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Many years ago a homeopath went to South America seeking potential new remedies to add to homeopathy’s materia medica. Once there he heard of a fearsome snake so poisonous that it could easily kill a human. Specimens are usually over 6 feet long & snakes over 14 feet have been recorded! It’s Latin name means, roughly, ‘brings silent death’. They are capable of multiple strikes, injecting a large amount of venom. Even the bites of juveniles can be fatal. The venom itself is hometoxic (it destroys red blood cells) & this results in organ degeneration, shock & frequently death if the correct anti-venom is not administered in time.

Returning to our story, our intrepid homeopath, a man by the name of Constantine Hering (the father of American homeopathy) paid some natives to go into the jungle & find a specimen of the Bushmaster so he could take a sample of the venom for further study. They returned with their prize, but immediately fled as soon as the money had changed hands. Unfortunately for Hering the snake bit him as he was attempting to extract the venom, and his last words before losing consciousness was an instruction to his wife to record all the symptoms he exhibited thoroughly! Luckily he survived, though he never regained the use of his left arm. This brave man, one of the West’s most brilliant doctors in his time, brought us a most useful homeopathic remedy for afflictions of the blood.

Nearly 200 years later homeopaths are still finding Lachesis useful in all manner of complaints involving the blood & circulation. Earlier this week I visited a patient I had been treating for (among other things) intolerable hot flushes connected with the menopause. After taking her case a month ago I decided that Lachesis would suit her symptoms. To my pleasant relief her hot flushes gradually decreased in intensity until, just 2 weeks after taking the remedy she no longer gets them. To say the patient was pleased would be an understatement!

Denialists can argue that if 100 people are given Lachesis, by chance a few will probably show an improvement in their symptoms…all that is happening is that I’m being ‘fooled by randomness’ & at best offering the patient a nice counselling session. Alternatively they may argue that one incident proves nothing. All I can say is that I gave a remedy that corresponded to the symptoms of my patient & the patient got better. If this is your normal everyday experience of practising homeopathy…day after day you give remedies & people get better, what conclusions would YOU draw?