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1 ORGAN REMEDIES Organ remedies Dr D P Rastogi, MD Hom

2 ….. “Curability of Tumours by Medicines” by Dr. James Compton Burnett
HISTORICAL NOTE “To cure a disease by remedies, the remedies must stand in some relationship to the disease process itself no matter whether the symptoms reveal the process or not. If the symptom spell out the morbid process the symptom suffice”….. ….. “Curability of Tumours by Medicines” by Dr. James Compton Burnett

3 BURNETT’S APPROACH Burnett accepted that a person could be treated through the organs [organopathy] and on this basis he mainly used the low potencies and tinctures. He also employed what came to be called 'the ladder of remedies', zigzagging his way through the symptoms of a case taking out a single symptom at a time. Burnett also resorted to old herbal drugs. His whole approach was remarkable for its very wide grasp of homeopathy as a system of natural healing wholly without dogma and a wide eclecticism with regard to herbs and ‘organ remedies’.

4 ORGAN REMEDIES Certain remedies have an affinity for specific organs or systems, and these are called organ-specific remedies. Knowing organ affinity can help deduce the homeopathic remedy, e.g. where the liver function dominates the problem we might consider Chelidonium. Some remedies affect more than one organ or system, e.g. Berberis vulgaris is used for liver, kidneys and spleen.

The more similar they are in symptomatology of the disease, the more they are homoeopathic to the sick individual. The more they are similar in pathological sphere, the more they belong to organopathic nature of the disease. Thus organ remedies are adjunct to classical homeopathy, emparting benefits of both homeopathic similimum and conventional therapy.

6 SIGNIFICANCE Although outside the 'classical' paradigm, there are times when using organ remedy is of distinct therapeutic benefit to the patient. Prescribed to support the weaker organs so the 'constitutional' remedy can work without causing aggravations, these organ remedies are often referred to as 'support' remedies. Thus organ remedies are adjunct to classical homeopathy, emparting benefits of both homeopathic similimum and conventional therapy.

7 SIGNIFICANCE Organ remedies are prescribed as palliative when the condition is advanced and the pathological changes are irreversible. These can also be prescribed to counteract the pace of acute disease when the body resistance is no match to bring about a quick response to the homoeopathic therapeutic intervention by a suitable drug. Deep-acting remedies may put a strain on the system if the organs are weak or have energy blocks. They can be strengthened and toned by a suitable organ remedy before giving a higher potency constitutional remedy.

8 SIGNIFICANCE Organ remedies may be used in cases where pathology is not advanced, and also in cases where other remedies may be indicated, e.g. In case of early left ventricular hypertrophy due to hypertension, the pathology is in reversible domain,and the main aim is to maintain the same status or to achieve regression. This can only be achieved if blood pressure is judiciously controlled and an appropriate supportive organospecific drug is prescribed to withstand stress to the myocardium, e.g. crataegus.

9 POSOLOGY Organ remedies are often prescribed either in mother tincture or in lower dilution 'X’ range. They are usually prescribed in divided doses, and repeated frequently. The standard usually followed in the prescription of the mother tinctures is as proposed by the CCRH, i.e. one drop per kg body weight in 24 hours: For example; a person weighing 75 kg may be prescribed mother tincture as: 25 drops three times a day.

10 CAUTION With all mother tinctures, there is a physical component and the danger of side effects or toxicity. It can be easy for homeopaths to forget this, so dosage needs to be considered respectfully when using material doses Although perfectly safe, it may rapidly become intolerable for compromised systems even in drop doses while stronger systems may yet tolerate it. Some remedies are toxic in their crude state, as such they should not be used for a prolonged period and in very large doses.

Adonis: Decompensatory cardiac failure, with valvular insufficiency; associated renal failure. It increases cardiac contractility, prolongs the diastole and favours emptying of engorged veins. It also acts as a diuretic. Amyle nitrosum: coronary artery disease, where there is spasmodic contraction of the blood vessels. It rapidly dilates all arterioles and capillaries thus reducing peripheral resistance with subsequent fall in blood pressure. Arnica: Compensatory left ventricular hypertrophy. Increases tonicity of myocardium and improves contractility.

Cactus: Action on the neurogenic component of the heart and on the musculature of the arteries. Used in CAD with coronary spasm. Crataegus: It sustains cardiac action under adverse stress and provides tonicity to the heart muscles. Effective in all stages incorporating both cardiovascular disorders and high risk factors; atherosclerosis, hypertension, coronary artery disease, dyslipidaemia, diabetes mellitus. Convallaria: Failing compensation with overdistended and dilated ventricles; pulmonary congestion.

Digitalis: Decompensatory cardiac failure, with valvular insufficiency, atrial fibrillation, pulmonary oedema, liver engorgement. Iberis amara: Early left ventricular failure, with thickening of cardiac walls. Naja: Atrial fibrillation. Rauwolfia: Hypertension without atheromatous changes. Spartium: Borderline cardiac decompensation; increases cardiac contractility and provides strength to cardiac muscles. Strophanthus: Congestive Cardiac Failure.

Antim. ars.: Emphysematous changes, especially elderly subjects. Aspidosperma: Threatened respiratory failure. Blatta orientalis: Used during acute attack of asthma or bronchitis as an expectorant and to relieve bronchospasm. Cassia sophera: Prescribed on the pathogenicity simulating extrinsic asthma and bronchospasm; used as a good supportive aid in asymptomatic phase. Cuprum aceticum: violent bronchospasm; status asthmaticus.

Eucalyptus: Asthma or bronchitis with secondary infection. Glycyrrhizia: Relieves bronchospasm and facilitates expectoration due to its anti-inflammatory and anti-allergic properties. Also reduces some of the side effects of corticosteroids. Grindelia: Used as an expectorant during acute asthmatic attack. Hydrocyanic acid: Status asthmaticus with collaspe; threatened respiratory failure.

Lemna minor: atrophic rhinitis, nasal polyp, eustachian catarrh. Glycyrrhizia: Relieves bronchospasm and facilitates expectoration due to its anti-inflammatory and anti-allergic properties. Also reduces some of the side effects of corticosteroids. Lobelia: Asthma associated with emphysema; used as an expectorant and anti-spasmodic. Pothos: Nasobronchial allergy due to dust. Senega: Old asthmatic subjects with bronchitis and emphysema.

Bony swelling: Calcarea fluor., Hekla lava. Synovitis: Chininum sulph., Formica rufa. Effusion: Apis, Bryonia. Gouty tophi: Benzoic acid, Urtica urens. Contracture/Deformity: Causticum, Thiosinaminum. Articular degeneration: Angustura vera, Radium brom. Inflammatory arthritis: Alfalfa, Gaultheria. Tendon-bone syndrome: Phytolacca, Ruta. Nerve entrapment: Gnaphalium, Hypericum.

Berberis vulgaris: Stone in kidney. Hydrangea: Stone in left ureter. Sarsaparilla: Stone in right ureter. Pareira brava: Stone in bladder. Chimaphila: Stone with urinary tract infection. Solidago: retention of urine; also called as homoeopathic cathetar. Oxalic acid: Oxalate stones. Urtica urens: Uric acid stones. Frageria: Prevents formation of calculi; used to prevent recurrence after expulsion or surgery.

Andrographis: Hepatitis, during convalescence. Carduus marianus: decompensated cirrhosis, hepatocellular carcinoma. Chelidonium: all stages of acute hepatitis. Chionanthus: icteric stage of acute hepatitis, calculus or acalculus cholecystitis. Cholesterinum: hepatocellular carcinoma. Hydrastis: compensated cirrhosis. Leptandra: mild portal hypertension. Taraxacum: decompensated cirrhosis, hepatocellular carcinoma.

20 QUESTIONS The organ remedy is a guide ….. Always refer to the materia medica

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