Thuja really does not have many symptoms allied to the effects of a all, nor does Natrum mur. readily suggest itself in case of cancer; but may we not assume that in Mrs. L.s case the remedy that is able to correct, at least in some degree, the ill effects of overdosing with quinine, has sufficiently restored order in her economy for her to weather the conditions of her disease thus far.
At one time I had case which seemed to show that at last I had found a break in my theory. The patient was feeling very badly and I could not get the correct reaction. I suggested that perhaps his polarity was down, and sure enough it was, way down. We gave him a dose of Nux vomica which was indicated by his symptoms. We then tested his secretion within a minute and his polarity was completely reversed.
In analyzing this proving we notice that the velocity is very rapid, and the pace intermittent. The physical symptoms were restlessness, with relief from motion and from hot applications. Hot drinks might have relieved his stomach symptoms had they been given, for we know, that, while he had a moderate thirst for cold drinks, there was no relief from them.
The mental attitude of most medical men is a clear example of how far distorted reasoning may subvert logic; withal, a few rise able their training and thereby pay a glorious tribute to the power of indwelling light and truth. These men soon outgrow the fetters of an ultimately reactionary teaching, being helped materially thereto by disinterested work for the uplift of others.
Then we must find as many symptoms as possible of undoubted reliability which appear under no other known remedy than the one under consideration, and lastly, all those symptoms for which the remedy under consideration is the undisputed leader. In this way one studies from the center or heart of the remedy to its circumstance or from its most important to its least important symptoms.
The toe nail responds to a wave from the solar plexus; a certain headache comes from the collective effect of an empty stomach; a tooth may suffer from the same affliction as the liver though its expression be modified according to its anatomical and physiological functions, while both represent an imponderable though real,ethereal or psychic disharmony, etc.
Aphonic, voice weak, especially in preachers and singers. Extreme muscular weakness hinders sufficient contraction of the glottis. No voice, or abnormal voice. The sputum cannot be expelled, rises only to the epiglottis, or the sick person must swallow it because he hasnt strength enough to spit it up.
Our repertory makers dont seem to have found this symptom brought out by the provers but they have found another symptom produced in much the same way. In vomiting the abdominal muscles are suddenly and violently contracted, causing pressure on the bladder-either might cause the involuntary urination. Remedies that produce involuntary urination from coughing or laughing would be quite likely to produce it from vomiting.
In trying to visualize the Apocyanum patient we expect to see a low-spirited, nervous, bewildered patient, with a bloated face, dropsical, hydrocephalic, with hydrothorax and abdominal ascites, and very likely rheumatic. In infants there is hydrocephalus, with restlessness, involuntary movements of one arm or one leg, harsh dry skin, thirst, but water is soon vomited, urine nearly suppressed, bowels loose, perhaps with involuntary movements.
The imagination need not be troubled to try to grasp the immensity of this number as that is not our purpose at the present time. What we desire to know is its decision on the question under discussion. The potency where there remains only one molecule in a dose of 1 cubic centimeter is easily found by simple arithmetic. It varies with the molecular weight of the drug in question.
Hahnemanns position on the question has never been scientifically refuted, nor has it been scientifically proved, but there seemed to be no doubt in his mind that in the making of a homoeopathic remedy far more than dilution was involved; in fact, that the power inherent in a potency was not at all a matter of dilution, but essentially one of succussion.
Always and everywhere the order to keep away was consistently followed, indeed, there are no single recorded cases in which this most cases even the requirements of good breeding were not observed. The followers of the teachings of Hahnemann were branded by every opponent of the sect as preposterous and ridiculous, often as dangerous to public welfare.
No logical reason could be given why so-called drugs acted. Doses were scientifically and intelligently (?) graded and gauged according to age, but no attention whatever was paid to existing conditions, and it was that a strong constitutional child was in better condition to cope with, react against and throw out a large dose of drug than a weak, worn-out adult whose resistive powers were away below par.
What have been the greatest sorrows of your life? How do you bear the griefs, reproaches, or mockery of others? Are you truly happy? Are you better or worse after anger, indignation, mortification, consolation? How would a fortnight alone in the mountains suit and agree with you? When do you think of death? What are the criticisms of the members of your family and your close friends concerning you, and do you think that they are justified and true?
He will then be able to discover the differences and characteristic peculiarities of the antipsorics which seem to be so much like each other, precisely because they correspond to a vast number of diseases of a similar origin, and will not be obliged t choose a new remedy all the time, whereas it is so essential to let the antipsorics act a long while.