Ataxy locomotor

Onosmodium [Onos]

DULL HEAVY PAIN IN OCCIPUT PRESSING UPWARD, with dizzy sensation; diminished sexual desire; cold feeling in glans penis; dull aching pain in back; tired, weary and numb feeling in the legs, mostly below the knees; disturbance of the gait in walking; LOSS OF MUSCULAR COORDINATION IN WALKING; staggers; he cannot keep in the walk, sidewalk seems to be too high, which causes him to step very high; sensation of formication in the calves of the legs.

Phosphorus [Phos]

BURNING HEAT IN BACK; hands and feet numb, clumsy; limbs tremble from every exertion; when walking missteps from weakness; swelling of hands and feet with stinging pains; paralysis; formication and tearing pains in limbs; anaesthesia; great irritability and nervousness; increased heat; sexual irritation; nocturnal emissions.

Phosphorus-hydrogenatus [Phos-h]

(Allen. vii. 465)-Unsteadiness of upper and lower extremities, with undercurrent shooting pains in them and in abdomen, tottering gait; ATAXIA, stands with extremities separated; coordinate movement impossible; when the eyes are closed he staggers and falls down; electric irritability increased.

Physostigma [Phys]

On walking, feeling of unsteadiness from knees down ward, so that he has to tread carefully especially when eyes are shut; HE MUST SEE where he is going, wants a cane to support himself; stiffness in recti femoris; languor; flatulence.

Plumbum [Plb]

ADVANCED CASES OF TABES DORSALIS AND OF DISSEMINATED SCLEROSIS, where the paralyzed parts soon fall off in flesh; sclerosis from hyperplasia of neuroglia in posterior columns; loss of sexual desire, impotence; paroxysmal, lancinating, neuralgic pains in limbs; (<) at night, (>) by pressure; total loss of coordination; formication, anaesthesia and paralysis of limbs which are atrophied, though body remained plump; pains in limbs (<) at night, (>) by rubbing; sensitiveness to open air.

Rhus-tox [Rhus-t]

Rheumatic paralysis from getting wet or lying on damp ground; (<) in cold, wet weather, in bed and at rest; pain in small of back as if bruised; aching pain in both hip-joints at every step and a paralytic feeling in anterior muscles of thighs; jerking in thighs, with tremor of knees. LOSS OF POWER OF COORDINATION of lower extremities; staggers; takes long strides, steps higher than usual; tearing pains during rest.

Secale-corn [Sec]

ABSENCE OF KNEE-JERK; FULGURATING PAINS; ATAXY; shuffling gait as if the feet were dragged along difficult, staggering gait; complete inability to walk, not for want of power, but on account of a peculiar unfitness to perform light movements with limbs and hands; formication of hands and feet; feeling as if walking on velvet; gentle creeping sensation in back as if a soft air were blowing through it; painful jerking of limbs at night; lassitude, heaviness, and trembling of limbs; painful constriction in epigastrium; formication under skin; aversion to heat or to being covered; anxiety, sadness and depression.

Stramonium [Stram]

Vertigo when walking in the dark, can only walk in the light; totters as if dizzy, cannot make even a few steps without support; trembling of limbs; muscles will not obey the will; limbs feel as if gone to sleep; melancholy, weeps all the time.

Sulphur [Sulph]

GIRDLE PAINS; painful sensitiveness of abdomen to touch; weak sexual powers with coldness of penis; tearing in limbs, muscle and joints, from above downward; limbs go to sleep; unsteady gait, tremor of hands; soles of feet become soft, sensitive and painful when walking; great debility and trembling.

Zincum [Zinc]

BEGINNING OF LOCOMOTOR ATAXIA, when fulgurant pains were marked and intense; twitchings and intense; twitching in various muscles; the whole body jerks during sleep; great weakness of limbs, especially of lumbar region and bends of knees, when walking in open air; burning along spine; impotence; cerebral exhaustion; [Charcot recommends suspension of the patient, clothed in a Sayre’s corset, on a horizontal bar for a few minutes (Bulletin med., 10.89) every other day.

Samuel Lilienthal
Dr. Samuel Lilienthal (1815-1891) was from Germany, and became a pioneer homeopath in America. He received his Doctor of Medicine Degree from the University of Munich in 1838. After he moved to the United States, he was hired as Professor of Clinical Medicine at New York College for Women, and also as Professor of Mental and Nervous Diseases at the New York Homeopathic College.
Dr. Samuel Lilienthal was the author of many great books including “Homeopathic Therapeutics”. For many years, with the support of Dr. Constantine Hering, he was the editor of the North American Journal of Homeopathy. Dr. Lilienthal passed away on February 2nd 1891 in San Francisco.