Apparently so, although this is probably taking too superficial a view of the problem. The probabilities are that some prior disorder as yet unobserved by the patient or his family has conditioned him, or in World War II parlance has softened him so the emotional shock would be absorbed rather than thrown off by the constitution.
The headache is dull frontal and constant, matutinal and following sleep. It may be sharp generalized and through the eyes. Puffy eyelids and hazy vision. Blood-shot eyes and a desire to close them. Ringing in the right ear but on stooping over a hollow pumping in both.
Kent says somewhere that a remedy given to assist labor may confer a lasting constitutional benefit on the patient. I believe this is true. And not only with labor but also in disease where there is a demand for a metal or salt in acute disease. In both instances the benefit is not only sensational in its rapidity but lasting. An equilibrium between physical and spiritual force established that that patient may never have had before.
It is now generally accepted that homoeopathic remedies act through the defense mechanism of the body. The action of highly potentized remedies is psychogenetic, while crude drugs are physiological. ALL drugs that have a physiological effect depress the defense mechanism.
The chief point to be stressed in concluding this paper is that a thorough knowledge of homoeopathic principles and practice is an essential requisite in the Hahnemannians armamentarium. Without it he is helpless, not only to cure his patients, but also to answer the question, “Doctor, just what is homoeopathy?”.
A homoeopathic baby should and usually does have a fairly normal birth requiring a minimum of artificial aids such as the current amnesics and analgesics, episiotomies, forceps, etc. And having arrived in this world as a separated entity he is able to breathe and nurse and function normally. And in due course there should be a plentiful supply of mothers milk for him which will agree with him and he with it.
The Greeks in the siege of Troy, it is claimed, found the ravages of malaria more dangerous and deadly than their Trojan enemies. Hannibals defeat and retreat before the gates of Rome was entirely due to this ubiquitous and enervating disease.
The biblical estimate for the age of man is not reached today in the case of many important figures in all walks of life. Instead of three-score years and ten, the number may be anywhere from forty to sixty-five. And this fact is verified so repeatedly in the news that the assertions of longevity through medical science seem ironic.
The prescribing in this case has been far from perfect, and there will undoubtedly still be some headaches; but there has been a gain both mental and physical and against heavy odds. Her life has been and still is exceedingly difficult, and she carries a heavy load of bad inheritance.
Patients with heart disease, high blood pressure and those who are over plethoric and obese require rest and plenty of it. Some of those patients may be able to take up some form of mild activity as their condition improves. Only time and careful observation and medical supervision will answer that question.