Tips and Secrets

Tips and Secrets 37 – May 2010

Samuel Hahnemann
Written by Alan V. Schmukler

Another round of interesting Tips and Secrets!


On the Danger of Suppressing Skin Itch

This quote from Hahnemann’s Chronic Diseases should keep people from rushing to the dermatologist:
No other chronic miasma infects more generally, more surely, more easily and more absolutely than the miasma of itch; it is the most contagious of all. It is communicated so easily that even the physician hurrying from one patient to another, in feeling the pulse has unconsciously inoculated other patients with it…. As soon as the miasma of itch touches the hand, in the moment when it has taken effect, it no more remains local. Henceforth all washing and cleansing of the spot avail nothing.
A boy of 13 years having suffered from his childhood with tinea capitis (fungal infection of the scalp) had his mother remove it for him, but he became very sick within eight or ten days, suffering with asthma, violent pains in the limbs, back and knee, which were not relieved until an eruption of itch broke out over his whole body a month later.

Tinea capitis in a little girl was driven away by purgatives and other medicines, but the child was attacked with oppression of the chest, cough and great lassitude. It was not until she stopped taking the medicines, and the tinea ‘broke out again, that she recovered.
The dyspnoea of a youth, 20 years, caused by the driving away of itch was so great that he could not get any breath, and his pulse was hardly perceptible, in consequence of which he suffocated.
A boy of 7 years whose tinea capitis and itch dried up, died after four days from an acute fever and asthma accompanied by expectoration.

From : The Chronic Diseases – Dr. Samuel Hahnemann

Avoid The Aggravation

Each person has an optimum potency. If the optimum is 12c, then start at 6c, until not effective, then go to 12c. If you enter the system at 200c, an aggravation may occur. By starting at 6c, a tolerance is built and the healing is gentle, rapid and permanent. The healing crisis is not necessary or wanted.

Organon Philosophy Workbook -Robin Murphy, ND


Gelsemium always has light colored urine, never dark, even during fever. If you prescribe Gelsemium for a patient with dark urine, you need to take a refresher course!

Journal of the American Institute of Homeopathy – Dr. Pierre Schmidt

Cimicifuga and Pulsatilla – Comparative M.M

The condition of mind in which we find the Cimicifuga patient is typical of pregnancy—a dark cloud has settled over her. The Cimicifuga symptoms point to nervous excitement and spasmodic trembles; the Pulsatilla symptoms point to torpor and delay. With Pulsatilla, labor is slow and tedious, and the patient alternately cheerful and tearful. With Cimicifuga she is never cheerful, she thinks she will die, and is very demonstrative and impatient with the pains.

The Southern Journal of Homeopathy- January 1888- C.E. Fisher M.D. Editor


Mephitis (skunk secretion) in a low potency tones up the nervous system and relieves the exhaustion. The main use of Mephitis is in whooping cough. It produces a hard cough, with well-marked laryngeal spasm and a distinct whoop. It often apparently makes the patient worse, while it really tends to shorten the course of the disease. When catarrhal symptoms are slight and the spasmodic whoop is marked, Mephitis is to be selected. Cough < night and after lying down. There is a suffocative feeling; the child cannot exhale.

Clinical Materia Medica – E.A. Farrington

Spots before the Eyes (Muscae Volitantes )

An appearance before the vision as of black motes or of thin grey films, like the wings of a fly; or half -transparent grey threads, like spiders’ webs ; or if viewed against a white wall, or other clear and near object, they appear as one or a number of small circles with a central aperture.
Consider: Hyoscyamus, Belladonna, Cocculus, Conium, Mercurius cor., Zincum

The Homeopathic Vade Mecum Of Modern Medicine And Surgery – 1869 E. Harris Ruddock, MD.


Fever after use of a catheter – Aconitum
Fever without thirst – Gelsemium (3), Pulsatilla (3). 1-apis, caladium, acetic acid, variolinum
Fever commencing with vertigo – Cocculus
Fever with yawning and stretching – Rhus t. (2) , aesc (1)

Homeopathic Medical Repepertory – Robin Murphy N.D.

Remedies for Welders

Arnica – For any traumatic injury
Cantharis – Top remedy for burns
Phosphorus – Use after Arnica for electric shock
Carbo veg – For the effects of breathing hot air

Homeopathy An A to Z Home Handbook – Alan V. Schmukler

Two Small Calcarea Remedies

Calcarea Hypophosphite (hypophosphorosa)
This has proved to be a remedy of the first importance for severe abscess or ulceration of the cornea, even sloughing or crescentic, when the vitality is too low to resist the disease.

Calcarea Iodatum

This salt is to be thought of in acute exacerbations of chronic “calcarea” diseases; the patient is often thin with dark hair, instead of blond and fat. Very susceptible to cold.

Homoeopathic Therapeutics in Opthalmology – John L. Moffat MD

Kali Carbonicum

The heart becomes weakened and you have a pulse which is irregular or intermittent, or being rapid, is very weak. You will seldom find Kali carb indicated when there is a full round pulse.

Clinical Materia Medica – E.A. Farrington MD


Ezcema is always of constitutional origin. We have the worst forms to deal with in the tubercular or syphilitic child. No man can tell how many of these little lives are saved by the disease coming to the surface, preserving the vital organs. All ointments of every name are to be discarded in toto, depending alone on anti-miasmatic treatment. Prognosis is favorable up to fifty years of age, after which is it sometimes difficult to eradicate.

Diseases and Therapeutics of the Skin – J. Henry Allen MD

If Tuberculinum produces a fearful aggravation, Calcarea carbonica or Calcarea phosphorica in a lower potency may check the effect.

Caution on the Use of Remedies – M.Fayazuddin

Lachesis and Wait

Lachesis ought not to be repeated frequently. If well indicated, a single dose should be allowed to exhaust its action.

Materia Medica with Repertory – William Boericke MD

Hold that Sulphur!

Never use Sulphur in the acute abdomen. Its propensity to create pus and increase its development is well known.

The Principles and Art of Cure by Homeopathy – Dr. H.A. Roberts

Senile Apoplexy

Dr. N. B. Delamater believes that after the first three or four hours, Arnica is probably the best remedy to use, whether the attack is the result of traumatism or not. It is supposed to check additional hemorrhage and prevent the tendency to recurring hemorrhage.

If there be a sudden rise in pulse and temperature, Aconite in drop-doses every half hour for two hours, then every hour, is probably the best remedy. If there appears a sudden pallor and weakening of the pulse, Ferrum phos., 3x every fifteen minutes.

Agaricus —In enfeebled state of the brain, patient is giddy, weak, apt to tremble, loss of memory, and dimness of vision. Cases that have been preceded by unusual wakefulness and excitement, especially if there is much, twitching of the face and limbs with dilation of the pupils.

Baryta iod —In torpid chronic cases, to promote absorption of the clot. Is useful to prevent recurrence, especially from sexual excitement ; especially adapted to delicate and old people.

Belladonna —Flushed face, a bloated appearance, violent beating of the carotids, pulse full, hard, eyes red and pupils widely dilated, muttering, distortion of the mouth.

Cocculus – Dizziness, with great nausea and vomiting, and a tendency to faint; formication of hands and feet and difficulty in speaking and thinking.

Conium maculatum – Face bloated, purple, or livid; skin cool; pulse slow and feeble; pupils contracted and breathing extraordinarily difficult and oppressed. This remedy is decidedly homeopathic to the symptom paralysis.

Cuprum aceticum —When preceded or attended by convulsions, unusually pale, a marked general deficiency of bile.

The American Homeopathist – Jan. 1901 – Wilford Allen M.D.

About the author

Alan V. Schmukler

Alan V. Schmukler is a homeopath, Chief Editor of Homeopathy for Everyone and author of ”Homeopathy An A to Z Home Handbook”, (also in French, German, Greek, Polish and Portuguese). He is Hpathy’s resident cartoonist and also produces Hpathy’s Tips & Secrets column and homeopathy Crossword puzzles each month. Alan is a recipient of the National Center for Homeopathy Martha Oelman Community Service Award. Visit Alan at his website: Here.


  • Alan, tips and secrets was very interesting this month! I loved the way you included pictures. I could have sworn H.A. Roberts was Redd Foxx!

  • Recently I observed that so many homeo practitioners prescribe multiple drugs against the concept of homeopathy. i request them please follow the basic concept of homeopathy. tips and secrets article is very useful in every edition. thanks to all the readers as well as authors.

  • Sir,
    I did find your so far sent articles tobe very useful. Thank you very much & I request you kindly to send here after also. I am not a Homeo Dr. but eversince my childhood I am attracted to this harmeless treatment. I am 50yrs old lady. I do keep treating my family with this homeo medicine only. I keep go throughing most of the useful articles and books.

    Hats off to the Greatest of The Great Dr.HANNEMMAN.

    I would like to know How far Tissue remedies help us in getting cured dieseases permanently. Because I do mostly use Bio Tissue remedies regularly. I would also like to know more about Monther Tinctures. For my Insomnia (sleeplessness) I have been using Passiflora and Avena Sativa (Avena Sativa for my weak nerve). Are mother Tinctures harmless if used regularly.

    I request you to clear all my doubts.


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