First case :
Some years ago a friend of mine, a cow-breeder working without pesticides and such stuff, had a few days old calf that showed a thick and inflamed navel. The clinical diagnosis is easy : this means an abscess of the umbilical cord.
In many popular books, especially those distributed by Labs, You can read: Abscess = Hepar sulfuris in low potencies opens the abscess and lets the pus flow. In high potencies it resorbs the suppuration.
Therefore he gave Hepar sulfuris 5 CH, 2 granules. Half an hour later, hearing noise, my friend came into the stable. The abscess opened after Hepar, leaving a hole in the muscles and skin. The poor calf was dancing from pain on his own entrails. Wonderful success of a gentle medicine ?
Case Number 2, January 2002
Another peasant working biologically gets the same pathology in a calf. He reads the same documentation, thinks about Hepar sulfuris, but asks me before giving the remedy. The calf has a 39º C temperature, he looks lively. The belly is supple. When someone touches the hard, hot and swollen umbilical cord, the calf starts lamenting.
In Kent’s repertory translated by E. Broussalian, you can find
Chapter Abdomen :
In General : Kali-n (only remedy)
Nurslings : Calc (only remedy)
Prescription by phone
Calc , 2 granules 3 x / a day
Survey of temperature and suppleness of the belly
Two days later, the umbilical cord is more supple. A hard crust is fallen and the pus begins flowing. Five days later, the calf is lively and playing. Temperature, appetite and navel are normal. The calf healed quicker than with antibiotics, without any after-effects.
Explanation of the Calc prescription : The nursling’s life is simple and consists in eating, sleeping and relieving itself. Compare with the Oyster, whose shell gives us the remedy.
Before prescribing one should always think a little while and be wary of routine prescribing.