THE key-notes of Clematis flora, as indicated in the “HOMOEOPATHIC WORLD” of December, 1930, are: dreamy, drowsy dispositions: calm: resigned: loss of interest in daily life: often concentration too much on one individual. These patients are usually pale, sallow, and have a very weary and tired expression.
The following cases are typical examples of this remedy.
FEMALE. Age 40.
Pain and weight in left breast several months: no medical advice sought until recently.
Had lost fiance four years ago, and since then had no interest in life, or desire to live.
Carcinoma the size of tangerine orange present: very adherent: nipple retracted: glands in axilla.
Condition considered inoperable. Recently had had X-ray treatment.
Patient living in the past: calmly indifferent as to result of disease, and making no effort to be cured; only now seeking advice for relief of pain.
Desires much sleep: day-dreaming during the day: and unable to give real attention for any length of time. Loss of all interest and joy in life: rather hopes to die, but wants to avoid suffering.
The dreamy state, the indifference to disease, and even death, the absence of effort to get well, and the attachment to the fiance, all indicate Clematis flora.
November 11. Third. Two doses.
December 19. Third. Two doses.
January 16, Fourth. Two doses.
March 20. Seventh. Two doses.
July 16. Seventh. Two doses.
September 4. Seventh. Two doses.
Improvement began at once, with less pain and discomfort. There was also a remarkable return of interest in daily life: and the patient decided to work hard and get well and to forget the past.
After two months, by January, 1930, the growth had practically disappeared: the glands were no longer palpable and the nipple less retracted.
In March, July, and September, 1930, there was some relapse into the dreamy condition, and the former mental state, desiring the past, accompanied by some return of the condition in the breast.
Each time all was removed by further doses.
When last seen, in November, 1930, the whole state, local and general, was completely satisfactory.
The X-ray probably helped to remove the growth in the first place, but there has been no such treatment since, during the later occasions of relapse.
It is interesting to note that each time the patient relapsed into the longing to rejoin her fiance, the growth recurred: and how, not only did Clematis remove this desire, but also with it the physical signs and symptoms in the breast.
FEMALE. Age 38.
Asthma all life. Seven years ago lost favourite daughter: since then became an invalid. Six years ago right arm and leg became paralysed: with difficulty of speech. This followed the birth of a son, probably due to cerebral thrombosis. The patient was unconscious for three weeks at the time.
Moderate chronic asthma. Right arm completely paralysed, hanging by side; all sensation absent. Right leg spastic, able to walk with difficulty, very rigid. Speech hardly understandable, except to family.
Patient obviously living in dreams; unable to concentrate or give any fixed attention: continuously weeping over loss of daughter.
The dreamy state, the complete living in the past, and the absence of interest in the present, indicated Clematis flora.
November 24. Third. Two doses for two days. December 1. Third. Two doses for two days.
No sign of asthma since the first dose.
There is a complete return of interest in daily life, and every effort is being made to get well. All sad memories of the past have disappeared. The speech is quite understandable to strangers. There is less spasticity in the leg with more natural and easy movement. The patient has walked five miles without undue fatigue. There has begun a return of power sensation and movement in the right arm and hand. She is full of happiness and joyful excitement at every little improvement, and is steadily progressing.
MALE. Age 37.
Sent by firm in which he held responsible position, and was a valuable servant, because for the last few months he had become indifferent to his work, and was quite unconcerned as to his failure to fulfil his obligations. Wife died one year ago.
Always sleepy: great difficulty in waking in the morning; and continually feeling that he had lost confidence and ability to continue his work. Loss of power to concentrate. Perfectly complacent: and obviously paying no real interest to present day affairs, his mind being concerned with other matters.
The utter complacency to failure, lack of interest, and the dreamy apathy, indicate Clematis flora.
November 7. Third. Two doses for two days.
November 24. Third. Two doses for two days.
January 2. Third. Two doses for two days.
There has been steady gradual improvement, and the patient has been able to continue work with increasing efficiency. He is now considered to have reached his normal state. The last six weeks an urticarial rash has been occurring, and is definitely associated with the improvement.
MALE. Age 47.
Overworked in city for several years. Last three months almost complete loss of memory: at times unable to remember home address or telephone number. Becomes sleepy during the day, and indifferent to his work. Domestic tragedy seven years ago.
Expression vacant: thoroughly apathetic: quite contentedly resigned to the fact that he has become useless; making no effort for cure. Only with difficulty persuaded by friends to seek medical advice.
The drowsy state, the apathy, absence of all interest, and resignation, denote Clematis flora.
May 1. Third. Two doses.
September 4. Third. Two doses.
Rapid improvement followed, and the patient resumed business, and worked well until the end of August, when there was some relapse, and more doses were given. Since then the patient has remained well, and in a recent letter, stated that he considered himself cured.