–Explanation of Section 213 and 153 of the Organon—
Dr. V. KRISHNAAMURTHY
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ABSTRACT; The reader must bear in mind that this article is not treatment of patients, their follow up etc. But it is to illustrate the use of good reference books and how to use them. To that extent only cases are given
Most of the valuable ‘mind’ or ‘uncommon’ symptoms cannot be classified under any head in the repertories and the conscious homoeopath has to learn them by rote. (‘rote’ means mechanical or habitual repetition—Oxford). Therefore, in many cases (if not all cases), homoeopathic software is of no use, however costly it may be and however praised by the so-called leading homoeopaths.
The following actual cases cured by the author would give the reader a clear and accurate meaning of ‘mind symptoms’ and ‘uncommon symptoms’ in a matter-of-fact way. Dr. Hahnemann advises that without prescribing on mind symptoms a cure is not possible (Section 213 of the Organon.) ‘Anger’, ‘restlessness’ etc. are ‘common’ symptoms of mind. ‘When Section 213 is read with Section 153, we infer that we have to prescribe on ‘uncommon mind symptoms.’
CASE 1: A renal failure patient under dialysis and waiting for kidney transplant, was under our treatment. We could not find his remedy.
There is no guarantee for kidney transplant, because after a few years, many patients die because sooner or later the donor kidney stops functioning. After transplant he was heard saying, “Now I feel as if I am released from prison . . . as if I have taken a rebirth.” This he said because he is now freed from torturing and exhausting bi-weekly dialysis, taking rest, body becoming weak etc.
This mental picture of the patient should at once bring to our mind the following words:
…desire to be released from what seems to be a perpetual burden of sorrow… (See p. 111 of theFinal Mat. Medica of Mind Symptoms by the author)
We are going to give Ignatia to him and we are confident that his other kidney would start functioning and even if the donor kidney fails he would live long.
CASE 2: A patient with weeping eczema etc., came to me and said, “Doctor, I am not taking the treatment to live long. But I have an aged daughter to be married and a son who is looking out for a job. Who would come forward to marry my daughter, if I have a weeping eczema? Only because of that, I want to get cured. Before I die, I want to settle things in my family; my daughter getting married and son getting a job. Then I can die peacefully.”
Under the remedy Petroleum (Boericke’s Materia Medica) we find the following:
Feels that death is near, and must hurry to settle affairs.
Now, this sentence fits with the remarks made by the above eczema patient. This remedy was given in single dose and it cured him completely.
CASE 3: A peptic ulcer patient’s condition worsened day by day and allopathic antacids were giving only temporary relief. At the height of his suffering (hunger pain with burning sensation in the food pipe, temporarily relieved by eating) he was heard saying, “I think that my end is approaching; I must call the lawyer to write the will; that this hotel of mine should go to my wife; money deposited in the bank is for my son. My widowed sister who has been living with me for several years and helping me should take the house which I bought recently.”
This mind picture agrees with the remarks made by the patient in case No. 2 above. One single dose of the remedy Petroleum-10M cured this patient as well. We do not prescribe on names of disease or pathology but on ‘uncommon’ symptoms having no relevance to pathology. Anger, irritability etc. are not ‘uncommon mind symptoms’.
CASE 4: A seventy year old carpenter was under my treatment. During one of his visits he was accompanied by his 48-year old son. The latter was coughing with chest congestion etc. The carpenter told his son; “Why don’t you also take treatment from this doctor. See how much I have improved, whereas the other seven doctors to whom I consulted earlier could not do anything in my case.”
To this, the son said: “The new house where I shifted has no raasi.” (‘Raasi’ in Tamil means luck). In other words the person feels that everything was going wrong ever since he started living in a particular house. So, that house has no raasi. Or, a person feels that ever since he bought and started using a car, nothing went right. He attributes his sufferings, failures, difficulties etc. to that vehicle. I hope the reader would understand this. The son continued, “Even the new work place where I am going daily is not raasi (or has no good luck.)”
The other word to describe ‘raasi’ would be ‘sentimental’ ‘luck’. The carpenter’s son was not ready to take treatment from me only because he felt that the house and the work place is the cause of his respiratory complaints.
I gave him one dose of a remedy telling him to take that and he need not pay me any fees. He took it. (Later I learnt that he was completely cured.).
Can the reader tell me what remedy I gave the patient?
MIND Symptoms: Superiority of Lilienthal:
Read the remedy Staphisagria in the chapter Melancholia in Lilienthal (p. 701.) There we find the following:
Inwardly gnawing grief and anger, he looks at everything from the darkest side . . . disinclination to work and think; dread of the future and dread of being constantly pursued . . . a sorrowfulness ending in paralysis of the intellect . . .
Homoeopathy is an exact and accurate subject. Precision and versatility is its culture. No one can practise it from imagination.
The enthusiastic reader would be eager to know how I selected this remedy for the above case.
(a) Reproaches others (blaming the house and work place.)
I write down the remedies common to both the above rubrics in Kent’s Repertory (Mind) and read them in the chapter Melancholia in Lilienthal. Staphisagria suited the symptoms of the case.
CASE 5: A lady of forty-two came with a large calculus in her urinary bladder. She said that allopathic doctors advised surgery as the only answer but she declined to undergo it. She continued that she had already undergone two caesarean sections and one appendicectomy; after each one of these surgeries, her general health came down. Therefore she cannot afford deterioration of health any further with another surgery and that she must safeguard her health for the remaining period of her life. Under the remedy Nux vomica (p. 128 in the Final Mat. Medica of Mind Symptoms by the author) we find the following:
Afraid she may not have enough to live on.
Nux-vomica-1M one single dose was given in the evening. Not only her general health improved, but also the size of the stone started reducing. (Patient still under treatment)
CASE 6: A chronic renal failure patient came to me with a few relatives, all of whom were allopathic doctors. They showed me a file containing the medical papers of the patient. After this, one by one, the relatives went out.
The patient was still sitting. He said, “Doctor, my sons say that I am sick and so I should not ride bicycle, go out and do our business. They say they will do everything and ask me to sit at home taking rest. As my children, they should only tell me that I am all right and I would recover soon. But instead of encouraging me for speedy recovery they have branded me as a permanent and incurable patient.” [The reader may note here that in most cases the ‘uncommon’ symptom (on which we can make a prescription) is told by the patient at the end of the consultation, or, in some cases, after you have made the prescription! In yet a few cases, during the second or subsequent consultations!]
This patient feels that his sons, instead of encouraging, are letting him down. What one requires from the relatives is not money nor help but moral support. In this case the patient feels that this is completely missing.
This symptom we find in two remedies. (See the Final Mat. Medica of Mind Symptoms by the author. p. 114 and 147) They are
“… a feeling of moral deficiency…” – Kali- brom.
“… despondency, sadness, moral depression and relaxation…” – Tarentula hisp.
Tarentula hisp. 10M – single dose was given.
CASE 7: A lady of fifty-five, school teacher, was under my treatment for three months for sinusitis with little relief. She lives thirteen kilometers away from my clinic and she works in a school which is nearer to my clinic. Before going to the school she would come to me once a month, take medicine and go to school. Seeing no relief in spite of three visits, I told her that a certain acupressure doctor would come and give just 3-minute treatment once only and for this she need not pay any fees and also I assured total relief. Since the acupressure doctor comes to my clinic on Sundays only I asked her to come on a Sunday. To this she replied, “I have to come all the way… from … (her residence.)”
During the earlier three visits she would come to me in the morning before going to her school which is near my clinic. Sunday is holiday for school and she feels it an ordeal to come for acupressure treatment all… the… way from her residence thirteen kilometers away.
It is hesitation. I told her no need to pay any fees for the one-time acupressure treatment and 100% cure was also assured. Therefore, travelling thirteen kilometres won’t be a crime. But to do this she has hesitation.
In the above said case, for merely travelling ten kilometres they have lot of hesitation as if I am asking them to do some crime or immoral thing. In other words, they are over conscious of a trivial thing. The apt term would be “Conscientious scruples.” This symptom is in the remedy Arsenicum album. [See the Final Mat. Medica of Mind Symptoms by the author. p. 77.]
Let us repeat, that uncommon mind symptom may be in most cases one only, and the computer-software or ‘remedy finders’ are of no use. One single dose of Arsenicum Album-10M completely cured the above sinusitis patient and even acupressure treatment was not given.
On this symptom, let us now see two more cases:
CASE 8: This is a cancer patient and after the consultation was over, I asked my fees of six thousand rupees. To this he replied, “Money… is…” (The sentence was incomplete and hesitation was as if they are asked to do some immoral act.) He should say that either he has no money or that he would try to borrow from relatives. But he does neither. Ars. Alb-10M, one single, dose cured him.
The above two cases would illustrate the meaning and interpretation of mind symptoms of a patient. In some cases the repertory or software is not useful and you have to learn by rote these uncommon mind symptoms.
Let no one practise homoeopathy without the help of Lilienthal.
Precision and versatility is required to practise homoeopathy.
The most useful books for mind symptoms are:
(1) Dr. Samuel Lilienthal’s Homoeopathic Therapeutics.
(2) Dr. William Boericke’s Mat. Medica.
(3) Wilkinson’s Final Materia Medica (Compiled by
Dr. V. Krishnaamurthy).
(4) Final Repertory of Mind Symptoms.
Lilienthal is ten times worth its weight in gold.
CASE 9: A patient with chronic headache, after spending much money with various doctors, specialists and homoeopaths came to me. After finishing the history of his seven years’ pain in head, he ended up saying: “Doctor, if you or anyone can cure me of this terrible headache, I won’t mind even giving away half of my property (worth three millions) to that doctor.” Doctors of all other systems would simply ignore this statement of the patient.
If a patient is ready to pay 1.5 million… I thought over this. I took this as a challenge to homoeopathy. I asked him to first pay me ten thousand rupees and also give me two weeks’ time with a promise that if I do not cure him in one single dose (or a few doses) I would pay him double the amount paid by him. Also, if he is cured he may pay me another ten thousand rupees. He agreed to this condition and paid ten thousand rupees.
I took a copy of Boericke’s Materia Medica and went to a professor of English and requested him to render me a help. I told him that he has to read the lines given only under the chapter ‘Mind’ in all the remedies in Boericke’s Mat. Med. and underline if any relevant line is found equivalent to the statement of a person who says that he would pay half of his wealth if his headache is cured. I paid him five thousand rupees (which the professor said is more than sufficient for the work)—It may take a few days, daily spending two or three hours to go through the lines given under the chapter ‘Mind’ in Boericke’s 688-page materia medica.
To another professor of English I gave a copy of Wilkinson’s Mat. Medica and paying him the remaining five thousand rupees requested him to do the job of reading the lines given only under the chapter ‘Mind’ in all the remedies (and this too would take a few days, daily working for three hours) and tell me if he finds anything equivalent to the above said statement of the headache patient.
The first professor (using Boericke’s) could not find anything apt. But the second professor underlined and pointed out the following lines in the remedy Stillingia (under ‘Mind’ in Wilkinson’s).
“Deplorably downhearted; suffering extreme torture from bone pains.”
Stillingia 1000, one single dose cured the patient and he paid me another ten thousand rupees. After this case I cured two more patients with Stillingia. both of whom said the above words (ready to give his entire wealth to the doctor who cures him).
Diligence and knowledge of English language, both to the core, are required to practise homoeopathy.
CASE 10: Here is another case of headache. This 55-year old male patient remarked: “Doctor, all these years I have been having these pains; my sufferings are such that no amount of compensation would be equal to it. Even if you make me the President of all the nations in the world that would not be a sufficient compensation.” I told him the same condition which I put to the patient in the earlier case. After taking ten thousand rupees I went to the two English professors, one with Boericke and the other with Wilkinson’s Mat. Medica. In this case the professor going through Boericke’s Mat. Medica could help me. He pointed to the following found under the remedy Selenium.
“Extreme sadness. Abject despair, uncompromising melancholy.”
Selenium 10M, one dose cured the patient and he paid me ten thousand rupees.
On a later occasion the above said professors asked me what I did by their help and I showed them how I practise homoeopathy. Soon both of them started learning and practising homoeopathy.
Homoeopathic system of medicine is exact and accurate. Precision and versatility is its culture.
In some cases Calvin B. Knerr’s Repertory is excellent to work out cases with mind symptoms.
The other day I was sitting by the side of a senior homoeopath in his clinic. A patient entered and asked, “Do you have medicine for diabetes?”
Doctor: Yes, tell me your symptoms.
Patient: (Stretching his hand towards the doctor).
“see my pulse; give medicine.”
[The tone of the patient was in a commanding note similar to a king, who, when anything is required would order, “Bring the head of the thief in two hours.”]
The doctor turned towards me and said, “See doctor, these patients don’t tell symptoms. How can I prescribe?” That doctor always thinks “Sensation, Locality Modalities, concomitants. What a wrong teaching?” I took Calvin B. Knerr’s Repertory and showed him the following:
MIND, Answers, imperiously: Lycopodium.
Further I showed him the following from Wilkinson’s Mat. Medica under the remedy Lycopodium:
“Talks with an air of command . . . manner stiff and pretentious.”
Lycopodium 10M, one single dose, cured this patient of his diabetes.