Creating Waves of Awareness
Status of mind symptoms
Can therapeutiucs be based solely on mental symptoms?
(A critique of classical Homeopathy-2)
Dr. M. A. USMANI
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Human psyche is such that to get a true mental symptom is a tricky affair. Most of these symptoms are ‘assumed’, ‘concocted’ or worn as camouflage. As a poet says:
Baday kkhot hein zahiri soorton mein,
Bady qeemty cheese hai badgumaani
[There is definite deceit in the appearances of the people, so acquiring a trait of distrust, is a precious demeanor.]
Behavior is a contrived response in an individual to his whole social environ in which he lives. Behind the veneer of an amicably smiling and saintly face there may be a dastardly mean and a ferocious jackal. Behind and beneath a brave facade may be timid personality.
Referring to an acute disease which is not being settled by many attempts at curing it, a person may show a grave face to get sympathy, saying: ‘this disease will take me to grave’. From this statement, and the hopelessness worn on the face of the patient, a homeopathic tyro will translate his expression in the repertory language, i. e. ‘despair of recovery’. But, in reality, the patient is an optimistic one; and is always certain that the disease would ultimately go and he will surely survive.
From 80 to 90% of mental symptoms are contrived responses to the social structure of society and religion-cultural compulsions. Very few rubrics contain symptoms that are really pathologic; there being no possibility of contriving; such as:
Mental and psychic cases, ipso facto, will usually depend exclusively on mind symptoms. Symptoms of psychic derangement, and complexes, would be searched in the mind chapter; and corroborated with general symptoms and food cravings and preferences. Leaving this category, all other ailments will be dealt with in the usual way. Time will (and should) come when the presenting complaint, usually the pathologic, will be the first symptom to be sought for, and accessed in a repertory; and that remedy, from among these, would be chosen that tally with the generals, and mentals of the patient.
The occasion for writing this article became the first chapter of Dr. George Vithoulkas’ book entitled: Talks on Classical Homeopathy, [Pub. B. Jain Publishers. India]. A case of a seriously sick child has been discussed, in the first chapter, (pp. 4ff). Her parents both are M.D. doctors. And Vithoulkas remained concerned with the case throughout. During the course pediatric specialist had been consulted, time and again, because his chosen prescriptions proved futile. She was also hospitalized many times. Nothing positive could be done for the patient—neither by allopathy nor by homeopathy. The child was evidently at the verge of depletion and death. Second hospitalization was the last scene. Every body was grieving. Doctor saw the mother of the patient sitting downcast beside her daughter, who was holding her hand. The doctor said to the mother to liberate her hand from the child’s grip. But as she did this the child started crying. He asked her to give her hand to her again. The child stopped crying. On repeating the same experiment again the child got disturbed and started crying.
Now the doctor announced to the parents as to their preferences: whether they wanted their child to be cured at once—that is ‘this evening’; or the next morning. If they choose the first option, he would give the child Phosphorus 50M. if the next morning was their choice, the child be given 10M potency. The child was ‘cured’ by the first preference, though the dose had to be repeated in the same night.
Cured or not cured, the episode has left many questions to be answered.
Mystifying homeopathy should end. Let us accept that homeopathy is a true science of therapeutics, and deal with it as such.