Many terms are unique to homoeopathic practice. We
now give examples in this and in the following chapters.
Most homoeopaths remain symptom-coverers. Bernard
Shaw wrote that if a homoeopath looks at a Chinese he would
prescribe him for jaundice (because the colour of the skin of
Chinese people is yellow.)
No one need get offended by this statement. We are only
trying to carefully lift the clouds of mysterious obscurities
Be that as it may. Let us now learn some terminologies
most useful in selecting the remedy.
Congestion: When two or more symptoms are in one
and the same part of the body, instead of considering each
symptom separately you should take the rubric ‘congestion’.
For example, a patient came in complaining of headache,
dandruff and hair fall; he had been having this for several
years. The neophyte would take ‘dandruff’ ‘hair fall’ and
‘headache’ for finding the remedy. But when these three
symptoms are found together in one place viz., head, we
should not take the three symptoms separately but as one
whole unit and the term is ‘congestion’. For this do not take
the list of remedies under CONGESTION in the Chapter
‘Head’ in Kent’s Repertory but you must go to the Chapter
GENERALITIES at the end of Kent’s Repertory and there
also you find a rubric CONGESTION. You must take this for
A patient was having varicose veins in legs, pain in knee,
corns on sole, cramps in feet. All these complaints are on the
lower limb. Here too we must use the rubric ‘congestion.’
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‘Congestion’ — other examples
When pain or some other symptom is felt in a part while
exerting another part, e. g., headache while coughing,
involuntary urination or urging to urinate when excited etc.
‘Worry causes headache’. ‘Mental tension causes or
aggravates skin complaints’. (For this we have the term
neurotic eczema. See the remedy Anacardium orientale in
Boericke’s Materia Medica. In that remedy under the para
Skin we find the following: Intense itching, eczema, with
mental irritability… neurotic eczema.)
In the materia medicas some authors use the term ‘rush
of blood’ or ‘hyperaemia’ in place of ‘congestion’.
[Hyperaemia – an excess of blood in an organ or any part of
the body.] Following is from Lilienthal:
Rush of blood of plethoric individuals requires: 1. Acon.,
Aur., Bell., Calc., Lyc., Phos., Sep., Sulph. 2. Arn., Bry.,
Chin., Ferr., Nat-mur., Nux-vom., Rhus-tox, Thuj.
Rush of blood complained of by plethoric, debilitated,
hypochondriac, or nervous individuals. The principal
remedies are: 1, Acon., Aur., Calc., Hep., Kalm., Kreos.,
Lyc., Phos., Sep., Sulph.; 2, Amb., Amm., Arn., Bell.,
Bry., Carb. v., Caust., Croc., Chin., Fer., Iod., Natr. m.,
Nux v., Op., Petr., Phos. ac., Rhus, Samb., Sarsap.,
Senn., Sil., Stann., Thuj.
Rush of blood of nervous, very irritable individuals:3
1. Acon, Arn., Bell., Chin., Nux v.; 2. Amb., Aur., Calc.,
Fer., Lyc., Petr., Samb.
(Memory weak, inability to think) – if by congestion of blood
to the head: chin., melilot., merc., rhus, sulph.