In common with most homoeopathic physicians, I have seen a few almost unbelievable cancer cures from the internal use of our remedies. Almost any remedy has occasionally cured, when it was in fact solely prescribed upon some special or prominent indication but happened also to have the general symptoms which corresponded to the life history of the patient, hence corresponding accurately and in its entirety to the disease picture. This was, of course, done in reverse, therefore the cure was a rare occurrence.
Boenninghausen in his Aphorisms of Hippocrates, 5-54, page 327, stresses the correct method where he substantially and clearly says:.
Swelling with induration of the os uteri is always dangerous and easily terminates in malignant uterine cancer. Only in the beginning, by means of the accurately discerned, not local, but general symptom complex, along with sufficient concomitant or side symptoms, upon which after all the final choice depends, can a fortunate and complete cure be prognosticated. If once fully developed ichorous pus has appeared, there is little or no hope.
From the beginning there is the most urgent necessity to choose with the greatest conscientiousness and care the most fitting from the following recommended remedies, wherewith my colleagues and myself have always succeeded in averting the threatened danger before it had reached an incurable stage; Ars., Aur., Bell., Carb. an., Chin., Clem., Ferr., Iod., Kreos., Lach., Mag. mur., Merc., Plat., Puls., Sabi., Sars., Sec. c., Sep. and Thuja.
My own experiences have been as follows: A middle aged woman subject to frequent aphthae showed a ragged, serpiginous, rapidly advancing cancerous ulcer of the inside of the lower lip penetrating almost to the outer skin. The main ulcer was large as a cent with a deep fissure running down toward the chin and there were already several metastatic ulcers on the soft palate. She had wandering, shooting pains through the body that left soreness behind. Milk left a sour taste and she was indolent, fat and not very clean. A dose of Kali bichromicum MM, repeated in sixty days, made a complete cure.
Radical cures in recurrences after operation have been few and far between, but Nitric acid given on the usual indications has cured several times, so has Silica. After operations done early or on what is usually on suspicion only, when new mammary nodules have appeared after several years, Bellis perennis has usually done the trick. As you know these are very anxious moments for the patient and she awaits the result of the prescription with great trepidity. In the toxic crises which so much resemble the onset of low types of erysipelas, Bellis is my sheet anchor also. It does not cure, but it reduces the tendency to haemorrhage to almost nil. makes a light affair of the toxic attack and lengthens the interval between attacks very greatly.
Bellis comes to my mind as a greater and deeper Arnica the rest of the picture you will know without being told. The prominent remedies that have palliated incurable cases for me are especially Calc. carb. for phlegmasia alba dolens like attacks. Tellurium for the vile odor and purpura figurata, sometimes present, and above all Opium in very high potency when the patient looks prematurely old, brownish and withered. Sabal serrulata controls the stinging pains of cancer of the urinary tract and prolongs life to great lengths, so much so that a cure seems almost in sight.
These distinguishing characteristics which form the individual and constitutional symptoms of the patient are sensational symptoms, rather than functional derangements or structural disorganizations. And the method we pursue in relying upon these in the absence of other indications, and of attaching very great importance to them, even where other symptoms are not wanting, is sustained by two substantial reasons.
First, in many cases we can do no better, since as already stated, few if any of our remedies either have or can be expected to have direct pathogenetic symptoms to correspond to the innumerable ultimate forms of structural disease which we are often called upon to treat. Second, this method has been found reliable by much experience. The purely constitutional symptoms such as those of periodicity and the conditions of aggravation and amelioration strictly sensational symptoms, being found to constitute infallible indications in the choice of the remedy, where all other guides are wanting. H.N. GUERNSEY, M.D., 1866.
HYPERICUM PERFORATUM ST. JOHNS WORT
[Read before the I.H.A., Bureau of Materia Medica, June 1931.].
CHARLES C. WALTENBAUGH, M.D.
This is a common plant found in the fields and along hedges and empty lots. The stem is two edged and is from one to two feet high. The leaves are lanceolate, marked with lines, and have a great many transparent points on the surface which look like perforations; the edges of the leaves roll back; the flowers are in panicles, star shaped and yellow. The fruit forms four capsules with three valves. This is a brown red and shines like resin.
The plant is gathered in August soon after it is done flowering. The tincture is prepared from this according to Class 3. This is of a dark, purple red color, has a slightly balsam odor, and when applied to a wound, leaves a coating resembling shellac. It is from this tincture that our potencies are made.
When making a study of the provings of Hypericum you will be reminded of a class of injuries involving the sensitive nerves for which it should be used. Sensitive wounds may be treated with Hypericum. It relieves great nervous depression following wounds, and removes consequence of fright and effects of shock. It is used by some authorities in pneumonia cases, also for bleeding, painful piles.
Hypericum acts on the cerebro-spinal nervous system and causes hyperaemia, with the production of an irritated and highly sensitive condition of parts freely supplied with nerves by acting on the nerve sheaths and the meninges.
In the surgery of the homoeopath it runs along with such remedies as Arnica, Rhus tox., Ledum, Staphisagria and Calcarea.
When you have the bruised, black and blue and pounded sore feeling, use Arnica. If the muscles and tendons are involved use Rhus tox. For the final weakness after Rhus tox. use Calcarea. Use Ledum for the punctured wounds. Hypericum does not give much relief from the bruised and strained condition but is more satisfactory in another class of cases. You will find that Hypericum and Ledum run close together and they must be compared. Ledum, like Arnica, is a remedy for a bruised and sore feeling. Hypericum and Ledum must especially be compared when, because of an injury, a nerve has taken on an inflammatory condition, as the nerves are the sphere of their action. The wounds of Hypericum are very sensitive to touch while those of Ledum are not.
When the ends of the fingers or toes are lacerated or bruised by a blow from a hammer and the pain can be traced up along the nerve toward the body, stitching and darting, coming and going, then by all means use Hypericum. It is the remedy that will prevent lockjaw for which your patient is headed.
A wound from a vicious dog in hand or wrist, or a wound caused by a nail or any sharp instrument, will need Ledum at first, unless a nerve is injured, then you will need Hypericum for it will prevent tetanus. Every practitioner knows that lock-jaw may follow an injury to sentient nerves. So, when shooting pains come on, travelling up the arm or leg, Hypericum will stop them, cure your case and prevent tetanus. It is useful for such symptoms as are found in tetanus and ascending neuritis. A painful scar with pains shooting upward toward the center of the body following up the nerves will be cured by Hypericum. Ledum will do the work very often in your punctured cases if given at once. You will not need Hypericum unless the case has been neglected, and the nerves involved.
I remember when attending lectures at Dunham College, Chicago, of seeing a horse that had picked up two nails which had entered the coffin joint. I was asked to look at the horse. History showed that the nails had been in the foot several days before they were removed. If Ledum had been given at once the trouble might have been avoided. The horse was cured by Hypericum.
Hypericum does very nicely in cases of injury to spinal nerves and injuries to the coccyx, and when the pains travel up the spinal cord to the brain. This I have verified a number of times. Dr. Kent, lecturing at Dunham on Hypericum, brought out these points very clearly. I shall always remember.
I will cite a few cases which I hope will show the action of Hypericum in a brief way.
Case 1. A woman shut the door on her finger and came to my office to have me drill the nail and let out the blood. I was not in and she returned home. The pain increased until she was almost frantic, the pain going up and down the arm extending to her head. She asked me to come and see her. I tried to drill the nail but the pain was so great that she could not allow me to touch the finger. I gave her Hypericum in water and went back in a couple of hours and found the pain down at the end of the finger. Finger then not very sensitive. I drilled the nail, let out the blood and the trouble was all over.
Case 2. A carpenter ran a nail into his wrist at the junction of the hand. This happened in the morning and by late afternoon he was in such pain and so sick that he did not know what he was doing. He wandered into my office and I dressed his wrist and gave him Hypericum. Early the next morning he came to see me and thanked me for saving his life.
Surely a worthwhile remedy when correctly prescribed.
DR. W. W. WILSON: Before I took up the study of medicine, there was an old school doctor at my home, with whom I was more or less acquainted, and he spoke once of making a Hypericum oil. He gathered some Hypericum (the whole plant, leaves, flowers and all), filled a jar, poured olive oil over it, and let it stand in the sun to extract the virtues of the Hypericum.
I was a curious young man, so I made some of this Hypericum oil. Dr. Waltenbaugh says that for some reason the treatment of bruises has not been so satisfactory with Hypericum as with Arnica. This old school man told me this oil was a very remarkable remedy for black eye, and that the Hypericum oil rubbed in would reduce the ecchymosis. I still have some of it, made many years ago. It is very thick. One day my sister fell and suffered a Colles fracture. Of course, there was a good deal of pain in the joint. She wrote to me and asked me to send her some of the Hypericum oil I had made. She found marked relief from rubbing that oil on the skin.
When the oil is exposed to the sun and the virtues are extracted, it is a beautiful wine color, and is as clear as can be when you take the old plant out.
I pass that along because the old school man said it was such a wonderful thing in the ecchymosis about the eye, or anywhere in the body. It takes the pain out, too.
DR. G. STEVENS: I have had several interesting cases which were helped by Hypericum, cases of injury of the coccyx. In one case there had been a very serious fall fifteen years before the treatment, with a great deal of treatment from surgery and electricity and so on, but no permanent relief. In another case the injury had occurred something like five years before. In both cases the help was permanent from Hypericum.
DR. P. L. BENTHACK: Two weeks ago, I had a young man with a crushed finger. It had been caught in a machine and ground off at the middle joint. We took a little bit of the bone out, and made a flap. As it was not aseptic I feared infection, and I gave him one dose of Pyrogen 30 and to prevent infection a bottle of Arnica to take every hour or two hours and told him to report the next morning.
He came in and said, “I didnt sleep. I had a terrible pain.” He looked badly. I took his temperature and his pulse, and said, “There is no infection.” I gave him Hypericum and said, “Take six pellets every fifteen minutes, and when the pain ceases stop the medicine. Then take it every two hours or three hours.” The next morning he said he had slept as well as he had for a long time and that his pain was gone.
About six years ago, a section boss came to me. He had had some accident to his back, and he was about out of commission. He had had give up his job. I gave him Hypericum, and he is working today.
DR. C. L. OLDS: We all know of the wonderful action of Hypericum in punctured wounds, those wounds of rusty nails and so forth which the ordinary, non-homoeopathic physician fears so much. We can usually give a dose or two of Hypericum and go away feeling confident there is going to be no further trouble.
However, I wish to call attention to another remedy that we do not know a great deal about in those conditions, and that is Phaseolus nanus, the common bean. I have used it locally in a good many cases of punctured wounds, not only in man but in beasts, particularly in horses. It is a generally accepted fact among those who have horses that if they have a punctured wound in the foot of a horse it means death. I have never seen a case that hasnt been cured by the use of Phaseolus. Sometimes you get cases with heart symptoms. I think Phaseolus comes in there particularly.
DR. J. N. HAZRA: Just about a month ago we had a case in the clinic where a man had fallen and had a spinal injury. He was cured with one dose of Hypericum 1M. It had been troubling him for more than eight months, and he had tried many other remedies.
DR. B. C. WOODBURY: We had a case at the Homoeopathic Hospital which was variously diagnosed. Some said it was hysteria. Some had other diagnoses. One opinion was expressed that it might be a case of tetanus. It was a medicolegal case. I dont know just what the final decision was in the matter.
This woman had spasms and periods of unconsciousness. There may have been, and undoubtedly was, an element of hysteria in it, but she had had an injury very definitely. She was given Hypericum 1M. Whatever the diagnosis may have been, the woman, after having that remedy, began to redevelop a lesion in a spot where the original punctured wound had occurred. But the action of Hypericum was very striking.
I had a patient in the out-patient department, an old colored woman, who had been injured, and who had suffered a great deal for a long time. No remedy ever helped her. I finally gave her some Hypericum, I think probably the third decimal. She was immediately relieved of her trouble, which had persisted for a long time.
Those two cases illustrate well the action of this remedy.
DR. J. W. OVERPECK: I would like to ask if anyone has noticed a delirium from injuries that were treated by Hypericum. I had one case. In fact, I reported a number of cases in 1927. One of these cases was that of a man who was in a train wreck. He was in the sleeper and his head struck the head of the berth. About three days later he came to me and was unable to walk straight; he had to be led. He was delirious and was hearing the voice of one of his close friends who had died a few years before.
Another thing brought out in this paper was the shock of the spinal nerves. A shock that calls for Hypericum is one that comes from a blow in the direction of the medulla oblongata, either from the top of the head or from the lower end of the spine.
For example, a woman was standing in the sleeper when the engine was connected with the train, and the shock made her sit down very hard. She was very heavy. In two or three days (I discovered these symptoms usually arise on the third day) she had many nervous symptoms. Hypericum cured her quickly.
CHAIRMAN A. H. GRIMMER: You all know that in the proving of Hypericum, it is markedly worse in cold, damp weather. You also know that many cases of latent rheumatic conditions in the body will settle in the injured parts. You do not always need to get the history of an injury. You may use Hypericum to advantage in some cases of rheumatism that may or may not settle in the injured parts.
In many cases of coxalgia it is surprising how often Hypericum can still be a remedy, with no history.
A remedy to compare in punctured wounds, especially in dog bites, is Lyssin. I have had wonderful clinical results with Lyssin, also called Hydrophobinum. It takes the pain out of a dog bite as well as any remedy. I know of. It takes the fear from the patient. You can tell him, “This is a prophylactic against rabies” and it is surprising what clinical results you will get with Lyssin in dog bites.
DR. C. L. OLDS: How about cat bites?.
DR. A. H. GRIMMER: It is the same thing, bites of animals.
Disease is caused by a primary derangement of this vital force consequent upon the dynamic influence of some morbific agent which has the power of altering the harmonious working of the vital force.
Hahnemann says: “How the deranged vital force causes the organism to display morbid phenomena, that is, how the disease is produced it would be of no practical utility to the physician to know, and therefore it will forever remain concealed from him. Only what is necessary for him to know of the disease and what is fully sufficient for enabling him to cure it, has the Lord of Life revealed to his senses”.
Therefore it will be useless and altogether unnecessary to even try to explain how the dynamic vital force is deranged by the dynamic morbific force of some disease-producing agent. Knowing that the dynamic vital force is deranged and disease, therefore, produced by the action of a dynamic morbific force, does it not appeal to reason that the remedy which is capable of restoring order in the deranged organism must also be dynamic?- E. EARL FREEMAN, M.D., 1908.