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Koppikar's Clinical Experiences of 70 years in Homeopathy - Dr. S P Koppikar

Dear Friends, I wish to discuss this book with those who have read it. An excellent book some gem of tips. Those who have read please reply so that we can start.
Regards,
Val

 

Dr. S. P. Koppikar, a veteran practitioner of over 70 years in Homoeopathy is a highly respected and revered leader in his field. He has rendered yeoman service to the suffering humanity with medicines given along with lots of love and care. He has inspired thousands of Homoeopathic practitioners throughout India and abroad for whom he has been a friend, philosopher and guide. He has given extensive lectures and written many thought provoking articles in various journals including Homoeopathic Heritage of which he was Chief Editor for a long time.

His rich experience is a veritable goldmine to both professional doctors and amateurs alike. His interest in reading voraciously all magazines published in Homoeopathy and keeping himself up to date in the subject is an object lesson for budding young doctors. 



S. P. KOPPIKAR - PREFACE

 After enjoying nearly seventy years of Homoeopathy and after attending over two hundred conferences and seminars, I am presenting a collection of my experiences and thoughts before the Homoeopathic fraternity. I hope you will enjoy reading and get some benefit from them.

I have been extremely lucky in my life. I might have become an automobile mechanic but for a chance meeting with my uncle D.N.Koppikar that made me a homoeopath. And just cycling together one day brought me in contact with my friend Mr.Betrabet, who helped me to complete my homoeopathic course in the Bengal Allen Homoeopathic College. But my biggest luck has been that my patients become my life-long friends, take interest in and learn homoeopathy. And many of them have turned out to be better homoeopaths than me.

I know that thousands of homoeopaths are economically not so well placed and feel a want of confidence in themselves and in homoeopathy itself. 1 entreat them all to be up-to-date in all matters, especially medical. Even popular periodicals print very good articles on the latest advances in medicine and collateral sciences.

Knowledge of general medicine enables us to convince other doctors that we know what we are doing and that our way is perhaps more scientific. The latest discoveries in medicine only confirm the wisdom "of Hahnemann.

The great bugbear for a large number of homoeopaths is the number of taboos in the "Pure or Orthodox Homoeopathy". What would happen if a patient took coffee or tea during treatment? Suppose he took an aspirin one day, will all the good done to him so far by homoeopathy vanish? Will our remedies refuse to work if given side by side with medicated oil-bath, ultra-violet rays, etc? I have not been prohibiting my patients from taking coffee, tea, etc. for the past many many decades.

1 have learnt that there may be quite a number of homoeopathically suitable medicines capable of curing any given condition in one patient. If the parents were tubercular, when the child got measles, and the attack was precipitated after an exposure to rain etc., and in this attack of measles, pneumonia was prominent, any one of the following might set right the condition and act quite curatively too. Tuberculinum (aviare preferably) 200, Rhus tox. 200 or IM, or may be Ant. tart., Phosphorus or Morbillinum 1000 - only 2 or 3 doses being needed. With this direct help of the homoeopathic medicine, it is the body or vital force that cures. Let us have faith in these powerful drugs - and also the belief in our prescription. I have not yet come across a single homoeopathic prescription without a reason behind the past many many decades.

1 have learnt that there may be quite a number of homoeopathically suitable medicines capable of curing any given condition in one patient. If the parents were tubercular, when the child got measles, and the attack was precipitated after an exposure to rain etc., and in this attack of measles, pneumonia was prominent, any one of the following might set right the condition and act quite curatively too. Tuberculinum (aviare preferably) 200, Rhus tox. 200 or IM, or may be Ant. tart., Phosphorus or Morbillinum 1000 only 2 or 3 doses being needed.

With this direct help of the homoeopathic medicine, it is the body or vital force that cures. Let us have faith in these powerful drugs - and also the belief in our prescription. I have not yet come across a single homoeopathic prescription without a reason behind it (or indication as it is called). I am sure this attitude will prevent our criticising or pooh-poohing prescriptions of other homoeopaths, both professional and lay.

Lastly, one more suggestion. In very bad cases we must not merely go on bragging about the greatness of our treatment or promising to cure. We should set a deadline for trial of our system or treatment - a time limit - after which the patients must choose eventually whether to continue our treatment or change the doctor. This will prevent any misunderstanding and avoid getting us a bad name in case the patient does not recover.

 

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Dear Val ~ You may click the CAMERA icon when typing your discussion to import a photo or image.

You may want to also link this discussion in the BOOK REVIEW GROUP

Unfortunately, I haven't read this book. Perhaps some excerpts and information about the book would be helpful.
Link to Book Review:
http://www.hpathy.com/bookreviews/koppikar-clinical-experiences.asp

Shall post excerpts soon.

Thanks Debby for the tips
Dr Koppikar was a very respected Homeopathic doctor of his time,he was for some time editor of Homeopathic Heritage published by Bjain of New Delhi.

i have had the pleasure of reading and owning this book.His tips are worthwhile emulating.He debunked many of the taboos imposed on homeopathy by practically proving them in his practice.

Some where he wrote that PSORINUM was very effective "if patient felt better before the attack" He emphasized on this,saying that this characteristic was unique and existed in very few medicine.

I use to suffer from Migraine pain on a regular basis,and after reading this i observed that one day before the attack i would feel very energetic and on top of the world,and following day i would be very sick. Use of Psorinum proved Dr K's observation.Today i am free of migraine.
I will give a glimpse here from a passage from the book sub-titled 'The Opposite Action Of High and Low Potencies'.
In typical Calcarea Carb children - diarrhoea is cured only in high (200, 1M) potencies but cures constipation only in 6th potency. Podophyllum high cured diarrhoea nicely when given high and is a fine remedy for constipation with whitish (bileless) stools in 6th potency.
"With Iodium 200, 1000, I have added weight to lean and even emanciated boys and girls. And Iodium 2x, 3x are the best remedies to help in reducing obesity- given 3to 4 pills 3 times daliy. Of course, these patients are given the usual indicated high potencies of their constitutional remedies."
He goes on to give examples with remedies like Digitalis and Bryonia too.
Dr. Koppikar goes on to add that Hahnemann explained the peculiar and seemingly opposite symptoms appearing in the proving and called them primary and secondary. But where a seeming secondary symptom appears first ( in later periods of proving), he call this alternating action. This does not depend upon the dose but we make use of this dual action for selecting a potency, low or high. This he says is only possible in some situations, not for every remedy or every symptom.

It is not antipathy he says as the indications in the patient being similar to those of the drug.

Please do share similar knowledge or experience anyone on this forum has had...
And then there is a Chapter on Anaphylaxis in Homeopathy a subject very few homoepaths like to touch upon.

It will be interesting to know what member think on this subject? Please write in and I will then go on to give some excerpts from this chapter for further discussion.
Well, well...I need to put this topic in the prespective as given in the book. What Dr. Koppikar refers to on Anaphylaxis in Homeopathy is the severe aggravation that takes place with repeated unchanged dose and that too around the 10th day when the effect of the first dose is at its peak. He gives a few examples cases from his practice. He says "These cases set me thinking. Why was the second dose so fatal? ....These experiences pose a problem, why does the second dose produce such voilent reaction, and especially if given after ten days?"
This took him to seek answer from the Organon .
He also refers to Kent using "Single Collective Dose" that is two or three doses (split dose) in interval of three or four hours followed by Placebo.

Comments and experiences are welcome
Dear Dr Valerian, I am looking forward to your replies regarding these topics and questions.

RE: What Dr. Koppikar refers to on Anaphylaxis in Homeopathy is the severe aggravation that takes place with repeated unchanged dose and that too around the 10th day when the effect of the first dose is at its peak.

We think of Anaphylaxis as a shock syndrome in instances of bee sting, allergic reaction, asthmatic attack, drug poisoning. Is Dr Koppikar using it differently? I'm also interested in the time element. We mostly expect to see the body response after initial remedy dosage between 3-10 days. As you say, there is a peak reaction at 10 days - about a week and a half. Is this reaction at the top of the aggravation curve? How does one handle the reaction? How do you keep the client calm and help them through this turmoil?
  • anaphylaxis |ˌanəfəˈlaksis| noun (also anaphylactic shock |-ˈlaktik|) Medicine an extreme, often life-threatening, allergic reaction to an antigen (e.g., a bee sting) to which the body has become hypersensitive following an earlier exposure.
  • DERIVATIVES anaphylactic |-ˈlaktik| adjective ORIGIN early 20th cent.: modern Latin, from Greek ana- ‘again’ + phulaxis ‘guarding.’

He gives a few examples cases from his practice.
Can you give us just one example?

Why was the second dose so fatal? ...producing a violent reaction, and especially if given after ten days?"
This sounds quite harsh. The reaction is expressed as violent. Today we must give multiple water doses to help the remedy stimulate the immune system, especially in a world filled with pollution, medications, and other negative stimuli. Why would we want or expect so much reaction when there may be ways to keep a slow progressive improvement instead of a radical aggravation, even to the point of fatality?

He also refers to Kent using "Single Collective Dose" that is two or three doses (split dose) in interval of three or four hours followed by Placebo.
This is very commonly used as a method of dosing today. Giving the remedy three times over the course of 12-24 hours, which is in such close proximal time that it as if you were giving just one dose covering different aspect of the body biorhythm and time-clock in one day. I would like to understand the 'placebo' dosage, as I rarely ever do this.
Very good questions Debby...and thanks for the research and explanation for the term Anaphylaxis.
anaphylaxis |ˌanəfəˈlaksis| noun (also anaphylactic shock |-ˈlaktik|) Medicine an extreme, often life-threatening, allergic reaction to an antigen (e.g., a bee sting) to which the body has become hypersensitive following an earlier exposure.
following an earlier exposure - this i guess is the key to understand this phenomena. I haven't seen a case yet...but then the now deceased doctor after 70 years of practice has definately seen it.
The around the tenth day reaction being the peak of remedy action curve (i will not say aggravation) is my contention as an explanation. The doctor doesn't say so in the book.
And it is probably as difficult to know which case will show such a reaction...it is rare and probably likely to be seen more in super-sensitive and hysteric individual or the compensated state of such individual- this needs validation
Example:
In the early years of my practice.
I took up the treatment of a child suffering from cirrhosis of the liver. It had developed ascites, slight jaundice... Careful study pointed to China. One dose of China 200 give dry on tongue. Rapid and steady improvement, ascites went down, urine became profuse and the child livelier. This improvement stopped after eight days. On the ninth day, there was increase of the troubles. Next day it was a bit worse. So, on the tenth day, I examined the child carefully. Heart and lungs were not bad but the ascites was increasing and urine was again less. The symptoms still pointed to China. So one more does of China 200th was given in the morning. At midday the child simply clollapsed, and was dead before they could do anything. I wondered how the child died so suddenly.

The other examples are of Apis, Kali Carb. These cases only point to the enormous responsibility that rests on homeopaths and that they have to exercise due deligence.

In India Placebo is a norm because patients aren't educated on the single dose concept of homeopathy. They are so used to od, bds, tds of allopathy that they will stop going to a homeopathy who just give a single dose...and will also feel cheated on the consulation fees being charged.

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