Ruta (6) – Aggr. at night, by humidity, by cold application, while lying down, by rest. Amel. by movement. by walk, by heat. Stiffness and Sensation as if bones are broken. Rheumatic sciatica. Restlessness, should walk continually.

Stillingia (6) – Left sided. Aggr. in the evening, by movement, by walking, by cold. Amel. in morning, in dry weather, by heat and by pressure. violent pain from hip to toe. Syphilitic ground: tellurium (6) – Right sided. Aggr. by lying on the painful side, by the least contact, by laughing and coughing, by cold. Amel. no clear modality. Pain of the backbone of sacrum radiates through sciatic nerve.

Valeriana (6) – Indifferent laterality. Aggr. by standing or in any position with the feet on the ground; by immobility. Amel. by walking, with the limbs stretched in a horizontal position, by change of position. Acute pain along the nerve.

Veratrum album (6, 30) – Indifferent laterality. Aggr. by touch, by the least movement, by cold and by lying on the left side. Amel. by rest. Grave, stubborn case; sensation of torsion in the muscles. Limbs heavy as lead. Hypersensitiveness to contact; prostration. Arterial hypertension, arteriosclerosis.

Zincum metallicum (6, 30) – Indifferent laterality. Aggr. while sitting, by walk, by noise, by touch. Amelioration by moderate movement(continual movement of the feet), by menstruation, following a discharge ground. General aggr. by wine. C. Remedies of secondary importance:

We are going to enumerate briefly and in alphabetical order the last group of medicines which are useful but of less value than those which we have just studied.

Angustura (6) – Aggr. by movement. Amel. by cold application.

Rigidness of limbs and lameness.

Capsicum (6) – Aggr. by movement and cold. Amel. by heat. preferably left sided.

Carboneum sulphuratum (6) – Aggr. by movement, by walking and at night.

Coffea (6, 30) – Aggr. by emotion, by movement, by noise, at night. Amel. by rest, by pressure. Intolerance of pain. Restlessness. Insomnia. sensorial hyperesthesia.

Colchicum (decimals, 6) – Aggr. by movement, by touch, at night. Amel. by heat and by rest. Arthritic ground.

Drosera (6) – Aggr. by walk and by movement. Amel. by rest. Preferably right sided.

Dulcamara – Aggr. by humid weather; consequence of suppression of sweat, of discharge. Amel. by mild and dry climate. Rheumatic ground. Sciatica as a result of cold during humid climate.

Eupatorium purpureum (6) – Aggr. by movement Feeling as if the bones and muscles are bruised. Feels bed very hard. Weak legs, as if paralysed. left sided.

Euphorbium (6) – Aggr. by movement; amel. by rest. Great difficulty to rise from a sitting position.

Ginseng (6) – Aggr. at night and by sitting position. Sensation of deep contusion of fracture.

Hepar sulphur (6, 30) – Aggr. by movement, by walk, by least cold. Amel. by rest and by heat. Extreme sensitiveness to cold, to the least change of weather, to air currents.

Ind. (6) – Aggr. while sitting; by rest. Amel. by movement(which is however slightly painful). Preferably right sided.

Kali phos (6) – Aggr. by cold and by continued movement Amel. by heat and moderate movement.

Magnesia carb (6) – Aggr. at night, by rest, by noise, by touch, by cold, and at interval of every three weeks. Amel. by movement, walking, in open air, by heat. Intolerable pains with sweats. Hyperesthesia of the skin.

Menyanthes (6) – Aggr. by walking, by rest, by going up. Amel. by strong pressure.

Mercurius (6) – Aggr. at night, while lying down, by movement. Amel. in open air, in the morning. Tearing pains along the limb. Sensation of internal heat. Skin cold. weakness of the limb. Syphilitic and rheumatic ground.

Finally I must say a few words regarding some adjuvant methods whose importance should not be neglected. Inspite of the rich therapeutic arsenal of homoeopathy, homeopaths should not forget the thermal cures that may render good service to the patients of sciatica specially for relapsing cases.

Acupuncture and centrotherapy often, in the hands of masters, give instantaneous results. Finally in all cases of sciatica gymnastic movements, active or passive, are really useful where judicious treatment completely fails, or the amelioration is not satisfactory.

Mauritius Fortier-Bernoville
Mauritius (Maurice) Fortier Bernoville 1896 – 1939 MD was a French orthodox physician who converted to homeopathy to become the Chief editor of L’Homeopathie Moderne (founded in 1932; ceased publication in 1940), one of the founders of the Laboratoire Homeopathiques Modernes, and the founder of the Institut National Homeopathique Francais.

Bernoville was a major lecturer in homeopathy, and he was active in Liga Medicorum Homeopathica Internationalis, and a founder of the le Syndicat national des médecins homœopathes français in 1932, and a member of the French Society of Homeopathy, and the Society of Homeopathy in the Rhone.

Fortier-Bernoville wrote several books, including Une etude sur Phosphorus (1930), L'Homoeopathie en Medecine Infantile (1931), his best known Comment guerir par l'Homoeopathie (1929, 1937), and an interesting work on iridology, Introduction a l'etude de l'Iridologie (1932).

With Louis-Alcime Rousseau, he wrote several booklets, including Diseases of Respiratory and Digestive Systems of Children, Diabetes Mellitus, Chronic Rheumatism, treatment of hay fever (1929), The importance of chemistry and toxicology in the indications of Phosphorus (1931), and Homeopathic Medicine for Children (1931). He also wrote several short pamphlets, including What We Must Not Do in Homoeopathy, which discusses the logistics of drainage and how to avoid aggravations.

He was an opponent of Kentian homeopathy and a proponent of drainage and artificial phylectenular autotherapy as well.