Saturday, May 24, 2014

Duncan's Acid Alkaline Theory - puppies and kittens

I stopped on the verge of understanding this when the CM male died. I was also stuck - how did one actually divide plant alkaliods into acid and alkaline? And the elements themselves were confusing in their electropositivity and negativity. And then the moon captured my attention again and I let it slide. Now with a new vigor, I'm on it again. (I'd have liked to have helped the three puppies that died at the shelter - I haven't been there since.)

Here it is for the impatient amateur homeopath!! I've stumbled on a brilliant free ebook called "Acid and Alkaline Children" by Duncan. Please read it! So glad someone else has worked on the subject. I'm still trying to figure out his logic but every word is a gem for those who want to save puppies and kittens.

Here's a summary for Acid, Alkaline and Neutral separately (trying to post it as a table has taken up an entire day on this useless blogger):

  • In feeding we have to work contrary - give acid foods to alkaline animals and alkaline foods to acid animals.
  • In remedies we have to work with similima - give acid remedies to acid animals and alkaline remedies to alkaline.

Acid Puppies or electro-negative:

  • Acid puppies are cured by acid remedies.
  • In brain diseases: Acid puppies, who are nervous, restless and anaemic, would suggest Aconite, Arsenicum, Rhus toxicodendroji. Sulphur.
  • In throat & chest diseases: For the acid puppies the remedies might be Aconite Spongia, Iodine, Bryonia, Phosphorus, Sulphur.
  • In bowel diseases: For acid puppies the selection would be from among such remedies as Arsenicum, Podophyllum, Pulsatilla, Rhus.
  • In skin diseases: For the acid puppies with their dry, scaly, chafed skin such remedies might be called for as Sulphur, Arsenicum, Silicea, Rhus. Acids quickly become converted into neutral salts, and are probably absorbed as such. Some, especially diluted sulphuric preserve in the intestines their astringent action. Acids increase the amount of bile poured into the intestine. 
  • Rule. Morning aggravation of a looseness of the bowels indicates the acids or electronegative drugs.
  • In all other ailments: If in the evening the acids. Noon to midnight.
  •  acid: red lips, fat puppies, smaller stomach, little gastric juice
  • Excretions in Infancy: the excretions in infancy have an acid reaction ;  Acids and cold are the infant destroyers.
  • Bile: When the soda base is lessened, naturally, artificially or accidentally, as in disease, we have then two irritating acids glycocholic and taurocholic acids liberated high up in the alimentary canal.
  • The next epoch in the pup's life is when it is able to take and digest meat. Now the liver is relatively smaller, the stomach lies more horizontal, its transverse and longitudinal fibers are better developed and the amount of hydrochloric acid secreted increases as age advances. The intestinal juices (colonic) become more and more acrid. To correspond to this change the mother's milk becomes more saline. Finally we reach the period when the stomach is the chief digestive organ in the body. This is the natural order, but it may be easily changed or deranged at any point and serious results always follow.
  • Deranged by improper feeding - the acid mucus of the mouth may increase and so reinforce the gastric secretion that the milk is curdled rapidly into solid masses which the bile cannot emulsify. The excessive acidity exhausts the soda base and liberates the bile acids, which swelling the acid contents, generates colic and distress every where. The milk given the pup may be neutral or acid, if the mother is spare, or, if it is cow's milk, so very acid as to develop acidity high up in the alimentary tract. In either case digestion and development are arrested.
  • The acid pup is thin, scrawny, cross and sour. whether the acidity is induced by the first dose of sweetened water, or subsequently by negligence or thin milk. It nurses, or would nurse constantly, cries and squirms incessantly, vomits occasionally and its bowels are always out of order. Its teeth are cut with difficulty, its intestinal irritation is often interpreted as worms and then it is the victim of vile drugging.
  • Give a lean pup an oil bath. Rub into the skin oil once or twice a day. The oil preferred is sweet almond oil. The oil should be taken up by the skin or wiped off. If any remains unabsorbed it is apt to become rancid and produce irritation. If the oil is rancid, sour {i.e. the fatty acids liberated), the effect upon the skin will be manifest by redness and eruptions. This takes place in the alimentary canal from acidity.
  • Feeding acid puppies: Limewater, dilute milk with sugar of milk or The alkalinity may be best secured by sodium carbonate, which is appropriated both by the liver and blood.

Gravougl's Oxygenoid (acid)- remedies:
Hydriodate of potash absorbs all of the ozone I should prefer it to iron.
Here the carbons and the alkaloids rich in carbon, have a dual effect, as Graphites Petroleum, Kreosote, Benzoic acid. Citric acid, Acid hydrocyan., Laurocerasus, and chiefly for inductive reasons andozone water corresponding, indeed, to the iodosmene water, furthermore. Nitric acid ; many socalled narcotics, especially Aconite; moreover, China, Quinine, Arsenic, but given alone, and all metals which are capable of suspending the process of decomposition, hence Chromium and Kali bichromicum. However, for reasbvious, the law of similarity must ahvays decide the special indication. 

Diseases: Gastric catarrh, spinal anemia, viceral inflammation, one form of tuberculosis.

Friday, May 23, 2014

Liliaceae for the new moon

Looks like my 9 remedies aren't going to be enough. They're drawing Allium Sat 3x and Sabadilla 3x.

The strange thing I've noticed is that you can almost always substitute one plant in the family for another. Liliaceae is extremely interchangeable and work well after each other (allium sat followed by allium cepa or scilla, etc.) as do Ranunculae (Puls can soften the Staphisagria dog to sweetness, aconite is followed well by the others) and Compositae (Bellis per follows Arnica, etc.)

Except for extreme cases like Belladonna which for some reason just doesn't do a thing for the animals except at 3x, which I have trouble working with (maybe I should use the less acidic Solanaceae first to build up to the Belladonna), I've found this to be rule to be true:

So, Rule 2: Plant families work well together. If one helps but doesn't heal completely, try another in the same group.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Greens for the dogs: Moringa (Drumstick) leaves

I just read about this powder as having a number or vitamins that preserve well on drying in a forum. There was a drumstick tree in my aunt's house full of very pretty and painful catapillars - I used to see the tamil neighbours take leaves from it.

I'm always trying to find leaves that dogs can enjoy eating which would enhance the food value (to combat scurvy in our concrete city). I'm going to try this one - it's about Rs. 8 for a bundle of fresh leaves. To quote:

Moringa’s fresh leaves have 7 times more vitamin C than oranges. Dry leaves have 25 times more iron than spinach; 4 times more protein than eggs; 10 times more vitamin A than carrots; 17 times more calcium than milk; and 15 times more potassium than bananas. 

The main greens dogs are crazy about is Lantana verbena or L. camara  (Vervain, closely related to catnip) which is medicinal to them, though wiki claims that it is a poisonous plant - but it has been used medically as an anthelminthic and for epilepsy. It's very closely related to thymol and catnip so is probably a dewormer.

But their preferred green suppliment - what they love beyond anything else - is Dog grass or Couch grass (triticum repens) which they consume madly to deworm themselves and as a digestive.

Though this grass is supposed to be a very fast-spreading troublesome weed, it refuses to grow in my home. I've constantly transferred seed and whole plants, pampered it with water and compost but it dies.

I don't have a green thumb.:(I comfort myself by saying my ground is probably not acidic enough for them.)
I have determinedly spread the plant far and wide, when it seeds, since I discovered a patch in the Bangalore Golf Course about 3 years ago -- for the greater good of all the canines.:)
It appears that I was needlessly worried about limiting it to these 9 remedies. The transition to Rhod 3x happened yesterday leaving Puls 6 out, and last evening Nux 30 drew for the first time with Icy and Kenchu. Now Rhod 12 is drawing energy, so the potency is moving up the further away we get from the full moon and into the new moon cycle. The inflammation and upper chakra remedies are changing down to the lower chakras needs, probably. Next should be the the upper spine and throat/heart or solar plexus/abdomen remedies.

Lets see.

Some weird coincidence

I've noticed a strange coincidence repeating itself in my family. Funny really if it wasn't so frustrating.:)

Every time an animal heals, and I claim a particular remedy did it, there's a counter-claim by my mother, cook and brother that they'd given the same animal allopathic medicines to cure it. This has gone on for 5 years now. It's happening now in Pummi's case as well. I'm wondering if it could be a kind of maya that covers the action of homeopathy (which explains why the whole world can't see the healing that homeopathy does ... that's another amazing thing to me ... that wikipedia claims that homeopathy has a placebo effect!). Of course, it could just be my family's way of being completely in;postID=1904681940849954618different to what I do.;)

Just as I thought that Pummi's mucus filled eyes are healing with Thuja, which I've just started and was gloating over, my servant said that my brother has started giving her something in cheese (turns out to be Betnovate in pill form - a corticosteroid). It is very possible. The rapidity of the cure points to something allopathic rather than homeopathic. But this means that I can't estimate how well this set of remedies do with her. (Anyway, it's enough that she heals, I guess, but so much for a purist approach.:)

I can think of a few reasons why this kind of cloaking is good.

One is a healer's humility and uncertainty - uncertainty is at the heart of a creative, active healing approach. I tend to get over-confident very rapidly and feel that my method or system is better than everyone else's. This makes me impatient with people and animals, the slowness of healing.

Time and again I've seen brilliant cures by my mother and Mataji's Shivananda healing system - something I can learn from if I've the mindset of uncertainty. They give one mixture and one specific, usually to be taken 3 times a day. Over 90% of the patients she treats claim to have improved permanently - something I can't even dream of with my more generalized system - 10% of my dogs and cats ... maybe 20% in the last two months, but no more than that - as yet.

Then there's allopathy which is definitely not a waste of time no matter how much homeopaths pooh-pooh it. James owes his life to the timely surgical removal of maggots and sterility that enabled him to heal. Maybe it isn't a disease cure, but he's still alive which is more than he would have been with my treatment alone. I simply didn't know enough to be able to heal him at the time he needed it. It was 3-5 days after the surgery that I figured out Rhododendron (because it rained and I made the connection to weather change) and Scillla mar (because of the loose cough that Rhod or the surgery brought out).

Then there's Hahnemann's aphorism ( to give this divine healing "free to all") - this system can't be used by anyone for a profit. How could it, if all its healing constantly coincides with the efforts of others?:) With the shelter dogs, the healing appears to the vets like the nutrition they provide as well as the sheltering from the elements that does the job; the dogs and cats at home, my mother and brother can always attribute it to their respective systems; the street animals I treat are all getting food from multiple animal-lovers - how wonderfully gratifying for them to see a good meal improve their charges!

I have thought of opening a clinic on and off, both for profit and to reach out, but this kind of coincidence reminds me that it isn't possible. It would be an exercise in futility, fulfilling neither my aspirations (I'd really hate to be treating only the expensive foreign pets of the selfish rich!) nor the needs of the independent street animal. All that time I'd spend working to build up a tiny clinic, convince and treat would take away from the time I'm putting into learning and healing the free and the feral. So ... everything is really for the best!