Urtica urens [Urt-u]
In an old book, Primitive Physic, it is said that a decoction of nettles, or, what is practically the same thing, the tincture of Urtica urens, will renew the strength of old age for several years. But certainly it will not bring back youth.
This drug is the classic homoeopathic remedy for old men-the old man’s balm. About the only indication for it in this ill is decrepitude, common to old age or when it is felt to be creeping on.
1x, according to Dr. Hurd, a tablet a day, will hold off senility. Perhaps.
Conium maculatum [Con]
In 6th potency, a remedy for the aged, wax in ears, night cough and moroseness.
Apples Eating apples and drinking cider, so they say, in parts of England and Normandy, not only tends to prolong life, but will prevent the formation of stone in the bladder. In parts of the country where cider is the usual drink of the people the stone is very rarely found.
Honey and oil According to Pliny, a certain man, Raemilis Pollio, who enjoyed marvellous health and vitality at the age of a hundred, attributed the fact to eating honey and rubbing his body with olive oil. The Greeks thought that honey was the best diet for old persons.
Lemons According to Professor Schmole, a little lemon juice taken every day will indefinitely prolong life. Yet too much acid does not look that way.
A dose of Phosphorus 30, six or eight pellets, once a week, is said to considerably relieve the stiffness that comes with advancing years.
Any or all of these things may tend to make old age less of a burden, but none of them will cure old age, for that is a chronological impossibility.
Lippe points out the peculiar call for this remedy most likely in the 30th potency of the stooping walk of the aged, or, to quote: Stooped walk in aged persons. Presumably this comes in when this stooping walk suddenly is marked. It may not remove the stoop, certainly will not lift the years, but may help the patient.