THE TREATMENT OF SUPPURATION



Chancres and chancroids find their simillimum in Lycopodium when the proper indications are presented. It has suppuration about the eyes and ears, the discharge being thick, yellow, offensive; and other signs, symptoms and modalities are present- 4 to 8 p.m. aggravation, complexion pale, dirty, unhealthy, sallow; looks older than really is; keen intellect, feeble physique; early satiety, etc.

Lycopodium is right-sided, or travels from right to left – in sore throat, quinsy, inflamed salivary and cervical glands. If symptoms agree, it will abort the suppuration of swelling tonsils, which virtue has been claimed in preceding pages, may it be repeated by Baryta carb., Hepar, Calc. carb., Lachesis, Lac caninum and Phytolacca. In its throat conditions, cold drinks may ameliorate, but usually warm drinks make better.

Lachesis is always worse from cold drinks, and warm drinks cause spasms of the throat muscles. Lycopodium does not sleep into an aggravation. Like many other remedies for suppuration, as has already been mentioned, it has feebleness, weakness, is tired, has emaciation or emaciation of single members, and dreads. Always keep in mind, the bilious, swarthy, yellowish Lycopodium patient.

Pyrogenium is more for the septic state, puerperal fever, typhoid, typhus, ptomaine poisoning, diphtheria, etc. It has dissecting abscesses-great pain when the flow from an open abscess becomes scanty; violent burning like Arsenicum, Anthracinum and Tarentula. It is the similimum to the after- effects of miscarriage-retained secundines, after putrefactive processes have set in; all discharges are horribly offensive; there is violent burning, motion gives comfort etc.

As I read these lines, I feel certain that what I have been saying about each one of the preceding remedies will mean little to any one of us in the treatment of suppurating conditions, unless we are master of the homoeopathic materia medica, or unless, in the care of each and every case, we get out our best repertory, our Kent and all other authorities, and get the picture and fit the two together. I am quite certain that this paper will mean very little to any of us in the future, but if it will leave the thought that we must be honest and sincere about the matter of individualising, completely, each and every case that comes to us for help, the time spent in the composition will be well lost.

If we are to get the best results from homoeopathic treatment of suppurative ailments, or any other derangement of the human organism, we cannot prescribe Hepar, Mercurius, Silicea or any other remedy, except upon the complete totality of symptoms. It is grossly improper and unscientific to list all suppurative diseases, such as furunculosis, quinsy, etc., and give the remedies for same.

We cannot prescribe for any disease. Such homoeopathy is confusing, misleading, impossible. Each case must be individualised, visualised in its entirety, the diagnosis made if possible, and the patient prescribed for with a potentised remedy if cure is to be expected. It matters not the name nor the location of the disease process; suppuration and the predisposition to same will have their train of signs and symptoms.

Psorinum may at times be needed, whether or not we even know the meaning of psora, or of psoric manifestations. It is a cold remedy-wants warmth at all times, on all parts-is very sensitive to cold, hence its great debility, lack of reaction, depleted state from long-drawn out suppurative process, or diseases. its reactive powers have been deranged by some-deep-seated dyscrasia- psora; phagocytosis is impaired, has filthy smell, well-chosen remedies fail to act, discharges horribly offensive like rotten meat.

When you need it you will have a patient who is hopeless, one who is despairing of recovery, one who is melancholic and suicidal. There is fetid pus form the ears-brown and offensive pus. There is in its pathogenesis, recurrent quinsy, and it eradicates the tendency to same, it is said, and certainly will if it is the similimum. The Psorinum patient will not improve so long as coffee is being used. All symptoms are better from warmth and worse from the least cold air or draught. This remedy should be given only in high potencies and at long intervals. One dose may be sufficient.

Calcarea carbonica is another remedy that comes to our minds when certain patients are encountered with suppurating processes. As with all the rest of the remedies, when it is needed, you will be dealing with a Calcarea carb. individual who will have vivid constitutional manifestations. He will be fair, fat, flabby, with marked debility-a leukophlegmatic temperament, with torpid disposition-with sluggish or slow movements, one who is white, watery or chalky pale like a wax model.

He will also be a sour patient-sour stomach- anaemic, chlorotic, and more than likely have the tubercular tendency. Pyemia develops in which abscesses form in deep muscles. This condition will disappear surprisingly quickly under Calcarea carb. if the symptoms agree. It has deep abscesses in the chest, deep in the abdomen, in the thigh, anywhere, but these abscesses will not break, as with Sulphur and Silicea, but will disappear as will also the pyaemic state.

Calcarea carb. always favours resorption, or encourages the part to become calcareous. Remember this patient – fair, fat, flabby, anaemic, cold feet, sweats in parts, weakness, cant endure, tired, sickly, waxy face, cold, covered with sweat, cold sweats, sour stomach – remember these characteristics and all the rest and blessed often.

Carbo vegetabilis comes into use also for boils and abscesses of low dynamic type. Here is the same old tune-we use it is for the Carbo veg. patient, whose vital forces are low from loss of fluids, or after disease. Such a patient is almost lifeless, is cold, has cold breath, weak pulse, oppressed and quickened respirations-must have air. There is general venous stasis, bluish skin, limbs cold, etc.

O. R. Martin