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TIPS & Secrets – September 2020

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Written by Alan V. Schmukler

Tips from the Masters and important news. Tips on quercitin and vitamin C in covid-19, influenza vaccine and covid-19, remedies in chorea, and much more.

Quercetin and Vitamin C: An Experimental, Synergistic Therapy for the Prevention and Treatment of SARS-CoV-2 Related Disease (COVID-19)

“Quercetin displays a broad range of antiviral properties which can interfere at multiple steps of pathogen virulence-virus entry, virus replication, protein assembly- and that these therapeutic effects can be augmented by the co-administration of vitamin C. Furthermore, due to their lack of severe side effects and low-costs, we strongly suggest the combined administration of these two compounds for both the prophylaxis and the early treatment of respiratory tract infections, especially including COVID-19 patients.”

The authors present “the current evidence for the use of vitamin C and quercetin both for prophylaxis in high-risk populations and for the treatment of COVID-19 patients as an adjunct to promising pharmacological agents….”

Flu Shot May Increase Risk of Covid

A Pentagon study published in 2020 found that a flu shot increased the risk of COVID19 infection by 36%. The study compared the incidence of those with a COVID19 infection who had been given a flu vaccine and those with COVID19 who had not received the vaccine. There was a significant difference between the number of people with COVID19 who had had the flu vaccine than those who had not.

The researchers stated: “Receiving influenza vaccination may increase the risk of other respiratory viruses, a phenomenon known as “virus interference…’vaccine derived’ virus interference was significantly associated with coronavirus…”

Some Tips W.A. Dewey MD

Alumina in Anemia

Alumina being an antipsoric, is the remedy for anaemic conditions about puberty, with abnormal craving for indigestible substances, such as slate pencils, chalk, etc.

Natrum muriaticum in Anemia

Natrum muriaticum is one of our best remedies in anaemic conditions. There is paleness, and, in spite of the fact that the patient eats well, there is emaciation. There are attacks of throbbing headache and dyspnoea, especially ‘on

going up stairs, constipation and depression of spirits, and consolation aggravates.

Nux in softening of Brain

Nux suits anaemia of the brain from long-continued over-stimulation caused by spirituous liquors, mental overwork and dissipation in general. It suits also softening of the brain due to sedentary habits and intemperance.

Phosphorus in softening of the brain

Phosphorus suits anaemic conditions of the brain, the result of mental work.

It also suits softening of the brain with persistent headache, vertigo, formication and numbness in the limbs.

Zincum metallicum in cerebral anemia

Zincum Metallicum is a useful remedy in old chronic cases of cerebral anaemia. Paralytic conditions from cerebral softening may need Zincum,

Colchicum in Gout

Colchicum in Gout – The typical case calling for Colchicum is where the swelling is red or pale, with extreme tenderness to touch, a tendency to shift about from joint to joint, pains worse on the slightest motion.


Bacillinum seems to suit especially individuals who are constantly catching cold, one is hardly gotten rid of before another is contracted.

Carbo vegetabilis

Carbo vegetabilis is indicated in bronchitis of old people with profuse,

yellow, fetid expectoration, dyspnoea, much rattling in the chest, and burning.

Tarentula Cubensis

Tarentula Cubensis produces a perfect picture of sloughing carbuncle with great prostration, and it relieves the atrocious pains accompanying it. An indication is an early marked black core center.

Veratrum in Cholera

There must be pain for Veratrum to be well indicated. Stools are worse at night and the patient emaciates rapidly. It is our first remedy in cholera infantum with greenish stools, sometimes containing flakes like spinach.

Hydrocyanic acid in Cholera

Marked collapse and sudden cessation of all discharges. Last stage of cholera with fainting spells and tetanic spasms.

Some remedies in Chorea


For true cerebral chorea Agaricus stands at the head of the list. It has in its pathogenesis a long list of symptoms of muscular twitchings, among which are twitchings and spasms of the eyeballs and eyelids.

Tarentula has chorea affecting the right arm and the right leg.

Cimicijuga is applicable to chorea affecting the left side, and when associated with rheumatism or myalgia.

Zincum chorea has constant motions of the feet, which may continue during sleep, and it is especially the remedy when the chorea is brought on by suppressed eruptions or by fright.


Baehr claims that Cuprum will cure most cases of chorea, and that the disease will rarely last more than 3-4 weeks under its administration. It is indicated where the choreic movements start in the muscles of the fingers and toes and extend to the limbs.

Natrum muriaticum fits chronic cases of chorea due to fright.

Pulsatilla may come in for chorea due to amenorrhcea or dysmenorrhea

Mygale – according to Farrington, Mygale is one of our best remedies in uncomplicated cases of chorea. The patient is low spirited and depressed, the muscles of the face twitch constantly, the mouth and eyes open and close in rapid succession and the head is jerked to one side.

Some Remedies in Diabetes

Uranium nitrate – Dr. Laning said that no remedy gives such universal good

Results. It lessens the sugar and quantity of the urine. He recommended the 3X trituration. It is when the disease is due to assimilating derangements that Uranium is the remedy. Defective digestion, languor, debility and much sugar in the urine, enormous appetite and thirst, yet the patient continues to emaciate.

Syzygium jambolanum is a remedy capable of diminishing the amount of sugar in the urine, especially when used in the tincture and lower triturations.

Phosphoric acid corresponds to diabetes of nervous origin. The urine is increased, perhaps milky in color and containing much sugar. It suits cases due to grief and anxiety, those who are indifferent and apathetic. There will be loss of appetite sometimes unquenchable.

Bryonia should not be neglected in diabetes. No remedy has dryness of the lips as a symptom of hepatic disorder more marked than Bryonia and this is often one of the first symptoms of diabetes. There is a persistent bitter taste, the patient is languid, morose and dispirited.

Some Remedies for the Eyes

Hepar is one of our most important remedies for conjunctivitis, especially in cases that do not yield to Aconite or Belladonna, following these remedies well.

Rhus toxicodendron. One of our most important ophthalmic remedies. It corresponds to chemosis and produces great tendency to the formation of pus. It is almost specific in orbital cellulitis with great intolerance of light, so much so that the eyes cannot be opened even at night. The tears are hot and scalding and cause pimples on the parts bathed in them.

Mercurius is of use where the general catarrhal symptoms are prominent. Blepharitis and conjunctivitis from cold or in those who work about fires as

in foundry men; the pains are worse at night; the lids are thickened.

It is one of our most important remedies in ophthalmia neonatorum.  If there is any “best remedy” for iritis it is Mercurius corrosivus.

Clematis follows Mercurius corrosivus well in iritis. Great sensitiveness to cold is one of its leading indications

Practical Homoeopathic Therapeutics – W.A. Dewey M.D.

Converting A Skeptic – by  Vishwajit Mankar

It was 1:30 at night and I was into my first sleep after a busy day. I received a telephone call from a colleague (a senior hardcore allopath and a skeptic of homeopathy). He was on a holiday after serving in COVID wards for 2 months and he developed COVID symptoms and tested positive. “Can you give me the medicines for this crisis?”

I said “Do you have homeopathic medicines with you now?”  “No, but I can get them from a pharmacist near me.”

This was a chance to convert a skeptic of homeopathy to a believer of homeopathy.  I asked him to describe his symptoms, but all were the common symptoms of   COVID-19.  I couldn’t get anything peculiar in the first few minutes.

“Sir, do you have dyspnea right now?” I asked. “No, he said. But if I move from my chair now I would have it.”

“How is your thirst?” “I am too thirsty during this conversation. I have drunk two glasses of water.”

“Anything else?”   He said, “I have much headache in frontal region which is felt mostly during coughing.”  “Any expectoration?” “No, it’s an absolute dry cough”.

I asked him to send me a photo of his tongue. The tongue was typical of the remedy Bryonia.  I prescribed Bryonia 30, 4 doses at half hourly intervals. I was so confident of the remedy that I didn’t wait and went to sleep. The next morning, I received a call from the allopath. From his ,”Hello” I knew the rest of the story. Yes, he was symptomless.

The doctor was left speechless. Since that time, he has referred twenty patients to me for the first time. This is the best compliment!

This was not extraordinary for homeopathy, but it changed a hardcore allopath’s view about homeopathy.

(Vishwajit Mankar is in his final year study the IACH course. He has been been

assisting his father (Dr. S D Mankar) for the last 4 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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