THE great Dr. Rademacher had three universal medicines, Saltpetre, Copper and Iron, which he used with the greatest success. Two of them, Saltpetre and Copper, have almost been forgotten by the medical profession, and even Homoeopathy does not adequately value and use Copper although it is extremely useful and helpful on innumerable occasions.
Quite recently Copper is attracting increased attention because chemists have discovered the occurrence of that metal in considerable quantities in animals and plants and its occurrence naturally leads to the enquiry whether Copper is of importance in the life plants, animals and human beings, and what object it serves in the working of the body.
It had been known for some considerable time that Copper occurs in comparatively large quantities in the blood of lower animals and in the tissues of higher animals and of human beings. However, scientists assumed that the occurrence of Copper in the blood and tissues, was due to chance, not to the design of Nature.
No one thought it possible that Copper might be necessary to the functioning of the body of men, animals and plants and it was assumed that Copper had been consumed in the food and thus entered the body. The smallness of the quantity of Copper found seemed to justify this conclusion. However, observation showed that Copper occurred regularly in plants, animals and men.
The regularity of its occurrence seemed to indicate that plants, animals and human beings require a certain quantity of that metal. Orthodox medicine acted with its usual superficiality. It concluded that Copper was of “no particular use ” in the human economy, because scientists could not furnish an explanation. Besides, the quantity of Copper found was very small.
Later on, the improvement of chemical analysis enabled chemists to discover the existence of Copper in plants, animals and human being with greater accuracy, but, although the power of the infinitely small has at last become recognized, Copper was disregarded as a very important element, for carrying on the processes of life.
A few years ago two analytical chemists, working independently, discovered that Copper occurs in considerable quantity in the liver, and in the bile excreted by the gall bladder.
As feeding with liver and liver extract, discovered by Americans, had become a recognized from of treatment for pernicious anaemia and other diseases of the blood characterized by insufficiency of the red corpuscles, one might have imagined that scientists and medical men interested in the functioning and use of the liver would examine the part played by Copper in the functioning of that organ, especially as the metal is to be found in the blood as well and is presumably important in the elaboration of blood.
Every one who is acquainted with the use which is made of Copper by homoeopaths will readily surmise that the efficacy of the fashionable liver treatment may be due to the presence of Copper within the liver and its secretions. We may before long have the scientific confirmation of this conclusion.
Recently Professor Aschheim has informed us that mothers milk contains five times as much Copper as cows milk. Possibly this interesting fact explains the frequency of diarrhoea combined with colic in children and infants and we are reminded of the curative effect of Cuprum in such conditions.
The action of the infinitesimal of homoeopathy is well illustrated by the chemical action of Copper in infinitely small doses. For instance, if we put a few drops of Sulphate of Copper, Cuprum sulphuricum, in a solution of one in the thousand, which is equivalent to the homoeopathic 4x, into a basin of water in which sugar has been dissolved, the solution begins very soon to ferment violently, and develops considerable heat. We can prove the power of the infinitesimals by their chemical action.
Disseminated sclerosis has recently been treated with liver extracts. As the symptoms produced by Cuprum on healthy provers are similar to those of disseminated sclerosis with convulsive movements, fear, pride rage, cramps, chilliness, etc., one might almost pronounce Cuprum as a specific for disease on theoretical grounds.
The fact that Copper is excellent for destroying parasites is well known. It is also valuable in treating wounds, especially septic wounds and lupus. It has valuable antiseptic and astringent properties.