Read before the Annual Meeting of the International Hahnemannian Association, Philadelphia,July, 1926.
Members of the Foundation for Homoeopathic Research have, for four years, been experimenting with certain radiant qualities of homoeopathic remedies. Occasionally,by-products of this work develop in the form of isolated happening that carry a suggestion nor directly to the immediate experiment. The three cases presented apply to this point.
At the 1924 meeting, a case of Arterio sclerosis was reported, which was being benefited by Strontium carb. The patient was a man sixty-five years of age. He came to the Flower Hospital clinic on March 10, 1924, and for two full years was continued on Strontium carb, in different potencies given at infrequent intervals. When he came to the Clinic,his blood- pressure was 270/145 and had before that time varied between 270 and 300. Before going to Flower Hospital, he had been told by another clinic that no medicine would help him and that he must stop work. The sight of his right eye was gone because of a retinal haemorrhage.
The only symptoms, aside from weakness and a tendency to stumble, were great sensitiveness to cold and a sensation of heat in the face. Formerly he had suffered from occipital headaches. His improvement was very gradual, getting down within a little over a year to 210/110. Now-2 1/2 years later-he us alive and much better and has never had to stop work.
On February 16, 1926, a Jewish woman, age 56, came to the clinic of the foundation for Homoeopathic Research. Her arteries were markedly sclerosed, her blood-pressure was 200/100. She was gray-haired and looked many years older than the age she gave.
Her tongue was deviated to the right; her knee jerks were exaggerated, the right more than the left, indicating that thee had been a cerebral haemorrhage. Most of her teeth had been removed, and those remaining were loose from pyorrhoea, and some teeth had been removed, and those remaining were loose from pyorrhoea, and some teeth were decayed to the roots. She came to the clinic because of pains in the left arm and the right leg. These wakened her at one or two oclock in the morning and necessitated her getting up and walking around. The condition was also worse from change of weather.
She complained of her right leg feeling cold at night. If she were quiet for very long it was difficult for her to move around upon first rising. She was very sensitive to cold and afraid of the cool air. She was given Strontium carb.200 and was directed to have her teeth attended to. On June 8-nearly four months later-she reported. She looked ten years younger. She said she felt perfectly well. Her blood-pressure was 160/90. She had not had her teeth attended to nor had she done anything except take the remedy as directly.
In cases of arterio sclerosis, the symptoms are often meager, Strontium carb. is evidently a very important remedy of this condition. The symptomatic indications as suggested by these cases are great sensitiveness from being quiet must walk around; aggravation when first beginning to move. Epistaxis.
Epistaxis is at times a troublesome condition, particularly when occurring in a hemophiliac. On April 28, 1925, a man, age 58, applied to the clinic of the Foundation of Homoeopathic Research because of constant nose-bleedings. His father suffered from nose bleeds. The patients trouble began thirty-five years ago and had gradually become worse. His cheeks were covered with fine veinings, diagnosed as spider naevi. Four years before, thyroid had been given and he had become very anaemic and the bleeding had been worse after this. At one time haemoglobin was down to twenty-four.
He at this time had been given blood transfusions. Many operations on the nose had been performed together with constant local treatment, quartz-light therapy, etc. Never a might passed without bleeding, and at times this continued for three or four hours. He kept his nose constantly plugged. He was worn out because he was afraid to go to sleep. He was always worse in the spring and bleeding would occur from excitement, from yawning, and from lying on the back.
Magnesium metallicum 30th was given in plus potencies for the week, with repetitions in increasing potencies as indicated. the bleeding gradually stopped, and up to the present has never recurred excepting for a short period, a year later, during the usual period of spring aggravation.
These three cases are presented because the clinical factors furnish strongest indications for their use. There are also other way interesting factors.
Calcarea is related to coagulation of the blood. Arterio sclerosis is associated with calcareous degeneration. Both Magnesium and Strontium carb. belong to the Calcarea group and can replace Calcarea in chemical combinations. Where there is a known faulty metabolism related physiologically to some element, may not other elements belonging in this same chemical grouping at times be the indicated remedies? Putting it in other way, it is not possible that, in the natural relationships of elements, we may find indications for drugs?.