- Lady aged 70 years- Needs help with homoeopathy.
- She is in ICU with acute right sided pyelonephritis.
- c/o Burning after micturition, episodes of spikes in body temperature, since a week.
- Diabetic, for 20 years. Professor and HOD in Physics. Researcher and writer of many books on varied subjects. Has been my patient for her various complaints including Renal calculi 6 years back. She had been given Sarsaparilla 30 repeated doses after Nat Mur 200X as constitutional. The calculi passed out in the next few days.
- Now she underwent bilateral knee replacement surgery, from which she was recovering slowly.
- She developed spiking fever and cellulitis of left leg. Admitted to hospital for the same as not coming in control with oral antibiotics. Can be complicated with disseminated IVC.
- IV antibiotics had been started. I gave her Belladonna 200 repeated doses, and she recovered well. She had now developed UTI, with mild burning after urination.
- Diabetics have less pain sensation, so take it as a substantial infection even if symptoms not marked.
No change with anitbiotics. Culture strong positive for E Coli.
She is on high dose of antibiotics, still in hospital. Now loose motions too. Antibiotics continued for more than a month with no change. Her general condition is very weak. Can barely get up from weakness and loose motions. Urine infection not resolving. CT scan revealed right sided pyelonephritis, and left renal calculi 3mm sized 3 in number. She was put on IV antibiotics in a central line.
That is when she again called me for help.
- With Homoeopathy, the infection rapidly resolved. Her diarrhoea stopped and she was well in about a week, through which the doses were tapered down.
A Case of Chronic Renal Failure
It was a precious opportunity for me to treat few cases of chronic renal failure.
I am discussing here one such case of interest.
On the 12 th June 2003 a gentleman aged 73 years came to my office with his wife and daughter. He was a man of short thin built, with a yellowish complexion and looking pale and withered. He had a calm and composed expression. It was characteristically fearless, showing no anxiety or concern of any kind.
He had been a professor of language for 17 years and had composed many poems. He had taught literary criticism to students of Masters in Arts.
His wife and daughter were doing all the talking. He reprimanded them right at the beginning of the interview and asked them whether they were going to let him talk.
He started as, ‘I have absolutely no complaints. I am a diabetic since 20 years. That was detected in a routine blood examination before my operation for cataract. I am a hypertensive since 15 years. That was detected in a routine medical check up.
Since a few weeks I had slight nausea and aversion for food. So I had a check up done when high urea and creatinine was found in my blood.’
He has been on anti-hypertensive allopathic drugs and Insulin injections for about 15 years.
The levels were Blood Urea level 220 ug/dl (normal range being 15-40 ug/dl)
and Serum creatinine at 3.9 u/dl (Normal range being 0.5-1.5)
His Renal Doppler suggested diffuse renal parenchymal disease. An atrio-ventricular fistula had been made in his right arm, and he was to go for a dialysis the following week.
2 years back he had a toe amputation for an intractable infection.
So it is quite evident that he is suffering from complications of diabetes.
Let us take note here that there is a major problem in his body, but the only symptoms the vital force has expressed is slight nausea and aversion for food.
The relative lack of subjective symptoms was striking.
This brought to mind the syphilitic miasm so definitely.
The syphilitic miasm is of a deep destructive nature, which hardly shows up in the form of subjective symptoms. Its very nature is like the silent killer.
The relative lack of subjective symptoms gives us the clue that psora is more or less latent at this point of time.
Psora in its very essence means expression; psora needs to express as it needs to communicate its primary anxiety of separation. Psora expresses to connect with others so that they may feel less separated; less lonely. The mental ‘itch’ may thus somewhat be relieved.
So we find that his economy only communicates minimally, in the form of two symptoms, nausea and an aversion for food. That is quite unlike an active psora.
He has a low appetite, and nausea. Empty retching.
He likes spicy pickles and sweet meats when well. Let us note here that it is not a craving, a mere preference. So we cannot really put it high up in the hierarchy.
He drinks less water as his chest seems to fill up with it. His stools are sometimes dry and hard.He passes about 1 litre of urine per day.
He is a man of few words. And they are precious ones.
Quite unlike an active psora!
He has a small friends’ circle of renowned writers and poets. He used to read a lot, but is not happy with the present shallow writing, and thinking. So now, he generally does not read much, nor does he write anymore.
He had a huge collection of books all of which he donated to a library.
We understand this as a need to collect and retain followed by a total discharge, probably out of a growing indifference.
It means he is tuning away from the things he ardently loved before.
He has stopped his expression- his writing and teaching, and become indifferent now. He has a feeling that it is not worth it anymore.
The symptoms I could gather were-
Absence of symptoms where expected
Irritated on being disturbed
But to summarize the observations made before,
He was in psora and tubercular miasm initially.
Psora because it being a basic ‘ mother miasm’, is always present, though varying in its active influence or activity during the lifetime of a person.
And psora, also because he was very expressive, teaching, writing.
The tubercular miasm shows itself by his creativity and innovative ideas;
Only creative persons can write poems. And those who think and feel deeply and can express it in verse.
The Syphilitic miasm seems to have been present in the past, but had been latent in his constitution. This conclusion is on the basis of his mentioning that he did not have any ‘subjective symptoms’ of diabetes or of hypertension. These had been detected during routine blood tests.
That means there was hardly any expression of the inner disturbance; which means not much activity of psora although psora is always there.
Now at this point of time, when the patient is in chronic renal failure, the syphilitic miasm seems more dominant as it has brought about a silent irreversible organ damage and the little activity of a largely latent psora seems to have brought up the nausea and aversion for food, which are the only subjective symptoms, or expressions in his case.
If psora had remained almost completely latent, he would have had no symptoms, no nausea or food aversion. He would probably have straight away gone into uraemic coma.
Besides this miasmatic analysis we see a prominent theme in the case.
He used to collect- ‘retain’ a large number of books, which he has now given away- discharged. We see a polarity of need and aversion here.
He is reserved- ‘retains’ emotions. Initially he expressed them in verse, now he does not. He ‘retains’.He is a deep, sensitive thinker.
The theme of retention, his depth of thinking and his past tryst with verse, brought to mind Natrum and the radical chloride.
So one dose consisting of 2 pellets of Natrum mur 6X were given to him. The rest was plain Sac lac.
In organ damage, I have observed great benefit with the low potencies. Here I have often used the X potencies instead of the C. The C correspond more to the higher frequencies of disturbance as they are more potent than the X potencies.
The frequency of energy of a disturbance is a relative term, by which I mean that—the higher the frequency, the more is the ‘energy’ of expression of the symptoms.
The symptoms will be sharp, strong, marked, and violent.
The ‘higher’ potencies correspond to these sublimated forms of expression.
The lower the frequency of energy of a disease, the lower is the intensity of expression of symptoms.Like it is in our patient. So the lower potencies are more similar here. Though certainly not a material dose!
The low potencies correspond to the more physical aspects of disease; to the disturbances of a lower frequency so to say.
The problem with him right now, is- his failing kidneys.
I could not have given him a higher potency as his constitution would have been overwhelmed by it. They would just not correspond to him! It would bring about aggravation.
So he had one dose of Natrum Mur 6X.
He reported back about a month later on 17th July 2003, with his BUL and S. Cr. Levels.
BUL was 136 mg/dl……which had been 220 mg/dl before.
S .cr was 3.15 ug/dl……which was 3.9 ug/dl before.
He said ‘I feel more energetic’ and he looked less yellow for sure. He looked more interested than before. This means the syphilitic miasm has reduced in its activity a little.
Placebo was continued up to 29/09/03. His allopathic medications continued as before.
Now his BUL was 166 mg/dl
S.cr 3.9 ug/dl
During this period, he had an episode of vertigo.
He also had fluctuations in Blood sugar levels in the last one week.
He seemed to be more irritated this time. His wife said he seemed to want to cast off all the restrictions put upon him by doctors.
He decided that he wanted to travel to Canada, to his daughter. ‘I need to travel. It is a tonic for me. I always wanted to travel. But my wife’s osteoarthritis never let us go anywhere. My kidneys feel better now. Please give me something that I can travel without a problem with them’.
Do we see here the rebellious Tubercular miasm coming up! Let us recall that he was a thinker, poet and teacher, the creative Tubercular.
These statements were quite startling as compared to his first visit. He seemed to have come out of the Natrum Mur phase. He wanted to go out, travel, connect back with his distant relatives, and even risk his health for that.
This brought to mind another member of the Natrums, Natrum Phos.
The outgoing, communicating effervescent Phosphate radical, who can burn himself by his own warmth if he is not able to give it out.
Now Natrum Phos 12X was given.
I chose the 12X now, as we see that the ‘energy’ of his symptoms have increased to a higher level. The frequency is higher than a 6X.
Nat phos has known to have an affinity for the pancreas and hence diabetes; says the Biochemistry man Schussler.
Nat phos is irritated. And incidentally our patient had a deep yellow coated tongue which confirmed my choice of Natrum Phos!
2 months later, his BUL was 97 mg/dl….(previous reading – 166mg/dl)
S.cr 2.2 ug/dl ……….(previous reading- 3.9 ug/dl )
His allopathic anti-hypertensive and insulin shots continued, but he needed only half the initial dose now!This was encouraging.
He went on well for about 3 years. He did travel abroad to Canada to visit his daughter, and enjoyed his stay there for a period of six months. After Natrum phos, he did not rebel against medical advice regarding diet and regimen, and so did not ‘burn’ himself, or I mean land himself into trouble, like he would have without our Natrum Phos 12 X.
He was independently going about his routine activities and even went out alone for a short walk.He visited every month and was quite stable. As symptoms came up he got a single dose of the indicated remedy. Natrm sulph 30 X one dose on one occasion and Nux vomica 30 one dose on another.
3 years later he started deteriorating. He complained of breathlessness, and disorientation.
He died of cardiac arrest peacefully at the ripe age of 76 years.
We do understand here that it was a case with irreversible renal damage. But the medicine seemed to have accentuated the functioning of the remaining healthy renal cortical tissue for a fairly good period of time. He did not require dialysis except on the last day of his life, as his condition had been stable, and his blood biochemistry was fairly good.
Homeopathy could give him a better quality of life. I can say that it was probably even considerably prolonged with Homeopathy.
2.Homeopathy for Animals
Case of a Labrador:
What to do with a dog ‘Joane’ that suddenly gets ill with a severe gastroenteritis, and who is not responding to conventional treatment by his vet? He is a 2 ½ years old black labador with a beautiful shiny black coat.
He is losing weight and his heamoglobin has dropped to 8.7gm/dl.
He throws up anything that he takes orally and passes black offensive stools. Well, Mrs Mary, the lady who is his owner couldn’t tell me how exactly the stool smells,(as we meticulous Homoeopaths want to know !!) for she was crying uncontrollably.
Joane baby is like her child. She feeds him home made food, chicken soup, bhakri, eggs, tomatoes, and cucumber.(this lucky dog always has his day!)
So why this has happened is a mystery. He is well cared for and actually very pampered.
So I started probing with my Homoeopathic ‘scanner’ .How were things before he fell ill? Had something new taken place?
Mary revealed that she had recently brought in another pup, so that Joane wouldn’t be lonely. He was so cute that everyone was crazy after it, with handy cams, and toys, cuddling and pampering him.
How did Joane take this? He hated it, and flung the pup away with his nose when it came by to sniff him. Joane was really upset, and would go away and lie in a corner; that is when he took ill.
The pathology was acute, and almost critical. The vet has admitted him in hospital, and was trying everything possible to save him. But nothing was working. His condition was getting worse by the hour. Mary decided to try Homoeopathy. Offensiveness, blackness, and sadness were striking and so was his failing health.
The remedy given was Kali phos 200X, 2 tablets as a single dose. The potency was chosen because the cause was obviously the sadness, and dejection. It could have been Ignatia, or even Pulsailla. But black offensive stools were much like Kali phos. I also gave him Ferrum phos 6X , about 10 tablets dissolved in 200 ml of water, 2 teaspoonfuls every ½ hour to relieve his acute gastroenteritis more quickly.
What do you expect? He did not have a single vomiting and loose motion after that. Four days on he was taking normal food, and started to gain weight, and his Hb was improving.
He loves the Homoeopathic pills and has torn a new sofa where one pill had got stuck!
3. CHORIORETINITIS Dt 28-3-07
Hello readers! Here is another gem from homeopathic healing.
A gentleman aged 51 years came with blurring of vision of the left eye, in spite of correction of refractory with spectacles. He had been to several ophthalmologists, and a number of tests had been carried out.
Namely, VDRL, Toxoplasmosis, HIV, Tuberculin test, and orbital sonography. All except the sonography yielded nothing.
Orbital sonography showed post inflammatory chorio-retinal thickening with floating bands in the posterior vitreous chamber.
One ophthalmologist advised him to have an orbital angiography, another advised him to try steroid injections. No one could be sure of why he had the problem, and whether it would go for good or not.
His wife wanted him to take homeopathy. He was reluctant, even defiant; but his wife was sure. She said, “Don’t risk your eyes with invasive methods. Homeopathy can surely help you, never harm. And at worse if it fails, I can take are of a blind husband for life!”
Cheers! To the followers of Homeopathy!
So there he was in my clinic, a short thin man with spectacles, a pointed chin curly hair, and a strikingly ‘wild’ looking face. (This strikes some miasmatic bells in mind!).
He showed me his reports and was very anxious about his eyes and the treatment suggested.
He had been a sickly child. Always ill with whatever disease was going around. (Psora, Tub). He had diphtheria when he was 5 years old, and had been quite ill then. His family doctor warned of dangerous consequences if he became violent or mentally upset. So he had his way in everything since then.
His wife described him as an impulsive, whimsical person. He always fell into trouble with someone or another. Yelling, shouting and fighting his way on useless matters. He was like a difficult child! I once saw him overtake a truck on his bike, dangerously, just to bad mouth the driver.
He analyzed and theorized, until one’s hair would split! He had a lecture to give on everything under the sun, including the sun. It was as if he wanted to prove that he was a genius to the sheer exasperation of listeners. His brothers were very sure he was mad, and all he needed was a psychiatrist!
Once he understood that I would listen to all that he had to say, he felt comfortable nay, elated! He spoke to me like a teenager, laughing and jesting and cracking silly jokes!
But this was one aspect which was another pole to his quarrelsome nature.
He quickly shifted from one to another.
The main point that struck me was his ‘wild face’ and wild talk, and his peculiar physiognomy. It was a ‘delayed milestone’ for me.
Kent lists Calcarea phos in ‘wildness’ amongst other drugs.
Sulphur definitely came very close, being the great ragged philosopher.
But he spoke more than he could analyze or think. He wanted to sound learned, but lack the capacity to really analyze in detail like Sulphur.
Tuberculinum was another drug close on heel considering his susceptibility in childhood to all illnesses, his appearance, and attitude. But at the present state he was not in the pathogenesis of, or the ‘uncompensated’ state of Tuberculinum. In short he did not ‘need’ Tuberculinum as the pathology did not match now.
The miasm was psora and tubercular, and the jigsaw puzzle fitted most closely into Calcarea Phos.
So Calcarea Phos 1CM one single dose was given on 8th November 2004.
He came 15 days later, looking calmer, more ‘tame’.
“I can now see clearly with both my eyes, even in dim light” he said. And worth mentioning here is that he didn’t split my hair with his incessant talk!
Placebo was given for a fortnight.
Orbital sonography was repeated as promised 1 month later. The report was:
Significant improvement in chorio-retinal swelling, with regression of floating bands seen in posterior vitreous chamber.
In this case we have considered the evolution of the pathology from his childhood, as early as he can remember, or we can gather, and have formed a timeline to understand his present state in order to prescribe as accurately as possible.
Cheers to Homoeopathy the absolutely amazing healing art!
CASE 4 : OBSTACLES TO RECOVERY IN A CASE OF MANIA- 07-09-09
Aphorism 261 makes reference to the ‘removal of such obstacles to recovery’ as may be necessary for cure to ensue. In the light of the 20th century life such situations can be tackled by studying various aspects such as: moral beliefs and spiritual values, emotional factors and psychological backgrounds, relationships, physiological stage of life, diet, etc.
This is about a very overwhelming case of a girl who is brought up in a well to do family, and has not been used to hearing a ‘no’ for anything. She is like a wild horse, without a control. Mania implies- a disordered state of mind, with extreme excitement and wild behaviour.
Her visibly distressed mother came to me on 22-6-07.
For the past 2 ½ years her daughter, Ananya (name changed to protect privacy) who is presently 12 years old, is behaving badly.
(I usually ask for the patient’s photograph if they do not come personally). The girl’s photograph was striking. She had piercing, mad looking light brown eyes. Straight brown silky hair and wheatish complexion, thin lips and a mysterious smile. She looked thin and pale.
(The miasm seems to be Psoric,tubercular)
Her mother described her as –
“She has bouts of very violent behavior. She is always on the edge. Any small reason is enough to set off her anger. She throws things at people, especially at me. Beats, bites, and locks me up. Then calls her father, who has to answer her even if he is in a business meeting, or abroad, and says things like, ‘see your wife is ill treating me”.(Anger, violence; deceitful). (Tubercular, Sycotic, Syphillitic)
“She has an elder sister, of whom she is very jealous. She hates her, and cannot tolerate having to adjust to her at all. If she finds her clothes or books mixed up with hers, she actually flings them out of the window. She screams, gnashes her teeth; almost as if a spirit has overcome her. It has become very difficult for us to bear with her. We are in constant fear that she may do serious harm.” Said her mother.
(Tubercular, sycotic miasms can put the person in a crazy violent mental frame. Sycotic will threaten, tell lies, and syphilitic, mainly does harm).
They have consulted a number of psychiatrists, and counselors with no relief. Now Ananya refuses to go to them or take any treatment. According to her, “they don’t understand a thing. It is mother and sister who are mad, and need treatment anyways”. Homoeopathy is the last hope for them.
Her mother has a large bruise on her right arm, where Ananya had bit her the previous day. Ananya is worse, if an exam is coming up or an assignment needs to be done.
Her appetite is whimsical, like herself. She wants unusual things at odd times. Like she asked for a guava at 11 pm at night, and as her mother could not find a guava vendor at that hour, Ananya threw her rage at her, and bit her!(Tubercular, Sycotic, Syphillitic) She is quite creative, makes innovative articles, and watches television for hours.(Tubercular, psoric)
She hates to be told to do anything, and late at night realizes that homework has to be done. Then comes the anger wave.( Tubercular sycotic). In her diet, she has toast, butter, ½ to 1 chapati with mushrooms, or cheese, and pasta or noodles for dinner. She has no vegetables, milk, or fruits regularly. She takes a very long time to eat. This means that she is not really hungry, or interested in food.
“As a child she was very quite; never demanding, quite playful. So she was neglected”- her mother admits. Her elder sister was very demanding that time, and cranky, so she was always given more attention, and all her demands met. They lived in an orthodox joint family, so her mother could hardly have time for Ananya. She had been quite well till her 10th birthday. She has then started disobeying teachers. Complaints came in that she is inattentive in class, and back answers. Her marks started to fall, and her frustration and anger began to grow. Now she feels that no one cares for her, (forsaken) and her mother has been very unjust and partial towards her ( which is not really a delusion, as her mother admits the same) and led her to this misery. She must be punished. (Malicious)
She goes out of her way to attract others. This is her compensation for the feeling of neglect.Wants expensive gadgets and clothes, to attract friends to her. If she does not get what she wants there goes her temper. She likes to gossip– to prove how others are much worse than what people think- desire to show others in bad light, which in turn may enhance herself.(sycotic).
She has a strong sense of neglect since her early years of life, to which her reaction is feelings of anger, jealousy and malice.
Her compensatory reaction is her need to be appreciated, surrounded by admiring friends, and to feel important. Hatred, anger and jealousy are the polar reactions to her apparent docile nature in early childhood.
We also note that presently she is in her preteen age, in an unstable hormonal milieu. She is recklessly venting it out. As earlier noted, her family encourages free speech and behaviour, so she is used to being outspoken. This adds to her violent reactions.
We also note that very strikingly she has a deficient diet, so levels of haemoglobin , S. calcium, and Vitamins are most likely to be low.
Physiologically speaking, emotions are a pattern of behavioral responses resulting from specific patterns of nerve impulses in the brain, which arise from various external and internal stimuli.
Therefore a deficiency of all these factors in the body due to an improper dietary intake, or malabsoption has a significant bearing upon Ananya’s state.
Rubrics taken were:
[Kent ] [Mind]Violent,vehement
[Kent ] [Mind]Jealousy:
[Kent ] [Mind]Malicious:
[Kent ] [Mind]Mood:Changeable,variable,etc.:
[Kent ] [Mind]Forsaken feeling:
[Kent ] [Stomach]Desires:Cheese:
Stram 11 5
Aur 10 4
Lach 9 5
Hyos 9 4
Nux-v 8 3
Puls 8 3
Bell 7 3
Pulsatilla is jealous, forsaken, attention seeking, and loves cheese, but is not as violent.
Belladonna definitely relates to her acute violent phase, but in Ananya, the violent phase is sustained and often repeated. It is not a delirium as Belladonna would have.
Nux is violent, jealous, and malicious, but not so forsaken. But it is strongly high strung, and impatient like Ananya. She could be Lachesis, as it is violent, malicious, and deceitful, very shrewd, and quite nasty. Though Aurum is second, I did not feel it relates to her much, as she is far from hardworking, and conscientious like Aurum would be. Stramonium seems to be very closely related.
Stramonium is characterized by violence and fear of it, from intense emotions going out of control. Sudden anger. They can be destructive with striking, biting, tearing, smashing, strangling. May even be inclined to commit murder.
The Stramonium pathology arises from an underlying emotional vulnerability. A fear of being injured, or being alone. Suppressed anger. This can be related to emotionally painful experiences in childhood, like abuse, or loss of parents, or unwanted children.
In the Stramonium mind, the fears are coupled with violent reactions.
There is ‘wild look’ in the eyes of Stramonium. Like Ananya has. When scolded, the pupils dilate! Mania -with a red face, dilated pupils, superhuman strength!
It is a remedy having a prominent action upon the brain and spinal cord.
Ananya did not have obvious fears according to her mother, and I felt that I could find them at a later stage when she would come herself for a consultation.
Stramonium IM one dose was given to her. 15 days later her mother reported that, ‘she has been better. She has not hit me at least. But she still goes out of control, cries, and throws her things’. A week later Ananya came to see me. This was remarkable, as she had refused to take any more treatment. She said, “Its only my anger that is a problem. These people keep talking too much. Why does she (mother) have to say the same thing again and again?”
She started trembling, her eyes going wide, and angry and tears rolling down her cheeks, and her fists clenching under the table. “She really irritates me. She needs medicine to shut up!” The situation was charged, it seemed like, she would catch hold of her mother if she uttered a word. The intense irritability from being spoken to, was striking, like Nux, but there were so many more things that also irritated her.
Stramonium 10 M, 1 dose. I month later, her mother said, ‘Better, but still loses control. Does not hit anyone, but shuts herself in her room for hours’.
The remedy seemed right, but was it not deep enough? I then gave her 1 dose of Tuberculinum 1M. This because, she was more Tubercular miasmatically at this point of time, than sycotic as she had been initially. A month later the progress was still at a standstill. So I went for some investigations on the lines that we had anticipated before, as they could have most likely been the maintaining cause of her state, that were not letting the remedy to hold on.
Heamoglobin- 9 gm% (12- 15 gm %)
RBC’s – 3.60 (4- 5.4)
S. calcium- 8.80 mg % ( 8.8- 10.8 mg%)
S. Vitamin B12 level- 44.60 pg/ml ( 223- 1132 pg/ml) **
S. Folic acid level 10.70 ng /ml ( 2.90- 18.70 ng/ml)
We note that she has gross B12 deficiency, and anaemia. This was her obstacle to recovery. It had not been detected before nor suspected. Multivitamins were supplemented, along with Ferrum met 3X, 1 tablet thrice a day for 2 weeks, to treat her anaemia. In a week, she started improving very rapidly. A month later, her mother reported, “Now she is a lot more patient, no violence. Gets upset but works things out on her own.She has developed a white vaginal discharge with intense itching”.
This was an ‘outlet’ as we call it, of the sycotic-syphilltic miasm. The mental disturbance having appeared on the physical level. This was a definite sign of the similimum having resumed its action. The discharge was left alone and subsided within a week.
I would like to state here, that the deficiencies are not the only cause to her state. Many people with Vit B 12 deficiency do not have these symptoms, and conversely many people like Ananya do not have Vit B 12 deficiency. But as it was markedly deficient in her case, its correction was necessary, and brought about a ‘milieu interior’ conducive to cure by the Homoeopathic remedy.
Ananya is a fine girl now; doing well in school and happy with herself. She is still jealous, and likes to be mean to her sister, but no malice, nor any violence. Her family feels that they have come out of a nightmare.
Homoeopathy works, and works brilliantly!!
Case 5 :Case of a coconut tree : 07-07-09
Mrs Sathe (name changed) has a nice garden where she has grown many plants, like rose, mogra, hibiscus, coconut, and some vegetables. The coconut tree has given her a wealth of coconuts, which she shares with her friends.
But of late, the coconuts grow well in size and drop down without maturing fully. They are full of water. She is concerned about this. Why has this happened? And what can be done? She has heard that Homoeopathy has answers for the most unusual problems!
So now I have to prescribe for a coconut tree. A coconut tree grows well near the sea. It bears water bearing fruit. And each of its part is of use in many ways. So it is a plant closely related to and very useful to mankind. It is therefore of great religious importance as well. It is more psoric in all these aspects.
Production of fluid, and its imbalance relate to two drugs in the biochemic family; mainly Natrum mur and Natrum sulph. Natrum mur relates more to disturbances in physiological sectretions, whereas Natrum sulph to fluid retention of pathological origin, says Schussler. Also Natrum sulph relates more closely to the sycotic miasm.
In this case Natrum mur, seems closer, as formation of fluid within the fruit is a normal physiology which is disturbed in this case. We find a similar corollary in the case of ovarian cysts, so we find Natrum mur coming up in many cases of ovarian cysts.
Though please note that it is not a specific.
Natrum Mur was chosen and the powdered form of the 6X potency, of 250 gms was dissolved in half a bucket of water, and the plant was watered with it once.
It is five years since this was given, never again did a coconut drop down prematurely!!
So all those who say that Homoeopathy is placebo, only prove their prejudice!
A Case Of Spinal Aspergillosis:https://hpathy.com/journal/homeopathy-4-everyone-December-2016/
A lady, 31 years old, married and mother of a two year old child, I’ll call her Priya, was referred to me for homoeopathic treatment by a neurosurgeon, on 25/8/2012.
She had gone for an eye checkup and found that she had completely lost eyesight in her left eye. On CT scan it was found that she had a pituitary gland tumour. The tumour was operated on, but she developed meningitis. She underwent lumbar puncture 10 times on various occasions, in an effort to treat the infection of these linings on the brain, and spinal cord. She had taken numerous cycles of antibiotics and now, the CT scan and lumbar puncture showed that she had ‘spinal aspergillosis’ – infection with the fungus Aspergillus Fumigatus.
This is an opportunist infection developed due to prolonged use of antibiotics, and could be hospital acquired. There were multiple lesions between the vertebrae D12 and L1. She was on steroids and anti fungal drugs. Steroids, because the inflammatory process causes exudations that can compress the spinal cord. She spent about 6 months at the hospital for all these procedures.
In spite of all this, she had severe low back pain. She had a low grade fever, ranging from 99 F to 101 F daily every evening since about 2 weeks. She felt very exhausted. She had urticaria with hives appearing on various parts of her body, with itching during the fever.
She was better by cold applications. She was constipated, had lost a lot of hair, and had blue blotches on her skin. The blue blotches, were attributable to the steroids.
She became very sensitive, cries for everything. Her vision in the left eye is lost partially. I noticed that she was speaking with almost no expression, even as she said she cries for everything! This was a striking and important indicator of the syphilitic miasm that also affects the nerves.
After studying her case, I decided to give her Tuberculinum 1M followed by Arnica 1M, and Hypericum 1M. Tuberculinum, because recurrent fever, exhaustion and a chronic destructive, inflammatory process calls for it. Arnica and Hypericum relate to the problems due to injuries and in her case, it was surgery of the spinal cord.
A week later she said, her fever was gone, and backache reduced greatly. She felt her energy getting better. I followed her up closely, seeing her every other week. One day she complained of numbness in her limbs. She walked with a wobble. The CT scan shows compression of the spinal cord due to the exudations of the healing process. As there is no natural exit to these, decompression with one more lumbar puncture had to be done. She recovered well from this.
The healing of fungal infection left scar tissue on the cord, compromising its function. This meant difficulty in walking. Her knees buckled when she tried to stand.
Now I started her on Picric acid 200 1 dose a day. This medicine relates to degeneration of the spinal cord, neurasthenia, and resulting muscular debility. I also advised physiotherapy.
She could stand after a week. Mentally she felt depressed, and believes she won’t be able to walk. She has a child of 2 years and can’t carry him. It breaks her heart.
Now Acid Phos 200, a single dose daily.
A week later she could walk a few steps. The lost sensations in her limbs are improving. Every week she improved steadily, and got the medicines her state called for. Picric Acid intermittently, at times Acid Phos, and intermittently, the Biochemic medicines in 6X as she required. Many times Ferrum phos, Kali muriaticum 6x given one after the other. If you read Schussler’s twelve tissue salts, you find these indicated in the primary and secondary inflammatory processes. I found them very useful to help her spinal cord to recover faster.
She showed me her progress sometimes in person, sometimes by video
sharing, and how she started her 2 step walk, then walked from one room to another. She progressed to climbing up stairs, then down the stairs, then walked with a walker in the garden, then without a walker. Eight months later she came to see me in person, a haversack on her back, walking independently, her face beaming with joy and gratitude.
How often has Homoeopathy stabilized a life and family about to be crippled. This time it happened because a neurosurgeon understood the limitations of his system of treatment, and the immense possibilities in Homeopathy. Skeptics fail to see things in the full perspective. May they’ll blessed with a 360 degrees vision!