(Continued from our last issue).
ORTHODOX medicine treats dropsy with injections which contain Mercury or other drugs. These produce increased urination, relieving the tissues of accumulation of fluid, but after a few days the dropsy returns and the treatment must be re-started. IN a case of dropsy, the biological physician follows the opposite policy. He gives a medicine which produces retention of fluid. For instance, if dropsy is due to mal-functioning of the kidneys, he will give Bryonia, together with Aquarin acet.
Owing to this treatment, retention of urine is increased and after twenty-four or forty-eight hours the body begins to produce its defensive measures against retention, profuse urination takes place, the fluid disappears from the tissues and there are no recurrences. But Bryonia should not be given diluted in accordance with the Hahnemannian principle, but in mother tincture prepared from the fresh plant as directed by Hahnemann. I recommend half a teaspoonful of the tincture to be given three times a day in alternation with a tablespoonful of Aquarin. acet. fortae in wine. I would repeat the statement that the increased retention of urine constitutes the desired reaction.
Since olden times it was known that Rhus toxicodendron produces rheumatism and gout, and that rheumatism and gout can be cured with the fresh leaves of Rhus toxicodendron. That plant contains a milky juice which is found in the leaves and stalks. If one applies that juice to the skin of a patient complaining of rheumatism, the immediate effect is great swelling and a considerable increase of all pain, which is followed by the complete disappearance of rheumatism, even if it has been in existence for years.
I have noticed this in cases thus treated. Various other remedies have the same effect and we may call them the Rhus toxicodendron group, or Rhus toxicodendron Oligoplex. That remedy is given internally as well, extracted from fresh plant, in optimum doses. Only so much is given that an aggravation is scarcely noticeable.
Every fisherman knows that if the seeds of cocculus indicus are thrown into the water and are eaten by fishes, the fishes lose their sense of balance and swim on their backs, and they die if they have eaten too much. Cocculus seeds affect similarly the centre of balance in humans. If the sense of balance is badly disturbed through sea-sickness or alcohol, people in Sweden and Norway are given medicines derived from the Cocculus group, Cocculus Oligoplex.
There is a medicine called Antimonium tartaricum, also named Tartarus emeticus. The name proclaims that it produces vomiting, similar to Apomorphin, Nux vomica (vomiting nut), Ipecacuanha (vomiting root) and others. This group furnishes an excellent remedy for the vomiting of pregnancy. The orthodox treatment with diluted chloroform and similar remedies is unbiological because it interferes with the natural defensive reaction of the body to the vomiting.
The treatment of disorders accompanied by great coldness and trembling, by rigors, together with septic developments, is very interesting. The treatment can be carried out by giving the indicated medicines either by the mouth or by injection, in accordance with the principle of similarity. The most powerful remedy which produces severe rigors if injected intravenously, and which should be used in cases of extreme severity on patients who are apparently bound to die, is Sulphur.
Sulphur occurs in volcanic parts of the world and is distilled by Nature from the deepest measures. It occurs in a practically pure state in Nature and is frequently given by itself. In this respect it differs from other minerals which occur in Nature in groups and which are given by the biological physician also in combination. In case of severe sepsis, one injects intravenously a cubic centimeter of Sulfur colloidate 3x (Madaus) and after ten to twenty minutes there will be an artificially produced rigor.
The stronger the rigor is, the faster will the cure take place. At a womens clinic at Riga this Sulphur treatment was tried in numerous cases of abortion accompanied by fever and a cure followed in every case. The fever temperature drops immediately upon injection. Dr. Berg, the principal of the clinic, agrees with me that sepsis due to abortion or to puerperal fever need not lead to death if patients are treated in accordance with biological principles.
HOW LOCALITY INFLUENCES THE EFFECTS OF MEDICINES.
There is a great difference between biological treatment, orthodox allopathic treatment and Homoeopathic treatment. Biological treatment is more universal and is in accordance with the formation and development of the crust of the earth and of mankind. I can refer only briefly to the connection between soil and man.
If we cultivate in a glass vessel microorganisms on a suitable nutritive substance in the manner familiar to every bacteriologist, let us say gonococci, we find that after about eight days these organisms cease to grow and they die because the nutritive soil on which they live has been poisoned by their excretions, by their so-called toxins. The identical development takes place in the cultivation of plants.
If in a field we produce clover year after year we find that after two or three years clover will flourish no longer. The soil has become clover-tired, and refuses to produce clover, notwithstanding the application of animal or chemical fertilizers. The soil has been poisoned by excretions from the clover roots and has become toxic, poisonous for clover. The agriculturist is aware of this and changes his crops form year to year and can return to clover in due course. Similarly we can detoxicate the nutritive soil, ridding it of the toxins of the gonococci.
In the past when mankind did not now how to detoxicate the soil rapidly by ploughing and by exposing the upturned soil to sun and frost, the soil was detoxicated by certain plants which have the power to normalize, to cure it. These plants play a similar part in the treatment of sick human beings. In all climes there are certain medicinal plants which free the soil of toxins, but these plants flourish only in their natural surroundings.
There is some reason for the old principle that the soil on which man lives produces the remedies which he requires. If men did not draw their food, condiments, etc., from all parts of the world, but relied exclusively on the produce of the soil around them, if they discarded the use of coffee, tobacco, oranges, etc., they would also not need those remedies which are obtained from far- away lands. Remedies produced in the Tropics are most useful for the population living in the Tropics. For instance, in Brazil nearly everyone drinks, in the hot weather, a bitter drink produced with China bark. This drink is not liked in Europe.
How dangerous it is to keep the soil under cultivation of the same plants for centuries is shown most strikingly in those lands which are covered with pine forests. The pine roots excrete acids and the unceasing injection of acid in large quantities into the earth produces an acid bleaching the earth and underneath the bleaching earth is formed the dreaded layer of Ortstein or Podosol, an unpermeable stoney layer a few feet below the surface of the soil which prevents penetration by the roots of plants into the sub-soil.
This development is destructive not only to pines but also to oaks, and large districts in all civilized countries are threatened with the danger of conversion into desert. This process may be compared with the calcification of the blood vessels in human beings, with arterio-sclerosis.
Plants will prosper only if the soil contains certain substances. Every botanist knows that certain districts produce in one year vast numbers of Ranunculus or Crowfoot. Then the plant disappears for years, but after six or seven years it comes up again. The seed which was in the soil has become active once more. If men live on a monotonous diet, grown on the soil around them, they will, in due course, suffer from metabolic diseases caused by that diet and they can be cured by those plants which detoxicate the soil where their food was grown from the poisons excreted by the food plants on which they live and which are considered to be weeds.
Medicinal plants detoxicate the soil and they acquire their characteristic potency by certain circumstances. Horse radish become less pungent if cultivated, even if treated with artificial or natural fertilizers. The wild horse radish is the most pungent. On the other hand, ginger becomes more pungent by the application of fertilizers. Hence the text-books prescribe, for medicinal purposes, the use of cultivated ginger. Those plants which flourish particularly on soil saturated with human urine were possibly created to neutralize the poisons contained in the urine.
I have been able to prove that these plants are particularly useful in those diseases which are characterized by a pronounced accumulation of poisons in the urine, particularly in cases of diphtheria, scarlatina and pneumonia. If we read the statement in literature that some plant or other has proved particularly helpful in the treatment of pneumonia, we have to enquire whether these curative plants were produced on soil which at some time or other was fertilized with the urine of pneumonia patients. We intend to answer this question. The investigation of this problem is on our programme of research.
If we assume that the toxins contained in the soil through the excretion of poisons by the roots are the same throughout the world, we must also assume that there are certain plants which have learned destroy, or neutralize, these poisons and which may have similar medicinal qualities for the use of men. However, we cannot conclude that, to give an example, Aconitum napellus, grown in Europe, will produce the same effect in India or Brazil which it produces on people living in the districts where in flourishes.
It appears that the efficiency of medicinal plants is largely dependent on the character of the locality where they are grown. Pharmacology should, at least theoretically, take notice of these local distinctions. We cannot rely on the effect of remedies guided solely by the text books. For instance, Lycopodium may prove ineffective if given in a district where for miles around no Lycopodium grown naturally.
Under these circumstances it will be wise to give in combination a number of plants which have more or less the same effect or to give these plants in alternation. Practical experience shows the superiority of combining the most important remedies belonging to a group in dynamic Oligoplexes which deal rapidly with the stagnation produced by chronic diseases. I would mention that biologic physicians and lay practitioners have been prescribing these combined remedies in ever-increasing numbers.
Their use has particularly spread not only among the biologic physicians but also among the German lay practitioners, who number six or eight thousand. They are neither strictly allopathic nor strictly homoeopathic, and they are solely guided by the successes which they obtain.
Users of combined remedies are often reproached because, if a combined remedy is given, no one can tell which of the remedies contained in it has proved curative. One might as well reproach a sportsman because he uses shot instead of a bullet. Men cannot live on one kind of food alone. Similarly we cannot always cure by a single remedy.
Those doctors who wish to treat patients biologically must realize that their change in attitude means not only a change in treatment but also in pharmaceutics. If we wish to treat biologically, we must not treat patients with medicinal plants which have been dried, heated, or the composition of which has been altered by the extraction of components, or by the addition of alcohol. The old science of herbal treatment went down when it became the custom to use dried herbs in decoction. That method of treating them destroyed in the first place those hormones which are susceptible to heat.
Further, all those substances which are intimately connected with the undissolved material were thrown away. The mere drying of herbs produces great changes in them which may destroy their medicinal properties. For instances, the Bryonia root is as harmless as a potato when it has been dried. The physician who wishes to prescribe herbal remedies must demand that the right medicinal plants are used, that they are collected at the proper season of the year, that they are cultivated and collected in the proper manner and that the effective parts of these plants are used.
The world contains millions of different plants and the medicinal properties of some thousands of these have been described. It is scarcely permissible to expect that a chronic disease of some individual may be cured by a single plant. In view of a practical experience extending over many years I have come to the conviction that the entire indicated group of plants, as contained in the Oligoplexes, provide extremely valuable, and perhaps the most valuable, remedies of Nature.
In consequence I recommend single remedies, such as Pulsatilla, only when I am quite certain that there is only a functional disturbances. The search of the simillimum requires much loss of time. Therefore one should treat a patient with a combined remedy, with a group remedy, with an Oligoplex unless the single remedy has produced an adequate result in a few days.
The season of gathering medicinal plants is very important. Fresh plant shoots contain many growth producing factors which are called Vitamin A. If an animal lying in its deep winter sleep is given an injection of spring vitamins it wakes up and remains awake. These vitamins disappear from the leaves in Autumn and they are replaced by other substances which produce a sense of tiredness in warm-blooded animals.
In other words Nature produces in Spring sleep-destroying and in Autumn sleep- inducing substances. Therefore the time of gathering of medicinal plants is extremely important. Spring and Autumn cures with plant juices have a deep biological significance.
If insoluble chemical substances are given they should be supplied in a colloidal form, in infinitely small particles. In this form they have a very different effect from the same substance if given in more substantial form. One can cauterize with colloidal silver while ordinary triturated silver has no such effect.
Ordinary powdered Sulphur placed into the bowel acts only after seven or eight hours, while the same Sulphur in infinitely small particles, in the colloidal form, acts already after fifteen minutes. Minerals which in Nature never occur in as pure a form as Sulphur should always be given in the same combination in which they occur in Nature.