On a winter evening in 1980, Mrs R. presents me her doggy Choupette, a 2 year old black dwarfschnauzer bitch, which has a bloody diarrhoea. Usually she is fearful and irritable. Now she is completely prostrated.
Choupette stays in her basket and doesn’t move. She vomits black and stinking stuff and remains as in another world. Her belly is distended and sensitive to touch. She drinks very often, just a few sips of water and vomits immediately. Her stool is frequent, liquid, black mucous and very offensive, sometimes bloody. Her rectal temperature is 36,7 º C, which means Hypothermia in a dog. Her look is really strange, because her pupils are very unequal.
Treatment and results
Remedy X, C 5, 3 granules twice a day. We were lucky: the drug-store had it.
In the other morning Choupette was again the usual growling guard dog behind the door. She lived 16 years, but kept a certain intestinal irritability and therefore couldn’t eat too much fat nor have too quick changes of diet. At the end of her life she got a little fastidious; didn’t like change in her habits and needed one dose Arsenicum album for another diarrhoea.
Which was remedy X?
Let’s have a look at the symptoms: Some were very usual, but two of them fit §153 of the Organon, because they were really rare, queer and unusual :
1. Pupils unequal (Kent p. 263) (15 remedies)
2. Vomits, drinking after, immediately after (Kent p. 533) (10 remedies)
A single remedy covers both rubrics.
A third rubric confirms the choice of Cadmium sulphuratum;
Stomach; VOMITING; black: Arsenicum, Cadm-s., Nux-v., Phosphorus, Veratrum, arg-n., calc., chin., chin-ar., con., crot-h., hyos., ip., lach., lyc., nat-s., petr., plb., sec., sulph., acon., alum., ant-t., camph., carb-ac., card-m., cur., dor., hell., hydr-ac., kali-i., kali-n., kali-ox., lat-m., laur., manc., med., merc-c., nit-ac., op., ox-ac., phyt., puls., raph., sil., sul-ac., zinc.
Confirmation in Voisin’s Materia Medica
Among the described syndromes, one can read ;Cholera-like Gastro-enteritis
Essential for the prescription :
Prostration, fearful, wants to be quiet and not to move.
Hypothermia with icy sensation throughout the body
Vomiting black or fecaloïd
Great thirst for cold water
Pulse rapid and weak
<< : by least motion, by cold; >> : motionless
Cadmium sulfuricum 5 C was given twice a day
Allopathie logic … homeopathic mistake
Seeing such a wonderful resolution in a deadly acute viral sickness, I bought immediately 10 tubes of Cadm-sulph … which naturally I never got to use afterwards!
Kent’s Repertorium is
Not complete for Cadm-s : hypothermia; prostration should figure in it…
To find the “small remedies” you need to work with very few but well chosen symptoms (§ 153). They are often worth a trial.
In such a case allopathic treatment would have lasted at least a fortnight, with
rehydratation, bowel protecting dressing etc … and a bundle of effective prayers.