A 6 months old baby girl, suffering from atopic eczema on the whole body since 2 months of age. She also has a hemangioma on her left arm that is growing. The growth of hemangioma is directly proportional to the growth of the child as usual, so as he growing, hemangioma grows also with her. She had a quite severe icterus neonatorum that lasted for about one month and they had to go several times to emergency but it was treated with photo-therapy and also was given Lycopodium and then China from the mother. Concerning her psychological state, she has hysterical states when somebody try to touch her but after a while she is OK with no problem with touch. The delivery was complicated as the child had asphyxia during delivery process and the oxygen had to be given to mother to keep the children oxygenated thru umbilical cord.
That is the information coming from the patient. What are your suggestions and specific questions to confirm remedy on your choice?
Follow-up: After the remedy was given (it was 5 months ago from now) she is eczema free, hemangioma is becoming lighter and lighter from the center to the edges and hysterical states diminished almost completely. Now it is 6 months after the first dose and child is happy and healthy with no sign of relapse.
Homeopathic treatment for hemangioma!
I prepare for you the summary of the whole case. As every case is different and unique there is a lesson we can take from each case if we are open enough and really want to learn more. All of you know that to learn homeopathy is never-ending process so hope this small piece of work from me to you can inspire you on your homeopathic journey.
The most important moment in this case for me was the realization how the child is scared of being touched which mother confirmed spontaneously without any questions and I could see it very prominently when I tried to approach closer to the child. There are two relevant rubrics in Synthesis repertory:
1) MIND - SHRIEKING, touched, when (Arnica is only remedy in 3rd degree)
2) MIND - FEAR - approaching, of, others (Arnica is only remedy in 3rd degree)
So that was for me the guiding symptom of the case and I knew that the remedy must have this symptoms AS A KEYNOTE (not just cover it) and Arnica is the most important remedy regarding this symptoms as the whole essence (basic idea) of Arnica is according to Prof. Vithoulkas: DONT TOUCH ME, DONT COME CLOSE TO ME.
Then mother told me about hemangioma and I also knew that Arnica covers it but I need to confirm it further or rule it out.
So very first question of mine was about DELIVERY and I wanted to know if there was any head injury during the delivery that is keynote and etiology for Arnica but this was not confirmed but instead of that mother said story about asphyxia that is also covered by Arnica. The relevant rubric for this symptom is:
RESPIRATION - asphyxia, children, newborns (Arnica is one of remedies in 2nd degree and this rubric contains 16 remedies only. Two of them in 3rd degree, five of them in 2nd degree and the rest in the first degree)
This information gets me closer to Arnica but there were not KEYNOTES that I needed to be sure of it. Knowing that main problem was atopic eczema I wanted to know if the eczema is symmetrical which is KEYNOTE for Arnica and the mother confirm me spontaneously without direct question as I did not ask if the eruption is symmetrical but Is there anything specific for the eczema? And mother said: yes, it is as there would be the mirror on both sides of body. The relevant rubric is:
SKIN - ERUPTIONS - symmetrical (there are 8 remedies IN FIRST DEGREE but in original Kent repertory Arnica is only remedy in this rubric and when we take all 8 remedies in synthesis, Arnica is only remedy in which we can confirm this symptom as a keynote also in Materia medica.
Lesson gained from this case:
1) Dont focuses on the pathologically oriented remedies only (skin remedies in this case) but focus always on patient and be open to any remedy! be unprejudiced observer, don’t think of remedies, think of patient first and try to understand the pathology as a whole. Look for strange, rare and peculiar, not for the name of the disease.
2) Put a big emphasis on the intensity of symptoms and try to find the remedy for which the typical symptoms of patient are also typical (keynotes)
3) If you have a rubric with remedies, don’t rely on repertory only and use the reliable Materia medica to confirm whether the remedy listed in the rubric has this symptom as a keynote.
Case by: Dr Petra Zach