Sunday 19 March 2017


2017 0319 12  Homeopathic Cures: Lycopodium, Pulsatilla


In the last posting, I presented two homeopathic cures, making use of Arnica and Apis-Mel, as First-Aid remedies. No reference to books such as Materia Medica or Repertory was made. Nor was it necessary. 

Today I shall delineate two cases from my diary, where I used Materia Medica*

Once, in the early 1970's, I suffered from acute throat inflammation. The complaint started on the right side and spread to the left. And there was aggravation from 4 pm to 8 pm. 

At one stage, It was difficult even to swallow saliva. It was paining as if pricked by a sharp thorn. Colleagues warned me that it might develop into diphtheria. Just as Epictetus said "enjoy your fever too", I was excited and enjoyed my throat inflammation also for a few days, for confirmation of the symptoms.

Right to Left. 4 pm to 8 pm aggravation.  These are characteristic of Lycopodium. I studied in Kent's Materia Medica [pp. 703-704]. I took LYCOPODIUM 1M one globule at 9 pm and by midnight I was all right. All the inflammation had gone. I squeezed my throat and felt no pain! What a wonder!

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The next case came about in the late 1970's.  My sister had come to our parents' home at Kancheepuram for confinement.  My wife and I were also there for assistance.  In those days, babies' deliveries took place at home! A midwife stayed with us for help.  

Labour pain started at 7:30 pm.  There was no appreciable development in labour even after a few hours. Uterine inertia. At 11:00 pm, the midwife informed us that she had tried her best to no avail and the doctor had to be called. 

I called our mother aside, gave her one globule of PULSATILLA 1M and asked her to give it to my sister without the knowledge of the midwife. Done. In the next 30 minutes, the child was born.  Normal delivery!

Dr W.A.Yingling's "Accoucheur's Emergency Manual" which I carried with me is a gem of a book.  On pp. 167-168, it presents Pulsatilla as follows: "Labor: Uterine inertia. Pains ceasing; too weak; ineffectual; very slow labour. Uterus seems almost inactive. Give Puls high for promt success with any symptom."  

Salute Dr Yingling! Salute Homeopathy! And Salute Dr Samuel Hahnemann, the founder father of Homeopathy!

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*Materia Medica are encyclopedia of therapeutic properties of simple medicinal substances. These properties are ascertained through provings on healthy human beings. They thus constitute a homeopathic prescribing reference guide and sources for compiling Homeopathic Repertory. 

Hahnemann's Organon S143

To understand its significance, study Section 143 of THE ORGANON OF MEDICINE by Dr Samuel Hahnemann:

"If we have thus tested on the healthy individual a considerable number of simple medicines and carefully and faithfully registered all the disease elements and symptoms they are capable of developing as artificial disease-producers, then only have we a true materia medica - a collection of real, pure, reliable modes of action of simple medicinal substances, a volume of the book of nature, wherein is recorded a considerable array of the peculiar changes of the health and symptoms ascertained to belong to each of the powerful medicines, as they were revealed to the attention of the observer, in which the likeness of the (homoeopathic) disease elements of many natural diseases to be hereafter cured by them are present, which, in a word, contain artificial morbid states, that furnish for the similar natural morbid states the only true, homoeopathic, that is to say, specific, therapeutic instruments for effecting their certain and permanent cure."

Three of the most important Materia Medica are:

1] Kent's Materia Medica by Dr James Tyler Kent, M.D.
2] Boericke's Materia Medica by Dr William Boericke, M.D.
3] Guiding Symptoms of our Materia Medica 10 Vols. by Dr C. Hering, M.D.


Full Text of Dr W.A.Yingling's "Accoucheur's Emergency Manual":
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