BY DR. Petrie Hoyle.
Now for the disease-pictures of our remedies. It is for you to choose the one which most closely resembles your own particular and perhaps very peculiar symptoms so much derided by the orthodox medical man who knows nothing whatever about the subject and who, moreover, wont learn about it. So their opinions are not worth a thought.
Just try and HEAL THYSELF and then tell your friends about it.
(1) Calcarea carbonica.
This is made from the inner layer of oyster shells, the animal lime acting on and being absorbed by the body when a mineral lime will not (6x in trituration tablet form, above the 6x to 30th in liquid form or as medicated pills). If a patient is true to this general physical type the majority of them will suffer with profuse menstruation at some period of life unless constitutionally treated by homoeopathy prior to puberty.
This type has, as a rule, blonde hair, fair thin skin, complexion is shell pink, pale blue eyes. These women are prone to run to flabby fat before or at puberty unless, as I say, they are cured of their hidden and inner weaknesses before puberty. Later on they are disposed to lay on fat too easily. They take cold easily. They, as young girls, are flesh and grow too fast, and whilst in the nursery they were accustomed to burst out in profuse sweats, especially about the head and neck, wetting the pillows at night with same.
Moreover, if any child has a large head and protruding abdomen it will most likely develop the true Calcarea carbonica constitution (this is the time to take such infants or small children to a homoeopathic doctor). At puberty this type develops great acidity of the digestive tract, sour mouth, sour eructations, even to sour vomiting, sour smelling stools, and perhaps a sour odour of the body. (It will take more than a cake of soap to cure this odour whatever the advertisements say.).
This constitutional type will generally run into abnormally profuse menstruations, too early, too profuse and too long lasting, with fingers, hands, toes and feet “going dead” (waxy- white); feet were very damp and always icy cold. Sometimes these cases have only five to eight days clear intervals between periods. A leucorrhoea may accompany this profuse flow (see article on Leucorrhoea, February issue). Little or no pain at periods is the general rule. The least excitement causes flow to start again.
Often there is burning and itching of vaginal orifice before and after menses, but this irritation is oftenest met with at the beginning of the menstrual epoch. The breasts become hot and tender and swell before menses. Much sweat about genitals. My dear orthodox colleague, will you tell me how you can expect a curetting (scraping of the womb) to curatively reach a constitutional weakness which brings about such symptoms? I warrant you fly to the curette because you have not mastered the first rudiments of the medical art of cure. We are now offering this information to the general public because you have refused it untried and I know that the public will not blame us.
(2) Ipecacuanha (3x to 30th).
Here is quite a different picture, and yet both are broadly diagnosed by orthodoxy as Menorrhagia. Here the menstruation is also too early and too profuse. The blood is bright red, sometimes clotted, but there is also colic and its grand keynote is great and persistent nausea, without which symptom Ipecacuanha will not cure. The patient will be found to be peevish and irritable, not her usual self, her breathing is heavy, rather forced and oppressed during the flow, with stitches from navel to womb.
If she vomits, it will be glairy mucous and in quantities, all of which does not afford relief from the nauseated feeling. If she has accompanying diarrhoea, it is nearly always grassy-green, as if fermented, and there often is colic. Often the body surface will be covered with cold sweat.
(3) Belladonna (3x to 30th).
This remedy is more often called for in the cases of a painful type, which see, but it has some value in cases which are too early and too profuse, the flow being of gushing bright red blood, which, the patient will insist, always feels very hot to her. Such cases may be an echo of a successfully dried-up (not cured) leucorrhoea. Read my Leucorrhoea articles. The Belladonna cases will have some cramps in back and strangely enough nearly always cramps in the arms.
These patients say that their bearing-down sensations are worse when lying down and are relieved when they are standing or sitting upright. Arteries throb perceptibly. There will be a sensation of a rush of blood to the face and head; throbbing headaches generally; pressing down sensation as if contents of abdomen would issue from vulva (vagina) with abdomen very tender and distended, and all pains are made much worse by the least jar, even of the bed. Some cases have fever and all are of the congestive type.
(4) Chamomilla (3x to 30th).
For this remedy to be most useful, the patients emotions must be marked. They become nervous, excitable and over sensitive to pain. The woman is driven to despair by her pains; snappish, cannot return a civil answer, all of which we will put down to nerves ajar and not to bad disposition. This mental element makes this remedy useful in many diseases; it is not simply the baby or nursery remedy, as so often carelessly stated.
The abnormal menstruation corrected by Chamomilla is early, very profuse, with pain, but it must have the indication that even slight pain is very badly endured. The emotion is out of proportion to the actual pain. The flow is generally black and very clotted. The colic is declared to have the sensation as of pressure from below upwards; which peculiarity helps homoeopaths to select it quickly.
Chamomilla requiring patients complain of many little shivers alternating with some heat and as children in the nursery they generally have one cheek red and the other very pale. The emotional side must predominate, the patient declaring or think, “I cannot bear this any longer”, an expression so often heard. Chamomilla has been called the “Opium” of homoeopathy, as it is so successful in calming these nerve storms without the danger of Opium.
(5) Hamamelis virginica (1x to 30th).
The excessive flow cured by this remedy is dark and is more of a venous (vein) bleeding than arterial. Passive bleedings appearing between normal times of periods; always with complaints of extreme soreness and bruised sensation in lower abdomen (compare Arnica), with bearing down pain in the back. Ovaries, womb and vagina feel tender and sore. Bruised soreness with passive dark profuse flow are the keynotes of this remedy, which has been called the “Aconite” of the veins.
(6) Platina (6x to 30th).
Never use this lower than the 6x strength. The abnormalities which this remedy presents must be very strange to orthodox medical men. It is the remarkable mental symptoms which guide us to its use. It is the special triturating, grinding fine with many hours grinding in our special machines used by homoeopathic chemists which alone brings out the medicinal power from what, in its crude form, is an inert metal.
The menses cured by Platina are too early, too profuse, dark, clotted, and accompanied by some bearing down or, as some describe it, of painful weight with great sensations of chilliness. The pains increase and decrease gradually. Governing the selection of this remedy, there must be extreme hypersensitiveness of the genital area, of nearly all possible types, degrees and conditions, and there are thoughts which are quite foreign to the patient if she is in a normal state of health.
These irregular thoughts obtrude themselves against the patients desire. In calm moments she hates them. If I may be allowed to illustrate: On several occasions I have encountered serious mental disturbances following the administration of Hyoscine, given by orthodox doctors “to induce sleep” Hyoscine does induce sleep, but orthodox medicine does not take note of the possible and probable secondary action of Hyoscine which occurs in all susceptible patients. The secondary effect of Hyoscine runs from a mere vaginismus, irritation and immodesty, to acute nymphomania.
To cure those cases I could not give small doses of the same drug, having caused those symptoms by an over dose, but, choosing its next homoeopathic likeness, I cured certain sexual aberrations quickly with Platina 30th. You will thus get a glimpse of what Platina can cure. It has a remarkable range of mental symptoms and, in prescribing for the whole “symptom picture” the “profuse menstruation” is cured if the mental indications are correct.
The fact remains that Hyoscine, an alkaloid of our Hyoscyamus, given as a sleep inducer by orthodox doctors who use relatively large doses, very often destroys the morale of susceptible women. Therefore its use ought to be prohibited by law. I offer this suggestion to the General Medical Council and hope that it will act upon it.
To revert to Platina. Its menstrual symptoms are mixed up with many sex reflexes. I feel it a duty to help even the few who are thus stricken. These rare cases are worth saying, and only homoeopathy can save them. Without our special medical aid some of these unfortunate suffers are doomed to “mental homes”, or certainly to unending “restraint”.
Among the mental distressing symptoms cured by Platina, we find characteristic delusions, sex irritations, hysteria (remember that the word hysteria is taken from the Greek word for womb), the exalted pride, the haughtiness, the belittling of everyone around her, all of which are foreign to the woman when she is well. Sometimes home objects seem unfamiliar to her.
The sufferer becomes melancholic, she may have a desire to kill someone, but not herself. There is no suicide motive in the make-up of the Platina patient. To sum up, Platina cures profuse bleedings with self exaltation and great genital irritation. This sentence rounds out the drug picture. The sufferers amenable to Platina need all possible help to save them from themselves. A given case need not have all the symptoms mentioned before employing it. I have not found Platina mentioned in any orthodox books on medicine which I have at hand.
(7) Cinchona, called by us China officinalis (1x to 30th).
This is the alcoholic extract of the dried China bark. This is one of the few exceptions. As a rule we try to use absolutely freshly- gathered plants, in making our tinctures. Our extract contains all the alkaloids known to orthodox pharmacy and probably other substances of medicinal value unknown or lost in making the Quinine of orthodox practice, which is one of the alkaloids.
Our Cinchona was elaborated by Nature. It is a pure drug of infinite value. We have just cause to think that it is better than any of the extractives. It is very valuable in its sphere. China can snatch patients out of the jaws of death.
The long-continued haemorrhagic floodings which this remedy will cure are dark, sometimes with clots. The flooding is profuse, so much so that the patient becomes bloodless with faintings, loss of sight, and ringing in the ears, with general coldness of the body. Here is another very strange guiding symptoms for sure cures. “The patient wants to be fanned.”
Thousands of people in extremis have murmured the prayer: “Fan me, Fan me.” Trust a “peculiar” homoeopathic symptom. Although the patient is icy cold he wants to be fanned. His or her face is ghastly pale, pinched, shrunken, eyes are sunken in head, and there are dark blue circles surrounding the eyes. It is a grave picture.
Orthodox brother doctor, please dont laugh, smile or sneer at this remarkable “fanning” symptom. It occurs very often. When we homoeopaths hear those words, we know that though whispered, the patient is shouting for Cinchona. This is Natures diagnosis and Cinchona will cure, as by a miracle, though perhaps not every time, for there is a limit to everything human.
A doctor must have the best drugs. Yet I seem to remember having read that there are innumerable qualities of Cinchona bark which are offered for sale and which vary greatly in price. I remember that some of these qualities were labelled “sea damaged” and one was described as “slightly mouldy”. When a life is flooding away and the patient requires fanning, you want to be sure that you have the first quality of a drug to help you. Homoeopaths employ only the very finest qualities.
What drug value can you expect outside the first qualities offered to the trade? Yet I suppose all the inferior qualities are absorbed by the trade and in due course they will be given to some poor devil or other.