Ten years ago a young boy came to my clinic seeking cure for a wart on the tip of his index finger. He seemed very uncomfortable about it because nearly everyone who shook his hand seemed to take notice of it. He was ready to have it surgically removed but wanted to try homeopathy first. He had no other problem.
For warts the remedies that immediately come to mind are Thuja, Causticum, Nitric acid, Dulcamara etc.
While observing him I noticed that his lips were a bright red, as if he had applied lipstick.
HC Allen in his key notes has the symptom, “Bright redness of lips as if the blood would burst through”. Upon further enquiries , some other symptoms came up pointing to Sulphur. . I administered to him four globules of the 200th dry on the tongue and another dose to be taken on waking up the next morning. I must confess that I had given Sulphur because it was indicated but I felt that it would only prepare the ground for another remedy from the above-mention list to remove the wart. What happened the next day is narrated here in his own words.
“Next morning when I woke up and tried to find the small packet you had given me to be taken, to my dismay I found out that I had lost it. I went for a shower , cursing myself for being careless. While I was soaping myself, I felt as something separated from the tip of my finger. I rinsed and looked at my finger, to my delight I found that there was no trace of the wart!”
The action of the remedy aroused my curiosity. So far in the materia medica books that I had studied, I could not find this rubric. I opened the Clarks dictionary of Materia Medica ( which I would then consult on rare occasions only) and there it was ! Under the heading ‘Upper limbs’, warts on fingers.
I had forgotten all about this case when I chanced to meet the same boy who had now grown into a young man, a few days ago. He told me that no other wart had appeared during all these years.