Wesselhoeft W P
Asarum Europ. -In the preface to this remedy, Hahnemann in his powerful manner discusses the absurdity of grouping remedies according to their coarser or toxic symptoms, such as colic, vomiting produced by massive doses of a drug. Based upon these coarser symptoms, the allopathic school regards the action of Asarum as identical with that of Ipecac. “No!” says Hahnemann, “such profanation of Asarum and Ipecac is intolerable, in the light of true experiment.” He further asks: “Do these substances, with Arsenic, Sulph. of Zinc, Acetate of Copper, Veratrum, etc., exist merely to be used as emetics?”.
“What else such a remedy as Asarum can produce,” he adds, “may be seen, by studying the provings. And every thoughtful physician must recognize its wide sphere of action”.
I hope by detailing the following case, to corroborate two of its very important symptoms.
Mrs. J. H. S., a light, graceful blonde, aged thirty- seven, mother of one child.
Two years ago, an artificial abortion in the third month of pregnancy. Has not seen a well day since.
Has been treated by a self styled “homoeopathic” physician, locally, for eighteen months, “for uterine disease,” and steadily growing worse.
Has a burning, pushing out sensation back of eyeballs, accompanied by a steady dull pain all through the head. This is much aggravated by any use of the eyes.
When the pain in the head and eyes is relieved has a distressing internal soreness in lower abdomen, with great sensitiveness to jar, but not to touch or pressure. Has never had any bearing down sensations, and only a slight watery leucorrhoea, staining the clothing yellow.
Has a raw, sore sensation in right ovary, aggravated by drawing legs up. Has slept from childhood with left leg drawn up, which she is unable to do now.
For the last month, has suffered less severely from the symptoms in lower abdomen, but has greatly increased distress in head and back of eyeballs.
She lost very little blood during the abortion, but two months later had a very severe flooding.
She sleeps well at night, and feels constantly sleepy during the day, when first waking head and eye symptoms are aggravated.
Great depression of spirits, fears insanity. is morose, irritable, petulant, which is entirely foreign to her when well.
Desires fresh air, and the colder the weather the better she feels. Appetite, digestion and stools normal. menstruates every twenty-five days, without amelioration or aggravation of symptoms. Examination by speculum, neither os nor cervix show the least sign of disease. Probe enters freely two and a half inches. The uterus is freely movable and not enlarged.
Was told by her former physician that she had ‘serious” uterine disease.
My first choice was Lachesis based mainly upon the mental symptoms, the aggravation after sleep, and the forcing out sensations in eyeballs. Of this remedy she received a single dose in the cm. potency.
Two weeks later she reports: Menses again appeared in twenty-five days. Head and eye symptoms markedly relieved till appearance of menses (yesterday). Fever blisters on lips. Nausea on awakening in morning. Less sensitiveness to jar in lower abdomen (till the appearance of menses). right arm goes to sleep frequently.
Gave Sac. lac.
Two weeks later reports: Mentally better, less fear of insanity. Abdomen has been entirely free from pain, and sensitiveness to jar. Eye and had symptoms have been much worse, to which is added a constant nausea during the day. Gave Lachesis cm. one dose.
A fortnight later reports:.
Mental improvement continues, also less nausea. Catamenia appeared on the 27th day. Complains more of the pressing out sensation in the eyes, and the constant dull headache; while talking with me she frequently presses against her eyeballs, as if she would press them back into her head.
On closer questioning, I discovered that the sensation was not only an outward pressure, but as if the eyeballs were pressed asunder and outwards, greatly aggravated by reading.
I now restudied the case, and after a long search found the remedy. The repertories gave me little help, not even the excellent “Berridge’s Eye Repertory.” In this I found on page 69: “Eyeballs pressing laterally outward.” Baptisia, Phosphoric acid, and page 179, under the rubric “Aggravation from reading” I found “Pressing,” but not “Pressing outwards or asunder”.
Neither Baptisia nor Phosphor, acid suited the case in other respects.
As the ‘Relief from cold” was one of the “marked and peculiar” symptoms, I looked through all the remedies which had this peculiarity, and in this way discovered the following symptoms, No. 48, of Asarum: “When using the eyes for reading, there occurs in each of them a feeling as if forced asunder”.
Then the old, well known symptom of Asarum came to my mind, and I asked my patient if she was not relieved by washing her face and eyes in warm water? “No.” she exclaimed, “nothing but the coldest water, splashed upon my face and eyes, gives me any relief, and that relief continues only a short time”.
Now Asarum has the following symptoms: “On washing the face with cold water, the vertigo, headache, burning on tongue, contraction of cervical muscles and weakness of knees went off but after drying the face, they returned”.
These two symptoms, coupled with the constant nausea and drowsiness during the day (Symptom 238) gave me great confidence that I had found the appropriate remedy.
She received three doses in the cm. potency, about a fortnight apart. She is now entirely free from her eye and head symptoms, and has no return of abdominal pains, which formerly alternated with those of the head.
In this case lachesis did much. It relieved entirely the soul symptoms, but it remained for Asarum, which was wholly specific for the “individual and peculiar symptoms.” to finish the cure.
This case was under treatment and entirely cured in four months, after a “homoeopathic” (?) fraud had tampered with it by local applications and inappropriate internal remedies, for eighteen mouths, with constantly increasing misery to his patient.
I would advise you to insert into your repertories the following symptoms: “Pressing asunder and outwards of the eyeballs aggravated by reading,” and under score, the following symptoms: “Relief by washing the face with cold water.” “Drowsiness during day.” “Constant nausea”.
Asarum is a great, and probably much-neglected remedy its ameliorations in damp, cold weather (like causticum have been its chief indications, and by me, used mainly in rheumatic affections, relieved under these atmospheric conditions.
Arnica. -Child six years old; whooping cough, two weeks’ standing, during which time one dose of Bry., and later, one dose of K. carb. had been given. The following symptoms developed: Frequent severe coughing spells, especially severe after eating and during night. Tears flow from eyes during the paroxysm, weeps as if her heart would break after the attack. Arnica cm., one dose in water given every four hours for twenty-four hours. On the 11th of July, received the following note from the mother: “Laura’s last remedy acted like a charm from first to last. She seems quite well, eats, sleeps, and plays as usual. Gives a little cough perhaps twice in the twenty-four hours. Has no spells of coughing. It is a marvel how this medicine has helped her. From the first night she slept eight hours, and night was her worst time. I consider her quite well, and that there is no chance of her giving it to any one. Your more determinedly homoeopathic friend and follower than ever, C. H. S”.
Arnica has: “Crying before the paroxysms,” also “Crying in children excites cough”.
From the above observation, I have added to the provings: “Weeping as if her heart would break after the paroxysm.” “Profuse lachrymation during the paroxysm”.
No one can deny (except a homoeopathic microscopist) that this cure was due to the action of a homoeopathic similimum, because n case of severe whooping cough, in the second week of its existence, recovers spontaneously in three days.
Arnica. -Double pneumonia. Blonde married woman, aet 41, left lung solidly hepatized. Right lung, crepitant rales to middle of scapula. No vesicular respiration audible anteriorly. Respirations from 56 to 62 a minute.
Stitches in right lower chest anteriorly, running into right hypochondrium, worse from the slightest motion (even the moving of a finger or a toe, or the slightest jar). Relieved by external pressure over the lower rib region of right side (the attendant was obliged to bear nearly her whole weight upon this portion of the chest). There was no cough present during the entire course of disease. Resolution followed by absorption rapidly, and no expectoration.
Similar symptoms in the proving, occurring on left side, have been observed.
Therefore, “Aggravation from motion,” “Relief from pressure,” are confirmed. Arnica, probably, acts equally well, if otherwise indicated, on right or left side.
Phosphorus: Married woman, aged 34, large stout brunette. Troubled with following symptoms, for several years: After eating, pressure in pit of stomach. Food, if regurgitated soon after eating is sweet; if it occurs later, is accompanied by a rancid fluid. The expulsion of food relieves the pressure in stomach.
Desires only cold food and drink. Hot or warm food burns in stomach. Cold food distresses her much less. Very regularly, every two weeks, has an attack of cramp in stomach, accompanied by distressing dyspnoea. The cramp extends into back. It lasts 20 to 30 minutes, during which time she is in great agony, finally relieved by eructation.
During the attacks of cramp she passes great quantity of colorless urine.
Every slight cold produces aphonia.
She received a dose of Phosph. cm, February 28, 1885. Had no return of cramp till August, 1886, and no regurgitation or pressure in stomach, was able again to take warm food. On August 15, 1886, she received a dose of Phosph. dm. No return of cramp or gastric symptoms to this day.
This confirms symptoms: “Desire for cold food and drink” (which is digested better than warm).
Cramps in the stomach, extending to back. This symptom is not found in Hahnemann’s proving. In “Herings’ Guiding Symptoms, “however, the symptom stands, and is hereby confirmed.
“Cramp in stomach accompanied by dyspnoea.” This symptom is found in Hahnemann’s proving, but it is not recorded in the “Guiding Symptoms”.
“Food is regurgitated soon after eating” has been confirmed innumerable times before.
“Urine profuse, pale, watery” is also confirmed.
Apium graveolens. A blonde, rather delicate, aged 30. For two weeks has a queer “fullness” in whole head, with constant, painless throbbing. Tired ache in sacrum, relieved by standing and pressure; attributes sensations in head to over study. The painless throbbing and fullness were promptly relieved by a dose of the cm. The backache was not improved.
Culex musca. Short, thickest, light brunette man, aged 40. Bright red swelling on upper maxillary bone, over first right bicuspid. Slight redness of cheek. Threatening abscess with paroxysmal throbbing, dull pain. Relieved by warm applications. Came on after exposure to wet weather. Merc. sol. and Rhus did no good.
He then told me that whenever he blew his nose he had vertigo, with a sense of occlusion in both ears. a dose of the cm. potency dissolved in water, and taken every three hours during the day, relieved all pain, and in 48 hours all the swelling.
Calcarea fluorica. Two cases of syphilitic periosteal swelling; one, occurring on the right radius; the other on the left ulna, both situated near the centre of the bone. One, the size of a bean; the other, more than three times as large. One of them very sensitive to touch, the other without sensitiveness. One occurred in a brunette man, aged 30, the other in a light blonde woman, aged 37. The latter, also, had a similar enlargement on right frontal protuberance. In both cases the swellings disappeared gradually, during a month, after a dose of the cm. potency.
Silicea does not affect bone enlargements of a syphilitic origin, I think.
Fluoric acid.-Syphilitic mucus patches on soft palate and uvula. Throat sensitive to cold air. Hair of head, eyebrows, beard, had fallen. Complete recovery after a dose of the cm. dm., and cmm., potency about 6 weeks apart.
“Throat sensitive to cold,” “Falling out of hair,” are confirmed symptoms.
Sarsaparilla.-A. B. C., aged 38; short, delicately built, light brunette man.
In 1883, had “inflammation of colon.” Since then has suffered almost continually from indigestion.
Constant pressure under lower end of sternum. -Pressing up into cardiac region.
Can not bear pressure of clothing over epigastrium.
Stomach is swollen after eating and scrobiculum protrudes like a saucer.
While eating, frequent bitter eructations.
When stomach symptoms are relieved, has for the past year attacks of dull aching in the lumbar region, with frequent and scanty urination.
Calcarea and Lycopodium, given a month apart, gave him no relief.
Sarsaparilla cm., one dose, relieved the symptoms of the stomach entirely in a short time, and since January last he has had no return of the lumbar pain or frequency of urination.
I was led to this remedy, mainly upon the symptom:”Better eructations while eating”.
Besides this symptom, the following ones are confirmed:.
“Pressing pain directly under the ensiform cartilage, increased by pressure”.
“Frequent desire to urinate with scanty urine”.
These three symptoms may be underscored as verified and confirmed. The keynote to the remedy was: “Bitter eructations while eating”.
DR. KENT: I wish we could find what time of day the symptoms of the face and eyes were aggravated. I have come across a verification of that symptom. I had a patient who could never let lager alone; he was, in fact, a dipsomaniac, and had taken a number of remedies and made a great many failures to overcome his appetite. After a spree he would get up in the morning with pains in his face and eye, which were relieved only by splashing his face with ice cold water. At last, I found this under Asarum, and I found also the terrible craving for stimulants it has. It cured him of his appetite completely. Since then I have it indicated several times in old alcoholics.
DR. H.C. ALLEN: Was the menstrual function regular and profuse in the Lachesis case?.
DR. WESSELHOEFT: It occurred on the twenty-fifth day.
DR. ALLEN: That might exclude Lachesis from your prescription.
DR. WESSELHOEFT: I do not agree with Dr. Allen. I claim that if we have a strong preponderance of Lachesis symptoms, we should give Lachesis, whether the flow is early or late.
DR. H.C. ALLEN: My experience is that the menstruation of Lachesis occurs with clock like regularity. But I confess that we must be guided by the totality, however prominent a single symptom may be.
DR. THOMSON: The case of pernicious, progressive anaemia, that I referred to this morning, was one of the most irregular cases of menstruation in my experience, and Lachesis was the most helpful of her remedies.
DR. FINCKE: Lachesis always brought on copious menstruation in some of my sensitive women powers, so I have had to stop giving it to them.
DR. KENT: I have verified that symptom of Culex in connection with erysipelas of the face. I cured erysipelas of both sides of the face, eyes and lids, and one ear, with sensation of stiffness in the nose that inclined one to blow th nose-the blowing being attended with vertigo.