World Travellers' Manual of Homeopathy
OverviewPacked with everything you need to know about homeopathy for the intrepid adventurer.
Don't leave home without it!
435 pp pb
From the BookThis book has taken the author five years to research and write. Over 100 disorders relevant to the traveller are discussed, including such diverse topics as snakebite and sunburn, motion-sickness and malaria, together with their prevention and treatment.
However, this book offers far more than meeting the needs of the average traveller.
The author also provides for those embarking on journeys to tropical, remote or impoverished areas of the globe.
This book will be a vital companion to residents, physicians, explorers and paramedics in such areas where orthodox treatments are unacceptable, unsatisfactory, unavailable or unknown.
ContentsPreface -- ix-x
Introduction -- xi-xii
Basic Homoeopathic Prescribing for Travellers -- 1-8
Prescribing Tinctures, Herbs, and Sundries -- 9-12
Immunization and Prevention -- 13-24
Travellers' Nerves -- 25-29
Problems of Flight -- 30-36
Travel-Sickness -- 37-40
Travellers' Spine -- 41-46
For Women Travellers -- 47-54
Tourists Constipation -- 55-58
Travellers' Diarrhoea -- 59-87
The Overindulgent Traveller -- 88-109
Some Ill-Effects of Sun and Heat -- 110-126
Cold and High Altitudes -- 127-133
Bites and Stings (Insects, Ticks, and Mites) -- 134-153
More Bites and Stings -- 154-181
Some Diseases of the Skin -- 182-204
Some Disorders of Legs and Feet -- 205-213
Common Injuries, Emergencies, and Infections -- 214-226
Eye Problems -- 227-234
Malaria -- 235-245
Bilharziasis (Schistosomiasis) -- 246-252
Tropical Skin Ulcers -- 253-265
Some Infamous Bacteria -- 266-280
Various Viruses -- 281-291
The Typhus Family -- 292-296
Some Important Parasites -- 297-304
Assorted Worms -- 305-314
The Homoeopathic Travel Pack -- 315-316
Index of Pharmacies -- 317-318
General Index -- 319-339
SOCIETY OF HOMEOPATHS
Reviewed by Francis Treuherz
Dear Dr Lessell
In the preface to this most thorough book you kindly state that you will be pleased to receive comments through your publishers. I am delighted to have this chance to write to you to say how much I enjoyed your book. I should like to help you sell up the first edition quickly so that you can augment the book with all the other travellers' experiences.
I love to travel, perhaps because at least one of my grandparents died from TB; although I have taken Tuberculinum I have not been cured of this and I definitely prefer to remain cosmopolitan. (I also fear dogs and always have Lyssin in my travel kit.)
I note that being overcome by a desire to travel is not mentioned as a problem in your book, as this of course would not help to sell it!
Your book goes far beyond the normal therapeutic hints one finds in so many of the small books for lay persons. In fact it goes so far with its detailed and useful descriptions of all kinds of major tropical infections that I should like to suggest that all professional colleagues will benefit from it.
Among the subjects are the nervousness of travellers, travel sickness, problems in flight, travellers' spine, constipation, diarrhoea and a special section for women which includes advice for the pregnant traveller. information about sun, heat, cold, high altitude, bites and stings, limbs, eyes, viruses, bacteria, worms, injuries and emergencies are all perhaps to be expected in a book of this type.
But the detail concerning prevention and cure of so many spectacular diseases like sprue, typhus, malaria, and other infamous bacteria and viruses, is very very comprehensive. I may even be able to put away my Neatby & Neatby's Manual of Tropical Diseases and Hygiene for Missionaries (1929), and my Kichlu & Bose Descriptive Medicine (1975 & 79), which were my sources for so much until now. It is the quality of your information which impresses.
I have learnt some new ideas. I never considered medorrhinum before for problems of the ears and sinus on descent in a plane (barotrauma).
An interesting idea. I never knew that so many nosodes were available for so many infectious diseases. Although you stress the lack of epidemiological evidence it is pleasing to see you suggest their use in prophylaxis, with caution, especially where you cite the evidence for the lack of efficacy or the dangers of certain allopathic vaccines.
And as for venoms of serpents and fishes this is extraordinarily thorough information. Let me warn our pharmacist colleagues and friends to read the book now as there are going to be requests for some new and outlandish specimens.
There is a theoretical issue which you may like to consider as it has practical consequences and you may like to state your position. It is that of the simillimum or the equales, the similar or same, sometimes called isopathy. You often suggest a nosode of a particular disease, and also suggest the use of the same poisonous venom in potency.
Is this based on research or experience and what is the justification? And where does the ingenious idea of the regionally adjusted compound snake venom, Toxicaserpentium, originate? I have never come across it before.
I wish that you had mentioned your sources, especially when they are obscure and unusual as I for one would like to go off and study them for myself.
May I suggest some ideas from my experience as you have indicated you would like contributions. You mention Theridion for problems from slight noise to which I should add Asarum and Ferrum metallicum. But Theridion is not mentioned under travel sickness.
Imagine a traveller who happily ends up on the ferry-boat bunk and shuts her eyes. At this moment it is clear that the cabin is right by the engine room as the vibration and noise of the engine starts up suddenly. The traveller's teeth and spine react and the nausea from the closed eyes and the roll of the ship lead to a dash for the basin...
Rx Theridion. Problems from noise and vibration felt in the spine with motion sickness worse from closing the eyes. There is room for expansion in this section. What about Cocculus for the motion sickness of sea travellers after they are on dry land again?! I recall it after the steamer from Goa to Bombay.
While I was in India I studied a remedy I had not previously encountered, an arachnid parasite that inhabits a fly, Arombidium muscae domestica. If one considers the role of the fly in the transmission of intestinal disease one should not ignore its parasite and the remarkable action it has: forcible watery brown stool that may emerge even while eating, with weakness and sweat.
I successfully discovered its use while suffering in Madras... It is discussed in Edward Cotter's book Homoeopathic Teachings from a Master (1987).
For the ill effects of exposure to sun especially on the skin do study D. M. Foubister's remarks in his Tutorials on Homoeopathy (Beaconsfield 1990), and add Sol to your list especially Ainsworths' new preparation Solaustralis, captured under an antipodean hole in the ozone layer.
You do not mention the effects of X-rays on remedies. There is no fool proof test for this but the medicine of experience, which shows me that a vial so exposed loses its efficacy. I suggest that the remedies either stay in the pocket or they be placed in a soft lead photographic bag which is actually not as heavy as may be assumed.
Many western travellers are moved by the poverty on the streets of Calcutta and elsewhere. They may survive on Ignatia.
Of course they can see poverty in London and New York but it is nothing like what they suffer in Bengal. I experienced this also in Bengal but anywhere at all we can come upon substandard electric wiring. Or our postillion may be struck by lightning; Rx Electricitas.
You are a man of many talents and experiences as a doctor, homoeopath and dentist. One of my real horrors is being stuck in a foreign land unable to explain myself to a dentist assuming there was one at all.
Why not put in a little more than a fleeting reference to tooth problems? And a little more information on Pyrogenium in septicaemia of dental abscess origin in particular, and also in more general use. Rupert Brooke would not be buried on Skyros, my favourite Greek island, if he had had some Pyrogen. Pyrogen is THE emergency remedy for wounds and intestinal decay which go septic, as may happen to the careless traveller.
Skyros is where I first used Pyrethrum spray; you mention a cream but not the widely available insect repellent spray. I recall extracting a live insect from the ear of my child and soothing it (the ear!) with warm Verbascum oil.
Although you are very thorough for the ill effects of the temperate and Mediterranean jelly fish, especially in the Aegean try Medusa and study its similarity as an analogue of Urtica urens. (The Greeks use raw urine if nothing else is to hand, applied to the affected area in some unconscious homoeopathicity.)
Your list of pharmacies is rather short for a book for wanderers. And the page where pharmacies are mentioned is nearly empty. Make the font smaller and add many more.
I can tell you of pharmacies in the main cities of India where the remedies are potentized by hand up to the 1M. Chicago, St Louis, California. Toronto and Washington all have thriving pharmacies. Boiron reckon they can supply any French pharmacy with any remedy within 2 hours.
There is a brilliant small pharmacy near the Senate Square and fish market in old Helsinki. How will you find Tsivanides in Athens if you do not know the name? You cannot list them all but one address and phone number for each country you can fit onto a single page should do the trick and I shall scour my archives to help you if you wish.
An important omission is a response to the question I am asked most often which concerns transfusions, and infections like HIV transmitted in blood or in used equipment. I advise travellers to make their own decision but if they decide they require help, they need to buy a transfusion kit from a pharmacy like Cory (081 444 9966/7464). It contains all the hardware.
You mention this without detail. Just to take a quantity of needles and syringes not formally packaged, may lead to suspicion of drug abuse. And on a similar theme, if you travel with Opium in potency label it as something else. I use Ps (Papaverum somniferum!) The same applies to Coca for altitude sickness.
One may also consider using saline instead of blood transfusions and China 30 daily in support. I have read about this in a book by Dorothy Shepherd I am sure but cannot place it, and in the redoubtable Who is your Doctor and Why? by Alonso J Shadman (Keats 1958 & 1980). Is this a controversial idea?
Those of us who remain at home need this book to sort out the problems that returning travellers bring there and then, like the woman who turned up one day straight from Heathrow and California. She thought she had a social disease. It was only a locally embarrassing lesion from a picnic by a Californian poison oak tree, Rhus diversiloba.
Congratulations on a terrific book. It is complex and detailed but worth the effort. Dr Lessell, I wish you and your readers a safe, healthy and fascinating journey. Bon voyage, gute Reise.
The Homoeopath Vol.13 No.2 1993
Reprinted with permission from the Society of Homeopaths