A twenty-year-old woman had been admitted to hospital suffering from
acute asthma, from which she had suffered since the age of eighteen
months. Ventolin and Becotide inhalers ceased to be effective and the
hospital administered intravenous steroids.
Once this episode had passed, the woman's GP made a referral to the
Bristol Homeopathic Hospital - an NHS funded out-patient hospital. After
a long wait of seven months, the date of the consultation approached.
The homeopath prescribed one dose of carcinosinum
1M in powder form, based on the following characteristics:-
Sensitive to music
Fastidious and perfectionist
Anxiety and concern about others
Strong sense of duty and responsibility
History of cancer in the family
In addition, the woman had suffered from glandular fever at the age
of seventeen, which is often seen when this remedy is required.
The woman returned for a follow-up consultation six weeks' later. She
reported a skin eruption that her mother had said was similar to some
eczema she had as a baby, which was treated with steroids. However,
this only lasted a matter of days. She also reported having slept much
better and generally feeling a greater sense of well-being. She had
also experienced a number of vivid dreams which she couldn't explain,
but felt were in some way significant.
No remedy was given at this point.
The patient returned again after six weeks and was given another dose
1M because there had been a slight return of symptoms, although in a
much less acute or serious form.
Four years after this treatment, the woman still has no need for her
ventolin inhaler and is considered cured. She had one episode of asthma
two weeks after she and her boyfriend split up, and this was dealt with
quickly and easily with a further dose of her constitutional remedy.
A thirty-three year old woman was suffering from depression since the
death of her mother five years previously as well as from heavy, painful
periods. She was given
LM01 to be taken once a day until some change was noticed. This was
based on the following symptoms and characteristics:-
Sympathetic to other people
Aversion to company, yet a fear of being totally alone
Dreams of flying
Generally worse in winter, cold, and better for open air
Bloating of the abdomen before the monthly period
Two months later, the patient reported the absence of pre-menstrual
symptoms for the first time that she could remember. However, her mental
well-being had taken a blow by the attempted suicide of her grandfather
and the death of a good friend.
The homeopath observed that there was a large amount of grief with the
patient, and that everything kept coming back to the problems regarding
her grandfather and the death of her friend. At the same time, she did
not elaborate freely or present many opportunities for further questioning.
Since it was difficult to elicit any real change in her symptoms, the
remedy was repeated in a higher potency -
Two months later, the patient returned and reported that she had started
to take anti-depressants. She was experiencing a degree of anxiety and
was become easily offended and very touchy. She was having very negative
thoughts. The remedy,
LM01 was given based on the following symptoms:-
Lack of self-confidence
Irritable and easily offended
Dwells on the past
Abandoned, forsaken feeling
Worse in the morning and in winter
Three months later, the patient reported feeling more confident, calmer
about things, a lot more positive with no anxious dreams, and she had
managed to half the dose of her anti-depressants to one tablet a day.
At this point, the patient moved away and started seeing a different
homeopath. However, she still keeps in touch, and I understand that
she has been able to come off the anti-depressants and is taking the
only when needed.
A four-year old girl had been suffering from a dry, itchy eczema since
the age of eighteen months. The mother was under the impression that
it had started as a result of the MMR vaccine. The child also had a
history of chest infections, with occasional asthma accompanying a bad
cold. The eczema first appeared on the child's feet and gradually went
up the back of the legs. At the time of the consultation, it was all
over her body with particularly red and sore patches on her torso. It
had recently appeared on the child's bottom. There is no bleeding or
weeping apparent from the skin.
It was noticed in the consulting room that the child was very naughty!
She ignored the requests of her mother to behave and had her own agenda
which she was going to stick with! The mother also reported that the
child had frequent temper tantrums whenever she didn't get her own way.
She was given Sulphur
to be taken twice a day until a change occurred, based on the following
characteristics and symptoms:-
Disobedient and obstinate
Talking in sleep
Illness since vaccination
Itching skin during sleep
Dry skin eruption
Six weeks later, the patent returned and reported many changes. Firstly,there
appeared to be a much better relationship between the mother and the
child. The child was less disobedient and was more happy to be part
of a team with her mother. She still had her independence, but the defiant
nature seemed to have been calmed. Additionally, she had had only very
few temper tantrums, which had been less severe and less long-lasting
The eczema had also changed. It had disappeared completely from the
child's bottom, was slightly worse in the groin area, but was much better
over thetorso, with only a few patches of dry skin and no redness. The
mother also reported that the eczema seemed to be less itchy at night,
and that she was sleeping better as a result. With these improvements
in mind, the remedy was repeated in a higher potency - Sulphur
since the previous bottle of LM01 potency had run out.
Two months later, the patient returned and the eczema had almost completely
cleared. There was no sign of eczema on the child's back or chest, and
the groin area had just a few tiny spots of redness. The mother also
reported that the child seemed more attentive and that she had stopped
The remedy was repeated in a higher potency, Sulphur
The patient has not booked another appointment.
A 39 year old male attended with extremely bad hayfever. He considered
that he had allergic reactions all year round, which were intensified
during the 'hayfever season'. He gets sneezing attacks for ten minutes
or longer, with an itchy nose, sore throat, watering eyes and difficult
breathing. He takes Benodryl and Piriton for the symptoms, and often
takes more than the recommended dosage because the symptoms are so bad.
He also has a degree of indigestion, some headaches, regular ear infections,
a bad neck and a terrible fear of heights.
He was given Pulsatilla
to be taken twice a day, based on the following characteristics and
Ailments from disappointment
Fear of high places
Cares and worries about domestic affairs
Strong desire for beer and sweets
He was seen again two weeks' later, and had experienced no change in
the symptoms. He also reported a strange new symptom - lack of concentration,
which he felt may have been caused by the remedy. It was also noticed
that he hadn't put into place any of the suggestions that were made,
such as cutting down the amount of coffee and mints consumed, and attempting
to reduce the dosage of medication. New information was sought, and
the remedy was changed to Calcarea
to be taken twice a day, based on:-
Abandoned or forsaken feeling
Desire for beer and sweets
Absence of nasal discharge despite hayfever
Perspiration of the scalp, worse at night
Cracking in the joints of the limbs
This appeared to cover all aspects of the case and the homeopath was
optimistic about the prognosis. However, one week later, he telephoned
the homeopath to report that he was having a terrible 'crisis' with
the hayfever and that the remedy had done nothing to help. In this instance,
only the symptoms of the hayfever were focussed on in an attempt to
relieve some of the suffering, before treating
the deeper levels with a constitutional remedy*. (* See section on 'constitutional'
and 'acute' treatment.)
It was therefore decided to give Sabadilla
to be taken when needed based on:-
Hayfever with itching in the nose
Stoppage of the nose and stuffy
Violent sneezing, worse in the morning
Watery nasal discharge
Worse at the full moon (it was noticed that this 'crisis' coincided
with a full moon)
He attended the clinic two and a half weeks later, and reported a huge
improvement. He was no longer having to use the nasal spray or eye drops
and for two weeks had taken no Benodryl. He had no sneezing fits in
the morning, no sore throat and no itchiness. He reported occasionally
getting itchiness in the eyes, but this disappeared within minutes of
taking a Sabadilla 6c. The patient also reported feeling 'less stressed'.
He didn't have to take the remedy regularly, only when needed. The patient
decided not to continue further, constitutional treatment, but to continue
taking the Sabadilla 6c as and when needed during the Summer months.
He recently telephoned to say that he was off all his medication and
taking the Sabadilla 6c only when he felt the really needed it.
A thirty year old woman attended with a number of problems. She had
experienced what she termed 'anxiety attacks' in recent weeks, had varicose
veins on her legs and distressing pre-menstrual tension followed by
extremely heavy periods which were excruciating. She has been on the
contraceptive pill "on and off" since she was aged 16 but
was currently not taking it. There was also a history of clairvoyance
and hearing the voices of people who had died. She said that she had
very low self-esteem and would even be embarrassed to go out of her
flat sometimes. However, despite this, she reported all her symptoms
freely and easily - she was extremely talkative.
She explained that her periods are "agony" which make her
go to bed, and sometimes she cries with the pain. The pain feels better
if she has a hot bath, a hot water bottle, a back rub or a gin! She
described the pain as going round to her back like a "band all
the way round". Her periods last for 8 to 9 days, there are lots
of clots, and the flow is so dark that it sometimes looks black.
The remedy Lachesis
was given based on the following symptoms:-
Lack of self-confidence
Clairvoyant and hears voices
Want for revenge
Suppressed periods (on account of the long use of the contraceptive
Varicosities in the legs with bluish swelling
Although her primary complaint was her menstrual troubles, only the
more general and characteristic symptoms were used in selecting a remedy.
The day after she took the first dose of the remedy, she telephoned
the homeopath and reported having an extremely good night's sleep but
waking up feeling as if she had "been in a fight" because
she was aching all over. She also reported having very vivid dreams.
Her veins had swollen up and her ear had ached really badly for a few
hours. Despite the apparent worsening of symptoms, she said she felt,
"really pumped up when I went into work this morning, which is
really unlike me". It was suggested that she wait and see what
happens but to call again if the pain got unbearable. She telephoned
the next day to explain that the 'aggravation' had subsided and she
was feeling good.
Six weeks later she returned for a follow-up consultation. She had stopped
smoking and the panic attacks were now "non existent". Her
PMT was still bad, but she thought it might have been a bit better,
and she didn't cry as much. A patch of eczema had returned on her arm
- she had this same symptom about fifteen years previously and had almost
forgotten about it.
The remedy was repeated as a single dose.
Two months later she returned saying that her periods had improved.
There were many less clots, her moods beforehand were more stable and
there was less pain. She was still not smoking and she had lost a lot
of weight (she had been dieting for years without success). She had
had no panic attacks, she was feeling happy and she thought that even
the varicose veins were improved. The eczema had gone. She explained
that her self-confidence was, "zooming" and she had been promoted
at work. She summed up by saying, "I feel much better about myself
- that's a definite change".
This patient continues to visit her homeopath regularly and the improvement
has been sustained.
* For the sake of anonymity, some features
of the case studies have been changed slightly. All the patients mentioned
on this site have granted permission for their details to be used.