Picricum acidum is a remedy of the mineral kingdom. The main theme of an acid is struggle followed by collapse; exertion and exhaustion. The struggle is constant. It is an effort that, the person feels, has to be made in a particular direction. At some point in this constant struggle, the patient is so exhausted that a small setback like the proverbial straw that broke the camel’s back, leads to a state of collapse.
In Picricum acidum we see a tremendous effort in the direction of intellectual achievement. The main delusions in Picricum acidum are: “Delusion, arms reach the cloud when going to sleep”, “Delusion, tongue seems to reach the clouds when going to sleep” and in the original proving we have “Forehead seems to extend towards the clouds”. What do these delusions represent?
The forehead is for thinking, the hand is for writing and the tongue is for speaking. These are the three organs of intellectual activity and they feel stretched to the limit, extended right up to the clouds. Thus the main feeling in Picricum acidum is: “I feel that my intellectual capacity and organs used to express it are stretched far beyond their limits. So I now need to read more [...]
Baryta Carbonica is considered a constitutional remedy for those who are dwarfish in body or mind. They are mentally backward and late in learning. They usually have a weak memory, are inattentive, irresolute and very much concerned about their appearance. They will colour their hair when it gets gray or use various colours to look prettier and more accepted by other people. Baldness may be a prominent physical sign in the affected Bar-c person. The remedy can increase one’s memory, attention, self-confidence and intelligence.
Case Analysis: A single man, aged 28 complaining of male type baldness was visited at his home in February 2013. He expressed ideas and beliefs about God and Satan that seemed rather illogical and unbalanced. He is an architectural engineer who usually works on private projects at home. He lives with his mother and is still single. He could hardly come to a clear decision on various subjects. His brother and two sisters are living in Australia and two sisters and two brothers are residing in Tehran. He was very much concerned about being bald. His main rubrics led me to Baryta carb.
MIND – IRRESOLUTION, indecision
HEAD read more [...]
Kidney stones (renal lithiasis, nephrolithiasis) are small, hard mineral deposits that form inside your kidneys. The stones are made of mineral and acid salts. Kidney stones have many causes and can affect any part of your urinary tract — from your kidneys to your bladder. Often, stones form when the urine becomes concentrated, allowing minerals to crystallize and stick together. Passing kidney stones can be quite painful, but the stones usually cause no permanent damage. Depending on your situation, you may need nothing more than to take pain medication and drink lots of water to pass a kidney stone.
Causes—Kidney stones often have no definite, single cause, although several factors may increase your risk. Kidney stones form when your urine contains more crystal-forming substances — such as calcium, oxalate and uric acid — than the fluid in your urine can dilute. At the same time, your urine may lack substances that prevent crystals from sticking together, creating an ideal environment for kidney stones to form.
Types of kidney stones
Knowing the type of kidney stone helps determine the cause and may give clues on how to reduce your risk of getting more kidney read more [...]
In my 25 years experience with homoeopathy both in India, Europe and the United States, I have had the privilege of treating hundreds, if not thousands, of cases suffering with grave pathology. In India, particularly Calcutta and West Bengal, Homoeopathy is used as primary care and patients often opt for homoeopathy in preference to surgery. I believe this is due to a number of reasons:
1) Due to family tradition historically family members may have had successful homoeopathic treatment.
2) There is a faith and expectation that the consultant and experienced homoeopath can and will successfully treat pathology.
3) Lack of education results in a ‘lump’ or pain being neglected and results in severe pathology, which often finally arrives in the homoeopath’s clinic. [See 1 above]
4) Generally there is a wider awareness of the effectiveness and safety of homoeopathic medicine.
5) Sometimes, especially in very rural areas, there is no health care plan and people simply cannot afford the surgeon and nursing home fees.
Homoeopaths generally receive full time education in Universities over a five year period and have full medical understanding and the internship usually read more [...]
Varicocele is an abnormal enlargement of the veins present in the scrotum which drains the testicles. It is the one of the major causes of male infertility and low sperm count. In some cases, the testicles fail to develop or shrink due to Varicocele. The main cause of Varicocele is not known (idiopathic) as it occurs when the valves within the veins along the spermatic cord do not work properly. This results in reverse flow of blood into the pampiniform plexus in the scrotum. The resulting increased pressure in the veins causes Varicocele. The main symptom of Varicocele is presence of visible and palpable enlarged veins. The person may also experience dragging-like or aching pains within the scrotum. The testicles feel heavy and in some cases, atrophy (shrinkage) of the testicles may occur. Palpating a Varicocele can be likened to feeling a bag of worms.
Advantage of Homeopathic Treatment
Homeopathic treatment works very well in mild to moderate cases of the Varicocele. Homeopathic medicines are natural and safe and have no side effects on the male reproductive system. They act at the root to stop recurrence of the disease process. Homeopathic medicines stimulate the disease fighting read more [...]
A demonstration of how simple, classical homoeopathy works. The non-confusing, time honoured methodology.
Test your skills with these 12 mini cases
These are cases treated successfully by Dr. Banerjea in his slum clinics of India. The case stories are short and the emphasis is on quick prescribing through striking, singular (which are complete in themselves) symptoms. Please try to solve the cases and then check your answers below
Perhaps you know that classical homoeopaths believe in understanding the materia medica and making a qualitative totality rather than quantitive! Hence I rarely use Repertory and my prescriptions are always based from my knowledge and understanding of materia medica.
Short Case Story-1
This is an interesting case of a woman in her mid 40’s who developed oedema of the foot after her only daughter moved a long distance away after getting married. She feels very resentful about this and cannot cope with this reality. The only thing that is stimulating her is the strong coffee which she loves. She is a single Mum. She also suffers from extreme debility which is worse in the morning, in bed, even before getting up! She also suffers from extreme read more [...]
The word holistic has been recently used to mean a number of different things including using a combination of different therapies. In homeopathy the quintessence of what holistic means is treating the individual as a whole and not just the different parts. Homeopathy looks at the root of the problem. If there is a behavioural issue the homeopath will first look at the circumstances that led to the behaviour. For example if the child has temper tantrums it may be due to a hypersensitivity to the environment or some internal discomfort. Addressing this with homeopathic treatment may help reduce the behaviour and also help the child respond better to behaviour therapy.
Of course the homeopath will not just take a single symptom to treat to the exclusion of the other issues but will take a complete history and prescribe a constitutional remedy that will cover the entire symptom picture of the child. Homeopathy believes in individualization. This means that if there are two children with the same disorder they will receive entirely different remedies based on the symptom picture they present in addition to the common symptoms of the disorder. It is like finding the unique blueprint read more [...]
تلخیص و ترجمہ
ڈاکٹر بنارس خان اعوان، واہ کینٹ
ڈاکٹر ملک مسعود یحیےٰ
نائٹریٹ آف سلور
ذہنی جذباتی علامات:
* اپنی صحت کی بابت شدید پریشانی۔ موت کا خوف
* دماغ مخصوص خیالات پر اڑجاتا ہے۔ ان پر قابو نہیں پاسکتا نہ ہی ان خیالات کو دماغ میں آنے سے روک سکتا ہے۔
* بلندیوں کا خوف۔ ہجوم کا خوف۔ پل کراس کرنے سے خوف
* تنگ جگہوں کا خوف۔ بند جگہوں کا خوف
* پیش بینی اضطراب اسہال کا پیش خیمہ ہوتا ہے
* بار بار پیشاب
* خارجی اشیاء سے دلچسپی کا رجحان
* اپنے محسوسات دو ٹوک الفاظ میں بیان کرے
* آنکھوں کی دانہ دار سوزش۔ ایک جگہ پرقرمزی سرخ رنگ جیسے کہ خام گوشت
* نگلتے وقت حلق میں کھپچی چُبھی ہونے کا احساس
* زور دار ڈکار اور ریاح مشین گن کی مانند
* ریاحی تکالیف read more [...]
MTEK is a useful memory aid to arriving at a correct prescription.
M = Miasmatic Totality
T = Totality of Symptoms
E = Essence (should include gestures, postures, behaviours etc)
K = Keynotes (which should encompass PQRS symptoms, refer §153 and §209 of Hahnemann’s Organon)
When the above criteria are considered and the steps below followed, a correct prescription can be made.
Step I Make the miasmatic diagnosis of the case i.e. ascertain the surface miasm.
Step II Assess the Totality of Symptoms + Essence + Keynotes and PQRS (if any) of the case and formulate the indicated remedy.
Step III Ensure that the indicated remedy covers the surface miasm, as diagnosed in Step I (refer Miasmatic Weightage of Medicines, the last section of this book).
Step IV Administer the remedy, which encompasses miasm as well as the Totality of Symptoms.
By such a prescription, which covers the miasmatic dyscrasia of the person, the chances of recurrence are eradicated and the axiom of ‘rapid, gentle and permanent recovery’ (Hahnemann’s Organon §3) is encompassed. In cases of one-sided disease with a scarcity of symptoms, the action of the anti-miasmatic remedy is centrifugal, read more [...]
--- Homeopath Keith Souter discusses different types of guilt and gives keynotes for some important remedies. ---
So full of artless jealousy is guilt,
It spills itself in fearing to be spilt.
William Shakespeare, Hamlet
It is the genius of William Shakespeare that we still see his plays performed four centuries after he died. His canon of plays covers virtually every human emotion. Incredibly, he gave textbook psychiatric descriptions of conditions centuries before psychiatry as a medical discipline was even conceived.
In Hamlet we see one of the greatest depictions of depression. Hamlet, Prince of Denmark suffers from melancholy, or as we now know it, depression. Yet the other theme of the play is guilt, an emotion experienced by Hamlet’s uncle, King Claudius, because he had killed his own brother and usurped the throne.
It is Gertrude, Hamlet’s mother who says the above lines in an aside to the audience. By ‘it’ she means that lacking sophistication, the guilty give themselves away by trying to hide their guilt. That is, their thoughts, moods, actions and behaviour will reveal their underlying guilt as they try to hide it.
And of course, read more [...]