Homeopathy medicine Heloderma from William Boericke’s Pocket manual of homoeopathic materia medica, comprising the characteristic and guiding symptoms of all remedies, published in 1906…

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The result of the bite is a benumbing paralysis like paralysis agitans or locomotor ataxia. There is no tetanic phase-a condition almost reverse in objective symptoms to Hydrocy acid or Strychnia. The most unusual action of the drug is noted upon the eye of the mouse. The eyeball becomes more prominent and the cornea opacities. The exophthalmus is due to the pressure of the blood behind the eyeball (Boyd). Homeopathically, it is indicated in many forms of disease characterized by great coldness-“arctic” coldness. Colic waves from occiput to feet or ascending.

Head.–Very depressed. Sensation as if would fall to right side. Cold band around head; cold pressure within the skull. Eyelids heavy. Pain beginning in right ear, extending round back of head to left ear.

Face.–Cold crawling feeling, as if facial muscles were tight.

Mouth.–Tongue cold, tender, and dry. Very thirsty. Swallowing difficult. Breath cold.

Chest.–Cold feeling in lungs and in heart. Slow labored thumping of heart.

Back.–Coldness across scapulæ. Burning along spine.

Extremities.–Numbness and trembling. Cyanosis of hands. Coldness. Sensation as if walking on sponge, and as if feet were swollen. Staggering gait. Cock’s gait. When walking, lifts feet higher than usual, and puts down heel hard. Feet cold as ice or burn. Stretching relieves pains in muscles and limbs.

Fever.–Internal coldness, as if frozen to death. Cold rings around body. Cold waves (Abies c; Acon). Cold spots. Arctic coldness. Temperature subnormal-96° (Camph).

Relationship.–Compare: Lacerta-Green Lizard (skin eruptions. Vesicles under tongue. Increased mental acumen. Difficult swallowing. Constant accumulation of saliva in the mouth. Nausea; violent pressure in stomach). Camphor; Lachesis.

Dose.–Thirtieth potency.

William Boericke
William Boericke, M.D., was born in Austria, in 1849. He graduated from Hahnemann Medical College in 1880 and was later co-owner of the renowned homeopathic pharmaceutical firm of Boericke & Tafel, in Philadelphia. Dr. Boericke was one of the incorporators of the Hahnemann College of San Francisco, and served as professor of Materia Medica and Therapeutics. He was a member of the California State Homeopathic Society, and of the American Institute of Homeopathy. He was also the founder of the California Homeopath, which he established in 1882. Dr. Boericke was one of the board of trustees of Hahnemann Hospital College. He authored the well known Pocket Manual of Materia Medica.