Questions : “What about auxiliary treatment? How much importance do you attach to it? What does it include? You mentioned the words several times yesterday, and I have heard you speak about it several times at our meeting. Tell us more about it.”
Answer : Auxiliary treatment is a very important subject, and has much to do with the results we obtain from our indicated homoeopathic remedies. First, let me state what the term means to me. I include in it anything that can in any way make our remedies act more “quickly, safely and permanently.” Let me cite a few cases to illustrate :
At our meeting of the A.I.H. at Montreal I cited the following :
Case I. One of our M.D. colleagues called me to the following case : A woman about 70, inmate of our old people’s home. The entrance complaint was “Can’t sleep.” The cause was a break in compensation of her heart which had been badly damaged over fifty years ago. The symptoms were, “Can’t sleep, as I cannot breathe lying down.” The other symptoms were water in all parts of the body, dropsy of both feet and legs, ascites, also water in pericardium and pleura. She had been given Apis, Apocynum, Arsenicum, Strychnia phos., etc., without relief. Anasarcin, two tables every two hours until diuresis and catharsis were well established, and then Strychnia phos. 3x as needed to prevent a return of the condition. Over two gallons of urine and faeces were drained from the patient during the next thirty-six hours. This was over three years ago and the auxiliary treatment has not been needed since. She takes a dose of the Strychnia phos.3x occasionally and is able to be up and around.
Please note the fact that homoeopathic remedies had been given for the purpose of helping the patient get some sleep lying down. Why should she not sleep? Because the pericardium, the pleura, the abdomen were drowned in a fluid. WHy was the fluid there? Because of a permanently disable heart. The heart and all the organs together working naturally had not removed the water which the disease heart had permitted to accumulate. Neither had Arsenicum alb. nor the other homoeopathic remedies been sufficient to help nature drain the system of the fluid. But the Anasarcin was a sufficient helper.
Wasn’t Anasarcin the indicated homoeopathic remedy? I don’t know, no one knows because Anasarcin had never filled the human body with fluid – i.e., has never been thoroughly proven by being administered to humans, animals or plants. We might say that it has been proven clinically many times, times enough by myself so that I could see an Anasarcin patient in this old lady.
Again, note that the Anasarcin was not able to meet all three requirements. It did remove the fluid rapidly and safely, but not permanently. It did, however, let the old lady breath and sleep lying down.
And yet again, please note and bear in mind that the Strychnia phos. did not cure, i.e., restore the damaged heart to normal, but it checked the further progress of the fatty degeneration. I feel that the Anasarcin and Strychnia phos. were complementary, i.e., helped each other.