Selecting Similimum Using Only Uncommon Particular Symptoms


A case of persistent FACIAL NEURALGIA cured by a few doses of PULSATILLA 30. Case was worked out within five minutes using QUICKPICK tool of Similimum Ultra Software.

Patient was a 27 year old young lady. She was having violent pain in whole right side of her face since 3 months. A lot of expert physicians have been consulted, a lot of investigations including MRI done, and pain killers taken. Investigations revealed nothing. The young lady was in a pathetic condition when she came to me.

I started case taking using ‘RUBRIC SEARCH’ tool of Similimum Ultra. I decided to use Boericke repertory for this case. Since the pain was on right side of face, I typed the ‘FACE+ PAIN+RIGHT’ and searched. The following rubric was located:

1. [Boericke]Face : PROSOPALGIA Pain (face-ache) : Location : Unilateral : Right:- Aran., Cact., Caps., Cedr., Clem., Coff., Colch., Hyper., Kalm., Mag-p., Mez., Puls.

Then I asked her when this pain is worse or better. She said NIGHT is really a nightmare for her. Pain starts by evening and reaches its maximum by night. She cannot sleep the whole night. Tears will flow from both eyes during pain.

I typed ‘FACE+PAIN+NIGHT+AGG’ and located the following rubric:

2. [Boericke]Face : PROSOPALGIA Pain (face-ache) : Modalities : Aggravation : Evening, night, in:- Ars., Caps., Mag-c., Merc., Mez., Puls., Rhus-t.

Since she said tears would flow during pain, I used the search words ‘FACE+PAIN+LACHRYMATION’, which led me to the following concomitant:

3. [Boericke]Face : PROSOPALGIA Pain (face-ache) : Concomitants : Lachrymation:- Bell., Ip., Nux-v., Plan., Puls., Verb.

She told me, she has to wash face frequently, which gave her some relief for pain. She will also use cold water bottles close to her face for relief. I used the key words ‘FACE+PAIN+COLD+AMEL’ and located this rubric:

4. [Boericke]Face : PROSOPALGIA Pain (face-ache) : Modalities : Amelioration : Cold applications:- Bism., Clem., Kali-p., Phos., Puls.

Pain was intolerable if she took anything warm, or applied any warm coverings. Same time, she felt very chilly during pain.

Key words ‘FACE+PAIN+WARM’ led to following rubric:

5. [Boericke]Face : PROSOPALGIA Pain (face-ache) : Modalities : Aggravation : Warmth:- Cham., Glon., Kali-s., Merc., Mez., Puls.

Since the patient said she was very chilly during pain, I uses the keywords ‘FACE+PAIN+CHILLINESS’ and selected this rubric:

6. [Boericke]Face : PROSOPALGIA Pain (face-ache) : Concomitants : Chilliness:- Coloc., Dulc., Mez., Puls., Rhus-t.

Selected rubrics were collected in RUBRIC BASKET of the software. Then I clicked the ‘QUICK PICK’ button on that window, and eliminated using all the selected rubrics.

ONLY PULSATILLA REMAINED AFTER ELIMINATION. 12 MARKS FOR 6 RUBRICS. That showed PULSATILLA was very strongly indicated in this case.

PULSATILLA 30 was given in liquid form, advising to take 2 drps tds everyday, and more frequently during pain. Asked to come back after TWO WEEKS.

Next morning, husbabnd of the lady called me over phone and said that she slept well last night. Pain was there, but it is tolerable. By the end of ONE WEEK, they informed me the pain has completely disappeared. I asked them to continue medicine twice daily for next week.

Now it is THREE MONTHS. The patient almost forgot her painful desperate days. Now she is taking PULS 30 once a week.

A notable thing in this case is, the similimum was selected using PARTICULARS only. No MENTALS. NO PHYSICAL GENERALS. Modalities, Concomitants and Location of pain led to the similimum. And the CURE WAS COMPLETE.

About Chandran K C

I started practicing homeopathy in 1970, when I was 20 years old and studying for final year of BSc (Zoology) course. My interest in homeopathy happened very accidentally, through a constant relationship with a local practitioner who happened to be father of my classmate. I was a regular visitor in his clinic, where from I started reading BOERICKE MATERIA MEDICA and other homeopathic books, which helped me to cure myself my troublesome asthma that have been haunting me since my childhood days. I became a voracious reader of homeopathy. I was also deeply involved in studying marxism and dialectical materialism during my college days, which attracted me to political activities. MARXISM and HOMEOPATHY became two essential parts of my intellectual and practical life, which still continues so. Even though I joined DHMS course in a karnataka homeopathic college, I could not continue it due to my intense involvement in revolutionary political activities that resulted in jail life and a lot of criminal cases. Once that phase was over, I took a diploma in veterinary science an became a livestock inspector in animal husbandry department under govt of kerala. I have been continuing my study and practice of homeopathy all through these years. Since CCH act came into force only in 1976, and it contained provisions allowing existing practitioners to continue, my homeopathic practice went smoothly in parallel with my government job. In 1987, co-operating with some local homeopaths and social activists, I started Kannur District Homeopathic Hospital Sociey, which established a chain of hospitals and homeopathic clinics in different parts of Kannur district. After a few years I had to leave the society for some political reasons, and I established a 100 bedded well equipped homeopathic hospital in Taliparamba, employing a number of prominent homeopaths. That was ended up as a financial disaster for me due to many reasons, including my lack of skills as a money manager, and I was compelled to close down my dream project with in a short period. I lost huge money I invested, lost my reputation, and it pulled me into a debt trap. I learned a lot of valuabl lessons from this failure- about life, human psychology, relationships, and above all, about myself. I realized failure is the greatest teacher, if you are prepared learn from it. I learned how will power and determination to win will help us come back into life as a phoenix from our own ashes. I learned, one does not fail unless he stops fighting and accepts failure. My failure and the hardships that followed has moulded my personality in such a way that I can now withstand any disaster and fight back. I tell you, you will not know what life really is, unless you miserably fail at least once in your life. By this time, I left my government job also, and settled as a full time homeopathic practitioner. By this practice, I could repair my earlier financial losses, and establish well in life. It was during this period that I felt the need of developing a simple and user-friendly homeopathic software, that resulted in the evolution of SIMILIMUM, which was later upgraded into SIMILIMUM ULTRA. Similimum Ultra was well accepted by the profession, and it collected good revenues which continues even today. I stopped my practice a few years back , and concentrated in the study and research activities to evolve scientifically viable explanations to the so-called riddles of homeopathy. This unrelenting study resulted in MIT or Molecular Imprints Therapeutics, which provides a scientific and rational explanation for homeopathy. I started a homeopathic discussion group on facebook called HOMEOPATHY FOR TOTAL CURE, which has more than 35000 homeopaths as members. By this work on facebook, I could establish close relationship with many homeopaths around the world. It goes on. I could successfully convert facebook as my office and work place, from where I propagate my MIT ideas, co-ordinate my works for homeopathic community, and sell my Similimum Ultra Software. Similimum Ultra is currently my only source of income for daily life and research expenses, and I am satisfied with it. All my four children are grown up, employed, and well settled which makes me free from all worries, permitting me to spend my whole remaining life dedicated to homeopathy. NOW I AM IN 64TH YEAR OF MY LIFE, AND MY NEXT BIRTH DAY COMES ON JUNE10.
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