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A few of the published articles in different journals...
Can Herbalists learn something from Homeopaths and Homeopathy?Lots of acrimonious debate going around this subject. Read my paper about that, you can download it from the Downloads page under the title "Herbalism versus Homeopathy".
Miscellaneous articles and informations.
A new article in a rather new journal:
Prescribing logically: The Fibonacci Series Potencies, International Journal of Homeopathy & Natural Medicines. Vol. 1, No. 1, 2015, pp. 14-21. doi: 10.11648/j.ijhnm.20150101.13
The link from which you can download it as a PDF is: http://www.sciencepublishinggroup.com/journal/paperinfo.aspx?&/j.ijhnm.20150101.13
The "Broccoli" article has been updated and can be read at this link:
or you can also download it from this site's "Downloads": A simple, natural method for treating BCCs....I have updated some results and considerations, as well as introduced some hypotheses I am now working on.
Here is a link to an article about a simple, natural and nevertheless effective treatment for BCC.
Broccoli for Non-Melanoma SkincancerNATMED 8 p63-66 (direct link)
http://www.naturalmedicine.net.nz/cancer-prevention-and-treatment/a-new-treatment-for-non-melanoma-skin-cancers/ (link to the references and secondary link to the article in the above does not work for you)
Adding to that article, I now used not only the broccoli florets but also the broccoli sprouts that are often more widely available, fresh and therefore containing a higher level of active components, and apparently cheaper to use in the long run.
I have just added a new article of mine, published in the journal Similia Vol 23, number 1, June 2011. What you will read is the original text; it was slightly modified and edited for journal publication (Homeopathy and Pathology).
A series of articles, writings and publications that might be of interest.
1. Cinnamomum Commiphora Hiroshimae Christchurch (added 13.2.2011)
2. Transmission of energetic information in the body: its relevance to homeopathic remedies and to other energetic healing approaches.
3. Drop doses in Herbal Medicine.
Homeopathy and Pathology.
"The patient, not the disease"…..that is our motto as homeopaths, right?
Look up some of Hahnemann's cases, as published by David Little on his website (www.simillimum.com): "Mr. X came in with a case of [insert name of pathology]; gave him remedy A in potency Y; cured after 3 doses". Look up the cases published by Kent, Hering, Lippe, Compton-Burnett and other fathers of homeopathy, all revered by the classical community. Most if not all tell you about serious physical pathology, treated with homeopathy. And how about Grimmer's cancer cases?
Where did we loose the plot? Why? Actually answering those questions are not important in my opinion, as most of it is the fear of retaliation from conventional medicine.
So we treat patients who do happen to suffer from a named pathology or disease as part of their picture. Fine. That gets us off the hook in countries where it is "illegal" or "unethical" to treat labelled diseases.
I am not talking about first aid homeopathy or a flu, a cold, a runny nose, a diarrhoea or a trauma. Those and other acute pathologies are well known and well treated by all homeopaths without any discussion or argument.
I am referring to the more chronic, entrenched pathologies that conventional medicine says cannot be cured, only relieve, like allergies, asthma, cardiovascular diseases, etc,….
Can we and should we focus on those? We have to realise that those chronic pathologies are the result of an evolution that started with dynamic changes; when unattended or neglected, those dynamic changes eventually evolve into organic changes that can then be recognised through tests; and generally when conventional medicine fails to cure, that is when we inherit the patient coming to us as a last resort. Certainly, every named disease, as we well know, has an individual presentation and evolution that accounts for the patient's own dynamic and for what is called his constitution and the miasms; to revert the situation to total health, this will have to be dealt with, but not now, not when the coronaries are blocked at 90% and the block is too distal for angioplasty, not when high blood pressure threatens the patient with a stroke, not when bronchiectasies create recurrent infections and more.
Can we treat organ pathology with homeopathy? Or to put the question in a more controversial mode, can we take a case from an individual organ or function?
Don't we do that all the time?
Sore throat: how did it start? Exposure, sudden cold, change of weather, sudden emotion, other? Which side or whole throat? Does it go from one side to the other, irradiations? Aggravations, ameliorations with swallowing, liquids, solids, warm or cold drinks and food, touch, time of the day, etc,…..any concomitants with that? How does it look like? What shade of red if it is red? Spots? Colour, shape, size, place? Smell? And with that you successfully prescribe. Didn't you just take the case of a throat, almost entirely separated from its owner with the exception of concomitants like thirst, appetite and emotional state that will confirm a remedy choice if there is a doubt?
How about more chronic situations? Let us look at the liver for example: you will choose a different remedy according to the lobe involved: Silybum Marianum for the left lobe, Chelidonium for the right lobe, Taraxacum for the middle lobe; pain, sensitivity irradiations, modalities, causalities, etc,….all this allows you to again "take the case of the liver" and find an appropriate remedy that will revert the pathology, then we can go on and treat her whole patient.
And then it does not work…..
Because some pathologies are so advanced that dynamic measures do not work any more.
Because there are maintaining causes.
Because there are obstacles to cure.
Because the origin, the root, the source of the presenting picture is still there and active.
And none of the above is new to you or has not been described and discussed in class, only to be forgotten and pooh-poohed by colleagues who claim that the whole totality of a patient's case should always been used for treatment or that the "constitutional" remedy is always going to give the answer.
Let us look at a few cases from my practice, all of them having given consent to have it presented for teaching purposes.
I have known EH for 9 years; she is a lady in her late sixties who came to see me out of despair: she suffered from bronchiectasies, asthma and scoliosis; her bronchiectasies were chronically infected with bouts of acute episodes, she received many antibiotics with a build-up of resistance to the extent that now only one single antibiotic was shown to be effectively available on antibiograms, and that one was kept for a life threatening situation. She already took lots of natural remedies for immune stimulation and very little had to be changed for that purpose. The offered option was surgery to remove the diseased parts of the lungs (lower lobes). She gave me lots of information about her respiratory and other medical conditions, but nothing more personal. The first step was to allow her to get rid of the recurrent and chronic infection, but clearly only immune stimulation and dynamic remedies chosen according to repertorisation would not be enough; the way to go was to diminish the bacterial load at the same time. I choose to use the dangerous technique of taking essential oils (bactericidal!) internally, a technique I use very rarely as it is indeed tightrope walking, on top of homeopathic prescription, multiple herbs and supplements and nutritional advice. Despite not being "pure" homeopathy, Hering's Law was demonstrated again in her case as the actual bacteria (pseudomonas aeruginosa) disappeared from the sputum, to be replaced by a previous one, which then disappeared, and so on, re-enacting in reverse order all of her previous infections (culture of sputum was done regularly to demonstrate this with the collaboration and to the utter amazement of her GP). Next phase was to repair her lungs using Organotherapy. Lung 4C was given 3x/day for about 3 months, with continuous clinical amelioration (NB: today I would use a Fibonacci series of the sarcode). A chest radiography taken at that time showed the bronchiectasies had disappeared! Of course I could not correct her scoliosis, so on with her asthma…..and that is when I hit a wall of bricks: symptomatic ameliorations, yes, no cure, no matter what remedy was used, what approach was taken…but she was happy, using her Ventolin when needed, until she started deteriorating again, peak flow measurements dropping and becoming increasingly short of breath. I explained that I needed to get deeper into the roots of the problems many times, but was never allowed to go there, until then. It took a lot of digging and probing to reveal eventually that her "asthma" was in fact triggered by fear of asphyxia, having witnessed her brother die from an asthma attack when they were children and compounded by a feeling of guilt, as he was dead and she survived. A few remedies later, her peak flows are in the lower normal range, she still has some asthma attacks during very heavy winds, controlled by ……. an empty Ventolin canister, there is not even propelling gas in it, just putting it in her mouth controls the attack.
The itinerary here was then to remove her from danger, to repair the organ, and then address the core problem.
I have treated KF (male, 68 years old now) for some years, managed to cure his depression and take him off all antidepressants, but he developed angina pectoris and hypertension, for which he was put on drugs, one of which is a statin. Although his BP is controlled, he still has bouts of angina and developed "arthritic" pains in his hips, knees and small joints. An angiogram demonstrated multiple small coronaries obstructions, too distal to be treated with balloon dilatation. He already had "constitutional" and "miasmatic" treatments. The purpose is now to prevent death from myocardial infarction and find out why he created those obstructions. As usual, diet was the major factor and he was put on the "caveman's diet" (nuts and seeds, fruits, vegetables, animal proteins, no cereals, no dairy, no sugars and of course nothing artificial); this normalised his cholesterol and he did not need the statins, but stopping them did not change the joint pains. The cardiovascular problem was treated with Gemmotherapic remedies; those are herbal remedies made of fresh buds instead of part of plants; the extracts carry all the potential curative properties of the whole plant in concentrated form, like a kind of "herbal stem cell" therapy. I used the well known Crataegus Oxyacantha and Cornus Sanguinea (refer to my book Dynamic Gemmotherapy for details about the remedies). This settled the angina and he has not had a single attack despite working hard physically. But the joint pains remained as a single, handicapping problem. Although they repertorised Rhus Tox very clearly, the remedy did nothing. What is the maintaining cause then? The drugs, of course and a look in the pharmacology literature showed that every single drug he had for his BP and angina has "arthralgia" as a side effect! We are now in the process of eliminating those chemical maintaining causes.
Our trajectory was to correct external pathogenicity, i.e. improper food, correct their physical effect of the heart and remove harmful chemicals; none of those actions needs a potentised remedy that would obviously be ineffective in any case if the exposition to harmful situations is not stopped.
GG (male, 63 years old) was a happy camper with no complaints until he did a routine blood test two years ago, and found out his PSA was elevated, 5.6 ( - 0.5), although he had no urinary problems. Prostate biopsy was normal so he did not receive any treatment or any recommendation, except to follow the level of PSA. And it climbed slowly until a few months ago, when it reached 9.7, still without any symptoms. A repeat biopsy found prostatic cancer. He was offered the choice between radical surgery, chemotherapy or local radiotherapy, and he refused all of them. The consultation we had was pretty short, as there was apparently nothing in the history and no actual symptoms whatsoever at any level. Prostate was even normal at palpation. But we do know that cancer is a late stage in the evolution of a problem, and while discussing that, it was clear from his face reading that something was amiss, but he was not ready to get there…..and there is a cancer that grows. What do we do when there is nothing to repertorise and especially when there is such a grim and gloomy pathology to attend? We use all the weapons available! Nutritional modification, juicing of know cancer fighting plants like broccoli, cabbage etc,…..immune enhancing herbs, known cancer herbs (some are kept in reserve should those chosen not be effective), vitamin D3 in high dose, vitamin C to bowel tolerance and through intravenous administration (we are fortunate to have a GP doing that), a Homeobotanical cancer mix (Carcina 1+2+3). A month later his PSA dropped to 0.01, which I could not believe and asked to repeat; it was confirmed.
Here we used a synergistic approach, destroying the cancer cells and repairing the immune function that should have performed this normally and returning the patient to a situation where he is not in danger any more, where a dynamic has been created that will allow us eventually to correct the imbalance that allowed in the first place the apparition of cancerous cells. This will be the time for a real homeopathic treatment.
What do those cases demonstrate? Especially in the modern world, we are exposed to industrial pollution, EMFs, drugs, Frankenfoods, extreme stress and worries that take their toll on every aspect of our systems. We need to be able to repair the organs involved, optimise their functions, and remove the external and internal poisons and toxins in order to be presented with a situation where the symptoms and signs we deal with are those of the patient's own dynamic, not those of a drug, a toxin or their short or long term effect.
To be obstinately fixated on treating everything through homeopathy, or rather with potentised substances, is at best a disservice to our patients and at worst a case of malpractice. We are still bound by "Primum non nocere" and by Aphorism 1. Even Hahnemann, through six editions of the Organon, never wrote or implied that treatment should be done only by the means of homeopathy.
Who are we to disagree?
Dr. Joe Rozencwajg, NMD.
Dynamic Gemmotherapy, published and available at www.lulu.com
Organotherapy, Drainage and Detoxification, published by Emryss
The Potency, published by Emryss.
Homeopathy through the Chinese Looking Glass: Homeosiniatry revisited, published by Emryss.
Cinnamomum Camphora Hiroshimae Christchurch.
The plant versus the drug.
A few weeks before the big Christchurch earthquake, I was walking in the botanical gardens during a break from a course I was attending. I was very excited to recognise and say hello to many of the trees used in the preparation of Gemmotherapic remedies, being flabbergasted at seeing most of them regrouped in one single garden. As I came close to the Peace Bell, I was somehow attracted to a small bush with shiny waxy leaves; at first I did not see its label and did not recognise it, but as I passed by and continued to walk, I felt compelled to come back, again and again, until I finally saw the information at the foot of this little tree. It is a sapling of the camphor tree that survived the atomic bombing of Hiroshima. "What a powerful tree", I thought, "being able to survive the blast and the irradiation, and here it is alive and well, with no problems, no growths, and no deformities". I then realised, or imagined, there was a reason I was attracted to this tree. We know the remedy Camphora, either as a homeopathic one or a herbal one, but the remedy/drug is made from the extract of the tree; here I was standing in front of the plant itself, which presented one more especially important characteristic: the ability to survive in general, the ability to survive intense trauma, and the ability to survive intense radiation. We certainly could use a remedy with those characteristics!
A small branch was hanging down, recently broken as there was still wet sap on the break, so I took four fresh leaves from that broken branch, with thanks to the tree, dried them and brought them to the Simillimum Pharmacy to be triturated (not tinctured as trituration will keep the totality of the leaves' energy) and made into a remedy.
The Camphor Tree.
Cinnamomum camphora is commonly known as Camphor tree, Camphorwood or camphor laurel; it is a large evergreentree that grows up to 20-30 meters tall. It belongs to the Magnolianae group like Aristolochia, Asarum, Cinnomomum Ceylanicum, Myristica and Nux Moschata, which are known to homeopaths.
From the Japan Times Online: "However, camphor trees are not only long-lived, but they are also astonishingly vigorous and capable of surviving even the worst that man can throw at them. A specimen at the Sanno Shrine in Nagasaki was designated a natural monument by that city on Feb. 15, 1969, because it had survived the U.S. atomic bombing of Aug. 9, 1945. Then, on Nov. 3, 1973, the camphor tree was made the official tree of Hiroshima to commemorate those trees that not only survived the U.S. atomic bombing of the city on Aug. 6, 1945, but then recovered quickly and gave inspiration to the people trying to rebuild their lives".
Medicinal properties of camphor, non homeopathic.
Here is an extract of the herbal uses as reported by Henriette Kress on her website www.henriettesherbal.com, with permission and thanks: "Action, Medical Uses, and Dosage.—In large doses camphor is a narcotic and irritant; in small ones, sedative, anodyne, antispasmodic, diaphoretic, and antihelmintic. Very small doses stimulate and large doses depress. Large doses cause oesophageal and gastric pain, vomiting, slow and enfeebled and subsequently intermittent pulse, dizziness, drowsiness, dimness of sight, pallid, cold skin, muscular weakness, cyanosis, spasms, muscular rigidity, and convulsions. Several deaths have resulted from its use, other circumstances contributing somewhat to the fatal issue, but cases of death in a healthy individual have been reported. Mental confusion may follow its excessive use. Its effects in small doses are transient, but are not followed by depression or exhaustion. It exerts an influence on the brain and nervous system, exhilarating and relieving pain, is an excitant to the vascular system, and irritates mucous tissues which are in proximity with it. When given in the solid form, it is capable of producing ulceration of the gastric mucous membrane. It is used to allay nervous excitement, subdue pain, arrest spasm, and sometimes to induce sleep. In the delirium, watchfulness, tremors, and starting of the tendons in typhoid conditions, it is of much utility as a nervo-stimulant". Quite similar to the homeopathic uses.
Ayurvedic medicine also uses the extract. From the website Ayushveda.com: "It is indicated in all disease that involves the three dosha i.e. vata, pitta and kapha. It is a very good pain reliever. It is very effective in convulsions and respiratory disorders. It removes the bad odor from mouth. It improves taste of mouth. It stimulates heart and improves blood circulation. It first vaso-dilates the arteries and afterwards constrict them. It has a good role in respiratory system as it helps in expelling extra amount of mucus in the respiratory tract. It improves the condition of throat. In increases the urine output. It also works as aphrodisiac agent when given in calculated amount. Amount of sweat also increases by it. It also works as antipyretic agent hence it decreases the aggravated body temperature. Main indication of camphor is in skin infections and fungal invasion on the body thus acting as anti fungal agent".
Conventional medicine does not use camphor any more due to its potential toxicity: nausea, vomiting, colic, headache, dizziness, feeling of warmth, delirium, muscular twitching, epileptiform convulsions, depression of central nervous system and coma. It was formerly used locally as a mild analgesic in fibrositis and neuralgia and in injections as a circulatory and respiratory stimulant. It is still found in essential oils preparation like Vicks VapoRub and others.
The Homeopathic Camphor.
Homeopathic Camphor is well known….or so we think……All the provings have been done with camphor the extract, the drug, not with the tincture, leaves or bark from the tree. Yet Sankaran uses those provings and the rubrics coming from them in his book "An Insight into Plants" as being totally related to the tree. It seems to me that would be the same as using a proving of Aspirin and using the rubrics to find and prescribe Salix Alba….siblings, cousins, family but definitely not twins.
In the Materia Medica Pura, Hahnemann sees Camphora as a kind of universal antidote to the action of drugs: "In its curative action camphor is just as puzzling and wonderful, for it removes the violent effects of very many, extremely different, vegetable medicines (and even those of the animal drug cantharides and of many mineral and metallic drugs), and hence it must have a sort of general pathological action, which, however, we are unable to indicate by any general expression;……………..Camphor, as I can testify from experience, removes the too violent action of very many drugs, whether unsuitably employed or given in too large doses, but generally only in the primary action, as a kind of contrarium, as a palliative. For this purpose it must be given very frequently, but in very small doses, when requisite every five to fifteen, or when there is great urgency every two or three minutes, about one drop of the saturated alcoholic solution (one eights of a grain) shaken up in half an ounce of water until dissolved, or by means of olfaction of a saturated alcoholic solution of camphor every three, four, six, ten, fifteen minutes". Hence probably the origin of the use of Camphora to remove the effects of aggravations of remedies.
Interestingly Clarke gives "Shock from injury" as one of the causations, yet very few, if any at all of the authors who recommend remedies based on causes and on clinical grounds write about the use of Camphora. Yet the picture of shock we are all familiar with matches often the situation after accidents and physical injuries, not only cholera and infectious diseases.
In "An Insight into Plants" page 593, Sankaran writes about the Magnolianae:
"Sensations and Reactions: The common sensation of Magnolianae, therefore, seems to be confused, bewildered, beclouded and strange. And because the outside is so bewildering, puzzling and confusing she feels isolated and not part of life around her, and she reacts to this by withdrawal."
Not very far from the description of Post Traumatic Shock Syndrome (PTSD).
So what is my point?
I will be the first to say that the Camphor Tree Leaves need a full proving and that it needs to be compared to the known materia medica of the remedy Camphora.
Here are some symptoms of radiation sickness: Bleeding from the nose, mouth, gums, and rectum, bloody stool, bruising, dehydration, diarrhoea, fainting, fatigue, hair loss, inflammation, mouth ulcers, nausea and vomiting, open sores of the skin, skin burns, sloughing of the skin, ulcers (oesophagus, stomach, intestines), weakness….. very similar to those found in the different materia medicas about Camphora.
Add to that the shock symptoms, the very causation of a Camphora state, the fact that the tree survived an extremely intense mechanical blast and an extremely intense amount of radiation; it seems to me that we can safely extend the indications of Cinnamomum Camphora Hiroshimae Christchurch as follows:
- Any state, acute or chronic, after a serious injury, even if there are no real apparent clinical symptoms
- Post irradiation and post chemotherapy, with or without apparent clinical symptoms
- As a prevention treatment before radiation therapy or chemotherapy.
The remedy will be prepared by the Simillimum Pharmacy in Wellington and be available by the time of publication.
Dr. J. Rozencwajg, NMD.
ADDITIONAL NOTE: since writing that paper I remembered that nuclear blasts create also enormous Electro- Magnetic Fields, to the extent that the military has apparently plans to use it not to destroy or kill but to incapacitate communications. It seems therefore to be an excellent remedy to use for exposure to EMF, either professionally (computer, electrician in high voltages cabins....) or medically (MRI!).
Transmission of energetic information in the body: its relevance to homeopathic remedies and to other energetic healing approaches.
No matter how we decide upon a homeopathic prescription, the final step will always be the transmission of the information contained in the remedy to the target, be it a specific organ, a function or an operating system at the physical, mental, emotional or spiritual level.
Through what mechanism does that happen? How is it that the same point of entry, generally the mouth, is able to act anywhere in the body when there is no material substance involved as in conventional pharmacology? Is there a common mechanism with other energetic forms of therapy?
Speed of action.
Especially in acute situations, a correct remedy would have an almost immediate effect but with a measurable time delay, although never the same due to the variability of situations, patients or intensity of symptoms. This time delay excludes a transmission through the nervous system where the nerve impulse, although measurable, is too fast to be perceptible to human senses and appears almost as an immediate reaction.
By the same token it also eliminates endocrine reactions, as those are too slow, needing recognition of the stimulus by the gland, fabrication and excretion of the hormone, arrival to the target and action time.
This is a clear parallel with the speed of action of acupuncture or auriculotherapy. Once a needle is inserted, especially if using a single needle approach, there is also a delay in reaction even though the patient often describes it as immediate but nevertheless can also describe the different phases of action, like "I feel something is arriving there, now I feel as if a weight is lifted, there is some heat, now everything is normal", again pointing towards a slower action than the nervous system would provide but indeed faster than any metabolic or endocrine mechanism could explain.
The acupunctural approach.
It has long be claimed that acupuncture points are low resistance areas through which the needle inserted changes the electrolytic arrangement of the fluids located between organs and tissues; indeed most if not all meridians have their pathways between organs and tissues. Yet that electrolyte rearrangement has never been really proved.
C.W. Smith in 1988 demonstrated that when injecting radioactive isotopes at acupuncture points, they would travel along the meridians at the speed of 3 to 5 cm per minute, and that this speed would be diminished when the related organ is diseased (1)
Recently, Fei & all. have demonstrated that the transmission of information along the meridians effectively happens through a structural modification in the liquid crystals of water along the meridian (2). This has been reinforced by the recent studies of Emoto about the formation of different water crystals in different circumstances; even if his research is challenged as not being reproducible by other researchers, nevertheless the fact that the same H2O molecules can reorganize themselves differently according to different stimuli cannot be denied any more. But this is not a new discovery: although I could not find the written reference, one of the most ancient experiments in water crystallography has been to document ice crystals brought from high mountains, let them thaw at room temperature, refreeze them and realize that they were crystallizing in exactly the same pattern as before; yet when melted with heat, the new crystals were totally amorphous.
And this is exactly what has been claimed about homeopathic remedies: that the water retains the crystalline organization imbued on it by the original substance and that this structural arrangement has the ability to act on receptors, otherwise known as "Water Memory".
The water molecule is not linear but presents an angle of 104.5 degrees, creating a dipole moment; short-range interaction, hydrogen bonds and van der Waals forces link the water molecules in a network, which is even better seen in three dimensions in ice. While the temperature is below 100C, it appears that those bonds can create the shape of tetrahedral volumes that form and remain stable, leading to areas of quasi-crystalline structures (Stillinger, 1980 (3) cited in Bellavite and Signori (4) pg 247). Those structures change when a different molecule is introduced in the solution and create a phenomenon known as "vicinal water" (ref 4, pg 248), which is denser than normal water and freezes way below zero. Vicinal water is implicated in biological communication systems (5). It also appears that water molecules participate in the transfer of protons during biochemical reactions, like a wire carrying an electrical charge. At boiling temperature (i.e. 100C) the water molecules are agitated by forces stronger than the hydrogen bonds and the van der Waals forces, losing their geometric arrangement and their ability to retain information. This explains simply the traditional use of boiling vessels that contained homeopathic remedies before reusing them; it is the equivalent of fully erasing a diskette or a tape before the next use.
Every stimulus carries some information that will be transmitted by the most appropriate net and often by all of them. But the nervous system can only transmit information in the form of electrical impulses after a threshold of stimulation has been reached. The meridian system works differently; a stimulus/information given at a receptor (= acupuncture point or meridian opening) will act on the structure of the water molecules as described above, modifying their geometry and their electrical or electromagnetic potential; once that information reaches the target which is ready and in need of receiving it, it acts upon it and ideally restores the organ or function to integrity; other parts that are not in need of that information do not react to it and behave as if it was nothing but "white noise".
The meridian system is the first information net that develops in the embryo and remains functional to the adult state (Shang, ref # 6); because it is relatively slow, it is replaced for fast information by the nervous system and enhanced by the endocrine system in order to provide slower but deeper action. All those systems remain interconnected and act on each other as is well know in conventional medicine and physiology under the label "psycho-neuro-immuno-endocrine system".
How does this have any implication with homeopathy?
Homeopaths mostly prescribe their remedies to be taken orally, held in the mouth until complete dissolution if using globules or until disappearance if using drops or teaspoons of liquid.
All the meridians open up in the mouth, either directly or through a branch.
The Lung Meridian passes by the throat.
The Large Intestine Meridian enters the lower gum; its direct connection with the Lung Meridian allows for the latter's connection with the mouth.
The Stomach Meridian penetrates the maxilla in the upper gum.
The Spleen Meridian reaches the root of the tongue and disperses over it lower surface.
The Heart Meridian has no direct connection to the mouth, but an indirect one through the Small Intestine Meridian that travels to the cheek and the mandible.
The Bladder Meridian has no direct connection to the mouth, but is linked to the Kidney Meridian, which end at the root of the tongue.
The Pericardium Meridian has no direct connection but is linked with the Triple Burner whose trajectory includes winding down around the cheek.
The Gallbladder Meridian travels down the cheek after running on the mandible.
A branch of the Liver Meridian runs through the cheeks and contours the inside of the lips.
Moreover, they are all linked at many levels to the Governor Vessel and the Conception Vessel which are both ramifying in the mouth. (7).
Therefore it makes sense to conclude that the remedy directly modifies the water crystalline structure of the meridians, hence transmitting the information to the whole body, the same way the acupuncture needles do through the skin. A remedy that is not a proper Simillimum, but a partial one, will modify the water structure according to its nature but the end result on the receptors or the target organs or functions will be an incomplete match resulting in a partial action and remaining or recurring symptoms. If the incorrect stimulation persists through improper multiple repetitions of the wrong remedy with partial action, the receptors themselves might be modified either temporarily, giving the symptoms and signs we look for in a proving, or permanently, giving the seldom encountered but dreaded grafting of symptoms, which we know is very difficult to reverse.
This imparts also some logic to the widely held practice of taking homeopathic remedies on a clean mouth: the receptors must be empty from any other substance and we know that the stronger a substance is (spices, oils....) the longer it will linger in the mouth, as a lasting taste or sensation remaining long after swallowing testifies.
Dental procedures are known to "neutralise" the action of homeopathic remedies. Every tooth has a link to a different meridian; the drilling sends anarchic signals of very high intensity that can revert the status of the receptors to their previous configuration, causing a recurrence of symptoms.
It also gives more weight to the practice of liquid doses as a globule dissolved in water will provide more information throughout the mouth than just sucking a globule or a small granule where the probability of stimulating the proper meridian is slightly less.
When the mouth is unavailable, we teach to rub the liquid remedy on the inner parts of the wrist or the bend of the elbows as being very effective. It is at those places that are located the major acupuncture command points of the Yin meridians and the origins of the connecting vessels between Yin and Yang meridians, giving again a logical explanation to a traditional use.
Wrist: Taiyuan (Lung 9), Daling (Pericardium 7), Shenmen (Heart 7)
Bend of the elbow: Chize (Lung 5), Quze (Pericardium 3), Shaohai (Heart 3)
This explanation can be expanded to include every other energetic form of medicine. Reiki practitioners use energy to modify functions; even though a general treatment is the preferred method, local application of Reiki and distance healing could work through the same pattern of information transmitted via the meridian system. Qigong practitioners use a form of energetic acupuncture by "injecting" Qi in the appropriate acupuncture points without the use of needles. I have often used this technique by administering locally the energy of a remedy in the local acupuncture points without touching the patient (it works best, in my hands, for local acute problems but I had a few successes with chronic local problems; the therapy is purely symptomatic and offers relief and time for a more general treatment).
Rife therapy, by applying specific electromagnetic frequencies, would reach its target the same way. The vibrational aspect of essential oils, the potentised part of Homeobotanical remedies, all are eventually coming together as transmission of information through the archaic meridian system, with the additional benefit of a gentle pharmacological action.
The pharmacological part of medicine, be it all the different forms of herbalism (Western, Chinese, Ayurveda,…) or even drug therapy, would certainly have an impact on the meridian system, explaining the puzzling effects that very low doses still act, albeit in the opposite way (Arndt-Schultz Law). A very famous herbalist, asked what the minimal dose required to act was, answered "one drop, if the herb is well chosen".
Osteopathy appears to be a purely mechanistic therapy; yet its use in treating internal diseases like asthma, hypertension, digestive or gynaecological problems, although explained in the textbooks through stimulation and correction of the ortho- and parasympathetic systems, correlates very well with the locations of acupunctural "command" areas. For example, asthma and respiratory problems will often be treated through adjustments around Thoracic 3 corresponding to Bladder 13, Shu point of the Lung Meridian.
Understanding this mode of transmission allows us to realize that any method can and will have an effect on the human physiology. It is the precise choice and judicious application of that method that makes it more indicated than another for a specific patient or a specific problem. It once again demonstrates the need for a wider knowledge of different methodologies. But it also demonstrates that all those therapeutic methods are absolutely logical and can be explained through a deeper understanding of biophysics, quantum mechanics, information processing. The knowledge is there, the experiments are made and published, and it is up to us to use them for the benefit of our patients and the propagation of our science.
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Drop doses in Herbal Medicine.
Herbalists often use standard doses of 5 mls 3 x/day of the prescribed tincture. Here is an article I wrote about the use of drop doses, a lot cheaper and better tolerated.
It was published in Avena, Journal of the New Zealand Association of Medical Herbalists, Summer 2007 and is reproduced here with permission of the Editor.
The use of drop doses in herbal medicine.
Like most of us, I have been taught the standard dosage of herbal tinctures as 5mls TID of the mixture prescribed to the adult patient and in proportion to body weight for children.
Within my first few prescriptions, I was confronted with two problems: the filthy taste of the remedies (take it in juice solved that one), and the high price. Another one appeared soon: the solutions were working well but with many digestive side effects. Following in the footsteps of my guru Sammy Hahnemann, I started reducing the doses and to my "surprise" (or should I write "as expected"), the efficiency was as good, while the side effects faded away and the price became a lot more affordable.
Nowadays, depending upon the perceived sensitivity of the patient, I start with 5 drops TID, climbing to a cruising dose of 30 drops TID, if need be.
Some very sensitive patients are having good results with 1 (ONE) drop in a glass of water, sipping during the day. The homeopath in me is not surprised, but how could that happen in terms of phytopharmacology and physiology? Yet I am not alone to practice that way in the herbal world: a few years ago, the famous herbalist Henrietta Kress was asked on a discussion list "what is the minimal dose of remedy that would work"; her answer was "one drop, if the remedy is well indicated".
And that is where the secret lies: the proper, precise choice of the remedy or mix of remedies.
Let's look at two examples from my practice; unfortunately I am not allowed to present the full cases, so a summary will have to do.
An elderly patient with heart failure and irregular pulse; he was given high doses of Crataegus, to no avail. He also complained of a painful sensation in the liver area and a feeling as if the heart would stop when turning in bed. All those symptoms put together are typical of Digitalis; yet digitalis or its conventional refined alkaloid digoxin is not often prescribed due to the closeness of therapeutic and toxic levels….at classical, conventional doses. I prescribed Digitalis 3X, which is a one -thousandth dilution (1:1000), 3 drops 3x/day; all symptoms disappeared within a few days.
Another patient (one out of a few with the same story) was having liver and gallbladder "problems", not very specific. I was considering the usual mix of a few liver remedies while conducting the anamnesis, when the systematic questioning brought out the specific symptom that there was an associated pain at the tip of the right shoulder blade at the same time there was an increase of the liver/gallbladder symptoms; this is a keynote of the remedy Chelidonium which was prescribed at 1 drop 3 times/day of the tincture, with complete resolution of all the liver symptoms.
At those very low doses, the risk of intoxication or bad reaction is clearly almost nil, except for an allergic reaction.
How does it work? Conventional pharmacology teaches us that we need a certain amount of substance to act on receptors, enzymatic reactions or any other mechanism to have an effect and implies a dose-related effect: the higher the dose, the stronger the action, up to toxicity, and there is a linear relation.
Let me introduce you to the old and purposely forgotten pharmacological Law of Arndt-Schultz: low doses stimulates, medium dose regulates and high dose depresses; you will find this in old pharmacology textbooks, but is considered as a fluke, an abnormality by modern pharmacologists; nevertheless this has been demonstrated many times in laboratory conditions: when the dose of an active substance is sufficiently low, it often acts in the opposite way a high dose would; the dose-related, linear relation is always present at higher doses, the so-called therapeutic doses of conventional medicine and conventional phytotherapy.
The drop dose technique is situated at the extreme lower end of the linear relation, closer or within the area of regulation; therefore it still has the therapeutic potential of conventional dosage while regulating the systems it addresses but not yet presenting an inversion of indications, although this latter part is inherent to the therapeutic effect of the remedy.
It is within this area of pharmacology that the Homeobotanical remedies do work: they have the attributes of the herbal remedy and the attributes of the homeopathic remedy without the potential toxicity of the high herbal doses and the deeper effects of the homeopathic remedies.
Although Homeobotanical remedies are potentised (or dynamized, succussed, if you prefer) before using them, clinical experience with single herbs in dilution but not potentised has demonstrated clear efficiency.
Many herbalists consider homeopathy and potentised remedies as bogus science; so be it, it is not my purpose to discuss this here. Nevertheless the clinical information contained in homeopathic materia medicas overlaps and completes the one we find in phytotherapic textbooks, and reciprocally. Using that knowledge increases and widens the indications of many of our herbs while giving us the potential to use them more effectively, more sparingly and at lower cost to the patient.
The only effort has to come from our side, to know our herbs more in detail, to understand how they are used within different modalities so that we can have more precise and refined tools for cure.
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