D. Rakesh gohel
As we all are well aware with this dangerous “White Plague”, “Captain of Death of Man” – TUBERCULOSIS. There is no need to explain what happens in it, but it is worthy to note what as a Homoeopath we can offer to such persons who are3 suffering from Tuberculosis.
Is it curable with Homoeopathy or not? If curable then how? If incurable then what to do? These all are the basic questions one need to ask for treatment of tuberculosis in Homoeopathy.
Let us focus on what the legend like Dr. KENT said about TUBERCULOSIS.
(KENT’S LESSER WRITINGS, CHAP: WHY CANCER IS INCURABLE? PG NO. 222.)
In other words: What must be discovered, to lead to the cure of cancer?
All curable diseases make themselves known to the intelligent physician in signs and symptoms.” (Hahnemann.) Pathological conditions, as also the patient, are incurable when there are no signs and symptoms, and so long as there are no signs and symptoms these remain incurable. In proportion as the pathology progresses the signs and symptoms decrease.
This is marked in cancer, in TUBERCULOSIS, in diabetes, in Bright’s disease, and in all of the organic conditions of the body. In some instances, the remedy that was once indicated by mental and physical symptoms will cure even in moderately advanced patho. conditions; again, such a remedy will soon reveal that the patient has been sick too long and the pathology has progressed too far, and the reaction is so feeble that he sinks rapidly and the remedy must be antidoted.
The patient must have the reactive ability when the similar remedy is administered, or become worse after such a remedy than before. Therefore, it is a homoeopathic remedy when the patient can react from it, otherwise it is only a similar agent and not a remedy.
It is never such when the patient lacks that reaction which is always depended on and so promptly noticed in all curable cases.
So we can see what we need in order to cure is a good GUIDE in form of well developed SIGNS & SYMPTOMS.developes which lacks not only in advanced cases of Tuberculosis but also in other advanced pathological conditions of diseases.
Dr.Kent says in lectures on homoeopathic materia medica, in drug calcarea carbonica
It corresponds to just such constitutional weakness as precedes, or is present in the first stages of phthisis. It stops the patient taking cold, which is the very beginning of it. The patient will begin to feel better after taking Calcarea, and it improves his general state, and it will even encyst tubercular deposits.
It turns them from caseous into a calcareous form, and cysts have been found in the chest long afterwards.
Do not believe or think favorably of cures for consumption. Every little while we have some one coming out with something or other that cures consumption, a new cure. Every one who knows much about the real nature of phthisical conditions, cannot have much confidence in such things, and I certainly lose respect for an individual who has a consumption cure.
He must either be crazy or something worse. Generally he is after the money that may be in it. Hardly anyone who knows anything about it can conscientiously present a consumption cure to the world.
So Dr. Kent has well said that those who says about cure of Tuberculosis are definitely mad.
Dr. Kent further says in lectures on homoeopathic philosophy – kent. Chap:maintaining external causes and surgical cases
They will also tell you that a bacillus is the cause of tuberculosis. But if the man had not been susceptible to the bacillus he could not have been affected by it. As a matter of fact, the tubercles come first and the bacillus is secondary.
It has never been found prior to the tubercule, but it follows that, comes then as a scavenger. The cause of the tubercular deposit rests with the psora, the chronic miasm. Bacilli are not the cause of disease, they never come until after the disease.
So Dr. Kent has well said PSORA being the evil root prior to infection.
Now lets see what kent has said in various remedies useful notes for Tuberculosis.
In lectures on homoeopathic materia medica. Onsumption and polycrests – kali carbonicum
It will very often ward off future sickness where the family history is tuberculous. Do not be afraid to give the antipsoric remedies when there is a history of tuberculosis in the family, but be careful when the patient is so far advanced with tuberculosis that there are cavities in the lung, or latent tubercles, or encysted caseous tubercles. Your antipsorics might rouse him into a dangerous condition.
Phosphorus is a dangerous medicine to give very high in some cases of phthisis, in the last stages of phthisis. In this case they should have received Phosphorus when they were yet curable. In these cases Phosphorus 30th may sometimes be used with safety and it will act as a test in doubtful cases to see whether reaction can be brought about.
In such cases where reaction can be brought about the administration later of a still higher potency may be found useful, but in the beginning with Phosphorus in phthisical cases far advanced it is better not to go higher than the 30th or 200th. Phosphorus very low will act as a poison in really Phosphorus cases and the only safety some patients have had who have received Phosphorus so very low was due to the fact that the Phosphorus was not similar enough to either kill or cure.”
Sulphur, like (Silicea,) is a (dangerous medicine) to give (where there is structural disease) in organs that are vital, especially in the lungs. It is a dangerous medicine to administer in advanced cases of phthisis, and, if given, it should not be prescribed in the highest potencies.
Do not suppose, however, that it is dangerous to give Sulphur because one’s father and mother have died of phthisis. Sulphur might be just the remedy to prevent the child from following the father and mother.
So Dr. Kent has focused on the danger as well as good aspect of the polycrests along with mode of application , how and wnen to use it.
Now lets see what has been said regarding those incurable cases of tuberculosis.
CONSUMPTION & PALLIATION - In lectures on homoeopathic materia medica .
ARSENICUM SULPHURATUM FLAVUM - It is a most useful remedy in phthisis in all stages, when incurable it is a great palliative.
ARUM TRIPHYLLUM - It has been found useful as a palliative in phthisis
DROSERA ROTUNDIFOLIA -It is a great palliative in spasmodic cough that occurs in consumption and all along the course of the tuberculosis of lungs.
RUMEX CRISPUS - This is a great remedy to do patch work with in phthisis.
SANGUINARIA -Sanguinaria is a surface remedy; it does excellent palliation. Its ability to palliate phthisis is very well known. There is a class of remedies that suits these phthisical patients better than (Sulphur, Silicea) and (Graphites;) remedies such as (Pulsatilla,) Sanguinaria, (Senecio gracilis) and (Coccus cacti,) which palliate, mitigate his sufferings, and may even build him up so that he could take a medium potency of a deep remedy.”
SENEGA - Especially is it suited in the advanced cases of phthisis when those symptoms that I have mentioned are present. It acts as a palliative.
STANNUM METALLICUM - Stannum is useful in warding off phthisis, and is a wonderful palliative in that disease.
So Dr. Kent focused on nice patch work that we can do with remedies like A.S.F., ARUM T., SANG., SENEGA etc.
Now lastly we see is there anything written in order to provide immunity to the children of tubercular parentage what we term in modern terms as BIOGENETICS Yes, Definitely Dr.Kent also focused on Biogenetics in that era also by giving following guide lines for tuberculosis.
CONSUMPTION AND IMMUNITY – Lectures on Homoeopathic Materia Medica
TUBERCULINUM BOVINUM - If Tuberculinum bovinum be given in 10m., 50m. and cm. potencies, two doses of each potency at long intervals, all children and young people who have inherited tuberculosis may be immuned from their inheritance and their resiliency will be restored.
Lastly I hope you may enjoy these guide lines of our master, your queries as well as suggestions are welcome, THANK YOU.
D. Rakesh gohel
V H DAVE Homoeopathy Medical College Ananad Gujarat