[Read before the Bureau of Materia Medica, I.H.A. July 2, 1953.
This title assigned to me by Dr. Clark includes at least thirty years of non – homoeopathic practice in eye, ear, nose and throat. During this period we have seen many cases of inflammatory iris promptly wiped out by sodium salicylate from oil of wintergreen, gr. 20 every three hours, to give physiological effect of ringing in or stopped ears. Eighty or one hundred grains usually necessary. Atropine sulphate 5 percent locally to break up adhesions to lens, together with adjuvant hot applications. Synthetic sodium salicylate even with dosage of two hundred grains has failed in my hands. The supply of wintergreen giving out, it is now made from birch which gives like results.
A similar relief of rapidly eating ulceration of the throat and roof or mouth, luetic, has been promptly healed by a gargle of one to five hundred bichloride of mercury.
One will find cases of malaria resistant to quinine or poisoned by it. Here the following has cured many cases.
Potas. iodide. Oz. 1/2
Potas. acetate. Drams, 2
Potas. nitrate. Dram, 1/2
Aqua qs. Oz.8
A tablespoon every two hours for three doses, first does before expected chill or demonstration. Dr. S. Wright used this remedy for forty – two years, obtaining it from an M.D. who practiced in a malarial district and had prescribed it for twenty years, even in severest cases. Neither had a single failure. My record has been prompt cure, especially in brow ague simulating frontal sinusitis, with marked periodicity.
So much for the Homoeopathic blind spot in the eye of those who believe that only potentized drugs are effective and rate relief by crude drugs as only suppressive.
I. Belladonna stands out as a remedy for me in the acute cases. I have a feeling that Homoeopathy furnishes more than a single curative drug in the same case. Where an acute case gives trouble to decide between Aconite and Belladonna, the latter is usually selected and usually fits. The two hundredth centesimal potency, given dry on the tongue, and a water solution left to be taken twice at two hour intervals, if no amelioration. The point of discontinuing a drug after symptom relief, seems quite important in crude drugging as in using a potency.
II. Bryonia shows up quite often with its dullness, aggravation from motion, desire to lie quite still and not be disturbed, and relief of the local pain by pressure, especially in gastric bowel and chest affections.
III. Mercury comes in often but here we have sweat, never a dry skin; usually offensive odor is in evidence in breath and salivation, as well as in sweat; a wet spot on the pillow in the morning and night aggravation.
IV. Sulphur is frequently useful as a first remedy,. Later on it often comes in to clear up or relieve a case, strangely enough, where no Sulphur symptoms, so far as we can see, are present. The hungry patient, sleeping with feet uncovered; suppressions; aversion to a bath; hurried diarrhea on walking in the morning and suffocative air – hunger. You all are familiar with this picture.
V. Rhus tox., cannot rest in any position; rheumatic – like symptoms, worse from cold, wet weather, washing, beginning motion; vesicular eruptions like its poisoning on the skin: The successful use of its 50M potency in poison ivy puts up an argument for the idem as well as the similia.
VI. Pulsatilla, I should say, is a very frequent first remedy in colds as well as when they reach the stage of thick yellow discharge. Mild disposition, a weeper, relief from cold air and cold local applications (opposite of Rhus. tox.,) warm room aggravation. It modifies and shortens measles and is a frequent help on the road back to health.
VII. After experience with disagreeable Nux vomica and Chamomilla patients. in comes relief and enjoyment in the person of Phosphorus. The slender, delicate, sensitive and thoroughly cooperative, he is apt to enjoy plenty of ice water. Here it is well to keep to the 30th, to begin with, as we may run into a real aggravation otherwise. Phos. is a great remedy.
VIII. Spigelia often stops the pain curatively where a narcotic, especially some barbiturate, is given by a routinist, a down – hill practice.
IX. Cepa usually takes over most hay – fever cases arriving too late to work out the constitutional remedy, which must be done later on.
X. We have reserved for FAITH our last remedy the “sine qua non” in all manner of therapy, from the greatest of all healers to the least of them. I have often heard patients of an M.D. uncle of mine say, “When he comes into the sick – room the atmosphere changes from hopelessness to confidence. We know now that the patient will get well.” Faith drives out fear from the heart. The greatest healer. Chirst, once said, “When man has reached the place where he has faith in God, in nature and in himself, he knows the word of power.