Must have … Hypericum!

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This is a remedy that comes in handy where the little accidents in the household need tending to.

 

Hypericum must be thought of in injuries to the fingers or toes; in particular where the nails and the tips of respective digits are concerned. Where such injuries are extremely painful, as for example from mechanical impact, nails, splinters, needles or hammer, and wounds are of lacerated, punctured or crushed nature, Hypericum is indicated. The associated pain may be excruciating. Such injuries not infrequently cause neural damage. Here Hypericum can greatly relief of associated symptoms and pain.

 

Hypericum is needed where neural damage involves inflammation of the concerned nerve, and is accompanied by symptoms of numbness, burning and the sensation of tingling. Injuries that stem from animal bites may express such symptomatology, as may neuralgia of the face where there may also be tearing and pulling in the affected area. It is also a remedy indicated in spinal concussion with muscular jerking and twitching, lameness, inability of walking, cramps in calves, crawling in hands or feet. Here the slightest movement of arms or neck makes the patient cry in agony. There is a general sore, bruised feeling.

 

In the homeopathic home-kit Hypericum is, generally speaking, a remedy for traumatic wounds and neural affections. The shock and fright from such traumatic injury can leave the patient nervous and depressed. The perception of pain is then much increased. Mentally, this patient may express confusion, heaviness, vertigo, may be irritable, may forget what he or she was going to say, may forget letters when writing. There may be weakness and numbness in limbs, with crawling and trembling in hands and feet.

 

 

 

References:

Boericke, W. (2004) Pocket manual of homeopathic materia medica and repertory New Delhi: B.Jain publishers Ltd.

Clarke, J. (1994) A Dictionary of practical materia medica New Delhi: B.Jain publishers Ltd.

DHU (2011) Homöopathisches Repetitorium  Karlsruhe: Deutsche Homöopathie Union.

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The Solanaceae – a family of remedies

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‘Solanaceae’ comes from the Latin word ‘solumen’ which refers to solace, consolation, or comfort.

 

The Solanaceae are a plant family that is referred to as the ‘deadly nightshades’. On account of the intensive scent that these plants release, solely at night, and that gives humans headaches, they have acquired this name. Not all plants of this species are poisonous; some are even edible and are in daily use in our kitchen.

 

Paracelsus (1493 – 1541) said of poisonous plants:

 

Does there exist a thing of God created,

which has not been bestowed with a gift?

Which cannot be used for the benefit of man-kind?

Who despises the poison does not know what lies within.

Does there exist a thing that is not poison?

All things are poison – and nothing is without poison.

Alone the dosage is what makes the poison!

 

Common features of the poisonous plants of this family are the instigation of an inappropriate cheerfulness. They cause delirium, and heightened sensitivity of the auditory and at times the visual senses. Diverse fears are a great feature of such poisoning. On a physical level there can be severe forms of convulsion. The pupils’ become dilated, speech may become erratic, and there is dryness of mucous membranes.

 

The Solanaceae are a group of plants from which some great homeopathic remedies have been produced. The following gives an insight into some of the properties of some of the most common homeopathic remedies from this family.

 

Atropinum

Frenzied excitement, mania. Vertigo on turning head. Heat on head. Bright spots, flashes before eyes. Stomach area very sensitive. Accelerated pulse. Numbness and heaviness in limbs. Hyperaesthesia of nerves.

 

Belladonna

Frenzy, madness, violent delirium. Congestion of head, dilated pupils. Redness, burning heat, congestion, convulsion, excessive hyperaesthesia of senses. Hallucinations, acuteness of senses. Palpitations. Restlessness. Anxiety.

 

Capsicum

Dullness of senses. Timidity. Stiffness, cracking of joints. Aversion to motion. Great sensitivity to cold. Phlegmatic. Lazy, unclean, fat.

 

Dulcamara

Delirium. Restlessness from within, impatience. Quarrelsome. Congestion of head with impaired hearing. Great emaciation. Plethoric, sluggish. Acts on mucous membranes. Burning pains. General chilliness. Peevishness, Exhaustion.

 

Mandragora

Peevish and taciturn. Dullness of senses. Heaviness of head, vertigo. Burning and aching pains. Dryness of eyes with burning, dim-sightedness. Jerking, pulling and tearing in limbs. Paraplegia.

 

Nicotinum

Delirium. Vertigo with headaches, dullness and heaviness. Pupils dilated. Trembling. Tonic and clonic spasms. Great sensitivity of eyes to light. Stomach with disagreeable sensation, emptiness and faintness.

 

Physialis

Languor and weakness of muscles. Paralysis of face. Stiffness of limbs. Stabbing sensation in chest. Enuresis and marked urinary symptoms.

 

Stramonium

Delirium. Raving mania. Trembling, twitching and crawling of limbs. Convulsion. Insensitivity. Sensation of separated-ness of limbs and body. Suppression of secretions and excretions. Delirium tremens. Parkinson. Loquaciousness, stammering.

 

Hyoscyamus

Imbecility and irrationality. Shamelessness and lasciviousness. Melancholy. Quarrelsome and obscene. Nervous agitation. Restlessness, twitching of muscles.

 

 

 

References:

 

  • Boericke, W. (2004) Pocket manual of homeopathic materia medica and repertory New Delhi: B.Jain publishers Ltd.
  • Boger, C. (2008) Boger Boennighausen’s Characteristics & Repertory New Delhi: B.Jain publishers Ltd.
  • Clarke, J. (1994) A Dictionary of practical materia medica New Delhi: B.Jain publishers Ltd.
  • McElroy, M. & Mittelstadt, U. (2010) The Solanaceae – Presentation [unpublished]

Analyzing the pyromaniac

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In the wake of the many wildfires that repeatedly torment our planet in the summer seasons, frequently reported so in the media from Canada, the US, Australia and Southern Europe, it becomes obvious that quite often what ignites such fires is malicious arson.

 

Where there are no commercial interests driving such arson, it is likely to be a mental derangement. Who is the pyromaniac that has the impulse to start such horrific destruction? The repertories have only few remedies in the specific rubric looking at the desire of setting something on fire.

 

Murphy’s repertory [1] and Schroyens’s Synthesis [2] have listed the following remedies in the rubric “Mind – Fire – set things on fire; wants to”:

Alco., Ant.t.. – [1]

Alco., Ant.t., Bell., Carc., Hep., Hyosc., Phos., Staph., Stram.. – [2]

 

 

Below is a collation of mind symptoms of these remedies, which may reveal some insight into the personality of such pyromaniac personalities. These are taken from the Materia Medica of Boericke [3], Clark [4] and Allen [5].

 

 

Alcohol:  There is an inclination to quarreling, cursing, frenzy and mania with this remedy. Within the manic outbreak this individual has a disposition to commit murder or incendiarism, that is, maliciously setting things on fire. There is a heightened self-esteem and self-importance, loss of judgement, grief and sadness, and depression. In a state of melancholy there may be the inclination to commit suicide.

 

Antimonium tartaricum:  In this individual there is great despondency and agitation. There is anxiety about the future and fear of being alone. He or she may be peevish, and quarrelsome. His or her actions may be the consequence of anger or vexation. There may be a tendency to suicidal mania.

 

Belladonna: This person lives in a world of his own, has visions and is oblivious to his surroundings. Illusions and hallucinations and an acuteness of his or her senses are present. There is a fear of nearing death, melancholy with grief, and mania with rage and fury. Fearfulness and suspicion, and a desire to escape torment this individual.

 

Carcinosin [6], [7]: There is a marked sensitivity and tender heartedness to this individual. He or she has very low self-esteem, feels lost and abandoned, and is emotionally very needy. In stress there is anxiety which leads to an emotional shut-down. This character is easily influenced and shapeable, and there is a destructiveness, rage, and cruelty about him or her. There may be mania and thoughts of suicide.

 

Hepar sulfuris: Extreme apprehension, anguish and sadness may at times point to suicidal tendencies of this individual. This character reacts extremely to irritation and vexation. There may be fury, anger, dejection and ferociousness.

 

Hyoscyamous: Great suspiciousness, anguish and fear are marked, as is a fear of betrayal and of being poisoned. This individual is peevish and quarrelsome. There is rage, perversion, melancholy and lascivious mania.

 

Phosphorus: Sadness and melancholy, apathy and anguish are part of the picture of portrayed by this individual. There is much fear, about his or her future, of darkness, of death. This person may have a disgust of life, is low spirited, indifferent, easily vexed and angered. In great anger there may be violence.

 

Staphisagria: This character may have sadness, grief, peevishness and fear of the future. He or she may suffer of violent, yet passionate outbursts. There is anxiety and agitation, and a desire for death.

 

Stramonium: Characteristics of this state are hysteria, mania, melancholy, sadness and great anguish. He or she has fixed ideas, suffers of mental derangement, has visual and auditory hallucinations, and fears he is losing his senses. This individual may be violent and lewd, may have delusions about who he or she is.

 

 

There are numerous characteristics that these remedies have in common, as such the loathing of life, ie. the suicidal aspect. They all have an element of fear, melancholy and sadness. Many have hallucinations and are peevish, quarrelsome, and have a deficiency of self-esteem.

 

 

 

References:

[1] Murphy, R. (1998) Homeopathic Medical repertory, 2nd edn., Delhi: B. Jain Publishers.

[2] Schroyens, F. Synthesis 9.0 (English), Radar.

[3] Boericke, W. (2004) Pocket manual of homeopathic materia medica and repertory New Delhi: B.Jain publishers Ltd.

[4] Clarke, J. (1994) A Dictionary of practical materia medica New Delhi: B.Jain publishers Ltd.

[5] Allen, T. F. (2000) The Encyclopedia of pure Materia Medica Homeoint [Online]. Available at: http://www.homeoint.org (Accessed: September 2016).

[6] Nissen, M. (2016) Carcinosinum: A Clinical Materia Medica, Available at:https://homeopathy.org (Accessed: September 2016).

[7] Mehta, N. (2013) Materia Medica CARCINOSIN, Hpathy, [Online]. Available at:http://hpathy.com/materia-medica/carcinosin-2/ (Accessed: September 2016).

Some rare symptoms and their remedies – according to H. Leers

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Removes blanket despite being cold – Mur. ac., Camph., Carbo veg., Sec., Tab.

Acne following the ingestion of cheese – Nux vom.

Allergy / Intolerance to Strawberries – Coff., Fragaria, Nat. mur.

Breathing, as through a sponge – Brom., Spong.

Feels observed – Calc., Meli.

Beer ameliorates – Aloe

Disgust at sight of food – Colch.

Disgust at talk of food – Ars.

Extra-systole – Adon., Cact., Conv., Crat., Dig., Gels., Spart.-sc.

Believes does everything wrong – Aur., Sil.

Extremities as if separated from body – Bapt., Bar.-c., Op., Stram., Thuja

Smiles without reason, always – Sumbulus

Music ameliorates, despite intolerance to noise – Aur.

Climate at sea, ameliorates – Med., Nat.mur.

Climate at sea, aggravates – Nat.mur.

Talks to self, in old age – Stram.

Toothache, cold water ameliorates – Clem., Coff.

Reaction to pain is delayed  – Alum., Cocc., Mang., Plb.

Hallucinations upon waking – Cina

Senility, asks questions without awaiting a response – Ambra

Strawberry tongue – Ant.t., Arum, Bell., Fragaria, Lach., Tub.

 

 

 

 

Reference:

Leers, H. (1973) Sammlung seltener Symptome, 2 edn., Heidelberg: Karl F. Haug Verlag GmbH.

Some recommendations for heart and circulatory health

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In order to maintain a healthy heart and blood circulation it is not wrong to occasionally take supportive measures. Sufficient movement in fresh air, moderate exercise, such as walking or swimming, or hot / cold alternating baths, are true restorers and preservers of a healthy heart and blood circulation. Proper hydration and healthy eating do the rest for good circulation.

But there are also other methods to support the system.

 

Red wine is good for you!

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Scientific studies have repeatedly demonstrated that red wine is good for your heart! However, only in moderation! With a moderate consumption of red wine, which means no more than 150ml per day, such consumption can reduce the risk of heart disease by about 30%. The reason for this, researchers have found in the composition of the wine. The ingestion of flavonoids and resveratrol, the main constituents of the wine, results in dilation of the blood vessels and thus increase blood flow. Blood clotting is reduced and the formation of clots thereby limited. This in turn reduces the risk of heart attack and stroke. Incidentally, more recent studies have provided evidence that white wine too has these properties.

 

The Hildegard heart tonic

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Hildegard von Bingen (1098 – 17.09.1179) already ascribed a healing effect to red wine. The abbess recommended the ingestion of ‘Heart-wine’ to strengthen the heart and the revitalization the circulatory system. This recipe however, not solely consists of red wine, but is a concoction of wine, parsley and honey. The relaxing and calming effect of the Heart-wine potion on the cardiovascular system may, apart from the wine, come from the vitamin- and mineral- rich composition of the parsley, and the antioxidant properties of the honey. Together these ingredients cause the coronary arteries to expand, lower the blood pressure and strengthen the heart.

 

 

Hildegard heart-wine:

* 10 parsley stems

* 2 tablespoons wine vinegar

* 1 litre of red wine

* 200 – 250ml Honey

 

In preparing the wine, the parsley stems, vinegar and wine are placed in a pot to boil. The concoction should simmer for 5 to 8 minutes. Then the concoction should be strained and left to cool. The honey should only be added once the mixture has cooled to merely lukewarm. Adding the honey to the hot brew is likely to ruin the effective ingredients contained in the honey.

It is recommended to consume a liqueur-glass of this ‘Heart-wine’, up to three times a day, to relieve said heart problems, and strengthen the heart

 

Hawthorn – Crataegus

 

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Crataegus is the Latin name for Hawthorn.

It grows as a low tree, rather a bush, whose white flowers bloom in spring. Its fruits ripen towards late summer and autumn, and are of a fiery red colour. Hawthorn belongs to the genus of the rose family, and there are between 100 and 200 different species. It grows along roadsides and in hedges.

Its potential as a medicinal plant is focal on, in particular, the weak, and elderly heart. Accordingly, preparations of hawthorn are recommended for patients with decreasing cardiac output or cardiac insufficiency, the senile heart, arrhythmia, and the sensation of a narrowing or pressure in the region of the heart. Crataegus also has a stabilizing effect on blood pressure, and helps to regulate low and high blood pressure.

There is evidence that hawthorn promotes the contraction of the heart muscle and improves the hearts’ pumping force. The circulation of the coronary arteries is increased. The heart is thus strengthened and its efficiency increased.

A treatment with Crataegus can be drawn into consideration if the following symptoms are noted:

– Low exercise capacity

– General lassitude

– General rapid fatigue

– Palpitation, fatigue and / or shortness of breath after only slight exertion

There are no known adverse effects of taking Crataegus.

 

Circulatory complaints in the legs

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When legs suddenly feel heavy or painful, when ankles are swollen, the leg cramps, and the skin shows discoloration or varicose veins, a circulatory issue is often the cause. In such cases the blood circulation in the lower extremities may be limited, and often some simple measure suffice to bring about relief. For example, movement, massage, stretching exercises, or elevating the legs may reduce the symptoms.

 

Other measures included the use of various creams and preparations, containing for example, Aesculus (horse chestnut) or Hamamelis (witch hazel). These may be taken into consideration in the prevention and treatment of such circulatory disorders.

In homeopathic form, Aesculus and Hamamelis may be used in low potency, for example 6X.

 

Aesculus is indicated if:

– The legs are heavy and tired.

– The skin on the legs feels tense, and swollen.

– The veins appear jammed or inflamed.

– This ‘Aesculus’ circulatory disorder is not necessarily painful.

– The patient has is a tendency to thrombosis.

 

Hamamelis is indicated if:

– There is a sensitivity to touch, pressure and heat.

– Varicose veins are painful.

– There is a prevailing feeling of exhaustion in the legs.

– The veins shine through the skin, in a dark bluish colour.

– Water accumulates in the ankles.

Contusion – a common sports-injury

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One of the injuries most frequently acquired during sports is a contusion, so to speak bruising to the muscular tissue. While most such bruising is of little concern and will quickly resolve on by itself, more severe contusion that involves deeper lying tissue, may be a complication to athletes, causing them to have to refrain from any physical activity for quite a long time.

Damage to tissue beneath the skins surface may involve the crushing of muscles and connective tissue, and the rupturing of small, peripheral vessels, leading to the leakage of cellular fluids and blood into the surrounding tissue. The blue or blackish discoloration of the affected is a sign of such fluid leakage. The skin is usually not broken.

Contusions occur when an injury is produced by a direct, blunt, forceful impact to the body’s soft tissue, such as a blow, falling or jamming. At the located area there may be swelling and pain. There may be weakness and stiffness of the affected part. In some cases there may be the formation of a hematoma (blood collected at the point of impact that may be felt as a lump on the site of injury).

Complications to this type of injury are deep contusions impacting internal organs or bones.

Conventional 1st aid: RICE – Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevate; Medication for pain relief.

Major 1st aid homeopathic remedies for contusion are:

Arnica: For all types of contusion. Great pain relief remedy

Bellis perennis: Follows well after Arnica. Rapid onset of healing.

Hamamelis: Indicated where Arnica fails to do something.

However there are other remedies for such injuries: Aconite, Calendula, Conium, Echinacea, Hypericum, Ledum, Rhus tox., Ruta, Symphytum to mention a few.

 

 

  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (2016)Muscle Contusion (Bruise), Available at: http://orthoinfo.aaos.org/ (Accessed: June 2016).
  • Boericke, W. (2004) Pocket manual of homeopathic materia medica and repertory New Delhi: B.Jain publishers Ltd.
  • Clarke, J. (1994) A Dictionary of practical materia medica New Delhi: B.Jain publishers Ltd.
  • Morgan, Lyle (1988) Homeopathic treatment of Sports Injuries, Rochester: Healing Arts Press.
  • Walker, Brad (2007) The Anatomy of Sports Injuries, Chichester: Lotus publishing.
  • WebMD LLC (2016)Contusions Treatment & Management, Available at:http://emedicine.medscape.com/ (Accessed: June 2016).

Must have … Arnica!

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Arnica is an all-rounder in the homeopathic home-kit, and definitely a must have! It is indicated for all those injuries, bruises and traumas that may well occur in the household, while conducting household chores, gardening, or out at play or recreation. It may be the muscular bruise from bumping into the table corner, or that from handling a garden tool; it may be the soreness following an over-exertion form work, exercise or play, all are handled very well with Arnica.

 

Pain that shouts for Arnica is one that feels as if bruised or beaten, or has the sensation of a sprain or dislocation. The soreness of muscles of Arnica may be followed by swelling or stiffness of the affected area, and damage to the skin, such as hematoma, contusion or trauma, may leave the injured area red, bluish, green, yellow or even blackish.

 

For fever, Arnica may be the right choice if there is shivering and cold all over the body, but the head is red and hot, or where there is coldness of the extremities, but internally the sensation is one of heat.

 

Arnica has a broad spectrum of indications, for example the symptoms of arteriosclerosis, often accompanied with hypotension, coronary sclerosis, muscle and joint rheumatism, stiffness of joints, rheumatoid pains, and others. It is a remedy indicated following surgery, as it helps speed up the healing process. As such it is also ideal for treatment after tooth extraction or during child birth. It is for nosebleed after coughing, for swelling of the throat in acute tonsillitis, and the hoarseness of the voice after extensive talk. It is one major remedy for cases of angina pectoris, concussion and apoplexy. Such severe health concerns though, belong into the hands of a capable professional homeopath or other health care provider.

 

 

References:

Boericke, W. (2004) Pocket manual of homeopathic materia medica and repertory New Delhi: B.Jain publishers Ltd.

 

Clarke, J. (1994) A Dictionary of practical materia medica New Delhi: B.Jain publishers Ltd.

 

DHU (2011) Homöopathisches Repetitorium  Karlsruhe: Deutsche Homöopathie Union.

 

A short differential comparison of the Barium remedies

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Of the Bariums there is an infantile type, and one of old age. The infantile is characterized by a torpid scrofula, the ‘old’ affections by changes in the vascular system.

For both types there are symptoms of chilliness and sensitivity to cold. There is aggravation from thinking about symptoms, and from lying on the painful side.

 

 

Barium carbonicum: Acts on the heart, vessels and glands. Aneurism & Atheroma. Indicated for scrofulous glandular affections, arteriosclerosis, tonsillitis & hypertrophy of the heart. Senile heart. Multiple sclerosis.

Involves less the mucous membranes, but the glandular parenchyma.

Indicated for physically and mentally poorly developed children. Dwarfed, learn to speak and walk very late, dull, disinclination to play, learn poorly. There is a general tendency to angina (also with suppuration) Swollen tonsils after exposure to cold.

Childish old people. The aged that are weak and tired. Disturbed cerebral circulation. Weakness of memory. Marked action on the heart and its vascular system, also on the vessels of the central nervous system. Arteriosclerosis of the CNS. Chief remedy for end-results of cerebral sclerosis, for the manifestations of a typical apoplexy; aneurysm.

Sarcoma of neck with burning. Fatty tumors, especially neck and occiput, swelling and induration of glands.

Paralysis of mind and body. Palpitation with soreness of heart. Acute sense of smell. Outstandingly offensive foot sweat.

A slow acting remedy, needs to be given over a longer period of time. Requires 2 to 3 weeks to produce an effect. To be given in lower attenuation.

 

 

Barium muriaticum: Acts on affections of the heart and arteries, the peripheral circulatory system, indicated for the senile heart, coronary sclerosis, arteriosclerosis. Abdominal / aortic aneurism (!). For recurrent affections of the nose, throat, larynx, ear, tonsils. There is a tendency to catch a cold. Disposition to tonsillitis.

Palpitation, Hypertension, but also Hypotension. In hypertension Bar.mur . should be given in the higher potencies, in hypotension in the lower potencies. Weakness and heaviness in the lower extremities. Weakness and the sensation of emptiness in the epigastrium.

Convulsions, periodic attacks with excessive twitching and tossing about of limbs. Swelling of salivary glands. Parotid glands, hard and swollen (esp. right side). Acts also on pancreas.

 

 

Barium iodatum: Arteriosclerotic hypertension (!), exudative diathesis. Glandular enlargements and new growth. Bar. Iod. is very similar to Bar. Carb., but has a more marked impact on glandular affections.  Treatment with Bar. Iod. requires a long term therapy, 2 to 3 months.

 

 

 

 

References:

[1] Boericke, W. (2004) Pocket manual of homeopathic materia medica and repertory New Delhi: B.Jain publishers Ltd.

[2] Clarke, J. (1994) A Dictionary of practical materia medica New Delhi: B.Jain publishers Ltd.

[3] Lesser. O. (1983) Textbook of homeopathic materia medica New Delhi: B.Jain publishers Ltd.

 

Watch out !  – Taking the case of a child

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Taking the case of a child is nowhere near the same as taking the case-history of an adult patient in the homeopathic practice.

 

Whilst an adult consultation sees most case-relevant information extrapolated from directed questions about the health history and presenting symptomatology of the patient, the details about the state of well-being of a child requires the inclusion of information shared by parents of the little patient, and observed by the practitioner within the therapeutic space.

 

The parent, most engaged with the child throughout the daily routine, will probably be able to aid in ‘drawing up’ the patient history, but the homeopaths own observation during the consultation will be paramount in the analysis and must complement what the parent is able to describe of the child´s symptomatology. Yet, much care has to be given with even a parents’ description. Are the statements reliable, or are there restrictions? According to Imhäuser [1] such care must particularly be given where parents must give an account of the character traits of their child, and his or her mental capacities.

 

For the homeopath therefore, observation requires a skillful perceiving and recognizing of most subtle nuances in behavior and comportment, in appearance and presentation of the child patient, and, in a way, of the parent.

 

Children’s mental states, as they may be noticeable in the homeopathic consultation [1]:

 

 

The affection needy child:

The child snuggles up to Mum and keeps body contact, holds hand.

Ignatia, Phosphorus, Pulsatilla.

 

 

The shy / coy child:

Seeks protection by keeping body contact with Mum, may cry silently.

Puls., Carc., Phos., Silicea. Calc. Phos.

 

 

The rejecting child:

Dislikes that Mum talks about his or her condition, does not like to be looked at. Wants to be left alone.

Nat. mur., Ant. Crud., Magn., carb..

 

 

The fidgety / restless child:

Does not sit still, walks about, touches everything, sits on Mums lap, gets down, back up, then wants to get down again and so on…

Aconite, Agar., Ars. Alb., Calc. hypophos., Calc. phos., Cham., Kal. brom, Zincum.

 

 

The fearful / anxious child:

Restless due to fear, cries, cannot be calmed.

Aconite,  Ars. alb., Bell., Cham., Lycop., Nux vom..

 

 

The cheeky / naughty child:

Hits at Mum or practitioner

Bry., Cham., Cina, Ign., Lycop., Nux vom.

 

 

The approachable, kind child:

Is interested in the proceedings of the consultation, participates, answers questions

This child is NOT Acon., Ars., Cham., Nux vom. or Lycop.

 

 

The passive child:

Cares not about what is going on around him/her. Lacks interest.

Calc.carb will wake this child.

 

 

 

The following questions may be helpful in the appraisal of a child’s case [1]:

 

  • How was the child’s birth? How well or not did the child take the birth?
  • How was the child’s development following birth?
  • Was the child vaccines? Which jabs did it get?
  • Did the child have any infections or illnesses?
  • Is the child intolerant to medicine, food etc.?
  • Has the child had recurrent ailments?
  • What is the child’s normal constitution? Is it a quiet, restless or cranky child?
  • Does the child want warmth or cold?
  • How is the child’s sleep?
  • How does the child eat? Cravings, rejections, intolerances?
  • Is there a tendency to constipation or diarrhea?
  • At what times of the day are symptoms better / worse?

 

 

 

Reference:

[1] Imhäuser, H. (1970) Homöopathie in der Kinderheilkunde, 3 edn., Heidelberg: Haug Verlag.

The Auto-nosode

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A nosode, by definition describes a homeopathic preparation made from a pathologic excretion. An auto-nosode is a remedy made from such material that is derived from the particular patient him- or her-self, who is to be treated with the auto-nosode [1]. The auto-nosode is therefore an isopathic substance [1].

 

The idea of treating patients with isopathic substances is not new; it is first mentioned in the writings of Hippocrates. Yet in homeopathically potentised form it was Wilhelm Lux, a homeopathic vet who first employed this concept in 1820 [1]. The underlying idea uses the ‘aequale’ (the same) as opposed to the ‘simile’ (the similar) of the homeopathic principle of ‘like cures like’, to treat a disease.

 

Constantin Hering started using homeopathic nosodes, in application of the simile-rule in 1831 [1]. First mention of the nosodes in Hahnemanns Organon is in the 4th edition, § 56 [1].

 

In 1895 a Parisian Dr. named Collet first mentions the use of homeopathic preparations derived from the tears, urine, sweat, and blood of sick patients for their treatment [1]. Auto-nosodes can also be made from sputum, pus, leucorrhoea, secretions from skin affections, and cultures of microbes or virus of a patient [3]. Dr. Collet potentised these auto-nosodes the Korsakovian way (explanation of Korsakov-remedies can be found here: https://talkndiscuss.wordpress.com/2015/07/05/korsakov-remedies-a-stand-alone-approach/), using the 1C & 6C in acute cases, and the 6C, 15C and 30C in chronic diseases [1].

 

Hedwig Imhäuser has used the blood nosode in her treatment of various illnesses in childhood. She describes the production of potentised blood as follows [2]:

 

The process of producing a blood-nosodes requires some 10ml bottles and alcohol of 25-30% strength. Each bottle is filled with 100 drops of the alcohol. One drop of patient blood is added to the first bottle, is then vigorously shaken, and one drop from this bottle is added to the second bottle which is then in turn succussed. This process continues with more bottles up to the desired potency.

 

Imhäuser [2] uses the blood nosode in 5C or 7C potency in acute infections where the similimum is difficult to derive or shows no effect, where a child is severely weakened, or complications have arisen.

 

In acute high fever Imhäuser suggests administering 2 to 3 drops of 5C of the auto-blood-nosode once daily, followed by one dose of 7C every 2 to 3 days. This is to be done until the fever has subsided. In recurrent infections, Imhäuser gives the 7C once every 8 days for 6 repetitions. Following the same pattern she then continues with the 9C, 10C and 12C. As such the patients will not have recurrence of the infection for up to a year, she explains [2].

 

Auto-nosodes may be viewed somewhat controversially in that they cannot be ‘derived’ following an individualized case-appraisal, and are commonly chosen on account of their patient origin. They are however, another tool in the hands of capable homeopaths, and may have healing potential that has not yet extensively been investigated.

 

 

References:

[1] Julian, O. (1960) Materia medica der Nosoden, 3 edn., Heidelberg: Haug Verlag.

 

[2] Imhäuser, H. (1970) Homöopathie in der Kinderheilkunde, 3 edn., Heidelberg: Haug Verlag.

 

[3] Master, F.J. (2010) Isodes, Nosodes and Sarcodes in Homoeopathy,Available at: http://www.drfarokhmaster.com/Editorial/2010-2011%20Editorial%20%20Feb%202010.pdf (Accessed: February 2016).