THE Homoeopathic Bulletin (Calcutta) of December, 1930, gives an interesting account of a new remedy in cases of dysmenorrhoea, from which we quote the following:.
For a long time the laymen as well as the native doctors of this country have been accustomed to prescribe the fresh bark of the root of this plant pounded with black pepper and water. They are in nearly all cases successful.
This efficacious plant grows in nearly all districts of Bengal and in many provinces of India. It belongs to the natural order Tiliaceae. its leaves are oblong and angled, flowers green, and appear generally during the rainy season, fruits membraneous, seeds numerous.
the root bark is said to contain gum, wax and a non-crystalline extractive matter and ash 11.64 per cent., but no manganese.
In Bengal it goes by the name of Ulatkambal.
For medical purposes the root barks are used. Dymock, in his Pharmacographia of India, has cited references of many Indian as well as European physicians of fame and position who by using it in cases of Dysmenorrhoea received invaluable services. According to him Mr. Bhuban Mohun Sircar is the first authority who used it in cases of Dysmenorrhoea received invaluable services. According to him Mr. Bhuban Mohun Sircar is the first authority who used it with brilliant success.
According to Materia Medica of India the root and the sap are uterine tonic and emmenagogue with black pepper given in congestive and neuralgic Dysmenorrhoea.
These facts led me to prepare a tincture homoeopathically from the fresh bark of the root of this plant. Since it is not easy to get female provers in this country I have been testing it on those suffering from any disorder of the uterus, and I have found it more effective in cases of Dysmenorrhoea than in any other uterine disease. In nearly all cases of Dysmenorrhoea treated with this remedy I am successful.
Very recently a lady about 25 year old came under my treatment who had long been suffering from this painful disease. Her principal symptoms were:- excruciating pain on hips and abdomen just at the commencement of her menses. The blood discharge was black, clotted and profuse. It used to last more than a week. As a trial, with the consent of her husband, I put her on the first decimal dilution of this drug ten days before her menses began. The result was most satisfactory. She practically got no pain, the blood was a little black in colour, but less in quantity and not clotted at all and it lasted only for three days and then disappeared. The medicine was continued till the next period with occasional stoppage. She is quite at ease since then and her menses are quite regular now. The blood has changed its colour.
[According to the Treasury of Botany, Abroma belongs to the Sterculiaceae family. They are “small trees having hairy lobed leaves, and terminal or axillary clusters of yellow or purple flowers. a. augusta is the Wollut Cornul, or Wollut Cumal of the Bengalese. Its bark abounds with strong white fibres which afford excellent cordage.” Dr. Sinha places the plant in the Tiliaceae. The Treasury of Botany puts it in the Sterculiaceae, which are allied to the Malvacae from which we have the cotton plant Gossypium herbacum – another fibre producing plant, and also a remedy in cases of dysmenorrhoea and other disorders of the female generative organs – ED. H.W.].