Dr. Prafull Vijayakar's views about treating acute diseases are very clear cut. A few days back I recieved the forward e-mail from Dr Pravin Goswami, containing few attachments from DR Vijayakar's 'PREDICTIVE HOMOEOPATHY'. Every homeopathic dr must learn the lesson from him about his sincere advices.
Chapter 1 & 2
Whenever Homoeopaths, even successful Homoeopaths encounter or come across cases of pneumonia and typhoid they prefer to just refer the case to an allopathic physician. Most of the time the reason forwarded is "Homoeopathy is a slow acting therapy'', ''it is meant for chronic diseases only not for emergencies''. ''You get the acute attack of this disease controlled with allopathy then we'll treat you to raise your immunity so that you don't get it again". This lame excuses put forward even by so called classical Homoeopaths, expose the limitations of those Homoeopaths and not Homoeopathy.
Remember Homoeopathy is a 'complete science'. Hence limitations and scope of Homoeopathy is the Homoeopath himself. The Homoeopath's knowledge is what falters. If not, it is the application of his knowledge which falters.
Many materia medicas have been written on therapeutics of fevers and acute diseases. Yet Homoeopaths find it difficult to get results in such cases. The reasons may be many, but the main reason is lawlessness i.e. all the 7 cardinal principles of Homoeopathy are not applied and the laws like that of Hering's, are bypassed.
CONCEPTS - OLD AND NEW
Aconite for fever---Podophylum for diarrhoea-
I call it an old concept because 90% of the Homoeopathic physicians have been using it for last 200 yrs. It is because of wrong applications of Homoeopathic principles while prescribing our remedies, that we have not been able to get good results. Hence we have remained second to allopathy. The new concept which I have proposed here, is not actually a new concept but a rejuvenation of the basic tenets of Homoeopathy as preached by the masters but not understood by many. I have devised a simple way of arriving at the similimum in acute cases. It is nothing but simplification of reaching the similimum without violating the seven cardinal principles of Homoeopathy.
The Old Concept - (A wrong application of knowledge.)
Acute diseases e.g. fevers, diarrhoeas, dysenteries or abdominal pains, neuralgias have been, up to date, treated with as much 'panic' as is proportionate to the severity and acuteness of the disease. I have been guilty of and party to the type of prescriptions prevailing in majority of homoeopathic circles in the earlier years of my practice.
Fevers were and are treated on non-homoeopathic principles with homoeopathic medicines e.g. Ferrum-phos 3x or 6x, Kali-mur 3x/6x, Nat-Mur 3x/6x or a combination of Belladonna, Aconite, Ferrum-phos or Eucalyptus, China, China-ars, etc. in 30 or 200 potencies or Azadirachta, Baptisia, Pyrogen etc. in mother tincture form repeated frequently.
Diarrhoeas are treated with Podophyllum, Aloes, Gratiola, Gambogia, Veratrum alb, Chinas, Arsenics, Croton-tig and all these repeated every hour or 2 hours or 3 hours depending upon the 'Mood' of the Homoeopath or the fixed formula of the homoeopath (a formula which he or she has had best results with). Wither similia……?
Such prescriptions are BLIND PRESCRIPTIONS. They NEVER give results - certainly not satisfactorily enough to boost anyone's morale. The fevers go down IF AT ALL, gradually from 103 degrees on first day to 102 degrees on 2nd day to 99 degrees on 3rd or 4th day and normal on the 5th day. This bringing down of fever is CERTAINLY NOT HOMOEOPATHIC result. The fever generally goes down because the acute infection has exhausted itself and the patient has recovered by himself! The physician who takes credit for this result, be it in fever or diarrhoea is oblivious of the fact or ignorant of the fact that the tremendous weakness and tiredness and bodyache or joint pains and loss of appetite which ensues is NOT A HOMOEOPATHIC RESULT. Any amount of explanation that "the weakness is naturally going to be there because of the 4 days of fever or loss of vital fluids in diarrhoeas, etc." is an 'excuse' especially when you see the 'glaring difference' when the patient has been treated with classical SINGLE DOSE THERAPY. In the first place the fevers or diarrhoeas or pains DO NOT and should not take more than 12 hours (at the most 24 hours) be it TYPHOID, be it PNEUMONIA, be it URINARY TRACT INFECTION with 100-200 pus cells in urine (such number of pus cells come to zero in a space of 3 days - a feat which any 4th generation antibiotic cannot perform.) Secondly the patient does not feel RUN-DOWN, weak or tired despite the high fever nor does he lose his appetite for food or stamina to work. Even patients with Widal test positive for typhoid upto 350 units have been seen to go to office and do normal work without being aware of the fact that that they are suffering from typhoid. And all this with fever responding to single dose of the indicated remedy within 24 hours! Chest X-rays follow-up of pneumonias show complete regression of lesions within 3 or 5 days (at the most) of the indicated remedy dose.
SINGLE DOSE CLASSICAL HOMOEOPATHIC treatment overshadows the old multi-dose, multi-drug treatment by miles!
In the old concept the doctor himself is not confident of the result.
In the New Concept doctor can 'PREDICT' by '9 a.m. tomorrow' you'll be fit to go for work etc. In the 'Old Concept' crutches of Allopathy are often needed.
In the 'New Concept' no crutches of allopathy etc. are needed.
In the 'Old Concept' NONE of the 7 CARDINAL Homoeopathic principles are being respected except the principles of drug dynamisation!(obviously since potencies are used.)
In My 'New Concept' NONE of the 7 CARDINAL Homoeopathic principles are violated!
In the 'Old Concept' Hering's Law is seldom seen.
In My 'New Concept' Hering's Law is a MUST in every result e.g. cough and fever gone - slight coryza has to follow, followed by transient itching on the skin.
Typhoid cure, is never and should never be followed by 'hair fall'. This is not what is meant by exteriorization.
Dysentery cure is never and should never be followed by backache or joint pains or muscular pains.
Reason: Hair-roots are embedded deep into the dermis.(Embryological off-shoot of Dermatome Mesoderm). Muscle pain, Backache or joint pain means inflammation of synovial membrane or bursae. [Embryologically originating from Myotome and Sclerotome (somites)] - Mesoderm.
Typhoid is enteritis - inflammation of intestines (Entera). Embryologically originating from Endoderm.
Looking at the embryological origin one can safely conclude that the disease has moved from Endoderm to Mesoderm which is definitely deeper in origin and more important. Hence, Alopecia after Typhoid is suppression. Hence Backache or joint pains after typhoid or dysentery is suppression.
One can safely assume or presume that in EACH and EVERY ACUTE ILLNESS [also] HERING'S LAW OF CURE HAS TO BE SEEN and if you don't, dear Homoeopath, you are going wrong somewhere in your application of the 7 cardinal principles.
Definition of Acute illnesses
CHART OF CHART- EFFECTIVENESS
Types of Acute illness
Acute infections / inflammations and pains
Acute Exacerbations of Chronic diseases
By acute disease we mean any disease or illness which can disturb the health of a person temporarily in a negative way. These include high fevers, acute pains and neuralgia's, acute infections either bacterial, viral or parasital. Most of these illnesses are SELF-LIMITING.
TYPES OF ACUTE ILLNESSES
(a) (c) (b)
Acute Infection Indisposition AcuteExacerbations
Of Chronic Diseases.
Viral fevers, TREATMENT Malarial paroxyms
Influenza, tonsilitis NOT Ulcerative collitis
Sore Throat, REQUIRED Pulmonary koch`s
Pneumonia, Pneumonitis, constitutional
Lung Abscess required
Septicaemia, Food poisoning,
Urinary tract colics,
Chart- shows list where 'chart of acutes' can be used.
Acute illnesses are of three types:
a) Non-recurring acute infections e. g. acute diarrhoea, dysenteries, high fever either viral, bacterial or parasital, e.g. typhoid, malaria, influenza. It may include pneumonia's, lung abscess, pleuritis, pleurisy, urinary tract infections.
b) Acute exacerbation of chronic e.g. Asthma, pulmonary koch's, chronic ulcerative colitis, relapsing malarial fevers,
c) Indispositions - like acidity, transient, malaise, coryza, gastric upsets due to overeating or heavy food, mild injuries and abrasions etc. are self-limiting and do not require any treatment.
The (b) group i.e. acute exacerbation of a chronic diseases should be strictly treated as a chronic case with genetic constitutional similimum. It does not warrant an acute remedy. The acute flow charts presented in this book should not be used to get results in such exacerbation. If used it might give you a temporary amelioration followed by aggravation of the disease. It might also lead to suppression.
The (a) group is the one which is under consideration here. The 'acute infections' are the ones which need acute treatment. This ACUTE TREATMENT is misunderstood by majority of Homoeopaths. Under the guise of acute treatment a lot of liberties are taken and any medicine unrelated to the constitution is selected on the basis of just one or two symptoms and prescribed. The 'rule' to remember is that any remedy which gets indicated in an acute stage is bound to be in mathematical relation with the genetic constitutional similimum. (For scientific explanation see Remedy -Relationship.)