Ex-member of Homoeopathic State Faculty of Bengal. (Published in “The Homoeopathic Recorder, July 1254, Vol.LXX No.1.
[Continued from page 316] Now, a case of wine is quoted for illustration –
Sj.Mahendra Lal Das, age 63 years.
About 3 months ago, he was treated for asthma with allopathic injections. Asthma was cured but a skin disease developed all over the body and there were much itching. He was again treated with allopathic medicine injections. The skin eruption was cured he was attacked with heart trouble and dilation of heart and much difficulty in breathing and suppression of urine and his condition was hopeless. However, he was saved by allopathic treatment when he has improved much, he was attacked with fever generally begins from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and temperature rises upto 103 generally fever continues for 3 to 4 hours and sometimes 8 to 9 hours.
He feels hungry and thirsty before and during the fever. During the rise of fever he keeps clothes over his body. During fever he talks too much, abuses his family members and become very ill tempered when temperature rises to 102-103. He keeps quiet and does not like to move. During the falling temperature, he passes urine frequently. He has constipation and passes stool in 2 to 3 days. The stool is hard and offensive. The allopathic treatment was continued for a month without improvement. I was called on 3-5-54 and recorded the case and administered a dose of Nux Vom. 30 to antidote the action of the previous treatment. For 15 days Arsenic 30,200 Natrum Mur. 30,200. Phos 30, Sulph, 200, Psorinum 200 were given by me but no improvement.
Then I consulted a senior prominent Homoeopath. He tested the case with Laches. 200 and Tuberculinum Bovinum 200 for a week but no improvement. So the family members of the patient become very anxious and I was in much difficulty. Then I wished to try my interpretation of law and so recorded the case again according to the order of succession of symptoms. The patient and his family member said “He feels very hungry and thirsty at 7 to 8 a.m. and takes his food at 82 a.m. About 15 minutes after taking the meal he feels warm all over body and he covers his body with clothes and gradually temperature becomes very high.
Generally after 3 to 4 hours temperature rises from 97* and during this time he becomes restless and tosses in the bed and talks much when his temperature becomes very high. Generally after 3 to 4 hours temperature rises 102 to 103 and then he remains quiet and does not like to move or to do any physical excise. High temperature remains about 2 hours and then it begins to fall. During this time he passes urine frequently in small quantity. In the evening his temperature becomes normal and he has sound sleep in the night. He has thirst and higher during the whole period of fever.
The development of the fever shows – nutritive function (thirsty & hunger) skin sensory function (chill & feeling warm) circulating function (fever) motor function (tossing in the bed and restlessness) mental function (hot temper and talkativeness) excretory function (frequent urination) were deranged one after another in a definite order.
From the proving and poisoning of Baptisia, we observe – Baptisia deranges Nutritive function – skin and sensory function – circulatory function – motor function – mental function – excretary function one after another in a definite order.
Here the orders of succession of symptoms of the fever is similar to the order of succession of symptoms of Baptisia.
24-3-51. Baptisia 30, 1 dose Phyt. 3 doses to be taken every 4 hours.
25-3-51. Talkativeness and urination are less and other symptoms same as before. Phyt. 4 dose. To be taken every every 4 hours.
27-3-51. Temper is normal and no urination during the falling of temperature. Temperature does not rise more that 101. Phyt. 4 dose to be taken every 4 hours.
28-3-51. Temperature rises 100, hunger and thirst are less other conditions berter. Phyt. 4 doses to be taken every 4 hours.
29-3-51. No rise temperature other condition is normal Phytum – 4 doses to be taken every 4 hours.
30-3-51. PAtient is quite well no medicine.
The patient has been keeping good health upto this time except a few attacks of asthma.
For the last fourteen years I have been treating my patient with this method and have cured many patients. Now I wish to reach homoeopaths all over the world through your well circulated and highly esteemed paper. My fellow homoeopaths are to think over the matter and to give their considered opinion about it.
I have many other cases to report both of my success and of my failure. These may provoke serious thoughts of well – wishers of Homoeopathy, if my present venture receives encouragement.
I hope to write on this subject. Recently it came to my knowledge that Dr. A. W.Woodward M.D. in his Constitutional Therapeutics has also worked in this line. But it could not draw due notice of the homoeopathic world. In my mind it is high time to pay our attention on this subject for the progress of Homoeopathy.
Its always good fun, at least, to see a surprised revival of belief in long forgotten or long discredited facts of theories. Witness the discovery by archaeologists that the walls of Jericho did indeed fall flat; and the re – birth, in our own society and generation, of the immeasurably ancient Chinese practice of treating burns with cold neat tea.
Homoeopathy or homoeotherapy – call it what you will – isnt quite in the same class, because even here it has always retained some teachers and disciples; but for long they have been eyed askance as quacks and cranks, or something little better. Today they look to be gaining prestige, and are certainly gaining adherents, from the results of research by no less objective and authoritative a body than the Boyd Institute of Medical Research at Glasgow.
This work, it seems, began fifteen years ago. The scientists engaged upon in concerned themselves primarily to investigate the claims made for the infinitesimal doses of medicine used in homoeopathic practice. Was it true that these micro – doses could be effective? If their effect could be proved scientifically, could an answer also be found to the question “Why”? Which so far had baffled the homoeotherapists themselves?
The investigators answer to both questions in their discovery that a drug diluted almost to infinity, so that not one molecule of the original remains in the solution, retains a form of energy that does in fact act upon living cells. This surviving energy is still unidentified it will be pursued in further researches; but of its existence and effect the scientists at the Boyd Institute no longer have the smallest doubt.
Stripped of technicalities, and greatly over simplified their method may be described like this:
The crude drug was diluted in the ratio of one drop of the drug to 99 drops of the diluent. Vigorous shaking gave the mixture its first potency. One drop of it was then mixed with a further 99 drops of the diluent, and the “shock” treatment was repeated to produce the second potency. The same procedure was followed in subsequent attenuations, and in over a thousand carefully controlled experiments, until the thirtieth potency had been researched as 1 in, 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000, 000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 – which, I think, is one million five times over!
By this time, as I have said not so much as a molecule of the original drug remained; it was as if there were nothing but the purest and simplest water: yet the energy latent in the drug had apparently been liberated and increased by each successive violent shaking of the dilution, for its efficacy was proved by practical tests. One such test was made, and proved, by applying to the heart of a frog a dose derived, in the manner I have described, from the drug known as strophanthus.
We have, at present, only about 400 convinced or luke warm homoeotherapists among our 20,000 family doctors. Their number now seems likely to increase. At any rate the Faculty of Homoeopathy, and its hospital in London, seem to be busier than they have ever been.
The Sunday Statesman
The 14th Nov., 1954.