The Early Provings by Hahnemann
This statement from Boeircke’s Compendium provides a sense of the attention to detail given to the early provings:
“Our provings have been made upon persons in perfect health, and living in contentment and comparative ease. When an extraordinary circumstance of any kind, fright, chagrin, external injuries, the excessive enjoyment of any one pleasure, or some event of great importance supervened during the proving, then no other symptom has been recorded after such an event, in order to prevent spurious symptoms being noted as genuine.”
A Compendium of the Principles of Homoeopathy as Taught by Hahnemann, and Verified by a Century of Clinical Application – William Boericke, M. D.
The Magic of Senega Low
I was called to an old asthmatic who was having a terrible paroxysm. After intense suffering which ordinary remedies did not relieve, I gave Senega, 3 or 4 drops tincture in one-half glass cold water, dessert-spoonful doses. Imagine my surprise when he later ushered me in with a smile and bow, for he was perfectly free from hard breathing.
A lady 50 years of age, suffering the same way for over a month. The dyspnoea was very great, had to sit propped up in bed ; chest rattling and wheezing; filled with mucus which she could not raise; face and hands purple from unoxygenized blood. Ipecac, Arsenic and Antimonium tart, of no benefit. Seven drops of tincture of Senega in one-half glass water, a teaspoonful once an hour. In one-half hour after the first dose she went right to sleep, and had a beautiful night. I have used it many years in obstinate coughs with dyspnoea and difficult expectoration of mucus which seemed to fill the bronchial tubes.
Senega: Cough, with great accumulation of mucus, which seems to fill the chest, with much rattling, wheezing and difficult breathing; especially valuable with old people, but works well with others. I always use it low, no success with the high.
Leaders in Homoeopathic Therapeutics – E. B.Nash, M. D.
In very tedious cases, when the right remedy had been chosen and given in but one dose, and when the patient, after a short aggravation of the symptoms, commenced to grow better, he will sometimes, in a few days or a week get worse again. He who can now wait, and give nothing more, will witness most remarkable cures, which will be the more permanent and complete, the less they were interfered with.
If the beneficial effects of the medicine is interrupted, or ceases entirely, and the patient grows worse in consequence of taking cold, eating improper food, etc., he should take a medicine to counteract the cause which occasioned this interruption, and then again the medicine which he had previously taken.
The Homoeopathic Domestic Physician – Constantine Hering, M. D.
Jealousy in Dogs
Dogs experiencing jealousy can cause harm on occasions. Hyoscyamus 200x every two weeks is indicated. This remedy is also useful for dogs prone to outbursts of aggression. Jealousy on the part of a female dog who barks too frequently, indicates Lachesis 200x. Sexual rivaly among dogs indicates Platinum 200x.
Homoeopathic Medicine for Dogs – Dr. H.G Wolff
The author, writing in a homeopathic journal, was way ahead of his time, describing a problem which continues today:
It seems that the practice of vaginal hysterectomy has already reached far beyond the point of propriety. Since it has been demonstrated that it is possible to effect removal of the uterus by the vaginal route without much danger to the patient’s life, the operation has been recommended and resorted to for almost every condition affecting in any way the pelvic organs, whether any tangible pathological condition is demonstrable or not.
Under What Conditions Shall We Perform Hysterectomy? – Horace Packard, M. D. The Medical Counselor – A Monthly Journal of Homoeopathy and Collateral Sciences – January, 1896.
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Apis in Dropsies
Apis is useful in dropsies and symptoms calling for it are briefly these: In general dropsies, it is indicated by the peculiar appearances of the surface of the skin. There is a sort of waxen hue to the skin, which has a translucent look, with a whitish or slightly yellowish tinge. The urine is scanty and there is almost always absence of thirst. Apis is especially useful in dropsies of renal origin
A Clinical Materia Medica – Lectures delivered at Hahnemann Medical College Of Philadelphia by doctors – Farington, Bartlett, Lilienthal. 1887
John Hunter says “Not one patient out of fifteen will escape syphilis, if the chancre is destroyed by mere external applications, even on the first day of its appearance.” The disease is not cured except when, through the effect of the internal remedy alone, the chancre is cured. I have never, in my practice of more than fifty years, seen any trace of the venereal disease break out, so long as the chancre remained untouched in its place.
….When the chancre is still present, and there is no complication with a developed Psora, it needs only one little dose of the best mercurial remedy, in order to cure thoroughly and forever the whole syphilis with its chancre, within fourteen days.
Samuel Hahnemann – The Chronic Diseases
Lock- Jaw of Infants
This serious disease is almost exclusively confined to tropical climates, and happens only in the first days of infantile life. The child cries in vain and attempts to nurse; the milk chokes it, and is ejected. On examination, the masseter muscles are found to be so rigid, that the lower jaw cannot be depressed; the jaws gradually close, the abdomen swells, the stiffness extends to the whole frame, and in two or three days the little sufferer is relieved by death.
Remedies : Arnica (if caused by mechanical injury), Belladonna, Chamomilla, Mercurius vivus and Lachesis
The Parent’s Guide: Containing the Diseases of Infancy and Childhood and Their Homoeopathic Treatment. – Dr. J. Laurie, M.P.
Unexpected Remedy in Conjunctivitis
Croton tiglium in peculiarly violent forms of conjunctivitis, and more particularly the phlyctenular variety, and resembling the profuse, persistent and gushing lachrymation of Rhus Tox. We have often obtained brilliant results from this remedy, especially when the characteristic eruption of Croton tig. has been present around the inner canthus, and extending upon the nose. If the above symptoms are present the remedy will be found equally efficacious in phyctenular keratitis.
The Southern Journal of Homeopathy January 1888 – C.E. Fisher M.D. Editor
A blacksmith was striking on a plow point and a piece about an inch long struck him on the right eyeball. It being red hot burned the eye from the inner canthus to about one-third of the pupil. He lost his left eye two years ago by a similar accident. You can imagine the state of his mind when he thought he must go blind. I found the following objective symptoms: Conjunctiva destroyed from the inner canthus to one third of the pupil; over this part of the eye was a white film, and he could only see at a right angle. Subjective sensation as if a red hot coal of fire was in the eye. I dropped a few drops of Mother Tincture of Cantharis in a glass of water, and dropped a drop into the eye, and in a very short time the eye did not burn so. I gave the same in the 30 m. potency one dose. He slept well that night. On the fifth day I gave a dose of Silicia c. m. for a tendency to suppuration. He can see well out of the eye, no spots or cicatrix. Here you can contrast, as usual, Old School with Homeopathy. Which ” takes the cake ?”
W. Sherbino, M. D, Abilene, Texas – From The Southern Journal of Homeopathy January 1888 – C.E. Fisher M.D. Editor
Veratrum Viride in Pneumonia
Often Veratrum Viride presents the nearest simillimum to the first, or congestive, stage of pneumonia. It is only in the stage of congestion that it is indicated. After fibrinous exudation takes place, it gives place to Bryonia or some other remedy. The symptoms calling for the remedy are very similar to those present in the beginning of pneumonia: Full, strong pulse, flushed face, covered with cold sweat; difficult and labored breathing, convulsive breathing (almost to suffocation), expectoration of pus and blood. The tongue frequently has a red streak down the center.
Dr. Wilson A. Smith – The American Homeopathist – January -1901 – Ed. Frank Kraft, M. D,
I was called to see a woman of seventy-three who was laboring to vomit a strangulated heinia. A surgeon was sent for to do the necessary knife-work, but as the old lady had been vomiting stercoraceous matter by the half chamberful for twenty-four hours and had a threadlike pulse at 160 per minute, with a temperature of ninety-five, he thought operation unnecessary, as she was already as good as dead. He retired with the request that I inform him of the progress next day.
Pulse hardly perceptible ; no temperature; respiration twenty-five per minute. I found all the above conditions, with cold breath, bloated abdomen, pointed nose, and blue skin, especially of the hands. To make a long story short, she was in a state of collapse. I gave two or three small doses of carbo-veg., which put her to sleep in less than an hour, the first time in forty-eight hours. At my call next morning she called out, “Hello, doctor!” The hernia had disappeared, she had vomited no more, in fact was practically well, and is now about as usual.
The American Homeopathist – January -1901 – Ed. Frank Kraft, M. D,
Lycopus should always to be thought of in exophthalmic goitre ; its action upon the sympathetic is cumulative ; it relieves the polyuria, the enteritis and the gastric crises of the primary stage. It is of equal value in correcting the tachycardia, the exophthalmus and the goitre in the later stages. Its use should be continued for a long time for appreciable results.
The Clinque of the Clinical Society of the Hahnemann Hospital of Chicago – Jan, 15, 1899.
A morbid appetite causing one to eat slate pencils, chalk, dirt, etc., is often due to uterine congestion, as in girls who do not menstruate properly (too much or too little) and in pregnant women. Worms in the stomach may develop this morbid appetite. Cina or Merc. Sol is a good treatment if worms are the cause. In pregnant women, Pulsatilla is often of service, as it is also in young girls suffering from scant menstruation. Where menstruation is too profuse, Viburnum is the better remedy.
Eaton’s Domestic Practice for Parents and Nurses -Morton M. Eaton. M. D.
(All by first wife.)
- Henriette, born at Gommern in 1783; married Pastor Forster; lived in Dresdorf, near Sangerhausen, in the Thuringen Hartz Mountains. Had children: Louis, merchant; Robert, farmer; Angeline, who married Herr Stollberg; Adelheid, unmarried.
- Friedrich, born at Dresden, November 30, 1786; married in 1812; had but one child, a daughter, who married Rector Hohlfeld, of Dresden. Died about 1829.
- Wilhelmine, born at Dresden about 1788; married Music Director Richter, of Gera; died about 1818; had one son, Hermann Friedrich Sigismund, who died at Coethen, May 13, 1866.
- Amalie, married Dr. Leopold Suss, by whom she had one son, Leopold Suss, who afterwards took the name Suss-Hahnemann, and who is now (1895) a Homoeopathic physician in London. Married for second husband, Herr Liebe; lived in Paris and London; died in Coethen, December 7, 1857.
- Caroline, died unmarried. A writer in Schwabe’s Populate Zeitschrift fur Homoopathie in 1893 (Dr. Puhlmann) says: “A grown up daughter was murdered while he lived in Leipsic, and another daughter, Caroline, probably met her death in the same way, for she was found dead in a mill pond near Coethen.”
6 (7). Twins: Frederika, married Post and Clothing Inspector Dellbruck, in Stotteritz, near Leipsic. 7. A still born sister.
- Ernst, born at Konigslutter in 1798; killed by a fall from a wagon when a babe, near Mulhausen.
- Eleonore, married to Herr Klemmen, afterwards to Dr. Wolff.
- Charlotte, born at Leipsic; lived with her father and died at Coethen unmarried, April 13, 1863. (Died at Coethen, April 13, 1863, of paralysis of the lungs, Miss Charlotte Hahnemann. She was the last surviving unmarried daughter of our great Master.—Am. Hom. Rev., Vol. iii., p. 576. See Allg. Zeitung.~)
- Louise, born at Leipsic; married Dr. Mossdorf; after his death she lived at Coethen with Charlotte.
From: The Life and Letters of Samuel Hahnemann – T.L. Bradford