Clinical Cases


uch of the substance of this website has been a compilation of the theory and philosophy of homeopathy. To make this information more real, this section will be devoted to the presentation of actual cases from medical records. As time goes on, this part of the site will be the largest and, hopefully, the most interesting. As I come across interesting cases from the literature, they will be included.


Most of the cases will be old ones for the following reason: Homeopathy used to be the treatment of choice for many ailments that are currently treated by other means. For example, the old masters of homeopathy used to routinely treat cancer with considerable success. In the current environment of legal restrictions and the ever-present threat of litigation, homeopathic treatment of cancer is rare. It is hoped that the following case examples will give the reader a more vivid sense of the potential curative power of homeopathy in medical problems that one would not ordinarily be associated with this kind of treatment.

A historical note: Homeopathy used to be a primary mode of medical treatment in many parts of North America, England, and Europe. "In that year [1836] there were 53 physicians practicing homeopathy in the U.S. By 1848 the number rose to 400-500; by 1899, 10,000; by 1901, 14,000" (Yasgur, p. 213). Approximately a decade later, the wheels came off this explosion and soon thereafter homeopathy was essentially banned in the U.S. Why did this happen? There were two main reasons. Firstly, the homeopathic community was very stupid. Instead of presenting a united front to a devastating campaign by the American Medical Association, homeopaths squandered the impetus of their growing popularity in useless theoretical bickering with each other. Secondly, the underlying real reason was that there was (and is) no big money in homeopathy. This was an unacceptable threat to the pharmaceutical industry and this industry carried (and continues to carry) a very big stick.

A word of discretionary caution here. Some of the cases that follow come from another era and sometimes the language used to describe a patient is not politically correct, and can be downright offensive, by today's standards. If you are not too put off by, for example, a description of a young woman as an "epileptic idiot," then I think that you will find that this older literature opens a window on a gentler time when medicine was viewed more as a calling than a profession.

Case 1: From the Royal London Homeopathic Hospital
One has seen that in one extreme case, in especial, the sort of case one does not forget, and which one quotes to show what Carbo veg. can do in the most desperate conditions, where the symptoms agree. It was a small girl with heart disease, and an acute exacerbation supervening that was abruptly ending her young life. She had a pneumonia with pleural effusion. An endocarditis with pericardial effusion, and one morning, when the Physician was going his round accompanied by several other doctors, she was found lying forward on the supports that had to be provided, because she could not rest otherwise, cold, white, unconscious; just alive, because she was still giving the infrequent sharp gasps of the dying. Carbo veg. (I think 200) was quickly administered, while one of the doctors of wide experience exclaimed, "I'll eat my hat if that child lives!" But before the ward round was finished she had regained warmth and consciousness -- death had passed on! And, under Kali carb. (the complementary remedy, by the way!) she got well, so far as the damaged heart would permit. It is such experiences that have gained for Carbo veg. the name "corpse reviver."
(Dr. Margaret Tyler, Homeopathic Drug Pictures)

Case 2: From the Royal London Homeopathic Hospital
    It was many years ago: Charlotte E., an epileptic idiot, 23 years old. First seen in 1909.
    History-- At 3 1/2 years old had a fall on head. In bed for four months, "unconscious and blind." On recovery, a pustular rash all over head, cured with ointments.
    Epileptic fits ever since, with enuresis. Whole body violently convulsed. Sleeps after the fits, sometimes all day.
    May have 20-30 fits in one night. May go 14 days without fits, then fits every night for a week.
    Very intelligent before the fall (at 3 1/2 years old). Just like a baby now, at 23.
    Cannot wash or dress herself, but can feed herself now. If asked whether she wants food, says "No," -- then eats it, if set before her.
    Can never be left alone.
    For the  (a) violence of the convulsions --
                   (
b) the pustular rash --
   
and for   (c) "after-effects of blows on the head," she got Cicuta 200, one dose.
    The effect was amazing; it was a revelation!
Three weeks later, the report was --
    Much better. Fewer fits, and less violent. No struggling.
    Much more intelligent. Remember things now!
    Remembers as she has not done since babyhood.
    Washed and dressed herself today for the first time in life. No medicine.
In five weeks
--
    Better. Goes upstairs to fetch things for her mother.
    Fits? "Nothing near so bad. Only six fits since here"... used to have 20-30 in a night!
    Actually talks about things.
    Dressed herself to come up to Hospital. Understand and remembers.
    Mother says, "It doesn't seem true that she can talk to them, and say sensible things," as she does now.
    Some festery spots have come out on her face.
    The girl talks to me. Tells me that "she likes to go and see the girls doing needlework." Shows me the pennies that they have given her. Mother says, "She couldn't trust her to do anything for herself; can now!" No medicine.
In two months --
    Very much  better. Only two slight fits.
    Memory improving. Enjoys coming up here. She positively asked her mother not to forget her hospital card!
    Helps herself at meals now. Cuts bread.
    Again, spots on face. No medicine.
In three months --
    Still rapid improvement in intelligence.
    Remembers that she had forgotten to bring me flowers
    Two slight fits. No medicine.
In five months --
    No fits at all.
    Can make beds and do cleaning. Sews on buttons. No medicine.
In six months --
    Has been ill with a bad cold; doctor called it pleurisy; and one severe fit. Cicuta 200, one dose (for the second time in six months).
In seven months --
    Am told that this medicine (like the first) produced an aggravation. She was dreadful for two days, and took no notice of anyone.
    Much better since. Does housework. Loves needlework. No medicine.
In eight months --
    No fit, till she burned her hand. She was taking a kettle off the fire with paper for a kettle-holder. It flared up and burnt her hand. She screamed with the pain. Three fits, not severe, the next day.
    She is very useful in the house. Talks to me a lot today. No medicine.
In eleven months --
    "Getting on tremendously." Does needlework.
    Goes out and buys vegetables.
    One slight attack. Cicuta 200, one dose, for the third time.
In twelve months --
    One slight attack. No medicine.
In fourteen months --
    Better than ever before. No fits at all.
    Tells me a long yarn about her sister.
    Originates conversations.
    After wringing the clothes, and hanging them up to dry, said "Now I am dead tired. I'm going to bed. Mother doesn't want me to, but my nerves are going like that, and I'm dead tired!" No medicine.
In seventeen months --
    Understands that her Sunday School teacher is dead. Said, "She's gone, and we shall not see her any more." Never mentioned her again. No medicine.
In nineteen months
--
    Mother wrote up, "Ill, and ten fits." Sent Cicuta 200, one dose.
Two years later --
    Several rather bad fits. Cicuta 200, one dose.
Three years later --
    Had been ill with flu; ten bad fits one night. Otherwise well. Washes up. Cleans the doorstep. Goes shopping. Cicuta 200, one dose.Cicuta virosa "Water Hemlock"
    Then for some six months -- No fits.
After four years --
    Mother says, "She speaks in proverbs now! She said, 'What is it, Mother, when your nose itches like this?'" No medicine.
In five years
--
    Mends her clothes. Does all the mangling and hangs the clothes out. Remembers where she has put things.
    Has been seen since, at very long intervals. It was a pleasing and illuminating case. Excitement or sickness may bring on an attack. But a girl of 23, with less than the mentality of a baby, unable to say when she wanted food, let alone to wash or dress herself, was quickly transformed into a useful and fairly intelligent member of society by a very few doses of Cicuta, in the 200 potency.
(Dr. Margaret Tyler, Homeopathic Drug Pictures)

Case 3: From the practice of Dr. Luc De Schepper
    Dysentery Co. was used with remarkable results in a little lapdog diagnosed with rheumatic endocarditis and valvular lesions after a dental cleaning, apparently while he had a strep infection. The symptoms included shortness of breath on the slightest effort, a chronic cough and complete exhaustion. The vet gave him two months to live. Naja helped minimally at first, then stopped working in spite of increased potency. Arsenicum was given with no response.
    The dog was given one dose of Dys.Co. 30C. The next day, to the owner's horror, her beloved little Bichon Frisé suddenly keeled over as if dead! He got up after several hours, and the next day he was "reborn." No more exhaustion, cough or shortness of breath. He began frisking around like a puppy and stayed this way for one month, at which point some of the symptoms came back in mild form. He was given one dose of Arsenicum 30C, the associated remedy. One year later he is still healthy with no repetition of... remedy. Note that a dose of 6C of the Dys.Co. would have avoided the frightening aggravation.

Case 4: From the practice of Dr. E. B. Nash
   I once had a case of very severe gastralgia caused by suppression of eczema on the hands. I knew nothing of the suppression, but prescribed Arsenicum because the pains came on at midnight, lasting until 3 a.m., during which time the patient had to walk the floor in agony, and there was great burning in the stomach. She had but one slight attack after taking Arsenicum, but, said she, when I visited her, "Doctor, would that remedy send out salt rheum?" Then I found out about the suppression which had been caused by the application of an ointment, and told her that she could have back the pain in the stomach any time she wanted it, by suppressing the eruption again. She did not want it.
(E. B. Nash, M.D., Leaders in Homeopathic Therapeutics)

Case 5:  From the practice of Dr. E. B. Nash
  Colchicum autumnale "Meadow Saffron"  This remedy [Colchicum autumnale] has one of the most positive and reliable characteristic symptoms in the whole Materia Medica, and one which cannot be accounted for from any pathological standpoint that I know of... "The smell of food cooking nauseates to faintness." To illustrate the value of this symptom I will give a case of my own practice; it was also my first experience with a potency as high as the 200th. Patient was a lady, seventy-five years of age, who was suddenly seized with icy coldness at the stomach and vomiting of blood in large quantities; then bloody stools followed, which were at first profuse, then became small and of bloody mucus. There was great tensness and pain in the bowels. Aconite, Mercurius, Nux vomica, Ipecacuanha, Hamamelis and Sulphur; all tried as well as I knew how to select them at that time, but no relief came, and at the end of twelve days my patient was rapidly going down and it looked to me as though she must die. She had become so weak that she could not lift her head from the pillow. By actual count the number of stools passed on cloths in the bed was sixty-five, in twenty-four hours, the pains, number of passages and all symptoms were aggravated from sundown to sunrise.
    Now during all this sickness this patient had been so nauseated and faint at the smell of cooking food that they had been obliged to keep the doors closed between her bedroom and the kitchen, which was two large rooms away. I was not so well acquainted with Materia Medica then as now, and while I did not overlook the symptom did not know of any remedy that had it. But I had my Lippe textbook of Materia Medica in my carriage and I went out and got it and sat down by the bedside; determined to find that peculiar and persistent symptom and "fight it out on that line if it took all summer." I began at Aconite, and looked at the stomach symptoms of every remedy, until the first time I remembered ever having noticed it, there it stood in plain English under Colchicum. Then I looked in my medicine case for the remedy. None there, and I was four miles from home. I had a box of Dunham's 200ths under my carriage seat that had been there for over a year, but which I had never used for want of confidence in high potencies. It was the best I could do for the present, so I dissolved a few pellets in a half-glass of cold water, and directed to give one teaspoonful after every passage of the bowels. On my way home I stopped my horse two or three times to turn around and go back and give that poor suffering woman some medicine. I felt so guilty, but I said to myself this is Lippe's Materia Medica, and these are Carrol Dunham's potencies, and here is a clean-cut indication for its administration, and the other symptoms do not counter-indicate. Well, I got home. But I started early the next morning to try and make amends for my rashness (if the patient was not dead) of yesterday. Imagine my surprise as I stepped into the sickroom when my patient slowly turned her head upon the pillow and said, with a smile, "Good morning, Doctor." I had been met with a groan several past mornings. I felt faint myself then. I dropped into a chair by the bedside and remarked, "You are feeling better." "Oh, yes Doctor." "How much of that last medicine did you take?" "Two doses." "What!" "Two doses; I only had two more stools after you left." "Don't you have any more pain?" "Pain stopped like that" (putting her hands together) "and I feel well except weakness." She took no more medicine, quickly recovered, and was perfectly well for five years after, and finally died at eighty years of age. I never got over that surprise.
(E. B. Nash, M.D., Leaders in Homeopathic Therapeutics)

Case 6:  From the Royal London Homeopathic Hospital (a "spoilt" case with commentary")
    I have always regretted, and never forgotten, a spoilt Lachesis case -- spoilt for want of (then) knowledge. It was a huge cavity in a woman's calf: one of those big excavated ulcers one used to see so often in student days. Lachesis was her remedy, and was prescribed. The second time she appeared, there was most amazing healing in the ulcer. But instead of waiting to let the vital reaction carry on towards cure, it was interrupted, by repetition of the remedy. When she came again, it was much worse -- and then she came no more. It was a tragedy. "My people perish for lack of knowledge." Work is not always easy: but the spoiling of good work is easy and deplorable. When things are going well, past all expectation, let them get on with it. Solomon says, "there is a time for everything." But the time of rapid and extraordinary improvement is not the time to "butt in."
(Dr. Margaret Tyler, Homeopathic Drug Pictures)

From the same author in her introduction to Kent's Repertory of Homeopathic Materia Medica: "But get the right drug, the stimulus needed, and you will find the reaction of the organism deep enough in all conscience, and long-sustained. Then KEEP YOUR HANDS OFF! Wait long for a second very definite cry, before you dare to interfere. You may have to wait months -- then wait! Remember, it is the patient who has to cure himself; the drug cannot cure him; the drug is only the stimulus that starts the vital reaction. So long as curative reaction is in progress, it is sensless -- criminal -- to interfere. This is the way to crush your work, to vitiate your experience, to break your heart. So long as the patient is improving, let him be, and never meddle till he begins to slip back: that is the first possible moment to repeat, or to reconsider the case. It is safer to be a little late than a little soon. You must 'go fast slowly;' there is no other way."

Case 7:  From the practice of Dr. E. B. Nash
    All seem to agree that it [Conium maculatum] paralyzes from below upwards... It ought to be a remedy for locomotor ataxia. TheConium maculatum "Poison Hemlock" strongest characteristic I know, from a homeopathic standpoint, is its peculiar vertigo, which is much aggravated by turning the head sideways. Turning over in bed is the same.
    I once treated a case of what seemed to be locomotor ataxia with this remedy.
    The patient had been slowly losing the use of his legs; could not stand in the dark; and when he walked along the street would make his wife walk either ahead of him, or behind him, for the act of looking sidewise at her or in the least turning head or eyes that way would cause him to stagger and fall.
    Conium cured him. It would always aggravate at first, but he would greatly improve after stopping the remedy. The aggravation was just as invariable after taking a dose of Fincke's c.m. potency as from anything lower, but the improvement lasted longer after it.
    Taking an occasional dose from a week to four weeks apart completely cured him in about a year. It was a bad case, of years' standing, before I took him.
(E. B. Nash, M.D., Leaders in Homeopathic Therapeutics)
 

Case 8:  One of my own cases
    In February 2005 a 21-year-old female presented with chief complaints of chronic fatigue, severe abdominal pain that was food related, and allergies. On interview the following symptoms were reported:
    Fatigue: The patient believed that her fatigue was a consequence of poor circulation. Her hands would turn purple or red when exposed to cold and her hands and feet were always cold, with clammy sweat. She reported that her vital heat had been good until two to four years ago. Her heartbeat was irregular with a pattern of two slow, two quick, then regular pulse. She experienced shortness of breath on exertion, accompanied by mild stabbing pains in her chest. Getting to sleep at night was difficult and she typically awoke unrefreshed.
    Abdominal pain: Severe stabbing pain in circumscribed areas approximately three inches in diameter in both sides of her lower abdomen and back. Attacks occured after eating salads, red meat or dairy. Pain was accompanied by bloating and constipation.
    Allergies: Skin allergies to all metals except for silver, gold and titanium, as well as laundry detergents. Eruptions were red, very itchy bumps that burned on being scratched. In addition, chronic sinus congestion with phlegmy cough and thick green expectoration. Itchy eyes and ears.
    Other symptoms: Menses: PMS and at onset of flow the patient experienced back pain with spasms, nausea, vomiting and headache. Headaches two or three times per week that were one-sided and accompanied by nausea, vertigo, and vomiting of an excoriating greenish-yellow bitter bile. Constant back pain and scoliosis dating from being thrown off a horse at 14 years of age. Dreams: "I'm often being murdered... always someone out to get me." Thirstlessness with aversion to drinking water.
    General symptoms: Worse: damp weather, change of weather, noon to 8 p.m., exertion, strong odours. Better: deep pressure, hot applications
    Most symptoms had approximately the same time of onset: two to three years previously.Lycopodium clavatum "Club Moss"
Prescription: Lycopodium, LM1
Follow-up in May:
    Areas of no change: skin reactions to metals, respiratory congestion and phlegmy cough with change of weather, cold hands and feet (not as cold but still cold), cramping and bloating after eating salads, aversion to drinking water, and itchy ears.
    Areas of significant improvement: eyes did not itch anymore; no bloating or cramps after eating red meat or cheese; less sinus congestion; longer, deeper and more refreshing sleep; clammy sweat gone. Energy: "I don't feel drained anymore. I don't think about it now."; shortness of breath and chest pains entirely gone; irregular heartbeat resolved "doesn't have that sketchy beat anymore;" constipation resolved. Menses: cramps (still severe) and bloating only, nausea, vomiting, back pain and headache all completely resolved; headache: "I don't remember the last time I had one."; vertigo gone. Dreams: "My dog is driving in TO in a plastic cup. He was talking. He said something really funny. He said his mouth was numb because he saw the dentist [laughter]."
    This young woman had not previously related any precipitating factor in her life around the time of the onset of many of her ailments. I decided to ask again, and finally she volunteered: "My boyfriend cheated on me two years ago. It's still something I think about... can't eat... cry a lot (note the present tense)... Just hurts."
    Often the first signals that a homeopathic remedy is working are manifested in sleep and dream states. Taking this new information into account about a never-been-well-since element served, in my opinion, as a confirmation of the choice of remedy. There are very few remedies that have "ailments from betrayal" as a characteristic symptom, and Lycopodium is one of them.
Prescription: Continue Lycopodium LM1, dosing only as needed.
Telephone conversation in August: PMS cramping not as severe; cramping and bloating after eating salads resolved. Respiratory congestion with cough: no change. New symptom: an outbreak of hives on the patient's legs.
    The patient was outraged by the rash on her legs. I was unable to determine whether she had taken too many doses of the remedy or whether this was a healing response indicating a cure. A cure is sometimes heralded by some temporary and transient skin eruption as the body externalizes and expels an internal problem via the skin. The plan of action in both cases is to wait until the rash disappears. I never saw her again. I do hope that the dramatic and comprehensive improvements stick over time and qualify as a cure. During our last conversation she also stated that she was feeling more tired. Whether this woman was already cured or would be soon with adjusted dosing, I would have liked to finish her treatment with a single dose of the same remedy in high-potency to reduce susceptibility and prevent recurrence.


No. 9:  From the Royal London Homeopathic Hospital (several Drosera cases):
Drosera rotundifolia "Sundew"     Of course, everybody knows all about Drosera! Has it not a place in every "Manual of Domestic Homeopathy" -- and a groove in every box of a dozen homeopathic remedies? For Drosera is classical, and that for a hundred years, as a laryngeal remedy and as our greatest remedy in whooping-cough. I may say that I have been in the habit of curing whooping-cough with single doses of Drosera 30 or 200; and I saw a good deal of whooping-cough during the 1914-18 war in our Children's Out-patient Department. But... I began to realize what Drosera can do in tuberculous disease of BONE, of JOINT and of GLAND.
     The case that opened my eyes, accidentally, to the value of Drosera in SPINAL CARIES was one that was sent in to me by one of the Surgeons, when I was running our Children's Department during the War. It was a small boy of four. He had started a T.B. finger at twelve months, and spinal caries six months later. He had been treated by our Children's Physician and by one of our Surgeons, and was lying on a board with a double Thomas splint and headpiece. He had improved, on the whole, under treatment with fluctuations. He got very thin at one time, and there was threatening of lung trouble, and night sweats; but Tub., Phos., Calc., etc., had helped. The Surgeon now sent him in for whooping-cough: not a desirable occupation for one who was supposed to maintain a restful recumbent position! He got a dose of Dros. 200.
     When next seen, two months later, the mother was so enthusiastic as to the good effects of the last medicine on the child's health that I began to "sit up and take notice." Another two months and he was found to be "eating well; putting on flesh. Fat and flourishing." The change in the child was really amazing. The remedy was repeated at long intervals. When last seen some three years later, the note is, "Boy's spine is very good. He has not worn apparatus for nearly two years. Goes to school for the last six months.
     One remembers another case of spinal caries (cervical) in a boy of seven years. He started at four years old with a knee, then a finger, then his neck. He had been treated at other hospitals. He had also had fits, and ear discharge, and was brought in a spinal carriage; never allowed to sit up. He was a happy little fellow, with an extraordinarily deformed neck, which he would move from side to side with alarming jerks. He got Drosera 200, and began to improve at once; and was soon able to turn his head easily, all ways. In two or three months, with the approval of one of our Surgeons, he was allowed to sit up, and he made steady progress, with very intermittent treatment, till a couple of years later it was reported to me that his parents (in spite of warning) "took him flying about the country in the sidecar of a motorcycle -- long journeys, sitting up, his neck being joggled all the time." He rapidly put on flesh, and one of my notes four years after treatment began reads, "Looking very well. Active. Good colour. Father takes him out all day in his van. Does not mind the jolts." And later, I was told that "nothing new in the way of his disease had occurred since he first came here four and a half years ago." Till then there had been a succession of T.B. manifestations.
     I am allowed to quote a case, showing the value of Drosera in Tuberculous Sinuses. Boy, 13 ½. For eight months there had been a swelling, constantly recurring in right forearm, followed by several areas left arm. When opened, pus oozed out, but the discharge would not cease. There was a bad T.B. history on both sides of family. The boy had three considerable areas of typical tuberculous-looking tissue, which alternately scabbed and broke down.
     Tub. and Silica helped. Then Dros. 200 was given, and a month later the scars were found to be freely moveable (this is a typical Dros. result, -- the three drugs one has seen dealing successfully with scar tissue being Graph., Sil., and Drosera; and where tuberculous scars are concerned, the greatest of these is Drosera). Treatment was continued till, six months after the first dose, it was so extraordinarily cured that the note is, "Discoloration faint. In certain lights the skin looks almost normal." And -- "the boy was well, fat and flourishing."
     Where Drosera helps, results are very soon seen, and invariably in renewed health and spirits, and in utterly changed appearance. I have seen this so often. The patient who needs Drosera and gets it, simply blooms. There is no other word for it.

     One has had a number of cases of cervical gland doing well under Drosera, some of them after long treatment here or elsewhere, and with a great deal of ugly scarring.
     What one invariably notices is that the cases that react to this drug, react rapidly, with astonishing improvement in general health and well-being. Where they do not rapidly react, I know that I have not got my remedy. But over and over again I find in recorded in Drosera cases, and often on the very next visit "patient looks blooming." I do not think this expression occurs -- it certainly does not occur constantly, in my records in regard to any other remedy.
     In Drosera GLAND cases one notices, as I said, not only the diminution in the size of the gland, but that the old scars fade away, get free, and come to the surface; that discoloration goes, and that when a gland does break down under Drosera, in behaves in a very restrained manner, with a small opening, little discharge, and that it leaves practically nothing to mark what has taken place.

     As to Drosera in JOINTS... occasional cases of rheumatoid arthritis clear up to an astonishing extent on Drosera. One remembers an old body of 76. She had been coming up some years before -- unable to close her hands: wrists and knuckles expecially affected, and ankles and feet, with swelling and deformity. She had an extremely bad T.B. family history. As she had previously improved under Tub.bov. and Causticum she came again to see if more could be done for her. Caust. helped again; and then, for "severe pain in right tibia; foot and leg unbearable," she got Drosera.
     In a month, "Very much better. Pain gone." Says that now her left hand "goes out flat," and shows it.
     Then a succession of visits to boast and rejoice. "Getting back her left wrist, hasn't had it for years!" (i.e., it is no longer rigid). Later, "can bend her feet and bend her toes now; so she knows she is getting better. Feels so well now; does her room, and her washing!" Later again, "Only comes to show her hands! Watches herself improving! Has movement in both wrists now. No pain at all, except in one finger,..." Says "she used only to be able to lift a cup between her two clenched hands." Now "stands on tip-toe." Hands look all gnarled and twisted, with the typical ulnar deflection: but they are pliable, and she is able to extend them flat.
     A curious fact one has noted is the number of patients who, after months of steady treatment with other remedies and with varying periods of amelioration and relapse, on getting Drosera, come back no more, or only after periods of months to years of good health. Drosera goes deep.
(Dr. Margaret Tyler, Homeopathic Drug Pictures)


No. 10: From the caseload of E.B. Nash (two Digitalis cases):
     The leading characteristic of Digitalis is a very slow pulse. This may alternate with a very quick pulse, and between the two we mayDigitalis purpurea "Foxglove" sometimes get a very irregular or intermittent pulse.
     One day I saw an old but very strong man staggering across the road toward my office. I thought he was drunk, but on closer observation I noticed that his face looked purple, his lips bluish, and I stepped out and helped him in. He sat down and could not for a few minutes speak a word, but say and struggled for breath. His pulse was very irregular and intermittent. When he could speak, he told me that for a number of weeks past he had been having these spells, had fallen several times and been obliged to go into the stores and sit, before he could go along the streets. Auscultation revealed hard, blowing sound with the first beat of the heart. He had had inflammatory rheumatism in his younger days. He had been obliged to give up all manual labor and dared not go away from home on his business, that of a bridge builder. Said he expected to die with this heart disease. I gave him Digitalis 2, a few drops in water. In a few days I saw him shoveling snow from the walk in front of his dwelling. "Hello," he said, "I have no heart disease;" and I saw him often after that and he told me that medicine cured him of "those spells."
     A young man of good habits was taken with nausea and vomiting. He was drowsy, and after a couple of days he began to grow very jaundiced all over. The sclerotica were as yellow as gold, as was, indeed, the skin all over the body, even to the nails. The stools were natural as to consistence, but perfectly colorless, while the urine was as brown as lager beer, or even more so. Where you could see through it, on the edge of the receptacle, it was yellow as fresh bile. The pulse was only thirty beats per minute and often dropped out a beat.
     This was a perfect Digitalis case of jaundice, and this remedy cured him perfectly in a few days, improvement in his feelings taking place very shortly after beginning it; the stools, urine and skin gradually taking on their natural color. The characteristic slow pulse was the leading symptom to the prescription, for all the rest of the symptoms may be found in almost any well-developed case of severe jaundice.
(E.B. Nash, M.D., Leaders in Homeopathic Therapeutics)


Case 11:   From the casebook of Dr. J.H. Clarke
      The patient was a sea-captain, aged 50. I had saved a relation from some operation, and for this reason he came to me. Except for his trouble, which was steadily getting worse, he was quite healthy.
      His face was quite distorted, right cheek bulging out, nose pushed over to the left side, right nostril stretched out. The malar bone was especially prominent near the wing of the nose. This was the only part that was tender. The tumour was softish as if cystic. There was no discharge. Inside the mouth the right side of the hard palate bulged into the mouth and was slightly tender to pressure. The tumour was the seat of a constant gnawing pain, but the thing that troubled him most was sensitiveness to cold winds and cold weather. This was so great that he was afraid he would have to give up his calling. This led me to give Silica 30 in the first instance (on February 27, 1895), but Sil. only increased the pain. One night he awoke feeling all his back aching.
      I worked up the case more carefully and found this under Mag-c. [Magnesia carbonica]: "Throbbing pain in antrum of Highmore with swelling of right malar bone," and "facial neuralgia, left side, shooting like lightening, worse from touch, draft, change of temperature, cannot stay in bed, must walk the floor." Putting these together I prescribed (on March 13th) Mag-c. 30, giving four doses a day.
      March 28th: "Much less pain. Face much reduced, swelling softer, fluctuating. Swelling inside mouth softer."
      April 10th:  "Very much better. Tumour softer and smaller."
      August 14th:  "Face almost normal in appearance. Swelling inside mouth quite gone. Has no pain whatever, no sensitiveness to cold air. Had finished medicine in middle of July.
      He not joined his ship, and as he was generally away for years at a time that was the last I saw of him, but I gave him a supply of Mag-c. to  take with him.
(J.H. Clarke, M.D., Dictionary of Practical Materia Medica)


Case 12:  A  case by Dr. J.T. Kent
      A good wife goes to her husband and says: "If you only knew what restraint I have to use to keep from shooting myself you would appreciate my condition!" It is attended with wildness and irritability. No remedy has that symptom like Natrum sulphuricum. You may examine the various remedies in our drug pathogenesy and you will find almost every kind of mental symptom, but here is one that stands by itself -- this wonderful restraint to prevent doing herself bodily harm, is characteristic of Natrum sulphuricum. The satiety of life, aversion to life; the great sadness, the great despondency, coupled with the  irritability and dread of music -- music makes her weep, makes her sad, makes her melancholy -- this symptom runs through the Natrums which it receives from the Natrum side of the family; Natrum carbonate, Natrum muriaticum, Natrum sulphuricum, all have it....
      With the constitutional troubles there are important head symptoms -- mental symptoms from injuries of the head. A young man in St. Louis was hurled from a truck in the fire department. He struck on his head. Following this for five or six months he had fits; I do not know what kind of fits he had; some said epilepsy. Some said one thing and some another, and some said he would have to be trephined. He was an Allopathist, of course, as these firemen all are, for it is hardly ever that you can get one to outside of Allopathy and try something else. He was a good, well-bred Irishman; so he had to have some good stout physic. Some of his friends prevailed upon him to stay in the country for a while. He did so, but he did not get better; he was irritable; he wanted to die. His wife said she could hardly stand it with him; always wanting to die; did not want to live. His fits drove him to distraction. He did not know when he was going to have one, they were epileptiform in character. Well, in the country he ran across a homeopathic doctor, because he had one of these attacks and the handiest doctor at the time was a Homeopath. That Homeopath told him that he had better come back to St. Louis and place himself under my care. He did so. At that time it had been about six months that he had been having these fits. When he walked into my office he staggered; his eyes were nearly bloodshot; he could hardly see, and he wore a shade over his eyes -- so much was he distressed about the light -- such a photophobia. He had a constant pain in his head. He had injured himself by falling upon the back of his head, and he had with all this the irritability that I have described. There was nothing in his fits that was distinctive of a remedy, and the first thing that came into my head was Arnica; that is what everybody would have thought. Arnica, however, would not have been the best remedy for him. Had I known no other or better remedy, Arnica would have perhaps been the best. As soon as he had finished his description, and I had given the case more thought, I found that Natrum sulphuricum was the best indicated remedy for injuries about the head, and I have been in the habit of giving it. So I gave it in this case. The first dose of Natrum sulphuricum cured this young man. He has never had any pain about the head since. He has never had any mental trouble since, never another fit. That one prescription cleared up the entire case. If you will just remember the chronic effects from injuries upon the skull -- not fractures, but simple concussions that have resulted from a considerable shock and injuries without organic affections -- then Natrum sulphuricum should be your first remedy. Now, that may not be worth remembering, but when you have relieved as many heads as I have with Natrum sulphuricum you will be glad to have been informed of this circumstance. Ordinarily, Arnica for injuries and the results of injuries, especially the neuralgic pains and the troubles from old scars; but in mental troubles coming  on from a jar or a knock on the head or a fall or injury about the head, do not forget this medicine, because if you do many patients may suffer where they might have been cured had you made use of this remedy.
(J.T. Kent, M.D., Lesser Writings)


No. 13:   An illustration of "never been well since" by Dr. M. Tyler
      One never forgets a recurrent experience with Mezereum cm, when doing children's and casualty work at the hospital during the War: the children being ill-nourished, probably lent themselves to such miserable conditions. The experience was with the many cases of kerion (tinea kerion), thus described in text-books: "marked inflammatory symptoms with circumscribed boggy tumefaction of the scalp, which is covered with pustules, or with gaping orifices from which exudes viscid pus." And one remembers vividly, how some of the cases were "running with lice...." Mezereum never failed to rapidly cure the condition. So much so, that when appealed to from the country in regard to some children thus affected, one sent Mezereum cm, a few doses, which, as one was told, rapidly cured.
      We may here, with advantage, give in extenso Dr. Carroll Dunham's classical case of the cure of an almost life long deafness with Mezereum. He traced it back to a severe attack of just such tinea capitis in childhood; and, by treating that ancient condition -- all those years later -- he managed to restore hearing, utility and happiness to a boy whose life had, till then, been blasted.... It bears out our contention that... in ill-health dating from some acute illness, where the patient, apparently recovered, has never been well since, we may really be dealing with Chronic Vaccinosis, Chronic Pneumonia, Chronic Measles, Chronic Diphtheria, etc., and we may prove our case (to our own satisfaction anyway) by seeing the rapid leap to better life and energy, after a dose or two of Diphtherinum, Morbillinum, Pneumococcin, or Thuja, etc., according to the "past history" of the sufferer.
      We make no apology for reproducing the case if full, together with the lessons deduced from it, by one of the past masters of homeopathic prescribing:

Deafness Cured by Mezereum, with Remarks
From  Homeopathy the  Science of Therapeutics
By Dr.  Carroll Dunham

       G.W.W.  (17),   small but well proportioned and of good constitution, healthy since his ninth year,  has been deaf  since he was four years old.  When three years of age, he had an eruptive disease of  the whole scalp, which, after resisting for a year all the milder methods of allopathic treatment, was finally caused to disappear in the following manner: A tar-cap was placed upon the head, and when firmly adherent to the scabs, was violently torn off; the scabs came with it, leaving the whole scalp raw. This raw surface was moistened with a saturated solution of nitrate of silver. The eruption did not reappear; but from that time the child was deaf.
      The condition of the youth now excites the earnest solicitude of his friends. His inability to move in society, or to get a situation in business, on account of his deafness, has produced a morbid state of mind. He broods over his infirmity, and secludes  himself even from his own family.
      Under these circumstances, he applied to me to be cured of his deafness.  His present condition is as follows: He is quite unable to hear ordinary conversation, and has never heard a sermon in his life. A loud-ticking lever watch can be heard at a distance of three and a half inches from either ear. On application of  the watch to his forehead, or to his teeth, he hears it distinctly. Occasional buzzing noises in front of the ears. A physical examination of his ears reveals the following conditions: The external meatus is abundantly supplied with soft, normal wax. The membrana  tympani is white, opaque, and evidently thickened. When the patient attempts to inflate the middle ear (which he accomplishes with great difficulty, by closing both mouth and nose and making a forcible expiration) the membrane tympani becomes but very slightly convex, and it is impossible to distinguish its distended blood vessels. There has evidently been a deposit in the substance of the membrane. On examination of the throat, it appears that the orifice of the eustachian tube is free.
       Feb. 3rd, 1857. Patient received a powder containing three globules of Mezereum 30, to be taken on retiring.
       Feb. 24th. Thinks he hears better -- "every sound seems much louder than before." Hears my watch at a distance of four and a half inches from the right ear, and four and a quarter from the left ear. (No medicine.)
       March 1st. Has not improved during the last week. Mezereum 30, three globules.
       March 27th. Hears my watch, with the right ear, six and a half inches, and with the left, seven inches. (No medicine.)
       April 20th. Hears my watch, with the right ear, at a distance of ten inches, and with the left, at a distance of fourteen inches. Hears ordinary conversation easily, with attention. (No medicine.)
       Sept. 28th. Has been steadily improving until three weeks ago, when he became more deaf again,  without apparent cause. Mezereum 30, three globules, on retiring.
       Jan. 26th, 1858. Hears my watch at a distance of fourteen inches from the right ear, and twenty-four inches from the left ear. Deafness returns when he takes cold, but disappears with the cold. Mezereum 30, three globules on retiring.
      March 19th. To his surprise, on going to church, although seated at the extreme end of a very large building, he distinctly heard the whole sermon -- for the first time in his life. On physical examination, the opacity of the membrana tympani is found to have disappeared, and its elasticity to have sensibly increased.
      May 24th. Patient writes me that he has obtained, without difficulty, a situation in a store, and that he is no longer conscious of being deaf. His sole difficulty is that, as he has the reputation of being deaf, everybody shouts at him. His father writes that the son's hearing is "perfectly restored."

      Remarks. The success of the treatment resorted to in this instance warrants a few remarks upon  its rationale. Here was a case which presented to the practitioner apparently nothing on which to base a prescription. There was a thickened membrana tympani  -- nothing more. The work of thickening had probably been accomplished years ago. Here was a pathologico-anatomical condition, but no pathological process and, consequently, there were no abnormally performed functions -- or in other words, no symptoms of disease -- from which to draw indications for the treatment. The pathological-anatomical condition threw no certain light on the pathological process which had produced it -- just as a knowledge of the town at which a traveller has arrived, gives no certain clue to the road by which he reached it.
    Daphne mezereum "Foxglove"   ...the history of a case is often of the utmost importance in determining the treatment. In the  case before us the coincidence between the violent removal of the tinea capitis by nitrate of silver, and the appearance of the deafness, was too marked to escape notice. It could not fail to occur to the practitioner that the scalp disease... disturbed in its localization upon the scalp, had transferred itself to the tissues of the ear. It further occurred to me that, since in this latter localization there were no sufficient indications for a prescription, I might find such indications in the phenomena of the former localization upon the scalp. I accordingly addressed myself to the task of getting a complete picture of this affliction, which had disappeared thirteen years before. By good fortune the mother of the patient was possessed of a good memory, and of very excellent powers of description, and from her I learnt that "thick, whitish scabs, hard and almost horny, covered the whole scalp. There were fissures in the scales, through which, on pressure, there exuded a thick, yellowish pus, often very offensive. There was great itching, and a disposition to tear off the scabs with the finger-nails -- especially troublesome at night.
      The remedy, which corresponds most closely, in its pathogenesis with the above group of symptoms is undoubtedly Mezereum.... The resemblance between these groups of symptoms was so striking that Mezereum was at once selected as the remedy for this case of deafness, just as if the scalp affliction had still been in its original form, and had been the immediate object of the prescription.

     Dr. Tyler then quotes James Tyler Kent from his Lectures on Homeopathic Materia Medica on some characteristics of Mezereum: "It [Mezereum] tends to manifest the sufferings of the body on the skin; it throws the physical evils to the surface. The Mezereum patient is in fairly good health when the eruptions are out. When suppressed, catarrhal affections, nervous disorders, strange mental symptoms, constipation, rheumatism, joint symptoms appear; he becomes a mental wreck."
(Dr. Margaret Tyler, Homeopathic Drug Pictures)


Case 14:
     
The case is that of an eighty-four year old woman with senile dementia who is a resident in an old people's hospital. At the time of my initial visit to see her in the hospital, she had been a resident for seven months. The nurse-in-charge at this hospital is a student of homeopathy. It was she who suggested to the family that homeopathy would be worth a try.
     The patient had an ulcer on her left heel which had originally begun as a pressure sore. She had been on antibiotics for two months, and was currently on Floxapen. The ulceration was not healing. The sore on the sole of the foot was turning black. The doctor said "pre-gangrenous" and was offering the option of an amputation. This woman has an extra-ordinarily devoted husband who wanted to avoid that trauma for his wife. And so I was called in to see her.
     The first noticeable thing was the smell in her room. There were three deodorisers doing their best and not wholly succeeding. The smell permeated the atmosphere in the small hospital, even noticeable from the hospital entrance.
     There were three areas of ulceration/erosion on the left foot. The original one on her heel, one on the sole of the foot, and one on the upper lateral part of her foot over the head of the 5th metatarsal.
     Her foot actually felt reasonably warm to touch, though it looked bluish-purple. It was apparently painless to her, though that symptom is common enough in cases of dementia. She had a most beautiful smile, but she was not fully aware of what was going on...Secale cornutum "Ergot of Rye"

Plan: Echinacea tincture irrigation of the wound and Secale 30C. Because she was on antibiotics I decided to give Secale three times a day for two days.
     Day one after the remedy: The patient was dozy and not wanting to eat, so the dose of Secale was reduced to only one dose a day.
     Day two: The wounds were odour-free for the first time. The food lesions look deeper.
     Day three: The patient was chatty and alert.
     Day five: The central 'core' of the area on the upper side of her foot had come out, so the wound looked deeper but much cleaner. It was deep enough that I could see the bone of the metatarsal head. The sole of the foot was sloughing purulent/necrosed tissue. The doctor said it looked much better that when he last saw it. In herself, she was much brighter. There was more 'direction' in her comments, and more force in her voice. Her husband, who fed her, said she was eating her breakfast in half the time it used to take... I asked the nurse who was doing the dressing what she thought was helping, the antibiotics or the homeopathy? She said bluntly, "Well she's been on the antibiotics for two months already and it never did any good before." Plan: Continue with the Echinacea dressings and Secale 30C once a day.
     Day twelve: The area remained odour-free. The heel area was beginning to close over, the area much smaller. The sole of the foot was still sloughing off. It looked cleaner. The hole looked bigger. The nurse reported that the fistula between the heel and sole eroded area might be closing. Wound on upper side of foot was clean, no more sloughing. It was beginning to granulate. The patient was a little more sensitive to dressing changes. In herself not quite so bright. Plan: Continue with Echinacea. No more Secale.
     One month after the original visit: The heel wound was half the previous size, looking clean and good. Ulcer on upper side of foot was half the original size also. Sole of foot clean, pink, healthy looking. Still a slight sloughing in that area. Maybe getting a little smaller; certainly not any bigger. Plan: Continue Echinacea.
     Three weeks later: Heel no longer needed dressing. Scab slowly coming off. Well sealed and covered. Side of foot also progressing well. Sole of foot, half the size, and not so deep. In self, eating whole meals. Continued slight overall improvement in the mental side.
     Two and a half months after the initial visit: Heel completely better. Side of foot only half centimetre yet to heal. Sole two centimetre long and granulating well. Eating very well. A week ago said "yes," instead of her usual "no" to the offer of a tour in a wheelchair. The past few mornings she was actually chewing off a piece of toast, which was unusual for her. Usually she would spit out lumps of food.
     Three months after initial visit: Healed over. Still chatty, the mental improvement maintained.
     A few months later the patient was having difficulty with constipation, having to have either an enema or manual removal of the stool every three or four days. She was given another dose of Secale 30C after which the bowel was more active, though she remained incontinent...
     Since that time I have had the opportunity to treat several other residents at the hospital. There has been an on-going initiative from the nursing staff to use Echinacea or Calendula tincture or cream on the small skin tears which are inevitable with the fragile skin of old folk. The healing time is noticeably improved with this homeopathic care. Arnica is given for bumps and bruises where it is indicated after falls, etc.
(Presented at the Toronto School of Homeopathic Medicine, 2005)


Case 15:
     Mrs. E. called on me complaining of a strange feeling about the heart, as if a beat were dropped. She said that at first it occurred onlyAconitum napellus "Monkshood" occasionally through the day and hardly attracted her notice, but gradually for some weeks had increased in frequency until now it was making her quite nervous and anxious. Her general health was and had always been good. Auscultation revealed a firm, strong pulsation of heart, perfectly normal except the loss of one beat every fifth to eighth, the pulse at wrist corresponding. In questioning for the cause I asked, "had she had any fright or nervous shock of late?" She replied in the negative, but on thinking, said "that about six weeks previous her son, with three other young men, had gone out in a boat on the lake; while watching them from the bank, suddenly the boat capsized, and the boys were precipitated into the water, and really came near being drowned."
     Taking fright and anxiety of mind as the key-note for the remedy, I prescribed Aconite 3X. In 24 hours there was marked improvement, and by the end of a week the patient was perfectly well, and has never had any return of the symptoms.
(Presented at the Toronto School of Homeopathic Medicine, 2005)


No. 16: Two cases with a family history of tuberculosis by E. B. Nash
      L. D. G., a man sixty years of age, whose brothers and sisters had several of them died of consumption, had been troubled at times with a spasmodic gagging cough for twenty-five years. He was operated on for a stricture of the urethra, and a few weeks after was attacked with chills resembling fever and ague. It was in the winter season, and chills and fever are not common here at any time of the year, unless imported. He had several of these chills daily, until there developed a strong Rhus toxicod. condition, when a dose of that remedy put an end to them. But here followed frequent attacks of great pain from the back all through the abdomen, especially the hypogastric region. When I would get these pains in the bowels relieved in a measure he would have what appeared to be neuralgic pains in different parts all over him, first in one place, then in another. When these would seem to subside, he would begin to cough more, and so the thing travelled from pillar to post for months.
      Dr. Sheldon, of Sarcous, a man of large experience, was called in consultation. After careful examination, he decided, in view of the family history and (as he expressed it) a peculiar doughy feeling in the abdominal walls, that the case was tubercular in character, and advised Verat. album at present, because the patient was so weak and reduced and cold, especially the extremities.
      It was given, but with little or no effect, and things went on as usual until on his theory of Tuberculosis one evening I dropped a dose of Tuberculinum upon his tongue. The effect was that he slept that night quietly as if under the influence of an anodyne, and every symptom was alleviated, and he improved in every way for weeks until he was able to be out on the street every day. It was very cold weather and he caught cold and came down to the bed again. After a few doses of Aconite to symptoms following his exposure, he received another dose of Tuberculinum as before, with similar effect, and in a short time he had so far improved as to be able to go on a visit to his friends in Troy, N. Y.
      How he will come out is still a question, but repeated effects of the remedy were so apparent in so grave a case that I have deemed them worthy of narration.
      I will add now, Dec. 17th, 1900, that the case of L. D. G. has continued to improve until he seems as well as he has during the last ten years and weighs more.

      Another case -- Maude Porter, age 27, unmarried; sanguine, nervous temperament; short and stout when in health; blue eyes, brown hair.
      Has had bad occasional epileptic fits for eleven years. Have been less frequent for past two years under the influence of a specialist's medicine that she got by letter from New York. Her mother had just died of tubercular consumption. Maude cared for her and was continually over her for the last month of her sickness.
      After her mother died, on May 28, 1900, she came to me bringing symptoms as follows:
Can't eat anything.
Mouth tastes very badly; in the morning worse.
Smell of cooking food nauseates.
Coughs badly, especially nights.
Soreness middle of chest, behind sternum, worse when coughing or ascending hill or stairs.
Has lost 22 lbs. of flesh since May 1st.
Backache when tired.
Feels cold and shivery, worse morning and evening.
Feels very weak, can't walk without fatigue.
Passed her last period without menses.
Greatly depressed and cries easily.
Has had a cough since la grippe last December.
Has had diarrhea for past two weeks.
Pulse from 100 to 120 all the time.
Sweaty nights.
      On that date I prescribed Pulsatilla 200th and later 10M with no perceptible change for the better.
      After Pulsatilla failed I prescribed for her Tuberculinum 1M, and for the next four months she got about once in two weeks the same, once or twice changing to Bacillinum 200, under which treatment she made a perfect recovery, and is doing her usual housework, looking as well as ever at this date, December 17, 1900.
      I believe that she would have gone with quick consumption but for this remedy. What do you think, my reader?
(Dr. E. B. Nash, Leaders in Homeopathic Therapeutics)


No. 17:  Two Spigelia cases cited in Temple S. Hoyne, M.D., Clinical Therapeutics in Homeopathy
Case 1: Miss A., seamstress, obliged to use her eyes constantly, says "her sight is perfect and her eyes are never inflamed." At times is troubled with a very severe pain in her eyes, especially the right; the pain usually commences in the afternoon, grows worse toward night and sometimes incapacitates her for work; it is sharp and stabbing in its nature, seems to pierce the eye like a needle and then radiates in every direction; worse on any attempt to move the eyes and the application of warmth generally gives some relief. Examination showed no refractive anomaly, or derangement of the accommodation. Spig. 6 was given for the characteristic pain; she took the remedy two weeks, but with no improvement either in the frequency or severity of the attacks. As the remedy still seemed indicated, the potency was changed to the 30 C, which soon gave her relief, and in a short time wiped out the whole difficulty.
(Dr. F.H. Foster)
Spigelia "Demerata Pinkroot"
Case 2: Mrs. H. had suffered for some weeks past with a violent face-ache, which had become intolerable under allopathic treatment. It corresponded to Spig. The lady being extremely sensitive, Spig. 200 was dissolved in a cupful of water and one spoonful of this solution mixed in a second cupful of water; one teaspoon of this was given, and the effect was violent in spite of my precaution. Immediately after taking the dose, she had an attack of the pain, which was more violent than any of the preceding ones had been. This attack lasted only five minutes; it then ceased altogether, and the pain has never returned since.
(Dr. Boenninghausen)


No. 18:  Several Thuja cases cited in Hoyne, Clark and Tyler
Case 1: (Warty growth on canthus)  Mrs. T., aged sixty-five; a dark complexioned lady, with an evident tendency to moles and warty growths, consulted me June 12, 1878, for the removal of an unsightly, black, projecting growth springing from the skin just between the inner canthus of the right eye and the root of the nose. This had existed for four years, and had recently grown more rapidly and become slightly painful. Instead of excision, to which the patient objected, I prescribed Thuj. 3, tinct., one drop three times a day, and Thuj. 0, to be painted over it every morning. It withered up and dropped off on the 9th of July, only twenty-seven days from the commencement of the treatment.
(Dr. J. M. Moore)

Case 2: Today a case has turned up which is very likely to prove that polypus in the ear can be cured without the snare, which may alsoThuja occidentalis "Tree of life" prove a delusion, for I have seen them come back again. This man had a very good-sized one, showing outside the external meatus, and making him deaf in damp weather, when it swelled, and, of course, occluded the passage -- and nasal polypi will also enlarge in wet weather. The polypus had a small aperture in it, and was pear-shaped; it often discharged a fluid, with a snapping noise. If these polypi are enlarged follicles, we can understand why Thuj. should act so powerfully on them. It was more for experiment's sake that I kept steadily to this medicine, touching it externally with mother tincture, and using internally the first decimal. It soon made it transparent and shrank it, and now it is about a fourth of the original bulk, and has intracted well within the ear. Two reasons prevented me from removing it: the first was its thick pedicle, and the operation is excessively painful, even at the quickest; and secondly, the success of the Thuj. points to a sycotic origin. Now nearly four months have elapsed, as far as I can guess without reference, and, with the exception of a few doses of Sulph., at the beginning, and Calc. carb., midway, he has been all along on Thuj. 9. Not only has his hearing improved, but his health, manifestly; and I trust it will prove "lignum vitae" to him, and give him a renewal as far as this life is concerned.
(Dr. Ussher)

Case 3:  March, 1833, I was attacked with ileus [an obstruction of the bowel accompanied with colic pains]. The seat of the painful trouble was in the right lower part of the abdomen (typhylitis) [i.e., appendicitis]. The disease lasted two weeks. In the middle of the fourteenth night, which was one of unspeakable torment, I had the luck to hit upon the right remedy myself, one never before given in this disease. It was Thuj. and the symptom leading to it, sweat only on uncovered parts, while covered parts were dry and hot. One globule Thuj. 30 relieved the pain in five minutes; after ten minutes, a copious stool, followed by sound sleep from which I awoke next morning feeling as if newborn. Con. and Lyc. completed the cure.
(Dr. Boenninghausen)

Case 4: In this connection I want to show you a warty boy. This boy, aged twelve, came to the hospital on March 14, with 160 warts on the hands and feet. The assistant house physician, Dr. Rocky, gave him Thuj. 200. A week later, he reported again, having lost during the week, about sixty of these troublesome growths. Today he says he has fifty-three left, showing a loss during the past week of forty-seven. At this rate he will soon get rid of the rest of them, and to be able to hold up his head with the other boys of the neighborhood. Prescription today, plenty of soap and water, and Thuj. 200. [Note -- A week later he had forty warts, and he has not been seen since.]
(Dr. T. Hoyne, Hahn. Hosp. Clinic)

Case 5:  Spinal curvature. The spine, from fifth to twelfth vertebra, bent backward, the long dorsal muscles in the region atrophied. The patient, a boy, at eleven, cannot stand erect, is bent forward, and supports his body by putting his hands upon his knees. On sitting upon a chair he supports himself by holding fast to the back of the chair, on sitting upon the floor his head sinks down upon his knees. His hair is thin, of slow growth; urethra reddened; belly enlarged (pot-bellied); nose always stopped up. Thuj. 300, one dose. A month after this, much better; moves about more handily, and sit erect in a chair for a short time, and then the improvement continued, but the restoration of the back to a normal state took about two years.
(Dr. C. Kunkle)

Case 6:  Polypus of the Vocal Cords -- Dr. Hendricks, Sr., says: "An old lady, whose husband was in the army, lost her formerly clear voice. She had been treated a long time by homeopaths and allopaths, bit in vain. She had also gone through the hands of the specialists. They had discovered polypus of the vocal cords, and had proposed an operation to her, as it was life or death. The doctor, suspecting syphilis, felt moved to give Thuja 30, in solution, four times daily. After three doses, the voice was clear and the polypus gone."

Case 7:  Imbecililty of mind and loss of speech after vaccination in a girl aged 3. Vaccination took place successfully some weeks ago. Since then restless sleep; fretfulness; peevishness; "cries the whole day." Remarkably fast growth of hair since vaccination. Before vacccination the child had commenced talking; since vaccination she had not uttered one word. She has lost her mind; nothing excited her attention; her eyes stared vaguely; occasional flow of saliva from the mouth; looking like an idiot. Thuj. 30, in water night and morning for three days. Improvement commenced some three or four days after the first dose and continued until gradual recovery had taken place.
(Dr. C. Kunkle)

Case 8:  Wee boy of three. Comes as mentally deficient. Very dirty: incontinence of stool and urine by night. Ate a dog's faeces. At the children's hospital the mother was told "You can't replace brains" he will never be normal. Was vaccinated and did not take; done again at nine months. Mother had also, before his birth, a filthy discharge (gonorrhoeal?), another indication for Thuja. He was given Thuja, with almost miraculous results. Already, four weeks later, "Wonderfully better. Wonderfully different. Understands what you say, talks; getting fatter. Sleeps better. Very observant, asks 'What's that? -- What's that?' Had a birthday party four days ago, and was as normal as anybody." Mother says, "The Great Ormond Street doctor said, 'You cannot replace brains' -- but you have!" Another month; plays about the room and chatters. When his mother calls him to have his coat on says, "Just a minute, Mummie!" But of course this was not a real case of mental deficiency, merely arrested development.
(Dr. M. Tyler, Royal London Homeopathic Hospital)

Case 9: Miss R. 40, complained of her head, especially at certain moments, when ideas which did not concern her in the least came to her as if someone else was thinking by her side. Thuja produces a confusion in the thoughts which patients cannot rid themselves of on account of great weakness and pain in the head. This patient had for months been attending on a paralysed sister, frequently getting up in the night and worrying herself about numberless things. Her nervous system was very impressionable, and for weeks had reached a point of extreme over-excitement. She could no longer calm herself, and in addition she sneezed and coughed much. The problem was to give her sleep and take away the pain in the head. Even when she was not obliged to get up she could not get to sleep. Her eyes were also very much irritated.
     The patient afterwards described her condition thus: "I felt in the anterior part of the head, principally the forehead, a sensation as if lead were compressing my eyes; these were inflamed, worse by light, better in open air. Before going to sleep, I felt a congestion in the head with headache, at the same time queer, confused ideas which changed like a flash and fell upon the most odd things. These were better when I opened my eyes or sat up. Before my eyes images and statues arranged themselves. If I wished to think of something sensible, in the twinkling of an eye I lost the thread of my ideas. All this happened at night; during the day the wicked sprites did not appear. My head and eyes pained me when there was much movement, as when several people were speaking at once."
      The effect of the dose she described thus: "After having taken the Thuja I tasted a sweet repose. The next morning a complete transformation had taken place in the head. The weight was gone, the eyes were more fresh, the brain free."
(Dr. J. H. Clark)

No. 19:  A cancer case cited in Margaret Tyler, Homeopathic Drug Pictures
     Dr. Cooper gives wonderful cases of apparently malignant ulceration of the stomach, cured by Ornithogalum, and one actually proved malignant by operation at one of the London Cancer Hospitals, where the patient was afterwards informed that "adhesions had been found between the stomach and the thoracic wall with a cancerous growth and thickening of the pyloric extremity of the duodenum, and that if had been impossible to remove all the diseased tissue." He was later readmitted to the cancer hospital on account of his agonizing pains, but when sent home six weeks later, was informed by his own doctor that everything possible had been done for him; that he could not possibly live long, and that he must bear the pain while his life lasted."
      Cooper found him writhing in agony on his bed. He could keep nothing long on his stomach; warm foods relieved, cold drinks aggravated. Pains were worse at night; they spread from stomach to heart and between shoulders, as if an iron brick were being forced through stomach and chest. The growth was rapidly enlarging, with visable bulging underneath the attachment of the diaphragm; with marked dullness on percussion; the bulging extending to scorbiculus cordis. Tongue red, coated towards the back; bowels confined, with sometimes diarrhoea.Ornithogalum umbellatum "Star of Bethlehem"
      In this case the effect of Dr. Cooper's unit dose of Ornithogalum was, first, intensified pain, then bowels acted, and a frothy substance came up which gave great relief. After a second unit dose, he began bringing up a black jelly-like substance, with great relief to pain, and general improvement in his condition.
      During a couple of following months legs and feet would go to sleep and he was unable to keep still. Then feet and ankles began to swell; right leg felt bruised and got painful and angry; then swollen and tense, and pitted on pressure. He had also a feeling as if food choked him, with some flatus.... These symptoms confirmed Cooper in his belief that this swelling of the absorbents shown by the condition of the right leg and the previous swelling of feet and ankles, resulted from the high pressure put upon the emunctories owing to the setting free of the poison in the system. Some few weeks later he came to show the terrible condition of his legs-swollen, with great red streaks and patches coursing down the limbs. Cooper insisted upon his walking away without another dose, believing that this was due to the rapid elimination of the cancer poison. After that his recovery was uninterrupted. He received no other medicine except at the very first, when greatly suffering, a few doses of Carbo veg. 3x, which seemed to increase the pain, and was discontinued, and at the last a unit dose of Alliaria officinalis.  Cooper's treatment began in July 1898, and in May 1899 the man wrote that he was in almost perfect health, appetite good; eating almost any kind of food, able to enjoy meals, which he had not done for many years, able to get about well, and carry on his business without fatigue. "I have joined the Volunteer Force and have done two or three stiff marches, besides firing in competitions, and feel no ill effects. I have never felt so well for nearly twenty years. I feel wonderfully well now, and have gained two stone odd which I lost during my illness."
 



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