HOMOPATHIC MATERIA MEDICA
WILLIAM BOERICKE, M.D.
Cevadilla Seed. Asagræa Officialis
Action on mucous membrane of the nose and the lachrymal glands, producing coryza and symptoms like hay-fever, which have been utilized homeopathically. Chilliness; sensitive to cold. Ascarides, with reflex symptoms (nymphomania; convulsive symptoms). Children's diarrha with constant cutting pains.
Mind.--Nervous, timid, easily startled. Has erroneous notions about himself. Imagines that he is very sick; that parts are shrunken; that she is pregnant; that she has cancer; delirium during intermittents.
Head.--Vertigo with sensation as though all things were turning around each other, accompanied by blackness before eyes and sensation of fainting. Dullness and oppression. Over-sensitiveness to odors. Thinking produces headache and sleeplessness. Eyelids red, burning. Lachrymation. Difficult hearing.
Nose.--Spasmodic sneezing, with running nose. Coryza, with severe frontal pains and redness of eyes and lachrymation. Copious, watery, nasal discharge.
Throat.--Sore; begins on left side (Lach). Much tough phlegm. Sensation of a skin hanging loosely; must swallow it. Warm food and drink relieve. Empty swallowing most painful. Dry fauces and throat. Sensation of a lump in throat with constant necessity to swallow. Chronic sore throat; worse, from cold air. Tongue as if burnt.
Stomach.--Spasmodic pain in stomach with dry cough and difficult breathing. No thirst. Loathing for strong food. Canine appetite for sweets and farinaceous food. Pyrosis; copious salivation. Cold, empty feeling in stomach. Desire for hot things. Sweetish taste.
Female.--Menses too late; come by fits and starts. Intermit (Kreos; Puls). (due to transient and localized congestion of womb alternating with chronic anæmic state).
Fever.--Chill predominates; from below upwards. Heat in head and face; hands and feet icy cold, with chill. Lachrymation during paroxysm. Thirstless.
Extremities.--Cracking of skin under and beneath toe; inflammation under toe-nails.
Skin.--Dry, like parchment. Horny, deformed, thickened nails. Hot, burning, creeping, crawling sensation. Itching in anus.
Modalities.--Worse, cold and cold drinks, full moon. Better, warm food and drink, wrapped up.
Relationship.--Complementary: Sepia. Compare: Veratrina (is alkaloid of Sabadilla, not of Veratrum, locally in neuralgias, and for removal of dropsy. Five grains to two drams Lanolin, rubbed on inside of thighs, causes diuresis). Colch; Nux; Arundo and Pollatin. Phleum pratense-Timothy-Hay-fever-Potentized-12-specific to many cases and evidently acts in a desensitizing manner (Rabe). Cumarinum (hay-fever).
Antidotes: Puls; Lycop; Conium; Lach.
Dose.--Third to thirtieth potency.
Sabal is homeopathic to irritability of the genito-urinary organs. General and sexual debility. Promotes nutrition and tissue building. Head, stomach, and ovarian symptoms marked. Of unquestioned value in prostatic enlargement, epididymitis, and urinary difficulties. Acts on membrano-prostatic portion of urethra. Iritis, with prostatic trouble. Valuable for undeveloped mammary glands. Fear of going to sleep. Languor, apathy and indifference.
Head.--Confused, full; dislikes sympathy; makes her angry. Vertigo, with headache. Neuralgia in feeble patients. Pain runs up from nose and centers in forehead.
Stomach.--Belching and acidity. Desire for milk (Rhus; Apis)
Urinary.--Constant desire to pass water at night. Enuresis; paresis of sphincter vesicæ. Chronic gonorrha. Difficult urination. Cystitis with prostatic hypertrophy.
Male.--Prostatic troubles; enlargement; discharge of prostatic fluid. Wasting of testes and loss of sexual power. Coitus painful at the time of emission. Sexual neurotics. Organs feel cold.
Female.--Ovaries tender and enlarged; breasts shrivel (Iod; Kali iod). Young female neurotics; suppressed or perverted sexual inclination.
Respiratory.--Copious expectoration, with catarrh of nose. Chronic bronchitis (Stann; Hep).
Relationship.--Compare: Phosph ac; Stigmata maydis; Santal; Apis. In prostatic symptoms: fer pic; Thuja; Picric acid (more sexual erethism). Populus tremul; (prostatic enlargement with cystitis).
Dose.--Mother tincture, ten to thirty drops. Third potency often better. The tincture must be prepared from the fresh berries to be effective.
Has a special action on the uterus; also upon serous and fibrous membranes; hence its use in gout. Pain from sacrum to the pubis. Hæmorrhages, where blood is fluid and clots together. Tendency to miscarriage, especially at third month. Violent pulsations; wants windows open.
Mind.--Music is intolerable, produces nervousness.
Head.--Vertigo with suppressed menses. Bursting headache, suddenly coming and going slowly. Rush of blood to head and face. Drawing pains in masseter muscles. Teeth ache when chewing.
Stomach.--Heartburn. Desire for lemonade. Bitter taste (Rhus). Lancinating pain from pit of stomach across back.
Abdomen.--Bearing-down, constrictive pain. Colic, mostly in hypogastric region. Tympanitic distention.
Rectum.--Sense of fullness. Constipation. Pain from back to pubis. Hæmorrhoids, with bright red blood; bleed copiously.
Urine.--Burning and throbbing in region of kidneys. Bloody urine; much urging. Bladder inflamed with throbbing all over. Inflammation of urethra.
Male.--Inflammatory gonorrha, with pus-like discharge. Sycotic excrescences. Burning, sore pain in glans. Prepuce painful with difficulty in retracting it. Increased desire.
Female.--Menses profuse, bright. Uterine pains extend into thighs. Threatened miscarriage. Sexual desire increased. Leucorrha after menses, corrosive, offensive. Discharge of blood between periods, with sexual excitement (Ambr). Retained placenta; intense after-pains. Menorrhagia in women who aborted readily. Inflammation of ovaries and uterus after abortion. Promotes expulsion of moles from uterus (Canth). Pain from sacrum to pubis, and from below upwards shooting up the vagina. Hæmorrhage; partly clotted; worse from least motion. Atony of uterus.
Back.--Pain between sacrum and pubis from one bone to another. Paralytic pain in small back.
Extremities.--Bruised pains in anterior portion of thighs. Shooting in heels and metatarsal bones. Arthritic pain in joints. Gout; worse, in heated room. Red, shining swelling. Gouty nodosities (Ammon phos).
Skin.--Fig-warts, with intolerable itching and burning. Exuberant granulations (Thuj; Nit ac). Warts. Black pores in skin.
Modalities.--Worse, from least motion, heat, warm air. Better, in cool fresh air.
Compare: Sanguisorba (Venous congestion and passive hæmorrhages; varices of lower extremities; dysentery. Long lasting profuse menses with congestion to head and limbs in sensitive, irritable patients. Climacteric hæmorrhages. Use 2x attenuation). Sanguisuga.--The leech--(Hæmorrhages, especially bleeding from anus. Use 6x). Rosmarinus (menses too early; violent pains followed by uterine hæmorrhage. Head heavy, drowsy. Chilly with icy coldness of lower extremities without thirst, followed by heat. Memory deficient). Croc; Calc; Trill; Ipec; Millef; Erig.
Dose.--Locally, for warts, tincture. Internally, third to thirtieth potency.
According to the great Dr. Hering, a large proportion of chronic diseases of women and children are developed by using too much sugar. Sugar is an antiseptic. Combats infection and putrefaction; has a solvent action on fibrin and stimulates secretion by the intense osmotic changes induced, thus rinsing out the wound with serum from within outward, favoring healing. Leg ulcers.
Sugar must be considered a sustainer and developer of the musculature of the heart and hence useful in failure of compensation and a variety of cardio-vascular troubles. Acts as a nutrient and tonic, in wasting disorders, anæmia, neurasthenia, etc, increasing weight and power.
Opacity of cornea. Dim sight. Acidity and anal itching. Cold expectoration. Myocardial degeneration.
Fat, bloated, large-limbed children, who are cross, peevish, whining; capricious; want dainty things, tidbits, and refuse substantial food. dema of feet. Headache every seven days
Relationship.--Compare: Saccharum lactis-Sugar of milk-lactose--(diuresis; amblyopia; cold pains, as if produced by fine, icy cold needle with tingling, as if frost bitten; great physical exhaustion. Sugar of milk in large doses to develop the Bacillus acidophilus to correct putrefactive intestinal conditions and also constipation).
Dose.--Thirtieth potency and higher. Locally in gangrene. One ounce of lump sugar morning and evening valuable adjunct in the treatment of obstinate cases of heart failure due to deficient heart muscle without valvular lesion. Epilepsy; blood with reduced sugar content irritates the nervous system with tending to convulsions.
Sugaras an oxytocic has its most suitable application towards the end of labor when there is no mechanical obstruction and delay is due to uterine inertia. 25 grammes dissolved in water, several times every half hour.
Compare: Saccharin (hinders both the salivary and peptic ferment actions with consequent dyspepsia. Prof. Lewin believes its action to be on the secretory cells themselves and it has caused pain (right hypogastrium), loss of appetite, diarrha and wasting).
The symptoms point to its use in rheumatism, dyspepsia, and Meniere's disease. Prostration after influenza; also tinnitus aurium and deafness. Hæmaturia.
Head.--Vertigo; tendency to fall to left side. Headache; confusion in head on rising suddenly. Incipient coryza. Piercing pain in temples.
Eyes.--Retinal hæmorrhage. Retinitis after influenza, also albuminuric.
Ears.--Roaring and ringing in ears. Deafness, with vertigo.
Throat.--Sore, red and swollen. Pharyngitis; swallowing difficult.
Stomach.--Canker sores, with burning soreness and fetid breath. Flatulence; hot, sour belching. Putrid fermentation. Fermentative dyspepsia. Tongue purplish, leaden-colored; foul breath.
Stools.--Putrid diarrha; gastro-intestinal derangements, especially in children; stools like green frog's spawn (Magn carb). Pruritus ani.
Extremities.--Knees swollen and painful. Acute articular rheumatism; worse, touch and motion, profuse sweat. Pain shifts. Sciatica, burning pain; worse at night. Copious foot-sweat and ill affects where suppressed.
Skin.--Itching vesicles and pustules; better by scratching. Sweat without sleep. Urticaria. Hot and burning skin. Purpura. Herpes zoster. Necrosis and softening of bones.
Relationship.--Compare: Salol (rheumatic pain in joints, with soreness and stiffness, headache over eyes; urine violet-smelling); Colch; China; Lact ac. Spiræa and Gaultheria contain salicyl acid.
Dose.--Third decimal trituration. In acute articular rheumatism, 5 grains every 3 hours (Old school dose).
Has a positive action on the generative organs of both sexes Hysteria and nervousness. Libidinous thoughts and lascivious dreams. Controls genital irritability. Moderates sexual passion. Satyriasis and erotomania. In acute gonorrha, with much erotic trouble; chordee. After masturbation; spermatorrha.
Face.--Red, swollen, especially the end of nose-eyes blood-shot and sore to touch and on motion. Roots of hair hurt. Epistaxis.
Female.--Before and during menses much nervous disturbance, pain in ovaries; difficult menstruation. Ovarian congestion and neuralgia. Menorrhagia. Bleeding with uterine fibroid. Nymphomania.
Male.--Painful movement of the testicles.
Back.--Pain across sacral and lumbar region. Unable to step out quickly.
Relationship.--Compare: Yohimbin; Canth.
Dose.--Material doses of the tincture, thirty drops.
Controls excessive sweating when circulation is enfeebled; of less use in phthisis with night-sweats and suffocating tickling cough. Galactorrha. Exerts a tonic influence on the skin.
Respiratory.--Tickling cough, especially in consumption.
Skin.--Soft, relaxed, with enfeebled circulation and cold extremities. Colliquative perspiration.
Relationship.--Compare: Chrysanhemum Leucanthemum--Ox-eye Daisy. Has specific action on sudoriparous glands. Quiets nervous system like Cypripedium. Right sided tearing pain in bones of jaw and temple. Pain in teeth and gums, worse touch, better warmth. Irritable and tearful. Here use 12x. Insomnia and night-sweats. For colliquative sweating and hyperæsthesia of nervous system. Material doses of tincture. Phelland; Tuberc; Salvia sclerata (tonic influence on nervous system; dose, teaspoonful to one pint hot water, as inhalent for sponging). Rubia tinctorum-Madder-A remedy for the spleen (Ceanothus). Chlorosis and amenorrha; tuberculosis. Anæmia; undernourished conditions; splenic anæmia. Dose, 10 drops of tincture.
Dose.--Tincture, in twenty-drop doses, in a little water. The effects manifest themselves quickly two hours after taking a dose, and they persist for from two to six days.
Acts especially on the respiratory organs. Dry coryza of infants, snuffles, dematous swellings. Profuse sweat accompanies many affections.
Mind.--Sees images when shutting eyes. Constant fretfulness. Very easily frightened. Fright followed by suffocative attacks.
Face.--Turns blue with cough. Red, burning spots on cheeks. Heat and perspiration of face.
Abdomen.--Colic, with nausea and flatulence; frequent watery, slimy stools.
Urine.--Profuse urine with dry heat of skin. Frequent micturition, with scanty urine. Acute nephritis; dropsical symptoms, with vomiting.
Respiratory.--Chest oppressed with pressure in stomach, and nausea Hoarseness with tenacious mucus in larynx. Paroxysmal, suffocative cough, coming on about midnight, with crying and dyspna. Spasmodic croup. Dry coryza. Sniffles of infants; nose dry and obstructed. Loose choking cough. When nursing child must let go of nipple, nose blocked up, cannot breathe. Child awakes suddenly, nearly suffocating, sits up, turns blue. Cannot expire (Meph). Millar's asthma.
Extremities.--Hands turn blue. dematous swelling in legs, insteps, and feet. Feet icy cold. Debilitating night-sweats (Salvia; Acet ac).
Fever.--Dry heat while sleeping. Dreads uncovering. Profuse sweat over entire body during waking hours. Dry, deep cough precedes the fever paroxysm.
Skin.--Dry heat of skin during sleep. Bloated and swollen; general dropsy; profuse sweat on waking.
Modalities.--Worse, sleep, during rest, after eating fruit. Better, sitting up in bed, motion.
Relationship.--Compare: Ipec; Meph; Opium; Sambucus Canadensis (great value in dropsies; large doses required-fluid extract, 1/4 to 1 teaspoonful three times daily).
Antidotes: Ars; Camph.
Dose.--Tincture, to sixth potency.
Is a right-sided remedy pre-eminently, and affects chiefly the mucous membranes, especially of the respiratory tract. It has marked vaso-motor disturbances, as seen in the circumscribed redness of the cheeks, flashes of heat, determination of blood to head and chest, distention of temporal veins, burning in palms and soles, and has been found very applicable to climacteric disorders. Burning sensations, like from hot water. Influenzal coughs. Phthisis. Sudden stopping of catarrh of respiratory tract followed by diarrha. Burning in various parts is characteristic.
Head.--Worse right side, sun headache. Periodical sick headache; pain begins in occiput, spreads upwards, and settles over eyes, especially right. Veins and temples are distended. Pain better lying down and sleep. Headaches return at climacteric; every seventh day (Sulph; Sabad). Pain in small spot over upper left parietal bone. Burning in eyes. Pain in the back of head "like a flash of lightning".
Face.--Flushed. Neuralgia; pain extends in all directions from upper jaw. Redness and burning of cheeks. Hectic flush. Fullness and tenderness behind angle of jaws.
Nose.--Hay-fever. Ozæna, with profuse, offensive yellowish discharges. Nasal polypi. Coryza, followed by diarrha. Chronic rhinitis; membrane dry and congested.
Ears.--Burning in ears. Earache with headache. Humming and roaring. Aural polypus.
Throat.--Swollen; worse, right side. Dry and constricted. Ulceration of mouth and fauces, with dry, burning sensation Tongue white; feels scalded. Tonsillitis.
Stomach.--Aversion to butter. Craving for piquant things. Unquenchable thirst. Burning, vomiting. Nausea, with salivation. Sinking, faint all-gone feeling (Phos; Sep). Spitting up of bile; gastro-duodenal catarrh.
Abdomen.--Diarrha as coryza improves. Pain over region of liver. Diarrha; bilious, liquid, gushing stool (Nat sulph; Lycop). Cancer of rectum.
Female.--Leucorrha fetid, corrosive. Menses offensive, profuse. Soreness of breasts. Uterine polypi. Before, menses, itching of axillæ. Climacteric disorders.
Respiratory.--dema of larynx. Trachea sore. Heat and tension behind the sternum. Aphonia. Cough of gastric origin; relieved by eructation. Cough, with burning pain in chest; worse, right side. Sputum tough, rust-colored, offensive, almost impossible to raise. Spasmodic cough after influenza and after whooping-cough. Cough returns with every fresh cold. Tickling behind sternum, causes a constant hacking cough; worse at night on lying down. Must sit up in bed. Burning soreness in right chest, through to right shoulder. Severe soreness under right nipple. Hæmoptysis from suppressed menses. Severe dyspna and constriction of chest. Offensive breath and purulent expectoration. Burning in chest as of hot steam from chest to abdomen. Fibroid phthisis. Pneumonia; better, lying on back. Asthma with stomach disorders (Nux). Valvular disease with lung development, phosphates in urine and loss of flesh. Sudden stoppage of catarrh of air passages brings on diarrha.
Extremities.--Rheumatism of right shoulder, left hip-joint and nape of neck. Burning in soles and palms. Rheumatic pains in places least covered by flesh; not in joints soles of feet burn. Right-side neuritis; better touching the part.
Skin.--Antidotes: Rhus poisoning. Red, blotchy eruptions; worse in spring. Burning and itching; worse by heat. Acne, with scanty menses. Circumscribed red spots over malar bones.
Modalities.--Worse, sweets, right side, motion, touch. Better, acids, sleep, darkness.
Relationship.--Complementary: Tart em.
Compare: Justicia (bronchial catarrh, coryza, hoarseness; oversensitive). Digitalis (Migraine). Bell; Iris; Melil; Lach; Ferr; Op.
Dose.--Tincture in headaches; sixth potency in rheumatism.
Nitrate of Sanguinarine
Is of use in polypus of the nose. Acute and chronic catarrh. Acute pharyngitis (Wyethia) Smarting and burning in throat and chest especially under sternum. Influenza. Lachrymation, pains in eyes and head, sore scalp; sensee of obstruction. chronic follicular pharyngitis.
Nose.--Feels obstructed. Profuse, watery mucus, with burning pain. Enlarged turbinates at beginning of hypertrophic process. Secretion scant, tendency to dryness. Small crusts which bleed when removed. Post-nasal secretions adherent to nasopharynx, dislodged with difficulty. Dry and burning nostrils; watery mucus, with pressure over root of nose. Nostrils plugged with thick, yellow, bloody mucus. Sneezing. Rawness and soreness in posterior nares.
Throat.--Rough, dry, constricted, burning. Right tonsil sore, swallowing difficult.
Mouth.--Ulceration on the side of the tongue.
Respiratory.--Short, hacking cough, with expectoration of thick, yellow, sweetish mucus. Pressure behind center of sternum. Dryness and burning in throat and bronchi. Tickling cough. Chronic nasal, laryngeal, and bronchial catarrh. Voice altered, deep, hoarse.
Relationship.--Compare: Sanguin tartaricum (exophthalmos; mydriasis; dim vision); Arum triph; Psorin; Kal bich.
The Water of Sanicula Springs, Ottawa, I11
Has been found a useful remedy in enuresis, seasickness, constipation, etc. Rickets.
Head.--Dread of downward motion (Borax). Profuse sweat on occiput and in nape of neck, during sleep (Calc; Sil). Photophobia. Lachrymation in cold air or from cold application. Profuse scaly dandruff. Soreness behind ears.
Throat.--Thick, ropy, tenacious mucus.
Mouth.--Tongue large, flabby, burning; must protrude it to keep cool. Ringworm on tongue.
Stomach.--Nausea and vomiting from car-riding. Thirst; drink little and often (Ars; Chin). Is vomited as soon as it reaches the stomach.
Rectum.--Stools large, heavy and painful. Pain in whole perineum. No desire until a large accumulation. After great straining only partially expelled; recedes, crumbles at verge of anus (Mag mur). Very offensive odor. Excoriation of skin about anus, perineum, and genitals. Diarrha; changeable in character and color; after eating.
Female.--Bearing-down, as if contents of pelvis would escape; better, rest. Desire to support parts. Soreness of uterus. Leucorrha with odor of fish-brine or cold cheese (Hepar). Vagina feels large.
Back.--Dislocated feeling in sacrum and better lying on right side.
Extremities.--Burning of soles of feet (Sulph; Lach). Offensive foot-sweat (Sil; Psor). Cold, clammy sweat of extremities.
Skin.--Dirty, greasy, brownish, wrinkled. Eczema, fissured hands and fingers (Petrol; Graph).
Modalities.--Worse, moving arms backward.
Relationship.--Compare: Abrot; Alum; Calc; Sil; Sulph. Sanicula Aqua must not be confounded with the Sanicle (pool-root or wood marsh), also called Sanicula. This is used in various nervous affections, resembling Valeriana. It is used as a vulnerary, resolvent for sanguineous extravasations, and as an astringent (Has not been proved).
Is the active principle of Santonica, the unexpanded flower heads of Artemisia Maritima-Cina, which see.
The eye symptoms and those of the urinary tract are most prominent. It is of unquestioned value in the treatment of worm diseases, as gastro-intestinal irritation, itching of nose, restless sleep, twitching of muscles. Ascaris lumbricoides, and thread worms, but not tapeworms. Night cough of children. Chronic cystitis. Laryngeal crises and lightning pains of tabes.
Head.--Occipital headache, with chromatic hallucinations. Itching of nose. Bores into nostrils.
Eyes.--Sudden dimness of sight. Color blindness; Xanthopsia. Strabismus due to worms. Dark rings about eyes.
Mouth.--Fetid breath, depraved appetite; thirsty. Tongue deep-red. Grinding of teeth. Nausea; better after eating. Choking feeling.
Urinary.--Urine greenish if acid and reddish purple if alkaline. Incontinence and dysuria. Enuresis. Feeling of fullness of bladder. Nephritis.
Relationship.--Compare: Cina; Teucr; Napth; Nat phos; Spigel.
Dose.--Second to third trituration. Lower preparations are often toxic. Do not give to a child with fever or constipation.
Of great use in the treatment of acute colds, coryza, sore throat, etc. Will often "break up" a cold.
Mind.--Utter indifference to pain or possible death. Apathetic, depressed, with sleepiness.
Head.--Stitching pain, supraorbital; worse, left side, evening, motion. Throbbing over orbits. Congestions to head; tired feeling in nape. Coryza. Sensation of drunkenness with constant endeavor to go left-wards. Left-sided trigeminal neuralgia, especially supraorbital. Stopped up feeling in nose, also itching and sneezing.
Eyes.--Violent eye pains. Hot stitches deep in eyeball. Ciliary neuralgia; worse, left side. Photophobia. Exophthalmos, worse reading and writing. Increased intraocular pressure. Glaucoma.
Stomach.--Difficult swallowing. Nausea, heartburn; full feeling not relieved by eructation.
Heart.--Impulse weak; pulse less frequent. Palpitation with anxiety.
Modalities.--Worse, at night, mental exertion, left side.
Relationship.--Compare: Saponin-a glucosidal principle found in Quillaya, Yucca, Senega, Dioscorea and other plants (Tired, indifferent. Pain in left temple, eye, photophobia, hot stitches deep in eye. Fifth nerve affections. Migraine. Much pain before the menstrual flow; severe sore throat, worse right side; tonsils swollen, worse in warm room. Sharp burning taste and violent sneezing).
Compare, also: Verbasc; Coccul (both containing Saponin). Quillaya; (Anagallis, Agrostema, Helonias, Sarsaparilla, Paris, Cyclamen and others contain Saponin).
Is apparently formed in muscle tissue during the stage of muscle exhaustion. Differs from ordinary Lactic acid in its relation to polarized light. It represents a much broader and more profoundly acting drug and its pathogenesis is quite dissimilar from the normal acid. Proved by Wm. B. Griggs, M. D, who found it of great value in the most violent form of Epidemic influenza, especially with violent and retching and greatest prostration, when Arsenic had failed. Spinal neurasthenia, muscular weakness, dyspna with myocardial weakness.
General Symptoms.--Tired feeling with muscular prostration, worse any exertion. Sore feeling all over, worse in afternoon. Restless at night. Difficulty in getting to sleep. Tired feeling in morning on getting up.
Throat.--Constriction in pharynx. Sore throat with tightness in naso-pharynx. Tickling in throat.
Stomach.--Nausea. Uncontrollable vomiting even of water followed by extreme weakness.
Back and Extremities.--Tired feeling in back and neck and shoulders. Paralytic weakness. Wrist tires easily from writing. Extreme weakness from climbing stairs. Stiffness of thigh and calves. Arms feel as if no strength in them. Cramp in the calves.
Dose.--Sixth to 30th potency. The 15x most marked action (Griggs).
(SPARTIUM SCOPARIUM - CYSTISUS SCOPARIUS)
Spartein sulphate increase the strength of the heart, slows it and reduces the blood pressure. It continues the good effects of Veratrum and Digitalis without any of the undesirable effects of either (Hinsdale).
The effect of spartein sulphate (the alkaloid of Broom) is to cause a lowering of the systolic and diastolic pressures of the provers. Sphygmograms also show a condition of lowered blood-pressure. It depresses the heart by poisonous action exerted on the myocardium and this, with the stimulating action of the drug upon the vagus, accounts for the lowered blood pressure and reduced pulse rate. It weakens the cardiac contraction. The total amount of urine is increased. The drug has, therefore, diuretic properties and is useful in dropsy.
Albuminuria. Cheyne-Stokes respiration. Irregular heart following grip and various infections. Hypotension used palliatively in physiological dosage to combat arterial hypertension, arterio-sclerosis. Very useful hypodermically 1/10 to 1/4 grain in sustaining heart after stopping habit of Morphia. Spartium is indicated when primarily the muscles of the heart and especially the nervous apparatus is affected. Acts rapidly and lasts three to four days. Does not disturb digestion. Nephritis.
Heart.--Tobacco heart. Angina pectoris. Irregular action, disturbed rhythm due to gas, etc, feeble in nervous hysterical patients. Myocardial degeneration, failing compensation. Hypotension. Spartein in 2 gr doses for water-logged cases, cannot lie down. Here it produces much comfort. Has specific action upon the kidneys, enabling them to eliminate and relieve the distress upon the heart.
Stomach.--Great accumulation of gas in gastro-intestinal canal, with mental depression.
Urinary.--Burning along urinary tract or in pudendum. Profuse flow of urine.
Dose.--For non-homeopathic use (palliative as above), one to two grains t.i.d by mouth, exerts a definite action upon the kidneys that will enable them to relieve the distress upon the heart. It is a safe drug and prompt in its action. Hypodermically, not less than 1/4 of a grain. Doses as high as 2 grains by mouth three times a day are safe (Hinsdale).
Homeopathically. First to third trituration.
A remedy for variola. Visual disorders. Congestion to head, with irregular heart action. Chlorosis. Contains a very active proteolytic enzyme. Sick headache; throbbing in various parts, especially in neck, shoulders and head, which feels full to bursting.
Eyes.--Photophobia. Eyes feel swollen and sore. Pain in orbits. Black objects move with the eye.
Stomach.--Hungry all the time, even after a meal. Sleepy during meals. Copious, painful vomiting.
Back.--Pains shooting in zig-zag course from lumbar region to middle of scapula.
Extremities.--Limbs weak; bruised pain in knees and hip-joints. Bones in arm pain. Weak between shoulders.
Skin.--Variola, aborts the disease, arrests pustulation.
Relationship.--Compare: Tartar em; Variol; Maland.
Dose.--Third to sixth potency.
Renal colic; marasmus and periosteal pains due to venereal disease. Eruptions following hot weather and vaccinations; boils, and eczema. Urinary symptoms well marked.
Mind.--Despondent, sensitive, easily offended, ill humored and taciturn.
Head.--Pains cause depression. Shooting pain from above right temporal region. Pains from occiput to eyes. Words reverberate in ear to the root of nose. Periosteal pains due to venereal disease. Influenza. Scalp sensitive. Eruptions on face and upper lip. Moist eruption on scalp. Crusta lactea beginning in face.
Mouth.--Tongue white; aphthæ; salivation; metallic taste; no thirst. Fetid breath.
Abdomen.--Rumbling and fermentation. Colic and backache at same time. Much flatus; cholera infantum.
Urinary.--Urine scanty, slimy, flaky, sandy, bloody. Gravel. Renal colic. Severe pain at conclusion of urination. Urine dribbles while sitting. Bladder distended and tender. Child screams before and while passing urine. Sand on diaper. Renal colic and dysuria in infants. Pain from right kidney downward. Tenesmus of bladder; urine passes in thin, feeble stream. Pain at meatus.
Male.--Bloody, seminal emissions. Intolerable stench on genitals. Herpetic eruption on genitals. Itching on scrotum and perineum. Syphilis; squamous eruption and bone pains.
Female.--Nipples small, withered, retracted. Before menstruation, itching and humid eruption of forehead. Menses late and scanty. Moist eruption in right groin before menses.
Skin.--Emaciated, shriveled, lies in folds (Abrot; Sanic), dry, flabby. Herpetic eruptions; ulcers. Rash from exposure to open air; dry, itching; comes on in spring; becomes crusty. Rhagades; skin cracked on hands and feet. Skin hard, indurated. Summer cutaneous affections.
Extremities.--Paralytic, tearing pains. Trembling of hands and feet. Burning on sides of fingers and toes. Onychia, ulceration around ends of fingers, cutting sensation under nails. Rheumatism, bone pains; worse at night. Deep rhagades on fingers and toes; burn under nails. Tetter on hands; ulceration around ends of fingers (Psorin). Cutting sensation under nails (Petrol). Rheumatic pains after gonorrha.
Modalities.--Worse, dampness at night, after urinating, when yawning, in spring, before menses.
Relationship.--Complementary: Merc; Sep.
Compare: Berb; Lycop; Nat m; Petrol; Sassafras; Saururus-Lizard's tail--(Irritation of kidneys, bladder, prostate and urinary passages. Painful and difficult micturition; cystitis with strangury). Cucurbita citrellus-Water-melon. Infusion of the seed acts promptly in painful urination with constriction and backache, relieves pain and stimulates flow
Dose.--First to sixth potency.
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