Sunday 26 March 2017


2017 0326 13  Homeopathic Cures: Aethusa, Mag-Carb

Aethusa Cynapium
In the present post, l shall tell about two cases, where I used a Repertory* for finding out the correct remedy. 

The Aethusa case came in the year 1972. It was a summer morning. [I was working as a Lecturer in ACCET Karaikudi then and used to go to Chennai to meet my homeopathy-teacher during summer vacations  for practical training in Homeopathic case-taking and prescribing.]

My teacher's wife told me, "Our elder daughter is suffering from diarrhoea. Yesterday the doctor gave some medicine. It has not stopped. Why don't you try? The child also complained of rats running under the bed, whereas there was none.

Aethusa 30c
I went upstairs to the doctor's clinic and referred to Dr Kent's Repertory. In the chapter Abdomen, under the heading Diarrhoea, scores of medicines were mentioned. I also saw in the chapter Mind, under the head Delusions, the following line: "rats, running across the room: Aeth, ail, ars, cimic, med." [p.31] Only five medicines, with Aethusa italicised, implying its importance.

In Kent's Materia Medica, under Aethusa, the opening sentence caught my attention: "Until Aethusa was known a certain class of cases of cholera infantum, and vomiting and diarrhoea in children, all resulted fatally." [p.40]

I gave one globule of Aethusa 30c, and the child became normal the same day with that single dose.

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Magnesium Carbonica
The Mag-carb case belonged to the year 1990. My wife [aged about 40 years] complained of toothache one evening. Unbearable pain; lower side; molar; sound tooth. I gave some routine medicines [Cham, Merc, Staph], one at a time, to no effect. The next evening, she asked me to take her to a dentist, and I obliged. It was a Thursday.

The dentist, after examining her, said that the complaint was due to the cutting of wisdom tooth. "You come on Sunday morning. It's like a major operation. I shall have the paining tooth removed." He prescribed some pain-killers to be taken in the mean time, if needed.

Mag-Carb 200c
The same night, around 11 pm,  the pain recurred, and my wife, who could not lie down due to pain, got up and was pacing [walking with slow regular strides] the hall. I took up  Knerr's Repertory [one of the most exhaustive and comprehensive of all Repertories] and saw under Toothache about 40 medicines; and under toothache at night in bed, about 20 medicines.

A few lines farther,  I came across a single line, very pertinent to the case under study: At night, compelling one to rise and walk about: MAG-C [p.329]. A single, simple remedy!

Opening Boericke's Materia Medica, under the head Magnesia Carbonica, I came across the following line "Ailments from cutting wisdom teeth." [p.414]

I gave my wife, one globule of Mag-Carb 200c and with that single dose, the toothache disappeared completely, and has not recurred to this day, even after more than two decades! 

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Characteristic Symptoms of the Individual Patient:

What has the symptom 'delusion of seeing rats under the bed' to do with diarrhoea? What has the symptom 'rising from bed and pacing the room' to do with toothache? Is it not strange?

Dr Oscar E. Boericke
In Boericke's MATERIA MEDICA WITH REPERTORY, the opening paragraph [p.995] of the THERAPEUTIC INDEX holds the answer to these questions:

"Any attempt to select the proper homeopathic remedy for any case except by the study of the totality of symptoms will prove futile. In order to prescribe homeopathically, the essentials for doing so must be observed, i.e., to let the characteristic symptoms of the individual patient, largely independent of the pathological nature of the case, be paramount in selecting the remedy.

Dr Samuel Hahnemann
To understand its significance, study Section 153 of THE ORGANON OF MEDICINE by Dr Samuel Hahnemann:

"In this search for a homeopathic specific remedy,... the more striking, singular, uncommon and peculiar (characteristic) signs and symptoms of the case of disease are chiefly and most solely to be kept in view; for it is more particularly these that very similar ones in the list of symptoms of the selected medicine must correspond to, in order to constitute it the most suitable for effecting the cure." 

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*Repertory: A book with an orderly arrangement of rubrics, that is,  symptoms and the corresponding remedies [medicines causing those symptoms and effecting the cure].

Three of the most important Repertories are:

It has been said that to become thoroughly familiar with the use of one Repertory, it would take at least a decade. I understood the truth of this statement in my practice, while I was using Kent's Repertory in the 1970's, Boericke's Repertory in the 1980's, and Knerr's Repertory in the 1990's. From the year 2000, I refer to any one or more or all of these Repertories. 

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