EPILEPSY


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Kali mur [Kali-m]

      The specific or the chief remedy in this disease, especially when it occurs with or after the suppression of eruptions.

“Kali muriaticum is one of the tissue remedies too easily overlooked. Its delicate affinity for the nerve centres makes it a slow acting remedy. Inasmuch as the physician too frequently seeks palliation in epilepsy, it is not generally employed long enough. Without doubt it preserves the fibrin factor and prevents a tissue metamorphosis. This, he believes, should be the therapeutic aim in treating this disease. It is simple enough to relieve a fit, for it is in itself self-limiting. The real object is to overcome the morbid degeneration. The protoplasmic fibres are surely strengthened by Kali mur., and such a condition tends to preserve the brain integrity. When the brain-cells are properly nourished, they can withstand the irritation of the sensory fibrillae which surround them. This being done, we have made the first advance toward the removal of the cause of the disease. While he does not make the claim of any specific, and while he admits the difficulty in curing this terrible disease, the writer’s record book gives much substantiation of the above statement.”- The Clinque, June 15, 1897.

Kali phos [Kali-p]

      Epilepsy or epileptic fits with shrunken countenance, coldness and palpitation after the fit.

Magnesia phos [Mag-p]

      Epileptic fits, sometimes the result of vicious habits, which must be restrained.

Ferrum phos [Ferr-p]

      Epileptic fits with rush of blood to head.

Natrum phos [Nat-p]

      Is frequently useful as an alternating remedy, and for intestinal irritation (worms, etc.).

Natrum sulph [Nat-s]

      Traumatic epilepsy. Head injuries resulting in spasms.

Silicea [Sil]

      Nocturnal epilepsy, especially about the time of the new moon; feeling of coldness before the attack, spasms spread from the solar plexus upward. Exalted susceptibility to nervous stimuli, with exhausted condition of the nerves.

EPILEPSY CASES [Epilepsy Cases]

      Mrs. —, widow, aet. 30, ever since death of husband, six years ago, epileptic attacks at night while sleeping; groans, bites her tongue, bloody foaming, bowels very constipated, no uterine trouble. Silicea 200 greatly lessened the frequency of the attacks. (Hoyne).

KALI MUR. IN EPILEPSY. – Dr. C.C.F. Wachendorf reports the case of a man, aet. 45 years, who had an eruption in September, 1888, which disappeared until August, 1889. In November, 1889, the eruption was suppressed, and he began to have irregular attacks of “fainting fits.” He would grow pale, a warm feeling following; then spasm, with pain in the cerebellum, and burning in the region of the stomach. Attacks nearly always preceded by fright or fear. Nux vomica, Bufo and Arsenicum were each tried in turn, but failed. Then Kali mur. 6x was prescribed on he indication, “Epilepsy from suppressed eruptions.” After the sixth day he had no attack. He still takes occasional doses of the medicine to keep up its action.

A case of ten years’ standing resulting from injury to the head was cured by Natrum sulph. 200. Dr. A.L. Blackwood, 1889.

A lady, aet. 32, married, one child 6 years old, has had spasms since the birth of the child, every few days, and very severe during the menses, twenty-four hours at a time, and from a few moments to an hour apart, these continuing three to six days, then every two to four days, in the interim of menses. The woman was short build, heavy set, short neck, round full abdomen, red flushed face, sanguinobilious temperament and of rather mild disposition. Headache all the time in temples and back of head, as well as constant heat on top of head; also severe pain in the lumbar region and across sacrum, numb feeling in lower limbs and cold, clammy perspiration over the whole body. Physicians had pronounced her case “epilepsy,” caused by uterine trouble. Without regard to diagnosis, or former treatment by allopathic medication, I at once gave her Calcarea phos. and Kali phos., three doses each per day, and during menses Magnes. phos. every two hours during the first two days of the menses. In two months from the first time I saw her, she was apparently well in every way, and became pregnant again, and by the use of the Calcarea phos. had no further trouble. (A.P. Davis, M.D.)

William Boericke
William Boericke, M.D., was born in Austria, in 1849. He graduated from Hahnemann Medical College in 1880 and was later co-owner of the renowned homeopathic pharmaceutical firm of Boericke & Tafel, in Philadelphia. Dr. Boericke was one of the incorporators of the Hahnemann College of San Francisco, and served as professor of Materia Medica and Therapeutics. He was a member of the California State Homeopathic Society, and of the American Institute of Homeopathy. He was also the founder of the California Homeopath, which he established in 1882. Dr. Boericke was one of the board of trustees of Hahnemann Hospital College. He authored the well known Pocket Manual of Materia Medica.
W.A. Dewey
Dewey, Willis A. (Willis Alonzo), 1858-1938.
Professor of Materia Medica in the University of Michigan Homeopathic Medical College. Member of American Institute of Homeopathy. In addition to his editoral work he authored or collaborated on: Boericke and Dewey's Twelve Tissue Remedies, Essentials of Homeopathic Materia Medica, Essentials of Homeopathic Therapeutics and Practical Homeopathic Therapeutics.