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A female patient, aged 21, consulted me with her mother. She is doing graduation in nursing, in one of the metro cities in India. Her mother says that she lost her weight after joining this course. The situation in her college is not good enough to continue the studies. The college authorities do not allow the female students to go outside the campus! They are forced to eat the food given in their hostel mess. In order to avoid food poisoning, the food items brought from outside is not allowed, and they do not even allow the students to have food of their choice from hotels outside. The students very rarely get chance to visit their parents. Most of the students are troubled by the over restrictions from the college authorities. In spite of all these issues, this girl is adjusting the situation only for the sake of a professional degree. As a result of all these troubles and homesickness, her health is affected, and she is loosing weight. Apart from the mental troubles, she also has recurrent gastric troubles right from the time she joined that institution. Nausea and vomiting is very common in her day today life. Occasionally, she gets bilious vomiting and abdominal pains. She does not like to eat the hostel food due to the same kind of food they provide daily. She said that the moment she reaches the mess hall, she gets nausea. Since the majority of students are from Kerala, they provide fish curry on regular basis [The fishes cant survive without water; similarly, we Keralites cant survive without fish!]. Earlier, she used to take fish, but after reaching this institution, she has developed a kind of aversion to fish. She said, “Even the smell of fish troubles me!”

Her mother requested me to do something, as she needs to continue there for one more year. She is not getting any relief with the modern medical drugs given by the hospital attached to their institution.

Jumping to one particular remedy immediately after hearing a striking symptom is a wrong method! But, here, even without repertorizing the case, I jumped into Colchicum. Five doses of Colchicum 200 were given, along with a bottle of blank tabs, to be taken regularly. I asked her to repeat the powder dose only when there is no response from the first dose.

After two weeks, her mother came to my clinic and thanked me for changing her pathetic condition. Her appetite is improved and the smell from the mess hall does not nauseate her. She is mentally and physically fine till date.


In this case, the drug selection is done on one symptom: sensitiveness to the smell of fish. Interestingly, at the time of prescription, I did not even consider the fact that the remedy Colchicum also covers ‘ ailments from rudeness of others.’ This girl is actually a victim of rudeness and over restriction from the college authorities. I do not say that the whole case is cured with the first prescription. In case of any negative feedback from this patient, I should repertorize her case and search for a more suitable remedy. But, for the time being, she is happy with Colchicum!

Dr Muhammed Rafeeque

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Comment by Dr Muhammed Rafeeque on May 11, 2011 at 12:20am
Yes doctor, such cases do not always work. But, a well selected remedy after a detailed study may also fail ! Every time we try with one remdy, and when it does not work, we go to the other one.
Comment by Dr. Rajiv Chopra on May 9, 2011 at 11:17am

The heading seems most appropriate. But the fact is that Colch. may have covered more symptoms in the patient which you may not be aware, hence the result!

This is what is happening these days where there are some “mentals only” and “physicals only” doctors all claiming good results. The prescribed medicine may be the similimum for the case but we are prescribing on a single or too few symptoms. But this does not work always, hence a complete case of the patient always leads to the correct remedy.

Comment by Dr Muhammed Rafeeque on May 7, 2011 at 12:09am
Thank you doctors for your comments. Definitely it is not a wrong method, that is why I have given the title, BETTER RESULT FROM A "WRONG" METHOD. Most of our pioneers had followed the same method.
Comment by Dr. Meakin Mittu M.D.(Hom.) on May 6, 2011 at 11:24am
It is not the wrong method. you prescribed on the basis of indication. Present and predominating is the law of homeopathy. Correct me if i am wrong. Treat the dominating Miasm. U did The right job Rafeeque.
Comment by Dr Muhammed Rafeeque on May 4, 2011 at 1:08am
When I feel one drug similar to the case, it is the similimum for me. But, it may be a seemingly indicated drug for others. In that sense, there can be more than one simillimum (seemingly indicated simillimum) for each case!
Comment by Dr Muhammed Rafeeque on May 4, 2011 at 1:04am
Thanks for the comments.
Comment by sajjadakram on May 3, 2011 at 11:45pm
For successful homeopathic practice we need guiding symptoms. No matter it is one or multiple; they must be strong and dominating. Your success is the result of correct case taking.
Sajjad.
Comment by Dr Ravindra Saraswat on May 3, 2011 at 2:08pm
Dr Rafeeque,
Even though in theory, “true” Simillimum can be only one, in practice it is entirely possible to find more then one for want of accurate information/understanding. The “set of symptoms” as obtained from the patient is often found as a “sub-set of symptoms” of several remedies in the book and one selects the Simillimum based on the modalities, location and causation. However, once in a while, we all come across situations where the cause is not known, modalities are too general and location is too widespread to be of much help. In such situations, one has to accept the reality of more than one Simillimum.
Comment by Debby Bruck on May 3, 2011 at 1:15pm
What an incredible story. Good thinking dear Rafeeque.

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