3. Liver affections

What with?

Thuja occidentalis 30.

Why given?

For Vaccinosis.

The number of people I have benefited by Thuja 30 is really almost beyond belief; one dose of six globules every week is my rule.


In a case of severe dyspnoea from hepatic dropsy Chelone glabra rendered me good service; the case was very complicated in as much as in addition to bradycardia, cirrhosis of the liver and Bright’s disease of the kidneys there was seemingly a tumour lying between the liver and the navel: tense, tender and certainly of quite a different nature to the general ascitic swelling. By reason of its topographic position and in view of the line of action of Chelone as I have before pointed out, I gave five drops of Chelone p in a tablespoonful of water every four hours and in less than a fortnight the lump between liver and navel had quite disappeared, and simultaneously there with also the cardiac dyspnoea. I say cardiac dyspnoea as it lay in its origin between the liver and the heart, I could not trace any direct influence of Chelone on either the heart or kidneys though both were much influenced by the removal of the obstructive mass between liver and navel.


It is difficult to conceive of anything outside of one’s own self and one’s own experience and hence it comes to pass that I have never been quite able to realize that Quassia has any action on the liver worth while. Und Doch.

Very early in 1895 a gentlemen sent me a young man from Hampstead who had been in vain operated on in University College Hospital and thence discharged as incurable. Incurable at twenty years of age.

This young man informed me that he left University College Hospital quite lately and showed me a long scar in the right axillary line where an incision would have enabled an exploration of the right kidney region, gall bladder and back of liver, which no doubt was the object of the operation. He himself stated that it was for stone in the right kidneys but on reaching the kidney no stone could be found and so the wound was stitched up, and as soon as it had healed-up patient was discharged as incurable.

Patient complained of attacks of severe pain at the back of the liver just where the fresh scar is seen coming on with vomiting at any time, any day and in any weather; these attacks average about one a week and the pain once on will last from one to three days. Has been subject to these attacks for five years and has had to give up all work for long and is now much reduced in health and strength. The vomiting comes on whenever he attempts to eat. As the attack comes on he swells and seems very tight in the girth. In the perpendicular the hepatic dulness goes right up to the nipple. I put patient at first on Hydrastis Canadensis, then on Urtica urens, then on Chelidonium majus with the sole difference that under the Chelidonium the dull percussion note of the liver in the mammary line was trifle less.

On April 9th I ordered Quassia tincture p five drops in water every four hours.

23rd. There is very great improvement and the young man has quite a different look, his low whining complaining tone having given way to much greater mental and physical alertness, only one attack of pain. Rep.

May 7th. There have been two attacks of pain, but very much less severe and he feels much stronger. To take the Quassia in five drop doses three times a day. May 21st. Attacks are much less in severity and less frequent.

Patient has put on flesh, the previous dirty colour of the skin of his face has gone and given place to a clean, healthy looking face. Rep.

Remains under treatment so I am not able to say whether the Quassia is the real remedy in the case; but, assuming that it does no more than it has already accomplished, at nay rate its record in the case is better than that of my allopathic friends at University College Hospital. So far as I see at present it is a case of neither liver nor kidney merely; but of the right supra-renal capsule, but into this dark continent we will now not penetrate.

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.