Saccharum lactis is a remedy introduced by Dr. Swan many years ago. It was his “Fatigue powders”, the accuracy of which I have verified. When a man, woman or child is completely fagged out by muscular work of any kind, too tired to eat or sleep, Sac. lac. in a high potency will very quickly and permanently remove the fatigue, the patient will feel rested. Sac. lac is to muscular fatigue what Tela aran. is to nervous fatigue or depression. Sac. lac was proven by a number of persons in the potencies, but because it is so common or inert, it has been used but little. Hahnemann esteemed it the nearest inert of all substances, and it may be in the crude state.
In the potencies it is active and curatively reliable, even if the patient is using the crude form at the same time. It is used but little today in pellets, as cane sugar is used mostly. Herein it is like Natrum mur. A person can be using the table salt daily, even in large quantity, yet in the potentized form it will act like a charm. I had, some years ago, a family of four from Arkansas, who had had ague for a long while, and had taken quinine by the peck. There was an insatiable craving for salt. The children would steal salt and eat it by the handful. Yet one prescription of Natrum mur. 20M cured all four and removed the craving for the crude salt.
Clark gives in his Dictionary quite a resume of this remedy, but not as full and complete as is given by Dr. Swan in his Materia Medica. Sight fails; eyes tire very easily. It has cold pains as a feature. Swan considers cold pains as a Keynote. Cold, neuralgic pains in lobes or cartilages of either ear, and in other places. These pains were icy cold like needles. Symptoms worse before a storm, in a damp room or basement. Better by warmth of a fire. Sensations as if it is only by a great effort one is kept together. Loses way in well known streets. Imagines there is a large hole in back just above sacrum; that her mother wants to kill her; that someone is behind her.
Very nervous, jumps from her seat at least noise. Great fear of death during paroxysms of pain in heart. Faecal odor of body, or only hands, before stool passing away after stool. Great soreness around anus, passing up rectum three inches. It has a number of important rectal symptoms; also urinary. Heart symptoms are marked and peculiar. Sensitive in every part of body. Restless at night caused by itching all over body as soon as covered in bed. It has symptoms all over the body. It will pay any one to make a study of this remedy and use it in the potencies. See Clarks Swans Materia Medicas. Also Homoeopathic Physician, vol. 10, p. 137; vol. 12, p. 98; Organon Magazine, vol. 2, pp. 288, 247; vol. 3, p. 117; I.H.A. Trans. 1889, p. 194.