As far as one see Caladium had failed again. This was the second attempt and it appeared not to have the slightest effect. When a third patient presented almost begging for help to stop her cigarette habit-one wished for some knowledge a little more definite of the powers of Caladium. Of course it is not homoeopathy to prescribe on one symptoms like “excess of smoking” or “to stop cigarettes”. Yet who can deny that smoking can become a disease and a very real one, with a chain of troubles. It is definitely not tobacco poisoning-that is being sick.
Nothing is so quick to desert the sick than my lady nicotine to be left with “some”craving. So on May 4th I tool a single dose of Caladium 30 in powder and just what the point of my pocket knife small blade could pick up. It was about on smoking as usual.
Next day the only difference was that I was going the usual twenty, though no effort was being made to stop. things happened the following day. At breakfast I began to get giddy after only smoking half a cigarette. I felt Id had enough. Automatically lighting up as was my usual custom, I found that by the end of that day I had smoked nine halves and these halves were getting smaller.
Next day was the fourth after taking the remedy and now I could only take three to four draws without getting giddy. There also developed a vague feeling of epigastric heaviness-a conscious discomfort-a feeling that nausea was very close and that even committing could most easily be evoked. The feeling uppermost when offered a cigarette was that it would be the last straw-just sufficient to start vomiting-and so one dare not. All desire or craving to smoke had totally gone, being replaced by a somewhat prodromal state to tobacco poisoning!
The similimum was becoming the identical. This uncomfortable feeling was constant, its intensity varying from just being appreciable to quite an acute state, on thinking a cigarette might be smoked. This feeling took eight days to gradually wear off. And after eight weeks I am left with no desire whatever to smoke-rather do I find my self avoiding breathing other peoples smoke as uncomfortable.
So I prescribed for my third patient, but again have failed to influence her habit.
Two points of interest arise:.
1. Obviously there is marked individual “sensitiveness” to this remedy. In face of three failures I alone prove the one success. There must be a reason for this-and it should be possible to detect it.
2. The remedy appeared to have its maximum effect through the mental plane-the mere thought of smoking being sufficient. Yet it was against my wishes, for I did not want to stop smoking altogether. The remedy worked unconsciously, and completely overrode my conscious mental plane.
Hence to the “susceptible” Caladium would definitely appear to answer to the text books description of its power over smoking and will need no help at all psychologically.