Psychiatric Patients - Hahnemann and Psychological Cases
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Lectures on Pure Classical Homeopathy
Transcribed from a seminar that took place in The Netherlands in 1991, Dr. Saine offers relevant and highly insightful information about the homeopathic treatment of psychosis, neurosis, anxiety, fear, phobia, schizophrenia, and manic depression. Guidelines for treatment and the use of placebo are discussed.
337 pp hb
Second Edition 1999
This is the edited but unabbreviated text of the 1991 seminar conducted at the School voor Homoeopathy in Amerfoort, Holland. Discussions include:
- Back to the roots
- Steps in case taking
- Materia Medica
- Anxiety, Fear, Phobia, Obsessive-compulsive disorders, Neurosis, Psychosis
- And much more
From the Book
'We have been cut off from our roots. We have no sense of a great part of the heart of homeopathy today; this is what I have discovered...
If I can only stimulate you to go to the earlier writings and start that process again of mastering the subject from the root, you will develop a much broader, much deeper understanding of homeopathy'.
Dr. Andre Saine
Psychiatric Patients 1991 -- 1
Hering's Law a Misconception? -- 4
Homeopathy and Psychiatry the Difficulties -- 14
Homeopathy and Psychiatry the Original Provings -- 18
Hahnemann's Position in Psychiatry -- 21
Two Different Types of Emotional and Mental Disease -- 26
Psychosomatic Somato-psychic Psychosis Neurosis -- 35
Prognosis -- 38
About Temperaments -- 50
Different Views about Treatment --52
Result Comparison -- 53
Definition of Neuroses -- 55
Neurosis Anxiety, Fear, Phobia -- 58
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder -- 66
Rubrics Associated with such Disorders -- 71
Cases -- 80
Potencies -- 86
Teaching and Studying Materia Medica 126 --129
The Importance of Hahnemannian Homeopathy -- 130
Psychotherapy and Homeopathy
Recovery, Palliation and Suppression versus Cure
Treat Dynamic Disease with Homeopathy
Bits and Pieces
Moschus -- 201
Asafoetida -- 204
Valeriana -- 205
Good Practice -- 208
Step One Case-Taking -- 210
How to Manage Cases with Rape or Incest -- 255
Psychosis -- 261
Melilotus -- 269
Derris Pinnata -- 278
Psychosis and Schizophrenia -- 279
Rubrics for Psychosis and Schizophrenia -- 280
Manic Depressive Disorder -- 291
Manic Depressive Psychosis -- 298
Rubrics for Psychosis -- 302
Belladonna, Stramonium, Veratrum, Hyoscyamus -- 310
Cantharis -- 316
Veratrum -- 324
Depression -- 327
Lecithin -- 332
Kali Phosphoricum -- 336
Summer 1998, No. 70
by Dr. André Saine
Reviewer Nick Churchill
This book is the verbatim text of a seminar on the homeopathic treatment of psychiatric illness, held in 1991 in Amersfoort, the Netherlands, by the aptly named Canadian homeopath, Andre Saine, ND.
As such it has the raw feel of the spoken word transcribed into an altogether different medium — that of writing — and in its plain binding it is not in the slightest hit 'over-produced' as so many of today's books are.
This volume may lack a glossy cover but it definitely isn't short on content: the depth of Dr. Saine's experience in this most difficult area of homeopathy comes out on every page in a very direct and accessible way.
It seems that it was these qualities that led to the book's publication by popular demand from those who attended the seminar back in 1991, and that this is only part of the material that was presented. A second volume may appear at some point in the future.
Unfortunately however the horse's mouth approach extends to the actual translation of the work. The journey from the Canadian French of the speaker to the Dutch of the audience and the editor, and finally to the non-mother tongue English of the written text has led to a serious outbreak of Chinese whispers, often with unintentionally amusing results.
At one point we hear about the case of a schizophrenic man seen in 1959 by the celebrated homeopath Dr. Edward Whitmont. According to the translator:
'In spite of what at that time were considered neurotic trades, he serviced his term in the army and saw action in French'.Trying to make sense of the language can lead to a fair degree of mental unhingement in the reader too, and while we would never value a guru who communicated in perfect English, this laxness quickly became an annoying impediment to my reading pleasure.
In the end however I could always grasp what the author meant. This sole shortcoming should not deter anyone interested in the homeopathic treatment of psychiatric illness, or indeed in classical homeopathy in general, from studying this book.
Dr. Saine's clinical experience is evidently significant, and he applies himself to his subject with the same rigorous, no-nonsense, classical attitude that seems to have waned in popularity as the millennium draws near and other approaches to homeopathy are in vogue.
This book is full of base-line homeopathy, the fruits of hard work and careful observation; it's practical, it's effective and you can't argue with it.
The bedrock of Andre Saine's skill in homeopathy is his unique knowledge of the classical sources of the last century, particularly of all the old journals packed with cases and round-table discussions by such figures as Dunham, Hering, Lippe, Kent, Farrington and Allen.
He tells us that since 1983 he has spent 'on average, ten weeks a year (a week means seven days, of twelve to sixteen hours) in the library'. And you know what, I believe him.
'We have been cut off from our roots', says Andre Saine, ' We have no sense of a great part of the heart of homeopathy today; this is what I have discovered... If I can only stimulate you to go to the earlier writings and start that process again of mastering the subject from the root, you will develop a much broader, much deeper understanding of homeopathy'.
Saine illustrates his teachings with many small gems of cases drawn from his own practice and from the old journals. He holds in special esteem a number of the old masters, Adolph Lippe, for instance, known as the Ajax of prescribers because he was so fast.
He was the man who after fifty years of practice had read the Organon over a hundred times and said he was just beginning to comprehend it, and whose lesser writings, if ever published, would come to over three thousand pages. This is the school of homeopathy that rejected all speculation in favor of pure observation.
Psychiatric Patients I begins with a digressive but compelling examination of Hering's 'Law' of Cure (not really a law, says Saine, as it doesn't hold true at all times).
It moves on to an exposition of Hahnemann's groundbreaking attitude to the treatment of the 'insane'. Essentially this book is based on the premise that we are heirs to that attitude of Hahnemann's and modern homeopaths that treat psychiatric patients offer the only real hope of cure for those people trapped in the straitjacket of mental illness or of medication to counter it.
Coming at the subject on the same plane of intellectual regard as Hahnemann and the great masters - and they keep appearing throughout - with the same degree of moral honesty and a blinding gift for telling it like it is, Saine runs through and across the practical issues, the philosophy, the rubrics, the cases, the remedies and the questions from the floor.
There is no over-arching order or grand design to this book, but each page seems to have at least a couple of lessons of great importance which you want to embrace and take into your inner sanctum of homeopathic knowledge.
The material is loosely grouped into chapters but the basic elements are bite sized subsections covering dozens and dozens of such diverse subjects as choice of potency, ECT, Julia Green, Arthur Grimmer, cases on medication, manic depression in the climacteric, the history of the repertory, how Hering says you should study materia medica, treating acute disease to unlock psora, and more, much more.
These pieces are all well informed, relevant and highly insightful, whether Saine is making observations of his own or tapping into his reading of the great masters of the first century of homeopathy.
It is a deeply humbling experience to come into the range of someone with this kind of knowledge and experience, and to perceive that real healing is going on here, that the author has understood the full extent of a highly difficult problem such as the treatment of mental illness, and yet has set his mind to try and help his patients overcome it.
There is no self-deception or wish fulfillment in this book. In Saine's arena, if you get it wrong you'll probably know why you were wrong.
It is also extremely empowering to recognize the existence of a homeopathic discourse at this level, and one, moreover, that stretches back to the beginning of homeopathy itself. I very much hope that Dr. Saine will publish more material and come to give seminars in this country.