Can you identify the remedy from these snapshots of cases? (Answers at the end)
Case Story 1:
This is an interesting case of a single mother in her late forties. She developed oedema of the foot after her only daughter moved to University. She feels very resentful about this and cannot cope with this reality. She cries quietly. The only thing that is stimulating her is the strong coffee which she loves. She does not like pasta or any slimy food. She also suffers from constipation. She also had sweating during eating. The above salient symptoms were enough for me to prescribe one of our leading polychrests. What is the medicine?
Case Story 2:
A middle-aged woman suffers from melancholia and she does not like to call it depression but she feels really low. She is also a single mother, works hard to support the family. On going through her life story she mentioned that she is extremely dissatisfied at work and has been for the last 4 years. Her boss is rude and she feels like leaving the job but she cannot, in this economic environment. She always looks forward to the weekend when she walks the dog by the sea side which totally refreshes her and enables her to return to work on Mondays. The medicine took care of her within 9 months. So what is it?
Case Story 3:
This is a case story of a school girl of 14 who suffers from headaches and for which different tests have been done but without conclusive results. The optometrist does not think there is any problem with her refraction and she tried a pair of glasses but the headaches persist. She also suffers from severe period pains and complains of heaviness and fullness in the lower abdomen during her periods. She has bad skin which is quite dry and has to moisturize very often, or she looks very red (++) and congested. This is a young irritable (especially on awakening, without any cause), impatient girl who is dissatisfied about life. One of our greatest polychrests restored her to normalcy in all respects within a short period of time. What was the prescription, please?
Case Story 4:
This is the story of a menopausal lady in her late 50’s who has been diagnosed with an ovarian tumour. She also suffers from extreme debility and a severe degree of vertigo. When the vertigo comes, she tries to close her eyes and sit still, which make the vertigo better. But interestingly, as soon as she closes her eyes, she gets drenched with menopausal hot sweat. One single prescription made her better.
Case Story 5:
Here is a case story of a debilitated, constipated woman in her mid-30’s suffering from pain in the kidney area, which has been diagnosed as a stone. The pain aggravates in the early evening, around 6pm. She also suffers from weakness whenever the pain comes. She described herself as a sensitive person but can be stubborn about decisions. What was the prescription?
Case Story 6:
A young boy of 12 years suffers from night terrors. The problem started after a violent fight that broke out in the school between two other lads. Because of these night terrors he cannot not sleep at night, and he feels sleepy in the morning. He is also having difficulty in turning the lamp off in his room at night. He and his parents are really stressed about this and wishe to resolve this problem quickly. One interesting item is this: his Mum said confidentially that he has an issue about his height; he likes to say that he quite tall for his age (though not)! The prescription made him better in seven months!
Case Story 7:
I have seen this patient, when she was 9 years old; a pretty girl but unfortunately suffers from bedwetting almost every night. She also suffers from constipation and there is lot of mucus in the tissue, while cleaning. She had a history of delayed milestone: delayed walking. Another interesting aspect of the case is that her mother described her asextremely weepy and said she cries+++ from the slightest cause.
Case Story 8:
This is a story of a debilitated (++) man in his early 70’s who suffers from cough almost every winter, for the last 6 winters. This is making him extremely depressed and he thinks he will die from pneumonia. His weakness is also progressing. He coughs a long time in order to expectorate. He has also suffered from post nasal drip (++) for the last 5–6 years. That was sufficient clue to me to prescribe the medicine.
Case Story 9:
This case is of a young Indian girl suffering from polycystic ovarian syndrome/disease. She got married about 6 years back and has no children. Her husband works in Dubai and only visits home once a year. She looks after the elderly in-laws, and that’s the reason she cannot join her husband in Dubai. She is very sad about this. She also suffers from extreme physical and mental exhaustion and weakness and is gradually losing weight. She suddenly loses strength during walking! She is gradually losing interest in life and does not like to meet up with her friends. Another complaint she has: lots of sweating on hands (palms). This was sufficient to make my prescription for her.
Case Story 10:
This young man came to the slum clinic in India with lots of gas+++ which is not better by belching. He has noticed that a few vegetables produce lots of gas. Especially when he has salad with onion and cucumber he really feels bloated and full of gas. He also mentioned that he feels weak (++) and sad (++) on awakening, every morning, without any particular reason. This had gone on for the last 16 months!
Case Story 11:
This is a woman in her mid-40’s suffering from weakness+ and heaviness+++ of limbs, which is immensely aggravated by walking. This heaviness is almost incapacitating her. She is an anxious, impatient lady who craves sweets, chocolates and is very thirsty for warm drinks. She also mentioned that small eruptions, that look like boils, appear on her face during her menstruation for 3 to 4 days and then it clears up. This was sufficient to prescribe from my understanding of Materia Medica.
Case Story 12:
This short case story relates to a young girl in her mid-20’s suffering from extreme physical weakness, which surprised me. She mentioned her weakness started after her first delivery when she had quite a bit of bleeding (post partum hemorrhage). While describing her symptoms, one of the interesting things she mentioned was that she has an extreme degree of sensitivity to food and does not like to be touched! She is anxious and many times she feels the anxiety is coming from her stomach! I thought that was enough for my prescription.
1) Nat mur
4) Conium mac
9) Conium mac
12) Kali Carb.
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