VOL. V, 1988
Lead me from Untruth to Truth
Lead me from Darkness to Light
Lead me from Death to Immortality
Adyaya I Brahmana 3 Mantra 28
(This service is only for private circulation. Part I of the journal lists the Current literature in
Homeopathy drawn from the well-known homeopathic journals published world-over - India, England,
Germany, France, Belgium, Brazil, USA, etc., discipline-wise, with brief abstracts/extracts. Readers may
refer to the original articles for detailed study. The full names and addresses of the journals covered by
this compilation are given at the end.
Compilation, translation, publication by Dr.K.S.Srinivasan, 1253, 66th Street, Korattur, Chennai - 600
080, India.)
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QHD, VOL.V, NO.1, MARCH 1988.................................................................................................................. 3
T.P.PASCHERO ............................................................................................................................................ 11
PERSONALITY AND INDIVIDUALITY- P.S.ORTEGA .......................................................................... 14
IMBERECHTS, MD, MFHOM, SRBH ..................................................................................................... 17
FEED-BACK: ............................................................................................................................................ 27
BOOK SHELF ........................................................................................................................................... 27
QHD, VOL.V, NO.2, JUNE 1988 ..................................................................................................................... 29
EMOTIONS AND EXPRESSIONS - FERNANDO RISQUEZ, MD ........................................................ 30
CORRECTIONS TO THE REPERTORY - A.WEGENER .......................................................................... 45
BOOK-SHELF ........................................................................................................................................... 49
FEED BACK .............................................................................................................................................. 52
NEWS ........................................................................................................................................................ 54
QHD, VOL. V, NO.4, SEPTEMBER 1988 ..................................................................................................... 55
FRANCISCEA UNIFLORA- H.P.J.A MASS ............................................................................................. 56
CALCAREA SULPHURICA- EUGENIO F. CANDEGABE, MD ................................................................... 59
ACIDUM FORMICIUM- H. LENNEMANN ................................................................................................ 64
DR.V.P.SINGH ............................................................................................................................................ 69
BOOK SHELF ........................................................................................................................................... 76
FEEDBACK............................................................................................................................................... 79
NEWS ........................................................................................................................................................ 80
QHD, VOL.V, NO.4 DECEMBER 1988 ......................................................................................................... 81
CYCLAMEN, PULSATILLA AND SEPIA- DR JACQUELINE BARBANCEY .............................................. 82
THLASPI BURSA PASTORIS - HENRY N. WILLIAMS, M.D .................................................................... 90
AN INVOLUNTARY PROVING OF TAXUS BACCATA ...................................................................... 91
CARBO BETULAE POLARIS IN CASES OF CARCINOMA ................................................................. 92
MAGNESIUM FLUORATUM D30 (30X) - A PROVING - FRANZ SWOBODA ........................................ 93
THREE MODERN PROVINGS: ARNICA, BRYONIA AND PULSATILLA ....................................... 101
BOOK SHELF ......................................................................................................................................... 103
FEED-BACK ........................................................................................................................................... 105
NEWS ...................................................................................................................................................... 106
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Dear Doctor,
The DIGEST has entered into the V year. I have been receiving many requests for 'back-
issues'. I would like to reiterate that the DIGEST is only a SERVICE; only the actual number of
copies according to the number of members are made; it is not a journalistic venture; as such
spare copies or extra copies are not made awaiting their sale'.
Come April, all homoeopaths celebrate Hahnemann memorial day - even the mixture
prescribers, patent drug prescribers, etc!
In our own way, we pay our homage to Hahnemann by recalling the right way to practice
homoeopathy. Three ‘current’, masters have been chosen each of whom have their own ‘school'
but not too divergent. Unfortunately two of them - Dr.Pierre Schmidt and Dr. Thomas Pablo
Paschero - are no more - they passed away into eternity recently. Dr.Schmidt represents the
Kentian of Generals to particulars including the pathology; While Paschero taught that the
dynamic diathesis which prevent the psycho-biological maturation and thus accomplish spiritual
liberty, should be treated ignoring the lesion; to treat the internal essence of the disease. While
Sanchez Ortega teaches that neither the mind nor the pathology but the miasmatic condition of
the patient alone needs to be treated.
The fourth is a lengthy case analysis by Dr.J Imberechts, an excellent lesson.
The articles have been rather ‘weighty’'. Dudgeon himself has confessed to the difficulty
in translating German into English; it is more so when much of deep ‘philosophy’ is involved.
This has to be borne in mind while reading these.
The usual columns of FEED-BACK and BOOK-SHELF have been included.
March 1988.
Yours sincerely,
1253, 66
Madras 600 080
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(by P.Schmidt)
First, a brief review regarding diagnosis which in homoeopathy is twofold:
I. the diagnosis of the disease according to the pathognomonic symptoms, with the help
of general clinical status, through a specialist where necessary, through laboratory findings,
x-rays, to clinch (a) what belongs to the exact disease (b) what are conditioned by dietic and
basic errors of hygiene, how defective are the home, clothing, care of the body, social life,
regulation of life style, nutritional in-take etc.; also what could be set right without aid of
medicament. Further to be considered arc intoxications through alcohol, tobacco, narcotics,
tranquilisers, sleeping drugs, drugs to calm down or excite etc. Such objective disease factors
must be eliminated just as the physician of the old school does.
II. The diagnosis of the sick person to ascertain the non-pathognomonic symptoms,
symptoms which do not belong to the disease in question, the rare, strange, seldom, singular and
which seem bizarre. There are symptoms which are contrary to common sense, make us reflect,
and which are characteristic for a particular patient. Allopathy does not take into consideration
such symptoms and considers the patient only as a hysteric or at the most handles such cases
with suppressive remedies symptomatically which further add to the patient's sickness.
When the remedy to be given is chosen: which potency is to be prescribed?
This question can be settled only from practical experience,
We must know that the Hahnemann-oriented physician employ basically every potency, from
mother tincture to the highest potencies, M, 10M, CM, MM!
Hahnemann has, during his life time, fairly frequently varied the potency scale, just as the
number of succusion strokes to be given in preparation of the potencies. He experimented,
twice, ten times, and more frequently to finally settle for ten strokes. He invented the centesimal
potencies of C1 to C30 which he wrote as: that is C globule and Vi =Sextillionth potency
Regarding the preparation of this small dose Hahnemann has in Organon, paragraph 269,
clarified the basic and essential difference between dilution = attenuation and potentisation. He
“It is heard every day that homoeopathic medicine potency is considered as mere
attenuation, while it is the opposite of it, real development of the natural substance and bringing
out the power lying concealed internally through friction and shaking, wherein a non-medicinal
diluents medium used is merely of secondary importance. Diluting alone, for example,
dissolving a grain of salt it becomes mere water; the grain of salt disappears in the attenuation
with plenty of water and will never by that become ‘salt medicine’ like our well prepared
dynamisations raised to astonishingly high strength”.
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And as early as in 1886 the Geneva physician Grenier wrote: Production of a curative
remedy from a substance is not reducing its powers but to develop the latent powers in it,
potentising it, that is, to strip it of its material condition”.
As I have already said, the potency choice is a question of practical experience. Indeed all
homoeopaths have once begun with low potencies and have only tarried and without much
conviction gone from the mother tincture up to C12. Other went up to C30 which for long
remained as the limit for Hahnemann for long time and which he did not pass over.
What then is contained in a C 30 which by the method of using of individual glass vials
in which drops of the remedy in question Are put and 99 drops of 90 percent alcohol is added
and 10 strokes given repeatedly has acquired? And what are the high and highest potencies, the
So-called Korsakoff potencies? The later are prepared up to thousandth potency by the one glass
method from the manually prepared C 30, with 10 strokes by machine for every potency. Beyond
the thousandth potency the fluxion method is used.
Everything regarding preparation of a homoeopathic medicine can be found in detail in
the Organon. I recommend to you paragraph 123 as also paragraphs 264 to 272. With remarkable
precision and conscientiousness Hahnemann has described there how the homoeopathic
medicines must be prepared. Please study that thoroughly and attentively again.
Contrary to the general opinion Kent and his pupils were not in any way exclusive high
potentists but they required all potencies from the mother tincture to the highest potencies. But
their extensive experience and particularly their results made them give superior values to the
high potencies because of their innumerable advantages.
Please bear in mind that the basis of the homoeopathic prescription is not the dose but it
is the similie principle. This principle is of such a wonderful value that in fact there is no
limitation to the diminution of the concentration of the homoeopathic remedy if the actual
symptoms of the patient harmonizes with the symptoms produced in. the provings to the healthy.
Indeed the low potentists repeat the same objections as the allopaths do against the
homoeopaths: how is it supposed to work when in the everyday diet and drinking water so much
substances in weak doses are consumed?
I answer: It is not a question of academic dispute but it is a matter of practical experience.
What should one say about a case a follow? A splendid german shepherd-dog has been under the
medical treatment of an eminent french veterinary physician for more than two months. The
entire range of the most modern anti-infections arsenals, Sulfonmide, the most effective
antibiotics, for a Sepsis with suppurative Metritis and Peritonitis have been used. On pressing the
Gesauge of the poor animal pus aquirted out up to a litre in a day and that since weeks. This
rotten pus stank disgustingly like rotten cheese. The dog was well looked after, cleaned every
two hours and lied only in its owner's room. The mouth was completely dry, the weak animal
could not move at all, refused food and was lying in a miserable state in the bed room. After 30
days of intensive treatment the veterinarian advised to give it an injection to put the animal to
end since he had used the maximal doses of sulfonamides etc., and felt that all that could be done
had been done but failed and it was cruel to allow the animal to suffer further.
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The owner of this dog who was my patient visited me one day for her monthly
consultation and was in tears that she had to put an end to the life of the dog by agreeing to the
I asked her: “but then why don't you allow it to be treated homoeopathically?' “But
doctor, this is not the time for you to be witty. It is alright for me, since I have faith in it. But
what would you do with your tiny pills to an animal which as the veterinarian says, is suffering
from a Septicopyaemia”?
“Now madam, give the dog the medicine I will give you now and we will see later”. I
gave first Staphylococcinum 10M thrice a day. After two days Pyrogenium 10M. Two days
later, because of the pus which was stinking like rotten cheese, Hepar 10M. Lastly after two
more days because of the abundance of pus I gave Medorrhinum 10M. Now, from the very first
dose the quantity of pus came down by 80%, the stink began to fade away slowly and after 8 day
the dog was cured; it ran about, ate and slept just as when it was healthy.
In this course all the potencies were prescribed in the ten thousandth! One can make fun
of ten thousandth potencies and laugh. But how could a fatally ill condition like a serious
Septicemia be got over and become normal and health restored? The materialistic homoeopaths
will be easily confused in this. Behind this is nothing other than the grand law of similars
discovered by Hahnemann. In paragraph 160 he says:
“As the homoeopathic medicine can never be made so small as to not be able to
overcome its analogus, non-longstanding, yet unspoiled natural disease, could even thoroughly
eradicate and cure, it can understood as to why a dose which is not very smallest possible
suitable homoeopathic medicine aroused always during the first hours after taking it, a
perceptible homoeopathic aggravation".
And in paragraph 249a:
"Since according to all experiences, almost no dose of a highly potentised specifically
suitable homoeopathic medicine can be prepared which would be so small as not to bring about
clear improvement in the disease for which it is suitable, so will it be injudicious and harmful to
treat, if one were to repeat of increase the dose in the mistaken belief its small aggravation or
non-improvement, was because of its negligible quantity (it’s far too small dose) and it cannot
therefore be of use".
And In paragraph 279:
"These pure experiences point that the dose of the homoeopathically chosen highly
potentised curative medicine for commencing treatment of a serious disease (particularly
chronic) can never as a rule be prepared so small as not be stronger than the natural disease, that
it cannot, at least overcome a portion, eradicate at least a part of the sensations of the vital
principle and thus cause commencement of the cure.”
Ladies and Gentlemen, read these again and again and meditate on these observations of
Hahnemann, which have been so strikingly corroborated here.
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It is six months since that the dog became cured of a sepsis, a sepi which materialistic
allopathy with its "heroic" medicines could not treat, but on the contrary the condition became
worsen day by day and the veterinarian had given up all hopes.
How could it be argued against the allopathy, the veterinarian and the low potentists.
I doubt much whether the C/3 or C/6 would have succeeded in a situation as this. Such a
healing reveals four unquestionable facts:
1. Homoeopathy brings about cures when allopathy despite its modern toxic arsenals is
2. Homoeopathy, on the basis of the law of similars discovered by Hahnemann is able to
make microbes and viruses, harmless.
3. The homoeopathic medicine in infinitesimal doses works qualitatively and not through
its quantity.
4. Also that in an extremely serious, evidently fatal disease. the cure can be effected
totally-cito, tuto et jucuande' as Hahnemann has impressed in the note to the first paragraph of
his Organon.
I had a similar case of septicaemia from perforation of appendix and generalised
peritonitis in a 10 year old child who had become parched and was lying in the Geneva Medical
College hospital awaiting his end after surgery. Neither the child nor the parents nor the
Professor knew who had cured him. Only a single, really a single dose of Arnica 10M and then
Pyrogenium 10M; I repeat 10M.
To exclude every influence of direct or indirect suggestion, I have purposely chosen the
Case of an animal, so that the skeptics are convinced.
I will point out to you that high potencies are of invaluable worth, that these small doses
do not ever lose their therapeutic powers if they are protected from odors and had been prepared
with due care. I own high potencies from Hahnemann's time, Jenichan's for example. I have
further such from the previous century as from Fincke, Swan, Allen, Kent which are still
effective and dependable.
Innumerable physicians like Nash, Kent, Carleton Erastuse Case, Gladwin, Sherwood,
Cunningham, Fincke, Majumdar, Gibson Miller, Mrs. Tyler, Sir Johnweir and others have
published cure by high potencies.
Hahnemann, the founder of homoeopathic principles has begun naturally from the mother
tinctures, substantial medicines, materially and chemically analysable. Later he began to make
the concentrations lesser by attenuation or trituration and observed that despite progressive
division these substances remained more effective.
During his long life, ultimately he was 88 years old Hahnemann was, in the opinion of
his speech, an exception, a revolutionary and in opposition to all practice and traditions. He went
up to C/30 wherein he used 30 separate 10 gram glass vials with 100 drops of alcohol in each. In
the first vial he put one drop of the plant tincture or 5 grains of a chemical substance or the 3rd
centesimal potency of an insoluble substance which with every passage was further attenuated in
ratio of 1 to 100.
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At the 1ast stages of his life differences of opinion arose amongst his pupils. Some
thought that under no circumstances should one go above the C/30. Others among them his best
pupil Hering and Gross and others experimented with potencies up to 1000, 1500, 2000 and
higher, saw with happy astonishment further successes. To avoid misunderstandings and
hostilities from his pupils Hahnemann remained in the range of C/30 although he had appreciated
the efficacy of such high potencies.
Nevertheless, as researcher and experimenter he had recognized two interesting facts:
1. Some medicines possess, in specific potencies, an optimum efficiency in each case,
whereof in pure Materia Medica Hahnemann indicated the third, sixth, twelfth and 30th as the
most efficacious.
2. At the same time he observed that in general, the second, fourth and seventh potencies.
so to say, have a "shallow", decreased, reduced, curtailed efficacy in short: a not excessively
strong action is displayed, and that positive intervals between the individual potencies must be
given. For this reason his family medicine chest contained only the following potencies : 1 - 3 - 6
- 9 - 12 - 24 and 30.
After Hahnemann's death different researcher have made further experiments and have
gone to fantastic heights. Thus I posses a thirteen millionth potency of Psorinum of Kent.
There was a time when Fincke, Allen, Swan and others were successful by employing
highest potencies.
At a particular time there were high potentists, as they were called, who after the choice
of the medicine according to symptom picture gave it in the highest available potency
immediately at the beginning of the treatment.
Dr.A.Nebel practiced for quite long here who prescribed, for example, a CM or DM right at the
first go, frequently with the best results, since the medicine chosen had been accurately specific.
Kent, a systematically experimenting mind endeavored to find by innumerable
experiments a rule or at least a scale method. After many trials over many years he set his scale
which I call the Kent scale. As Kent's pupils have since then corroborated. adherence to the
following spacing gave the best results: 30, 200 1M, 10M, 50M, CM, DM, MM.
Kent held, on the basis of his experience, the C/30 as an excellent preparation to begin
the treatment of case since it brought no, or hardly any, initial aggravation and with the 200th
potency he considered them as low potencies with which, as already stated, treatment can he best
commenced. He kept them particularly for the acute cases or chronic cases with objective and
progressive organ changes. Otherwise he recommended in chronic cases the 1000 potency from
which with appropriate time intervals which he could define after many years of experience, to
go up to higher potencies.
After many years Kent could define the average duration of action of his high potencies.
We have to respect these before repeating the dose. These are:
For 200:
3 to 4 weeks
at least 4 weeks
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5 weeks
50 days
6 Months
1 year
Naturally these figures are to be considered as approximation, but all pupils of Kent have
found these to be of superiorly practical value. Not in every case will it be suitable to repeat
doses before expiry of this interval but only in combination with the other golden rule, that no
repetition before progressive amelioration ends.
The question of repetition of the dose, pharmacopollaxy as I would call it, was again
modified by Hahnemann at the end of his life in that he recommended continuous repetition of
the dose daily despite favourable reaction. This method also I and many others have practised for
long time-in the hope that it will render better and particularly speedier cures in chronic diseases.
But soon because of the difficulties encountered by the patients regarding the taking too much or
insufficiently, they attenuate it poorly and at will, repeat in irregular intervals, etc. this method
which is remarkable is possible only in exceptional special cases which as I can vouch for, in
natural practice is rarely seen. This reservation is so much more valid as through the Kent
method also thoroughly remarkable successes can be obtained. Had Hahnemann known Kent
who represented Hahnemann's continuance, he would have, without doubt, agreed with Kent's
view, because it conforms absolutely to the essential principle of his teaching, watch and wait",
the careful observer's.
Today the knowledge that low potencies work better in acute, high in chronic cases, is
more or less accepted by most of the homoeopaths. It all depends upon what one understands by
low and high potencies.
The advantages of low potencies, including the C30 and 200 according to Kent is that it
can be repeated without risk of severe aggravation. Why? Because a whooping cough, a
diarrhoea with frequent evacuation, tooth-aches, acute pains in general, the acute states so to say
exhaust, consumes, weakens the remedy so that in all cases where there is no reaction or where
recurrence occur such repetition is justified; for example is repeated vomiting repetition of the
remedy once every two hours. It should be given after every vomiting. It can then be seen that
the attacks become rarer until it passes off completely.
In chronic cases, the intervals suggested by Kent, which has been verified, is to be
The relapse of earlier symptoms, amelioration coming to stand-still, status quo or the
disease progressing further, are all indications for repetition of the dose.
Indeed it can be said that a master homoeopath is capable of results which the beginner is
not able to. For example in some acute cases in which symptoms are painfully aggravated, like
Sciatica, Otitis, Gastroenteritis, acute joint rheumatism, a 10M produces a result which impresses
by its rapid cure. It is like what Willam Tell who with a single arrow directly pierced the apple
on the need of his son. I recommend to you to first try C/30 and later go to the C/200. Now and
again you can venture with 10M if the indications for the medicine was clear and precise.
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In coryza and minor colds Aconitum napellus 200 has at least 90% success. In certain
chronic obstipations immediate and sustained success from a single dose of Nux vomica 10/M or
Bryonia 10/M is perceived.
I have cured the owner of a big restaurant who had been suffering for 14 years with a
chronic obstipation and who had been thoroughly stuffed with innumerable laxatives. There
was nothing more which he had not tried. He had, however, further symptoms of Nux vomica, in
his character, in his desires and aversions. A single dose of Nux vomica 10/M has definitely
cured him. Since then he has daily stool, “soft and gentle" as Moliere says, and he can have
stools regularly with satisfaction.
A lady complained of headaches which localised in the occipital protuberance
accompanied by obstipation and eye pains which compelled her every 3-4 months to lie in a
dark room since she could bear least light, and could not at all bear the sun. Every jolt, ever
walking aggravated. She also couldn't bend forward without the pain radiating to the neck. A
single dose of Bryonia alba 10/M at the close of an episode has put an end once for all her
migrains which had been troubling her since 5 years for which she had taken a good quantity of
various medicaments.
These Cases are not rare which you do not experience almost every day. When it
happens: what happiness to the patients in the first place and also to the physician when he sees
such conspicuous undeniable efficacy of the small doses which prove the value of the similie
rule, the true basis of homoeopathy.
Those who merely disparage .and shake their heads have no idea about it and cannot gain
the experience and observation. Of course. naturally the indications for the remedy prescribed
must be exactly specific and symptomatology as defined by Hahnemann, Kent, and their pupils,
and not based otherwise on someone or the other. Because if the foundation is not based upon
these propositions only failures will occur. If therefore homoeopathy and high potencies are
condemned it is not these but the prescriber himself who is at fault. Why is it that while others
obtain successes it should be otherwise with him?
Study the materia medica thoroughly and diligently study the Organon again and again
and the philosophy of Kent. One of these days you will be compensated richly for that. Because
homoeopathy makes great demand of course out it compensates with high rewards. It is certain:
Homoeopathy, practiced by earnest. Persevering physicians with measure in their work, procures
full satisfaction of material, intellectual and spiritual respects.
[From the KLASSISCHE HOMOOPATHIE., Band 29/1 985; translated by Dr.K.S.Srinivasan
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Based on a thorough understanding of human nature homoeopathy is a clinical science
essentially different from the purely physiological, organ-related or mechanically welded
medicine. Many homoeopaths who have not accepted the dynamic concept of a disease processes
have not been able to appreciate this. The physician must understand that he must treat the
patient in his complete unity of his body, soul and mind and not the organic or local disease; that
his real duty and basic obligation is to cure those which are as 'subject' in every sick patient and
not those which are as object', - taking into consideration his diathesis, his miasmas or those
which, strictly speaking, signify these ideas, namely the inner dynamic disposition which brings
about the pathology and psychopathologic destiny of the patient. Only then has he truly
understood what homoeopathy is and what his duty with regard to the science and art in
medicine is.
The duty of the physician is to cure. To know Hahnemann properly, what is curable in
every patient, it is necessary to have a clear idea of the nature and meaning of disease.
The clinical experience reveals: a patient is not cured who has no will to be cured, the
desire to be cured, to find out his self, to be in harmony with himself; who does not require
further development of his capabilities, his energy potentials, intelligence and sentimentality
or capacity to love - in conformity with the requirements for the unfolding of his state of
consciousness. This Will to-be impresses the body and soul in a unique sense, in a unique
direction; towards self-realization in accord with the All, with the Universal Spirit.
Health is the unconfined expression of the vital energy through the body in a harmonious
interaction with the natural and human environment which process represents the
psychobiological adaptation, ultimately the inspired opening of own nature which experienced
wrongly as isolated and autonomous oneness, in the true richness of life.
Disease is every kind of alteration, blockage or hindrance of the free and harmonious flow of life
energy which strikes the body and the mind. This damages its unconfined relationship with the
external world, with the external life which arises from the very same impulse as the inner life.
This infantile autism which the human soul holds captive from development of the inner
capability hinders the development of full and true freedom from the directions .from the
concealed subconscious urges, and a aggressions and guilty conscience. These lie as negative
powers in the individual and as a result allows the disease as expressions of these suppressions
and blockings hindering free-play and field of action of the vital energy.
If we have anxiety of life, if we live in a state of alarm, in a state of perpetual tension,
embitterment over the past, envy, hatred, frustration, defensive or competitive states With sense
of guilt, phobias, fixed ideas, fears, anxiety, restlessness and in a state of perpetual internal
protective wall- then arises from itself blocking in the vital energy through the body and then
disease. The individual does not then live harmoniously with the external world conforming to
the law of cure and growth (from within outwards), but is locked up in self. The diagnosis of the
sick person as a totality in his innermost person - the intrinsic duty of the homoeopath - demands
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of him to give the highest order of precedence of decisive clinical value to the mental symptoms:
the mental symptoms in the sense of internal resistance, concealed in the Unconscious like
suppressed feelings and moral Commandments which hinders the free deployment of the vital
energy for realising the true fulfillment of life.
The answers to the questions with regard to the physical and mental disease must result in
the restoration of free flow of life in our mental, emotional and physical levels, opening out to
the Universal or Absolute Spirit.
Man must be conscious of this "unity of the Vital Energy" which pervades in him as well
as in the universe. Thereby he dwells in his own reality, the identity of his true self as man and
therefore as expression of the Supreme Being, the Absolute of the universe. It leads to a creative
and fulfilled life in this genuine “condition humans". This understanding of the nature of self
which man achieves indicates the comprehension of the true fulfillment of the life or the
Absolute which lives in his centre and makes up the innermost self of his existence. This
comprehension is realized, however, only in his profound solidarity with other men and the
whole world and only there is found the expression appropriate to him.
The mental symptoms of purely emotional kind and not the intellectual - are the unique
which disclose the core of the internal disturbance. The man unfolds his personal maturing
process, that is, his conduct or the mental attitude, the emotional factors of his total life, the
historic mould of his child-like conflicts , his life within his family and the social surroundings,
his disappointments in love-life and consequently in his self-estimation in one word, all the
emotions which are indispensible clinical symptoms for the fundamental comprehension of the
disease which the physician must treat.
The Psora or the main miasm with the internal restlessness, the constriction, the anxieties
and phobias are the essential negative factors, those which hinder the free flow of the vital
energy and therefore exposes the pot potential of energy, intelligence and sentimentality, it
constricts the growth of the level of consciousness and there with the identity of his true self. As
defense of the psoric anxiety are the syphilitic and sycotic life or way of life which the
homoeopath with much skill must uncover, by the biopathographic anamnesis. For that he must
always keep in view these aspects of level of consciousness with which the patient executes the
processes of growth and maturity and self-realization.
If the patient under treatment does not change his life situation, if he does not develop or
does not bloom and develop as a fully responsible person, then he is not on the path to cure. This
is only when he lays aside his child-like behaviour patterns which make him egoistic, dependant,
passive and needing protection. Also if he shows an aggressive craving for power, for
dominance over all others and that in a militant attitude for defence and aggression, or if he does
not overcome his anxieties, phobias, hatred and guilty feelings, he is not on the road to cure. He
who does not conquer his conditioned approaches which hold him captive in his autism and who
does not open up in some grade the richness of his life, such a man is not on the road to cure
even if the symptoms for which he seeks the help of the physician were to disappear. That is
only a suppression of the symptoms and not cure of the patient. On the other hand the fact is that
if his life attitude opens and his level of consciousness is raised and his intelligence and
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realised and in the sense of creative attitude and service to the fellow-beings and the joy of others
is experienced as if his own; when he indicates in larger or smaller measure that he has been
freed from blocking of his negative mental symptoms so as to live his true life with a positive
attitude and outlet to the external world: ten, only then, is he on the road to cure even if the
physical symptoms were not removed, yes even if the preceding symptoms were to recur.
Because in this opening out to the fellow-men is fulfilled the law of cure”, whereby he again
experiences the only possible health, in that it unites his vital energy with the true richness of life
and identifies himself in it and with it.
The homoeopath leads the patient to the realization of this richness of life. With the use
of Simillimum he heightens the Will to cure which activates the sprit-like energy in the deep
interior, energy which is inherent in all humans, so unrefined or intellectual, to their capabilities.
Only so can he trigger the cure which as stated above endures in stable equilibrium. It is
sufficient to pursue from now without break the maturing of the process of developing, a
conscious and responsible life.
The homoeopathic medicament performs its work in those vital planes which depicts the
real and exact relationship between the different strata of the total. Being and makes up the core
or the focal point of the Will for cure. Psora that fundamental disease becomes the godfather of
the evolution of man. Its nature of working is bringing out the anxiety of the life from mind to
the organs, from centre to periphery from above downward or let the suppressed symptoms to
come out. The homoeopathic medicament effects that the Psora fulfills the highest purpose of
true and the singularly genuine cure: the development from out of the autism and egoism of man
for integration with fellow-creatures from out of the encapsulated individualism to the
blossoming into fulfillment of life, with a true fellow-feeling where man will find his just and
true identity as human, namely in his mental deployment.
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Time and again we take recourse to the knowledge and fundamentals of other disciplines
in order to integrate them with our science. We do this not just because we want to widen their
horizons but more because of their great scope.
We wish to define the personality, somewhat rashly perhaps for our purpose, as a type of
disguise with which the substantial human nature covers itself in order to meet appropriately and
adequately the diverse pressures of its environment in which the self-image develops in different
stages of life. In this we are inspired by Carl Jung who defines the Person as a mask with which
man represents his kind.
As against this, Individuality personifies the profound Ego, the tomistic spirit, the
substantial or innermost core of Being, simply Being. In other words we can also say that
Individuality is the unadulterated unpretentiousness of the THING ON ITS OWN Which
constitutes man.
We now wish to avoid any further metaphysical dialectics and point out to ourselves the
one indisputable fact that we can all experience with our patients. When we examine a case
patiently and carefully we can, in most cases, recognise in the same subject, two often very
conflicting tendencies: the one that corresponds to what he actually is and the other that
corresponds to what he wants to be, the Person and the mask with which the subject has
disguised himself for his self-image in the world. It is a series of elements he learnt to use one
after another in order to present himself to his fellowmen - somewhat similar to an actor who
either himself chooses a role or was assigned, perhaps even against his will, a role in a comedy
or other play.
The perfunctory physician will be content to recognise or to try to recognise the so
masked patient as he generally presents himself before the physician. It will perhaps then be
enough for the physician to assess the damages wrought by this mask or costume which impede
or even totally wreck the self-image of the patient at various stages of his life.
The bolder physician will even be able to observe the possible conformity of this mask
with the patient who wears it, or what is more common, to find the disagreement between the
mark or disguise with the deep desires and urges of the innermost ego that characterises the man
as a Being. He can perceive the innermost of the person sitting before him, which in most cases
does not agree with the symptoms which are an expression of his disturbed self-realisation; in
other words: the mask or disguise is not in tune with the real manner of expression of the
innermost of the patient we have before us, the mask being subjected by the limitations which
impose on him the characteristics of his role or display of his self-representation and which he
has himself either somewhat erroneously chosen or had been thrust upon him by the
circumstances which from his birth until now have surrounded him. In other words: either the
environment is unsuitable for him or the opposite - he is unable - in the current stage of his life
to react adequately to his environment, from which finally also springs up the illness, which
represents the motive of his actual complaints.
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The physician has now the possibility of assessing the damages caused by the mask or
Personality that has caused the illness, of which the patient has now become conscious. But he
can or must recognise the innermost illness of the Ego or the mild, severe or even complete
incongruence of his Personality with his Individuality. We explain this to our students with the
following example: It is as though we dress up a fat old man as Romeo or we place the cloak of
Francis of Assisi on an ungodly and lecherous drunkard. In every respect that would be
inappropriate. But it would be even more inappropriate if the actors were to refuse to play those
roles which seem just cut out for them - that is, in our case, for example, if the fat old man were
to refuse to play the role of Sancho Panza or the lecherous drunkard that of Pear Griem.
The acute illnesses represent only the disharmony of the Personality or the fictitious self-
image of the person, who feels that his disguise has been broken - a disguise that he had built up
with effort, not only to present himself to his environment in a very appropriate or less adequate
manner, but also to protect himself against all the environmental factors that surround him. For
the same reason the mask serves in need - or when he thinks it is needed - to attack.
For these reasons he feels himself also helpless and his first wish, his first request to the
physician is to set right for him his mask At the same time there appears from behind his
profound Ego, his true being his existential Being, in order to show the lasting, or perhaps only
temporary, incongruence with his mask.
With wise foresight therefore the founder of Homoeopathy demands a search for the
Miasms or for what originally required of every man the putting on of a mask or Personality,
which deviates from his innermost aspiration.
We admit that so far man has been presented only as a spiritual or dynamic entity. He can
of course be handled and touched and he is subject to physical and chemical changes. These fall
entirely in the realm of Soma as he visibly shows himself. Hence we should slightly change, in
this sense, the ideas in our statements and say that from life itself, which is quite clearly
recognisable but not understandable by the materialistically oriented scientific beliefs the organic
or the Soma originates with its constitutional pathology or creative defects" imprinted by the
three miasms of Hahnemann - Psora, Sycosis and Syphilis.
Miasm ought not to be understood from this as a dynamism external to the individual but
really as an implicit deformation of the first form of expression of man's Being generally. As
materialists we would say: the genes already carry the defect in themselves. If we return to
dialectios, we can say that, if already the nature of man himself or the innermost core of our
being because of its purity and simplicity does not itself allow a deformation, the existential
Being on the other hand points to the conformity of the former to the biosphere of Teilhard de
Chardin but the "inadequacy” of the environment must necessarily have a part in it. Somewhat
like an architect who, even if he is so brilliant, has at his disposal only material of inferior quality
for the realisation of his design.
Finally we wish to say to all those who have followed our thoughts so far that the acute
illness has to be understood as the readjustment of man to his role which was assigned to him in
the comedy of our existence or to which he was forced by the environmental factors of his social
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The healing of chronic or miasmatic illness, on the other hand, means for the individual
the unique possibility to be able to express himself genuinely and in harmony with his innermost
aspiration which is a basic condition for his full self-realisation, that is, to be what he has to be.
1. The homoeopathic physician, because of his knowledge and the elements of his
method, is able to recognise, understand and deal with the Personality of man; over and above it,
however, he ought to try to recognise the Individual behind this mask.
2; If a lasting healing of the individual is yet possible, it is achieved by getting rid of his
miasmatic condition, as far as it is possible, in order to lead in this way to his full and genuine
3. Only through the recognition of the constitutional and miasmatic pathology can the
good physician achieve a true and lasting cure which not only serves the individual suffering
patient but the entire humanity and in harmony with the Whole.
(Translated from "Zeitchrift fur KLASSISLHE HOMOOPATHE and Arzneipotenzierung, Band
30, Heft 2/86, for private circulation only).
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Introduction: I would like to refer the audience to previous communications that I have given in
other assemblies of the homoeopathic community, especially to the considerations presented to
the Homoeopathic Europea First Congress in Lyon France in May 1987. There, I broadly
reviewed all the strategies that are now in use and fashionable in the homoeopathic market place.
Firstly I would like to draw the attention of colleagues to the multiplicity of the
possibilities of the homoeopathic therapeutic system in order to keep in our mind that the
unique quality of this therapeutic system is its flexibility, its capacity to tailor for each patient a
therapeutic procedure that fits his individual and personal needs and his unique reactivity.
On the other hand, I would like to stress the ideal homoeopathic prescription, the one that
restores the patient's full self-defence capacity. This means that we would try to prescribe on a
set of symptoms corresponding to the minimal syndrome of maximal value in order to give a
remedy so basic to this patient's constitution and functioning that the patient will never be sick
again, except under extraordinary circumstances.
We know quite well that we seldom reach that ideal, but that is no reason not to aim for
it. Because when you reach it, it is marvel1ously rewarding.
Palliating acute illness: The purpose of this paper is to show a case where several attempts were
made to get to the root of the patient's problem, while in emergencies, we were humbly just
palliating the acute illness.
It shows that our efforts did not succeed until, after an apparently poorly indicated
remedy, an acute condition occurred that brought us a limited symptom picture which suggested
an unexpected remedy that eventually solved the case.
Enough time has now elapsed for the prescriber to assess that the basic vulnerability has
been reached and that the 'chronic disease' has been cured,
The case: (This gentleman, in charge of an important job in a financial company, leads quite a
sedentary life. He has recently been promoted in the company and says that it did not modify his
personal life. He is 48 years old, small, with a pale complexion and early baldness.
Family history: Mother had gallstones and died from leukaemia. Father died from acute
pulmonary oedema due to cardiac failure.
Personal history: No surgery and 'never been sick’
Childhood diseases were trivial and the usual childhood vaccinations did not provoke any
noticeable reaction. At 12 years he had scarlatina followed by bronchial complications.
One year before our first consultation, he developed an eczema of the lower limbs that he cured
by himself by altering his diet.
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He also presented recently rheumatic pain in the lumbar spine that he cured by wearing
woolly underwear.
FIRST CONSULTATION: The previous year had been a turmoil.
His wife has had surgery. He found his father dead on the toilet one year ago. That event
turned him upside down. A kind of prostration followed and he took Ignatia 200 that helped him
greatly. But he feels very nervous since.
One day, in the city, he could not figure out where he was, and this lasted some time.
In the company, there was a higher position vacant. This job could have been the logical
end and success of his Career. This also made him more nervous. But the job went to somebody
else giving him a sense of mortification.
A few months earlier, driving in a snow storm, he had a fit of panic, started to cry and
had to stop the car and let his wife drive. ‘He had the feeling that the mountains were going to
fall on him.' And he felt flaccidity in the legs as if they were paralyzed and made him unable to
It all started two months earlier, when the patient accepted another higher and very
difficult senior position in his company, but not the one he felt he deserved or expected. This
episodes of panic recurred after he accepted new responsibility in the company. Since then, he
feels nervous and unable to react correctly.
He has a tendency to keep everything inside and to feel lost in front of an obstacle, with
fits of panic and the feeling that he does not understand what he says any more.
His wife reports that he is more aggressive at home. He seems alright during the week-
ends, apart from a little disappointment when the children and grandchildren do not come to visit
Three months ago, a medical check-up was performed with a normal report on his cardio-
vascular condition, a blood test showing a slightly elevated cholesterol level, and increased
Previous treatments: The patient says that be never took any kind of medicine beside what he
calls 'minor homoeopathic remedies' for trivial ailments such as the common cold and digestive
upsets. Actually, he occasionally medicates himself with Nux vomica for digestive
indispositions and Gelsemium when he gets stage fright. This gives him some temporary
TABLE 1. First consultation. All the symptoms
S1 15 MIND - AILMENTS FROM; - disappointment (7)
S1 16 MIND - AILMENTS FROM; excitement, emotional
S1 17 MIND - AILIMENTS FROM; - fright
S1 18 MIND - AILIMENTS FROM; - honor, wounded
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S1 18 MIND - AILIMENTS FROM; - indignation
S1 19 MIND - AILMENTS FROM; - mortification
S1 66 MIND - ANXIETY - conscience, as if guilty of a crime
S1 75 MIND - ANXIETY - future, about
S1 92 MIND - ANXIETY - time is set, if a
S1 151 MIND - CONFIDENCE, want of self
S1 153 MIND – COFUSION of mind
S1 171 MIND - CONSCIENTIOUS about trifles
S1 367 MIND - DELUSIONS, imaginations, hallucinations, illusions –
walls – falling (7)
S1 415 MIND - DULINESS, sluggishness, difficulty of thinking and
comprehending, torpor- mortification, after
S1 486 MIND - FEAR, apprehension, dread - fall upon him, high walls and
S1 552 MIND - GRIEF - silent, undemonstrative
S1 553 MIND - GRIEF - silent, undemonstrative - indignation, with (2)
S1 723 MIND - MISTAKES; - localities, in
S1 767 MIND - OCCUPATION, diversion a.m.
S1 801 MIND - RECOGNIZE anyone, does not (2) - streets, does not
recognize well known
S1 808 MIND - REPROACHES – himself
S1 862 MIND - SADNESS, despondency, dejection, mental depression
gloom, melanchloy - quiet
S1 973 MIND - THINKING - complaints, - of egg.
S1 1037 MIND - WEEPING, tearful mood
S1 1052 MIND - WEEPING, tearful mood - mortification, after
S2 214 GENERAL - FOOD and DRINKS - cabbage - agg.
S2 246 GENERAL - FOOD and DRINKS - onions - agg.
S2 261 GENERAL - FOOD and DRINKS - sweets - de
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S2 700 GENERAL - WEATHER - mind - ailments
S2 702 GENERAL - WEATHER - windy and stormy weather - ailments
K 517 STOMACH- PAIN - burning - extending - throat
K 621 RECTUM - INACTIVITY of rectum
Digestive System: The appetite is good with a marked desire for sweets. No aversions. He gets
trouble when eating onions and cabbage. Bowel motion is poor. He does not feel the need to go
to the toilet. Thirst is normal.
Since many years, sporadic heartburn when nervous. He takes coffee four times a day. He
does not smoke but drinks one beer a day and one liter of wine at the week-end.
Sleep: Sleep is good and quiet, on the right side. He does not dream but snores when lying on his
back. However if some problem is in his mind the day before, he wakes up at 3 a.m. brooding on
it. If there is an important event the next day his sleep is disturbed by the longing for a good
sleep in order to be fit £or the event.
Generals and mentals: Air and seashore do not modify, but wind makes him nervous.
Feels insecure because he is a beginner in his new job and lacks experience and skill on
the new matters he has to handle. Feels guilty about it and reproaches himself for not being able
to cope with the new responsibilities.
He cannot stand being given orders.
. He considers himself an organized and methodical person without being fastidious.
He is better when manually active.
Feels like weeping when thinking about the episodes of panic. He tries to keep his grief
silent in order to keep control and act efficiently.
Appointments are very important in his behaviour. They make him very preoccupied
days in advance.
He is afraid to meet circumstances that would repeat the panicky disposition.
The whole situation is mortifying.
We could try to consider the totality of the symptoms and see different drug pictures in this
One could be Nux vomica.
This remedy is covering 25 of the 36 symptoms that we may consider in this case (Table 1)
But actually several remedies are very close, as we can see in the following list: (Table 2)
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NAT-MUR 21 43
ARS-ALB 20 34
SEPIA 18 31
the dullness of the mind after mortification
the silent grief
the reproaches to himself
the weeping after mortification
the aggr . from cabbage
the heartburn going up to the throat are not in the repertory for Nux vomica.
But the poly-medication with 'minor remedies', including Nux vomica, for any little
indisposition, along with the consumption of coffee and alcohol could suggest that this
remedy has been proved by the patient.
From the great number of remedies appearing in the repertorization, we could consider
that no clear cut result was to be drawn from that approach.
Another approach could consider the aetiological factor and the atmosphere of his situation by
analysing the Mortification syndrome (Table3)
TABLE 3. The mortification syndrome
S1 19 MIND - AILMENTS FROM; - mortification
S1 15 MIND - AILMENTS FROM; disappointment
S1 18 MIND - AILMENTS FROM; honor, wounded
S1 415 MIND- DULINESS, sluggishness, difficulty of thinking and
comprehending, torpor - mortification, after
S1 18 MIND - AILMENTS F OM – indignation
S1 1052 MIND - WEEPING, tearful mood - mortification, after
This gave Staphysagria as the main remedy with, again Nux vomica as the second choice,
followed by Colocynthis and Ignatia.
The approach that has been chosen was to set on the fright and the emotional aspect of
this history, with some remarkable symptoms of the acute phase:
..The feeling that the mountains were going to fall on him.
..The feeling that he does not know where he is in as well known street.
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That is the reason why Argentum nitricum was given in the 10M (Table 4)
One month later: Worries, depression, apprehensions are all gone since the remedy has been
One month later: A letter from his wife says that apprehensions came back and that he took
another Argentum nitricum 200.
One month later: He comes for a consultation saying that he is tired by heavy work he did in his
house, but mentally fit since the dose of Argentum nitricum 200 that he took. Sleep is good and
Six months later: He is tense again since a week ago, following provocative interventions by the
trade unions. Also his dog just died with much suffering. Both events made him indignant. He
weeps without reason, at work or during the night. He forgets what he has just done, searches for
the watch he had just taken to the jeweller two days ago. He is so disturbed that he fears a car
accident when driving. The heartburn relapsed.
He was given Staphysagria 10M (Table 3)
One month later: Heartburn was gone. He was better mentally and slept well. But he felt weak,
with difficulty in concentration, and indifference to things he usually liked. He could not tolerate
cold weather, had icy cold feet and chills.
He received Sepia 200.
Three months later: Strikes were menacing the company and he was responsible for negotiations
with the unions.
Feet and hands were icy cold along with flushes of heat of the face, without sweat nor
alteration of the colour of his face.
He always felt as if in a hurry and the heartburn relapsed when he was nervous.
Still very fussy over trifles, he was sleeping badly again when nervous, he felt pain in the
calves, and with painful contractions at the neck as if he had played football.
Without having altered his eating habits, he lost 3 Kg from anxiety.
He was given Ignatia 50M.
He felt fine for four months. Simply taking sac.lac. regularly.
TABLE 4 justification of Argentum nitricum
S1 16 MIND - AILMENTS FROM; - excitement, emotional
S1 17 MIND - AILMENTS FORM; - fright
S1 19 MIND - AILMENTS FROM; - mortification
S1 75 MIND - ANXIETY - future, about
S1 92 MIND - ANXIETY - time is set, if a
S1 151 MIND - CONFIDENCE, want of self
S1 153 MIND - CONFUSION of mind
S1 367 MIND - DELUSIONS, imaginations, hallucinations, illusions -
walls - falling
S1 486 MIND - FEAR, apprehension, dread-fall upon him, high walls
and building
S1 723 MIND - MISTAKES - localities, in
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S1 973 MIND - THINKING, - complaints, - of egg
S1 1037 MIND - WEEPING. tearful mood.
S2 261 GENERAL - FOOD and DRINKS - sweets, desire
K 6621 RECTUM - INACTIVITY of rectum
Four months later: He reports that he feels great.
He was even off sac.lac. for over a month .
The only remaining symptoms were peripheral:
-Extremities felt icy cold and some numbness appeared when flexing the legs.
-There was some trembling from taking coffee.
-Alcohol (mostly Scotch Whisky) was giving some trouble:
pain and redness of the left ear with trembling in the body.
The trembling from alcohol and the icy cold extremities suggested Lachesis but nothing was
given, since the patient felt well in spite of losing two more kilos (weight was 75 kg now.).
Few weeks later: A colleague of ours, who acts as locum, saw him for a sore throat worse on the
left side, ameliorated by warm drinks.
He gave Lachesis 6, without knowing the consideration above. That one dose kept him
well for six months. And one might have thought that the fundamental remedy had been found.
Six months later: The throat hurt sporadically. The ear was painful after alimentary excesses and
alcohol, with tender liver and migraines that were better after stool. He took Nux vomica for
those ailments.
Sleep was good, Blood pressure usually low, was normal and stable.
Weight was stable also: 75kg.
Hands and feet were cold and numb during sleep.
Everything was dramatically better during the holidays.
Only one thing has happened: The patient reported a tendency to faintness in a warm room when
there was something that made him nervous.
One day, he was eating a simple meal in a warm place and his neighbour was telling
about his misfortunes.
He suddenly felt perspiration the forehead, a sensation of heat in the body; he became very pale
and suddenly fell unconscious for a short while. The physician called in emergency noted
He was again given Lachesis 6.
One year and a half later: Everything was about perfect.
He only took Kali bichromicum and Nux vomica once. He did not take anything else at
all for more than one year.
Eating too much, or exciting events did not affect him anymore.
A short sleep proved good and refreshing.
No numbness occurred.
Blood pressure was stable at 140/ 90
He gained weight (2kg) and was now 77kg..
Once in a while, ear and eye were painful after alcohol.
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He was a little afraid to stay without remedies but felt free now to be able to cope without
it. He received Lachesis 0/6 (LM) not to take now but only if he seriously felt that his self-
defence capacity was really going down.
One month later: Death of his father-in-1aw.
Pain appeared in the whole body, mainly on the left side. He felt pain in the heart region.
He would wake at 5 a.m. with an empty feeling in the head.
He took the dose of Lachesis that he had at home. No effect.
He received several doses of sac.lac. later on. No effect.
It took two weeks for the main ailments to slow down.
Three months later: He told more about the death of his father-in-law; his left chest pain
radiating to the left arm, and his fear of dying in his father-in-laws bed Where he was sleeping.
Serious troubles resumed with the unions and the board of directors did not support him.
He had some anticipatory worries about a higher job that he might apply for.
Brooding again on his cares and worries, he felt the apprehension and panic come back
with sweat on the forehead, hot head, cold extremities. He would wake early at night and his
sleep was unrefreshing.
Lachesis 0/6 dramatically alleviated the ailments, but the amelioration did not last.
Now he felt as if his head would burst when a time was set for an appointment or any
other settlement data.
Then he feels like a child with panic and afraid to do things that he should not do.
He received one dose of Argentum nitricum 0/6.
Some days later: Some amelioration
He slept better but still with unrest as three years ago. His panics became an obsession.
The perspiration of the head was profuse and he was exhausted at the end of the day..
Discussing with his wife comforts him. He took one dose of Calcarea ostrearum.
He felt more calm now.
Two days later: His vision was blurred, the extremities icy cold.
His new Job was a tragedy. He did not know what to do. 'Doctor, it is unbearable: I feel
as if my will is contradictory or as if I have many different wills.'
On this last information; he received; Anacardium orientale 30.
Since then everything has been alright.
The patient has no aggressivity at home any more, nor in any circumstances.
His sleep is regular. Calm, and refreshing.
He is in perfect control of himself, at work as well as in the family.
No recurrence for seven years.
How did this Anacardium orientale come to attention so late, and to give such a good and long
lasting improvement in the end?
Several studies have been done on this case, with different psychologists, in order to gain
better understanding. But none gave us the clue.
The divided will, the two wills, the contradictory wills, were not verbalized unti1 the last
consultation. They only appeared In the acute phase, after several previous interviews and
Most of the comments agree on bipolarity between two different stages of consciousness.
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On the one hand, an oversensitiveness and aggressivity in the family, his natural milieu
where he is allowed to express it without any danger. And on the other hand society, where he
may not project that behaviour, and gets faintness when silencing his emotions and feelings at
This is a schizoid element that could have suggested Anacardium orientale.
Some knowledge that the patient has about homoeopathic palliation and the self-
medication that he has made with it, may have blurred the symptomatic picture. The patient only
came to the physician when he could not cope any more with his palliative remedies.
Also, the patient was assuming that the investigation of all the system was pointless since
he could face, with his homoeopathic knowledge, what was not pertaining to his neurotic crisis.
One could have thought of a divided structure when the somatization became unilateral
(one ear, one foot, one eye, one side.)
We did investigate the symptoms of Anacardium orientale that were already present in
the very first consultation but did not see how we could prescribe it right away (Table 5).
Another hypothesis, provisionally the last one, is that Calcarrea ostrearum did act as an
unmasker, making his divided will verbalized, allowing the prescription of Anacardium
This recalls the teaching that an unverbalized symptom should not be taken into account
until the sequence of the prescriptions makes the patient aware enough to verbalize it.
In conclusion, no strategy is perfect, and we should know all of them and be able to join
our rigorously recorded clinical experiences in order to find out criteria that could save time for
the patients and for us.
TABLE 5. First consultation Anac-orientals already present
S1 16 – 1234 1 1 MIND – AILMENTS FROM; - excitement, emotional
S1 17 – 1234 1 2 MIND - AILMENTS FROM; - fright
S1 19 – 1234 1 3 MIND - AILMENTS FROM; - mortification
S1 66 – 1234 1 4 MIND – ANXIETY – conscience, as if guilty of a crime.
S1 151 – 1234 1 5 MIND - CONFIDENCE, want of self
S1 153 1234 1 6 MIND – CONFUSION of mind
S1 783 – 1234 1 7 MIND – QUARRELSOME
S1 808 – 1234 1 8 MIND – REPROACHES himself
S2 700 – 1234 1 9 MIND – GENERAL – WEATHER – wind – ailments
K 499 –1234 1 10 STOMACH – HEARTBURN
K 517 –1234 1 11 STOMACH – PAIN – burning – extending – throat
K 621 –1234 1 12 RECTUM - INACTIVITY of rectum
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"I thought the proving of Scorpion especially valuable. I was moved to duplicate the Glonoin
experiment, using the 30x I have, and experienced a short term surface warmth of the forearms at
an hour, and at an hour twenty a feeling somewhat between "energized" and "clarified” of a quite
moderate degree. So right in line with the proving. Wouldn't it be a great plus for homoeopathy if
more provings would be organized, and especially so if they could adhere to the stringent criteria
laid out by Vithoulkas in THE SCIENCE OF HOMOEOPATHY” -- Mr. Daniel Papish, Eugene,
Oregon, U.S.A.
"In Feed- back (Decbr.1987 Qrly.Digest) Dr.Lakshminarayanan has given very useful tips both
for treatment and prophylaxis of Measles. This, together with the original article in No.2/1987
deserve to be carefully memorised, as measles is a very common children's ailment in India
Mr. S M. Gunavante, Bombay.
New Delhi writes to say that the "first Asian Congress of AHML scheduled to be held at
Kathmandu from 10 to 12 April 1988 has been postponed under the instructions of the Social
Services, National Coordination Council of Nepal.
It has been proposed now to hold the Congress in the month of September 1988. Dates and
details will be conveyed sometime in the next month."
Karl F. Haug Verlag, Heidelberg, 1987, 523 pages,
DM 78/- (in German)
Materia Medica and Repertory are the two main instruments for every homoeopath. Are
the materia medica texts and the repertories currently in use complete and up-to date? Do they
contain the proving symptoms in the exact words of the prover/s which would enable the
physician to compare and individualize? Moreover, the results of re-provings, clinical symptoms
etc. obtained over the years, after the older texts (now in use) were published have not been
collected and compiled And up-dated materia medica and repertory have not been brought out.
The clinical experience of the past few decades have not been added to the materia medica and
they are lying scattered in various journals. Only an updated materia medica will help compile a
concurrent repertory. This will be possible only with the active cooperation of all homoeopaths
through their case reports.
Towards this end Dr. G.von Keller began over 15 years ago to collect and compile
monograph of individual homoeopathic remedies. So far thirteen monographs: KREOSOTE,
published. KALIUM CARBONICUM is the fourteenth and largest so far in the series.
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For each and every symptom the source and original text with symptom number, page
number etc. have been given. This list alone covers 54 pages in very small, close prints. The text
then follows: Mind and disposition; Sleep, sleep position, dreams; Vertigo; Weakness,
Convulsion; Skin, eruption, swellings, facial color, expression etc.; Temperature; Headaches;
Backaches; Pains of extremities; Chest pains; Abdominal pains; Eyes; Ears; Nose; Teeth;
Pharynx; Lips; Tongue; taste; Mouth; Throat; Cough, expectoration, etc.; Respiration; Heart;
Appetite; Nausea; Eructations; Flatulence; Stool: Anus; Urinary organs; Genitalia Sexuality;
Menses, pregnancy -- each part with location; modalities and concomitants ; Generalities,
alphabetical index of unusual sensations, choice of characteristic symptoms, complete the book.
Dr. von Keller has drawn attention to Hering's statement: "alphabetical order is of no
good except as Hahnemann has used it, to arrange in one volume the effects of the medicines
a register so arranged . helps little since more often the words, the terms, because of the
ambiguity of language, are not at all the essential issues related words must be together
Attempt has been made in these monographs to bring about such an order. For example
under "lacking drive, listless, despondent” are given the symptoms "does not know what he
should do. Irresolute" and this condition is explained (with source) "Irresoluteness.20. unpleasant
mood; he is capricious and often does not himself know what he wants,32; unpleasant mood; he
demands with impetuousness, not satisfied with anything, becomes besides himself and becomes
furiously angry if everything does not go as he wished and often does not himself know what he
would really like to have.33. Cannot express anything, knows not how he should begin it, to say
something or do what he would like to.3302. Aversion to husband and child but would not like to
be separated from them. 4109".
The numbers at end of the symptom indicate the source.
Every symptom/nomenclature has been analytically studied with reference to the
proving/clinical symptom thus providing cross references and synonyms.
To the best of our knowledge no work of this type has been done so far by any one and
we must be thankful to Dr. von Keller.
The monographs are of great value and must be made available in English for world-wide
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2 QHD, Vol.V, No.2, June 1988
Dear Doctor,
The theme is REPERTORY.
We have two excellent articles: (i) understanding the rubrics in the light of cultura1 and
aesthetic background of the patient, (ii) semantic study of the words Vexation, Mortification and
Indignation and the psychiatric implications of these terms in the official nosology. Here too the
cultural approach to Vexation, Mortification and Indignation are explored. Particular attention is
drawn to paragraph 98 of the ORGANON.
There are printing errors in the Repertories. KENT being the most extensively used, it has
been examined and some printing errors brought to light. It is suggested that these errors may be
corrected in the copies used by the profession. It is also suggested that the publishers of KENT
REPERTORY carry out all the corrections so far found out, in the next edition. Mere reprints
without any improvements even after pointing out is actually misleading. I have also found that
some of the errors (Bov./Bar., Ambr./Am-br., Sarr./Sars.) have been corrected in the new
KUNZLI/KENT, but not all the errors pointed in the article in this number of our DIGEST. Same
with the SR too. Corrections is a continuous process and every member of the profession must
BOOK-SHELF: Dr.Schmeer’s book reviewed also gives some addition to the Rep.
besides giving an insight into the rubrics relating to different Neurosis. FEED-BACK and NEWS
etc. complete this number.
30 June 1988.
Yours sincerely,
1253, 66
Madras 600 080
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The author presents a semantic study of the words Vexation, Mortification and Indignation and
the psychiatric implications of these terms in the official nosology. The psychological
significance of emotions is analyzed and the current psychosomatic significance of the concept
considered. The clinical difficulties of emotional investigation are touched on, and the historical
differences in the cultural approach to vexation, mortification and indignation between the
nineteenth and twentieth centuries are explored, as are peculiarities of northern and southern
style. Finally the expression of those emotions is considered and the thwarted manner of
Staphisagria patients that accounts for so much in the shaping of the clinical picture.
The most important task of clinical medicine is the interpretation of clinical observations
made on the patient. The expressions of the disease form the conceptual base of diagnostics.
Since Francis Bacon (1561-1626) published his Instauratio Magna: Novum Organon
Scientiarium in England in 1620.
Western thought aspires to an ideal observation with the
following characteristics:
Reference to concrete facts
Two hundred years later, Auguste Comte (1798-1857) created positivism and furthered
the scientific tendency even more, i.e. the belief that the data gained from observation of natural
facts allow conclusions to be drawn leading to laws and theories that rule and explain them.
We now know that science is not made up of facts but recreates them, observers being
part of what is observed.
Clinical homoeopathy bases itself on the :principle of similarity and
consequently on the search for unquectionable and conclusive profiles. On the one hand one
must observe signs and symptoms produced in experiments where the medicine is given to
healthy human subjects; their reactions define a wall identified syndrome. On the other hand one
must observe signs and symptoms (facts) that indicate an identifiable syndrome in the patient so
that the appropriate medicine may be found.
This process leads from correct appreciation of
what the experimenters express to the correct interpretation of what is expressed by the patient.
The way, here, really is that of oral communication. From Bacon to the present time scientific
effort has been applied to the exact use of language, thus giving the illusion of a scientific
language that has its best form of expression in the language of mathematics, where numbers
summarize the quality of measurements in the repetition of facts. In other words; the scientific
formulation of experiments must be objective.
To summarize, the clinician is trained to decipher correctly both the physical signs given
to his sense during direct observation of the patient and the symptoms given by the patient with
reference to his complaint and in his special language. All this is part of the analysis of the
expression of the patient’s sufferings. The key to this training can be found in the study of the
doctor-patient relationship.
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Since the advent of rationalism, with Rene Descartes (1596-1650), the scientific world
and, of course, medical thought tend to separate reality (what is real) from man’s experience of
the world (what is subjective), giving more importance to physical signs (real) than to mental
symptoms (subjective). In his Treatise on the World, which he finished writing in 1663 but did
not publish because of Galileo's sentence, Descartes gives us nevertheless a very interesting
paradigm: 'Words have nothing in common with the things they name and, notwithstanding this,
we do not generally distinguish between the one and the other’.
For the clinician, however, there is only one way of knowing his patient's symptoms, and
that is through what the patient himself expresses, the symptoms he complains of, the gestures he
makes, and above all the words he uses.
To change the patient's words (verbatim) into scientific words (medical language) calls
for serious interpretation (the doctor's theory), and that, precisely, is diagnosis.
Many symptoms are easily dealt with, but difficulties arise with sentiments, affects,
passions and emotional reactions. In a word, it is a difficult task to deal with emotions. The
concept of emotion leads us, of course, to think of mental symptoms as an important part of
human suffering, an aspect that is of concern to the clinician in general and also the bridge
between psychiatry, medicine and surgery.
The problem of emotions, even reduced to being the
first step on the very complicated staircase of sensitivity to affection, inevitably leads us to the
psychosomatic medicine of the twentieth century.
Semantically, emotion is truly a neurochemical complex that leads animals to express
their sensitivity, their motility and their glandular secretions; in a word, to react in the face of
what is another’s and what is one's own.
Even within the strictest rules of a rationalistic and
mechanistic approach we can observe the way in which emotions act
on both mind and body. To summarize, let us devise a psychological reductionist schema of
affect, beginning with what appears to be most simple: the basic four emotions, love, gaiety,
pain, fear, and discontent or anger.
Sensory perception
Temperament, humour or character
Add to these in intellect, will, memory, intuition and imagination, and we will be able to
draw a diagram of the basis of ethics, morals, and the adaptation of human beings to society, or,
better , to culture.
Only in this way can we come to understand a little of the concepts of indignation,
mortification and vexation. In conventional twentieth century practice the three concepts are
much diluted, in the extreme case to 'stress' in the General Theory of Adaptation set forth by
Hans Selye,
or included in the magnificent clinical histories of Viktor von Weizsaecker and