In chronic disease, when the right remedies seem barred in their action, Hahnemann, on the off chance that it might be due to psora, recommended his disciples to interpose Sulphur as the great, most likely, anti-psoric. Most of use have found this a very valuable clinical suggestion. Similarly, I have found that vaccinosis frequently bars the way, and then Thuja comes inn with the beautiful effect of a genuine simillimum.
Hahnemann always tells us that mental symptoms, if marked and true and definite, are especially to be considered in prescribing. These are pretty constant in chronic disease, but most marked, where changed by acute disease. Changed mentality, owing to disease, is the most important Pointer we can get to a drug or drugs. As when . . . The self-reliant man loses his never, and exhibits strange weaknesses and distresses.
Cham. “Pain unendurable,” worse heat; with heat, thirst and fainting: with numbness of affected parts. Platina. Pains gradually increase and decrease, with numbness of affected parts. Plat. has the superiority complex; feels tall, superior; all round small and inferior. Rhus. Numbness left arm and foot; hips to feet; hands and fingers; finger to elbow, etc. Deadness, lower part right foot. Crawling, finger tips etc.; in tendons of knees: in feet. Chilly: worse damp and cold.
These acute manifestations are better not treated Homoeopathically, for they represent Natures effort to throw off externally the inward toxins-usually a couple of day on a diet of fruit juice is quite sufficient to tide over such acute crises. After the acute crisis is over we may find it necessary to retake the case; perhaps repeat the original remedy in a higher potency, or give another.
Within ten days he came in, feeling well and looking well. I then gave him one dose (High) to be taken after some time. This was the last prescription I have given him for any purpose, and it is the last he has required. Within a month after I first prescribed the Medorrhinum he dropped his cane and muffler, and walked the street erect, with a firm step, a perfectly well man.
Among the cases that assail ones memory in regard to Mag. phos. is that of a “very ill” baby, which was admitted to Hospital for diarrhoea with colicky pains causing it to draw up its legs. Coloc. was given, and the diarrhoea was relieved; but the pains persisted, and the fear was that the baby would die. But it was noticed that a warm hand on the abdomen evidently comforted the babe: and Mag. phos., thereupon, did the rest.
Allopathy decries specific prescribing, preferring to treat disease expectantly, the expectation being evidently that something different may soon happen, and an expectation that seldom disappoints, for whether the new happening be recovery or death, neither is touched by the object of the allopathic prescription, as the cause is never well understood.
A CHILD of four years, falling in a short spell of unconsciousness, unable to control the flow of urine day or night, was absolutely cured by one does of Terebinthina 1m. The history of the case was that the child had drunk a lot of turpentine when 18 months old and had gone from bad to worse ever since. She never had another fit after dose, and gradually but quickly got over the enuresis.