50 Reasons For Being a Homeopath’ is a lovely little book. It consists of 50 letters from the famous homeopathic doctor J. Compton Burnett to a young skeptic ‘Dr T.A.K’ & was written around 1888. It still shines with truth today.
Yes, you are quite right in saying that our Natrum muriaticum is your Sodium chloride, the common salt of our tables, and I am not at all surprised to learn that you cannot believe that it is in any sense a medicine. Many homeopathic practitioners are of the same opinion – but bah! What have your and their beliefs to do with hard clinical facts? I have cured no inconsiderable number of disease with Natrum muriaticum – chilliness, swelled spleens, gout, constipation, and, above all neuralgias; so what does it matter to me what you or they think about it? I KNOW.
Now I would like to cite one more experience of mine with Natrum muriaticum, which, besides being very curious, is also practically important, and then I will not trouble you further with my attic salt!
I can give it to you in a very few words. A lady, wife of an officer, came over from India, to be under my care. The difficulty in her case lay in this, that she has to stop with her husband’s friends, who have a lovely place near the sea, in Sussex, but it usually upset her so much that she could not stay there. “And you know,” she said, “it is so very unfortunate for I can stay there for nothing, and have the use of a carriage, and everything is so very nice; and yet I am obliged to decline going there, and have to go to nasty lodgings by myself, which of course I have to pay for.” Why can you not live at your husband’s place? “Oh! It is the sea; I am just the same on board ship, dreadfully ill.”
Well the burden of my song is just this – Natrum muriaticum, 6 trit., so modified this lady’s state that she was not only able to stay at said place, but actually thereat enjoyed being and sitting by the sea.
This is my nineteenth reason for being a homeopath, and if you will accept it, I promise not to trouble you with anything more about the Chloride of Sodium, or Natrum muriaticum, as it is called by the homeopaths.