Part 8: A Case History of Sycosis
I prepared the medicinal solution by placing 1 small #10 pill of the Sulphur into a 4 oz. solution of water mixed with brandy. After succussing the bottle 10 times the client was asked to stir one tablespoon into 4 oz. of water in a glass.
From this dosage glass he was advised to take 1 teaspoon as his dose. I asked him to take one dose and come back to see me the next day. When he returned I asked him how he felt and he said, "Oh, I feel all right."
I told him to take another dose. At the time he was staying near my house in a room under a Tibetan monastery so it was easy to see him daily. The next day I asked him how he was feeling, and he responded that he felt pretty good. He seemed a little brighter and he didn't have as much of the squinty look to his eyes.
He may have been responding to my questions a little better. The rest of the symptoms were exactly the same so I said, "Take it again tomorrow."
It is often said that the LM potency can be repeated daily, or every other day, for months. This is not the total picture as in the note to aphorism 246 Hahnemann explains that this should be done only "if necessary".
I'm not recommending that the LM 0/3 should be repeated daily with your average client. In fact, Hahnemann says in paragraph 246 of The Organon that any "marked obviously progressing improvement" is a condition in which a single dose of an LM potency should be allowed to act without repetition.
He goes on to say, however, that in "slowly" improving chronic cases the remedy may be repeated at suitable intervals to speed the cure to 1/2, 1/4, or less the time it would take without repetition. If the remedy is over repeated it will either cause aggravations or slow down the curative reaction delaying the cure.
In the 6th Organon Hahnemann offers a middle path that lies in-between the method of giving a single unit dose and waiting for a relapse, and the mechanical repetition of remedies.
In the LM system the correct remedy may be repeated in cases that show only gradual improvement to speed the cure rather than waiting for a full relapse of the symptoms. This can only be done if the homoeopath is using a medicinal solution which is succussed just prior to ingestion.
Hahnemann introduced a similar method for the centesimal potencies in the 5th Organon (1833) and in the 1837 preface in The Chronic Diseases called, Concerning the Technical Part of Homoeopathy.
After six days of repeating LM 0/3 Sulphur my client returned to me and said, "Gosh, I'm feeling a little bit funny".
I asked him how he felt and he said, "Well, you know, I keep seeing these kind of black things floating around." He was seeing the black motes which Sulphur often produced during its provings. This remedy is a 3 in Kent's Repertory for black motes.
I had repeated LM 0/3 for six days in a row and now the remedy was beginning to mimic the provings of Sulphur. It was obvious that I needed to slow down or stop the remedy. I said, "I don't think you'd better take it today but come back and see me tomorrow".
He came back the next day and I said, "How do you feel?" He said, "They're going away. I don't think I even see them anymore." Most LM aggravations pass through rather quickly unless the client is a hypersensitive. These aggravations tend to last for one, two, or three days under normal circumstances.
Nevertheless, the power of the remedies must be carefully controlled through adjusting the dose to match the susceptibility of the constitution and being conservative with repetition.
A homoeopathic aggravation is produced when the primary action of the remedy is too strong. This is caused by too large a dose, too high of a potency, or too much repetition of the remedy.
For this reason I waited for two more days and then adjusted the dose by taking one teaspoon from the first dosage glass and placing it in a second glass. From this second glass I had the client take one teaspoon as a dose.
The following day this gentleman came running over to my house. He looked extremely excited and he had a covered glass in his hand. I asked him what happened and he said he suddenly felt an urging and a pulling down pain which made his penis feel as if it was going to explode! Then he passed four ounces of filthy greenish-yellow putrid pus-like discharge into a glass.
The entire episode lasted less than a minute. When someone passes a discharge like this the question comes to mind, where did it all come from? This is one of the mysteries of Homoeopathy.
How does the vital force do this? The answer to this question lies outside our normal understanding of pathology.
On seeing the discharge I slowed the repetition of the remedy down to once every three days and all of his symptoms peeled off layer by layer in the reverse order in which they had developed. His mental temperament improved, his memory came back, he lost the feeling of being dirty and contaminated.
The pains in his head and spine moved downward toward the coccyx, and the rectum and prostrate stopped hurting. The gleety discharge disappeared and none of these symptoms have ever returned.
I slowed down the remedy even further as he continued to improve and then finally stopped it. He was a changed man who later left for England where he studied Homoeopathy and was awarded a certificate.
I saw him a few years later in India and he said, "Thanks a lot. You saved my life."
This case, and others like it, shows that the complete sycotic syndrome can be overcome with the skillful use of homoeopathic remedies. The reinstatement of old discharges, and the return of other old venereal symptoms, is a definite sign that the homoeopathic remedy has attained its goal.
The removal of these deep miasmic taints from the constitution is one of the greatest gifts of Homoeopathy, because it not only removes the illness from the sufferer, but also from the following generations. In this way the homoeopath can overcome the past, transform the present, and change the future.
This is surely the blessing of Providence and the fruits of the dedicated work of Samuel Hahnemann and those who follow in his footsteps.
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