Borland gives the symptoms related to stomach, intestines, abdomen, liver, rectum, digestion etc for the homeopathy medicine Natrum Muriaticum, published in his book Digestive Drugs in 1940….


IT is not easy to ascertain from the textbooks the Natrum mur. type of digestive upset. In acute cases most of them have either an acute gastritis or a gastric ulcer. Some Natrum mur. patients have a chronic colitis, with a somewhat enlarged liver and general abdominal discomfort and diarrhoea; but that is a much more chronic condition.

I have not found any record in textbooks that Natrum mur. subject had anything suggestive of a gastric ulcer, and yet in practice I have met it quite frequently, with definite ulceration shown by X-ray, and vomiting of blood, either bright red or coffee ground vomit; but there is no record of this in the materia medica. In these cases, one prescribes neither on the local condition, nor on the digestive symptoms, but on the fact that the patient is a Natrum mur. subject.

The only way to tackle the problem is to consider the characteristics of the Natrum mur. patient and the pathological conditions which have responded to it.

It is easy to be misled by the textbook statement that Natrum mur. patients tend to be emaciated. Experience shows that they my be rather thin about the face and neck, but are surprisingly well nourished from the waist downwards: they very often have quite fat thighs and hips, and quite solid legs and feet. They tend to have a rather greasy skin and this is much aggravated during meal times; they break out in a greasy sweat when eating.

Most of them have a relative anaemia. It may not be very obvious because they tend to flush easily, but when the flush settles you find there is a definite pallor; they usually have a lowish red cell count. Most of them have rather pale mucous membranes.

The most important thing about the typical Natrum mur. mentality is its instability. The patients are either very depressed, terrified and miserable, or else they are over- excited, very bright, very often laughing; and they tend to swing from one mood to the other. They are always rather emotional, intense types, and are aggravated by any excitement.

All their senses tend to be over acute. They are oversensitive to noise. Though they are not quite so sensitive to thunder as the Natrum carb. patients, they are very definitely sensitive to it, and liable to get thunder headaches. They are emotionally acutely sensitive to music. They cannot stand being ignored. They very definitely like attention, and yet dislike expressed sympathy; it annoys them and may make them cry.

Mentally, they are somewhat tired; rather absent-minded; tend to be forgetful and any extreme mental effort is liable to produce a headache.

When a Natrum mur. patient complains of headaches from mental effort, it is always worthwhile having his eyes tested, because many Natrum mur. patients suffer from eye strain. Morning headaches in Natrum mur. are much more likely to be due to an ocular defect than anything else, and very often clear up with the aid of a pair of glasses even without the administration of Natrum mur.

Occasionally after a dose of Natrum mur. there is a definite improvement in vision without glasses-the headache disappear, also the sensation of eye strain, but the majority will require glasses before their headaches can be cured.

It is not usual to find a real Natrum mur. patient who has not been subject to headache; and their headaches are particularly bad, and extremely severe in character. It is usually a throbbing headache, and the patient wakes up with it in the morning; it tends to get worse all day, and does not disappear until after a night’s sleep.

There is another type of Natrum mur. headache which develops a little after getting up, or during the earlier part of the forenoon, and tends to clear again about sunset. These headaches are brought on by any excitement or over-work, and occur very often about the menstrual period. They are, in fact, often periodic in nature quite apart from menstruations.

They are often brought on by railway journeys. They may go on to definite attacks of sickness and vomiting. Another thing that will always produce the Natrum mur. headache is irregularity in meals. If the Natrum mur. patient is accustomed to lunch at 1 o’clock and has to go on to 2 o’clock or half-past, he is very apt to develop a headache, which will then not subside until he has had a night’s rest. This is a question of tiredness more than anything else.

All these patients are sensitive to heat, particularly to hot, stuffy atmospheres. They are worse in a warm room and better in the open air. They are very uncomfortable if they get overheated in any way-from over-exertion, stuffy atmosphere, too much excitement; and yet, many of their complaints are better for gentle, reasonable exercise which does not make them hot.

Douglas Borland
Douglas Borland M.D. was a leading British homeopath in the early 1900s. In 1908, he studied with Kent in Chicago, and was known to be one of those from England who brought Kentian homeopathy back to his motherland.
He wrote a number of books: Children's Types, Digestive Drugs, Pneumonias
Douglas Borland died November 29, 1960.