Tela aranea, the spider cobweb, is a reliable remedy, acting on the nervous and arterial systems. It is a soothing remedy. With it I have given refreshing sleep to a number of very nervous patients who could get no rest at night from the nervous sleeplessness. Sleeplessness from nervousness is a prominent symptom and a reliable one. Nervousness, intense restlessness, cannot lie in bed or sit quietly, must move about. “I am so tired”, is a feature that will be seen in nervous exhaustion. It produces a calm and delightful state of feeling followed by sleep. It rapidly lowers frequency of the pulse rate, produces a calm and delightful state of feeling, followed by a desire for sleep. It has a nervous cough, a dry, irritating cough.
It is claimed to be helpful and soothing in the last stages of tuberculosis; it soothes the declining patient. It has suffocation when lying in bed, must be supported on pillow, head raised. It is useful in organic heart disease. Nervousness, intense restlessness, languor and depression. “I am so tired.” Spasms, startings. Action seems primarily on the nervous and arterial systems. In New, Old and Forgotten Remedies its action in intermittent fevers is given, but the crude tincture was used in the report. Clark gives a short resume of the remedy. I have used the potencies exclusively. If a remedy will act curatively in the crude it will act better homoeopathically in the potencies, 200 to the 5M, my own potencies; and of course in still higher potencies.
When I was a boy, possibly eight to ten, I cut my hand severely with a sharp ax. The old colored mamma rushed to the cellar, secured some cobwebs and bound up the bleeding wound. It acted promptly as a styptic. The wound gave me no trouble and soon healed. Calendula succus will do the same, stopping the flow of blood and healing the wound by first intention. The cobweb used in the above incident was covered with dust and more or less dirt, but there was no sepsis or other trouble. It is not that which goes into a wound (within reason) that causes trouble, but that which is kept in, or is within. There is much foolishness today mingled with truth among the false scientists. There is too much reading today coupled with too little thinking. This causes the assumed specialists and false scientists to jump at conclusions, from erroneous concepts or ideas, and fills their minds with cobwebs.
You will find mention of Tela aranea in I.H.A. Trans. 1890, p. 414; Medical Advance, vol. 26, p. 102; Hom. Recorder, vol. 13 p. 283. Also in Clarks Dictionary and New, Old and Forgotten Remedies.
For the purpose of effecting the cure, as the organism must be susceptible of the remedy, so the remedy must be susceptible by the organism and its concerning organs.
The susceptibility of the organism is varying and different in each individual case.
For this reason, it is necessary to individualize the susceptibility as well as the dose and the remedy.
The susceptibility actually stands as the indication and measure for the form and quantity of remedial action required in the given case, i.e. for the potency and dose.-B. FINCKE, M.D., 1862.