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

Bruised, sore feeling all over; bed feels too hard.

Head, or head and face hot; body and extremities cold.

Ecchymoses; as from bruises.

Stupor; answers, then falls back into stupor (fevers)

Taste and eructations and stool like rotten eggs.

Recent and remote affections from injuries, especially contusions or blows.

Haemorrhages, the result of mechanical injuries.

This is the leading remedy for BRUISES and the results therefrom, and the symptoms–“WEAKNESS, WEARINESS, SENSATION AS OF BEING BRUISED”. “Felt as if bruised over the whole body” as found in the provings, explain the reason and the many cures it has made, even in the high and highest potencies, of both acute and chronic affections. The result of trauma is another evidence of the truth of our law of cure. One of the best characteristics is “EVERYTHING ON WHICH HE LIES seems too hard” (PYR.,); he must keep changing his position to get relief. This is because of the sensation of SORENESS AS IF BRUISED ALL OVER.

BAPTISIA has–“Feels as if lying on a board;changes position, bed feels so hard, makes him feel sore and bruised.”

PHYTOLACCA has–“Feels sore all over from head to foot; muscles sore and stiff, can hardly move without groaning.”


RUTA has– ” All parts of the body on which he lies are painful as if bruised.”

Here are five remedies which seem much alike, and others might be added, like STAPH., which has—“All the limbs are SORE as if bruised, and as if there were no strength in them,” and.

CHINA–” HE IS SORE ALL OVER, in the bones, the joints and the periosteum, as if they had been sprained, like a drawing, tearing, especially in the spine, the sacrum, the knees and thighs.” Now to know thus far of these remedies would be of little use for therapeutic purposes, for it would be senseless to prescribe all of the remedies mixed together and full as much so to prescribe one of them to the exclusion of all the rest without a good reason for so doing. Fortunately there is always a possibility of making choice between them, but it is not always easy. Take for instance, ARN., and BAPT., Both have the symptom of SORE BRUISED FEELING. Both have feeling as if the bed were TOO HARD. Both have STUPOR, from which they can be aroused, but fall quickly back into it again. Both have a dark streak running through the tongue.

Both have a DEEP RED FACE, and all these similarities often occur in the course of a typhoid fever. How are we to choose between them? LOOK FURTHER. If in addition to these symptoms the patient”tosses about the bed, reaching here and there, and in his delirium complaining that he cannot GET HIMSELF TOGETHER, “BAPT., is the remedy, or if the stool, urine and sweat are EXTREMELY OFFENSIVE, it is BAPT., If the stool and urine are passed unconsciously and there appear suggillations under the skin, ARN., is the remedy, Now here are only a few of the characteristic differences. There are others, and we must “watch out” for them. It is no harder to choose these two remedies than it is choose sometimes between HYOS., and OPIUM., in the same disease. Here is the place where th old physician might exhort the young as Paul did Timothy. “Study to show thyself approved,* * * a workman that needed not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the truth, etc.” Such close prescribing is business of course, and is also SUCCESSFUL.

If I came to a case that had the bruised sensation very markedly in connection with a diphtheritic throat I would not give ARN., because it does not have that kind of throat; but PHYT., has, and it has one other symptom of ARN., viz., HEAT and REDNESS OF HEAD and FACE, WHILE THE BODY and LIMBS ARE COOL OR COLD.

I have met many such cases of diphtheria, and if prescribed early PHYT., cures without the aid of any other remedy. Again if I found a patient with the sore, bruised sensation, who was brought into that condition be getting wet while perspiring, or by lying on damp ground, or between damp sheets, or from a strain of the muscles, RHUS-T., would be the remedy.

If in cases of actual injury I should find the bruise in the periosteum or bone, I should expect more benefit from RUTA, which seems to be better also than RHUS-T., in one kind of muscular strain, viz., strain of the ciliary muscles. I have often relieved sewing girls or students of pains in the eyes from this cause and have sometimes enabled them to lay off the glasses that had been prescribed by the opticians. It is much better to use this remedy in a weakened power of accommodation than to try and compensate for it with artificial lenses. Of course where the impaired vision is purely optical this cannot be done.

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.