Rhus toxicodendron. [Rhus-t]
Hahnemann commented on the power of **Rhus in curing paralysis of the lower extremities, and here it has proved exceedingly useful. It is especially adapted to all forms of paralysis which are of a rheumatic origin or brought on by getting wet or exposure to dampness in any form. Also in paralysis caused by nervous fevers and typhus. There is much stiffness in the limbs, a dragging gait, and it suits particularly chronic cases, though it may be of great use in such forms as acute infantile paralysis. In this latter affection **Sulphur should not be forgotten.
**Rhus vies with Causticum in paralysis of the muscles, eye and facial, from damp cold, especially in those of a rheumatic diathesis.
**Dulcamara is in many respects similar to **Rhus. It has simple paralysis of the lower extremities, or a beginning paralysis worse from damp weather, or caused by lying on the damp ground. Not so suitable chronic cases.
**Cocculus has paralysis of the lower extremities from cold, recent cases with pain in the paralyzed part. Hysterical paralysis.
**Natrum muriaticum is also valuable in paralysis from cold.
This remedy also has paralysis from exposure to the cold of winter. Facial paralysis from exposure to dry cold weather. Cowperthwaite published a large number of cases of facial paralysis cured with **Causticum 30, and its value in this affection seems established. It has also paralysis of single parts, face, tongue, pharynx, etc. In paralysis which is remote form apoplexy, the paralysis remaining after the patient has recovered otherwise, inability to select the proper word is an important indication. Other evidences of its paretic conditions are found in the aphonia and the weakness of the sphincter vesicae. It is also a great remedy in ptosis of rheumatic origin.
**Kalmia also has this, while the ptosis of **Sepia is dependent on menstrual difficulties. Jahr lauds **Causticum in paralysis. It is more apt to be right-sided.
**Baryta carbonica. There are more contractions and spasms under **Causticum than Baryta, which causes paralysis by producing degeneration of the coats of the blood vessels. Bayes recommends **Baryta in facial paralysis and also in paralysis of old people, and Hartmann says that glossal paralysis can scarcely ever be cured with **Baryta. It also has paralysis after apoplexy; there is want of steadiness. Facial paralysis of young people where the tongue is implicated.
Complete motor paralysis, rather functional than organic in origin. It is one of our best remedies in post-diphtheritic and in infantile paralysis. Paralysis of the ocular muscles, ptosis; the speech is thick from paretic conditions of the tongue. Paralysis from emotions. Aphonia, paralysis of the larynx.
**Conium has paralysis of central origin; the sensation is little involved, and the tendency of the paralysis is to move from below upwards. Acute ascending paralysis. Paralysis of the aged.
**Argentum nitricum. Post-diphtheritic paralysis; also paraplegia.
**Nux vomica. Paralysis of the lower extremities, contractive sensations and heaviness in the limbs. Paralysis of the bladder in old men.
Hempel, who used **Aconite for all ailments claimed that it was the sovereign remedy for almost every species of paralysis, and its symptoms are certainly indicative of the truth of his assertion. It has the well-known numbness and tingling. Facial paralysis accompanied with coldness from exposure to dry, cold winds, especially in acute cases, well indicate the remedy. Paraplegia with tingling.
**Rhus, Sulphur and **Causticum have paralysis from cold.
**Cannabis Indica and **Staphisagria have tingling.
Paralysis, with atrophy, is the watchword of **Plumbum. Wrist drop, paralysis of the extensors. Paralysis due to sclerosis or fatty degeneration. Paralysis with contractions. Bayes states that he has not seen any beneficial results from **Plumbum in paralysis of the lower extremities, and it does seem to affect the upper extremity more than the lower. Ptosis, heavy tongue, constipation, paralysis after apoplexy, with pale, dry cold skin. Tremor followed by Paralysis. Paralysis agitans. The mercurial tremor resembles this affection, and hence **Mercurius should be a remedy for paralysis agitans; **Plumbum, Atropine sulphate, Zincum and Hyoscyamus are the principal remedies in this affection. The paralysis of **Plumbum is probably of spinal origin.
**Cuprum is quite similar to **Plumbum in many paralytic conditions; it seems, however, to have more cramping.