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Pitfalls in Homeotherapeutics

Pitfalls in Homeotherapeutics

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Place of pathology in homeo-prescribing.
Place of pathology in homeo-prescribing.

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[This brief dissertation was presented at the 18
. International Conference of Asian HomeopathicMedical League, held at Gending, Kuala Lumpur, from Oct. 3-5, 2009]
Kent somewhere wrote that giving a dose of Aconite in typhoid would spoil the case. Atyro will ask why not give Aconite if the symptom complex brings it out? The answer liesnowhere but in
Pathogenetically Aconite cannot produce typhoid or acontinued fever. (Will prescribing Aconite in typhoid harm the case? That’s a separatequestion.) Similarly in a case of severe toothache with intense thermal sensitivity andother definite modalities, Coffea comes out as the most indicated; but it does nothing. Itfails you. Where lies the clue? In
It was a case of receding gums, baring thedentine and exposing the pulp. Innocent Coffea can’t cause such a destruction, and hencecan’t mend it. Again you give Ipecac., Spongia, or Grindelia Rob. or any other medicinein a case of asthma. The case is ameliorated time and again, but keeps on recurring.Why? Because of the neglect of 
again. In a case of nasal obstruction or hayasthma you fare beautifully with Nux Vom., Euphrasia, Dulcamara, day in day out. Butwhen you stop giving these medicines the patient is found at the zero point again. In boththe latter cases disease was dealt on the basis of acute disorder. The real
wasnot taken into account.Why did Hahnemann have to ponder and invent the theory of Chronic Miasms? Reasonwas the same. Complaints kept on coming back again and again after being ameliorated.Hahnemann thought that the disease lied elsewhere than in the so-called
totality of symptoms.
And he was right. The same difficulty was encountered generally by theprofession. But most of them remained complacent because of the timely alleviation of the patient’s complaints, and their keeping coming back again and again did not bother them. But the thinking and conscientious minds among them started feeling that theremedies should be selected on the totality of symptoms
the pathological findings;that in the knowledge of every remedy we should also know the possible pathology that itcan cause and hence cure. Among such people were Boenninghausen, Jahr, Hughes,Burnertt, Farrington and Cowperthwait and many many others. Few of them did notagree with the Master in regard to his theory of the miasms. They thought it useless andredundant. But they could not make out that Hahnemann, in fact, was affirming, by1
inventing the theory of the Chronic Miasms, the inclusion of the
pathologic factor 
in thetotality of symptoms
Hahnemann was a genius, no doubt, but was also ingenious. Hisgrasp of the situation was all encompassing. He was not dogmatic. Till his last, he kepton refining the theory and practice of Homeopathy. As in the case of the therapeutic ruleof 
‘single remedy, single dose and least repetition’ 
he waved off the part of 
least repetition.
He found that the diseases or the miasms were not subdued or vanquishedwithout repeating the medicine for days and even for weeks. To wave off the condition of 
least repetition
his ingeniousness invented the 50-Millessimal potencies, on the alibi thatthe centesimal potencies were “too strong to be repeated”.Now the dose of this new potency could be repeated daily. In fact, it was considereddesirable to repeat the remedy at least once daily to expedite the cure. But in fact a near 50-Millessimal scale was already in use in homeotherpeutics. Dr. Jahr, my luminary andguide, was employing homeopathic remedies in watery solutions: two globules of the sizeof a poppy seed, dissolved in half-tumbler of water, and of this solution one teaspoon tobe dispensed every few hours, in an acute diseases. I have added on this, one moreproviso, i.e., when the patient is improving, and you do not yet want to discontinue themedicine, I instruct to give one spoon of the medicine and add one spoon of fresh water to keep the stock volume the same. [Hahnemann also prepared and applied waterysolutions of medicines and preferred their such application. Cf.
Organon, Articles 286,288.
]So, we come to the conclusion that the repetition of doses is beneficial and desirable. OneDr. Desai of India made good of this proviso. He says that chronic ailments cannot beobliterated without frequent repetition of the indicated remedy, and that too not in lowand medium potencies, but high and the highest. He starts from 1M (usually 10M) to10M, to 50M, CM to MM. We find him prescribing, e.g., Sulphur 10M, thrice daily, for indefinite period. Farrington, we have read, warns against the repetition of such highpotencies lest they stamp their morbid effects on the user for life.This much for the digression; let’s go back to the postulation of the
Theory of ChronicMiasms.
I’ve already alluded that by the invention of this theory Hahnemann hasaffirmed the place of pathology of the disease as part and parcel of the
totality of thesymptoms.
Even one feels that the Master has given precedence to pathology over thejejune and arid complex of the
totality of symptoms.
Because now, in a chronic case, firstthe pathology, or the
is determined, which brings to the mind a class of remedies;and from among this class of remedies one remedy is selected on the basis of the totalityof other symptoms.Hahnemann reduced all the nosological disorders, that a book on pathology can contain,to the three heads of the miasms. All the functional, allergic or deficiency, etc., diseaseswere relegated to the
Miasm of Psora
. All the disorders which have the brunt of morbidover-growth and multiplication of the cells of certain tissues, hypertrophies, tumours,cysts and wart like excrescences were put under 
Sycotic Miasm
; and all the pathologicallydestructive, necrotic, and cancerous phenomena was given over to
Syphilitic Miasm
People can say that this is an over simplification of an intricate phenomenon. They maybe both
. But practically this classification works, and is tried and trustedfor over a century now. Homeopaths have countless cures of the so-called incurablediseases to their credit. But this does not mean that we should totally disregard theadvancements and researches done in the field of pathology and pathologic physiology bythe dominant school. Their 
magnum opus
is a torch bearer for all scientific andinquisitive minds. No person, among us, has made the best of this knowledge, except thegreat Dr. Compton Burnett. He gave beautiful inventions and thoughts in the field of homeotherapeutics based on this scientific research. And now it is anybody’s field tofollow the fecund tract that the great Burnett blazed so ingeniously. To give a rocky solidfoundation to homeotherpeutics,
should be given its due place. We must think that a prescription without considering pathology is a yacht without a rudder. Let mequote the immortal words of Dr. Burnett, he says:
"Far be it from me to underestimate the importance of symptoms or speaklightly of all symptoms to find the remedy in a given case, but far be it fromme to treat the symptom or the total symptoms as the only way to find theremedy because the totality of symptoms can be and often is a scientificmeans of palliation”.
Upon his being criticized, he says:
I do not care, I argue that the future of the Homeopathy is for 
and to cure serious diseases (with a pathological basis) wewill have homeopathic remedies appropriate to the morbid anatomy at leastin its early stages. No drug is able to heal homoeopathically a morbid statethat it is not able to produce it.Biography: Dr. James Compton Burnett, 1840-1901 byDr. Robert Seror 
Burnette is a priceless asset to homeopathy and a roll model of a faithful homeopath, whogave the rightful position to Hahnemann’s three miasms and contributed to the fourth, i.e.
the tubercular miasm
, by inventing the nosode of 
He discovered andintroduced new aspects of many already proven medicines from his insight of chemico-biologic research on diseases by the dominant school. He also introduced a bunch of immortal medicines that have
local affinity
to vital organs of the body. To pay a homageto the memory of such a great soul, let’s make this year a year of Burnett.

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