Clinical Experiences that deepen my faith in Homoeopathy

[ Paper read at the monthly clinical meeting of the Homoeopathic Post-Graduate Association, Bombay, on the the 30th October. 1939].

[B G. Marathe. M.B., B.S. Late Lt. I.M.S., P.G. (E.M.H.)].


Mr. President and friends,.

I am aware, all of you were very likely surprised to read the title of todays paper, and you must be asking yourself the question “What could be extraordinary about it”. particularly when the writer of it happens to be an humble neophyte in the art happens to be an humble neophyte in the art of homoeopathy. I am assure you, there is nothing wonderful in it that will interest you in particular.

But I can confidently say that the experiences relayed therein, have certainly gone a long way in deepening my faith in the efficacy of this wonderful art of healing the sick in the most effective, pleasant and quick manner, much to the satisfaction of both the healer and the healed. Not only this, but day by day, I am coming honestly to believe that it is a civilized and scientific crime against humanity to attempt the cure of the sick by any western therapeutic methods, except those offered to by homoeopathy. You might call me a faddist and I should not be ashamed of it, if I have the necessary faith in the superiority of this science.

I am a firm believe in the maxim that “faith is essential to the achievement of every goal.” It is this faith alone that has made me attempt the study of this science. It is true that I have got an insight, only into the borderland of the homoeopathic philosophy and practice. But I am confident that with faith alone I can expect to study the vast resources that this supreme art has unfolded to the sincere and diligent student. You will therefore please listen to my experiences related herein, in the spirit they are given to you.

You will take whatever is worth anything, and throw the rest to the permanent care of the dust-bin. I shall therefore, without taxing your patience any further, proceed to read my paper, which I hope will at least be able to stimulate some healthy and instructive discussion.

Case No. 1.

On the night of Sept. 25, I was called in consultation by a junior medical practitioner of the allopathic school to treat a very girl, eighteen months old, almost in a moribund condition, suffering from acute diarrhoea and vomits. The history of case was as follows: The child was suffering from acute diarrhoea and vomits for some days past. The result was that practically nothing in the way of nourishment could be retained by the child. An eminent consultant was consulted who had prescribed Glucose- saline and coramine injections, in addition to the mixtures of the usual type that are prescribed under such circumstances.

When I examined the child I found the following picture: A rickety child drenches with profuse clammy sweat over the whole body, more marked on the face. The pulse was 140 and odd p.m., very soft but of a fairly good volume, inspite of the dehydration she had for sometime past. Face, drawn in and cyanotic. Upper eyelids a bit puffy. She looked extremely exhausted and could hardly open her eyes. She was however quite conscious and took whatever liquids were poured in her mouth, showing that she was extremely thirstily particularly for cold water. The extremities were quite cold. The lungs showed signs of consolidation, on the left side.

The respiration were 30 p.m. The abdomen was very tympanitic and the stools passed out forcibly with plenty of foul gas. The temperature was 102. As the case looked bad and was not from my family group, I did not want to take the responsibility. When I was called, the attending doctor was about to give her a glucose- saline injection. I suggested that pituitrin might advantageously be added to the saline, to relieve the tympanites and also improve the volume of the pulse.

This was done, but without effect. I was then prevailed upon to take up the case. I prescribed. Verat. Alb. 30, every half hour, until the perspiration, motions, and vomits stopped, and the pulse improved. This was at 12 midnight. The next mornings report was that the vomiting had entirely stopped, as well as diarrhoea, except for one motion at 1 A.M. The perspiration had also stopped and the pulse had improved (120 p.m.); volume, also better. She now responded better to calls by parents and was able to take nourishment more willingly. The extreme thirst was also better. The fever was still 101.

On the whole she was distinctly better and showed some hope of revival. Nothing was then given until 1 P.M., when I was again called in to see her. I found that the pulse was 160 and a possible circulatory failure was eminent. The mouth and tongue were angry and red, as also was the throat. Remembering that it was a bad case of ulceration of the mucous membranes and consolidation of the lungs, the Verat. having done its good work-I prescribed Sul. 30, three doses, hourly; after that four hourly, in no improvement, was noticed.

The next morning, that is, 27th Sept., she was reported to be much better, even the parents thinking that the child would now certainly recover. The father however suspected that the child had some retention of urine, as she had not passed urine during the past twentyfour hours, and became restless and irritable if the bladder area was pressed. I only advised salt water for drinking and wanted to wait and watch for the developments.

28th Sept. No motions, no vomits, but the bladder looked full. In other respects the child was better. Opium 30 was now given two hourly. At 1 A.M. I was again call to see her. Yes, the urine was retained, and the abdomen bloated. Pulse 110, respiration 28 p.m. The angry ulceration of the mucous membranes was the same. In addition, the important symptoms that called for my attention were “Intense drowsiness and stupor, complete absence of thirst and increased puffiness of the upper eyelids.” This, of course, was not surprising, after the urine was retained with such low vitality. Apis 30, was therefore prescribed every two hours until the normal flow of urine was established.

29th Sept. She passed a little urine and the drowsiness was a little less. Apis was continued.

30th Sept. She was still better, having passed urine three times though little in quantity.

1st Oct. She has passed urine of the normal color, the quantity also being nearer the normal. She was also free from fever and had definitely passed out of the critical stage. Hereafter she rapidly improved, the lung condition taking care of itself, without any other measures like the proverbial phlogistin, or fomentations. Natrum Mur., the chronic of Apis was the only thing required in the 6th decimal potency, to relieve the redness and ulceration of the mucous membranes and store the normal action of the bowel.

I ask myself “Would this speedy and pleasant recovery have been possible if I had followed the allopathic line of treatment?” Whenever I am reminded of this case, I think over and ask myself, “would it have been better, had I given Apis straightaway, after Verat, had done its good work? Was it a mistake [ Sulphur is one of the remedies that follows well Veratrum, as given in Millers Relationship of Remedies Opium & Apis do not come in that list. Similarly, Apis is one of the remedies that follow well Sulphur.

Reader are requested to read carefully the article IX, REMEDY RELATIONSHIP y Dr. Elizabeth Hubbard, M.D., which will, presently, be published in the HOMOEOPATHIC HERALD. Relationship has to be controlled as nearly as possible by the principle of individual similarly of symptoms. L.D.D. on my part? If I was wrong then it must mean that I was instrumental in delaying the final cure.”.

Case No. 2.

I was, on the 10th of Sept., called to se an old man of sixty, his complaint was, short, irritation cough, coming as if from the throat, aggravated on lying, thus preventing him from sleeping. The cough was also accompanied by hectic fever, 99 in the morning and 101-102 at night. The duration of the cough and fever before staring the treatment was about ten days. Examination of his lungs showed plenty of choosing rhonchi and some moist rales all over both the lungs. Inspiration short, expiration long and laboured. Pulse 96 p.m., of good volume. Tongue, coated whitish, the sides and the tip clean.

Has much thirst for cold water, more so during the fever heat. Appetite poor. Stools irregular though normal. Always wants the windows open. Gets sweat that relieves the fever but not the cough. Sweat more or less exhausting. For 12 days remedies like Hyos., Phos (give on the indication cough worse lying on left side) ars., Sul., and Pul., all in the 30th potency, were tried without any effect whatever on either the cough or the fever.

On 22nd. Sept. Sept., Tub. 200 one dose. From the next day the fever left hi,, but the cough persisted with the same intensity, entailing increasing exhaustion and sleepless night. Thirst, characteristic of his complaint so far, now left him, though he still wanted the windows open, all the time. Puls was now given in the 3rd, potency every two hours. Two doses stopped his cough and gave him the first restful night, he having slept continuously for six hours. Hereafter there was not cough and he made a very rapid recovery.

Here the question naturally arises “Why did he not respond to Pul. given so far back as 12th. Sept. Could it be that the suspected tubercular ground was coming in the way of a speedy cure?” This looks very probably, as after Tuberculin his fever disappeared and then even two doses of Puls, so low, quickly cured him.

Case No. 3.

Mrs. R.G.G. aet 28. Came to me on 22nd. June 1939 for the following complaint: 1 Lameness in the back and the lower extremities aggravated during the menstrual periods. 2. Sore aching pain over the whole body, more so in the right leg, which is for some moths past, oedematous and heavy. The soreness and oedema get worse during the periods. The swelling during the menses became red and so painful that she was unable to sleep, 4. Menses flow only for two days. It consists of clots on the first, red fluid on the second. 5. Heaviness of the whole body. 6. Feeling of numbness and creeping of ants over the arms and the legs. 7. Appetite fair. 8. Bad chronic constipation. 9. Vertigo near and by the heat of fire, 10. Obesity, on her visit she weighed 140 lbs.

Previous history: A mother of two children., The first labour was complicated with puerperal fever and breast abscesses, with which she was ill for over a month in the Nasik Civil Hospital. Only heroic allopathic treatment saved her life after a protracted illness. The case was repertorized with Boger- Boenninghausens Repertory under the following headings:.

1. Obesity. 2. Constipation. 3. Scanty menstruation. 4. Menses of too short duration. 5. Heaviness of legs. 6. Swelling leg. 7. Lumbar region and limbs. 8. Weakness. 9. Sense of lameness. 10. Bruised pain in inner parts. 11. Phlegmasia Alba. 12. Numbness. 13. Right side. 14. Itching and creeping. 15. Heaviness ext. and int. 16. Raising affected limb ameliorates. 17. Aggravation by exertion. The following came up very high. Calcarea 51-15., Sul. 52-14., Puls. 49-14., Lycopodium 48-14., Rhus tox 46-13. and Septa 39-13. On a closer study Calcarea was found to agree best and was given in the 200th potency, three doses two hourly, on 27the the June.

She improved all round for a while but relapse on the 10th July.

13th Jul. Calcarea 200 three doses. Improvement this time was faster than before. But the old symptoms came back in a weeks time. 19th Jul. Calcarea 1 M.

She improved steadily, after this. The aggravation of the swelling during the menses was much less. 29the August, she has lost about 14 lbs, her weight now being 126 lbs. Feels lighter. But during her last period three days back, the pain in the swelling returned. Calcarea 1 M.

3rd Oct. Improvement all round. The bowels are working better. There is a feeling of more well being and the swelling is steadily going down. There has been practically no aggravation of pain in the legs and swelling during the the last period. Further progress however seems to have stopped. Calcarea 1 M. again.

It is expected that the patient would be completely well in time to come.

Case No.4.

Mr. A. aged 33 came to me on the 24th of June with the following complaint: A very teasing, dry hacking and exhausting cough day and night. Even the slightest exertion aggravates the cough. The left lung on examination disclosed below the cardiac apex level, a horizontal patch with dry friction sounds. No fluid was detectable. Along with the cough the patient was running a hectic temperature, 99 in the morning, 101 at night. He look the old school treatment for the last thirteen days and over, without the slightest relief either in the cough or the fever. On the contrary he was steadily going down the hill. PRevious history of dry tubercular pleurisy some years ago was elicited.

24the June Bry. 30 three doses, four hourly.

25th June Cough slightly better. Patient however complains of stitch pains in the affected part, particularly after 2 a.m. Kali Carb, 30. three doses four hourly. All the rest the same.

26th June Stitch pains slightly better. Rest the same. Tuberculin 200.

After this dose he went on improving, and from the 5th of July he became free from fever. The cough also much better and now he could sleep well.

7th July. The friction rub had gone much less, and the general health also had much improved. Phos 200. was given [ Why ? the patient was improving & there is no indication for changing the prescription! L.D.D.]. After this he rapidly regained his health. The following doses were given to him at intervals on the dates mentioned.

7th July. Phos 1M. 6th August, Tub. 200. 15th August, Phos 10 M, repeated again on the 21st Sept.

5th Oct. He has regained his health appreciably. His weight is 126 lbs. )his usual normal weight). East well, sleeps well, works well. Has no cough whatever. Only a trace pleurisy now remains and is expected to clear of itself, without any further medication.

Case No, 5.

A girl, aged 12, was brought to me me for an acute earache of the right side. The drum was red and the pains were so severe that the girl was constantly crying. She had also a little fever 100. She was thirstless and wanted the windows open. Puls, 3, every two hours, cured her in 36 hours. The same kind of pain the left ear, as also a little cough she developed a day or two later, were similarly relieved quickly by the same remedy, given every two hours.

Case No. 6.

A small child, four months old, incessantly crying with some sort of pain, quieted only on being about; stools acid, green watery. On examination the left ear was found to be inflamed. Chamomilla 30 every two hours stopped the ear-pains in a few doses and also brought the stools to normal.

Case No. 7.

A gentlemen, 48 years old, had a small boil in the outer gum, rather making the patient uneasy. Natr., Sul. 6x and Sul. 200, failed to give any relief. In the meanwhile the dentist who was consulted opened the abscess, which relieved the pain but left a sinus, giving out thick, green and somewhat foul pus, a bead at a time, only when pressed out. Merc. Iod Flaw. 6, in three doses completely stopped the pus and healed the sinus.

Case No. 8.

My Lyco. patient-reported in my last years paper, as having a tight waist-band-sensation as the most distressing symptom, latterly developed a peculiar mental symptom, which was affecting his health for some time past. The symptom as expressed by the patient was “FEar of the crowd.” After trying to probe deep into it, it was ascertained to be a fear of contracting disease from the crowd. Phos. [ Lycopodium, lacks if “FEar of disease, impending.” Phos. along with Kali c. are the two most important remedies for this condition. L.D.D.] was one of the drugs for such a condition.

Its concordance with Lyco. the constitutional remedy is also very high in reference to mind, compared to other remedies. Therefore, a dose of Phos 200 was given more than two months ago. The patient is now 50 percent better, and it is hoped that another dose of the same remedy would complete the cure.

Case No. 9.

A young lady, recently married, was in a precarious condition. She indulged in dietary indiscretion, and consequently had a sudden diarrhoea and vomiting with the resultant exhaustion. The clean tongue and the persistent nausea the attended the chief complaint, determined the choice and single dose of Ipecac 200, cured her within a couple of hours.

Case No. 10.

A burly fatty lady came to me with a very acutely painful whitlow of the right thumb. The swelling in the nail bed was very tender to touch and had tendency to spread to the flesh of the thumb. The pus formation was not complete. An old school doctor advised an an immediate operation. Being afraid of an operation, as many are, she sought my advice. Surprisingly enough. Sul. 200, three doses a day, for two days, cured her of her whitlow within a week.

Case No. 11,

A recently married young girl, of stunted growth, very puny and anemic, took a vegetable laxative. A few hours later she suddenly developed alarming symptoms as follows: Temperature 101, choleric motions-five or six had already been passed-when I saw her first-much vomiting and nausea. No thirst. PAtient extremely nervous. Taking the irritative nature of the cause and the persistent nausea into consideration, Ipecac 200, three doses, two hourly, were given. At 2 P.M. the same day, an urgent call came from her.

When I saw her, her pulse was very bad, 140 P.M. She had very frequent attacks of precordial distress and was complaining of bed unbearable cramps in the fingers and toes. By this time, however, she had stopped getting motions and vomits. The extreme restlessness and anxiety, mental and physical, that now characterised the case, fixed the choice of the remedy and a dose of ARs. a. 200, was given. In twenty minutes the precordial distress disappeared and another dose, an hour later, completely stopped the cramps also. At 5 P.M. the girl was well enough to take a stroll in the compound of her house.

Case No. 12.

A young child, 15 months old, was recently brought to me for limp in her right lower extremity. On examination, all the joints and the muscles were found to be quite painless thus excluding the possibility of either a fracture, a dislocation, or an acute sprain.

There was no inflammation detectable anywhere in the affected limb. Her gait was definitely limping. The only suspicion was that she must have had some sprain of a very mild nature, while playing with her elder brother, for all of a sudden she left the play and started crying. Relying on this hypothetical history, Rhus tox. 30, three doses were given every two hours which cured her in three days.

CAse No. 13.

An old lady, a widow, age 50 came to me on the 4th June with the following symptoms: Lower extremities feel sore and bruised, right knee joint, in particular, very painful. Pain in the right ankle better by rest. The starting point of the pains were the hip joints. Has to go for a stool, three or four times a day, even them does not feel happy. Sensation of heat all the body over, in the evening, after 4 P.M., aggravated at night.

Palpitation, with pains in the legs. Sleep, very disturbed and unrefreshing. Appetite poor. Menses, irregular during the last two years, and are accompanied by palpitation and gone sensation. Duration of these complaints, five years. No relative or exciting cause for the complaints know. Bleeding from piles after spicy and pungent food. Attacks of biliousness, now and then. Sometimes a burning sensation in the stomach and bitter eructations. Obesity. Varicose veins, on the right calf.

Sepia was her remedy. It was given as follows:.

4th Many, three doses of thirty.

8th May, three doses of two hundred.

20th May, repeated 200, three doses. The patient felt complete relief and left for her native place.

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