The Hahnemannian law states, Similia similibus curantur. But why this law? Why does a homoeopathic potency cure? Because its introduction into the human body releases the bodys potential energy, or raises the opsonic index and thus sets in motion the repair mechanism of the body, and a cure results through the removal of the pathology and its consequent symptoms.
Chronic arthritis, particularly of knees in an old man of 83. Various remedies gave little relief until he mentioned that when a young man he used to pump cold water on the knees which gave him great relief. Ledum 1M gave as great relief as I ever saw from a remedy.
Particularly in infants and children are these apt to be occasional and sometimes even frequent little disturbances, efforts on the part of nature to establish equilibrium. To cover all or even several of these troubles with an acute remedy may even defeat the purpose of nature, may, in fact, be suppressive, smoothing over the surface and yet not touching the underlying miasm which continues to smoulder within.
Most violent aggravation when keeping still, like Rhus; great aching that increases so long as he keeps still; he is very often compelled to keep to the bed, and then the constantly moves and turns. Now Rhus is of no more value than cold water, and why? Because Rhus does not ave the nature of the disease; it will not bring back the discharge and will not control the disease satisfactorily; it will not bring relief in a few hours time.
The patient is pale, sickly, rheumatic and stiff, together with these recurrent abscesses, which will date back to a sepsis of some kind. In the chronic states, the complaints practically always date back to a septic condition. The patient says she has never been well since she had puerperal fever years ago. Again, it is to be thought of in cases of Brights disease where there has been a septic base years before.
Homoeopathy seeks the origin of disease, condones strict individualization only, knows how to proceed, knows beforehand, and in time, and is in strict accord with nature. On the other hand allopathy seeks the end product, condones only standardization and is directly opposed to nature and must, consequently, of necessity fail. How can we honestly attempt to teach those two opposites?
In pneumonia, as in the provings, digitalis affects the unstriated muscle fibre, and what affects the heart affects the smaller arterials and cells of the whole unstriated structure. It is only when the whole condition of the man who is sick is considered, and a remedy exhibited in a dynamic form to meet the conditions of the whole man, that we can except a remedy to be curative in a disease that is dynamic in its manifestations.
The use of Asoka as a sovereign remedy for menstrual trouble is too well known to the physicians to be reiterated and the Shastric dictations to take this plant in the form of a worship only lends to corroborate how the religious functions recommended by them had a very close relation to the improvement of health as pointed out in the beginning of this article.
Baryta muriatica left as soon as she went. Grandma Baryta carb. does not like company and always feels worse when company is present, but that might he because she tells the company all about her ailments, for grandma is decidedly loquacious at times and thinking about her complaints makes them worse. It is only at times that grandma is talkative. When she is blue you cant get a word out of her.
In the earlier years of our school, “Shot-gun” prescriptions and large doses of quinine, Fowlers solution or calomel claimed our attention. Now it is chiefly the baneful effects of alkaloids, neosalvarsan, the coal-tar derivatives and the more insidious sera and vaccines. The latter are especially difficult to deal with.
So long as we find patients relieved and cured of their constitutional defects it is a major hazard to decry all that is not in literal accord with modern so-called rational interpretation. A beginner in homoeopathy needs the balance that study of the old masters affords.
From Hahnemanns time down to the time of his best followers we find homoeopathy many a time assaulted, persecuted and hanged, but it has never dies. Homoeopathy has made great progress and in the few years it has been at work, it has amazed and astonished the oppositionists, and has conquered and converted not a few people from their camp.
In this day of medicine and surgery we are apt to practice polypharmacy and listen to the fine, clear-cut stories of the travelling salesmen from the many pharmaceutical houses, instead of trying to delve deeper into our own materia medica and add more knowledge to our already accumulated knowledge of homoeopathy.
The remedy to prevent the development of goitre in the adolescent period is therefore to feed the children of that age small quantities of iodine three or four times a year during that period. Now so much has been written about this feeding of iodine, that many adults who already have or have not enlarged thyroids, have begun to take iodine in different forms.
If Samuel Hahnemann were living and here present today with his phenomenal mental grasp of intricate truths, what would his answer be? Is the totality of symptoms always the only approach to cure? Is it ever possible for the science of deranged vital force, the science of disease, to elucidate, or, in terms of finality, to show us an equivalent to the totality of symptoms?.