XA, a 39 yr old woman, was very ill. She was on a long spiritual trip to India and had probably eaten food that was not hygienically prepared at some point. The start of symptoms was a whole 3 months earlier (Feb ’05). From then on she developed severe abdominal problems of daily pain, diarrhea, flatulence inability to eat and weight loss. She now was having about 12 – 14 watery stools a day that were very offensive, yellow and profuse and hot. Along with this was flatulence, bloating, nausea and a complete loss of appetite. Everything she ate seems to spark off the diarrhea attack with a lot of gurgling felt in her chest and abdomen. With this she was very, very thirsty for luke warm water but despite drinking water all the time she continued to feel dehydrated and her mouth remained dry. Diarrhea was worse from fried food, better while lying down and laying her hands gently on her abdomen relieved her very much. She felt fatigued and also restless with thoughts continuously running through her head. She was thermally very hot as she always is. She had tried Aloes, Sulphur and Acid Phos in rotation, and quite a few other remedies earlier – nothing seemed to help.
She had stayed in a hostel, while studying homeopathy in one of the Indian cities, while also attending an ashram for Spiritual guidance with a Guruji. But the study had been exhausting though stimulating and she was looking forward to the next part of her trip to Rishikesh. She longed to get back to the mountains there which was always very uplifting; of being one with nature and with the ‘energy’, surrounded by spiritual people chanting and singing spiritual songs.
I realised we were working with a chronic abdominal problem (probably Giardiasis and/or Amoebiasis) that was still in its acute expression. Since she was traveling, it was not possible to get a complete chronic history from her. We decided the best thing to do at that point was to treat the acute episodes with a good acute remedy. Repertorizing the above symptoms:
Watery X yellow X offensive diarrhea: acon., Agar., aloe, alum-sil., Ant-c., ant-t., Apis, Apoc., aran., Arg-n., arn., Ars., ars-i., Asaf., asar., asc-t., bamb-a., Bapt., bar-m., bor., bov., brom., Bry., Calc., Carb-v., Carbn-s., Cham., chin., cocc., Colch., coloc., cop., Crot-h., croto-t., dig., dios., Dulc., fl-ac., Gamb., Grat., hep., hyos., iod., ip., Iris, Kali-ar., kali-c., Kali-p., kali-s., Lach., lept., Lyc., lycps., med., Merc., Merc-c., nat-c., Nat-m., nat-p., Nat-s., nit-ac., Nux-m., Nux-v., Olnd., petr., Ph-ac., Phos., plb., Podo., Puls., rheum, Rhus-t., ric., sanic., Sec., sep., sul-ac., sul-i., Sulph., tab., ter., Thuj., Tub., Verat.
STOOL; HOT (K638, G545) (RECTUM; Pain; burning; diarrhea; during)
STOMACH; THIRST; unquenchable, constant (K530, G451) (burning, vehement) (extreme)
Dryness of tongue X thirst with: Acon., aloe, apoc., arg-n., arn., Ars., bar-c., Bell., Bry., Camph., canth., carb-an., carbn-s., Caust., cench., Cham., chel., Chin., chin-s., coc-c., Cocc., graph., kali-bi., kali-br., kali-i., kreos., Lach., laur., lyc., mag-m., merc-c., mez., nat-c., Nat-m., nit-ac., Nux-m., op., petr., phos., phyt., Rhus-t., sec., stram., Sulph., tab., verat.
GENERALITIES; FOOD and drinks; fats and rich food; agg. (K1363, SII-240, SII-241, G1124) (heavy food – oil – pork – rich)
RECTUM; DIARRHEA; food; rich, after (K613, G524)
ABDOMEN; RUB, desire to (Pain; general; rubbing amel.)
GENERALITIES; LYING; amel.; back, on (K1372, SII-356, G1131)
The choices that came up were Phos, Bryonia and Puls. I had to be precise as she had taken so many remedies over the last couple of months and nothing had helped even a little. I asked her to tell me exactly what her mental state was. She missed the ‘pure’ love she experienced through her Gurugi. This man had found his path and was so obviously at peace with himself that it seemed to amplify her own loneliness /lack of spirituality. He had found his path/way and he was a manifestation of true divine love. Even the attraction of the Rishikesh, could not make up for this. She missed the sincere love she experienced. This was her present emotional state.
The obvious choice for her now was Phosphorous (April ’05). She needed just a few doses of 200C and she felt an immediate relief that she never experienced before. She was able to continue the rest of the travel (over the next 3 weeks or so) with hardly any episodes of diarrhea but needed to be very careful about her diet. The minute she ate something that did not agree with her, she started the diarrhea again.
Chronic History and Constitutional Remedy:
There was a break of a month and a half because she was unable to keep in touch. She took the Phos 30C if necessary and then she had with a bad viral infection, fever, etc for which she was given herbal treatment at the nature cure centre. She took more than a week to recover from this. When she contacted me again she said:
“I had an emotional meltdown (angry and critical) recently (early June) and got very upset with the people at the nature cure centre. After being here so long, I have not felt any great overall improvement with their treatment. I’ve been having diarrhea 10-12 times a day, watery stools. They have been reducing in number slowly but the stools were still watery. Still sensitive to different foods. Its only in the last couple of days that they have become semisolid. I’m down to 51 kgs (a loss of 8 kgs) and I have to be careful with my diet.”
Somehow she managed to give me a complete history partly by email and partly on the phone. She first gave me a very detailed and critical description of her physical appearance (mostly negative), which I thought may be a characteristic symptom. She had a history of frequent ear infections, chest infections during her childhood and teenage years with a few episodes of pneumonia and asthma as well. She was left with a chronic type of sinusitis at present.