In making prescriptions in homoeopathic practice, there is no short cut by which we can jump at once to the proper remedy in a given case. We only become sharp-shooters through hard study, and the more we thumb our materia medica, the greater will be our success and our glory.
If the Key-notes are looked upon by us in the light of guide-posts, pointing us to the group of remedies, among which we are to find, by close comparisons, the remedy in each particular case of illness, then are they indispensable, and become at once, if thus rightly used, of incalculable value. But if, on the other hand, we attempt to base our prescriptions simply upon these Key-notes as such, we will most assuredly find them stumbling-blocks instead of helps. Let us be careful, therefore, that we do not misinterpret the true meaning and intent of this system.
ARNICA RAD.—Child wants water right after nursing, which it always throws up. Eructations bitter, and like rotten eggs. In constipation, when there is violent burning down the back, when the rectum becomes loaded and faeces won’t come away. Haemorrhage from the womb in facial erysipelas, relieving the latter. In pregnancy, foetus feels as if it laid crossways. Deathly coldness in forearms of children in Hydrocephalus.
BELLAD.—Flicking before the eyes, with nausea, worse on stooping. Wets the bed after eating sugar or sweet things. Cough causes acute pain in left hypochondria, shooting upwards, worse lying on either side or walking much. Throbbing in sacrum; has to have pillow stuffed in small of back in order to sit in chair.
BRYONIA.—Neuralgic pain, left side of head and face, relieved by hard pressure and cold applications. Water tastes bitter (opp. of Acon.) Swallowing liquids or saliva more painful than solids. Hiccough after eating. (Nux. V. from eating too much or from cold drinks.) Tightness above mid-sternum. Swellings of a pale-red blush, with heaviness and hardness.
NOTE.—Constriction is the key-note of Cactus. Arn., Bufo, Iod., Lil. T. and Nux mos., all have constriction in or about the heart; but Cactus is the only drug that has the feeling of a hand of iron grasping the heart.
CALCAREA C.—Flashes of light shoot up from the eyes, then break and fall down in a shower of sparks. She feels better in every way when she is constipated. Strangury brought on by standing on cold damp pavement.
CARBO ANIMAL.—Headache at night; has to sit and hold head with both hands to prevent it from falling to pieces. Deafness; she can hear human voices in the room with her, but cannot tell from whence the sound comes.
CHELIDONIUM.—Excessive lachrymation in orbital neuralgia; the tears fairly gush out, and eyes cannot bear the least light. Flying out of detached lumps of mucus on coughing; the cough reechoes in the stomach.
CUPRUM ACET.—Constant protrusion and retraction of the tongue like a snake. In epilepsy, aura begins at knees, ascending until it reaches the hypogastric region, when unconsciousness occurs, foam at the mouth, and falling down convulsed. Soon as patient goes into a high ceiling room, the head reels and she loses her senses.
Iodium.—Child very cross, cannot bear to be looked at or touched (See Ant. Tart.). Itching in the lungs low down, and extending upward through trachea to nasal cavity. The itching in end of nose is the signal for the cough to begin. Sensation as if heart were squeezed ( Cactus).
KALI BROM.—He imagines he is especially singled out as an object of Divine vengeance. Thinks all her friends have deserted her. Extreme drowsiness; constant hacking cough proceeding from the chest, during pregnancy. Irresistible desire to urinate, but no flow except after great urging, and then with difficulty.
KALI CARB.—Sensation as if a stick extended from throat to left side of abdomen with a ball on each end of stick. Belching of putrid gas like rotten eggs. Stomach feels as if it would surely burst. Hard, white, round masses fly from mouth when coughing or hawking. (Chelidon.) Heart feels as if suspended from left rib.
LACHESIS.—The least movement causes feeling of suffocation around the heart. Intolerable pinching and itching in spots on lower extremities relieved only by plunging in cold water; worse after sleep. The tenesmus caused by this drug is relieved by Sepia.
LYCOPODIUM.—Sensation as if hot balls dropped from each breast through to back, running down back, along each leg to heels and dropping off at heels. This sensation alternating with feeling as if balls of ice followed the same course. The foetus seems to be constantly turning somersaults within the womb.
NOTE.—Always to be studied in uterine diseases connected with hysterical complaints. Tendency of head to sweat (like Calc). Has headache (like Silicea). Better from wrapping up the head, but unlike Silicea worse in open air. Inability in children to digest milk, it always causes pain in stomach and passes undigested.
PHOSPHORUS.—Vertigo as if a veil obstructed the sight, with inability to think. Feels that he will surely fall. Don’t know where he is; worse at noon. During pregnancy she cannot drink water; the sight of it causes her to vomit, and she must close her eyes while bathing. Anus remains open all the time; the childstrains at stool. Small ulcers clustering around large ones, some healing, and others healed.
PHYTOLACCA.—The tumefied breast neither heals nor suppurates, is of a purple hue and as hard as old cheese. This drug stands between Bry. and Rhus., and cures when these fail, when apparently indicated.
PSORINUM.—Pain in occiput from right to left as if a piece of wood was laid on back of head. Eructations like rotten eggs. Also, Arn., Tart. Em. and Graph. Arnica has taste of rotten eggs, especially in A. M. Tart. Em. at night, and Graph, only in A. M., after rising, disappearing on rinsing the mouth.
Psor. —Has stools smelling like rotten eggs. Cham. has stools smelling like spoiled eggs, but not the spoiled egg flatulence or eructations. Under Psorinum the soft stool is voided with difficulty, from weakness. Normal stool, but passed in a great hurry, can hardly reach the water-closet, with quantities of flatus. Prolapsus recti with burning and sticking. Must keep the arms spread wide apart in order to breathe freely. Want of breath in the open air, has to hurry home and lie down in order to breathe freely. Weakness in all the joints of the body as if they would not hold together.
RHODODENDRON,—Has improvement from wrapping head up warmly, like Silicea. Speechless and breathless from violent pleuritic pain, running downward in left anterior chest after standing on cold ground. Paroxysmal chorea, left arm, leg and face on approach of a storm. Cannot get to sleep or remain asleep, unless legs are crossed.
|Source:||The Homoeopathic Physician Vol. 01 No. 09, 1881, pages 431-437|
|Author:||Carleton Smith, C.|
|Editing:||errors only; interlinks; formatting|