Mental and physical weakness;both ends of life;don’t grow. Almost imbecile (children) feeble and tottering;childish and thoughtless (old age);loss of memory.
Tonsils inflame, swell and suppurate repeatedly, on every cold exposure; chronic hypertrophy afterwards.
Glands swell, infiltrate, HYPERTROPHY; neck, parotids, submaxillary, groin, lymphatics, in the abdomen, hypertrophy, sometimes suppuration.
Offensive foot-sweats;toes and soles get sore;throat affections after checked foot-sweat.
Great sensitiveness to cold.
This is one of the leading so-called anti-scrofulous remedies. Please refer to what I said on this subject (scrofula)while writing on SULPH., This is also one of the remedies which has one of its leading indications, like CALC., in the constitution of the patient. Complaints of DWARFISH CHILDREN;MIND and BODY WEAK;DON’T GROW INCLINED TO GLANDULAR SWELLINGS. THE DEFECTIVE GROWTH IS BOTH MENTAL and PHYSICAL. THE WEAKNESS OF MIND MAY AMOUNT ALMOST TO IDIOCY OR IMBECILITY. THEN AGAIN IT IS EQUALLY ADAPTED TO OLD AGE, WITH MENTAL and PHYSICAL WEAKNESS; FEEBLE and TOTTERING;CHILDISHNESS and THOUGHTLESS BEHAVIOR. It is especially adapted to apoplexy of old age, or a tendency thereto. For loss of memory in such subjects it stands equal to ANAC., Now we see that if all this is true, BARYT-C., becomes a valuable remedy at both ends of life. MARASMUS, INFANTILE OR SENILE, comes equally within its range. In the marasmus of children we have to choose from among other remedies such as SIL., ABROT., NAT-M., SULPH., CALC., and IOD., Under all these remedies we may find emaciation of the rest of the body, while the abdomen is greatly enlarged. Again under every one of them, the child may have a voracious appetite; eat enough, but grow poor all the time. IT IS DEFECTIVE ASSIMILATION. There are some strong points of resemblance between BARYT-C., and SIL., namely: OFFENSIVE SWEAT ON THE FEET. THE HEAD IS DISPROPORTIONATELY LARGE FOR THE BODY. BOTH SUFFER FROM DAMP CHANGES IN THE WEATHER and BOTH ARE SENSITIVE TO COLD ABOUT THE HEAD. But SIL., has the important diagnostic difference—PROFUSE SWEAT ON THE HEAD equal to that of CALC., ost which BARYT., has not. And there is not that weakness of mind in SIL., that is found in BRY., on the contrary the child is self-willed and contrary.
The resemblances to the other remedies, other than those we have mentioned, are so many that we will not undertake to compare them here, but will proceed to notice some of the other strong points of BARYT-C.,
Besides the strong action of BARYT-C., upon the glandular system generally, it seems to have a peculiarly strong affinity for the throat, ESPECIALLY THE TONSILS WHICH BECOME GREATLY INFLAMED, sWOLLEN and SUPPURATE AS A CONSEQUENCE OF THE LEAST EXPOSURE TO COLD. Thus it becomes one of our most valuable therapeutic agents in old quinsy subjects. Alone it is often sufficient to abort an attack of quinsy and with an occasional dose at long intervals with a high potency, to overcome the tendency thereto.(PSOR.,).But like LACH., lYC., pHYT., and other remedies, it must be chosen according to all the indications. BAR-C., is really fully as useful to change the constitutional tendencies to quinsy, as it is in the acute attack. You will find occasionally a case of CHRONIC COUGH IN CHILDREN WITH ENLARGED TONSILS, reported in the journals as cured by this remedy. The cure of the cough depends evidently upon the power of the remedy over the condition which produced enlarged tonsils, for aside from this, i have never found it to be a great cough remedy. In tonsillitis acute or chronic which seems to have come as the result of SUPPRESSED FOOT SWEAT, we would immediately think of BARYT-C., notwithstanding SIL., has more troubles arising from such suppression than any other remedy that SILICEA has not nearly the same affinity for the throat that BARYT-C., has.
Here we will close BARYT-C., for while it is a remedy of the greatest value, its range is not a wide one. Some of the remedies of this kind make up for the lack of range, by a positiveness within their range and this is one of them.