(From Volkstumliche Homoopathische Arneiwirkungslehre).
A CASE OF ASTHMA.
Many years ago I was consulted by an old builders labourer, who as pale as chalk, and he complained that he got the most terrible attacks of asthma round about midnight, and that he could get relief only by bringing up masses of white phlegm, which he could raise only with the greatest difficulty. He had consulted numerous doctors without benefit. The materia medica taught me that Antimonium arsenicum ought to the indicated remedy. I told him to take a dose of that medicine in the fourth decimal potency.
Three days afterwards he came to me and told me apologetically that he had dropped my medicine into the salt solution with which he gargled. I replied that I was glad he had done so because otherwise he would have gone on gargling with salts an my medicine might not have helped him. He was very surprised and asked whether chewing tobacco also would upset the medicine.
I said “Certainly. You must leave off chewing tobacco and must not talk any spirits either.” Having given me a solemn promise to abstain from his gargle, chewing tobacco and spirits, I gave him another supply of Antimonium arsenicum 4x. Six weeks afterwards he came to me and was jubilant: “I am so well, so well, I can now go up and down ladders carrying any quantity of bricks. I am a different man.”.
A few weeks after a lady who acted as housekeeper on a large estate sent me a letter and asked me whether I could cure her of asthma, and she sent me a description of her symptoms which were identical with those of the builders labourer, and told me that she had consulted a homoeopathic physician, who had given her Antimonium arsenicum 4x, which she had talk without any benefit.
I wrote to her in reply that for her particular from of asthma I knew no better remedy than Antimonium arsenicum 4x and that she should continue it exactly as ordered by her doctor. Six or seven weeks afterwards she wrote to me that her asthma was cured, and that she would now tell me the truth. She had distrusted the homoeopathic medicine, and had not taken the Antimonium Arsenicum until I had written to her, and then it had cured her promptly. Arsenic has the peculiarity that it produces and cures aggravation of symptoms about midnight.
A CASE OF JAUNDICE
One of my colleagues enquired by letter whether I could recommend something for jaundice. He had been treating a girl of eighteen years, who was suffering from fever without perspiration, by giving her Aconite, which was clearly indicated by the symptoms. fever without perspiration certainly calls for Aconite. The fever had disappeared, but now the girl had been attacked by jaundice and she was as yellow as a lemon, and was troubled with fearful itching of the skin, a symptom which frequently accompanies jaundice and is due to the gall getting into the blood.
I replied to him that I did not care to treat by correspondence people I had never seen and that he should choose a remedy guided by the leading symptoms. Very likely Chionanthus 6x or Carduus marianus 2x might come in question. Two months afterwards my colleague told me that he had given both alternatively and that they had cured the jaundice.
More than forty years ago Dr. Mau, of Kiel, created a sensation by publishing his success in treating glandular disease with Tuberculin 30. Encouraged by his accounts, I sent to a lady who suffered from tuberculous glands of the neck a small quantity of Tuberculin 15, and advised her to talk a dose twice a week. I was horrified to hear a fortnight afterwards that, after talking my medicine, the swellings had opened and had formed abscesses, and that she suffered violent pain. I was terrified. Fortunately she wrote to me a few weeks afterwards that the wounds on her neck had closed, and that she was perfectly well.
Shortly after this event I had a similar case. A carpenter came to me and complained that he had suffered for twenty years from swollen neck gland, which were every year open up and scraped out by his doctor. Lately he had in addition developed piles, he had become terribly constipated, his digestion gave him great trouble, and he was suffering from sleeplessness and nervousness.
In order to prepare the way for the treatment of his tuberculous disposition, I sent him Calcarea iodata 4x, Silica 6x, and Fluoric acid 4x to bring about absorption of the swellings. When these had done their work I sent him some Tuberculin 15, a dose to be taken twice a week. My patient wrote to me that after starting tuberculin the swelling of the gland came to a standstill during the first week.
The glands went down during the second week of the treatment, and after three or four weeks thy had not only completely disappeared, but all his other complaints had vanished as well. Years afterward I made his personal acquaintance. He was then a man of imposing physique, he was in perfect health, and he told me that he had never had recurrence.
A lady had been suffering for many years from swollen tuberculous neck glands which formed large, and which periodically swelled up. She was sent the identical reminds and was told to begin treatment only when the glands were beginning to go down of themselves. Six weeks after I was told that she had stopped the treatment because the swelling had completely disappeared.
A TUBERCULOUS HEAD ERUPTION
A lady asked me to help her little boy who had suffered for a whole year from a serious eruption on the scalp. None of the doctors who had been consulted had been able to cure it, and she had been told that it was incurable because it was tuberculous. I sent the lady some Tuberculin 30, a dose to be given twice a week, but at the same time I sent her some Arsenicum iodatum 4x, a dose to be taken every three hours because the child complained of great irritation on the head, caused by liquid under the crust of eczema, which created a fearful burning sensation.
She was to given the Arsenicum iodatum until the formation of fluid under the crust had disappeared. When the eczematous crust had become quite dry, the child was to be given three times a day dose of Graphites 3x. six weeks afterwards the lady sent me a very happy letter, in which she thanked me for the service I had rendered to her, and told m that she had felt the inclination to tell me weeks ago that a complete cure had been affected, but she had delayed writing to make sure that there would be no recurrence.
The following case created a sensation. A young man who lived on the Island of Wollin suffered from numerous tuberculous abscesses which frequently had been operated upon the hospital. At last the surgeons had told him that his condition was incurable and had sent him home. A kindly soul took pity on him and gave him occasional doses of Tuberculin 30 and some other remedies in accordance with the leading symptoms. A few weeks afterwards his mother told joyfully to all her acquaintances that the mysterious sugar pills had cured her son. It was a permanent cure, for the young man has became a very old man and is now in perfect health.
A CASE OF PARALYSIS.
Christ told his disciples: “Heal the Sick.” That is an injunction which we must obey. Years ago very religious parents brought me their son, a boy of ten years, who had been treated at a hospital for a very long time. They had kept him for months in extension splints and had then dismissed him as incurable. He could not walk because one of his legs would not function, the hip joint being completely displaced.
I gave him Tuberculin 30 and a few other remedies, chosen by the leading symptoms, such as calcarea Fluoric 6x, Calcarea iodata 4x, Silica, etc. A few weeks afterwards one of my friends told,me beaming with happiness: ” A miracle has been wrought in the case of the little boy. He runs about as quickly as a young chick.” Indeed he had walked with his parents from their house to the railway station, a distance of two miles, and has never had a recurrence.
INTRACTABLE ABSCESS OF FINGERS.
Many years ago daughter told me that, while visiting friends, she had made the acquaintance of a woman in the country, who suffered from a diseased unhealing thumb, which no one could cure. Doctors had tried in vain for a long time to cause an abscess to close, but had not succeeded. Then the woman had tried homoeopathic remedies, but had been disappointed.
I recommended her to take Tuberculin 15 as an intercurrent remedy twice a week, and in a few weeks the abscess had closed and healed and the thumb was perfectly sound. Whenever it happens that an abscess does not heal under homoeopathic treatment, we may assume that there is actual or latent tuberculosis which impedes the cure and we can eliminate that factor by using tuberculin.
A woman had on her leg a swollen gland as large as ones fist and as hard as a stone. She had suffered from it for years, but the swelling did not given her any pain. to soften the swelling, i gave her Calcarea fluorica 6x which is indicated in hard swellings. I also gave her occasional doses of Tuberculin 15. Soon afterward the swelling became larger and softer and remained painless. At last it broke open, discharged a large mass of pus, and then it disappeared.
A CASE OF LUPUS.
I was visited by a lady who had only one wing to her nose. The other wing had been cut off by doctor who had explained to her that she suffered from lupus. The disease had extended from the nose to the upper lip and had greatly disfigured it, and it had caused the appearance of large blisters which caused violent burning. For her blisters and burning sensation she was given Cantharis 4x and for the lupus she was given Tuberculin 30 twice a week. She recovered completely in a few weeks and bought me another patient who suffered similarly and who was cured by the same remedies.
ANAEMIA AND LUNG DISEASE.
More than forty years ago a young healthy girl, while washing clothes in the river, got thoroughly wet and chilled, and her monthly period came to a stop. She became very anaemic, weak, and she was promptly sent to the hospital so that she should be given the best attention. During three months she was treated in accordance with the best practice of that time, and was given quantities of steel drops, Blauds pills etc., which did not do any good, and at last she was sent home as incurable.
She was as white as a sheet, had become completely emaciated and she suffered much from a nasty cough accompanied by a greenish expectoration in large quantities and tinged with blood. As professional medical treatment had come to an end, she having been declared incurable, I was asked to treat her. I gave her Pulsatilla 4x to antidote the iron she had received and she was to take five drops three times a dry. From that moment she improved from week to week and an in six weeks she was as healthy and as strong as she had been before her illness.