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Cardio Vascular Diseases Part 1: Introduction

Cardio Vascular Diseases

By Dr. Guillermo Zamora, Medical Doctor UAG, Homeopath.
Introduction:

The cardiovascular diseases are a huge health issue for 3 reasons: They are very frequent, devastating and in cases such as hypertension remain asymptomatic until advanced stages of the disease. It is here where homeopathy plays a greater role, especially because for every good homeopath there will always be potential symptoms in an individual. So, even without clinical symptoms indicative of a cardio vascular disease, there are always sick patient's own symptoms with which the homeopath can work to make relevant changes in vital energy. Anyway, it is vitally important to me that every homeopath knows symptoms associated with them, so that the homeopath never miss any kind of clinical circumstances that might lead them to commit a serious omission.

Thus, we can see Dr. Hahnemann in the introduction of the Organon 6th edition talking about the allopathic (enantiopathic) use of digitalis purpurea, on which we can observe the problems that already had been taking place in matter of cardio vascular diseases. In the following paragraph Hahnemann makes a harsh critique of allopathic use of this drug, underscoring the observation of a clear aggravation after symptoms have improved in some way. I must say, that today is still used this remedy (called lanoxin 0.25 mg tablets or elixir 0.005/100ml) in cardiology potentially concentrated dose, usually with 2 days of comfortable rest on weekends.

 

Please, let’s read the complete paragraph:

Organon Introduction 6th edition.
A palliative of a still more horrible character for chronic patients is the digitalis purpurea, with which the old school practitioners imagine they do such excellent service, when by means of it, they compel the quick, irritated pulse in chronic diseases (purely symptomatic!) to become slower. True it is that this dreadful remedy, which is in such cases employed enantiopathically, strikingly diminishes the frequency of the quick, irritated pulse, and greatly reduces the number of the arterial pulsations, for a few hours after the first dose; but the pulse soon becomes more rapid than before. In order again to diminish in some degree its frequency the dose is increased, and it has the effect, but for a still shorter period, until even these and still larger palliative doses cease to reduce the pulse, which at length, in the secondary action of the foxglove which can no longer be restrained, becomes much more rapid than it was before the use of this drug, - it then becomes uncountable; sleep, appetite and strength are lost - death is imminent; not one of the patients so treated escapes alive, unless to be a prey to incurable insanity!*

 

And this is clearly marked when Hahnemann points to Hufeland as an obstinate man. Let´s read the complete paragraph.

 

Organon 6th edition Footnote 26
And yet Hufeland, the chief of this old school (v. Homoopathie, p. 22), extols with much satisfaction the employment of digitalis in such cases, in these words: None will deny (experience invariably does so!) that too great rapidity of the circulation can be removed (?) by digitalis. Permanently removed? and by a heroic enantiopathic remedy? Poor Hufeland

Of course, there are other paragraphs in the organon where we can see the analysis of digitalis purpurea. Kindly, Let me read it.

 

Organon paragraph 59 (last part)

… “The old school physician rejoices2 that he is able to reduce for several hours the velocity of the small rapid pulse in cachectic patients with the very first dose of uncombined purple foxglove (which in its primary action makes the pulse slower); its rapidity, however, soon returns; repeated, and now increased doses effect an ever smaller diminution of its rapidity, and at length none at all - indeed - in the secondary action the pulse becomes uncountable; sleep, appetite and strength depart, and a speedy death is invariably the result, or else insanity ensues.”

 

Footnote 65:

2 Vide Hufeland, in his pamphlet, Die Homoopathie, p.20.

Thus, we can also see in Hahnemann´s book "Chronic Diseases” in the chapter of Latent Psora (pag 77), the author includes cardio vascular diseases within the internal Psora that is emerging from its latency state ... Please read carefully the entire paragraph and the footnote:

“These are some of the leading symptoms observed by me, which, if they are often repeated, or become constant, show that the internal Psora is coining forth from its latent state. They are at the same time the elements, from which (under unfavorable external conditions) the itch-malady, as it manifests itself, composes the illimitable number of chronic diseases, and with one man assumes the one form, with another another, according to the bodily constitution, defects in the education, habits, employment and external circumstances, as also modified by the various psychical and physical impressions. It thus unfolds into manifold forms of disease, with so many varieties, that they are by no means exhausted by the disease-symptoms enumerated in the pathology of the old school, and erroneously designated there as well-defined, constant and peculiar diseases. [*]”

 

“[*] They bear the following names: Scrofula, rickets, spina ventosa, atrophy, marasmus, consumption, pulmonary consumption, asthma, tabes mucosa, laryngeal phthisis, chronic catarrh, constant coryza, difficult dentition, worms and consequent diseases, dyspepsia, abdominal cramps, hypochondria, hysteria, dropsy, dropsy of the abdomen, dropsy of the ovaries, of the uterus, hydrocele, hydrocephalus, amenorrhœa, dysmenorrhœa, uterine hæmorrhages, hematemesis, hæmoptysis and hæmorrhages, vaginal hæmorrhages, dysuria, ischuria, enuresis, diabetes, catarrh of the bladder, hematuria, nephralgia, gravel of the kidneys, stricture of the urethra, stricture of the intestines, blind and running piles, fistula of the rectum, difficult stools, constipation, chronic diarrhœa, induration of the liver, jaundice, cyanosis, heart diseases, palpitation, spasms of the chest, dropsy of the chest, abortion, sterility, metromania, impotence, induration of the testicles, dwindling of the testicles, prolapsus uteri, inversion of the womb, inguinal, femoral and umbilical hernias, dislocations of the joints from an internal cause, curvature of the spine, chronic inflammations of the eyes, fistula lachrymalis, short-sightedness and long-sightedness, day blindness and night blindness, obscuration of the cornea, cataracts, glaucoma, amaurosis, deafness, deficient smell or taste, chronic one-sided headache, megrim, tic douloureux, tinea capitis, scab, crusta lactea, tetters (herpes), pimples, nettle-rash, encysted tumors, goitre, varices, aneurism, erysipelas, sarcomas, osteosarcoma, scirrhus, cancer of the lips, cheeks, breast, uterus, fungus nematodes, rheumatism, gout in the hips, knotty gout, podagra, apoplectic fits, swoons, vertigo, paralysis, contractions, tetanus, convulsions, epilepsy, St. Vitus' dance, melancholy, insanity, imbecility, nervous debility, etc.”

 

Therefore: Psora=Cardio vascular diseases

However, some learned homeopaths could wonder about the diseases mentioned in §80 and why Hahnemann classifies them as psoric. Obviously, many of them share characteristics of other miasms, like asthma, which is predominantly sycotic, gravel of kidneys (sycotic), gout (sycotic), hydrocele (sycotic), stricture of the urethra (syphilitic according to Banerjea), induration (sycotic), to name a few. They may arise from psora which is the primary cause for all diseases and prerequisite for other miasms like sycosis and syphilis. Hence these diseases may be complicated with psora but not exclusively psoric. The conclusion that cardiovascular diseases are exclusively psoric is incorrect. They can be classified according to their nature as psoric, sycotic, syphilitic, tubercular etc.

Psora: heart troubles from fear, disappointment, mental shocks, loss of near relatives and friends, or overjoy. Psoric patients think they have heart disease and are going to die. Anxiety, fear in heart troubles. Sensation of weakness, goneenss, fullness, heaviness and soreness about the heart. Violent palpitations with beating of the whole body. Violent hammering and beating about the heart due to reflexes such as - gastric troubles, flatulence and uterine irritation. Heart troubles from eating and drinking, usually worse evening soon after eating or during digestion. Better eructation's of gas but worse on going to sleep and lying on back. Neuralgic pain about heart. Psoric heart diseases are mostly functional. They are often accompanied by anxiety, mental distress, palpitation, neuralgia, often of a sharp, piercing, cutting and stitching nature; worse least movement, at night. Psoric heart patients worry about their condition, take their pulse frequently, fear death and remain quiet. Bradycardia is psoric.

 

Sycosis: Violent hammering and beating about the heart due to reflexes such as gastric disturbances, flatulence and uterine irritation, especially if local applications are used to relieve the pain. This heart patient is better motion as walking, riding or gentle exercise. Fluttering and oppression and difficult breathing at intervals. Seldom much pain or suffering unless in rheumatic difficulties, when we may find severe pains, but not so constant or persistent as psoric. Much soreness and tenderness often worse motion of arms. Pain from shoulder to heart, or from heart to scapula in rheumatic cardiac troubles. Often the pulse is soft, slow and easily comprehensible. Valves become roughened due to the acid condition of system, the walls enlarged, the muscles flabby, soft and lacking power. Patients as a rule are fleshy and puffy, their obesity often lies at the bottom of their dyspnoea, and they are constantly gaining in flesh. Frequently face blue, synotic and apt to be venous congestion or rather stagnation. These conditions are very much worse for high living, rich spicy food or spirituous liquor. Gout of the heart. In combination with psora we get the right soil for valvular and cardiac disturbances with changes in organ structure. These are the conditions that cause the fatalities. With these sycotic heart conditions there is none of the fear and apprehension that we find in psoric patients. Tachycardia is sycotic

 

Syphilis: Very little mental disturbances in heart troubles of a sycotic and syphilitic patient, even at critical periods of the disease. They may have heart troubles for years without causing them any more than occasional dyspnoea or some pain. They die suddenly and without warning. The patients usually deny they have any cardiac troubles or they are usually unaware of them. Syphilitic and sycotic heart troubles are much more dangerous than the psoric. Irregular pulse is syphilitic.

 

Tubercular: A rush of blood to the chest, especially in the young. Heart troubles are accompanied with fainting, temporary loss of vision, ringing in the ears, pallor and great weakness, worse sitting up and better lying down, usually. Cannot climb mountains due to disturbed circulation, affects brain and they become dizzy and faint, often fainting away when they get to a rarified atmosphere. Brain becomes anemic at a high altitude. Small thread-like pulse and quick. In these cases, there is gradual failing away of the flesh, rush of blood to the chest and face. The dyspnoe is often painful in psoric or tubercular patients. The dropsies or anasarcas of the psoric or tuberculars are always greater than sycotic - they smother or down the patient before death takes place.

 

see Harimoham Chourhury: Indications of miasms)

Predisposing factors:

Furthermore, Dr. Hahnemann described with perfection the predisposing factors of the Psora. We can read them in the following paragraph

 

Chronic Diseases; page 51

“The awakening of the internal psora which has hitherto slumbered and been latent, and, as it were, kept bound by a good bodily constitution and favorable external circumstances, as well as its breaking out into more serious ailments and maladies, is announced by the increase of the symptoms given above as indicating the slumbering psora, and also by a numberless multitude of various other signs and complaints. These are varied according to the difference in the bodily constitution of a man, his hereditary disposition, the various errors in his education and habits, his manner of living and diet, his employments, his turn of mind, his morality, etc.”

It is amazing, but Hahnemann seems to have been ahead of his time and like if he had had a vision of the future, he made a list of details that apply to our times. Many chronic diseases like diabetes, cancer, and cardiovascular diseases are related to these predisposing factors.

The above paragraph is the reason why homeopaths understand "Miasmas" and predispositions, heredity and susceptibility to disease and that makes the difference.

Taking into account the above, if I may, let me start with the first subject.

 

 

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Comment by Dr Muhammed Rafeeque on March 18, 2010 at 12:27am
Thanks for the information.
Comment by Dr Guillermo Zamora on March 19, 2010 at 12:42pm
Your welcome Dr Rafeeque
Comment by Seyedaghanoor Sadeghi on March 23, 2010 at 1:33pm
Dear Dr.Zamorae

Well.Done. Thank you for adding this very practical and useful discussion. In fact there are

many powerful homeopathic remedies which we can see and search in Radar and Materia

Medica. Arnica is the most known cardiovascular remedy.

The Aconite is another helpful one. Lachesis and Aurum and Veratrum album are the deep

acting ones which are applied in cardiovascular conditions.

If the cardiovascular patients know how effective such remedies are, They will never suffer

from invasive methods of treatments.

Best Wishes ,S.Sadeghi M.D.
Comment by Dr Guillermo Zamora on March 23, 2010 at 2:17pm
Dear S.Sadeghi M.D.:

I agree with you...I would be interested about an arnica´s description from you in the sens of this subject.

Thank you so much for your comment.
Comment by Alexander Begg on April 4, 2010 at 8:17am
Dear Dr.Zamora.

Thankyou for your time, effort and commitment to writing this. These are well selected and valuable extracts. They are inspiring and thought provoking.

What is also interesting about Cardiovascular problems is diseases is the notion that these diseases reflects the Psychology and mentality of the individual to extent.

From a psychological approach I am curious whether the cardiovascular problems with the heart, blood and veins - being specfic systems - are analogous to according mental structures.
That is to say as the cardiovascular system reflects dynamics of its own these may also be prime reflections of psychodynamics.

Currently in Psychology of the mind and Philosophy of the mind there does not appear to be a consensus on the latent structure of the mind. Perhaps with the homeopathic approach the miasms, which can also be corresponded with the five chinese elements, give some indication of the underlying psychodyanmic structures propelling cardiovascular disease.
Comment by Dr Guillermo Zamora on April 4, 2010 at 3:44pm
Dear Alexander Begg:

Thank you for your always welcome comments
Comment by Regina Rianelli on January 1, 2013 at 9:03pm

Dear HWC Friend and Dear Dr.Zamorra,

#Happy New Year

Dear Friend, according to this interesting Cardio Vascular Diseases Article published by Dr.Zamorra and Sergio Kremer`s reply, we would also like to share with You our Heart Formula that has a positive response with our Clients the past six years:

Arnica mont CH5

Crataegus    CH5

Cactus grandiflorius  CH5

Valeriana  CH5

Ceréus brasiliensis  CH5

Grindelia   CH3

ãã - 30 ml.

5 drops in a small  glass of water 3X/day.

If the Client has discomfort / pain, besides checking in and investigating the pain with his Cardiologist a.s.a.p., he might take 5 drops of this Formula in a small  glass of water every hour;

when the Client feels better, decreases the Dose to every 2h/2h, 3h/3h ... until it reaches every 6h, as formerly indicated.

#Have a wonderful and very fruitful 2013 and may You collect the seeds of Joy, Ethics, Happiness and Good Will you have planted in the previous years along the way!

 

#Thank You for your Friendship!

many Blessings your way,

Reg- @reginarianelli

Comment by Debby Bruck on January 1, 2013 at 9:23pm

How many patients have your recorded positive results with this method, Regina?

Comment by Regina Rianelli on January 1, 2013 at 10:15pm

Dear Debby

#Thank You for such prompt reply!

we have used this Heart Formula with great success in over 250 Clients this past six years:

their ages vary from 6 yrs  old to 94 yrs old.

You may see one of our positive records of Client Mr.G.S., a 68 yrs old gentleman, seen in the picture below that has no more severe heart complaints despite his drug abuse habit the past 30 yrs! He has been using this Heart Formula for three years with success, despite his addiction condition...

We even have more development pictures  we may share, kindly ask by e-mail.

Glad we are able to share our humble experience, Debbie!

#Happy New Year!!!

our Best,

Reg- @reginarianelli

Comment by Dr. Wequar Ali Khan on January 2, 2013 at 3:04pm

Dr Zamora and Regina.Extremely good information. Will these medicines be available in USA? and in those potencies?

Though so called classical homeopathy does not approve of combination,yet for heart ailment so many homeopathic combinations are in market of India and Pakistan.But your combinations being different would be well worth being applied.As you claim a lot of success.

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