Typical cases are childs play: the elderly woman, a hearty eater who likes fat and is famished at 10-11 a.m.; who “feels the heat” and sticks her burning soles out of bed at night, shrieks for Sulphur, and you must indeed be deaf to miss her cry. She will respond every time, whatever ails her; and will return once or twice a year for any little ailment or flagging health, just to get the fresh stimulus which keeps her going happily.
That chill is typical of Lachesis, and when dr. Paul Hemas, past seventy years old, came in, he said, “There is one of the guiding symptoms for Lachesis. I might have given you Hepar over the telephone”. That is what made me think of it, that violent chill in which the patient asks to be sat upon and held, and you cant hold them tight enough.
Soreness lumbar region and kidneys. Can bear no pressure: no jar. Has to step down carefully. Jar or jolt is intolerable. Burning; burning stitches, loins and kidneys. Sore kidneys with urinary disturbances; and excessive deposits. “Little calculi form, start down ureter: pains run up kidney and down to bladder.”. Berb. has bubbling sensations, and pains that radiate from a point.
The real pathological condition of the kidneys in this case is not one of acute Brights disease, nor one of croupous formation in the kidneys, but one of renal congestion, with oozing of blood into the pelvis of the kidney. When the above urinary symptoms are present, you may give Terebinthina with confidence, no matter what the patients disease may be.
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.
In about a fortnight he was again lecturing, and after the lecture he lingered to tell me, “I took your medicine: I dont know whether it was that: but the man who did the same thing at Charing Cross died.” So far as I remember, he had developed an abscess and then he cleared up.
Pulsatilla has such a strong affinity for the ear that it will cure earache in almost all sensitive children who cry pitifully. But those who are snappish, who are never suited, who will throw away something they have asked for, and slap the nurse in the face, must have Chamomilla. With Pulsatilla, Chamomilla and Allium cepa you can cure the majority of earaches in children.