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A Fantasy in Materia Medica (Great Grandpa Homoeopathy's Family Reunion)

Prof. Dr. Diwan Harish Chand

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Elaps liked salads in general. The crude Antimony looked for the cucumbers in the salad, while Allium cepa hunted for raw onions which his allergic friend Sabadilla hated. Ferrum sorted out the tomatoes.

Mr. Nux vomica and H.M. Sulphur were good friends and helpful to each other. They could never appreciate Miss Pulsatilla for avoiding fats. They loved fatty and rich food and tolerated it well as did Acidum nitricum. Of course, they felt that nobody ever understood women, especially the capricious Pulsatilla who had a morbid dread of the opposite s*x.

Acidum nitricum in addition to fatty food wanted extra salt in his food. Natrum muriaticum also thought the salt in food was less and added more and so did Phosphorus and Argentum nitricum. The real reputation of the anticipating and nervous Argentum nitricum was however, for sweet things and even sugar. He would embarrass his friends if they went to a restaurant by putting sugar in his mouth. The very thought of sweets would probably brighten his face. But alas! Though he likes sweets so much the sweets do not like him and he will disorder his digestion by taking sweets. The red-lipped master Sulphur also craved sweets but sometimes extra salt also. It transpired that what he really wanted was something with a string taste. The wormy Cina also took lots of sweets but still his temper was far from sweet.

Delicious roast potatoes-no, Alumina did not want any. Was that the reason why she had no energy and was so light in weight? Students of history say that a war was fought for potatoes. Alumina and Thuja occidentalis seemed ungrateful to God for refusing the best starch He gave to mankind. There was a batch of people interested in some sour oriental dishes-Hepar, the white Veratrum, the red Corallium, the inky Sepia and many more. Hepar was fond of all sour and strong tasting things and also added a good bit of vinegar in the Chinese fried rice. He liked pickles but the crude Antimony, Lachesis and Sulphur were even keener. Lac caninum put plenty of pepper in his food.

Then there were the seafoods. Oysters were a delicacy, which Lachesis relished very much. This inhabitant of the South American jungles got her admittance and pride of place into this high society only because of the great Herring expounding her virtues. However, she continued to be petty minded and watched with jealousy and suspicion even her good friend Lycopodium, apart from Natrum muriaticum, Calcarea carbonica and the rheumatic friendly pair of Bryonia and Rhus toxicodendron grab their share of the oysters. Natrum muriaticum took a large helping of fish and put on a good bit of salt for extra relish. The special variety of herring fish was sought by Acidum nitricum, Pulsatilla and Veratrum. This white Hellebore craved the sardines from Scandinavia in common with the dizzy Cyclamen.

Roast pork was patronised by the urban Tuberculinum who flourished in congested and unhealthy conditions of large cities. It was considered to be a child of Psora and Syphilis-two of the three renowned adepts of black magic, which they wielded in an unrecognised subtle manner for evil purposes. Pork was also relished by Crotalus horridus, the bleeder from North America, who also got admittance into this society after passing a test conducted by herring. It was Herring's hobby to go into the jungle and find the intrinsic worth of its inhabitants. Many of those in the Middle East and in the Orient looked with disfavour on the dirty habits of the wide nosed piggy and so religiously avoided all its preparations. Miss Pulsatilla, the insectivore Drosera rotundifolia, Colchicum and the scratchy Psorinum were of this line of thinking and so just couldn't look at roast pork.

There were some that had lived in America. They got accustomed to drinking milk with their meals. The rheumatic Mr. Rhus toxicodendron always on the move to prevent his joints getting stiff and the enfeebled Acidum phosphoricum, as also the sensitive Staphysagria, liked it and were unanimous in rating it as of high food value. They were supported in their opinion by the stingy Apis and Arsenicum. But many others though not denying its food value were averse to milk. "We are not babies", they thought. Most curious of all was baby Silica who did not like his own mother's milk and so got emaciated. Lac defloratum just couldn't stand milk. He thought that he had been cheated by being given skimmed milk, whereas Lac vaccininum at least got the whole milk. Natrum carbonicum was not only averse to milk but got a disordered tummy and diarrhoea from taking milk. In India there is a belief that taking of fish and milk in the same meal causes leucoderma. Someone must have spread this superstition to avoid too heavy an intake of protein with its specific dynamic action in the body resulting in increased thermogenic metabolism in this hot country. The lovers of milk from USA could of course laugh at such a belief as they has personally experimented by regularly taking fish and milk together without any ill effect.

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