Homoeopathic Treatment of Tabes

Conium: Action on the marrow. Muscular weakness and tremblings. But it acts better in the ataxy of the cerebellum origin than in tabes. Photophobia. Mental depression. Debility. Celibacy.

Secale cornutum: A remedy of perforating disease. Sensation of walking of ants and numbness, very painful cramps. Extremities are ice-cold. Violent pain in the toes. Skin sensitive to touch.

Physostigma: A remedy of the first importance. Has a typical picture of tabes and all motor troubles. Anesthesia, weakness of the muscles. Rigidity and cramps. Spasms of the ciliary muscles.

Helleborus: Muscular relaxation. Liver very much involved.

Lathyrus: Almost total loss of the power of the legs. Weakness and trembling of legs. But it is rather a remedy of sclerosis, lateral amyotrophic sclerosis, because the reflexes are exaggerated in Lathyrus. It may act only in the beginning of tabes.

Treatment of the ground: Thuja, Luesinum, Sulphur, Ignatia, Nux vomica.

These are the principal remedies indicated in the tabes. These remedies belong to the vegetable and mineral kingdom. In the mineral kingdom some metalloid plants, heavy metals, and acids. In the vegetable kingdom strychniacae, and spasmo-genous plants. It would be naturally necessary to drain the patient not only with these principal remedies, but we should give him the medicines corresponding to the morbid temperament, such as Thuja, Sulphur, Lachesis, etc. Sometimes also Ignatia, Nux vomica which will not act well as ground remedies in high dilutions and rarely repeated. In some cases we may get good effects if we apply the nosode Syphilinum in 30, 200 or M at an interval of two to three months.

On the whole the results will be variable. Very often manifestly more favourable than those that one obtains by specific and classical treatment. But one stumbles against the impossibility of changing anatomically the degenerated nerve tissues or when it is attacked by sclerosis. It is in this way we must direct ourselves in order to get in the future some superior results in the treatment of tabes as well as in all the organic lesions of the nervous system.

Mauritius Fortier-Bernoville
Mauritius (Maurice) Fortier Bernoville 1896 – 1939 MD was a French orthodox physician who converted to homeopathy to become the Chief editor of L’Homeopathie Moderne (founded in 1932; ceased publication in 1940), one of the founders of the Laboratoire Homeopathiques Modernes, and the founder of the Institut National Homeopathique Francais.

Bernoville was a major lecturer in homeopathy, and he was active in Liga Medicorum Homeopathica Internationalis, and a founder of the le Syndicat national des médecins homœopathes français in 1932, and a member of the French Society of Homeopathy, and the Society of Homeopathy in the Rhone.

Fortier-Bernoville wrote several books, including Une etude sur Phosphorus (1930), L'Homoeopathie en Medecine Infantile (1931), his best known Comment guerir par l'Homoeopathie (1929, 1937), and an interesting work on iridology, Introduction a l'etude de l'Iridologie (1932).

With Louis-Alcime Rousseau, he wrote several booklets, including Diseases of Respiratory and Digestive Systems of Children, Diabetes Mellitus, Chronic Rheumatism, treatment of hay fever (1929), The importance of chemistry and toxicology in the indications of Phosphorus (1931), and Homeopathic Medicine for Children (1931). He also wrote several short pamphlets, including What We Must Not Do in Homoeopathy, which discusses the logistics of drainage and how to avoid aggravations.

He was an opponent of Kentian homeopathy and a proponent of drainage and artificial phylectenular autotherapy as well.