Posted on: 11 August 2015

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Thirty-five years in the East. Adventures, discoveries, experiments, and historical sketches, relating to the Punjab and Cashmere; in connection with medicine, botany, pharmacy, etc
By John Martin Honigberger (1795-1869)
Late Physician to The Court of Lahore
Published by H.Bailliere, London - 1852

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Arrived at Lahore, I found my former patron, the maharajah, Runjeet Sing, seated on a chair, with swollen feet, and making himself understood by gestures and signs with his hands ; his organs of speech being paralysed to such a degree, that he was not able to utter a single articulate sound, and other means of imparting his thoughts were not in his possession, as he never had learned to write.

From time to time I had occasion to relate many of the cures effected by the new method of homoeopathy, by the aid of which I had cured myself in Vienna of the cholera and lately in Hindoostan of the plague. Although they did not doubt the truth of my assertions, it was not without difficulty that they could prevail on themselves to trust me with the treatment of the maharajah, because the favourable season — it being spring — allowed the native physicians to rely on other trials which they had to make : meanwhile I succeeded in some homoeopathic cures quite to my satisfaction. But the greatest sensation produced,was by a cure which I undertook at the request of the minister, raja Dhyan Sing. He committed to my medical care a native of Cashmere, Aboo Ibrahim, commander of his jesails ( camel-artillery ), in whose head, ten years previously, a bullet had been lodged at an affair with the Affghans, and which no native surgeon had been able to extract, and in consequence he was paralysed on one sideI trepanned him, and extracted the bullet which was stuck beneath the skull, anH pressed the brain, without, however, affectiag that organ. My patient having been a drunkard, and troubled with indigestion in consequence of his weakened stomach, I administered to him some physic, to accelerate his recovery ; and I succeeded in restoring him to perfect health, in the short space of two months. When relieved from his hemiplegy, I presented him to the minister, and he introduced him to the maharaja.

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Maharaja Ranjit Singh, hand-coloured lithograph,

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Dr. John Martin Honigberger (1795-1869) John Martin Honigberger The history of Homoeopathy in India is linked with the name of a Romanian, Dr. John Martin Honigberger. Dr. Honigberger was born at Krostadt, a town in Transylvania, in Romania. After passing his M.D. with distinction, he became a successful practitioner. Dr. Honigberger arrived at Lahore in 1829 - 30, and was later invited to treat the Maharaja Ranjit Singh of Punjab, who happened to be seriously ill. The Maharaja was impressed by him when he treated his favorite horse of its bad leg ulcers. In 1835 he traveled to Paris and met Dr. Hahnemann. He bought a large quantity of homoeopathic medicines from Hahnemann's Pharmacist, Lehmann of Kothen. In 1836 Dr. Honigberger went to Vienna and caught an infection of cholera. He saved himself by taking Ipecac every half hour. He was impressed greatly by the results of homoeopathic medicine both in himself and others. He decided to start his practice at Constantinople. He treated cases of plague with Ignatia. He was led to use it because he saw Armenians there wearing a string tied to a bean of Ignatia and it seemed to give them protection where so many people were dying every day. He also treated a case of haemorrhage with Aranea-diadema; this case brought him fame and recognition. Dr. Honigberger was the first man to introduce the name of Samuel Hahnemann and his healing art to India. Source:

Thank you Bibhash Gupta - for suggesting this book.


Great treasures of pre -independence times

Thirty-Five Year In The East.