ORTHODOX medical practice has so accustomed us to regard our bodies somewhat in the light of a collection of water-tight compartments that most of us consider it necessary to consult an oculist for the diseases of the eyes, a dentist for our teeth, a surgeon for tumours, etc.; but homoeopathy has shown our bodies to be a unity amenable to medicinal treatment for nearly all our ailments, no matter what organ is affected.
That homoeopathy is fully capable of treating diseases of the eyes quite as well as diseases of any other part of the body has been demonstrated by the successful treatment of hundreds of cases. The following case is one more witness to this important and far-reaching truth.
In May of 1934 I was asked whether I would undertake the case of a German girl, residing in Germany, thirty-three years of age, suffering from a detached retina and bleeding of the eyes. She suffered also from heart trouble, sleeplessness, headaches, and had been a cripple from early childhood. Early in 1929 she had experienced a terrible pain in the head and was afflicted with sudden blindness.
This appeared to right itself in a few hours. But three days later she again lost her sight. She sought advice at once of the German hospitals and was told she had a detached retina with bleeding into the vitreous, the transparent potion of the eyeball.
She spent three months in bed and the bleeding stopped, but as soon as she started to work the trouble recurred. Two more months were spent in bed with the same result; work restarted started the bleeding. then she was six weeks in bed, and then four months in hospital. Still the slightest effort set he bleeding gong again. She had been treated with injections and the usual crude drug remedies, and was discharged from the hospital as incurable and unfit for any kind of work.
I undertook to see what I could do with the case and after careful study, sent her Aurum muriaticum 30, but when the remedy reached her she had again been forced to return to the hospital. Therefore my treatment did not begin until about the beginning of the June. Aurum muriaticum not appearing to have very much effect, I sent her, on June 23rd, and again on July 14th, Dolichos mother tincture.
On August 19th she was able to write to me herself and I was informed that she had experienced relief that was considered to be marvellous in view of the hopelessness of her condition when I first took on the case. The bleeding had ceased, she was feeling stronger, and was even able to work a little in the garden.
Since then there has been no recurrence of the bleeding. On August 30th, and again on September 19th, I sent her Dolichos 30, and was told on November 15th that the various improvements were being maintained and that the patient had worked in the garden throughout the summer with no ill-effects. On November 18th, I sent her another dose of Aurum muriaticum 30, which was now able to benefit her.
A routine visit to the hospital at which she had previously been treated elicited the admission from the doctors concerned that there was a definite and astonishing improvement in her eyes. This was followed by the offer to resume their treatment, which she, not unnaturally, refused.
I repeated Aurum muriaticum 30 on November 29th, and followed it up by Antimonium tartaricum 30 and Arnica 30. There was a further report of improvement both in the eyes and in general health. On December 22nd, I repeated the dose of Aurum muriaticum 30. This improvement continuing, I sent unmedicated sugar pills on January 7th, and again on January 26th. At the same time I ascertained that my advice, previously given, that the use of aluminium cooking utensils should be given up, had been observed, which was important.
On February 7th of this year the patient declared herself to be “feeling quite well”. I gave no medicine, but later changed to Trifolium pratense mother tincture. On March 7th, I was informed that another routine visit to the hospital had again elicited astonishment and wonder at her condition; the doctor could not understand the improvement. Again the report that she “felt quite well”. On March 11th, I repeated Trifolium pratense, and to-day I have received from the patient a letter of heart-felt gratitude for her recovery.