HOMOPATHIC MATERIA MEDICA
WILLIAM BOERICKE, M.D.
This is a children's remedy,-big, fat, rosy, scrofulous, corresponding to many conditions that may be referred to intestinal irritation, such as worms and accompanying complaints. An irritability of temper, variable appetite, grinding of teeth, and even convulsions, with screams and violent jerkings of the hands and feet, are all within its range of action. The Cina patient is hungry, cross, ugly, and wants to be rocked. Pain in shocks. Skin sensitive to touch.
Mind.--Ill-humor. Child very cross; does not want to be touched, or crossed, or carried. Desires many things, but rejects everything offered. Abnormal consciousness, as if having committed some evil deed.
Head.--Headache, alternating with pain in abdomen. Relieved by stooping (Mezer). Pain in head when using eyes.
Eyes.--Dilated pupils; yellow vision. Weak sight from masturbation. Strabismus from abdominal irritation. Eyestrain, especially when presbyopia sets in. Pulsation of superciliary muscle.
Ears.--Digging and scratching in ears.
Nose.--Itching of nose all the time. Wants to rub it and pick at it. Bores at nose till it bleeds.
Face.--Intense, circumscribed redness of cheeks. Pale, hot, with dark rings around eyes. Cold perspiration. White and bluish about the mouth. Grits teeth during sleep. Choreic movements of face and hands.
Stomach.--Gets hungry soon after a meal. Hungry, digging, gnawing sensation. Epigastric pain; worse, first waking in morning and before meals. Vomiting and diarrha immediately after eating or drinking. Vomiting with a clean tongue. Desires many and different things. Craving for sweets.
Abdomen.--Twisting pain about navel (Spig). Bloated and hard abdomen.
Stool.--White mucus, like small pieces of popped corn, preceded by pinching colic. Itching of anus (Teuc). Worms (Sabad; Naphth; Nat phos).
Urine.--Turbid, white; turns milky on standing. Involuntary at night.
Female.--Uterine hæmorrhage before puberty.
Respiratory.--Gagging cough in the morning. Whooping-cough. Violent recurring paroxysms, as of down in throat. Cough ends in a spasm. Cough so violent as to bring tears and sternal pains; feels as if something had been torn off. Periodic; returning spring and fall. Swallows after coughing. Gurgling from throat to stomach after coughing. Child is afraid to speak or move for fear of bringing on paroxysm of coughing. After coughing, moaning, anxious, gasps for air and turns pale.
Extremities.--Twitching and jerking distortion of limbs, trembling. Paralyzed shocks; patient will jump suddenly, as though in pain. Child throws arms from side to side. Nocturnal convulsions. Sudden inward jerking of fingers of right hand. Child stretches out feet spasmodically. Left foot in constant spasmodic motion.
Sleep.--Child gets on hands and knees in sleep; on abdomen. Night terrors of children; cries out, screams, wakes frightened. Troubles while yawning. Screams and talks in sleep. Grits teeth.
Fever.--Light chill. Much fever, associated with clean tongue. Much hunger; colicky pains; chilliness, with thirst. Cold sweat on forehead, nose, and hands. In Cina fever, face is cold and hands warm.
Modalities.--Worse, looking fixedly at an object, from worms, at night, in sun, in summer.
Relationship.--Compare: Santonin--(often preferable in worm affections; same symptoms as Cina; corresponding to the "pain in shocks" produced by Cina. Visual illusions, yellow sight; violet light not recognized, colors not distinguishable. Urine deep saffron color. Spasms and twitchings, chronic gastric and intestinal troubles sometimes removed by a single dose (physiological) of Santonin. Dahlke). Helmintochortos-Worm-moss (acts very powerfully on intestinal worms, especially the lumbricoid). Teucrium; Ignat; Cham; Spig.
Antidote: Camph; Caps.
Dose.--Third attenuation. For nervous irritable children, thirtieth and two-hundredth preferable. Santonin in first (with care) and third trituration.
Has some reputation in the cure of cataract and corneal opacities. Is used externally, by instilling into the eye one drop four or five times a day. This must be kept up for several months. Most effective in traumatic cases. Compare in cataract Phosph; Platanus; Cannabis; Causticum; Naphthalin; Ledum; Nat mur; Silica.
(MERCURIUS SULPHURATUS RUBER)
For certain forms of ciliary neuralgia and ulceration upon a syphilitic base, this remedy is most effective. Sleepless during night.
Head.--Congestion to head; face purple red.
Eyes.--Pains from lachrymal duct around eye to temple, from inner canthus across brows to ear. Severe shooting pain in bones of orbit, especially running from inner to outer canthus in the bone. Redness of whole eye. Lids granulated; canthi and lids red.
Nose.--Pressive sensation, as from heavy spectacles. Pain about root, extending into bones on each side (Aur; Kal hyd).
Throat.--Stringy mucus passed through posterior nares into throat. Dryness of mouth and throat; must rinse the mouth. Fiery-looking ulcers in mouth and throat.
Male.--Prepuce swollen; warts on it which bleed easily; testicles enlarged; buboes; angry-looking chancres. Syphilides, squamous and vesicular.
Female.--Leucorrha. Feeling of pressure in vagina.
Extremities.--Pain in forearm from elbow down, including hands. Pain in long bones when barometer lowers; coldness of joints.
Skin.--Very fiery-red looking ulcers. Nodes on shin-bones. Buboes. Condyloma, easily bleeding.
Modalities.--Worse, lying on right side (feels as if contents of body were being dragged over to that side).
Relationship.--Compare: Hepar; Nitr ac; Thuja; Sep.
Antidotes: Hepar; Sulph.
Dose.--First to third trituration.
Cancer where pain and fetor are present. Best when skin is intact. Its use in hæmorrhages has abundant clinical verification. Nosebleed. Hæmorrhages from bowels, hæmoptysis, etc. A strain in loins or false step brings on a profuse flow of bright blood. Post-partum hæmorrhage. Flatulency and diarrha. Feeble patients with languid circulation.
Female.--Bearing-down sensation. Menses early, profuse, prolonged, bright red. Sleepy. No desire for anything. Fingers seem swollen. Uterine hæmorrhages caused by overlifting, during puerperal state; menorrhagia.
Relationship.--Compare: Ipec; Sil; Trill.
Dose.--Tincture to third potency. For cancer, strong decoction, one-half pint in a day. Oil of cinnamon in aqueous solution best local disinfectant. 3-4 drops in two quarts of water as a douche, wherever a germicide and disinfectant is needed. Three drops on sugar for hiccough.
A deep-acting anti-psoric remedy, with marked action in glandular affections, herpetic eruptions, chronic swellings, when patient is extremely sensitive to cold. Sensation of coldness in various parts. Scrofulous ophthalmia. Poisoned wounds, bites, phagedenic ulcers. Malignant disease of the glands of the neck. Cistus has affinity for naso-pharynx; aborts colds that center in posterior nose. Sniffling.
Face.--Itching, burning, and crusts on right zygoma. Lupus, caries; open, bleeding cancer. Tip of nose painful.
Mouth.--Scorbutic swollen gums. Mouth feels cold; putrid, impure breath. Pyorrhea (Merc cor; Caust; Staph; Kreos). Hurts to protrude the tongue.
Ears.--Watery discharge; also fetid pus. Tetter on and around ears, extending to external meatus.
Throat.--Spongy feeling; very dry and cold air passing over parts causes pain. Breath, tongue, and throat feel cold. Uvula and tonsils swollen. A small, dry spot in throat; must sip water frequently. Hawking of mucus. Swelling and suppuration of glands of throat. Head drawn to one side by swellings in neck. Sore throat from inhaling the least cold air. Heat and itching in throat.
Stomach.--Cool feeling in stomach before and after eating. Cool feeling in whole abdomen. Desire for cheese.
Stool.--Diarrha from coffee and fruit, thin, yellow, urgent; worse in morning.
Chest.--Coldness in chest. The neck is studded with tumors. Induration of mammæ. Hæmorrhage from lungs.
Extremities.--Sprained pain in wrist. Tips of fingers sensitive to cold. Tetter on hands. Cold feet. Syphilitic ulcers on lower limbs, with hard swelling around. White swelling.
Sleep.--Cannot sleep from coldness in throat.
Female.--Induration and inflammation of mammæ. Sensitive to cold air. Bad smelling leucorrha.
Respiratory.--Asthmatic after lying down (trachea feels narrow), preceded by formication.
Skin.--Itching all over. Small, painful pimples; lupus. Glands inflamed and indurated. Mercurio-syphilitic ulcers. Skin of hands hard, thick, dry, fissured; deep cracks. Itching of swollen hands and arms; general itching which presents sleep. Hemicrania.
Modalities.--Worse, slightest exposure to cold air; mental exertion, excitement. Better after eating.
Relationship.--Antidotes: Rhus; Sepia.
Compare: Conium; Carbo; Calc; Arg n.
Dose.--First to thirtieth attenuation. Locally as a wash to arrest fetid discharges.
Headache with nausea, vomiting and vertigo. Facial neuralgias mostly right-sided. Thoracic oppression. Frequent and irresistible yawning. Disturbed sleep.
Relationship.--Citrus decumana-Grape-fruit (Tinnitus, head noises and ringing in ears. Sensation of pressure in the temporal region). Aurantium-Orange (neuralgic and skin symptoms. Itching, redness and swelling of hands. Diseases of the aged with coldness and chilliness. Boiled dried orange peel excites the intestine in a manner similar to other forms of cellulose or agar. There is an increased flow of bile which continues for hours. It unites both a cholagogue action with a mechanical stimulus to peristalsis). Compare: Citrus Limonum (scorbutus, sore throat and cancer pains; checks excessive menstruation). (Citric Acid.--Useful in scurvy and chronic rheumatism and hæmorrhages. All forms of Dropsy are benefited with Citric acid and lemon juice, tablespoonful every 3-4 hours. Pain from cancer of tongue. Used as a local application and mouth wash, one dram to 8 ozs of water. For cancer pains generally, often effective).
Scrofulous, rheumatic, gonorrhal, and syphilitic patients. Acts especially on skin, glands and genito-urinary organs, especially testicles. A remedy of much importance in disturbances of sleep, and neuralgic pains in various parts. Many of these pains are relieved by perspiration. Muscles relaxed or twitching. Great emaciation. Great sleepiness. Distant pulsation in whole body.
Head.--Boring pain in temples. Confused feeling; better in open air. Eruption on occiput at base of hair, moist, pustular sensitive, itching.
Eyes.--Heat in eyes and sensitive to air; must close them. Chronic blepharitis, with sore and swollen meibomain glands. Iritis, great sensitiveness to cold. Flickering before eyes. Pustular conjunctivitis, with tinea capitis; eyes inflamed and protruding.
Face.--White blisters on face and nose, as if burned by sun. Swelling of submaxillary glands, with hard tubercles, throbbing, aggravated on being touched. Pain in right side of face to eye, ear and temple; better, holding cold water in mouth.
Teeth.--Ache; worse, at night and from tobacco. Teeth feel too long.
Stomach.--After eating, weakness in all limbs and pulsation in arteries.
Male.--Ilio-scrotal neuralgia. Testicles indurated with bruised feeling. Swelling of scrotum (Orchitis). Right half only. Troubles from suppressed gonorrha. Violent erections with stitches in urethra. Testicles hang heavy or retracted, with pain along spermatic cord; worse, right side.
Urinary.--Tingling in urethra lasting some time after urinating. Frequent, scanty urination; burning at orifice. Interrupted flow. Urethra feels constricted. Urine emitted drop by drop. Inability to pass all the urine; dribbling after urinating. Pain worse at night, pain along the spermatic cord. Commencing stricture.
Skin.--Red, burning, vesicular, scaly, scabby. Itches terribly; worse, washing in cold water; worse face and hands and scalp around occiput. Glands hot, painful, swollen; worse inguinal glands. Glandular indurations and tumors of breast. Varicose ulcers.
Modalities.--Better, in open air. Worse, at night, and warmth of bed (washing in cold water); new moon--(monthly aggravation).
Relationship.--Compare: Clematis vitalba (varicose and other ulcers); Sil; Staph; Petrol; Oleand; Sarsap; Canth; Phos ac; Pulsat.
Antidotes: Bryon; Camph.
Dose.--Third to thirtieth potency.
The Metal Cobalt
Adapted to neurasthenic spinal states. Sexual disturbances. Fatigue, agitation, and bone pains, worse in morning.
Mind.--All mental excitement increases suffering. Constant interchange of mental moods.
Head.--Aches; worse, bending head forward. Itching of hairy scalp and beard.
Teeth.--Feel too long. Pain in teeth. Cracks across tongue. Coated white (Ant cr).
Abdomen.--Shooting in liver. Pain in spleen.
Rectum.--Constant dropping of blood from the anus, no blood from the stools.
Male.--Pain in right testicle; better, urinating. Emissions without erection. Impotence. Backache in lumbar region and weak legs. Lewd dreams. Pain in end of urethra; greenish discharge; brown spots on genitals and abdomen.
Back.--Pain in back and sacrum; worse while sitting; better, walking or lying. Weakness in legs and backache after emissions.
Extremities.--Aching in wrist-joints. Shooting into thighs from liver. Weak knees. Trembling in limbs. Tingling in feet. Foot-sweat, mostly between toes.
Sleep.--Unrefreshing; disturbed by lewd dreams.
Skin.--Dry and pimply. Pimples about nates, chin, hairy scalp.
Relationship.--Compare: Cannab. Ind; Sepia; Zinc; Agnus; Selen.
Dose.--Sixth to thirtieth potency.
The clinical application of the symptoms of this remedy, place it among the medicines for spasmodic and whooping coughs, and catarrhal conditions of the bladder; spasmodic pains in kidneys, with visceral tenesmus. Anuria, anasarca, ascites.
Mind.--Early morning or afternoon sadness.
Head.--Suboccipital soreness; worse after sleep and exertion. Headache, worse from lying on back, better with the head high. Dull pain over right eye in morning. Sensation of a foreign body between upper lid and eyeball. Distress from cinders lodged in eye.
Respiratory.--Constant hawking from enlarged uvula; coryza, with inflamed fauces; accumulation of thick viscid mucus, which is expectorated with great difficulty. Tickling in larynx. Sensation of a crumb behind larynx, must swallow continually; brushing teeth causes cough. Fauces very sensitive. Suffocative cough; worse, first waking, with tough, white mucus, which strangles. Spasmodic morning cough. Whooping cough attacks end with vomiting of this tough mucus. Chronic bronchitis complicated with gravel; large quantities of albuminous, tenacious mucus, are expectorated. Walking against wind takes breath away.
Heart.--Sensation as if everything were pressed toward the heart.
Urinary.--Urging to urinate; brick-red sediment. Urinary calculi, hæmaturia, urates, and uric acid; lancinating pains from kidney to bladder. Deep-colored, thick urine. Dysuria.
Female.--Menses too early, profuse, black and thick; dark clots, with dysuria. Intermittent menstruation; flow only in evening and at night. Large clots escape when passing water. Labia inflamed.
Modalities.--Worse, left side, after sleep, touch, pressure of clothing, brushing teeth, slightest exertion. Better, walking.
Relationship.--Compare: Canth; Cact; Sars.
The Divine Plant of the Incas-but the Spanish priests denounced it as "un delusion del demonio"
The mountaineer's remedy. Useful in a variety of complaints incidental to mountain climbing, such as palpitation, dyspna, anxiety and insomnia. Exhausted nervous system from physical and mental strain. Caries of teeth. Loss of voice.--Give 5-6 drops, every half hour, two hours before expected demand on voice. Nocturnal enuresis. Emphysema (Quebracho).
Mind.--Melancholy; bashful, ill at ease in society, irritable, delights in solitude and obscurity. Sense of right and wrong abolished.
Head.--Fainting fit from climbing mountains. Shocks coming from occiput with vertigo. Noises in ear. Headache with vertigo, preceded by flashes of light. Like a band across forehead. Diplopia. Tongue furred. Headaches of high altitudes. Tinnitus.
Stomach.--Peppery sensation in mouth. Longing for alcoholic liquors and tobacco. Great satiety for a long time. Incarcerated flatus; rises with noise and violence, as if it would split the sophagus. Tympanitic distention of abdomen. No appetite but for sweets.
Heart.--Palpitation, with weak heart and dyspna.
Male.--Diabetes, with impotency (Phos ac).
Respiratory.--Hawking of small, transparent pieces of mucus. Weak vocal cords. Hoarseness; worse after talking. Want of breath, short breath, especially in aged athletes, and alcoholic users. Hæmoptysis. Asthma, spasmodic variety.
Sleep.--Can find no rest anywhere, but sleepy. Nervousness and nightly restlessness during teething.
Modalities.--Better, from wine; riding, quick motion in open air. Worse, ascending, high altitudes.
Relationship.--Compare: Ars; Paulin; Cyp; Chamom.
Dose.--Tincture to third attenuation.
An Alkaloid from Erythroxylon Coca
Besides the great usefulness of Cocaine as a local anæsthetic, it has specific homeopathic uses, though the symptoms are mainly clinical only.
Sensation as if small foreign bodies or worms were under the skin.
Mind.--Talkative. Constant desire to do something great, to undertake vast feats of strength. Cerebral activity. Frightful persecutory hallucinations; sees and feels bugs and worms. Moral sense blunted. Personal appearance neglected. Thinks he hears unpleasant remarks about himself. Hallucinations of hearing. Irrational jealousy. Insomnia.
Head.--Throbbing and bursting sensation. Pupils dilated. Hearing greatly increased. Roaring and noises in head.
Eyes.--Glaucoma, increased tension, decreased corneal sensibility. Eyes staring, expressionless.
Throat.--Dry, burning, tickling, constricted, paralysis of muscles of deglutition. Speech difficult.
Stomach.--Loss of appetite for solid food. Likes sweets. Hæmorrhages from bowels, stomach.
Nervous System.--Chorea; paralysis agitans; alcoholic tremors and senile trembling. Local sensory paralysis. Formication and numbness in hands and forearms.
Sleep.--Restless, cannot sleep for hours after retiring.
Fever.--Coldness with intense pallor.
Relationship.--Compare: Stovain (an analgesic, a vasomotor dilator). Antidote to disagreeable effects occasionally resulting from injection of cocaine into skin or gums, drop doses of nitroglycer. 1 % sol.
Dose.--Lower potencies. As a local application to mucous membranes, 2-4 %.
Within the sphere of action of Cocculus are many spasmodic and paretic affections, notably those affecting one-half of the body. Affects the cerebrum, will not cure convulsive seizures proceeding from the spinal cord (A. E. Hinsdale) Painful contracture of limbs and trunk; tetanus. Many of the evil effects of night-watching are relieved by it. It shows a special, attraction for light-haired females, especially during pregnancy, causing much nausea and backache. Unmarried and childless women, sensitive and romantic girls, etc. All its symptoms are worse riding in a carriage or on shipboard; hence its use in seasickness. Sensation of hollowness, or emptiness, as if parts had gone to sleep. Feels too weak to talk loud.
Mind.--Capricious. Heavy and stupid. Time passes too quickly; absorbed in reveries. Inclination to sing irresistible. Slow of comprehension. Mind benumbed. Profound sadness. Cannot bear contradiction. Speaks hastily. Very anxious about the health of others.
Head.--Vertigo, nausea, especially when riding or sitting up. Sense of emptiness in head. Headache in occiput and nape; worse, lying on back of head. Sick headache from carriage riding, cannot lie on back part of head. Pupils contracted. Opening and shutting sensation, especially in occiput. Trembling of head. Pain in eyes as if torn out of head.
Face.--Paralysis of facial nerve. Cramp-like pain in masseter muscle; worse, opening mouth. Prosopalgia in afternoon, with wide radiations of pain.
Stomach.--Nausea from riding in cars, boat, etc, or looking at boat in motion; worse on becoming cold or taking cold. Nausea, with faintness and vomiting. Aversion to food, drink, tobacco. Metallic taste. Paralysis of muscles preventing deglutition. Dryness of sophagus. Seasickness (Resorcin. 1x). Cramp, in stomach during and after meal. Hiccough and spasmodic yawning. Loss of appetite. Desire for cold drinks, especially beer. Sensation in stomach as if one had been a long time without food until hunger was gone. Smell of food disgusts (Colch).
Abdomen.--Distended, with wind, and feeling as if full of sharp stones when moving; better, lying on one side or the other. Pain in abdominal ring, as if something were forced through. Abdominal muscles weak; it seems as if a hernia would take place.
Female.--Dysmenorrha, with profuse dark menses. Too early menses, clotted, with spasmodic colic. Painful pressing in uterine region, followed by hæmorrhoids. Purulent, gushing leucorrha between menses; very weakening, can scarcely speak. So weak during menstruation, scarcely able to stand.
Respiratory.--Sensation of emptiness and cramp in chest. Dyspna as from constriction of trachea, as if irritated by smoke. Choking constriction in upper part of sophagus, oppressing breathing and inducing cough.
Back.--Cracking of cervical vertebræ when moving head. Paralytic pain in small of the back. Pain in shoulder and arms as if bruised. Pressure in scapula and nape. Stiffness on moving shoulders.
Extremities.--Lameness; worse by bending. Trembling and pain in limbs. Arms go to sleep. One-sided paralysis; worse after sleep. Hands are alternately hot and cold; numbness and cold sweat now of one, now of the other hand. Numb and unsteady. Knees crack on motion. Lower limbs very weak. Inflammatory swelling of knee. Intensely painful, paralytic drawing. Limbs straightened out, painful when flexed.
Sleep.--Spasmodic yawning. Coma vigil. Constant drowsiness. After loss of sleep, night-watching, nursing.
Fever.--Chill, with flatulent colic, nausea, vertigo, coldness of lower extremities, and heat of head. Sweat general. Nervous form of low fever. Chilliness, with perspiration, and heat of skin.
Modalities.--Worse, eating, after loss of sleep, open air, smoking, riding, swimming, touch, noise, jar; afternoon. Menstrual period. After emotional disturbance.
Relationship.--Antidotes:; Coffee; Nux.
Compare: Picrotoxin-alkaloid of Cocculus--(epilepsy, attacks in the morning on leaving horizontal position, hernia, locomotor ataxia, night-sweats); Symphoricarpus (morning sickness); Petrol; Puls; Ignat.
Dose.--Third to thirtieth potency.
This remedy ought to be remembered in neuralgias, teeth, gums, mouth, etc. Is awakened by profuse accumulation of saliva. Uvula feels too long. Symptoms of hydrophobia; worse, by any bright object.
Head.--Pain in forehead over right eye, sensitive to touch; from superior molars to forehead. Aching in temples and occiput. Rush of blood to face. Throbbing toothache. Cold sensation in teeth and mouth (Cistus). Periodical attacks of frontal neuralgia. Cannot open eyes during paroxysm. Pain worse from any bright object; better, sleep.
Stomach.--Hiccough and burning in stomach.
Back.--Pain in region of kidneys and loins. Icy cold extremities.
Relationship.--Compare: Canth; Magn c.
Frontal bone and sinus, antrum and salivary glands are specifically affected by this drug. Bloated sensation. Raises vital forces. Used as a gargle in scorbutic gums and sore throat. Hoarseness and in relaxed conditions of the fauces. Internally in gonorrha. Useful as a condiment in enfeebled states of the stomach. An infusion of the root in cider, for dropsy, causes copious diuresis. Locally cures dandruff.
Head.--Thinking is difficult. Anxiety, driven to despair by pain. Pressing, boring pain as if frontal bone would fall out. Violent headache with vomiting. Impaired hearing.
Eyes.--Sore and scrofulous; traumatic inflammation of eyes, blearedness and cataract. Copious running from eyes.
Stomach.--Pain towards back; worse, pressure on dorsal vertebræ. Belching and cramps. Colic with backache. Violent cramp from stomach through both sides around to back. Griping around navel.
Back.--Pain in back as from incarcerated flatulence from abdomen through to back and down into sacrum.
Respiratory.--Dry, hacking, laryngeal cough, also post-influenzal cough, dry or loose, worse lying down. Chest painful to touch. Coryza, with hoarseness. Mucous asthma. dema of lungs. Throat feels rough and hoarse.
Urinary.--Burning and cutting at glans penis before, during, and after urination. Frequent urination.
Modalities.--Worse evening and at night.
Relationship.--Compare: Cannab; Sinapis; Caps.
Dose.--First to third attenuation.
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