Numerous thoughts arise in criticism and comment upon this novel brand of homoeopathic practice by one who evidently considers himself to be a homoeopathic physician, for does he not speak of the allopath as one who is evidently of quite another sort? We, however, in our ignorance no doubt, fail to see any difference between the two.
The circulatory system furnishes well-known arguments for condemning tobacco. It effects on the heart and vessels are doubled. There are at first evident marks of irritation by poisoning, and finally a generalized fibrous degeneration of the heart and vessels, similar but in a less degree than the intoxication by alcohol and lead. In advanced cases there is a marked arteriosclerosis especially of the coronary arteries.
Weepy disposition; cries violently with facial jactitation or alternating with laughing and weeping. Piteous wailing. Inconsolable anxiety. Peevish, impatient. Screams aloud from least touch; with pain. Throws self about, constantly changing position; cannot continue long at one thing. Music unbearable, makes one sad. Sad and solicitous. Timid, especially after fright and about the dark.
Several years ago a woman came to me from Pittsburgh. She had been under the care of two different homoeopathic physicians. Each one of them had insulted her almost as she claimed by telling her that she was neurasthenic; there was nothing the matter with her. She had a long range of most striking and I might say “high fault in” complaints. A careful study showed they were all contained under the remedy Agaricus, and that cured her, made a new woman out of her.
Having thus far reviewed the indications which serve as the guide for the use of this drug in the orthodox school of medicine, and also its pathogenetic and toxic effects upon animals, I propose to examine some of the circumstances which lead the followers of Hahnemann to rely upon it in the treatment of disease.
In the homoeopathic treatment of erysipelas we have a very rich field of remedies, and remedies that control the condition promptly and effectively. The cases that come to us call distinctly for the indicated remedy, and almost always for some one of the major deep-acting remedies; for we must remember that this is a sudden eruption of the psoric base.
The books suggested are Kents Repertory,m 3rd edition (either of the other editions may be used); a few good materia medicas including Kents which gives the personality of the drug in a most convincing manner; and repertory sheets which will be obtained at a reasonable price from the American Foundation for Homoeopathy.
Open up your almanac and see what quarter the moon was in, then look down your list of remedies and see which remedies are most prominent in that quarter. It is not invariable. You may not make an absolutely accurate prescription but it will be an enormous help.
Symptoms are manifestations of natures effort to restore equilibrium. The similar remedy, harmonizing as it does with the symptom picture, may temporarily magnify the symptoms. This is what is known as a homoeopathic aggravation, and when not too severe is favorable and helps to prove the homoeopathicity of the remedy.
The vital force circulates through the nervous system which is the circulatory system of vital government, just as the blood vessels convey digested food in the form of blood. Then that patient will be able to digest and assimilate all the lime or other element, or elements, from the ordinary articles of diet, without the dangers of over-feeding involved in forced feeding of elements glandular products, or physiological drugs.
Under the action of the indicated Sulphur there will appear increased endurance, a stiffening of the back-bone, the indecision will grow less, the appetite diminish, there will be almost an aversion for food, and a general shrinkage of the tissues. There will be small of loss of weight and an acceleration of the general improvement which took place under the previous remedy.
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