Dr Mihir Chaudhuri
The ‘Relationships of remedies’ is the most useful material in therapeutic pocket book. In the year 1836 a book ‘Attempt at showing the relative kinship of homoeopathic medicines’ was written by BARON CLEMENS MARIA FRANZ CARL VON BOENNINGHAUSEN.In the year 1846 he published therapeutic pocket book in this book he has advocated the use that book as a particular section. Total number of medicines 142 in this section.
Dr. J. T. Kent, who criticized so much the method of repertorization with the help of this section of therapeutic pocket book. Relationship of remedies never appeared during drug proving but clinical experiences and study of remedies by BOENNINGHAUSEN has helped him to compile this section. But this section is least understood and the least used because of neglect on the part of physicians. In fact this section has important service to the homoeopathic system of medicine.
We find that the chapter on relationship is divided into sections, each section being devoted to a remedy in alphabetical order. Each of these remedy-sections is sub-divided into rubrics, as are all the general sections in the book, but in this chapter we find the rubrics are not particularized as symptoms, but are generalized symptom groups, as it were, such as from the subject matter of the sections in the first chapters in the book. For instance, we find the first rubric in each remedy section to be mind and last antidote.
Remedy-section – ACONITUM
- 1 st t rubric – MIND—medicines
- 2nd rubric — LOCALITIES–medicines
- 3rd rubric — SENSATIONS–medicines
- 4th rubric — GLANDS–medicines
- 5th rubric — BONES–medicines
- 6th rubric — SKIN–medicines
- 7th rubric — SLEEP AND DREAMS–medicines
- 8th rubric — BLOOD, CIRCULATION AND FEVER–medicines
- 9th rubric — AGGRAVATIONS, TIME AND CIRCUMSTANCES–medicines
- 10th rubric — OTHER REMEDIES–medicines
- Last rubric – ANTIDOTE–medicines
This means, that while specific symptoms grouped under a general schematic section such as mind, localities etc., are given in their respective relationship to the remedy under consideration, there are some symptoms that do not fall entirely within this section-grouping, and this rubric, other remedies, covers all those symptoms which do not fall into such regular groups. The rank of remedies in this rubric represents a general relationship of these remedies in the unclassified symptom groups, to the remedy under consideration.
The pathogenesis of every remedy seems to be made up of symptoms that touch closely upon those of other remedies. It is as if the remedies had all evolved from one common original substance, becoming modified and individualized and therefore differentiated in varying proportions, so that when they become activated by potentization their effects are exhibited as in a varying scale through that complicated and exceedingly delicate laboratory of the living man. Here we can see the symptoms, as it were as well as their individually developed personalities. One of the best illustrations of this is pulsatilla, which has a strong individuality of its own, yet which is so closely allied by evolution to silicea and kali sulph, that it bears a strong family likeness to both of these substances. Some remedies are in harmony with others, some neutral, some inimical (Apis Mel—–Rhus Tox), some complementary (Belladonna —-Calcarea Carb), some antidote(Drosera—Camphor), some follows well each other(Sulphur—Lyco) and some chronic remedies (Aconite —- Sulphur). End of the Boericke materia medica the relationship of remedies was nicely written by R. GIBSON MILLER.
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