Creating Waves of Awareness
The case I am presenting demonstrates two vital factors in homeopathy
1) The role of mind and body in causing and reversing disease
2) Layers of Suppression
Through this post, I will demonstrate both these factors in a case of Eczematous Psoriasis and Hypothyroidism. The Case of Mrs Sushma Karnik Shown below
This patient was 53 years old when she came to consult with me. She had multiple symptoms, most notably severe eczema and arthritic pain. The eczema showed up around 30 years ago while her arthritic pains and hypothyroidism showed up in 1992.
Over the years, Mrs Karnik had taken been treated by various doctors and had taken allopathic drugs including steroids, homeopathy and ayurvedic medicines. But she only got worse.
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Mrs Karnik’s symptoms began soon after her marriage, which was a traumatic event for the young bride. She gave up her job as a college lecturer to move from Mumbai to a small town, and her husband and in-laws were very conservative. Mrs Karnik was a mild-mannered person and instead of rebelling, internalised her trauma, which then manifested itself in various physical symptoms.
In her own words: “I had to give up my job and adjust with those people (husband and in-laws), who are orthodox and uneducated. I never complained to anyone as I am very accommodating and know how to adjust. In the initial years after marriage, I was not even allowed to work but when there was a financial crisis, my husband agreed and I became a teacher in a local school.”
Four years before she came to meet me, Mrs Karnik’s son went through a divorce just 6 months after his marriage. This was a huge blow to her as she was worried about the social stigma
she would face.
Moreover, as her eczema began to show, she grew even more embarrassed about the “dreaded disease” and gradually began to withdraw. As the disease process ravaged her body, her arthritic pains worsened till she finally confined herself largely to her home. “I am completely bed-ridden due to these problems and cannot work or sleep due to the pain. It is too much to bear,” she told me.
Understanding the Case
This is a classic example of allopathic suppression, where the disease process has travelled from one organ to another (See Chart of Suppression below}. Mrs Karnik went from the Psoric Misam to a Syphilitic picture at the mental and physical levels.
In any given case, Dr Hahnemann’s Aphorism No 3 says, ”If the physician clearly perceives what is to be cured in diseases, that is to say, in every individual case of disease” (knowledge of disease)…”
Aphorism 71 says, ”How is the physician to ascertain what is necessary to be known in order to cure the disease?”
In any given case, it is of utmost important to ask the following questions: What exactly is wrong that needs to be treated? Why has the constitution fallen sick? What are the causes or his / her nature that has taken a toll on her health and disturbed her biochemistry and compromised her immune system to make her sick?
In Mrs Karnik’s case, the patient had suppressed her emotions – she could was unable to express her feelings and do the things what enjoyed and loved most. She had also been unable to say, “no” to the marriage proposal that had led her to this predicament in the first place.
Her defence system had completely vanished. Here we are reminded of Charles Darwin’s theory of Natural Selection, that which we do not use falls into disuse till it disappears from the gene pool of the species. Likewise, Mrs Karnik was not able to defend herself to fight for her rights. How then could she defend herself physically from disease?
When she began losing interest in life, she entered the Syphilitic state and nothing, not even allopathic drugs, seemed to help her.
Analysis of the Case
Dr James Tyler Kent always advised homeopaths to assess the will, morals and intellect of the patient. In this case, we had a constitution which was conscientious, mild, embarrassed, affectionate, does not want sympathy or pity, chilly and thirst less.
Journey of the Disease
According to Dr Prafull Vijaykar’s Chart of Suppression, Mrs Karnik’s skin eruptions (Ectodermal layer #1) to bronchial asthma (Endodermal Layer #) coupled with allopathic suppression led her to develop joint pains (a connective tissue disorder – Mesoderm Layer #3). Later, she developed hypertension (layer #4), and with further suppressive drugs, the disease process led to hypothyroidism (Layer #5). Gradually, Mrs Karnik went into depression (Neural Plate Layer #6).
Effectively, Mrs Karnik experienced Six Layers of Dr Vijayakar’s Seven Layers of Suppression and she was getting worse.
Evaluation of the Case
Let’s analyse the patient’s defence or Miasm. Mrs Karnik experienced despair with pains and embarrassment, a syphilitic aspect. Along with these 2 rubrics and looking for a remedy that is “conscientious” and “sympathy aggravation,” we get Ignatia.
The Remedy given was Ignatia 1m I dose. During the course of a year, it was repeated twice.
It was observed that after the right constitutional remedy, the disease process began to reverse. The Syphilitic aspect of Mrs Karnik’s mental state improved and during the course of treatment, not only did her physical diseases get cured but she began to change mentally too – she became less timid and began to voice her opinion.
According to Dr Rajan Sankaran, Ignatia is from the loganiaceous family –disappointment, silent grief, and patients cannot weep even when shattered. Ignatia is also from cancer, which means patients are totally controlled, they stretch themselves beyond their capacity.
Mrs Karnik was largely free of her symptoms in 11 months. She was also happier and brighter. The disease process was well on the way to being totally reserved.
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