BARYTA CARBONICA


Homeopathic remedy Baryta Carbonica from A Manual of Homeopathic Therapeutics by Edwin A. Neatby, comprising the characteristic symptoms of homeopathic remedies from clinical indications, published in 1927….


      Carbonate of barium. (BaCO3). Triturations. Acetate of barium. [Ba(C2H3O2)2]. Solutions.

INTRODUCTION

      THE carbonate and acetate have an identical action and can be taken together. Some of the provings were made with the one and some with the other. Baryta muriatica is also similar but has a quicker and more energetic action.

PATHOGENESIS.

      BARIUM is the most poisonous of the alkaline earths, but this is counterbalanced by its slow absorption. It has a very characteristic action on muscular tissue and resembles veratrine in prolonging the contraction of a muscle when it is stimulated, an effect due to the direct influence of barium on the contractile muscle substance. It stimulates both striped and unstriped muscle. The walls of the stomach and intestines are thrown into violent contractions which result in vomiting and purging, due to the action of the drug on unstriped muscle. Barium salts when injected intravenously cause violent tonic and clonic spasms from stimulation of the spinal cord and medulla; they finally paralyse the central nervous system. The heart is accelerated, and at first the blood-pressure is markedly increased from contraction of the muscular walls of the vessels; eventually the heart beats in an irregular peristaltic manner and ceases in systole, as in digitalis poisoning.

Barium is absorbed slowly from the intestines and is to some extent stored in the bones. It is re-excreted by the intestinal mucous membrane, mere traces only appearing in the urine.

Post-mortem examination in cases of fatal poisoning shows the brain and its membranes to be much injected, as in congested apoplexy; the stomach to be inflamed, and the lungs, liver, kidneys, intestines and rectum to be intensely congested.

PROVINGS

      Of baryta show that the pressure of blood in the arteries is increased and the heart beat usually slowed an enfeebled, but in some cases it is fluttering, or there are two or three quick beats and then a number of slow ones; palpitation. In all there is excessive muscular debility, especially of the lower limbs, jerkings of the arms and legs occur, which are aggravated when the patient is under observation, and in some of the provers paralysis of motion was observed in the left arm; the facial muscles twitch, there is a sensation of tension of the whole face, as if covered with dried white of eggs, or as if overspread with cobwebs; the countenance appears listless. In cases of poisoning, convulsions, paralyses and paraplegia occurred. In nearly all the provers vomiting and purging were prominent symptoms and were accompanied with thirst.

Respiration is slowed and the pupils are dilated. Baryta has a marked influence on the glands, which become enlarged and indurated.

The depressing influence of baryta on the brain gives rise to a mental condition of a peculiar kind. In the child there is great backwardness in development, so that he cannot be taught, cannot fix his attention, he is late in learning to talk and walk, not from weakness of bone and muscle, as in patient’s requiring calcarea, but from inability to understand and remember; the child does not want to play like other children, but sits listless in a corner, shunning the approach of strangers, timid and whining. Carried on to adolescence this issues in dwarfishness, a stunted condition of mind and body. At the other end of life we have premature old age, senile childishness, early failure of memory and mental capacity, irresoluteness and want of self-confidence.

Sexual.-In men there is diminished sexual ability, progressing to impotence, though there may be increased sexual desire; the prostate is enlarged and the testes atrophied. There is a great desire and constant urging to pass water and frequently inability to retain it. In women leucorrhoea precedes the menses, which are scanty and may last only one day.

Edwin Awdas Neatby
Edwin Awdas Neatby 1858 – 1933 MD was an orthodox physician who converted to homeopathy to become a physician at the London Homeopathic Hospital, Consulting Physician at the Buchanan Homeopathic Hospital St. Leonard’s on Sea, Consulting Surgeon at the Leaf Hospital Eastbourne, President of the British Homeopathic Society.

Edwin Awdas Neatby founded the Missionary School of Homeopathy and the London Homeopathic Hospital in 1903, and run by the British Homeopathic Association. He died in East Grinstead, Sussex, on the 1st December 1933. Edwin Awdas Neatby wrote The place of operation in the treatment of uterine fibroids, Modern developments in medicine, Pleural effusions in children, Manual of Homoeo Therapeutics,