Baryta carb. was first proved by Hahnemann.
It is a profound tissue remedy, affecting glandular structures especially and is indicated in general degenerative changes.
It is a remedy that is particularly adapted to the extremes of life; for infancy with too slow and imperfect development; for old age with too rapid deterioration, when the degenerative changes commence to early.
Where the child is not as old as it looks to be, and the man has reached the years that his arteries would seem to indicate.
The child is thin and wrinkle, looking like a dwarf, or preferably like an old man (31), and showing a condition of malnutrition (129) both mental and physical. The memory is weak, the child seems inattentive and stupid; does not learn to play or to walk (31) and may approach a state bordering in idiocy. there is a general scrofulous condition, the glands are swollen and indurated (82), the mesenteric glands (83) are enlarged and th abdomen hard and swollen, pot-bellied (31). The child does not thrive, it seems hungry but a very little satisfies AND THERE IS A CONSTANT STATE OF COLIC.
In cold people and especially for those who have grown old before their time, there is profound degenerative changes in the coats of the arteries, a softening, with tendency to dilation and aneurysm (18), to apoplexy (18) and to various paralyses, including paralysis of the tongue (192).
Remember this differentiation between Plumb, and Baryta carb, in reference to the arteries, the former producing thickening and contraction, the latter softening and dilation.
The old people needing Baryta carb. are dejected and unsociable; they suffer from loss of memory (133) and may progress to a state of senile dementia (166). I is useful in early mental impairment the result of masturbation (168) and whether due to habits or to degenerative changes, we find it of value for enlarged prostate and for diminished sexual desire and premature impotence (168).
Baryta carb. is useful for lipoma, especially about the neck for wens and other caustic tumors, and for swollen and indurated glands in nape of neck and occiput. Hering speaks of it for glandular swelling of the submaxillary glands (83), especially those glands posterior to the parotids.
Baryta crab. is useful for crusta lactea,. drug scales or moist crusts, and with falling of the hair. It is also to be thought of for premature baldness (88), “especially on the crown” (Hering), in scrofulous people.
It is useful for suppuration of the middle ear, especially when associated with quinsy, and it may prove of value for deadness of old people, when due to impairment of the auditory nerve.
The Baryta carb. patients catches cold easily (5); the head is sensitive to cool air and he is “disposed to catch cold from washing the head” Hering). If the cold takes the form of coryza, besides frequent sneezing and discharge of thick yellow mucus, we have as the characteristic of the remedy, great swelling mucus, we have as the characteristic of the remedy, great swelling of the upper lip. If the cold attacks the throat, the normally large tonsils become inflamed and swollen and we have as the result, either follicular tonsillitis or a peri-tonsillar suppuration or quinsy.
Baryta carb is not only useful in the beginning of quinsy (158), but it is our most valuable, it not out only, prophylactic against this very painful and distressing trouble.
Allen, in the Handbook, says that Baryta carb. “seems to remove the predisposition to quinsy. “I venture to substitute the word “will” for “seems to,” and am so confident that Baryta carb. 30th will act as a preventive against quinsy, that I am ready to make a test of it with you, and if anyone here, having, with in the next five years, a case of recurrent quinsy and wishing to try these prophylactic powers, I will, upon request, furnish the remedy, provided that you on you part will agree to send me, in writing, the results that you find, be it for or against.
The Baryta carb. p[patient has habitual sweat of the feet (185), “worse while at rest in the morning, and relieved by exercise out of doors” (Dearborn). The feet are apt to be cold (71), damp and troubled with corns (37) and callosities, and the patient is subject to quinsy.
The adult, needing this remedy, is usually constipated, with small, hard, insufficient stools (88) and burning haemorrhoids (86).
It is to be thought of for chronic aphonia in scrofulous subjects and for broncho-pneumonia (147) of old people. I use Baryta carb.30th.