In the fourth and the fifth lectures Dr. Bernoville will speak on the drainage of the circulatory system related to the therapeutics of functional troubles and to organic or lesional troubles of the heart. The fourth lecture will be concentrated to cardiac remedies in relation to the subjective troubles or troubles of inflammatory nature. The fact is to be noted that these remedies are almost exclusively used by the Homoeopaths, while in the next lecture he will have to deal side by side with some remedies used in Homoeopathy, some remedies which are common in homoeopathy as well as in Allopathy: the tonicardiacs. In a general way cardio-vascular troubles, the functional, the subjective troubles and the troubles due to the inflammation are really suited to homoeopathic remedies. The organic troubles of the heart with cardiac weakness more or less acute, call on the country for medicines having somewhat physiological action and are related to the law of equilibrium. It is necessary to know in fact how to use the remedies according to the law of equilibrium as well as according to the law of contraries or according to the law of similars.
The functional remedies of the heart that Dr. Bernoville is going to study in this lecture will be considered by him in regard to their application in the practice of drainage. Let us not forget that the drainage is to be effected on all the spheres and one should not use these remedies only to cause to disappear the symptoms, but one should always take account of the remedies of temperament. These functional remedies of the heart will, therefore, be the intermediaries between the remedies of drainage of the outlets and the tonicardiacs on the one hand and the ground remedies or the remedies of temperaments on the other hand. Thus in the case of asystole for example one will use Phosphorus 200 (ground remedy) followed by Aconite 30 and Cactus 30 (functional remedies) with Adonis vernalis (remedy of drainage).
Four functional remedies are of the first importance: Aconite, Spigelia, Cactus and Kalmia latifolia. They are faithful remedies always acting when they are well indicated. They are related to each other by a common symptom: Pericardial pain irradiating to the left arm following the cubital nerve up to the hand but each of them has other special symptoms.
Aconite. Anxiety and Fear of Death dominates. Paleness, sensation of fullness, swelling and bounding of the heart in the chest. Aconite is a very important remedy of arterial hypertension where it is called the lancet of Homoeopaths. It is an important remedy of angina of the heart. (It lowers down the arterial tension which has brutally risen and it checks subjective and objective symptoms that may cause such a high blood pressure). Overworked heart of the athletes. Acute endocarditis with fever. But according to the case the does will be variable and this is very important. In fever use very low potency even M.T., in any case do not go beyond the 6th. In cases of cardiac neurosis and anginas one should use 200 or M. In anginas Dr. Bernoville uses 6 and 200 mixed or 200 alone and repeats at very short intervals. He associates with it Cimicifuga 200 or 6 and 200 mixed which he alternates or mixes with Aconite. In angina these two remedies are fundamentals for him by the side of Glonoin which is to be used in certain cases.
Aconite ferox, a variety of Aconite is more active than Aconite napellus. This Indian Aconite is more violent. It acts better in cardiac dyspnoea than Aconite napellus.
Spigelia. Besides the important symptom of Spigelia, painful symptom of Spigelia, painful irradiation to the left arm, it has violent palpitations aggravated when lying down on the left side with the head bent, amelioration when lying down in a reclining position with the head high. The pulse is rarely irregular. The patient has not the sensation of an anxiety like that of Aconite, but a sensation of malaise with the impression of the beating of wings of a bird (fluttering). He often complains of a retro- sternal pain (irradiated to the left arm). Spigelia has a left laterality very marked. We know that it does not only act on the heart, but also on the trigeminal nerve and on the left eye. From the cardiac point of view it is rather remedy of erethism or acute endocarditis. Erethism is often so marked that the palpitations of the heart may be seen through the clothings. Use 6, 12, 30.
Cactus grandiflorus. It is characterised by an important subjective symptom. The Sensation as if the heart is being squeezed by a vice. The whole heart or the sternum is caught by a vice. This constrictive sensation is felt in the whole organism (head, neck etc.,…). Like Aconite, Cactus is a remedy of hemorrhage of red blood. It acts on the arteries which snap and thus is related to Aconite and Secale cornutum. It is a satellite of Lachesis the ground remedy. Cactus is less faithful than the four other remedies that we have studied. It should be applied in sufficiently lower dilution even in decimals for having good results. Its clinical indications are variable, angina of the heart, hypertension, but without lesion of the aorta, very rarely peri or myo-endocarditis. It is to be compared with a remedy used by the Americans, Hexatoxilon campelianum which has experimentally a sensation of constriction as if from a transversal bar across the sternum. The patient often feels a bar across the heart. The patient often complains of this sensation. When cactus is well indicated but does not act favourably one should think of Cuprum, Cimicifuga or Lachesis in high dilution.