HOMOPATHIC MATERIA MEDICA
WILLIAM BOERICKE, M.D.
One of the Aniline Dyes
A remedy for neuralgia, neurasthenia, malaria; typhoid, here it diminishes the tympanites, delirium, and fever; pus infection. Tendency to tremor, chorea and epilepsy. Nephritis (acute parenchymatous), scarlatinal nephritis. Urine acquires a green color. Bladder irritation from its use antidoted by a little nutmeg. Surgical kidney with large amount of pus in urine. Gonorrhal rheumatism and cystitis. Backache, sciatica. Later states of apoplexy (Gisevius).
Dose.--3x attenuation. A 2 per cent solution locally, in chronic otitis with foul smelling discharge.
A 1 per cent aqueous solution for ulcers and abscesses of cornea.
Skin symptoms, affections of bones, and neuralgias most important, especially about teeth and face. Bruised, weary feeling in joints, with drawing and stiffness. Pains of various kinds, with chilliness and sensitiveness to cold air. Bone pains. Eruptions after vaccination. Burning, darting sensation in the muscles; subsultus tendinum. Pains shoot upward and seem to draw patient up out of bed. Semi-lateral complaints. Patient is very sensitive to cold air.
Head.--Hard work to talk. Headache; worse from talking. Stupefying headache in right side. Affections of external head; scaly eruption, white scabs. Head covered with thick, leathery crusts, under which pus collects, Violent neuralgia about face and teeth, running towards ear, at night; worse, eating; better near hot stove. Roots of teeth decay. Teeth feel elongated.
Nose.--Sneezing, coryza, interior of nose, excoriated. Post-nasal adenoids.
Ears.--Feel too much open, as if tympanum was exposed to the cold air and it blew into the ear. Desire to bore fingers in.
Eyes.--Ciliary neuralgia after operations. Especially after removal of eyeball. Pains radiate and shoot downward, with cold feeling and stiffness of bone.
Face.--Red. Eruption around mouth, with coryza.
Stomach.--Desire for ham-fat. Burning in tongue, extending to stomach. Mouth waters. Nausea felt in throat; better, eating. Chronic gastritis; burning, corroding pain; nausea, vomiting, chocolate color. Gastric ulcer with much burning.
Abdomen.--Swelling of glands with large abdomen in children. Pressure in inguinal ring. Flatulent colic, with shivering and difficult respiration.
Rectum.--Constipation after confinement. Prolapse of rectum. Diarrha, with small, white particles. Green discharges. Constipation, with hepatic and uterine inertia. Constriction of anus; stitches and prolapse of rectum.
Urine.--Red flakes float on top of urine. Hot, bloody Biting, burning in forepart of urethra at the close of micturition. Hæmaturia preceded by cramp pain in the bladder, After urinating, a few drops of blood are passed.
Female.--Menses too frequent, soon, profuse. Leucorrha like albumen; very corroding.
Male.--Enlargement of testicles. Violent sexual desire. Gonorrha, with hæmaturia.
Respiratory.--Soreness and burning in bones of thorax. Constriction across chest. Cough; worse; eating, irritation lower than can be reached, on taking a warm drink.
Extremities.--Pain in neck and back; worse, motion and at night; intolerant of all touch. Pain and burning in tibia and long bones. Legs and feet go to sleep. Pain in hip and knee.
Skin.--Eczema; intolerable itching; chilliness with pruritus; worse in bed. Ulcers itch and burn, surrounded by vesicles and shining, fiery-red areola. Zona, with burning pain. Bones, especially long bones, inflamed and swollen; caries, exostosis; pain worse night, touch, damp weather (Merc; Syph). Eruptions ulcerate and form thick scabs under purulent matter exudes (Chrysophanic acid).
Modalities.--Worse, cold air; night, evening until midnight, warm food, touch, motion. Better, open air.
Relationship.--Compare: Dirca palustris-Leather wood--(a gastro-intestinal irritant inducing salivation, emesis and purgation; cerebral hyperæmia; neuralgic pains, with depression, palpitation, and dyspna); Merc; Phyt; Rhus; Guaiac; Syph.
Antidotes: Kali hyd; Merc.
Dose.--Sixth to thirtieth potency.
A California mint-like plant acting on stomach and bowels. Used as a tea to cure colic and relieve flatulence. Is a pleasant beverage and febrifuge, blood purifyer and tonic.
Stomach.--Nausea; pain in stomach and bowels; flatulence.
An invaluable remedy for various types of hæmorrhages; blood bright red. Incarcerated hernia; smallpox, with great pain in pit of stomach. After operations for stone. Bad effects from fall from a height; overlifting. Continued high temperature. Hæmoptysis.
Head.--Vertigo when moving slowly. Sensation as if he had forgotten something. The head seems full of blood. Convulsions and epilepsy from suppressed menses. Piercing thrusts of pain.
Nose.--Nosebleed (Erecht). Piercing pain from eyes to root of nose.
Stool.--Hæmorrhage from bowels. Bleeding hæmorrhoids. Urine bloody (Senec aur).
Female.--Menses early, profuse, protracted. Hæmorrhage from uterus; bright red, fluid. Painful varices during pregnancy.
Respiratory.--Hæmoptysis in incipient phthisis. Cough, with bloody expectoration, in suppressed menses or hæmorrhoids. Violent palpitation.
Relationship.--Compare: Ficus venosa (Pakur). Hæmorrhage from bowels and lungs. Acalypha and Helix tosta-Snail--(in hæmoptysis, diseases of chest, consumption); also, Secale; Ipec; Erecht; Geran; Hamam.
Dose.--Tincture, to third potency.
Bladder symptoms accompany complaints, especially uterine congestion.
Urinary.--Irritation at neck of bladder, with urging to urinate (Eup purp; Apis). Dysuria. Catarrh of bladder.
Female.--Cervix dark red, swollen. Dysmenorrha and uterine hæmorrhage; blood bright red.
Relationship.--Compare: Chimaph; Senecio; Uva; Geran; Gossyp.
Griping, colic, pain in back and hypogastrium with painful and excessive menses. Accumulation of flatus in splenic flexure of colon. Dropsy.
Head.--Dizzy, contents of head feel lighter; mist before eyes.
Abdomen.--Rumbling, griping, colicky pains, starting from back, spreading over abdomen.
Female.--Painful and profuse menses; labor-like pains, followed by gushes of blood; pain at small of back coming towards front of pelvis.
Relationship.--Momordica charantia-Indian variety--(more sever symptoms-intestines full of yellow watery fluid, discharged explosively-cramps, thirst, prostration. Choleraic symptoms. Similar to Croton, Elaterium. Use 3x).
Dose.--Tincture. Used also externally as a liniment and poultice for burns, chapped hands, etc.
An Alkaloid of Opium
Morphine bears the same relation to Opium as Atropine to Belladonna-i.e, represents its nervous side. It is less stimulating, less convulsant, and more decidedly hypnotic. Constipates less and affects contractility of the bladder more. It is less diaphoretic and more pruritic.
Mind.--Profound depression. Irritable, fault-finding, hysterical. Shock induced by terror. Dream-like state.
Head.--Vertigo from the least movement of the head. Headache with sensation of being "wound-up". Bursting pain; head drawn back.
Eyes.--Bluish, drooping lids. Itching of eyes. Delusion of vision on closing eyes. Starting, injected; diverging strabismus. Pupils unequally contracted. Look unsteady. Ptosis. Paresis of recti interni.
Ears.--Left ear throbs painfully; better, heat. Seems to hear circulation all over body.
Face.--Dusky red or pallid lividity of face, lips, tongue, mouth or throat.
Nose.--Sneezing in paroxysms. Itching and tingling on end of nose.
Mouth.--Very dry. Tongue dry, brown violet in middle. Thirst. Loss of appetite, with aversion to meat.
Throat.--Dry and constricted. Pharynx paralyzed, swallowing almost impossible; better hot drinks, worse solids.
Stomach.--Nausea incessant and deathly, faintness, constant retching. Vomiting of green fluid. Nausea and vomiting on rising up.
Abdomen.--Distended. Acute pain in abdomen and along spinal column. Tympanitis.
Rectum.--Diarrha watery, brown, or black with horrible tenesmus. Constipation; stools large, dry knotty, with tendency to bruise and fissure.
Urinary.--Paresis of bladder. Strangury. Slow and difficult urination. Retention of prostatic hypertrophy. Uræmia, acute and chronic.
Male.--Impotency. Pain in right spermatic cord, (Oxal ac).
Heart.--Alternation of tachycardia and bradycardia. Cardiac muscular tissue is intact, even if severely exhausted. Pulse small, weak, dicrotic.
Respiratory.--Faint and struggling for breath diaphragmatic paralysis; hiccough; dyspna, paroxysmal, on first falling asleep (Lach; Grindel). Cheyne-Stokes respiration. Chest tight. Pain in middle of sternum. Dry, hard, teasing, exhausting cough, worse at night. Strangling cough, with viscid mucus sputum; thin, scanty, but sounds loose and abundant.
Back.--Pain along spine. Weakness of loins. Aching across lumbo-sacral region; cannot walk erect (Cimicif).
Extremities.--Staggering gait. Numbness.
Skin.--Livid; purple spots; zoster-like herpes. Itching. Skin lost its elasticity. Urticaria appearing at climaxis.
Nervous.--Restlessness and hyperethesia; trembling, twitching, jerking, convulsions. Extremely susceptible to pain. Pain causes twitching and jerking of limbs. Violent and sudden neuralgic pains and sudden fainting. Delirium, melancholic in character. Neuralgias intensely painful, left supraorbital; right intercostal, better from heat; multiple neuritis. Sore feeling all over. Bed feels too hard. Aggravation after sleep (Lach). Neuralgia after zoster (Mezer).
Sleep.--Yawning, drowsy; prolonged, deep sleep, Sleepless; restless sleep, with frequent startings. Sleepy, but cannot sleep.
Fever.--Chills. Icy coldness. Burning heat; profuse sweat.
Dose.--Third to sixth trituration.
A remedy for hysteria and nervous paroxysms, fainting fits and convulsions, catalepsy, etc. The characteristic condition being aggravation by cold; there is great sensitiveness to air. Much nervous trembling and frequent fainting. Great flatulence. Diseases do not follow a normal course. Coldness. Tension in muscles, skin and mind.
Mind.--Uncontrollable laughter. Scolding. Anxiety with palpitation; starting as if frightened. Sexual hypochondriasis.
Head.--Compressive pain over root of nose. Pressure on top of head. Vertigo on least motion; sensation as if falling from a great height. Scalp sensitive. Sounds in ears as from the report of a cannon.
Stomach.--Desire for black coffee, stimulants. Aversion to food. Everything tastes flat. With stomach symptoms, anxiety in chest. Distended. Faints when eating. Abdomen greatly distended. Spasmodic, nervous hiccough (Hydrocy ac; Sulph ac; Ignat; Cajap).
Male.--Violent desire; involuntary emissions. Impotence, associated with diabetes (Coca). Premature senility. Nausea and vomiting after coition.
Female.--Menses too early, too profuse, with disposition to faint (Nux m; Veratr). Sexual desire, with intolerable titillation in parts. Drawing and pushing in the direction of the genitals; sensation as if menses appear.
Urine.--Profuse urination. Diabetes.
Respiratory.--Tightness of chest, is obliged to take a deeper breath. Sudden constriction of larynx and trachea. Difficult respiration; chest oppressed; hysterical spasm of chest; asthma. Spasm of glottis. Impending paralysis of lungs. Asthma, with intense anxiety, fear, and smothering sensation. Cough ceases, mucus cannot be expectorated. Globus hystericus.
Heart.--Hysterical palpitation. Trembling around heart. Weak pulse and fainting.
Modalities.--Better, in open air, rubbing. Worse, cold. The open air is felt very, very cold.
Relationship.--Compare: Nux mosch; Asaf; Valer; Sumbul; Ign; Castor.
Antidotes: Camph; Coff.
Dose.--First to third potency.
This acid has an elective affinity for the blood, producing a septic condition similar to that found in low fevers with high temperature and great prostration. Patient becomes so weak she slides down the bed. Decomposition of fluids. Involuntary stools while passing urine. Hæmorrhages. Mouth and anus chiefly effected.
Mind.--Irritable and peevish; fretful Loud moaning. Great restlessness. Sad, taciturn; suffers in silence.
Head.--Vertigo; worse lying on right side; occiput heavy as if filled with lead. Sound of voice is intolerable. Pain as if brain were crushed.
Nose.--Hæmorrhage; much sneezing.
Face.--Lower jaw fallen; pimples and freckles; lips raw, dry, cracked.
Mouth.--Tongue, pale, swollen, dry, leathery, paralyzed. Deep ulcers on tongue. Hard lumps in tongue. Epithelioma; edges bluish-red (Carbol ac). Aphthous mouth. Gums and glands swollen. Fetid Breath. Sordes on teeth.
Throat.--Uvula swollen. Ulcers and false membrane. dematous, dark, raw. Attempted swallowing produces spasm and choking.
Stomach.--Cannot bear sight or thought of meat. At times, ravenous appetite and constant desire to drink. Achlorhydria and fermentation of food.
Rectum.--Tendency to involuntary evacuations while urinating. Hæmorrhoids most sensitive to all touch; even sheet of toilet paper is painful. Anal itching and prolapsus ani while urinating. Hæmorrhoids during pregnancy; bluish, hot with violent stitches.
Heart.--Pulse rapid, feeble, and small. Intermits every third beat.
Urine.--Cannot urinate without having bowels move at same time.
Female.--Menses appear too soon. Leucorrha. During menses, soreness of anus. Ulcer in genitals.
Extremities.--Heavy, painful, and weak. Tottering gait. Pain in tendo-Achilles.
Skin.--Papular and vesicular eruptions, with great itching (Rhus). Carbuncles; foul-smelling ulcers on lower extremities. Scarlet fever, livid, with petechiæ; scanty eruption. Eczema on back of hands.
Fever.--Cold extremities. Heat without thirst. Typhoid types, stupid. Hæmorrhages. Restlessness. Involuntary discharges. Bed-sores. Pulse rapid and feeble. Excessive prostration.
Modalities.--Worse, in damp weather, before midnight. Better, lying on left side.
Relationship.--Compare: Phos ac; Ars; Bapt. Follows well after Bry and Rhus.
Dose.--First to third potency.
The symptoms of the female sexual organs are most-prominent, and have been clinically verified. Especially adapted to nervous, lively, affectionate women. Patient weak and run down.
Mind.--Great sadness, anxiety, and dread.
Stomach.--Sinking, all-gone sensation in stomach (Sep). Hungry, must eat.
Female.--Conscious of a womb. Pulsation in neck of womb. Desire easily excited. Feeling as if something was pressing on a sore spot in the pelvis: worse sitting. Pain from right side of womb to right or left breast. Nymphomania. Least contact of parts causes violent sexual excitement. Sore pain in uterus. Menses irregular, profuse, frequent, large clots. Feeling of protrusion. Prolapse; enlargement of uterus, with pelvic tenesmus and sharp pains, extending toward breasts; aggravated lying down. Dysmenorrha and chronic endometritis, with displacement. Must keep legs tightly crossed. Leucorrha green or bloody, alternate with mental symptoms and aching in sacrum. Benign tumors in breasts. Pain in them during menstrual period.
Urinary.--Urine frequent at night; smells like Valerian constant urging (Kreos).
Modalities.--Worse, least touch.
Relationship.--Compare: Plat; Lil; Sep (the latter lacks sexual erethism of Murex).
Dose.--Third to thirtieth potency.
Black Cuban Spider
Weakness, palpitation, nervousness, fear, like other spider preparations. Chorea is the principal therapeutic field of this. Sexual symptoms are important.
Mind.--Delirious, restless, sad; fears death; despondent.
Face.--Twitching of facial muscles. Mouth and eyes open in rapid succession. Hot and flushed. Tongue dry and parched; put out with difficulty. Head jerked to one side. Grating of teeth at night.
Stomach.--Nausea, with dim sight. Aversion to food. Excessive thirst.
Male.--Violent erections. Chordee (Kali brom; Camph).
Extremities.--Unsteady gait. Constant motion of whole body. Tremulous. Intense redness in streaks, following course of lymphatics. Twitching of limbs. Restless hands. Convulsive, uncontrollable movements of arms and legs. Limbs drag while walking.
Relationship.--Compare: Agar; Tarant; Cupr, Zizia.
Modalities.--Better, during sleep. Worse, in morning.
Dose.--Third to thirtieth potency.
Chronic bronchitis and phthisis. Night-sweats.
Respiratory.--Cough with profuse muco-purulent expectoration, gagging and vomiting during cough; worse while or after eating. Bronchorrha. Pain in left lung (lower); painful while coughing and sensitive to percussion.
Dose.--Tincture to second potency.
Marked action on the liver, with jaundice and mucous membranes. Persistent sleeplessness. Jaundice.
Mind.--Despondent, irritable, indifferent. Gloomy.
Head.--Scalp feels tight. Headache, with drowsiness; yellow sclerotica; aching in eyeballs. Pressure in vertex and forehead. Dull, heavy aching in temples and forehead on waking in the morning. Pain and stiffness in nape of neck.
Face.--Yellow, Itching and stinging. Creeping sensation.
Mouth.--Tongue furred, with bad taste in mouth, and nausea. Tenacious, thick, nauseous secretion. Tender, spongy and bleeding gums (Merc).
Throat.--Constricted and rough feeling, with a constant desire to swallow. Stringy mucus; detached with difficulty.
Stomach.--Taste bitter and nauseous, with offensive breath. Complete loss appetite, but with a feeling of fullness in the stomach after a hearty meal. Strong desire for acids. Weak, sinking feeling in the epigastrium, approaching nausea; increased after eating; relieved by rapid walking.
Abdomen.--Dull pain in the region of the liver. Complete jaundice, with bronze-yellow skin; loss of appetite. Fullness in the stomach and abdomen. Scanty, yellow, frothy urine.
Stool.--Constant discharge of flatus when walking. Urging to stool, with no other results than the expulsion of a great amount of flatus. Loose, light-colored stool; ash-colored and destitute of bile.
Urinary.--Dark, frothy, scanty, high-colored, biliary.
Sleep.--Disturbed, bad dreams and frequent waking; insomnia.
Extremities.--Staggering gait. Pain under shoulder-blades and back of neck, in all muscles, in hollow of right foot.
Skin.--Yellow and itching. Jaundice. Creeping sensation, as of insects.
Relationship.--Compare: Ptel; Cornus cir; Chelid; Lept; Fagop.
Antidote: Digit (jaundice).
Dose.--Tincture, to third potency.
A remedy of great antiseptic powers. Inflammation of skin, cellular tissue and periosteum. Traumatic infections. Parotitis. Fistulas. Carbuncles. Specific action in panaritium. Pain in the finger nails with swelling of the phalanges. Hands are stiff, as if from squeezing something a long time. Coppery taste and burning in throat. Tongue white and cracked. Phlegmonous inflammations. Hastens suppuration and shortens its duration. Often does away with use of the knife. Inflammation of middle ear, suppurative stage. Fistula in ano. Acts more powerfully often than Heper or Silica.
The leaves contain Myrtol, an active antiseptic. Chest pains, as found often in consumptives, call for this remedy. Incipient phthisis. Nerve sedative and stimulant to mucous membranes, bronchitis, cystitis and pyelitis.
Chest.--Stitching pain in left breast, running through to shoulder-blade (Illic; Therid; Pix). Dry, hollow cough, with tickling in chest. Worse in the morning. Sensation of burning in left chest.
Relationship.--Compare: Myrtus Chekan (Chronic bronchitis with dense, yellowish sputum, difficult to detach. Copious expectoration keeps patient distressed and coughing).
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