Finally, Catherine came in just last week. She called, desperate to get in
the same day, saying she "wasn't doing well at all". We had treated her
successfully for allergies in the past with Phosphorus, and hadn't heard
from her in almost a year. We squeezed her into our schedule after the last
patient. Prepared for the worst, we figured she was probably very depressed.
She came in, kleenex clutched to her nose, lamenting her, you guessed it, hay
fever! She said her allergies had continued to be non-existent since treatment
with Phosphorus, but that her hay fever was driving her crazy. The roof
of her mouth was itchy. Her throat was terribly raw, especially on the right
side. The throat pain was better from warm drinks and worse from swallowing.
Her voice was beginning to crack. Her nose dripped constantly. The hay fever
began just a few days beofre she came in. At the same time she noticed a
tenderness of the right shoulder. It bothered her so much that she was
answering the phone all day (she was a receptionist) with the left hand. She
was much thirstier the past few days, and found herself drinking "all day
long". She felt sick, tired, cranky, and achey, much unlike her good-natured,
So, what can a homeopath do to help these five poor, suffer- ing souls?
Please turn to page __ to find out.
Homeopaths, in emphasizing the individualization of homeopathic
pre-scriptions, can often be heard to say, "If we see five patients with a sore
throat, we may give them five different remedies." So it is here. Each of these
patients was treated, effectively and quite rapidly, with a different
homeopathic remedy. You may wish to know, if you are not an experienced
homeopath, where to look up "hay fever" in Kent's Repertory . We use the
rubric NOSE; CORYZA; annual on page 326. All of the other symptoms are
found in the eye, ear, nose, throat, or other sections, as appropriate. In each
of these cases, we gave a 30c potency of the specific remedy, to be used up to
twice a day, to stop when the symptoms improved, and then to continue only on
an as needed basis. The patients were told to call in three days if their hay
fever symptoms were no better.
We gave Prabha Nux vomica because of the dry cough with wheezing on
waking, combined with the sneezing and itching inside the nose. She received
the remedy in the spring of l990, with great benefit, and took it occasionally,
as needed, during the summer. She returned again this past spring, with the
same symptoms, and was again given Nux vomica, also with success.
Erik, the young Norwegian man with the violent sneezing, was given
Sabadilla, a Mexican grass. Sabadilla is one of the main
homeopathic reme-dies for a hay fever with spasmodic sneezing, nasal
congestion, itching inside the nose, and a fluent, copious coryza. The sneezing
and itching were relieved completely within two days. He experienced a swelling
of the nasal passages, which passed.
Todd, the man who was keeping the kleenex company in business, was given
Allium cepa, onion. Along with Sabadilla, Allium cepa is
a prime remedy for hay fever. Just think about what happens to you when you
slice an onion, and you'll know just the kind of hay fever to use it for. It
works wonderfully for a hay fever, or a cold, which runs like a faucet (it may
be an excoriating coryza), along with itchy, watery eyes (bland lachryma-
tion), and considerable sneezing. Todd called three days later to say his nose
was no longer running. The first day after starting the remedy, he experienced
lots of sneezing, which passed quickly. Then he had a few mild headaches and
pressure behind his eyes. By the time he called, the symptoms had passed and he
had only slight nasal congestion periodically. He was told to take the
Allium cepa as needed.