February’s Homeopathy DE meeting about coughs provided us with a very interesting auditory experience of how to differentiate coughs and recognize the cough remedy that will cure.
Keeping in mind the Law of Similars, a fundamental principle of Homeopathy which states that the remedy which cures can also cause similar symptoms, Dr. Banerjea, a talented doctor and teacher, was able to produce the artificial cough sound of certain remedies – remedies which can cure a person who is ill and makes a similar authentic coughing sound.
Video (part 1)
Video (part 2)
Presenters Christine Mercante and Barbara Bason discussed case taking for a person suffering from cough along with some well known and lesser known cough remedies. After class, one participant mentioned that 3 people in her family had ‘the cough’ but needed 3 different remedies. The individuals all were cured but each with his / her similar remedy. Now, that is really going to hone the skills of a home prescriber’s case taking, remedy finding (Kent’s Repertory) and remedy verifying ( Boericke’s Materia Medica ).
The last half of the class was spent solving 2 cough cases (paper cases). Using Boenninghausen’s criteria for zeroing in on characteristic symptoms, we used Kent’s Repertory to find the Modalities (conditions where a person feels better or worse which are uniquely reflective of the individual’s sensitivity), Sensations of the cough, and Etiology or Causation.
See if you can find the remedy which cured this young 10 month old child called M of her cough and other symptoms.
M returned to the East coast after a late winter vacation in Hawaii where she came down with a virus. She had a runny nose with some chest congestion by the time she came home.
She started to have a peculiar symptom of sudden vomiting where she would be sitting on someone’s lap, her mouth would open and she would very suddenly and easily vomit a volume of milk. This was not a wet breast feeding burp. She did not seem nauseated. She did not seem better after vomiting.
Her cough became tighter, more croupy in the evening. Lying made it harder to breathe, causing her to cry and cough a tight congested wheezy cough. Being held with her chest against mine, was better for her. She did not have a fever. Instead, she looked pale and tired.
See if you can solve this Case – look at Concomitants, Location, Etiology, Modalities, Sensations/Sounds and then consider the age group of the patient. Use your Repertory to look in the Cough section and in the Stomach section for her characteristic symptoms and read about a few remedies in the Materia Medica. Come to the March Homeopathy DE Meeting to let us know what remedy your sleuthing exercises revealed.