SOME years ago I was called to see a fisherman, a morose type of man, “a man of few words”. He was suffering from a severe attack of abdominal pain, very suggestive of renal colic. He was sitting up in bed but could not keep still for the pain. His face was pale and covered with perspiration. The pain was on the left side of the abdomen and extended downward to the left groin. In the left iliac fossa a mass could be felt which appeared to be the large intestine in a state of spasm. His tongue was thickly coated with white fur.
Very little could be got out of the man that was of any use for prescribing a remedy. Aconite 200 was given until the pain was relieved. For two or three days after this he complained of abdominal discomfort and pain over region of bladder.
Four days after the acute attack, when questioning him whether the had any trouble with his water, he volunteered the statement that he never could pass his water if anyone was in the room or if he was in company with other men. Although it may appear strange, there was the keynote to the mans remedy; that is the remedy for the patient and not necessarily for any physical symptoms.
For the remedy for the patient, if correctly chosen will clear up any physical symptoms. Natrum mur. 200, a few doses cleared up the abdominal discomfort; and his tongue began to clear after the first dose. Other symptoms were then discovered which confirmed the choice of the remedy. For example, he could never stand hot weather, and his wife remarked that even if the food was well salted the always added more.
What was more interesting about this case was that up to the time of this illness the man had suffered from abscesses at his finger ends (presumably whitlow) and time after time he had to go to his panel doctor to get them lanced. His life was periodically made a misery by these painful abscesses.
Now here is the remarkable fact, that after the administration of Natrum mur. he has not had any return of the abscesses. If a remedy is the correct one, as Kent says, it turns the patient into order. That is, the various little local discomforts disappear for good. Eight years is a good test, and it is eight years since there have been any