Sunday, 23 August 2020

Mind is the Key to Locked Body (Why is the mental symptoms are more important than physical symptoms)

The mind and body are not two separate entities but they form an indivisible whole or we can say inseparable but distinguishable by mind for easy understanding. 
The mind is a general term for a person that thinks, reasons, perceives, wills and feels.
The mind  has two distinctive characteristics-
  • First mental functions, which have been distinguished by one the conscious mind and the other subconscious mind.
  • Second, your subconscious mind is constantly responsible to the power of suggestion. In addition to your subconscious mind has complete control of the functions, conditions, and sensations of your body.

You receive conscious perception by means of your five physical senses and exercise control over the movement of your body and nerves in the brain are channel of your volitional and conscious mental action.
               Humans have an absolute power to control over the information that enters through the five senses. You will get a response from your subconscious mind according to the nature of the thought or idea you have in your conscious mind.
                              Your subconscious mind may be compared to the soil, which will grow all kinds of seeds (thought), good or bad. The dominating thoughts, if it is a strong emotion (faith, fear, love and so on) or strong desire, that remain in the conscious mind (negative or positive) make their way to the subconscious mind and influence and empowers it.

                                   Your subconscious mind  reacts and responds to the nature of your thoughts.Your subconscious mind will do anything in order to obtain the object of the desire. When your conscious mind is full of fear, worry, and anxiety, the negative emotions are produced in your subconscious mind and as a result conscious mind crowded with a sense of panic, foreboding and despair. Your conscious mind is the captain of your ship, which represents your body, environment and all your affairs. Your subconscious mind takes the orders which is  based upon what your conscious mind believes and accepts as true.
According to J.T.Kent- “Thinking and willing establishes a state in man that identifies the condition he is in.”
The law of action and reaction is universal. Your thought is action and the reaction is the automatic response of your subconscious mind to your thought. 
In The Science of Homeopathy, George Vithoulkas  explains that "The mental level is the most crucial level for the human being. It is the mental and spiritual content of a person which is the true essence of that person".
Samuel Hahnemann himself emphasized the importance of the mental and emotional state. In the Organon, aphorisms 210 and 211, he wrote, "In all cases of disease to be cured, the patient's emotional state should be noted as one of the most preeminent symptoms," 
Rajan Sankaran writes in The Spirit of Homeopathy that "the most marked difference between two individuals suffering from the same condition lies in their mental state and in their general symptoms" and that by basing his remedy choice on the mental state he has successfully.
According to J.T. Kent- “As are the will and understanding, so will be the external of man. As the life of man or as the will of man, so is the body of man, and as the two make one in this world, there is evolved from him an aura which is vicious in proportion to his departure from virtue and justice into evils.”
You are saturating your subconscious with the negative thoughts and it responds accordingly. So you are actually blocking your own good, as a result of bringing lack, limitation, and frustration into your life.When you set up obstacles in your conscious mind, you are denying the intelligence of your subconscious mind.
This causes  mental and emotional congestion followed by sickness and neurotic tendencies. Whatever thoughts, beliefs, opinions, theories you  engrave on your subconscious mind, you shall experience them as the objective manifestation of events, conditions and circumstances. 
If you think negatively, destructively and viciously, these thoughts results in destructive emotions. Each mental state is associated with  a positive or negative effect felt in the physical body. For example, the mental state of anxiety causes production of stress hormones. 
"As water takes the shape of the pipe it flows through, the life principle in you flows through you according to the nature of your thoughts." 
If your conscious mind preoccupied on obstacles, delays and difficulties, your subconscious mind responds accordingly. Thoughts of jealousy, fear, worry and anxiety brings mental and physical diseases of all kinds. All your frustration is due to unfulfilled desires.Therefore these two must balance, then there will be harmony and equilibrium. So to let the life principle flow through you rhythmically and harmoniously, the impression and the expression must be equal.

Saturday, 15 August 2020

Different Editions of Organon of Medicine

During the life time of Hahnemann, there were 5 editions published and 6th edition was published posthumously (after death). Organon was originally written in German language by Dr. Hahnemann.
                 This book has been written in 294 different aphorisms or paragraphs. These aphorisms are given serial numbers and separately explained. Some aphorism are with footnoted to explain the aphorism to some extent.

First Edition-

  • Published year- 1810
  • Place of publication- Torgau 
  • Published by- Arnold of Dresden 
  • Title of book- Organon of Rational Art of Healing (Organon der Rationellen Hellkunde)
  • Preface- Its preface had 4 pages,6 paragraphs and 48 lines. No INHALT i.e., Content or text
  • Introduction- 43 Pages, 64 paragraphs,1 Footnote, paragraphs were not numbered and was in continuous writing. It contained the examples of unintentional cures of homoeopathic principles of prominent physicians.
  • Number of Aphorism- 271 and footnotes were not numbered. They appeared at the end of Aphorism
  • Content- Title page contained a stanza of poem of Gellert (english translation)-

                                   "The truth we mortals need,
                                         Us blest to make and keep,
                                    The All-wise slightly covered over,
                                         But didnot bury deep".

  • Same stanza was appeared in 'Medicine of Experience', in 1805.
  • The Axioms “CONTRARIA CONTRARIIS CURENTUR”& ‘SIMILIA SIMILIBUS CURENTUR” was given in Paragraph 1 & 2., which were mentioned in 'An Essay of a New principle' Paragraph 47 & 64 respectively.
  • It has no table of contents.
  • Translation by- It was translated in English by C. E. Wheeler in 1913 A.D.

Second edition-

  • Published year- 1819
  • Place of publication- Leipsic, it was published as an Augmented Edition .
  • Title of book- Organon of the Healing Art (Organon der Heilkunst). The stanza of Gellert's poem was replaced by two Latin Words of HORACE ," Aude Sapere" which remained in all succeeding editions.
  • Preface-Its preface had 9 pages,18 paragraphs and 203 lines. Contents or Text (INHALT) was introduced, of 14 pages. 
  • Introduction- In introduction of this book contained a great criticism of Allopathy. It contained 62 pages, 70 paragraphs, 268 Footnotes. It was divided into 3 chapters. The end of the chapter was indicated by a closing line (-).
  • Number of Aphorism- 315 (But numbered wrongly as 318).  Footnotes -130, Pages -281., Aphorism- 216, 217 & 218 were not numbered as after 215 the next aphorism is numbered 219. Footnotes appeared at the bottom of the page denoted by (*) or (†).
  • Content- This edition contained a half length engraving of Hahnemann, drawn by Junge and engraved by Stozel, in which he has been shown to be sitting with a pen in hand. 149 new Aphorisms were added.
  • Translation by- In 1824, it was translated to French by Erneste George de Brunnow and was named Organon of the Healing Art. There is also an Italian translation of 1824 by Bernardo Quaranta "L'Organo della Medicina del dottor Samuel Hahnemann" printed in Naples. The second edition was never translated in English.

Third Edition-

  • Published year- 1824
  • Place of publication- Koethen, it was published as an Improved Edition.
  • Title of book- The name and the title page remained unchanged.
  • Preface- Its preface had 2 pages, 3 paragraphs, 1 footnote and 32 lines. Contents in 12 pages.
  • Introduction- 52 pages, 70 paragraphs, 266 Footnotes. It was divided into 3 chapters.
  • Number of Aphorism- 317, (But numbered wrongly as 320), Footnotes- 146, beginning from 1 on each page and were denoted by numbers. Pages -229., Aphorism 216, 217 & 218 were not numbered as after 215 the next aphorism is numbered 219. There were 2 new aphorisms viz, 319, 320 and 2 additions 108b and 167b.
  • Content- Footnote was marked by numbers and not by(†) & (*). Mesmerism was dealt in aphorism 319 & 320. Two new aphorisms were added 108 =108a &108b, 167=167a & 167b
  • Translation by- This edition has never been translated into English.

Fourth Edition-

  • Published year- 1829
  • Place of publication- Koethen, it was published as an  Augmented and Improved Edition.
  • Title of book- The name and the title page remained unchanged
  • Preface- Its preface had 4 pages,4 paragraphs and 76 lines. Contents of 10 pages
  • Introduction-  104 pages, 138 paragraphs, 303 Footnotes. It was divided into two parts, Part I consisted of 66 paragraphs and 25 Footnotes was divided into 8 chapters & Part II consisted of 72 paragraphs and 278 Footnotes was into 3 chapters
  • Number of Aphorism- 292,  Footnotes-135 and were numbered separately on each page from 1 onwards. Pages- 203. 
  • Content- Theory Of Chronic Miasms were introduced. Introduction was divided into two parts, Part-1: dealing with the fundamental defects of allopathic system and Part-2: contained examples of Homeopathic cures by renowned allopaths.
  • Translation by- An English translation by Charles H. Devrient was published in Dublin in 1833. It was reprinted by C. Hering’s North American Academy of Homeopathic Healing Art in 1836.

Fifth Edition-

  • Published year- 1833
  • Place of publication- Koethen, this was the last edition which was published during lifetime of Hahnemann. This edition is the most perfect of all editions.
  • Title of book- The name and the title page remained unchanged
  • Preface- Its preface named as “Vorrede Zur fiinften Ausgabe" had 8 pages,7 paragraphs and 3 footnotes. Contents of 12 pages.
  • Introduction-  76 pages, 99 paragraphs and 47 Footnotes. It was divided into 12 chapters
  • Number of Aphorism- 294   Footnotes-159. Aphorisms were numbered serially and the Footnotes were separately numbered serially as 1, 2,3 etc for each page. Pages- 228.
  • Content- Doctrine of Vital Force was introduced. A definite drug vehicle ratio was fixed and a method of Drug Dynamization was introduced. The introduction of 12 chapters was kept and rest of its portion of 4th edition was dropped.
  • Translation by-  It was later twice translated into English by Robert Ellis Dudgeon, first in 1849 and again in 1893. The fifth edition of the book was also translated to English by C. Wesselehoft. It was also translated into English by B. Fincke in 1889.

Sixth Edition-

  • Published year- 1921
  • Place of publication- Paris, It was completed in February 1842 in Paris by Hahnemann. But unfortunately Hahnemann was breathed his last on 2nd July 1843. It is last and posthumous edition. Twice this manuscript of Hahnemann was in danger of being lost, one during the siege of Paris in Franco-Prussian war in 1870-71 and second in military overrunning of Westphalia during the world war 1914-18. It was published by Richard Haehl in German language in 1921, 78 years after the death of Hahnemann.
  • Title of book- Organon of Medicine (Organon der Medizin). The words Aude Sapere were wrongly removed from cover page and put on top of publisher's contents.
  • Preface- Its preface had 4 paragraphs. Text was removed by publishers. 
  • Introduction- 30 pages, 99 paragraphs and 46 Footnotes. Introduction was divided into 12 chapters separated from each other by a closing line (-) just as in 5th edition. Chapters are same as in 5th edition. 
  • Number of Aphorism- 291,  Aphorisms were numbered serially and the Footnotes were separately numbered serially as 1, 2,3 etc for each page in violation to Hahnemann’s style, were printed at the end of the book. Pages- 114.
  • Content- A new scale of preparation of drugs i.e. 50 millesimal scale was introduced in this edition. The rules for repetition of doses were changed. The word Vital Force was replaced by Vital Principle.
  • Translation by- It was translated into the English language by William Boericke.

Friday, 14 August 2020

What is Organon of Medicine

The word Organon has been derived from a Greek word "Organum" which means itself derived from ergon and so meaning something by which a task is accomplished. The name Organum gave rise to the modern everyday term organ.

According to Dr. Richard Hughes- " An instrument for effecting in best manner a certain end".
Origin- Before Hahnemann this word used by the famous Greek philosopher Aristotle (384-322 B.C.). Later Lord Francis Bacon (1561-1626 A.D.) used this title for his book on logic called 'Novum Organum'.

 Organon is written in an aphoristic style as Lord Bacon wrote his 'Novum Organum' in the same style and Hahnemann was influenced by him. This book based on inductive logic. This book is the rule book of Homeopathic system of medicine and it contains basic principles of Homeopathy and Hahnemann also criticized the prevailing systems of medicine in this book. Organon of Medicine was originally written in German language by Dr. Hahnemann.

Content- The whole book is divided into two parts-
  1. Introduction- It is review of allopathic method of treatment. It deals with various prefaces of different editions of Organon of Medicine.
  2. Organon Proper- It is again sub-divided into Doctrinal part and Practical part.
  • Doctrinal part or Theoretical part- This part contains Aphorism from 1 to 70. This part deal with the logical explanation of the theories and principles involved in the practice of medicine, knowledge of medicine, choice of remedy as well as its administration.
  • Practical part- This part contains Aphorism from 71- 294. This part narrates the method of acquiring knowledge about the disease,drug, case taking, drug proving, general classification of disease, proper method of application of medicine, diet and regimen and other auxillary methods of treatment like bath, massage, mesemerism etc.

Monday, 10 August 2020

Hints of some Homeopathic Medicines

  • Remedy types are likely to greet the doctor with some degree of caution, fear or reserve: - Arsenic, Aurum, Baryta, China, Kalis , Natrums, Nux, Silicea, Thuja (Nux is not usually reserved but is often suspicious of unorthodox practices)
  • Remedy types likely to greet homeopath with enthusiasm, even on first consultation: - Argentums, Causticum, Ignatia, Lachesis, Medo, Mercurius, Phos, sulphur and sometimes Natrum mur.
  • Patients who come in visibly irritated by being kept waiting for ten minutes: - Arsenic, Natrum mur, Merc, Nux
  • Someone who leans forward in chair, even moves it forwards probably belongs to one of enthusiastic types especially: - Phosphorus
  • Flamboyantly dressed patient: - Argentum, Medo, Phos, Sulphur
  • Who likely to wear black: - Ignatia, Natrum mur, Sepia
  • Who likely to wear pink (emotional types): - Phos, Puls, Graphites
  • Slovenly, dirty or untidy dress sense: - Baryta, Merc, Sulphur
  • Women who wears manly suits: - Ignatia, Natrum mur, Nux
  • Formal, bolt upright posture: - Aurum, Kalis, Some Natrums
  • Patients are likely to be objective and precise in their descriptions: - Arsenic, Aurum, Causticum, Kalis, Lachesis, Lycopodium, Medo, Mercurius, Natrum mur, Nux, Silicea, Sulphur, Tuberculinum
  • Clearly hypochondrical concern in describing their symptoms: -Arsenic, Calcarea, Kalis, Phos, Natrum mur

What is materia medica

Word meaning of Materia Medica: - Medical material or the substances used in medicine.

Origin:  Late 17th century modern Latin, translation of Greek hulē iatrikē ‘healing material’ (the title of a work by Dioscorides).

DORLAND'S dictionary: - The branch of medical study which deals with drugs, their sources, preparations and uses.

According to Oxford Dictionary:- The study of the origin and properties of substances used in the practice of medicine.

According to - The science or study of drugs, their preparation and properties and uses and effects.

Materia Medica:- It is a branch of medical science which deals with the origin, preparation, effect of drugs on human beings, their dosage and their mode of administration.

Homeopathic materia medica: - It is a record and collection of symptoms produced by a drug on healthy human beings. It also incorporate the observations of poisoning and overdosing. It is store house of carefully and faithfully recording of all altered sensations and functions,  all subjective and objective symptoms  experienced by provers. It has every action and reaction of drugs. Hahnemann was the first who tested and recorded all such findings in his book" Materia Medica Pura ( Reine Arzneimittellehre)"

Tuesday, 4 August 2020

Different Fears of Arsenic Album (Homeopathic medicine)

Arsenic patient always feels vulnerable and they have various kinds of fear. These fears are interlinked and they always want to live careful, safe, secure and protected life.

  1. Fear of being alone- Because they are fearful, so they seek protection by close people and always wants company of people. They know that they can't cope up danger alone
  2. Fear of poverty- Similarly they accumulate money and hoarding material goods (even piece of paper) for their future (Hoarder). They think that after getting sick, all these things will be needed and nothing can happen without money. This fear led him thrifty, miser and avarice.
  3. Fear of health- This fear leads him to eat healthy, play sports, do exercises and take care of themselves to stay well.
  4. Fear of germs and microbes- They become so obsessed about their health. So, they clean, disinfect and strive to keep everything neat and tidy. They keep their everything in order and organize them perfectly. This leads them to become fastidious and perfectionist. (Gold-headed cane patient). They always restless for keeping things orderly placed even in front of guest they can’t resist themselves and couldn't hide this habit of cleanliness.
  5. Fear of disease- They have extreme fear of illnesses, particularly cancer and heart disease. Trivial change makes them so anxious that they go for all kinds of medical tests and investigations in order to know everything about these changes. They visit at the doctor’s clinic regularly for their health assessment.
  6. Fear of death- Unfortunately, in spite of these protective measures, if he becomes ill or get sick, makes him more anxious and fearful. He thinks it is useless to take medicines and death will approaches him soon. Even he predicts the time of death.    

Sunday, 2 August 2020

Review on Treatise on the Effects of Coffee by Dr. Hahnemann

For a perfect health and long life, we use mostly nutritive food and consume those things which are healthy or makes us healthy. We use some herbs, spices and medicament in our food or in drinks to make it tastier as well as gives us nutritional and medicinal benefits. But after some time, we are so much used to it that we can't even know that they become our habits. For examples: -  Herbal tea, coffee, spices etc.

According to Webster dictionary- "Medicament: a substance used in therapy".
According to "Medicament: something that treats or prevents or alleviates the symptoms of disease".
The substances which are called medicament can produce two types of effects on body; first one is a morbific influence on a healthy organism and second one is the quality of annihilating the irregular and dangerous state of the body, which we call disease, that is, to transform it into a state of health. If we employed, except in cases of sickness, they are quite injurious to health. The frequent and dietetic use  of these substances which have medicinal properties disturbs the harmonious balance of our organs, weaken our health, and curtails our life.
Every medicament produces some specific changes  in the body of a healthy man, which properly belong to it. If we make use of  these medicament in case of sickness which have almost a perfect resemblance to the symptoms which the medicament can alone produce in a healthy body, a complete cure will follow. The justifiable and wise use of this medicinal substance, of which very few persons know the true value, but of which millions of men make a fatal use by using on frequent and on dietetic basis.
According to Hahnemann- "A beneficial medicament for a healthy person is a self-contradictory assertion".
Hahnemann also said- The more they resemble these last, and the more frequently and copiously they are introduced into our bodies, the more do they become equivocal and injurious to our health and opposed to longevity...........Wine was the only purely medicinal beverage of the ancients; but the Greeks and Romans, wiser than ourselves, never partook of it without having first mixed water with it copiously.
Medicinal products are substances alter the state of health and every such alteration is a condition opposed to nature, that is, a species of disease.We continue the use of these medicinal products (which we are enslaved by fashion and the force of example), which becomes our habit and calm the disagreeable sensations which they at first produce in us. These things finally please us by giving us relaxation in trivial indispositions but by their continued use  on the contrary, the agreeable effects which they apparently produce upon our organs insensibly become necessities.

According to Hahnemann- "It is the toxic nature of a substance what gives it its therapeutic power. Its ability to influence health is its therapeutic/toxic power, just as it is its healing power.............. They are the two sharp edges of the same sword.............. Why else do you think that Agar, Bell, Ars, Nux, Hyos, Lachesis, Naja, Strych, Stram, Veratrum etc are in the materia medica? Their toxic power is their healing power.......... The only difference is the dose."
And i think in this way Treatise of Effects of Coffee  became the precursor of homeopathic laws. Regarding the tiny doses of homeopathy, which  its prime feature, then once again, this measure was arrived at by Hahnemann entirely through his  empirical experiment and not through any a prior reasoning or incipient theoretical inclination. 
"In Aphorisms 65 and 66 explore with detailed examples the primary and secondary actions of drugs. In Aphorism 68 says that only very small doses of drugs are required to stimulate and mimic the curative secondary effects that the vital force can mount to throw off a disease or a drug."
Samuel Hahnemann was indeed incorporated the laws in homeopathy by his distinguished  rare acumen...his clear judgement...his piercing intelligence, his profound and clear spirit of observation. Hahnemann's inquiring spirit had the fire like a youth. This inquisitive man had profound thoughtfulness and originality and was superior to most in having substantiated and carried out his doctrines into actual and most extensive practice.

Discovery of Homeopathy

Whole of the 18 th century in Europe marked by plethora of theories and hypothesis concerning the nature of disease and its causation ⇩...