Text books on homoeopathic therapeutics form a useful and necessary part of our literature, but the indications for remedies are usually meagre and unsatisfactory to the careful student of materia medica. Moreover, they are apt to lower the standard of prescribing with those who are lazy or lacking in the fundamentals of correct prescribing. Although at times it may be possible to remove calculi from the kidneys by administering one of the remedies recommended in treatises on renal diseases, it is by no means certain that the patients general health will be benefited at the same time.
The two cases herewith presented were prescribed for symptomatically and the cure established and confirmed by x-rays. I have treated many cases of renal colic and others where clinical symptoms and the passage of gravel indicated the presence of stones in the kidney and their disintegration, but these are the only ones in which the proof seems irrefutable.
Early in May, 1918, a man 45 years of age came to my office bringing with him an x-ray of the right kidney, confirming the diagnosis of renal calculus. The stone was fusiform in shape, lay near the spine or about where the entrance to the ureter should be and about half an inch in length. He gave a history of several attacks of renal colic, always attended with much flatulence and, previous to the attacks, considerable red sand in the urine. There were a dull pain in the back over the right kidney, rumbling of flatus, distress in the stomach from drinking cold water, much belching and sense of fullness after eating a small amount of food. He was apt to be worse from 3:30 or 4:00 until 8 or 9 p.m.
The prescription was easy. He received a dose of Lycopodium 10M. on May 15. Improvement was almost immediate. The flatulence subsided and in a week or so he was able to eat a normal amount of food without distress. On June 18 another picture was taken and the shadow of the stone, so clearly visible in the first one, was absent. The curious part of it was that during the time he was under the action of the remedy, he passed no crystals of any sort and the urine failed to throw down any sediment, even after standing for several hours.
On hearing of this, Mr. Ls employer immediately sent his wife to try and see what homoeopathy could do. She had spent months in trying to get rid of stones in the right kidney and was about to go to the hospital to have the kidney removed. She was a woman 40 years of age, with light brown hair and blue eyes and weighed 113 pounds. For four years she had suffered with severe attacks of pain in the right kidney which, her family physician told her, were of “malarial origin”. About two months before she came to me, she had consulted a Dr. Bass, somewhere in Texas, who was specializing in kidney diseases and claimed to have a secret remedy for the cure of calculi. She thought that she had received some benefit from this medicines.
A resume of her record follows:.
July 12, 1918. Mrs. G.N.M., age 40; brown hair, weight 118 lbs. Attacks of severe pain in the region of the right kidney with occasional passage of small calculi since February 1914; pain may extend toward the bladder; blood and pus in the urine off and on since Nov. 1916; x-ray shows three stones ranging from 3/8″ to 3/4″ in diameter; many smaller ones. Much flatulence in the bowels since typhoid fever when she was 15; some belching. These symptoms are always worse before or during an attack.
Menses regular, profuse, painful; accompanied by herpes about the mouth and irritability; ending occasionally in a headache; followed by marked weakness. A urinary analysis made by Dr. Clifford Mitchell of Chicago showed specific gravity, 1012; reaction slightly acid; urea, 0.008 grains per 24 hours; chlorides 0.095 percent; phosphates 0.093 percent; a plain trace of albumen; considerable pus; a whitish sediment containing a few crystals of triple phosphates. A note at the end stated, “Feeble acidity favoring deposit of phosphates”. Aching here and there, in joints of calves of the legs when the weather changes from hot to cold or becomes damp. Psorinum 10M.
July 17. Pains and bloating much worse after the remedy, then greatly improved; passed 3 or 4 small stones, with little pain. Sac. lac.
July 26. Has been feeling better than for many months; some flatus; slight distress in right kidney; passed three small stones. Sac. lac.
Sept. 6. Passing stones now and then without pain; the largest one yet, about 1/4″ square, 1/16″ thick, with rounded corners, causing sharp pains in the bladder until it was washed out. Fullness in region of ascending colon, sharp pains in the right kidney and more bloating would indicate that another one was on the way. Psor.42M.