One of the most frequently asked questions to a Homoeopathic Physician is, “Do you have any medicine for asthma/cancer/pain in the back/……?” The list is almost unending. The answer is ‘NO”, we do not have medicines for ‘conditions’, we have medicines for ‘PATIENTS’ suffering from various conditions.
What we are talking about is the diagnosis of the ‘disease’. As homoeopathic physicians, we believe that ‘diagnosis’ is not useful in selection of the medicine. It is the ‘PATIENT’ who is suffering and not his parts or organs. The ‘PATIENT’ is his ‘WILL’ and ‘UNDERSTANDING’. Dr. Kent has very truly said that ‘SICKNESS STARTS IN THE MIND’.
The body always follows the mind. It is of prime importance to know the ‘CAUSE’ of the sickness. It is comparatively easier in acute cases but very difficult in chronic cases. The main difficulty in finding the ‘CAUSE’ in chronic diseases is, patients tend to forget events that had occurred many years ago. At times, the patients feel that the event was not so important, so fails to mention it to the physician. It is up to the physician to correlate these events with the symptoms of the patient.
As homoeopaths, we need to find out ‘WHY’ the symptoms appeared. High cholesterol, high uric acid levels, low hemoglobin levels are all the ‘RESULTS’ of the disease process that started long ago. Trying to treat these end results will not ‘cure’ the patient in the true sense. In Homoeopathy, we rectify the cause. The results get automatically rectified.
Let us try to understand this with the help of this example. This is a real life case.
A 76 year old lady, complained of pain in the lower back, shooting down the right thigh posteriorly since 5 – 6 years. She had already visited an orthopedic surgeon and was diagnosed to be suffering from ‘sciatica’. The MRI scan of her lumbar spine showed “Prolapsed Intervertebral Disc” (PID – commonly known as ‘slipped disc’). She was advised surgery to get rid of the pain. The pain was < rest, night, initial motion in the morning, cold air and cold applications, > continued movement, hot fomentation, stretching. Obviously, the first medicine that comes to mind is Rhus tox. I gave Rhus tox in all potencies, but with only temporary relief. In the mean time, she also kept telling me her life story during at each visit. From that, I came to know that the lady had been taking care of the sick people from her family for many years. She was constantly under the effect of anxiety from nursing the sick. She had to make the rounds of the hospitals, in addition to her regular household duties. Recently her daugher-in-law was diagnosed as suffering from cancer. She had to be admitted to the hospital off and on for chemotherapy and radiotherapy sessions. So, the anxiety and mental ‘tensions’ were at the peak. She became extremely exhausted and weak over the period of treatment of her daughter-in-law. After that, this lady started suffering from ‘sciatica’. Dr. Kent has very nicely described such a personality in “Cocculus Indicus”. One dose of “Cocculus Indicus 1M” followed by SL for almost 1 month was enough to ‘cure’ the patient in the true sense. There has been no pain or discomfort since then.
Conclusion – Try to reach the ‘root’. Just cutting off branches of the ‘tree’ of disease is not enough. You destroy the ‘root’, and the branches die automatically.
This may appear to be a simple case. But it will give an insight into what to look for, while treating patients suffering from chronic diseases.