†HOMEOPATHY INTRODUCTORY COURSE
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Why treat your family homeopathically?
An ideal treatment system for the
health needs of† families today should
have the following minimal criteria:
(3)††††††† Low cost
(4)††††††††††† Compatibility with "teaching
hospital" level of medical care
How does Homeopathy shape up against
(1)††††††††††† Effectiveness: Let's face it, it's not hard to be pretty
when you are the only girl in town! For the sort of things for which we
normally consult our family doctors, conventional medicine has little
constructive to offer beyond the exclusion of serious illness and the relief of
symptoms. This includes the common cold and most viral infections of the upper
airways (URTI) and chest, minor anxiety states (eg "exam nerves"),
and muscular aches and pains. Realistically, what can we expect from our
conventional GP in such cases? Firstly an accurate diagnosis. This is
always a good move as a sudden attack of "indigestion" could in fact
be the presenting symptom of a heart attack, gall stone attack, peptic ulcer or
anxiety attack. As you can imagine, the treatment and outcomes of each of these
examples are considerably different! At times misguided doctors, under unrealistic
pressure from their patients to "do something!", prescribe
inappropriate medications such as septicaemia-strength antibiotics for viral
illnesses or ulcer-inducing anti-inflammatory drugs for vague aches and pains.
The list goes on and on. Armed with a knowledge of basic homeopathy we need put
no such pressure on our doctors to prescribe against health interests of our
families. How then can homeopathy help us, as in the above examples? The only
way it can act is by stimulating a specific healing response in the body. By
presenting to the body a type of "vaccine" to the condition
disturbing the patient's health we can cause it to react not only to the remedy
but the underlying cause of the illness.
An example may help. Once a man came
to me with the clinical picture of glandular fever (infectious monocucleosis or
“mono”). Owing to the lack of typical features I performed a blood test for
this as well as a throat swab, in case it turned out to be a case of strep.
throat. Treatment was with homeopathic Mercury
as his symptoms were those as if he had been poisoned with Mercury salts (which
he hadn't). Two days later I had all the results back and they showed both strep. infection as well as glandular
fever. I asked him to return urgently so I could treat the strep. infection
with penicillin to prevent complications. He said he felt fine and didn't want
any penicillin as he had come to me for non-antibiotic care in the first place.
By way of compromise he agreed to take the penicillin if the very virulent
strain of streptococcus I had isolated was still present. To my utter amazement
the repeat swab, taken again by me and sent to the same lab showed no strep!!
This and many other examples have convinced me, at least, that homeopathy has
the capacity to not only relieve symptoms but to alter the body's specific
(2)††††††††††† Safety: Overdose is effectively impossible with
Homeopathy. By law in Australia at least, pharmacies may only dispense
dilutions of any potentially toxic drug/substance over 1: 10,000 or higher. If
we use the example of Belladonna berry juice, we note that it was available
till recently (without prescription) as "Donnalix". The lethal dose
of this could be around 100ml, depending on the patient size. To achieve this
by homeopathy, using the lowest commonly used dilution (6cH or
1:100x100x100x100x100x100) we see that the person would have to consume a
volume far in excess of his or her body weight to begin to approach this dose.
What's more the person would have to do it in one gulp!! "AHA!! " say
the cynics, "you see, he admits there is nothing there and it's all a
trick/placebo!! " Not so fast! This is not a criticism to shrug off
lightly. In answering it we shall be a long way to explaining how homeopathy does work. Firstly, homeopathy has nothing
to do with DOSE. It deals with the Law of Similars, that is, likes are treated
with like. The dilutional steps in preparation of the remedies only serve to
impart to the solvent (usually water) a "molecular memory" of the original
substance obviously diluted almost to oblivion. This molecular imprint on
clusters of water molecules "develops" on water molecules in the body
a "positive" image from the "negative" stored on the remedy
water molecules. Secondly, when all is said and done, all the fine theories
around will not open a closed mind. Whenever I address a group of doctors on
this subject I always take along lots of little sample packs of homeopathic Arnica, which as most of you are aware has
a beneficial action in blunt injuries and sprains/strains. Out of 20 to 30 or
so at each lecture there is never more than 10 who take the medical samples
home and never more than 1 or 2 who actually try it. Hence these lectures to
the patients themselves!!
(3)††††††† Low cost: The costs of preparing a remedy from gold as
opposed to table salt are virtually the same in view of the microscopic
quantities of the original substance in any normally utilised potency. Thus the
cost of homeopathic medicine is largely a function of laboratory time in
preparation of it, rather than that of the original substance. It was indeed
ironic that a former senior lecturer from Sydney University came to us (the
Australian Medical Faculty of Homeopathy) for instruction in homeopathy. We
were all rather tickled by this and asked him why. "Well," he said
“My old father, back home in central India is due to retire from his post in
charge of the local hospital and asked if I would like to go home and take up
his job". As the region was so poor they had no funds for western drugs so
they were happy for homeopathy to continue to be used as it was so cheap and
effective! A 30 ml bottle of drops can give 600 doses. At between £4 per
bottle, this compares extremely well with drugs even as cheap as paracetamol
(£1-2 for 10-12 doses!).
(4)††††††††††† Compatibility with teaching hospital
level of medical care:
As we are trying to build up the patient's resistance, and achieve biochemical
balance (homeostasis), it seems likely that the correct administration of
homeopathic medicine would lead to a more harmonious regulation of the bodily
functions. This should translate into decreased needs for conventional
medicines, faster wound healing with less pain etc. Indeed this is exactly what
we see in clinical practice. Again an example may help. A little patient of my
practice was born with a congenital deformity of her lip (hare lip). The
plastic surgeon had two such cases scheduled for the same day, so there was
virtually no difference in condition, operative technique etc. Our little girl
had barely any visible swelling except for some at the suture line. The other
child was on morphine for days, our child was breast-feeding 4 hours after the
operation!! The only difference in case management was the administration of a
mixture of Homeopathic medicines comprising Arnica
(for blunt injury of suturing etc), and Staphysagria
(for clean incision at a body opening). This was done with the permission of
the surgeon who was somewhat at a loss to explain the obvious differences
between the two children. Patients are not always so fortunate to have the
co-operation of their hospital specialists!
As we can see, there is no
incompatibility between the two styles of treatment- indeed many homeopathic
doctors comfortably combine the two, using each with wisdom for the patient's
Homeopathy is the healing art which is
based on the Law of Similars ie likes are treated with like. The use of a vaccine to prevent illness
caused by its related infective organism is an example of the Law of Similars.
These are symptoms caused in healthy
volunteers by the deliberate, repeated, experimental administration of a
homeopathic medicine. These have been scientifically gathered and used for over
Conventional medicines work by
molecules of the drug acting directly on molecules of the body's organs and
other structures. The more molecules (the larger the dose), the larger the
effect. Homeopathic medicines work by a "memory" of the original
substance, stored on clusters of solvent water molecules, acting on the
molecules of water in the body. This action is similar to the development of a
photographic negative, in that the body reacts to an image of the original
substance and in trying to detoxify it deals successfully with similarly acting
Homeopathic Remedies:† †††††††††††
These are prepared from various
natural sources; animal, vegetable and mineral as well as synthetic ones
including conventional drugs. The distinguishing feature of homeopathic
medicines is not their origin but
the method of preparation. The original substance is prepared in a
water-soluble form (colloidal state) and progressive dilutions made with
vigorous rhythmical agitations ("succussions") between each step.
Progressive dilutions may be 1:10 (decimal dilutions), 1:100 (centesimal
dilutions), or 1:50,000 (50th millesimal dilutions). As stated above, it is not
the amount of the original substance which counts, but the "memory"
stored on the solvent, so the details of dilution have little importance in the
biological effect on the patient.
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LESSON 2: TRAUMA
We discussed in the first lesson the
use of Arnica in bruises, injury
and strain. Even mental strain from being overworked and exhausted, can be
helped by Arnica although other
remedies may be equally or more effective. In this last example of mental
strain and Arnica, this is a
mental symptom, and therefore the case would respond better, in this case, to a
higher potency of Arnica, i.e. 30
or higher, as long as the rest of the case agreed.
(1)††††††††††† Aconite: Shock, fear,
terror, especially of the fear of death, with a rapid strong pulse. If bleeding
occurs, it is bright and brisk, the patient is thirsty, the condition often
comes on after exposure to sudden climatic changes, such as cold dry winds or
sun stroke. The patient is often in terror, worse at midnight, numbness and
tingling predominate. The state responding to Aconite
may be found in many situations, angina, sudden violent fevers, accidents,
fainting, and emotional trauma. The use of Aconite
in such cases is a good example of acute prescribing. One should give one dose
of the Aconite 30 each few
minutes until the case resolves. Response should be seen in an hour, usually
(2)††††††††††† Arnica: Injury to
capillaries with painful bruising, corked thighs and tooth extractions, often
do very well with Arnica, as do
blunt injuries, sprains and strains.
(3)††††††† Carbo Vegetabilis:
This drug of many uses (poly chrest) is indicated in this context for its role
as a "corpse reviver", the patient is cold, clammy covered with cold
sweat with intense air hunger, wishing to be fanned vigorously, crying
"give me air!" The patient often has a severe medical illness which
requires medical treatment at the same time, such as severe asthma, heart
attack or haemorrhage. It is a very good remedy to give while you are waiting
for the ambulance or sitting cooling your heels in Casualty. It's the sort of
transfusion you are having when you are not having a transfusion.
(4)††††††††††† Ledum: A wonderful
remedy for bites and puncture wounds especially if there is a risk of tetanus.
Obviously the attending doctor would give an injection for Tetanus prophylaxis,
but Ledum administered at the
same time would help to cut back the pain, swelling and risk of infection. The
condition requiring Ledum is often
a puffy, dusky or pale extremity, such as a cat bite, which feels cold to the
touch, but which does not tolerate any external heat. Only intense local cold
gives relief. Obviously wound infections and so on may require antibiotic
therapy on their own merits. This treatment will help it to work. Ledum can be contrasted with Arsenicum album which also has burning
pains but Arsenicum is relieved
by heat whereas Ledum is aggravated
(5)††††††††††† Hypericum: Useful
both externally as an ointment or diluted tincture and internally in
homeopathic potency in injuries to parts rich in sensory nerves and nervous
tissue in general e.g. finger tip crush injuries, puncture wounds (as in Ledum) but when the pain is shooting up
along the nerve. Spinal injuries or head injuries also are helped by Hypericum while waiting for the ambulance.
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LESSON 3: INFECTIOUS
DISEASES OF CHILDHOOD
The common infectious diseases of
childhood which we will discuss today are measles, german measles (rubella),
chickenpox, mumps, whooping cough, and scarlet fever.
Since the widespread introduction of
immunisation in early childhood against most of these diseases, the incidence,
especially of whooping cough and measles, has continued to reduce. However, a
significant number of people choose not to have their children immunised for
various reasons, so I will discuss each illness in detail.
ALL REMEDIES SHOULD BE GIVEN IN THE
30c or 6c POTENCY UNLESS OTHERWISE DIRECTED.
Measles is a highly infectious disease, transmitted by respiratory droplets,
mostly affecting children between the ages of three and five years. It rarely
affects children before the age of six months, as they still carry the mother's
measles antibodies until that age.
PERIOD: This is the time lapse between the introduction of the virus into
the body and the onset of symptoms. In measles it is 8-11 days.
The usual course of symptoms is:- Days 1-3: fever, runny nose and eyes, dry
cough. Days 4-6: Temperature rises and rash begins to appear. The rash is
blotchy red, begins behind the ears, spreads to face, trunk and then limbs.
Blotches are slightly raised above surrounding skin and may coalesce. Red runny
eyes, cough and runny nose persist. Day 6 - 10: Rash begins to fade, and turn
brownish and has disappeared by approximately 1 week after onset. Cough and
runny nose may persist for several days after rash has gone.
Severe complications are unusual, but conjunctivitis, and middle ear infections
are quite common, and some children who are prone to febrile convulsions may
develop them. Occasionally, croup may develop, and rarely pneumonia. Very
rarely, a child may develop measles encephalitis.
††††††††††† a)††††††††††† ACUTE DISEASE -
††††††††††† ††††††††††† 1)††††††††††† ACONITE: - sudden
onset of fever; red eyes and dry, barking cough.- restless, anxious and
††††††††††† ††††††††††† 2)††††††††††† BELLADONNA: - rash
bright red. - skin hot and dry. - headache, drowsiness, hallucinations. Give Belladonna especially if child is prone
to febrile convulsions.
††††††††††† ††††††††††† 3)††††††††††† EUPHRASIA: -
streaming, burning tears. - photophobia
(hurts to look at the light). - bland
runny discharge from the nose.
††††††††††† ††††††††††† 4)††††††††††† PULSATILLA: - much
bland yellowish discharge from nose and eyes, and often loose cough. Don't use Pulsatilla if the fever is high but it may
follow Aconite well if the fever
has diminished. - dry mouth, but NO THIRST. - child is miserable and clingy.
††††††††††† ††††††††††† 5)††††††††††† KALI BICHROMICUM
Similar to Pulsatilla picture,
but worse, with yellow stringy ropy discharges from eyes and nose.
††††††††††† ††††††††††† 6)††††††††††† SULPHUR: - Use when
the rash is disappearing. Is often useful in helping to clear up an acute
disease. Sulphur given at this
stage may often prevent complications. In general, Aconite, Euphrasia
and Pulsatilla are the most
commonly used remedies for measles.
††††††††††† b)††††††††††† COMPLICATIONS: Any
complications such as persistent conjunctivitis, middle ear infection,
persistent cough, or bronchitis should be seen by a doctor. However, many of
the respiratory problems may be dealt with as per lesson 4, " Homeopathic
Therapy of Respiratory Diseases".
††††††††††† c)††††††††††† PREVENTION: MORBILLINUM 30 - one
dose to all contacts, or when there is an epidemic in the area.
This infectious disease usually has much less severe symptoms than Measles, but
it is very important because of the damage it may cause to the foetus of an
infected pregnant woman.
Rubella usually begins with mild headache, slight sore throat, runny nose and
fever and a fine pink rash which appears at the same time or soon after. The
rash begins on the face, then spreads to trunk and limbs, and only lasts
approximately 1 day in each area. Swollen lymph glands in the neck and behind
the ears are common.
(iii)†††††† HOMEOPATHIC TREATMENT:
(1)††††††††††† ACONITE: see under
(2)††††††††††† BELLADONNA: see under
(3)††††††††††† PULSATILLA: -
irritable, weepy and clingy- bland yellow discharge from the nose.
1 dose to all contacts (including pregnant women) or if there is an epidemic in
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LESSON 4:† HOMEOPATHIC THERAPY OF RESPIRATORY DISEASES
This topic is the homeopathic
treatment of ear, nose, throat and respiratory diseases. Obviously this encompasses
a large assortment of illnesses, both chronic and acute, and therefore I have
selected some of the more common ailments to discuss, together with some of the
more common homeopathic remedies. I will not deal with any chronic conditions,
as these will usually require the use of more constitutional prescribing, but
merely concentrate on the acute disease states.
As you are aware by now, homeopathic
medicine endeavours to deal with each individual's symptoms rather than the
disease entity itself. Therefore you will find that one disease may have many
homeopathic treatments available - each used according to the principle -
"Similia Similibus Curentur" - "Let likes be treated by
like". Therefore the homeopathic physician or user, has an array of
possible remedies available for each case, unlike the orthodox adherent.
This of course makes homeopathic
prescribing far more difficult and I have attempted to simplify this for you by
concentrating on a few of the better known remedies. However, this also means
that not all conditions will respond to these remedies alone and you may well
have to consult with a homeopathic physician or a repertory if symptoms do not
fit into a common remedy.
Firstly ears - notably EARACHES.
Earaches, would probably account for about 10% of G.P. consultations and are a
prime concern to most parents. There are several homeopathic remedies which are
invaluable in these situations, the main four being - Aconite, Belladonna,
Chamomilla, Arnica and Hepar sulph.
ACONITE is for the sudden earache, day or night
often coming on after a severe chill. The pain is aching, worse with cold and
better with heat locally. The patient also usually has a hot red external ear
and is thirsty.
The BELLADONNA earache on the other hand is
a throbbing pain. The patient is a lot more toxic looking with a flushed face,
high fever and possibly dilated pupils. The ear is worse to touch, jarring and
worse with local cold. The patient normally is only a little sweaty.
The CHAMOMILLA earache is for the patient
with really frantic pain, very angry, often occurring in children while
teething and with a more stitching pain. Unlike the previous two medicines the
pain is worse with heat and the patient is much better if carried about
ARNICA is for the earache of barotrauma - the pain
coming on after diving or plane travel.
Finally the HEPAR SULPH earache
is for the patient who is worse with any draft or touch, and is very irritable,
wanting to be wrapped up tightly against the cold. The pain is sharp or
stabbing in nature.
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LESSON 5:† DIGESTIVE DISORDERS†† (SAMPLE ONLY)
ULCERS: Calendula tincture mixed with equal parts 3% peroxide apply each 15
minutes till better then less often.
††††††††††† 1)††††††††††† NAUSEA:
††††††††††† a)††††††††††† IPECAC: There is increased salivation and the
tongue is invariably clean - quite uncharacteristically for a digestive disorder.
(If there is vomiting of blood in these cases it is quite bright. This is then not
a case for home management!!)
††††††††††† b)††††††††††† NUX VOM: This remedy acts via the autonomic
nervous system and is associated with incoordinated contractions. There is
therefore irregular bowel habit with seediness and a sense of great
irritability. Accordingly it is our best treatment for digestive malfunctions
after dietary indiscretions ie HANGOVERS. Food reactions of all sorts
are often relieved by Nux vom. "DON'T LEAVE HOME WITHOUT IT!"
††††††††††† c)††††††††††† PHOSPHORUS: Vomiting a few minutes after
drinking the icy water which they crave.
††††††††††† d)††††††††††† ARSENICUM ALB: Burning,restless,anxiety,
chilly. Vomits almost immediately after drinking. PROSTRATION OUT OF PROPORTION
TO THE AMOUNT AND NUMBER OF TIMES VOMITED / STOOL PASSED. SIMULTANEOUS VOMITING
††††††††††† a)††††††††††† NUX VOM: as above.
††††††††††† b)††††††††††† CHELIDONEUM: Hepatitis, under medical
supervision. Pain under right scapula (shoulder-blade) CHOLECYSTITIS
(GALL- BLADDER ATTACK)
††††††††††† a)††††††††††† COLOCYNTH/ MAG PHOS.: These may be used
interchangeably for colic which has relief from pressure, doubling over and
Colocynth has a further strong indication where colic
is a result of anger.
††††††††††† b)††††††††††† DIOSCOREA: almost always helps those unusual
colics where the
patient arches backward to gain
††††††††††† a)††††††††††† NUX VOM: as above
††††††††††† b)††††††††††† BRYONIA: Constipation often with
associated headache. Little urging. Great dryness throughout the body. Thirst.
††††††††††† c)††††††††††† PODOPHYLLUM: This fixes up the vast majority
of diarrhoea cases in general practice. The 30th potency or higher seems to be
more effective than the lower potencies. There is little pain and lots of
gurgling and spluttering of foul liquid stool. GIARDIA infections
sometimes don't need "Flagyl®" (Metronidazole) when Podophyllum is given.
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LESSON 6: MENTALS
AND HEADACHE†† (SAMPLE ONLY)
Rescue Remedy (although not strictly speaking homeopathy)
can by used in any emergency; for sudden bad news, after an accident, or other
shocks, to relieve the victim's fear is important for the physical well-being.
After an accident give the Rescue Remedy,
make the patient comfortable and wait for competent medical aid.
ARNICA: Arnica is not merely a remedy for soreness of
bruises and falls. After an accident, injury or terrible shock, Arnica is useful for the severe
prostration that results. The patient may be morose, wants to be left alone,
does not want to talk, and says there is nothing wrong. Inability to
concentrate, aversion to any effort, may progress to stupor or even
unconsciousness. Arnica helps to
prevent this and qualified medical opinion should be sought early. The
following groupings, under particular emotions, are quite loose; by focussing
on their differences as much as the similarities we get to know the remedies
ANXIETY and FEAR
Aconite: Very useful to combat the effects of fear
following an accident or for fear from any cause. There may be fear of death,
terror, even in strong and robust people. The face may become deathly pale or
white with fainting, anxiety, restlessness and loss of strength. The most
trifling ailment causes mental uneasiness worry, anguish and fear. There is a
marked degree of tension and complaints come on suddenly such as from a sudden
chill, fright, injury, shock or surgical operation. Wherever there is fear Aconite will help.
album: When the
fear is based on an underlying sense of insecurity (generally of longer
standing), associated with restlessness, prostration and chilliness, Arsenicum is indicated. These people need
reassurance: someone reliable to be nearby; the finances to be closely
monitored and secure; neatness and organisation of clothing, activities and
environs; the best medical advice and also second opinions. The ultimate
insecurity is disease and death. It is not so easy to reassure an Arsenicum patient.
Gelsemium: is a useful remedy for 'nerves' - terrors
of anticipation, as in examination funk or stage fright, or in making a public
speech or stage performance. It improves dizziness, drowsiness, dullness,
trembling, muscular weakness etc. that occurs before these events, as well as
such ailments after grief or bad news.
Pulsatilla: Is a remedy for fear but their timidity and
weepiness is the outstanding feature. They may also have fear of heights,
claustrophobia, fear of being alone in the dark, of meeting people etc. The baby
has a pitiful cry always wanting caresses. Pulsatilla
is malleable and changeable and when upset craves and is calmed by attention
and consolation. They are often drawn to partners with a strong and decisive
character to satisfy their need for strength and stability. The jealousy of Pulsatilla may be very intense and derives
from their insecurity.
Belladonna: is characterised by sudden onset, violence,
and recurrence. Acuteness of the senses - noises easily startle, bright light
aggravates as do touch and jar. In fever or mania frightening hallucinations of
faces, phantoms, animals, fire etc emerge, producing a desire to escape, bite,
tear, destroy whatever may be nearby. There may be associated fears of dogs,
dark or death. In madness there can be an evil, sardonic laugh. These are vital
intense people; there is a sense of great energy around this remedy which also
expresses itself with local violent symptoms e.g. burning, redness, swelling,
throbbing pains that are so severe the patients want to beat their heads
against the wall.
Chamomilla: is an excellent remedy for irritability and
pain during teething. Babies can't bear pain and will whine and howl. They
insist on being carried and the moment the harassed parent puts the baby down,
the howling starts all over again and is usually worse at night. They will ask
for this toy or the other and once they are offered they will throw them and
want another. Nothing pleases, every trifle annoys. The cry has a snarling
quality and brings anger in the parent. A few doses of Chamomilla brings peace to all. "For
cranky little people of all ages". Very sensitive to pain or offence,
and also ailments resulting from anger.
Colocynthis: Patients who need this remedy are easily
offended and after a bout of anger or indignation develop pain of a cramping
character in the head, face, abdomen or limbs, and may have diarrhoea. The
cramps are ameliorated by heat and local pressure.
The causes of headaches in children
vary from that of the adults. In children headache very often marks the
beginning of an infection such as influenza, sore throat etc. and the symptoms
of the disease manifest quickly. Sometimes it may be due to indiscretion of
food, exposure to sun or wind or rain etc. or to an emotional upset and these
can be aborted by giving the appropriate Homeopathic remedy as early as
In the adults the causes of headaches
may be due to a generalised infection, from a metabolic cause, from the tension
of the muscles of the neck or from an emotional cause. In chronic headache
taking a few tablets of aspirin or panadol frequently is poor treatment, one
must find the causes and deal with them.
†The homeopathic treatment of chronic or recurrent headaches is
beyond the scope of this course, but there are a few remedies which can be
useful where certain causative factors are present on odd occasions. If the
headache was brought on by indigestion, constipation or too many laxatives or
excess alcohol - take Nux vomica
night and morning for a few days until the headache improves and finally
If the headache is due to overeating,
too much fat, too much ice-cream, Pulsatilla
will help, taken hourly or second hourly while the headache is severe and
leaving off as soon as the headache is gone.
If the headache is brought on by
sorrow, grief or worry, Ignatia
If the headache comes on after a fall,
injury or concussion take Arnica
hourly until improvement sets in. After head injuries if there is persistent
headache or drowsiness or confusion qualified medical opinion should be sought
If the headache is the result of too
long an exposure to the sun, Belladonna
will relieve quickly. The patient is red with a flushed face, throbbing in the
head, throbbing in the arteries and a great rush of blood to the head.
Headache in children is often from
anticipation and excitement. When a birthday party or promised treat is due the
child is laid low with violent headaches and sickness. This can usually be
cured either by Arsenicum or Gelsemium.
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LESSON 7: OBSTETRICS
AND GYNAECOLOGY† (SAMPLE ONLY)
The use of homeopathic medicines in
obstetrics and gynaecology is a very rewarding one because:-
medicines in gynaecology often do not work satisfactorily, or have serious or
conventional medicines are to be avoided during pregnancy and breast-feeding
owing to the possibility of damaging the foetus or new-born babes. Homeopathic
remedies most commonly used in obstetrics and gynaecology include Pulsatilla, Sepia, Lachesis, Natrum
mur, Calc. carb, and Lilium
tigrinum and of these, Pulsatilla
and Sepia are the most commonly
Acute complaints: Remedies are usually given frequently (e.g.
1-4 hourly) in a low potency (6x-30c) or high potency (above 1M). NB in
continental Europe, what is permissible as a high or a low potency is more
governed by legislation and you will see different approaches recommended
there. These work as well as ours.
Chronic Complaints: The usual approach is to give infrequent
doses (e.g. once a week) for 4 weeks in a medium to high potency (30c-200c).
"Constitutional" prescribing is the main method of prescribing, plus
the use of nosodes (remedies derived from disease products or the causative
"Never felt well since":
In homeopathy, it is always important to find out if something triggered off
the problem: e.g. An accident or injury:-
Grief, loss of loved one:- Ignatia, Nat. mur.
††††††††††† a)††††††††††† PRIMARY AMENORRHOEA: (Failure
of the first menses to ever appear). This presupposes full medical
investigation has eliminated curable factors such as imperforate hymen!
††††††††††† ††††††††††† i)*††††††††††† Pulsatilla;
Moodiness, changeable easily tearful, possibly digestive problems, (nausea,
loss of appetite),feels the cold but wilts in the heat. Thirstless. *
††††††††††† ††††††††††† ii)††††††††††† Sepia: Pale, sallow,
almost yellowish complexion; possible low dragging abdominal pains; chronic
thin vaginal discharge; tired and solitary. *
††††††††††† ††††††††††† iii)††††††††††† Calc. carb: Slow,
chubby, chilly, sweaty and pale, headaches, tired and listless.
††††††††††† b)††††††††††† SECONDARY AMENORRHOEA: (loss
of established menses):
Once again, the “bleeding obvious”
must not be ignored: ie the possibility of pregnancy. It is a fact that if
these medicines are indicated in pregnacy, then not only will the health of the
pregnant woman but also the foetus will be enhanced.
They will not harm the pregnancy: we
have over two centuries of world-wide experience to confirm this.
††††††††††† ††††††††††† i)††††††††††† Aconite: If has
occurred after a fright or sudden exposure to a chill or sunstroke.
††††††††††† ††††††††††† ii)††††††††††† Ignatia: Menses
stopped after grief or loss.
††††††††††† ††††††††††† iii)††††††††††† Pulsatilla:
††††††††††† i)*††††††††††† Chamomilla: Very severe colicky pains,
restless; peevish; diarrhoea.
††††††††††† ii)††††††††††† Mag. phos: Crampy pains in lower abdomen,
relieved by warmth, doubling over and movement.
††††††††††† iii)*††††††††††† Coffea: Colicky pains driving to despair:
Pains disturb sleep; tosses and turns; esp. suited to tall, lean stooping
persons with dark complexions.
††††††††††† iv)††††††††††† Nux vom: Very irritable and angry;
constipation, menses early and prolonged.
††††††††††† v)††††††††††† Sabina: Pains from sacrum to pubis and from
below upwards, shooting up vagina; much bleeding with clots.
††††††††††† vi)††††††††††† Cimicifuga: Pain across pelvis, from hip to
hip. The pain worsens as the period gets heavier: not the normal
situation for most women. When in pain, they can’t think: “as if the head
were in a cloud”. Fibromyalgia of the upper thoracic and neck muscles is a
††††††††††† vii)††††††††††† Secale: Intolerance of heat, better from
cold, (although the patient feels cold to touch); passive oozing bleeding. ALSO
GIVE CONSTITUTIONAL REMEDY: e.g. PULS, CALC.
one is mainly looking for the constitutional remedy:
Puls: usually tardy and changeable.
Sepia: too late and scanty, or early and profuse.
Graphites: usually late and scanty.
Folliculinum: very important remedy, given usually
as one dose on day 10 of the cycle, monthly for 3 months. This remedy is
derived from ovarian tissue.
††††††††††† i)††††††††††† Belladonna: excess flow, bright red clots and
blood; general congestion and redness, and headache, worse sudden movement or
††††††††††† ii)††††††††††† China: early, heavy black clots; very
CONSTITUTIONAL REMEDIES, ESPECIALLY:-
Phos: Menses last too long, intermenstrual
Puls: Changeable, usually late.
Calc.carb: Early, profuse, long.
5)††††††††††† INFECTIONS: (This presupposes full curative antimicrobial
treatment has been offered to the patient if available). NB pelvic inflammatory
disease is usually iniated by such a curable infection. If would be a pity for
a woman to lose her fertility because of squeamishness about appropriate
curative treatment. Homeopathy can be given at the same time to enhance the
body’s response and to hasten cure.
††††††††††† i)††††††††††† Pulsatilla: Bland, creamy discharge.
††††††††††† ii)††††††††††† Sepia: Discharge offensive and yellowish;
dragging uterine discomfort.
††††††††††† iii)††††††††††† Sulphur: Offensive discharge with much itch;
worse for warmth of bed and warm bath.
††††††††††† iv)††††††††††† Hydrastis: Discharge
acrid, corrosive, thick tenacious, itchy.
NOSODES (Remedies derived from diseased tissue or
††††††††††† i)††††††††††† Psorinum: Chilly, smelly, lumpy discharge,
lack of reaction.
††††††††††† ii)††††††††††† Medorrhinum: Chronic pelvic disorders,
discharge thin, excoriating, fishy smell (often from Brahnamella or mixed
bacterial vaginosis infection: this effect is more notable if the secretions are
made alkaline eg from semen); vaginal warts.
ONCE AGAIN, AS HERPES IS USUALLY A
CHRONIC COMPLAINT, APPROACH TREATMENT FROM THE CONSTITUTIONAL POINT OF VIEW.
i)*††††††††††† Nat.mur: Often has
history of oral herpes; feels weepy and may cry, but dislikes sympathy; deep
acting. (200c or higher). See section on Mentals.
ii)*†††††† Rhus tox: Itching
vesicles; relieved by heat and movement; an acute medicine.
iii)†††††† Sepia: Itching,
ulceration; indifference to loved ones; chilly; constipated; bearing down sensation,
very sensitive to tobacco and perfume smells
Caulophyllum: Give once a month for last three to four
months of pregnancy; 30c potency; softens the cervix in preparation for labour;
NB: if given too often may lead to early labor and haemorrhage. Alternatively
(and my usual practice), give daily in last 2-3 weeks of pregnancy.
i)††††††††††† Ipecac: continual
nausea with clean tongue.
changeable nausea; intolerant of heat; no thirst; weepy.
iii)†††††† Sepia: Hunger with
nausea; indifferent to loved ones; constipation.
iv)††††††††††† Petroleum: Persistent
appetite and empty feeling; wakes hungry at night; heartburn; worse riding in a
i)††††††††††† Aconite: Shock,
suddenness, fear, restlessness.
ii)††††††††††† Arnica: During labour
and immediately after. As Arnica acts on capillaries it reverses bruising of
the vagina and vulva as well as in the baby’s brain.
iii)††††††††††† Staphysagria: For
problems from stretched and incised sphincters. (e.g. painful urination).
Main problems are:- Hot flushes,
sweating, palpitations, irregular menses and flooding, headaches, sexual
problems and prolapse.
Palpitations, hot flushes, headaches, faintings, flooding; Lachesis sleeps into an aggravation (i.e.
wakes up with it); Left sided symptoms; hates tight things around neck or
waist, jealous, loquacious and suspicious.
ii)††††††††††† Pulsatilla- Weepy,
depressed, everything changeable (mood, menses etc.); backache, fatigue; in a Pulsatilla person.
iii)†††††† Calc. carb: Plump,
chilly, sweaty, fearful, menses too profuse, prolonged; palpitations esp. at
iv)†††††† Sepia: Palpitations,
prolapse with bearing down feeling; menses irregular; tired, headaches.
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MINI MATERIA MEDICA - of remedies in this introductory
1.†††††††† ACON - Acute onset of
any illness often after intense cold or intense heat, usually associated with
great anxiety and restlessness with fear of death, very short acting. Useful
to prevent fainting in injections.
2.††††††††††† AILANTHUS - Sore
throats - tonsillitis with membranous exudate. Some glandular fever cases.
3.††††††††††† ANT.CRUD - Dirty
tongue, nausea often, dry skin eruption. Digestive symptoms.
4.†††††††† ANT. TART- Marvellous
in rattly chests The tongue is dirty (opposite Ipec).
Nausea is usual.
5.†††††††† APIS - Little thirst.
Worst for heat generalised oedema, useful after insect bites. The affected part
looks as if an intra-venous drip had run into the tissues.
6.††††††††††† ARNICA - Capillary
damage, bruised sensation on the body anywhere, hard dry cough which hurts,
weary limbs after exercise (useful as a preventative!)†††††††††† .
7.††††††††††† ARSEN. ALBUM - Great
anxiety and restlessness in gastroenteritis; simultaneous vomiting and
diarrhoea. Useful in some asthma cases - burning pains relieved by heat. Very
chilly and thirsty.
8.††††††††††† ARUM TRIPH. - Sore
throat with voice intermittently lost and regained from moment to moment.
“Clergyman’s sore throat”.
9.††††††††††† BAPTISIA -. Patient
looks drunk with a dusky colour of the face. Not a commonly used remedy
10.††††††††††† BELLADONNA - Red,
hot, dry, thirsty, delirious rapid pulse, dilated pupils. Rather useful in
strep. throats and acute skin infection, e.g. cellulitis.
11.††††††††††† BRYONIA - Very dry
mouth, thirsty, pain is worse for any movement and better for pressure thus
patient lies very still. Infection of serosal membranes, e.g. meningitis,
synovitis, pericarditis, pleurisy, peritonitis.
12.††††† †CALC SULPH: To expel pus after
surgical incision. Use low potencies. Similar to Hepar sulph.
13.††††††††††† CALENDULA - Useful in
tincture strength as a wound healer. May be used in potency in injuries.
14.††††††††††† CANTHARIS -
Blistering eruptions dysuria -"Claytons Bactrim"!
15.††††††††††† CARBO.VEG - Bloating
and abdominal distension cold extremities. Air hunger.
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†APPENDIX A††††††††††††††† (SAMPLE ONLY)
PRACTICE OF ACUTE HOMEOPATHIC PRESCRIBING
is that aspect of the healing art which prescribes on the totality of the
patient's symptoms and in accordance with the Law of Cure and the Law of
Similars (Similia Similibus Curantur or Let Likes be treated by Like). (What a
Successful prescription is followed by
healing in accordance with the Law of Cure viz: Disappearance of symptoms:-
above downwards e.g. head to feet.
within to without e.g. lungs to skin.
more important organ to less important organ, e.g. lungs to skin, or heart to
reverse order to that of their appearance, e.g. in measles the cough being
first, is last to go, the rash disappearing sooner.
There are thus three fundamental
principles to the understanding of homeopathy viz. The Law of Similars, The Law
of Cure, the notions of potentisation and provings.
Potentisation: In simple terms, all biologically active
substances appear to act in two separate ways upon the living substance viz:
by chemical action, and within certain limits in direct proportion to their
concentration, e.g. increasing the dose of Belladonna tincture also
progressively accelerates the pulse and inhibits salivation.
by acting on the body's ability to heal ("Vital Force") in proportion
to the serial dilution and agitation of the substance in the solvent
("potency"). It is believed that this healing power is released from
the raw substance by serial dilution with solvent, e.g. alcohol and agitation
(succusion) or with solid granular diluent (trituration e.g. Lactose).
The notation of this dilution is as
substance as saturated solution in alcohol = mother tincture (M.T.).
part M.T. in 9 parts alcohol or
lactose = 1 x potency.
part 1 x in 9 parts alcohol or
lactose = 2x.
This is the decimal potency, widely in
use in Europe. The other commonly used system of dilution is the centesimal
system, widely in use in all English- speaking countries.
part M.T. in 99 parts alcohol or
lactose gives 1c.
part 1c in 99 parts alcohol gives 2c. A moment's thought shows that e.g. 4x (= 1 in 10x10x10x10) is the same as 2c (1 in 100x100) at least in dilutional
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†Useful references and further information
A, Andrioli G, Bellavite P (2000) The Similia Principle Revisited,
Atti del Congresso Forum 2000 Sorento 24-27 Feb. (translated by Dr Eric Asher)
ref 2) Kleijnen J, Knipschild P, ter Riet G (1991) Clinical trials
of homeopathy, BMJ 302:316-323
S, Beattie N (2000) The use of isopathy in the treatment of
allergies, Proceedings of the Liga Megicorum Homeopathic Internationalis held
at Budapest May 2000: 30-31
ref4,5,6) Reilly D, Taylor MA, Beattie NGM et al. Is evidence for
homoeopathy reproducible? Lancet 1994; 344: 1601-1606.
Reilly D, Taylor MA. Potent placebo or potency? A proposed study
model with initial findings using homoeopathically prepared pollens in hay
fever. British Homoeopathic Journal 1985; 74: 65-75.
Reilly D, Taylor M,
McSharry C, Aitchison T.
Is homoeopathy a placebo response? Lancet 1986; 2 (8520): 881-886.)
E (1987),† Homeopathy in
medical practice, Aust Fam Physician Mar; 16 (3): 209
Dr Eric Asher MB BS FRACGP FFHom is a
homeopathically trained family doctor now in private practice in Thame and
He is a founding member and immediate
past president of the Australian Medical Faculty of Homeopathy (AMFHom).
The Homeopathic Trust has a most
informative website at www.trusthomeopathy.org
and is highly recommended for further information.
Its research section is very clear.