SOME FACTS OF THE MATERIA MEDICA. Ignatia acts better if given in the morning. Apis acts unfavorable if given in low potencies to women who are disposed to miscarry. Lac caninum acts best in single doses; if repeated it should be given at exact intervals. Kali carbonicum is a very dangerous remedy in old gouty cases but Kali iod. is often beneficial. Arsenic is a dangerous remedy in irritable heat; dangerous remedy in dysentery if not the exact similimum.

Sulphur, Hepar calc. sulph. and Sepia are the exceptions; few antipsorics bear repetition.

Sulphur, Calcarea, Syphilinum Tuberculinum, Carbo vegetabilis are sure to cause reaction when well chosen remedies fail to act. This is especially true of Sulphur in acute cases.

Moschus acts beneficially when the disorder does not follow its normal course but remains uncured or develops serious symptoms indicating nervous exhaustion.

Aurum, Asafoetida, Castoreum, at time may be given in cases of women are nervous and do not react after illness.

Bovista, in urticaria or other eruptive diseases when Rhus toxicodendron fails to act though apparently indicated.

Mercurius: with this remedy water treatment should be carefully avoided in acute or chronic cases.

Lachesis is especially useful when paroxysms of fevers return after taking acids. Colchicum hastens relapse of gout if abused.

Phosphorus, Iodine, Mercurius generally act better in warm dry rather than cold wet weather.

Arum triphyllum should not be given low or repeated often as deleterious effects frequently follow. Kali carbonicum will bring on menses when Natrum muriaticum, although indicated, fails.

Atropa belladonna suits persons with well developed, acute brains and well trained nervous systems.

Pulsatilla: the principal time for symptoms to appear is in the evening and until midnight.

Ailanthus odorata affects women and children more than men, and old people least of all.

Agaricus phalloides; poison symptoms of this drug do not develop until eight or ten hours after taking. No similarity to Colchicum.

Causticum has a primary action apparently later than any other antipsoric.

Lachesis: care with administration is required in acute diseases because administration is almost always followed by

an aggravation.

Salamander, when Crotalus, Lachesis and other remedies do not act, frequently brings the desired effect.

Ambra grisea often takes the place of Carbo vegetabilis and Petroleum, especially when one or the other of these seems indicated but does not act.

Syphilinum, when Lycopodium seems indicated by 4 p.m. aggravation but does not act, will often clear up a case.

Ptelea may cause all symptoms to disappear suddenly after eating sour things.

Calcarea fluorica or Fluoric acid follows when Silica fails to keep up improvement in ulceration or disintegration of bone.

Bryonia alba: If it be the right remedy in fever it will act in 12 hours, in which case it will produce a free perspiration. Care must be exercised as it may be injurious during pregnancy.

Nux vomica: Care in administration; abortion is apt to follow.

Carbo vegetabilis, Lycopodium, Natrum muriaticum and Silica in low potencies are inactive and perhaps inert.

Belladonna may be indicated in hydrocephaloid children until they get something to eat-then indications change.

Iodum should not be given in the lying-in period, except in high potencies.

Phosphoric acid is useful in pneumonia when the disease does not take the normal course owing to the prostration of the patient from loss of vital fluids, distressing emotions or other major factors.

Acidum aceticum is one of the most dangerous remedies for a pulmonary tuberculosis patient; it predisposes to haemoptysis. (Ferr. nit.).

Hydrastis canadensis may be used to fatten a patient who has been cured with Tuberculinum.

Lachesis repeats its primary action every fourteen days.

Physostigma, Tabacum and Conium maculatum may be used to intensify action of Gelsemium.

Bryonia alba acts well in jaundice if the case has been spoiled by calomel (HgCL).

Nux vomica intensifies the action of Sepia.

Arsenicum album in typhoid fever does irreparable injury if not unmistakably indicated.

Mercurius is so rarely indicated in typhoid fever that some. careful prescribers say “never”.

Phosphorus, Silica and Sulphur are unsafe to give in any stage of phthisis without meticulous investigation.

Aconitum napellus; The action here may be suspended by vegetable acid or wine.

Cinchona and Pulsatilla will not act satisfactorily if the patient be permitted to drink tea.

Kali bichromicum, according to Farrington, acts better in low than high potencies.

Arum triphyllum: As soon as the child gets better in scarlatina there is a frequent discharge of pale urine. Now stop the remedy, or any other.

Calcarea in persons of advanced age can scarcely be repeated. In children several successive doses may be given with impunity.

Calcarea: Nausea consequent on its use is counteracted by smelling sweet spirits of nitre. This acts even better then camphor.

Conium maculatum: This remedy, in order to act beneficially, has frequently to be preceded by some other drug and it must be used in the smallest of material doses.

Capsicum: When medicine fail to act though well indicated in flabby, lazy individuals use Capsicum.

Calcarea: Think of it for frequent use following Sulphur, especially when the pupils of the eyes are prone to dilate easily.

Calcarea generally acts well after Nitric acid, when the action of this drug, although apparently homoeopathically indicated, has been rather unfavorable. On the other hand, Nitric acid relieves the unpleasant symptoms of the homoeopathically chosen Calcarea and imparts to its action a beneficent character.

Nitric acid acts powerfully on mucous membranes and has a particular affinity for outlets of mucous surfaces where the skin and mucous membranes join.

Lycopodium acts with especial benefit after the action to Calcarea shall have passed over.

Graphites is especially useful after Lycopodium.

Iodum is especially useful after Mercurius.

Graphites can seldom be repeated with advantage even after the use of intermediate remedies.

Cinchona increase the anguish of Digitalis even to a death struggle.

Nitri spiritus dulcis increases the action of Digitalis.

Laurocerasus is indicated when deficient nervous reaction is present and a well chosen remedy does not act.

Lycopodium. The action of Lycopodium is facilitated by Carbo vegetabilis on the sixth or eighth day.

Zincum metallicum acts better if given at night. Nux vomica may have this same characteristic. It is not constant.

Magnesia phosphorica at times acts better if given in hot water. Teucrium marum verum is suitable when too much medicine has produced an oversensitive condition and remedies fail to act.

Mercurius protoiodatus has its action retarded by care and anxiety.

Acidum muriaticum is of great assistance in muscular weakness following excessive use of opium or soothing syrups. (Compare Gelsemium).

Nux vomica is especially useful when the patient has been drugged.

Carbo vegetabilis, Laurocerasus, Aloes , Opium, show a want of susceptibility to drugs and a deficiency of vital reaction.

Phosphorus is useful after onion syrup has been abused.

Psorinum has lack of reaction after severe diseases.

Mezereum may be frequently indicated during the months of January and February (in Canada).

Glonoin: It is stated that if administered just previous to the period the menses will fail to appear.

Zincum valerianicum is to be thought of in nervous affections when apparently well chosen remedies fail to act.

Sulphur: Cases spoiled by the use of Aconitum napellus can often be adjusted by giving it.

Kali carbonicum: Acidum nitricum is especially active when it follows this drug.

Hydrastis canadensis is frequently indicated when the patient has taken potassium chlorate for sore throat.

Bovista: Smoke from Bovista acts more decidedly on bees then any other substance of which we know.

Coffea, cruda, Nux vomica, Pulsatilla, Asarum, Chamomilla, China, Ignatia, Teucrium marum verum, Valerian, Zincum valerianicum, may be used at times to correct over-sensitivity of life force, hyperaesthesia and / or irritability.

Mercury: Hepar sulph. alternately with Acidum nitricum may be given for over-excitement from abuse of this drug.

Colchicum, if given in massive doses for rheumatism, is said to frequently produce Brights disease.

Chamomilla (low) to quiet the storm which is set up by being deprived of morphia.

Ferrum met.: Its action in syphilis is to intensify it.

Phosphorus: Curative effects most marked on the third day after its administration. Look for thirty-six-hour aggravation after giving it in chronic diseases.

Rhus will not. re sciatica when the bowels are constipated.

Belladonna is said not to affect idiots to any appreciable extent.

Lac caninum: When Belladonna and Lachesis fail in croup or diphtheria then truth to the polychrest.

Phosphorus antidotes the nausea and vomiting following the administration o chloroform.

Borax: The symptoms that disappeared after taking it returned after taking vinegar.

Ambra grisea given in the evening is apt to cause an aggravation.

Opium: The narcotic effect is much diminished by great pain or grief.

Lachesis – if sudden fright interrupts the good effect of other medicine.

Tarentula : All the symptoms aggravated by seeing others in troubles.

Arnica acts injuriously after the bite of a dog or other rabid or angry animal.

Kreosote in burning pains stands next to Arsenicum and frequently cures after failure of the latter.

H C Morrow