Dr. Andre Saine on mental disorders: Dr. Robin Murphy on infectious diseases

Dr. André Saine on mental disorders: Dr. Robin Murphy on infectious diseases

Berkeley, California. Dr. André Saine, of Grimsby, Ontario, Canada, was the featured speaker in October, at a lecture sponsored by the Pacific Academy of Homeopathic Medicine (PAHM). He lectured on the topic, "mental disorders." An estimated audience of 45 lay and professional homeopaths was present for the four days of lectures.

Dr. Saine discussed numerous mental "disharmonies," including alcoholism, drug addiction, dependent personality disorders, and mania and depression. He also discussed "old and forgotten remedies." Throughout the discussions, references were made to the homeopathic treatment of each disorder.

Several rubrics in Kent's Repertory of the Homeopattic Materia Medica were cited as useful for finding the correct prescription in patients suffering from what has popularly been called co-dependency. All of these rubrics can be found in the "Mind" chapter of that book:

WANT OF SELF CONFIDENCE (page 13);
IRRESOLUTION (page 57);
FORSAKEN FEELING (page 49);
HELPLESSNESS, FEELING OF (page 51; Dr. Saine suggests adding Lycopodium, grade 3, and Pulsatilla, grade 2);
COMPANY, DESIRE FOR, ALONE, WHILE AGG. (worse from being alone, page 12);
OFFENDED EASILY (page 69);
HORRIBLE THINGS, SAD STORIES, AFFECT...(page 52);
DICTATORIAL (page 36; Dr. Saine suggests adding Sepia, grade 2, and Natrum muriaticum, grade 2).
The primary remedies to consider in disorders of co-dependency, according to Dr. Saine, are Lycopodium, Pulsatilla, Natrum muriaticum, Staphysagria, and Medorrhinum. It was pointed out that there are many other possibilities, depending upon the specific symptoms and the entire picture of the case.

In January 1991 the PAHM held a conference on infectious diseases, featuring Dr. Robin Murphy. This meeting was held in Oakland, California, and, as was the case with the October meeting, was co-sponsored by Dolisos America. This two-day seminar covered various viral and bacterial infections, including tonsillitis, fever, meningitis, croup, pertussis (whooping cough), infectious mononucleosis, hepatitis, influenza, cystitis, mastitis, AIDS, and herpes.

Dr. Murphy presented his unique philosophy of simplifying homeopathy in order to enhance the practitioner's ability to serve his patients. Using The Organon of Medicine by Samuel Hahnemann as a reference source, he proposed that a gentle cure can be brought about through the use of remedies in low potency, thereby avoiding an aggravation of the symptoms. It was emphasized that higher potencies can also be used effectively, but that these higher potencies are more appropriate for the treatment of acute illnesses than for chronic conditions.

Through his study of materia medica, Dr. Murphy has determined the five main remedies which may be indicated for a specific condition. According to his theory, the remedy which is similar to the chief complaint or the major pathology present will relate to the entire organism. This pathological approach to prescribing requires a thorough knowledge of the signs and symptoms of disease as well as an understanding of materia medica.

Dr. Murphy is currently working on an alphabetized repertory which will include disease names, symptoms, and remedies. This is intended to provide a clear and easy method for locating the correct remedy. He is also updating his book on materia medica and he hopes to complete a book on signs, symptoms, hygiene, remedies, and materia medica.

International Foundation for Homeopathy.

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By David A. Dancu

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