THE HOMOEOPATHIC MORPHIA.
Mid-West Hom. News Journal, Nov. 1932.
MAGNESIA PHOSPHORICA is often referred to as Homoeopathic Morphine in certain select cases of pain. It is one of the great anti-spasmodic remedies, and when chosen properly seldom fails in its immediate relief of pain.
I must confess that I have had failures with this remedy, even when I had taken considerable care in prescribing the drug. There is a probability that a mistake has been made, and then there is also a possibility that there are cases which do not respond as easily as others with a given potency. I have used the 6x and 12x dilution in all cases here reported.
Some years ago a young medical student received a message to come home, as his mother was very low with neuritis. He came to me for my advice. Naturally he was asked to get more symptoms. He returned in a hour venturing little information other than the pain was excruciating and diagnosed as sciatica. It was eased with heat and made worse with cold. The pains were spasmodic in character.
On this symptomatology I advised him to take Magnesia phosphorica 12x along home and give his mother three tablets every fifteen minutes with hot water. Four days later he returned with the news that within two hours his mother had complete relief and went to sleep. Needless to say, this young man has developed into one of New Jerseys finest homoeopaths.
Case two occurred last winter in my own city. The patient, male, age forty, was a foreman in a machine works. His early child hood had been rather stormy and he had had the common diseases. While he had never been seriously ill, in later life he had not been well. His wife was very frail and his three children resembled their mother. The latter died quite young of cancer of breast.
The patients present trouble began with an injury to the left shoulder, which occurred when he fell down a stair. He had been mistreated with hydrotherapy and chiropractice manipulations before I was called. He had in intense pain continually.
I found him sitting in a large chair propped up with pillows. He was bending forward with his chin resting on his right shoulder. Mentally was a picture of despair, the result of pain and insomnia. The pain was eased by heat and made worse with cold, spasmodic and crampy in character, It affected the left side rather than the right. The patient was very weak, dizzy, tired and continuously lamented his pain. Magnesia phosphorica seemed to be indicated, hence be was given this remedy.
However, he first received Morphine sulphate for immediate rest and relief. The Magnesia phosphorica was ordered to follows as soon as he woke. Needless to day, the result was a continuous improvement. An interesting sidelight was: He insisted on no more bitter medicines because it didnt do as much good as the small sweet tablets that he took very fifteen minutes. His recovery was almost complete in three weeks.