Creating Waves of Awareness
(This case was initially published in Homoeotimes Journal, published from Chennai, India)
Name: Master A.M
Date of first consultation: 6/9/2011
Chief complaints: Reddish swelling on the right temporal region.
Details of the chief complaints:
The swelling appeared before six months, which started like a small nodule, and later its size increased gradually. The swelling often hurts, especially while combing hair. Due to utmost care, so far there was no bleeding.
The swelling is soft and cherry red in color. It is almost 8 mm in diameter. It is reducible on pressing, and regains its size when the pressure is released. It is slightly tender, especially when moving sideways.
H/o febrile convulsions at the age of 5. H/o bed-wetting up to the age of 6. Before 3 years, he also had # of great toe while playing football.
Family history: Father had renal stones, now undergoing homeopathic treatment for BPH. Mother is having allergic complaints.
Appetite – Normal
Thirst – Normal
Bowels – Regular
Desires – Fried items and non-veg.
Mental Generals: He is very much tensed about the swelling since its size is increasing.
Life space investigation: He belongs to a middleclass Muslim family. His father is a clerk, and mother is a schoolteacher. He has one younger brother and a sister. Now he is doing +2 course, and his main ambition is to be an engineer and support his family.
Evaluation of the case:
There were no other clear symptoms to prescribe. Since this is a one sided disease as mentioned by Hahnemann, I selected a remedy on the local indications without going for repertorization.
Disease diagnosis: Strawberry Hemangioma
Remedial diagnosis: Calcarea fluorica
First prescription: On 6/9/2011, Calcarea fluorica 30 C, 3 doses were given and asked to take one dose weekly. Placebo was also given.
0n 5/10/11 he consulted me with a smiling face! I noticed marked improvement in the swelling. Since the case is improving, only placebo was repeated, and asked him to report the changes.
On 18/12/11 he consulted me again and was found very happy to show the marked improvement. The swelling is almost gone. Only a slight discoloration remains at the sight. Again placebo was given since the case is improving day by day.
10/ 1/ 12: As per the information I received on phone, the lesion is disappeared. I have asked him to consult me again since I need to administer his constitutional remedy to prevent the recurrence, and most importantly, to achieve the actual cure.
William Boericke says about Calcarea fluorica in his Materia medica: “Head- blood-tumors of newborn infants. Circulatory organs - chief remedy for vascular tumors with dilated blood vessels”. I also had good results with calc flr in various types of benign tumors, but in 3x and 6x potencies, not higher potencies. So I decided to try with potency higher than 6x, hence, Calcarea fluorica in centesimal potency was selected.
This approach has helped me on several occasions, i.e. targeting the presenting complaints first, followed by the consideration of the whole individual for the selection of a constitutional drug later. Directly starting the treatment with the constitutional drug has made many patients to leave my treatment since the presenting complaints were not improved immediately. Hence, this is the most practical approach in this materialistic world, especially for a beginner.
Dr Muhammed Rafeeque
Family Homeopathic clinic
Thank you for sharing your experience.Yes first things first;
Thank you doctor.
Excellent result.It means that potency is not too important.
Very Nice experience Dr. Rafeeque. Too educational. Must be appreciated.... Regards.
Very well done dear friend of me. I enjoyed reading through your nice job on a benign tumor in a 15 year old boy.
Thanks for the comments.