“I wish to call the attention of the readers of the Medical Century to a very valuable remedy; a remedy very little used by most physicians and possibly never by many-Ceanothus.

“This oversight is not strange, as it has only been used empirically, and no proving has ever been made of it so far as I know. Its principal and almost sole use has been in splenitis, where it has accomplished much good.

“During last summer and this winter I made several provings of Ceanothus. To my surprise the first symptom noticed was a sticking pain in the spleen, and after the continued use of the remedy there was quite an enlargement of that organ, worse by motion, but at the same time unable to lie on the left side; following this, there was pain in the liver, a congestion and enlargement, with sticking pains worse by motion or touch.

“Pain in lumbar region, with a desire to urinate.

“The prover for several days and nights was unable to get any rest, owing to these aggravating pains in the sides; when lying on left side the pain in the spleen was so great I could not lie still, and upon turning over I experienced the same difficulty on opposite side. At this time the urine had a green colour, bile being found in the urine, urine frothy, traces of sugar with an alkaline reaction, 1030.

“Pain and weak sensation in umbilical region. A generally weak sensation. Pain and soreness in muscles on exterior part of thighs, noticed in every power.

“Tongue coated in the centre with a dirty white coating. Loss of appetite. Loss of flesh was noted in one prover, with general weakness, and paleness of face.

“Stools become clay-colored, showing an action on the live.

“One prover who had malaria several years ago developed a beautiful case after a somewhat prolonged use of the drug.

“Every physician using Ceanothus in splenitis following malarial fever knows full well its wonderful action. Where the spleen is affected from any cause, with enlargement, deep sticking pains, worse by motion, but at the same time unable to lie on left side, the case will generally yield quickly to Ceanothus.

“I have at the present time a case of pernicious anaemia, accompanied by spleen pains, rapidly improving from the use of Ceanothus.

“I would suggest the remedy in question for leukaemia pseudo-leukaemia, splenic anaemia, and Hodgkin’s disease. Also, for the so called bilious attacks, the patient having a dirty white coating on tongue, pain in liver and spleen, with or without clay-colored stools, possibly with pains in umbilical region, and with it all a general tired feeling.

“When this drug becomes thoroughly known it no doubt will be a great remedy for malaria and its effects”-Medical Century.


Splenic anaemia is often hard to cure, so indeed, is any case of anaemia which will not readily yield to the action of iron in some form. The truth is anaemia is very often effect, and the cause is hard to get at.

A couple of years ago I was called upon to treat a case of splenic anaemia after influenza in a young married lady. It would yield to nothing; eminent physicians tried their hands after the family doctor had in vain done his best. I tried, but also in vain. The late Dr. Swan, of New York, once wrote me that he had found Medorrhinum (high) a good antidote to the ill effect of influenza, which statement I gave very frequently verified. It failed here. When we were all in despair (residence at the seaside had also failed) I bethought me of the fact that pigs fed on modder get their tissues colored red. and on that idea I have Mrs.X. 60 drops of Rubia Tinctoria 0 in water daily. She picked up immediately, the extreme pallor yielded, the dyspnoea lessened, patient and her husband were loud in their praise of the remedy and begged to be allowed to continue it, which was done, and a perfect recovery was the result.

James Compton Burnett
James Compton Burnett was born on July 10, 1840 and died April 2, 1901. Dr. Burnett attended medical school in Vienna, Austria in 1865. Alfred Hawkes converted him to homeopathy in 1872 (in Glasgow). In 1876 he took his MD degree.
Burnett was one of the first to speak about vaccination triggering illness. This was discussed in his book, Vaccinosis, published in 1884. He introduced the remedy Bacillinum. He authored twenty books, including the much loved "Fifty Reason for Being a Homeopath." He was the editor of The Homoeopathic World.