The silent tongue speaks to an intelligent practitioner. It tells secrets often unknown to its possessor. Its changing colour and other conditions reveal physical disorders of which the patient may be entirely unaware. The prescriber, therefore, who would work “miracles of healing” cannot afford to ignore the tongue even though it be silent.
Of course, a clean tongue is possible with pain. A patient may suffer violent colic, yet the tongue indicate nothing to show it. In such cases, if the pain be lessened by heat or pressure Mag. phos. will give relief. Occasionally it fails. The system may draw on another phosphate to supply its lack. Almost invariably the substitute is Calc. phos. When occurs the substitute will overcome the difficulty.
Suppose, however, the tongue be clean but watery-perhaps frothy- and the eyes are suffused with tears, then another remedy is called for. It is the biochemic salt Natrum mur. Sometimes holiday makers, who come to the seaside in perfect health, affected by the salty atmosphere have obstinate constipation. Then it proves a sovereign remedy.
This remedy, too, is of mach value to those who are victims of catarrh. It is not, however, a specific. Even when indicated it is advisable to alternate Ferrum phos. or colloidal Sulphur,and in obstinate and persistent cases one of the Calcareas.
The white-coated tongue is often in evidence. This is always indicative of an inactive liver. All recurring catarrhs of years standing as well soft swelling are met with Kali mur.
A station master in this district was attacked every winter with bronchitis. Various remedies were given by his medial adviser which gave relief from what caused much interference with his work. His tongue was white coated and the phlegm thick-white and sticky. Ferrum phos. alternated with Kali mur. Proved more satisfactory.
Sometimes the white tongue is coated a little yellow in the center and good result are gained by prescribing Kali sulph. In gastric catarrh when alternated with the chief remedy the ailment rarely proves mulish.
Usually, homoeopaths give Kali. and Hydrastis and gain similar results, yet I have no reason to depart from the strictly biochemic method.
During the wintery weather cold been numerous. Most, however, can be broken, if at the commencement there is a hot dry skin, y giving Ferrum phos. alternated with Kali sulph along with hot drinks. The tongue will then decide further treatment.
Occasionally, Kali Sulph. has been confused with Natrum sulph. The latter remedy is indicated in all affections arising from damp or wet. The tongue is dirty on greenish yellow. Moreover, it is the stand-by of the bilious.
A lady with bilious headache and nausea said she had taken Kali sulph. and had gained little benefit. But so soon as Natrum sulph. was substituted there was marked improvement. This only emphasizes the necessity of all who practice biochemistry to be thoroughly acquainted with the key-notes. The are imperative.
Acidity is shown by a back-coated tongue–cream or yellow. Here is a call for Natrum phos. Alternated with Calc. phos. it is excellent for chronic indigestion. The assistant of a chemist in Rotherham told me that Natrum phos. was the favourite remedy of a well-know local doctor. Unfortunately, it was mixed with other ingredients is most of the bottles made up for dyspeptics.
It should always be thought of when dealing with rheumatic patients, Acidity is now held to be the principal cause of excessive pain in he despair said he was prepared to try anything in the world that would ease him of violent rheumatism. He was given ferrum phos. alternated with Nat. and in a fortnight he declared himself free from this distressing affection.
Children irritated with worms find benefit from Nat. phos. It destroys the lactic acid in which they live. A steady course of this remedy, however, may be necessary.
Obstinate ailments need Calcarea. A music teacher who had suffered years from constipation and piles was recommended by his friend, a chemist, to try biochemistry. He had taken one or two homoeopathic remedies which he had at home, but the piles, though relieved, constantly returned and was much afraid they might develop into malignant growths. Since his tongue was fissured we prescribed Calc. Fluor.
Another obstinate case was pernicious anaemia. A young lady often repaired to her doctor who gave her a variety of drugs to relieve the prevailing depression and weariness. Her mother advised her to seek other advice. We examined her iris. The pupil was exceedingly large and two or three itch spots appeared on the left side of the iris. As we expected she suffered much from headache and office work was not likely to relieve it. Ferrum phos. Alternated with Calc. phos. was prescribed. She was delighted to find the headache disappeared in a few days and each week she reported betterment.
A dry tongue is not favourable. An excess of poison in the system can produce it. This dryness, too, is sometimes found in persons on the verge of a breakdown and are unable to sleep. In such cased this remedy sensibly believe it the most important contribution Schussler has made to medicine, and hundreds bear testimony to its soothing and curative efficacy.
It must not be imagined that the ailments mentioned are the only ones covered by the tissue salts. All curable complaints are amenable to these wonderful remedies. And it is significant that those who have most frequently used them are the most enthusiastic in commending them to their ailing friends.