Constipation cases

Constipation cases have been narrated for illustrating the power of homoeopathy to cure constipation as well as piles by j.H.Clarke in his book Haemorrhoides and habitual consitpation….

THE cases already narrated have been for the most part illustrations of the power of homoeopathy to cure constipation as well as piles, but I am going now to quote a few in which the constipation was the chief, if not the only, morbid condition.


A married lady, aged about 40, who had suffered from constipation all her life, consulted me last spring about her general condition. She had taken all sorts of purgatives, including blue pills, and at the time she came to me was taking cascara in palatinoids. She had a feeling as if there was no power in the bowel. She had had an anxious life. Five years before I saw her a tumour was discovered in the right side of the abdomen and was still present. As there was cancer in the family this gave her some concern. She had a sinking sensation at the epigastrium in the forenoon, and some flatulence.

Rx Sulph. 30, three times a day, glycerine suppositories to be used in case of need.

In a fortnight the patient returned, and reported that she had had a natural motion every day without any additional help. From that time she had no occasion to have recourse to aperients. Shortly afterwards she went abroad, and on her return reported that she had managed very well. Sulphur was the chief medicine required for this trouble, though others were required for other conditions.


This patient was also a lady, and was sent to me by a colleague in the country. She had been constipated many years, dating it from school irregularities. It is a point of great importance for the heads of school to see that the scholars have every opportunity for forming proper habits. The neglect of this has entailed much distress among the pupils in after life.

Some years before I saw her she had had peritonitis when abroad, and this was followed by catarrh. By regulating the diet my predecessor had overcome a great deal of the difficulty, but not all, and when the patient came to me there was, in addition, a small pile and fissure. The patient was a great lover of salt. The tongue was coated. She had a bad taste in the morning; had a sinking sensation from 11 A.M. to 12; at times brought up mucus in strings. All her life she had been subject to hay fever.

Sulphur 30 was prescribed in this case also, and the only complaint she had to make was that the medicine operated too powerfully. The indication here was plain. The medicine was ordered to be taken at rarer intervals.


A young gentleman who had spent some years in Sydney was home for a time, and put himself in my hands in regard to his health on May 8, 1893. As a child he had been most delicate, and there was a good deal of delicacy in his family. His chief trouble was constipation, which he had had all his life, but worse latterly. The abdomen was not enlarged, but glands could be felt. Takes cascara in doses of from 20 to 40 drops. Stools in hard round balls, dark, nearly black. There was much flatulence, which he had great difficulty in passing.

I gave him Opium 30.

He returned in a fortnight, much better in general condition, but the constipation remained the same.

Rx Bacill. 100 statim. Plumb. acet. 30 ter die. To use enemata instead of taking purgatives. Glycerine suppositories.

June 24. Better. Feeling very well in himself. Bowels acting more completely. Another dose of Bacill. Continue Plumb. acet.

June 28. A good deal of flatulence. Lycopodium 30.

July 1. Better. Has felt better generally. Rep. In addition, one dose of Bacill. 100, and a few doses of Carbo veg. 200.

The patient continued to improve, and in about a week he had to sail for Australia. I prescribed a course of medicines for him, including Nitric acid, Alumina, Lycopodium, Carbo veg., Nux moschata, and Raphanus. I heard later from his relatives that he became perfectly well.


About two years ago a gentleman, about 53, residing in the country, while on a visit to a relative of his, an old school consultant in Harley Street, took the opportunity of putting himself under my care. He was complaining of constipation, with tendency to bleeding and some irritation. He was at the time feeling somewhat out of health generally; had cold feet. Better out of doors and in cold weather.

I gave him Sulphur 30, and ordered him to use a lotion of Hamamelis after each motion.

In three weeks he reported himself as much better in every respect. His bowels had acted well. I repeated the prescription.

John Henry Clarke
John Henry Clarke MD (1853 – November 24, 1931 was a prominent English classical homeopath. Dr. Clarke was a busy practitioner. As a physician he not only had his own clinic in Piccadilly, London, but he also was a consultant at the London Homeopathic Hospital and researched into new remedies — nosodes. For many years, he was the editor of The Homeopathic World. He wrote many books, his best known were Dictionary of Practical Materia Medica and Repertory of Materia Medica