Syphilinum is prepared from the serosity obtained by scrapings of syphilitic chancre. Skinner and Swan, two American homoeopaths first made its provings. Its pathogenesis is incorporated in Allen’s Materia Medica of Nosodes.
In France we use Hepato-syphilinum, extract of the liver of a still born heredo-syphilitic child and Rachi-syphilinum, extract of Cephalo-rachidian liquid of a specific patient having positive biological reaction in the liquid. Rachi syphilinum will act better than Syphilinum in the specific nervous troubles. This nosode is generally used from 200 to 10,000 dilutions.
In primary syphilis, Syphilinum has little or no effect. When Mercury is used in strong doses or Arseno-benzol has caused the disappearance of the useful symptoms that are necessary to find out the similimum, Syphilinum will be useful as a reactional remedy. This remedy is very useful in old syphilitics whose convalescence takes particularly long times after an acute disease. Thus when a patient takes a long time to recover from his typhoid fever a single dose of Syphilinum will increase his appetite, his forces, sleep and he will soon take up his weight ( Kent).
It will act in old syphilitics aggravated by Sulphur, who has the symptoms of this remedy. Syphilinum is an antidote of Sulphur. When the patient is aggravated by Sulphur and when Pulsatilla, another antidote of Sulphur, does not give any result, we must always think of latent syphilis.
Syphilinum is to be used like any other remedy of the Materia Medica according to the law of similars, even when syphilis is not a cause and it is in such cases syphilinum will give the best results.
On the contrary in some cases its etiology will lead us to prescribe it –
1. In prolonged convalescence of old syphilitics,
2. In patients aggravated by Sulphur
3. In old syphilitic when well chosen remedies do not act Syphilinum will lift the barrage and the selected remedies will act.
4. In old syphilitics who suffer without precise symptoms syphilinum will “make the symptoms to come out.”
Syphilinum has some important characteristics which we are going to mention here without entering into details.
The pains of Syphilinum begins at dusk and ends at dawn (like Mercurius and Phytolacca).
Consequently the patient is aggravated at night, specially he suffers from insomnia. The nightly pains increase gradually and decreases gradually like the pains of Stannum and Strontium carbonicum. The pains are generally of ophthalmia (Agglutination of lids at night), of neuralgia, headaches, asthma, cough, whether it is the question of Syphilis or not.
Syphilinum is useful like Sulphur as a restorer of sleep. It is an excellent remedy of insomnia.
It is an important remedy of ulcerations of the mouth, of nose, of genital organs and of the skin. Nauseating ozaena, with bits of foul smelling discharge.
It is indicated in all foetid ulcerations. It is a good remedy of repeated abscesses.
The patient has great desire for all sorts of alcoholic drinks. Here you will find alcoholic heredity as in Asarum, Psorinum, Tuberculinum, Sulphur and Sulphuric acidum.
Since some years the patient has stubborn constipation as if his rectum is strangulated and drawn in. Syphilinum is a remedy of anal fissures. Prolapsus of the anus of persons having syphilitic antecedents.
The leucorrhoeic flow is so much abundant that is flows out of the napkins and flows down to the heels like that of Alumina.
The falling of hairs is often related to very violent headaches of neuralgic character, causing sleeplessness, delirium at night. Generally, headaches begin at 4 p.M., become maximum at 10 to 11 p.m. and ceases immediately with sunrise. The neuralgias of Lycopodium ceases at 11 to 12 p.m.
In syphilinum the tibias and the cranial bones are painful.
A curious symptom which is very real is that the patient very often washes his hands.
The patient is ameliorated during cold season and in hot season; some symptoms are ameliorated by hot applications, some by cold air and by cold applications.
Considerable emaciation of the whole body.
Interesting sensations are:
Boiling, as if hot water and oil flowing through veins.
Mania and paralysis of the tongue are possible.
Head drawn backward as if by a weight.
Sand in the eyes.
The right eye is wide open, as if cold air is blowing within it.
Something living in the teeth, as for example a worm.
Sternum drawn backwards.
Bones are sawed.
Soles of hands and feet as if pierced by needles.
By touch (tibia and neck of the uterus).