To the worlds greatest sufferer-Woman-I would say, Homoeopathy is your friend. Homoeopathy can do more for you in your discomforts and ailments than any other system of medicine had ever done or can do. It is your “Medica Manus” or healing hand. Why? Because it is the only system of healing that considers you in the way in which you differ from the man.
Also, it considers you in the way in which you differ from one another of your sex. And you do differ-you did not all come out of the same mould like toy soldiers, did you? No, but every day medicine thinks you did. This individualization is out of the question with them. O tempora! O mores!.
Some time ago I wrote on the sufferings of women and judging from the results of it, many women who were then physical and nervous wrecks, have been helped by Homoeopathy and given a new lease of life. “He who wants health, wants everything”.
I wrote then about the five phases of a womans life and the complaints incidental to her sex from childhood to the menopause, nut this time my observations are from the woman to the infant.
Our women folk are exposed to too much temporizing in these days to be safe. Too much dependence upon medical machinery in the way of local appliances, surgical goods and instruments. The natural organic machinery is being disregarded wholesale. In sickness as in health, we are all becoming more than ever dependent on machinery. In sickness if you have a common cold, you get a nasal douche to inject a paralysing stopper of that cold; and in health you use a bus, train or plane to carry you about.
Machinery does your work, entertains you and feeds you, etc. Many and complex are the machines and appliances with which the doctor can minister to the sick body or mind, yet for all that, neither machinery nor patent preparations can cure the common cold or any other ailment, come to that. Nature cures or there is not cure; but the presence of these scientific inventions would seem to make the art of cure of all the ills the flesh is heir to-a factory matter, A vacuum cleaner, a car or a sewing machine goes wrong; send it back to the factory. A patient under treatment does not improve or gets worse; send her to hospital. Yes, that is it. The factory idea, Ha! ha!.
Yet many of the incapacitating chronic complaints are as prevalent as ever and just as unconquerable as in the old days when simplicity reigned supreme. In those old simple days, faith was in the bottle of medicine, but nowadays faith is in the knife, the forceps, the hypodermic needle, the electrical apparatus. “Hope is the poor mans bread.” but Faith without works is dead. A patient came to me about her arthritis. Giving her a prescription, I asked her to call to see me in months time.
The time came round but not person or report appeared. Two months later I called to see her, inquiring how she was. I was told that she was not a bit better. “Did you take the medicine?” I said. “No,” was the reply, “Why not?” I asked. “Well, you see, I had so much faith in my doctor, and I did not care to offend him if I got well.” She has remarkable faith and still has her arthritis. Rhododendron 6 was the prescription, because her pains were always worse in change of weather, storms and wind. Rhod. 6 would have given her comfort, it is certain; but faith gave her none.
I tell people that the cure lies in themselves and not in a bottle of physic, tablets or powder, “How is this?” they say. Well, I tell them. “You have come to me about the pains in your knees, havent you?” “Yes, thats right.” “Well, what about your other parts: your stomach, your bowels, your bladder, etc. They are surely parts of you?” “Well, yes, they are; but they are all right. “It;s only my knees that trouble me.” “Oh!” I say. “so youve sufficient inherent power in you to maintain the bulk of your organism in comfort, and that is evidently you in near totality, isnt it? Well I must now help you to do the rest.”
So in this case Mrs. B., aged 64, I gave Bryonia 3x because her chief aggravation was from movement, and week later the report was: “No pain after the first days medicine.” So I gave massage and manipulation to the part once week, continuing Bryonia 6 night and morning for a month.
Case Completely cured after several years of misery. If Mrs. B. Knelt down to polish a floor, she had to be helped up again; also rising from chair, walking about was misery. She been attending her family doctor for several years.
Really, men and women are serenely oblivious of the truth of their own power of function. They spend much time in studying all manner of external subjects, but the internal man is a mystery to them.. Women of all creatures are the most ignorant of themselves, or they would not jeopardize their comfort and health in the way they do. Women are the most frequent targets for the experimentation and practice of the medical machinery, even child-birth cannot be accomplished but by an array of instruments and gas masks.
AT least the general run of doctors and women think so. But I hope to make known a positive fact or two before I finish this article. In the meantime I want to make known one of the wonders of Nature, that is “How recovery takes place,” Women need to know something of the working of Nature, because, are they not, in themselves, “Natures masterpiece”?.
“If one recovers from poisoning” an illness of any kind is due to poison either infection or auto-intoxication-it is nine-tenths by reason of what the body organism has done-no, not the bottle of physic! by way of neutralization of poisons,m both from infectious diseases and poisons taken into the body, or formed in the body through disfunctioning organs.
All sense of weakness, weariness, fatigue, mentally and physically, is due to poison, and massage and manipulation is the best process of elimination and restoration for these conditions.
After a primary remedy had begun to work, I always proceed with massage and manipulation, and finish the job in that way. In this way we can see health cometh from within. New tissues are formed by the increased nutrition which takes place after the poisonous congestions have been dispersed and eliminated. New life comes into view, new hope is restores, not by faith, but by works.
This is one of the most dramatic and one of the most wonderful things that ever happens in the human body. This happens in all parts of the body and in all sorts of ways… in the study of these bodies, we see not merely the defeat which has resulted in death-our tissues die daily-but we see the whole history written in its tissues and of the victories which the body has won over disease, without even letting the individual know that the disease was going on. Inflammations, fevers and pains are not the disease, but manifestations of its internal presence.
Among human beings, some are subject to diseases and others are immune. Such a state of resistance is due to the individual constitution of the tissues and the humours, which oppose the penetration of disease agents or destroy them when they invade the body. That is “natural immunity”. This form of immunity may preserve certain individuals from almost any disease.
There is no doubt that adaptive power can be influenced by many natural methods of cure, but only natural methods will suit nature, to which nature will willingly and generously respond.
Therefore it is the part of the natural healers of mankind-the Homoeopaths and the Osteopaths-to increase this adaptive capacity for functioning by regulating and assisting the organic activities which are so complex and numerous and yet work so harmoniously if assisted on natural lines.
So that this inherent adaptive power of the human body may not only increase the body resistance to disease but to, at the same time, build up the recuperative capacity of the body through its reconstructive functions. This is the only way by which the adaptive power and upbuilding organization can save the body from death.
Truly the workings of nature are wonderful. They are not mysterious, but applied common sense, and as easy to understand as common sense. Thus only common sense procedure in the art of healing will relieve the sufferer at all times when neither the medical machinery or patent preparations can cure.
They only temporarily relieve. But sympathetic understanding covers a big field, because it implies the knowledge of the machinery of the body, how it operates and how it gets out of gear, as well as a careful understanding of how to re-gear and re-establish normal function within the body by natural methods.
Homoeopathy, Osteopathy, Massage and Manipulation, Chiropody are the natural services at the disposal of all sufferers, their power to give comfort or cure embraces the whole of the known pathologic conditions prevailing at the present moment. But let us return to our subject, woman.
The main feature of a woman-in that she differs from a man-is that she is endowed with the organs of reproduction and it is upon these organs of reproduction that her health, happiness, physical and mental comfort depends. So the first cases will relate to abdominal, uterine and ovarian disorders and derangements, and their influence upon the general health of the mind and body. Most disease have an abnormal influence upon the mind of the sufferer-and thus you cannot have a sound mind in an unhealthy body.
But “Mens sana in corpore sano” a sound mind is possible in a healthy body-but more so the utero-ovarian disorders on the female mind: hysterics, epileptiform states, Melancholia, hypochondriasis, mania, inordinate cravings, desires and aversions, loathings, etc. The womb is her second brain, and so here comes in the homoeopathic method of healing. An homoeopath values all those peculiarities, no matter how trivial they are. They are the “sick woman” and point not only to the remedy, but to the condition itself of a truth, an infallible truth. All homoeopathic remedies diagnose their own cases.
There is often no need for the distressing local examination, because local conditions are only secondary to the primary disease, and the person having the disease. So why fear going to a homoeopathic doctor. Your are sensitive, you say. Well, yes. Your complaint will exaggerate your sensitivity an hundred fold the longer you refrain from going to an homoeopath. Homoeopathic remedies diagnose their own cases, because they have individuality in themselves. No two remedies are alike, even as not two women are alike. So Homoeopathy is in itself the persons and the remedy. A fine adjustment of remedy tot he patient and that is just what is needed in the present complex state of things.
The first and primary consideration in the female economy is the function of menstruation. This is the pressure gauge of her health. Any disorder in this peculiar function acts as a brake to her, mentally and physically, and the longer the deviation from normal function exists, the more complicated she will become, ending in “No one understands me.” She is out of tune with her universe and a frequent chemists customer, doctors patient, or surgeons case.
CASE NO. 1.
Mrs. G., whose period did not appear until after marriage at twenty-one, had been thought consumptive, because of her nervous and physical debility which resisted all treatments to alter. Her mother had ignored the non-appearance of the period and did not tell the doctor until her daughter was ill after marriage. The doctor started the period, which soon developed into the opposite condition, that of profuse and long-lasting and painful menstruation, which weakened Mrs. G. still more. Her first child nearly killed her, and afterwards she became a wretched invalid who had to be carried from bed to a couch for 32 years.
One doctor after another was brought in to see her, but nothing helped her until she tried Osteopathy, which worked wonders for her physically but her neurasthenic condition did not disappear until the whole individual had been taken into account. She was aggravated in every way by warmth. Close atmosphere, yet chilly, better for open air, and in cold weather. Pulsatilla 6 started the reaction, and for her neuralgic headaches, and uterine troubles, heart and periodic congestions, Belladonna 6 was sufficient, completing the cure with Arsen. iod. 3x and Acid phos. 3x. What a life of misery through dysfunction and ignorance.
CASE NO. 2.
Mrs. K. had suffered for more than four years with an aching pain under the right ribs, which at times descended downwards towards the appendix region. The pain only came on while resting and disappeared when walking about or was otherwise occupied. Yet it was always there when she thought about it. Taking the case, I found out that she had had a very bad childbirth, after which her period did not appear unless she went to her doctor, who gave her something for it.
Even then the flow did not last longer than twenty-four hours, but this relieved the pain in the right side and generally made her feel better. She was very nervy and full of fears, and anxieties, suffering terribly from the cold and was always worse mentally and physically before and during a thunderstorm or gale of wind.
Arnica 6 and 30 was given for a month, at the end of which the period appeared with much pain and lasted four days. Arnica 6 was continued for the next month and again the period come on, but less pain, also lasting four days, which was the previous usual time. She felt better in every way and her pain in the right side had disappeared. No operation now! What a relief! She had been advised an operation by two doctors, but through fear she refused.
Well, the next month Phosphorus 6 was prescriber after food, and Arnica30 night and morning, resulting in period again to time, no pain. Feeling stronger in every way. The next month she got Kali mur 6x night and morning and Phos.6 after food. All the coldness, the fears, the anxieties, dreads and disappeared like a cloud. Period again normal and painless.
CASE NO. 3.
Miss C. wrote to me about her profuse, long-lasting menstruation. At the early age of twelve this function began and until the age of eighteen the flow would last continuously for seven days. At the age of twenty-one she went to a hospital for an operation, her womb was scraped, etc. This procedure regulated the flow for about nine months, then the flow became distressing again and made her very weak in body.
At the age of twenty-five another operation was performed, with a modifying effect, lasting six months, after which the flow increased again and in addition to the seven day full flow, a muddy discharge continued between the period. As you can imagine, the poor woman was by this time a physical and nervous wreck. I did not see the patient. She lived in the North of England, but she wrote me such a graphic account of her sufferings, omitting nothing either mental or physical. She was always cold, and judging from the photograph she sent on to me, she appeared to be very pale, fat, flabby and relaxed.
I sent her on a months treatment of Kali carb. 6x and Calc. carb. 3x and when the next period arrived, it was less in amount and lasted only six days. The muddy discharge continued, so repeated Kali carb. 6x and Calc. carb 3x for the next month. The next report was ” Muddy discharge less and paler; period less and lasted only four days; feeling a new lease of life”.
The next report was: “Period as last month; discharge nearly stopped; cold feeling gone. Would like to discontinue treatment.” So, after three months on Homoeopathy, after years of misery, the weak has been made strong, and is functioning normally and has remained so since November 1936. Often Miss C. would have to remain home from business.
CASE NO. 4.
Miss K. a neurasthenic, said to be incurable, came to me about her nerves and long-lasting., too frequent period, which would appear every two weeks. The flow lasting from seven to eight days. Ferrum phos. 6x and Arsen. alb. 3x, the latter after food for two months, regulated the flow and Arsen. iod. 3x tablets, and Acid phosphoric. 3x, the former after food and the latter night and morning and noon, soon altered the neurasthenic condition which was due to the excessive loss of vital fluids.
Many other extraordinary cases could be quoted, but enough is sufficient.
There is another distressing uterine condition prevalent among females of all ages, and is the leucorrhoeal and catarrhal condition. The recognized treatment for these conditions locally by douches is very bad and worse than useless. The strong antiseptics recommended by chemists and doctors can only have one result; ulceration, tumours, cancer and polypi.
This affection is not a local matter but a constitutional one, and is depleting of the constitution as an haemorrhage, because the discharge is a vital fluid manufactured by the body organism for the maintenance of the particular tract or organ in function. Thus to forcibly suppress any discharge locally is against Nature. It is quite true that the condition should not exist; its presence indicates dysfunction of the structure involved and rarely exists alone, but is a part of a general ill-health complex.
CASE NO. 5.
Mrs. C., aged 32, came to me about her chronic catarrh and general run-down condition. She had been in the habit of having a 19s. jar of Sanatogen and two bottles of Halls Wine per month, to so-called build her up. But she was unaffected by the treatment. A grateful patient of mine, seeing her plight, told her of me and after much debate, in desperation she came.
I considered the case from the superficial aspect, that is the nose, throat, eyes, ears and chest, point of view. Also the nervous debility and noticing a peculiar burnt-like odour, I inquired about other discharges. She did not intend to mention this, because she said she was ashamed to tell me; but she had told the other medical men.
Yes, she felt a heaviness in the region of the womb, and often had a pain in the left ovary, sometimes in the right. Often she could not stand for very long; simply had to sit down, yes, and press “my tummy,” so ! Lillium tig. 30 once a day, and Sulphur 6 soon relieved her of her catarrhal condition, and China x alternating with Arsen. iod. 3x, tablets after food, restored her to functional vigour again.
Miss. R., 36, wrote to me about a very offensive discharge from the vagina, which had persisted for several years. She had also expanding like pains in the lumbo-sacral region and in the groins. Mentally she was very miserable, and frequently was sent home from business with hysteria. She always felt sick and sad. The discharge was thick and yellow, smelling awful, sometimes tough and stringy. She also had a horrible faint, all- gone feeling in the tummy.
I sent her Kali phos. 6x and Hydras. 6x alternating weekly, enough for a month, and in three months the discharge ceased. Backache and other pains disappeared. No more hysteria or morbid thoughts; quite well now, thanks to Homoeopathy.
Regarding the all too often end-products of the neglect and bad treatment of the two conditions mentioned, such as ulcerations, cysts, tumours, cancer and polypi. These are preventable by timely homoeopathy. In fact they could not possibly occur, and even when they do exist, homoeopathy is still the best curative service. It not only cures the thing itself but restores the whole constitution as well.
Then there is the different types of menstruation, the scanty, the painful, the profuse, the long and short lasting, and all the varied states of the discharge, in all these homoeopathy can help you. The non-appearance at the proper time in girls, which is usually difficult to promote because of the danger of the maximum dose.
Miss B. N., age 18, was the great concern of her mother, because of the non-appearance of her daughters period at the proper time. She had been taken to two doctors, but without result. Miss N. was an undersized little woman, had been late in walking, was pale and thin, until she got Natrum mur. 6 for a month, then the discharge began, and Miss N. began to grow. Under the influence of Natrum mur. 6 Calc. phos. 3, and Ferrum phos, 3x in twelve months she was a different young woman.
Now we come to the greatest function of the female organism, that of pregnancy and child-birth. First I will make a general observation, that is ” There should be no such thing as long labour or difficult delivery, excepting from deformity, which is the exception rather than the rule amongst women !” Beginning at the beginning of pregnancy, the discomforts experienced by many women, making them miserable, melancholy, anxious and full of fears and dread, undermining their constitution at the time when she most needs to be well and happy.