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In the dissertations on the vital energy we pointed out that it was this force which was the expression of life itself, and through its power of development and control in itself and by itself it maintains the harmonious working, the state of equilibrium, which is perfect health. There are external forces which may have an impress upon vital energy, yet that allow it to work in undisturbed harmony; and there are external forces that have great influence in inhibiting its normal functioning. When the normal function is inhibited the immediate reaction is a lack of harmony and a warped and suppressed functioning of the vital force, so that disease conditions are produced with the attendant symptoms and irregular functions of the body.
Let us consider some of these external features that may thus suppress the normal functions of the vital force, and through the vital force the normal functioning of the body. Such conditions as shell-shock, fright, fear, excessive joy, intense unsatisfied longing for mate or offspring, unrequited love, grief from loss of family or friends, business apprehensions and worries, disappointed ambitions, extreme fatigue or exhaustion; all these forces have an influence upon the vital energy, and so warp and suppress its natural functioning that a train of symptoms is produced, varying in their manifestations, but each varying widely from the natural expressions of the vital energy. We often see cases where these suppressing emotions not only affect profoundly the single individual, but extend their influence to the next generation through the effect on a nursing mother.
The palliative effect of medicines in physiological form is a condition that we see over and over again, and we can observe the sequence of suppressive action, the results being first palliation and then suppression or an actual aggravation of the first condition. There are always the primary and secondary actions as a result of physiological dosage, and we see it well expressed in Paragraph 59 of the Organon, where Hahnemann says:
Such palliative antipathic remedies were never employed in allaying the prominent symptoms of protracted diseases, without being followed in a few hours by the contrary condition, i. e. the return of the evil, often seriously aggravated.
The paragraph continues, speaking of the use of opium in suppressing coughs, and the use of the same drug in diarrhœa, and coffee producing exhilaration, and other physiological primary effects in common practice; then he goes on to show the secondary effects as being but an aggravation of the first condition, or an entirely different group of symptoms of deeper significance.
The homœopathic physician constantly comes across drug effects in physiological form which have suppressed the natural expression of disease. The one thing we should always bear in mind and should hold as our aim is to allow the vital force to express itself in its own chosen way when it is deranged. It is only when it shows itself clearly and without interruption in its natural development that we get a clear picture of the diseased state, and the administration of physiological medicine at such time changes the whole picture, suppressing one symptom after another until there is no expression of the true condition of the patient.
The immediate effect of this method of treatment is a suppression but if persisted in and continued over a period of time it has the effect of driving the vital energy to express itself in some other form, and usually in a deeper and more vital organ.
As an illustration, consider the use of opium and its derivatives for the suppression of coughs. If this treatment is continued for any length of time, instead of a cough we find the patient has become subject to a condition far more serious, for he has developed a chronic state of night cough; each time it is suppressed it is driven still deeper, and the patient soon develops fever, night sweats, and a general hectic condition. This may happen in simple coughs. It may happen in pneumonic coughs. The danger of this suppression is very great, as can easily be noticed, especially in pneumonias, where the least suppression is often fatal.
Likewise in diarrhœas, the suppression of a diarrhœa will often produce constipation, then fever and a tendency to delirium. One who remembers the time when cholera infantum was so prevalent will remember also that many children who had received opium to stop the diarrhœa (which it promptly did) developed the next day a hydrocephaloid state and succumbed to the ravages of opium rather than to the ravages of the disease. The present indiscriminate use of the salicylates and coal tar derivatives in rheumatic and allied states invariably sends the trouble to the central organs, especially to the heart.
The present day advertising of proprietary articles for the relief of pain, such as aspirin, and the consequent indiscriminate use of such preparations is exceedingly harmful, for it suppresses once more the danger signal of pain, and it always covers the condition but never removes it, rendering it possible to appear in a much exaggerated and more dangerous manifestation in some other organ, or in a much more serious condition in the same organ.
Another form of suppression that is very frequently seen is the external application of drug preparations for the removal of skin manifestations, such as eczema. These skin manifestations can be removed by the external use of drug preparations. This, however, does not cure the diseased condition, and the chronic miasm that has been expressed through the skin manifestations is forced to hide its head, but it surely will still be present in the organism and express itself in some deeper and more vital part, nearer the center of vitality. If this course of treatment is persistently continued and the condition continually suppressed, the patient becomes nearly impossible of cure. The danger from these suppressions is very great, for the longer they are suppressed the more likely they are to take on nervous and mental manifestations, striking at the very seat of life and reason, and there expressing itself.
Hahnemann's Organon, Paragraph 61, gives us the following:
Had physicians correctly observed and considered the deplorable results of the antipathic application of medicines, they would long ago have discovered the great truth, that the true method of performing permanent cures must be the exact counterpart of such antipathic treatment.
They would have perceived that, whenever the opposite or antipathic administration of medicine produced a brief period of alleviation, this would subside, only to be followed by one of aggravation, and that, consequently, the process should have been reversed; that is to say, the homœopathic application of medicines according to their symptom-similitude would have brought about a lasting and perfect cure, provided that, instead of large quantities of medicine, the most minute doses had been employed. Notwithstanding the experience of many centuries, physicians did not recognize this great and salutary truth, they appear to have ignored entirely the results of treatment above described, as well as the other fact, that no physician ever effected a permanent cure of an inveterate disease, unless some drug of predominant homœopathic effect had been by chance embodied in his prescription nor were they able to comprehend that every rapid and perfect cure, accomplished by nature without the aid of human skill, was always produced by a similar disease coming to the one already present.
Another source of suppression is the attempt to suppress the natural secretions of the body, like the perspiration in the armpits and the perspiration of the feet, by the use of medicinal powders. This forbids the elimination of waste matter through the natural channels and this waste must be taken up in other parts of the body and the attempt made to eliminate them through these other channels. In this way much harm may be done, and while the local suppressions may be entirely successful, the constitutional manifestations are inimical to health.
Under the suppression of secretions we often find the suppression of the menses by cold baths, or the sudden suppression of sweat by plunging in for a cooling swim after exertion or in hot weather. Here, too, we find the resulting action on the vital force, with the disturbance taking on grave, or even dangerous, forms.
A frequent form of suppression in modern days is the removal of disturbing organs by surgical means, again forbidding the expression of the vital force through its chosen organs, where it has expressed itself in a diseased state of the tonsils, the teeth, the sinuses, or any other part of the economy. The particular disturbance is shown by the symptom picture of the patient. In removing the tonsils, the teeth, or other organs by surgical operation we are dealing with the end-product and not with the vital energy. We are cutting off the manifestation of disease and are doing nothing to set in order the vital energy or to prevent further disease manifestations. These diseased conditions have developed as an expression of the inward turmoil and distress under which the whole individual suffers.
These are but a few of the common suppressions caused by either physicians or laymen, of from circumstances, and but a few of the form that are constantly met. It is the privilege of the homœopathic physician to relieve these distressed conditions and to set the vital energy in order, thus enabling it to function properly.
No greater crime can be committed against the human economy than to aid and abet these suppressions, for these may be the direct cause of many constitutional diseases, and the symptoms are in their natural state always the expression of constitutional conditions. Suppression is the source of many functional disturbances.
The homœopathic physician is the only physician who is equipped to deal with these conditions, for his province and the fundamental principle of his work is the proper coordination and normal functioning of the body, the mind and the spirit; and it is only when the three spheres of man coordinate to develop in their normal way that harmony and health can be maintained and preserved.
THE LAW OF PALLIATION
PHYSICIANS who have been somewhat trained along homœopathic lines manifest more confusion in the treatment of incurable diseases than in almost any other field of medicine. When faced with incurable cases, the thought occurs to a great many physicians to administer palliative measures in an effort to alleviate suffering and to attempt to hide from the patient and from the family the real seriousness of the situation. Although they may mean well, it is an effort expended in the wrong direction, and does more harm than can well be estimated. There is no place in the field of medicine where obliteration of symptoms will cause so much confusion, so there is no possibility of accurate prescribing, as in these incurable cases.
The basis of cure is the fundamental law of similars. The law of similars is the fundamental law also in the palliation of incurable states. The administration of narcotics and sedatives suppresses symptoms and destroys the power of elimination by locking up the secretions in all states so completely that we cannot get a true picture of the condition of the vital force and energy upon which we must evaluate our symptomatology. The result of palliative treatment by the use of narcotics demands the continual increase of the drugging, for as soon as the effect seems to be subsiding, more drug must be administered. It becomes a vicious circle from which there is no escape except to be sent to the ultimate end in a confused and half-deadened condition, instead of being helped to live out as many years as possible in the easiest, quietest and most gentle manner.
In his Genius of Homœopathy, page 79, Stuart Close gives us the following admonition:
Many substances are used medically in such form, in such doses, by such methods and upon such principles as to be distinctly depressive or destructive of normal reactivity. They are forced upon or into the suffering organism empirically without regard to nature's laws. So far as their effect upon disease is concerned they are in no wise curative, but only palliative or suppressive and the ultimate result, if it be not death, is to leave the patient in a worse state than he was before. Existing disease symptoms are transformed into the symptoms of an artificial drug disease. The organism is overwhelmed by a more powerful enemy which invades its territory, takes violent possession and sets up its own kingdom. Such victories over disease are a hollow mockery from the standpoint of a true therapeutics.
When we are facing these incurable conditions the administration of the similar remedy almost always ameliorates the situation, at least for three or four days, and usually for a longer period. Then we may have a return of the symptoms, when the indicated remedy will be called into use again. These conditions of impending fatality are usually accompanied by a great many symptoms, because the whole organism is involved and a gradual dissolution is taking place in every part of the economy and the vital energy is so nearly overcome as to be unable to throw off these manifestations. Sometimes one symptom or set of symptoms predominates and becomes the annoying, troublesome, disagreeable symptom-complex. In these conditions we must retake the case and reexamine the remedy that we have been using, to see if it corresponds with the disease condition. If the similarity exists in these especially troublesome manifestations, these patients can be made much more comfortable.
For instance, a recent case of incurable cancer developed involuntary urination with absolutely no control over the condition. Her remedy was one of the Calcarea group. For this troublesome symptom of involuntary urination the repertory gives us five remedies of equally prominent rank which we may consider: Arsenicum, Natrum mur., Pulsatilla, Rhus tox, and Causticum. With the constitutional similarity of the patient to the Calcareas, Causticum was the only remedy to be considered, and one dose of Causticum 200 restored complete control over this disagreeable symptom, and made the patient more comfortable in general.
Another class of symptoms that is very troublesome and which often falls under the use of palliatives, is composed of the patients who complain of insomnia. These patients will yield to the law of similars with pleasing results in their whole constitutional state, but not unless this symptom is considered with the concomitants that point to the remedy. Insomnia may be the outstanding irritating symptom in many varied symptom pictures. In some cases there is general coldness, and the patient will lie for hours awake unless he is covered with extra bed clothing, although he may not be aware of being uncomfortably cold. Worries of a business nature may be the cause of the accompanying symptom picture, or family disturbances may be at the bottom of the trouble. There may be pain and distress in certain parts. Any of these things attend a symptomatology of which the insomnia is but a part. Does he fall asleep if his knees are heavily covered? Is he kept awake by a rush of ideas? Is he lying awake because he fears that something will happen to him if he drops off to sleep? When does he lie awake-on first going to bed or after midnight? In other words, what are the concomitants?
The insomnia may be treated with crude palliative measures so that the patient secures sleep, but at best this is an unnatural sleep; while if the insomnia is considered as a part of his symptomatic picture, and given its proper place in that symptomatology and the man himself is treated-not alone one or two symptoms-he will gain his natural, refreshing sleep and he himself will be improved in general health.
Again, pain is one of the experiences from which human life has ever striven to free itself. Pain in itself is a blessing in disguise, for it brings to the patient a recognition of trouble, and to the physician the ability to recognize the location of the trouble.
The treatment of pain as a single trouble, and the fear of pain, has led to a winder use of narcotics than any other single factor. It is the cause of more drug addicts than can well be estimated. The patient is in pain, or the physician fears that the patient may be in pain, and in a sympathetic attempt to relieve the patient from a temporary discomfort many a physician has been led to prescribe drugs, the initial effect of which is to relieve the suffering of the patient, but the lasting effects of which are to produce a drug addict. Robert T. Morris, M. D., made the following statement in 1893, and it is as true today as it was then:
1. Opium is a drug which stupefies the physician who gives it more than it does the patient who takes it.
2. A drug which greatly relieves the distress of the physician, who, without it, would be compelled to do something rational for the relief of the patient who has put confidence in him.
Pain in itself is but a part of the symptom, however, for the physician must take into consideration the location: the kind of pain, whether steady or intermittent, and if intermittent, whether at regular intervals or upon motion, or is it dull, cutting, blunt or sharp, pressing, pulling, darting, cramping? Get at the type of pain as a characteristic symptom of the disordered condition; the times and circumstances of aggravation and amelioration, the reaction to thermic conditions, and all the concomitant symptoms that can be found. When the symptom of the pain itself is complete, with the location, type, and aggravations and ameliorations, your picture is almost complete; but if in addition you can find those concomitants (which may lie in the conditions of aggravation or amelioration but which are often from seemingly unrelated symptoms) you have a sound basis for the selection of a remedy which will relieve the pain promptly, and the patient will be much more comfortable and happy in general than with any narcotic.
One of the most difficult problems a physician has to meet, where he has need of acumen and discernment and a complete knowledge of remedy pictures, are such conditions as manifest an alternation of symptom pictures in different seasons of the year, such as summer gastric disturbances and winter rheumatic conditions, the Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde of chronic manifestations. There are a number of these conditions of alternations of symptom groups, and then there are the alternation of sides. When the patient presents himself to you, you may be justified in concluding from his story that his trouble is limited to the disturbed state of which he complains at that time; yet the remedy selected on this group of symptoms alone will often fail to bring relief, or, if the remedy does relieve the symptoms most marked at the time, the man's condition as a whole may not be improved, or indeed it may even be worse, since we have not cured but palliated a part of his symptom picture, obliterating a very valuable part of our symptomatology. If the patient is curable and we have thus obliterated a part of his symptom picture, we have blinded ourselves as to his true state: whereas a complete understanding of his condition over a period of several months would give a sound basis for a successful remedy selection. This is especially true in such conditions as gout, and we have remedies that have just this periodicity. Either for palliation of incurable diseases or for the cure of the curable diseases the symptomatology of the remedy must simulate, in so far as possible, the disease picture in order to bring relief, and where periodicity or alternation is a part of the symptomatology the remedy must have the characteristic feature if we are to expect it to be effective.
It is sometimes true, when we have a case with alternating phases or series of symptom groups and we are unable to meet the condition with a remedy that covers all the phases (either because we do not learn of the alternating phases from the patient in the first place or because we do not know of a remedy to meet the condition), that by meeting the symptom groups as they arise in the case itself as we go on, the symptomatology becomes clearer and more distinct so that we more completely meet the conditions as they arise and the patient's condition becomes better as a whole. This is meeting the case by a zigzag process, removing the most pronounced and characteristic symptoms by the remedies most similar in each state, but it takes very careful prescribing or we are apt to hopelessly mix the case. This may be done in emergencies or when we cannot find a better method. It serves better as a palliative measure in incurable states than as a curative measure in curable states, and a failure in any of one of a series of successive prescriptions may mean the difference between possibility and impossibility of eventual cure. There is far more satisfaction and the case is much more complete if we can get a picture of the whole condition and of the single remedy to meet that condition.
This may be difficult from two angles. The young physician may find it difficult to do this work carefully because he lacks the knowledge of the materia medica; but he has at his command a wonderful source of help in his repertories, which will often serve his purpose by quick reference, filling in the knowledge that he lacks of the remedy. Another possibility is that of remedy relationship and the relationship of the various inherited dyscrasias to the case; these are large subjects in themselves and will be discussed elsewhere. Again, it is very possible that the remedy covering the case has not been proved fully, or may not have been thought of by the students of materia medica.
Here is where the limitations of man's knowledge manifests itself. The law is correct and God-given, but no secrets of knowledge are ever given without diligent work and observation on the part of man. Much work has been done by our antecedents in developing an exceedingly valuable materia medica, and they have left a glorious record in the symptomatology of the different remedies. They have given us the weapons to meet these states; if we fail it is not the fault of the law, nor of the weapons, but of our failure to learn the use of our equipment. Incurable cases are a source of great anxiety to every physician, but the physician who will follow the law of similars with the use of the single remedy in potentized form will give quicker relief and more sustained relief than all the massive doses of narcotics and sedatives.
In cases of mechanical injuries where there is much pain and which would be subject to narcotic or sedative treatment under ordinary medicine, the homœopathic physician has a group of vulnerably remedies that will not only allay the pain and distress incident to traumatic conditions, but will prevent congestive, suppurative or gangrenous processes and actually will hasten healing; whereas narcotics, while deadening the pain, invite structural changes by slowing the natural recuperative powers. In this class we may mention such remedies as Arnica, Hypericum, Ledum, Natrum sulph., Rhus tox., and Ruta, each of the highest usefulness when indicated. These remedies cannot be used successfully at random, any more than in any other condition; but when they are similar to the condition they are of inestimable benefit.
The homœopathic physician finds another substitute for narcotics in surgical cases, either before or after operation. Here the indicated remedy does excellent service, and the patient will go through the mental and physical distress very happily. These remedies will be indicated partly by the symptomatology of the patient and partly by the immediate causes of distress, such as lacerated wounds, strenuous vomiting, shock and incarcerated flatus. In other words, here also the symptoms must be complete.
These are the things that may be done to relieve suffering. The same law applies in curable and incurable cases, and it is very essential in curable cases that no narcotic nor hypnotic nor sedative should be used, for the reason that these cloud the whole condition; but if the true reflection of the symptomatology be found we have a basis for help which no other means could offer. In incurable cases, or seemingly incurable cases, we must not put a limitation on the possibilities of the similar remedy, for in many seemingly incurable conditions the simillimum will so completely meet the situation as to obliterate the symptomatology of disease and the pathology, and will restore the patient to health.
In homœopathic instruction there is frequent mention of temperaments; especially do we consider temperaments in case taking and in prescribing. Perhaps it is wise to give some consideration to a definition of temperaments, and just what weight this should have in taking the case and prescribing.
There are four classical temperaments: nervous, bilious, sanguinous, phlegmatic. There are many combinations of these types, usually with one basic type predominating. Sometimes we find people who are very difficult to classify under any type, being a combination of several basic types.
These temperaments are to a very large extent physiological, but besides the stature of the patient the matter of temperaments implies coloring, functional tendencies of circulation, elimination, respiration, and so on, and at the same time mental and emotional tendencies in reaction to environment and circumstance. The matter of temperaments is closely allied with the basic dyscrasias, which we have discussed at greater length. Our concern at this time is particularly in relation to the temperament as it has been considered an element in prescribing the homœopathic remedy.
It has been said that the temperaments are cast in the very beginning of the new individual, when the parent cells first unite, and that once cast, there is no deviation from them; and that what is physiological cannot be influenced or changed by the action of our remedies. Both these statements are to a considerable degree true, but perhaps it would be more definitely true if we said that the initial tendency cannot be changed, but that the homœopathically indicated remedy, prescribed accurately in babes and children, can so modify the physiological tendencies as to prevent their unfavorable ultimates, to a considerable degree.
The morbific influences that are attracted to temperamental tendencies are amenable to treatment and can be removed by the homœopathic remedy; this in itself is greatly preventive of the dangers arising from temperamental weaknesses.
The homœopathic prescription is often biased by the temperament to the extent that certain temperaments bring out certain symptom pictures much more readily than do other so called temperaments. For instance, the phlegmatic type is essentially sluggish in reaction. We expect to find venous stasis a marked tendency of this temperament, the opposite of the sanguinous. The nervous temperament, as it implies, would indicate quick action, the high strung type. In the bilious we expect to find a tendency to liver disorders. Just so far as the temperaments as classified develop symptoms in their conventional lines may we depend upon them as guides in the selection of the remedy. If we look into the case further, in the light of the hereditary dyscrasias that tend toward certain developmental changes, we will see more clearly the indications for our remedies than if we merely look at surface groupings.
We often hear patients classified on snap judgments as a Pulsatilla patient, a Nux vomica patient, or perhaps a Phosphorus patient, because of the general build and coloring associated with these remedies. Many mistakes have been made in prescribing on this so-called type method. Let us analyze the reasons we have for considering a phlegmatic blonde woman as a Pulsatilla patient. Do we mean that this coloring always indicates Pulsatilla? Do we mean that a woman of this type never require Nux vomica? If we do, we have based our conclusions on a half-truth. What we really mean is that the stout young woman with blue eyes, fair hair and pale skin has developed more, and more clearly cut, symptoms under the proving than people of other coloring or stature. On the other hand, the best provers of Nux vomica were wiry dark men. This means that the natural physical make up of certain people predisposing them to certain reactions under certain circumstances makes them particularly susceptible to certain disease influences, whether these disease influences are natural (created by themselves or their environment) or artificial (created by homœopathic provings). In other words, the temperament as cast in the beginning of their existence predisposes to certain morbific reactions, and if not controlled, they will develop these reactions under certain circumstances.
On the other hand, we have not attempted the stupendous task to so classify the various elements that influence people to ascertain how people of any general type might react to any given set of circumstances that we could with assurance say that certain temperaments would develop certain symptoms. It is far simpler and easier to learn the value of the homœopathic remedy by a close study of its symptom complex, that we may recognize them in an ailing patient, and there manifest the action of the remedy as the simillimum.
When an individual becomes a patient, he manifests symptoms as a reaction of his inner and outer conditions and circumstances that show his susceptibility in an entirely different way than when he is in a state of equilibrium. Whereas in a state of equilibrium. Whereas in a state of perfect health, and therefore perfect equilibrium, he might not react to all to the introduction of a remedy, and therefore produce no symptoms, in a state of disturbed equilibrium or sickness he may develop a heightened susceptibility to the very remedy he passed by indifferently when his condition was not susceptible to its action.
Thus we may note the action of several of our frequently indicated remedies in the provings. Belladonna has shown marked reaction in the florid, phlegmatic temperament; Phosphorus developed many symptoms in the nervous bilious temperament; Baryta reacts most effectively in the dwarfed, stunted or backward individual; Nux vomica brought out the most symptoms in the nervous temperament. Certain types manifested peculiar susceptibility to certain remedies.
As the equilibrium deviates from normal it becomes more and more susceptible; the least possible has an overwhelming influence in states of disturbed balance, and therefore the remedy indicated by the condition of disturbed balance is the one that will most quickly restore the equilibrium, regardless of the temperament.
Various remedies have brought out differing provings in different temperaments, but the recorded symptoms are useful in any temperament. Thus in the spare, narrow-chested individual the provings of Phosphorus produced a tubercular syndrome, while provings of the same remedy on the rotund, florid individual developed many vascular symptoms. Yet Phosphorus acts on all types of people, and will cure in all symptoms likenesses regardless of temperamental indications. What is true of Phosphorus is true of every remedy in our materia medica.
It is true that the spare, narrow-chested individual that we call the Phosphorus type may develop Phosphorus symptoms more readily than a different physical stature; but the development of symptoms according to physical makeup does not run to any proven ratio of dependability.
The indications of coloring are often considered as symptomatic. The Pulsatilla blonde, of whom we hear so much, is far from always requiring that remedy. The Nux vomica man is not always dark; for the dark man may require Pulsatilla and the Nux vomica woman is often with us. Far more valuable than the indications of coloring or even of stature are those indications of disposition and general symptomatology, especially the modalities; these are the true indications for our prescription. The faintness and aggravation from a close room, the amelioration from fresh open air, are far more indicative of the Pulsatilla patient than the blue eyes and fair skin. If we can add to these the tendency to weep and the aggravation on consolation, we may think of Pulsatilla with some assurance, be the patient man or woman, black or white! As an illustration, a case of hay fever carefully reportized left the balance divided equally between Pulsatilla and Nux vomica. The woman, red-haired, tall, vigorous, seemed to fall into neither class with any assurance on the part of the physician, so indefinite were the modalities that we expect to mark the two so clearly. Upon inquiry, however, the question of reaction to tears or anger elicited the fact that she never wept until she became thoroughly angry; but she smoldered for some time before she got to that state. The Nux vomica side of the balance had the necessary additional weight, and that remedy was prescribed with remarkable success.
When a remedy is indicated, the symptomatology gives us a basis for our simillimum regardless of color or type. Thus we may find a so-called woman's remedy, such as Sepia, distinctly indicated in a man. Some of our older teachers instructed that when a remedy was indicated out of its normal type (that is, out of the type that made the best provers of it) it was a double indication that it was needed in that particular case.
When Pulsatilla will develop blonde hair, or Nux vomica provings change the color of the hair, the eyes, or the skin, to the true brunette type, then we may say with truth that the wiry brunette is a Nux vomica patient, or the blonde-haired lady is a Pulsatilla patient and judge them correctly at first glance.
Prescribing on types, or temperaments, is at best a slack method of using the blessings of homœopathy. It is really key-note prescribing, and then not on any morbific symptoms, but on a general stature that is present from birth. Keynotes may often give us a clue to the indicated remedy, but this clue must not be allowed to overbalance our judgment in weighing the whole symptom picture.
The only real evidence of disease conditions is the deviation from normal-the perversions of function as manifest in mind, body and spirit-the sum total of which provides us with a sound basis for prescription. The basis, then, in all of our procedure, is to find the totality of the morbific symptoms. If we find this, we can meet it through the Law of Similars with the single indicated potentized remedy. Then we will have cleared the patient of the morbific conditions, and will leave the personality and temperament intact and even guided into a state of heal-their attractions, less liable to invasion by morbific influences.
The principles and Art of Cure by Homœopathy
by HERBERT A. ROBERTS, M.D. Presented by Médi-T
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