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Natrum — an inner view PDF Print

JANTA Vol. 1 No.4 Spring 1984

Kevin Ryan

The large number of homoeopathic texts available do little to make the study of this subject any easier. Many of the texts are duplications of, or extracts from, the works of other writers. Also much of what has been written has failed to clarify the complexities of homoeopathic philosophy and practice. This is equally true in the method of presentation of materia medica adopted by even the giants of homoeopathic literature such as Kent, Allen or Clarke. Most certainly each has included sufficient detail of the characteristic symptomology of each remedy to be considered both comprehensive and useful.


The Ferrum constitutions — a question of identity PDF Print

Kevin Ryan

JANTA Vol. 1. No.3. Autumn Winter 1984

Anaemia and digestive symptoms represent two very common presenting conditions for homoeopathic treatment. It would be fair to suggest that, to many practitioners the answer to anaemia is repeated doses of low potency (below 30c) of Ferrum met or one of the iron salts such as the phosphate. Results from such an approach are, without doubt, often fast and pleasing but unfortunately, not always that long lasting. Interestingly, this is a similar criticism that we would lay at the feet of the allopaths in their treatment of anaemia. In both cases, the condition is wont to return soon after the medicine is discontinued. Those homoeopaths who practise “constitutional” prescribing wilt know only too well that such an approach to pathology as above will not solve the patient’s problem in total. The correct therapy for anaemia must include the individuals correctly matched constitutional homoeopathic remedy. Then will the results be long lasting or permanent.


Calcarea and Magnesia an Exercise in Perception PDF Print

Kevin Ryan

JANTA vol. 1. No.2 Summer, 1984, p25.

Samuel Hahnemann, founder of the science of Homoeopathy, in aphorism seven of his Organon1 stated that “since the totality of the symptoms is the outwardly reflected picture of the internal essence of the disease, it must be the principal or sole means whereby disease can make known what remedy it requires.” This one statement summarises an attitude to healing which is based upon perception of symptom phenomena rather than clinical or pathological concepts of diseases. Paracelsus before Hahnemann realised that study of healing should begin with that of the curative agents and not of the causes of disease and that “it is the cure that shows us the cause of disease”2. Hahnemann however went much further with his detailed description of both the curative agents and the causes of disease. His most useful work was to link these curative substances, the homoeopathic remedies, with the patient’s constitution as it manifests in what he described as the totality of symptoms: the total patient.


Homoeopathy - Was Schuessler Right? PDF Print

JANTA Vol. 1. No.1. Spring 1983

Kevin Ryan DO., ND., Dip Ac., B.Sc.Hons

Many people have sought the professional help of Natural Therapists after some experience in self help using the ‘biochemic’ and tissue salts as first described by Schuessler. These twelve salts are generally available in the 6X or 12X homoeopathic potency. The Natural Therapist may use the same salts in somewhat cruder form as Cell salt therapy or mineral replacement therapy as it may otherwise be known. The salts referred to are those of calcium (Calcarea), iron (Ferrum), potassium (Kali), magnesium (Magnesia). sodium (Natrum), and silicon (Silicea).

Practising homoeopaths are well aware that the use of the biochemic tissue salts in health care is limited because:
(a) they are generally used or prescribed in low potency (b) they are most often prescribed superficially on only one or two symptom indications.

The uses of Ferrum phos. 6X for fevers and Mag. phos. 6X for cramp are two common examples of such prescriptions.


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