I get telephone calls, (sometimes late at night) from former patients, friends, friends of friends and relatives who are very upset and wanting help with an acute health problem.
I first deeply acknowledge their emotional state. Without that step, it’s difficult to get accurate information, because people who are suffering or scared have very little free attention.
Then I ask about etiology, symptoms, sensation, location, onset, modalities, concomitants.. The story rarely unfolds in a linear way, so it takes patience and guidance to get a reliable picture.
Some, not all of these require repertorization. If I’m near the computer I use that, otherwise I’ve got them on speakerphone and I’m thumbing through a repertory. Finally I arrive at a remedy that I’m quite certain will relieve their distress. More often than not, it’s a commonly available remedy.
If this is late at night and there is some urgency, my final question is, do you have such and such remedy? Often they will go rumaging through the house or looking in old shoe boxes of remedies and report, “I don’t have that one.” And so they have to soldier on until stores open the next day. (There are other options, which I’ll discuss in a future editorial.)
That’s a great let down for each of us, which brings me to the importance of having a kit. The major companies that produce kits have carefully included the 35, 50 or 100 of the most often needed remedies, which are conveniently placed in alphabetical order for quick access. Kits are usually much less expensive than if you bought those remedies separately.
The little bottles in the kits contain a small amout of remedy, and one could easily use up the contents rather quckly. However, there’s a way to make your kit last much longer. If there’s a remedy that you tend to use with some frequency, measure out one dose and put it in a 1 or 2 ounce amber colored dropper bottle of water (filtered, spring or distilled water), and add 10-20 drops of grain (ethyl) alcohol to keep it fresh. By doing so, you’ve turned one dose into 50 – 100 doses. Do remember to label the bottle as to the remedy, potency and date it was made.
Please keep your remedies away from light and sources of electromagnetic fields eg. microwave ovens, cell phones, computer monitors. (The field from an operating microwave oven can extend 15 feet or more.)
If you have accumulated lots of individual remedies which are scattered about the house, or in a shoe box, treat yourself to an inexpensive organizer (below) and put them in alphabetical order. I subscribe to the notion that, if you don’t know you have something, then you don’t have it!
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IN THIS ISSUE:
––Got the Remedy? A Note to Novices – Alan V. Schmukler
–– Letters to the Editor – Feedback from the January 2023 Issue – Hpathy.com
HOMEOPATH IN THE HOT-SEAT
Dr. Bipin Jain interviewed by Dr. Manish Bhatia
–– Homeopathy 101: The Basics – Richard Moskowitz
–– Homeopathy in Practice: Old is Gold, Classical Approach to Childhood Fevers – Vatsala Sperling
–– A visit with Homeopath and Archivist Francis Treuherz, –Part 1: Faith and Homeopathy – Gill Graham
–– Harvesting the Riches From a Field of Dreams – Dreams Analysis for Provings – Jane Tara Cicchetti
–– Medical Chatter: Homeopathy and Cholera 1853-1855 Part II
–– Hahnemann and Leonardo da Vinci – Observation, Experiment & Experience – Peter Morrel
––‘A Prolonged Life, Owed to Dudgeon ’- A Poem by doctors of the London Homeopathic Hospital – shared by Gill Graham
– TIDBITS Elaine Lewis
–– Homeopathy TIPS and Important News – February 2023 – Alan V. Schmukler
–– Tics, Constipation, Insomnia, Speech Delay after Vaccination – Anke Zimmermann
–– Obstinate Cough and Cold – Woman of 31 – Rajiv Peres
–– Interstitial Cystitis Solved with Bambusa Arundinacea – Kavita Chandak
–– Ischemic Stroke in Man of 64 – Serguei Krissiouk
–– Intussusception in a Bo of 13 – Monica Frohman
–– Silicea -A Non Excisional Therapeutic for Lymphadenopathy –Rakesh Gupta, Prabhakar Devadiga, Yarish Sadri
–– Psoriasis in a Girl of 4 – Shishir Paranjape
–– Chronic Coryza in a Girl of 2 – Urvish Parmar
–– Burning Pains & Anxiety -Woman of 59 – Aarti Ramchandani
Canadian College of Homeopathic Medicine – CCHM
Special Student Presentation
–– Autism is a Girl of 6 – Victor Cirone
–– Cold and Flul in a Woman of 50 – Pam DeMille Byth
–– Menopaousal Problems in a Woman of 51 – Brad McCutcheon
–– Loss of Taste and Smell in a Woman of 41 – Christine Dezeng
–– A Case of Poorly Managed Anxiety – Kylie Jones
–– Hot Flashes, Menorrhagia – Julia Bayram
–– Headaches in a Woman of 66 – Christina Godfrey
–– Anxiety and Grief in a Man of 16 – Heidi Buecking
–– Integrative Pediatrics Survey: Parents report high demand and willingness to self-pay for complementary and integrative medicine in German hospitals. – Dennis Anheyer et. al.
–– Exact, Complete, Depth, the Eight Box Method of Case Taking by Dr. Rajan Sankaran – is reviewed by Vatsala Sperling
–– Physiological Materia Medica by William Henry Burt, Third Edition – reviewed by Joe Rozencwajg
–– Ask the Holistic Vet – February 2023 – Deva Khalsa
–– Ask the Plant Doctor, February 2023 – Radko Tichavsky
–– Survivor – Alan V. Schmukler
–– Homeopathy Crossword – February 2023 – Alan V. Schmukler
SOLVE THE CASE QUIZ
–– QUIZ – It’s The Flu, And New Job Starts Tomorrow! – Elaine Lewis
–– Revisiting The Choking Kind – Elaine Lewis
Alan, what a great editorial! Yes, so wise a saying: “If you don’t know you have something, then you don’t have it.” So many people resist buying a remedy kit because they’ve “got remedies”, but of course, they’re out of order, in a shoe box or a large sandwich bag…. or they say, “I’ll buy it at the health food store tomorrow.” I always say, “Tomorrow your Belladonna cold could change into Gelsemium, but you’ll buy Belladonna and it won’t work.” The prescription is only good for the moment that you gave your symptoms. If you’ve got scores of loose remedies around, go to Amazon and do a search for lipstick cases. I’ve got two of them here that hold various sizes of 22 remedies each. By the way, I didn’t know people were calling you in the middle of the night! Well, I guess that’s no different than getting emails in the middle of the night, which is what I get.
Tackle boxes are another way to store remedies cheaply, particularly if you want to group them by certain categories. For ex., I have an emergency box of Covid remedies, another for bowel nosodes, another for Fibonacci potencies. But my very favorite storage device is the former library card catalogue that houses my low potency remedies.
Thank you. Great column. But I’m not seeing the link or photo of the remedy organizer.
And, where does one buy ethyl alcohol?