Gradual Cardiac Failure

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

Gradual Cardiac Failure with Tendency to Dilation.

In these cases the heart is just gradually giving out, beginning to dilate a little becoming slightly irregular while the patients are going down hill. If the condition is not so acute as to call for one of the four drugs we have been discussing there are another three or four which you may find very helpful. That is quite apart from your ordinary prescribing. You find that in many of these cases in which there is a tendency to cardiac failure the heart picks up and the tendency to dilation disappears on your ordinary prescribing and you do not need to prescribe on the cardiac symptoms particularly that is to say, the patient responds to the drug for their general symptoms. For instance quite frequently in pneumonia a bad case, with the patient pretty worn out with indications for Lycopodium there is a tendency to a failing heart, with dilations for Lycopodium there is a tendency to failing heart with dilatation but after the administration of Lycopodium the heart picks up, the pulse steadies and the tendency to dilatation disappears. You find the same in all acute illness where the patient is responding to the particular drug indicated. But you also get cases in which the patient is doing quite well but there is a tendency to cardiac failure which is not responding to the apparently indicated remedy, then you have to consider the drugs for cardiac failure in addition.

For the cases the most common drugs are the the snake poisons especially Lachesis and Naja. And less commonly Lycopus and Laurocerasus.

It is very difficult to distinguish one snake poison from another in such condition. In appearance they are all very similar but much the most common remedies for these conditions are Lachesis and Naja.

The Lachesis picture I think is pretty typical of all, and there are just a few indications which make one choose Naja in preference to Lachesis.

In all these cases indicating the snake poison you get a rather purplish bloated appearance. They suffer from a feeling of tightness or constriction in the chest, more commonly feeling of tightness or constriction in the chest, more commonly in the upper part of the chest and they are intolerant of any weight or pressure of the bedclothes, or any tight clothing to heat they feel hot and they dislike a hot stuffy room. They have a marked aggravation after sleep; they get acute suffocative attacks when they fall asleep and they wake up in increased distress.

All these snake poison patients in their cardiac distresses have a marked aggravation from being turned over on to the left side. They have a very marked tremor, and their hands are shaky. And most of them as they tend to get worse become mentally fogged, confused and very often become difficult and suspicious.

If there was nothing more than that one would give Lachesis. But in a certain number of these cases you get rather acute stitching pains which go right through the chest from the precordium to the region of the scapula, associated with very marked numbness particularly in the left arm and hand. Where the numbness particularly in the left arm and hand. Where the numbness is pronounced one would give Naja in preference to Lachesis.

If the pain – Stitching in character – is more marked one tends to give Naja but if the feeling of constriction is predominant then Lachesis is the remedy. But the general symptoms are identical.

I think possibly Naja is a little less red, less bloated looking a little paler than Lachesis but that is not very striking.

Apart from the snake poisons there are two other drugs which you will find very useful in these conditions. The first of these is Lycopus.

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.