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"Daisy daisy give me your answer tooo--------" Its a song which I remember singing as a boy scout in Calcutta around our weekly campfire

Little did i know that decades later i would be writing a blog on Daisy and Bellis Perennis the homeopathic medicine which matches the symptoms of Arnica yet some time surpasses it depending on the symptoms at that time.

Bellis as I have noticed is a neglected remedy of Homeopathy having been overshadowed by ARNICA HYPERICUM, CALENDULA, ARSENICUM, and few others

I was first attracted by its use by Dr Steven Subotnick in his very popular book "Sport & exercise injuries" Later i applied it to patients,and found it effective. I remember a case many years ago about a Philipino lady who complained of lower abdominal pain after she had had her reproductive organs examined in a Kuwaiti Hospital.

I immediately thought of "surgical intervention" and understanding that deeper tissues were involved gave her BELLIS 30 a few doses. It had worked like a charm to my surprise. She was free of pain and discomfort within 24 hours.

I would like to quote here what various masters have had to say about Bellis.

Burnett writes "Bellis Perennis is our common daisy; acts very much like Arnica, even to the contingent production of erysipelas. It causes pain in spleen and generally symptoms of coryza and of feeling very tired---"

In his diseases of the skin he has a good deal to tell about Bellis. He says, "In this little volume I am, before all things, seeking to show that diseases of the skin have for the most part their origin, not in the skin itself, but are essentially cutaneous manifestation of some more or less remote organic or organismic wrongs."

Boerickes MM says about Bellis, "First remedy in injuries to inner tissues after major surgical work."

"Results of injuries to nerves with intense soreness and intolerance of cold bathing.

Excellent remedy for sprains and bruises.

Female: Varicose veins in pregnancy during pregnancy inability to walk.

Uterus feels sore as if squeezed. Soreness of abdominal walls and of uterus.

Fletcher' says, "Acne from cold drinks. He says, "Bellis Perennis against the ill-effects of wet cold in the overheated." Fletcher further states, "I refer to Johann Schroeder's Pharmacopea Universalis with Hoffman's remarks 1748, "The Daisy is here commended in haemorrhage, dysentery, as a "herrliches Wund kraut,"  internally and externally, i.e, as a vulnerary, for the effects of falls , blows, bruises and the like pains in the joints, rheumatism (and hence called' Gicht kraut' ); in nocturnal cramps, 'angina pectoris', fevers and inflammations; for lameness; and he says that German mothers were in the habit of using it for their children as an aspirant"

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" Further it would appear that Mindererus, in his Kriegs Artzeney, cannot sufficiently praise the Daisy in such cases, for he declares that an account of this action of the herb ' should be written up over all gates and doors for the benefit of the poor harvester who in the hot harvest season get ill from partaking of cold drink' Its effect in such cases he reaffirms is remarkable, and so prompt that amelioration sets in at once'.

"Christoph Schorer in his 'Medicine peregrinantium' gives similar testimony, and says that he cured two men of dangerous coughs, with emaciation, that were due to their having drunk something cold when they were heated. And Schroeder affirms that it will cure dropsy due to drinking too much in ' dog days' i.e hot weather"

Robin Murphy writes about Bellis with regards to breast cancer: Breast Tumors or cancer developing after mechanical injuries. Breast Cancer for contusions (ARN, CON) Breast Tumor or cancer after injury. Breast Cyst Nodules, Lumps, after injury. Breast cyst,Breast engorged, swollen bruised. Breast and uterus engorged. Soreness, bruised sensation. Pain worse heat, better cold application.Varicose veins, stitches in spleen. Acne boils.

Some features are added hereunder for quick reference.

HEAD | Vertigo in elderly people. Headache from occiput to top of head. Forehead feels contracted. BRUISED SORENESS. Itching around scalp and over back, worse from hot bath and bed.

FEMALE | Breasts and uterus engorged Varicose veins in pregnancy. DURING PREGNANCY INABILITY TO WALK. Abdominal muscles lame. UTERUS FEELS SORE, AS IF SQUEEZED.

SLEEP | Wakes early in morning and cannot get to sleep again.

ABDOMEN | SORENESS OF ABDOMINAL WALLS AND OF UTERUS. Stitches in spleen, sore, enlarged. Yellow, painless diarrhoea, foul odor, worse at night. Bloated; rumbling in bowels.

SKIN | BOILS. Ecchymosis, swelling, very sensitive to touch. Venous congestion due to mechanical causes. Varicose veins with bruised sore feeling. Exudation and swellings. Acne.

EXTREMITIES | Joints sore, muscular soreness. Itching on back and flexor surfaces of
thighs. Pain down anterior of thighs. Wrist feels contracted as from
elastic band around joint. Sprains with great soreness. RAILWAY SPINE.


MODALITIES | WORSE, LEFT SIDE; hot bath and warmth of bed; before storms; cold bathing; cold wind.

DOSE | Tincture to third potency.

REF: Boerickes,Margret Tyler.,Robin Murphy, and The WEB

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Comment by Dr Muhammed Rafeeque on November 3, 2010 at 12:10am
DOMS comes after some unaccustomed physical work. The aching sore bruised pain remains for several days. I get a number of such cases. Initially, I used to give Arnica, Rhustx, Ruta, etc. on symptom similarity. I also had some failures(may be due to wrong selection of remedy). Then I started searching for a drug that can be given as a "specific". Bellis per came to my mind. Here the similarity is of lower level, hence I prefer to give the tincture. Nowadys spinal problems are very common among bike drivers and those who sit on rotating chairs. When a patient comes for the first time, I give Bellis in tincture form. Ofcourse, it can only give some temporary relief. Till we get the similimum, we can hold the patients with us. I feel, this is practical in this busy world.
Comment by Dr. Wequar Ali Khan on November 2, 2010 at 7:54am
Dr Rafeeque,thank you for your information. Will appreciate if you could dilate on DOMS with some concrete example.Any case associated with DOMS where you may have used Bellis will be most welcome and add to our knowledge.
Comment by Dr Muhammed Rafeeque on November 2, 2010 at 12:07am
For treating DOMS (Delayed onset muscle soreness) after physical exertion, Bellis is very useful.
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