Therapeutic symptoms of homeopathic remedy Aloe Socotrina, described by E.B. Nash in his book, Leaders in Homeopathic Therapeutics, published in 1898….

Insecurity of rectum;rectum feels full of heavy fluid, which will fall out, and does, if he does not go to stool immediately. Diarrhoea.

Solid stool, passing (in large balls) away involuntarily and unnoticed.

Great fullness and weight in the whole abdomen, with feeling of weight in the rectum and haemorrhoids protruding like a bunch of grapes; better by cold water applied.

This remedy should be considered alongside of PODO., because it is one of the so called cathartics. Although one is as decided a cathartic as the other the characteristics which guide to their choice are very different.

Both are apt to be worse during hot weather.

Both are apt to be worse in the Morning.

Both are often well supplemented with SULPH.

Both now let us look at some of the more marked and peculiar symptoms of ALOE., Stools yellow, faecal, bloody or transparent jelly-like mucus. Sometimes this jelly-like mucus(KALI-B.,) comes in great masses, or “gobs”, and drops out of the rectum almost unnoticed. Again the stools are often passed involuntarily when expelling flatus or passing urine. There seems to be not only an actual weakness in the sphincter ani, but a distressing SENSE of weakness. The rectum feels as if full of heavy fluid which will fall out or escape from the patient, and in fact does so if he doesn’t “get there, eli.”This escape of stool with flatus in ALOE finds its counterpart in OLEANDER. No two remedies are more alike in this respect, though MURIATIC ACID is also similar. Again a very characteristic symptom in the ALOE diarrhoea is “Great rumbling in the abdomen just before stool,” and the feeling of weight in the rectum already mentioned is not always confined to the rectum, but is also felt through whole pelvis and abdomen. Again, the rectum protrudes in ALOE like a bunch of grapes, and is relieved by the application of COLD WATER. MURIATIC ACID is relieved by hot applications. Both of these remedies have a blue haemorrhoids;the ALOE itching intensely, while those of MURIATIC ACID are very sore and sensitive to touch, even of the bed clothes. In addition to the worse already mentioned, the diarrhoea of ALOE is worse by walking or standing, after eating or drinking. In dysentery there is violent tenesmus, heat in the rectum, prostration even to fainting and profuse clammy sweats. The weakness of the sphincter ani is also found in constipation. It is a curious symptom, and I would not believe it until I had seen it with my own eyes.” Solid stool passing involuntarily, passing away unnoticed.” I was called to treat a child five years of age suffering from birth with a most obstinate form of constipation. He had to be forced and helped to the stool crying and screaming all the while being totally unable to pass any faeces even after an enema. After trying several remedies in vain, i asked the mother to turn the child over (he was in bed) to let me examine the anus and rectum. As she turned down the bed clothes to do so, a large chunk of solid faeces appeared in the bed.”There,”she said,”that is the way it is. Notwithstanding his inability to pass stool when he tries, we often find these things in the bed, and he does not when they pass, nor do we.” I then gave a few doses of ALOE 200th and cured the whole trouble quickly and permanently. ALOE like PODO., has also prolapsus uteri, and the feeling of heat, heaviness and fulness in the abdomen, pelvis and rectum guides to its action. Like PODO., also, its range of action is not wide, but positive, reliable and satisfactory.

Dr. E.B. Nash 1838- 1917, was considered one of our finest homeopaths and teachers. He was Prof. of Materia Medica at the N.Y. Homoeopathic Medical College and President of International Hahnemannian Assoc. His book Leaders in Homoeopathic Therapeutics is a classic. This article is from: :The Medical Advance - A monthly magazine of homoeopathic medicine - edited and published by H.C. Allen, M. D.