With their mental and Characteristic Symptoms.
Graphites . .
Gnawing in stomach, relieved by eating.
Pain in stomach when empty, forces him to eat.
Canine hunger with acidity of stomach.
Is obliged to eat account of burning in stomach.
The stomach pains of Graph. are relieved by eating: relieved by warm foods and drink: relieved by lying down. Yet hot things disagree. Characteristic: aversion to animal food; to fish. Great aversion to salt. Sweet things are disgusting and nauseous.
Qualmishness, as from abdomen.
Rancid heartburn. Sour vomiting.
Sadness: thoughts of nothing but death.
Must weep. Music makes her weep.
Irritable; fretful; fidgety.
Extreme hesitation: timidity.
Anacardium . .
All-gone sensation when stomach is empty; relieved by eating (Chel., Iod.).
Every step shakes the stomach.
Spasmodic stomach pain with belching.
Gastric pain, > eating, but recurs in two to three hours.
A drug of very definite mentalities.
“Few remedies have “impaired memory as so marked a characteristic.”
Dual personality: “devil and angel” sensation; impelled to evil, and to good.
Feels double; mind and body separated; that there is no reality in anything; suspects everyone; someone behind him; desire to curse and swear. Objects too far away. Then the characteristic plug sensation: in intestines; in right chest; in gluteal muscles. Rectum feels plugged up.
Also a hoop sensation, round head, chest, abdomen or anus. Chelidonium . . Feeling of anguish in pit of stomach.
Persistent pain in stomach; worse motion.
Better eructations; better eating.
Ameliorated by hot milk (Phos. cold milk).
Gnawing, grinding pain, stomach, relieved by eating, by warm drinks.
Loss of appetite with disgust and nausea.
Longing for very hot drinks; for wine; vinegar; for milk, coffee; for beer which disagrees.
Milk improves; wine relieves abdominal pain; hot drinks agree; coffee agrees; worse cold drinks.
Gall stones: gall stone colic. Great liver medicine
Characteristic: pain under lower, inner angle, of right scapula.
Anxiety: allows no rest at any employment.
As if had committed a crime. Fear of getting crazy.
Vexed at every trifle: violent attacks of passionate outbursts of temper.
Man (27). Report (from a London Hospital where he had been in- patient): “X-ray; large gastric ulcer, lesser curvature: with diet, nearly healed.” Now, 7 months later, recurrence. He was > eating, > hot food, > lying; and Graph. at long intervals and varying potencies, kept him at him at heavy work and “fine”. A couple of years later, Chel., from 6 upwards, took up the case and improved on it. He is very well.
Lachesis . .
Gnawing pressure in stomach, better by eating. Returns when stomach is empty.
Characteristic: excessive tenderness to touch, stomach and abdomen, throat. (Comp. Lyc.)
Lach. craves oysters; wine and spirits; coffee.
Typical Lachesis, where ideas crown on the mind with excessive loquacity.
Religious monomania: fear of being damned.
Extremely sad and distressed on waking in the morning.
All ailments worse after long-lasting grief.
Raphanus. Violent pressure in epigastric region.
Pain in stomach, must eat all the time.
Thirst excessive, violent, constant.
Accumulation and retention of flatus, no relief upwards or downwards.
Carbo animalis . .
Empty feeling pit of stomach: not better by eating.
Soreness; cramps; griping; burning in stomach; load or weight there.
Heartburn; saltish water rises from stomach; cold feet.
Ravenous hunger; or no appetite.
Aversion to food: to fatty food.
Or raw feeling, like heartburn, better eating.
So weak she cannot eat.
“Old, stubborn, cancerous ulcers; they burn and ooze an acrid, ichorous fluid.”
With Carbo an. there is slow onset; slow progress; not tendency to repair.
“Increasingly sensitive to cold; increasingly chilly; increasingly waxy.”-KENT.
Carbo veg . .
KENT says “Carbo veg. has burning in stomach, distension, constant eructations; flatulence, passing of offensive flatus.
Longing for coffee, acids, sweet and salt things; aversion to meat; to milk, which causes flatulence.”
“If I were going to manufacture a Carbo veg. constitution, I would commence with his stomach.
I would being to stuff him: feed him with fats, sweets, puddings and pies, and sauce, and all such indigestible trash; and give him plenty of wine; then I would have the Carbo veg. patient. They are mince-pie fiends. He is really in a fetid, a putrid condition.
All food seems to turn to flatulence; he is always belching. Full of colic and cramps; burning pain; anxiety; distension. Internal heat and burning, with external coldness, is a feature of Carbo veg”.
Phosphorus . .
Perforating ulcer of stomach (Kali bic.); vomiting of food as soon as swallowed.
Violent pain, stomach, with vomiting, first green, then blackish: or like coffee grounds.
Pressure as form a hard substance, as from a weight in stomach: with coldness.
Coldness, as if freezing, in stomach: or burning.
Yet, pain relieved by cold food; ice cream (rev. of Chel., Ars.). Thirst for very cold drinks.
“As soon as water becomes warm in stomach it is vomited.” Desire for wine; for salt. Bad effects of too much salt. (Comp. Nat. mur.)
Aversion to sweet, to meat, to boiled milk (rev. of Chel.), to beer (rev. of Kali bi.), to coffee and tea.
Tall, delicate; easy bleeders; bruise easily.
Chilly, except for head and stomach affection which need cold.
Prostration from mental or physical effort.
Fear thunderstorms, darkness, being alone.
Indifference to loved ones (Sep.), better for touch, for rubbing, for sleep.
Kreosotum . .
Cold internally, epigastrium, as if cold water or ice were there (Phos.).
Painful, hart spot, at or to left of stomach.
Malignant induration, fungus and ulcers of stomach; pressive, gnawing, ulcerative pain in stomach with haematemesis.
Frequent and sudden vomiting of food; remarkably rapid emaciation of whole body, especially neck and face.
Vomiting of sweetish water; of undigested food; of large quantities of sour, acrid fluid, or white, foamy mucus.
Hungry for or aversion to meat.
Great thirst; greedy drinking followed by vomiting. Desire for spirituous drinks.
Stomach aches from acid food.
Better warm diet. Dares not remain fasting.
Kreosote is acrid, offensive, putrid.
Alumina . .
Constriction and twisting in stomach, extending up oesophagus, to throat (Plumb.).
Eructations sour, bitter. Vomits mucus and water.
Worse from eating potatoes; from weakest spirituous drinks; from soups.
Affects oesophagus, especially lower end.
Aversion to meat, to beer.
Depraved appetite for starch, chalk, charcoal, acids, coffee or tea-grounds.
Longing for fruit and vegetables.
Eructations sour, acrid; pyrosis.
Plumbum . .
Feeling of a ball ascending from epigastrium to throat, where it causes suffocation; then can neither speak nor swallow.
Contraction in oesophagus and stomach (Alum., which it antidotes). Fluids can be swallowed, but solids return.
Violent pressure, stomach and pain in back; better hard pressure. Great hunger, or complete loss of appetite.
Violent thirst, especially for cold water (Phos., Pod., Cham.).
Desire for cakes; tobacco.
Gulps up sweetish water.
Most distressing vomiting; of everything taken; spasmodic; of brownish liquid streaked with blood; of greenish and blackish substance; stercoraceous. Of fecal odour.
Plumbum is cold and emaciated. Slow.
Curious sensation, as of a sting at navel pulling it back to spine (Plat.).
KENT give Curare as an antidote in chronic cases.
Uranium nit. . .
Boring pains in pyloric region.
Attacks of pain, with sinking and acid eructations, flatulency; copious urination.
Dyspeptic feeling just before dinner, with gnawing sinking, but without hunger or faintness.
Gastric and duodenal ulcers.
Cramp, pit of stomach.
Craves raw ham and tea.
Despondency; ill-tempered; disagreeable.
Pulsatilla . .
Pain; pressure; pit of stomach, after meals. Griping pain; throbbing; sensation as if had eaten too much. Food rises to mouth, as if one would vomit.
Gnawing distress like ravenous hunger when stomach is empty; pressure and pinching after eating. (Comp. Arg. nit.)
Scraping in stomach and oesophagus like heartburn. Rawness, as from ulceration.
Pain stomach wakes him from 2-3 a.m., must rise and walk about. < lying.
Cramping pains stomach with shaking chill; at night; rolls about on floor as if mad.
Cease towards morning with retching of bitter watery fluid. Heartburn; waterbrash.
Thirst for little at a time; for beer; for alcoholic drinks.
Desire for sour, refreshing things, herrings; lemonade.
Aversion to meat, better, fat food, pork, bread, milk, smoking.
Worse for rich foods, cakes, pastry, especially fat pork.
Puls. is the mild, tearful, changeable patient; can be irritable.
Craves things which make him sick.
Sulphur . .
Heaviness, weight in stomach. Burning like violent heartburn, in morning.
Weak, empty gone feeling about 11 a.m.
Bloating with oppression of breathing.
Regurgitations; sour; of food and drink.
“Drinks much and eats little.”
Violent thirst for ale or beer; craves brandy.
Desire to imbibe alcoholic drinks from morning to night. (Comp. Nux.)
Desire for, and worse for eating sweets.
Aversion to meat; sour and sweet things; smoking; wine; milk.
The untidy, ragged philosopher type.
Puls. and Sulph. follow, and antidote one another.
Arsenicum . .
Pain epigastrium and stomach, burning violent, like red-hot coals. Stitches or fine stinging in stomach.
Cramp in stomach: weight like a stone.
Lancinations, sometimes into chest.
Haematemesis, often with black stools. (Comp. Phos.)
Characteristic of Ars. Its pains are apt to be burning, with relief from heat (rev. Phos.).
Cannot drink cold water: it causes pain, or lies in stomach as a cold mass, and is very distressing (rev. Phos.)
Thirst for small quantities.
Appetite for bread; for acid drinks.
Intense anxiety; restlessness; prostration.
Weary of life; loathes it; thoughts of death: “is incurable.” (Comp. Ant. cr.)
Dread of death when alone.
Fastidious; exacting; fault-finding (Nux).
Podophyllum . .
Hollowness and emptiness stomach.
Acute burning pain region of pyloric orifice.
Heartburn, waterbrash, heat in stomach.
Sour regurgitation of food.
Great thirst for large quantities of cold water. (Phos.) Desire for something sour (Hep.).
Smell of food produces loathing.
Great prostration with pain in stomach.
Imagines he is going to die, or be very ill.
Affects duodenum, liver-a gall-stone colic remedy; intestines, with very profuse diarrhoeic stools.
Stools may be white, like chalk.
Robinia . .
Excessive acidity acidity of stomach; vomit sets teeth on edge.
Heartburn and acidity at night on lying down.
Intensely acid condition of stomach, often suddenly after eating (Phos.).
Or continued eating sometimes seems to postpone attack
Burning pain stomach and between scapulae.
Dull, heavy, squeezing pain, stomach.
Distension and weight like a stone.
Very low-spirited; excessive irritability.
Lycopodium . .
Everything tastes sour: sour eructations; heartburn, waterbrash. Acid gnaws stomach.
Epigastrium extremely sensitive to touch.
Fulness and bloating: must loosen clothes.
Discomfort, pressure and heaviness after eating a little. (Comp. Ant. cr.)
May be canine hunger; usually easy satiety.
Desires sweets (Arg. nit.), oysters, which disagree.
Aversion to coffee, tobacco, bread, meat.
Worse from onions, bread, spirituous drinks.
Anticipation: wants to be alone, yet is afraid.
Antimonium crud. Gastric catarrh: while tongue; nausea and vomiting.
Pain stomach, as after eating too much.
Cramp-like pains, stomach; burning, spasmodic pains, driving to despair.
Feeling as if he had eaten too much when he has not eaten at all. (Comp. Curare, Lyc.)
All symptoms seem to centre about stomach.
Nausea and colic from bread and pastry.
Worse pork, acids, vinegar; alcohol.
Characteristic: “Thickly coated, white, very white, white as milk, tongue.”
Must not be touched or looked at.
Worse warm weather; heat of sun; heat of fire; cold bathing and wet weather.
Prostration like Ars., “but Ars. has overwhelming fear of death, while Ant. crud. loathes life”.
Curare . .
Digestive functions entirely prostrate. Cannot bean anything on stomach, pyrosis, pain and distension after eating ever so little.
Indecision; no longer wishes to think or to act for herself. “Better first mouthful of food”.
Kali carb. . .
After eating feels he burst.
Sour eructations, set the teeth on edge.
Pain, or burning in stomach, after eating.
Gone feeling, not better from eating.
Anxiety is stomach, as though fear: throbbing there, like violent palpitation.
Stomach distended; feels full of water: feels as if cut to pieces. Worse milk and warm food.
Ornithogalum (One of Dr. Robert Coopers valuable umb . . contributions to Homoeopathic Materia Medica.)
“Ornithogalum in those sensitive to it goes at once to the pylorus, causing painful spasmodic contractions, and distends the duodenum with flatus; pains invariably increased when food attempts to pass the pyloric outlet.”
A very great remedy of gastric and duodenal ulceration; has even cured cancer of stomach. (She Clarkes Dictionary.)
We had a number of cases in the wards one of the War years, some with severe haematemesis, all but one did well on Ornithogalum. The drug is not well proved: but one gets most light from Clarke. Distension, with frequent belching of mouthfuls offensive flatus.
Writhing in agony, unable to keep anything long in stomach.
> warm food; < cold drinks; at night.
“As if an iron brick were being forced through stomach and chest.” Pain stomach with vomiting.
Cocculus . .
Violent spasms of stomach, griping, tearing. Rolls, twists (Puls.), gasps for breath.
Acidity of stomach.
Paralytic weakness. Prostration, nervous exhaustion. “From the combination of grief, anxiety, vexation and prolonged loss of sleep.”
Sea-and train-sickness; worse motion, noise.
Aversion to food, smell of food, with hunger.
Longs for cold drinks, especially beer.
Lueticum . .
Severe pain, epigastrium to back. Vomiting clear fluid, then bile, even blood.
Or pain without vomiting, or vomiting without pain. (“Gastric crises”.)
Heartburn with pain and rawness from stomach to throat. Vomiting for weeks or months from superficial ulceration of stomach, herpetic or syphilitic.
Has cured obscure “vomiting at night only.”
N.B. any of the nosodes may have to be called in for these stomach conditions.
Kali bichrom. .
Ulceration of stomach and duodenum.
Round, perforating ulcer of stomach (Phos.).
Pains of Kali bic. are limited to a small spot.
Food lies like a load: as if digestion suspended.
Giddiness, then vomiting of acid, mucous fluid, with pressure and burning in stomach.
Characteristics: Longing for beer; for acid drinks. Dislike to meat. Worse for beer.
Listlessness, languor; great disinclination for mental and bodily labour.
Indifferent, or low-spirited after least annoyance, with distress in stomach.
Inclination to lie down.
Argentum nit. .
Ulcerative pain, stomach, after dinner.
Perforating ulcer of stomach (Kali bich., Phos.).
Pain left stomach, below short ribs; worse inspiration and touch.
Before midnight, pain preceded by vomiting of bilious and slimy fluid.
Eating relieves squeamishness but increases pain. (Comp. Puls.)
Pain begins soon after taking food, and till food is vomited, in about an hour.
Great desire for sugar; for sweets; salt.
Terrors of anticipation (Lyc.).
Hurried anxious, irritable, nervous; with strange, imaginary, futile fears.
Hydrastis . .
Chronic ulceration, mucous membrane of stomach.
Gastro-duodenal catarrh: sinking and prostration at stomach, with violent and continued palpitation.
Little thirst, with loathing of food.
Characteristic: pulsations and palpitation.
Worse from bread and vegetables.
Broken down by excessive alcohol. (Comp. Nux.).
Terebinthinum As if he had swallowed a bullet which had lodged in pit of stomach.
Intense burning in stomach, with nausea and vomiting of mucus, bile or blood.
Gastritis: cannot bear the least touch.
Loss of appetite; great thirst.
Flatulent; acrid eructations: haematemesis.
Aversion to meat. Sudden desire to eat rue.
Think of Tereb. even in old ailments of the alimentary tract, originating in the “smell of paint”.
Hepar . .
Sensation of hard body in stomach, immediately followed by haemoptysis.
Empty sinking sensation, better by eating.
Desire to loosen clothes p.c. (Lyc., Lach.).
Dull aching pain, p.c. Burning in stomach.
Gnawing as from acids: acrid sensation in stomach.
Sticking pain, hepatic region, when walking.
Sour regurgitation of food: heartburn.
Sour, or bilious vomiting.
Great desire for vinegar.
Longs for condiments; sour pungent, highly flavoured foods: wine. (Comp. Nux.)
Hasty speech and hasty drinking.
Obstinate; cross; passionate; fretful; extreme discontent. Does not laugh.
Sudden, violent, insane impulses.
Chilly; oversensitive to cold.
A young man of 23 (an out-patient 7 years ago) had been treated and dieted for “stomach ulcer”. His pain was worse 12 hours p.c relieved at once on eating. He had vomited blood 4 months previously. He liked his boiled fish, “but not without vinegar sauce”. His strange craving for vinegar led to the consideration of Hepar, a drug that would not have occurred to one. He got. 1m (1) and in a fortnight reported, “A world better. No vomiting. Eating a lot of things he had been told not to, and most the worse.” Hep. had to be repeated at long intervals. four times in a year. “Stomach splendid”.
Nux vom. . .
In perforating ulcer (Kali bi., Arg. nit., Phos.); vomiting whether she eats or no. Swallowing a mouthful of water causes spasmodic contractions of stomach, and vomiting.
Clawing, cramping stomach pains, with pressure and tension between scapulae. Pains extend to chest, and down back to anus.
Worse food; better hot drinks. (Graph., Chel.)
Pressure after eating, as from a stone: < a.m. and p.c. Constant pain; throbs; cramps; claws; in brandy and coffee drinkers (Sulph.).
Burning in stomach: at pylorus.
Sensitive to pressure; cannot bear tight clothing (Lach., Lyc.). Caused by worry, and too much mental with too little bodily exertion. In business men.
Excessive acidity and flatulence: worse from starchy foods.
Longs for brandy, beer (Sulph.). fat food which disagrees, or chalk (Comp. Alum).
Aversion to meat, to tobacco, to coffee; to water; to ale; to food just eaten.
Milk sours in stomach (rev. of Phos., Chel.).
Oversensitive; particular, careful, zealous persons. Angry, irritable, quarrelsome. Every harmless word offends.
“Always selecting his food, and digesting almost nothing”.
Chamomilla . .
Pressure in stomach, as from a stone pressing down (Nux, Ars.).
Constrictive gastralgia in coffee drinkers.
In highly irritable persons, or following vexation: with. dyspnoea, anxiety, fear.
Restlessness; tossing about; worse after a meal or at night.
Burning, pressing, cutting in stomach, with anxiety. Thirsty and hot with the pains.
Great thirst for cold water; iced drinks (Phos.).
Aversions to beer; coffee; warm drinks; broth.
Hates being spoken to: cant bear anyone near; short and snappish.
Irritable: impatient; rude; oversensitive to pain, which seems unbearable and drives to despair.
Bad effects following anger.