“Unusual Homoeopathic Remedies Indicated During Gestation.” That word “unusual” is provocative of what, to any one of even a cursory acquaintance with the Repertory, is to be termed the “usual”. To homoeopathic philosophy of healing, dealing as it does, so intimately, so analytically with the spiritual, mental and materialistic complexity of the individual patient there can be no “usual” and therefore, as Einstein would see it, no “unusual”.
While the period of gestation, with the average woman, is one in which it is to be hoped and fortunately is, as a rule, an interim given proper hygienic and environmental surroundings independent of remedial measures, at the same time it is a period so fraught with pathological potentialities, eliminative and metastatic embarrassments, that any homoeopathic practitioner cannot but recognize the advisability of seeking out of composite picture or prodrome of the expectant mother on the occasion of his first interview with her, quite as much as making the routine urine analysis and determining the blood pressure findings.
In this search for the simillimum I am often reminded of Schopenhauers comparison of his jasper vase to the organism of an animal, a man “I looked at the two of them”, he says, “and both were heavy, symmetrical and beautiful. The vase had a golden rim and golden handles; the other was an organism, an animal, a man. When I had sufficiently examined their exterior, I asked my attendant genius to allow me to examine the inside of them; and I did so.
In the vase I found nothing but the force of gravity and a certain obscure desire, which took the form of chemical affinity. When I entered into the other how shall I express my astonishment at what I saw? It is more incredible than all the fairy tales and fables that were ever conceived”.
One finds himself in a maze in the search for the simillimum. Analysis, synthesis and deletion parry with empiricism and precedent. Constitutional psora or dyscrasia should be detected, latent tubercular or rachetic tendencies sought out and a few doses of Sulphur. Calcarea iodata or Medorrhinum prescribed as early in the period of gestation as possible, and occasionally throughout. Personally I seem to be in a Sulphur locality.
From the nervous standpoint, particularly among those women of antecedent puerperal mishaps, suggestion does a great deal in overcoming morbid fears and harrowing prognostications of dearest friends and relatives. In seeking by suggestion to dispel these fears I try to convince the woman that she is passing through a period of increased vital resistance rather than one of disease, and should progress as normally as a plant blossoming and nurturing its product.
Cimicifuga with its clouds of depression often clears the mental atmosphere when suggestion has failed to do so. A trace of albumin in the urine can often be cleared up by Merc. cor. 6x, a few days of a milk diet and occasional doses of Citrocarbonate to act physiologically as an eliminant.
Vomiting of pregnancy in the early weeks of gestation is frequently relieved by Cerium oxalicum 3x or a few doses of Anacardium especially in highly nervous, anxious patients who are relieved while eating but worse after having taken food. Again for heart-burn and sour vomiting in patients especially prone to neuralgias, infections of the teeth, etc., during gestation Magnesium carbonate 6x is often effective. One will also think of Spigelia in these cases, especially if sensitive to the slightest touch, with recurring pains of spasmodic character worse during morning hours.
Cocculus indicus is another remedy which, particularly in hysterical primipara, weakened through nervousness and loss of sleep, will be found most sedative throughout the whole period of gestation and in first stage of labor.