Hahnemann Ki Aawaz Posted on 06 – 05 – 2014
21 – 01 -2014 There are many partially proved drugs in our Materia Medica. Affinity of living organism for drugs and the results they produce on healthy persons open dynamical theory of how drugs act. If this action is partial and no further proving happens, the drug is ‘half-proved’. The funniest fact is that such half-proved drugs render good results. You will wonder that ‘Aesculus hip’ is half- proved drug and still works nicely for hemorrhoids. (Pathogenesis in British journal of homoeopathy, Hales new remedies, Vol XVIII 1876). Such type of drugs has to be explored fully. I refer to two such drugs, Ceonothus and Tinospara. These are partially proved but are excellent in their working.
How the drugs should be proved in India?
A drug changes function of organs in the body. It is essentially destructive if its properties are half – known. There is a procedure for proving of drugs. Every person is unique. He or she is only one in whole of universe. Health of each person depends upon the region/country of his birth, climate, and social life and food habits. If a person leaves his birth place and settles some where else, he may experience body- disorders till his susceptibility accepts the changes. Great Hahnemann knew this phenomenon and devised methods of cure through individualized medicines so that ‘native’ adjustment does not become a hurdle in bringing a cure rapidly. This is what he thought. His era was different with no pollutions, casual food habits. He did not expect his innovation to shape to ‘universal’ cadre. Region-wise or country-wise proving of drugs was out of his imaginations.
You will agree that Individuality of an Indian and a foreigner differs. They will prove differently due to different constitutions, physical appearance and most important thinking in mind. Do we have dwarfs and brunets of Europe? Still we have to learn about their drugs. Another example is that of tolerance. An Indian is tolerant to pains till it is severe. In his proving of drug, he will write ‘headache tolerable’, where as European or American will write ‘headache intolerable’. This is reading of mind symptoms. Dr. H. L. Chitkara author of MM of Mind has mentioned this point in his lectures on mind. Mind symptoms are liable to differ in all respects due to variable cultures. What I am pointing out is that proving of some drugs in India is essential.
George Vithoulkas in his book, ‘The Science of Homoeopathy’ says, ‘Once a remedy has been gathered from a particular geographic location and then proven there, the specific preparation must be the one used by all homoeopaths prescribing on the basis of that proving. The remedy Pulsatilla, used by all the homoeopaths, must be the exact species used in the original proving; if a different species were to be used without being re-proven, it is probable that the specific symptom-picture would be enough different as to prevent the desired results. If the remedy is prepared and proven in India, then only the rest of world must use that preparation. Only by adhering to these standards can our prescribing be sufficiently accurate to attain the reliable results possible in homoeopathy’.
The habitat of Pulsatilla is Europe, Russia and Asia. It is a perennial herb and its root, spindle shape, stem and height, leaves and flowers will not have the same qualities if grown in India with its original seed brought from Europe. We need to re-prove it. Leave countries aloof, even each state of India should have different proving of drugs because of variable cultures in plains, hills, seashores and deserts. This type of proving is not practical.
It is only our faith in homoeopathy that we are following the results of symptoms of a drug proved by foreigners. We have no other alternative. Moreover, we are seeing good results of their proving on our patients. These results are partial and still we are happy.
People defame homoeopathy as a slow acting therapy. One reason is our bad selection of remedy but the other reason is remedy being half proven. It takes time to act and we call it slow in action.
I return to proving of two drugs, Ceonothus and Tinospara cordifolia. Reproving of these may open secrets of spleen and other diseases. Not much of work has been done on cure of spleen in homoeopathy. Surgical physiology says that functions of spleen are not wholly understood. (Book ‘Short practice of surgery’ by Bailey and Love, 1975)
We have read about function and diseases of spleen in books. Here is what most of us have not read spleen. It is its connection with vital force of the body. Here is an explanation.
Dr. K.C.Bhanja, an eminent Homoeopath of Kolkatta did research work over spleen. In his book ‘Homoeopathic Prescriber’, he cites a possible answer to secret of spleen. Dr. Bhanja says that ‘spleen’ is responsible for absorption and release of vital force (energy) in the body. He says that vitality (or vital force) originates from the sun. Spleen stores this energy of sun in our body. Sunlight gives us ‘Prana’ (life). ‘Prana’ is vital force. He gives example of death (See page 35 of the book) to prove his point. Death mostly occurs at the dead hours of night when the vital force is at its ebb-tide in the atmosphere, and stock of vital force absorbed during the day is near exhaustion. One can check records of any hospital. Most of deaths occur during nights or after sun- set.
How does spleen absorb energy from the sun during day time? Dr. Bhanja explains, ‘Medical science has given very meager explanation of the function of spleen in the human body. The principal justification of its existence lies in the fact that it is through the etheric counterpart of spleen and that vital force is absorbed by physical body through the medium of the etheric double or chhaya shareer, the invisible part of he physical body, made of four ethers, being the finer matters of the four sub-planes of the physical of nature. ‘Theosophists investigated this through the medium of subtle senses and conceptions’ (Theosophy is a system of philosophy that aims at direct intuitive knowledge of God).
Dr. Stuart Close in his book, ‘The genius of Homoeopathy’ (Chapter Life, Health and Disease) also agrees to the theory of ether and life, ‘Ether is a hypothetical medium filling all the space in the form of transverse wave-motion, radiant or vibratory energy of all kinds, including light-waves. According to physical science, all energy exists in ether and matter may be regarded a condensation, or ‘specially modified form of ether’. This is as far as physical science can go’.
All above explanation means that spleen plays a vital role in our body and it has some connection with vital force. I have given these references only to justify that ceanothus is important for complete proving so that its potential is fully known to the fraternity.
Proving status of ceanothus
‘Ceanothus, new jerky tea, has received but fragmentary proving’, says Dr. J.C.Burnett of England (1879).
‘Ceanothus was ignored even for giving its symptoms by many authors, including Kent in M.M.Lectures’, says Willard Ide Pierce in ‘Comparative Materia Medica’. Nash in ‘Leaders’ gives ceanothus only one line description.
Allen forgets to mention it in his ‘Keynotes’.
This was all due to incomplete proving of the drug.
Proving status of Tinospara
Now we come to Hindu drug ‘Tinospara cordifolia’. It is called ‘Gloay’ or ‘Amrita’ in Hindi, ‘Tiapatigo’ in Talgu, ‘Amritbali’ in Kannad and ‘Guruch’ in Sanskrit. It is also known as Indian quinine. It is member of menispermaceae family. Cocculus Indicus is another drug which is member of same family. This was proved by S. Hahnemann. Cocculus Indicus is totally different from Tinospara. In symptoms of eye, fever, mouth, enlarged liver, spleen and headache, it resembles Pulsatila and Azadirechta. (Reference: ‘Bhartiya aushdhi….’ by Dr. Khagendra Nath Basu. The writer confirms that Tinospara needs detailed proving.
Acharya Bal Krishan of Patanjali, Haridwar has given full details of this drug in his book, ‘Ayurveda Jarhi Booti rehasay’. It is a plant that can be used for multiple diseases of ears, dyspepsia, ulcers, cough, Asthma, all types of fevers including dengue, chronic fever with splenomegaly, liver diseases, kidney diseases, syphilis, rheumatism, gout, hemorrhages, piles, constipation, heart disease, tuberculosis and blood cancer. One can remember that Delhi newspapers were full of praise for Gloay when Dengue had attacked Delhi people. On Indian drugs many homoeopathic doctors of West Bengal (Dr. P. C. Majumdar, Dr. A.C. Bhaduri, Dr. D.N. Roy, Dr. S.C. Ghosh, and Dr. K.K. Bhattacharya) have proved many drugs but this drug was left out for complete proving for reasons unknown.
It is better if the hidden potential of these drugs is known to the fraternity. Department of Ayush, CCH, and CCRH should make attempts to prove these two medicines. Students doing post graduation should also select these drugs as their thesis. National Institute of Homoeopathy in Kolkatta and Nehru homoeopathic medical college of New Delhi (reputed and oldest) can also play a part in this effort.
Great Hahnemann says, “It is an easy matter to doubt things which are not before us in visible forms, but this proves nothing; according to the old rule, proving is the business of those who deny.”
Let us follow our master’s rule.
Dr. Shiv Dua,
Faridabad 121002, Haryana.
Ph. 9871408050, e-mail; firstname.lastname@example.org