INFLUENZA. During the recent epidemic of influenza the newspapers published alarming reports of its severity and the high death rate. The result of this journalistic scare mongering was that many people were literally frightened into influenza, for fear always lowers the resistance to disease. Mimulus was a great standby in that time of panic, when given to those in a state of fear lest they fell victims to the epidemic. For a few people “terrified to death” as they expressed it, Rock Rose did excellent work.
In Dr. Bachs indications for these two remedies you find the following: Rock Rose, ” when the patient is terrified or in a panic”, and under Mimulus, ” to combat all fear, fear of disease”.
Agrimony was another remedy which proved of great value, especially among children. It is a remedy that applies particularly in any illness where the patient, although ill and suffering, is unusually cheerful or hides his suffering under a cheerful exterior. Here are two examples:.
R. H., male, aged eleven years. Influenza. Child very ill but cheerful. Agrimony given hourly. The following day was very much better but throat still tiresome and according to the childs description “sore and pricking”. Agrimony continued. The next day very much better and no more discomfort from the throat. The child was well in four days.
A.B., male, aged four years. Influenza, cheerful. In a few hours was delirious, standing up in his bed “seeing things”, restless. Agrimony hourly. The following day the mother said the child had had an excellent night. The child was very cheerful. Agrimony given occasionally during the day, and by the next day child was practically well and playing with his toys.
One case of interest in the influenza epidemic was that of an old lady of eighty-three years. In addition to the influenza she had broncho pneumonia of left lung with much pain in the chest, and difficult breathing, also the heart was much embarrassed. From all appearances it looked as if she would not live the day. Rock Rose was given hourly. The next day I found her sitting up in a chair breathing comfortable and getting rid of the sputum easily. She did very well for a few days when the sudden sharp frosty spell ended the story.
The following cases are also of interest.
Mrs. B., a big, fat, florid faced woman of fifty years. Had a cold for a month or so before she was attended, which left a hard cough. The cough persisted and tormented her particularly at night. She was of a very cheerful disposition. Agrimony was prescribed with considerable improvement the first night; so much so that she said it was the first good night she had had for a week or two. The improvement continued and by the third night she was sleeping well and the cough which was now loose soon disappeared.
A woman aged twenty-three years was working in her kitchen making pastry when she felt “funny” and went into the sitting room. She laid on the couch and became comatose. When seen by me she was apparently unconscious. Clematis was ordered to be given, a few drops on the lips every hour. Whatever the underlying pathological condition may have been, the patient was normal the next day and has remained so since. She had no knowledge of my visit of the previous day.
A very interesting case.
A woman aged seventy-four years had been under allopathic treatment for two years with no alleviation of her trouble. She was suffering from a painful ulceration of the mouth, and on the lower lip on the left side of it and extending downwards from the mucus membrane was an unhealthy area covered with a large hard scab. There was very little to prescribe on beyond the fact that the mouth was “burning and painful”, so much so that no solid food could be taken. Various apparently indicated homoeopathic remedies were given with no improvement. Then, on account of the miserable, tortured state of suffering and the cheerful uncomplaining attitude of the patient, Agrimony was given frequently with marked improvement. The patient was so delighted that she could eat a piece of steak which she had not been able to do for over two years. The area on the lip and the skin below it still looked unhealthy, and Agrimony was given to be taken daily. In a week the area had changed its appearance and an ulcerated depression appeared as if eating into the lip. I left her Agrimony to go on with and did not see her for three weeks, and on calling to see her, the first words she said were “God bless you”. The lip had healed without any disfigurement and looked normal. She has since been free from any further trouble.