Case of the Woman Intolerant of Light and Sound
On the administration of a homeopathic medicine, acute diseases frequently yield so rapidly as to force on the patient the conviction that the medicine has caused his relief. Within a minute or two he has felt its action manifested in an indescribable feeling of comfort about the part affected; and, if there be increased quickness of pulse, a fall of from 5 to 10 beats in the minute precedes, or accompanies the relief. So frequently does this occur that when the homeopathic practitioner meets with a case of severe suffering, he feels convinced that, either he will be able to relieve his patient before he takes his leave, or, from a trial of different medicines, and an observation of their effects, he will be able to put him in the way of getting relief. Most mothers, also, who have adopted homeopathy in the treatment of their families, are well aware of this fact, and owe many a quiet night to the speedy action of the homeopathic remedies.
I once found a patient in a state of extreme nervous excitability. The room was quite dark; the shutters were closed; the curtains were drawn; the eyes were tightly bandaged; not a ray of light could be endured. Sound was equally offensive; the footfall of a person moving across the room, the jingling of keys, even the crumpling of a piece of paper caused a scream. By some management, I contrived through a chink in the shutter to look at my watch, while I felt the pulse. It beat 120 in the minute. By the help of a candle, I selected the proper remedy, Coffea, and gave a dose, and at the expiration of 2 minutes, again felt the pulse; it was now 100. Convinced that the effect had taken place, I assured my patient that she could now bear the light; and having withdrawn the curtains, and opened the shutters, after some solicitation prevailed on her to remove the bandage. To her astonishment, she now felt no pain, and her extreme dislike to noise had also disappeared. She has since assured me that never has she enjoyed greater calm and peace than during the rest of that day.
Thomas Hayle, Homeopathy, Its Nature and Evidence, with a Few Words on Small Doses; American Journal of Homeopathy, Vol. 5, No. 6, Oct., 1850.