Dr. Rahul Jadhav is a renowned classical homeopath practicing at Satara, India. He is frequently invited for lectures on various homeopathic forums.
After completion of his MD homeopathy degree, he further polished his skills under the guidance of legendary homeopath Dr. Amarsinha Nikam. With his busy practice, Dr. Jadhav is also faculty at Aditya homeopathic Hospital Pune and assistant professor at Homeopathic Medical College.
Dr. Jadhav is well-known for inspiring budding homeopaths to practice classical Homeopathy through his lively interactive lectures. His keen analytical skills help him to write unbiased reviews of various homeopathic books.
Dr. Nikam’s Masterpiece on Treatment of Acute diseases
(In-depth review of Dr. Amarsinha Nikam’s latest book- A Homoeopaths guide to covid-19)
• Title: A Homeopaths Guide to Covid 19
• Author: Dr. Amarsinha Nikam
• Year: First Edition: 2021
• Pages: 244
Legendary Homoeopath Dr. Amarsinha Nikam (Pune, India) who is well known worldwide for successfully running exclusively ‘Homeopathic Hospital’ has recently published a book titled ‘A Homoeopaths guide to covid-19’.
The news of this book’s mega inauguration by Padmashree Ujjwal Nikam raised the curiosity of every homeopath, so I decided to make a detailed review of it.
The strength of this book lies in the authenticity and vast clinical experience of the author. Dr. Amarsinha Nikam has developed a unique working method of practicing classical homeopathy in 1995 which remained unchanged and providing consistent results in various critical cases at his 100 bedded Aditya homeopathic Hospital. (www.drnikam.com)
When the spread of pandemic started, Dr. Nikam and his team came forward to lead the way. They not only distributed preventive medicines systematically but also tackled thousands of Covid-19 cases of different severity. The book is a summary of his campaign against Covid-19. During the entire pandemic, the hospital was fully functional providing aid to several critically ill patients.
It is essential to note that Dr. Amarsinha Nikam has done extensive work in previous epidemics also .e.g. Dengue, Chikungunya, Swine-flue, etc. The same ‘epidemic’ protocol is followed for preventive and curative treatment of covid-19 cases.
The book has 224 pages of which 66 pages belonging to theoretical/ philosophical aspects of treating acute cases whereas 158 pages consist of well-documented covid cases with their explanation.
The theoretical part offering practical solutions by Dr. Nikam for long-standing dilemmas in homeopathy .e.g. role of preventive medicine, potency selection, use of thermals, the concept of miasm, and concept of vital force. Every solution is an outcome of deep analytical thinking and years of clinical experience.
The topics covered in the theoretical part are…
• Introduction to SARS-CoV-2 virus.
• Genetic mutation of the virus.
• Concept of Acute miasm. (How covid progresses from acute, subacute to Sycosis, Tubercular & syphilitic stage).
• Why Homeopathy in covid?
• Lack of standard protocol in conventional medicine and power of correct similimum.
Perfectly described by the author in his words ‘Single Homeopathic remedy in minimum dose can conquer hundreds of diseases and recovery takes place instantly!’
Here the author has given a scientific explanation about the concept of miasm with the view of ‘Vital force as Oxygen’.
This analogy made by Dr. Nikam is probably the most path breaking research in homeopathy in recent times.
(Dr. Nikam has published a book titled ‘Vital Force is Oxygen’ where this innovative concept is explained in detail).
• Insight into Case taking:
Detailed guidelines are given for case taking which are very useful not only for covid-19 but also in every acute disease. The same case protocol is followed at Dr. Nikam’s exclusively homeopathic IPD since 25 years.
Guidelines are also given for taking a history of patients on ventilator/NIV support, the importance of clinical examination, and investigations.
• Role of preventive medicine:
Preventive medicine is probably the most widely discussed topic with a lot of differences in opinion. Dr. Amarsinha Nikam advises the use of a single remedy selected after short interrogation of thermal, desire, thirst, activity from a group of 20/25 remedies. The group is arrived after studying the pathology and manifestation of an epidemic. For the quick selection of preventive medicine handy tool is provided in the form of a ‘flow chart’. As mentioned earlier Dr. Nikam has successfully used the same protocol in previous epidemics.
The other vital topics discussed in theory sections are Auxiliary mode of treatment, Adverse effect of conventional medicine, Advantages of online consultation, Rehabilitation, and efficacy of 30 potency. Altogether it makes the journey to similimum simpler and faster not in just covid but any acute disease.
Practical Part (Case Presentation)
In this section author has given a detailed case record as well as investigation, totality, remedy differentiation, follow up, and additional endnote. Thirty-two covid cases of different intensity and stages are selected e.g. mild, moderate, severe, and post covid. The standard protocol is followed as given in the theory section.
It includes Covid infection complicated with coronary artery diseases, diabetes mellitus, psoriasis, surgical emergency, post covid cases, Mucormycosis, and pregnancy..!
Every case gives a different learning experience to the reader.
e.g. in the first case, belladonna 30 was given as a first prescription but the high degree of fever (104F) persisted. Re-consultation is done and the next remedy is chosen (Helleborus 30) based on the peculiar symptoms_ ‘chill begins from arm’; ‘electric shock-like pain’ along with other totality which cured the patient. No antipyretics are used.
The book also offers a perfect practical solution to homeopaths on the problem of repertory choice. Dr. Amarsinha Nikam suggests the use of Kent repertory, Synthetic repertory (by Dr. Barthel & Dr. Klunker), Complete repertory (Mind). (That too in the printed version!)
In another covid case, the young doctor was appointed on Covid hospital duty and felt a lot of anxious apprehension due to it. Along with other totality, Dr. Nikam confirmed this peculiar mental state from practical materia medica of Dr. Clark and Antim Tart 30 given which worked beautifully. This teaches us the need of updating our materia medica skills and in-depth study of resource books
Concluding case notes gives an experience of bedside learning with Dr. Nikam. The reader gets treasures of practical knowledge about remedy differentiation, second prescription, potency, and repertory use.
For example in the first case of severe covid, differentiating points between Spongia and Aconite are mentioned in endnotes as…’Both have the pathology of pneumonia and both are predicting their death. Aconite is more restless than spongia, spongia is thermally hot while aconite is chilly.
According to my opinion, this book can be perfectly used as a ‘Practical workbook’. Every homeopath should try to analyze cases on his own and check the answer thereafter for best learning experience. What comes as a pleasant surprise is beautiful pictures of Aditya homeopathic Hospital IPD; a place of pride and inspiration for every homeopath.
The only issue about the book is its availability, we request the publisher to provide an online purchase platform so that it will reach maximum homeopaths.
The homeopathic community is indebted to Dr. Nikam for his unparalleled contributions. From successfully running homoepathic hospital, research book on Miasm, Thermal Materia Medica, ‘Vital force as oxygen’, universal use of 30 potency, to this Covid-19 guide book; each dedicated to progress and upliftment of science.
This book is an invaluable addition to his legacy and homeopathic literature. More than just a covid book it is the comprehensive guide for any acute disease. Highly recommended to every student and practitioner of homoeopathy.