In several such cases of anaemia I have used the Rubia Tinctoria with great advantage. As I have before stated, Rubia Tinctoria was one of Rademacher`s splenics. I call to mind the case of a maiden lady of 52 years of age, who was brought to me in February 16, 1899, for anaemia and debility of a very obscure nature. There had been no period for six months. I prescribed Rubia Tinctoria 0, 10 drops in water night and morning. In six weeks she declared herself nearly well. The medicine was continued, and in another two months she was discharged cured.
CEANOTHUS IN CONSENTANEOUS HEART DISEASE.
Where the heart is perturbed continuously with a spleen affection, the relief obtained from the use of Ceanothus (and other splenics) is often very noteworthy.
The number of cases of spleen affections commonly reported as cardiac is very considerable. And even in cases where the heart it really at fault, the easing of the spleen region by splenics is often a great help to the comfort of the heart.
Thus a patient of mine who suffers from valvular disease these many years consulted me anew in the spring of 1900. The valvular condition was, of course, unalterable, and the heart distress was pretty bad from supercompensatory hypertrophy; the greatest distress was under the left ribs, and patient was often chilly, and, moreover, in his youth he had had ague.
A few drops of Ceanothus two or three times a day brought very great relief, so much so that patient became very loud in its praise, and continued taking it for three months. He told me yesterday that no medicine he had ever taken had ever brought so much comfort to his heart: “The palpitation has almost ceased, I can lie down flat in bed, and can sleep lying on either side, and I pass much more water.” Where the congestive distress lies in the liver region, hepatics play a similar part, as this gentleman`s remark to me moved, when he said, “I remember you used to give me Chelidonium, but that was when the pain used to be in the right side, and that is why I always keep some Chelidonium by me in case.”
Testimony as to the therapeutic value of Ceanothus is coming in from many parts; the following case from Dr. R.T. Cooper, of Wimpole Street, is of very great value:-
“DEAR DR. BURNETT.- The influence of Ceanothus Americanus upon enlargements of the spleen receives such interesting confirmation from the following case, that I am sure it will gratify you.
“A cabman aged 50, living at Boscombe, near Bourne-mouth, who had been operated on some two years back at the Brompton Cancer Hospital for what appears to have been enlarged spleen, wrote to me in the beginning of August under the following circumstances:-
“It seems that this man and Marrell, whose case of cancer of the pylorus I refer to in my work on Cancer and Cancer Symptoms, had occupied adjoining beds in the hospital, and he, having met with Marrell, whose case had been looked upon in the hospital as quite hopeless, immediately started for London to consult me.
“As he arrived too late, he subsequently wrote me a letter, which I received when on my holiday, and which I answered on the 13th August by forwarding a prescription of Ceanothus Americanus ) gtt. vii; aq. 3ij, five drops four times a day in water.
“From his letter, as well as from an interview with him on 12th September, I gathered these particulars.
“He had been dragged forward by a bolting horse when driving, and the bar of the phaeton had pressed heavily upon the diaphragmatic region, and this was followed by severe pain, especially in the splenic region, which swelled up and became more and more painful. After suffering in this way for a year, he was admitted to the Cancer Hospital, and after being there for a month, was operated on for enlarged spleen. Before the operation the pain was very great, and certainly the operation relieved this, but after the operation relieved this, but after the operation he continued to get weaker and weaker, and his weight went down; in the two years since then he has lost two stone, and is becoming more and more enfeebled. His face is florid, and blood rushes to his face and head, making the face scarlet and the eyes blood-shot and dim, and he staggers with weakness. He has to hold on to things when standing, and then lower part of his body and legs gets cold and his hands and fingers numb. a vein running up the right temple enlarges, especially in the morning, to the size of his little finger. The local sensations are thus described in his letter:-