CONSUMPTION


Best homeopathic remedies for Consumption from the book Therapeutic Pointers to Some Common Diseases by E.A. Farrington…


  Phthisis Pulmonalis.

Actaea Racemosa [Cimic]

      It may be one of the first remedies, indicated when the disease is not of hereditary origin, esp. if brought on by exposure, or in any case in which the well-defined cough of Actaea, i.e., dry and teasing cough worse at night, with little or no sputum, is present. It is usually associated with Pleurodynia [Guaiac.].

Ammonium Mur [Am-m]

      It is indicated when the patient feels coldness between the shoulder-blades.

Anisum Stellatum [Anis]

      Useful when the disease affects either side at the 3rd rib, esp. the right.

Arsenicum Album [Ars]

      It may be indicated in the last stages of Tuberculosis.

Note of Warning.-Do not give it in the early stages of the disease. As the tendency of this drug is deathward, in the last stages also you must be certain that the mental state of the patient is undisputably that of Arsenic or you will do harm instead of good to your patient and precipate the result, which you are anxious to avoid.

Balsamum Peruvianum [Bals-p]

      It is indicated in Catarrhal Phthisis by copious purulent expectoration.

As we know but little of this drug, we must therefore adopt the expedient of selecting it by the process of exclusion.

Baptisia [Bapt]

      It is esp. useful during the later stages of the disease in relieving the fever, particularly when it increases in the afternoon, with slight drowsiness, thick speech and bewilderment of the mind. It is also indicated in the stomach ache attending at the last stages of the disease [Lachesis], the tongue in these cases is yellow or brown down the centre, with red, shining edges.

Borax [Bor]

      You can often use it in lung troubles, even in Phthisis, when these symptoms are present: Cough, accompanied by sharp, sticking pain, worse through the upper part of the right chest; so sharp are these pains, that they make the patient wince and catch his breath. The expectoration has a sort of musty or mouldy odor and taste.

Bromine [Brom]

      Indicated particularly when the right lung is affected. Frequent congestion of head and chest, (>) by nose-bleed. Pain in the mammary region going up into the axilla.

In some cases, Tonsillitis appears as forerunner of Tuberculosis.

Calcarea Carb [Calc]

      It is indicated late in Phthisis, when large cavities are forming, particularly upon the right lung about its middle third [Calcarea phos., Sepia], and is esp. suited to leucophlegmatic patients, with pale and sallow face. Loud mucous rales are heard all over the chest, (<) on the right side. There is soreness of the chest, much (<) by touch or pressure, and pain in the middle of the

right side of the chest. The cough is loose and rattling, and the expectoration is purulent, yellowish-green and bloody. Diarrhoea, if present is (<) in the morning. Hoarseness, though persistent, is painless. Great repugnance to animal food, as meat, which passes undigested. Emaciation progresses, sweat increases, and the menses, if the patient is female, become checked.

It is very often followed by Nitric Acid.

Kali Hydriod [Kali-h]

      It is indicated, particularly if there are present frothy expectoration, looking very much like soap-suds (apt to be a little greenish), night-sweats and loose stools in the morning. The cough is of a violent racking, tearing character, and is worse in the morning, between 3 to 5 A.M.

Lachesis [Lach]

      May be used in the advanced stages- when the patient has a retching cough, which rouses him from sleep, and which ends in expectoration of a tough, greenish, muco-purulent matter, which causes gagging, and is vomited, rather than clearly expectorated; when the patient sweats during every nap, the sweat being most copious about the neck, shoulders and chest, and when the strength is greatly reduced and the pulse indicates extreme prostration and also in the stomacace attending the last stages of Phthisis [Baptisia], when the tongue is red, dry and glistening, esp. at the tip, and has its sides and tip covered with blisters.

It is used, not necessarily to cure, but to relieve.

Laurocerasus [Laur]

      Dry teasing cough of the consumptives, scattered through it. It is also to be thought of when the disease do not respond to treatment.

Manganum [Mang]

      It is indicated in the laryngeal symptoms, particularly in tubercular patients [Argentum Nit.]. The hoarseness is usually (<) in the morning and grows better as they succeed in hawking up of mucus.

Mephitis [Meph]

      It may be used in Asthma of the consumptives, when Drosera fails.

Myrtus Communis [Myrt-c]

      Pain in the upper part of the left side of the chest, through to the shoulder-blade. It has often relieved this symptom in the consumptives.

Natrum Ars [Nat-ar]

      It may be of great service in Tuberculosis, with emaciation, dry heat of the skin, chilliness at night, and thirst for small quantities of water, frequently repeated.

Natrum Sulph [Nat-s]

      Esp. suited to patients, who have Sycotic or Hydrogenoid constitution.

Loud rales are heard through the chest and the seat of the disease seems to be the lower lobe of the left lung. The patients complain of pain about the 9th and 10 th ribs on the left side. The cough is attended with muco-purulent expectoration.

Nitric Acid [Nit-ac]

      The patient is usually of a thin build, with dark hair and eyes. It is indicated in the later stage, when ulceration has formed in the lungs from breaking down of the tubercles. There is sudden rush of blood to the chest and decided hectic fever. Heat comes in flushes or it is only in the hands and feet. The skin is apt to be cold towards morning. He is chilly on getting into the bed. Loud rales are heard all over the chest. Sharp stitches through the right chest to the scapula. The cough is of a tickling character and seems to annoy him all night; the expectoration is offensive, bloody, and decidedly purulent and of a dirty-green color. Sometimes the cough is loose and rattling. Frequent

haemorrhages from the lungs, the blood being bright-red and profuse. Great dyspnoea, the patient cannot talk without getting out of breath. Morning hoarseness. Exhausting diarrhoea, (<) in morning. Intermittent pulse. The least attempt at exertion cause palpitation and dyspnoea. Sweat comes particularly at night and towards morning, and exhausts the patient very much.

It is very often indicated after Calcarea Carb. or Kali Carb. When the Calcarea condition has run into the acid debility, it is one of the best remedies to follow. It does not often cure, but it relieves and prolongs life for years.

Oleum Jecoris Aselli [Ol-j]

      A great remedy, indicated in the beginning of Tuberculosis. You may use it when there are chills running down the back, hoarseness and soreness through the chest. There may be sharp stitching pains here and there through the chest; burning pain in spots or in some one portion of the chest. Fever is particularly marked towards evening with burning of the palms of hands. The cough is dry, with an expectoration of a somewhat slimy mucus. These are the symptoms, which when occurring in the sick, have been cured by the drug.

Phellandrium Aquaticum [Phel]

      An excellent remedy in the last stage of Phthisis, when the expectoration is terribly offensive.

Phosphoric Acid [Ph-ac]

      Great weakness of the chest, so that the patient can hardly talk. Dyspnoea. Every draught of air gives him fresh cold. He wraps his chest up warmly and cannot bear the draught of air to touch his chest.

Phosphorus [Phos]

      It is suited to Tuberculosis due to loss of animal fluids-as blood, semen or milk or too frequent child-bearing or too rapid growth in the young [Iodium]. It is particularly indicated in youths, both male and female, who have grown too rapidly, who have delicate skin, long silky eyelashes, sharp and rather handsome features and who are of easy, graceful manners. Particularly it is indicated if they have a hereditary tendency to Consumption or have had bone disease in early childhood, or if they are scrofulous [Calcarea C.]. In the latter case, it is used generally after Sulphur. It is indicated more by the general character of the patient.

The symptoms indicating it in Phthisis are: In the early stage the patient suffers from rush of blood to the chest; sensation of tightness or constriction across the chest, with every little cold; oppression of the chest at night, forcing him to sit up; pains through the apex of the left lung; hoarseness or aphonia; dry cough; marked haemoptysis; hectic flush of the cheeks, particularly towards evening; thirst for ice-cold water; empty feeling at pit of the stomach, esp. in the forenoon at 10 or 11 A.M.; he awakes hungry at night, feeling that he must eat and that he would faint if he did not; agg. of symptoms in evening and lying on the left side. Finally the hectic fever grows more prominent and there is rapid formation of cavities in the lungs.

It may also be useful, when Tuberculosis of the lungs threatens at puberty [Phosphorus]. The patient is scrofulous and fat, and his or her past history shows the well-marked symptoms of Calcarea. The patient suffers from palpitation of the heart, dyspnoea, headache and rush of blood to the chest, (<) on ascending, and even haemorrhages from the lungs. Dry cough at night, which becomes loose in the morning. Fever, (<) in the evening, with partial sweat and soreness of the chest to touch. Digestion greatly disturbed, and the patient cannot eat any fat food without becoming sick. Chronic tendency to Diarrhoea and with it prolapsus ani.

Calcarea Phos [Calc-p]

      Like Calcarea Carb., it also effects the middle lobes of the lungs and is esp. suited to patients with defective nutrition.

Carbo Animalis [Carb-an]

      It generally affects the right lung, and probably forms a cavity there.

See the symptoms of this remedy in Bronchitis (P. 7.) As soon as the patient closes his eyes he feels as if he were smothering.

Causticum [Caust]

      It is indicated when there is aphonia or failure of voice, (<) in morning [Carbo Veg. (<) in evening]. It is associated with great weakness of the laryngeal muscles, which seem to refuse their office. The patient cannot cough deep enough for relief; the patient succeeds in raising the sputum so far, when it slips back into the pharynx [Arnica, Drosera, Kali Carb., Sepia]; he is unable to expectorate. This cough is relieved by drinking cold water.

Coccus Cacti [Coc-c]

      It may be useful in Catarrhal Phthisis. The apices of the lungs feel sore and there are sharp, stitching pains under the clavicles, and the patient coughs up ropy phlegm of clear albuminous mucus, hanging in great long strings from the mouth.

Codeine [Cod]

      It is an useful drug in the treatment of Phthisis. It is indicated in that dry, teasing cough which annoys the patient day and night.

Conium [Con]

      We find it useful in the consumptives when they find it impossible to expectorate the sputum; they must swallow it again. It is esp. useful for the tormenting night cough, from tickling as from a dry spot in the larynx, which is relieved as soon as they sit up in bed.

Drosera [Dros]

      It is indicated in the spasmodic cough of Consumption, coming on in the evening and perhaps again after midnight. Every effort to raise a little phlegm, ends in retching and vomiting. Also useful in Asthma of the consumptives.

Elaps [Elaps]

      It affects the right lung, more than the left, but both may be diseased. Pain, in the morning, in the right side of the chest, severe enough to prevent the patient getting up. Feeling of coldness in the chest after drinking. The cough is accompanied by intense pain in the chest, worse in right apex, as if it were torn out and the sputum consists of black-blood.

It also claims attention in cases of Haemoptysis, when the blood discharged is dark in color, esp. when the right lung is affected.

Ferrum Met [Ferr-m]

      It is indicated in Phthisis Florida in young people, male or female, with an appearance of blooming health, who are subject to Tuberculosis and who are just in the incipient stage of the disease, like Phosphorus, but indicated more than the latter, when there is this apparent plethora, with great oppression of the chest from any little exertion. The nostrils dilate with efforts to breathe. Frequent epistaxis and Haemoptysis-the blood being bright-red and coagulated. Dry, teasing cough, (<) after drinking anything warm, usually associated with a sore, bruised feeling in the chest, and with a dull, aching pain in the occiput.

It is indicated also later in the case, when the expectoration is purulent and greenish, with a very bad odor and is mixed with blood-streaks.

Ferrum Phos [Ferr-p]

      If a patient with Phthisis, becomes greatly prostrated and have blood-streaked expectoration, it, even in the 200th potency, will quickly quiet the pulmonary congestion.

Guaiacum [Guai]

      Indicated in the last stages of Tuberculosis, when there are pleuritic pains referred to the left apex, and in addition, offensive muco-purulent sputum.

In these cases, you will find it to be a remedy that rarely fails.

Hepar Sulphuris [Hep]

      It follows well Spongia when the same kind of cough (see Spongia) continues, but with rather more rattling, from the production of mucus, whether blood-streaked or not. These symptoms are (<) towards morning.

Hydrocyanic Acid [Hydr-ac]

      It may be used for the dry, tickling cough of the consumptives.

Iodine [Iod]

      It is indicated in young persons who grow too rapidly [Phos], who are subject to frequent congestion of the chest, who are rather emaciated, and also suffer from dry cough, which seems to be excited by tickling all over the chest.

The expectoration is tough and blood-streaked. There is a well-marked feeling of weakness in the chest, particularly on going upstairs. The patient has a good appetite and is relieved by eating. He cannot bear a warm room.

Illicium Anisatum [ ]

      Purulent expectoration, with pain at the 3rd costal cartilage, right or left. In pain at right side, it has stood the test of experience, over and over again.

Ipecacuanha [Ip]

      It is one of our best remedies in the Haemoptysis of incipient Phthisis. It is useful when there is profuse bright-red flow of blood, usually accompanied by nausea, and sometimes by very hard, labored breathing. Sometimes there is coldness of the surface of the skin, which is covered with cold sweat.

Kali Carb [Kali-c]

      It is indicated when the constitution favors it. The patient has a bloated alkaline look to the face, with puffiness of the upper eyelids. Stitching pains prominently located in the walls of the chest are most characteristic; they occur characteristically in the lower third of right lung, going through the chest to the back, which is their frequent site. Cough is difficult, the patient cannot get up sputum, he raises it partly, when it slips back into the pharynx; the expectoration is often bloody, and there are little globules of pus scattered through it. All the symptoms are aggravated from 3 to 5 A.M. There is also a very stubborn sensation, via., chilliness at noon.

It is also useful when Tuberculosis threatens at puberty [Calcarea Carb.]. The patient is slender and over-grown for his years and narrow-chested; he has a fine grain of tissue.

A note of warning: If tubercles have been deposited in the lungs, you should hesitate before giving it, unless the picture calling for it, is so strong that you cannot possibly make a mistake. Be certain that it is the remedy and do not give it too often or you will hasten the process you are anxious to avoid.

Pix Liquida [Pix]

      It is an excellent remedy in Phthisis Pulmonalis, and is esp. indicated in the 3rd stage of the disease. Rales through the chest and expectoration or mucopurulent sputum, offensive in odor and taste and accompanied by pain at the 3rd left costal cartilage, where it joins with the rib [Anisum-the right]-a symptom which has stood the test of experience, over and over again. This pain may or may not apparently go through to the back.

Pulsatilla [Puls]

      Indicated in the incipiency, esp. in women of the Pulsatilla temperament or in girls at the age of puberty when their menstrual flow has not established itself normally or has not appeared at all. There is soreness in the chest, worse under the clavicles, burning in the chest, esp. in the region of the heart and stitches in the sides of the chest. Along with these, there may be some cough with expectoration and spitting of blood. It has several times relieved these cases.

Rumex Crispus [Rumx]

      It is indicated more in the early stages of Phthisis. Sharp stitching or stinging pains through the left lung; when the patient turns, the left side feels sore.

Sanguinaria Canadensis [Sang]

      Indicated in the early stage of Phthisis Florida or the Galloping Consumption. The symptoms indicating it are: Hectic fever, which usually comes at about 2 or 4 o’clock in the afternoon; the cheeks have a bright, circumscribed flush. Cough, usually dry at first, seems to be excited by tickling in the larynx and upper portion of the chest. Great deal of burning and fulness, in the upper part of the chest, as if it were too full of blood. Sharp stitching pains, esp. about the right lung and in the region of the nipple; muscles of the chest feel sore. Great dyspnoea. Laryngeal catarrh.

By giving it early in the disease, you will save your patient, from what would end fatally in a few months.

Senega [Seneg]

      It is esp. indicated in fat persons of lax fibre [Calcarea Carb.]. The symptoms indicating it are: Great soreness in the walls of the chest,(<) on moving the arms, esp. the left. Great accumulation of clear albuminous mucus, which is difficult of expectoration. Sensation of pressure on the chest, as though the lungs were pushed back to the spine.

Sepia [Sep]

      It may be indicated when the middle lobes of the lungs are affected [Calcarea Carb., Calcarea phos.].

Silicea [Sil]

      It is indicated in Catarrhal, as well as in true tuberculosis and is useful in the suppurative stage, when there are: Copious rattling of phlegm in the chest. The cough at first dry, becomes loose, with the expectoration more Purulent than Stannum and is offensive and increased by rapid motion. There are usually vomicae in the lungs.

It is of great service in the Phthisis Mucosa (Catarrhal Phthisis) of the old people and is frequently indicated. After great exertion the patient expectorates much pus which is horribly offensive.

Spongia [Spong]

      It is of service in true Tuberculosis of the lungs and is esp. called for in the beginning of the stage of solidification of the lung-tissue, when there are: Dullness on percussion of the apices of one or both lungs. Great deal of congestion of chest, esp. when the patient is moving about, accompanied by sudden weakness, as if he would fall. Hard, ringing, metallic cough, excited by deep breathing or by talking, by any little excitement, or by dry cold winds, seldom by damp weather and is (>) by eating [Anacardium] or drinking. Chill, which usually commences across the back, is shaking even when near a warm stove and is followed by heat all over the body, except the thighs, which remain numb and chilly. Frequent flushes of heat, which return whenever the patient thinks about them. All the symptoms are often worse before midnight. In such cases, Spongia has cured, when given early.

It is followed well by Hepar.

Stannum [Stann]

      It is indicated in catarrhal Phthisis, very rarely in true Tuberculosis. The symptoms indicating it are: The oppression, weakness an tightness of the chest, (>) when the sputum is raised. The mucus collects very rapidly in the chest, and is quite easily expectorated, with great relief to the patient. Very annoying and teasing cough, with mucopurulent secretion, although sometimes it may be tenacious, viscid and intermixed with blood which is accumulated in the throat and is detached with great difficulty. The voice is husky and hoarse. Dyspnoea, (>) towards

morning and is decidedly better after expectoration. Marked hectic fever, with chills at 10 o’clock in the morning-is very characteristic. Towards evening the patient becomes flushed and hot with agg. of symptoms on any exertion. Profuse night-sweats (<)towards 4 or 5 A.M. The patient is low-spirited.

Note of warning: Stannum is a remedy which you must select with great care or it will surely disappoint you. Th symptom of weakness must be present, if you expect results. It is followed well by Balsam of Peru, Coccus Cacti, Phosphorous, Senega, Silicea and Yarba Santa, in Catarrhal Phthisis.

E. A. Farrington
E. A. Farrington (1847-1885) was born in Williamsburg, NY, on January 1, 1847. He began his study of medicine under the preceptorship of his brother, Harvey W. Farrington, MD. In 1866 he graduated from the Homoeopathic Medical College of Pennsylvania. In 1867 he entered the Hahnemann Medical College, graduating in 1868. He entered practice immediately after his graduation, establishing himself on Mount Vernon Street. Books by Ernest Farrington: Clinical Materia Medica, Comparative Materia Medica, Lesser Writings With Therapeutic Hints.