Hahnemann Ki Aawaz Posted on 17 – 01 – 2015
Diet- discipline in use of homoeopathic medicines is a must as per Aph 259 to 263 of Organon of Great Hahnemann. The doctors giving due importance to the diet regime are very successful. Each medicine has a particular behavior with particular food item. We have to see whether food item recommended or restricted is compatible with the disease or not. Along with this, morbid susceptibility of the patient to the food item is also to be considered.
Let us take an example of diet discipline. Suppose we have selected calcarea carb as remedy to be given. Do we tell the patient not to take beans and peas, cabbage, whisky, Dry fruits, eggs and hot drinks? These are restricted with CC. Mostly , we do not tell about any such restrictions. If selection of remedy is correct but patient continues to take restricted food items, there would be sure delay in cure. Calcarea has craving for eggs but we do not tell the patient to stop taking eggs. Milk disagrees but he is takes milk daily at night as do most of North Indians. We do not enquire about it and Calcarea fails.
Remembering food items restricted with medicines is easy. Suppose we have given Calcarea carb. We know that calcarea is complementary to belladonna, lyco and rhus tox. All forbidden food item with calcarea will be almost same with use of bell, lyco and rhus. This is the beauty of healing in homoeopathy. Another good remembering point in restrictions with our medicines is that almost seventy five percent of medicines have restriction of ALCOHOL, COLD DRINKS AND COLD WATER. This instruction can be given to all patients roughly. In doubt, we can refer to classical text books on ‘practice of medicine’ and material medica.
I am giving few medicines that need restriction of foods for your ready reference.
Aconite Alcohol, sour and acid things, fruits, vinegar
Aesculus hip. Tea
Aethusa Coffee, milk
Aloe S Beer, sour, acids, fruits
Amm.carb alcohol, hot drinks or food, potatoes
Alumina Alcohol, cold drinks, milk, onions, potatoes
Baryta carb Alcohol, hot drinks, bread
Belladonna, Lyco, calcarea carb and Rhus tox—explained in the second Para.
Beriberis vulg Alcohol
Cactus Cold drinks, coffee
Carbo veg Fatty food, butter, cold drinks, alcohol, Ice, rich food, pork, milk
Causticum Coffee, fatty food
China Alcohol, cold drinks and cold water
Cina Bread, pepper
Kali bich Beer, coffee, sour and acids
Mag phos Alcohol, Cold drink, cold water and cold food
Mercurius Alcohol, plums, coffee
Natrum Mur Alcohol, milk, honey, sour foods, coffee.
Nitric acid Bread, milk, butter, cold food, fatty food, warm food or water
Nux vom Alcohol, coffee, cold food, bread, butter, cheese
Petrolium Cabbage, flatulent food, vegetables, alcohol, beans, peas
Phosphorus Alcohol, hot drinks and food, salt, butter
Pulsatilla Alcohol, Bread, butter, fatty hot food, frozen food, pastry, cake
Ruta Raw food
Sepia Cold water, and drinks, pork, tea.
Silicea Alcohol, Potatoes, mother’s milk, cold food, wine
Sulpher Alcohol, milk, sour and acids, cold drinks and cold water.
Thuja Apples, coffee, fatty food, onions, alcohol
Zincum met Wine, hot food and milk,spices.
One must remember that management of sick person is always individual. Each person has his or her liking and disliking and hence all directives on restrictions should be justified in this respect. Individuality and susceptibility of the patient should always be kept in mind.
Dr. Shiv Dua,
2617, sector 16, Faridabad 121002, ph. 09871408050