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AloeSocotrina
AMostValuableRemedyinNeedofRediscovery
byDr.AndrSaine,D.C.,N.D.,F.C.A.H.

AttheannualmeetingoftheInternationalHahnemannianAssociationin1888,WilliamP.WesselhftpresentedapaperentitledAloeSocotrina,an
Antipsoric Remedy. (1) This paper (which is recommended reading) can be found in the Homopathic Physician section of ReferenceWorks and
startswiththefollowingsentencefromHering:"AloeshasmanysymptomslikeSulphurandisequallyimportantinchronicdiseaseswithabdominal
plethora."InitWesselhftreportsthecureofanumberofpatientswithchronicdiseasesfollowingtheadministrationofAloe,whichwasselected
on account of the chronic intestinal or hemorrhoidal complaints. The interesting aspect of these cases is the reappearance of a previously
suppressedskineruption.Despiteofbeingrelativelywellproven,WesselhftnoticedthatAloewill"clearawayanumberofotherpsoricsymptoms
notyetcontainedinitspathogenesis."

TwoyearslaterthereappearedanothermostinterestingpaperonAloebyDr.JekyllentitledAloes.(2)Toquote:

ForalongtimeIhaveconsideredthatAloeswasthemostvaluableremedyinthewholemateriamedicawithwhichtocommencethetreatment
ofmostofthechronicdiseasesthatcomeintoourhands,andespeciallythosethatcamefromthehandsofthe"regulars,"whereawholesale
drugginghadtakenplaceandthesymptomsweresoobscuredthatitwasimpossibletoseparatethediseasesymptomsfromthoseofthedrugs
that had been already administered or in those cases, where the disease had been suppressed by improper doses, or by the profuse use of
externalapplications.

Somethirtyyearssinceinaconversationwithseveralphysicians,whosenamesIcannotnowrecall(andperhapsitwouldbeimpropertogive
themifIcould),Imadetheaboveremarks,andIwellrememberthatmyassertionswerewellpoohedatbythemandthatIheldmypeacefor
thetimebeingbutIstillcontinuedtowatchtheactionofthedrug,andletmeheresaythatithasseldomdisappointedmewhenadministeredin
anyofsuchoftheabovecases.

IfyouwillcarefullygooverthesymptomsofAloesyouwillfindthatithasavastnumberofsymptomsincommonwithalmosteverydruginthe
MateriaMedicabesidesmanythatithascuredthatarenotrecordedinanyMateriaMedicathatIhaveseen,andIhaveexaminedeveryone
thathasbeenpublishedintheEnglishlanguageoratleasthavetriedtodoso.

WhereorwhenthisideafasteneditselfuponmeismorethanIcannowtell,andithasbeenacteduponaccordingly,tothebestofmyability.

In the examination of cases where eruptions have been suppressed or driven from the surface by improper dosing or the use of external
applications,youwillfindmanyAloessymptomsareproduced,andifAloesbeadministered,itwillcausetoassume,moreorless,itsoriginal
formandcanthenbetreatedastheoriginaloritwillsofarclearupthecaseandsymptoms,sothatthepropersimillimummaybeselectedfor
the complete cure. In other words it will relieve the oppressed vital organs, so that they can rally and throw off, to a certain extent, the
oppression,whichhadtakenpossessionofthevitalityofthepatient,togetherwiththedrugsymptoms,andclearupthecase,sothattheproper
simillimummaybeselectedforthecompletecureofthecase,whichwouldhavebeenimpossibletohavedoneinthefirstplace,onaccountof
thethenmuddledupconditionofthedruganddiseasesymptomswhichcouldhavebeenelicitedfromthepatient.

PerhapsIcouldnotbetterillustratethematterthantogiveafewofthecasesthathavecomeintomyhandsfortreatment.

JekyllgoesontodescribethreeinstanceswhereAloeclearedupthecaseforanotherremedy.Toquoteoneofhiscases:

Sometenyearsago,Mr.___cametomehewasabouttwentyyearsofage,rathertallandslim,lightcomplexion,lightbrownhairhadanold
lookpoorandscrawnywascrossandsnappishcomplainedofgreatlassitude,hardworktomoveillhumored,dissatisfiedwithhimselfand
everythingaroundhimvertigo,especiallywhenlookingup,asifeverythingwasinawhirldull,heavy,stupidheadache,moreintheforehead
andovertheeyesdimnessandflitteringbeforetheeyes,verysensitivetoanynoise,thehearingofmusic,theplayofchildren,thetalkingof
personswouldalmostsethimwildverygloomyanddespondent,thoughtthatlifewashardlyworthlivingmetallic,stickytasteinthemouth
yellowish ulcers on the tongue and in bucal cavity no appetite except for fruits or knickknacks, which caused an oppression of the stomach,
with acrid, bitter belching of gas from the stomach, loose acrid stool with the passage of large quantity of gas soon after eating, with urging
restless sleep with vivid, frightful dreams offensive sweat under the arms, in the groins and about the genitals a hoarse, husky voice chilly
feeling in the open air cutting pains in the upper portion of the right lung and in the lower portion of the left, with a gripping sensation in the
regionofthespleenenlargementofthejoints,verypainfulatthechangeoftheweather,especiallyifdamp,whichmadehimverydespondent
andgloomysaidthathefeltthathewascertaintohearsomebadnewsscaryandfearful,didnotliketobeleftaloneforfearthatsomething
dreadfulwouldhappentohimskinwasdryandharshaslightbruiseorscratchwouldtakealongtimetoheal,andifofanysizewassureto
ulcerate, with fearful itching and burning lips, face and hands chap and the skin cracks as soon as cold weather sets in, with fearful smarting
andburningasensationwhichcoveredalloftheexposedpartsofthebody.

I soon elicited that when about six years old, he had a very bad case of itch, which was treated with large doses of sulphur sulphur and
molassesinternally,ateaspoonfultwiceaday,andsulphurandlardasanointment,whichwasappliedeveryotherday,orratheratnightthis
waskeptupuntilsometimeaftertheeruptionhadalldisappeared.

Hesaidthathehadneverbeenwellsincehehadtheitch,thathehadbeeninthehandsofagreatmanyphysiciansandnoneofthemhaddone
himtheleastgoodinfact,hismothersaidthathewasgettingworseeveryday,couldanyonewonderatit?

I gave him seven doses of Aloes 1 M, to be taken one dose just before bedtime, and to report as soon as the powders were all used. He
returned in a week. There was but very little change except that his mother said that she believed that he had a little better appetite. He got
sevendosesofSacarrhumlactisandtoreportwhenused.Atthethirdcallthereweresymptomsoftheeruptionmakingitsappearance.

AnothersevenpowdersofSaccharumlactiswasgiven,anduponthefourthcallhehadasniceacaseofitchasyouwouldwishtoseehesaid
thatheitchedfromheadtofootthathecouldnotkeepstillonemoment,andthemorehescratchedtheworsehewas.Otherwisehishealth
wasbetterhadaverygoodappetitedidnotfeelsogloomyfeltmorelikelivingifhecouldgetridofthatinfernalitching.

HenowgotonedoseofSulphur1M,andSaccharumlactistolasthimforonemonth.Beforethattimetheeruptionhadalldisappeared.Hethen
gotonedoseofSulphur10MandSaccharumlactisforanothermonth.Thiswasallthemedicinehegot,andinaboutoneyearhehadentirely
recoveredhishealth,andhasremainedwellfromthattimetothis.

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Dr.Jekyllproceedswithtwosimilarcasesandendshisarticlesbysaying,"IthinkthatthesecasesaresufficienttoestablishthevaluesofAloesif
not,Icangiveanynumberofalikecharacter."ThemaindifferencebetweenthecasesofDrs.WesselhftandJekyllisthatJekyllcompletedthe
cure of his patients by prescribing another remedy after the appearance of the skin eruptions. It was Sulphur in the first case and Pulsatilla and
Nitricum acidum for his second and third cases, respectively. On the other hand, Wesselhft often noticed that no other remedy than Aloe was
necessary to complete the cure even after the appearance of the previously suppressed skin eruptions. A case by Dr. L. Whiting illustrates
Wesselhfts point, that when Aloe is indicated in an acute or subacute complaint, which often happens to be diarrhea, it will often also be the
chronic remedy: "Mrs. ____, age forty. Morning diarrhea for many years past, comes on every morning after arising and continuing till 10 A.M.
Stoolsyellowish,thin,fecal,accompaniedbymuchflatus,andanimmediateirrepressibledesireforstoolcannotdelayoneminute.Aloe30was
prescribed for the case, a powder dry on tongue night and morning. Having taken only four doses of the Aloe, the stool became of normal
consistency,andthecasebecameoneofscabiesovertheentirebody.Uponenquiryitwasascertainedthatshehadtheitchwhenabouttenyears
of age, and that it was treated by inunction of sulphur and lard, and she was of the opinion that the diarrhea had been her constant companion
sinceaboutthattime,aperiodofthirtyyears.Shereceivednofurthermedicineandinthreedaystimethepowerofthedrugthathadproduced
thescabieshadalsoeffectedacureofthesame,withnoreturnofdiarrhea."(3)

Howevernoroutineassumptionshouldreplacecarefulobservationandstrictindividualization.WhetherthecaseshouldbecuredwithAloealoneor
withthehelpofacomplementaryremedy,asillustratedinthefollowingcaseofWesselhftpresentedtwoyearsafterhisoriginalpaper,cannotbe
aroutinedecision:

H. B. A., aged twentyseven. Blonde, thin, active. For a year troubled with diarrhea. Always has a loose, watery stool at seven A.M. A second
stool may follow any time during the dayearly evening, forenoon, or afternoon. The stools are very urgent, often nothing but a little sputter
withmuchflatusisobligedtoruntotheclosetassoonashefeelsthedesire,ashehasbutlittlepowertoretainstool.

Muchrumblingofwindinabdomenaftergoingtobed.Usuallyawakensanhouraftergoingtobedwithpalpitationofheartafterpassingflatus
goestosleepandrestseasilytheremainderofthenight.Atnighthecanpassflatuswithconfidence,whichhecouldnotdoduringtheday.All
theflatushepassesishot.

Freedischargeofprostaticfluidafterstool.Constantsensationofsorenessinlowerabdomen,overospubis,notsensitivetopressure.Tongue
clean,appetiteverygood.

Heaffirmsthathehasbeenwellallhislifeuptoayearago.Whenaboyhehadtineaciliaris.

Now, what bothered this young man more than anything was the discharge of prostatic fluid after the stool, and that is what he came to be
"doctoredfor."Weallknowthatsuchasolitarysymptomwillgiveusnoindicationforaremedy,andifIhadknownasmuchasIdonowabout
thissymptomthirtyyearsagoitwouldhavesavedmemuchtroubleandoftenanxiety.IneveryinstanceIshouldhavemadethissymptoma
secondary and not a primary indication, no matter what the wishes of my patients might have been. Instead of trying all the remedies
enumeratedundertheheadofdischargeofprostaticfluidduringstool,Ishouldhaveworkedatothermoreimportantfeaturesofthecase.But
howoftenistheyoungphysicianmisledbythepatientsmind,andespeciallyifhecomeswithadiagnosisalreadyconcoctedbysomecelebrity
whichaidsandabetsthefearsofthepatient?

The diarrhea with the characteristic weakness of the sphincter, which would not allow him at any time, except in the night, to pass flatus, the
flatusalwaysbeinghotwhenpassedthecleantongueandgoodappetiteledmetogivehimadoseofAloesCM.

Inafortnighthecamebackwiththefollowingstory:
Oneformedstooladayforthelasttendays.Nourgency.Passesflatuswithconfidenceandisnothot.Hassleptwelleverynight,nopalpitation.
Verylittleprostaticfluidhaspassed.

Reappearance of sick headaches, of which he had two violent ones during the fortnight. These have been absent for over a year and were
treatedbyBromocaffeine.

Nowconsiderforamomentmyastonishmentwhenmypatienttoldmethathehasalwayssufferedfromsickheadachesuptothetimehisother
troublescommenced!IgaveSacarrhumlactis.

Afortnightlatercamethefollowingreport:
Stoolshaveremainedperfectlynormal.Nodischargeofprostaticfluidfortwoweeks.Sorenessinlowerabdomenoverregionofbladderentirely
gone. During the fortnight has had four severe headaches with nausea but no vomiting. Gets very faint at stomach every morning about ten
oclockanother old symptom which accompanied his former sick headaches. Just forty days after the dose of Aloes he received a dose of
SulphurCM.

Threeweekslaterhereports:
Noheadachetospeakof.Oneortwoattemptsatone,butnotsevereenoughtokeephimfromwork.Hisstoolsremainnormal.Istroubleda
littlewithflatulencethathaseasyandconfidentegress[exit].Hasgainedfourpoundsduringthelastthreeweeks.Isdischargedcured.(4)

Nowletsexamineafewmorecases.

AnAutisticChildwithRecurrentDiarrhea
Iwillpresentthiscaseinfulldetailandwithmostofthefollowupvisits,astheevolutionofitscureisaveryinterestingone.ThisisthecaseofM.
D., a mentally retarded 9 1/2yearold boy, whom I first saw on May 14, 1997. The chief complaint was chronic diarrhea. M. D. was born with
complete agenesis of the corpus callosum, one of only two cases ever diagnosed in Canada. There was no given prognosis. He also had severe
dysmorphic myopia (21 diopters), strabismus, hyperflexibility of his ligaments, cryptorchidism and cardiac malformation with aortic regurgitation
(Marfans syndrome which is also very rare as he was one of two cases with this type of cardiac anomalies to be diagnosed in Canada). He was
completelylimpatbirth.

M. D. had been completely absorbed within himself. He never answered any questions. It was impossible to know anything such as emotions,
feelings or what he experienced except for the basic needs of life. He showed almost complete lack of reaction to his surroundings, including
situationsthatwouldcausepain.Hehadcriedfewerthan20timesinhislifeandonlyinsituationswheretherewasanincredibleamountofpain.
Heblockedhisearsandclosedhiseyeswhenspokento.Healwaysspokewithaverylowvoice,almostlikewhispering.Hewastotallyobstinate.
Hewoulddonothingunlessitwaswhathewantedtodo.Hewasmentallyretardedexceptforauditoryandvisualmemoryforwhichhewastwo
yearsaheadofhisagegroup.Helearnedhowtoreadandcalculateinafewdayswhenhewas9yearsold.Hestoppedgrowingonthreedifferent
occasions.Hehadnotgrownin11/2yearswhenIsawhimandwasthreeyearsbehindonthegrowthchart.

He had been having 68 episodes of diarrhea per day. The diarrhea started 10 months after the parents separated two years ago. It was more
severe at first, with 1214 episodes per day. He tested negative for celiac disease and for the presence of blood. Psychiatrists treated him to no
avail.Dietarychangeshelpedatfirst,butbenefitslastedonly34weeks.Heoftenbecamedehydrated.Thediarrheawasonlybyday,worsefrom
11 A.M. to 3 P.M. (1) and especially worse between 12:30 P.M. and 1:45 P.M. (2). It was always the same: a watery, yellow brown, offensive

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diarrhea followed by albuminous mucous (like the white of an egg). It was so explosive that it hit the walls and the ceiling of the bathroom. It
sputtered out by little shots of gas. Just prior to an episode he became totally distended (3) "like a child with marasmus" with a round hard
abdomen and gurgling (2). He had to be in diapers as he had involuntary stools on a daily basis. It was a very offensive diarrhea (3). There
seemedtobenoothercircumstancesthatwouldtriggerthediarrheaexceptstress.

HisparentsseparatedinJulyof1994duetothefathershavinganaffair.M.D.didntshowanyreactiontotheseparation.FromDecemberof1994
until March of 1995 the father threatened the family and pursued them "like in the movies," which ended with the intervention of police who
arrested him in March of 1995. The entire family lived in fear for their lives policemen would accompany them on outings. M. D. developed
diarrheainAprilof1995,whichwasworseonschooldaysandmuchworseduringhotweather(3).Hehadhaddiarrheaduringhotweathersince
birth.Thediarrheawasalsoworseaftercorn(3),wheat(2)andbroccoli(1).Itwasunknownwhetherthediarrheawaspainful.

M.D.hadnophysicalormentalendurance.Hebecametiredveryeasilyfromslightphysicalexertionsuchaswalking.Hewasoftenfoundresting,
lyingonhisabdomenwithhistwohandsbetweenhisthighsandinthelast6months,hepreferredtolieonhisbackwithhishandsunderhishead
andkneesbent.Hewasrestlesswhilesitting.Hepreferredtoraisehislegsifsittingorevenkneelonthechairifhecould,whichcalmedhimdown.
Whentired,hebecamepaleandrubbedhisforehead.Healsobecameverytiredwithanymentaleffort(3).

M.D.hadmanypeculiaridiosyncrasies.Healwayswantedtobefirst:toenterthecar,toclimbthestairs,toenterschool.Hehadanaversionto
having his head washed. In fact, he would not let his head be washed. He also had a great fear of having his hair cut. Eventually, when his hair
reallyneededtobecut,hewoulddevelopdiarrhea.Forthepasttwoyears,hecouldnthavehispenistouched,evenbyhimself.Hedidntlaughed
untilhewasabout6yearsold.Frominfancy,thepalmsofhishandswouldpeelforaperiodoftwoweeks,thentherewouldbeapauseofoneor
two weeks, then it would start again. He had an aversion to round food: grapes, round candies, etc. He rolled paper a lot. He had been falling
asleep with the blanket over his head for the last year. He loved animals. He startled easily (2), and sensitive to sharp and low noise. If angry,
whichhappened34timesinhislife,hewouldgrindhisteethandpinch,butcouldnotexpressaword.Herarelyexperiencedpain.Heverymuch
neededroutine(3):i.e.,ifatoywasuseditneededtogobacktowhereitbelonged,orifalittleboxwasusedtoputhorsesin,itcouldnotbeused
forotheranimals.Forgeneralorderlinesshewas,however,normal.Ontheotherhand,hewasverymeticulousinmanyotherthings:i.e.,hehad
difficultywritinganythingandthenerasedit1020timesifoneofhissocksfelldown,hehadtoliftittowhereitbelongedhehadtowearaTshirt
underhisshirt.Hehadahistoryofhavingnightmaresthatwerealwaysrelatedtotheoceanandwaves.Hehadneverhadacold,fluoranyother
common infection except for one episode of otitis media two years ago. When pregnant with him, his mother was sure that something was not
normalinhishead.

Thefamilyslifewascompletelycompromised.BecauseofM.D.sdiarrheathefamilycouldnotleavethehouseforcommonoutings.

Generalities:
Temperature:Ifheoverdressedinthemorningandthedaybecamewarm,hewouldnotremovehisclothes.Hecouldntbreathincoldair(2)orif
therewaswind(3),eveninsummer.Hegotfrostbiteeasily.Hedidnotreacttohotandcoldwaterwhenbeingwashed.Hehadanaversiontothe
sun(2),whichtiredhim.Healwayssoughttheshade.Hehadanaversiontotheheatofthesummer,spendinghistimeinthebasement.Hisneck
andheadperspiredduringtheentirenight,butheneverperspiredwhileawake,evenifitwasveryhot.Onlyhisearsbecamered.

Energy:Hewasmoretiredafterlunch,around12P.M.(2).

Sleep:Hewenttobedat7:30P.M.andsleptuntil5:45A.M.Hewasveryrestlessinhissleep,andwouldgrindhisteethalmosteverynightforthe
last4or5years.Heneveruncoveredhimselfinsleep.

Appetite:Hehadapoorappetite.Therewereonlyafewfoodsthathewouldeat:pasta,chocolate,sweets,icecreamandcheese.Otherfoodshe
likedalotwereeggs,cucumberandsoups.Thirst:heusedtobeabigdrinkerbeforethediarrhea.Hepreferredhisdrinksatroomtemperature.

Personality:Hefearedwolvesandheights(3),aftergoingupthreestepshewouldpanic.Hefearedgoingdownhill(2).Hewasclaustrophobic(2).
Hehadanaversiontobeingtouched(1),tobeingcaressed(1),tobeingmassaged(1),tobeingbuckledinthecar(1)andofcrowds.Hewasvery
sensitive to admonition. If scolded, he would punish his mother by saying "no." If he was sad he would not accept consolation. He was mildly
jealous.Hehadneverbeenviolentordestructive.Hewassympathetic(2):heseemedtosuffermorethantheonesthatwerehurt.Hewasvery
sensitivetotheemotionsofothers(2).

Objective symptoms: M. D. was completely different from any child I had ever seen. He walked, moved and acted as if from another world. He
worethickglasses.HeactedasifIwasnotpresent.Herepeatedmanytimesduringtheinterview"go."Hismotherwouldsay,"Whenthedoctoris
finished asking questions we will go home." He would again say, "go." He was lean and had a very enlarged, round and hard abdomen like a
balloon(3).Hecouldn'tprotrudehistongueandcouldn'tlick.Every46months,plugsofwaxhadtoberemovedfromhisears.Ht.:130.5cm(51.5
").Wt.:26.25kg(57.75lb.).Hewasveryhairy,especiallyonhisback.Onauscultationofhisheart,wecouldhearadistinctdoubleS2everyfourth
beat.

Current medication: M. D. had been slightly better since taking China 30 CH once a day for the last month, which another practitioner had
prescribed.

Caseanalysis:Wehada91/2yearoldboybornwithmanycongenitalanomaliesandatypeofautismwithmanyidiosyncrasies.Whatwasmost
characteristic was the recurrent diarrhea that he had since birth and which was much worse during hot weather. Other characteristic symptoms
were the perspiration of the cervical area and head all night, every night of his life, and his difficulty breathing in the windwhich I somewhat
downplayed as it could have been related to his physical anomalies. Other peculiar symptoms that he had were the grinding teeth in sleep,
ameliorationfromraisinghislegs,hisweakandcautiousnature,fearinhighplaces,emaciationwithanenlargedabdomen,hisstubbornnessand
hisfooddesiresforicecreamandcheese.AlltheseadduptoaverygoodindicationforCalcareacarbonicabetterthananyotherremedyasthe
simillimum.

Plan:AsthechildhadbeenunderthecareofanotherpractitionerpriortoourvisitandhadbeentakinguntilthenChina30Conceaday,Idecided
tostoptheChinaandwaituntiltherewasnofurtherchange.ThemotherwouldthengivehimonedoseofCalcareacarbonica10M(Hahnemann
Pharmacy).

June2,1997:Hetooktheremedyat8A.M.onMay24.By2P.M.hehadanaggravationofthediarrhea.Hewaspassingtransparentgelatinous
stoolwithmuchwhitefroth(ROS:Standsforthereturnofoldsymptom(s).)forthefirst3days,followedbyhistypicaldiarrhea.Thefollowingfour
days he woke at 5:15 A.M. with abdominal pain, urging for stool and passing only gas. On the third day after the remedy he became more
affectionatehestartedinquiringaboutthewellbeingofothersforthefirsttimeinhislife.Thedaybefore,hedevelopedacoryzaforthefirsttime
ofhislife.Acolleagueattheofficesawhimandonexaminationfoundbilateralotitismedia.Hehadtheexactsamemanifestationofotitismedia
two years ago. During the exam of his ears he said "Ouch!" (Such reaction to this level of pain was new). He also cooperated during the exam,
whichwasnew.Hehada99.6Ftemperature.Hisforeheadwaswarmwithcoldhandsandfeet.Hisfacewasredandcongested.Hiseyeswere
halfclosedandinjected.Hewasveryquiet.

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Assessment: The initial reaction to the remedy seemed favorable as there was an aggravation of the diarrhea, a return of old symptoms, an
improvement in his general disposition and the appearance of a first coryza. The picture of the acute condition was clearly indicating Belladonna
withthecharacteristicsymptomsofacongestedface,hotheadandcoldextremities,quietdispositionwiththeeyeshalfopenandinjected.

Plan:MycolleagueprescribedBelladonna200D(Dunham)twodoses:onenowandoneatbedtime.

June4,1997:
Bythenextmorninghewasmostlyrecovered.Hisears,appetite,energyandcolorwerebacktonormal.

Assessment:FavorablereactiontoBelladonna.

Plan:Wait.

July2,1997:
OnJune5thecoryzareturnedwithoutanyfeverandlastedfor45days.ThediarrheaandbloatingdisappearedcompletelyfromJune717and
thenrelapsedexactlylikebefore.Hehadchangedoverall.AfterCalcareacarbonica,heimprovedmentallyuntilabouttwoweeksago.Hewasnow
stable. He now was calmer and happier, "quite remarkably." He inquired about death every day in the last week for the first time in his life. He
developedgrowingpainsinthelastweek(hissisterwasalsosubjecttogrowingpains).Forthelastthreeweeks,hecomplainedofheadachesfor
the first time in his life, as the temperature had been warmerin the mid 80s. The most we could get from him was that he felt them in his
forehead and they were worse from light. Since Calcarea carbonica he had started to bend double during stools with both hands on the floor,
moaning. The incontinence of stool happened about three times a day. Since one week he had been hiding from strangers. Since Calcarea
carbonicahisnosewasitchyupto2530timesperdayandhewassneezingforthefirsttimeinhislife,around3:304P.M.everyday.Heinsisted
thatallwindowsanddoorsbeclosed,andpanickedwithopenwindowsinthecar.Hewantedtohidemore.Hecoveredhisheadmore,i.e.,ifhe
wenttothepoolheputatoweloverhishead.Heletotherpeopletouchhim(new).Thepeelingofhishands,perspirationatnight,stubbornness,
lowvoice,beingstartledatnoise,teethgrindinginsleep,andperfectionismwereunchanged.Afewdaysbeforehegothishandcaughtinadoor
anddidntcomplainofanypain,althoughheshouldhave.Hegrew5/8ofaninchsincethefirstvisit,whichwasthefirstsignofgrowthinover1
1/2years.

Assessment: The reaction to the remedy was good, not great. However, there were enough good changes, especially on the mental/emotional
level,butalsowiththereturnofoldconditions(thewhitefrothymucousandtheearinfection)andincreasedstature,towarrantanotherdoseof
theremedy.Onethingwasclear:M.D.wassensitivetoremedies.Sofarhehadreceivedthreedifferentremedies(China,Calcareacarbonicaand
Belladonna)andhadrespondedpositivelytoallthreeofthem.Thisenhancedhisprognosisbutwasalsoasignalthathewouldlikelyrespondto
any remedy with a certain degree of similarity to his case. Therefore, one had to pay great attention to the direction of cure to assure that the
remedytowhichhewasrespondinghadahighdegreeofsimilarity.

Plan:AnotherdoseofCalcareacarbonica10Mwasprescribed.

August5,1997:
Thediarrheagotworseaftertheremedylikeafterthefirstdose,butitwasabitdifferent:"Itcomesoutinoneshot:likeacork."SinceJuly23he
askedforthefirsttimetotakeabathandlethishairbewashed.Hestoppedinquiringaboutdeath.Forthefirsttimeinhislifehewaswillful.Since
the very hot weather the diarrhea had been much worse. He still had loud rumbling before stool. The sneezing, peeling of the hands and
perfectionismweregone.Thegrindingoftheteethwasworse.Theheadaches,perspirationatnight,itchingnose,startlingeasilywereunchanged.
Hecriedloudlyforthefirsttimeinhislife.

Assessment:Calcareacarbonicawasnotthebestremedyinthiscaseeventhoughthechildmadesomeprogressonthementallevel.Thefactthat
thediarrheainhotweathernotonlydidnotimprove,butgotworseunderCalcareacarbonica,wasasignthatitsdegreeofsimilaritywasnothigh
enough.Istartedtolookforaremedywithahigherlevelofsimilarityandstudiedthecaseanew.

WhiletakingtheinitialcaseIhadconsideredAloeasitcoveredsowellthepictureofthediarrhea,butdroppeditasitdidntcovertherestofthe
caseespeciallysomeoftheverypeculiarsymptomsmentionedearlierwhichindicatedCalcareacarbonica.But,asthediarrheawasnowclearly
worseandaggravatedinhotweatherandcharacterizedbythisloudrumblingpriortothestoolIagainstronglyconsideredAloe.Moreover,after
thefirstdoseofCalcareacarbonicatherewasareturnofthetransparentgelatinousstoolwithmuchwhitefrothwhichisverysimilartofrogspawn
foundunderAloe.AtthatpointtwopriorcasesofAloewhichIhadsuccessfullytreatedcametomindandIbecameconvincedthatAloehadtothe
simillimumofthecase

Toillustrate,IwilltemporarilyinterruptM.D.scasetopresentthesetwoothercases.Thefirstoneisnotcompleteinallitsdetail,ashisfilecould
notberetrieved.Itwasthecaseofyoungmanabout18yearsoldwhomIsawabouttenyearspriortoM.D.Hehadahistoryofcryptorchidism
and came to me after having been treated about 18 months previously with surgery and chemotherapy for testicular carcinoma. He had had
diarrheaeversincechemotherapy.HepresentedthetypicaldiarrheaofAloe,whichresolveditquickly.FollowingAloe,Itreatedhimsuccessfully
withArgentumnitricumforhischronicstate.Butthemostinterestingaspectofthiscase,whichIrecalledwhenconsideringabetterremedyforM.
D.,wasthatthispatienthadalonghistoryofgreatneedforroutinewithaversiontochangeaswellascyclesoffixations.Forinstance,whenhe
wasachild,heatethesamefoodthreetimesperdayforlongperiodsoftimeandnothingelse.Then,hewouldswitchtoanotherfoodthreetimes
per day and leave aside completely the previous one. If he had a project he would focus obsessively on it to the exclusion of almost everything
else,untilitwouldbereplacedbyanotherproject.Hewasalsooverlymeticulousineveryminuteaspectofhisprojects.

ThesecondcasewhichcametomindwhenIwasconsideringabetterremedyforM.D.followsingreaterdetail.InAugustof1993,ahomeopath
calledmefromahospitalwhereT.P.,her20yearoldson,wasbeingtreatedwithchemotherapyfortesticularcarcinoma.Hersonhadbeenvery
sick since receiving chemotherapy, and after trying different remedies she was seeking my help. The history of T. P. was as follows: About five
weeks earlier, T. P. started experiencing pain in his left testicle and kidney area. In the second week of July he noticed that his left testicle was
enlargedandhadhardened.T.P.alsohadahistoryofcryptorchidism.OnJuly27hewasoperatedonandwasdiagnosedwithembryonictesticular
carcinoma, which had already spread to the abdominal lymph nodes and the lungs. He started to receive chemotherapy on August 4. He got
progressivelysickerafterthefirstchemotherapy,experiencingnausea,vomiting,weakness,diarrhea,faintnessandabdominalcramping.

Thepresentingsymptomswereburningandheatfromthemouthtotherectum.HismouthwascompletelycoveredwithCandidaalbicans.Hehada
feverof101.7F(38.7C)andapulserateof100.Heexperiencedgreatweakness.Hewasnotthirsty(usuallyhewasverythirsty).Hehadbeen
havingdiarrheaevery1/21hour.Hisabdomenbecamehotandgurgledwithcrampsbeforeeachstool,whichwasawatery,yellowbrown,lienteric
diarrheawith"asweetandsoursmell(likeababydiarrhea)."Thecramps,heatandgurglingintheabdomenwererelievedbystoolorflatus.He
passedagreatquantityofsputteringgasduringeachstool,andfeltweakafterwards.Sometimeshedidnotrecognizethathewaspassingastool.
Heconstantlyfeltasmallballintherectum,andhadasmallhemorrhoid.Hewaschilly(1),hislipswerechapped(2)andhismouthwasdry(2)
withabittertaste.Histonguehadathickwhitecoating.Hehadhadnoappetiteforfourdays.Hisskinwassore(2).Hewascooltothetouchwith
thefever(2),andhisfacewascoldandclammy(2).Hewashypersensitivetojar(2)andtonoise(2),whichcreated"anelectricshock"throughout
his body. In general, he felt better in the morning and after 10:3011 P.M. (1). He felt worse from 411 P.M. (2). He was intolerant of people
especiallyiftheymadenoiseorjarredhisbed.Heneverwantsanyvisitors(previouslyhewasverygregarious).Heturnedhisheadawaywhen

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his girlfriend picked up his hand or if his mother wanted to kiss him. His oncologist and gastroenterologist thought that he had developed an
intestinal infection, but all the cultures had been negative. T. P.s mother had typhoid fever when she was eight months pregnant and T. P. was
treated for active typhoid soon after birth with the antibiotic Chloromycetin. He had developed mycotic infections everywhere on his skin, mouth
andthroat.

Case analysis: T. P. was presenting a perfect picture of Aloe with heat and gurgling before stool, sputtering of the flatus, unconscious passing of
stool,ballintherectumandespeciallyhistendencyto"repeleveryone."

Plan:Aloe200Conedose.

1P.M.ortwohoursaftertheremedy:
T.P.feltbetter.Heexperiencedasenseofwellbeingverysoonaftertakingtheremedythatdescendedfromabovedown.Sincetheremedy,T.P.
had one small semisolid stool and no diarrhea. The cramps were much less. He was very hungry. He was irritable and had a headache from
hunger,whichwascommonforhim.Hisenergywasbetter,12(0).Hewasnotpermittedtoeat.

Assessment: He had a very good reaction to Aloe. The new symptoms of irritability and headache with hunger are characteristic of Sulphur, the
onlyknowncomplementaryremedyofAloe.

Plan:Sulphur200C.

August12,1993at4P.M.:
Hisheadacheandtheburningintheabdomengotworseimmediatelyaftertheremedy.Thenhefeltbetter.Theheadachedisappeared.Hisenergy
wasupto5.Hehadnoteatenyet.Hehadfoursmallstoolssincetheremedy.Thegurglingandtheflatusweremuchless.Theburningfromthe
mouthtotherectumwasreducedby20%.Theabdomenwasnothotanymore.HehadbeenverythirstysincetheSulphur.Thehemorrhoidwas
better.

Assessment:HehadafavorablereactiontoSulphur,withanimmediateaggravationfollowedbyagoodimprovement.

Plan:Wait.

August12at7P.M.:
Hehadfourlarge,waterystoolsin2hours.Hewasweakagain,downto2.Therewasalotofgas.Thehungerdisappeared.Hispalateandthroat
weredrywithoutthirst(2).Thehemorrhoidbegantobleed.

Assessment:Relapseoftheoriginalcondition.

Plan:Aloe200C.

August12at9P.M.:
Hefellasleepsoonaftertakingtheremedyandhadnostoolafterwards.

Assessment:Goodreactiontotheremedy.

Plan:Waitandrepeattheremedyatthefirstsignofarelapse.

August13at10:30A.M.:
Duringthenightheexperienceddiarrheaat2:30A.M.andthreemoretimesafterwakingupat7:30A.M.Hetookonedoseoftheremedyafter
eachdiarrhea.Hehadalmostnopainorgurgling.Hefeltquitewell.

August13at4P.M.:
Hepassedasmall,formedstoolat12noon.Hisenergywasupto7.Hehadnoheadache.Thetemperaturewasnormal.Hehadbeeneatingwell
sincethatmorning.Thegastroenterologistdidnotknowwhathappenedheplannedtodoasigmoidoscopybutuponfindingthathispatientwasso
improved, he cancelled it. T. P. told him that he had taken some homeopathic remedies. The gastroenterologist wanted to know the name of the
remedy,andwasessentiallyrelievedtoknowthathispatientwasbetter.Intheafternoon,thechemotherapywasresumed.

August14at10P.M.:
The Candida albicans came back right away after the chemotherapy (part of it was Bleomycin, which is a powerful antibiotic). He had a fever of
100.8F(38.2C).Hiseyesburned(2)eachtimeheexperiencedthefever.Hehadnodiarrheabutaformedstoolaboutevery6hours.Hewas
verythirstyforcolddrinks.Beforethefeverheexperiencedchillsgoingdownhisback.Hisenergywasgood(67)buthebecameveryweakwithin
aminuteafterstandingup(3).

Assessment:Theburningeyeswiththefever,weaknessworsestanding,thereturnofthethirstandthedescendingchillsindicatedSulphur.

Plan:Sulphur200C.

HerespondedwelltoSulphurandcontinuedtodosoforseveralmonthsafterwards.TheinterestingaspectofthesetwoAloecasesisthatbothof
them had a history of cryptorchidism, testicular carcinoma and both had developed a similar severe diarrheal reaction to chemotherapy, which
clearlyindicatedAloe.Now,whenlookingatM.D.scaseandacknowledgingthatCalcareacarbonicawasnothisremedy,Iwondered,couldthisbe
acaseofAloe?WiththehistoryofcryptorchidismofM.D.,thetypicalAloediarrheaandtheneedforroutine,IsensedthatAloewasnotonlythe
acutebutalsothechronicremedyforM.D.IthereforeprescribedAloe1M(Borneman)toM.D.onAugust5,1997andwaslookingforwardtohis
reactiontotheremedy.

August13,1997:
Aftertheremedyhewashappier.Thisstoolbecamedramaticallybetterthenextdayforthreedays.Thenhedevelopedafluforthefirsttimeinhis
life.HehadarelapseofthediarrheaandanotherdoseoftheremedywasgivenonAugust9whichhadnoeffect,exceptforalargeevacuationof
whitefroth.

Assessment:Thefactthatherelapsedsoquicklyandthattherewerenochangeswiththeseconddosewouldtypicallynotbeseenasafavorable
response.However,rememberingthecasesofJekyllwhereherepeatedAloe1Mseveraltimesbeforeheopenthem,IstillfeltthatAloewasthe
mostsimilarremedyandIneededtopersist.

Plan:RepeatAloe1Muptothreetimeswithinthenexttwentyfourhours.Ifthereisanobviousreactiontothefirstorseconddosedonotgivethe
subsequentdose(s).

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August26,1997:
Three doses of the remedy were given. He became very tired for the first 6 days after the last dose. The mother said that she had forgotten to
mentionthatatleastonceadaythegurglingpriortostoolswassointensethatitmadeasimilarsoundasthedrainofaverynoisytoiletbowland
sincethefirstdoseofAloeithadhappenedonlythreetimes.Hewasevenhappierthanbefore.Hisenergyreturnedtohisusuallownormal.He
stoppedbeingstartledatnoise.Hefeltpainandreallycriedononeoccasion.

Assessment:Aclearaggravationfollowedbyanimprovementonthemental/emotionallevelwasagoodsign.

Plan:Wait.

September16,1997:
He did very well until 6 days ago when school started he refused to go and once he cried in his mother's arms. The diarrhea with the bloating,
involuntarystoolsandabdominalpaincompletelyrelapsed.Hedidnotwanttogetdressedanymore.

Assessment:Relapsewiththestressofreturningtoschool.

Plan:RepeatAloe1Mnowandatthefirstsignofrelapse.

September24,1997:
He was dramatically better. The diarrhea stopped right away. His energy was much better after September 17. On September 18, he developed
anothercoldwithmuchdischargeandsneezing,dayandnight.Thefoamreappearedagainforoneday.Personalitywise,heopenedup.Hebegan
addressingothersspontaneously.Hewaslessselfabsorbed.Hewasmoredemandingabouthisneeds.Hewasmorepresent.Hestoppedgrinding
histeethandsweatingatnightforthefirsttime.Thebloatingwasgone.

Assessment:Excellentreactiontotheremedy.

Plan:Wait.RepeatAloe1Masneeded.

November19,1997:
OnOctober1,hehadarelapseofthediarrhea,selfabsorbedpersonality,bloating,peelingofthehands,coveringhishead,grindinghisteeth,loud
gurglingbeforestools,refusaltodressorgotoschool.Hebecamesilent.Hedidn'twanttotalkoreat.TheremedywasrepeatedonOctober3.The
nextdayhedevelopedacoldwithmuchdischargeandsneezingwhichlastedonly24hours.Again,hehadthewhitefrothymucousinhisstoolon
thefirstday.Thenhewasmuchbetter.Thestoolbecameformedandonlyonceaday.Hisappetitereturned.Hewasabletoeatanyfood,even
milk,withoutproblems.Hewasmuchmoreexpressiveandwas50%lessselfabsorbed.Heaskedtogoplayoutside(neverbefore)andlaughed
regularlywithotherkids(alsoneverbefore).Hisselfconfidencewasmuchbetter.Hewascrying23timesaweek.Itwasonlysince

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