IN his charming and practical article on warts in our last issue Dr. McLachlan refers to the use of the Buttercup, Ranunculus bulbosus, as a remedy for warts. This I can confirm. Some years ago, when having my hair cut, the operator showed me a wart on his right thumb which had given him a lot of trouble and had successfully resisted every “cure” that had been applied to it. I told him I would try what I could do for him. In his case the wart was on the side of the thumb-nail and was of the usual cauliflower description though small.
When I got home I looked up my Dictionary and found under Ranunculus bulbosus the symptoms already quoted by Dr. McLachlan, “cauliflower-like wart on outer side of terminal phalanx of right thumb.” I am not quite certain which side of the thumb-nail the wart was on, but at any rate it was on the side of the thumb and it was on the terminal phalanx, and it was on the right thumb and it was of the cauliflower variety. So I did not trouble myself about the “mentals,” the “generals,” the “conditions” or the “concomitants” of the patient but sent him Ran. bulb. 30 in powders and the next time I saw him the wart had gone, and I learned that it had gone quickly.
This case shows a good many things and, among others, the accuracy and reliability of the symptom-list of the materia medica. The symptom in question I took from Herings Guiding Symptoms, and Hering took it from Alg. Hom. Zeit., Vol. 102, p. 64. So those who are curious in the matter can look it up and find out for themselves whether the symptom is a “clinical” symptom or a “pathogenetic” one. For my part, I neither know nor care: it is quite good enough for me as it is, in either case.
In Dr. McLachlans case the wart was on the face of the thumb and not on the side, which may account for the less speedy response in his case than in mine.
The popular use of buttercups for the cure of warts is interesting and important, as it shows that the instincts of the common people have true vision at their fountain-head, however much they may become perverted, and when a Hahnemann takes them in hand he can guide them into their proper channels. That Ran. bulb. can cure warts in other places as well as those of the thumb I have no doubt. Experience alone will prove that.