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The Gleanings XXII Positive Indications



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This is the last chapter of my book: Fourth Dimension in Prescribing. The subtitle is: The Gleanings from Homeotherapeutics.


I’ve talked about the meaning of the ‘Fourth Dimension’ in my first chapter (Introductory) to the book, where I explained that

  • The first dimension is the classical way of prescribing, where we take a proper and detailed case of the patient; repertorize on the characteristic and peculiar symptoms of the case; and prescribe the most similar remedy that is coming out. (of course, after verifying from the Materia Medica).


  • The second dimension is the key-notes prescribing.


  • The third is pathologic prescribing, that is, prescribing on the basis of pathology; by which I meant the Miasmatic Prescribing; Prescribing on the basis of Organ Affinity; or/and On the Basis of Modern Nomenclature and Classification of Diseases. Burnett and the Naturalists (e.g. Paracelsus and Rademacher) were the classical trail-blazers in the history of medicine. Dr. Clarke has written an independent book: The Clinical Repertory, to facilitate pathological prescribing. This is a fallow field, full of limitless advances, in various directions.


  • The fourth option, or the dimension, is to find the remedy from the gleanings of the vast homeopathic literature, and from the rich experiences of the great homeopaths of the world. But in that vast field there is a directional arrow pointing towards a road that leads to a certain selection of the indicated remedy. And that is the Concomitance of two (or more) symptoms, not having any causal relation between them, nor connected with each other in any pathological relation, occurring at the same point of time, in the same patient.  


I adduce few examples to illustrate the point:

  • Headache with Sexual excitement;
  • Headache with Hemorrhoids;
  • Headache with palpitation; etc.
  • Abdominal colic with itching in nose; or with cramps of calves; or with yawing.
  • In Diarrhea with chilliness; or with pains in posterior thighs; or with leucorrhea.
  • In Menorrhagia with aphonia; or with asthma; or itching in axillae; or with icy cold breasts; or with cough; etc.


Concomitance is the most strange phenomenon in the symptomatology of a patient; and it should be given the same status as ‘the most strange and peculiar phenomenon(or symptoms)’ in the classical homeopathic parlance. For the full discussion of this topic, I would refer my reader to the opening chapter of this book.


The accumulation of the knowledge of concomitants, and the amassing of therapeutic facts through gleanings, is a continuous and progressive phenomenon as long as the votaries of homeopathy walk on the surface this ever-revolving globe. For this I would suggest to my publishers to add one or two blank pages at the end of every chapter, for readers to jot down their own notes.


In this last chapter, of the book, I’ve laid down the remains of the repository of my Gleanings. In the section of ‘Positive Indications’, I have followed Dr. Dunham, who says that the visible signs in the data of homeopathic provings, as for example, the color and characteristics of the tongue, the odor and color of the excreta, as urine and stool, or expectoration, are among the positive signs, on which the prescription should be based, if they are concretely met.  This section can be fortified and enlarged very much.


Under the section of ‘Some Specifics’ I’ve included very important data about the treatment of incurable and inoperable cases of cancer which the reader would avidly want to appropriate. The ‘Specifics for Infections’ is also a germinating topic. There are some other potpourri topics, with rudimentary sprouts, which must also grow, and enrich our armamentarium.   [MAU]          







Pyrogenium: Clean, and red tongue in a seriously sick patient, with very offensive and putrid effluvia, i.e. all discharges of the body. Tongue smooth as varnished. Terribly feted, nauseating taste, with horrible odor of breadth. Stools black with carrion like smell.  Septicemia.


Helleborus: Red and dry tongue, with dropping of the lower jaw (ditto, in Hyoscyamus); but in helleb. “horrible smell from mouth”. Chewing motion of the mouth. Sooty nostrils. In typhoid, tongue may be yellow, dry, edges red.


Ipecacuanha: The same red and clean tongue, with nausea and vomiting. (a strange and singular symptom). [In an advanced Ipecac. case, the tongue may become coated. The persistence of nausea and thirstlessness will indicate Ipecac.]


Digitalis: Perfectly clean tongue, in heart and liver complaints, with slightly bluish hue. Sweet taste with constant ptyalism.  Pulse slower than the heartbeat.  Sighing breathing. Taste bitter after coition. (a singular symptom in the whole Materia Medica).


Apis Mellifica: Clean tongue, with fiery redness, and glistening smoothness. (Pyrogen). Various edemas and puffiness with thirstlessness, are more marked. Tonsils puffy, very red and swollen. Dull and drowsy, toxemic feeling. (Comp. Belladonna). Tongue cannot be protruded: catches on teeth.

Ranunculus Sceleratus: Denuded, insular red patches on a coated tongue. Excoriating irregular spots on the entire tongue. Mapped tongue, with burning rawness. Sore burning behind xiphoid cartilage. Plug sensations at various places in the abdomen.

Taraxacum: Mapped tongue. Red sensitive spots, with loss of appetite and bitter taste. Mostly gastro-enteritic symptoms.




Bryonia: Dry whiteness of tongue; sometimes in the middle, with the edges perfectly clean. Unquenchable thirst for cold water, in large quantities at a time.  Sometimes quite thirstlessness, with the above characteristic tongue. Stool hard, brown or blackish, as if burnt. Morning diarrhea, but not driving out of bed; can keep lying in bed in morning without urging, but the sooner he stands on his feet, he must hurry to water-closet. He can subdue his urge by calmly lying down.

Belladonna: White and fissured tongue, with tenacious layer of mucus on it. Also bright red, with enlarged papillae, creating the look of strawberry. But as the disease advances, the coating peels off, leaving a bright red, highly inflamed tongue. [But never forget dispensing Bell. when a child has taken an intensely sour food, and you fear the onset of an heavy attack of tonsillitis. It’ll surely save the child from this ominous episode.—MAU]

Baptisia: At first: white or slightly yellowish tongue; the papillae are also raised, and project through this whitish or yellow coating. The edges of the tongues are of deep red  color. Later on: (during the 2nd. And 3rd. week): the yellow or white coating has now changed to one which has the brown streak down the center, the edges still remaining deep red. Stools very offensive, thin, dark and bloody. Soreness of abdomen, especially liver.

Pulsatilla: Coated white tongue, with thick rough white fur. The tongue is characteristically broad. Taste nauseous and foul. Intolerance of fatty and rich food, causing greasy eructation, with mucus on tongue.



Arsenicum Alb.: Tongue silvery white all over. Also dry, clean and red.

Causticum: Light white coating of tongue with a definite red streak down center. A right-sided remedy, indicated in paralytic complaints, numbness, tingling and paresis. Biting inside cheeks while chewing is characteristic.

Glonoine: Milky white tongue without coating. Throbbing toothache, or headache. Sun-headache; intolerance of heat and sun.

Antimonium Crud.: Thick milky-white coating, over the whole dorsum of the tongue, as if white-washed. It may often be dry as in Bryoia. Sometimes the whole coating assumes a slightly yellowish tinge. At times the borders of the tongue may be sore and red, and often there is accumulation of yellowish mucus in the pharynx. Corners of mouth cracked. Ill-mannered and peevish child.

Anti. Tart.: Thick milky-white coating of tongue with red edges. Principally a catarrhal remedy.

Aconite: Coated white like Ant.c. Tip of tongues tingling. Chewing motion of the lower jaw. Face full of anguish with certainty of death.

Hippomanes: Coated white tongue with red tip. Mentioned as aphrodisiac in Greek classics. Homeopathic indications: Sexual desire increased, causing drawing pains in testicles. Icy coldness in stomach. Sprained sensation in the wrist. Weakness from growing too fast.

Sulphur: White tongue with undefined red tip, (also red edges). [With definite triangular red tip: Rhus Tox.



Chininum Sulph.: Tongue yellow down the center, with pale edges.

Leptendra Virg.: Coated yellow tongue. An advanced liver remedy. In advanced cases, the tongue may become black or dark brown, or black down the center (especially in bilious or typhoid fever). Profuse black, fetid stools, looking like tar. 

Podophyllum: Coated yellow or white, broad and large tongue; taking imprints of teeth. Burning of tongue. Difficult dentition: child presses gums together. Diarrhea during dentition: stools are copious.

Chelidonium: Yellow tongue is predominantly a ‘liver tongue’, especially when the taste is bitter, as in Chel., Chin., Phos., Podo., Merc-salts., etc. In Chel. tongue is yellow with imprints of teeth. It is perhaps the only liver remedy that prefers hot food and drinks instead of cold; and feels better thereby. Even nausea and vomiting is relieved by hot drinks. Pain goes through stomach to back, and right shoulder-blade. Specific for obstructive jaundice, and gall-colic. Another striking symptom is ‘menses too late and too profofuse’.  A further strange symptom is that the liver patient feels better, though temporarily, by eating. Clay-colored stools that float over water.

Chionanthus: Another prominent liver remedy. Tongue heavily coated yellow, broad and furred. Jaundice with enlarged spleen. Jaundice with arrest of menses. Gall-stones with diabetes mellitus.

Colchicum: Teeth and tongue both brown. (Typhoid)

Cimicifuga: Tongue pointed and trembling.  

Cina: Vomiting with clean tongue. (Ipecac.) Twisting pain around navel, with hard, bloated abdomen. Itching in nose; wants irresistibly to rub it. In Cina fever the face is cold and hands warm.




Cancer Pains:                                                                Morphia Extreme susceptibility to pains. Pains are so violent as to threaten convulsions or cause twitching and jerking of the limbs.

Pain of Cervical Cancer:                                           Hydrocotyle

Cancer of Mammae and of Uterus:  cf. supra Chapter ‘Chest’.


Cancer of Liver attended with Jaundice:                   MyricaCer.

Material doses or lower attenuations.                                                      (--Burnett)

Odor of Cancer: Greatly yields to                                                          Tellurium

To Alleviate Inoperable Cancer:                                            Selenium Injections of colloidal Selen. markedly diminishes pains, sleeplessness, ulceration and discharges.                                                                                                                    (Boericke)

 Pre-Ulcerative Stage of Carcinoma:                                   Lapis Alb. Burning, stinging pain in breasts, stomach and uterus. The connective tissues about glands are especially affected. Uterine Carcinoma, Fibroid Tumors with intense burning pain with profuse hemorrhage. The Glands have a certain elasticity and pliability about them, rather than the stony hardness of Calc.Fl., Cistus.                              (Boricke)

Malandrinum: Efficacious in clearing of the remnants of cancerous deposits. (Cooper)

Extremely Rapid Development of Malignant Growths:      Lob. Erinus  

Burning pains of Cancer:                                                    Euphorbia

Revives the Healing Powers in Cancers:                             Hoang-nan

Cancerous Diathesis:                                                             Trif. Pr.                                                                                            (Boericke)



Staphylococci:                         , Hep.s 3x, Mang.acet.

Streptococci:                 , Ailanth., Hep.s.3x,


Pneumococcus: (Strept.Pneumoniae):                                 Verat.v., Phos.


Tubercule-Bacillus:                                                            Phosphorus


B. Typhosus:                                                                            Baptisia        


To Promote Phagocytosis:                                                          Ars.alb.





Small-pox:                                                             Maland., Sarracenia


Homeopathic Anti-Tetanus:                                                Hypericum




Vaccination:                                          Maland. Thuja., Sil., Vaccinum


Influenza:                                                                         Medorrhinum (high)


Gleanings XXII

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Comment by Dr. M. A. Usmani on September 6, 2012 at 11:54pm

Thanks Dr. Aamir, for your kind comments.


Comment by Dr. M. A. Usmani on September 6, 2012 at 11:53pm

Thanks Dr. Wequar,

i know that this book can be very helpful at the table of a homeopathic physician. can you suggest ideas for its publication.

Dr. Usmani

Comment by Dr. Wequar Ali Khan on August 27, 2012 at 9:03am

Dr Usmani,its a great service to the large community of Homeopaths in Pakistan in particular and all homeopaths around the world. I am sure if one reads your "Gleanings" with deep interest, it is sure to provide one a  good and practical application of homeopathy. Wishing you all the best,and looking forward to your book.


Comment by Dr. Aamir Mustafa on August 27, 2012 at 12:45am

Best of luck Usmani Sahib very nice compilation of knowledge.

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