Notes On Borax Veneta


The catarrhal symptoms of nose and throat are quite prominent in Borax. Discharge whitish, mucous, profuse; fluent coryza, with much crawling in nose; discharge of much greenish mucus from nose which is thick and difficult to dislodge; dry crust in nose, reform if removed; obstruction of r. nostril, with constant inclination to blow the nose; alternate obstruction of nose.


This is one of the “smaller” remedies as compared with some of the polychrests; but, nevertheless, possesses an individuality which distinguishes it from all others in its grand characteristic modality-worse from downward motion-which seems to manifest itself as a “general” in all its parts. The cause of this modality is probably cerebral anaemia, and the downward motion makes them feel as if they were going to fall.

It has been much used and abused as a domestic remedy for aphthous sore mouth, canker and the like; as a wash for the mouth, and as facilitating the labor pains of parturient women.

Mentally it shows great anxiety and fear: worse by downward motion, and violent fright at a shot or other sudden, loud, unexpected noise as of thunder, etc., and greatly benefits children who manifest over-great, unnatural fear of thunder, gunshot reports and the like. It has nausea from overuse of the mind; better by rest for a while, only to recur when the mental effort is repeated.

Its pronounced action on the mucous tract is shown by the aphthous condition throughout the body wherever a mucous membrane can be found.

Chilliness of the whole body, and particularly of the back is quite a marked symptom, without thirst; and the symptoms appearing latest in the proving seem to yield most readily to the remedy in a high potency.

Catarrhal inflammation of the eyes, with nightly agglutination. Inflammation of eyes caused by ingrowing of eye- lashes, when other symptoms agree, these symptoms appearing after six weeks in the proving.

The catarrhal symptoms of nose and throat are quite prominent in Borax. Discharge whitish, mucous, profuse; fluent coryza, with much crawling in nose; discharge of much greenish mucus from nose which is thick and difficult to dislodge; dry crust in nose, reform if removed; obstruction of r. nostril, with constant inclination to blow the nose; alternate obstruction of nose. first r., then l., as changed sides of lying with lachrymation; red and shining swelling of tip of nose, with throbbing and pressed sensation. Tough, whitish mucus in throat adhering like glue, and difficult to dislodge; palate wrinkled as though burnt; worse swallowing and chewing.

Is indicated in painful erysipelas of l. side of face, while Bell. attacks the r. side or whole face in a similar way.

In teething of children with swelling of one cheek, with drawing and tearing in upper and lower jawbone, and sensations of threatening pain, and in teeth, as if too long-symptoms appeared after 40 days in proving. In “nursing sore mouth” and aphthous condition of nursing infants, both in mouth, stomach, bladder, intestines, or all combined, when the constitutional symptoms agree, it is the grand panacea, and a single dose of borax to the mother in suitable potency will not only cure her “nursing sore mouth,” but will restore order to the infant as well. The diarrhoea which almost invariably follows the aphthous condition in infants is preceded by colic, and stools are green and always contain mucous; thus showing its decided action on the mucous tract.

Borax has stitching pains in r. chest similar to those of Bryonia, and suitable for intercostal neuralgia of r. chest, and may sometimes be used with good results in phthisis, when the long continued cough brings on this kind of pain in r. chest, and other symptoms agree.

The baby screams before micturition is quite common with Borax; the urine is hot and has pungent odor, and due to an inflammation of the lining membrane; but should not be confounded with gravel of infants showing practically the same symptom, but would require Sarsaparilla, Lyc., or some other remedy suitable for that condition, as indicated by totality of case.

S H Sparhawk