Q. What is the goal of a Homoeopathic physician?
A. To CURE the sick person.
The exponent of Homoeopathy defined the word CURE in Aphor. 2 in his Organon of Medicine:
The highest ideal of cure is rapid, gentle and permanent restoration of the health, or removal and annihilation of the disease in its whole extent, in the shortest, most reliable, and most harmless way, on easily comprehensible principles.
In Aphor. 3 he elaborated the knowledge a homoeopathic physician should possess:
If the physician clearly perceives what is to be cured in diseases, that is to say, in every individual case of disease (knowledge of disease, indication), if he clearly perceives what is curative in medicines, that is to say, in each individual medicine (knowledge of medicinal powers), and if he knows how to adapt, according to clearly defined principles, what is curative in medicines to what he has discovered to be undoubtedly morbid in the patient, so that the recovery must ensue – to adapt it, as well in respect to the suitability of the medicine most appropriate according to its mode of action to the case before him (choice of the remedy, the medicine indicated), as also in respect to the exact mode of preparation and quantity of it required (proper dose), and the proper period for repeating the dose:-if, finally, he knows the obstacles to recovery in each case and is aware how to remove them, so that the restoration may be permanent: then he understands how to treat judiciously and rationally, and he is a true practitioner of the healing art.
Not only the above knowledge he must also possess knowledge of hygiene, errors in diet, errors in mode of living – proper exercise, common sense, etc. So the Aphor. 4:
He is likewise a preserver of health if he knows the things that derange health and cause disease, and how to remove them from persons in health.
When the homoeopathic physician proceeds intelligently, using the above knowledge following the basic rules:
Similia Similibus Curantur.
Single, Simple, Minimum.
Then he meets the miracles of the Infinitesimal doses in the form of CURE as defined above.
After going through the Philosophy of Homoeopathy – Organon by Hahnemann, Lectures and Articles by other writers like Kent, Stuart Close, Herbert A. Roberts, Dunham and various others it dawned upon me that as homoeopathic physicians we simply have to stimulate the Life Force which keeps the body alive in health as well in sickness (Hahnemann termed the same as VITAL FORCE or DYNAMIS or AUTOCRACY or VITAL PRINCIPLE). To stimulate this dynamic VITAL FORCE we do not require large and physiological doses rather the remedies must be in dynamic form and in smallest possible small dose. You know we do not need a baleful of fire to ignite a barrel of petrol, a tiny spark is sufficient.
When in practice the treatment is carried out following the basic rules of the science of CURE using simultaneously the necessary common sense the outcome becomes artistically scientific.
Hereunder I am giving a few unique cases of alarming and violent nature:
Case 1. A Case of Thrush
Mrs. S… Age: 76 years
It is an incident of 1984. I was called to see a lady, who was also my relative. She was a chronic patient of asthma. Now she was suffering from thrush. Whole of her buccal cavity and the tongue were covered densely with ivory white coating. She had much stitching and burning pain in whole area of the mouth. She had profuse salivation, so much the saliva was constantly flowing out of her mouth even while she was asleep and nearly filling twenty-four cups in twenty-four hours.
Such a condition of her developed in about three weeks while she was under the care of a well reputed and highly qualified allopathic physician, who at this stage feeling reluctant. She became unable not only to swallow the tablets of the medicine but even water. In such a condition I was called to see and help her. I had seen such a case fist time in my life and I pray that God may not put any one in such condition ever.
In the beginning I gave her Nitricum acidum 30 but it gave her only slight relief in two weeks. By that time she became impatient, and as such she again visited the same allopathic physician from whom she was taking treatment previously. Finding improvement in her condition he advised her to continue the homoeopathic treatment. As she was too anxious about the suffering and insisting to do something better I gave Nitricum acidum in 1M potency and Lo! The miracle took place. The salivation stopped magically overnight and within next three days she was perfectly well. She lived for about eight years more but the trouble in mouth never returned.
Case 2 A case of severe hiccough.
About twenty five years ago a labourer about forty years of age was brought to my clinic; he was suffering from a very severe attack of hiccough for the past few days. When the paroxysm used to start a number of hiccoughs used to come one after the other so fast that he was unable to take a breath. I gave him Nux vomica 200 but it did not show any relief. The paroxysm were so severe that they were causing anxiety let the fellow suffocate. Now I put a dose of Magnesia phos. 1M on his tongue (I give three or four globules of No. 10 size in a little Sugar of Milk as a dose). And seeing the severity of the paroxysms of his hiccoughs I advise the accompanying persons to take him to the emergency service of the Govt. General Hospital if he does not find any relief within the next half an hour.
Next day report came that by the time he reached his home less than a kilometer away, the hiccoughs stopped altogether never to return again.
Editor’s note : medicines like Nux-vomica, Kali brom and Mag-phos are among the most commonly used medicines for hiccoughs. Nux-vomica works better in cases of hiccups with some gastric trouble and Mag-phos works well because of its specific action in spasmodic disorders. The greater the intensity of the spasm, more is Mag-phos indicated.
Some excerpts from Comparative Materia Medica by CANDEGABE E. F.
Disease is a reaction of the defense mechanism, and mental disturbance – the foundation of all physical symptomatology – arises from the conflict created between the promptings of the syphilitic miasm to destruction and death, or of the sycotic miasm to selfishness and egotism, and the constraints imposed upon the individual by society.
His true self – a being of dynamism, depth and intuition – is masked by the personality, and it can be detected only through observation of his behaviour, the way he relates to those around him, his dreams, fantasies and ambitions, and his weakness.
[cd1] – The homoeopath must take note of all of these, not for their dramatic interest but for the clues which will lead to an understanding of the patient’s inner being.
[cd1] – It is the subconscious workings of the psyche which determine the nature and functioning of the conscious mind.
[cd1] – The general symptoms and modalities of the case, such as food desires and aversions, the reactions to certain kinds of weather, to heat and to cold, all serve to maintain and defend the patient’s status quo. (Foreword – by Dr Tomas Pablo Paschero)