HOMOPATHIC MATERIA MEDICA
WILLIAM BOERICKE, M.D.
The symptomatology of Tabacum is exceedingly well marked. The nausea, giddiness, death-like pallor, vomiting, icy coldness, and sweat, with the intermittent pulse, are all most characteristic. Has marked antiseptic qualities, antidotal to cholera germs. Complete prostration of the entire muscular system. Collapse. Gastralgia, enteralgia, seasickness, cholera infantum; cold, but wants abdomen uncovered. Vigorous peristaltic activity diarrha. Produces high tension and arteriosclerosis of the coronary arteries. Should prove the most homeopathic drug for angina pectoris, with coronaritis and high tension (Cartier). Constriction of throat, chest, bladder, rectum. Pallor, breathlessness, hard-cordlike pulse.
Mind.--Sensation of excessive wretchedness. Very despondent. Forgetful. Discontented.
Head.--Vertigo on opening eyes; sick headache, with deathly nausea; periodical. Tight feeling as from a band. Sudden pain, as if struck by a hammer. Nervous deafness. Secretion from eyes, nose and mouth increased.
Eyes.--Dim sight; sees as through a veil; strabismus. Amaurosis; muscæ volitantes. Central scotoma. Rapid blindness without lesion, followed by venous hyperæmia and atrophy of optic nerve.
Face.--Pale, blue, pinched, sunken, collapsed, covered with cold sweat (Ars; Verat). Freckles.
Throat.--Nasopharyngitis and tracheitis, hemming, morning cough, sometimes with vomiting. Hoarseness of public speakers.
Stomach.--Incessant nausea; worse, smell of tobacco smoke (Phos); vomiting on least motion, sometimes of fecal matter, during pregnancy with much spitting. Seasickness; terrible faint, sinking feeling at pit of stomach. Sense of relaxation of stomach, with nausea (Ipec). Gastralgia; pain from cardiac end extending to left arm.
Abdomen.--Cold. Wants abdomen uncovered. It lessens the nausea and vomiting. Painful distension. Incarcerated hernia.
Rectum.--Constipation; rectum paralyzed, prolapsed. Diarrha, sudden, watery, with nausea and vomiting, prostration, and cold sweat; discharges look like sour milk, thick, curdled, watery. Rectal tenesmus.
Urinary.--Renal colic; violent pain along ureter, left side.
Heart.--Palpitation when lying on left side. Pulse intermits, feeble, imperceptible. Angina pectoris, pain in præcordial region. Pain radiates from center of sternum. Tachycardia. Bradycardia. Acute dilatation caused by shock or violent physical exertion (Royal).
Respiratory.--Difficult, violent constriction of chest. Præcordial oppression, with palpitation and pain between shoulders. Cough followed by hiccough. Cough dry, teasing, must take a swallow of cold water (Caust; Phos). Dyspna, with tingling down left arm when lying on left side.
Extremities.--Legs and hands icy cold; limbs tremble. Paralysis following apoplexy (Plumb). Gait shuffling, unsteady. Feebleness of arms.
Sleep.--Insomnia with dilated heart, with cold, clammy skin and anxiety.
Fever.--Chills, with cold sweat.
Modalities.--Worse, opening eyes; evening; extremes of heat and cold. Better, uncovering, open fresh air.
Relationship.--Compare: Hydrobromic acid; Camph; Verat; Ars. Compare: Nicotinum (Alternate tonic and clonic spasms, followed by general relaxation and trembling; nausea, cold sweat, and speedy collapse; head drawn back, contraction of eyelids and masseter muscles; muscles of neck and back rigid; hissing respiration from spasm of laryngeal and bronchial muscles).
Antidotes.--Vinegar; sour apples. Camphor in the physiological antagonist. Ars (chewing tobacco); Ign; (smoking); Sep (neuralgia and dyspepsia); Lycop (impotency); Nux (bad taste due to tobacco); Calad and Plantag (cause aversion to tobacco); Phosph (tobacco heart, sexual weakness).
Dose.--Third to thirtieth and higher potencies.
Abnormal lassitude. Nervous and tired feeling. "Half dead, half alive feeling" all over. Of use in chorea and reflex spasms (worms). Said to be a specific against effects of poison ivy.
Head.--Heavy, dull, confused. Headache with least exertion.
Mental.--Irritable, sensitive to noise. Mental fatigue, nausea and vertigo, worse in a closed room.
Ears.--Roaring and ringing; voice sounds strange; ears seem to close up suddenly.
Abdomen.--Pain in bowels; relieved by stool. Desire for stool immediately after eating. Dysentery.
Female.--Dysmenorrha, with bearing-down pains, tenderness, drawing in groins. Menses suppressed; later, profuse.
Respiratory.--Hurried, labored, stertorous respiration. Frothy mucus obstructs the air-passages.
Relationship.--Compare: Cimicif; Cina; Absinth. Nux follows well.
Dose.--Tincture, to third potency.
Tannin - Digallic Acid
Mostly used locally against excessive secretion of mucous membranes, to contract tissue and check hæmorrhage. In Osmidrosis, corrects fetor of the perspiration. Obstinate nervous coughs. Hæmaturia. Obstinate constipation. Pain in abdomen, sensitive to pressure. Intestines can be felt like cylindrical enlargements. One-half per cent solution.
Relationship.--Gallic acid q v.
For gastric headaches, bilious attacks, with characteristically mapped tongue and jaundiced skin. Cancer of bladder. Flatulence. Hysterical tympanites.
Head.--Sensation of great heat on top of head. Sterno-mastoid muscle very painful to touch.
Mouth.--Mapped tongue. Tongue covered with a white film; feels raw; comes off in patches, leaving red, sensitive spots. Loss of appetite. Bitter taste and eructations. Salivation.
Abdomen.--Liver enlarged and indurated. Sharp stitches in left side. Sensation of bubbles bursting in bowels. Tympanites. Evacuation difficult.
Extremities.--Very restless limbs. Neuralgia of knee; better, pressure. Limbs painful to touch.
Fever.--Chilliness after eating, worse drinking; finger tips cold. Bitter taste. Heat without thirst, in face, in toes. Sweat on falling asleep.
Modalities.--Worse, resting, lying down, sitting. Better, touch.
Relationship.--Compare: Choline, a constituent of Taraxacum root, has given encouraging results in the treatment of cancer. Choline is closely related to Neurin, it is the "Cancronie" of Prof. Adamkiewicz (E. Schlegel). Bry; Hydrast; Nux. Tela aranea (nervous asthma and sleeplessness).
Dose.--Tincture, to third potency. In cancer 1-2 drams fluid extract.
Remarkable nervous phenomena; hysteria with chlorosis; chorea, dysmenorrha, spinal irritability. Bladder tenesmus. Constriction sensations. Formication; Extreme restlessness; must keep in constant motion even though walking aggravates. Hysterical epilepsy. Intense sexual excitement.
Mind.--Sudden alteration of mood. Foxy. Destructive impulses; moral relaxation. Must constantly busy herself or walk. Sensitive to music. Averse to company, but wants some one present. Ungrateful, discontented. Guided by whims.
Head.--Intense pain, as if thousands of needles were pricking into brain. Vertigo. Wants hair brushed or head rubbed.
Male.--Sexual excitement; lasciviousness reaching almost to insanity; seminal emissions.
Heart.--Palpitation; præcordial anguish, sensation as if heart twisted and turned around.
Female.--Vulva dry and hot, with much itching. Profuse menstruation, with frequent erotic spasms. Pruritus vulvæ; nymphomania. Dysmenorrha, with very sensitive ovaries.
Extremities.--Weakness of legs; choreic movements. Numbness of legs. Multiple sclerosis, with trembling. Twitching and jerking. Yawning with uneasiness of legs, must move them constantly. Extraordinary contractions and movements.
Modalities.--Worse, motion, contract, noise. Better, in open air, music, bright colors, rubbing affected parts. Worse, seeming others in trouble.
Relationship.--Compare: Agar; Ars; Cupr; Mag phos.
Dose.--Sixth to thirtieth potency.
A toxæmic medicine, septic conditions. Diphtheria. Adapted to the most severe types of inflammation and pain, early and persistent prostration. Various forms of malignant suppuration. Purplish hue and burning, stinging pains. Bubo. It is the remedy for pain of death; soothes the last struggles. Pruritus, especially about genitals. Restless feet. Intermittent septic chills. Bubonic plague. As a curative and preventive remedy especially during the period of invasion.
Head.--Dizziness after heat and hot perspiration. Dull ache on top of head. Shooting pain through left eye across frontal region.
Gastric.--Stomach feels hard, sore. Loss of appetite, except for breakfast.
Back.--Itches across kidney region.
Extremities.--Hands tremble, turgid with blood.
Urinary.--Retention. Cannot hold urine on coughing.
Skin.--Red spots and pimples. Feels puffed all over. Carbuncles, burning, stinging pains. Purplish hue. Gangrene. Abscesses, where pain and inflammation predominate. Scirrhus of breasts. "Senile" ulcers.
Sleep.--Drowsiness. Sleep restless. Sleep prevented by harsh cough.
Relationship.--Compare: Ars; Pyrog; Crotal; Echin; Anthrac; Bellad; Apis.
Modalities.--Better, smoking. Worse, night.
Dose.--Sixth to thirtieth potency.
Found in grapes, pineapple, sorrel and other fruits. It is an antiscorbutic antiseptic, stimulating the mucous and salivary secretions.
Dullness and lassitude. Great weakness, with diarrha, with dry and brown tongue. Pain in heels (Phytol).
Stomach.--Excessive thirst, continued vomiting burning in throat and stomach. Dyspepsia with copious secretions of mucus.
Abdomen.--Pain around umbilicus and region of loins. Stool color of coffee-grounds (worse at night), with brown and dry tongue, and dark-green vomiting.
Dose.--Third trituration. The pure acid 10-30 grains dissolved in water.
In pustular diseases of skin and night-sweats. Also in gout and chronic rheumatism.
Head.--Supra-orbital and temporal pain on right side, with lachrymation. Pupils dilated. Face puffy and pale.
Stomach.--Saliva hot, acrid. Nausea. Pain in pit of stomach and region of navel. After eating, cough. Feeling of pins and needles at pit of stomach; of emptiness, must eat frequently (compare the coniferæ).
Skin.--Large, flat, itching pustules. Badly smelling night-sweats. Podagra. Erysipelas.
Dose.--Tincture, to third potency.
The Metal Tellurium
Marked skin (herpes circinatus), spinal, eye and ear symptoms. Very sensitive back. Pains all over body. Offensive discharges. Slow development of symptoms (Radium) Sacral and sciatic pains.
Head.--Neglectful and forgetful. Pain in left side of head and in forehead above left eye. Distortion and twitching of left facial muscles; when speaking left angle of mouth drawn upwards and to left. Fear of being touched in sensitive places. Congestion to head and nape of neck, followed by weakness and faintness in stomach. Itching of scalp; red spots.
Eyes.--Lids thickened, inflamed, itching. Pterygium; pustular conjunctivitis. Cataract, following ocular lesions; aids the absorption of infiltrations in iris and choroid.
Ears.--Eczema behind ear. Catarrh of middle ear, discharge acrid, smells like fish-pickle. Itching, swelling, throbbing in meatus. Deafness.
Nose.--Coryza, lachrymation and hoarseness; better in open air (Cepa). Obstructed; hawks salty phlegm from posterior nares.
Stomach.--Craving for apples. Empty and weak feeling. Heartburn.
Rectum.--Pruritus ani et perinei after every stool.
Back.--Pain in sacrum.--Pain from last cervical to fifth dorsal vertebra, very sensitive; worse touch (Chin s; Phosph) Sciatica; worse right side, coughing, straining, and at night, with sensitive vertebral column. Contraction of tendons in bends of knees.
Skin.--Itching of hands and feet. Herpetic spots; ringworm (Tuberc). Ring-shape lesions, offensive odors from affected parts. Barber's itch. Stinging in skin. Fetid exhalations (Sulph). Offensive foot-sweat. Eczema, back of ears and occiput. Circular patches of eczema.
Modalities.--Worse, while at rest at night, cold weather, from friction, coughing, laughing, lying on painful side, touch.
Relationship.--Compare: Radium; Selenium; Tetradymite-crystals from Georgia and North Carolina containing Bismuth, Tellurium and Sulphur--(coccygodynia, ulceration of nails; pains in hands, in small spots, ankles, heels, and tendo-Achilles); Sep; Ars; Rhus.
Dose.--Sixth potency and higher. Takes long time to develop its action, which is very prolonged.
Has a selective affinity for bleeding mucous surfaces. Tympanites and urinary symptoms very marked. Inflammation of kidneys, with hæmorrhages-dark, passive, fetid. Bright's disease preceded by dropsy (Goullon). Drowsiness and strangury. Coma. Unbroken chilblains.
Head.--Dull pain like from a band around the head (Carb ac). Vertigo, with vanishing of vision. Disturbed sense of equilibrium. Tired and difficult concentration of thoughts. Cold in head with sore nostrils with disposition to bleed.
Eyes.--Ciliary neuralgia over right eye. Intense pain in eye and side of head. Amblyopia from alcohol.
Ears.--Own voice sounds unnatural; humming as of a seashell, talking loudly is painful. Otalgia.
Mouth.--Tongue dry, red sore, shining; burning in tip, with prominent papillæ (Arg n; Bell; Kali b; Nux m). Breath cold, foul. Choking sensation in throat. Stomatitis. Dentition.
Stomach.--Nausea and vomiting; heat in epigastric region.
Abdomen.--Enormous distention. Diarrha; stools watery, greenish, fetid, bloody. Pain before flatus with and relief after stool. Hæmorrhage from bowels. Worms; lumbrici. Abdominal dropsy; pelvic peritonitis. Fainting after every stool Entero-colitis, with hæmorrhage and ulceration of bowels.
Urinary.--Strangury, with bloody urine. Scanty, suppressed, odor of violets. Urethritis, with painful erections (Canthar). Inflamed kidneys following any acute disease. Constant tenesmus.
Female.--Intense burning in uterine region. Metritis; puerperal peritonitis. Metrorrhagia with burning in uterus.
Respiratory.--Difficult breathing; lungs feel distended; hæmoptysis. Bloody expectoration.
Heart.--Pulse rapid, small, thready, intermittent.
Back.--Burning pain in region of kidneys. Drawing in right kidney extending to hip.
Skin.--Acne. Erythema; itching pustular, vesicular eruption; urticaria. Purpura, ecchymosis, dropsies. Scarlatina. Chilblains; with excessive itching and pulsative pains. Aching soreness of the muscles.
Fever.--Heat, with violent thirst, dry tongue, profuse cold, clammy sweat. Typhoid with tympanites, hæmorrhages, stupor, delirium. Prostration.
Relationship.--Compare: Alumen; Secale; Canth; Nit ac. Terebene 1x; (chronic bronchitis and winter coughs; subacute stages of inflammation of respiratory tract. Loosens secretion, relieves tightened feeling, makes expectoration easy). Neurotic coughs. Huskiness of public speakers, and singers. Cystitis when urine is alkaline and offensive.
Ononis spinosa-Rest Harrow--(Diuretic, Lithontriptic. Chronic nephritis; diuretic effects like Juniper; calculus nosebleed, worse washing face).
Dose.--First to sixth potency.
TEUCRIUM MARUM VERUM
Nasal and rectal symptoms marked. Polypi. Affections of children. Suitable after too much medicine has been taken. Oversensitiveness. Desire to stretch. A remedy of first importance in chronic nasal catarrh with atrophy; large, offensive crusts and clinkers. Ozæna. Loss of sense of smell.
Head.--Excited, tremulous feeling. Frontal pain; worse, stooping. Strengthens brain after delirium tremens.
Eyes.--Smarting in canthi; lids red and puffy; tarsal tumor (Staph).
Ears.--Hissing and ringing otalgia.
Nose.--Catarrhal condition of both anterior and posterior nostrils. Mucous polypus. Chronic catarrh; discharge of large, irregular clinkers. Foul breath. Crawling in nostrils, with lachrymation and sneezing. Coryza, with stoppage of nostrils.
Stomach.--Vomiting of large quantities of dark-green masses. Constant hiccough, attended with pain in back. Unnatural appetite. Hiccough on eating, after nursing.
Respiratory.--Dry cough, tickling in trachea; moldy taste in throat when hawking up mucus, expectoration profuse.
Extremities.--Affection of finger-tips and joints of toes. Tearing pains in arms and legs. Pain in toe-nails, as if they had grown into flesh.
Rectum.--Itching of anus, and constant irritation in the evening in bed. Ascarides, with nightly restlessness. Crawling in rectum after stool.
Sleep.--Restless, with twitching, choking, and starting up frightened.
Skin.--Itching causes tossing about all night. Very dry skin. Suppurating grooves in the nails.
Relationship.--Compare: Teucrium scorodonia-Wood-sage (in tuberculosis with muco-purulent expectoration; dropsy; orchitis and tuberculous epidymitis; especially in young, thin individuals with tuberculosis of lungs, glands; bones and urogenitals, 3x). Cina; Ignat; Sang; Sil.
Dose.--First to sixth potency. Locally for polypi, dry powder.
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