Incompatible Remedies

Before administering or taking a remedy, check to see if it is compatible with the last one used.

Incompatible remedies are those which, if used directly before or after each other, can greatly aggravate the symptoms or confuse the case.

Incompatible remedies may follow each other if:

    1.There has been an intervening remedy

    2. Considerable time has elapsed

    3. The first remedy did not act


Avoid aggravation [Robin Murphy]

Each person has an optimum potency. If the optimum is 12c, then start at 6c, until not effective, then go to 12c. If you enter the system at 200c, an aggravation may occur. By starting at 6c, a tolerance is built and the healing is gentle, rapid and permanent. The healing crisis is not necessary or wanted.


Alternating Remedies:      [C.V. Bönninghausen]

When 2 related remedies compete so closely that a choice is difficult, and each had some concomitant symptoms of the case that the other did not possess. Best results when continuously alternating both and with not too long intervals, so that always the one is given before the other had fully exhausted its action. The improvement increases and often no other medicines are necessary to complete the cure.


[M.L. Tyler]

One has been minded, to talk about OLFACTION (= act of smelling) as a potent means of administering medicines: and the "Little Case" we publish in this issue, brings it again to the front. One remembers a doctor who, years ago, scoffed at Hahnemanns dicta in regard to the administration of medicines by olfaction. But with the suggestion, "All right: I will bring you one to sniff", grew suspicious: "What was it?" "Only Amyl nitrate:" and, he declined with thanks.

      Anyway, here is what Hahnemann has to say on the subject. (The italics are hers).

      "Besides the stomach, the tongue and mouth are the parts most susceptible to medicinal influences: but the interior of the nose is especially so: and the rectum, the genitals, as also all particularly sensitive parts of the body are almost equally capable of receiving medicinal action: hence also, parts that are destitute of skin, wounded or ulcerated spots permit the powers of medicines to exercise almost as penetrating an action upon the organism as if the medicine had been taken by the mouth or still better by olfaction and inhalation”. (If you don’t want to give a remedy by mouth, the inside of the nose works fine and may even give faster results. Moisten a q-tip with a water potency or have the patient dip a finger in the water potency and touch the septum inside the nose )

      "Even those organs which have lost their peculiar sense, e.g., a tongue and palate that have lost the faculty of tasting or a nose that has lost the faculty of smelling, communicate the power of medicine that acts first on them alone not less perfectly to all other organs of the body. The most sensitive parts are also the most susceptible".

      In the Little Case quoted down the page, five years of intermittent colitis almost dysenteric following inhalations of turpentine, "the smell of paint" was cured by Terebinth. "high".

      Now, one had a sort of idea, that if a substance were merely inhaled, and not taken by the mouth, or injected, its effects must be far more transient. And yet, WHY? Have we not proved, a thousand times, that a few small pellets, merely moistened and so medicated, with some potency, may affect the organism, "rendered sensitive by disease", for months. It is the impression made at the moment that "acts" and persists, so to speak. No substance has been given to continue in the organism and to "act". It is the (?) neutralizing (?) stimulating effect that has been imparted to "parts rendered sensitive by disease" that has started a curative reaction not to be lightly meddled with. Perhaps some of our deep-thinking, or more learned readers will endeavour to elucidate this question? That it is a fact may suffice for some of us, whatever the exact explanation may be. As knowledge unfolds itself, many of the things we have had to, and have been content to, take on trust, because they worked out in practice, have at long last become scientific. And of course in these days we recognize that some of the most deadly poisons, even to the extinction of life, are at their deadliest when inhaled. The time has long gone by when we can afford to sneer at "Olfaction".

      But other reflections suggest themselves. "Nose, tongue, mouth, in that order are, according to Hahnemann, especially receptive of medicinal influences, which are conveyed to all parts of the body, to affect the susceptible parts. Hahnemann gave instances of cholera cured by vapour of camphor inhaled, when the patient was long past swallowing moribund even supposed to be dead. When our patients are long past swallowing, or with tiny blisters, it is enough to place the remedy inside the mouth, where it can be absorbed by tongue and buccal membrane and carried to its destination, i.e. to the morbid part, hyper-sensitive to its benign stimulation. Again, what about all the drugs poisons often to which the vaginal mucous membrane is subjected lightheartedly, as if, there, they could effect nothing but local action. "Civilization" has much to answer for! One does not wonder that our Missionaries, with their homoeopathic remedies, have such delightful results to bring us. But, in spite of all adverse circumstances, in spite of all the ways in which we are constantly poisoning ourselves and doing violence to our being, Homoeopathy the indicated remedy properly prescribed can work seeming miracles. And, again and again, we take heart; and try, so much as in us lies, to pass on the good news.

      The following cutting from a B.M.J. has been long "lying in wait" for energy or opportunity to discuss "Olfaction" in these pages. It bears out the dicta of Hahnemann as to the absorption of medicinal agents, not only by inhalation, but also through the skin.


!!!Castor oil vapour acts as a purgative!!!

      "The statement that castor oil will purge even when rubbed into the skin occurs in Sir William Hale-Whites Materia Medica. It is one of those sentences which may well remain impressed on the memory of the student, although he may never see an example of its practical application. Among the methods of administering purgatives described in the various textbooks inhalation is not mentioned, so far as I have seen. Yet that this mode of administering castor oil proves effective is indicated by two examples.

      "A pilot during the Great War suffered from mild chronic constipation which necessitated periodic laxative treatment. He was flying pusher planes, in which the engine was behind the pilot and observer. Later, he changed to aeroplanes with rotary engines. These engines were at the front of the machine, and used pure castor oil as a lubricant. The smell of castor oil was prominent in the fumes which he perforce had to inhale. He noticed that during the period when he flew these latter machines he never required to take any laxative medicine, but, when he gave up flying, his old constipation returned. Apart from this case, it was quite generally known among observant flying officers that the fumes from rotary engines kept the bowels open.

      "A striking case came to my notice recently. A mountaineer treated two pairs of climbing boots with castor oil in the bedroom of his hotel. On retiring for the night he again lavishly spread over the boots a layer of oil, the odour of which filled the room. Next morning the slightly nauseating odour was still noticeable in the room, and the owner of the boots found the purgative effect to marked that his bowels were opened 3x in the course of the morning; he noticed, moreover, that there was no griping effect.

      "It seems justifiable from these examples to conclude that the prolonged inhalation of the vapour of castor oil produces a purgative effect; although Cushny states that only volatile drugs can be used thus for their general action, Sollman writes that "this method is used only for gaseous medicines, such as anaesthetics or oxygen, and other authorities generally concur regarding inhalation.



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