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Tidbits 78: Elaine Lewis, DDS!

Written by Elaine Lewis

Elaine treats another gum abscess with an auto-nosode. A bit of self-surgery was required.

I’m sure a lot of you have been keeping track and thinking, “Gee, it’s been over 6 months since Elaine had a dental abscess, what gives?”  Well, wonder no more!  For it started a few days ago.

I wasn’t sure what was going on, I only knew that I have a loose tooth, bottom center/left, and because of that, abscesses are an ongoing threat!  There was pain on the lingual side of the tooth (that means the back).

Though the source of the problem was the gum area, the tooth itself was painful as well, especially on occlusion.  Of course I took remedies!  Pyrogen, Nitric acid, Hecla lava, Hepar sulph, Silica…none helping!

I decided to try oil-pulling.  Not helping!  Rinsing with hot salt water—not helping either.  However, maybe something was helping to bring the abscess to a head because before that, I really couldn’t pinpoint what was wrong!  But once I felt that roundish protuberance, I knew!

I’ve done this before, as you know, but I decided to have a look on Youtube to see what “real” dentists do for abscesses and guess what?  They’re doing the same thing I’ve been doing—lancing them!

But one of the videos showed the dentist administering the novocaine shot, and the patient, a young male, screamed bloody murder!!!!  “Stop!  Take it out!!!!” he yelled.  It was so awful, the dentist had to inject him with a sedative before he could even go on!  I said, “OK, that’s it, I’m outta here!  I am not going to the dentist!”

Yesterday, despite being in pain, I had to do the food shopping; and that meant going to the health food store and Whole Foods!  The irony wasn’t lost on me that I wouldn’t be able to eat any of the stuff I was buying!

Getting home from shopping is probably the worst part, carrying in numerous heavy shopping bags (gee, if only I had a baby who could help me!!!!) and then having to unpack them, find a space for all the food items, and then cook dinner!

Sometimes I don’t even get to sit down for hours!  But this moment was even more onerous than usual, because this time, instead of my usual sitting-down time, I would be lancing an abscess!

I had to set everything up in the bathroom (the ER)  #1–sterilize the flashlight.  2. Make a water potency of Calendula 200C—our antiseptic—in a disposable cup.  In case you’re wondering, Calendula is the Latin name for Marigolds.  All our remedy names are in Latin—because they’re mostly plants, and that’s how plants are referred to.  3. Pour an ounce of bottled water into a disposable cup to rinse and spit into for the purpose of making a remedy out of it.  These remedies are called “nosodes”.  4.  Sterilize a fresh razor blade.  5.  Get a half-filled bottle of water ready to make a 6C nosode out of the blood and, hopefully, pus from #3.  Yes!  That’s your remedy, the abscess is its own remedy, or maybe I should say its own antidote!!!   6.  Wash hands.  7.  Find courage!  (That last one is the hardest!)

Ok, zero-hour has arrived!  I leaned my left arm on the ledge in front of the bathroom mirror, held the flash light in my left hand, shined it on the abscess and saw it in the mirror.

I made one, just one, deep cut with the razor blade (I didn’t want to be going back and doing it over and over again because the cut was too shallow) and was thrilled when I saw the wonderful pus coming out along with the inevitable blood!  (You gotta get the pus out because that’s what an abscess is—a collection of pus!)

I immediately rinsed with the ounce of water (see “3” above) and spit it back into the cup.  Then I rinsed with the Calendula 200C cup to neutralize the bacteria and protect my other teeth from infection; meanwhile, I kept pushing more and more blood, etc. out of the incision with my tongue to get everything out of there to the extent possible.  I continued to rinse with Calendula 200C.

When the bleeding had finally stopped, I went into the kitchen to make the 6C nosode.  A nosode is a remedy made out of diseased material.  Some of our most common remedies are nosodes—like Medorrhinum, Carcinosin, Influenzinum, and so on.  How do you make such a remedy?  Well, here’s what I did.

  1. I poured the ounce of water containing the blood and pus (cup #3 above) into my half-filled (small) water bottle and then succussed the bottle 40 times.  Succuss means pound the bottom of the bottle into the palm of your left hand, assuming you’re right-handed.
  1. Write down the number “1” on a piece of paper after your 40 succussions.  (This is why your bottle has to be half-filled.  You can’t succuss a full bottle.)
  1. Pour out 90% of your bottle.
  1. Refill with bottled water to the half-way mark and succuss 40 times again.
  1. Write the number “2” down on your piece of paper.
  1. Pour out 90% of your bottle.
  1. Refill with bottled water to the half-way mark and succuss 40 times again.
  1. Write down the number “3” on your piece of paper.
  1. Repeat steps 6, 7 and 8 until you’ve written down the number “6”.  Now you’re done.

So, I’ve made my abscess remedy!  Abscess 6C, and I wrote that on my remedy bottle with a sharpie.

Here is my time-line:

  1. 10 PM—Lanced abscess
  1. 10:13—Took 1st dose of Abscess 6C.  Abscess still felt round!  I wondered if I had failed!
  1. 10: 32—Succussed bottle five times and took 2nd dose. I noticed I was out of pain!
  1. 10:47—Abscess seems to be flattening out!
  1. 11:17—Succussed bottle five times and took 3rd dose.
  1. 11:40—ate dinner (I could actually eat!)
  1. 12:30 a.m.—I can bite down now with little pain
  1. 12:33 a.m.—Succussed bottle five times and took 4th dose.
  1. 12: 50 a.m.—fell asleep, completely exhausted!
  1. 2:30 a.m.—Woke up, all pain gone!
  1. 3:30 a.m.—5th and last dose.

That’s it folks, I got nothin’ more to say!  Despite the fact that I’m getting better and better at this????  It’s not something I really want to be good at!!!!

Bye, see you again next time!


Elaine Lewis, DHom, CHom

Elaine takes online cases. Write to her at [email protected]

Visit her website: https://ElaineLewis.hpathy.com

About the author

Elaine Lewis

Elaine Lewis, D.Hom., C.Hom.
Elaine is a passionate homeopath, helping people offline as well as online. Contact her at [email protected]
Elaine is a graduate of Robin Murphy's Hahnemann Academy of North America and author of many articles on homeopathy including her monthly feature in the Hpathy ezine, "The Quiz". Visit her website at:
https://elainelewis.hpathy.com/ and TheSilhouettes.org


  • Amazing courage Elaine! If it happens to me I don’t know if I will be courageous enough to cut the abscess and make a remedy.
    Why do you think those remedies you took didn’t help at all?
    I am wondering what could be the remedy to stop having the tendency for abscesses to reappear?

    • Maria, abscesses are so intolerable, I assure you that you will find the courage to lance it. As to why remedies didn’t work? Well, one clearly did work—Abscess 6C! You know, making nosodes really is a legitimate part of our practice, especially when many remedies have been tried and failed. Also, making drug remedies when people are suffering from side-effects, that’s something that we have to learn to do too. I explain all that in my article “How To Make Your Own Remedy” which is on my website. I’m sure you can google it as well. Thanks for your comment, Maria.

  • Wow! That was amazing! I was drawn to your article because I have oral thrush and 2 small abscesses. I’ve been gargling with water and baking soda, water and apple cider vinegar and/or salted water. I was doing a detox with a homeopathic blend (Dolichos pruriens 3X, Nux vomica 3X, Lycopodium clavatum 3X, Amyl nitrosum 6x, Leptandra virginica 3X, Podophyllum peltatum 4X, Carduud marianus 3X, Chelidonium majus 2x, Boldo 2x). I’m guessing that’s what brought on the thrush. I’m wondering now if I could scrape off some of the growth on my tongue and make a 6C nosode remedy…?


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