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Sep 29, 2013


Homoeopathic Recorder
Vol. XX Lancaster, Pa., March, 1905, No. 3

 By   Dr. W.  H. Wheeler
Edited By Dr. Vandana Patni 
About five months ago I was consulted in regard to a case of 
prolapsus of the vagina in a woman seventy-seven years old and 
told, that one of the best homoeopathic and Hahnemannian physicians 
in the country had advised a surgical operation, saying that 
she knew of no internal remedy which would be likely to help the 
case. The prolapsus had already existed for at least a year and 
was steadily getting more and more troublesome, together with 
increasing weakness and marked irritability in one who naturally 
was one of the kindest of women. But having an intense antipathy 
to needless surgery, and counting surgery always needless until 
careful study of all possible clews has proved beyond a 
doubt that no other remedy is possible, I asked the privilege of 
going over the case to see if somewhere in our Materia Medica a 
vaginal tonic could not be found which would touch the case. 
As so often happens in such cases, I soon discovered that in the 
case as it now stood there were no clews; but a very careful study 
of the lady's past life and family history brought out the fact 
that she had often been helped for a while by Pulsatilla and Silica, 
though neither of these seemed to have any real control over the 
prolapsus. But Thuja is complementary to both of these; in fact, 
is probably the true chronic of Pulsatilla three times out of four, so 
I devoted myself to a study of some of the more rare and unusual 
symptoms of Thuja, and sending my patient by mail a list of 
seventy-nine of these I soon got conclusive proof that all through 
her past life a thuja vein had run, for she had had quite a number 
of its rarest and most distinctive symptoms. So I advised a 
trial dose of Thuja 1000 to see if medicine could do anything 
for the case. This was Oct. 15, 1904. As is so often the case 
with Thuja when it does its finest curative work, the initial 
aggravation after taking this one dose was very severe, actually 
putting the dear lady to bed. But then came the relief. She 
began to feel stronger, and the prolapsus gradually became less 
and less and soon wholly ceased. Her irritability also became a 
thing of the past, and for four whole months she felt better than 
she had for years, in spite of slowly advancing old age and a very 
trying winter climate. At the end of these four months some of 
the symptoms and a renewed tendency to prolapsus showed itself, 
and I have just advised a second dose of Thuja; but that in a 
woman seventy-seven Thuja should have given such marked 
relief for four solid months certainly shows that it has a marked 
affinity for prolapsus vagina in so-called Pulsatilla women, which 
is well worth keeping in mind. 
To show how marked and many-sided the improvement has 
been I will quote a part of the lady's last letter: she writes, 
“Till the last few days I have not had to lie down as often as I 
used to, have had but little backache, have been largely free from 
coughs which used to trouble me a good deal and have had only 
one attack of grippe this winter, and that much milder than usual; 
my knees and ankles do not feel cold as they used to do before 
[one of her most persistent symptoms formerly] . I do not get 
tired when working, as I used to do, and am able to do a good 
many hours' work each day.” To all of which her daughter 
adds,  “that she has also been her old, sweet self once more, with- 
out the strange irritability and temper fits which were formerly 
beginning to trouble her so much, and make it so hard to keep a 
servant girl.” Evidently Thuja has helped, and is going to help 
still more; but this is enough to set many an interested reader to 
observing for himself. Think of it as one of the commonest 
chronics of Puls., always expect a rather severe aggravation 
EVERY time you USE IT, and tell your patient to expect it, 
and except in very urgent cases like this do not begin higher 
than the 30th for chronic troubles, and I am sure you will soon 
learn to love it almost as much as I do, for it has saved some of 
my dearest friends and is saving others from sufferings almost as 
old as Noah's ark; for though it works very slow it works 
wondrous deep. Of course, the 30th is slower than the 1000th would 
be, but the curative aggravation is also less. In fact, one young 
doctor who needed it, turning up her nose at 30ths, took the cm. 
and was almost frantic, so sharp was her aggravation. But if 
you wish to get really fine results be patient and don't repeat 
until an unmistakably serious relapse of at least five days’ duration 
calls for it, for some of its later curative action is even more 
cheering than the relief and uplift which it gives when first taken, 
two to four months seeming to be the time that a single dose of 
the thirtieth can run with steady improvement and only a lot 
of minor annoyances to show that the work is not mere palliation 
but cure, melancholia slowly changing to mere neurasthenia, in- 
sanity slowly changing to mere restlessness, despair to mere 
intermittent blues, etc. 
And now just one more hint that may save some one much 
worry. It has wonderful power over dropsical swelling of the 
feet of several weeks’ duration in some mild Pulsatilla women, 
when the dropsy is probably due to mere weakness rather than 
heart disease in its graver forms, though over true heart disease 
it seems to have great power in some cases. But dropsy due to 
weakness it sometimes cures like magic. I do not find this symp- 
tom reported in our repertories; but Allen's Cyclopaedia 
(Symptom 2714) tells us that in the case of one prover it persisted for 
ten days. 

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