I have decided to get started with this topic since I had to see numerous cases when non-traditional medicine physicians prescribed antibiotics to acute patients or referred them to hospital. I agree, there can be some unsolvable cases and placement into hospital can be the best solution. But the main part of acute diseases can be quickly and effectively by a homeopathic treatment.
I should remind that the difference of such kind of treatment is treatment by a “small” dose of substance which would not harm the body, stimulating liberation of inner energy and preserving normal body’s microbial flora which is an important immune player. Homeopathy does not cause side effects, as well as prevents an acute disease turning into a chronic one.
Pneumonia, a stroke of urinary stone disease, gallstone colic, angina, bronchitis, radiculitis with radicular pain syndrome or without one, cystitis, meningitis, scarlatina, viral parotitis, uterine bleeding and other – these are what I happened to treat successfully in my practice. In those cases I monitored the patient personally assuring supervision in a couple of hours, as well as in a longer time after the remedy intake.
In our country we have to deal mostly with acute bronchitis and sinusitis, most probably, this is the climate which provokes those states. Some people used to be sensitive towards temperature changes, what happens in Latvia almost every day.
To prevent nervousness one usually decides to break the fever in case of high temperature, though fever represents natural body defense against multiplying of viruses and microorganisms. I think the reason of such an uncertainty of some colleagues may be caused by lack of experience and insufficient understanding of the effects of homeopathy remedies.
The most important in homeopathic treatment is a precise description of anamnesis. In case of lack of information you will not be able to match the remedy. One must take into consideration the scope of the strategies when matching the remedy. Prescription in an acute case must be assigned quickly; time is limited, so one must be especially observant.
One more sticking point in this situation is the way to evaluate the remedy effect. Is it necessary to repeat the dose? Is this the right remedy? For how long should you wait? When to repeat the intake? All those uncertain issues make physicians to avoid treatment of severe acute diseases by homeopathy.
Thanks to the possibility to assist for several years at workshops at the International Academy of Classical Homeopathy I could see dozens of patients who were prescribed a remedy right during the workshop and evaluate the state of those patients in a couple of hours, twenty-four hours and several days. This inappreciable experience given by the master of homeopathy Prof. Vithoulkas helps me a lot in my work and I have no doubts when a remedy should give effect, for how long time to wait, and how to evaluate the positive effect and at which point you do not need to bother about the recovery of health anymore.
And the case that is below is from rubric – Materia medica – Test yourself!
THE ANSWER WILL COME IN A MONTH!
Every homeopath can test him- or herself and try to make a prescription in the case mentioned above.
Try to choose the dilution in this case of a protracting, severe pneumonia. And try to answer to the question – how is it possible to see that a remedy does work, what kind of information from the patient gives this certainty?
ACUTE BILATERAL LOWER LOBE PNEUMONIA
The patient is 50 years old, is ill since two weeks. The disease started after having drunk an ice-cold drink in the hot weather. Cough and hoarseness developed the next day. She coughed frequently, with a slight discharge of purulent sputum, at the same time the general energy level of he patient was quite high. She continued to work, but in the end of the week felt tired and had a fever – 39o C. The next four days the fever persisted, then lowered a little until 38-38.5o C. It was hard for her to bear the fever since the weather was hot.
The fever persisted for two weeks, the state of the patient worsen. The main complaint was anincredible weakness. The patient could not make two steps without effort, accompanied by breathlessness and cough. The patient took homeopathy but there was no improvement, after remedy’s intake her condition improved, but then became as before.
This means that a wrongly chosen treatment do not give any progress. What one should do in this case?
First step is to review the case and to analyze the anamnesis in depth. Second step is to address a more experienced homeopathy physician. However, the above described situation requested the right remedy as soon as possible, since the weakness persisted, as well as fever.
The physician reviewed the case and collected more of patient’s complaints: an abnormal weakness; before to do something the patient concentrated for a long time just to get up and to cover a 10-steps distance to the kitchen or to the toilet. The cough appeared during the movement, causing incontinence of urine and even feces. The cough was wet with a slight discharge of yellowish sputum. The cough was not painful, not very frequentThe patient felt sleepy. She slept in the same posture, reluctant to move, slept despite of a shallow breath, sidelong, on any side, arms positioned as she embraced herself, her chest was squeezed. She had a deep sleep. A full absence of appetite, the patient did not eat for almost two weeks, just had a bit of bread if discomfort in the stomach. The mucosae were wet, there was no thirst, but a great delight was delivered by a sour taste, a slice of lemon with sugar and hot tea. She was eager to apple juice, but could not drink it a lot, just some gulps. He especially preferred hot drinks.
She imagined sometimes that she could have a slice of meat, but in reality she could eat just a little piece. Occasionally the patient wished badly for some food, but in fact could eat just a little.
Her body was absolutely dry, hot, she did not want to cover her legs with a blanket. She wanted badly to bath in the sea. Her thoughts were active, she bothered about her work, about a long time spent being ill. At the same time she had a feeling that the recovery was not possible, she was desperate. Otherwise the mood was stable, the presence of the family improved her state of mind. In the morning the patient was awaken by the sweating of her face and neck, then face got cold from a slight wind caused by the draft.
A homeopathy physician must choose the most important information from the above mentioned, but how to do this? One may have an impression that the text is impersonal. That is why the physician must meet personally the patient and to see his or her emotions regarding each symptom. You should see what symptom is especially underlined by the patient. So how to choose a remedy? A long-lasting disease, the patient is weakened, her body has “fallen down”, so one may think immediately about a remedy useful in terminal states (Stannum, Carbo Vegetabilis), but in fact the patient did not mention any key symptom of these remedies.
Then we should see the pathology essence, its causes and what was special about the complaints. Weakness, difficulty to walk, a progressively developing pneumonia, thirst, intolerance of heat. The patient repeated for several times that it was hard to move, movements caused cough and decline of energy. Cough also caused incontinence of urine and feces. She wished badly to drink hot.
After having punctuated some symptoms, it became very simple and the choice of remedy was evident. Just some doses of the remedy – 3 times a day for 3 days – have completely restored the energy of the patient. As the patient noticed herself, already from the very first intake, after two hours (how quickly does the homeopathy work!) she felt a surge of energy, awakened by this sensation at 3 a.m., she sweated off in the morning and then the recovery was very quick. The weakness disappeared completely in a week, the appetite improved, she wanted to eat various foods, but she was disgusted by a sweet taste for two weeks.
This case proves that homeopathy treats perfectly also severe acute diseases quite quickly. This is the response to those skeptics who do not feel secure without antibiotics.