A NEW BASIS FOR THE COMPARATIVE STUDY OF DRUGS USED ON THE HOMOEOPATHIC PRINCIPLE ALUMINUM AND PHOSPHORUS


A NEW BASIS FOR THE COMPARATIVE STUDY OF DRUGS USED ON THE HOMOEOPATHIC PRINCIPLE ALUMINUM AND PHOSPHORUS. A close examination of the pathogenic symptoms of the two remedies reveals a striking similarity, even word for word correspondences, in the mental sphere, as well as in other symptoms. I shall try to make this clear by a tabulation. The mental symptoms of Phosphorus are elaborately classified under appropriate headings by H.A. Roberts in his Study of Remedies by Comparison.


As this article is mainly inspired by the two papers read by Edward Whitmont, M.D., before the Bureaus of Homoeopathic Philosophy and Materia Medica and published in the March (EDWARD WHITMONT, M.D., The Law of Similars in Analytical Psychology, The Homoeopathic Recorder, LXIV: 9: 23 off (March, 1949)) and April+(EDWARD WHITMONT, M.D., Phosphor, The Homoeopathic Recorder, LXIV: 10: 258ff (April 1949) 1949, issues of The Homoeopathic Recorder, a knowledge of the matter contained therein will be helpful and even necessary to appreciate what follows, though the treatment herein is made as independent as possible.

The learned author of the above articles acknowledges his indebtedness to Jung’s psychology and probably for that reason his papers are prefaced with an apology; but it is only right to point out that that would be considered entirely unnecessary in India, the home of Vedanta and other systems of philosophy much deeper and vastly more comprehensive than what may be available to the ordinary western reader. I followed with great profit and intuitive delight the ideas expounded in the above two papers in which is found a marvellous correlation of facts from such varied topics as Raja Yoga, Physics, Metaphysics, Biology, etc., to make Phosphorus stand revealed in its own inner light.

The learned doctor says that we have to admit that our Materia Medica confronts us with a maze of recorded observations which still seems to defy any attempt towards a logical arrangement whereby this multitude of symptoms can be arranged and classified on the basis of correlation between inner (generals and mentals) and outer (particulars) as a guide for the application of the Law of Similars and suggests a method of psychological understanding, illustrating it in the case of Phosphorus.

If so far any method has enabled us to have a picture of the remedies and remember them in their daily application, it is the knowledge we gain of them by a comparative study. This comparative study is naturally grouped under various headings, such as genus and species, chemical content, modalities, etc. While some sort of similarity is to be expected and is also observable between remedies under the first two headings, modalities do not appear to be governed by any general rule, even slight differences accounting for marked dissimilarities. On the other hand, totally different substances without anything apparently common between them exhibit strikingly similar modalities in their provings. Many such examples will be easily recalled.

With the inauguration of the Atomic Era in which the atom itself is split up and new arrangements of atoms are made possible synthetically,it would appear probable that new links between substances hitherto not apparently connected in any manner may be revealed. News is to hand that with the giant new Harwell Cyclotron scientists have found it possible to convert Aluminium into Phosphorus.

This information should be of interest to homoeopaths also and the question arises, “What is there that is common between the two substances that it should be possible to convert the one into the other?” No satisfactory answer would be forthcoming until Dr. Whitmont’s method of exploring the inner regions to explain the outer manifestations is applied.

A close examination of the pathogenic symptoms of the two remedies reveals a striking similarity, even word for word correspondences, in the mental sphere, as well as in other symptoms. I shall try to make this clear by a tabulation. The mental symptoms of Phosphorus are elaborately classified under appropriate headings by H.A. Roberts in his Study of Remedies by Comparison. As Aluminium does not figure as a remedy in that work, I shall extract the corresponding symptoms from standard works by Clarke, Hering and Kent:

Phos. (H.A. Roberts) Alumina.

Fear, apprehension, anxiety. Anguish and anxiety as

Anxiety: filled with gloomy foreboding if one were threatened

as if about to die; about future. with a fatal accident.

Fear and dread of death. Apprehensions.

Presentiment of death.

Anxiety about the

future.

Disposition to be

frightened.

Fear of death without

thoughts of suicide.

Depression, Sadness, Melancholy. Humour morose, sad. Air

Mental depression with fearfulness, sorrowful and morose;

timidity and great fatigue. Dejection, presentiment of death,

thought she would die; sadness

alternates low-spirited. Trifling

with mirth and laughter. things appear unsurmountable weary of life ;

full of hypochondriasis;

gloomy forebodings. Humour changeable, at.

S Rajagopala Iyer