Is it possible for a cure-all to exist where one remedy will restore to health all cases afflicted with any one disease? In my experience of more than forty-nine years, it has not as yet been my good fortune to find any such remedy. The individual patient must be taken into consideration and also the remedy that will remove the abnormalities in each case; then the patient will recover, regardless of the name of the disease.
A few years ago I read of an occasion where a very large ship went far out on the ocean. They were so unfortunate as to have cholera develop on their ship; they were unable to combat the attack; their sailors were dying; their ship captain then happened to think of a little box of medicines that Hahnemann had given him for a token of friendship. He had had it for more than twenty years. He got the medicines, found the vials labelled, giving the indications for their use. They lost no more sailors. Did one remedy cure them all? No, but the indicated remedy for each case did save the rest of the sailors. The most frequently indicated were Arsenicum alb., Veratrum alb., Colocynth, and a few others. There was no specific remedy.
Early in my practice it was my great pleasure to be called to treat a case of diphtheria, having consulted many medical books to find some little encouragement for the successful treatment of diphtheria. It was in The Practice of Medicine by Custis where my first hope for favorable results were found. It was with constant care and observation of the progress of the case and giving the remedies accordingly that we got favorable results.
The remedies as follows:.
Apis virus: Great debility from the beginning; puffiness around the eyes, and oedematous swelling of face and neck; bright red color and puffy, glossy and varnished appearance of fauces, uvula oedematous; stinging, burning pain in throat and dryness; pain in the ears when swallowing; difficult swallowing on account of irritation of the epiglottis; sensation as of a rapid swelling of the lining membranes of the air passages, hoarse cough; intense sensation of suffocation, could bear nothing about the throat; labored inhalation as in croup; headache; painful or suppressed micturition; albuminous urine; pain in shoulders and neck; darting, cutting, in periodical spells; itchy, stinging eruption on the skin; sensation of weakness in the larynx, weakness of feet and hands, even paralysis, marked prostration and depression, nervous restlessness; high fever; rapid pulse; skin perspires and dries up in starts, this in combination with scarlatina.
Arum triphyllum: Whole throat raw and sore. The discharge from the nose and mouth is very acrid and excoriates the skin wherever they come in contact with it. Picks his lips until they bleed.
Belladonna: Only at the very commencement, when there is a dry, sore throat with cerebral symptoms.
Bromine: The diphtheria begins in the larynx and comes up.
Bryonia: To develop the case.
Cantharis: In cases where its urinary symptoms are prominent.
Diphtherinum: If your apparently well-indicated remedy fails in post-diphtheric paralysis, think of Diphtherinum. It has been found to work well in many of these cases. -Dr. Allen.
Kali bichromicum: Croupy cough in paroxysms, with expectoration of viscid, tough mucus, which may be drawn out into long strings. Great fetor, yellow exudation with a clean tongue, pains shoot into the ear. The membrane is dirty and yellow, tough and stringy. In nasal diphtheria I find it specific. In laryngeal diphtheria it does all that medicine can do. -Dr. Hughes.
Lac caninum: Membrane diffused like the lid of a pepperbox, and dry. Exudate begins on the left side and goes to the right. After the throat began to improve, the disease seemed to work through the whole alimentary canal, with great prostration.
Lachesis: Exudate begins on the left side and spreads to the right. The throat is very sensitive to touch or pressure. Hawking and spitting from mucus in the throat. Sleeps into an aggravation, pain extending into the ear when swallowing, aching over the whole body.
Lachnanthes: Neck very stiff and painful, drawn to one side.
Lycopodium: Exudate begins on the right side. Aggravation of all symptoms from 4 to 8 p.m. The child is cross on awaking from sleep.
Mercurius cyanatus: Putrid diphtheria, extending all over the mouth, fauces, pharynx, etc. Salivation. This is the routine remedy for diphtheria, and it has cured many desperate cases.
Mercurius protoiodatus: Great swelling of the salivary glands, with dirty yellow coating on the tongue.