Tips and Secrets

Tips and Secrets December 2011

Our editor, Alan Schmukler, continues his series of giving us interesting tips for our practice!

Hoarseness in Singing Birds

Caged singing birds are subject to attacks of hoarseness; in other words they catch cold from being exposed to draughts, the same as men do. There are a number of remedies for this ill, and they are easily administered by dissolving half a dozen pellets of the chosen one in the bird’s water cup. If the bird sneezes and is evidently just taking cold, Aconite is the remedy, but if it is plainly hoarse, tries to sing but has little voice, and that rough in sound, give Causticum or Hepar sulph. If there is great hoarseness, watery eyes, yet occasionally the voice breaks out clear, give Pulsatilla.

The Poultry Doctor – Boericke & Tafel – 1920

Four Tips from Dr. E.A. Farrington


The Mygale lasiodors is a large black spider, native in the island of Cuba. It was first proved by Dr. Houard, of this city. It is one of our best remedies for non-complicated cases of chorea. She has constant twitching of the muscles of the face. The head is often jerked to one side, usually to the right Control over the muscles is lost.

Kali Carb

You will seldom find Kali carb indicated when there is a full round pulse.


The best remedy we have for small ulcers about the joints is Sepia.

Aphonia with Burning

Ammonium carbonicum is one of the best remedies in the whole materia medica for aphonia, especially if there be present the burning rawness in the throat.

Elongated Uvula

Elongation of the uvula is frequently treated by surgical removal, yet Robin Murphy’s Repertory lists no less than 40 remedies for this condition.

Some Tips from E.B. Nash

Ipecacuanha is often our best remedy in the first stage of both asthma and whooping cough, before the stage when the mucus is present.

Staphisagria is also a remedy for colicky children… The Staphisagria child is often troubled with sore eyelids. In such a case there is chronic tendency to colic and Staphisagria is sometimes the only remedy.

There is a form of diarrhoea which alternates with constipation, oftenest found with old people, where Antimonium crudum is the only remedy.

Camphor as Antidote

Camphor is a principal antidote in all poisonings by vegetable substances, and particularly, sharp, acrid, burning poisons, which cause inflammation and redness ; in all cases of poisoning, if the patient suffers from vomiting and diarrhoea, is pale, cold as ice, and almost senseless. In such cases, if you do not know what kind of poison has been taken, you should prefer giving camphor. It will often suffice to let the patient smell it, or it may be rubbed on his skin, or given by drops on sugar.

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

Be Cool

A person who has recovered from freezing, must avoid the heat of the stove and of the fire for a considerable time, as serious maladies, particularly disease of the bones, are liable to result therefrom.

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

Medicine is for People, Not for Profit

During the past year (1895) the National Homoeopathic Hospital, Washington, D. C. treated 468 patients, of whom 168 were paying patients, and 295 free patients.

Receipts were $21,089.23. Expenditures $20,506.88.

From – The Medical Counselor – January, 1896

Cantharis in Erysipelas

What I consider the best remedy in Erysipelas is Cantharis. I used to give Bell, Rhus, Apis and others, until four years ago. I have never used any other remedy since and have never been disappointed by it.

T. C. Buskirk, M. D. – From – The Medical Counselor -Jan., 1896.

It’s Tough Being Ahead of Your Time

Michael Servetus, who had nearly demonstrated the circulation of the blood, about 1550 A. D., was arrested and burned at the stake by the influence of John Calvin, the reformer. Thus this great discovery was delayed for nearly a century, until William Harvey, in 1628, published his work on the circulation of the blood, which even then brought upon him the bitter enunciations of his contemporaries.

The Medical Counselor – Michigan Journal Of Homoeopathy – Ed. H. R, ARNDT 1886

Chronic Disease

A great chronic disease may be cured in the space of one or two years, provided it was not mismanaged to the extent of having become incurable. In young robust persons half this space of time is sufficient.

The Chronic Diseases – Their Specific Nature & Homeopathic Treatment –  Dr. Samuel Hahnemann

Hepar in Nehpritis

Hepar Sulphurisis, according to Kafka, is the best remedy for commencing nephritis in scarlatinous patients. When Hepar is denoted, the urine flows in a sluggish stream and although the desire is strong, he must wait long before it starts (intermitting flow, Clematis, Conium).

A System of Medicine Based Upon the Law of Homeopathy Ed. H. R. Arndt M.D.

Rhus in Iritis

Rhus toxicodendron is especially valuable in suppurative inflammation of the iris, the latter involving, or showing a strong disposition to extend backward and involve the rest of the uveal tract. It has no superior in this respect, unless it be Allium cepa.

A System of Medicine Based Upon the Law of Homeopathy Ed. H. R. Arndt M.D.

Chronic Enlargement of Tonsils

No remedy is more often given with good results in cases of chronic enlargement of the tonsils than Baryta carb. It may require from one to three months, possibly longer, to get full results. A change of potency from the lower to the higher is often necessary.

Practical Guide to Homeopathic Treatment Designed and Arranged for the Use of Families, Prescribers of Limited Experience and Students of Homeopathy. Myron H. Adams, M. D., (1913)

Addison’s Disease

Arsenicum is the most homoeopathic of all remedies to this disease. The disease, though considered incurable, may have its development arrested by the proper remedy. Among other remedies to be thought of are : Thuja ; Natrum mur, Belladonna, Calcarea carbonica, Iodine and Phosphorus. Boenninghausen gives Ant crud, Nitric acid, Secale and Spigelia as remedies producing a bronzed skin.

Practical Homoeopathic Therapeutics Ed. – W. A. DEWEY, M. D. (1901)

Attack of Gout

Colchicum, in drop-doses of the strong tincture, is one of the best remedies for preventing an immediately- threatened, or arresting a recently-developed attack of Gout. When there is circulatory excitement, Aconitum should be alternated with it. We must add, Colchicum has but little curative power over the gouty diathesis.

The Homeopathic Vade Mecum of Modern Medicine and Surgery – E. Harris Ruddock, MD – 1869

Two Remedies in Pericarditis

In pericarditis …Bryonia and Spigelia may be given when loud friction-murmurs are heard, and the patient complains of continual pain, the area of cardiac dullness is somewhat enlarged, and the pulse is accelerated and not weakened.

The Science of Therapeutics According to the Principles of Homeopathy – Bernhard Baehr, M.D. (1872)

Small Pox

Variolinum makes the progress of the disease much milder, quickly removes all dangerous symptoms, changes imperfect pustules into regular ones, which soon afterwards dry up, promotes suppuration on the third day, and exsiccation on the fifth, sixth. and ninth day, and prevents all scars. This is the unanimous testimony of ten physicians who have used it in different epidemics.

Special Pathology and Diagnostics with Therapeutic Hints – C.G.Raue, MD (1882)

First Homeopath in Italy

Dr. George Necker, who had been a student of Hahnemann, was the first physician to practice homeopathy in Italy. In May, 1823, he opened a homoeopathic dispensary for the poor in his own house in Naples.

History of Homoeopathy and its Institutions in America – William Harvey King, M.D., 1905.

First Homeopath in Denmark

In 1821 Dr. Hans Christian Lund, a medical practitioner of Copenhagen, then fifty-six years old, adopted homoeopathy and introduced it in Denmark. He translated into Danish many books and pamphlets on the subject, and in 1833 published a weekly paper.

History of Homoeopathy and its Institutions in America – William Harvey King, M.D., 1905.

Epilepsy” in Pigeons

Pigeons are sometimes attacked by a disease called, perhaps improperly, epilepsy. It manifests itself by the contortions or unnatural workings of the muscles of the throat, and if touched the birds seem to be in pain. The disease oftener attacks the female than the male. Its cause is unknown. Belladonna covers the symptoms best.

The Poultry Doctor – Boericke & Tafel – 1920

Some Remedies in Eczema

ANTIPYRINUM : Erythema, eczema, pemphigus. Intense pruritus, urticaria appearing and disappearing suddenly with internal coldness.30C.

ARUNDO MAURITANICA : Eczema behind the ears; itching and crawling especially of chest, upper extremities. 30C

CICUTA VIROSA: Capitis – long standing in a young woman covered the whole scalp like a cap. Lemon coloured crust. Elevated eruptions as large as peas. 200C

CISTUS CANADENSIS : Itching all over, small painful pimples Mercurio-syphilitic ulcers. Skin of hands hard, thick dry fissured; deep cracks. Itching of swollen hands and arms, general itching which prevents sleep. (30C, 200C)

CORNUS ALTERNIFOLIA: (swamp walnut): Eczema, cracked skin everywhere, esp. in creases and folds, exuding a sticky watery fluid. Q: 5 drops x 8 hourly and also internally 30C.

CROTON TIGLIUM : . Intense itching of skin, especially of the scrotum, but so sensitive and sore is unable to scratch; > by gentle rubbing, < cold washing. (30C)

FAGOPYRUM : Itching; > by bathing in cold water; < scratching= soreness, < touch. Itching of knee and elbows and hairy portions. Vesicular pustular, phlegmonous dermatitis skin hot swollen. (30C)

FULIGO LIGNI : It acts on obstinate ulcers, epidermis, betters eczema, chronic irritations of mucous membranes of mouth. 6x Trit.

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

Direction of Cure

In Hering’s direction of cure, the movement downwards is in the same system, the same disease and the same miasm. If a skin eruption disappears from the face and joint pain starts, this is not above downwards. Rather, the disease has shifted from one layer to another.

The Follow-Up –Understanding the follow-up in deep seated diseases. Dr. Narendra Mehta

A Man of Vision

I was married in 1963, during which time I was studying homeopathy. Soon after we were married my wife started wearing glasses. She said she suffered from headache and her doctor advised her to wear glasses as the headache was due to her weak vision. She had to wear them all the time. She still suffered from her headaches, which grew worse whenever she did fine sewing work. Her face and neck were thin but her legs were very fat, which fit Nat- mur. She had aggravation in her mood from consolation and she would eat food with extra salt. I gave her Nat mur 6x four times and in a month she could remove her glasses. Forty years have passed now without her wearing glasses or having headaches.

At age forty I found that I had a problem in reading, especially in dim light. Day by day my sight was diminished. I consulted an eye specialist who told me I was suffering from cataract but they didn’t yet require an operation. He said they were incurable and advised me to wear glasses. I took Calc flour 30x for two months or so, and used Cineraria Maritima (CMD) drops twice every day. My eyesight returned to normal and I have never needed glasses these last thirty years. I still use CMD T.I.D. without fail and also take Calc flour occasionally.

Dr. Chander Shekar Gupta

A patient came to me on the 05.03.2011 with some side effects of emergency contraceptive tablets (Levonorgestrol ). This drug is usually used in the following condition:

1 )Unprotected Sexual Intercourse.

2) Contraceptive Failure.

3) Improper use of Birth Control Method

The patient had the following side effects of Levonorgestrol :

1) Appetite diminished,

2) Pain in forehead,

3) Nausea during pain in forehead,

4) Pain in hypogastrium,

5) Frequent menses.

On the basis of repertorisation results, I gave the patient Nux Vomica 3O, T.D.S. for three days. This remedy cured the patient.

Dr.Amit Saha

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.


  • i like this issue , i have recently started to read these articles , i fell many times probleams in chosing potancy of medicine and need some discussion regarding specific medicine
    if u possible the please chose these topics for next issues or if it is already published then please forward for me
    thank you

  • I am 67 years old and a firm believer in homeopathy treatment. I am a regular reader of Hpathy for the past two years. I narrate my own experience when I was told a year back that I am likely to get catract. I could see sparks in night and this was there for about a month or so. I started CMD(Cinceraia maritam) eye drops twice a day and cal flour 12x daily dose and within a period of four months, I could get get fantastic cure.

  • To Alan V.Schmukler,dear sir,thank you for your very effective efforts to present us homeopathic tips every month.Its surely helping to readers,patient and practioner all over the world.In my openion the tips sender may kindly be asked to mention potency that they are using to cure the disease,this will make its application properly.With best regards,yours truely,malaker

  • Dear dr Alan V Schmukler,
    You are doing a great work by giving valuable tips for cure by drs of homeopathy
    i am also pleaqsed to read that atleast one mr sundram age 67 used cin martim eye drops and cal flour for some time and found a fantastic cure in catract
    dr shekhar

  • DEAR DR,

  • Dear Doctor,

    I found Cal Flour one of the best medicine to cure in Catract.

    Dr Shamsur S Rahman
    Abu Dhabi, U A E.

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