The patient has been treated allopathically. He is going to begin a Homoeopathic treatment.
A Homoeopathic doctor who takes all the responsibilities :
1. He is to judge at first if the patient is to continue allopathic treatment and at the same time a Homoeopathic treatment. As a general rule it is neither possible nor it is desirable. Nothing good can be obtained from giving ponderable doses of medicines, specially toxic and at the sametime homoeopathic medicines. But there are some exceptions; the most important is at the beginning of the treatment, the use of mild laxatives, of rather mechanical action (mucilages).
2. The allopathic medicines are abandoned, their use being stopped, it is necessary in many cases to antidote the effects of these substances which have remained partially in the organism. As a general rule, one principal remedy to antidote the medicinal intoxications is: Nux-vomica.
Nux vomica 30 will be prescribed, repeated every day if the use of medicines is recent and not prolonged. Nux-vomica 200 one dose (not to be repeated on principle), if on the contrary the patient has since long time been abundantly drugged.
Following is a list of principal medicines (Allopathic with the Homoeopathic remedies) which are very often capable to antidote them:
The Allopathic Medicinal substances are followed by their Homoeopathic Medicines Antidotes
Nux-vomica (sometimes Natrum-muriaticum for Aspirine, Antipyrine for aspirine)
Digitalis, Cactus grandiflorus, Crataegus
Natrum Muriaticum (washing, cauterisation, instillations, bladder, uterus, conjunctiva) Arsenicum-album.
Thuja (if hydrogenoid), Sulphur (if oxygenoid or carbonitrogenoid). Sometimes: China, Hepar sulphur, Nux-vomica.
Mercurius Solubilis, Calcarea-carbonica, Capsicum, Nux vomica
Arsenicum Album, Ammonium carbonicum, Camphora.
Ignatia, Nux-vomica, Pulsatilla, Aconite, Chamomilla.
Ignatia, Coffea, Pulsatilla, Cantharis (kidney), Dulcamara, Opium.
Cantharis (kidney), Dulcamara, Opium.
Strong coffee (after anesthesia with Cocaine), and Gelsemium.
Arsenicum, Cocculus, Nux-vomica, Pulsatilla.
In man Mercurius-corrosivus
In woman Mercurius-solubilis (Teste)
Generally Nux-vomica. Sometimes: Aconine, Arsenicum album, or Ferrum metallicum (Teste).
Camphor, Nux-vomica, Opium. Serum d’Anguille.
Phosphorus (liver), Belladonna (bronchitis), Hepar-sulphur,
Hyoscyamas, Nux-vomica. (Clarke)
Pulsatilla (venous congestion and tuberculism.) Arsenicum, China, Hepar-sulphur, Lycopodium.
Cod liver oil
Belladonna, Camphor, China, Stramonium.
Hepar-sulphur, Thuja, Nitric-ac.
Mercury and its salts
Hepar-sulphur (very important), Kali iodatum, Nitric acid, Thuja, Silicea (for the sublimate.)
Rarely Arsenicum, China, Dulcamara, Ferrum-metallicum, Guaiacum, Mezereum.
Nux-vomica Sulphur, Camphor, Cocculus, Pulsatilla
Belladonna, Camphor in acute intoxication.
Morphinum, Hepar-sulphur, Ipeca, Nux-vomica in chronic intoxication. Alumina, Bryonia, Plumbum-met for constipation.
Belladonna, Ipeca for syrup of codein.
Ipeca, Cuprum-arsenicum in case of uremia.
Sulphur (in very high dilution).
In case of morphinomania Auto-Phlyctenotherapy.
Pulsatilla, Arsenicum-album, Camphor, Coffea, Nux-vomica,
Terebinthina. Aethusa-cynapium (Teste).
Zincum metallicum for sclerosis, arterial hypertension and paralysis.
Alumina, Antimonium-crudum, Cocculus, Opium, Nux-vomica.
Platina for digestive troubles and constipation.
Aurum, Syphilinum for nervous lesions.
Purgatives (Abuse of)
In Europe Natrum-muriaticum (all temperaments).
Natrum sulphuricum (Hydrogenoids). In hot countries Arsenicum- album (de Chazal), while Natrum-muriaticum is dangerous and should be avoided in persons suffering from malaria.
According to the types of fevers,Arsenicum-album, (1 to 13 hours); Eupatorium-perfoliatum. (7 hrs. of midday),
Natrum-muriaticum (10 hrs.) for Nash.
In hydrogenoids Aranea-diadema. For splenomegaly, Ceanothus, Helianthus.
If there is no malaria, Ferrum-metallicum, ipeca, Nux-vomica, Pulsatilla.
Chamomilla, Colocynthis, Mercurius solubilis, Nux-vomica, Pulsatilla.
(See Salicylic acid)
Santonine, Semen contra
Belladonna, Camphor, China, Ipeca, Veratrum-album.
Serums (bad effects of)
Thuja, Arsenicum-album, Apis (oedema, urticaria) Pulsatilla. (arthritis), Urtica-urens (urticaria).
Camphor (Teste), Belladonna, Hyoscyamus
(other solnacae of deliriums).
Cimicifuga, Sulphur, Thuja. In grave intoxication Curare.
Nux-vomica, Ignatia, Daphne indica, Gelsemium.
For creating disgust for tobacco:
Plantago (1x), Caladium, 3,6 (very inconstant).
Thuja, Ignatia, Selenium.
Persons who drink beer prefer tea, addicts to wine prefer coffee, because of instinctive antidotism. (Hering)
Thuja (very important), Silicea, malandrinum.
Drainage by Pulsatilla
For the pustules: Thuja 30.
Camphor, Coffee, Cina, Pulsatilla.
We see then that if Nux-vomica is the most frequent antidote of medicinal intoxications, it should not be used in a systematic way. One should always conform to the Law of Similitude and prescribe like a patient who has not been drugged, the remedy indicated by the symptoms. Nash has insisted on this point and it is logical. A patient may react in a different manner, according his constitution, his temperament but there are many medicines for antidoting medicinal intoxications to the drugs taken. Therefore there is not a single drug to antidote the medicinal intoxications, but there are many medicines for antidoting medicinal intoxications. The picture of symptoms observed in a drugged individual may show the physiognomy of a medicine other than those indicated here. It is therefore well understood that the Law of Similars should always be followed and the remedies that we have mentioned above should be understood only as the most important, and the most frequently used.
Authors consulted: Clarke, Boericke, Gibson Miller, Hering Teste. The non-classic indications which I have personally noted are marked with asterics.