3. Liver affections



I did not hear from him for eleven months when he called to see me telling me he had gone on with the remedy steadily all the time as it seemed to be doing him good.

On examining him I found the varicocele had gone down about one half and the varicosis of the leg had also notably diminished, so that he can now safely dispense with the elastic support. I was here led to prescribe Chelone because of its line of action from right to left and from above downwards.

The testimony afforded by this case is very high indeed because patient has been under me for years for his varicosis with but small benefit, and his being an officer in the Royal Navy rendered it very important that he should have his varicosis mended. He is not entirely cured now but the amelioration is such that in his own words “they (the authorities) will let me go now on any expedition.” I had before made use of a number of vein medicines and constitutional remedies, but Chelone alone did ten times more than they all.

Carduus Marioe AND Chelone Glabra.

There are cases of enlargement of the left lobe of the liver that are ameliorated by Carduus marioe, and by Chelone glabra also, though not radically cured by either and these cases beautifully exemplify the limitations of the curative spheres of organ-remedies as I have more particularly dwelt upon in my work on “Diseases of the Spleen” The subject is so important that I will go into the matter at this place somewhat more in detail. It is a great help in the drug treatment of disease to be able to get clean-out constant indications for our remedies; and so it is very helpful to see where the remedial action certainly leaves off Now the curative sphere of organ-remedies stops short of blood diseases; they do not reach the diathesis, and they therefore do not cure, e.g., Chronic Skin Diseases; skin diseases are commonly diathesic.

A gentleman of thirty years of age came under my observation for liver disease, skin disease, insomnia, depression of spirits and chronic diarrhoea tho’ only thirty years of age; he has lost all his teeth from shrinking of the gums; they just fell out. His skin disease consisted in what I have elsewhere called the Sternal Patch, the liver affection in an enlargement of the left lobe and for this I ordered Carduus marioe, six drops in water, three times a day. In a short time he reported himself as sleeping well and his spirits notably improved. Arsenicum and Thuja followed but no further improvement worth while mentioning, when, on June 13th, I prescribed Chelone glabra in the same manner in which I had formerly ordered Carduus.

July 13th.-“That medicine (Chelone) acted like a charm. Patient remained well for a year or so and then returned with the old symptoms again-I have now come to the point of my case. Carduus was ordered as before. Chelone followed, but neither acted as formerly, that which a year before acted like a charm now act not at all. The fact is in this case there exists a constitutional crasis quite away from the hepatic state, it is an organismic ailing and not merely one of the organ, and here I found it necessary to go in quest of the homoeopathic simillimum, the simple homoeopathic part elective drug affinity not sufficing. Clearly organ-remedies restore only tone and equable circulation in most instances but do not alter the organismic quality of the organ, nor do they cure any diathesic quality of the stroma of the organ.

In fine: Where the organ-ill comes from the organism and keeps on coming, the organ remedy is capable only of clearing the organ of its organismic soot, so to speak, for the time being; it is only while where the organ ailment is in and of the organ that the organ remedy is adequate. Also where the ailment is in and of the organ it is useless to attempt its cure with high dilutions affecting the whole organism: a localized organ disease calls for a localized organ remedy, just as a general diathesic organismic disease needs the homoeopathic simillimum in some potency sufficiently removed from its materiality. The degree of homoeopathicity conditions the degree of potency, the greater the degree of homoeopathicity the greater (higher) the potency and conversely. Hence it is that I use mother tinctures in the organopathic states and ailments. Thus even in the use of simple organ-remedies of but small pathogenetic powers, yet considerable local affinity, a few drops of the mother tincture may act very perturbingly. For instance the tincture of the common marigold may be used in 5 or 10 drop doses with very slight effect but let the homoeopathicity be a little greater than merely local affinity and we get nausea, vomiting and abdominal distress.

James Compton Burnett
James Compton Burnett was born on July 10, 1840 and died April 2, 1901. Dr. Burnett attended medical school in Vienna, Austria in 1865. Alfred Hawkes converted him to homeopathy in 1872 (in Glasgow). In 1876 he took his MD degree.
Burnett was one of the first to speak about vaccination triggering illness. This was discussed in his book, Vaccinosis, published in 1884. He introduced the remedy Bacillinum. He authored twenty books, including the much loved "Fifty Reason for Being a Homeopath." He was the editor of The Homoeopathic World.