FACIAL neuralgia is one of the most difficult diseases to handle. Orthodox medical treatment consists mainly in various applications and injections which are merely given to deaden the pain, not to cure the disease. In addition tonics and various medicines are prescribed which usually prove quite useless. When all has failed, and the suffering is quite unbearable, nerve stretching and nerve excision are advised, but even that drastic treatment is apt to prove unavailing. The pain persists, and when a large part of the nerve is cut away the danger arises that the patient will lose his eyesight.
The patient has no longer any sensation of pain or discomfort, tears no longer lubricate the eyeball, and unless an attendant carefully watches the patient all the time, and drops in the necessary moisture, the eye may be lost. Homoeopathy can cure countless diseases which are “absolutely incurable” from the orthodox point of view, and very frequently the right remedy may be chosen by the sufferer, if he studies the homoeopathic “Materia Medica” and is willing to do a little experimenting. I have been permitted to see a letter written by a well-known lady, addressed to the principal of an old-established and celebrated firm of homoeopathic chemists. She writes:.
“I have had the most extraordinary relief from Asafoetida 3x, and would be glad to have a large bottle of the same medicine. I have had five years of everlasting faceache, and every kind of treatment and medicine had been tried with absolutely no result. At the end of a week with Asafoetida I was prepared to jump over the moon. This medicine should be given to any sufferer from chronic pain in eyes, teeth and jawbones, which doctors seem to know nothing about. I am now giving the same medicine to two friends of mine who have the same complaint which no one has been able to cure. A bottle should be sent to the Archbishop of Canterbury for his neuralgia!.
“I think my experience might be interesting to you. I heard a wretched customer in your shop asking for something to relieve the same trouble. This happened about six months ago. One of the most remarkable facts of many, consequent upon my treatment, is this, that I am now able to write and read a thing I have not been able to do for more than an hour for years without excruciating pain and this without glasses which were given to me to gain relief.
“Very sincerely yours.
The chemist, in sending me this letter, wrote to me: “This certainly is a rather unusual remedy for facial neuralgia. The lady got the tip from Boerickes Materia Medica, in which she read the words, Orbital neuralgia, better pressure and rest.” Occasionally a layman can cure homoeopathically diseases which no orthodox physician can cure. Besides, homoeopathic remedies are given in such small quantities that if the wrong remedy is chosen it will do no harm. Asafoetida is a medicine which is known to orthodox medicine.
According to the orthodox textbooks it is to be used in hysterical complaints, flatulence, etc., and the correct official dose is from ten to fifteen drops of the tincture. The lady took the medicine in the 3x strength, which means in doses of one-thousandth of a drop. This case shows the superiority of homoeopathic over allopathic treatment and the abysmal ignorance of orthodox doctors regarding the possibilities of the drugs they use. Of course it must be borne in mind that Asafoetida will not cure all facial neuralgias but only those which show the same symptoms which Asafoetida has produced in provers who have experimented with the drug.