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China officinalis was the first remedy to be proved by Dr Samuel Hahnemann. It is therefore a very important remedy in the history of homeopathy, and consequently it is one of the first that aspiring homeopaths study.
“As long ago as the year
1790 I made the first pure
trial with cinchona bark
With this first trial broke
upon me the dawn that
has since brightened into
the most brilliant day of
the medical art…”
The remedy comes from the Peruvian bark cinchona, which was used in the treatment of malaria in Hahnemann’s time. It was named in 1742 by the Swedish botanist, physician and zoologist Carolus Linnaeus after the Countess of Chinchon, the wife of a Spanish envoy who was reputed to have been cured of malaria in about 1640.
While translating a medical text by the Scottish physician William Cullen, Hahnemann found himself disagreeing with the author’s explanation as to how it worked. Cullen postulated that it worked because it produced a tonic effect on the stomach. Hahnemann thought this to be highly unlikely, because other astringents had no effect against malaria. Accordingly, he began dosing himself with the drug in his famous cinchona experiment. He found that he experienced symptoms not unlike those that occurred in cases of malaria. From this came the gem of an idea that was eventually to become homeopathy.
China is an extremely effective remedy. Indeed, in my experience, when it is well indicated, its results have usually been quite dramatic.
Vithoulkas thought towards cinchona officinalis
It has been determined that a solution of Quinine of one part to ten thousand acts destructively on infusoria. Thus it will destroy the poisons that propagate many of the contagious" diseases, as puerperal fever, scarlatina, etc.
The use you may make of this property is this: When going from one case of puerperal disease to another, you may bathe your hair and whiskers in a solution of Quinine in bay-rum. This will destroy all danger of carrying contagion and will not prove a source of annoyance to yourselves. On the contrary, it will aid the growth of the hair and beard.
Quinine also has a destructive effect on amoeboid motion, which form of motion has been observed in the white corpuscles of the blood, or leucocytes. This is one reason why allopathic physicians have used it to prevent inflammation. Quinine also retards change of tissue. That is one explanation of its tonic effect. You will see that this property of retarding waste is still more marked in COFFEA.
Quinine also acts upon the heart substance, weakening that structure. Thus there is impaired circulation.
Another effect of Quinine when experimented with by subcutaneous injections is that large quantities destroy the ozonizing powers of the blood.
It also tends to act on the spleen, producing congestion, inflammation and enlargement of that viscus.
There is still one other property of Quinine which it may be well to remember, and that is its power of abolishing reflex action when taken in large quantities.
Now let me give you the symptoms of cinchonism, that is, the symptoms which follow the excessive use of Cinchona. You will find quite prominent among all the other symptoms an increase of appetite from stimulation of digestion. Soon nausea and vomiting show themselves and even diarrhoea may be added to the gastric disturbances. Then the head becomes affected. There is a peculiar sensitiveness to external impressions, to noises, to bright lights or to anything that is apt to render the patient irritable. There is experienced a peculiar form of headache, which is characterized by dull aching and at other times by throbbing in the head. There are well-marked ringing or roaring sounds in the ears, a very characteristic effect of Cinchona. Vertigo still further complicates the case. If the use of the drug is still persisted in, deafness follows.
In other cases there appears a sort of Cinchona intoxication which is not unlike that produced by alcohol. This is followed by delirium, dilated pupils, then complete stupor with difficult respiration and finally convulsions, these convulsions arising from anaemia of the nerve centres and not from congestion as is the case with Belladonna. In extreme cases, collapse and death from paralysis of the heart end the patient's life. These, then, are the general effects of Cinchona, when that drug is given persistently in increasing doses and at short intervals. They may vary in severity from a simple ringing in the ears to all the symptoms of complete poisoning.
Hahnemann has taught us that the anaemia which the Cinchona causes renders it useful only when debility or anaemia comes from loss of fluids. In the allopathic school it is used in all forms of debility, given either alone Or in combination with iron or sherry wine. But, as I have said before, we have learned from Hahnemann that it is only useful in the anaemia which results from, loss of fluids. Hence, we may use it for the results of haemorrhage, whether it be from the mouth, lungs, or uterus. You may use it when long-lasting diarrhoea has exhausted the patient. It may even be used when the condition has proceeded further than a simple debility, and that horrible disease known as hydrocephaloid has developed.
In such cases, when Cinchona is the remedy, the child has these symptoms: After violent or long-lasting cholera infantum, it becomes drowsy, the pupils may be quite large, the breathing is very rapid and superficia); the diarrhoea may have ceased, or the movements may be involuntary; the surface of the body is rather cool, especially the prominent features about the face; thus, the ears, nose, and chin are cold. In just such cases as this, Cinchona will, if there is any vitality remaining, restore the patient to health.
so why not homoeopathy can be used to treat Corona virus or atleast as interactive treatment along with modern Medicine In emergency situations.
Because ;rapid spread and complete cure is possible only by homoeopathy.
Homoeopathy is scientific evidence Medicine which stands with its efficacy of homoeopathy at any stage of diseases might be epidemic or pandemic.
Dare to be wise. Thanks to hahnemann.
[Edited by anuj srivastava on 2020-04-18 04:28:01]
♡ anuj srivastava 2 years ago
Dr. Rajarethinam B.H.M.S.
Covid - 19 is a new strain of Corona virus discovered few months back. Yet, 200 years old Homeopathy claims cure and prevention for Covid - 19. How?
Yes. It is possible to use Homoeopathic medicine as therapeutic as well as preventive in this Pandemic.
Because Homeopathy does not stand only on Microbiology. It stands firmly on it's repeatedly verified principles. Homeopaths understand modern medicine as well Homeopathy.
To treat an infectious disease, Homeopathy doesn't consider it's nosological diagnosis or the microbe that is said to be the cause of that particular disease.
Homoeopathy focuses more on the treatment rather than the explanation of diseases. Symptoms are the only manifestation that a person is suffering from a disease. So Homoeopathy focuses more on symptoms of the patient's case.
Symptomatic treatment makes the terrain of the human healthy. Automatically the microbe becomes nothing to harm or kill the patient. As the person becomes healthy, the microbe cannot further in its action. It should go out or be nullified.
Such history and knowledge in the management of epidemic and pandemic are greatly possessed by Homoeopathy, if we look back.
If Microbe specific treatment is of Modern medicine, symptom based treatment is of Homoeopathy. Each system of medicine stands with its own scope and limitation. At the end, both will prove that the patient is cured, with same biochemical parameters i.e. lab investigations.
Homoeopathy a step forward, it relieves the symptoms of the patient by stimulating the body to heal itself not by suppressing it.
E.g. Few months back, I had few patients with Typhoid. Confirmed Typhoid after lab investigations. Even somewhat severe typhoid. I treated them symptomatically in Homoeopathy without the consideration of the causative bacteria for treatment. Without a single antibiotic or IV fluids, patients became free from fever and all other symptoms of Typhoid and surprisingly without post infectious disease sequale like tiredness, hairfall etc.
Here I knew the pathology and microbiological aspect of Typhoid fever. But I didn't use it for Homeopathic treatment but I used it for the analysis of prognosis. Definitely, I could have been given the evidence of biochemical parameters for cure of Typhoid what modern medicine gives.
This is how, irrespective of nosological diagnosis or causative microbe, how ancient or novel it is, Homoeopathy can cure any infectious diseases with it's firm stand on it's principles.
That is why Homeopaths claim cure and prophylaxis for Covid -19.
Definitely Homeopathic treatment would fasten the cure; reduce the quarantine duration and help in making new patients to avail medicare. As well as it would reduce the spread, if Homeopathic preventive medicines are given.
All these beneficial treatment modality of Homeopathy is kept in Quarantine after stamping as pseudoscience as it failed to prove it's efficacy with the monopolized drug proving method.
Contemporary world of science has to discover the mode of action of Homeopathic remedies rather than claiming it as a pseudoscience. Because it works. You have to find it how it works or allow it to people.
♡ anuj srivastava 2 years ago
♡ anuj srivastava 2 years ago
It's a forum, we are allowed to exchange and ask questions, as far as I know.
[Edited by syria on 2020-04-16 18:41:17]
♡ syria 2 years ago
I know homeopathy has proven itself numerous times, but has it ever shown to be successful in VIRAL diseases, meaning has it ever happened that someone positive to a VIRUS which is uncurable by allopathy ( AIDZ AND HEPATITIS B for example), later becomes negative thanks to homeopathy?
Have you personally cured any case?m
If yes, we could present those cases to the big public eye, to show the powerful effects homeoapthy has.
[Edited by syria on 2020-04-17 01:14:53]
♡ syria 2 years ago
Open the link. You may find some successful cases curing Hep B. I don't know about HIV. As I had no chance to treat HIV patient. Hep B is now a simple thing in Homeopathy.
[Edited by freehomeoforall on 2020-04-17 03:38:47]
♡ freehomeoforall 2 years ago
Each doctor involved in the study was required to send all cases under homeopathic treatment, whatever the outcome of the treatment implemented. The course of treatment averaged 14 days (the shortest lasted 4 days before recovery, the longest 34 days). Given the emergency situation and the fact that homeopathy is practiced almost exclusively in private practice only, it was not possible to carry out a control group with patients treated exclusively with conventional treatments.
The homeopathic treatment was administered until the patient's clinical improvement was evident. The hospitalization rate in this group of 50 patients treated homeopathically was zero!
FYI, at the bottom of this report is a list of the homeopathic medicines used. The five most frequently prescribed Rxs were Bryonia (21 times), Arsenicum album (16), Phosphorous (9), Belladonna (6) and Antimonium tart (6). Nineteen other Rxs were used, but always as a singular remedy treatment at a time.
This is a preliminary study. A much larger sample of homeopathically treated patients would be most illuminating.
(PDF) Symptomatic COVID-19 positive and likely patients treated by homeopathic physicians - an Italian descriptive study
Dr. Julek Meissner, Homeopath, Naturopathic Doctor (Ret)
♡ anuj srivastava 2 years ago
COVID-19, the disease that has caused the coronavirus pandemic, is a respiratory illness that has symptoms that can include fatigue, a persistent cough and fevers. However, researchers in Spain believe they have discovered another symptom —lesions on feet.
According to a statement from the Spanish General Council of Official Podiatrist Colleges, the lesions are described as similar to those seen with chickenpox and can largely be seen on the feet of children and adolescents. They have also been spotted on some adults.
"It is a curious finding that began yesterday to spread in the healthcare field, among dermatologists and podiatrists, fundamentally: the same symptoms are increasingly being detected in patients with COVID -19, especially children and adolescents, although some cases have also been detected in adults," the statement reads. "These are purple-colored lesions (very similar to those of chickenpox, measles or chilblains) that usually appear around the toes and that usually heal without leaving marks on the skin."
The lesions have been found in Italy, France and Spain, the researchers added.
Spain is the second-most affected country in the world, with nearly 185,000 cases. Italy and France have the third and fourth-most confirmed cases at 168,941 and 147,101 cases, respectively.
As such, it's possible the lesions could be a warning sign of the virus, with the council urging its members to be "very vigilant" in detecting what could be "a sign of COVID-19 detection that can help to avoid the spread."
♡ anuj srivastava 2 years ago
♡ syria 2 years ago
[Edited by maheeru on 2020-04-19 02:53:43]
♡ maheeru 2 years ago
Dr. Richard Pitcairn explores Nux Vomica as a possible genus epidemicus remedy in COVID-19. Malaise, wants to lie down, fever, dry cough, soreness of body and headache were among the symptoms explored.
Many of you, concerned about this virus epidemic, have contacted me for advice. I was not able to respond with any specific advice as I did not have the details of cases to work from. However, now with more time, this is coming out.
Today there was an article in the Homeopathy for Everyone online journal, “Homeopathy for Coronavirus Covid-19 Infection” which describes the symptoms of several cases. This is very useful as we can then, as Hahnemann tells us to do, combine the cases and look for the most characteristic symptoms.
The authors of the article suggest that the genus epidemicus may be Camphora but I am doubting it as they are having to give it as Camphora 1M every 5 hours for days. My thinking it that if it were the genus epidemicus, one dose would be sufficient. If they are finding this necessary, then it is palliation.
Symptoms from Cases
I will not list all the symptoms here as it’s not necessary. Many, as expected, are common ones of most infectious diseases and therefore of little value in identifying a remedy. What I will list here are the symptoms that were seen in most cases, with emphasis on those that will be characteristic.
Malaise; tired, wants to lie down
Soreness of body; aching
Dry cough; > lying
Dyspnea, especially on physical activity
Appetite decreased; nausea
Sense of smell increased
Skin sensitive to touch
The most characteristic symptoms are in bold.
This pattern is very much like what we call flu. Here is how the Free Medical Dictionary defines influenza:
“An acute infectious respiratory disease, caused by Influenza viruses, which are in the family Orthomyxoviridae, in which the inhaled virus attacks the respiratory epithelial cells of those susceptible and produces a catarrhal inflammation; characterized by sudden onset, chills, fever of short duration (3-4 days), severe prostration, headache, muscle aches, and a cough that usually is dry and may be followed by secondary bacterial infections that can last up to 10 days. The disease commonly occurs in epidemics, sometimes in pandemics, which develop quickly and spread rapidly; the mortality rate is usually low, but may rise in patients with secondary bacterial pneumonia, particularly in old people and those with underlying debilitating diseases; strain-specific immunity develops, but mutations in the virus are frequent, and such immunity usually does not affect antigenically different strains.”
We can recognize the similarity — the suddenness, affecting the respiratory system, fever, severe prostration, headache, muscle aches, dry cough. This disease we call flu, used to be called “grippe” in the older medical terminology — in case you are looking for this disease in the older references. We could start with the rubric for influenza.
Generalities; Influenza (27) : Acon., arn., Ars., bapt., bell., bry., camph., Caust., chel., chin., cimic., EUP-PER., gels., ip., MERC., NUX-V., phos., phyt., puls., Rhus-t., sabad., sang., sil., spig., squil., stict., verat-v.
We can see the most prominent remedies for this condition, which is a hint. But rather than start with this, let’s try an analysis emphasizing the reported symptoms, especially giving importance to those most characteristic.
Using the Böenninghausen repertory
Some Observations on the Possible Genus Remedy of COVID-19 2
When I see a related pair as we do with Nux and Sepia, which are complementary remedies, it is often a very good guide. Nux being the acute remedy and Sepia the deeper, more chronic, remedy shows us how similar these remedy patterns are to this condition. Hahnemann tells us, in advising us as to the treatment of epidemics, that the genus epidemicus will be the same in all cases as they first begin to manifest but if the disease progresses or is addressed later, then other remedies will be needed — such as Sepia.
In this next analysis I added in the rubric for influenza just to see if it changes anything.
Some Observations on the Possible Genus Remedy of COVID-19 3
Arsenicum is the highest-ranking remedy but does not seem to fit the pattern described in the cases in a larger sense as we know that Arsenicum will be chilly, thirsty, anxious, restless, and we don’t see that in what is described.
We do see similarity to Nux in the reporting of “sense of smell increased; skin sensitive to touch.” Enhanced sensitivity very characteristic of Nux. It also has the characteristic of moaning during the fever, a rubric with only 13 remedies in Kent’s repertory. So worth considering this remedy, wouldn’t you say?
From Hering’s Guiding Symptoms, for Nux Vomica
“Typhoid fever, early period, vertigo, pressing headache, particularly in forehead, bitter taste, tongue generally moist and clean, pressure in epigastrium, little or no thirst, prostration in limbs, constipation, restless sleep, disturbed by dreams, alternate chilliness and heat, chilliness on slightest movement, dryness of front of mouth and tip of tongue, intolerance of impressions of external senses, great sensitiveness to open air, thirst, with aversion to water, strong desire to lie down and considerable relief on doing so.”
Note: We see here the headache, bitter taste (which some patients reported), prostration of body, strong desire to lie down.
Feeling as if bruised all over.
Sensation of heaviness of body, alternating with sensation of lightness.
General languor, inclination to sit or lie down and be alone.
Sudden failing of strength, great weariness, greater in morning after rising than in evening on going to bed.
On motion or exertion, constriction of chest and dyspnoea, must stand still, suffocative constriction of chest in evening on attempting to step into bed, must sleep sitting in a chair, very severe attack after midnight towards morning, cannot sit, severe dyspnoea, constriction and oppression of chest as of a heavy load, attacks last several hours, during which time he supports himself by leaning with hands upon table, slow, loud, whistling respiration, severe dry cough, shocks causing pain in head and abdomen, anxiety, sense of suffering throughout body, suffers from gastric troubles.
Note: This breathing difficulty is very characteristic of the epidemic, the symptom of most concern. Nux has this “difficulty breathing, worse with exertion” which is very significant. There are other symptoms in Hering’s that match but this gives you an idea. You can read it for yourself if you are interested.=
Am I then theorizing that Nux vomica is the genus epidemicus? Yes, that is what I am thinking. Mind you, I have not treated this or know of anyone using this remedy in treatment but this is how I work it up and therefore I’m sharing it with you. If any of you do find it of use, please let me know.
What about Sepia? It is the complementary remedy to Nux. Would it fit the cases? If you read it over in Hering you will find that it does match, especially as to respiratory symptoms — even extending to pneumonia as a possibility. It has the difficulty breathing and many expressions of severe cough. It is even in the rubric for “cough better lying down.” It has the fever and most of the other symptoms we are considering, so no wonder that it comes up high in our analysis. Considering this, I can see it very possible that a coronavirus case could develop into a Sepia state if not treated with Nux in time to prevent this.
The experience of Hahnemann, Kent, and the many practitioners that dealt with epidemics show us that there is one remedy, perhaps two, that will be the genus epidemicus. This is because the essence (the wesen) of the epidemic is the same for all affected. This distinguishes it from the usual illness which is unique to each individual. Historically, the remedies found appropriate are common ones to our work and it fits into the possibility that Nux vomica is the one we need. In any case, let us hope that this problem will be easily solved by homeopathy with the added advantage of, once again, showing how effective homeopathy is in epidemics.
I have had a number of very helpful responses. One in particular from a colleague that experienced this condition and was able to provide the details we know are useful in homeopathic prescribing. I took this case as a fresh workup and still come up with Nux as the most indicated remedy.
Here are the symptoms provided:
Sudden onset of chills, better wrapped up and lying down, followed by fever
Headache with fever
Painful scalp when hair touched
Nausea with desire to vomit though never did
Smell of food nauseating and increased sense of smell to bad odors that
Sensitive to slightest movement of bed when lying down
Desire to be alone—sensitive to noise of others
Fever remittent—low fever, malaise and nausea/liquid diarrhea one weekend
followed by intermittent low-grade headache over a week followed by a more
significant sudden fever the following weekend (no nausea but significantly
worse diarrhea and abdominal pain)—see below
Desire to drink ice cold water frequently in small amounts (this occurred during
my initial fever with nausea)
Liquid diarrhea evacuated with straining with significant lower abdominal
pain—multiple episodes in the middle of the night (after midnight)
Feeling of constriction and heaviness over chest with no breathing difficulty
I worked up all these as much as I could. Some of the detail I could not find in the repertory but most of it is included. Interesting that it still came up emphasizing Nux vomica so strongly. Surely a remedy to consider.
Dr. Richard Pitcairn graduated from veterinary school in 1965, from the University of California at Davis, California, and worked on a PhD degree emphasizing the study of viruses, immunology and biochemistry. Working in a mixed practice he saw a wide variety of health problems, but to his disappointment, did not see the results that he expected using the treatments learned in veterinary school. He became interested in alternative medicine, nutrition and homeopathy. He found homeopathy to be intellectually complete and satisfying, and after studying and using it for some 20 plus years, has had remarkable success. Since 1992 he has taught a yearly course, The Professional Course in Veterinary Homeopathy, to train animal doctors in homeopathy.
Dr. Pitcairn was a founding member of the Academy of Veterinary Homeopathy and also served as its president. With Susan Pitcairn he wrote two editions of Natural Health for Dogs and Cats, a classic in the field, which sold over 350,000 copies.
♡ anuj srivastava 2 years ago
Dr Sara Diani MD1, Dr Paolo Benedetti MD2,
1 Classical Homeopath, researcher and lecturer. Mantua, Italy and European University Jean Monnet, Padua, Italy
2 General Surgery, Thoracic and Cardiovascular surgery, Classical Homeopath, Arezzo, Italy
We are facing an epochal pandemic; the last one in history with an important involvement of classical homeopathy was the Spanish flu. There are reports of homeopaths who treated this pandemic with 4-5 main remedies. Unfortunately, during this pandemic, the access of patients to homeopaths seems restricted and the benefit that homeopathy could bring is not as it could be.
We present here, 9 cases of Covid, 5 treated by Dr. Benedetti and 4 by Dr. Diani, but none of them was already our patient. And here start the first question: why? The answer involves the immune system and will be afterwords explained.
This infection is very peculiar, in fact:
- One can be asymptomatic
- One can develop a picture somewhat similar to a flu, with mild symptoms
- One can develop a pneumonia
- One can die in 4-8 days (this is common if streptococcal pneumonia develops over the COVID infection), and one could develop a MOF (multiorgan failure) and/or a DIC (Disseminated
intravascular coagulation. So, here a second question arises: how is this possible to dye so rapidly because of a pneumonia?
- If you heal, the virus remains within the body for 8 days, and the patient seems to remain contagious. So, third question: why? We will see that our considerations and study cover and address all these questions.
We recorded all the symptoms of all patients by telephonic anamnesis. In Italy personally visiting these patients is impossible. Unfortunately, here in Italy, only the most severe cases receive the diagnostic test. So, of the 9 patients, only 1 has been confirmed, where the treatment started only after one week of hospitalization.
We report the cases of patients who required mainly phosphorous. We treated these patients in three
6 at home- at the beginning of disease (none of them needed the hospitalization); 1 at the hospital- after allopathic medication and oxygentherapy;
2 in the remission phase, after disappearance of all symptoms except weakness.
We started collecting the symptoms of the first patients treated by Dr. Diani, and reasoning about the systemic implications of the infection.
Symptoms of the first patient:
- sensation of dryness in the mucous membranes of the nose, mouth, throat, lips
- sore throat,
- with feeling of dryness,
- especially on the left, which also radiates to the ear
- oppressive in the eyes and occiput,
- worse in the morning,
- she couldn’t say any other modality, she realized that at a certain point the headache spontaneously improved, then returned
- thirst with attacks for which she repeatedly drank in one shot almost the entire bottle
- desire above all for fresh things, hot drinks are not for her
- after drinking, thirst remains (unquenchable thirst in the repertorization)
- occasionally chills with widespread aching pain, which passes after a while
- general weakness, lack of energy and stamina, a bit improved by long sleep
- anxiety because she couldn’t breathe well
- the oxygen saturation was 95%
- at that time, she had not fever
Dr Diani gave her Bryonia 30 C because of the intense thirst, the dryness of mucosae and throat, and the pressive headache. After one day of Bryonia, the dryness and the sore throat were better, but the weakness was the same, and she developed dyspnoea. So, what was happening?
There was a deeper immune and systemic response which wasn’t addressed by Bryonia. As a lot of other studies, ours began from this therapeutic mistake.
We started thinking about Phosphorus. If we look carefully at the symptoms, they are all addressed by Phosphorus.
So, second step: we looked to the acute toxicology of Phosphorus.
We mean this: there’s a database with the acute and chronic toxicology picture of a lot of chemical substances.
Homeopathic remedies produce a more wide and precise symptomatic picture than those you can find into a chemical toxicology.
But the discovery of Dr. Benedetti was: if a patient develops acute symptoms of a remedy, this means that this picture mimics always more or less the clinical picture of acute intoxication caused by the same substance, given at a ponderal dose. By studying toxicology, you are able to learn and understand the molecular cascades and processes beyond that picture. This means, you can have a scientific correlate of the symptoms network you want to treat through the remedy.
So, we wanted to see what an acute intoxication of Phosphorus looks like. Of course, in the toxicology we considered mainly the respiratory exposure.
Acutely, the symptoms were the same. You can find an acute and even interstitial pneumonia.
You can find a MOF or a DIC. And, most importantly, whatever you find, it is considerable. It is very deep. It is rapid. It is dangerous for the entire system. It involves the immune and defence system in a very general way.
So, summing up: the toxicology of material Phosphorus is compatible with the Covid picture, it can enhance a very broad systemic response, it involves the system with a violent reaction.
We studied further, searching into the Hahnemann and the Allen materia medicas. They are very precise, with a lot of symptoms, organized in the most punctual way.
Generally, in addition to the symptoms already described, we know that other symptoms of the Covid infection are:
- dry cough,
- redness of the eyes,
- I had two patients with a back ache almost identical to the description of dorsal pain of Phosphorus by Allen,
- Mild diarrhoea and nausea/vomiting
- Anxiety for health, for which in Italy in some hospitals psychological aid is provided
- Fever, which is commonly low (and here arises another question: why and how is this possible to develop this big pneumonia without or with low fever?)
- Developing of ARDS (Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome), with pulmonary insufficiency
- In the most severe picture, it seems there are a lot of hemorrhages, even from the bowel (Italian observation by MDs working in hospitals); it seems somehow similar to Ebola virus from this point of view. So, there is a simultaneous pro-thrombotic and hemorrhagic activity. This means that not only the immune system is completely involved, but also the coagulative cascade is widely affected.
If we repertorize all these symptoms and/or we study the above mentioned materia medicas, Phosphorus emerges. The common striking symptom in our experience is the weakness.
And so, we started giving Phosphorus to this patient.
After a day of Phosphorus the patient had an oxygen saturation of 98%, the dyspnoea almost disappeared, the weakness improved. After 2 days, the dyspnoea completely disappeared and her sensation was “I have the energy of a lion”. She is a MD, general practitioner, she was able to work without any interruption.
The initial dose was 30 C repeated 3 times a day. After 2 days it was reduced to 2 times/ day, and after one other day to 1 time/day. She completely recovered after 5 days, but almost “the same as before” (her words) 4 days after the first dose.
Of all the other 8 cases:
- fever between 37.5 and 38 without chills - since 4 days for which she previously took paracetamol
- Dry cough, sometimes with paroxysmal episodes and sometimes continuous, for which she previously took bromexine, improving
- Sore throat, improving
- Backache burning, between scapulae, not improved by anything - Nausea in the morning
- Thirst for cold drinks (but as usual she usually doesn’t like warm/hot drinks, so this isn’t an important symptom)
- Weakness, fatigue, improved by long sleep, with impossibility to stand for a long time
She had a strong relapse after the first two doses of Phosphorus, with acute and continuous fever
>38.5°. So the remedy was stopped, giving only one dose/day in water after 48 hours of pause. She healed in four days after it.
Other four patients were treated in the initial phase at home had all the classical initial symptoms of Coronavirus.
They all reported: dry cough, anosmia, weakness improved by long sleep, fever under 38 degrees without chills and sometimes with palpitation, nausea agg. in the morning, sore throat, also with burning pain during cough, initial respiratory difficulties, especially by lying. Some of them had increased thirst for cold drinks, some others their usual thirst; anxiety for health was common.
In one case, was observed the need of Stannum metallicum in the healing phase, after the most acute one. 10 days after Phosphorus the patient had no cough anymore, no fever, but difficulty in talking on the phone, climbing stairs. Stannum 30 C three times a day for three days was given, with complete resolution of residual symptoms.
One other patient was treated after more than one week of allopathic therapies at the hospital, for the symptoms which had been partially suppressed by conventional treatment. He was still under O2-therapy, with weakness and anxiety. After the first dose of Phosphorus, he reported the first peaceful night, with refreshing sleep, and went home after two days.
Two patients were treated in the remission phase. They didn’t have fever, cough, respiratory difficulties, sore throat anymore, but they still had weakness. One of them had previously also a
dorsal pain, burning, between scapulae, not improved by pressure, position changes, cold hot and so on, which for two days was driving her crazy. It spontaneously disappeared. The weakness was combined with sleepiness, improving a bit with a lot of sleep (9-10 hours/night at least), and worsening in the evening. With 3 days of Phosphorus 30 C three times a day, they completely recovered.
Summing up, in these cases that required Phosphorous, all but one of them healed rapidly. In all of them, the weakness was one of the first symptoms that improved/disappeared. We observed Phosphorus was indicated in these cases independent of the disease phase and/or variations of symptoms. The Hahnemann’s Materia Medica of Chronic Diseaseas, which contains Phosphorus, confirms the modalities and peculiar characteristics of the weakness we see in this pathology. Generally, we gave Phosphorus 3 times a day at the beginning; with the first significant improvement, which normally occurred in two days, we reduced the dose to two times a day; then only once a day to complete the treatment.
We provide here a repertorization of the most common symptoms:
So, is this enough to consider Phosphorus the genus epidemicus? It would be better, as Prof Vithoulkas wrote, to treat in double blinded big groups of hospitalized patients, observing differences. But we don’t actually have this possibility.
So, the other thing we can do is to consider the immune and systemic network of the COVID. This allows us to answer all our questions. The systemic pathogenesis of the disease is still partially unknown, but there are a few studies addressing it, which can be found in the references. As homeopaths, we know it is important to focus on symptoms; but Hahnemann had a strong systemic
and network approach, and we can use in order to better understand diseases and the essence of remedies in a modern way. This is why we analyzed it, coming to probably right conclusions before official papers came. Knowledge about classical homeopathy, immunology and systemic physiopathology helped us in building the probably right network of phenomena.
The interstitial pneumonia we observe is just a consequence of the tissutal remodelling, with thromboembolic phenomena. The virus has an affinity not only for the ACE2-alveolar receptors, but also for ACE2 receptors on the vascular endothelium. That’s why it can lead to heart attack (both STEMI or non-STEMI) through vasoconstriction and thrombotic intravascular activity. Hemorrages may occur through mucosal macrophages activity after endothelial damage, or they could be the late result of this total thrombo-hemorrhagic disorders. Anyway, endothelial damage allows to explain the uncontrolled activation of the coagulative cascade.
So, the interstitial pneumonia is the tip of the iceberg of the systemic and immune phenomena beyond the observable symptoms.
The right sequence isn’t: pneumonia → systemic DIC or MOF, but rather: endothelial activation,
immune cascade, systemic vasculitis → pneumonia, ARDS (acute respiratory distress syndrome), STEMI or non-STEMI heart attack, kidney failure, DIC and MOF.
In the pathogenesis, in order to deeply comprehend the disease, this is fundamental.
For this reason, choosing the right remedy, correctly addressing the systemic factors behind the evident picture is crucial.
Please note that the toxicology of Phosphorus perfectly covers also these severe phenomena.
Another important point: is has been demonstrated (although with some uncertainties) that people who treated the first phase with ibuprofen or other FANS had more probability to worsen, developing severe pneumonia and pulmonary insufficiency.
On an immune level what happens is the development of naive T lymphocytes, so lymphocytes which are not able to specialize. The consequence is a huge cytokine cascade, which is reported by the literature and called “cytokine storm”, that implies all the reactive symptoms we see. It also causes the MOF and che DIC. That also causes cardiac and kidney failure.
In the lungs, the interstitial pneumonia causes edema. Why? Because there’s a capillaritis, inflammation of capillaries.
So, the fact is: how is possible a so huge cytokine cascade without fever? Because, if you see the immunology literature, the cytokine are mainly involved in a Th2 immunity pattern. The main one is IL-6. It is a multifunction Interleukin, with both pro-inflammatory and anti-inflammatory functions. In the mice with IL-6 deficiency, studies show a predisposition to infection by streptococcus pneumoniae. Answering to the initial question: how is this possible to dye so rapidly because of a pneumonia?
The cytokine cascade is so big to compensate the inefficacy of the immune answer and involving the Th2 immunity, that you can develop a DIC or MOF without even having a fever (or - on the contrary - having non-responsive high fever, because of the cytokine-cascade). The DIC is caused by cytokines, D-Dimer, macrophages, that cause destruction of the functional pulmonary tissue, and extremely powerful proliferative and reparation phenomena, with progressive fibrosis and obliterating microangiopathy. The microangiopathy leads to proliferative thromboangioitis with involvement of arterioles up to large vessels. The systemic dimension of phenomena is now clear.
Coming back to the two main types of T-immune pattern, Th2 immunity leads normally and in the chronic picture to allergy, asthma, atopy, and so on.
In this case it leads to the inability of the system in eliminating the virus. The inefficacy of the
answer provokes an amplification of the cytokine cascade and the immune response.
The further question was: how? Theoretically, cytokines production is induced also by lymphocytes, but here there’s a strong lymphocytopenia. So, here comes a hypothesis.
Damaged cells are known to express Pattern Recognition Receptors (PRRs). They directly activate
and induce IFN-λ. We all know IFN-γ, but IFN-λ is different. First of all, it is not ubiquitary, but specifically expressed on epithelial tissues and especially on pulmonary tissue. IFN-λ induces then an antiviral cascade, by activating the JAK-STAT signaling pathway. Without entering into details, there is the involvement of a lot of cytokines and pattern, also with anti-inflammatory activation.
So, we believe that IFN-λ is the medium between the initial inefficacious Th2 answer with lymphocytopenia, and subsequent hyperinflammation and antiviral response. PRR receptor activate a lot of inflammatory mediators, and they are an important “node” of the immune network, too.
If this mechanism starts late, like it happens with this virus, we see a lot of inflammatory response, and an ability to delete the virus which is impaired.
So, inflammation and angiopathy as we saw causes lung and organ failure, without being able to
eliminate the virus, and in a lot of cases to produce high fever.
Curious fact: a similar type of IFN is very involved in SLE (systemic lupus eritematosus), which has from some points of view similar patterns and answers.
So, why does the virus remain within the body even after healing? Because until when the immune response doesn’t become effective, with a correct involvement of macrophages, the system cannot eliminate it. And, in fact, we observe in patient who are not treated with the right remedy weakness and fatigue even after a month from “healing”. This is a deep sign of the immunity involvement.
Why don’t we have any patient we treat who developed this infection? We come to the next important point.
If you see, until now we didn’t analyze the principle fo similitude only through symptoms, but also through toxicology (and if we think about it, this really makes sense, even Hahnemann started by considering ponderal China and Mercurius), and we considered the immune pathway.
When we treat patients with homeopathy, we treat the network of symptoms, and as MDs with a deep hanemannian vision, we can understand the systemic and immune network behind this.
In chronic diseases, there is often an unbalance between the two main immune pathways: Th1 and Th2 response. Th1 response leads to efficient acutes, able to eliminate pathogens, while Th2 response, as written before, leads often to asthma, allergies, dermatitis, and the impossibility to develop high fever. This is typical in psoric patients.
So, people with a good Th1 response and a balance between these two immunity patterns, such as kids or healthy people, don’t develop coronavirus severe pneumonia.
If we really treat a psoric patient, with an unbalance between the Th1 and Th2 response (with over- expression of the Th2 one), with the right remedies the two different subsystems become more balanced; the immune Th1 response arises, the person becomes able again to produce high fever, and doesn’t develop the coronavirus infection.
That’s why we treated only few patients, and none of them was ours. They were all new for us.
So, summing up, in order to identify Phosphorus as the right remedy, we followed five steps:
1) Analysis of symptoms
2) Repertorization and study of the first MMs
3) Analysis of the acute toxicology
4) Analysis of the immune and coagulative network beyond Covid symptoms and pictures
5) Analysis of the immune and coagulative network of Phosphorus, with a perspective view - able to consider a more general topic about chronic diseases and their treatment.
We think that Phosphorus is the best remedy to be taken into consideration in treating Covid infection.
Furthermore, we propose a general method: to analyze each homeopathic remedy through the immune network it involves.
So, we can combine two levels: the symptoms network, much evident, and the immune/systemic
network, much deeper. In this way, we are able to increase our comprehension of the remedy, we are able to better treat acute and chronic conditions, we have a more certain approach to choose the right remedy.
In order to do this, we have to reconsider and to re-read especially the Allen and Hahnemann MMs through “immune lenses” and network medicine.
You often speak about the “picture” of a remedy. Well, the picture is the external representation of the network of symptoms and of the immune network phenomena.
In this way, we can bring homeopathy to the next level, modernizing it but maintaining the strict
In this way, we can also speak with immunologists and scientists, leading the modernization of the homeopathic language. Hahnemann was so modern, and had a complex and network approach. If we carefully read the first book of the Chronic Diseases this becomes very clear.
We hope that our discipline become more and more scientific, modern, in order to be able to speak and interface with physicians, scientists, physicists.
If we utilize network medicine, immunology, deepening our comprehension of remedies and
hahnemannian homeopathy, we are sure we can do a better work in healing our patients.
♡ anuj srivastava 2 years ago
Dr. Manish Agarwala shares his thoughts on the most likely genus epidemicus of COVID-19. His analysis considers various symptoms and modalities of COVID-19 as have been reported in the field. He does a comparative analysis of the different genus epidemicus remedy suggestions given by the homeopathic fraternity.
Homeopathic teachers and Institutions have hypothesized many different remedies as the Genus Epidemicus or the curative remedy of COVID-19.
= Bryonia – The Faculty of Homeopathy (UK), Society of Homeopathy (UK), Dr Paul Herscu, Dr Manish Bhatia and Prof. Aaron To Ka Lun, President of the Hong Kong Association of Homeopathy (HKAH)
= Gelsemium – The Faculty of Homeopathy (UK), Society of Homeopathy (UK) and Prof. Aaron To Ka Lun, President of HKAH also.
= Arsenicum Album by CCRH of AYUSH ministry (India) although they were vague, evasive, non-specific and talking about the use of Ars. Alb. in a generalized way for preventing ILI -influenza type illnesses. Later, the Ministry retracted the advisory partially – adding to the confusion. According to my analysis may fit the genus epidemicus and could be an effective remedy otherwise.
= Camphora – by Dr Rajan Sankaran
Bryonia, Gelsemium and Arsenicum from Dr andre Saine of Canada, although he has not indicated any one of these 3 as the Genus Epidemicus. He seems to be favouring BRYONIA.
Allow me to analyze these suggestions and comment as follows:
Bryonia, Gelsemium and Camphora cannot be the Genus Epidemicus remedy for COVID-19.
Let’s begin with Bryonia…
In early march Dr Bhatia wrote: “The season also now favours Bryonia because it is known to work well when the days are warm and nights are cold, the kind of weather transition after winter we are currently in”
But, the Genus Epidemicus remedy should be specific for the season/weather and environment conditions in which the epidemic STARTED and which favoured the sustenance & EPIDEMIC SPREAD of the virus INITIALLY and not the present time. The first case of COVID-19 was a 55 year old man detected on 17 November 2019 in Hubei, China. Later, a vendor at the Wuhan wet seafood market was detected with COVID-19 symptoms on 10 December 2019. The WHO Chinese office was alerted about the outbreak on 31 December 2019. So, it is quite clear that the epidemic started in COLD WINTER and that the location of the outbreak was the ‘wet’ seafood market area at Wuhan, China. The location of the city by the riverside port and the market situation befits the outbreak conditions to be called DAMP.
H.C. Allen states thus, in his Keynotes about Bryonia:
“Complaints: when warm weather sets in, after cold days; from cold drinks or ice in hot weather; after taking cold or getting hot in summer; Diarrhoea: during a spell of hot weather”
Surely, as per the concept of Epidemiological Triad, the season in which the COVID-19 pandemic started is not in sync with the characteristic of Bryonia.
I have come across several references related to the temperature and environment conditions favouring the sustenance and spread of the COVID-19 virus which confirm that this virus does not like heat and favours a cold and damp environment.
A) Prof. John Nicholls, Prof. of Pathology at Hongkong University states that: “Three things the virus does not like: 1. Sunlight, 2. Temperature and 3. Humidity… “The virus can remain intact at 4 degrees Celsius (39 degrees Fahrenheit) or 10 degrees C (50 F) … But at 30 degrees C (86 degrees F) then you get inactivation”
B) Studies done many years ago showed that the “regular” coronavirus (which is one of the causes of the common cold) can survive on surfaces 30 times longer in places with a temperature of 6 degrees Celsius compared to those where the temperature is 20 degrees Celsius and humidity levels are high.
C) Dr Naresh Trehan (Chairman, Medanta Heart Institute) said on Aajtak news channel that the COVID-19 virus is inactivated in 15 minutes at 52 degrees Celsius temperature.
D) the most noteworthy research study in this matter is by Dr Mohammad M Sajadi and his colleagues at the University of Maryland
This research study states: “To date, Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), caused by SARS-CoV-2, has established significant community spread in cities and regions only along a narrow east west distribution roughly along the 30-50 N” corridor at consistently similar weather patterns (5-11 degrees Celsius and 47-79% humidity).”
So, we may safely conclude that the environment conditions conducive for the sustenance & spread of COVID-19 is cold & damp (humidity must be within a certain range) and we need to look for remedies that are aggravated by cold & damp and ameliorated by heat.
Arsenicum Album matches our requirements but, Gelsemium and Bryonia deserve to be eliminated.
Allen’s Keynotes states thus, about Arsenicum Album:
< from cold; cold drinks or food;
> From heat in general
And Boericke’s Materia Medica states thus, about Arsenicum album,
Modalities.–Worse, wet weather, from cold, cold drinks, or food. Seashore. Better from heat; warm drinks.
Arsenicum album matches our requirements!
Whereas, H.C. Allen states thus, in his Keynotes about Bryonia:
< entering a warm room < warmth, warm fold;
> cold, eating cold things.
And Boericke’s Materia Medica states thus, about Bryonia,
Modalities.–Worse, warmth, hot weather Better, cold things.
So, we can confidently eliminate Bryonia on the basis of the modalities.
Allen states thus, about Gelsemium: General depression from heat of sun or summer….Headache: < heat of sun
And in Roger Zandvoort’s Complete Repertory –
Boger’s General Analysis ; warmth, heat of fire, sun, overheating etc., agg. -Gels (grade 2, Boger)
Generalities; warmth; agg.; sun, of – GELS: (grade 4, Kent, Lippe, Clarke)
So, we eliminate Bryonia as well as Gels. on the basis of modalities.
Hence, considering the season/weather & environmental conditions at the time of outbreak – Bryonia is an absolutely unlikely candidate for the Genus Epidemicus of COVID-19. Gelsemium does not fit in well too.
Analyzing further – In my humble opinion, the thirst-thermal-activity axis proposed by Dr Prafull Vijayakar is central to find the acute remedy in any case. Bryonia is a more hot and much more thirsty (for large volumes of water) remedy than what we are looking for.
While I have come across reports of “dry coughs” and “dry membranes” in COVID-19 patients – I am yet to come across any research study/symptom report mentioning thirst with the desire to have large amount of water at one time. I am unable to endorse a thirsty Bryonia which asks for a large amount of water at one go – as a good choice.
Several doctors treating COVID-19 cases tell me that the patients are anxious, restless, chilly and despite dry membranes – the patients like to have a small amount of water frequently to soothe the dry membranes of the mouth. This is Arsenicum album. Not Bryonia or Gels.
Bryonia patients are too dull. The Keynote of Bryonia is movement agg. and this keynote is central to the entire picture of Bryonia. Farrington in his MM goes to the extent of stating that the Bry. patient will avoid moving the eyes because it aggravates the pain. The Bry. patient will not like to raise his hand. Why does the Bry. patient like to lie on the painful side? It is important to understand it from the perspective of pneumonia – if the right lung is affected – the Bryonia patient lies on the right side. Why? When the patient lies on the right side – he gives rest to the right lung and uses the left lung more. See – here also it’s all about movement agg. The Bryonia patient may be constipated. Why? Again its movement agg! The intestines don’t want to move! So, we can see that Bry. is a remedy with the strong keynote of movement agg. – a dull remedy. Dr Prafull Vijayakar lists Bryonia under hot-dull-thirsty in his thirst-thermal-activity based acute chart.
Allen states about Bryonia: great thirst (for large quantities at long intervals).
I wonder why and how can a hot-dull-thirsty Bryonia be the remedy we are looking for COVID-19. We are looking for a chilly-restless and thirsty for small sips of water remedy. By no means can Bryonia be our remedy. The remedy that we are looking for is Ars.
Kent warns against prescribing on the basis of particulars and ignoring the generals. As per Kent – this may be a suppression. No doubt Prof Vithoulkas, the wise old elder, has correctly predicted a confusing scenario where different Homeopaths find different remedies! Mindless repertorization with costly computer softwares does not help. The correct Similia remedy must have striking Keynotes + match the generals and of course be miasmatically similar. I advocate the old fashioned Keynote school of Homeopathy like Lippe and Allen (which is promoted by Dr Subrata Banerjea in the present times) and simple repertorization by book repertory or computer. Mindless computer repertorization with complex softwares may be the route to no where…
I have already analyzed the reasons why different Homeopaths gave so many wrong Genus Epidemicus remedies in my free webinar TALK – PART 1.
Please note that a very mild and self-recovering case of COVID-19 can be easily suppressed by any remedy particularly the high potency and repeated doses of the wrong remedies being prescribed by many Homeopaths. No wonder that the Homeopaths then claim that Bry. or Gels. or Lyc. or Camph. or this and that has actually worked on a COVID-19 case!
I quote Prof Vithoulkas…
“Any remedy or false remedy or a placebo will have the same success as the one described for these cases”.
Again Prof Vithoulkas rightly states and I quote…
“I can foresee that if everyone was trying to find the genus epidemics, possibly everyone would find a different one! What may happen for example, after treating let us say 5 cases and finding in two of them he has given the same remedy. He will proclaim it as the Genus Epidemicus. One can imagine the total chaos and confusion that will ensue in such a case where everyone will propose a remedy”
I saw 2 case histories from Italy where Bryonia (in high potency or repeated doses) was prescribed to very much evident Arsenicum album cases and in both cases it was claimed that Bryonia “worked”!
I saw the paper on COVID-19 by Dr Andre Saine. Dr Saine vividly describes his colleague’s experience of a probable COVID-19 infection and mentions angina pectoris type pains which aggravates from movement and difficulty in breathing. This person considered it to be a Bryonia acute and took Bryonia. Whereas in Kent’s lectures on Arsenicum album – Dr Kent gives a long list of heart troubles which aggravate on movement and Arsenicum has dyspnoea also.
Interestingly, after few days –this person felt anxious for some reasons. He called it STRESS! The angina had returned and so he took Bryonia again. My question is – if Bryonia was the right remedy – why did he need a repetition so soon? Why the anxiety? Was it an Arsenicum album case? I also saw reports of some other cases in Dr Saine’s paper. My question is how can one be sure that the remedy was correct and that it was not a suppression because Dr Saine needed very frequent repetitions.
Dr Prafull Vijayakar makes a very keen observation of Hering’s Laws of cure to confirm that it is a real cure and not a suppression and that the remedy is the perfect Similia. Dr Vijayakar’s advice deserves the highest attention by the homeopathic community. If the remedy is correct – in an acute situation – just one remedy and just one dose should be enough. No repetition required.
RETURNING TO COVID-19 – THE PESKY VIRUS…
After eliminating Bryonia – now let us look at Gels. again –
Gels. does not meet the peculiarities of COVID-19 at all. It is a dull-chilly-thirstless remedy. We are looking for a restless remedy which is thirsty for small quantities of water. Gels. is nervous and dull. We are looking for a remedy with anxiety, fear and restlessness.
THE GENERALS DON’T MATCH BRY. OR GELS. Moreover, as we proceed with this analysis we will have many more reasons to eliminate Bry. and Gels. because Bry. and Gels. do not match all the required peculiarities of COVID-19. So both Bry. and Gels. are confidently eliminated.
Further, I am intrigued by the mode of transmission of COVID-19. Dry cough, dyspnoea and fever are the chief complaints. Many patients have diarrhea and nausea with or without the respiratory symptoms. The mode of transmission of COVID-19 is not limited to droplets or micro-droplets spread during coughing/sneezing/talking etc. COVID-19 can spread via the faeco-oral route too. This combination of peculiar respiratory as well as gastro-intestinal symptoms + cold & damp aggravation + faeco-oral as well as inhalational transmission of virus + origin of the virus outbreak from the wet seafood/animal market of Wuhan – led me to Arsenicum album on the basis of Allen’s Keynotes.
I refer to the esteemed elder, Dr Henry Clay Allen and his famous Keynotes again. He states thus, about Arsenicum album:
“Bad effects from decayed food or animal matter, whether by inoculation, olfaction or ingestion….Ars. should be thought of in ailments from: sea bathing; sausage poisoning; dissecting wounds and anthrax poison; stings of venomous insects….Aggravation. – from cold; cold drinks or food; Amelioration. – From heat in general … burning pain > by heat.”
I see ARS. Keynotes in symptoms of COVID-19!
The first symptoms of COVID-19 are pretty common with respiratory illnesses — fever, a dry cough and shortness of breath, says Dr Carlos del Rio, a Professor of medicine and global health at Emory University who has consulted with colleagues treating coronavirus patients in China and Germany. “Some people also get a headache, sore throat,” he says. Fatigue has also been reported — and less commonly, diarrhea. It may feel as if you have a cold. Or you may feel that flu-like feeling of being hit by a train.”
We will soon analyze and see how ARS. covers all these symptoms.
I have collected symptoms of COVID-19 cases from actual clinical data reported in articles published in prestigious medical journals and further cross checked with media reports as well as information from doctors who are treating COVID-19 cases in many countries of the world. No imagination here. Solid facts. You may refer to the links in my 8 part Genus Epidemicus analysis, posted on my Facebook page, for reference citations. Particularly part 1, part 5, part 6, part 7 and part 8 of my analysis.
On the basis of what has been discussed so far and symptoms collected from actual clinical data – I summarize in this way…
In my humble opinion, we need to look for a remedy that meets the following criteria / has the following peculiarities in order to be the Genus Epidemicus or curative remedy of COVID-19:
* A chilly remedy that is aggravated by cold & damp and ameliorated by heat.
* Ailments starting from/related to sea or damp and cold winters and dead & decaying animal matter.
* A remedy with physical weakness or prostration or excessive exhaustion as a keynote.
* A remedy with mental and physical restlessness. I have come across many case reports of mentally restless and anxious patients.
* A remedy with prominent respiratory symptoms particularly dry and suffocative cough & dyspnoea as keynote.
* A remedy indicated in acute episodes, flu and with fever as a prominent keynote
* Likely to be syphilitic miasmatic remedy
* A remedy with haemorrhagic potential
* A remedy with GI symptoms (nausea and diarrhoea) as keynote
* More importantly – a remedy which jointly has GI symptoms (nausea + diarrhea) as well as respiratory symptoms (the whole range from flu/runny nose in 5% COVID-19 cases to the severe dry cough/suffocative cough and dyspnoea in severely affected COVID-19 cases) as chief complaints along with fever.
* A remedy for ailments which spread via faeco-oral as well as inhalational mode.
* A remedy for “dry membranes”. The patients are thirsty but, not asking for a large volume of water at one time. I have come across case reports of chilly patients asking for small amounts of water frequently.
* A deep acting and powerful remedy that is indicated in life-threatening acutes.
* A remedy that has aches, pains, malaise and weakness but, not bone breaking pains and stiffness like dengue/chikungunya.
* A remedy known to affect the right lung and cause pneumonia.
I am unable to find any other remedy other than ARSENICUM ALBUM meeting ALL the above said criteria. This is with ref. to Keynotes & Materia Medica study.
Kent warns to match generals first before prescribing on the basis of particulars. Having done that and after finding striking Keynotes of ARS. – let us now repertorize and check whether ARSENICUM ALBUM matches the chief respiratory complaints of COVID-19 as per Roger Zandvoort’s Complete Repertory:
Cough; dry: ARS (grade 4, Allen TF, Boger, Boenninghausen, Kent)
Cough; dry; fever; during; ARS (grade 3, Boger, Kent)
Cough; itching, tickling, from; dry, with fever but no thirst: ARS (grade 3, Boger, Phatak)
Cough; suffocative; dry: ARS (grade 3, Allen T F)
Mind; anxiety; pneumonia, in: ARS (grade 3, Knerr, Young)
Mind; restlessness, nervousness; anxious; pneumonia, in: ARS (grade 3, Knerr, Young)
Cough; pneumonia, after: ARS (grade 3, Saine)
To me – this is a strong confirmation of Arsenicum Album.
Dr Manish Bhatia states: “The CT findings suggest that usually the lower lobe of lungs are getting affected; most lesions are peripheral, near pleura and there is predilection for the right side.”
Let’s see if we find ARS. under pneumonia in the Complete Repertory with the peculiarities as stated by Dr Manish Bhatia.
Chest; inflammation; lungs, pneumonia; base, lower; right: ARS (grade 3, Trinks CF & Muller)
This analysis favors Arsenicum album as the genus epidemicus and Arsenicum may be found to serve otherwise as well.
With due respect to Prof Vithoulkas, I humbly disagree with his suggestion to treat the different stages of COVID-19 with different remedies. Dr. Manish Bhatia, too, proposes many remedies different to treat COVID-19 stage-wise.
Why does Prof. Vithoulkas avoid suggesting the best Genus Epidemicus remedy for COVID-19 or suggest its nosode for Homeo-prophylaxis? Inexplicable!
I feel more comfortable with Dr Prafull Vijayakar’s approach of giving the perfect similia in 200c potency (just one dose) in an acute case and just wait and watch. If the remedy is the perfect similia and the vitality still has the strength to react – if allopathic medicines have not spoiled and complicated the case beyond repair – the single remedy (single dose) will cover ALL stages/act in ANY stage and resolve the acute emergency very beautifully within 24-72 hours and that too, as per Hering’s Laws of cure.
Theoretically, for curing an acute case of this disease a single dose of the simillimum given just once should suffice. The proof of cure should be evident as per Hering’s Laws of cure. After the remedy is given – the fever may increase and then come down and as the case resolves the dry suffocative cough and dyspnoea should reduce giving way to fluid runny nose…coryza …sneezing. Nausea and diarrhoea, if present should stop and there may be a one or two very malodourous stools with characteristic rotten or cadaverous odour. This is evidence of cure as per Hering’s Laws.
Giving partial similia/several remedies in a series of repeated doses in a life threatening acute may be fatal. It may sometimes be possible to do a suppression (in not so severe cases) with zig-zag prescribing but that should be treated as an exception and not a rule. It is safer and better to choose the best suited Similia based on striking Keynotes keeping the thirst/thermal/activity axis in mind and prescribe a single dose of the single remedy in 200c only once.
Now, let us evaluate Dr Rajan Sankaran’s choice of Camphora as the Genus Epidemicus remedy.
I offer Farrington’s Materia Medica and Kent’s lectures as evidence to show the changing clinical picture of the same Arsenicum Album case as it worsens (to syphilitic and even more far syphilitic terminal end stages). In the terminal stages – the Ars. Alb case may be confused with Camphora, Carbo-veg. or Verat. Alb.
The extreme terminal syphilitic end-stage of Ars. Alb. may look like Camphora or Carbo. Veg or Verat-Alb. but, it is actually the advance stage symptoms of Ars. Alb itself. please refer to Kent’s lectures on Arsenicum Album and Farrington’s Materia Medica to see the differential diagnosis of Carbo. Veg., Camphora and Verat-Alb as compared to Ars. Alb.
Camphora is the Genus Epidemicus remedy hypothesized by Dr Rajan Sankaran and Dr Aditya Kasariyans of Iran. Dr Sankaran’s paper states that after a detailed study he zeroed on Arsenicum, Camphora, Veratrum-Album and carbo veg and finally chose Camphora. Probably, Dr sankaran considered Camphora, carbo-v and Verat-Alb as the Genus Epidemicus remedy on the basis of the prostration and collapse of the vital force and considered Camphora and Verat-Alb on the basis of collapse of the vital force along with diarrhoea and vomiting. But, Camph., Verat-Alb or Carbo Veg. do not meet the generals + particulars of COVID-19 as per what we have analyzed just now. These remedies do not fit the COVID-19 picture in totality. I also wonder why Dr Sankaran left out Arsenicum Album!
Camphora is too icy cold to be the Genus Epidemicus remedy of COVID-19. if Camphora would have been the Genus Epidemicus remedy of this epidemic – the origin of this epidemic would have been in some frozen icy location and in the frozen icy cold winter there! Not in China!
Verat-Alb is too thirsty to be the Genus Epidemicus remedy of COVID-19. Had Camphora or Verat-Alb been the GE of COVID-19 we would be seeing a symptom picture similar to cholera worldwide and not the present picture of COVID-19.
Carbo-Veg main keynote is air hunger and it does not cover COVID-19 peculiarities as per what we have discussed and analyzed so far.
However for whatever reason – Dr Sankaran hypothesized Camphora as the Genus Epidemicus remedy.
Allen says in his Keynotes about Camphora:
“Camphor antidotes nearly every vegetable medicine; also tobacco, fruits containing prussic acid, poisonous mushrooms;”
But, my question is…we are not looking for an antidote to herbal medicine!
Allen states in his Keynotes about Arsenicum Album:
“Bad effects from decayed food or animal matter, whether by inoculation, olfaction or ingestion…ailments from: sea bathing; sausage poisoning; dissecting wounds and anthrax poison; stings of venomous insects.”
Aha! So here in Arsenicum Album we have an antidote for poisons from dead/infected animal matter from the wet seafood market of Wuhan, China!
Again….Allen Keynotes states about Camphora:
Surface cold to the touch yet cannot bear to be covered; throws off all coverings…
> drinking cold water
But, COVID-19 patients are chilly and like to be covered + like to have frequent sips of water as well as hot drinks too
So, it is quite clear that Camphora does not cover all the peculiarities of COVID-19 cases.
It must be noted that Prof Vithoulkas has analysed Dr Rajan Sankaran’s paper and rejected Dr Rajan Sankaran’s choice of Camphora as the Genus Epidemicus remedy.
UPDATE: Prof Vithoulkas has given one more message on this topic and titled it “the Camphor nonsense” and critiqued the choice of Camphora as the Genus Epidemicus.
Arsenicum Album shows a clear affinity for the right lung – as per the complete repertory. We do not need a Lycopodium to complete the cure at any stage. Lycopodium is not the Genus Epidemicus of COVID-19 and does not match the peculiar symptoms of COVID-19 cases. A single dose of Arsenicum Album 200c should be enough to cover the entire acute emergency.
During the 1918 flu pandemic – as per Dr Harry Baker of Vancouver – Gels. was the Genus Epidemicus and covered 95% cases. A few atypical cases here and there needing a few other remedies do not decide the Genus Epidemicus. Again one must be extremely careful to ensure that one is not prescribing the wrong remedy or partial remedy in the name of individualization.
Prof. Vithoulkas has mentioned Aconite in one of his messages. The peculiarities of COVID-19 case, as we have discussed so far, does not match Aconite.
What kind of remedies cannot be the GE of COVID-19? Hot or psoric or thirsty for a large volumes of water at one time, or constipated or too dull or thirsty for cold water taken in a large quantity at one time or strongly left sided or remedies not covering the generals + particulars of COVID-19 cases cannot be the Genus Epidemicus of COVID-19.
So, Gelsemium, Bryonia, Spongia, Drosera, Rhus Tox, Phosphorus, Camphora, Nux vomica, lycopodium etc etc which do not have keynotes matching with the peculiarities of COVID-19 cases are all rejected.
This analysis thus favors Arsenicum album as the genus epidemicus. Ars. alb. might also turn out to be effective remedy otherwise.
More confirmation of Arsenicum as the hypothetical genus remedy on the basis of uncommon peculiarities and toxicological research studies:
PART – 5
CONFIRMING ARSENICUM ALBUM AS THE GENUS EPIDEMICUS OF COVID-19 ON THE BASIS OF UNCOMMON PECULIARITIES (metallic taste in mouth, loss of taste, loss of smell, loss of hearing) AND TOXICOLOGICAL RESEARCH STUDIES
THIS RE-CONFIRMS ARS. ALB. AS THE GENUS EPIDEMICUS OF COVID-19
Now let us do a miasmatic analysis –
The symptoms of COVID-19 show a clear pattern which matches the syphilitic miasm. The dry cough is syphilitic. It’s Vataja Kaas as per Ayurveda. COVID-19 is severely affecting those with degenerative diseases and the elderly. This is again the syphilitic age group and the syphilitic state of health. Arsenicum Album is a deep acting and strongly syphilitic remedy as per Dr Roger Morrison’s Keynotes. So, here I see a miasmatic confirmation of Arsenicum Album as the Genus Epidemicus.
RECENTLY, I CAME ACROSS MEDIA REPORTS OF CARDIAC SYMPTOMS IN COVID-19 CASES BAFFLING ALLOPATHS
I checked the cardiovascular symptoms of Arsenicum Album in Boericke’s Materia Medica, Farrington’s Materia Medica and Kent’s lectures and was assured that Arsenicum Album covers all the cardiac complications of COVID-19 and so, it is the best suited Genus Epidemicus as well as the curative remedy for most of the severe COVID-19 cases and can prevent the chronic complications.
This confirms that arsenicum album covers all the respiratory, gastro-intestinal, neurological and cardiac symptoms and complications of covid-19.
I can predict that very soon there will be medical reports about the acute as well as chronic renal effects of COVID-19. If so, Ars. Alb. will cover that too. Please refer to Farrington’s Materia Medica and Kent’s lectures on Arsenicum Album.
Arsenicum album has already been re-confirmed as the genus epidemicus & curative remedy on the basis of neurological and caridiac peculiarities. Now some more pqrs (peculiar, queer, rare, strange) symptoms to further validate Arsenicum album : See my analysis here…
Re-confirmation and re-validation of arsenicum album as the genus epidemicus of covid-19 on the basis of a rare neurological complication (acute necrotizing encephalopathy), intra cerebral haemorrhage and other neurological symptoms of covid-19 not just by repertorization but through arsenic toxicity resarch studies
I have carefully reviewed many case histories of COVID-19 cases from many countries worldwide and my final opinion is as follows:
It is quite possible for homeopaths to get confused and suggest many remedies for the myriad variations of COVID-19 symptoms when the best suited remedy Ars. Alb. covers all. Arsenicum Album is the only remedy that covers the “ailments from” + mode of transmission + season at the time epidemic started (in china) + modalities according to the nature of the virus + syphilitic miasm + chief complaints (respiratory symptoms) + GI symptoms + peculiar/queer/rare neurological symptoms in some patients with loss of taste/smell/hearing + cardiac symptoms/complications + confirmation from toxicological research studies + rare complications like ANE (acute necrotizing encephalopathy) & intra-cerebral haemorrhage + past experience of the efficacy of Arsenicum Album in viral ILI (influenza like illnesses).
There may be some atypical cases needing other remedies for cure. Some patients may need their constitutional remedy for cure. Nevertheless, hypothetically, Arsenicum Album appears to be the best suited genus epidemicus.
For best results: in case of the genus epidemicus it is preferable that the person is not already over-medicated with so many wrong remedies and multiple repetitions and the correct genus epidemicus [one single dose. given only once] is allowed to work undisturbed for 5 months.
I feel more comfortable with Dr Prafull Vijayakar’s approach of giving the perfect Similia in 200c potency (just one dose) in an acute case and just wait and watch.
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Here writes homeopath Frank Wieland, MD, practicing during the pandemic in Chicago: “In a plant of 8,000 workers we had only one death. The patients were not drugged to death. Gelsemium was practically the only remedy used. We used no aspirin and no vaccines.”2/
Homeopath Dudley A. Williams, MD of Rhode Island writes:
“I did not lose a single case of influenza; my death rate in the pneumonias was 2.1%. The salycilates, including aspirin and quinine, were almost the sole standbys of the old school and it was a common thing to hear them speaking of losing 60% of their pneumonias.” 3/
[Funny, they called what modern medicine does today “old school”, as it was already showing its inferiority, and here we are, still stuck with it after all these years.]
“One physician in a Pittsburgh hospital asked a nurse if she knew anything better than what he was doing, because he was losing many cases. ‘Yes, Doctor, stop aspirin and go down to a homeopathic pharmacy and get homeopathic remedies.’ The Doctor replied: ‘But that is homeopathy.’ ‘I know but the homeopathic doctors for whom I have nursed have not lost a single case.’ -W. F. Edmundson, MD, Pittsburgh.” 4/
(In case you’re wondering what happened to the homeopathic hospitals? You might as well ask what happened to natural healing in general. The AMA, in partnership with the budding pharmaceutical industry, ran it out of the country through bribes to politicians, mischief, threats to medical societies–any way they could.)
Big Pharma and its many lackeys in the medical field apparently prefer death and despair until such time as their questionable vaccine appears and perhaps they will influence governments the world over to mandate its use and reap wealth beyond their wildest dreams. In the meantime, we should all do nothing but wash our hands and stay indoors.
Not so fast! Here are the homeopathic remedies you should have on hand, though with this disclaimer: these are our flu/viral remedies that have worked for us in the past; the assumption is that you will most likely see the same need for these remedies in the present.
Homeopathic Remedies For Viral Pneumonia
Coronavirus is an illness with many presentations. Some cases are mild, like an ordinary cold. Some have no symptoms at all; but, the worst cases seem to descend into pneumonia and are noted for high fever, dry cough and shortness of breath. Some cases have had gastro-intestinal symptoms as well. With that in mind, any one of the following remedies might be a match for you or your patient:
Ferrum phos. —Take at the first sign of any cold! I take it as soon as I feel a sore throat coming on. One dose of Ferrum phos. 200C, and that should do it! It’s for the first stage of inflammation, early stage of fever, before symptoms have become clarified. Always treat a cold right away at the first sign! You never know what it might morph into if you let it sit. Will it go to your chest and turn into pneumonia? Don’t wait to find out!!!! However, if you miss giving this remedy at the early onset, it might still be useful for the following later-stage symptoms that fit its profile:
Shortness of breath
Short, painful, tickling cough
Hard dry cough with sore chest
Hacking, spasmodic cough
Worse morning and evening
Cough with retching and vomiting
Worse bending forward
Worse touching throat
Chest feels heavy, sore
Sharp pain, right side, worse coughing
Worse deep breathing
Worse open air
Better cold applications
Aconite—Ailments from cold/dry winds (yes, the usual Aconite presentation!) Aconite is for sudden onset of symptoms with high fever, full bounding pulse, hard painful dry cough, chill, hot skin, fear, restlessness, thirst for cold drinks; short of breath, sits up; hoarse, dry cough; worse at midnight. Stabbing pains in chest. Sensation as if lungs will not expand. (This is a symptom I’ve heard a lot from Coronavirus patients.) Worse least motion, worse lying on left side. Pressure in chest.
Belladonna—It’s often hard to tell the difference between Aconite and Belladonna. They both have sudden onset. They both have high fever. They both have hot skin. They both have dry cough. But Aconite is likely to turn pale when they sit up. Redness, red face, is a keynote of Belladonna. Blood rushes to the head, throbbing ensues, face is hot and red, dry heat radiates from the body, hands and feet are cold, eyes are glassy and pupils are dilated. May be delirious with fever. Bloody taste in the mouth when coughing. I had that once, and I said, “I sure hope this is in the Repertory!” It was and it led me to Belladonna, which cured.
9 pm aggravation time. They can be thirsty but more likely, thirstless despite dry mouth and dry lips. A Belladonna case usually gives the care-giver a fright and the need to act quickly because the patient seems so desperate and even frantic. Both of these remedies tend to show up at the beginning of an illness. If the illness drags on, it’s less likely to respond to either Aconite or Belladonna; so, if your homeopath tells you, “The remedy is Belladonna!” don’t wait around til tomorrow or the next day to give it, by tomorrow it might be something else!
A remedy prescription is only good for the symptoms you came in with.
If your symptoms change the next day, it’s not Belladonna anymore. And also remember, you don’t have to have all these symptoms at once to give the remedy. When I had the “bloody taste in the mouth when coughing”, that was the only symptom of Belladonna I had! It worked anyway! But what we’re hoping for is a remedy that matches the “characteristic” symptoms you have. Almost all remedies have “cough”, “fever”… “Oh! I have a fever! Give me Belladonna!” No, it’s not like that. “Fever”, by itself, isn’t a “characteristic” symptom, and won’t lead you to a remedy. BUT, fever with–glassy eyes, dilated pupils, redness, red face, high fever, sudden onset, cold feet, hot head, thirstlessness…now there’s Belladonna for you!
There might be a painful headache, it might be right-sided, better for firm pressure and in general, these Belladonna patients are pretty frantic, they’re not placid, and like I said, you’re going to feel the need to do something fast!
Bryonia—Here’s the opposite of Belladonna–Bryonia. Bryonia has a slow onset. They are not the least bit frantic; in fact, they are lying quietly in a dark room and they don’t want to be disturbed; not because they are resting peacefully; no, not a bit. They are very sick! They are so sick, they can’t even move or talk! Any movement makes them worse. Any conversation makes them worse. Breathing makes them worse! They can’t take a deep breath. Robin Murphy says, “Any pneumonia with pain!” Pain is always a big part of a Bryonia case.
Trouble breathing, dryness of mucus membranes, dry mouth, dry tongue, and because of that they’re thirsty, very thirsty. They won’t ask for water often but when they do, they’ll drink it down. Moderate fever. Lungs feel as if they can’t expand. Dry, hard, hacking, painful cough. They must hold their chest when they cough. Sharp, stitching pains in chest (also Aconite and Belladonna). Breathing makes the pain worse. They want to lie on the painful side which is often the right side. A Bryonia virus often includes a very bad headache as well.
Carbo veg.–The last stage of pneumonia. You know, they say this Coronavirus ends in pneumonia; but, some doctors are saying that it’s like no other pneumonia they’ve ever seen, and that, in fact, it appears to resemble Altitude Sickness more. They say the patients turn blue and are gasping for air. Their lungs work fine, but their hemoglobin is being attacked by the virus and it can’t carry oxygen anymore. They say the respirator is making these patients worse and is inappropriate; they need oxygen. Carbo veg. is our remedy for Altitude Sickness!
These patients (Carbo veg. patients) need air, crave air. They want the fan turned on, the windows open. It’s often described as “air hunger”. They’re very cold, weak pulse, exhausting sweats, prostration, apathetic, unresponsive, comatose. Panting and gasping. Spells of coughing, rattling of mucus, burning in chest, spitting of blood, worse exertion. Think of the color blue. Remember for Belladonna we think of the color red. For Carbo veg, we think of the color blue. Here is Dr. Cameron Kyle-Sidell, an ICU doctor, who swears these patients don’t have “pneumonia” as we know it; watch his video below:
It sounds like the ICU could use some Carbo veg. 200C.
Antimonium tart.–Another last stage of pneumonia remedy. But with Antimonium-tart., the problem is mucus in the lungs; with Carbo veg, the problem is lack of oxygen. Antimonium tart feels like they’re suffocating. There’s bubbling, rattling in their lungs, but little expectoration. They must sit up! Belladonna must sit up too but that’s because their head is so congested and lying down makes it worse.
Prostration. As if a weight on their chest. Coughing and gasping. They might have a thick white coating on their tongue. Afraid to be alone. Despondent. Pale, blue, cold face covered with cold sweat, sunken features. Lungs filled with rattling mucus.
Antimonium tart is our drowning remedy! Gasping, panting and blue just like Carbo veg but one has too much mucus and the other doesn’t have enough oxygen. I’ve noticed that this remedy is a boon especially for the elderly, who often are trying so hard to bring up phlegm, and they’re trying and trying, and they just can’t seem to get that mucus completely out. This remedy would be a great help to them.
Arsenicum alb.–Oh, where would we be without Arsenicum?! So many conditions, so many diseases–viruses, food poisoning, asthma, pneumonia, anxiety, anguish, fear, …where would we be without it? You can never miss an Arsenicum case; if you see the mentals, give the remedy, it doesn’t matter what the physical symptoms are. Here are the Arsenicum mentals:
Fear of death!
Desperate need for company and hand-holding.
Need for reassurance–constant need for reassurance and yet they won’t accept it! They don’t believe they can get better.
Begging for you to help them.
Fear that if you leave, they will die! (“Please don’t go!”)
They don’t want to go to the doctor or the hospital even though they probably should. This puts you in a bind since there’s nothing you can do but they can’t be left alone.
Restlessness. May be tossing and turning, may be moving their head from side to side, may be moaning and groaning.
Anxiety about health.
Cold and shivering
Cough, worse lying, must sit up
Oppression of the chest
Better sitting up
Thirsty for frequent sips of water
Now remember, as I said before, you don’t have to have everything on the list to give a remedy. You just have to try to find the closest match. Are you going to not give Arsenicum just because the patient doesn’t have clammy perspiration? Or isn’t wheezing? Or isn’t thirsty? Or doesn’t have a brown tongue? No. No one ever has all the symptoms that you see listed in the Materia Medica under a remedy.
Phosphorus—This is our main remedy for pneumonia and bronchitis. I once gave my sister Phosphorus 200C for a spell of bronchitis, she was completely better in 20 minutes! She was full of energy, up and moving around, being creative…she talked about it for months, it was so incredible! So, OK, Phosphorus has weak lungs, tightness of chest, oppression of the chest as if a weight on it, trouble breathing, hard dry tight racking cough, worse talking, worse laughing; burning heat in chest, stitching pains, worse coughing, worse breathing, worse lying on the left side, sensitive to light, noise and touch. Worse cold air. Fear of being alone, better for company and, unlike Arsenicum, is easily reassured!
If you say, “You’re gonna be fine!” they’ll believe you! Also, night sweats and coughing up blood. Phosphorus is a bleeding remedy. They may have a history of nose bleeds. If a person is hemorrhaging, think of Phosphorus, especially if the blood is bright red. Now, here’s the most famous symptom of all. In almost all cases, Phosphorus craves ice cold drinks! A burning thirst! And, they may also have a craving for salty things like pretzels and may also have a craving for ice cream. Better for being rubbed, like a back rub.
Kali carb.–One of the top five remedies in pneumonia according to Robin Murphy. Chilly with hot hands. Now, this is a great source of differentiation! Because most of the other remedies have cold hands and feet–Carbo veg, Arsenicum, Belladonna, Phosphorus, Antimonium tart…in fact, if your patient has hot hands, you may be deciding between kali carb and Sulphur. And maybe Pulsatilla. But, we’re not going to get into Pulsatilla here because it’s mostly a children’s remedy and children tend not to get this disease–thank God!!!! But, yes, Kali carb., chilly with hot hands. Very unusual.
Trouble breathing with mucus in chest, can’t sleep or drink. Wheezing, rattling breathing with choking cough. Fails to raise mucus like Antimonium tart but Antimonium tart will not have hot hands. Sharp, stitching pains like Bryonia. Worse motion like Bryonia. Intolerance of cold. Thirsty. Must sit up and lean forward! You see, Bryonia does not have that. Bryonia wants to lie perfectly still. See? This is how you differentiate these remedies; otherwise, they can all look alike.
Worse 2 – 4 am. Worse lying on the painful side, unlike Bryonia. Better heat. Cold feeling in chest.
Never Well Since pneumonia.
Irritable and demanding.
Swelling over eyelids.
Sulphur—Any stage of pneumonia. Left lung. Flushes of heat, dry hot skin, great thirst, night sweats (nape of neck, occiput). Heat on top of head. Dry tongue. Weak and faint. Irritable. Air hunger. Irregular breathing. Loose cough, worse talking, worse morning. Rattling in chest, burning in chest; stitching pains shooting straight through back. Worse deep breathing, heart feels too large, chest feels heavy. Dyspnea middle of the night, better sitting up, wants windows open. 11 am aggravation time.
Now listen, here’s the tell-tale sign for Sulphur: They throw the covers off! And they have hot feet!
Veratrum veride—I know, I know…. Nobody has it! But maybe you should get it. It’s here because it’s essentially a Belladonna case with nausea and vomiting! Sudden onset like Belladonna, with high fever, strong rapid pulse like Belladonna and Aconite. Pneumonia with faint feeling. Blood pressure drops. Red streak down center of the tongue. Delirium and dilated pupils like Belladonna. Burning distress in heart region. Oppression of the chest. Sudden fainting, prostration, nausea. There seems to be a lot of fainting or near-fainting with this remedy from sudden drop in blood pressure; so, if you see that, think of Veratrum v. Face flushed but becomes faint on sitting up; so, may turn pale. Thirsty.
That’s it, that’s all I got for right now! By the way, Robin Murphy, author of Murphy’s Repertory, says that Oscillococcinum is the best preventative remedy.
Take a dose once a month (but maybe if you’re a nurse in the ICU, once a week?). A dose is a few pellets on your tongue.
And I am also hearing that Camphora is not turning out to be the panacea that people thought it would be, according to Jeremy Sherr. This from:
Covid-19 and Homeopathy 4th April 2020
“Some observations received from New York. Good results when symptoms clear. Camphor is failing even in collapse. Some patients ‘stalling’. Reinforces to Jeremy that different (better) remedies still need to be found.”
Potency and Repetition
30C would be a good potency to start with; but, if it’s a severe case, I’d be more comfortable starting with a 200C and I’d kind of want to have the next potency, the 1M, on hand as a back-up. Generally, I tell people that as soon as a remedy is working? Order the next potency right away because the fact is this: potencies wear out! It doesn’t mean you have the wrong remedy, this is just par for the course. If your remedy is working, repeat it the minute you start to relapse. I’ve written an article on dosing in acute cases so, please see it for more information:
♡ anuj srivastava 2 years ago
♡ anuj srivastava 2 years ago
MARCH 13, 2020 by SONYA MCLEOD
Last updated with new information on April 2, 2020
Symptoms of Coronavirus (COVID-19) Infection
People with COVID-19 generally develop signs and symptoms, including mild respiratory symptoms and fever, on an average of 5-6 days after infection (mean incubation period 5-6 days, range 1-14 days).
Most people infected with COVID-19 virus have mild disease and recover. Approximately 80% of laboratory confirmed patients have had mild to moderate disease, which includes non-pneumonia and pneumonia cases, 13.8% have severe disease (dyspnea, respiratory frequency 30/minute, blood oxygen saturation 93%, PaO2/FiO2 ratio <300, and/or lung infiltrates >50% of the lung field within 24-48 hours) and 6.1% are critical (respiratory failure, septic shock, and/or multiple organ dysfunction/failure). A study done in Wuhan China reports a mortality rate of 86% with covid-19 patients who are treated with invasive ventilation (ventilators) in hospitals.
Notably, the COVID-19 infection rarely seems to cause a runny nose, sneezing, or sore throat (these symptoms have been observed in only about 5% of patients).
Using Homeopathy for Epidemics
Homeopathy has had a long and successful history of treating and/or preventing epidemics such as smallpox, cholera, diphtheria, malaria, yellow fever, and leptospirosis. Homeopathy had a 98% cure rate of the deadly Spanish flu of 1918, compared to the 30% mortality rate of patients treated with Western allopathic medications.
Note that it is important to select one protocol and to not use all of the following remedies at once for prophylaxis. The remedy or protocol should be selected in consultation with a professional homeopath.
In January 2019, the AYUSH Ministry in India issued a recommendation for prevention of coronavirus transmission. The Ministry recommended that homeopathic Arsenicum album 30C was to be taken once per day for 3 days as a preventative measure.
Under ‘The Banerji Protocols’ of Treatment, with Homeopathic medicines: For Prevention of COVID-19 the best medicine is ‘Thuja 30‘. The suggested dose for this medicine will be, once daily for 7 days, then once a week for 3 weeks.
Dr. Bhatia recommends Bryonia alba 6CH or 30CH, as a prophylactic. It can be given (only to affected population) once a day, till days become warmer and the epidemic subsides (hopefully).
The Amma Resonance Foundation recommends Gelsemium based on the experience of around 30 homeopaths in treating confirmed cases of coronavirus in China (Source: Hong Kong Association of Homeopathy and Macau Association of Homeopathy). Advice: use Gelsemium C30 once a week as long as the outbreak is not near to where you live, and change to once daily for one week once it gets near and then change to twice per week. Justica adhatoda 3X (or D3) (Malabar nut, India) is also recommended, taken once daily 10 drops in a teaspoonful of water (increases your IgE levels to fight the virus).
Dr. Rajan Sankaran’s recommendation for prophylaxis: Camphor 1m 4 pills twice daily 2 days..keep under tongue until melt..nothing but water 30mins before after.
For prevention, Jeremy Sherr recommends taking Aconite twice daily for two days, then take Ant tart 200C alternating with Phos Ac twice daily each.
According to Dr. Andre Saine, in Hong Kong they were able to give 4-5% (about 300,000 out of 7 million people!) prevention with Gels 30: the first week once a day, then once a week. 4-5% took at least one dose. No sick people recorded. In Hong Kong the Corona incidence was relatively low. Now new people are coming to Hong Kong, and the incidence is rising. They now give Gels and Bry as a prevention. Macao (600.000 people) 50% got Gels. No sick people recorded.
Homeopathic nosodes (homeoprophylaxis) have been used successfully during disease epidemics for hundreds of years. This is another possible viable option instead of or along with using the above remedies.
In case of infection, individualized treatment by a licensed homeopath is recommended.
Prof. Aaron To Ka Lun (PDHom, MARH), president of the Hong Kong Association of Homeopathy has gathered data from 30 homeopaths and tentatively speculated on a few possible genus epidemicus remedies: Gelsemium, Bryonia and Eupatorium perf.
In terms of the larger remedies, Dr. Paul Herscu has found that the main effective homeopathic remedies have been, in order of likelihood: Sulphur, Lycopodium, Bryonia, and then less likely Phosphorus, and Arsenicum album. By far, at this moment, he has found that the most common remedy is Sulphur. The more acute remedy seems to be Bryonia.
Dr. Bhatia believes that the remedy that covers the initial symptoms better is Bryonia alba; and that this remedy will work well as prophylactic too. He also believes that the remedy that covers the later symptoms best is Lycopodium and could be expected to help a large majority of people who develop Pneumonia.
Amma Resonance Healing Foundation’s current remedy recommendations are Bryonia, Lycopodium, Phosphorus, Gelsemium and Eupatorium perfoliatum (ordered in likelihood of being called for).
As of March 22, 2020, Dr. Massimo Mangialavori has treated 84 patients. His first choice is Chininum muriaticum, followed by Grindelia robusta and thirdly Camphora.
In consultation with his teacher, Dr. Rajan Sankaran, Iranian homeopath Dr Aditya Kasariyans has treated coronavirus patients successfully using Camphora 1M.
As of March 28, 2020, Jeremy Sherr has successful treated and supervised over 200 confirmed COVID-19 cases from around the world, and has had no fatalities. For treatment, Jeremy Sherr recommends giving Aconite at the very first signs of illness. Ant tart (stage 2, 3) has been his most useful remedy. The next most useful remedies used in his practice have been Phosphorus (stage 1, 2), Phosphoric Acid (stage 2) and Bryonia (all stages), Arsenicum (stage 1) and Mercurius (stage 1). Other remedies that may prove useful include Gelsemium, Croton tig, Spigelia, kali bi, Pyrogen, Ars-i and Ant-ars.
Dr. Robin Murphy recommends giving Gelsemium, Arsenicum, or Camphora during the first stage of the illness. He recommends Aconite, Belladonna or Ferrum Phos for mild coronavirus infections. Arsenicum, Bryonia and Gelsemium have been Dr. Murphy’s top remedies during this pandemic. Other remedies that may prove useful include Bapt, China, Drosera, Eup per, Oscillo, Merc, Pyrogen, Rhus tox, and Pulsatilla.
Dr. Andre Saine feels that the better indicated remedies for the current COVID-19 pandemic are Bryonia, Beryllium metallicum, Gelsemium, Eupatorium perfoliatum, Camphora, Lobelia purpurescens, and Arsenicum. Other useful remedies (though this list is not exhaustive) include Ammonium mur, Mag mur, Carbo veg, Bapt, Cuprum met, Ferrum phos, Rhus Tox, Sabadilla, Sambucus, and Sanguinaria.
♡ anuj srivastava 2 years ago
Further course of Exemplaric Sars-CoV-2 Case 1:
Corona case 1, R., M. 47 years, female, no pre-existing diseases
(Description by patient herself)
[ Additions from me and given Remedies inserted ]
Since Monday, March 9th, 2020:
Dizziness, circulatory problems, especially when getting up and also during the day when I got up from sitting)
Tuesday, March 10th, 2020:
my mother was with us and fell ill that evening and then went home
Friday, March 13th, 2020:
in the evening I developed a fever, body aches and a severe chill. At night I got several duvets and a hot water bottle.
Saturday, March 14th, 2020 to Sunday, March 15th, 2020:
The fever was medium high and I got an earache [left]. The body aches remained.
Monday, March 16th, 2020:
Call Dr. : I got a remedy for the earache: [Con C 30]
Tuesday, March 17th, 2020:
Earache got better, again and again a slight fever, slight body aches and body weight, at midday virus test with Dr.
Wednesday, March 18th, 2020:
Breathing becomes more difficult, coughing begins. I always have the feeling that I have to take a deep breath to get enough air into my body. Breathlessness when moving, especially when climbing stairs. Cough with phlegm, expectoration again and again
Wednesday, March 18th, 2020:
My mother's test result: positive
Thursday, March 19th, 2020 - Friday, March 20th, 2020:
severe cough, pressure in the ears, no fever, limbs are heavy, repeated deep inhalation and breathlessness when moving,
Friday evening: Test result (from March 17th): positive
Saturday, March 21st, 2020:
Granules from Mr. Dr. [Bryonia C 200]; coughing and breathlessness, repeated deep inhalation, sometimes the lungs “rattles” a little. No fever, slight ear pressure, slight circulatory problems.
Sunday, March 22nd, 2020:
Bryonia: the first time in the morning the feeling that you can breathe better again and have some energy. Limbs not so heavy anymore, I can move without feeling like I have “run a marathon”.
Monday, March 23rd, 2020:
Limbs heavier again, breathing a little harder (than Sunday), but overall better than the week before. Slight ear pressure, tiredness, cough, but less. Always expectoration, but also less. Slight dizziness.
The air problems got better every time I inhaled air from outside.
I never had a headache, no sore throat, no loss of taste or smell.
I was very thirsty all the time, my mouth was dry, and I drank again and again at night.
The mouth is still dry and the taste is bitter. But overall improvement, I don't drink so much at night anymore, I sleep through the night. Mouth dry again in the morning and bitter taste. The mouth is not as dry during the day either.
Tuesday March 24th, 2020:
I feel stronger overall, but the cough gets stronger. With every cough expectoration, often cough
In the evening drops from Dr. H.:
[Lobelia purpurascens LM 18 daily 5 drops]
Wednesday, March 25th, 2020:
Better cough in the morning. Very tired during the day, coughing reappears during the day, but less than the week before. In the evening I take the drops again, coughing up better overnight.
Thursday, March 26th, 2020:
There was an urge to cough, but less overall. When I talk on the phone, play with the children or learn, I quickly tire. I take breaks every day.
Shortness of breath: (significantly improved.)
From grade 1 (good) to 10 (bad):
Last week Tuesday-Thursday: Grade 7
Friday - Monday: Grade 5
This week Tuesday - Thursday: Grade 3
Cough irritation: (significantly improved.)
From grade 1 (good) to grade 10 (bad):
Friday, March 13th, 2020 to Tuesday, March 17th, 2020: Grade 1 (no cough at all)
Wednesday, March 18, 2020 to Sunday, March 22, 2020: Grade 7
Monday, March 23rd, 2020: Grade 6
Tuesday, March 24th, 2020: Grade 7
Wednesday, March 25th, 2020 - Thursday, March 26th, 2020: Grade 4
[ Friday 27.3.20
each feeling significantly better after taking Lob-p LM 18 (max 2x daily)
no more coughing this morning! Still weak, still bitter taste in the mouth,.
Chest as if widened.
As a result of further taking Lob-p LM 18 there was no further improvement in stress dypnea, --->taking the (now available)
Lob-p C 30 (and possibly Lob-p C 200)
The patient still indicates shortness of breath and coughing when stressed despite taking Lob-p C 30 and C 200 in the meantime.
Antimonium arsenicosum C 200 and Antimonium-tartaricum C 200 are brought and she first takes
---> Ant-Ars C 200.
No reaction to Ant-a C 200,
----> Taking Antimonium tartaricum C 200
Feedback: On Ant-t C 200 another at least 50% improvement in stress dyspnea, she was able to climb 150 meters steeply from her house to a viewpoint. Still coughing, feeling sore in the trachea, still pressure on the chest,
---> Takes Ant-t C 200 daily.
Shortness of breath better in the short term on Ant-t C 200 intake, idem cough, idem sore trachea, idem pressure on the chest, night sweats in phases,
→ Tub C 200
Tub C 200(>>) shortness of breath, (>>) night sweats
As night Sweats came again
-> takes Tub C 200 again
Everything is persisting fine now concerning breathing, lungs and night sweats since 25.4.20 ]
Roger van Zandvoort
hard work, good job. Sx change, remedy changes.
♡ anuj srivastava 2 years ago
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♡ freehomeoforall 2 years ago
♡ freehomeoforall 2 years ago
However anuj, 'new loss of taste or smell' is also a Covid-19 symptom, and as far as I know, Arsenic does not cover this. Arsenic has bitter taste. What can be our probable remedy if this symptom is also present along with other symptoms?
[Edited by Aromatic on 2020-06-25 13:42:18]
Aromatic 2 years ago
Total Drugs :13
3 Pulsatilla Nigricans
2 Kali Bichromicum
1 Amygdalus Persica
1 Antimonium Tartaricums
1 Hyoscyamus Niger
1 Justicia Adhatoda
1 Lemna Minor
1 Magnesia Muriatica
1 Natrum Muriaticum
1 Rhododendron Ferrugineum
1 Sticta Pulmonaria
1 Teucrium Marum Verum
For ‘Loss of smell, with cough‘, Knerr lists only Anacardium
and ‘Smell, wanting, influenza after‘, lists only Mag-mur.
Dr. Manish Bhatia provides an in-depth analysis of the recorded symptom-set of patients of Coronavirus Covid-19 infection with an analysis of the possible group of indicated homeopathic remedies for treatment and prophylaxis.
♡ anuj srivastava 2 years ago
[Edited by speddiraju on 2020-05-03 09:37:52]
speddiraju 2 years ago
This is to inform to all the fraternity all over the GLOBE that in the search of genus epidemicus a survey on total 570 patients of COVID-19 positive confirmed cases was conducted by team NAIMINATH HOMOEOPATHIC MEDICAL COLLEGE, AGRA, INDIA.
To summarize this survey, more than 70% POSITIVE CASES have shown the symptoms of BRYONIA ALBA,
ARSENIC ALBUM has been indicated in 16% cases and almost 12% cases have shown the symptoms of GELSEMIUM.
Detailed Survey report will be submitted soon to CCRH & Ministry of AYUSH.
♡ anuj srivastava 2 years ago
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