Nosode is an old term. Many physician have never heard the word. I like better the designation, “potentized biological remedy”. Any substance-mineral, botanical, or biological-may be a homoeopathic remedy, if properly prepared and correctly applied. These biological trace remedies are many, but I shall mention only a few that I have used in the past year, citing such clinical cases only as seem to me to help to fix the remedy in mind. Very few of these remedies have been completely proved-some not at all. The clinical cases may be interspersed with such remarks as seem pertinent to the discussion.
It seems natural to think that a high potency of any offending virus should be the homoeopathic remedy for the disease, and that would be the limit of its usefulness. Such is not the case, for the remedy will be more useful in other conditions where the symptoms are similar to the disease from which the nosode originated. In other words, the nosode must be thought of as acting according to the law of similia similibus curentur, not as a disease conqueror, but acting in the same manner as do the mineral and botanical remedies-that is, by increasing the vital reaction of the patient. We do not think that arsenic should be used in potency only when we have acute arsenic poisoning, but that it should also be used for patients who have developed symptoms, from known or unknown causes, that are like those developed in arsenic toxemia.
This same principle applies to the use of every potentized biological remedy which I shall mention to-day. A woman in her thirties had for years an ulcer on her leg. Many treatments had been unsuccessfully used. Under Vaccininum, in three months time, the ulcer completely healed. When ten years of age she had been vaccinated on the arm for smallpox. The reaction was severe and prolonged. Two years after the vaccination, the ulcer came on the leg and would not heal. It had the macroscopic appearance of a large vaccination ulceration. Twenty years after the vaccination, her blood gave the same electro-dynamic reaction as it would have blood gave the same electro-dynamic reaction as it would have done if she were having smallpox. It is difficult to believe this, but it is true.
Another class of cases that I have learned to scrutinize carefully is that in which the patient says he has been vaccinated many times, but it would never “take”. Such patients may develop degenerative troubles, especially fatty degeneration of the heart muscle.
Another woman in her late thirties, had an ulcer on her leg for twenty years. It healed quickly under Medorrhinum. The Wassermann and Khan were negative. No effort was made to find a history of gonococcus infection. I did not suspect any. The only peculiar symptom was that she had been unable to have any visible perspiration for twenty years. Her electro-dynamic reaction was the same as it would have been if she had an active. Neisserian infection. With the beginning of the Medorrhinum treatment she began to perspire normally, and in a few weeks the ulcer healed. A young man in his twenties, had discharging anal fistulae that had been twice operated unsuccessfully.
These fistulae exuded a thick, greenish pus. For two or three years he had been subject to small pimples dispersed over his body. These pimples contained a green pus which appeared the same as that excreted by the fistulae. His blood gave the same dynamic reaction as a culture of streptococcus viridans. The pus first lost it green color, and then quit forming. The pimples disappeared. For nine months now there has not been any sign of skin infection nor of fistulae. In so far as I know, Dr. G. Beckley Stearns introduced potentized streptococcus viridans into our therapeutic armamentarium. Our homoeopathic pharmacies have many strains of streptococcus and staphylococcus in potency. Of course one has to put forth considerable effort to find which one is indicated. The wrong one will have no effect.
Dr. Bach of England introduced five nosodes that are of outstanding efficiency: proteus, Morgan, faecalis, and polyvalent. Especially the proteus and Morgan have won laurels and for the prescriber. Intestinal toxemia is the common denominator of these five remedies.
Scirrhinum, the nosode of scirrhus, in a few weeks cured a case of tic douloureux of thirty years standing. This case had been diagnosed in many clinics and doctors offices.
There are six or eight Influenzins in our pharmacies. If one can select the right one, they are of signal use in treating epidemic colds. This selectivity can not be had unless one has the proper instrument with which to make the choice. Without such instrument, one can do almost as well by giving Bryonia in potency.