Drosera has been proved to break down resistance to tubercle in animals said to immune; therefore, homoeopathically it should, and does, raise resistance to tubercle. Tubercular manifestations, or a strong family history of tuberculosis, put up a strong family history of tuberculosis, put up a strong plea for the consideration of Drosera in any disease. Under the influence of Drosera glands of neck, if they have to “break”, produce only very small openings; old suppurating glands soon diminish in size, and close. Old cicatricial tissue yields and softens; deep, tied-down scars relax, and come up, so that deformity is greatly lessened. While the improvement in health, in appearance, in nutrition, where Drosera comes into play, is rapid and striking.
Drosera has also great use in the diseases of joints and bone (in persons with a T.B. history), even when these are not tuberculous: quickly taking away pain, and improving health and well-being.
Hahnemann urged that Drosera should be given in infrequent doses, and the 30th potency. This, “one of the most powerful medicinal herbs in our zone” still (as he then said) “needs further proving”.
Hardened glands, especially about the neck: “Scrofulous glands.”
A deep remedy for eradicating the tuberculous tendency when symptoms agree.
Worse in wet, cold weather, better in dry, cold weather, but very chilly.
Tendency to swellings of glands, which suppurate.
The Silica child is timid, lacks confidence, “grit”.
Head sweats in sleep ( Calcarea).
For nearly all disease of bone.
Fistulous openings: discharges offensive: swollen; pouting round them hard, swollen, bluish-red.
Sweat of feet, often offensive feet.
A case of necrosis of lower jaw, after an accident, Silicea and Tuberculinum failed to effect improvement. Then Symphytum was given, with the expulsion of a sequestrum, where upon it healed. But Symphytum has its “schmertz-punct” in that situation left lower jaw, and is an outstanding remedy for Bone. ( Drosera, Phosphorus).
A case of T.B. bone, with a sinus on each side of the right middle finger, one above and one below the first joint. Also other T.B. manifestations; in a woman who had nursed her husband dying of phthisis. Silicea and Tuberculinum failed to help, even with three weeks at a Convalescent Home. At long last, she was given Sepia, Because Her Individual Symptoms Demanded Sepia; whereupon the finger got well in spite of the fact that it was all day long in dirty water, scrubbing and cleaning in the public-house in which she worked. It is sometimes difficult to remember that it is the remedy called for the individual symptoms of the patient, that will stimulate him to put his house in order, and get well. One is too apt to stress the disease and treat that
The typical Sepia patient is indifferent: over burdened: dull. Has axillary sweats, offensive ( Silicea), hates noise and smells: only “wants to get away alone and be quiet.”.
“Prince of remedies in scrofula-in caries in early childhood.
“Voracious appetite: greedily clutches at all that is offered, edible or not, as if starved.
“Shrivelled and dried up like a little old man.”.
Patient with T.B. family history, or with T.B. manifestations, glands, etc.
A deep-acting, long-acting remedy.
Closely related to Calcarea: one may be indicated for a while, then the other. ( Silicea, Drosera)
Always wanting to go somewhere-to travel.
Feeble vitality: tired: debilitated: losing flesh.
Emaciation, with hunger ( Iodium).
Worse in a close room, in damp weather; better cold wind, open air.
Desire for alcohol, bacon, fat ham, smoked meat, cold milk, refreshing things, sweets.
Affects the glands of neck and all of the glands.
Glands of abdomen become hard, sore, inflamed.
Useful in T.B. formations, calcareous degenerations.
But in the Calcarea child: i.e. the child of plus quantity, minus quality: with large, sweating head, especially at night. Phlegmatic; the “lump of chalk” child, fair, pale, fat.
Necrosis of bone in such children.
Very useful in T.B. abdomen-when symptoms agree: which they generally do. ( Psorinum, when odour of child is very offensive.).
Like Drosera appears to break down resistance to tubercle, since workers in match factories have been esp. liable to consumption, and have suffered from caries and necrosis of bone.
Phosphorus helps to cure not only bone troubles, but “Scrofulous glands”, but always in the typical slender Phosphorus children, who grow too rapidly: delicate, waxy, anaemic.
Bruise easily: easy bleeders: with
Thirst for cold water, hunger for salt: love of ices:
Are nervous alone-fear the dark, rather apathetic and indifferent.
Scrofulous swellings and induration of glands: large, hard, usually painless.
“Iodine is torpidity and sluggishness. The very indolence of the disease suggests Iodium”
Cross and restless. Impulses.
Anxiety: the more he keeps still, the more anxious.
Always too hot.
Eats ravenously yet emaciates.
Dark hair and complexion. ( Bromium fair and blue eyes.)
“Enlargement of all the glands except the mammae: these waste and atrophy.”
Compelled to keep on doing something to drive away his impulses and anxiety, ( Arsenicum) But Iodium is warmblooded, and wants cold: Arsenicum is cold and wants heat-warm room, warm clothing, etc.
Very useful in enlarged glands with great hardness without any tendency to suppurate.
Glands take on tuberculosis, and tissues take on tuberculosis.
Glands that inflame for a while begin to take on a lower form of degeneration.
“It is very similar to those enlarged, hard, scrofulous glands that we often find in the neck.”
Swelling and induration of glands is a strong feature of the remedy.
Those needing Bromium for chronic glands, etc. will have “grey, earthy colour of the face. Oldish appearance”.
Or plethoric children, with red face, easily overheated.
Weak and easily over-heated, then sweaty and sensitive to draughts.
Glands in persons of light complexion, fair skin and light blue eyes (distinguishes from Iodium).
Tonsils deep-red, swollen, with net-work of dilated vessels.
Cistus can [Cist]
Scrofulous swelling and suppuration of glands of throat.
Scrofulous hip disease, with fistulous openings leading to the bone, and ulcers on the surface, with night sweats.
A curious Cistus symptom, which has led to the cure of chronic colds and nasal catarrh, is great desire for cheese.
“Has an affinity for the tubercular diathesis.”
Has been used with success in caries and necrosis of bone. “It appears to go to the root of the evil and destroys the cause.” (Dr. Baruch)
Theridion is hypersensitive, especially to noise: shrill sounds penetrate the teeth.
Nausea from motion, and from closing the eyes.
Baryta carb [Bar-c]
Glands swell, infiltrate, hypertrophy: sometimes suppurate.
Dwarfish children, late to develop: with dwarfish minds.
Slow, inept: mistrustful of strangers. Shy.
Affected by every cold.
cold, foul footsweat. ( Silicea)
Tearing and tension in long bones: boring in bones.
A curious, but useful symptom, “sensation of shivering in an abscess”, or in a sinus from diseased bone.
A Forgotten But Useful Tip “Dr…. said Calcarea iodata was of great value in some cases of suppurating glands, sometimes causing them to reabsorb and disappear without discharging; when there would be only a little thickening of tissue, like a tiny scar, left. She gave Calcarea iod. to children who were typical Calcarea carb. patients except that they were hot and hungry.”.