THE USE OF UNUSUAL HOMOEOPATHIC REMEDIES IN GESTATION AND OBSTETRICS



For false pains and threatened abortion in women of frequent abortions particularly in thin, weakened women, there is no remedy superior to Caulophyllum thalictroides, and again during labor when the pains are short and ineffectual, evidently due to a rigid os. For prolonged lochia one thinks of the same remedy.

For haemorrhages after labor I have had remarkably good results from the use of a preparation of Trillium pendulum or Trillium concentration which I obtain from Messrs. Caroll Dunham, Smith & Co., of East 34th Street. New York City. For the relief of metrorrhagia, haemorrhoids of pregnancy and the enlargement or varicose conditions of the veins of the lower limbs I have found it practically infallible.

Lobelia inflata is another remedy which I should have mentioned for the relief of vomiting of pregnancy, especially among blond women inclined to be fleshy. The nausea of Tabacum is accompanied by more perspiration about the head, also a feeling of retraction of the navel. The vomiting of Veratrum album is marked by more prostration and intestinal irritation.

Swelling of the feet and limbs encountered during the final weeks of gestation and especially if accompanied by pains of a prickling, burning character, also numbness about the body are relieved frequently by Apis mellifica.

For suppression of the lochia with bearing down pains I would suggest Aralia racemosa, 10 drops of the tincture in wine- glassful water every three hours, or the sixth trituration, depending upon the sum total of symptoms. At the same time, for its physiologic action, should the temperature have risen, I prescribe one ounce of Oleum Ricini for its oxytoxic and eliminative action.

I have mentioned but a few of the many usual and unusual homoeopathic remedies which, in many years of practice, I have found highly serviceable for the disorders of the gestation period. As the majority of my deliveries are those of unmarried women who enter my nursing home several weeks or months prior to delivery, I have the advantage of close clinical observation from a homoeopathic standpoint.

So far in a period of ten years I have had no fatalities, either of mothers or infants, with the exception of two infants born with prenatal deformities, and no cases of sepsis. I now have about 75 illegitimate children who, through legal adoption, are being brought up in the good environment of well to do homes. I cannot but regard the private nursing home of homoeopathic standards a field very much neglected.

If physicians throughout the land would only regard the unfortunate girl from the standpoint of her unborn child hundreds of children would be saved from herding in orphan asylums, where, although physical condition are most credibly looked after, unfortunately individual psychology, upon which the whole future of the child depends, cannot be individually fostered. Criminal records of a few years back showed that a very large percentage of the inmates of our penal institutions were of illegitimate birth or reared in orphan asylums. From the baby farm to the prison is a way of least resistance.

The Homoeopathic Recorder, Vol. XLV., No. 12.

Edward R. Johnson