The saving of
life is the supreme consideration of every physician, be he a homeopath or
anyone else. The homeopath is physician first and then homeopath. The welfare
of the patient is the first and only consideration. The homeopath, generally
speaking, is almost exclusively absorbed in the selection of the proper remedy,
which is both interesting and intriguing, and quite often even time-consuming.
His general experience is that once the remedy has been properly selected and
administered, the reaction is so satisfactory that the patient is often
relieved and cured. While homeopathic medicines can do everything that a
medicine is capable of doing, yet we must ensure that no obstruction is placed
in its way of action. Besides removing such obstruction and hindrances, we have
to give every type of facility for the medicine to act favorably.
practitioners who make brilliant prescriptions completely neglect to make use of
auxiliary measures either because they are ignorant of their value or they are
no conversant of the application of such measures or because of indifference or
because their faith on the supreme powers of homeopathic medicine is very
physician has all the responsibilities of physician-ship and he must consider
all the auxiliary measures that can be employed usefully in each case. In fact,
these measures must be also taught in all the homeopathic colleges as part of
the curriculum. Textbooks on the practice of medicine described the various
auxiliary measures that can be used in various disease conditions. Generally
speaking, these can be taken as guiding points. But it is not necessary that we
should accept, adopt and apply all these methods. We have to examine them
carefully and employ only such of those which will enhance the action of the
homeopathic remedy. Whenever any accessory treatment can be adopted which does
not go against the interest of the homeopathic treatment.
There are a list
of some such possible auxiliary measures:-
- Administration of Oxygen in respiratory
distress especially if associated with cyanosis due to pulmonary causes.
- Administration of Glucose in treatment
of hypoglycemia. Many homeopath may not be aware of the diagnosis or
pathology and may go on giving the medicines which seem indicated whereas
all that is necessary would be to give the patient some glucose to raise
the blood sugar level for immediate relief.
- Administration of Intravenous fluids in
dehydration and maintain the electrolyte balance. In almost every case
with marked loss of fluids they hasten to replace the fluid. Since
replacement of fluid increases the chances of survival of the patient, it
must be resorted to.
- Transfusion of blood (or Plasma) can be
an extraordinarily valuable a life-saving auxiliary measure. In cases of a
medical nature like leukemia, Hodgkin’s disease, hemorrhagic conditions,
severe anemia, etc. blood transfusion can avert disaster.
- Physiotherapy helps to keep the muscles
alive and quite considerably adds to the effect of the homeopathic
remedy. Yogic exercises (eg. Shavasan in high B.P.)
- In fractures and tuberculosis of the
joints, immobilization of the part with plaster may do as much good as the
homeopathic remedy itself. In fact the homeopathic remedy alone, unaided
by the joining and immobilization of the fractured ends, may be unable to
- Application of cold (eg. Ice) in hyper
pyrexia or heat stroke, and of heat (such as infrared) in painful or
- In retention of urine, if the
homeopathic remedies fail, we must certainly catheterize and relieve the
distended and possibly painful bladder.
- In case of prolapse of uterus, the use
of pessary may help the patient considerably till she is cured by medicine
or relieved by surgery.
- In hernias even if the physician fails
while treating the cases with medicine, a hernia belt may be of use. So
also in certain lesion of the lumber spine such as prolapse of the disc, a
lumbo-sacral belt may be very useful.
- In poisonous snakebites, application of
a tourniquet may spell the difference between life and death. In modern
times, freezing of the limbs to prevent the circulation and dissemination
of the toxin in practiced.
- Feeding by nasal catheter where oral
feeding is not possible as in comatose conditions may be useful.
- Cases of pain in the heels due to
calcaneal spur may improve with a padded heel as much as they improve with
- Paracentesis – In case of ascites and
pleurisy with effusion, where the accumulation of fluid becomes a source
of embarrassment to the respiration removal of the fluid may help.
- In constipation, while the indicated
remedy may suffice, a small enema may considerably relieve the patients physically
as well as psychologically.
- Diathermy - The therapeutic use of a
high frequency current to generate heat with in some part of the body. The
frequency is greater than the maximum frequency for neuromuscular response
and ranges from several hundred thousand to millions of cycles per second.
It is used to increase blood flow to specific areas. It should not be used
in the acute stage of recovery from trauma.
- Cervical Collar for spondylosis.
- Filling or extracting tooth.
- Elastic bandaging for varicose veins and
- Special shoes for flat feet and in