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EVER since Dr. Guernsey called the attention of the profession to his system of Key-notes, it has been badly abused.

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.

It is my purpose to call attention to some Key-notes which I have been collecting for some years, and many of which I think are not familiarly known.

ACONITE.—Everything tastes bitter except water.

ACTAEA RAC.—Children wake suddenly at night terrified and trembling, covered with cool, clammy sweat.

AESCULUS HIP.—Pains shoot up the rectum (Ign.) from the haemorrhoidal tumors, with lameness of the back and aching.

ALOE SOCOT.—Hard stools drop out without causing the least sensation.

ALUMINA.—Disposition to grasp the seat of the water-closet tightly while at stool. Perspiration breaks out, and the patient despairs of having a stool.

ANTIMON. CRUD.—Child cannot bear to be washed in cold water; while under Sulphur, the child cannot bear to be washed at all.

ANTIM. TART.Deathly nausea relieved by gaseous eructations.

NOTE.—Children who are not rapidly impressed with this drug in coughs, are by Hepar S. In the latter drug we have purring and wheezing.

APIS MEL.—Can scarcely retain the urine a moment, and, when passed, scalds severely. Feels as if he could not take another breath.

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.

ARSENIC.—Pain in half of head like a partition from left forehead to left occiput: worse at midnight. The pulse of Ars. is more rapid in the morning than in the evening. (See Sulphur.)

BAPTISIA.—In tuberculosis, chill every morning at 11 o’clock and fever each afternoon.

BARYTA C.—Suffocating breathing from enlarged tonsils on lying down.

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.

BENZOIC ACID.Watery stools, running right through the diaper.

BERBERIS.Cutting pain in left side of region of bladder, extending into urethra. Bubbling sensation in kidneys.

BORAX.—Sensation of distension and stitching in clitoris at night.

BOVISTA.—Metrorrhagia in evening on lying down. Menses only at night (also Magn. carb.).

BROMIUM.—Feeling as if breathing through a sponge in the throat. Sharp pain extending into right ear from throat in swallowing. ( Kali. B., left side.)

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.

CACTUS GRAND.—Discharge of pure blood from rectum. Cactus heart-pains come on slowly, increase up to a certain point, and then as gradually subside. (See, also, Platina.)

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.

CALADIUM.—Pruritis vulvae during pregnancy and after miscarriage.

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.

CARBO VEG.—Insatiable thirst for cold water; gazing longingly at the empty tumbler, when it is removed from her lips, and asks for more. After-pains felt only in the shin-bones.

CAUSTICUM.Peevish just before the menses (Cham.). Larynx feels very stiff. Inveterate constipation; stools thin and long-drawn out.

CEPA.—Tickling in larynx is temporarily relieved by eating a piece of apple.

CHAM.—Pressure in the head from within; outward as if top of head would fly off or be blown off.

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.

CINA.Enuresis, with profuse discharge of strong ammoniacal urine. The child is afraid to speak or move for fear she will bring on a paroxysm of cough.

NOTE.Silicea follows well in vermiculous subjects when Cina fails.

CHINA.—In icterus, when there is great depression, feebleness and breathlessness.

QUININE.—Can only see objects by looking sideways.

COCCULUS.—Umbilical hernia if Nux fails and there is stubborn constipation.

COLCHICUM.—Nose, color of bleached wood-ashes. Tongue covered with a downy white fur. Nausea in the sick from odor of cooking food.

COLOCYNTH.—Aggravation from cheese.

CROCUS.—Thumping and knocking throughout the brain.

CUPRUM MET.—Cough sounds as if water was being poured from a bottle.

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.

CYCLAMEN EUROP.—After confinement, patient has colicky bearing-down pains, each pain accompanied by a gush of blood, which relieves the pain momentarily.

ARANEA DIADEMA.—She awakens at night with hands feeling twice their natural size, so that she cannot make any use of them.

DIGITALIS.—Shuddering in the mammae; feels as if heart would stop beating if she dared to move. (Gels. just the opposite.)

DULCAMARA.—Catarrhal ischuria in grown-up children from wading with bare feet in water, with discharge of mucus and milky urine.

EUPHRASIA.—Cough always excited if exposed to south wind.

GELSEMIUM.—In “ague,” patient wants to be held during the shakes; sleeps throughout the heat; thirst during sweat; muttering delirium when half awake.

GRAPHITES.—Feeling of cobweb on right forehead; tries hard to brush it off. Hearing is improved in deaf people while riding in a carriage; hears better when in a noise.

HEPAR SULPH.—Feels as if eye-balls were drawn back into head. (Also, Asterias, Bovista, Cham., Plumb., Rhod., Sil., Strychnia, Sulph., Paris Quad.) Looking at an object steadily makes eyes water.

IGNATIA.—Trembling of hands; worse right side when writing, and when being watched; worse, also, from extending the fingers.

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).

JATROPHA.—Great dizziness, with constant nausea; better in open air.

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.—Especially useful in dry cough, day and night, in feeble, emaciated boys. Chill every seventh day.

MAG. MUR.—Stools knotty like sheep’s dung, crumbling at the verge of the anus and covered with mucus and blood. Urine scanty, can only be passed by bearing down hard with the abdominal muscles.

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.

Metrorrhagia, always worse at night in bed, accompanied with spasms of uterus, causing hysteria. Tendency of feet to sweat (Silicea).

MANGAN. ACET.—Pain in right ear proceeding from sound teeth. Ear so sore cannot lie on that side. Burning of ears as if from very hot stove.

MERCURIUS SOL.—Greenish painless gonorrhoea, especially at night. Agg. from cold air coming in contact with exposed parts; for instance, exposure in out-door water-closets.

MERC. COR. SUB.—Gonorrhoea at first thin, afterward thick, and at last with biting pain on urinating, and stitches extending back through the urethra.

MURIAT. ACID.—All the time keeps pushing his finger down his throat, or keeps clawing at his mouth.

NUX VOM.—Child cries and squirms for an hour after eating. Sweats only on right side.

OLEANDER.—Headache improved by looking either sideways or cross-eyed.

OPIUM.—Violent movements of the foetus, especially toward night, preventing sleep.

OXALIC ACID.Burning in throat accompanying abdominal pains.

PETROLEUM.—Vertigo in back of head. Gastralgia when the stomach becomes empty.

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.

PHOS. ACID.—Can’t get up after sitting, from pain in left hip.

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.

PLUMBUM ACET.—Sensation of a body rising up to the throat and extending to both ears pressing up into them, causing swallowing which makes it descend, soon to return; worse from 9 A. M. to noon.

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.

RANUNC. BULB.—Superficial pains upon the external chest of a sharp, shooting, tearing, stitching character, coming in paroxysms.

RHEUM.—Hunger, but a mouthful satisfies.

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.

SABADILLA.—Headache better from looking fixedly at some object.

SAMBUCUS.—Child inspires, but cannot expire; face livid.

SARSAPARILLA.—Urine only dribbles while sitting, but when standing it passes freely. Feels as if bound down to the bed by a powerful suction, with sharp pains in back and shoulders.

SEPIA.—Child coughs till breath is gone, and then gags and vomits mucus. Cough constant when the child is laid down.

STANNUM.—Has colic better from leaning over something hard (like Coloc.) In worm fever child lies on abdomen during the pains.


Source: The Homoeopathic Physician Vol. 01 No. 09, 1881, pages 431-437
Description: SOME KEY-NOTES.
Author: Carleton Smith, C.
Year: 1881
Editing: errors only; interlinks; formatting
Attribution: Legatum Homeopathicum
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