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Bellis Perennis - Case: Joan Macdonald

 

 

April, 2013

 

 

 

Case – 60 year old woman

 

 

Presenting complaint: Lower back pain radiating toward left hip, down outside thigh toward knee.

 

Medical diagnosis: Lower spine, collapsed disc with two large abscesses in spine

 

Presently - on waiting list for hip surgery, left side. Recently diagnosed - left hip had been fractured in car accident – missed in diagnosis, 2 years ago.

 

Aetiology: 2 years ago, back injury

 

Cause & Onset: Car accident

 

Location: Pain radiates from lower back toward left hip, down outside of left thigh toward knee

 

Duration: 2 years

 

Treatment: not wish to take allopathic pain medications, highly chemically sensitive after application of Cortisone cream to hands, face, feet 7 years ago. After car accident used Arnica 30C. Osteopathy.

 

Observation: walking with a cane, leaning to the left, great effort to walk, stand upright and find a comfortable sitting position

 

Sensations: dull ache, pain radiates across back, toward left hip down outside of thigh

- pain sometimes sharp, catching breath

- muscle soreness, all across back toward left hip

 

Modalities: Worse from standing more than 10 minutes

            - worse from sitting in one position

            - better shifting position sitting, standing, lying down

 

Concomitants:

- There are other complaints – However low back pain radiation - top of patient’s list, as it inhibits movement, life and comfort

- 7 years ago - Allergic skin reaction to cortisone cream applied to hands, face and feet by dermatologist for allergic dermatitis. Afterward continued frequent acute skin flare-ups.

 

Generalities:

As a whole patient has a very sensitive nature.

Now – patient has an understanding of the various active reactions to pharmaceuticals; chemicals; environment (sun, heat, wet); foods; supplements; certain not-natural skin care products

 

Remedy: Bellis pernnis 200C was considered – however due to patient’s stories of sensitivity, reactions to various herbals, homoeopathic remedies, natural vitamins, supplements, etc.

 

April, 2013 - Bellis per 30C – 1 dry poppy seed

 

At first appointment patient was in tears of frustration, not anyone could help ease the pains or understand how sensitive had become to chemical drugs after a dermatologist’s cortisone skin application.

 

June, 2013 – Second appointment - patient in the office appeared to have a better idea of what is necessary in setting up appointments, etc. for preparation for hip surgery

 

Observed - appeared to be about 20 % walking a little better, not as bent over to the left.

 

June, 2013 - Repeated Bellis per 30C – 1 dry poppy seed

 

November, 2013 – Observed walking from car appeared to be 50% better – still cautious when turning, or from sitting to standing because of left hip.

 

Patient related - hip surgery put off until January, 2014 – therefore will travel to visit children over Christmas holiday.

 

Patient related – in November, Osteopath – on examination said: ‘things are getting better”, back is improving, straighter than before.

 

Patient’s face, overall appearance calmer, however pain in hip area worse when quickly shifting positions sitting, walking, lying.

 

November, 2013 - repeated Bellis per 30C, 1 poppy seed dry

 

Next appointment on return from holiday, hearing when hip surgery scheduled, preparation for surgery

April, 2013

 

Case – 60 year old woman

 

Presenting complaint: Lower back pain radiating toward left hip, down outside thigh toward knee.

 

Medical diagnosis: Lower spine, collapsed disc with two large abscesses in spine

 

Presently - on waiting list for hip surgery, left side. Recently diagnosed - left hip had been fractured in car accident – missed in diagnosis, 2 years ago.

 

Aetiology: 2 years ago, back injury

 

Cause & Onset: Car accident

 

Location: Pain radiates from lower back toward left hip, down outside of left thigh toward knee

 

Duration: 2 years

 

Treatment: not wish to take allopathic pain medications, highly chemically sensitive after application of Cortisone cream to hands, face, feet 7 years ago. After car accident used Arnica 30C. Osteopathy.

 

Observation: walking with a cane, leaning to the left, great effort to walk, stand upright and find a comfortable sitting position

 

Sensations: dull ache, pain radiates across back, toward left hip down outside of thigh

- pain sometimes sharp, catching breath

- muscle soreness, all across back toward left hip

 

Modalities: Worse from standing more than 10 minutes

            - worse from sitting in one position

            - better shifting position sitting, standing, lying down

 

Concomitants:

- There are other complaints – However low back pain radiation - top of patient’s list, as it inhibits movement, life and comfort

- 7 years ago - Allergic skin reaction to cortisone cream applied to hands, face and feet by dermatologist for allergic dermatitis. Afterward continued frequent acute skin flare-ups.

 

Generalities:

As a whole patient has a very sensitive nature.

Now – patient has an understanding of the various active reactions to pharmaceuticals; chemicals; environment (sun, heat, wet); foods; supplements; certain not-natural skin care products

 

Remedy: Bellis pernnis 200C was considered – however due to patient’s stories of sensitivity, reactions to various herbals, homoeopathic remedies, natural vitamins, supplements, etc.

 

April, 2013 - Bellis per 30C – 1 dry poppy seed

 

At first appointment patient was in tears of frustration, not anyone could help ease the pains or understand how sensitive had become to chemical drugs after a dermatologist’s cortisone skin application.

 

June, 2013 – Second appointment - patient in the office appeared to have a better idea of what is necessary in setting up appointments, etc. for preparation for hip surgery

 

Observed - appeared to be about 20 % walking a little better, not as bent over to the left.

 

June, 2013 - Repeated Bellis per 30C – 1 dry poppy seed

 

November, 2013 – Observed walking from car appeared to be 50% better – still cautious when turning, or from sitting to standing because of left hip.

 

Patient related - hip surgery put off until January, 2014 – therefore will travel to visit children over Christmas holiday.

 

Patient related – in November, Osteopath – on examination said: ‘things are getting better”, back is improving, straighter than before.

 

Patient’s face, overall appearance calmer, however pain in hip area worse when quickly shifting positions sitting, walking, lying.

 

November, 2013 - repeated Bellis per 30C, 1 poppy seed dry

 

Next appointment on return from holiday, hearing when hip surgery scheduled, preparation for surgery

April, 2013

 

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Importance of Aetiology

 

THE IMPORTANCE OF AETIOLOGY

The significance of aetiology or causation as part of the homeopathic totality is well recognised.

In his, “Lectures on Homeopathic Philosophy”, Kent differentiates allopathy from homeopathy with reference to the importance given to the cause of disease. In Lecture 1, entitled “The Sick”, Kent observes that in allopathy, “the microscopic pathological results of the disease are noted and considered to be the beginning and ending i.e. the result without anything prior to them…..But Homoeopathy perceives that there is something prior to these results”. He concludes that, “only in this way can we trace cause and effect in a series from beginning to end, and back again from the end to the beginning.”

The following case offers a clear window onto the importance of the aetiology, and its’ potential for attaining the “highest ideal of a cure”: That is “rapid, gentle and permanent restoration of health”.

My patient, a 78 year old female, of slight build and neat appearance, had been coughing persistently and paroxysmally for 48 years. The cough had started suddenly after the birth of her second daughter, and was characterised by the patient as hard. The cough was worse on getting up at 6-6.30am, at night lying down, and was also worse for warmth and anxiety – when a nervous cough would develop. The cough was further characterised by lack of expectoration, a sensation of something in the throat, and was accompanied by a runny nose, with mostly clear discharge. Most winters a catarrhal cough may be added to the mix. Her family history included her mother’s continual cough and her father’s death from TB. However, her own personal health history was largely clear, and apart from the irritating cough, the patient was generally in good health, and un-medicated.

It was while recording her pregnancies and childbirth experiences that I stumbled on a piece of hidden personal history that was key to the case. It emerged that between the birth of her two daughters, she had given birth to a son, who had died two weeks later from a heart condition. Her second daughter was born fourteen months later, and in her words, “I didn’t dwell on it.” It was shortly after this, that the cough developed.

The patient’s personality further revealed a high level of retention and reserve. Phrases such as “just got on with it”, and “whatever went on you kept it to yourself”, added weight to the picture. The patient was economical with her information, and explained that she found it uncomfortable to express her emotions, and if upset, would cry privately, not enjoying consolation. She would avoid quarrels, choosing to “put the issue to one side,” disinclined to say what she really thinks. With a strong sense of values and duty, she did, however lack confidence. As she put it, “not confident to do anything outstanding.” She was family oriented, and avoided new people or situations where possible. She enjoyed handicrafts.

Her generalities included a chilly temperature relation with an aversion to warmth, a love of salt along with thirst, preferring warm drinks. The miasmatic weighting was slightly towards tubercular, with psora and sycosis in the background, and only traces of syphilitic.

I prescribed a multi-miasmatic remedy, Nat Mur 200c, followed by 1m, on the basis of aetiology: Ill effects of Silent Grief, and a supporting totality.

At the first follow-up six weeks later, the night time cough had reduced to three to four nights out of seven, and was looser and more productive. As a consequence, the sensation of a blockage in the throat had also reduced, and her breathing had improved. The nervous cough had also shown signs of improvement, with the patient able to enjoy a meal out without coughing. It was also noted by her daughter that her mother’s previous anxiety about having sweets with her to ameliorate the cough was also lessened. Her wellbeing was good, but the morning “coughing fits” were still there. The patient was boosted with a sac lac prescription. Six weeks later the patient reported a sixty percent improvement with “hardly any nights coughing” and only occasional coughing during the day. Her daughter confirmed the change saying that she had not noticed the cough much. The patient was still expectorating, and there was some greenish nasal discharge. She was now rarely coughing in social situations, and rarely needed the sweets for alleviation. She was feeling more confident to go out and reported feeling less tired. The patient was boosted with sac lac.

The next appointment was eight weeks later, where 100% improvement was reported. The patient was no longer coughing at all, her wellbeing was recorded at optimum(10/10), and most interestingly she had found a new level of confidence, undertaking new social activities, making new friends and taking the initiative! The patient kindly wrote a testimonial:

“I decided I would give it a go though I was sceptical at first, thinking nothing else had worked so far. Initially the cough remained the same, but gradually with the second treatment it started to improve. By the third set of treatments in April 2012, I was pleased to find that I no longer had a cough!!.”

Two years later the patient enjoys good health and is not sufficiently troubled by any symptoms to warrant a return visit.

© Daniela Karsten, September 2013

 

International Classical Homoeopathy History - from Germany ➛ America ➛ India ➛ America

International Classical Homoeopathy History

Germany ➛ America ➛ India ➛ America

Germany - the Foundations for Homoeopathy

 

Samuel Hahnemann 1755 - 1843SAMUEL F. HAHNEMANN: German physician developed “Homoeopathy” as a Complete Medicinal System addressing the whole person through all stages of life, from very young to elderly.

Hahnemann was uncomfortable using treatments taught in medical schools: cauterizing, blistering, purging, bloodletting and leeches, highly toxic agents (mercury, lead, arsenic), with severe side-effects, causing complex conditions, death.
              

 

Hahnemann stopped practicing this allopathic medicine, and began investigating, researching natural ancient, medicinal systems. He spoke and read several languages therefore earned a living translating natural herbal medicinal texts of English, ancient Greek, Egyptian. He discovered the Laws of Nature written in the ancient Egyptian documents, tenth century Hindu sages, and in the Hippocratic Corpus 400 B.C. Hahnemann found the origin of the tenet: “do no harm.”
             

My Trip To Calcutta & Bengal Allen 2013

It began with apprehension, leaving my young family, Luke ten and Sophie-Rose six for three weeks, but with a passion for Homoeopathy, that is very much inspired and supported by my family. I set out on a journey that has truly touched, moved and motivated me beyond any expectation that I may have had.

 

So, what did, I hope to achieve from this experience, I only graduated from the Allen College in June 2012?

Clinical experience and simple fast prescribing where the order for the trip.

 

Beginning with the walk to the Bengal Allen Institute, from the Fair lawn Hotel ( a different story another time), that we were told was a 15 min walk; debatable as I only ever managed 20-25 min tops! A walk that at first can only be described as an assault of every sense, and a fast flowing river of sensations to say the very least, taking me through the busy chicken and fish markets, past the City of Joy slum, past all the entrepreneurial shops that the likes of you or I would have to literally have to fold ourselves in half to get in to, ( I now understand why yoga is a must in India), yes the smell, the noise, the sights, and emotions that after two weeks became unbelievably "normal" and home like!

 

"We should always try to see the duty of other through their own eyes and never judge the customs of others by our own standard. I am the standard of the universe, I have to accommodate myself to the world and not the world to me"-Swami Vivekananda.

 

The first lesson as Homoeopaths, is ton understand the un-prejudiced observer, all this before even beginning the course, so 247, patients later, with pathology that would take a lifetime to collate here in the U.K. Calcutta, truly being the mecca of Homoeopathy, where the respect it commands is second to none.

 

The diversity of this amazing country that is absolutely mind blowing. The clinics in slum areas, where the distribution of milk to children, were humbling to say the very least. The experience of the rural clinic, down near the bay of Bengal, with clear cases with people very much in tune with their own bodies, without the distractions of the western world. Then to help us keep pace with the final week we went up to Darjeeling in the Himalaya's for a well earned break with all the splendour of nature at her finest.

To end, nourishment of the intellect, spirit, and the physical is one way to try to explain the experience, but I have learned that there are sometimes just no words in any language, it is something that just has to be experienced by one’s self as each will find something different. I would very much recommend to any Homoeopath experienced or not to give Homoeopathy in Mother India with the Bengal Allen Institute a try. For me I feel this is very much unfinished business and I would love to take my whole family back one day to share this ongoing journey.

 

I would very much like to say a huge heart felt thank you to Dr Subrata Banerjea and Janet for their integrity, hospitality and on going, never ending support

 

Best wishes

 

Sam Egan

JAN TAYLOR'S ARTICLE

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I am one of the original graduates of the Allen College graduating in 2002.  Homeopathy is my passion and I am very pleased that I had such a fantastic training at the Allen College.  Some 10 years on in my own busy practice, I still love this gentle but effective, holistic way to treat people.  It is as Dr Banerjea always said a 'wonderful art and science'.
Long may the College continue to educate more people to a high standard of homeopathy and homeopathic healing.
Jan Taylor, Dip Hom ACH, RSHom. www.essex-homoepathy.co.uk

CLINICAL TIPS ON ACIDITY BY DR. SUBRATA K. BANERJEA

 

ACIDITY:

 

ACID SULPH: Aetiology: Alcohol +++ (long continued indulgence to wine / spirits +++). Character: Sour eructations à sets teeth on edge. Aversion: smell of coffee; desire: fresh food. Modalities: (a) Aggravation:- < Touch. (b) Amelioration:- > Rest.  Potency:- 200C. 

 

ACONITUM NAPELLUS:- Complaints from very hot weather, especially gastro-intestinal disturbances. Potency:- Sixth potency for sensory affections; first to third for congestive conditions. Must be repeated frequently in acute diseases. Acon. Is a rapid worker. In Neuralgias tincture of the root often preferable, one drop doses (poisonous), or pain, the 30th potency accordingly to susceptibility of patient.

 

ATROPIN: Hyperacidity; pyrosis. 3x Trituration 1/4th tsf (tea-spoon) in half cup of luke warm water X 8 hourly X S.O.S.

 

CALCAREA CARBONICA:- Hyperchlorhydria [Phos.]. Potency:- Sixth trit. Thirtieth and higher potencies. Should not be repeated too frequently in elderly people.

 

CHININUM ARSENICOSUM:- Hyperchlorhydria. [Robinia; Arg. Nit.; Orexine tannate]. Thirst for water, yet it disturbs. Anorexia. Eggs produce diarrhoea. Potency:- Second and third trituration.

 

CINCHONA OFFICINALIS: Aetiology: Ill effects of tea +++. Fruits. Character: Bitter taste +++. Hungry (+++) without appetite: eats à remains undigested à after a meal = Fullness of stomach. Modalities: (a) Aggravation:- < Fruits. (b) Amelioration:- Bloatedness > by movement.  Potency:- Q. (5 drops à in ½ cup of luke warm water à 6-8 hourly àSOS x as & when necessary à stop soon improvement ensues), 30C.

 

CORNUS FLORIDA: Aetiology: Abuse of quinine. Malaria: N.B.W.S. Character: Distressing acidic heartburn. Old cases of dyspepsia à Acid regurgitation (+++). Desire: Sour++. Potency:- Q. (5 drops à in ½ cup of luke warm water à 6-8 hourly à SOS à as & when necessary à stop soon improvement ensues), 30C.

 

LACTIC ACID: Aetiology: Acidity with morning sickness diabetes. Character: Copious salivation (+++). Water-brush (++). Hunger (+++) à salivation (+++) à constant nausea (+++) à >> by eating. Plug sensation in throat. Burning: Mouth à to à stomach. Modalities: (a) Aggravation:- < Smoking, Coffee. (b) Amelioration:- > by eating.  Potency:- 30C.

 

NATRUM PHOS.: Aetiology: Fat foods +++. Acidity in children fed with excess of milk and sugar. Character: Lump in throat sour vomiting. Desire: Strong tasting foods, eggs. Aversion: Bread & butter. Colic with acidity. Modalities: (a) Aggravation:- << Fat food. (b) Amelioration:- > from beer.   Potency:- 6x tablets (Bio-chemic tissue salts: 3-4 tablets – in ¼ cup of luke warm water à 6-8 hourly à SOS à as & when necessary à stop soon improvement ensues), 30C.

 

OREXINE TANNATE: Hyperacidity; deficient and slow digestion. Q: 10 drops à Twice daily à S.O.S.

 

ROBINIA: Aetiology: From fat & flatulent foods e.g., Cabbage, turnip, raw fruit etc. Character: Associated with frontal headache (+++). Acrid (+++) eructations. Sour (+++) eructation à vomiting of sour (+++) fluid. Distension (+++) of stomach flatulent colic. Modalities: (a) Aggravation:- < Fat, gravies, flatulent food, < cabbage, raw fruit, ice cream. (b) Amelioration:- > by passing flatus.  Potency:- Q. (5 drops à in ½ cup of luke warm water à 6-8 hourly à SOS à as & when necessary à stop soon improvement ensues), 6C.

 

ZINGIBER:- Complaints from eating melons and drinking impure water. Acidity.

Corinne Snowling

"Nearing the end of 4 of the most exciting, stimulating and encouraging years of my life, I can say that the Allen College is going to stand proud in the world of Classical Homoeopathy and I am privileged to have been a part of it's early growth. The course is very professionally run by the most caring and experienced tutors - everyone is aiming for the same goal, to spread the word of homoeopathy as Hahnemann taught, with emphasis upon miasmatic prescribing, led by our dynamic Principal Dr Subrata Banerjea. " .......

Jan Taylor

" I feel incredibly fortunate that I chose the Allen college for my inspiring and rewarding journey into Homoeopathy, expertly guided by the most knowledgeable tutors. "

Case Presentation : 24th June 2004: Cough, 19 year duration - what cough?

Joy Shankster

Notes on visit to Springfield Hospital – Critical Care Unit

Richard Spalding, Team Leader of the Critical Care Unit at Springfield Hospital, Chelmsford, invited me to spend a day with his Team to study the allopathic approach to pain and the work of a surgical recovery room.

Janet Banerjea, Vice Principal - Homoeopathy and Me

Janet has been practising homoeopathy for almost 20 years and regularly lectured since 1992. Her passion for the subject has taken her regularly to India for over 19 years and she has participated in many activities there, including prescribing in rural areas. She is committed to the charity which supports homoeopathic treatment in the slums of Calcutta and frequently organises events to raise funds. She teaches philosophy and practice management at the Allen College of Homoeopathy and supports homoeopaths in practise by offering regular post graduate supervision.