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Basis of Prophylactics and Genus Epidemicus in Homeopathy

4th March 2007 by Arrow Durfee Posted in Uncategorized

Basis of Prophylactics and Genus Epidemicus

The principle of prescribing on the basis of Prophylactics or prevention of disease was known to ayurvedic, unanni and allopathic system of medicines.

Hahnemann also noted that homoeopathic medicines can act as prophylactic medicines when the remedy in its proving brings out symptoms similar to a particular disease. Genus Epidemicus is the word coined by Hahnemann which denotes the homoeopathic remedy that is similar to the totality of symptoms found in majority of patients suffering in an epidemic disease and which if given to the patient before the onset of the disease prevents the epidemic disease or when given during the disease cures the patient.

Totality of symptoms in the epidemic disease consists of common symptoms of disease as well as uncommon or peculiar symptoms found in a majority of patients suffering from the epidemic disease. Epidemic disease may be confined to a town or a district or a state where a large number of people are attacked by the same disease.

It is well accepted fact that viral diseases form the bulk of epidemic diseases. The knowledge of Prophylactics and Genus Epidemicus remedies is very useful for a homoeopath as prevention is always better than cure.

The first Prophylaxis consists in giving in early childhood the constitutional remedy corresponding to the totality of symptoms observed thus making the child more enduring and enabling him to resist the numerous complaints to which children are exposed.

Later on, at the time of epidemics they should be given remedies to protect them if they are healthy or to make a speedy cure in case they have just caught the disease.

Incase of epidemics the best prophylactics will be the remedy obtained after examining the typical symptoms from accurate examination of the first 10 cases taken. Following is the list of medicines provided by Dr. Pierre Schmidt for prophylactic against common diseases:

Scarlet Fever: Belladonna, Scarlatinum
Measles: Morbillinum
Whooping Cough: Pertussin
Mumps: Parotidinum
Herpes: Heper Sulph
Sunstroke: Glonine
Diphtheria: Diphtherinum or Diphthereotoxin
Croup: Phosphorus

Cholera: Choleratoxin, Camphor, Lachesis, Sulphur, Cuprum Met
Malaria: Eupatorium P, Natrum Mur, Malaria Off, China Pure
Tetanus: Ledum Pal, Arnica, Tetanotoxin, Thuja
Erysitelas : Graphitis
Emotional Diarrhea: Gelsemum, Arg Nit
Recurring sore throat: Baryta Carb, Psorinum
Recurrent Styes: Sulphur
Tendency to abortion
Second Month- Kali Carb,
Third Month- Sabina,
Seventh Month- Sepia

Polimyelitis; Lathyrus S, Acid Carbolic, Plumbum Met, Physostigma

The following is a list of common prophylactic remedies noticed by their clinical experience by various pioneers of homoeopathy:

Female Diseases:
Arnica: Prevents soreness of parts after labor

Aurum Mur Nat: Prevents habitual abortion and premature labor due to indurated cervix or sterility due to antiversion of uterus

Cimicifuga: Prevents death of children after birth; still born children, ensures living babies in women who have previously born only dead children from no known cause.
Erigeron; Prevents formation of placenta previa

Viscum Album: Primary inertia during labor, promotes labor pains (Puls, KP, Secal Cor) promotes expulsion of placenta

Prophylactic Remedy against acute disease:

Disease Medicine
Hay Fever: Ars Alb, Psorinum
Hydrophobia: Belladonna, Hydrophobinum
Boils: Gunpowder
Whitlow: Silicea
Intermittent Feve:r Chinum Sulph, Ars Alb, Sulphur
Pus Infection: Gunpowder, Arnica
Quinsy: Baryta Carb, Psorinum
Appendicitis: Psorinum
Tuberculosis: Drosera, Bacilinum, Tuberculinum
Puerperal Fever: Pyrogenum
All the above is written for educational purposes only. What you decide to do for your health is strictly your business. Whatever you do, look into all the options carefully and remember that natural remedies my provide you with safe alternatives.
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