Tips and Secrets

Tips and Secrets – August 2012

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Written by Alan V. Schmukler

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What Potencies Did Hahnemann use?

Hahnemann at the end of his career mainly used potencies 12, 18, 24 and 30 and that this comprised some 81% of his total prescribing . If we then add potencies 6 and 9, we cover some 94% of his total prescribing. Those homoeopaths who can with honesty say they use mainly potencies 12, 18, 24 and 30 can truly call themselves Hahnemannian. The rest cannot.

Hahnemann And High Potency – Peter Morrell

Three Tips from E.A. Farrrington, MD

Orbital Cellulitis

(Acute infection of tissues surrounding the eye: eyelids, eyebrow, cheek )

In orbital cellulitis, Rhus tox is almost a specific. It should always be given in cases in which the symptoms indicate no other remedy.

Syphilitic Iritis

Mercurius corrosivus is almost a specific for syphilitic iritis. If the symptoms of the case do not point to some other drug as the remedy,you should give it in this disease.

Biliary Calculi (Gallstones)

The remedy to permanently cure biliary calculi is Cinchona. Unless some symptoms call you specifically to another drug, put your patient on a course of Cinchona.

Autopathy in Eczema

Homeopath Jiri Cehovsky reports on a case of lifelong eczema in a woman of 43. The symptoms were entirely relieved after treatment with her own potentized saliva.

Get Well with Autopathy – Jiri Cehovsky

Arsenicum Bromatum in Diabetes

Arsenicum Bromatum is a powerful remedy in diabetes mellitus and insipidus, for I cured cases with it where the patient had already been reduced from 138 pounds to 98, and where the urine could be condensed by boiling, into a syrupy consistency.

New Old and Forgotten Remedies – Ed. Dr. E.P. Anshutz

Cholera morbus

I have found Antimonium tartaricum the nearest a specific for cholera morbus of any remedy. For more than twenty-five years I have seldom found it necessary to use any other, and then only when there were severe cramps in the stomach and bowels, when Cuprum metallicum relieved.

E. B. Nash M. D. – Leaders in Homoeopathic Therapeutics

Retained Placenta

I would recommend Cinchona when retained placenta is attended by haemorrhage. Pulsatilla does no good. I know that it has been recommended in these cases to take away the afterbirth by manual interference, but it has been my practice to administer Cinchona until the tonicity of the uterus is restored, and then remove the placenta.

Clinical Materia Medica – E. A. Farrington, M.D.

Tarentula Hispanica

The extreme restlessness of the limbs is like Arsenicum, … and it sometimes has cured where Arsenicum has failed, although it seemed well selected. Anxiety, restlessness, constant motion of the arms, legs, trunk and head. Restlessness of the limbs in the evening, in bed before going to sleep, like Arsenicum and Lycopodium

Lectures on Homoeopathic Materia Medica – James Tyler Kent, M.D.

A Drop in the Bucket

Drug giant Glaxo Smith-Kline was fined $3 billion for illegally promoting various drugs, and hiding the dangerous side effects of Avandia. That may seem like a big fine, but their earnings on those drugs were…$ 25 billion!

Facial Neuralgia

Magnesia phosphorica is almost a specific for facial neuralgia; at any rate it has cured more face aches than almost any other medicine. It has neuralgia of the face, worse in the right side, which is ameliorated by heat and pressure, and aggravated by cold.

Dr. Dorothy Shepherd -Heal Thyself – December 1944

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Chronic Splenitis

In chronic splenitis Capsicum generally proves one of the most efficient remedies, both if the spleen is simply very sensitive and likewise if it is swollen and indurated, particularly after fever and ague.”

Dr. G.H.G. Jahr – From: A System of Medicine Based Upon the Law of Homoeopathy Vol 2.

Four Tips from W.A. Dewey, MD


Baehr recommends Digitalis 3d trituration in spermatorrhoea and claims that it usually suffices. It should be given early in the morning. Dickinson claims better results from this remedy than from any other.

Baryta in Paralysis

Bayes recommends Baryta in facial paralysis and also in paralysis of old people, and Hartmann says that glossal paralysis can scarcely ever be cured without Baryta.

Kail chloricum

Hughes recommends this drug highly in simple stomatitis, and seldom requires any other remedy. It corresponds to aphthous and ulcerative stomatitis, with coated white tongue and a tough, stringy, acid saliva.


Baehr claims that Cuprum will cure most cases of chorea. It is indicated where the choreic movements start in the muscles of the fingers and toes and extend to the limbs.

Practical Homoeopathic Therapeutics – W.A. Dewey MD

Phosphoric acid in Cholera

Phosphoric acid has been by some considered almost specific in the diarrhoea which precedes cholera, particularly if the evacuations are frequent, loose and slimy, or of a whitish gray color, or if they consist of undigested substances.

Some tips for Fatigue by C. Hering

After any very weakening fatigue, or after all great exhausting exertions, Arsenicum will give relief.

If the exertion had been accompanied by much lifting and stretching, or if it had caused perspiration, and the body cooled too quickly by cold air or water, give Rhus tox.

Should fatigue produce a sensation of faintness, or actual fainting, give Veratrum.

If no food had been taken for a long time, Coffea.

For great weakness, in consequence of profuse perspiration, give China.

If the fatigue is so great that it causes internal pains and restlessness, sleep does not refresh, everything pains at the slightest touch, walking relieves a little and the beating of the pulse is felt all over the body…. give Natrum muriaticum.

If there are symptoms of internal heat, such as hot breath and quick pulse, give Aconite and if not relieved by this, Bryonia.

The Homoeopathic Domestic Physician – Constantine Hering, M. D.

Cerebro-Spinal Meningitis

Cicuta Virosa was tried for cerebro-spinal meningitis by Dr. Baker, of Moravia, N. Y., who cured, during an epidemic of this terrible disease, sixty cases of all degrees of malignancy, without the loss of a single case. This is a wonderful record, and he thinks it is as near a specific for this disease as can be.

E. B. Nash M. D. – Leaders in Homoeopathic Therapeutics

Life in Hahnemann’s House

The four grown-up daughters helped the father in preparing his medicines, and willingly took their part in proving the various remedies. The students who were devoted to the great reformer, were still more eager to do this. When the day’s work was done, Hahnemann was accustomed to recruit himself from the hours of eight to ten by conversation in a familiar circle of friends. All his friends and pupils had free access to him, and were happy and cheerful while smoking and drinking white beer.

History of Homoeopathy – Its Origin, Its Conflicts – Wilhelm Ameke, M.D.

Intermittent Neuralgia

In intermittent neuralgia of well defined periodicity, i, e. nervous pains of well defined duration, which come at a certain time and disappear at a certain time every day, I found Chinium sulphuricum a specific of the first degree, which never failed me in such a case, unless the patient had before taken Chinium sulph in massive allopathic doses.

The Homoeopathic Recorder Volume XIII – 1898

Two Tips from Dr. Jahr

If a prolapsus of the womb should have been occasioned by lifting a heavy weight, Nux vomica is almost a specific remedy, and should be resorted to before Bell, or Sepia are given.

Carbo-animalis is specific for the syphilitic bubo, threatening to pass over in suppuration.

The Clinical Guide or Pocket Repertory for the Treatment of Acute and Chronic Diseases – G. H. G. Jahr

Disordered Taste

Ars-Alb: Water tastes bitter.

Iodum: Plums taste bitter.

Pulsatilla: Bread tastes bitter.

Sabina: Milk tastes bitter.

Sanguinaria: Sugar tastes bitter.

Dr. Subrata K. Banerjea -Standstill Cases – Giving an Intercurrent with Emphasis on the Scope of Using a Clinical Tip.

Three Tips from Dr. W.A. Dewey

Arsenicum is almost a specific for hives from shell fish, which itch and burn.

Dr. Hale considers Viburnam Opulus specific in neuralgic and spasmodic dysmenorrhoea . Its chief indications seem to be in the character of the pains, which are spasmodic.

Raue, quoting from Cooper, recommends Terebinthina for teething, with restlessness at night, distension of the gums and symptoms of irritation. It acts promptly.

Practical Homoeopathic Therapeutics -W. A. Dewey, MD

Consumers Don’t Hear About Recalls

A recent study found that the FDA Recall Alert System failed to report twenty percent of the dangerous drugs recalled over the past eight years.


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.


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