Acute Cardiac Failure

Learn how to treat Acute Cardiac with homeopathy. Acute emergencies like Acute Cardiac can be managed with homeopathic remedies….

Acute Cardiac Failure

For the acute cardiac failures I think you will find that most of your cases require one of four drugs: Arsenic, Antimony tart., Carbo veg., and Oxalic acid. There are various points about these individual drugs which help you in your selection and you will find that very soon you begin to select you begin to select your drug almost as quickly as you spot your pathological condition and by the time you spot your pathological condition and by the time you have overhauled your patient you know what to give.

In the Arsenic case you have the typical Arsenic mental distress, with extreme fear, extreme anxiety mental and physical restlessness, and with a constant thirst, a desire for small sips of ice-cold water.

So far as the actual symptoms are concerned the main complaint is of a feeling of extreme cardiac pressure a sensation of great weight on, or constriction of the chest, as if the patient cannot get enough breath in, and a fear that he is just going to die.

The patient as a rule are cold, they feel cold, but they may complain of some burning pain in chest.

In appearance they always extremely anxious and are grey, their lips rather pale, may be a little cyanotic, and they give you the impression of being very dangerously ill. They often have a peculiar pinched, wrinkled, grey appearance.

As a rule in these cases you will get the history that the attack has developed quite suddenly and the response to Arsenic has develop be equality quick. If you do not get a response to Arsenic within a quarter of an hour the patient is not an Arsenic one.

The first response that you ought to get is a diminution of the patient’s mental anxiety and extreme fear; the restlessness beginning to to subside and he begins to feel a little warmer.

In these cases my experience has been that you are wise to administer the highest potency of Arsenic you have with you and as I now carry all remedies up to the cm. I always give cms of Arsenic. But whatever potency you have with you, use the highest because this is the kind of case the will die very rapidly and you gain more by giving whatever potency you have than by wasting time going home to get a higher one. The Arsenic seems to act very much like a temporary cardiac stimulant, and I find that in the majority of these cases you have to repeat the dose, certainly to begin with, about every 15 minutes.

The next thing is that very often one sees a case of that sort which responds perfectly well, the patient is better everyone feels he is getting over it, and then in three, or four, or six hours the symptoms begin to come back, the patient no longer responds to Arsenic collapses and dies. That was my experience at one time. Then it began to dawn on me that I had given another drug during the reactive period I could have carried these case on. I found that when this was done the patients did not get the secondary collapse and were thus saved. To achieve this result you have to give your secondary drug within four to sic hours of the primary collapse while the patient is still responding to the Arsenic otherwise you are in great danger of having a secondary collapse which you are in great danger of having a secondary collapse which you cannot combat. So remember that this is one of the very few instances in which one appears to ride right across the dictum that so long as the patient is improving one carries on with the same drug. In these acute cases if you have set up a reaction at all you have got to take advantage of it, otherwise the patient will sink again.

The drugs which as a rule I have found these Arsenic cases go on to in the reactive stage are phosphorus or sulphur, but that is by no means constant. You can quite see that grey pinched anxious Arsenic patient responding, getting a little warmer, less pinched and drawn not so anxious or restless with a little more colour, and becoming a typical phosphorous type.

Equally you can see them going to the other extreme, where they are too hot, with irregular waves of heat and cold rather tending to push the blankets off, still with air hunger and going on to sulphur.

These are the two commonest drugs you will need but whatever the response is you ought to be able to follow up immediately you get the action well under way.

The Antimony tart patient have very much the same sort of condition but mentally they are quite different. In Antimony tart. there is a more definite tendency towards cyanosis than in Arsenic you never see a patient needing Antimony tart without very definite cyanotic signs in the finger nails, often extending over the whole of the hands and the feet may be involved as well.

Douglas Borland
Douglas Borland M.D. was a leading British homeopath in the early 1900s. In 1908, he studied with Kent in Chicago, and was known to be one of those from England who brought Kentian homeopathy back to his motherland.
He wrote a number of books: Children's Types, Digestive Drugs, Pneumonias
Douglas Borland died November 29, 1960.