HOMOEOPATHIC REMEDIES USED IN TREATMENT OF EAR, EYE, NOSE, AND THROAT DISEASES

Bose N C

 

Read before the Kansas City meeting of the Southern Homoeopathic Medical Society, October 2, 3 and 4, 1944; read also the Central Pennsylvania Homoeopathic Medical Society at Hershey, Penna., March,10, 1945.

(a) Aconite. In the maddening pain of Otitis, dark redness of parts, stinging, lancinating or throbbing pains and great sensitiveness. It suits earaches from sudden changes of temperature. Worse at night, lying on effected side, is aggravated by warmth. Its influence is restricted to a brief period immediately following exposure. Temperature and pulse high, respiration hurried, burning skin and thirst. Very sensitive to noises. Sensation of a drop of water in left ear. Dont forget, restless, pain, numbness, fear, dry, red hot, no sweat.

(b) Belladonna. In acute Otitis, with digging, boring, throbbing, lancinating, beating with heart beats, tearing pains which come suddenly and are most violent. Membrane tympani is covered with inflated blood vessels and bulges. Pain comes on suddenly. Parotid and lymph glands swollen, hearing acute. Pain causes violent delirium. Child cries and jumps in sleep. Aggravation: All symptoms worse at touch, jar, noises, draught, afternoon lying down. Better by warmth and semi-erect. Dont forget, red hot with sweat, tendency to be right-sided.

(c) Ferrum Phosphoricum. Is useful more especially in anaemic patients, in acute earache, it has tinnitus, no special deafness, sensitive to sound, humming sound. Has pains in paroxysms, throbbing or stitching.

1. A tendency of the inflammatory process to be diffused instead of circumscribed.

2. Beefy redness of the parts.

3. Muco purulent discharge with tendency to haemorrhage.

4. Discharge does not relieve pain.

5. Pain in paroxysms.

6. Earache after exposure to wet.

Modalities: Better- quiet and recumbent . Worse- motion, especially the beating and hammering. First stage remedy, prevents suppuration.

(d) Chamomilla. A very definite remedy in infantile earache. Pains violent, worse from warmth. One cheek with red-hot-spot, other pale and cold, restless, fretful, hyper-aesthesia, much suffering. Suspicious, ill-humored, earache with toothache, ear symptoms worse with cold water in mouth. Swelling and heat drives patient frantic. Ears feel stopped. Fretting nd earache go hand- in-hand.

Modalities. Worse- heat, anger, open air, wind, night. Better being carried.

(e) Capsicum. Now we come to a stage where the condition has had some development. It corresponds to Otitis Media, with rupture of the membrane tympani, great soreness of mastoid portion of the temporal bone, chronic suppurations, bursting headaches, chilliness, burning and stinging, swelling, pains behind ears, pain on deep pressure on tip of petrous portion of mastoid, ears hot, pain goes to throat, drum perforated, sub-acute inflammation of the Eustachian tube and deep in ear.

Caution: Do not use this remedy below th 6x, Worse open air, uncovering, draught.

(f) Silica. Most valuable in suppurative middle ear troubles, complicated with caries or necrosis of the bone, attended with a thin, offensive discharge containing small pieces of bone. Perforations of the ear drum heal rapidly under Silica. A peculiar and leading symptoms to this remedy is an itching and tingling in the Eustachian tube, sensitive to noise, roaring in ear, shooting pains with profuse perspiration, attended with chill or chilliness, plus the sound of explosion of a percussion cap in the ear. Promotes repair of ear drum. Try 12x if an ear of this type does not want to come to an end. Of course, this remedy will work in more attenuated form, say 30x-200x. I am very fond of the 500x, it will not let you down.

Modalities: Worse new moon, in morning from washing, during menses, uncovering, lying down, damp, lying on left side, cold. Better warmth, wrapping up head, summer, in wet or humid weather.

This probably fits as the chronic of Pulsatilla.

(g) Sulphur. Is useful for a most offensive discharge, it stinketh from the ears. They are red, raw and the discharge excoriates. It may be well to think of Psorinum in the odor business. The sulphur patient is one of those dirty, greasy mortals, who has poor conception of soap and water and who is oversensitive to water. He does not like it.

Modalities: Better dry, warm weather, right side, from drawing up affected limbs. Worse left ear, when at rest, warmth in bed, washing, bathing in morning. Night; from alcoholic stimulants.

Dont forget: Burning, filthy people, feet want a cool place, early morning diarrhoea.

EYES.

(1) Aconite. Any acute inflammation, may be of traumatic origin, foreign body, eye feels full of sand, lids swollen, hard and red. Photophobia from exposure to cold, reflection to snow or acid substances. First remedy, prior to exudation.

(2) Euphrasia. Inflammation of the lids which are red injected, ulcerated, profuse excoriating discharge, photophobia, cannot bear artificial light. Pustules near border of cornea. Close work brings on pain in eyes, catarrhal conjunctivitis. The eyes water all the time, granular ophthalmia and its acute exacerbations. Blurring of vision, relieved by winking, thus wiping the eyes. 12x is a useful potency. Lower and higher potencies work well.

(3) Allium Cepa. Profuse bland lachrymation.

(4) Ambrosin. 200x. Itching eyes.

(5) Kali carb. Eyes swollen in morning.

(6) Belladonna. Perhaps the most frequently indicated remedy in eye troubles. Dry injected eyes, total absence of lachrymation, the intensity and violence of its symptoms are its leading indications. The early stage of conjunctivitis, iritis, retinitis, sudden violent spasms, great intolerance of light, affections of eyes due to overuse or from use in poor light. Symptoms of bright sparks before eyes, retinal haemorrhage, apoplexy of retina, throbbing deep in the eye, pupils dilated, staring, deep in the eye, pupils dilated, staring, brilliant conjunctiva red, shooting in eye, illusions sees double, squinting, spasms of lids. Better in the dark.

(7) Gelsemium. A most valuable remedy in eye troubles. It has an abundance of paralytic symptoms, diplopia, vision and ptosis. These symptoms are associated with soreness of the eye-balls, dark red face and general symptoms of the drug. Double vision is very characteristic, giddiness and pains in the eyeballs are sure indications for the remedy. Intra-ocular inflammations, where serous exudations occur, dull pains,double vision and vertigo will indicate Gelsemium. In serous iritis, choroiditis where there is a gradual impairment of vision and heavy lids, it is the remedy. It produces also an inability to accommodate quickly. It has been used for detachment of the retina and some forms of asthenopia and in astigmatism with considerable success. Strabismus from weakening of the muscles is also characteristic and therapeutically it has been found useful in strabismus and ptosis following diphtheria.

Gelsemium is one of the most valuable remedies in glaucoma, often palliating the severe pains and improving the neurotic symptom of the disease. Gelsemium dilates the pupil through its paralyzing effect on the third nerve.

One pupil contracted, the other dilated. Albuminuric retinitis.

Modalities: Worse damp weather, fog, before thunderstorm, emotion, thinking of his ailments, at 10:00 A.M. Better bending forward, by profuse urination, open air, continued motion, stimulants.

(8) Bryonia. Is much similar to Gelsemium. Its modalities are different. More rheumatic in character.

Modalities: Worse motion, morning, eating, hot weather, exertion, touch, cannot sit up, gets faint and sick. Better lying on painful side, pressure, rest, cold things.

(9) Rhus Toxicodendron, oedematous swellings, redness, acrid discharge, orbital cellulitis, intolerance of light so that eyes cannot be opened at night, tears hot and scalding, causing pimples on parts bathed with tears. A very important symptom. Gush of tears separates eyelids, secretion rather scanty, more profuse in morning and open air. Ptosis from getting wet, rheumatic iritis, erysipelas or eczema of lids, old injured eyes.

Modalities: Worse when quiet. Exhausted on little exertion, cold, weather, after rain. Right side. Rest on back or right side. Better warm, dry weather, motion, change of position, rubbing, warm applications.

(10) Mercurius. Important in Ophthalmia Neonatorum and Keratitis, especially if of syphilitic origin. Profuse burning acrid discharge, floating black spots after exposure to glare of fire, foundry-men, iritis with ……….. Styes and rheumatic troubles.

(11) Mercurius Biniodide. Where glandular swellings are excessive.

(12) Mercurius Protoiodide. I corneal ulcer. Ulcer has appearance as if the ulcer has been chipped out by the fingernail. Accompanied by yellow-coated tongue.

(13) Merc. Cor. Violent symptoms, severe burning, agonizing pain, lids swollen, profuse excoriating, lachrymation which takes the skin off the cheeks, ulcers of the cornea with tendency to perforation. If there is any ” best remedy” for iritis it is Merc. Corro. Iris muddy in color, neither contracts nor dilates. Choroiditis pain, stops immediately upon injection of 1/1000 solution under conjunctiva. Retinitis albuminuria also finds a remedy in Merc. Corro. Syphilitic iritis, of course. A wonderful remedy.

Modalities: Worse evening and at night. Better at rest. I am fond of the 30x.

(14) Argentum Nitricum. Has a profuse discharge like pulsatilla. Purulent ophthalmia. I recommend 3x. Very good.

(15) Pulsatilla. General symptoms, mild, gentle, yielding disposition, cries at everything, is sad and despondent, weeps about everything, can hardly give symptoms without weeping. As a remedy for styes it has no equal. It aborts them before pus is formed. Affinity for the lids, increase Meibomian secretion, conjunctivitis from cold or measles, lids agglutinate, thick mucus, bland, profuse, yellow or yellowish green, more abundant in open air. Practically no pain. 30x works excellent.

(16) Graphites. Phlyctenular Ophthalmia. Best remedy in vesicles on cornea, and ulceration in children. There is intense burning, lachrymation; the canthi crack and bleed. Scrofulous ophthalmia with tendency to wild hairs. Comes nearer being a specific in blepharitis than any other remedy. It certainly cleans up eczema along the margins of the eyelids, especially following measles. Dont outer canthi and the wild hair.

STYE REMEDIES: Hepar., Pulsatilla, Mercurius.

NOSE

Adenoids.

(1) Calcarea Iodide. Adenoids cases which are febrile in nature. This comes highly recommended.

(2) Hydrastis. Is perfectly homoeopathic to the totality of the symptoms produced by adenoid vegetations. Thick, yellowish ropy secretion from posterior nares to throat. Watery excoriating discharge. Ozaena, with ulceration of septum. Tends to blow nose all the time.

(3) Tuberculinum 30x up. Adenoids are greatly benefited and oftentimes permanently cured by a weekly dose of Tuberculinum.

(4) Cistus Canadensis. Has a special affinity for the naso- pharynx. Dose, 6x.

(5) Agraphis Nutans. Obstruction of nostrils from adenoids. Throat deafness. Clarke considered this remedy a leading one. Patient with open mouth. Is a catarrhal remedy, acts especially on the glands connected with the nasal cavity. Snuffles. Has affinity for naso pharynx. Aborts colds that locate in posterior nose.

(6) Sambucus Nigra. Snuffles in infants. Nose dry and obstructed. Child cannot nurse because nose is blocked.

(7) Ars. Iodide. Burning in nose. Stopped up nose, yet it runs.

Nasal Polypi.

(1) Calc. carb. 6x and higher. Do not repeat drug too frequently. Nose dry, nostrils sore, ulcerated, stoppage of nose, also with fetid yellow discharge. Epistaxis, coryza, take cold at every change of the weather. This is the master remedy for Nasal Polypi. Try it and have a pleasant surprise.

(2) Lemna Minor. Nasal Polypi, nose putrid smell, loss of smell, swollen turbinates, crusts and muco-purulent discharge very abundant. Pain like a string from nostrils to ear.

(3) Teucrium. Polypi of all kinds, but particularly nasal fibroids, crawling in nostrils.

Epistaxis.

(1) Arnica. Bleeding after every fit of coughing.

(2) Millefolium. Nose bleed, piercing pain from eyes to root of nose.

(3) Nitric acid. Sensation of splinters in nose, caries of mastoid, nose bleed, red tip.

(4) Ambrosia. Watery nose, sneezing, watery discharge, nose bleed, stopped-up feeling of nose and head. A remedy that has no equal in hay fever.

(5) Ars. In habitual epistaxis.

(6) China. Easily bleeding from nose, especially on arising. Very good.

(7) Lachesis. Epistaxis at the Menopause. Left-sided.

(8) Trillium. This is the master of them all for haemorrhage of all kinds, active or passive. The tincture on cotton applied to the part is most useful to arrest bleeding from the teeth, or from epistaxis in growing children.

Recently I had a patient come to me for a bleeding from her gums, due to a recent extraction. Had bled for two days. I stopped it in four minutes with pledgets of cotton saturated with the drug, applied to cavity, never to return. You can get a mucous membrane burn by applying it in tincture strength. It works like a miracle in haemorrhages of all kinds.

(9) Hamamelis. It is useful in epistaxis with pressure and tension in the glabella.

(10) Pulsatilla. Passive epistaxis and epistaxis substituting the menses.

(11) Mercurius. Nose bleed, blood coagulates, dark, clotted and profuse.

(12) Bryonia. Is almost a specific in passive epistaxis of young persons.

(13) Bovista. Produces relaxation of the entire capillary system useful in epistaxis.

COLDS

(1) Camphor. First stages very first. It is so far ahead that at times it is not in it; all its symptoms are gone before patient comes to you.

(2) Aconite. Sudden onset, exposure to dry cold, dry wind with chilliness. It comes on as a thunderstorm out of a clear sky, with sneezing. Red-hot skin, dry. A first remedy.

(3) Allium Cepa. Allium has an acrid discharge from nose and comparatively bland from eyes. The trouble is apt to travel to the chest.

(4) Euphrasia. Bland discharge from nose and acrid discharge from eyes, excoriating the cheeks. It confines itself to upper respiratory mucous membrane.

(5) Gelsemium. Is often underestimated. A picture of Sinusitis of the head, deep pain back of eyes, nose stopped up, frontal and occipital headache, aching over entire body, exhausted dizziness. Should be considered as a prophylaxis for Polio (Infantile Paralysis). Use early in colds. Epidemics respond and the 1x dilution often will suffice.

(6) Bryonia. Symptoms are almost identical except for the aggravation on motion. More profuse cough. Worse on coming in from outside. Lung and chest pains.

(7) Bella. Cerebral excitement. Skin red, hot and moist, swelling in throat, very red and dry glazed appearance, strawberry tongue. Fauces are inflamed, tonsils swollen and enlarged with profound dryness and hyperaesthesia, with throbbing pains. More especially right-sided remedy.

(8) Natrum Muriaticum. Colds with watery discharge, fever blisters. There is an entire loss of taste.

(9) Dulcamara. Damp house cold in the head, cold from sitting on stones too early in season, wet weather or change of weather, and gradually involves the whole respiratory system; clear water running from nose.

(10) Pulsatilla. Ripe cold. Loss of hearing, smell and taste. Thick yellow discharge. Symptoms change from side to side.

(11) Nux Vomica. With aggravations in the morning, grouchy, hard for him to get started, with other cold symptoms.

(12) Sabadilla. Left-sided colds, spasmodic sneezing with running nose.

(13) Merc. Rub. Left-sided.

(14) Merc. Prot. Right-sided.

LARYNGITIS

(1) Causticum. hughes says that there is no better remedy in catarrhal aphonia than Causticum. It has dryness of the larynx ands sensitiveness extending to the chest. There is hoarseness with rawness and scraping in the chest under the middle of the sternum, with a dry, hollow and unsatisfactory cough. It finds a curative sphere in the hoarseness of speakers and singers, which is worse mornings and much aggravated in cold weather. It is a paretic hoarseness accompanied by a cough, which does not seem sufficient to bring up the phlegm, and in these cases the 12th or 30th potencies act well.

(2) Phosphorus. Evening hoarseness with great sensitiveness and dryness in the larynx characteristic of Phosphorus. It tires and hurts the patient to talk; the voice is rough and hoarse, and the expectoration is scanty; using the voice brings on the cough.

(3) Arum Triphyllum. For the hoarseness of singers and orators there are a few remedies of great importance; among them is Arum triphyllum. It is useful when the voice suddenly gives out and goes to higher key. A cracked voice from overuse and hoarseness.

(4) Carbo Vegetabilis. This remedy suits a painless hoarseness, particularly that which is brought on by exposure to damp evening air. It is, of course, worse evenings, though it may appear in the morning on waking, aggravated in moist, cool weather.

CROUP

(1) Aconite. Always first, onset sudden, aroused from sleep gasping for breath, anxious, hot skin, restless, cough dryest kind, loud, barking, no expectoration. After continuing the remedy a little while a little expectoration takes place with relief. Do not stop medicine too soon. Continue a day.

(2) Spongia: It follows Aconite. Harsh sawing breathing, barking, ringing, scant expectoration, becomes tighter every minute, worse before midnight. Light-complexioned children, blue eyes, spasmodic croup.

(3) Hepar Sulphur. Third of the group remedies following Spongia. Cough worse toward morning. It has a “loose edge.” There must be some hoarseness to cough. May have choking fits with coughing.

SORE THROAT

All mercury perspirations are great throat remedies.

(1) Phytolacca. Throat dark color, tonsils dark red, parts sore, painful swallowing, accompanied by great aching in back and limbs. Suits in nursing women where Belladonna may not be used. Sensation of the hot ball in throat, worse on swallowing hot fluids. A right-sided remedy.

(2) Guaiacum. Rheumatic sore throat with weak throat muscles. Throat dry, burns, swollen, stitches toward ear, acute tonsillitis gargle, 10 drops in a glass, Gargle often.

(3) Lachesis. Lump in throat that can be swallowed but returns; constriction, difficult breathing, worse arousing or after sleep. Accompanied with sweats. Left-sided, throat is bluish red, much sicker than appearance.

(4) Apis. Look at your uvula, if watery oedema of same, swelling inside or out, plus stinging pains and cough.

(5) Hepar. Sharp splinter-like pains in throat indicates this remedy. Suppurative throat troubles, Quinsy, retropharyngeal abscess.

(6) Nux Vomica. An all-time high remedy for irritated throats of smokers, drinkers, and preachers (irritable humans).

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