EVER since the time of Hahnemann the clientele of homoeopathic doctors has consisted almost excessively of those who had been deeply disappointed by orthodox medicine and surgery, or who had been told by doctors and surgeons that their case was hopeless or incurable.
It is the glory of homoeopathy that it has successfully treated tens of thousands of cases after orthodox medicine had failed. Every day the homoeopathic prescriber receives patients who try homoeopathy as a last resort, and in a very large percentage, probably in the great majority, of such cases homoeopathy can relieve, improve or cure.
Therefore I consider it the bounden duty of every orthodox medical practitioner and surgeon to send the patients whom he cannot treat to the homoeopath, and not tell them, as is so often done, ” I am sorry, nothing further can be done for you.” A conscientious doctor ought to say to the patients whom he cannot handle; “As orthodox medicine cannot do anything further for you, go and try homoeopathy”.
It is the boast of homoeopathy that the wonderful art and science discovered by Hahnemann has cured tens of thousands of cases pronounced absolutely incurable by orthodox medicine. That may be seen from homoeopathic literature. I, personally, have seen a vast number of such cases cured to the amazement of orthodox doctors and surgeons, and of the patients themselves.
Among the cures which I have witnessed have been a large number of cases of cancer, paralysis in every form, and chronic diseases of every kind. Orthodox medicine has the maxim that “chronic diseases are incurable”. Hahnemanns largest book is entitled Chronic Diseases. The father of homoeopathy cured countless patients affected with chronic diseases, as does every good homoeopath nowadays.
Where homoeopathy cannot cure it can at least relieve after orthodox medicine has failed. For instance for the terrible pain of cancer the orthodox doctor is almost resourceless. He can only dope the unfortunate patient with benumbing medicines which will relieve the pain by deadening the nerves and poisoning the patient.
The morphia syringe is extremely valuable at the end, but it is most objectionable at the beginning, as every orthodox doctor knows. Consequently the sufferings of cancer patients and others frequently remain unrelieved until the end is near.
The terrible burning pain of cancer, relieved by heat and accompanied by restlessness, can be wonderfully eased by Arsenic, especially in high potencies. I, personally, have found the 200th potency particularly effective and valuable. The burning pain of cancer relieved by cold is usually amenable to Phosphorus.
A little while ago a lady came to me from the country afflicted with cancer of the stomach. She had been opened up by the surgeon, but the growth was too far developed to be operable. So the abdomen was sewn up and the patient was sent home without any recommendations or medicine from doctor or surgeon. Milk, meat, vegetables, wholemeal bread, eggs, fruit, sugar, were absolutely intolerable to her. The poor woman lived on white bread with thinnest scraping of butter, and the weakest tea.
She suffered from permanent nausea, violent burning pain, and thirst. Vomiting was almost continuous. If she had eaten a little during one day she was in agony during the two or three following days, vomiting all the time. She came to me for advice. Happily she did not know that she had cancer. In her stomach was a large, hard, irregular mass which extended far into the abdomen. The lady was deeply jaundiced, hopeless, morose, and I viewed her condition with the gravest doubts, fearing that I should not be able to help her.
I asked her what the nature of the pain was. As soon as she told me the pain was a burning pain I thought of Arsenic and Phosphorus as possible remedies. The burning was relieved by cold drinks, she told me, especially cold water, but as soon as the water got warm in the stomach it was vomited. That is, of course, a leading Phosphorus symptom with which every homoeopath is familiar.
Guided by this symptom, I promised the woman: “There will be great improvement in your condition within a week, possibly within a day.” I gave her immediately a dose of Phosphorus 6x and told her to take that medicine every two hours and to let me know in a few days how she was getting on.
After a few days I heard that she was very much better, her appetite had improved, the nausea had disappeared, and so had the pain. She could take her meals daily without vomiting, her jaundice had been replaced by a normal colour. She was quite cheerful, read the newspapers, read books, went about her business as usual. I then gave her Phosphorus 6x three times a day and her progress continues.
Of course it is too early to say whether the poor lady can be saved by homoeopathic medicine, but it is perfectly obvious that she has vastly benefited by a few doses of the indicated remedies. In addition to Phosphorus I gave her Ipecacuanha 3x if she should suffer from nausea, Colocynthis 1x if she should have abdominal pain relieved by doubling-up. As the growth is at the stomach exit I am relying principally on Ornithogalum and Hydrastis for a possible cure, together with rare doses of Carcinosinum.
Treatment like this is, or ought to be, familiar to every homoeopathic prescriber. Every homoeopathic doctor should tell his orthodox colleagues about the possibilities of homoeopathy and should urge orthodox men to send desperate cases to the homoeopaths.
A very frequent trouble among men is enlargement of the prostate and among women there is a corresponding trouble called fibroid tumour of the womb. For both of these diseases orthodox medicine has no treatment, except operation. In both disorders hundreds of cures have been effected which have been reported in homoeopathic literature. The enlarged prostate responds as a rule favourably to homoeopathic and dietetic treatment within a week and fibroid tumours of the womb usually respond favourably within a fortnight, according to my experience.
It follows that homoeopathic treatment should be tried for at least a week or two before an operation for excision of prostate or fibroid tumour is thought of. After all the risk is very considerable and I am quite sure that the majority of patients would prefer to go through life unmutilated. Of course if two or three specialists have assured the patient with an air of authority that there is no treatment for fibroid tumour or enlarged prostate except surgery, the patient is apt to believe it.