Saturday, August 23, 2014

Update25/8: I was wrong about skipping potencies - they're all drawing 30 and doing well on it over the New Moon. (Can't really make rules in homeopathy easily! ... without being wrong, that is.:)
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Today they drew different potencies, but I gave them Icy's Hydrocot 12x and Cicuta 12x. The pattern seems to be 3x, 12x, 200, 10m skipping potencies in between for Hydrocot - those are the different potencies they're each drawing separately. Cicuta they're drawing in all the same potencies, but distinctly stronger in the 12x.

It's too close to the new moon (the day after tomorrow)  for me to make much out - they're irritable today and itchy and it poured in monsoon fervor.

The only two who are rapidly improving are Kitpit (she's dragging her leg less) and Ancient (who's turning himself over and eating as much as the other dogs, his blood diarrhoea has completely stopped and he's shitting dark, sometimes black stools, but normal amounts). Would that I could have saved Pummi with it! They've both had no other meds than I've put into the food for the last 2 days like all the other dogs.

Kenchu is itchy, Icy, though his wounds are healing has that enormous hematoma in his right ear. Gunda is limping again - something he'd stopped with Brahmi. I'm itching in my rt elbow, r. armpit, behind my r. knee, and have an itchy scraped-off spot in my r. groin. Irritable overall but sleeping soundly.:)

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Figuring things out from first principles

Despite the many advances of Allopathy, the many remedies of Homeopathy and the boundless advice of every other alternative healing system, we each have to work out from first principles when we try to heal. Every time I'm unable to save a dog, I know I did something wrong - my basic understanding of the disease is wrong.

Pummi was a classic example of not being able to heal her disease with Thuja and Pulsatilla - two remedies that can't be praised enough in homeopathy. She drew those two like a sponge, but something was missing. The same with all the elemental remedies. I've used them time and again (like an insane person doing the same thing over and over hoping for a different result!:) to lose the dog. I've had enough of this half-baked way of following the leader. I love suggestions of remedies, but I'll judge for myself if they're worthwhile or not.

When I got this old dog, Ancient, and tried to revive him, I reached for the Ranunculae - Aconite and Pulsatilla - textbook style for exposure. I held Pulsatilla 1m to his spine and immediately he began to struggle for breath, jaw gaping and not being able to draw any air in. I had read somewhere on the net when I looked for remedies to help euthanize Pummi that Pulsatilla is used to ease death. Immediately I stopped and began with the Umbelliferae - and he survived! So far.

When Kitpit injured his hipbone, the obvious Symphytum and Rhus tox came to mind, but I expected Arnica and Aconite to help more. But nope. This reminded me of how I couldn't save Rambo (was that his name?) from Vngr after his hip injury with those two. The remedy healing her best is Camphor - go figure. How strange.

So, you see that textbooks can be wrong. Teachers can be wrong, authors can be wrong and Hahnemann can be wrong. Or at least, their knowledge was incomplete and human - we've got to set their advice in perspective (along with all the advice on the net) and judge from the animal's reaction itself.

The other side of learning curve was the puzzling occasional success I had with rare and strange remedies like Angustura for a shelter dog, Ruta when I was working out and Eucalyptus, Pilocarpus, Phytolacca and Physostigma for most dogs.

I couldn't fit them into any pattern until I classified all my remedies into plant families. Even then, it took Pummi's death for me to see the whole picture of how it works from Umbelliferae down the development of plant species. I'm really sad that I couldn't understand it fast enough to save her.

Sometimes I think of my animals as angels that suffer in front of me so that I don't get complaisant and stop trying to figure out how to heal better. I'm the ordinary confused mix of intelligence, laziness and obedience to the past (imitation?) that characterizes humans. Without the rage and sorrow I feel when I lose a life, I would just stick to giving them what the books say works. Perhaps this is what happens to most homeopaths in practise - why so many centuries later, homeopathy hasn't advanced at all from gloomy uncertainty to dazzling perfection.

I always thank my animal friends for not giving up on me, for bearing with my mistakes and hanging on until I learn something, or learn to change something, in my healing system. More power to them.

Hydrocotyle 1m today

They're no longer drawing 12x, and very little of 30, the next higher potency I have is 1m which they're drawing. So it appears that the low potencies end 3 days after the First Qtr and we have to amp up the potency from then on.

2 days ago my right knee was skinned by the 12x, I think I mentioned. Yesterday it was my right groin at the joint. Today it is my left knee that is itching with that pre-skinning itch. It's following either major arteries or major lymphatic nodes.

The old dog is so much better but still unable to stand up on his own. The joints of his shoulders are so weak he's turning it into painful almost-dislocating angles from weakness (and screaming from the pain). But he refuses to lie down. The important thing is to keep him on a carpet so that he has traction. He hasn't passed faeces for a few days now, but at least he's not hemorrhaging blood internally. Eating well - biscuits, chicken heads, legs, a huge portion of rice with rice bran oil. I've got my fingers crossed that all continues to go well until he gets his strength back.

My poor darling Kitpit fell off the terrace (30 feet) and seems to have broken or damaged or dislocated her hipbone 2 days ago (I only noticed the dragging leg last evening -the evening she was found, she was lying down and I couldn't see the injury). She's drawing Camphor 30 (shock), *Symphytum 6 and *Rhus tox 6 and Aesculus 6 - I've only given her a dose each of the *ed. (Aesculus I wasn't sure of and I'm never sure if I can give Camphor alongside because of all the literature cautioning its use since it's a universal antidote). I'm going to try more remedies today. I hope she gets normal use of her leg back.

Really been a stressful week, dogs eating desperately, picking up Ancient and Kitpit's accident compounded by the intermittent torrential rains.

But perhaps the worst of all is that the Hydrocotyle 1m I took this morning to see it's effect has got me in a fever-pitch of confused anxiety and busy-ness, feelings of being overwhelmed (a sense of not having got anything done, a vague persistent guilt) and losing my time-sense (forgot the day of the week). Aggravation majeur!:) I hope my dogs handle it better than I have.:)

Hopefully this potency helps all the dogs and cats and birds cope through this miserable rainy season full of accidents, mating mania, fights and injuries. If my sense of hurried, worried anxiety is anything to go by, it should help a lot of my older dogs.
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Reaction lasted a half-hour, starting 3 hours after the dose. Itching, biting themselves, howling and restlessness. Now they're sleeping like logs. Fingers crossed!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Much more on Hydrocotyle!

Hydrocotyle is Brahmi or the Golu Kola Brahmi of India (Centella asiatica/Hydrocotyle asiatica). Once I found that out, I was ecstatic. For one thing, it's covered insufficiently in the materia medicas (only Clarke and Boericke have anything on it). For another, I can see it has a far greater effect than any other remedy in the Materia Medica - and I have tried virtually all of them.

So this is a mystery to be solved and knowing that it is Brahmi gives me access to more ancient medical literature than is available in Homeopathy. And since medical science is so into saponins these days, some of their literature.

From here:
"An herbaceous annual plant from the family of Mackinlayaceae, Gotu Kola is used as a medicinal herb ayurvedic medicine, traditional African medicine and traditional Chinese medicine to treat various diseases like bowel disorders, AIDS, elephantiasis, epilepsy, insanity, fever, eczema, diarrhea, and amennorhea. Also referred as Vallarai in Tamil, Gotu Kola is particularly used in treating nervous disorders, premature aging and senility. Traditional medicines claim Gotu Kola as a 'Brain Tonic'.
The three alkaloids in it are:
  • Asiaticoside, which is classified as an antibiotic that helps in healing wounds especially in the treatment of leprosy and tuberculosis
  • Brahmoside and Brahminoside, pair of chemicals that are diuretic in nature and have a slightly sedative action in large doses
  • Madecassoside, a glycoside that is a strong anti-inflammatory agent
More uses:
  • Supports the central nervous system
  • Increases intelligence and memory / Prevents senility
  • Revitalizes the immunity system
  • Increases hair and nail growth
  • Strengthens the adrenals
  • Helps in relieving digestion troubles
  • Increases fertility
  • Accelerates wound healing both internally and externally
  • Accelerates spiritual progress by opening higher energy centers
  • Used to purify blood and circulatory systems
  • Used to treat chronic skin conditions such as eczema
  • Used for opium detoxification, especially in Thailand
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Analgesic
  • Adaptogenic
  • Anti-carcinogenic
  • Anti-ulcerogenic
  • Mildly antibacterial
  • Anti-viral
  • Antiseptic
  • Anxiolytic
  • Cerebral tonic
  • Circulatory stimulant
  • Emmenagogue
  • Febrifuge (reduces fever)
  • Diuretic
  • Laxative
  • Nervine
  • Veulnerary (to treat heals and wounds) 
What science knows: "Leaves are used as tonic, memory enhancer and also used in the treatment of cataract, eye troubles and in fevers and diarrhea among children. The plant is reported to contain glycosides like brahmosides, indocentelloside, asiaticoside, theankuniside and isotheankuniside. Asiaticoside has been identified as the most active compound in the plant associated with the healing of wounds and duodenal ulcers, whilst the triterpene saponins are also reported to possess immunomodulatory properties."

  • Causes corneal wounds and ulcers, causes collagen production in such a way as to inhibit formation of hypertrophic scars, keloids, and stretch marks, causes allergic contact dermatitis.
  • Stimulates the production of human collagen, a protein involved in wound healing,
  • accelerated the healing of superficial postsurgical wounds and ulcers by accelerating cicatricial action. stimulates the epidermis, significantly increased the tensile strength of newly formed skin.
  • decrease fibrosis in wounds, thus preventing new scar formation.
  • The mechanism of action appears to be twofold: by increasing the synthesis of collagen, by inhibiting the inflammatory phase and increasing the activity of myofibroblasts and immature collagen.
Gotu Kola Root is a memory and brain stimulant. It has been used to help with learning disabilities, Alzheimer's disease, and senility. It is a thyroid support that counteracts fatigue and depression; increases the sex drive. Gotu Kola Root increases blood circulation and protects against cardio-vascular disease. It has been used to treat varicose veins, particularly, discomfort, tiredness, and swelling; and hemorrhoids. It stimulates the central nervous system; and promotes wound healing. It helps promote a healthy heart and liver function; helps eliminate excess fluids; rebuild energy reserves.

From this site
Gotu Kola is a rejuvenative nervine recommended for nervous disorders, epilepsy, senility and premature aging. As a brain tonic, it is said to aid intelligence and memory. It strengthens the adrenal glands and cleanses the blood to treat skin impurities. It is said to combat stress and depression, increase libido and improve reflexes. It has also been indicated for chronic venous insufficiency, minor burns, scars, scleroderma, skin ulcers, varicose veins, wound healing, rheumatism, blood diseases, congestive heart failure, urinary tract infections, venereal diseases, hepatitis and high blood pressure.

In India, Gotu kola is regarded as perhaps the most spiritual of all herbs. Growing in some areas of the Himalayas, gotu kola is used by yogis to improve meditation. It is said to develop the crown chakra, the energy center at the top of the head and to balance the right and left hemispheres of the brain. It is regarded as one of the most important rejuvenative herbs in Ayurvedic Medicine. Sri Lankans noticed that elephants, renowned for their longevity, munched on the leaves of the plant. Thus the leaves became known as a promoter of long life. It is said to fortify the immune system, both cleansing and feeding it and to strengthen the adrenals. It has been used as a pure blood tonic and for skin health. It has also been used to promote restful sleep.

Some criticism and some inheritance issues :)

I'm always wondering why a remedy works. How can we ask others to trust in homeopathy when I, who believes in homeopathy through personal experience, experience giving animals for 2 decades and hands-on experience, can hardly understand why some remedies work and others don't.

I admire and marvel at the confident homeopaths on the net who say, "if this is the problem give this". I also wonder at their true experience with the healing -- does it always go like clockwork? Do the people and animals who take their remedies heal from it? Sufficiently? My experience has not been so perfect. I may have healed sufficiently 1 in 10 or 20 before (5-10% of all the animals I've treated), and in the last year maybe 1 in 5 or 10 (10-20%). I say 'sufficiently' because it's never been a perfect healing - I can always see the rest of the iceberg of disease below the surface waiting to pop up. Zero.

I have been played by the homeopathic blame game, and played myself through guilt and sorrow, with all the accusations: "not enough doses", "too many doses", "mixing up remedies", "not changing remedies", "giving inimicals", "not giving the right follow-up remedy", "not being a classical homeopath", blah, blah, blah.

NONE OF THAT IS TRUE. Believe me when I say you've done nothing wrong in your treatment using homeopathy - the error is in Homepathy being incomplete from Hahnemann's time.

The theory is incomplete - we don't know enough about how to use the remedies. Oh, I know that with German precision and efficiency the remedies are detailed to a ridiculous degree. The method to use them are prescribed to the last by the aphorisms. Clarke and the rest have given their successful cases as shining examples of how they ran a practice successfully. Still others have proved innumerable new remedies to add to the materia medica. Shankaran, Gravogyl, et al have tried to complete the theory with miasmic categories, grouping remedies into Hydrogenoid, Lymphatic, Scrofulous, etc.

But all this is incomplete - they're just pieces of the grander puzzle of Healing as an art. The fact is that we're unable to heal consistently with Homepathy. No wonder we've lost out to a far inferior, cunning and mindless machine in allopathic pharmacology and cures! They actually deliver what they promise - they set lower expectations and deliver on it.:)

I am an heir to this wonderful, uncut, raw gem of a healing system. You and I. Instead of finding ways to blame each other, guilt-trip our patients, accuse Allopathy and hide our lack of successes, we could instead try to figure out why - why didn't a remedy work? You and I can find out what is missing and fill in the blanks left by Hahnemann, if we are so lucky ... and honest and true. The kind of truth that we call "shruti" the unchanging true reality.

In truth, homeopathy hasn't offered the world a clear path to its use. How should it be used so that it heals 100% of the time? Lets figure that out first - because we know it can.

Another Insight into using Homepathy: Connective tissue not mucus membrane

The Hydrocotyle 12x has sheered off the skin behind my right knee.:) I'm guessing it is a location for the lymphatic system - I've had the skin sheer off and leave it raw a few times before during the monsoon season, but this time it is healing so fast I think it is from the remedy.

I haven't written in a couple of days because I picked up a dying old dog who was starving because he's got cataract in both eyes. He was under the bridge on the Railway Parallel Road in V'ngr, and I only noticed him because he was screaming in that peculiar cry of a dying dog, as their body gets paralysed from exposure. He'd either had an accident or got thoroughly drenched by vehicles hitting a puddle next to him. But he was shivering and barely alive when I wrapped my jacket around him, put him in an auto (a really kindly auto rickshaw driver thankfully at 6 am, as rare as that is) and took him home.

He started eating yesterday evening. Hydrocotyle 30 once and then 12x since, and this morning Cicuta 12 when he had pain after eating. Last night he drew Guaicum 200 when the storm made him uncomfortable. He's got bleeding stools, dark blood that hasn't stopped. It seems to be common in street dogs dying from exposure after the full development of the disease. That disease we call 'distemper' in the young and the old, but seems to be an immune response to weather change and the moon cycle (tuberculosis or cancer?).

That's the background, but here's what I realised:
Even though dogs respond to all the remedies down the plant evolutionary tree, its the Umbelliferae/Apiaceae and especially Hydrocotyle (Centella or Kola) which I think is the head of the lot of them that really does them good. If that can effect a change in immunity, then we can go down next in the plant family, Cicuta in his case, and so on. After he's settled with those remedies, the next plant family can come into play and a remedy from it, like Guaicum, can take effect. And so on.

This is the safest way to practice homeopathy.

The thinning of the skin behind my knee is what I think they're having inside their abdomen, and Hydrocotyle (the indian Brahmi or Kola) is some kind of antidote to that. Homeopaths like Clarke and Hahnemann were always talking about the mucus membrane and remedies to balance it, but I finally realise that my dogs don't need remedies for the mucus membranes but connective tissues. More later.