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May 16, 2017

Observations of Acute Pharyngitis

Observations Of Acute Pharyngitis
Dr. Casez (Annecy, France)
Translated* by Roger A. Schmidt, M.D.,
San Francisco, California
A Case Report
We have examined the patient's throat and observed a number of interesting symptoms; in fact these symptoms are not essential. An angina is at the most a localized infection, but it soon reacts over the whole body. Its main general symptom is temperature.
This temperature - as well as pain, when intense - is going to produce definite reactions: general, even mental, and particular or local. We know that for the right hierarchy of the symptoms, these general and mental symptoms - as well as desires and aversions that might occur - are more important than the local symptoms. In this domain many manifestations are essential and characteristic.
That does not mean that local symptoms are valueless. An angina which is not serious or malignant will fail to produce peculiar mental symptoms or definite general symptoms. You will be pleased to have examined carefully the patient's throat to determine the local symptoms. I am stating this for the beginners. I have told you that angina, when commonplace and simple, the benign acute pharyngitis types, are the perfect practice ground for a beginner. Don't jump to the conclusion that Homoeopathy belongs only to the cases that recover spontaneously.
I would like to present the case of diphtheria that I have treated - I am rather proud of it! I took care for many years of a lady now 67 years of age who had been treated for the last four years for a very deficient general state due to a right nephrectomy caused by a traumatic rupture of the right kidney. Besides, she was suffering from a chronic nephritis. She had a heavy proteinuria and a blood pressure around 240/150, evidently as a consequence some myocardiac damage with a total arrhythmia and some degree of decompensation. I studied her case rather well. She was an extremely kind patient. I finally gave her as a constitutional remedy, Calcarea, which helped her to live a normal life without any cardiotonic. Calcaera was indeed her ideal simile.

One day in November 1960 she phoned (as she lived pretty far from Annecy), telling me that she had the flu, was feeling bad with aching limbs and a little temperature. What was her main trouble was a terrible neck pain. I remember prescribing on the phone Gelsemium 7 H. The next day she rang again telling me there was no improvement, not only the same symptoms but in addition she had a sore throat, with adenopathy of the neck and a horrible pain in the right ear on swallowing.

What worried me was not the pain in the right ear but mostly the fact that she had only one damaged kidney with chronic nephritis, a severe hypertension, and a marked proteinuria with a sore throat starting - on top of it all. I insisted that she see a colleague who practiced a little Homoeopathy. Forty-eight hours later, in the morning, her son came to see me with a prescription and the results of the tests. The lab test; throat swab: "short Loeffler bacilli with Streptococci." The Rx of my confrere suggested local treatments, Streptomycin, penicillin, plus anti-diphtheric serum. The patient's son was worried about using the serum with such a bad kidney and decided to see me.

I then phoned my colleague to ask him to follow a Homoeopathic treatment and he answered: "Please understand, I have already given Belladonna and Mercurius without results. I don't wish to be accused of having refused the serum in a case of diphtheria!"
Of course, one should be free to do as he thinks best; so I asked him to let me take over and went to see the patient that evening.

As I entered the patient's room, she started reproaching me for coming so late. I was rather surprised because she was always so kind and considerate. So she asked me: "Why didn't you come earlier?" She was pale possibly due to her renal condition. I started to examine her, pulled out the blankets. She got angry, saying: "Can't you see that I am going to catch more cold? As soon as you pull out the sheets I shiver....." I tucked in her bed and had her put on a wool garment and finally she was reassured. I examined her throat. She really has false membranes, worse on the right tonsil, extending to the palate. She then mentioned the pain in the ear, dreadful when swallowing, and added: " I also have this neck pain." But she meant not the neck but the occiput. The false membranes had started on the right, spreading towards the left.

Generally speaking, she was worse at 4:00 p.m., a very definite symptom. Such were the symptoms I noticed and I classified them as follows: (Page numbers refer to Kent's repertory.)

1. Irritability, excessive during fever, p.59
2. Chills as soon as moving the covers, p. 1265
3. Aversion to uncovering, p. 1292
4. 4:00 p.m. aggravation, p.1342
5. Occipital headache during fever, p. 163
6. Pain in the throat extending to the ear when swallowing, p. 460
7. False membranes, gray, on the right side, p.455
8. Extension from right to left, p. 455

Her blood pressure was the 240/150, and I believed that she would have been seriously aggravated with the serum.

The remedies coming out of the repertorization were:

Lycopodium  with symptoms 4,7,8;
Nux-Vomica with symptoms 1,2,3,5, and 6;
Hepar sulfur with symptoms 2 and 3.

Of course I was much worried and pondered for quite a while before administering the remedy. The Repertory does not mention Nux-Vomica neither for diphtheria nor for false membrane! The 4:00 p.m. aggravation, the extension form right to left, prompted the choice of Lycopodium, which a well known remedy for diphtheria; whereas Nux-Vomica was fitting the patient but not the diphtheria. Honestly, if the patient did not have such a bad kidney, I might have given Lycopodium.

Because of the kidney condition I solved the question, giving first Nux-Vomica, waiting until the morrow to administer Lycopodium in case Nux-Vomica would fail because Lycopodium is always dangerous in renal disturbances.

So I gave Nux-Vomica, the one I had with me, i.e., one globule of Nux-Vomica XM. Getting back home that evening, I was worried about the outcome. Arriving at Annecy, I opened my Herring and read the following:

"Diphtheria starting on the right side of the throat and extending to both tonsils; strong diphtheric odor; complete prostration; acute pain in the back and extremities; roughness and soreness of the throat; deglutition almost impossible due to an extremely violent pain when swallowing; chilliness, worse on the least motion; worse 4:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m."

"Gray spots on the right tonsil; red throat; sudden pain in the ears while swallowing; patient much worried about himself; very chilly when uncovered; perspiration has a horse urine odor; worse 4:00 p.m., diphtheria."

I knew nothing of all that, and after reading this I was able to fall asleep quietly. The next day I was called on the phone: "It is most extraordinary, the patient is transformed, she is quiet, no temperature, no more sore throat, the neck pain completely gone, the throat almost free." On the third day she has another bacteriologic test which showed no more streptococci, just a few Loeffler's bacilli. Later she had three more tests for peace of mind and all three were negative! Twenty-one days later gave Diphtherinum 200 and later went back to Calcarea, her constitutional remedy. I saw that patient again during her convalescence. She is now perfectly well. I am certain that this patient owes her life to Homoeopathy.

Now we have a delicate problem to solve. What should we think of a doctor conversant with Homoeopathy yet wanting to prescribe serum and antibiotics to that patient? I believe that each one should judge according to his possibilities, and it is clear that those of my confrere were rather limited. But what should be the duty of a physician who knows his Homoeopathy pretty well when confronted with such a severe case of angina? I believe that we have to differentiate as there are two different kinds of severe anginas: the diphtheric angina and the hemolytic streptococcic angina. These two categories differ greatly.

Regarding the diphtheric angina, I want to say that this was not my first case of angina, but the fourteenth, and the twelfth handled homoeopathically. When I was practicing in Chamonix and was taking my first steps in Homoeopathy under the guidance of Dr. Pierre Schmidt, I recall a little blonde girl about eight whom I took care of and who had a nasty angina with gray false membranes on both tonsils and a terrible halitosis and temperature over 38 C degrees, however without prostration and not as in malignant diphtheric cases with a picture of adrenal insufficiency, so common in such cases. Looking in the throat I inferred that this was probably a diphtheria. I tool a swab and sent it to the lab. Because this looked to me so typically Mercurius Corrosivus (one of the rare remedies I was familiar with at that time), I gave the patient the 200th while waiting for the lab report. Sixteen hours later the results came back: "Diphtheria, medium bacilli." I went to see the little girl again with the intention of giving the serum but found her up playing, The mother said: "You know, she is very well, there is nothing wrong with her." When one is a beginner in Homoeopathy he needs such a case to convince him of its efficacy. This was a child prone to urticaria, so we have an added reason not to administer the serum.

As I came back home, I cogitated and decided that from then on in a case of diphtheria I would proceed as follows:

First make the test, give the indicated remedy, and give the serum later if the patient is not definitely improved by the time I get the answer from the lab. from then on I treated 13 cases of diphtheria, all take care of Homoeopathically without serum. Eleven cases were cured in 24 hours. Among these was one case of croup. The two cases that received the serum were two croups: One was a patient who had received sero-therapy already, the other one came as I was leaving for my vacation and my substitute could not be trusted with homoeopathic drugs.

And now I wondered what I would do if the patient was not cured at the time I got the lab result. I studied the most recent classic therapy of diphtheria and observed that there was nothing new since 1936 - just the anti-diphtheric serum. Yes, the serum works sometimes and I was grateful to have been cured myself of croup by the anti-diphtheric serum. Yet, one is also impressed by the many accidents produced by the serum. I believe that one who is well versed in Homoeopathy has better chances to cure with it than with the serum. In any case the serum can cause severe side effects. The problem is therefore rather delicate, being a personal problem; but with my experience, as far as I am concerned, I am convinced that Homoeopathy is far superior provided you find the right remedy.

Regarding the streptococcic anginas, this is a different problem. Whereas if the anti-diphtheric serum is not the weapon of choice, on the other hand allopathy is very effective against the streptococcus hemolyticus, which responds very well to penicillin. We all know that the streptococcus is a serious danger for the kidneys and the heart. I wonder to what extent one has the right not to give penicillin in such cases. Personally, when confronted with a patient affected with a hemolytic streptococcus with joint involvement or renal or cardiac risk, I give the classical treatment.

In fact, isn't the streptococcus the occasional cause to be removed? Because without streptococcus there is no angina. If we can remove the cause with penicillin aren't we following the rule? Yet, such a comportment should not be generalized, nor should we believe that antibiotics are homoeopathic. One has to evaluate each individual case, and this justifies the idea that diagnosis is indispensable, even more so for the homoeopath than for the allopath.

Note:- Commentary on this presentation By Dr. Pierre Schmidt will be posted in next Post.

* Translated from the "Groupement Hahnemannien de Lyons, 8 Serie, No. 10, 1971". From "Journal of The American Institute of Homeopathy", Vol. 65, No. 3, September 1972.

1. Here it is taken from "The Layman Speaks", A Digest of Homoeopathy, November 1972.

2. Antibiotics such as Amoxicillin, Cephalexin, or Penicillin are used to treat Streptococcal Infection in Allopathy these days.



May 14, 2017



G. William Jones, M.D.

53 remedies are posted under the rubric "critical" or "CENSORIOUS" in Kent's Repertory. Of these, 13 are of particular importance. In considering this differential diagnosis I have added Graphics. Rhus, the remedies which will be discussed here include Arnica, Arsenicum, Baryta Carbonica, Causticum, Graphites, Ipecac, Lachesis, Lycopodium, Mezereum, Nux Vomica, Pratima, Sepia, Sulphur and Veratrum Album.

Inclusion of a remedy under a rubric implies on outstanding degree of severity of the symptom, qualitatively or quantitatively. Most of us can be overly critical of others at times, but patients requiring these remedies manifest the quality of being critical to an unusual degree.

The rubric is listed in the repertory as censorious. Critical is placed as a qualification in parentheses. The dictionary indicated a slight difference between the two words. The word "criticize" seems to have a broader connotation. It may mean merely to evaluate without necessarily finding fault, but usually it does imply a detailed expression of disapproval. "Censure" on the other hand refers to an open and strong expression of disapproval. It may also imply a reprimand or formal criticism of a person or persons by someone in authority. I was interested in finding an old 1914 dictionary and in reviewing these words in it, since after all the repertory was written in the early 1900's and not in 1981*. The meanings of words have frequently changed to some degree since the repertory was originally written. In the older dictionary, the word "critical" is defined as "inclined to criticize,, especially captious, censorious." To criticize is "to judge as a critic especially to find fault.". Captious means "Apt to catch at faults, caviling, carping". In this old dictionary the word "censorious" is defined as "given to censure, apt to condemn" and "the act of finding fault with or condemning as wrong; hostile criticism, blame, condemnation."

Arsenicum and Sulphur are the two remedies in bold print in the repertory– this is interesting as Kent mentions that these two remedies are opposites in many respects.

Let us consider the characteristics of the 14 remedies as they pertain to the Rubric – critical or censorious, in alphabetical order.


Kent has the dental symptoms "I am not sick, I did not send for you". The ARNICA patient does not want to be approached, does not want to be talked to. Full of anguish, may have sudden fear of death at night. "When in a state of health he was friendly, kind-hearted, glad to shake hands, but now he is irritated at seeing me and insists there is nothing the matter with him."


ARSENICUM, the insecure perfectionist, is full of these traits. Arsenicum is very forthright, judgemental. Tastes are very definite with a strong impression of intolerance, of incompetence, weakness, poor performance. Demanding and critical in their nature. Clarke mentions indecision and changeable humor– which demands this at one time, that at another and rejects everything after having obtained it. A tendency toward ill-humour, impatience, vexation, inclination to be angry, repugnance to conversation, inclination to criticize and great susceptibility.

And the provings come out with this quality with frequency. "Ill humour alternating with gentle kindliness", "vexed about trifles".

"He is vexed at every trifle and cannot stop talking about the faults of others."

"Very peevish and dissatisfied with everything, she finds fault with everything. Everything seems to her too strong and loud, all talk, every noise, all light."

"Very peevish and sensitive; the least thing insults him and angers him."

"Very peevish and passionate, capricious, she takes every word I'll and is cross when she has to answer."

"Inclined to sarcastic mocking."


Mentally Baryta Carbonica manifests an arrested mental development. Children grow up without the ability to perceive and fail to develop. All sorts of complaint and grievances that may happen are hatched up. "The more he thinks about the complaint the worse it gets". From this background, characteristics develop which include mistrust, want of self confidence, and to quote Clarke "Sudden fits of passion from struggling causes".


On the physical level, Causticum may manifests in a progressive, slow decrease of muscular power– paralysis. Mentally there may be a gradual increasing hysteria. Prolonged anxiety. Unhappy– looks on the dark side– suspicious and distrustful. Timid, nervous and anxious. And from the provings, "Very much vexed,peevish, irritable, censorious". Clarke says "Inclined to fits of anger with scolding".


The well known description of this remedy is "Graphites is fat, chilly and costume". This is one of the remedies which can have constantly changing moods. Kent mentions that there is a slowness of thought– worse in the morning, but often excited, hurried and exhilarated in the evening– and extremely fretful and impatient, irritable about trifles and very critical.


The most important feature of Ipecac is its nausea. However, mentally, , Clarke mentions moroseness with contempt for everything. And in the provings are: "Sulky humor that disposes everything and he desires that others should not esteem or care anything." – and – "Ailments from vexation and reserved displeasure."


Lachesis has an intolerance to restrictions, constriction or pressure. There is overstimulation attempting to find an outlet for relief. He is impatient at tedious and dry things. It is not surprising that the tendency to be critical would be present in this remedy.


Here we have another of the great polycrests. A most complex remedy, indeed. A very cool character with habits of superiority and haughtiness. In the provings we find: "Sensitive, irritable, peevish, and cross on waking. Easily excited to anger. Cannot bear opposition and is speedily beside himself." Ailments from fright, anger, mortification or vexation with reserved displeasure."


Here is our type A personality – full of the ability to be critical. Kent mentions "they all show over-sensitiveness; irritable, touchy, sensitive to conditions. They are never contented, never satisfied, disturbed by their surroundings , and they become so irritable they want to tear things, to scold. Impulses are strongly marked at times." And among the provings: "takes everything amiss, readily breaks out into scolding and abuse".

"It seems as if he would like to strike anyone in the face who speaks a word to him, so irritable and uncontrollable in his disposition."

"Every harmless word offends. Peevish malevolent, first, excited temperament. Ill humor , vexation, and anger, breaking out in acts of violence".

"Much disposed to scolding crossness".

"Much given to reproach other for their faults".


Platina with its great feeling of pride, arrogance and haughtiness and with its hysterical aspects would be expected to manifest this trait. Clarke mentions,"great irritability with prolonged ill humour – after a fit of passion and mania; with great pride, with fault finding, with unchaste talk; trembling and clonic spasms, caused by fright or from anger."


Sepia tends to be repressed in their affections and sexuality. Accompanying this can be a very irritable side. Kent mentions that the Sepia woman permits no opposition to her opinions. "The best impressions of her are lost if controversy arises". "Passionate, irritable, the greatest irritability from slight causes", "Very easily offended", "Vexed and disposed to scold", "She vents her spite on those she loves best."


Sulphur, certainly, is a very grand remedy. It is interesting that Kent in his discussion of Sulphur does not directly mention the words critical or censorious. However, as we know, Sulphur can be very impatient with others. He wants to get along, he can be argumentative – especially on the intellectual level. Clarke mentions "ill humour, moroseness, quarrelsome this position and a disposition to criticize."


This is a remedy characterized by coldness of discharges, coldness of body and prostration on the mental level, there is violence and destructiveness and hysteria. Wants to destroy and tear something. Always wants to be busy. Clarke mentions "quarrelsome and delirious, striking a kidney with a hand and foot changed to a happy and comical delirious state."

In summary, I have reviewed some of the characteristics of the important remedies relating to the Rubric "Censorious or Critical". This has been a helpful exercise to me and I would recommend it to others as one method of study of the materia medica and of the relationship of remedies to each other.

From:– Similia Similibus Curentur, Journal of the American Institute of Homeopathy, June, 1981

★This article was presented to the California State Homeopathic Medical Society, March 7, 1981, El Cortez Hotel, San Francisco, CA.

May 11, 2017



Mind – Delusion and fear of ghosts, spirits, voices. Spooky element.
Fear of being alone, agg. night; thoughts of death when alone.
Mania: Throws herself against close door, scratches it with her nails. Follows delusion of strange voice.
Mania alternating with metrorrhagia.

Generalities – 

Agg. Menopause.
Agg. Sleep.

Hemorrhage: passive, dark blood; non- coagulable.
Eight-sided symptoms more specific them left.
Intolerance of cloths.

May 8, 2017



William Boericke, M.D.

In certain drugs the mental symptoms lead and determine almost absolutely, like Aconite, Ignatia, Cannabis Indica; in others, although important and characteristic, yet they are associated with and expressive of a physical state that is more indicative of the remedy. Thus, our great liver remedies like Chelidonium, Podophyllum, or uterine remedies like Lilium, Sepia etc., have their mental state secondary to the physical lesion, whereas the mania of Hyoscyamus, the anxiety of Aconite, the mental and emotional instability of Ignatia, are less dependent on recognized physical lesions.

Where mental states and emotions are evident primary causes or contributing factors to the production or continuance of diseased conditions , Homoeopathy offers much useful aid, thus: Remember the adaptability of Coffee, Aconite and Opium to the ill effects of different emotional disturbances, especially Gelsemium to the effect of fear. Ignatia and Phosphoric Acid to the effect of grief, etc.

From the standpoint of the general practitioner , merely as illustration, let me review a few remedies, whose mind symptoms have been verified. Passing over the well known anxious, restless, agonized Aconite with its fears and forebodings, whose mental state dominates and characterizes every other symptom-group;  the wild, restless, violent, noisy Belladonna; the terror-stricken Stramonium; the zealous, lewd, lascivious, silly, agitated Hyoscyamus; the oversensitive, snappish, uncivil, irritable, angry Chamomilla; the gentle, timid, yielding, weeping Pulsatilla, with not much reserve force and then fretful, morose and easily put out of sorts. Let me call to your rememberance two or three remedies of special wide range of mental application for cases presenting themselves to the general practitioner.

Anacardium is of great value in many conditions associated with profound melancholy, hypochondriasis, hypersensitiveness and irritability. This hypochondriacal state is associated with gastric disturbance , constipation and hemorrhoids. It follows and often displaces Nux, which has similar irritability, but where eating aggravates, whereas under Anacardium eating always temporarily relieves. This is a sure guiding symptom. Anacardium has fixed ideas, hallucinations, a weakening of the moral fibre, with tendency to curse and swear, to explosive profanity, laughing at serious things, want of moral and religious sentiments, takes everything in bad parts and becomes violent. He always carries a chip on his shoulder. He is the Dr. Jekyl and Mr. Hyde of the materia medica, because he brings to his conscious perception the two natures found in each of us, the two wills, one urging on to do things that the other forbids. Contrary mental indications at the same time; now he will – now he won't. The loss of memory, the difficulty in collecting the thoughts, the mental depression with the angry sensitiveness breaking out in swearing and violence, are the guiding mental symptoms.

Aurum is the remedy for melancholy due to congestion, especially when there occurs with it the suicidal tendency. The patient is afraid of the slightest noise. Sorrow and depression with desire for solitude, fear that he has lost the love and esteem of others, with great grief and weeping; religious anxiety, with longing for death and constant prayer. Burnett calls attention to its successful employment for pining boys who are low-spirited, lifeless, have weak memory, poor testicular development. In syphilitic patients with this mental depression, suicidal thoughts accompanying violent pain in the head, worse at night, with symptoms of exostosis of cranial bones. The homoeopathic treatment of syphilis is at best a dreary desert, but Aurum in these conditions is a living oasis, offering brilliant and speedy help in this special line. We all know that despondency and satiety of life is frequently radically cured by the crude drug in bountiful dosage, as coin of the realm; it is equally certain that the homoeopathic attenuation will do its appointed work when indicated.

As a representative of the animal kingdom our well-proven Lachesis easily takes precedence. It is particularly serviceable in the mental depressions which occurs sometimes at the climacteric period. The patient is very loquacious and jumps from one subject to another in conversation. Hasty speech. The patient is nervous, sensitive, emotional, easily moved to tears, insanely jealous and depressed, especially sad in the morning, when all the symptoms of Lachesis are worse.

Restless and uneasy, does not desire to attend to business, wants to be off somewhere all the time– thinks there are robbers in the house and tries to escape, and fears being poisoned. Patient is always awakened by distress. I think it is the general experience of the school that the best results are obtained from these remedies by the use of a dosage attenuated.

I believe the more systematic study of the mental and nervous symptoms of our materia medica, especially as they express and interpret the temperamental side of the action of our remedies, will do most for the practical working capacity of our special method of drug study and it's application in disease.

*Condensed from Pacific Coast Journal of Homoeopathy. March 1912
*Similia Similibus Curentur, June, 1981, Journal of the American Institute of Homoeopathy.

May 6, 2017


( Wood-tar distillation)

Marked female symptoms, and backache. A remedy for uterine displacements. Pain in back, followed by a bland leucorrhea. Menses too early and copious; flow thin. Intense sweat from slightest exertion. Disgusting dreams. Sensation as if whole body were made of jelly.

Head – Vertigo; everything turns round on sitting up in bed. Heat at vertex; stitches from vertex down limbs into abdomen and genitals. Sore painful spots on head. Painful pulsation in forehead.

Female – Burning in right ovary. Gushing leucorrhea. Chronic tubal disease. Uterine flexions. Menses too early and copious. During menses, irritable and disinclined to talk; burning and stitches in chest and heart. After menses, yellow leucorrhea, with severe backache. When pain in back ceases, the discharge gushes out. Sore pain between labia during urination. Pruritus pudendi; labia swollen.

Extremities – Cramps in the calves; worse at night.

Back – Sacrum pains, as if broken. Severe backache; must lean against something for support. Pains extended into pelvis. 

Relationship – Kreosot.; Graph.; Lach.

May 3, 2017

होम्योपैथिक चिकित्सक से इलाज कैसे लें?

होम्योपैथिक चिकित्सक से इलाज कैसे लें?

होम्योपैथी अन्य चिकित्सा पद्वतियों से बहुत अलग है. इसका सबसे मुख्य अंतर है होम्योपैथी में मरीज को दवा देने का आधार. जहाँ चिकित्सा की अन्य पद्वतियों में मरीज के रोग के डायग्नोसिस के आधार पे दवाएं दी जाती हैं, होम्योपैथी में मरीज के रोग का डायग्नोसिस कोई खास मायने नहीं रखता. ये बात आश्चर्यजनक लग सकती है लेकिन यही वास्तविकता है. यदि हम ऐलोपैथी की बात करें, वहाँ तो बहुत सी बीमारियों की दवाएं और उनकी दी जाने वाली मात्रा भी तय है लेकिन होम्योपैथी में एक ही दवा अनेकों रोगों में काम आती है और दूसरी और एक ही प्रकार के रोग से पीड़ित रोगियों को ठीक करने के लिये अलग- अलग दवाओं की जरूरत पड़ सकती है. 

इसे ऐसे समझें कि बुखार उतारने के लिए ऐलोपैथी में सभी रोगियों को पैरासिटामोल का इस्तेमाल होता है लेकिन होम्योपैथी में बुखार उतारने के लिये मुख्य रूप से 100 से भी अधिक दवायें हैं लेकिन आपका बुखार किस दवा से उतरेगा ये चुनाव करना एक जटिल प्रक्रिया है. होम्योपैथिक दवाएं मरीज और दवा के लक्षणों की समानता के आधार पर चुनी जाती हैं. परंतु लक्षणों की समानता का मिलान करना एक बेहद मुश्किल प्रक्रिया है जो कि होम्योपैथिक चिकित्सक के अनुभव पे भी निर्भर करती है.

होम्योपैथिक दवाओं के चुनाव में रोगी के लक्षण बहुत महत्वपूर्ण हैं. मान लीजिये, आप बुखार से पीड़ित है. होम्योपैथिक चिकित्सक आपसे ये जानना चाहेगा कि बुखार कब से आया, कैसे शुरू हुआ, कितने बजे शुरू आया, बुखार के साथ ठंड लगना, कंपकंपी होना, कोई दर्द, कपड़ा ढकने की इच्छा होना, प्यास, पसीना एवं क्या बुखार अपने- आप उतर जाता है. इसके साथ ही बुखार से पहले कोई और लक्षण भी मौजूद थे या नहीं, बुखार के साथ खाँसी, जुकाम, उल्टी, दस्त अन्य किसी भी प्रकार की छोटी से छोटी जानकारी भी होम्योपैथिक दवा के चुनाव के लिये महत्वपूर्ण होती है. जितनी सटीकता से आप अपने लक्षणों को बताते हैं उतनी ही निपुणता से होम्योपैथिक चिकित्सक आपकी दवा का चुनाव कर पाता है. ब्लड टेस्ट और रेडियोलॉजी की जाँचें होम्योपैथिक दवाओं के चुनाव में उस प्रकार से मदद नहीं कर पातीं जिस तरह ये ऐलोपैथी में करती हैं.

यदि आप किसी पुरानी बीमारी से लंबे समय से पीड़ित हैं और होम्योपैथिक चिकित्सा लेना चाहते हैं तो बेहतर है कि अपनी सभी तकलीफों को विस्तार से पहले खुद लिख लें, कौनसी परेशानी, कैसे और कब शुरू हुई, ये बहुत महत्वपूर्ण है. किन- किन चीजों से आपकी तकलीफों में आराम या बढ़ोतरी होती है ये जरूर नोट करें. 

इन सबके अलावा, होम्योपैथिक दवाओं के चुनाव में मरीज की मानसिक स्थितियों का विवरण भी बहुत ज्यादा महत्वपूर्ण है. होम्योपैथी के जनक डॉ हैनिमैन ने 19वीं शताब्दी में ही यह बता दिया था कि बहुत से ( अधिकतर) रोगों की शुरुआत हमारी मानसिक अस्वस्थता से होती है, आज दुनिया की सभी चिकित्सा पद्वतियाँ इस तथ्य को स्वीकार करती हैं. ये जरूरी नहीं कि यदि आप मानसिक रोग से पीड़ित महसूस नहीं करते हैं तो अपनी मानसिक स्थिति के बारे में चिकित्सक को न बताएं. होम्योपैथिक चिकित्सक अक्सर ये कहते हैं कि किसी रोगी से (जो कि मानसिक रोग से पीड़ित नहीं है) जब हम मानसिक स्थिति एवमं उसके व्यवहार के बारे में सवाल करते हैं तो मरीज असहज महसूस करने लगता है, जबकि सत्यता ये है कि रोगी की पीठदर्द या एसिडिटी के लिये उसकी मानसिक स्थिति में कारण छुपे हो सकते हैं. अनिद्रा, सिरदर्द, सुन्नपन, शरीर के किसी भी हिस्से के दर्द या अन्य कई रोग भी मानसिक कारणों से सम्बंधित हो सकते हैं. मानसिक परिस्थितयों एवं व्यवहार के बारे में जानना किसी भी होम्योपैथिक चिकित्सक के लिये बहुत जरूरी है. इसलिये अगली बार आप जब भी किसी होम्योपैथ से मिलें अपने मानसिक लक्षणों और व्यवहार के बारे में खुल कर चर्चा करें.

   © 2017 Dr Ravinder S. Mann

May 2, 2017


(Trailing Arbutus)

Chronic cystitis, with dysuria;  tenesmus after micturition; muco-pus and uric-acid deposit, gravel, renal calculi. Fine sand in urine of a brown color. Burning in neck of bladder whilst urinating and tenesmus afterward. Pyelitis, incontinence of urine. Croaking noise and rumbling in bowels.

Relationship:–  Compare: Uva; Chimaph.; Lyc.; Pareira. Epigea contains Arbutin, also Formic acid.