(Reprinted from The Homoeopathic Recorder, August, 1931).
KENT was right when he said: “This drug as used by the old school has done more mischief than any one drug in their materia medica.” He could have truthfully included many “Modern” homoeopaths.
This drug touches at three points in the male the heart, the liver, and the prostate gland. The individual mark or stamp is expressed in profound atonic muscular weakness of the heart and arteries, the heart being too weak to throw a forcible volume of blood into the arteries, and the muscles of the arteries too weak to contract on and hurry the blood after it enters them. Thus we get the symptom slow, weak pulse, slower than the beat of the heart.
The essential symptoms to an accurate Digitalis prescription, from a curative position, are, including the above identification mark; sore, tender, uneasy liver: sluggish bowels with light- coloured, putty-like, grayish bileless stools; a tendency to jaundice; and a gone, sinking sense in the stomach as if one would die. Those essentials will indicate Digitalis in any disease, and unless present Digitalis is never indicated no matter how slow, weak or irregular, or how rapid the pulse may be.
In all cases where Digitalis is positively indicated, and it is not indicated if not positively, the higher dilutions or potencies will act more promptly and effectively. and more to advantage than the grosser material doses of the crude drug from both a curative and a palliative standpoint. We have been compelled to take case after case off the crude drug and either antidote and then give a higher potency of Digitalis itself, where it had been or was indicated, or select the proper remedy. We have never, as yet, resorted to crude Digitalis, much less when it was the similar remedy.
In clinical cases Digitalis is often indicated in the hands of the allopath, as well as in the hands of many so-called modern homoeopaths, but in the majority of cases in which it is used, it is not indicated. Its use in rapid heart beat, in massive doses, is as foolish as sitting on the safety valve of a boiler when it is so full of steam that it is about to explode, the one is just as dangerous as the other. For that kind of a use of Digitalis there is no possible excuse. Think of the number of patients who die from this inexcusable ignorance.
THE ORTHODOX VIEWPOINT.
Modern views on digitalis therapy demand that at the outset an adequate dose should be given, sufficient to exert the desired control upon the heart muscle. This frequency necessitates an initial dose of several drachms of the tincture, and the daily amount required for maintaining the desired control may exceed the maximum pharmacopoeial dose. Therapeutic Notes, May, 1931.