: KEY TO SUCCESS
DR. PREM SHARMA
Usually a case of inguinal hernia is considered to be a condition for which surgery is the only option and conservative treatment for hernia is not thought of. But my experience shows that if a rightly chosen remedy is administered even surgical cases can be treated successfully with homeopathy without any surgical intervention. The case below represents one such success story.
A 4 year old male child was brought to me with severe cough and respiratory distress. He used to get frequent recurrent attacks of bronchitis which required him to be hospitalized. During every episode he was administered antibiotics and put on nebulisation. Lately the frequency and severity of the attacks were increasing.
The child was very obstinate and his parents found it very difficult to manage him. During sickness his irritability and obstinacy increased. Anything that he wants had to be brought for him at any cost without any consideration of the time or whether it is day or night. If he wants to go out, he would, no matter if it is cold and dark outside. The severe cough resulted in inguinal hernia a few months back as per his parents. The cough and the difficulty in breathing would not let the child rest. His obstinacy to do things and eat as per his wish was getting stronger.
2. OBSTINATE, headstrong - plans; in the execution of
3. DELUSIONS - persecuted - he is persecuted
The last rubric is a matter of perception on my part. In fact the rubrics 1 and 2 stems from the rubric no. 3. Rubric no. 3 was perceived by me while taking the case. The patient was too young to describe his feelings of persecution in words. His obstinacy and pertinacity stemmed from the feeling of being persecuted by his ruthless suffering.
The similimum Drosera 30 was given to him which settled not only his respiratory complaints but his hernia as well which in normal circumstances would have been amenable to surgery alone.
A 1½ year old male child was brought to me for inguinal hernia and recurrent respiratory infection. I found the child to be active as he wandered around in the clinic. I noticed that the child’s legs had a bow legged deformity. As per the information provided by his parents, the child was also diagnosed earlier to have calcium deficiency and therefore was put on multiple tonics of calcium supplements and advised a calcium rich diet. The parents complained that the child was a very fussy and never ate properly and his food intake was therefore very less. He would call for a variety of food but he would have only a bite or two.
Rubrics taken were:
3. CAPRICIOUSNESS - rejecting the things for which he has been longing; when offered, he is
Ignatia 6, one dose produced a lot of expulsion as Diarrhea and just in a months time both the problems settled.
A male child was brought to me with the complaint of inguinal hernia. Even before the child entered the clinic, I could hear him crying loudly from my chamber. The mother of the child was trying to pacify him. Somehow she brought the child inside my chamber. He was frightened and crying. When I inquired as to why he was crying, his parents told me that he never wanted to go to any doctor. He was always very frightened and never wanted to take any medicine. Whenever the hernia descends to the scrotum, there would be a lot of pain and swelling. They have to rush him to the doctor and get it reduced manually which used to relieve the pain.
I prescribed a dose of Strammonium 30. Gradually the frequency reduced and the child ultimately got alright.
Rubrics taken were:
1. FEAR - injury - being injured; of
2. FEAR - doctors
A 2½ year old child brought to me with a history of chronic sinusitis and complaints of difficulty in breathing, has to breathe through the mouth, and pain in the maxillary area. Very soon the child started talking to me. She asked me how I prescribe medicines and also suggested that I should keep my books properly. She also went on to talk about the dos and donts that patients should follow. Her parents told me that they called her a grandma because she would talk a lot and suggest things to everyone around including strangers. She talked a lot.
I prescribed her a dose of Strophanthus Hispidus 30. A lot of discharges took place and she was alright.
All those children suffering from warts, sinusitis, tonsillitis etc who are nicknamed Grandma
or Old man with tendency to loquacity, were cured by me on this feel which is Loquacity; children in, precociously loquacious.
A senior citizen used to come to my clinic with his daughter who has been taking treatment from me for quite some time. Whenever I met him in my clinic he used to be coughing continuously. He had been suffering from bronchitis since last winter. One day his wife accompanied him to the clinic and after his daughter’s consultation, his wife insisted on him taking medicine from me. The gentleman showed his reluctance to letting me take his case. He said “I never took medicines other than from CGHS, that’s why I am hesitating.” But his wife forced him to take medicine from me.
I prescribed a dose of Sulphuricum Acidum 30 which settled his case in a very short time.
The rubric taken by me was ‘ECCENTRICITY - alternating with –
Mr. A Kumar, 55, told me that he is diabetic since 7-8 years. He has been taking some tablets but things are not under control. He has changed medicine but no effects. The blood sugar report shows F-109 & PP – 232. He said, “I do not get sleep. My body aches all the time. All my joints are very stiff. There is extreme burning in my soles. I keep on sitting up in bed. I have taken so many medicines and have taken so much of care of myself. At least I should get sleep. There is extreme restlessness and dejection in the body. I have a lot of tension in my mind. No body bothers about me. The children and the other members of my family don’t listen to me. I just can’t say anything in whatever they are doing. They keep on and on, not ready to listen. They are spoiling the business and I don’t have a say in anything. I have become irritable. I do not know what to do. I do not have the stamina any more to continue the treatment. I have left my business.
1. MILDNESS - complaining; bears suffering, even outrage without
2. COWARDICE - opinion; without courage to express own
4. INJUSTICE, cannot support
After a dose of Ignatia 30 he slept very well. All the pains and the lack of energy had gone. Gradually, the blood sugar level started coming back to normal and in course of five months the medicines (allopathic) were tapered down and stopped. Now it is maintained with homoeopathic treatment only. The patient is free of all his sufferings. Still the patient is under treatment with diet control and change in life style. He is doing fairly well.
A middle aged lady was under my treatment for epilepsy and had been improving well with Belladonna. But of late she started having severe headaches with tendency to fall and spells of unconsciousness. Gradually this state was worsening. One day the headache became so severe that she lost her control and fell down, unable to communicate, she could not sit properly and even explaining her problem was impossible for her.
When asked about her problem she just put her hand on the head to express the pain. Whatever question I put to her was replied only with her eyes and hands.
gave her a dose of Carboneum Suphuratum 30. Her headache went off in no time and other recent problems she suffered were also cured.
The rubric selected for the prescription was
‘ANSWERING - gestures; with’.
A Homoeopathic doctor consulted me for the problem of severe headache. He told me, “As soon as I start seeing a patient I get a severe headache. The pain is just unbearable. The mind gets confused and I do not know what I have to do. Ever since this problem has started I get angry very frequently. There is no reason for me to be so. But I can’t stop it. Day by day I have started neglecting patients. I just prescribe placebo and let the patient wait. But this is not the way. I can’t work. My confidence level has gone substantially low. As soon as I attempt to think about the case I go blank in my mind. I do not know what happens.”
I gave him a dose of Hydrogen 30. It brought back the cheerful feeling and confidence immediately. He started working again as usual. After some days he had a very prolonged diarrhea which he had years back. It was then diagnosed as IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome). Nothing was given to the patient for the diarrhea. Now he is almost in a normal state.
1. CONCENTRATION - difficult - attempting to concentrate; on - vacant feeling; has a
2. ANGER - causeless
3. CONFIDENCE - want of self-confidence
Hydrogen is the common medicine for the above rubrics.
The case presented to me was of a small boy around 2 year old suffering from chronic bronchitis. He was very noisy and kept shrieking and struggling to get down as his mother was holding him in her arms. He was fascinated with the water cooler in the clinic which he knew dispensed water. He tried to get down from his mothers arms by making loud shrieking noises just to get to play with water in the water cooler.
However, the intensity and seriousness on the child’s face did not imply playfulness. Playfulness is a desire to play and amuse oneself. The intensity of this child was not a playful one but serious and very ambitious.
When he got down he went towards the water cooler but was promptly picked up by his mother. This made him irritable and he started struggling to get down again. In the meantime, I tried to distract his attention by showing him a pen and making noises on the table.
However, the child was not to be distracted and he kept at going towards the water cooler. In his efforts and struggle he hurt himself on the edge of the table and started crying for a minute or two. Then he again insisted on going towards the water cooler. He then asked for water by saying Mum-mum which was his language to ask for water. The assistant in the clinic gave him the water which he noticed was procured from the water cooler. In spite of his mother trying to prevent him from drinking all the water, he insisted on drinking the full glass and asked for more.
His mother said, “His obstinacy for things kept growing even as he was dissuaded and discouraged from doing so. Once he sees water he will want to play with water and he never wants to come out.” During this time he got down from his mothers arms and took his now empty glass to the water cooler and tried to fill his glass. Once he got to play with the water cooler, he became quiet and calmed down immediately. No further question was asked.
The only rubric taken was:
OBSTINATE, headstrong - children - fat, inclined to grow
Obstinate – unreasonably determined to have one’s own way; not yielding to reason or plea; stubborn, dogged, mulish; firmly adhering to ones chosen course of action or opinion despite dissuasion; inflexible, self-willed
Here, in this rubric, the child will grow more obstinate and stubborn as he is dissuaded or discouraged. The more you dissuade him the more his obstinacy grows. This growing of his obstinacy is what Dr. Kent meant to say by using the word ‘fat’ and ‘is inclined to grow’ which means that the obstinacy will keep growing more with more dissuasion.
This was very clearly seen in the child above. More the mother tried to dissuade him from going towards the water cooler, the more stubborn and noisy he became and the more he would struggle and want his way.
It may appear that most of the cases are prescribed on only one rubric which may be dangerous. But when it is of paramount importance in the case from patients stand point cases can be prescribed on a single rubric. Secondly, a lot depends of individual discretion. How tough and how easy is it for the physician to empathize with the patient. Our only matter to look into is to touch the center of the man. Then how does it matter if the remedy selected is on a singular or multiple rubrics.