A man came limping into my office, saying, “Doctor, can you do anything for my limb? It distresses me so when I sit down that I cannot rest in that position at all” This was a case of rheumatism of two years duration. I asked him, “What is the feeling in your limb that prevents your resting in that position more than any other?”.
Other valuable additions to homoeopathic literature have been those translations of the works of Boenninghausen and other writers, most notably German, which have been made available through the tireless application of this worthy follower of Hahnemann.
This remedy is chiefly circulatory in its action. Marked circulatory congestion. The pulsations in the head and chest jar the whole body. The head symptoms are most pronounced; and the drug is on a par with and very similar to Belladonna. There is a sensation as if the heart were in the neck, and with each pulsation there would be a rush of blood to the head and chest with throbbing pains.
I wouldnt feel as though I had presented a case before the society if I hadnt given all the scientific laboratory data. We have to consider that. We know that to be a symptom-monger professionally doesnt mean very much-at least it doesnt to me. I must bring proof and in that way I educate myself and I understand and perceive what the homoeopathic remedy does.
At this meeting I would call your attention to a drug which should focus attention favorably, as it has been prescribed often in the past for fulminant disease, and oftentimes with tellingly curative effects. In our country, abdominal ills frequently have yielded, while in Great Britain there seems to be a tendency to include severe sciaticas as well. The following symptoms have been collected gradually and recorded in a large book which I keep just for that purpose.
The symptoms most necessary to know, and essential, are those produced directly on EVERY normally healthy human being, and not those individual symptoms produced by the drugs arousing the latent predispositions peculiar to the individual himself, no matter how prominent or important such symptoms may appear.
This slide is a graphic illustration of the human or vegetables, cells as understood by the physicist. It shows the positive and negative elements as provided by the cytoplasm and nucleus separated by the membranes, which are of lower conductivity.
In the mental sphere there is a strong desire for solitude, which we may note in connection with the natural habitat of the plant, for it grows in our-of-the-way places. There is a strong aversion to people because they irritate; therefore the Ledum patient keeps by himself. He actually grows to hate people, through the irritation their presence causes him.
The symptomatic difference of these remedies mentioned above are not always clearly understood ad sometimes it becomes difficult, nay impossible, to do so. It is therefore or paramount importance on my part to lay down some general rules for the application of these remedies.