Homeopathic Drainage, Michel Bouko Levy, MD.
Editor: Francoise Becquey
Publisher: HDRB Publishing, Stow, Ohio, USA
Date: July 2015
Price: $95 US.
Reviewed by Jenni Tree
If only all allopaths reasoned in the way that Dr. Michel Bouko Levy did. In his first medical clinic, after graduating from the Faculty of Medicine in Marseille in the 1970's, he came across a case for which he had prescribed appropriately, and yet the patient’s disease moved from bad sinusitis, to stomach pains, to terrible headaches and severe cystitis. He said: “I wanted to understand why the patient developed such a sequence of symptoms, and how I could help. I bought my first book on homoeopathy.”
The French understand drainage remedies and organotherapy better than any other nation using homoeopathy. Indeed, Kate Birch’s book, also reviewed in this edition, is based on the work of Dr. Mauritius Fortier Bernoville, who is also mentioned, along with Vannier, in Levy’s Bibliography.
This is a gem of a book, filled with very useful and connected information on every page. Dr. Bouko Levy said it is the book he should have liked to have in his clinic when he began in practice, and I agree. Somehow I have managed in
practice for 30 years without every hearing about Emunctories – you will find them in this book, along with Schüssler Salts (and a neat diagram that links each salt to a sign of the zodiac), Phytogemmotherapy (with a very clear diagram showing how these remedies are made), Organotherapy and Oligotherapy.
There is materia medica of fourteen central remedies, and common satellite remedies, which are prescribed for affected organs and their function. As an example, an ‘association’ of three remedies, in equal parts, for chronic pelvic inflammation in women might be: Aletris farinosa 1DH, Helonias 3DH and Hydrastis 3DH. [DH = Hahnemann Decimal].
I knew nothing of Oligotherapy and its language (Allergic equates to Psoric; Hyspotenic to Depressed Tuberculinic; Dystonic to Luetic or Excited Tuberculinic; Anergic to Sycotic , Old Psoric; and Auto-poisoning to Cancerous,
Sycotic) and its use of trace elements for treatment.
There is information that can easily be applied in daily practice. It is not particularly for Sensation practitioners, but for those who want to use hands-on, low potency methods (the French seldom use above a 30c potency), connecting emotional and mental states with physicals and drainage, support and nutritional remedies. A strong contender for a naturopath’s library.
It is paperback; has full contents pages, and many useful indices – general; modalities (fabulous); mind; neuroendocrine; anatomic; drainage; remedies; and trace elements. This makes it easy to navigate. I’ve marked all the useful illustrations with post-it notes for quick reference (new moon aggravation: Croc., Kali-br., Natrum-carb., Plat., Puls., Sil. – and all the other moon phases are covered too.)
If you have patients whose organs are ravaged by chronic disease, this book enables you to help those patients support, clean and drain their systems, and rebuild their vitality using low potency homoeopathics; gemmotherapy
medicines made from buds - [see also Dr. Joe Rozenkwaig’s Gemmotherapy, if this interests you], and trace elements [ref. also the work of Jon Gamble]. I have found these therapies and know-how infinitely useful in practice over many years, and am pleased to add Dr. Bouko Levy’s book, already well-thumbed, to my bookshelf.
Jenni Tree is the Editor of Similia, the Australian Journal of Homœopathic Medicine. She has written and delivered lectures internationally on homeopathic materia medica and philosophy.
Name the homeopathic remedy for each one of the characters below. Write your answers in the comment section below. The first person to find the correct 12 answers will gain access, at no cost, to the first two modules of Dr. Bouko Levy's online course on homeopathy and homeopathic drainage, and the corresponding notes.
Pictures extracted from old issues of French magazine "Medicines Douces."
Half way between Agatha Christie, Hahnemann, and Grimm, this fairy tale presents different homeopathic characters. Will you recognize them?
Once upon a time,
There was a woman who loved to wear sparkling jewels, and so beautiful that she shined more than her precious stones. Silver, she had, for she was involved in the jewelry business, a most lucrative job with secrets of the trade only known by her.
She would not allow any spiteful gossips or comments about her activities: she knew how, in one instant and with a quick glance, transform a soft expression into a cutting one and affirm her superiority. Her fits of anger terrorized everyone, but not as much as her scornful smile, which made one want to crawl to the center of the earth.
Tina, as her father named her, had a daughter: Tilla. After dabbling in secondary school, Tilla was at last realizing her life dream: she was going to be an actress in a theater. She set her heart on multiple disciplines without ever finishing what she started. The last one to talk was always right for her, as long as it came along with flattery and caresses.
All was perfect between Sky and Earth, until one day when Lacy, a customer and known blabbermouth, came into Tina’s shop. She was all dressed in white like as a young bride although she was no Spring chicken.
The jeweler lifted up her sharp chin and made her silver mascara flit around. The two women had hated each other for as long as they knew each other: “Your daughter is getting so beautiful, even more beautiful than when she was a child with her marvelous blond hair, her big blue eyes…” said the blabbermouth, flooding Tina with details.
Tina jumped as bitten by a snake. Her rage was so over-powering that she promised herself to make Tilla, this little person who reminded her she was no longer eighteen years old, vanish from the surface of the earth. But how to get rid of her own daughter without leaving any evidence? Her anger dissipated when she realized her client was still talking, explaining that a famous jeweler, Cleftan, had just been completely stripped by “invisible” burglars. “Invisible”, repeated Tina, suddenly transported into the world of a Machiavelli plan. How could I take advantage of that? She knew these “Artists” and she came up with an idea that put her mind to ease. She was very pleased with herself.
Meanwhile, somewhere in the city,
The Artists were celebrating their success. Happy was trying to wipe up a wine mark on his white and red-check shirt. His protruding belly had blown off two buttons and the menu of preceding days was mapped on his shirt, from starters to dessert. As usual, he was wearing his old black shoes, full of the mud accumulated during his night rambles.
Alone, standing away, Doc, another one of the gangsters, looked very busy. Always flanked with his perfect suit and luxury shoes, he was making the inventory of the loot. His yellowish face invaded by straight dark hair turned crimson in front of each coin, and lightened up once in a while with thundering laughter.
Suddenly, he stopped on a gold ring, tried it on his little finger: “I feel so close to gold”. The shouts of indignation of Grumpy interrupted his sensual daydreaming, which upset him so much that he was shaking. All noise ceased: everybody feared the boss, especially when his temples started to pulse and his face became scarlet red.
Grumpy tidied up his light blue Burlington shoes. He was the only one capable of standing up to the chief anger. Straight out, Doc stifled him: “We must get in touch with this Tina thief, she is the only one who can fence the goods.” That was more than Grumpy could take: “She’s still going to pocket the maximum while we take all the risks. I can’t stand her arrogance. She always comes at nap time and disturbs me. She comes in, opens the windows and creates unbearable air drafts. In fact, Grumpy had decided to kill her since the day she had called him scrawny. He dwelled on his vengeance every single day.
The Chief turned towards Bashful. He was wearing green clothing as usual, dressed with care and old-school elegance. His touch of class and old-looking aspect called for respect, even from Doc, the chief himself. Physically, and excepted from Dopey, Bashful was the weakest of the Seven Dwarfs. He kept himself in the background during the arguing, as long as he could save face. He talked little, and stuttered immediately when asked to speak, so nobody spoke to him. In fact, Bashful was much less shy people thought, and, once the ice was broken, he was an implacable quibbler. The chief liked him much and often head to his advice. These were the times when Bashful let his scornful look out, silent, disdainful, watching the other members of the gang from the corner of his eye.
They came up with a simple strategy: They had to blackmail the old woman. But how?
The night had been long. The thieves had lived through strong emotions, they were exhausted. It was just past 10:00 pm. The shop they used as hideaway, a bakery called “Doc Laboratory” for his great love for bread, was now bustling with activity.
Suddenly, a series of “explosions” took the thieves out of their deep thoughts. It was Sneezy, having another attack. Like a tap suddenly open, his face flooded, burning his nose and eyes. Each violent sneeze made the windows vibrate. The wide warm wool hood Dopey always kept on his head was shaking. Sneezy took off a white handkerchief from the breast pocket of his black shirt.
Sleepy realized that his dozing was over. He slowly put on his brown shoes, scratched his ears diligently and turned the radio on. Sleepy loved to listen to classical music. Luckily a concert was on. It was the Four Seasons of Vivaldi. Sleepy took off his shoes and socks, exposing his itchy toes and soles, slumped his enormous fat body in an armchair and started weeping. Soon, Sneezy imagined himself at sea and this image triggered a torrent of tears interrupted by noisy bursts of laughter. Bashful too liked these moments, when he could rock himself to the sound of music and cry abundantly as if he was a baby in the arms of his mother. Dopey, as all little children, did not resist for too long to the pleasure of weeping with the others.
All was right, Sneezy was not going to alert the neighborhood of their presence any longer but the gang was now neutralized. Grumpy stood up abruptly. Music made him crazy. He slipped into his green and light blue madras jacket, adjusted his blue tie and went out, muttering swearing words. He needed a breath of fresh air.
Doc hided the loot in the safe place, and then swallowed a hot coffee spiked with two fingers of whisky.
The gang dozed off.
Doc and Sleepy snored loudly, which woke up Sneezy and Dopey. Sneezy stood up, checked that all the doors were perfectly locked, and turned on the kitchen lamp for Dopey who was used to sleep with a light on, and might get up and walk, or start yelling in the middle of night. Dopey was wearing a huge beige shirt, his inseparable hood had fallen off, and he looked like an obstinate and serious monk with a balding head. Bashful also needed the kitchen light to sleep peacefully but nobody knew about it. He never mentioned it. Every evening, he expected Sneezy’s little routine.
They finally all fell asleep.
Time was flowing fast that day,
Tina, heavily made-up, was wearing her black and silver panther dress adorned with her shiny and precious jewels. She had a good plan: she would send the “girl” to the bakery under the protection of Tony, her loyal henchman. She sniggered: “It’s in the bag”.
She found Tony at the snack bar, pigging out on two mustard hot-dogs and an enormous ice cream. Tony hated to be disturbed during his breakfast. So, she sat down, ordered her tenth coffee and lit up a long, thin American cigarette.
Secretly, Tony has always been in love with Tilla. He listened to her while eating a huge jar of pickles. When Tony started to eat so fast, it meant he was annoyed, but Tilla did not notice it. She was too happy to think about Tilla disappearing forever.
Tony was fat, always dirty, he hated cold water, and bathing was to repulsive of a task for him to even think of it. His bad temper and his sullen aspect justified the authority his mistress treated him with. He knew well that he didn’t stand a chance with Tilla, as she was like a little flower with a lot of her romantic charm. He would not kill her. Rather, he would protect her.
On this Full Moon night, Tony followed Tilla to the bakery. His right toe was so painful that he was in agony. He admitted that his copious meal had been abundantly washed down with beer wine and liquors, and knew this was calling for a massive diarrhea later on.
Tony could not keep his eyes off Tilla. He shivered: she was sitting in an armchair and the cleavage of her pink dress revealed a gracious neck. A river of pearls fell down her breast. Her baby blue handbag was on the floor. Exhausted by the heat of the day, she must have sat on the chair and fell asleep quickly. He kept looking at her. He stayed there, watching her for hours until fatigue got the best of him, and then only he fell asleep.
It was time for our fearsome Dwarfs to wake up.
“Grumpy” was the first one to get up. He was in a very bad mood as usual and did not wait a second to stir up some trouble. Paternalist, Doc was pleased. He got everybody to calm down and asked Happy to visit Tina. He was an excellent mediator with great philosophical knowledge - he faithfully read the Reader Digest - and his jovial-fellow look always impressed people favorably, providing of course that he had cleaned himself up.
Transformed by a good night sleep, Happy, the emissary, received the last recommendations and went out the door, followed by the others. The Night was very clear but he stumbled on Tilla, although he did not wake her up. The Seven Dwarfs had never seen such a marvelous creature.
“Doc” understood immediately the advantage of this discovery and ordered to catch, attach, and hide Tilla into the back shop. “Dopey” was dripping with sweat from head to toes. “Sneezy” observed her suspiciously, “Bashful” had of course blushed into an intense red. As for “Sleepy,” he was busy again scratching some parts of his body we will not describe here. “Grumpy” was stretching while walking back and forth at the same time. “Happy” busted out of laughter while philosophizing on Diana and Venus. “Sneezy” emitted a sound beginning with an endless stuttering, as if he had something important to say. Suddenly, “Sneezy could no longer hold it. The perfume of this young woman had got the best of him. Suddenly he took a deep breath, but his wide inspiration was immediately blocked by 4 hands.
Tilla woke up surrounded by of seven pairs of eyes. She screamed and started crying, unbeknownst to the fact that her tears were a formidable weapon. All were instantly charmed and captivated by her beauty and sweetness. She offered to make tea, the best joke they ever heard. They could not stop laughing! It was time to go out for work.
Tony just woke up when he saw them go away, the seven. Besides him was an empty chair, where had Tilla disappeared? Tilla had forgotten Tony, Tina, and her studies. This place was much better than any theater. She was singing, she loved this doll’s house and the little extraordinary creatures looking like children. Tilla decided it will be her paradise. She would first clean the mess and then prepare a good soup. She started dancing.
Tina had gone to play baccarat,
Mainly to flirt around. “Happy” took her aside and filled her in on the new events while offering gin and whisky. Since Tilla was cooking for her dwarfs, Tina would provide dessert. It would be a wonderful poisoned cake. After dessert, she’ll pocket all: the jewels and her vengeance.
The Seven Dwarfs came back. They were surprised and happy with their new house. “Happy” and “Bashful” went straight to the cake. “Bashful” thought he would share it in 3 slices: one for him, the second for “Happy”, and the rest for the other dwarfs. “Happy” knew very well that most of the cake will be his as, “Bashful” was fond of sweets but he always took on more than he could chew.
“Dinner time,” Said Tilla. Come on “Doc”, this red suits you nicely but now I said it’s time to eat. “Doc” added wine to his soup, “Grumpy” added pepper, ignoring the thought of the pain his hemorrhoids would cause the day after. “Sneezy” found the food was not salty enough as always, and he dipped big pieces of bread into his soup. “Dopey” dove his bald head into the steam of the soup, this heat was so good for his headache. “Happy” was smelling, sniffing, tasting, and swallowing. “Sleepy” appreciated a meal without meat, as the only thought of meat disgusted him.
Sweet time arrived,
The recipe of this marvelous cake will remain a secret, we just know that strychnine was the poison. Only one escaped from this murder: “Grumpy”.
The story would be very sad and not so authentic if it stopped here.
A peddler passing by dropped a few granules into the mouth of every one of our characters, just in time to save our heroes.
This story was inspired by an amazing real clinical experience.
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Michel Bouko Levy, M.D. obtained his degree in Medicine from the University of Marseille, France, in 1974, and diploma of Pediatrician the following year. He received his National Diplomas of Homeopathic Physician from the Centre Homéopathique de France, l’Ecole d’Homéopathie de l’Hopital Saint Jacques and l’Institut National Homéopathique Français in 1984. Doctor Bouko Levy developed an entirely new systemic approach to biotherapeutic drainage in homeopathy. His books include “Everyday Homeopathy” and his Complete Homeopathy and Drainage Repertory.
AS: Welcome to Hpathy Dr. Bouko Levy. We’re honored to have you share your ideas with our worldwide audience of homeopaths and students.
You’ve taught homeopathy throughout the world and are held in the highest esteem. Since you first studied homeopathy, you have developed your own special insights and methods in practicing homeopathy. Could you share with us the evolution of your thinking since 1984, that led to your important discoveries?
MBL : As a medical doctor, practicing homeopathy started with a deep sense of responsibility that I had to do everything that could be done to heal my patients. In order to reach that goal, I needed to understand something I had not learnt during my medical studies, and that I later identified as the logic of the patient as well as the logic of the disease. Frank Herbert said: The beginning of knowledge is the discovery of something we do not understand.”
In 1977, I opened my first medical office in Peynier, a little village of Provence, in the South of France. At that time, I was practicing conventional medicine. One of my first patients was a woman who consulted me for sinusitis. I gave her the appropriate prescription, but she was back a week later with digestive disorders caused by side effects of antibiotics. She then developed vaginitis and cystitis. Disease was challenging me. I needed to understand why this sequence of events happened, and how to address it.
Upon deep reflection, I concluded that this patient was trying to eliminate toxins through different organs, ENT and lung, stomach and colon, genital and urinary. It only made sense to me and I felt had to try to facilitate the process. Looking back, it was my first attempt at implementing drainage in my practice.
I researched a way to learn a medicine that would help me treat the patient as a whole and facilitate the elimination of toxins. I bought my first book on homeopathy: Doctor Jouanny Materia Medica, quickly followed by the Organon.
Next, came an eighteen year old boy with a lot of warts on both hands. His mother consulted me in an attempt to avoid the laser treatment offered by her dermatologist. I prescribed Thuya 9 CH, 5 granules twice a day, according to Dr. Jouanny’s reference. A month later, the warts were gone! Immediately, I started to prescribe whatever homeopathic remedy I could, and decided to take a three-year course at the French School of Homeoapthy (Ecole Française d’Homéopathie).” I received my diploma of Homeopathic Physician in 1981.
During my studies in that school, I learnt there were at least two methods of practicing homeopathy: unicism – treating the patient with one single remedy at a time, and pluralism – treating the patient with several remedies together. Neither of them satisfied me. A patient is like a complex puzzle, treatment requires precise choices. Finding the perfect single remedy every time was nearly impossible, and giving several remedies with the hope that one will work didn’t seem right.
I investigated, different currents of homeopathic thinking. I became very fond of morphotypology (Dr.Vannier), interested by some remarks of anthroposophy, and consulted with specialists in iridology, acupuncture, auriculotherapy, and osteopathy, to expand my knowledge and help deepen my understanding.
I questioned the reasoning behind these methodologies and found them incomplete by themselves. I felt that a global strategy was necessary, because homeopathic medicine in my eyes encompasses remedies and strategies based on the totality of the patient, the logic of his/her system, his environment and universal factors that had to be taken into consideration. Therefore, I kept searching and learning.
A systemic perspective enables the understanding of the complex whole, in the totality of its organization and the interactions between the subunits. A systemic perspective reasons in term of dynamics around a flux of subunits, as does biology, from organ to organ, from function to function.
Thus, the inside of the body may be analyzed as though it is outside; the ATP energy system of the mitochondria may be analyzed in the same way as the solar system. The flux is composed of matter, energy, and information. As we advance into the infinitesimal, the flux of matter decreases. Beyond Avogadro’s number, the flux only contains energy and information.
Feedback loops maintain the stability and dynamics of the system, like a thermostat; they amplify and control the system. Each defines a zone of equilibrium. This dynamic equilibrium between subunits is set up either around a fixed point (as glycemia), or around a changing value (anabolism and catabolism), with a variable response time depending on the subunits. The acute disease is a subunit of the chronic disease.
A patient’s organ requires support with each step of elimination. Clinical experience confirms that the body uses drainage implements. It is indispensable to include both organ and function remedies during the treatment of a patient.
The wheel of emunctories (organs of elimination) naturally maintains the body’s cleaning and fortifying abilities. Two courses of emunctories treat and eliminate the stream of toxins along this wheel. The first course goes from the skin to the digestive system and then to the respiratory system. The second course evolves from the urinary system, then goes to the osteoarticular system and finally to the cardiovascular system. All of the emunctories are governed by the endocrine and nervous system and must be considered at each stage of treatment.
Our individual wheel of emunctories turns according to our own Constitution, Reactive Mode, and Line of Life. In the evolution of a chronic disease, the order in which the different organs are affected shows the exact treatment strategy to follow and the type of drainage the patient needs. Nature clearly demonstrates the existence and function of the emunctories, and the necessity of drainage. Drainage is scientifically based on anatomy, physiopathology, and biochemistry; it’s Systemic. The key to successful treatment is good detoxification. Drainage regulates the activity of the blocked or deficient organs and improves the quality of the essential emunctories. This is the first condition necessary for a quick and complete healing. (Note: Doctor Stinghe said to give the vegetal in the morning and the mineral in the evening.)
AS: Can you talk about Individual Logic and the “Line of Life?
MBL: The Reactive Modes follow a natural evolution of the patient’s life; they are the dynamic elements of the organism and they govern the impulses of the natural cycles from growth to maturity. With the Line of Life, the practitioner can locate the acute disease and build a strategy to heal patients suffering from chronic diseases. In order to correctly analyse his patient’s case, the practitioner must be able to perfectly draw their individual Line of Life. Its course shows the evolution of the Reactive Modes and the logic in the appearance of the different diseases that occurred during their life.
The first cycle corresponds to intra-uterine life. From birth, all individuals will evolve through 7 cycles. From 0 to 7: builds itself. From 7 to 14: discovers itself. From 14 to 21: looks at itself. From 21 to the onset of the menopausal or andropause period, the period of menopause or andropause, and finally old age.
The individual line of life indicates the dominant reactive modes of the patient and shows the correct order to follow with the homeopathic therapy. The treatment strategy of chronic diseases lies in the precise analysis of the two first cycles, which point out the dominant general modalities of the patient.
AS: Could you say something about Doctor Kollistch’s perspective?
MBL: The idea of classification of the mineral homeopathic drugs according to the atomic weight and the number of valences comes from Dr Paul Kollitsch. He referred to Mendeleev: “The relations between the properties of the elements and the atomic weights”. From this work arose the periodical classification of the elements and the classification of homeopathic drugs of Paul Kollitsch.
At particular intervals, we find groups of bodies, with groups under, with similar properties. The action of the alkaline metals is a hydration action acting on protoplasm. Heavy metals have practically no oxydating nor hydratating action so they will act on the tissues where the chemical reactions are practically non-existent. The aggravation of the symptoms is related to the increasing of the atomic weight. The action of simple bodies is deeper and slower than that of vegetal and animals, in chronic and acute.
Doctor Kollishtch, according to Mendeleev’s periodical classification of chemical elements, gathers the common properties of each homeopathic mineral, making chemical families and their satellite relations.
During the second part of the 20th century, chemical aspects of Homeopathics were widely studied. Doctor Hodiamont published on chemical properties and relations of homeopathic substances, vegetal, mineral, and animal.
Doctor Schüssler introduced mineral salts which enter in the composition of blood and tissues and which are necessary to their constitution and good functioning. One cell is a complete organism itself which lives, breathes, expires, ingests, digests, excretes, increases volume, multiplies. The biochemical composition of the cell consists of two kinds of substances which are combined, organic and mineral.
Mineral salts whose action, in determined amounts, is necessary to the constitution and the good functioning of tissues, have to be used in the treatment of chronic diseases. They are essential for Tuberculinic, infant, child, growth periods, and in case of weakening by long lasting diseases or ageing. Doctor Schüssler wrote: “no bone without calcium, no blood without iron, no cartilage without silica, no saliva without potassium chloride”
According to some astrology authors, Schussler Salts would correspond to planets; each planet sign has predispositions and affinities with a mineral. Although this concept is very valuable, I do believe that Schussler Salts are universal and cannot be limited to any kind of human classification.
AS: What are some other important signs to read from the patient’s body?
MBL: Since listening to a patient’s cough is a diagnostic exercise more effective than all the best Materia Medica descriptions, I decided to make an acoustic dictionary of cough. The project was quickly abandoned because of technical problems. Meanwhile, I had met Doctor Zvi who diagnosed conditions by observing his patients’ nails. He was a seasoned practitioner and had great experience with homeopathy and the use of minerals.
I dedicated a room of my office to the photography of patient’s nails and undertook a three-year study on nails, and how their condition relates to specific diseases and calls for specific remedies. In 1988, the results of my study were published by the British Homeopathic Journal. It was presented for the first time to practitioners in North America in Montreal, PQ, and Vancouver, BC (Canada) in 1989.
I kept experimenting. My countryside practice demanded for me to give fast-acting and simple treatments – and develop a great sense of humor! From the early eighties to 1990, I went around with a briefcase full of injectables, both allopathic and homeopathic. This gave me an opportunity to perform a full study on the efficacy of homeopathic injectables, mainly on acute disease (trauma, osteo-articular, infection) but also on some chronic disease (arthritis, rheumatism).
I noticed that homeopathic injectables work very well and very fast, especially in the following cases: lumbar pain and torticolis, otitis, abcess, bronchitis and chronic rheumatisms, especially of the spine. The results of this study were published in 1983 in a Review by the Institute of Homeopathy of Provence, and Cahiers of Biotherapie, and in 1990 in the Images magazine. Unfortunately I had to give up on the study then due to regulations that forced homeopathic injectables off the market.
I am a perpetual student humbled by the amount of knowledge in the world, grateful for these great minds who shared their findings without restrictions. They are the reason why I could develop a medical approach that fit my needs to do right by my patients. They have taught me everything I know about medicine and the healing arts, and made me as eager to share as I am to learn.
AS: Could you give a synopsis of one of your cases to illustrate your approach?
MBL: The patient: a fourteen year old boy with severe hepatitis and jaundice – pallid, no appetite at all, intense thirst, prostrated, drowsy, nauseated, discolored stools.
I ordered blood tests immediately. In the mean time, I prescribed one single dose of Phosphorus 15CH. The mother calls me, frightened: the patient opens the fridge and eats everything in sight!
The blood test shows very high transaminases rates. My second prescription will address the patient’s age factor, Constitution, Reactive Modes, the disease, and individual Line of Life.
Age: the child needs intense and prolonged mineral support, starting with Sulfur Iodatum 9 CH + Calcarea Phosphorica Schüssler Salt and 15 CH. His demineralization also calls for Natrum Muriaticum, Silicea, and their companion remedies such as Ignatia.
Disease: The Tuberculinic centripetal process reveals a severe ineffectiveness of some emunctories that need immediate support. I prescribe China 5 CH and Chelidonium 5 CH, then Kalium Phosphoricum, Magnesia Phosphorica and Natrum Phosphoricum.
Evolution: Sycosis is to be the following stage of his life. Therefore, as his doctor, I have to be vigilant and follow up carefully.
AS: There are interesting concepts here that need some more explanation. If I understand you correctly, you do a timeline of the patient’s history of illnesses, and that helps you select the proper drainage remedies. Do you start with the current layer and work backwards, as in classical homeopathy? What other factors determine the remedy?
MBL: The Laws of Hering are one of the major elements to consider in a medical story, for anamnesis as well as for treatment strategies. Hahnemann, in Chronic Diseases, develops the concept of miasm. Reactive modes are Miasms, and much more when considered in 21th century science. Analogy can be applied to different levels: symptoms, physiopathology, bacteria, toxin, organic, always biochemistry, and societal parameters.
The scientific method is observation and individualization of the clinical case, and the personal Constitution and Reactive Modes. It enriches the experimentation. We must admit that we’ll never know fully how a human functions, and accept that a patient is made of varied layers, of which we only have detected very few.
AS: How do you determine which layer to start with?
MBL: Which layer to choose? “Any treatment of chronic disease is useless if we do not calm the excess of sensitiveness and irritability which put an obstacle to the good action of Psoric remedies.” Hahnemann. Therefore, in my practice, the layer to start with is dictated by clinical observation of the symptoms of the patient, the patient’s place on his/her line of life, and his/her reactive mode.
AS: You have said that the “treatment strategy of chronic diseases lies in the precise analysis of the two first cycles, which point out the dominant general modalities of the patient.” Could you explain what the first two cycles are ?
MBL: The first cycle is the intra-uterine life that encodes hereditary information about the immune functions. The second cycle is the first seven years with a natural evolution of the Constitutions and the Reactive Modes.
The infant is a Psoric, the depth of its hereditary Psora can be precisely evaluated from these first moments. When the child starts walking and talking, they express their Luetic Reactive Mode, when the child discovers cleanliness, their Sycotic Reactive Mode, and during growth accelerations, they are Tuberculinic.
AS: I see, so the stages are predictable and you can tell what to look for. When applying drainage remedies, does one have to be concerned about aggravations as toxins are leaving the body?
MBL: Toxins have to be evaluated before starting the treatment. The correct homeopathic drainage is performed according to Hahnemann principles, and takes into consideration the significant power and diversity of the Psoric eliminations. Remember that drainage is necessary to help the organs during the healing process. It helps the elimination process, therefore it alleviates symptoms that might be caused by leading remedies given without the support of drainage. When applied properly, drainage prevents symptoms that could be evoked as aggravation otherwise. So, no, drainage doesn’t evoke aggravations. It prevents them.
AS: If our readers wanted to learn how to use your approach, are there books, or other resources? Is your repertory still available?
MBL : We are preparing new publications to help practitioners understand and apply Homeopathic Drainage to their daily practice. First of all, we are digitizing my course. The course was taped live in Toronto, during my 10-session, 3-day seminar series. This is a complete course that gives practitioners an in-depth understanding of drainage and homeopathy. Session 1 is already available. Second, we are preparing the publication my books. First will come “Homeopathic Drainage.” This book is designed to be a quick reference guide for practitioners in their daily practice. It will include the basic principles of Drainage and Homeopathy, Gemmotherapy and Organotherapy, the Materia Medica of major remedies written by me, a lot of tables and illustrations, and a therapeutic index, so anyone can find what they need at a glance. To my knowledge, it will be a one of a kind book.
Third will come 2 other books: I will publish the result of my study on “Diagnosis Through Observation of Nail Condition.” This book will be another “one of a kind” reference book. It will be followed by the second edition of “Homeopathic and Drainage Repertory,” which is probably one of the most sought after books in the field of Drainage. The first book, “Homeopathic Drainage,” should be published at the end of June or in July. We will let you know of the publication schedule as we progress.
AS: Thank you for sharing with us today. Your work opens up a whole new approach in practicing.
Editors Note: Dr. Bouko Levy has an audio course available at his website, which also has more information about his approach and his blog articles.
Michel Bouko Levy, M.D., obtained his degree in Medicine from the University of Marseille, France, in 1974, and obtained his diploma of Pediatrician the following year. In 1976, he moved to Canada, where he was in charge of the department of Pediatrics of the Hospital of Moncton. He received his National Diplomas of Homeopathic Physician from the Centre Homéopathique de France, l’Ecole d’Homéopathie de l’Hopital Saint Jacques and l’Institut National Homéopathique Français in 1984. Doctor Bouko Levy incorporated homeopathy and biotherapeutic drainage into his medical practice successfully, and developed a new understanding and method of application of homeopathic biotherapeutics that he shared generously with doctors in Europe, North America and North Africa. He taught a complete course on Homeopathy and Biotherapeutic Drainage in Toronto, Canada, for the Homeopathic Medicine Association of Canada in 1995, an in Chicago, Fort Lauderdale, Fl and Scottsdale, AZ in 1997. He published his first book, “Everyday Homeopathy” in 1989, and a complete homeopathy and drainage repertory” in 1993.
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Dr. Bouko Levy offers insight and information on homeopathy, homeopathic drainage and treatment of specific conditions.