Miracles of Healing and How They Are Done.
John Murray. 3rd impression. 7s. 6d. nett.
By Ellis Barker J.
The great publishing house of John Murray has just issued the third impression of my book, Miracles of Healing and How They Are Done, in which I have endeavoured to give a readable account of the wonderful work done by homoeopaths the world over.
The first edition came out in November, 1931, it had to be reprinted in April, 1932, and now the third edition has appeared. The book has had an interesting history. Many years ago I was a sick man. From week to week and from month to month my health had deteriorated. I had received treatment from many orthodox doctors, both in England and abroad, and had gone to many health resorts in search of health. My endeavours and those of the orthodox medical profession were in vain.
My health became worse and worse and at last I was unable to write an article, unable to walk, unable to even to sign my name. I led a life of misery and considered myself incurable. The doctors had advised me to overcome my weakness by a strengthening diet. I took large quantities of meat and other stimulating foods, strong coffee, tea, wine, etc., but my endeavours to improve my condition by high feeding and medication proved in vain.
At last it occurred to me that possibly my troubles might be due to faulty diet, and that intensive feeding might be responsible for my sufferings. I began to experiment and my first experiment consisted in an exclusive diet of dry white bread and water which I thought ought to be digestible. At that time I knew nothing about vitamins, mineral elements, etc. That diet almost killed me.
However, I went on experimenting and at last discover that my trouble was due to overnutrition. I simplified my diet, became a vegetarian and recovered my health.
Not unnaturally this experience caused me to study dietetics and the dietetic causes of disease, and I started writing on the subject, for, at that time, I was a very frequent contributor to the leading monthlies, weeklies and dailies. Like so many literary men I haunted second-hand bookshops. One day I went to Foyles bookshop in Charing Cross Road, and on looking through the medical books I discovered a book entitled Dictionary of Materia Medica, by Dr. John H. Clarke in four large volumes. It seemed interesting,
I brought it, took it home and began reading it. Without knowing it, I had bought one of the most wonderful books of the Homoeopathic school. In the volumes numerous cures were quoted, cures which seemed to me quite unbelievable. They seemed to me all the more improbable as my father, an excellent medical man, had frequently expressed before me his contempt of homoeopathy. I discovered Dr. Clarkes address, wrote to him and told him that I wished to see him.
He gave me the most courteous reception and I told him that I had looked through his book, that I could scarcely believe the miracles done by homoeopathy, that I had an open mind, that I wished to study it day and night. He gave me every help, recommended me some books, gave and lent me others from his library, and encourage me to treat people so that I might discover by actual experience whether the miracles of homoeopathy were a delusion or a fact. For years I met Dr. Clarke once a week for a long talk, and I became an enthusiastic homoeopath.
I had told Dr. Clarke that if I should be convinced that homoeopathy was a real science and a benefit to mankind, I would write a popular book on the subject. As soon as I felt that I had the necessary theoretical and practical knowledge, I began working on a volume which I entitled Miracles of Healing and How They Are Done– A New Path to Health.
In the course of 1931 the book was written and Dr. Clarke, with his usual unselfishness, went carefully through the typescript of the book, and then through the printed proofs, advising, helping, criticizing and praising. Then he fell ill. When I saw him last, I found him in bed, a broken and a dying man. I saw him only for a few minutes and with glistening eyes he asked me: “How is your book getting on?” Unfortunately he died before the volume appeared.
As I said before, I have endeavoured to give a popular account of the miracles done by homoeopathy, and I am glad to say that my efforts have been appreciated by the public.
I have tried to produce a readable and thoroughly practical book which is illustrated by hundreds of cures made by reliable homoeopathic physicians. I cannot very well give an appreciation of my own book in this place. Therefore I venture to give extracts from one of the chapters which may interest the readers of this magazine.
RHEUMATISM AND HEART DISEASE, GOUT, SCIATICA, ETC.
During the last few decades the health of the people has been greatly improved by improved drainage, better water, higher wages, a better food supply, the greater care of infants, the provision of false teeth for the aged, etc. However, while tuberculosis and other diseases of poverty, bad housing, etc., have declined, other diseases have fearfully increased their yearly toll. During the last twenty years the mortality from heart disease has doubled, deaths from arterial diseases have trebled and deaths from arteriosclerosis, or hardening of the arteries, have more than quadrupled.
Rheumatism is fearfully prevalent and is the most serious incapacitating factor among the workers. Acute rheumatism, rheumatic fever, is frequently followed by heart disease, and we have been told that the micro- organism responsible for rheumatism is apt to attack the heart. That explanation is not satisfactory. It is easy to blame “the guilty microbe”, and treat it as the universal culprit. Thirty years ago Sir Lauder Brunton warned us in his Therapeutics of the Circulation:.
“Cardiac disease certainly seems to be greatly on the increase. It is quite possible, however, that the difference in the treatment of rheumatic disease fifty years ago and now may be responsible for the increased amount of cardiac mischief. Formerly a case of rheumatic fever was treated by alkalies. The course of the disease was slow and the enforced rest in bed was necessarily long.
Nowadays, by treatment with large doses of salicin compounds, the pain in the joints quickly disappears, and the patient is often able to get about in a few days, instead of weeks or months. The great difficulty which one has often to meet with is that of keeping the patient sufficiently long in bed, because the modern treatment by salicylates lessens pain so much more quickly than the old treatment that it is much more difficult to ensure prolonged rest.”.
In Hahnemanns time patients were mercilessly tortured by copious bleeding, leeching and burning them with hot irons, and by giving them huge quantities of the most nauseous and the most drastic drugs. These methods, against which Hahnemann protested with the utmost energy, have disappeared largely owing to his action. The modern doctor follows a different policy.
He strives to give his patients comfort, regardless of the consequences. Pain is immediately allayed by strong drugs, such as Aspirin, Morphia, Opium. Sleep is given to the sleepless with Bromide, Veronal, etc., and the pain of rheumatism is promptly relieved by the Salicylates. The morbid matter in the swollen and painful joints disappears and is apparently driven to the heart. Dr. Percy Wilde, of Bath, stated in the thirty-eighth volume of the Homoeopathic World:.
“Far worse than either Antipyrine and Sulphonal is the mischief done day by day by the Salicylate treatment of acute rheumatism. It is an ideal antipathic remedy, for does it not remove the pain, and abate the fever? But as a result of this treatment 70 per cent. of the patients suffer from heart disease, and relapse or recurrence is a regular result, and there is always a prolonged period of convalescence. The physicians of this generation really think that this is the natural course of events in rheumatic fever.
I have for the last twenty years been in a position where I have to deal with some part of the wreckage of humanity produced by the Salicylate treatment, and, side by side, I have watched the course of rheumatic fever and the after-history of the cases in which neither salicylates nor anything allied to them have been used, but on the contrary every effort made to assist the organism in those efforts which it usually makes, only too feebly; to get rid of the poison which saturates the tissues of the patient.
Fever is met by fever artificially induced, and cold is used to excite reaction. As a result of a prolonged clinical experience under exceptionally favourable conditions for studying the nature of rheumatism, I have learned to regard heart disease remaining after the attack of rheumatic fever as rare. I have no hesitation in prophesying that the till will come when every practitioner in this country will look back with sorrow and regret to the use of salicylates in rheumatism, and regard it as one of the false doctrines of an ignorant past.”.
Dr. E. B. Nash wrote on page 365 of his Leaders in Homoeopathic Therapeutics:.
“Rheumatism is confessedly a very difficult disease to cure by the Old School treatment. Seldom is a case of the inflammatory form completely cured by them. The great majority of their cases run from the acute into the chronic form, and last for life. The patients are often drawn all out of shape, or left with incurable valvular heart trouble.
This is not the case under homoeopathic treatment. On the contrary, the patients treated homoeopathically are generally cured, and very seldom left with any heart trouble, even if the disease commenced there, as it sometimes does. Oftener, of course, it begins in the back, extremities or joints generally, and then, if treated allopathically with local applications, it is driven to the heart, which cannot be reached with local applications. Hence it stays there until exudations occur and hardened deposits from upon the valves. Any homoeopathic physician guilty of treating a case in this way, with such results, ought to lose his practice and his diploma.”.
Orthodox modern medicine has “specifics” for diseases. Drs. Gould and Pyle wrote in their Pocket Cyclopaedia, 1926, under the heading of Rheumatism: “Salicylic acid or its derivatives may be given in full doses for articular rheumatism. Muscular rheumatism also requires the use of Salicylates.” Very likely the frequency of heart disease following rheumatism is due not to the “guilty microbe” but to the drug which temporarily relieves the pain while injuring the sufferer permanently. The views of Sir Lauder Brunton and Drs. Wilde and Nash are shared by scores of eminent doctors whom I could quote in these pages.
The followers of the new art of healing have no specific for rheumatism. A good homoeopath refuses to give immediate relief to his patient by ruining his heart. As I have shown in previous chapters, homoeopaths, in selecting the needle medicine, are guided by “the totality of symptoms”, and they disregard the name of the disease. Dr. Th. Rucjerts work Klinische Erfahrungen described all the cures which have been effected by homoeopaths with a singe drug and which have been reported by them in their journals.
He describes 121 cases of rheumatism which were cured by 35 different drugs, Rhus tox., having been employed 18 times, Bryonia 16 times, Pulsatilla 12 times, Arsenic 9 times, Colocynthis 8 times, Aconite 7 times, Sulphur 6 times, etc., etc. In glancing at this important collection of cured cases, no homoeopathic physician can find a specific for rheumatism. In accordance with his teaching, the homoeopathic doctor does not prescribe as soon as the diagnosis is made and the name of the disease but for the individual patient.
He inquires carefully into all the circumstances and conditions of the case and then, instead of prescribing “Salicyclates in full doses”, which means in maximum doses, he prescribes the indicated remedy in the smallest possible minimum dose and it will effect a prompt and permanent cure which is rarely followed by heart complications. I would quote a case, described by Dr. George Royal in Homoeopathic Therapy of Diseases of the Brain and Nerves:.
“Mr. J. G., aged 49, a farmer, married, dark, firm build, muscular, with good family and personal history gave the following: For three years I have had severe pain and stiffness in and around my joints and back, especially my back, which nearly floors me when I try to get up after having been sitting for some time. Questioning brought out the fact that three years before he was shocking oats and, as a rain storm was coming on, he hurried, thereby becoming very warm and sweaty.
The storm came before he could get under cover and he was drenched. In arriving home he took a hot bath and put on dry clothing. The next day he was a little stiff and sore, but worked. About two weeks later, as another rain storm was approaching, he had severe pains in the back, shoulders and arms. These had been growing worse ever since. He had had plasters, over the back for what his doctor called lumbago but never was helped by them or by anything else.
He had been to Hot Springs, Arkansas, and been boiled and rubbed with grease. He stated with much positiveness that he was worse in damp weather and after either lying or sitting for any length of time. At times when the night had been wet his back was so bad that he could not turn over without his wifes help.
The case was so clear that he was given one dose of Rhus tox. 1,000th and an ounce vial of disks, saturated with alcohol. This was in August. Improvement began in a few days and continued. He reported the middle of October, after our usual rainy season: I never felt the pain at all. Two years later, while coming to town, he was again drenched by rain, and some six weeks after that came to the office with, My old trouble is as bad as ever.
He received the same treatment but to our surprise he returned after three weeks with: You did not give me the same medicine. This has done me no good. He was given another dose and asked to report in ten days. The report was the same. He then received Rhus in 30th, five drops three times a day. He began to improve in a few days and has had no return since.”.
Rheumatism caused by damp and worst in damp weather, a strong indication of Rhus, had been plaguing the patient for no less than three years. A few infinitely small doses cured the case. I would now quote a still more remarkable cure of a terrible case of rheumatoid arthritis, which had lasted no less than twelve years. It was cured by an anonymous, but reliable layman, and described in the Homoeopathic World, Vol. 53, page 222:.
“Edward Swayne, 51, agricultural labourer. Kicked on left knee by cow twelve years ago. On crutches ever since (arthritis, the doctor said). Knee contracted; leg, foot, toes quite rigid. Knee swollen, discoloured, intense pain– also severe pain, tingling, pricking in fingers, toes and neck; pains shooting to top of head and eyes (especially when stooping). If foot touched leg or table or any obstacle, agony of pain followed.
Face very pallid– looked ill and suffering. Twice been in Dublin hospitals for six months at a time — returned worse — all the doctors told him bone diseased,nothing could be done. Knee fired by local doctor. Middle of November, 1917, gave 6 pilules Hypericum 1x daily– knee rubbed every night with Rhus liniment.
At the end of three weeks all pain disappeared from every part of body– could move toes, foot, and leg a tiny bit–pallor gone, looked well. Could touch the ground with foot (it had been about two inches from ground) and even walked a little without crutches ! Legs quite warm always. Could bend knee slightly.
In February, 1918– six pilules only on Sundays — liniment used Tuesdays and Fridays — knee rubbed and exercised as much as possible every night. Examination knee middle of March– swelling and discoloration all gone –(discoloration went down leg and into foot, gradually disappearing –now below ankle), kneecap quite flexible, can see muscles moving a little — and tiny wrinkle below kneecap. Foot touching ground; can kick it against obstacle without pain; stand on bad leg alone for two or three moments. Crutches discarded– stick for right arm, can take long walks — go up steps, etc.–no stick used in house. Chest expanding; head erect; looks and feels in perfect health.
This wonderful cure was effected not by small doses of Rhus tox., which of course is no specific for rheumatism, but by Hypericum, given in 1/10th of a grain doses. That drug has a wonderful healing effect upon suffering or injured nerves. The anonymous layman had evidently thoroughly studied the homoeopathic Materia Medica and had cured a case which would probably have been declared incurable by all the heads of the orthodox profession. Homoeopathy specializes in curing the apparently incurable.
Homoeopaths have many remedies curative of diseases which are caused by nerve injury. The homoeopath does not learn, like a parrot, for nerve injury give Hypericum. Hypericum will cure only those nerve injuries which are of the Hypericum type, which display the same nerve symptoms which were caused in healthy provers who had been given that drug.
In nerve injuries and diseases which have not the Hypericum characteristics, Hypericum will prove ineffective and another drug must be chosen. Dr. K. Stauffer, an eminent German homoeopath, described the following case in his Klinische Homoop. Arzneimittellehre, 1926:.
“A lady, aged about 45, of nervous temperament, had injured her left elbow by a severe blow five weeks ago. Immediately afterwards she felt excruciating pain radiating from the elbow down to the finger tips which soon disappeared. However, a week afterwards she was suddenly attacked by unbearable pain throughout the left arm, which radiated towards the backbone on the one hand and towards the breastbone on the other hand.
The pain was tearing, lancinating, cutting, and she was unable to move the arm and had to double up with the pain, which lasted until 11 0clock at night. The pain disappeared in the warmth of the bed, but it returned every evening about the same time. During the day there was no pain if the arm was kept immobilized. The pain was relieved by pressure, but was greatly aggravated by the slightest touch. Movement brought about aggravation, warmth did good. The patient was irritable, restless.
Examination showed considerable swelling of the whole arm, which was hot to the touch, but the hand was cool. Touching the nerve of the arm at any spot caused the patient to shrink and cry out. There were gouty nodules on the fingers and it appeared that the patient had a gouty-rheumatic disposition. The patient obviously suffered from neuralgia of the great nerve of the left arm, due to a gouty disposition, and the attack was brought about by contusion.
She was given a millionth of a grain of Colocynthis, which at first produced a pronounced aggravation. On the second day she was given a trillionth of a grain of Colocynthis. After two days the swelling of the arm had been greatly reduced, there was less pain, movement was possible and continued improvement caused a complete cure to take place within a week. By referring to the symptomatology of Colocynthis, it will be clear that drug was the similimum.”.
I would quote a paragraph contained in Dr. G. Royals Diseases of the Brain and Nerves because the author briefly summarizes in it the leading symptoms of that drug, based on a proving:.
“With three students I proved Colocynth on myself. I began with the Ist potency and afterwards took three drops of the tincture. It produced on me, and also on the students, the sensations which follow: The modalities, especially that better from heat, were very marked on myself and two of the students; but heat did not affect the pain of the third student. The sensations are as follows: Dull, stitching pain in the left hip (this was true of all four of us); the pains come suddenly and shoot down the posterior part of the thigh to the knee, occasionally past the knee to the foot.
They usually began in the morning and often were better and sometimes entirely disappeared at night after getting warm in bed. There were sometimes sticking, drawing pains, rarely burning. There was a good deal of cramping in the calves of the left leg, occasionally the right. One of the students reported the sensation as if a sharp knife were drawn from the hip, cutting through to the bone and extending to the knee. The greatest relief was from heat. The most marked aggravation was from motion and touch.”.
Dr. G. Charette wrote in his book Quest-ce que L’Homoeopathie?:.
“While I was at the War Dr. L. . . ., who did not know that I am a homoeopath, asked me to see with him a civilian patient who for three weeks had been suffering from a right-sided and very painful sciatica which no treatment could relieve. My colleague had conscientiously searched for the cause of the trouble without result. He had not been able to discover a septic focus, infection, nor an anomaly of the urine. He had tried all the usual medicines, had applied blisters and other outward treatments, had examined the prostate, etc.
My colleague was much surprised when, instead of examining the patient, I merely asked a number of questions which established that he suffered from a burning pain, that it was relieved by hot applications and that his sufferings were worst about 1 oclock in the morning. When, in accordance with old-established custom, my colleague drew me into a private room to discuss the case I told him that I could not approve of the treatment he had given and that homoeopathy would probably cure the man. He was surprised and said: Treat him by all means in your own way as long as you do not poison him..
The symptoms clearly indicated Arsenic, which in strong doses produces burning pains which are worst at midnight and which are relieved by heat. I gave him Arsenic by the millionth of a grain, a dose every three hours. The first night the pain was so great that the patient frequently cried out. On the third day he was cured.
Six months later the same man had a similar attack of sciatica. My colleague, having been told what remedy I had given, treated the patient with similar doses of Arsenic without success. He wrote to me, mentioning that the symptoms had changed.
The pain was still a burning pain, but heat no longer relieved it. It was worst at 10 oclock in the morning instead of about midnight and there was trembling in the sciatic leg. Trembling with aggravation at 10 oclock in the morning indicated Gelsemium as the remedy. I sent my colleague Gelsemium in doses of a millionth of a grain and on the second day the patient was cured. The law of homoeopathy that likes are cured by likes was brilliantly vindicated.”.
While the allopaths favourite remedy for rheumatism is Salicylic acid in various forms, their favourite specific for gout is Colchicum, a drug which allays the excruciating pain but is exceedingly dangerous. Dr. John H. Clarke, after describing in his Dictionary of Materia Medica the case of an old gentleman who collapsed after the prolonged use of Colchicum, wrote that “the patients Colchicism was considerably worse than the gout which it replaced.” Guided by the homoeopathic law of cure, the follower of the new art of healing employs for gout any one of the numerous remedies of the Materia Medica which has the symptoms similar to those observed in the patient. Dr. J. Compton Burnett in his volume Gout and its Cure describes numerous cases which he cured by numerous remedies, according to indications, such as the following:.
“Natrum muriaticum, 6 trit., has helped me in some cases of acute gout very satisfactorily; the urine thickened and deepened in colour, and the attack was broken up. It is still used by me in gout pretty considerably where prominent Nat. mur. symptoms are present, and specially where the patient has taken much quinine, or is chilly, or his gouty attack is apt to be stirred up by a visit to the seaside.
I use 6 grains of the 6th trituration every two or three hours, and expect the urine to deepen in colour and thicken within two days, simultaneously where-with the gouty manifestations usually abate. I have no faith in gout cures unless they thicken the urine.”.
A good orthodox physician who sees twenty consecutive cases of rheumatism may prescribe Salicylates in most or in all of them. If the same twenty consecutive cases had been seen by a good homoeopathic physician, each would have been given careful individual attention, and the twenty might have been given twenty different remedies and possibly only one, or none, would have been given Salicylate treatment. Orthodox prescribing is as easy as homoeopathic prescribing is difficult.
When an orthodox physician, acting with the best intentions and in accordance with the directions of the best textbooks, has given Salicylates to a rheumatic patient, the patient may be very grateful to him for a cure effected in a few days. After a few weeks he may call again upon his physician and say: “Doctor, you have cured me miraculously of my rheumatism.
Now you must cure me of my heart disease,” little suspecting the cause of it. The doctor may murmur, “For heart disease give Digitalis” and prescribe that drug in a large or very large doses. Digitalis is a very dangerous drug. Sir Lauder Brunton wrote about Digitalis in The Action of Medicines:.
You might be called to a case where the pulse was quick, where it was feeble, and where the urine had ceased to flow, and if you only possessed the ordinary stock knowledge about Digitalis you would say: This is a case for the administration of Digitalis, which is a cardiac tonic and a diuretic. Yet the very symptoms which you observe might be due to an overdose of the drug.
This is no fancy picture, because one of the first cases in which I had ever an opportunity of observing the action of Digitalis was one of such cases where a man was found in a state of collapse with a very rapid pulse and an absence of urine, and, instead of giving Digitalis, the Digitalis which the man had been taking was immediately stopped and stimulants, such as brandy and ammonia, were freely given.”.
The man was snatched from the jaws of death. But for Sir Lauder Bruntons intervention, he might have died of medicinal poisoning. Dr. A. C. Cowperthwaite, a homoeopathic physician, wrote in his textbook of Materia Medica:.
“The chief use of Digitalis is in the treatment of organic disease of the heart. With the old school it is used indiscriminately, in large doses as a cardiac sedative. Given in this manner it will often afford prompt temporary relief, but the ultimate results are disastrous, the drug soon producing its characteristic physiological effects, weakness of the heart muscles, dilatation, etc., and thus hastening a fatal termination. Digitalis should only be employed in small doses, and only when its symptoms correspond to those of the individual case.”.
Dr. J. T. Kent wrote on page 121 of his Materia Medica:.
“The time comes when the doctor will be compelled to stop Digitalis and the patient dies of heart failure. Digitalis is never charged with the death and the doctor never seems to learn that Digitalis will kill.”.
The homoeopathic physician studies not only all the symptoms of the patient and uses the indicated remedy –Digitalis may be called for only in a small percentage of his cases–but he will inquire also into the causation of the disease and he may discover that it is due to vaccinial poisoning, which would require treatment with Thuja or some other remedy, or to physical strain which would call for Arnica, or for Rhus tox., or to a suppressed skin disease which would call for reproducing the skin disease by the use of Sulphur in infinitely small doses, or Cuprum, etc.
A very striking case of heart disease following faulty skin treatment will be found on page 283. I would give a very interesting cure described by Dr. J. Compton Burnett, in his book Fifty Reasons For Being A Homoeopath:.
“Rheumatic Endocarditis in the Course of Rheumatic Fever: I was fetched one day in February by a gentleman in the City to see his wife, a lady of about 55 or 60, who was lying very dangerously ill at the end of the third week of rheumatic fever. Suddenly patients condition and become very alarming on account of the rheumatism having apparently seized upon the heart.
I found this condition: Patient was propped up in bed and breathing very hurriedly, the lips bluish, tongue dry and coated, anxious expression of face, puffy under eyes, moist bubbling sounds all over chest, with cough, pulse rapid, compressible and intermittent, action of heart floundering, loud endocardial noises, slight dropsy of feet, not appetite at all, could just suck a grape or sip tea, profuse perspiration, limbs swelled and painful, the joints almost as firmly locked as if ankylosed, cannot move hands or foot for pain from the swelled, inflamed state of the joints, flesh of hands puffy, bones of hands swelled, almost immovable, and tender.
I ordered Aurum foliatum (pure lead gold), 2nd trituration, very frequently. Why did I order Aurum? Because it affects the heart and respiration (if taken experimentally by provers) very much like they were affected in this patient, and because, moreover, it produces profuse perspiration, profound weakness, lack of appetite and great anxiety. Then the bones were greatly affected.
February 18th, a little easier; February 19th, better in all respects; February 20th, considerable improvement in the action of the heart, breathing comfortable, is out of danger. February 22nd, continued improvement; February 24th, quite comfortable. Continue the Aurum and take Natrum sulphuricum, 6th trituration in alternation with it. My reason for alternating was that I thought it imprudent to leave off the gold, and yet Natrum sulphuricum was now indicated. March 2nd, is up sitting by the fire. Appetite good. March 6th, heart, joints, bones and hands free from rheumatism, is sitting by the fire quite comfortably, appetite good, tongue moist but slightly furred, feet swell a little towards evening.
When I saw patient first, I gave a bad prognosis, and, had it not been for the gold, I fear it would have been realized. Patients recovery was complete.
In therapeutics I have a great fondness for certain remedies, one of which is gold. The allopaths say gold is no medicine at all because it is an insoluble metal. That is what the best professors of Materia Medica taught me. It is fundamentally false all the same.”.
Homoeopaths have used triturated gold, made soluble, or colloidal, by vigorous trituration, for more than a century and have produced innumerable miracle cures with it.
Among the large number of heart remedies used by the followers of the new science of healing there is Cactus grandiflorus, which produces in provers a curious symptom of severe and most painful constriction which they often describe as a sensation similar to the heart being grasped by an iron hand or the chest being compressed with an iron hoop, etc.
That is an important “keynote symptom”. If it is noticed in a patient, immediate relief and cure may be effected by a small dose of Cactus, even if Morphia and all the other orthodox pain-controlling remedies have failed. Perhaps the most excruciating pain known to medicine is the pain of Angina Pectoris. Dr. Thomas C. Duncan described in his Handbook of the Diseases of the Heart the following striking case cured by Cactus:.
“While a young physician, thirty-two years ago, I was called to a severe case of angina pectoris. The case was in a large boarding-house where there were several young ladies– one of whom was especially interested in him. It seems that he would be taken and writhe in agony. He said that his heart felt as if gripped in a vice, and the only relief the allopath physician could afford was by morphine, hypodermically, and then chloroform. The result was that he would be laid up for several days. Between the severe attacks and severe treatments he was fast being used up.
One day I rashly said that if there was any truth in Homoeopathy that Cactus ought to control the attacks. This was welcome news. In a few days, while vaulting over a low fence to get a childs ball, an attack was precipitated and I was sent for in haste. My Cactus was a fresh, reliable preparation that I had it in my hand as I entered the house, ordering half a glass of water on my way to the room. I found an athletic man being held on the bed by four persons.
His eyes were closed, face pale with a most anxious, fearful expression; head well thrown back and he was clutching at his left side (precordial region) as if too loosen the grasp of a monster. He was tossing from side to side as if in the greatest distress. I fixed Cactus 3x in water, and with the greatest difficulty succeeded in prising open his jaws sufficiently to get a teaspoonful in his mouth. In a few moments he was evidently easier. Next day he was up and came to my office to get some of that wonderful remedy that had stopped the attack so promptly. Six months after I learned through his affianced that he had no more attacks.”.
Occasionally a very serious case recovers, not because of the medicine given but because the physician uses common sense. Dr. J. H. Nankivell described in Vol. 21 of the British Journal of Homoeopathy the following amusing cure:.
“About twenty years since, a farmer, aged 74, who had been a free drinker, suffered an attack of apoplexy. He rallied, but was hemiplegic (paralysed) on the left side. He was kept low, and had the usual allopathic treatment. At the end of three weeks his condition was not much changed; he appeared to be getting weaker; he took but very little food, and was only able to express his wanted by signs; he was extremely irritable, and seemed to be much in want of something which he could not explain.
Writing materials were placed before him, and he wrote thus –Beeeee. He was asked if it was beer. He signified his assent by the most lively and grotesque pantomime, and was soon supplied with a reasonable amount of his favourite beverage. No mill effects followed, but, on the contrary, he rapidly improved in health and strength, and was able to speak, although indistinctly. He survived two years; and then had a second apoplectic attack, which proved fatal.”.