3. Liver affections


We find under Calendula “chilly hand” “He is easily frightened” I have often used Calendula internally and gained the conviction that it has a certain beneficial influence upon scrofulous ulcers notably helping to make a nice scar. In liver affections I had not used it till Dr. Robert T. Cooper mentioned it to me in this regard, but he knew of no special indication for its use in preference to any other, and this is ever the great difficulty with organ-remedies, especially where the epidemic genius of the disease is unknown, and, as it so often is, unknowable; my greatest help is to find out the exact part of the organ or part, a given remedy affects and this is often quite sufficient.

The two symptoms, “chilly hands” and “easily frightened,” taken together and in conjunction with liver troubles, would seem to call for Calendula.

Case.-Mr. X., a singer of world wide fame, had been under me for some months with much advantage; under hepatics and renal remedies he greatly improved, but did not get rid of his “cold hands” and “I am so dreadfully nervous, I am frightened at everything, sometimes I dare not enter a cab or carriage, and feel it to be absolutely impossible to face the audience and my indigestion is pretty bad and I have a great deal of heartburn.”

At the left side of the liver, deep in, seemed the faulty part. Rx. Calendula off, p., five drops in water, night and morning, was ordered and after a month of this I heard “Oh, I am getting on splendidly; the heartburn is gone, my digestion is better, my hands have quite lost that nasty cold feeling and my nerve is so much better, I am quite a different man.”

I had formerly won this gentleman’s confidence by materially improving his grand voice.

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.

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.