Aconite, Belladonna, Opium.
This drug was first introduced into homoeopathic practice by Dr. Hering of Philadelphia.
Dr. Richard Hughes of England sums up the action of this drug very comprehensively in the following terse statement: “The action of Glonoine lies within a very small compass. If you will touch your tongue with a five per cent solution you will find that in a few minutes your pulse will have increased by from 20 to 40 beats until a pretty violent bursting headache develops itself with which there will be some giddiness, and a sense of constriction about the throat. If you are sensitive to the drug, nausea and faintness may supervene, and even complete insensibility ensue. This is the nearly uniform action of Glonoine upon nearly every one who has taken it.”
These physiological effects of Glonoine upon the medulla oblongata and the pneumogastric nerves coming off from this centre, have led homoeopathic physicians to use it in congestive or apoplectic headaches, more particularly if the occipital region of the head is the seat of distress. It has likewise shown excellent effects in sunstroke, and has checked puerperal convulsions with hyperaemia of the cerebral vessels. It ought to prove useful in apoplexy, and in the congestion, throbbing and bursting headache arising from accidental suppression of the
menses. In neuralgia it has afforded relief in some cases; whether it will prove useful in bronchial affections, will have to be ascertained by further experiments.