Leaders In Homoeopathic Therapeutics
by E. B. NASH

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Here are five so-called hysterical remedies. They have many nervous symptoms that are similar, and I will only give a few characteristic symptoms of each and leave their study to those who love to study.

These five remedies should be studied together.

Moschus. "Hysterical spasms of the chest, nervous suffocative constrictions, especially on becoming cold." Palpitation (hysteric) with dyspnœa, prostration, fainting, exclaiming, "I shall die! I shall die!" etc., greatly excited. Laughs immoderately, or cries or scolds until her lips turn blue, eyes stare and she falls down fainting or unconscious.

Castoreum. "Exhausted pains better from pressure, menstrual colic, with pallor and cold sweat."

Asafœtida. Enormous accumulation of flatulence all pressing upward; ball rising in throat.

Great suffering, especially hysterical, from suppression of discharges. Discharges fœtid.

Great sensitiveness to contact; in ulcers, especially periosteal.

"Full of wind; flatulence with eructations all pressing upward, but none downward. Seems as if she would burst with the upward pressure, reverse peristalsis." "Especially useful if its nervous symptoms come on after the suppression of leucorrhœal or other habitual discharges." All discharges offensive, even of ulcers, and great sensitiveness to contact or touch. Osteitis or caries with this same exceeding sensitiveness to contact (Hepar).

Valerian. General nervous irritation, cannot keep still, tearing pains and cramps in different places. Feels as if floating in the air (Sticta pulm. as if legs were floating in the air). Over-sensitiveness of all the senses. Sensation as of a thread hanging down throat. With this remedy I once cured a severe case of sciatica in a pregnant woman on the symptom, pain worse when standing and letting the foot rest on the floor. She could stand with that foot resting on a chair, or could lie down in comfort.

Ambra grisea. Convulsive cough, with frequent eructations of gas.

Discharge of blood between the periods; after a hard stool; or walk.

Very nervous women, cannot void stool or urinate when others are in the room.

Discharge of blood between periods; any little exertion or straining at stool causes it. Nervous cough followed by eructations of wind. It is particularly adapted to nervous affections of old people and spare subjects nervously "worn out."



A lady with dropsy, consequent on valvular heart disease, after being relieved of the bloating, was suddenly unable to talk. In answer to a question she could begin a sentence, but could not finish it, because she could not remember what she intended to say. She was very impatient about it and would cry, but could not finish the sentence, but could signify her assent if it was finished by some one else for her. This continued for several days, or until she received Cannabis Indica, when she rapidly recovered her power to express herself. This is all the experience I have had with this remedy that is worth relating.



Ears, face, nose and skin in general, red and itch as if from chilblains.

Twitching in eyelids (especially), face, extremities, even choreaic jerkings, which cease during sleep.

Spinal column painful and sensitive to touch, aching extending into the lower limbs.

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Agaricus has some very characteristic skin symptoms. "Ears, face, nose, toes and skin in general are affected with a redness, itching and burning as of from being frozen." This is a very valuable symptom and may lead to the choice of this drug in many very different diseases. I have used the remedy a good many years with very gratifying results for chilblains. I always use it internally in the 200th. It is also a remedy of first importance for twitchings, from simple twitching in face, eyelids (especially) and extremities, to severe cases of chorea. In the latter disease the twitchings cease during sleep. Again it has been found useful in spinal irritation. The symptoms indicating it here are best given in Allen's Encyclopædia. No doubt this remedy has been over proven, and as a consequence many of its recorded symptoms are unreliable. The best work that can be done with it now is to separate them, if possible, "proving all things and holding fast that which is true."



Chronic rheumatism connected with valvular heart troubles should call our attention to this remedy, for it has done good service in such cases. Symptoms: "Rheumatic soreness in the cardiac region." "Violent pains in the heart when bending over." "Pains in heart when urinating or at menstrual period." "Flattering of the heart with mental agitation," are all valuable guides to its selection. Then if we have the rheumatic symptoms, swelling and redness with great tenderness of the small joints, the indications are very positive for its use.

There are often heavy deposits in the urine of mucus, uric acid or pus. I have done some excellent work with it in such cases.



Is a prime remedy for "snuffles" in small children. It is of the dry variety, completely obstructing the nose, child must breathe through the mouth. It is also one of the best remedies for asthma millari. The attacks come on suddenly in the night; child turns blue, gasps for breath and seems as if almost dying. Then it goes to sleep and wakens with another attack again and again. I once relieved a very bad case of chronic asthma in an old lady having similar attacks of suffocation with the 200th of this remedy. The relief was followed, or rather accompanied, by a profuse flow of urine which carried off a large amount of dropsical effusion in her legs and abdomen. She has remained much better of all her symptoms since and is now very old. One very peculiar characteristic which should never be forgotten is "dry heat" while asleep and "profuse sweet when awake." No other remedy has it, and it has been confirmed many times. Conium has "sweats as soon as he closes his eyes to sleep." Thuja has sweats on uncovered parts. (Belladonna on covered.) Pulsatilla, one sided sweats and many of our best characteristics are found under the so-called fever symptoms, including chill, heat and sweat, and as we are apt to have one or the other, or all of these three conditions in most diseases, it is well, to have a ready understanding of them. It will save much time sometimes in hunting after the simillimum.



Has been found useful in cough, with sneezing; watering of the eyes, and involuntary micturition. There may also be pleuritic stitches in the chest, with or without effusion. The cough is generally loose and rattling, with expectoration of such mucus, and the loose cough in the morning is more fatiguing than the dry one in the evening.

Verbascum thapsus. Cough, deep, hollow, hoarse, with sound like a trumpet. I have cured many cases and always used it low. I have never used the remedy for anything else.

Senega. Cough with great accumulation of mucus, which seems to fill the chest, with much rattling, wheezing and difficult breathing; especially valuable with old people, but works well with others. Have also cured many cases of this kind and always use it low; no success with the high.

Illustrations. -Several years ago I was called to an old asthmatic, who was having a terrible paroxysm. After several days of intense suffering, which ordinary remedies did not relieve in the least, I gave him Senega three or four drops of tincture in one-half glass cold water, dessertspoonful doses once in two hours until relieved, with a promise to call again in the evening. Imagine my surprise when I called as he ushered me in with a smile and bow, for he was perfectly free from hard breathing and cough, and remained so for a long time after.

During September, 1900, I was called again to a lady 50 years of age, suffering the same way. She had been suffering for over a month, at times very severely, but this paroxysm was worst of all. The dyspnœa was very great; had to sit propped up in bed; chest rattling and wheezing; filled with mucus which she could not raise; face and hands purple from unoxygenized blood. Ipecac., Arsenic and Antimonium tart. were of no benefit. One evening after their failure I dropped seven drops of the tincture of Senega into one-half glass water, with directions to give teaspoonful once an hour until relieved, then at longer intervals. The next A. M. as soon as she saw me exclaimed, "Oh, Doctor, I wish you could just realize how I slept. In one-half hour after the first dose I went right to sleep, and I have had a beautiful night." I give these two cases to impress the value of this remedy upon the reader. I have used it many years in obstinate coughs with dyspnœa and difficult expectoration of mucus which seemed to fill the bronchial tubes.

Myrtus communis. Obstinate cough, mostly dry, with pain in upper portion of left chest, right through to left shoulder-blade. this is a gem and has, I believe, cured more than one case of incipient consumption for me. Sulphur, Pix liquida, Anisum, Arum tri., and Theridion have a similar symptom, but Myrtus leads, unless there is decided psoric taint, when Pix liquida or Sulphur would lead.

Drosera rotundifolia has a deep sounding, hoarse, barking or trumpet-toned cough, something like that of Verbascum, but there is more laryngeal trouble with Drosera, for the voice in talking has a deep base sound. Drosera is also one of our leading remedies in spasmodic coughs, whooping cough. With the cough there is great constriction of the chest and abdominal muscles, so that the patient holds them with the hands. The cough is worse after midnight.



Is a very valuable remedy for diarrhœa, though not so often used, I think, as it should be. It resembles Croton tiglium in the suddenness of the desire for stool, and in the all coming out at one gush. Again, it resembles it, in that it is sometimes watery and yellow, but Croton tig. is aggravated by the least food or drink, which is not the case with Gambogia. Again, Gambogia has all the way from yellow, watery, to almost formed stools, and in each case, the stool comes all at once in one prolonged effort, and there is a feeling of great relief after stool, as if an irritating substance were removed. Sometimes there is burning of the anus after the stool, similar to Arsenicum, Iris versicolor and Capsicum. It is curative in both acute and chronic forms of diarrhœa. There is often much rumbling in the bowels.

Gratiola officinalis is another remedy that has the yellow, watery diarrhœa, gushing out with great force. It is sometimes especially useful in the summer complaints of children, especially where they have been drinking too much cold water, which frequently happens. Gratiola resembles Aloes in some points, but has not the hæmorrhoids.

Oleander is one of our best remedies for diarrhœa of undigested food, and the best indication for it is involuntary stool when emitting flatus. The least passage of flatus is always accompanied with stool, so that the clothes are always liable to be soiled. I cured with the 200th of this remedy a case of three years' duration in a child. It was my own child, and I had tried many remedies (it was in the beginning of my practice) and was almost despairing that she would ever be well or strong, but after taking the Oleander she was cured, not only of the diarrhœa, but became perfectly strong and well and has always remained so, not having the slightest tendency to a return of the trouble.



I believe the lily of the valley is to become one of our very valuable remedies. It ought to receive a Hahnemannian proving. I have used it with much satisfaction in women who complained of great soreness in the uterine region and sympathetic palpitation of the heart. It has also served me well in dropsies of cardiac origin, especially in women who have at the same time the above mentioned soreness in uterine region. I once checked the progress of a very bad case of cardiac dropsy after the effusion in the chest had so increased that the patient could not breathe when lying down, and there was much bloody expectoration. I used the 30th potency in this case, though many times very fine results follow the use of the remedy in much lower preparations. The dropsy all disappeared and she was able to be around and enjoy life very well, though the organic heart trouble was not removed.

Bovista has been of use to me in only one affection, but in that it is invaluable -menorrhagia. The flow is always worse, or sometimes flows only in the night in bed. I do not know of a more reliable symptom. It has helped and cured many cases, both acute and chronic.

It has also sometimes a flow between the periods like, Ambra grisea, but the latter remedy has more nervous or hysterical symptoms.

Ustilago maydis is also a remedy that is very useful in menorrhagia or metrorrhagia, and I think I have observed that it is best adapted to those cases where the flow is of a passive nature (Thlaspi bursa pastoris.) There is apt to be more or less pain and irritation, at the same time, in one or both ovaries. It is especially useful in these cases at the climacteric. I have cured some very bad cases, and always use both this remedy and Bovista in the 200th potency.



Is a so-called liver remedy, and I have seen good results from it in liver troubles, yet I do not know of any special indications for its use. I have known cases of habitual colic from gall stones checked and the further formation of the stones prevented by this remedy. One of them was a very bad case, for which old Dr. Pulte, of Cincinnati, prescribed Carduus. Her daughter inherited the trouble, and I saw her, in consultation with another physician, at one of these terrible attacks of gall stone colic. She could not lie down, but sat in her chair, bent over forward, for forty-eight hours, and during this time she passed two hundred gall stones, very hard and nearly the size and shape of a beech-nut, which were found by washing the fæces. I have a dozen or so now in a little vial in my office. Carduus was also a help to her, but she takes, right along for years at a time, olive oil, thinking that it dissolves the stones or keeps them from forming.

When other remedies fail for pain in the region of the liver, with dizziness, bad-tasting mouth, jaundiced skin and the usual symptoms called "bilious", if I have no special indications for other remedies, I have given Carduus and several time with good results. But, as I said before, I can give no special indications for its use. I can do better for.



Another liver remedy, for it has one very characteristic symptom, viz.: Aching and heaviness in the region of the liver, greatly aggravated by lying on the left side; turning to the left causes a dragging sensation. (See Bryonia, which is also < lying on left side and has the dragging sensation. Remember, Bryonia is generally > lying on painful side.) Magnesia mur., you will remember, has all these symptoms, termed "bilious," but like Mercurius, it is worse when lying on the right side. Then Mercurius is apt to have loose stools, while Magnesia mur. is greatly constipated. Ptelea may have either constipation or diarrhœa, or, like Nux vomica, constipation and diarrhœa alternately. I cured one bad case of liver trouble with Ptelea after œdema of the feet and legs had set in; she had the symptoms, could not lie comfortably on the left side; her breathing was becoming oppressed, and I thought the case looked as if it would not be very likely to be much better. I used the 30th in this case. The trouble rapidly disappeared and never returned. I considered it a brilliant cure.



I have found this remedy one of the best for ascarides. Have cured many cases who had "tried everything" (so they said) without avail. I have noticed that people troubled with ascarides often have a great deal of tickling, tingling, etc., in the nose, which they are frequently rubbing. (Children troubled with ascarides have this symptom.) And it is notable that Teucrium is one of the best remedies for polypus of the nose; will cure it, and that never to return. I have a preparation of the remedy, made on the Santee potentizer, 50m., which does the best of any preparation I ever used.



Pains in the long bones, especially tibia.

Facial neuralgia or toothache, when the pains are greatly < by eating or motions of the jaws, > by radiate heat.

Nose; vesicular eruptions, with excoriations, formation of thick scabs, < at night; zona.

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Pains in the long bones, especially the tibia are sometimes greatly relieved by this remedy. I once cured a very obstinate case of facial neuralgia with it. The pains were brought on, or greatly aggravated, by eating, and the only relief he could get was to hold that side of his face as near as he could to a hot stove. Hot cloths, wet or dry, or any other heat applied did not relieve.

Zona. Skin diseases, etc. See Materia Medica.



With this remedy I have had the pleasure of curing several cases of otorrhœa of long standing, generally following scarlatina in childhood. I used the 6th in these cases. The high failed.


EPIPHEGUS (Beech Drops).

Cures headaches coming on after a hard day's work, over-fatigue from work or excitement, what is often called "tired headache." Such cases are very frequent, find the patients volunteered to mention the fact that they always came on when they were "tired out." Of course one swallow does not make a summer, neither does one symptom always make unfailing indication for a remedy, but a symptom often verified is always a valuable leader to the totality of symptoms.

Epiphegus needs further proving.



Suffocative spells about the heart, < sitting up, > lying down; cardiac cough; gasping, twitching and jerks.

Lack of re-active power, low vitality, with blueness or cyanoses, especially in heart troubles.

Drink rolls audibly down through the œsophagus and intestines; very low pulse.

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"Want of energy, of vital power; want of reaction, especially in chest and heart affections." And there is another characteristic symptom under this remedy in heart troubles: "The cyanosis, dyspnœa, etc., are worse when sitting up." Only one other remedy has this aggravation, and that is Psorinum. "Want of nervous reaction; the well-chosen remedy does not act."

"Capsicum, lack of reaction in persons of lax fibre."

Opium, in patients where there is no pain; stupidity and drowsiness.

Valerian and Ambra in nervous affections, well chosen remedies fail.

Carbo vegetabilis, collapse, coldness of knees, breath; perfect indifference.

Sulphur and Psorinum, where Psora complicates and hinders reaction.

Each one of these remedies may he called for in defective reaction, and there may be many more, and in each case, as with all remedies elsewhere, symptoms must decide which one.



Is a great remedy for diabetes mellitus. It is especially indicated if in addition to the thirst, voracious hunger and profuse urine loaded with sugar there are rheumatic pains in the joints. It is generally given low, but abundant experience has taught me that the high is much better, and it does not need frequent repetition.

Oxalic acid has a very peculiar symptom which has often been verified by myself. Palpitation and dyspnœa in organic heart disease, worse when thinking of it, a very peculiar modality, but genuine.



Is the remedy "par excellence" for wounded or injured nerves; from simple punctures from nails, splinters, pins, rat bites, etc., to severe concussions of the spine and brain, and especially to parts rich in centient nerves. It is to this kind of injuries what Arnica, Hamamelis, Ruta, etc., are to bruises, and Calendula to lacerated muscular tissue, and Staphisagria to cuts with sharp instruments.



Severe pain in stomach after eating. Sensation of an undigested hard-boiled egg in stomach.



Cough better lying down.



Great thirst, but water disagrees, causing pain, or is immediately thrown off; sinking feeling at pit of stomach (Dropsy.)



Easy vomiting without previous nausea.



Colic pain begins at umbilicus and radiates to all parts of the body, even extremities.



Violent itching over the body, without any visible eruption; jaundice; white stools.



Great difficulty in drinking on account of short breathing; drinks in sips.



Stiffness of neck, head drawn to one side; torticollis.



Intense pain along the sciatic nerve, alternating with numbness.



Cough with expectoration of fœtid pus.



When dropping off to sleep the breath stops, the patient awakens catching for it, with a gasp, cannot get to sleep on this account.

Stops breathing when falling asleep; wakens with a start.



Nausea and vomiting with great relaxation of muscular system and profuse accumulation of saliva.



Chronic diarrhœa, stools undigested; passes stool with the least emission of flatus.



Complaints < when thinking of them. (Helon., Calc. phos.)



Great pain in renal region, with much red sand in urine. (Lycopodium.)



Icy coldness of hands and feet with warmth of the rest of the body (intermittents).



Constant urging to urinate; goes down on his knees with straining; pain runs down thighs.



Marasmus most pronounced in lower extremities, from malnutrition; diarrhœa; diarrhœa alternating with rheumatism.



Excessive acidity of the stomach; vomits substance that sets teeth on edge.



Loud wheezing breathing, with cough, < in evening or night, after the first sleep (asthma).



Indurated swellings, of a stony hardness; in glands, or fasciæ or ligaments.



Excess of acidity; yellow, creamy coating at the back part of the roof of the mouth; sour eructations and vomiting.



Blister-like eruptions (eczema) in the palms of the hands.



Eczema capitis, cracks, exudes and wets the hair; strong urine like cat's urine.



Diarrhœa from drinking impure water.



Catarrhal inflammation of the Eustachian tube and middle ear. (Kali mur.)



Violent headache, with flickering before the eyes, or stops and various colors, < in the morning and at the menses.



Extreme torture from bone pains and periosteal affections, especially in the "tibia," syphilitic eruptions, etc.



Remarkable over-sensitiveness of the nerves; scratching linen or silk or even thinking of it is unbearable.



Tongue coated white, which peels off in patches, leaving dark, red, tender, sensitive spots; mapped tongue.



Spasmodic cough, which ejects viscid mucus, which flies out of the mouth.



Diseases of the bones, especially the long bones, > from cold. Silicea, > by warmth.



Vesicular eruption all over the body, which itches excessively; better after rubbing, but leaving a burning pain.



Clock-like periodicity of complaints, in low, deep, marshy districts.



Deep-seated or cutting pains and fullness in region of spleen.



Sticking pains through right breast, near sternum, extending to back under shoulders. Cough with profuse fœtid expectoration, compels to sit up.



Abdomen tympanitic; hard; no flatus up or down. (Dunham.)

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