Concomitant symptoms of indian drugs through clinical verification – Dr. P.S. Chakraborty

Concomitant symptoms are highly valuable to individualize a patient and to make a suitable prescription. Its presence during the proving gives a distinctive identity to a drug and carries more value in materia medica and in clinical practice.

Therefore, concomitant symptoms need to be repeatedly verified clinically. Keeping in view this aspect, an attempt has been made in this article to identify concomitant symptoms from the drugs, proved by Central Council for Research in Homeopathy and confirmation of those symptoms through clinical verification.

Materials and Methods:  In this multicentric study, medicines were prescribed on the basis of totality of symptoms and responses were noted in case records. Usual method of follow up, as per homoeopathic principles, was adopted. Symptoms that improved or disappeared during the follow-ups were compiled and reported. The clinical symptoms were given due respect while compiling data.

Results: Concomitant symptoms of 19 indigenous  drugs  viz. Abroma augusta, Acalypha indica, Aegle folia, Aegle marmelos, Alstonia constricta, Amoora rohituka, Atista indica, Caesalpinia bonducella, Embelia ribes, Fagopyrum esculentum, Gallicum acidum, Hydrocotyle asiatica, Hygrophilla spinosa, Jaborandi, Jacaranda caroba, Jalapa, Justicia adhatoda, Nyctanthes arbortristis, Saraca indica/Janosia ashoka and Terminalia arjuna have been identified.

Discussion: Ever increasing symptoms in proving and in sickness is burdening materia medica and its application is becoming difficult. It requires to be reduced to certain fundamental forms corresponding to the ‘generals and particulars’ logic of Boenninghausen. Hence, the role of these concomitant symptoms becomes immensely helpful to develop  a very accessible materia medica vis a vis in clinical practice.

Conclusion: The concomitant symptoms are the peculiar, strange and rare symptoms which outrank other symptoms of chief complaints and helps in individualization.  Due attention to these symptoms are of great importance in finding the similimum more easily and accurately.

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