Biologische Heilkunst, March 4th, 1933.
DURING the night of the 8th to the 9th February I noticed some pain in the big toe joint, but saw patients at my house as usual and visited ten patients during the morning, but during the afternoon I was unable to see anyone because the toe joint became more painful from hour to hour, and at last the pain was excruciating and I did not dare to use my foot. A homoeopathic colleague sent me some Bryonia 2x and her recommended me to take a very hot bath to be followed by a strong stream of cold water directed on the affected joint. I followed his advice but slept badly owing to the pain.
On the next day I had the greatest difficulty to attend to my callers during the consulting hours. Every step caused violent pain and I had to lie down every moment and at last went to bed. I discussed the position with my homoeopathic colleague, who advised using leeches. He obtained a couple of leeches which took hold of the flesh of the swollen toe joint and very rapidly the thin and small beasties became very large, like those huge slugs which one finds in vineyards.
After sucking during forty minutes they dropped off and the places where they had bitten continued bleeding all night long. When leeches had fallen off, she swelling of the toe joint had disappeared and the pain which radiated from the joint through the whole of the foot and up to the knee had disappeared as well and I was again able to use the leg. On February 11th my temperature was normal and I could pay a large number of visits to patients, during which I had to ascend numerous stairs. I could sleep without pain and the next day I was perfectly normal. Leeches may be disgusting, but occasionally they are very useful.