It is also useful in Rheumatism of the finger-joints [Calcarea Carb., Lithium carb. Carb.]

It is a valuable remedy in Rheumatism, when it affects the chest and is esp. useful when it shifts from the joints to the heart, particularly after external applications to the joints, of substances not Homoeopathic to the case. The pains are sharp and severe taking away the breath-the patient almost suffocates; they shoot down from the heart to the stomach or abdomen. The pulse is slow [Digitalis].

Lac Caninum [Lac-c]

      It is indicated when the pains are (<)from warmth [Ledum}; but they shift from one limb to the other, and back again.

Ledum [Led]

      It is an invaluable remedy in Gout and in Rheumatism affecting the smaller joints-the disease characteristically travels upwards, following the direction of its pains. The pains in the joints are acute and tearing in nature, with paralytic weakness of the limbs and numbness and coldness of the surface [Colchicum]; also drawing pains; the pains are (<)from warmth [Lac Can.] and wines. The muscles feel sore, as if but of place. The brain feels sore, at every false step [Rhus Tox.].

In rheumatic or gouty inflammation of the great toe it is indicated when instead of tending to copious effusion, the effusion is scanty and when tends to harden into nodosities.

It is also useful in Chronic Rheumatism and is one of the remedies on which to depend in treating hereditary Rheumatism [Silicea]. The symptoms usually extend from feet upwards. The patient is worse from warmth {Silicea-the opposite].

Lithium Carb [Lith-c]

      It is efficacious in Rheumatism associated with an erythema bout the joints, with very annoying itching there.

It is esp. called for in cases of Chronic Rheumatism connected with heart lesions. I have succeeded in several instances, in relieving chronic rheumatic patients by this remedy The symptoms which indicate the drug are these: The whole body feels stiff and sore, as if beaten. Clumsiness in walking from unwieldiness of the muscles. Pains in the joints, usually worse in knee-ankle-and finger-joints [Calcarea Carb., Kalmia]; pains go down the limbs. Tenderness with swelling and occasional redness of the last joints of the fingers. Intense itching on the sides of the feet and hands, without any apparent cause. The whole body increases in weight and becomes puffy. The urine looks turbid and may deposit mucous or red sediment. The associated heart symptoms are : Rheumatic soreness about the heart; Shocks or jerks about the heart. Fluttering of the heart, from mental agitation [Calcarea Carb., Nat.Mur., Sepia]. Distressing cardiac pain, particularly felt or augmented from bending forward or on bending over the bed in morning; the pains are (>) by urination.

Lycopodium [Lyc]

      It is useful when the urine contains a lithic acid deposit. Associated with this are : The arm feels heavy and weak, but when he tries to use them, finds that he can work quite well with them. The limbs easily go to sleep, with numbness and formication. The right side is usually the seat of the disease. The pains are (<)from beginning to move and (<)from continued motion [Pulsatilla].

In Chronic Rheumatism, it is found effective, when the pains are (<)from damp weather and(>) by slow motion and warmth, and the warmth, and the characteristic gastric and urinary symptoms are present.

Magnesia Carb [Mag-c]

      It is suitable for Rheumatism in the right shoulder. It has also rheumatic pains in the limbs, (<)after a long walk and in bed, and (>) from warmth.

Manganum [Mang]

      It is an excellent remedy in rheumatic patients when the heels are affected and the patient cannot bear any weight on them.

It is also indicated when the rheumatic symptoms come in dark, almost bluish spots.

Mercurius [Merc]

      It is indicated when sweating and warmth of the bed aggravate the symptoms.

Nux Moschata [Nux-m]

      It is indicated in Rheumatism affecting the left deltoid [Ferrum].

Nux Vomica [Nux-v]

      It is useful when the Rheumatism, involves the larger joints and muscles. The joints are swollen and are usually pale. The symptoms are almost always (<)towards morning.

It is esp. indicated in Rheumatism of the trunk.

It is also called for in Rheumatism of the back, when the patient is unable to turn over in bed, without first sitting up.

Petroleum [Petr]

      It is particularly indicated when the knees are stiff, being associated with sharp sticking pain in them, stiffness in the neck and cracking sounds when moving the head.

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.