Illustrations of Complementary Relationship

Illustrations of Complementary Relationship…

Menstrual headache in the occiput.

Pain pressing, bursting, violent; (<) motion, turning head, bending head back; (<) lying on right side; (>) standing or sitting. Must lie on left side or back. Face pale, cold and dry, haggard. Eyes wide open. Winking (<) the pain in the back of head.

Eyes seem to be forcibly held open.

Drawing or tension in eyes.

Wild look on the face.

Feet icy cold to knees.

This patient usually menstruated copiously bright red. She took Pulsatilla some weeks ago for some nervous symptoms. At the next period the flow was scanty, black and putrid.

Carb. V. 500 cured the headache at once and improved the general state.

This case serves to show how it is that a partially indicated remedy seems to cure many symptoms, but leaves the patient’s condition in confusion; and also how it is when the real complementary remedy follows. In the above case Carbo vegetabilis complemented Pulsatilla and left the case in a good state of order. Symptoms must be treated conservatively, must be nursed so that the complex of symptoms will be a good index to the next required medicine.

A hard, loose cough appeared after a long study, to call for Puls, but after the remedy was given it was seen that it had only created confusion, as the patient was losing, growing weaker, having sweets, and the loose cough had become dry and most distressing. Stann. cured promptly, yet it could not be made out from the first study. This is another instance given to show the antidotal relation as well as the complementary. It often requires two remedies given in this way to cure. The first only seems to arouse. If the patient is left after the first remedy, or if he quits his doctor at that moment, or if his doctor be too ignorant to grasp the situation, I have no doubt of fatal termination. It is a critical time and must be known at once and duly met.

James Tyler Kent
James Tyler Kent (1849–1916) was an American physician. Prior to his involvement with homeopathy, Kent had practiced conventional medicine in St. Louis, Missouri. He discovered and "converted" to homeopathy as a result of his wife's recovery from a serious ailment using homeopathic methods.
In 1881, Kent accepted a position as professor of anatomy at the Homeopathic College of Missouri, an institution with which he remained affiliated until 1888. In 1890, Kent moved to Pennsylvania to take a position as Dean of Professors at the Post-Graduate Homeopathic Medical School of Philadelphia. In 1897 Kent published his magnum opus, Repertory of the Homœopathic Materia Medica. Kent moved to Chicago in 1903, where he taught at Hahnemann Medical College.