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There are many issues homeopathic practitioner may encounter, which are seldom mentioned and SHOULD serve as a reminder there is still so much work to be done in homeopathy. One of those issues includes the use of certain terms, such as the word “tenesmus” mentioned in the previous issue of our newsletter.
Some may think I am cherry-picking the issues, because I need to write about SOMETHING, but the ACTUAL problems encountered in practice are far more entangled and if homeopathy should ever become the SCIENCE of therapeutics as it professes to be, it has a long way to go in structuring and integrating its basic data. (In case you did not know, our project Object Repertory aims to do exactly that.)
I will illustrate the problems on the case I was involved in, indirectly, some two years ago. The patient of my friend (a student of homeopathy) wanted to get rid of the “warts” (of many years' standing) on the palms and fingers, and I was asked to help analyze the case. The case notes and some photos of the problem arrived by email – this one is pretty illustrative.
The moment I looked at it, the word “corns” came in to my mind, as this was the EXACT SAME TYPE of eruptions I used to have on my soles during my childhood. Unfortunately, as I have soon found out, there is no rubric involving “corns on the palms or fingers” in any of the repertories I have, but I was able to find ONE record of such symptom in the materia medica, specifically “Palms and soles spreckled over with corns;” in Clarke's and Kent's MM.
I believed I will fare better with the search for “warts on palms” (or fingers), but there were only a few remedies (8) in the repertory and less than 15 remedies came up in the materia medica search. (NOTE 1: The rubrics of ANY repertory are INCOMPLETE. If possible, always search your materia medica for the best results.)