Nash gives the symptoms of homeopathy drug Drosera in relation to Catarrh, Laryngitis, Croup, Bronchitis, Asthma, Pertussis, Pneumonia, Pleuritis, Tuberculosis & Cough. Leaders in Respiratory Organs by E.B. Nash, 1909….

Respiratory organs

Drosera has hoarseness, voice hoarse, deep, requires exertion to speak, only able to speak in a deep bass voice. Tickling in the larynx causing cough, hurts so that the patient supports the larynx on coughing or swallowing. Soft, hard or green expectoration. Laryngeal phthisis, with hoarseness and emaciation. Deep sounding trumpet toned cough ( Verbascum ).

Sometimes spasmodic with retraction of the muscles of the abdomen; must hold on with the hands. The cough is worse by lying down, laughing singing, talking and after midnight. There may be stitching in the chest when sneezing or coughing, like Bryonia. The most characteristic symptoms are the deep bass should of voice and cough, and the constriction of the muscles of the chest and abdomen. Drosera particularly useful in those cases of consumption, which come on after measles. Hoarseness with very deep bass voice. Much cough especially after midnight; especially if it becomes spasmodic like whooping cough. The cough, also like the voice, has a deep trumpet tone, something like that of Verbascum, but the latter goes lower down than the larynx. Laryngitis.

With Drosera the paroxysms are very violent, drawing the whole abdomen spasmodically inward, vomiting of food or mucus, and bleeding from the nose, and sometimes the mouth. Pertussis (Whooping Cough).

Cough character – Deep sounding ( Verbasc. ) hoarse cough; spasmodic cough, with great constriction in chest and hypochondria, so that the patient has to support these parts with his hands; spasmodic cough with retching and vomiting.

Cough aggravated by – worse by warmth; drinking, tobacco smoke, laughing; singing; weeping after lying down, after midnight or in the morning.

Cough Concomitants – Low, hoarse, deep bass voice; constriction of the larynx; sensation as of a feather in larynx, constant tickling preventing sleep.

This remedy with Ipecac and Cuprum from a trio of remedies for spasmodic coughs similar to whooping cough, which is very valuable, and we might add Cina to make a quartette. Drosera and Cuprum are equally spasmodic, Ipecac has more mucus and asthmatic wheezing, and Cina the so – called worm symptoms. I do not find great difficulty in choosing between them.

But Drosera is also a great remedy for chronic or acute laryngeal troubles, and the choice may here be between it and Hepar sulph. and Causticum. All have great hoarseness, but the deep bass voice stands strongest under Drosera. Laryngeal or even pulmonary phthisis may be warded off or cured by these remedies if not too far along.

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.