Hot & Cold Remedies

Hot & Cold Remedies. Thermal reaction of important homeopathic remedies….

{ Fears: robbers (p.47).-Alumina ARS. Belladonna Conium Ignatia Mag.-c. { Nat.-c. Phosphorus Silicea Zincum met. { Fears: darkness (not included in robbers) (p.43).-Calcarea Camph. Carb.-an. Carb.-v. Causticum Rhus STRAM. Stront. Valer. Fears: suffocation (p.47).-Carb.-an. Phosphorus Stramonium Fears: crowd (p.47).-Aloe Arsenicum Baryta-c Calcarea Carb.-an. Causticum Conium Ferrum Graphites Hepar Kali-ar. Kali-bi. Kali-c. Kali-p. Nat.-a. Nat.-c. Nux-v. Phosphorus Plb. Rhus-t. Stann. Anxiety for others (p.7).-Arsenicum Baryta-c. Cocc. Phosphorus Suspicious (p.85).-ARS. BAR.-C. Baryta-m. Belladonna Borax Calcarea-p. Carb.-s. Cantharis CAUST. Chamomilla China Cimic. Cocc. Conium Graphites Belladonna Hyoscyamus KALI-ARS. Kali-p. Mur.-ac. Nat.-a. Nat.-c. Nit.-ac. Nux-v. Phosphorus Plb. RHUS-T. Ruta Sepia Silicea Stann. Staphysagria STRAM. Sul.-ac. Viol.-t. Offended readily (p.69).-Agaricus Alumina Arsenicum Aurum Borax Calcarea Camph. Caps. Carb.-s. Carb.-v. Causticum Chamomilla Chelidonium China China-a. Cocc. Cyclamen Graphites NUX-V. Petroleum Phosphorus Ranunculus-b. Sarsaparilla Sepia Spigelia Stramonium other way.


(Extracted from Dr. Kent’s Works, etc.)


Abrotanum Acet.-ac. Aconite Agaricus Agn. Alumen. Alumina Al.-ph. Alum-sil. Am-c. Apocynum Argentum-m. ARS. Arsenicum-s.-fl. Asarum europaeum Aurum Aurum-ars. Aurum- sulph. Bad. BAR.-C. Baryta-m. Belladonna Benz.-ac. Borax Bromium Cadm. Calc-ars. CALC.-C. Calcarea-fl. CALC.-PH. Calcarea-sil. Camph. Cantharis Caps. Carb.-an. Carb.-veg. Carb.-sul. Card.-m. Cauloph. CAUST. Chamomilla Chelidonium CHINA China-a. Cimic. Cistus Cocc. Coffea Colchicum Conium Cyclamen DULC. Euphras. FERR. Ferrum-ars. Form. GRAPH. Guaj. Helleborus Helonias HEP. Hyosc. HYPER. Ignatia KALI-ARS. Kali-bic. KALI-CARB. Kali-chlor. Kali-phos. Kali-sil. Kalm. Kreosotum Lac-defl. MAG.- CARB. MAG.-PHOS. Mang. MOSCH. Mur.-ac. Nat.-ars. Nat.-carb. NITRIC-AC. Nux-m. NUX-VOM. Oxal-ac. Petrol. PHOS. Phosphorus-ac. Plb. Podophyllum PSOR. PYROGEN RAN.-B. Rheum. Rhodo. RHUS RUMEX. Ruta SABAD. Sars SEPIA SIL. SPIG. Stann. Staphysagria Stramonium STRONT. Sul-ac. Therid. Valer. Viol-t. Zincum met.


Aesculus-h. Allium-c. Aloe Ambra. APIS ARG.-NIT. Asafoetida Aur-iod. Aurum-m. Baryta-iod. Bryonia Caladium Calcarea-iod. Calcarea-sul. Cocc.-cacti. Comoc. Crocus Drosera Ferrum-iod. FLUOR-AC. Gratiola Hamamelis IOD. KALI-IOD. KALI-SUL. Lachesis Ledum Lilium-t. Lycopodium NAT.- MUR. NAT.-SUL. Niccol. op. Picric.-ac. PLAT. Ptelia PULS. SABINA SECALE Spongia Sul. Sul.-iod. Thuja Tuberc. (Rabe) Ustil. Vespa. Viburn.


MERC. Ip. Nat.-carb. Cinnabar.

Ant.-cr. agg. by both heat and cold: agg. by overheating and radiated heat, though many symptoms amel. by heat. (MERC. in chronic troubles agg. by cold: in acute agg. by heat.)

SOME CASES TO SHOW THE METHOD OF WORKING CASE I Miss B., aet. 52. Been heavy tea drinker for twenty years; had much pain and discomfort in stomach; with flatulence immediately after eating; gradually got better till next meal; much rumbling in abdomen. Appetite poor; bowels fairly regular.

Desires.-Salt, sweets.

Averse.-Fats, acids.

Flushes of heat with sweating which relieved her. She was very thin; excitable person-a bundle of nerves. On further enquiry she was found to be very chilly.


Very chilly. (<)Spring. (<)Before and during thunderstorm.

Irritable in morning.

Anxiety for others.

Fears. Burglars; something going to happen; crowds; being suffocated, and therefore in tunnel.



Very sensitive; readily offended; startled easily with least noise.

CHILLY PATIENT.-Used as Eliminating Symptom: only chilly remedies are given in the following lists.

Fears. Something will happen (Kent’s Repertory, p. 45).-*

Alumina Arsenicum Calcarea Carb.-v. CAUST. Graphites Kali-ars. Kali-p. Mag.-c. Mang. Nat.-a. PHOS.

+{ Fears: robbers (p.47).-Alumina ARS. Belladonna Conium Ignatia Mag.-c. { Nat.-c. Phosphorus Silicea Zincum met.

{ Fears: darkness (not included in robbers) (p.43).-Calcarea Camph.

Carb.-an. Carb.-v. Causticum Rhus STRAM. Stront. Valer. Fears: suffocation (p.47).-Carb.-an. Phosphorus Stramonium

Fears: crowd (p.47).-Aloe Arsenicum Baryta-c Calcarea Carb.-an. Causticum

Conium Ferrum Graphites Hepar Kali-ar. Kali-bi. Kali-c. Kali-p. Nat.-a. Nat.-c. Nux-v. Phosphorus Plb. Rhus-t. Stann.

Anxiety for others (p.7).-Arsenicum Baryta-c. Cocc. Phosphorus

Suspicious (p.85).-ARS. BAR.-C. Baryta-m. Belladonna Borax Calcarea-p. Carb.-s. Cantharis CAUST. Chamomilla China Cimic. Cocc. Conium Graphites Belladonna Hyoscyamus KALI-ARS. Kali-p. Mur.-ac. Nat.-a. Nat.-c. Nit.-ac. Nux-v. Phosphorus Plb. RHUS-T. Ruta Sepia Silicea Stann. Staphysagria STRAM. Sul.-ac. Viol.-t.

Offended readily (p.69).-Agaricus Alumina Arsenicum Aurum Borax Calcarea Camph. Caps. Carb.-s. Carb.-v. Causticum Chamomilla Chelidonium China China-a. Cocc. Cyclamen Graphites NUX-V. Petroleum Phosphorus Ranunculus-b. Sarsaparilla Sepia Spigelia Stramonium Zincum met.

(<)Approach storm (p. I403).-Agaricus Aurum Causticum Hypericum Kali-bi. Nat.-c. Nit.-ac. Petroleum Phosphorus PSOR. RHOD. Rhus-t. Sepia Silicea

*The numbers in branches all through refer to Kent’s Repertory.

+Bracketed symptoms are counted together.

(<)Spring (p. I361).-Aurum Baryta-m. Belladonna Calcarea Carb.-v. Chelidonium Colchicum Dulcamara Hepar Kali-bi. Nux-v. Rhus-t. Sarsaparilla Sepia Silicea

Averse fats (p. 482).-Arsenicum Belladonna Calcarea Carb.-an. Carb.-v. CHINA chin.-a. Colchicum Cyclamen Belladonna Hepar Nat.-c. PETER. Phosphorus Rheum. Rhus-t. Sepia

Averse acids (p. 482).-Belladonna Cocc. Ferrum Ignatia Nux-v. Ph-ac. SABAD.

Desire salt (p. 488).-Calcarea Calcarea-p. CARB.-V. Causticum Cocc. Conium Nit.-ac. PHOS. Plb.

Desire sweets (p.488).-Am.-c. Argentum-m. Arsenicum Baryta-c. Calcarea Carb.-v. CHINA China-a. Kali-ars. Kali-c. Kali-p. Nat.-c. Nux-v. Petroleum Plb. Rheum. Rhus-t. Sabad. Sepia

Remarks. The chief remedies running through the case are Arsenicum Calcarea Causticum Nat.-c. Nux-v. Phosphorus Rhus Sepia Giving the different types their values; (Capitals=3 : Italics =2; Ordinary =I); we find that Arsenicum appears 8 times to value of 16= ars. 816. Calcarea 814; Causticum 7 13′ Nat.-c. 6 9; Nux-v. 69; Phosphorus 10 18; Rhus-t. 7 12; Sepia 6 11.

The constitution of the patient suggested either Arsenicum or Phosphorus We have thus come to these two remedies by only considering the general symptom of the patient.

The pain in stomach was(>)hot drinks; even wine which suits her generally had to be given up owing to its coldness, and as Phosphorus patients crave cold drinks (even ices) in gastric troubles, we are left with Arsenicum

Arsenicum alb. 30.-3 doses at 6-hourly intervals.

Pain(>) (which had been present for years) in a few days, and in a few weeks she was almost well, being much less excitable.

This case shows the importance of Generals in their order- mental, climatic, desires and aversions in food; all of which must be markedly present to be of any value.


Mrs. W. aet. 58.-December 6th, 1910.-Complaining of headaches ever since a girl in her teens; usually requires to go to bed for at least two days every month (not at period). She has a heaviness all over her head as if in iron case; and head extremely tender to touch, also much throbbing in left temple.

(<)Warm room; exposure to sun; if heated; east wind; touch.

(>)Rest; alone; quiet; lying down; pressure.

Menopause, two years ago. Has some bearing down sensation if she strains, with burning internally and a feeling of distension.

Stomach.-Appetite fair; averse fish; desires fats.

Bowels constipated.


Mental.-Fears: dark, robbers. Always in a hurry. Very sensitive to all impressions. Moody: (<)consolation (gets angry).

Climatic.-(<)Warmth (faintish); summer-exposure to sun. Flushes, heat with sweats. (<)Thunder (hair stands on end, and gets bad headaches).

WARM PATIENT.-There fore following lists only include those drugs affected by heat.

(<)Consolation (Kent, p. 16).-Lilium-t. Lycopodium NAT.-M. Platina Thuja

*{Fear dark (p. 43 ).-Calcarea-s. Lycopodium Pulsatilla

{Robbers (p.47).-Argentum-n. Lachesis Nat.-m. Sulph.

Hurry (p. 52 ).-Aloe Ambr. Apis Argentum-n. Bryonia Caladium Calcarea-s. Gratiola Iodium Kali-s. Lachesis LIL-T. Lycopodium NAT.-M. Opium Ptelea trifoliata Pulsatilla SULPH. Thuja

(<)Thunder (p. I362).-Bryonia Lachesis Lycopodium Nat.-m. Pulsatilla Sulph. Thuja Tuberculinum

(<)Summer (p. I363).-Argentum-n. Bryonia FL-Ac. IOd. Lachesis Lycopodium Nat.-m. Pulsatilla Thuja

*{Faintish warm room (p. I323).-Lachesis Lilium-t. Lycopodium PULS.

{Faintish crowded room (p, I32I).-Nat.-m. Sulph.

Averse fish (p. 482).-Nat.-m. Sulph.

Desire fats (p.487).-Sulph.

Particulars of Headache.

(<)Sun (p. 150).-Aloe BRY. LACH. Nat.-m. PULS. Sulph.

(<)Warm room (p. 152).-Aloe APIS Bryonia Cocculus indicus-c. Croc. Ferrum-i. Iodium Kali-s. Led Lilium-t. Lycopodium Nat.-m. PLAT. PULS.

Spongia Sulph.

(<)Touch (p. I50).-Bryonia Gratiola Ledum Lycopodium Nat.-m. Sabin.

(>)Lying (p. 143).-Bryonia Calcarea-s. Coc-c. Ferrum-i. Fl.-ac. Lachesis Lycopodium Nat.-m. Spongia Sulph.

(>)Pressure (p. 146).-Apis Argentum-n. BRY. LACH. Lilium-t. Lycopodium NAT.-M. Nicc. PULS. Sabin. Sulph. Thuja

Bryonia 814; Lachesis 8 17; Lycopodium 10 15; Nat.-m. 12 22; Pulsatilla 8 19; Sulph. 10 16.

Remarks. Nat-mur. seems to suit the case, not because it is numerically highest alone but because it corresponds to the type of the patient. Nat.-mur has marked aversion to fats, which this patient desires: but that would not rule out the drug for this reason; that, though the desires and aversions are general symptoms, they rank much lower in the scale than the mental symptoms. A strong mental symptom like the markedly(<) consolation would rule out many of lesser importance. Puls again could never suit this case, no matter how great its numerical value, because of the marked (<) from consolation. Repertory work is never mechanical, and is only a guide to the study of Materia Medica.

December 9th, 1910.-Natrum-mur. 200, three doses. December 15th, 1910.-A marked aggravation of the headache three days after taking the powders.

February 14th, 1911.-Not had a bad headache since; no heaviness or caged-in feeling. Bowels began to act naturally *These rubrics are better combined being difficult to distinguish soon after the medicine. Hardly any flushes of heat. Much better generally; got up after influenza and not felt shaky, used to take her weeks to recover. No medicine.

February 20th, 1911.-Got bad colic due to chill which caused return of headache for one day only. Natrum-mur. 200, 3 doses.

April 7th, 1911.-No real headache since last note, slight attempts; no cased-in feeling. Bowels quite regular. Bearing down with burning and distension entirely gone. No flushes of heat. No medicine.

May 16th, 1911.-A little vertigo on first lying down: goes off immediately. Headache absent despite severe thunderstorm which formerly caused her to go to bed; not once the cased-in sensation. Bowels still good.

Generally a different person in every way; brighter; more cheerful; husband declares her to be a different person to live with. Nat.-mur. 200, 3 doses.

December 27th, 1911.-may have had a slight attempt at head- ache, but never came to anything; feels a new creature; able to do much more work; very energetic; general health excellent. Had no medicine since above.

CASE III Miss C., aet. 35.-June 13th, 1910.-Sleepless since 20 years of age; brought on by excessive musical study; never taken any sleeping drugs. She lies quite wide awake at night, brain active all the time, especially after lights are out. Often kept awake by persistent tunes; hardly ever falls asleep for three hours after going to bed; readily wakened by the least gleam of light, even, if drowsy becomes sleepless immediately on getting into bed. Dreams always; nightmare.

General health has been good. Throat: painless hoarseness: all colds fly here.

Stomach: Appetite good. Averse fats, milk. Craves ices, cold food. Emptiness without hunger soon after getting into bed which might prevent sleep.(>) Eating. Emptiness at II a.m. M.P. normal.

Mental: Very excitable to music; irritable; impatient; discontented. Fears: in a crowd; being hemmed in; fire; suffocation. Indifferent to people, especially relatives. Depressed easily.

Chilly: Hates the cold; (<) thunderstorms.

CHILLY, used as an “eliminating symptom” to cut out all the warm remedies, in all the following lists.

Indifference relations (Kent, p. 55).-Helleborus Hepar Nat.-c. PHOS. SEP.

Fears crowd (p. 43).-Arsenicum Aurum Baryta carb. Calcarea Carb.-an. Causticum Conium Ferrum Ferrum-ars. Graphites Hepar Kali-ar. Kali-bi. Kali-c. Kali- p. Nat.-c. Nux-v. Phosphorus Plb. Rhus-t. Stann.

Fears suffocation (p. 47) Phosphorus Stramonium

Fears fire (p. 45).-Cuprum

(<)Thunder (p. I362).-Agaricus Aurum Causticum Hypericum Kali-bi. Nat.-c. Nit.-ac. Petroleum Phosphorus PSOR. RHOD. Rhus-t. Sepia Silicea

Averse fats (p. 482).-Arsenicum Belladonna Calcarea Carb.-an. Carb.-v.

CHINA China-a. Colchicum Cyclamen Helleborus Hepar nat.-c. PETR. Phosphorus Rheum. rhus-t. Sepia

Averse milk (p. 483).-Am.-c. Belladonna Calcarea Carb.-v. Guaj. Ignatia LAC.-D. Mag.-c. NAT.-C. Nux-v. Phosphorus Rheum. Sepia Silicea

Desires cold food (p. 486).-Am.-c. PHOS. Silicea Zincum met.

Desires ices (p. 487).-Calcarea PHOS.

Emptiness II a.m. (p. 490).-Alumen. Nat.-c. Phosphorus Sepia Zincum met.

Emptiness without hunger (p. 490).-Agaricus Alumina Arsenicum Baryta-c. China Cocc. Dulcamara Helleborus Mur.-ac. Phosphorus Rhus-t. Silicea Sul.-ac.

Sleepless after going to bed (p. I2I7).-Borax Carb.-v. Mag.-c Phosphorus Ph-ac.

Same idea (tune) always repeated (p. I220).-Baryta-c. Calcarea Coffea Graphites Petroleum

Hoarseness painless (p. 754).-CALC. CARB.-V. Causticum Phosphorus =Calcarea 6 II; Nat.-c. 6 10; Phosphorus 12 24; Sepia 5 10.

Remarks. The larger rubrics such as sensitive to noise, impatience, etc., are left out, as all the competing remedies are in them.

Phos not only best indicated, but it has the important peculiar symptoms-indifference to relations; all the fears (except fire); and the marked craving for ices.

June 16th, 1910.-Phosphorus 10M. 3 doses, 6 hours apart.

July 4th, 1910.-She writes “been sleeping better, and have been much quieter mentally at night.’ No medicine.

July 27th, 1910.-“Very much better generally; sleeping better, even with worrying times. Not half so tired as usual; no emptiness even at II a.m.; not restless mentally at night; no persistent tunes or thoughts; not dreaming so much; extra- ordinarily better.” No medicine.

Oct. 10th, 1910.-Abroad, tiring journey, so took Phosphorus 10M, 3 doses 6 hourly.

January 27th, 1911.-Been sleeping perfectly well and much better in every way; no persistent tunes at night; hardly ever dreams. No medicine.

January 14th, 1912.-“Still sleeping quite well; have absolutely nothing to complain about.” No medicine.


Mr. B., aet. 28.-May 6th, 1910.-Pain and distension abdomen for last three years, especially 6 a.m. or 4 p.m.; felt like bubble inside; been taking Sod.-bicarb. all the time. Distension, not for some time after eating.

(>)Escape flatus (offensive); (>) hot drinks. Sleeps well till wakened at 6 a.m. by pain.

Appetite good; no special desires or aversions; some heartburn.

Rheumatic pains general; no special modalities.

Weather conditions do not affect him.

Mental:-(<)In himself if angry. Neither care nor worry. Quick tempered but controls it. weak concentration.

Lycop. IM, 4 doses, 6-hourly.

May 19th, 1910.-Not had slightest effect. Gave additional symptoms. Pain especially at 6 a.m. comes in waves or spasms; has to draw up knees on abdomen, causes him to roll in discomfort.

(<)If he gets angry. (>)Coffee.

Gets cramps in arms readily when rowing.


Pain (<) 6 a.m. (Kent, p. 556).-Coloc. Ox.-ac.

(<) 4 p.m. (p. 556).-Caust Coloc. Belladonna LYC. Mag.-m. Phys.

(<)anger (p. 557).-Chamomilla Cocc. Coloc. Nux-v. Staphysagria Sulph.

(>)coffee 9p. 557).-COLOC. Coloc. IM, 4 doses, 6-hourly.

May 27th, 1910.-Been practically well last few days. No medicine.

June 3rd, 1910.-“Nothing wrong with me.” No medicine.

June 29th, 1910.-Not wakened at 6 a.m. now; never feels pain at 4 p.m.; sleeping perfectly; but some flatulence still about; no heartburn; distension hardly present; rheumatic pains gone. Almost but not quite well. No medicine.

Coloc. 10M, 4 doses, 6-hourly.

June 18th, 1911.-Mother reports that the medicine upset him some what at first, but since then and now is perfectly well; not least trouble.

Remarks. We had here nothing but particulars to work with, but they were so definite; though not obtained till second visit. Lycop. had the 4 p.m. aggravation, also generally (<)after anger, and the(>) escape flatus. We thus see the great difficulty of prescribing on particulars. We had Hering’s “three legs to our stool”, but that was not enough.

CASE V A.M., -September. 30th, 1911.-(An outpatient case.) Headache vertex and eye all his life. Getting much worse. Lasts from three days to three weeks. So severe, hardly knows what to do. Worse sleep. Head very tender, can’t bear being touched. Sickness last ten hours, and vomits every ten minutes. Always got a headache. Can’t eat, therefore very weak.

Feels well before attack.

Good family history; also general history good. No better for anything. Burrows head in pillow. Eyes good, tested lately. Tongue indented. Feels as if suffocated after eating, which greatly aggravates the headache.

Averse: Fats, milk.

Very sleepy at 8 p.m. Dreams exciting. Alopecia areata. (<)Heat; thunder; sleep. Depressed, (<)Consolation. Wants to be alone.

Worse heat is used as an eliminating symptom to cut out all the cold remedies from the following lists.

(<)Consolation (p.16).-Lycopodium MercuriusNAT.-M. Platina Thuja

(<)Thunder (p. I362).-Aurum Bryonia Kali-bi. Lachesis Lycopodium Nat.-m Pulsatilla Sul. Thuja Tuberculinum

Averse fat (p. 482).-Bryonia Mercurius Nat.-m. PTEL. PULS. Sul.

Averse milk (p. 483).-Bryonia Pulsatilla Sul.

Headache (<)sleep (p. 149).-Argentum-n. Aurum Bryonia Kali-bi. LACH. Lycopodium Mercurius NAT.-M. Pulsatilla Sul. Thuja.

=Lachesis 25; Lycopodium 35; Mercurius 34; Nat.-m. 4 9; Pulsatilla 4 7; Sul. 4 7; Thuja. 3 4.

Pulsatilla could never come in outruled by “(<)consolation” test, and by look of patient. Leaves Nat.-m. and Sul. Aspect typical Nat.-mur. Nat.-mur. 30, 4 doses, 6 hourly.

October 21 st.-Not been laid up with headaches for the last three weeks; and not been sick, but hardly so well in himself. Has had a cold and is heavy and dull. No medicine.

November 11th.-One attack threatened but passed off. If they came on before, they always laid him up for a week. he feels stronger, brighter, more heart for things. Sleep less heavy; dreams the same. Hair the same. No medicine.

December 7th.-Had bilious attack on the 3rd inst., but was not sick; only headache; same character. No medicine.

December 13th.-Nat.-mur. 30, 6 doses 6-hourly.

January 4th, 1912.-had four attacks since here, two bad. Same character. Bryonia 30, 6 doses 3-hourly.

Remarks. It is never wise during an acute exacerbation of a chronic malady to prescribe the chronic remedy, as you are apt to increase needlessly the sufferings of your patient. Under such circumstances one prescribes a more superficial remedy corresponding to the immediate modalities: e.g., Bryonia in a Nat.- mur. case: Belladonna in a Calcarea-c. case, etc.

January 11th.-Cannot eat: though headache (>). Nat.-mur. 200, 4 doses 6-hourly.

February 1st.-Not had a headache for 2 months. Indigestion immediately p.c. Feels better in himself. No medicine.

March 14th.- Only slight headache since here, but was able to stop at work and right again. No medicine.

CASE VI Miss R.G. aet. 20.- (Outpatient, Hospital) February 15th 1912. Pain back, when she catches cold. Head, burning pain on vertex: (>)on closing eyes. Feels sick with headache daily:(<) at M.P. Cough on and off for four years. Been treated at hospitals or privately all the time; really never free from cough, No pain: no sputum.

Worse heat.

Faintish in warm room. Depressed, (<)consolation. Irritable with noises. Fidgety.

(<)Heat-(used as eliminating symptom to cut out cold remedies from lists).

(<)Consolation (Kent, p. 16).-Lilium-t. Lycopodium NAT.-M. Platina Thuja. Noises=irritable (p. 59).-Iodium Nat.-m. (later addition to Repertory).

{Faint in warm room (p. 1323).-Lachesis Lilium-t. Lycopodium PULS.

{Faint in crowd (p. 1321).-Nat.-m. Sul.

Headache (>) closing eyes (p. 138).-Aloe Bryonia Iodium Nat.-m. Platina Sul.

Pain, burning, vertex (p. 181).-Bryonia Lachesis Nat.-m. Nat.-s. Sul.

Pain, burning, vertex at M.P. (p. 181).-Lachesis Nat.-m. Sul.= Bryonia 2 4; Lachesis 3 6; Lyc, 2 2; Nat.-m. 6 11; Sul. 4 7.

Nat. mur. 30, 4 doses 6-hourly.

March 14th, 1912.-Very much better in herself. Hardly had a headache. No burning vertex. Not the least faintish. Pain in back gone. No cough: never been so free of cough since it began years ago. No medicine.

Of course there are heaps of cases, where you cannot get any mental or other general symptoms so definitely marked as in the foregoing, and where you have got to be most careful not to take symptoms too easily for “eliminating” purpose, or to knock out drugs on insufficient cause. If you do, you will find yourself landed with-Sepia probably, most times: though you might very often do worse.

Times of day, if very definite, help. some people are perfectly well all day, but their nights are purgatorial. Some are in pain all day long, but perfectly well all night. Some rise feeling miserably ill and tired after a good night’s rest, and with nothing to account for it (it is important to ascertain this!) and only feel pretty well as the day wears on, and are bright and happy and ready for work, mental and physical, in the evening, when you might expect them to be tired. Others have all their weariness and languor, all their sufferings, in the evening-after days neither strenuous nor fatiguing. These are important generals, and very useful in helping to determine the drug. Some drugs have their very hour on the face of the clock: and others a very marked periodicity. The worse in the evening people, by the way, have a talent for working out at Lycopodium.

Worse from damp, and worse from dry weather are deep-seated, and very important: if strongly-marked in the patient, they may be used as eliminating symptoms. “I feel ten years younger to-day because it is raining; all my joints are quite loose, and I can move freely”, said a patient a few days ago: while others stiffen and ache for a mere passing shower. There is a small important list, patient better in wet weather which is not in Kent’s Repertory*-Alumina Arsenicum ASAR. Belladonna Bovista BRY. Carb.-an. Carb.-v. CAUST. Chamomilla Fl.-ac. HEP. Ip. Laur. Mang. Medorrhinum Mez. Mur.-ac. Nit.-ac. NUX Platina Rhododendron Saba. Sepia Silicea Spigelia Spongia Staphysagria Sulph. Zincum met. (Rheumatic pain better in wet weather, means, practically, Causticum, Hepar or Nux-v.) Dr. G. Miller says, “in rheumatism where we expect as a rule to have an agg. from weather changes, its absence becomes peculiar; where the patient is not affected by change of weather, exclude Dulcamara Nux-mos. Phosphorus Ranunculus- b. Rhodo. Rhus Sil Tuberc. And where the patient is not affected by wet weather exclude Calcarea Mercurius Nat.-c Nat.-s. Ruta.”

Then there are patients who never dare to get into a bath, who are obliged to “wash in sections” as one of them expressed it; since they feel faint, or actually do faint, as soon as the water flows over their skins: while in a lesser degree, others feel miserably weak and ill after a bath. Such symptoms must be very marked and definite to carry great weight or to rule out drugs; but they help immensely: the last may give the casting vote between Puls and Sulph.

Last, and least important of all, comes the name of the patient’s malady. Look it up, if you like, at the very end, and it may joyfully confirm your choice of drug, which it must not unduly bias. If your patient is an asthmatic patient, it is comforting to know that the drug his symptoms demand has again and again cured bad cases of asthma. But remedies that have never been recorded as having cured asthma will do the trick, if the symptoms of the patient cry out *Dr. Kent points out that this rubric appears in his Repertory as “Dry weather agg.”, p. 1319, and ” Cold dry weather agg.”, p. 1312. for them, as their simillimum. Drugs have not all been pushed far enough to produce lesions; and their voices do not carry, as a rule, deeper than function-except in the cases of accidental poisoning. But get the right drug, the stimulus needed, and you will find the reaction of the organism deep enough in all conscience, and long-sustained. Then KEEP YOUR HANDS OFF! Wait long for a second very definite cry, before you dare to interfere. You may have to wait months-then wait! Remember, it is the patient who has to cure himself; the drug cannot cure him; the drug is only the stimulus that starts the vital reaction. So long as curative reaction is in progress, it is senseless- criminal-to interfere. This is the way to crush your work, to vitiate your experience, to break your heart. So long as the patient is improving, let him be, and never meddle till he begins to slip back: that is the first possible moment to repeat, or to reconsider the case. It is safer to be a little late than a little soon. You must “go fast slowly”, there is no other way.

Margaret Lucy Tyler
Margaret Lucy Tyler, 1875 – 1943, was an English homeopath who was a student of James Tyler Kent. She qualified in medicine in 1903 at the age of 44 and served on the staff of the London Homeopathic Hospital until her death forty years later. Margaret Tyler became one of the most influential homeopaths of all time. Margaret Tyler wrote - How Not to Practice Homeopathy, Homeopathic Drug Pictures, Repertorising with Sir John Weir, Pointers to some Hayfever remedies, Pointers to Common Remedies.

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