Sunday, 25 January 2015

The Best Way to Learn Thuja: Learn A Drug Challenge

Books Referred: Lectures on Homoeopathic Materia Medica, Dr. J.T.Kent
                Lectures on Clinical Materia Medica, E. A. Farrington
                The Essence of Materia Medica, George Vithoulkas
                Allen's Keynotes

 I whole-heartedly agree with Dr. Vithoulkas when he says, "The symptamatology in Thuja is usually UNCLEAR. You feel there is something there which you cannot quite grasp. Consequently, it is rare that you feel fully confident of a thuja prescription. The full image is never clear because the patient never opens up enough." Modern repertorisation software makes the selection of a drug less difficult. But the knowledge of the physician is tested when he has to make the final decision, the selection of the similimum, that which alters the health of the patient and aids him in speedy recovery.

The Books

Kent is definitely the master blaster. The symptoms and the remedy relations are explained in detail. The hints and practical tips were not noticed by me in earlier readings (I am not an avid Kentian). His description will surely imprint the picture of the drug, in its entirety, in your mind. Remedy relations too are note worthy. Reading the book more than once is recommended. Not to worry, this is not a lengthy lecture, take care to read it word to word. Farrington has nothing much more to add. If you have read Kent you can as well skip this book. Farrington does give the differentiation between few drugs in a general way and between particular symptoms too. You might as well skip the introduction and jump to the comparison to add to your repertoire. Vithoulkas' Essence of Materia Medica gives an insight into the mind of the drug. The mind how it evolves is particularly interesting. The keynotes are mentioned in brief. He does state that the symptomatology in Thuja is unclear. Do include The Essence of Materia Medica in your study of Thuja. Allen's keynotes are a staple in the study of materia medica. Thus for Thuja too, the study is incomplete without including keynotes.

The symptoms

A drug review is not complete without pin pointing the symptoms of the drug. Kent portrays Thuja as a weakly, sick looking individual with a waxy appearance. Vithoulkas uses the words ugly and Deceipt in describing a Thuja patient. Reserved cautious individuals who are manipulative and discontented. You can't study Thuja without studying its warts. They are soft, burning, itching and bleeding easily. Thuja patients are prone to all kinds of tumours.  It is very interesting the way Vithoulkas describes these tumours. He says Thuja are hard people. The hardness in their emotional expression manifest even on the physical level- as hard tumours.  Thuja affects the glands too. Besides the uterine tumours, growth in the cervix etc. Thuja females have ovarian troubles. Kent adds where the ovaries have been affected for some time there will be mental symptoms, a most violent irritability, jealousy, quarrelsomeness, ugliness. The fixed ideas of Thuja are well known, so are the headaches, described in most of the books as a nail driven through the head. Kent while describing the fixed ideas speaks of the person saying, his legs are made of glass. Vithoulkas says, patient usually describe a sensation of fragility, as if their legs are easily breakable. We have studied Thuja to be of great use in bad effects of vaccination. However, Vithoulkas says this applies only to small pox vaccination; "A person who is susceptible to small pox vaccination, is also likely to be sensitive to Thuja." Thuja patients are full of catarrh. The study of Thuja in asthma needs consideration. In those cases where Arsenic seems indicated but doesn't cure, Thuja or Natrum Sulph will take up the work and cure. The classic bung hole diarrhea of Thuja is well known. The sweat on the uncovered parts and the honey like odour of the sweat of the genitals, likewise is what we read often. Thuja is indicated in gonorrhea and urethritis. These patients also suffer from neuralgia.

The relationship

Thuja leads all the remedies for suppressed warts. When warts have been suppressed we get symptoms of Nitric Acid, Thuja, Mercurius and Staphysagria. For herpetic erruptions everywhere, consider Thuja, Rhus Tox, Graph, Kali Hydr and Mezereum.For the famous Thuja headaches, the closely running remedies are Ignatia and Anacardium. For the ovarian pain, differentiate Thuja from Lachesis and Zinc, both of which finds releif from the flow. In Thuja it is otherwise. Differentiate between Thuja, kali Bich and Puls in ozaena. The condylomata of Thuja patients needs to be compared with Sabina, Euphrasia and Cinnabaris. Allen's keynotes mentions Med, Sab and Sil as complementary to Thuja. Farrington says, the complement of Thuja in sycotic troubles is Natrum Sulph.

The Experience

Reading, reading and reading again makes certain symptoms or words stand out amongst the others. I am humbled by my efforts to learn Thuja, there is yet so much more for me to learn. There are yet more details left out. The effort has reduced the chaos and given them an order. There are much much more for me to learn to become an expert in recogonising Thuja. Well, I must mention that the description of Thua as the dissatisfied, calculating individuals striked me as resembling the villianous characters portrayed in Television soap series.

Monday, 19 January 2015

Reading Challenge #Learn-A-Drug

We all need to read, read to know, read to learn, read to update. Those in the medical profession need to read even more, for the same reasons. Plus it is mandatory to keep up with the expanding medical and professional innovations. What better way than to take up a reading challenge?

It is a common knowledge that reading the materia medica is absolutely necessary to help us become the better prescriber for the survival of the fittest.

Thursday, 15 January 2015

Dr. J. T. Kent's Clinical Cases: Observations

Your doubts are answered. The single medicines work effectively. Higher potencies do cure acute and chronic diseases. Medicines may have to be changed when the symptoms take a turn. Medicines need no repetition until they exhaust their action.  Homoeopathy revives a terminally ill case. These and much more are evident in the Clinical Cases. The Clinical cases I am referring to here are from Dr. J. T. Kent’s “New Remedies, Clinical Cases, Lesser Writings, Aphorisms and Percepts”.

Monday, 5 January 2015

Homoeopathic Treatment of Influenzas By D. M. Borland- A Review

I am in love with this book. If you are looking for an alphabetical arrangement of drugs with their corresponding symptoms, then this book is not for you. This book is all about the practical application of material medica in the clinic. He describes not the drug, but the everyday influenza patient. He starts slowly as how the patient is before the occurrence then builds on how the disease and the patient progresses and so on.

Thursday, 22 November 2012

A Wedding System and it's Hindrance to Homoeopathic Cures

For the staunch practitioners of homoeopathy this may come as a shock to you. For the ardent followers of homoeopathy this may come as an eye opener. As for the rest this is a piece of information to be stored into your repertoire.  Almost all the diseases are amenable to homoeopathic treatment, then how could a wedding system be the cause of hindering the action of potencies, of medicines?

Like elsewhere, the parents are very meticulous in the selection of a perfect partner for their daughter. You get the groom to live in your house forever.  Isn't that a profitable package?

Thursday, 8 November 2012

Nutrition Nightmares

I not-so-proudly present before you a few reports of nutrition nightmares. They suffer from various diseases, have several deficiencies, are willing to spend currencies for medicines but are stubbornly unwilling to change their nutrition pattern or cooking practices. I have tried to give them friendly advices, scary truths and deathly facts. The decision to take a turn is all theirs.

CAUTION: - Listed below are from live cases.

Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Homoeopathy and Diseases: Joint Troubles

Joint troubles are extremely troublesome, pains, swellings, limited movements- all these might call for a change in lifestyle. You would have been climbing a 100 steps/day. Suddenly those pains in knee joints make it difficult for you to rise from your chair. This may not happen overnight but there is still the possibility of being crippled. Dangerous as it sounds, there are treatment options, physical therapy and most important of all preventive measures available. Yet most people begin reading about preventive measures once they start getting the troubles.

Wednesday, 10 October 2012

Homoeopathy and Diseases:Spectrum of diseases curable

Homoeopathy can cure from colds and flu to cancers and killers. Homoeopathy has certain fundamental laws that stands unchanged with the mutations of viruses or development of technology. The basic and the most fundamental law, as put forward by Dr. Samuel Hahnemann is "Similia Similibus Curentur" - meaning "Like Cures Like". As I have mentioned in several other posts, it means the symptoms of the patient should match the symptoms of the remedy prescribed for that person; the most similar medicine is usually given. Now one would wonder "Where would you get the symptoms of the remedy?" The answer is, by a very meticulous and tedious process known as "Drug Proving", many stalwarts of homoeopathy have collected the symptoms and signs of each drug by proving on themselves or on trustworthy healthy provers. Thus we have a meaningful compilation of symptoms of several drugs in a book generally called "materia medica".

Wednesday, 26 September 2012

Eating right, Kids and You

Picky eaters, chocolate and chip eaters, does that ring a bell? Health and studies are two of the important concerns of a mother. If your child is a picky eater then there is a big reason to worry. My 8 year old is a picky eater, in the sense the quantity he consumes is less and he is very particular with regards to food choices. I have tried and tested various methods to get him to eat his veggies and fishes. He is now on the borderline mark for the appropriate weight for his age, but I am relieved that he is getting a fair amount of nutrition from what he eats. Here are some of the methods I achieved results with.

Friday, 14 September 2012

Homoeopathy and Diseases: Colds and Flu

Colds and flu are cured by homoeopathic medicines.

 A common cold can be caused by more than 200 viruses; seasonal influenza is caused by influenza A or B viruses. Common cold is characterized by symptoms like a runny nose, sneezing, mucous build up etc. With body aches, chilliness and fever it is hard to miss flu. Homoeopathy offers excellent results in both, without any side effects, without any lingering fatigue etc..

Homoeopathy treats the man in disease, not the disease in man.
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