four miles, could use her hands freely, had no pain and, with the exception of a little stiffness and a trace of swelling in the right ankle, was completely cured.
A lady of about forty had had vague pains in the abdomen for three weeks, and she had rapid swelling of the glands in the groins, armpits and neck. On examination there were found large masses of glands in the abdomen and the blood count was that of an acute lymphatic leukaemia. The outlook was of course extremely serious. The patient realized that she had a malignant disease.
She was in terror and was secretly thinking of the easiest way to commit suicide. Rock Rose was given for a few days with lessening of the abdominal pain and a diminution in the size of the glands. The patients attitude then changed, she was encouraged by the improvement and the black dread and terror of death had gone, but there was now a quiet fear that it was too good to be true, hence Mimulus was given for about two weeks, at the end of which time the patients condition was normal and she has remained perfectly fit ever since, a period of six months.
A farmer suffered from paralysis of the neck so that the head fell forward. Besides there was weakening of the eye and mouth muscles. He was intensely strong-willed, would go about his work as usual, for months refused treatment. Vervain effected a complete cure in about two weeks.
A lady of about forty had suffered from asthma from childhood, and had spent about four months each winter in bed. She had had an enormous number of injections of adrenalin and had been given every type of asthma treatment without effect. She was, like many cases of asthma, whooping cough, and other chest complaints, tortured by her disease.
She was first seen in December 1930, and by the end of January 1931, Agrimony had completely removed the disease. There was a slight return in the winter of 1931 which was easily controlled, the patient not having to go to bed. Since then there has been no trace whatever of the disease.
NOTES ON DR. BACHS TWELVE REMEDIES.
BY M.R.C.S., L.R.C.P.
DURING the last few years Dr. Bach has devoted the whole of his time and energy to the testing and proving of some new remedies. These are of great interest when considered from the homoeopathic point of view. Those who are familiar with the work of Hahnemann will remember that in his provings of remedies he discovered that each drug brought out clearly its own definite mental characteristics.
If each group of mental symptoms are added together, of any one remedy, it will be found that they make up one outstanding mental characteristic of the patient. For example, Sepia in its totality suggests Indifference; Chamomilla, Irritability, etc.
Now these twelve new remedies are each representative of one mental characteristic dominating the whole patient, for example, Clematis corresponds to Indifference; Agrimony to Worry of a torturing nature accompanied with restlessness; Chicory to Congestion, mental or physical; Impatient to pain and impatience; Rock Rose to Terror; Mimulus to Fear, etc., etc.
As an example of their use the following cases of my own will show how to select the correct Bach remedy:.
A child, female, age 12 years. Fractured left wrist, confirmed by X-rays. Arnica and Symphytum were given with some relief the night the accident took place, but only fitful attempts at sleep were made. The next night it seemed as if a repetition of the previous nights pain and discomfort would be likely, in spite of Arnica. Impatiens 3 was given: after the first dose a sobbing at tack occurred, due evidently to a mental reaction after tying to keep a brave face on the trouble.
Then the child fell asleep and only woke to have the position of the arm changed. She slept well and in the morning said the arm felt much better and that after the first dose of the medicine it felt different. Incidentally the arm made a more rapid recovery than usually occurs with the usual homoeopathic remedies.
Another case of considerable interest. A man, aged 50 years, sustained a fractured leg, and a large blood tumor developed. For ten nights he had very little sleep and “nearly went mad with the pain”. The pain was said to be intolerable, and surgical measures were contemplated as the pain was unusual and not easily explained. Impatiens was given, and after the first dose he had a good nights sleep with relief from pain.
A patient, aged 70 years, had a serious lung condition resulting from an injury many years ago. For some years there had been acute inflammatory attacks and later these were accompanied by haemorrhage of some severity. Many homoeopathic remedies had been used as indicated but they only palliated.
Then on the indication of a fear amounting to terror of another attack, Rock Rose was given, with the result that the patient has remained free from any attacks for a year. Thus this had accomplished, by giving freedom from the attacks which were increasing in frequency and severity.
This was a case of some severity and one which gave rise to some anxious moments.
A male child, 3 years of age, began with convulsions for no obvious reason, but the cause was apparently the suppression of an eczema due to faulty treatment. The convulsions became very frequent, coming on every twenty minutes. Between them the child was hardly conscious being in a state of stupor.
Clematis was given every quarter of an hour; the lips being moistened with the fluid. After twenty-four hours the child began to improve, and recovered its normal condition eventually. An interesting point was that after a few days some of the eczematous rash returned.
Mammary abscess after childbirth, in the left breast. The whole breast became swollen and congested, and pus was obviously present. Surgical measures were declined by the patient. For a time the breast improved under the indicated homoeopathic remedies, and pus discharged from an opening close to the nipple.
Then the breast became worse and it seemed that nothing but a radical opening of the breast would be any good. By this time the condition had lasted one month. Impatiens was now given and relieved the pain. This was followed by Chicory and the breast made a rapid and complete recovery.
A woman aged 40 years. In this case there were a number of physical symptoms, but the outstanding feature of this case was the complete indifference to everyday affairs. The history was that a few years ago a girl friend had died and the patient became indifferent to everything and for the greatest part of the year following she did noting but mope about. All she wanted to do was to die and join her friend.
She said she had never been fit since her friend died. Clematis was given to be taken frequently, and after a week the patient returned and said she was much better. There was still a certain amount of indifference of life. Clematis was continued, and at the end of a month the patient reported: “I feel a lot better in myself; I feel more like I did years ago.” She has regained he hold on life and its daily round of work.