How well do we treat the great number of colds coming into our hands? In the first place, it is well that we recognize the fact that in a cold we have an expulsive effort to free the body of toxic materials resulting from fracturing some law of nature and that this should not be interfered with allopathically or homoeopathically.
Man, thy name is inconsistency.
So in walks cold. What, in practical politics, do we do about it? We have a habit of collecting and indexing medical pointers. now numbering over 3700. Here are a few on COLDS.
“A cold, after a remedy, is a curative sign.” Here we should, and mostly do, keep hands off.
“A remedy that can bring a symptom to the surface continues its curative action towards health if not interfered with, therefore watch and wait.” A most difficult task and one too seldom followed. We are apt to get in there with a new remedy and mess things up. Where the 2c has started cure, we may, for something acute coming up, step in with the 3x before meals, a questionable procedure.
One of us “usually starts off with Nux especially if the patient is chilling, with stopped nose as night and fluent coryza in the morning,” especially after a stomach upset.
“Bacillinum often takes over a sudden, deep-seated chest cold”.
“One has seen very rapid action with Ferr. p. in many early colds, without the very definite symptoms of Acon., Bry., or Phos.”-Margaret Tyler.
“Throat trouble from every slight cold, Bar. c., 50M, three or four doses every two hours. May need repeating every few weeks for a while. Never failed me.”- Guernsey, Transactions I.H.A., 1886, page 298. Pointer 2106.
“In simple cute colds, give the 2c, one dose and S.L. every two hours. If not better in twelve hours, have the patient come back.”- Dixon.
“Nat. m. is infallible for stopping a cold commencing with a sneeze, 30th potency.”- Boerickes Materia Medica, page 460.
“Colds starting in the larynx and extending upward, Brom., Merc., Sepia., From nose downward, Cepa, Carb.v., Euphras., Ip., Merc., Nux-v., Phos., Stann., Ars., Bry., but especially Sang. and Arum.t”.
“Child takes cold easily, swollen cervical glands, adenoids, persistent cough, green sputum, appetite good but losing weight. Tub., Abrot., Iod. or Nat. M., as indicated”.
“In treatment of the tumors, one first curative sign is profuse coryza and much expectoration. During such attack the tumor will diminish rapidly in size. Do not treat the cold or the tumor will not get well.”-D.C. McLaren. Transactions I.H.A., 1900, page 184. Pointer NO. 1783.
“Coryza sensitive to inhaled air: Aesc. h”.
“Tickling in throat pit causes cough: Rumex”.
“Sulphur is a good finisher of relapsing colds.”- Elizabeth Hubbard. Psor may come in here on symptoms.
“Sudden onset from exposure to cold dry wind. Chill, thirst, palpitation. Quick hard pulse. Load on chest. SCARED. A big storm, soon over with: Aconite.”- Tyler. “Nux v. also worse from cold dry winds. Acon. is anxious, Nux irritable, easily offended. Very chilly especially from any movement. Cant stir from fire or put hand out of bed. Nose stopped at night, fluent by day. Throat rough, raw, sore”.
“Cepa: constant or frequent sneezing. Profuse acrid discharge. Nose and upper lip sore. Worse in evening, indoors. Better in open air. Profuse lachrymation not acrid, streaming eyes and nose with headache”.
“Gels.: chills up and down back. Heat and chills chase one another. Limbs and eyelids heavy. Dry rough cough. Raw chest. Aching, tired, heavy, weak and sore. Slow in developing.
“Merc. sol.: coryza, fluent, corrosive, much sneezing. Nose red, swollen, shining. Greenish, fetid pus from nose. Hoarse rough voice. Burning, raw, tickling larynx. Worse least draft. Sweats without relief. Tongue has tooth marks. Putrid, sweetish, salty or metallic taste. Offensive breath and sweat. Salivation”.
“Bry.: dry lips, mouth, stomach. Big drinks at long intervals. Stitches in chest. Cough with splitting headache. Worse from motion, from respiration. Dry and cough with soreness and pain in chest”.
“Hep. : from cold dry weather. (Acon., Nux.) Worse for cold air, draft. Bad temper. A new cold from every breath of fresh air. Cough from uncovering.
“Dulc.: exposure to wet, cold. Chilling after being heated. Much mucus. Stiff neck, sore throat, back and limbs”.
“Iod.: smell lost, nose dry and stuffed up. Dry coryza, fluent outdoors. Hot water drops out. Fever, severe headache, excessive secretion and much sneezing. Excoriating thin discharge. Lean, hungry and cant stand heat”.
“Kali. i.: throbbing, burning frontal sinus. Violent sneezing. Eyelids bloated, profuse lachrymation, nose tender. Alternate heat and chill. Forehead heavy. Worse for heat”.
“Kali. b.: later on when cold has not cleared up. Aggravation from stooping. Pain in frontal sinus from cough or blowing nose. No discharge or discharge thick, sticky, or in long strings”.
There is one thing worse than suppressing a cold and that is the habit of suppressing the impulse for a good deed.