A patient, 98 lbs. (weight), came to me on 2-11-39 with following symptoms :-.
Attacks of coryza, for 7 years ; the attacks used to come every month or every second month. During the attacks he used to sneeze a lot and the discharge used to be very thin and watery. He used to feel feverish and was having pains all over the body ; used to feel burning of hands and feet and top of the head, always. The attacks used to begin generally in the morning ; his breathing was of an asthmatic type in the morning, after waking, for an hour or so, and the cold used to last for three or four hours.
He liked salt much ; did not like warm drinks ; always liked to sit under the fan ; He was given Sulphur, three powders per day for 2 days. There was a slight relief. He had an attack of asthma with severe cold on 8-11-39. Sulphur, 30, one dose only was given and an improvement set in, next day, in all respects. He had good sleep ; no asthmatic feeling, and cold was much better. Again on 24-11-39 he had a similar attack and Sulphur 30, one dose, was repeated, and improvement set in again from the next day.
On 5-11-39, he developed pain in abdomen 12 hours after food. In fact, after a day or two he noticed pain after eating anything. Pain was better by pressure and by fomentation. The patient insisted on the diagnosis of this new ailment and that I should do something to relieve the pain. I told him that he was suffering from “Gastric Ulcer” (?). I gave him MAG. PHOS. 6x, three powders, but there was no relief. After four or five days he discovered that the pain was better temporarily by eating anything solid or liquid.
I told him that a X-Ray will settle the diagnosis but I assured him not to go in for this extra expenditure as medicine will soon relieve him. He agreed. On inquiry, I learned that he was having same type of pain about five years back, lasting nearly three weeks, and it was relieved by some medicine. On referring to Kents repertory p. 513 I found CHELIDONIUM very prominent. I gave him CHELIDONIUM 6, three powders for 3 days and the pain disappeared completely. During this period there was no attack of cold. The patient was kept on liquid diet. Patient reported on 17-1-40, that there was no complaint and weight became 100 lbs. Again he reported to be well on 1-3-40 weight being 105 lbs.
Case No. 2.
Age 28, unmarried came to me on 17-5-40.
He had patched of eczema for last five years. No history of asthma. (Father asthmatic and is still getting attacks of asthma). The patches originally started on the dorsum of both feet and extended over the legs and as far as the middle of both the things, also on face, since December39. Practically, half the face was covered with them. There was severe itching followed by burning was more marked on areas which were scratched. The itching was relieved by hot fomentation. He was very thirsty and liked cold articles.
He had constipation for the last three years; felt extreme exhaustion after work ; took lots of tea and coffee ; enjoyed cool breeze ; not addicted to alcohol ; likely sweet things very much ; He had insomnia for many months ; generally worse in winter ; there was very little perspiration on the body ; I gave Sulphur, 3, three powders. There was a severe reaction within three days and good many pustules developed on all the patches ; I assured the patient that it was a good sign and a sure sign too that he would recover soon.
After a week he was relieved of constipation ; he began to perspire freely, the pustules began to disappear gradually, but to itching was still intolerable. I waited for about four days more, and again prescribed, Sulphur, 3, three powders. On 1-6-40 he reported that the itching was very much less ; no constipation ; very sound sleep ; no exhaustion after work.
He reported again on 16-6-40 that the patches on face were very much better and that there was no itching of face ; patches on legs and thighs were also fast disappearing.
Case No. 3.
Patients came to 25-12-39, with pain in the right hypochondrium on deep breathing, coughing and sneezing, for the last one year. Better by lying on right side. Liver enlarged and tender. Severe thirst for large quantities of water. Liked cool drink and cool breeze. Dryness of mouth, constipation for the last eight years, and was always taking laxatives ; perspired freely ; was having headache on left side, generally worse after constipation ; there was always burning of hands and feet. I gave him BRYONIA, 3 three powders.
I examined him again on 30-12-39. Pain on coughing better and slight improvement in constipation. On 7-1-40, he reported that there was no constipation ; thirst was less ; pain on coughing, better. Again he reported on 12-1-40 that constipation was not relieved completely and that there was slight pain on coughing. I gave him BRYONIA, 30, one powder, which relieved all symptoms after a couple of days. There was no relapse afterwards.
Case No. 4.
A lady came on 20-4-40 with pain in the back on the right side in the scapular region ; worse by deep breathing and bending forward ; worse on coughing ; better by lying on the back. Very much thirsty for large quantities of water. I gave her BRYONIA, 3, three powders. There was complete relief after 2 days.
Case No. 5.
A lady reported on 30-10-39, that she had swelling in the right breast. She has delivered about two months back and she was feeding the baby with that breast and the flow of milk had stopped since the appearance of the swelling. There was temperature upto 101 in the evening, severe thirst for large quantities of water.
There was shooting pain in the breast worse by any movement of the body ; if she would lie on the right side with the affected breast touching the bed she would get relief. I gave her BRYONIA, 3, three powders and the flow of milk was re- established after 12 hours with relief from pain, and she was all right after two days.