Walk a Mile

 In Bacterial/Viral Infections, Geriatrics

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Joseph Kellerstein, DC, ND

Today I want to present a simple example of a case helped by homeopathy. This case is typical of a day’s work, and as a naturopathic doctor I could not do without it.

The Patient

June is an active lady in her early 70s. After consulting over the years with other members of her family, I finally got to meet her. She is pleasant and warm, with an expansive smile and an open attitude.

June had been suffering for many years with a Baker’s cyst behind her left knee. She reported that for a long time she had been exercising “too much.” At this point, a lot of exercising was out of the question due to pain.

The pain was worse sitting and driving, and worse on rising from a seat. She had received a massage one day that seemed to aggravate the pain significantly. June complained that sleeping at night was difficult because of the pain. It was shooting. And there was also always a sensation of pressure.

After a long homeopathic examination, the only concomitant I could find was painful bunions – a sharp pain in the great toe, which was exacerbated by walking.


Using the TBR2 Repertory (edited by George Dimitriadis), I arrived at the following simple rubrication (see Figure 1).

Figure 1. Repertorization

Regional {001 300}; Extremities; Lower Limbs; Knee, joint {283}; posterior aspect [popliteal fossa, hough] {285} (73)

General [non regional]{776 1686}; Generals; Excrescences [growths]; Cysts [epidermoid, sebaceous [trichilemmal], steatoma, wens] {1538} (13)

General [non regional]{776 1686}; Generals; Generals; Stitching [piercing, pricking], outer parts {1111} (123)

Modalities {1687 1694}; From Situation & Circumstance; Rising, on [on straightening-up, becoming erect] {2120}; sitting, on rising from {2126} [+ amel. Sitting down, on] (68)

Modalities {1687 1694}; Time; Night, in the {1691}; midnight, after {1693} (76)

Regional {001 300}; Extremities; Lower Limbs; Toes {296}; large toe [hallux] {297} (66)

General [non regional]{776 1686}; Generals; BONES [& PERIOSTEUM] IN GENERAL; Swelling [tumour, exostoses] {1249} (42)

The above text provides a more complete rendering of the rubrics used.


The top 4 rubrics define the cyst as a complaint: location/complaint, sensation, and modalities.

If we look at Sulphur and Nitric acid, we see a consistency of grade and intensity. Only in this repertory does the consistency of grade act as a further highlighting factor indicating that such a combination of symptoms for these remedies was seen clinically and confirmed. Such an occurrence leads us to study the materia medica of these 2 remedies first.

Allen’s Encyclopedia lists the following for Nitric acid:

Tearing in the lower extremities, especially at night [my own italics]

The hollow of the knee is very tense, and seems contracted all the afternoon (after seventy-two hours)

Pain in the hollow of the knees, as from stiffness, so that he was obliged to limp on beginning to walk

Sensation of swelling in the hollows of the knees, while walking in the open air [very similar to the sensation of a Baker’s cyst]

Stitches in the hollows of the knees, at night [Wow!]

Now when we recombine the salient symptom fragments (those in italics) from the materia medica, we can see a striking similitude to the patient’s spontaneously described complaints.

I found this more compelling than the descriptions for Sulphur.

Treatment & Follow-up

Plan: Nitric acid: 3 pellets per dose, 2 doses daily


Two weeks later, the patient reported, “It was a miracle! There was an almost-immediate 50% improvement in the pain. Then I decided to cut back on the frequency to 3 times weekly. By the end of the week I was screaming in pain again. [I had no idea she’d been screaming in pain.]

“I resumed the twice-daily dosing, and by the end of the first week could feel the effect of each dose as soothing. It now feels as if the size of the cyst is reducing. I have taken nothing extra for the pain since starting this remedy.”

Closing Comments

Homeopathy is our most flexible and most precise tool when indicated. Its results are often wondrous. This is why so many intelligent physicians have fallen in love with this most wholistic of medicines. The only reliable “Sources” for homeopathic knowledge are the foundational original sources, not modern authors.

Understanding the Hahnemannian model of thought is foundational for a naturopathic doctor developing a wholistic clinical paradigm, even if there is no homeopathy in the practice. Unfortunately, some our schools have predicated their programs on what is popular. The result I see in our students is a progressive illiteracy in Hahnemannian studies.

Along with this is a progressive frustration with, and then dissociation from, this field. This has been occurring for several generations of students – now themselves teachers. Recently there have been articles “debunking” homeopathy, written by naturopathic doctors of this brand. This is only an attempt at politically justifying a surgical excision of the homeopathic program in our colleges, so as to become allopathically acceptable.

When we lose our foundational principles, there is no Naturopathy.

Joseph Kellerstein, DC, ND, graduated as a chiropractor in 1980 and as an ND in 1984. He graduated with a specialty in homeopathy from the Canadian Academy for Homeopathy, and subsequently lectured there for 2 years. He also lectured in homeopathy for several years at CCNM; for 8 years at the Toronto School of Homeopathic Medicine; and for 2 years at the British Institute for Homeopathy. Dr Kellerstein’s mission is the exploration of natural medicine in a holistic context, especially homeopathy and facilitating the experience of healing in patients.

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