Spiders and Scorpions - Spectrum of Homeopathy 02/2020
Jürgen Hansel: Homeopathy in the time of Covid-19
Whereas the picture of a genus epidemicus in Covid-19 is first composed with the help of a few leading pieces of the puzzle gleaned from the internet, Rajan Sankaran from Mumbai learns of the specific individual symptoms of SARS-CoV-2 positive patients from Iran, where the pandemic swiftly takes off from mid-February. His pupil, the Iranian doctor Aditya Kasariyans, asks him for help in selecting the remedies for her corona patients.
With her information Sankaran homes in on the remedies Arsenicum album, Camphora, Carbo vegetabilis, Veratrum album, Bryonia and Phosphorus (see repertorisation). Sudden collapse, cold sweat, and a relative absence of restlessness finally tip the balance in favour of Camphora. This plant remedy belongs to the botanical subclass Magnoliidae. Its central theme is isolation from the outer world, which Sankaran views as a central characteristic of the pandemic. The well-known delusion of Camphora “she has her own little world, in which things are clear, outside is uncertain” reflects the prominence during the pandemic of social distancing, quarantine and considerable widespread unease.
Kasariyans treats her first two patients according to Sankaran’s recommendation with Camphora 1M and observes significant improvement in both cases. The casetaking of further patients confirms the remedy selection and Kasariyans reports some dramatic success in treatment with Camphora. Sankaran therefore suggests Camphora as a possible genus epidemicus remedy, recommending it both for treatment and prophylaxis for Covid-19.