Tips and Secrets

Tips & Secrets August 2018


Tips and secrets about remedies like Taxus, Clematis and Gallic acid, tips on whooping cough and on heart conditions and more.

Editor’s Note:  Many thanks to Dr. Sneha Thakkar  who studiously collected the Tips for this issue.

From Dr. Sunirmal Sarkar’s desk


For complimentary treatment in cancer cases when Thuja can be thought of. Keynotes include rumbling in the abdomen from fasting and ravenous appetite, two hours after eating.


This remedy has Pulsatilla-like mind symptoms along with urinary complaints. A clinical keynote of the remedy is commencing stricture.

Gallic acid

Fears like Stramonium plus Tuberculinum-like violence plus cough and hemorrhages like Phosphorus. There is wild delirium at night where the patient is very restless, sweats and jumps out of the bed. The patient is afraid to be alone, is rude and abuses everyone.


Used for deep pathologies like cancer and/ induration. Depression like Alumina and Nat mur. There is paralytic weakness, induration, dryness and constriction. It is especially adapted to old people. The remedy source causes scirrhus of the tongue.

Angustra vera

This remedy has Nux vomica-like mind and Ruta-like physical symptoms.


This patient is hot like Sulphur + has perspiration like Silicea + cravings of Calcarea carb. Overall, Sanicula is like Calacarea phosphorica.


This remedy is very similar to Carcinosin. However, in cancer, when the tumor is harder, with the presence of stomach symptoms like Sulphur (hollow sensation) with history of worms in the patients, this remedy acts very well.


This remedy has Carbo veg-like symptoms of slowness, dullness along with thermals, cravings and perspiration like Sulphur.

Chlamydia trachomatis

This remedy is this generation’s Medorrhinum. All the symptoms in this remedy are like Medorrhinum with urinary and rheumatoid pathologies. A keynote of this remedy is that patient sleeps on his abdomen. There are a lot of pelvic pathologies like salpingitis or ovaritis. Histaminum is a good complementary remedy to this one.

Just You See – Broadening the Homoeopathic Horizon by Dr. Sunirmal Sarkar


More about Magnesiums:

Magnesium carbonicum / Magnesium muriaticum

An interesting difference between Magnesium carbonicum and Magnesium muriaticum is that while Magnesium muriaticum has dreams of being lost in a forest, i.e. outside the house, Magnesium carbonicum has dreams of being lost in his own house. This means that whereas the Magnesium muriaticum person can find a home outside of his house if he makes the effort, the Magnesium carbonicum situation is such that despite being in his own house he is homeless, and no effort is going to help.

Magnesium sulphuricum

One of the unique symptoms of Magnesium sulphuricum is the dream of unsuccessful efforts to dress for a party. A party is a place where one meets others on a social basis, and in such situations the Magnesium sulphuricum person faces the question of his acceptability and feels that he has to look his best, or he will be rejected, forsaken. This forsaken feeling is terrible for Magnesium sulphuricum because he feels that his entire existence depends on being accepted.

Soul of Remedies by Dr. Rajan Sankaran


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Materia medica tips

Actea spicata

This is a rheumatic remedy and it has a special affinity for smaller joints, particularly the wrist. In the affected limb great weakness is felt, as if paralyzed. Extreme tenderness to touch, nocturnal aggravation, weakness and tingling are some of the cardinal symptoms. It is particularly suited to old people. The aggravation is noticed from motion and change of weather.

Ammonium benzoicum

This is extremely useful in albuminuria complicated with gout. The appearance is particularly characteristic; the eyelids are swollen and the face is bloated. The urine which is smoky and scanty is full of albumen.


Obstinate vesicle irritation due to catarrh of the bladder. The patient experiences great pain both in the region of the kidneys and the bladder. This pain induces a constant desire to void urine as is common in prostate enlargement and acute prostatitis which may have been caused from sitting on a cold wet stone. There is a peculiar sensation of swelling, felt in the perineum which, on sitting down, appears like a ball pressing against the perineum. It is also efficacious in tumors of mammae, benign or malignant.

Whooping cough

Ambra grisea: Hollow paroxysmal coughs with expectoration of tough mucus after awaking in the morning same as in Coccus cact.

Anacardium: Belching after each fit of coughing. Indicated in children given to fits of uncontrollable temper, and in cough brought on by anger and vexation.

Antimonium tart: Accumulation of phlegm leads to a coarse rattling sound in the throat as well as in the chest, and the patient sinks into a sort of slumber after the paroxysms are over.

Arnica: Painful paroxysms in young children with a tendency to hemorrhage, especially in the eyes.

Cina: Whooping cough which comes in violent, periodical attacks, caused by a titillating, tickling sensation as from a feather in the throat, accompanied with sneezing.

Cuprum met: Excessive spasms not only of the muscles of the throat but of the entire body. The patient shows great anxiety before the attack. The child gets stiff and unconscious; breathing apparently ceases. Blueness of the lips, great prostration, complete exhaustion of breath, and expectoration of mucus with dark blood.

Drosera: Paroxysms get worse after mid-night and gagging and vomiting predominate. There is hemorrhage from the mouth and nose with excessive anguish.

Hepar sulph: Cough with rattling sound, and choking as from mucus, in the larynx; it is always worse in the morning.

Hyoscyamus: The cough is more incessant than violent and is worse lying down but relieved by sitting up.

Ipecac: Spasms of the glottis before paroxysms of cough. The child stiffness out during cough and becomes rigid, and turns blue in the face. There are also nose-bleed, bleeding from the mouth and vomiting.

Lycopodium: The whooping cough is excited by irritation in trachea as form sulphur vapour (Brom.)

Mephitis: During the spell of coughing, the child passes both urine and stool and turns so blue and very asphyxiated.

Natrum muriaticum: Violent pain in the forehead, which feels like bursting with each attack of cough which is accompanied with involuntary micturition and stitches in the region of the liver.

Sanguinaria: Peculiar constricted sensation. Cough is always worse at night and is accompanied with diarrhoea

Spongia: Cough with a deep hollow barking sound which is excited by an irritation up in the larynx.

Study on Materia Medica by Dr. N.M. Choudhuri


Remedies for heart conditions

Crataegus oxyacantha                                  

Crataegus of the greatest value is the myocardial degeneration with a steadily failing heart. In such a condition there will be the usual accompanying symptoms, steadily increasing pulse rate, signs of pulmonary congestion, a certain amount of oedema, slight cyanosis, and aggravation from any exertion. Crataegus in low potency has in my experience produced the most dramatic effects and an astonishing amount of recovery in the apparently irreparably damaged heart. I am in the habit of giving Crataegus 3x every 3 to 4 hours for several weeks.

Aconitum napellus

Great remedy for angina and pseudo angina. First attack with an absolutely overwhelming fear. The patient is certain he is going to die, and that he is going to die very speedily, and he is terrified. He is quite unable to keep still, and yet any movement seems to aggravate his distress. In a case of that sort a dose of Aconite high will give relief almost instantaneously. I have seen such a case and put a dose of Aconite on the patient’s tongue, and before the medicine could be swallowed the patient was feeling better. It is almost instantaneous. I usually carried 10 m. as my highest potency in general practice, and I gave Aconite 10 m.


Good remedy for chronic heart failure with peculiar bluish red appearance of the congenital heart, somewhat clubbed fingers, which, again, are rather congested, and the peculiar bluish appearance – almost like ripe grapes – of the lips. That is the sort of underlying colour one associates with Laurocerasus. Extreme dyspnoea, very nearly Cheyne Stokes in character. Dyspnoea gets very much worse if they are sat up; they are better in a semi – prone position. Marked tendency to the early development of hypostatic pneumonia.

Oxalic acid

Indicated in cases of acute heart failure. Cases of collapse with a feeling of intense exhaustion associated with numbness. Legs and feet feel numb and paralysed, and often patients say they don’t feel as if they had any legs at all. Cold and clammy skin with mottled cyanosis, often over the malar bones. Patient wants to keep dead still, any movement increases distress. Sharp precordial pain, usually comes through from the back and may run up the left side of the sternum towards the clavicle, or down the left side of the sternum into the epigastrium.

Borland’s Heart Conditions by Douglas Morris Borland


UK: The End of Homeopathy on the NHS

In the UK, Bristol’s clinical commissioning group (CCG) ceased offering homeopathy on the NHS. It was the last place in England to offer publicly-funded homeopathy.  The British Homeopathic Association (BHA) challenged the NHS’s decision to cease funding homeopathy on the NHS. A judge ruled against the BHA and now the NHS is seeking £120,000 in costs from the BHA.  A representative of the BHA stated that they will raise the money by crowd-funding from patients.


Indian Government promotes Homoeopathy

A bill seeking to replace the Central Council of Homoeopathy (CCH) with a board of governors and aimed at bringing accountability and quality in homeopathy education was passed by the Lok Sabha on Monday.  Replying to the debate on Homeopathy Central Council (Amendment) Bill 2018, Aayush Minister Shripad Yesso Naik assured the Lower House that the government would come up with comprehensive bills to promote Homeopathy, Ayurveda and Siddha.

From our archives: The Homoeopathic Herald, 1950 Feb Vol X No11

  • Platina has a form of constipation similar to Alumina, i.e., the stools adhere to the anus like soft clay (Nash)
  • Three remedies are remarkable for sleepiness, viz.: Opium, Tartar emetic and Nux moschata, but aside from this one symptom they are not alike. (Nash)
  • If the uterus has become prolapsed in consequence of hard labor, the prolapse most generally yields to Nux vom. or Sep (Jahr)
  • Owing to the rapidity with which Sulphur, Silicea and Hep. have always effected the cure of panaritium in my hands, I have never found it necessary to try other remedies. (Jahr)
  • Suppressed gonorrhoea, with fever, rheumatism, orchitis etc. It will restore the discharge very soon: Gelsemium (Hale)
  • Hemiplegia, after Nux vom. failed : Xanthoxylum (Hale)
  • During sleep biting in the tip of the tongue: Theridion (Lippe)
  • Perspiration of the face, especially on the side on which he does not lie : Thuja (Lippe)
  • Pulmonary consumption; expectoration and breath exceedingly offensive: Sang. c (Lippe)
  • Rheumatism : Pains change rapidly from one part to another, without swelling or redness; with constant chilliness, worse evening and night: Puls (Gentry)
  • Coldness of soles while rest of body is warm: Coloc. (Gentry)
  • Offensive, putrid breath in girls at the age of pubescence: Aur. Met. (Lilienthal)
  • Incipient phthisis, attended with fatiguing coughing, the result of obstructed menstruation: Senecio.

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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